Bank of Friendship, Finsbury Park

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (3 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
This pub is definitely one of the best in the area, it's a shame we can't give it a higher rating. It's a friendly place and there's always an interesting selection of locals drinking inside. It's predictably rammed on match days yet still retains a friendly vibe. There's a very decent selection of beers on the pumps, usually including Directors, Seafarers, London Pride and guests. However, some aren't kept to the highest standards and we've sent back plenty of cloudy pints here. Although the pub has had some work done on it over the last few years, it hasn't always been done particularly well. We were never expecting a mini-Versailles out the back, but the beer garden's new landscaping and furniture look really cheap and nasty. The interior is cosy, especially in winter when there is a real fire, but it's at the tatty end of the cosy spectrum and could do with some updating. And when we say updating, we mean improving. Overall you get the feeling that the management has done a decent job but should invest a little more to take this boozer up a level. In that respect, they're a bit like the local football team.
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Reviews (3)
21 Aug 2014
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
This is my favourite local! The garden is easily the best on Blackstock, there is a great drinks choice, I was pleased to see Brooklyn Lager in the fridge, and some different gins. They seem to play swing and blues quite a lot which is nice as it is different to most places in the area, it reminds me of a speakeasy bar. We've lost hours in here, definitely have a look!
Reviews (1)
12 Dec 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I like this pub, I live nearby and like to come here on non-match days for it's quiet friendly atmosphere. Hasn't been fancied up but isn't dirty, had a fire going last time I was in which makes it cosy. Had a couple of different guest ales on tap, though no huge selection.
Has a big outside area with an old telly for any sports that are on - this area is pretty good on match days cos it's not hardcore gooners like at the gunners.

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224 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London, N5 1EA
Opening times
Sun - Thurs 16:00 - 00:00

Fri & Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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A country pub in the city with a big garden, swing & blues music, great spirit selection.

Detailed Description

Interesting gin and malt whiskey selections, guest ales, craft lagers & bottled beers, sofas, candles & lamps. Come in, chill out & make friends! See you soon.