Stapleton Tavern (ex The Larrik), Finsbury Park

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Larrik is no more, and has been refurbished as the Stapleton Tavern - a name it held previously. Now under the wing of the people who run the Dogstar in Brixton and the White Hart in Stoke Newington, expect the same trendy yet unpretentious approach adopted by others in the chain. It's not a small place and is decorated in a light and airy manner, with hard surfaces and wooden furniture. Since opening however, curtains and old standard lamps have begun to appear, making the place feel more cosy, while the large back room (once the billiards room, but also in recent years a popular the gig venue) is scattered with some nice retro sideboards and shelves filled with with old cameras. A pool table in the main room gets plenty of use and they cater for footy fans with a large screen. Service is fast and friendly and there's a couple of well kept ales to choose from, while a tiny food menu is available if you get hungry. As we visited on a relatively quiet weekday night we'll have to go back soon to see what the weekends hold.
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Reviews (3)
28 Sep 2012
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By far, my favourite in the Stroud Green area. Despite being a big old place, feels quite comfy. Beers are really well kept, guest ales change and the friendly staff happy to give a taste. While not a regular, usually spend an evening with friends once a month. Food is good, though got caught out by the spicy veggie burger, while being very tasty, was a bit too spicy! Best meal I had there was the vegetarian haggis around the time of Burns Night. Pub quiz on Thursday is a lot of fun too. Stroud Green Road has changed so much in the last 25 years and the Stapleton, as it is now, is such a find. I'm sure I remember going there in the 80s when it was the Larrick to see punk bands. Down the road was the George Robey. Great times, but do any music pubs still have beer stained sticky carpets?
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29 Sep 2010
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The Stapleton Tavern is a real improvement on the Larrik. They have taken a large and oddly shaped space and created three environments which work really well together, giving you different options in the same place whilst also being served by one central bar. You walk into a bright seating area with a pool table and cute tea cups all over the walls. This area has a friendly and open seating arrangement, great for a quieter catch up with family or friends. The second area faces the bar, this area features lots of interesting, attractive and warming lighting arrangements which add bags of character. This area is good for eating, drinking and the TV is also in perfect view for the regular sports enthusiast. Finally there is the large hall which holds weekend stalls and music. Granted this could benefit from some further development for the average night, maybe use those high walls to display some art exhibition. However the doors to this area do open onto the street that leads into the mews which adds a nice touch in the warmer months.

The people that go to the pub are really friendly and the staff are also really nice. It’s an alternative option to the other local pubs, though I am yet to try the food but hope it will be as good as the Stapleton Tavern experience has been so far.

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2 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, London, N4 4AU
020 7272 5395

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