Crown & Horseshoes, Enfield
Enfield can be a very mixed bag. Thankfully, for this pub we go to one of the oldest and nicest parts of Enfield. Set in a preservation area, it sits next to a small 17th century canal, complete with ducks and swans. The building itself dates back to the 18th century, although sadly it appears nothing older than about 1998 remains of the interior. A sprucing up a couple of years ago replaced the chav-attracting pool tables with couches, but is now looking slightly tired. Meanwhile one of those seaside amusement arcade cranes sits awkwardly in the restaurant conservatory area - who ever thought it would be a good idea was entirely mistaken. Of the three ale pumps, only Green King was available, while the generic lagers didn't exactly entice us. Our warm weekday evening found the large grassed beer garden pleasantly busy with younger Enfield residents and the atmosphere was generally relaxed and friendly. Shame the lack of care from the punters (but mainly the staff) meant the garden was strewn with litter. This pub has the size and location to be fantastic, but the lazy, generic chain pub mentality and general grubbiness means that although it's good for lazy summer afternoon pints in the garden, you can't help feel that the Crown & Horseshoes is a massive opportunity lost.
15-16 Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, London, EN2 6PZ
020 8363 1371
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How to find the Crown & Horseshoes pub
Turn right out of Enfield Chase train station and left onto 'Chase Side' at the cross junction. 50 yards on the right is the Horseshoe Lane and you'll see the pub from there. 5 minutes walk.