Tally Ho, North Finchley

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FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
It seems that when J. D. Wetherspoon puts a pub in an actual pub building, it fares marginally better - atmospherically - than those converted from carpet shops and the like. The Tally Ho is no exception. It's a massive place, easily holding a wide mix of clientele, all actively avoiding each other, hiding out in different areas. Upstairs finds the family section, while downstairs offers more exiting choices: in the far room, hoards of young geezers and girls congregate for cheap weekend drinks, before hitting the nearby 'Autumn House' and sitting out in front are the old lone men, drinking away their pensions. It's up to the far left section to hold the most varied mix of customers. The alternative to all this fun is the garden - left only to those who enjoy carbon monoxide with their beer. As an aside, this branch includes the rare sight of some non-standard Wetherspoon furnishings - a couple of great carved wooden elephant-shaped chairs - don't let the regional manager find out, or they'll be gone. In summary: vaguely depressing.
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15 Sep 2011
Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
For those of us who remember what the Tally Ho was like in its 'bad old days', the takeover by the Wetherspoon chain has been a vast improvement! Yes, it attracts the 'usual suspects', but the selection of ales is often impressive; at the very least, one can get a good pint of beer at a reasonable price. The staff are usually pretty friendly and often appear to be having a good time, when they're not run off their feet. Not a venue for serious socialising (except for students on a budget - and the aforementioned Autumn House has now gone), but an acceptable place to stop off for a quiet pint or two, or a quick, unchallenging bite to eat. The 'garden' is usually packed out with groups of chavs, and therefore best avoided.

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749 High Road, North Finchley, London, N12 0BP
020 8445 4390

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