The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

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The people responsible for a small gaggle of upmarket gastroesque pubs in North London have turned their hand to the impressive space occupied by the popular Old Dairy. They've stuck to their tried and tested formula - sympathetic refurbishment, dark, moody lighting and a large restaurant area. In some of their smaller pubs this latter feature has been frustrating, as it leads to unpleasant overcrowding in the drinking section, whilst the eating bit remains stubbornly underpopulated. At the Old Dairy, the pub's size saves the day, as there was enough seating on our weekday visit for everyone. We can't vouch for the weekend though, but it looks like becoming very busy. There's a laid back atmosphere, a good selection of ale and a good British menu. As elegant as their ambitions are, they're also apparently prepared to bow to popular culture and were showing the football on our visit. We liked the Old Dairy before, but its new incarnation isn't too shoddy either.
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06 Mar 2011
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There is only one word to describe the Old Dairy: Shambles…

This is a perfect example of a pub being great when a quarter full but even the slightest hint of being busy sees the place descend into a cataclysmic farce of a boozer. Its got great ales and a range of lagers, good wines and the food is very good…all very typical London not-trying-too-hard-to-be-cool boozer. All the sort of stuff somebody in the owners hq can sort out but for goodness sake the organization of the place is just downright embarrassing.

I’ve lived locally to the OD for four years and have been a frequent visitor, and apart from a brief upturn last year the staff have always treated the customer as though its an honour to be served. For example, I’ve stood at the bar for 5 minutes while another couple was served and 5(!!!!!) staff milled around, which included 4 looking at one piece of paper. And forget about complaining, the most you can expect from is a shrug and a look that says “I couldn’t care less, there’s enough suckers out there that will be come back!”

If you’ve got the time to spare go, have a decent pint in nice surroundings but only on a quiet Tuesday or Wednesday night. If you’re reading this OD management your rivals are catching up, stop taking the p’ss out of your clientele.

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1-3 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, London, N4 4AP
020 7263 3337

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