On the rare chance when I'm in Finsbury Park, this is the pub I head to. The decking out back is awesome, especially on a sunny day. It's a unique and imaginative use of space. I wish more pubs had this foresight!
I'd probably have given this pub a better star rating if we sat in the nice outside area that is reminiscent of where the Ewoks live, or if we could find a space in the cosier front part of the pub. But instead we had the short end of the straw and were stuck in the bit I have attractively christened "the dingy dark hall section".
The bit with the noisy loudness and hard to hear conversations. The bit with sticky tables and dirty glasses. The bit that kinda reminds you of those massive soulless Covent Garden pubs that you try to avoid but end up going to with work mates. The bit with distracting TV news blaring in your face which brings up horrific images of the conflict in Gaza, even when you were deliberately not mentioning that situation with your company. If you end up in that bit, I think you might be better off going to a different pub.
I lived in Finsbury Park for about ten years, and until 2009 I had a flat pretty much across the road from the Fullback. This was a truly great thing because the Fullback was one of the best pubs in the area, making it super easy for lazy old me to persuade all and sundry to come to my neck of the woods for a drink. And at the end of the night, after a coupla beers and a delicious Thai, I could take a hop, skip and a jump into bed.
I've since moved though and don't go there quite so often. But a few of us went for a quick drink there yesterday and I gotta say, for me, it ain't what it used to be. Why? Can't quite put my finger on it... I love the upstairs outdoor seating area, but there was no way we were ever going to find ourselves a seat up there. There was space in the downstairs outside bit, but it's pretty enclosed and so super smoky. The inside feels a bit sticky. 30% of the women's toilets were out of order, so I had to wait an age to spend a penny. And I've been told before by the staff that the veggie Thai curry contains fish sauce and they won't make it entirely vegetarian especially for you (though this may have changed since.)
Maybe I'm just older and soberer than I used to be. Or maybe it's because it's not my local anymore. Or maybe it's just not as good as it used to be. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great pub, but I'm not utterly in love, not like I used to be. Perhaps one day the Fullback might win me back. Until then... meh.
Great pub in the summer thanks to its extensive roof garden (you could get lost....if you were drunk). Average pub in the winter thanks to its pokey interior and underutilized beer hall. People wise, you get a friendly north london crowd on most days of the week, thanks to its gentrifying location. The Fullback shows the footy and the rugby but its not really a footy pub, and if thats not your bag, you can easily escape it.
Definitely worth a visit.
Very interesting beer garden that you must experience at least once. There are limited good options in fin park as far as pubs go and this is your best bet.
Standard menu and prices, good number of staff behind the bar- but can get frustrating when very busy, as it tends to be. You'll learn what times to avoid depending on Very interesting beer garden that you must experience at least once.
Was it the Garden of Eden where the serpent gave humans temptation? Where the humans were placed in the middle of a desert? This place is a labyrinth (but without Bowie) of beautiful interesting pub located on the very edges of the occasionally insalubrious and non central Finsbury Park.
From outside you know the Faltering Fullback is special. The place is covered in plants and flowers and on a little residential side street. The main bar is a good old fashioned pub with beautiful brass fittings, great ales and small tables to sit at.
Attached is a huge medieval banqueting hall of a room with large tables and rugby shirts on the walls, yes this is a sports pub cum viking base. It's upstairs is where the place really shines, where you are presented with several levels of mind boggling sumptuous beer garden.
By garden I don't just mean an outside space, the wizards here have made a multilevel labyrinthine forest for your enjoyment with quirky little details such as japanese books and pin badges sneaking around. The atmosphere is relaxed with the smell of thai food wafting into your nostrils.
All in all a lovely way to spend a sunny friday evening of enchanted temptation.
My former local, it has great beer garden outback if you can grab a seat! Three levels of nooks and lots of flowers, it feels as if you're in a little hideaway.
The only drawback for me is the pub itself can be uncomfortably rammed, especially when showing sports, but that's not their fault. Even their generous beer hall can't hold everyone!
It's a very cute pub tucked away, sure to impress your friends.
All about the outdoors.
Pretty standard pub. Not much to say. It was painfully hot inside on the day I went, so much so that even in the time ordering a drink you'd start to sweat.
The garden was really full when we first checked it out, so we decided to just sit on the street outside for the first drink. It deserves a mention only because it was a great atmosphere. The street was lined with people from the pub for about 20m and it just had a perfect vibe to it. Obviously nothing quite as fun as a street party or a festival but there's a certain pleasure that comes from drinking on the street with a load of other people that's hard to nail down.
Allegedly inspired by the Ewok village, the beer garden here truly is a wonder. Somewhat small in terms of its actual per floor area, but overall, it's a three-storey multi-tiered garden and has a lot of space. Didn't quite feel like I was in Return of the Jedi but certainly did semi transport me out of London for a bit. Can't ask for much more than that.
Definitely one to keep in mind for summer.
Check it out.
I had the pleasure of being holed up here on an afternoon during the rugby. I am not a rugby fan - I nailed my colours to the sporting mast a long time ago. And said colours were of the Premier League - the Andrex of British sport: long, pampered and unnecessarily expensive.
Given the establishment's dedication to peanut-hugging, perhaps I would be better served focusing on the scrum-ptious beers, give it a 'try', etc, etc.
But it is impossible to not be bowled over by this place - it has everything. Beautiful garden, loads of room indoors, sports on the screen, great selection of drinks and you don't have to lose an eye getting to the bar.
To my mind, the best pub in North London.
I'm struggling between 3 and 4 stars. Thing is - inside it is a usual pub and nothing special (apart from sporting events - they have the perfect layout to watch them and TVs all around to fit different angles)
But the outside area is just another level! (Literally - they have at least 3 levels of the outdoor seating) Oh goodness how nice it is on a sunny Satuday afternoon! It's wooden, it has open areas and areas that are under the roof and shaded (so you won't get sunburnt of course!) with the heaters for winter.
All other things - are pretty standard for a nice, local public house :)
The far north of London is a bit of a mystery to me. I don't venture much farther than Camden, mostly because the bus routes and tube lines spread out in a beautiful graphic that means walking and occasionally getting lost. Call me naive about London, but hey, I'm still a baby in this city. When the opportunity came to catch a pint at the Faltering Fullback near Finsbury Park, I figured it was a good opportunity to step a little bit out of my knowledge zone, and I was well rewarded.
It's a huge place, first of all, though you'd never know from the inauspiciously standard pub facade and quiet neighborhood location. There's many, many rooms, tons of seating at both tables and benches, and all kinds of corners to tuck into for whatever surprises the night may hold. They have a normal pub bar, featuring bottled and draught pints, but I can't speak to wine options or anything like that. I'm also unsure of food, as I was unfortunately short in my visit to the place.
I'd like to come back though, as it seems like an interesting locals place. I never would have found it on my own, so I also appreciate the local friend who introduced me to The Faltering Fullback. Long live the north, I guess!
Best place to be on a sunny day, and certainly the most atmospheric!
I've only been there in the afternoon, but it's a great place to spend a few hours having some drinks with friends, with a lovely atmosphere. Not always easy to get a table, though!
The Faltering Fullback is like an enchanted pub...with the most stunning, labyrinth-like outside area I've ever seen! Seriously, you could get lost by just walking up and down the stairs...at every corner you see locals hanging out and just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. There are flowers everywhere, which lends it another mystical atmosphere. Having said this, the outside was the unique-selling point for me.
The inside is typical for a traditional (Irish) pub...you can feel the ghosts of many years of patrons having gone in and out. And these are true locals and not hipsters! In fact, I was there on a Monday night and when we were leaving I could hear the pub quiz going on, with people shouting loud and lively.
Like so many other London pubs, the Faltering Fullback offers Thai food on their menu - I still haven't quite wrapped my head around this seemingly common symbiosis, but why not...
Really loved it here...great vibes!
An American visiting my best friend in Haringey, I LOVED this pub. From the amazing selection of ales and beers, and the Thai kitchen in the back, it was great!
The front area can get crowded, but it's to be expected in the area. When I visited, some rugby matches had just occurred, so the back was pretty packed as well. Regardless, it was awesome and folks were very friendly.
Look forward to returning!
It's a full house of five stars for this not-so faltering Finsbury Park public house.
I think they are justified, because this is the kind of pub you will travel to visit because it has got so many things going for it.
It's a big buidling, almost warren-like in its selection of rooms and outside areas. You can wander through cosy snug bars, an open barn-like room with pool tables, and along outdoor wooden decks in search of a spot to stand and sip. The outside area, which ranges across 3 levels and is decorated with bright flower tubs, is great.
The thing I probably like best is the sense that stuff happens here - you won't just spend the night sat in a corner cut off from the rest of the punters. There's a real pub atmosphere, which isn't always easy to find in poserish London, with a varied clientele who seem happy to mix and mingle.
On my trip, a quiet drink with a lady friend, we heard plenty of laughter, met a couple of characters, and even saw a little bit of a fight (admittedly not a selling point for most, but, hey, 'a pint and a fight is a great British night', right?).
My rugby team (Hackney RFC) often end up here on a Saturday after games, so you can expect it to be fairly buzzing, and very boozy on those evenings!
As a previous reviewer has said - its selection of real ales is somewhat lacking compared to other good pubs.
I have a distinct memory of writing a review of the Fullback, but apparently that memory was FAKE. It's alarming when that happens, no?
If every other review for this weren't four stars, I would probably go with that, but I think it deserves to have an orange-red glowy review on Yelp because this place rocks.
It does get crowded. I don't think the beer selection is all that stellar (though it isn't bad by any means!). There is always football or rugby on. BUT THERE IS A TREEHOUSE IN THE BACK. And the jukebox is good! And the crowd is always friendly and having a good time! And the bartender lady asked me to be useful and open a dumpster for her!
It's just a great place to relax. I've not had the food so I can't speak to that, but anyone who lives in this neighborhood better wear this pub proudly. Bring your friends.
This is what a London Pub is supposed to be like, and I love that it is my local.
Was there for the fab pub quiz on Monday, but they have a lot of different stuff on during the week. If you're an Arsenal fan, it's a good place to watch. If you're not, then game-time is hell-time, but I can't really hold that against the pub. I can't wait to use the garden in summer - it sprawls over many different levels and is full of seats and nooks.
The back room is comparatively a little lacking in character (the place is vast) so I suggest sitting up near the front or side bars. The Thai food is really pretty good (as pub Thai food goes) - you have to go through to the back room and order at the window into the kitchen.
So, why only four stars? It's beer list doesn't exactly inspire. There's Star on tap, which I'll admit is a better than average lager. But where are all the British beers?! They have London Pride, but that's just such a dull choice. If only they got a few guest ales on tap this would be the perfect pub - and I'll happily come back and change my review.
The Fullback in Finsbury Park is a great pub, which is great for a casual drink.
The place is split into three areas:
Main Bar: This feels like a fairly normal pub, just a bit darker and has loads of random stuff hanging on the ceiling. A selection of tables, chairs and booths.
'Sin Bin:' This is a large-ish open room/hall with outdoor furniture inside and a TV screen which shows sport and a jukebox.
Outside: This is the hidden gem of this place, which has made what was a small beer garden into one of the best beer gardens in North London, which has been built up with the use of some very well designed decking.
The only bad thing about this place is that the toliets are not very nice and could do with a refresh and a clean.
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Went here last week to meet friends - think it was on a friday night. Had been so hot that day, oh no actually it was on a Sat night. Thought it was a tiny old man's pub when we got there but it was really nice out the back - and massive! So cool the way the terraces go up into the tree. Loved it.
The Faltering Fullback has won local awards and is generally considered the best pub in Finsbury Park. Where, in keeping with name, sports are shown.
The inside of the pub is divided into two areas; a handsome traditional bar at the front a slightly ugly barn like area at the back with pool tables and a jukebox. Outside there is a spacious split-level decked seating area, pleasant in the summer.
The charm of the Fallback is that whilst many pubs are either gritty and intimidating or contrived and aspirational, it feels organic in it's appearance and clientele, attracting a good mix of Finsbury Park community. It is the sort of place where you immediately feel comfortable.
Possibly the friendliest pub in London. I went in there for the first time a week after arriving back in London and ended up meeting random people who are still my freinds 18 months later.
Its a real local but in a rambling wander about and chat to different people kind of way.
The Thai food is good and really cheap too.
I love the Fullback!
Super friendly pub with the most imaginative use of space you could probably see. The Fullback apparently used to just have a couple of tables in a small courtyard at the back, but come the smoking ban decided to look after the nicotine addicts and build them their own wooden refuge. The garden is on about five tiers with tables and benches all built into the walls and floors.
Inside the pub isn't without its charm too - the main bar is cosy and happy, the canteen area outside the kitchen is loud and fun (particularly good when the Arsenal are playing). Staff are awesome - you can get served within seconds of walking in, even when the air is thick with people. They serve a load of lagers (didn't notice the other beer options I'm afraid - update to come) and what appear to be local wines - didn't get to try as I only caught sight on the way out - a couple named Seven Sisters drew my eye to the blackboard. Another thing to check back on.
Full marks for friendliness - everyone there up for a chat and good banter. Well done, Finsbury Park, I think you've ensnared me.
Very good pub - it has three rooms that are like stepping into different worlds.
At the front is the main bar and old man type pub bit.
Walk out the back to a tall large room housing a pool table, Sky Sports and benches. Feels like a common room.
Walk outside and its like being in Thailand - decking, wood benches and heaters; perfect for the summer, and comfortable enough to use in the winter as an overspill...
Oh yes, and there is a kitchen serving Thai food - pretty good service, not bad food, pretty well priced
Best pub I know of in North London by a stretch
A nice pub! In Finsbury Park!
Ashamed that it's taken me two years' living in Haringey to encounter it, but the outside area is great on a sunny evening/afternoon.
Wooden decking and stairs make it look a little higgledy-piggledy, but it's got a unique charm compared to other pubs in the area. Secluded tables and larger areas for groups abound.
The 'Fullback' as it's known locally is a great traditional english pub. It has a really friendly atmosphere and is separated into 2 very differently decorated rooms. The front room is dimly lit, and really cosy, this too has been split into 2 areas and has a really warm ambience.
The back room has more of a 'younger vibe', brightly lit with a funkier feel to it. Complete with quiz machine, jukebox and a pool table. The music is at the right volume and if you fancy a bit of quiet you can pop out into the beautiful hidden roof terrace.
The rear of the pub is the beer garden/roof terrace which has it's own bar. there is the floor level and around it is a rooftop terrace, dimly lit and really chilled. It is in a square shape so you can walk up one side of the stairs and do a full circuit and come back down the other side and back into the back room of the pub. It also has split levels at the top and some hidden areas.
One of those great local pubs that you wouldn't find unless you were looking for it. But it's worth seeking out. The front room is small and cosy, the back room big and studenty (think picnic tables and you won't go far wrong).
But it has a fine selection of good booze, Thai food practically on tap, and a great pub quiz on a Monday night. If you're a smoker then the Ewok treehouse is for you. A gem.
Best pub in North London by a long mile, you just can't beat the atmosphere, the mix of people, the regular music quizzes hosted by the Moshi Moshi boys and the curiosities hanging for every wall.
It looks a little overgrown from the outside but this merely adds to the charm.
There serve Leffe on tap which is a winner if not slightly lethal beer and twiglets, what more do you need on a cold winter or summer's night.
Very good atmosphere! The Thai food here is cheap and delightful. If u come to Finsbury park, highly recommend u check this place out!
Good Guinness, efficient service, great atmosphere, lots of screens for the rugby, top Thai food. What more could you want? Oh, and an amazing outdoor deck for sunny (?) afternoons...
Just fantastic even just the floral displays outside. Good pool table too
Went there again for the umpteenth time in the past 8 years!
What a glorious pub, just off the beaten track of Stroud Green Rd. A stone's throw from the World's End pub.
With it's ivy strewn appearance, it appeals from the outside.
The different bar areas provide a choice of environments, and the outside is great for a sunny days and smokers. It serves a full range of booze, and the staff are friendly and efficient
Food is the in pub Thai style, although they do a great Sunday Roast here too.
Managed to find a seat during the Chelsea v Barca game, no where near the screens showing the game - which must have been the only reason it was free. I must admit the pub was heaving last night, but only to be expected for such an important game. Must be an Arsenal pub, coz the cheer for the Barca goal was huge!!
It gets busy on w'ends, and is a popular pub - rightly so, it has the feeling of a proper community pub. Go, you'll be happier after.
Great ambiance, and I love that there's this interesting English pub and Thai food combination. Wonderful rooftop seating/gardens (too bad I only saw them in the Autumn, in the rain).
Not sure if this is the best pub in North London, but it is certainly the best pub by a country mile in Finsbury Park (or Crouch End / Holloway). Really friendly place with a nice bar, decent selection of drinks, and a large airy function room out the back. Looks a bit shabby from the outside, but don't let that put you off!
Fabulous gardening here! A bit out of the way, but pub quiz is good here, and there's a big beer garden / hall in the back where you can get Thai food. Nothing extraordinary about the beers and ales on tap, but then again, you don't always need your pub to be extraordinary. Just plain nice is ok by me.
This is a warren of different areas, but by far the best bit is their solution to the smoking ban. Out the back there are high levels of decking, hard to describe, has to be seen really.
Graet pub with awesome external beer garden multilevel
Since the awful smoking ban came in, enjoying a pub has completely changed for me. If I am indoors, I spend most of my time thinking about my next trip outside and if I am with companions, either I see very little of them or, if we go outside together, we risk losing our seat. If we are both smokers and take turns going outside, we never see one another. The Faltering Fulback is the best pub in London, in my opinion, for smokers and their companions. The garden is built on five levels, like a huge Escher building, with mad steps going up and down interlinking the various levels. The outside seating area, much of which is covered in case of poor weather, is charming, and because of added items of furniture such as bookcases, paintings and mirrors, those non-smokers who resent it when smokers insist on getting a table outside will not feel that they are missing out on the pub atmosphere, as the outdoors atmosphere in this pub is second to none. Comfortable, and at night-time buzzing with people. Sports fans can enjoy a good atmosphere also a great place to watch major sporting events such as the World or European cup is guaranteed to bring in large crowds from the surrounding multicultural population. I couldn't recommend this amazing pub highly enough.
Cor wow you gotta love London. So many hidden gems. I don't agree with the general opinion that Finsbury Park is a hole, not no longer anyway- I've developed something of a soft spot for it over the last year. Walk West from Finsbury Park up Stroud Green road passed all the hair product shops and take a right. Enjoy looking through the windows of all the Victorian terraced houses and just like that, out of the middle of nowhere, up pops the Fullback. Weekend nights is jammed packed, I was following instructions to go find my girl who was there playing pool. First step through the door took me into a tiny horse shoe shaped bar and I assumed I must be in the wrong place where on earth would they fit a pool table?? Tardis, that's what the Fullback is. One room peels off another off another until you come out into a hall dedicated to the art of beer swilling. Garden picnic tables furnish the room with pool table to the left. Outside there is the most charming series of little terraces- they have made something out of nothing here, clearly thinking if we can't go outwards, we shall go skywards. It's just so cool. Probably my favourite pub in all on North London at the moment and what a cool name right?
A real North London gem. The perfect summer pub, loads of outdoor space, hidden nooks and crannies - perfect for romantic rendezvouses (is that even a word?) or for meeting up with the girls/boys. On the down side when it's cold and wet outside the Fullback is often heaving inside... And the Thai food is a bit blah.
Good pub, definitely worth a visit for the beer garden. Only minuses are the dingyness of the pub itself and a limited selection of ales (though they did have london pride)
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