Love it! I should probably reserve judgement until I eat their food, but their menu was interesting and the beer selection was decent. Also, I started to write this review on my phone while half-drunk. That's always a good sign.
The atmosphere is amazing. I must have walked past this place a dozen times and never thought about going in until a friend suggested meeting there. It feels like a big cozy house somewhere far from London, with mismatched furnishings, cheery yellow walls, and just...it feels so nice to be in there! There are lots of windows so it's quite bright and comfortable during the day time. We left shortly after dark, but it seemed cozy and intimate at night, too.
Will definitely go back soon.
Avoid. The venue itself is impressive, and standard array of drinks/prices.
Lets itself down on the food, which has always been a horrendous disappointment. The simplest of orders e.g. burgers, are in danger of being messed up, and the roast I had one sunday was beyond poor.
I used to work in a similar pub and I understand that for 10 quid you can't expect Michelin star quality ingredients. But you can prepare it properly, and serve it without ludicrous delays, especially with the benefit of repeated practice day in day out.
Will avoid in future and try the old dairy across the road. Hope readers do likewise and vote with their wallets until Stapleton goes busto.
Even though it was a bit farther walk than other pubs, this became my "local" after the refurbishment when I lived in Finsbury Park.
I love the atmosphere first of all. It's like being in a granny's house. Knick-knacks and a hodge podge of chairs and tables while still being open and airy. It is very relaxed and has live music and pub quiz nights; to me it's much nicer than The Old Dairy next door that seems stuffy and more suited to "suits" types.
It also has Blue Moon on tap and is served with an orange slice! A little slice of my American home.
Met up for a Sunday roast once, the only food I've ordered, to be told something did not have cheese in it. It did. :/
Other than that, I just enjoy spending time here!
The choice of beer and music on my couple of visits here has pleased me. Radiohead In Rainbows to listen to, Exmoor Gold or Hopback summer lightening to drink.
However any attempts towards that most obnoxious, but relevant, of wordsambience were ruined by table football/babyfoot/ich spiele mit kleinen Manner und einen Ball auf ein Tisch.whatever you want to call it. Although on this occasion the shrieks of this particular banshee were unusually irritating, the chimplike screaming and jumping that accompany most games never allow for a relaxing drink in the proximity. I don't understand why pubs ever have this, unless they are already really noisy places.
A large group of us had a late lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. and we're happy to recommend it to others.
I ate beer battered coley goujons with hand cut chips and seasonal vegetables for £9.50. Basically, it was fish & chips. But pretty much the best fish & chips I've ever had.
They had a decent selection of real ales - with the Black Country Bitter (£3.50) being my choice of tipple. It was well served. No complaints there. And I am very fussy about my ales.
Service was prompt and pleasant.
Going past this pub for the first time, it looked like any other. There were loads op people standing and watching football on a plasma screen. Turns out it's this place is a bit special.
There are three parts to the pub- a main area with said tv screen, a narrow area with seats near the bar (more like a traditional pub) and a huge back room that looks like a hunting lodge (no stuffed animals but a massive fireplace).
There a good variety of beer and the food's nice. I'd go back.
Absolutely love the room at the back - this makes it my favourite pub in the area! Sofas are wonderful and the food is good, too. Great place to spend lots of time. Unless it's when the pub is completely packed, in which case it's best avoided altogether.
This is a good pub and an excellent alternative to the Dairy, which although is lovely can also be packed. The Stapleton is very similar in ambiance and their food, but you can always get a table. Winner!