King & Tinker, Enfield

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FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Certainly one of the more out-of-the-way pubs featured on Fancyapint.com, the King and Tinker is an odd locals pub within earshot of the M25. Set in ample grounds, there was plenty of space for the car park (with no fewer than three Range Rovers present) a beer garden and a large children's play area. A greater part of the building dates back to the 16th century, with low beamed ceilings and a huge floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace evidence to this. Apart from a group of golfers enjoying a 19th hole drink, the clientele (with an age range of 8-80) all knew each other and with so many 'characters' in residence, you almost expected a fly-on-the-wall camera crew to pop out. Clearly a pub considerably out of the way for most people, if you happen to be visiting the northern reaches of Whitewebbs Park on a sunny day, the King and Tinker is (literally) the only place to be.
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21 Jul 2013
Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Food was well below average and expensive for what it was and had a long wait for it too - we chose the roast dinner - chewy beef - roast chicken was very dry and had a strange taste - undercooked roast potatoes and overcooked veg all of which did not have much flavour - will not be returning for another meal - I read the reviews before we went and thought some were being a bit harsh but have to now agree with what they were saying :( on a positive staff were friendly and building was lovely
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12 May 2012
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The King and (S)tinker Public House

Zero stars out of five for this one!

I visited this Pub with a friend for a leisurely Saturday lunch and chat over a coffee. The pub is pleasantly located near to Whitewebbs Park, Golf Course and Guy Lodge stables. This pub is best avoided unless you enjoy eating funny tasting chicken, being served by obnoxious staff and do not enjoy visiting nice pubs. The landlord is from the Basil Fawlty school of customer service.

Unfortunately there was a problem with my friend’s meal, the chicken tasted funny and she couldn’t eat any of it other than the initial bite. When we came to pay for the meal we mentioned this to the waitress who served us (she was lovely and very friendly) unfortunately the manager of the pub was very rude and ill mannered when we spoke to him. He refused to refund anything from the cost of the meal, and then talked over us and refused to listen when we explained the issue. He said that because we’d eaten a third of the meal, (this was untrue) he would charge us the full amount. He went on to make rather childish remarks that it was my friends “taste buds that didn’t work, and that lots of other customers had eaten the chicken and not complained” Although normally the chicken is cooked with a BBQ sauce which might mask the funny taste.

We refused to pay for the food which we hadn’t eaten, just paying for the food which we ate. The manager then made some rather out of place remarks and told us not to come back, there are other pubs nearby, I'm unsure why he thought that we would want to come back, especially after the warm welcome he had given us. He then continued to make comments to us as we left the pub! I made a passing comment to customers on a nearby table about the “lovely friendly service”. I just feel sorry for the other staff and customers who had to witness his unpleasant and out of place attitude.
Reviews (1)
24 Apr 2012
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This pub has new management who are soon to be come the new owners. It is now a family run pub and the service has become superb along with the quality of the food which is extremely high. As a regular customer I am impressed with the service and care given to fellow customers both old and new. Regular events such as family days and singers have put the spark back into this very old pub which is full of history.
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15 Mar 2009
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I was born in this pub in 1953 - we used to lie with our ears glued to the floor listening to the Public Bar Boys singing songs from the war. It always had loyal regular customers - Margaret and Peter Holloway were the landlords from then till 1962.

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Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield, London, EN2 9HJ
020 8363 6411
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