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  • “The only downside is that it can get very crowded - testament of the pub's popularity!” in 9 reviews

  • “It's nice to share a pint or two in such gorgeous settings as well.” in 7 reviews

  • “I imagine this is due to the rather odd mix of comfortable chairs and sofas they have.” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    20/4/2014
    1 check-in

    Cool massive pub with lovely explosed brick and large windows looking out onto the street.  Fabulous for people watching.

    We did not eat but noticed these really big booths in the dining area that could fit up to 8 people.  Very cool!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/12/2013
    1 check-in

    I don't come here often but every now and again I find myself in Stroud Green in need of a pint, some warmth and somewhere to sit and, most of the time, the Old Dairy fits the bill.

    It's sprawling and has lots of zones including ones that are more suited to dining whilst others are for drinking. There is a reasonably large selection of beers and ales on tap and, judging from the posters in the toilet, they put on events every now and again which is nice to see happening in a local London pub.

    My friends had just finished their food when I got here and they were happy enough with it. I wouldn't go out of my way to come to eat here but with those friends having just moved in down the street, I will probably be coming here more often in future and will update once I taste it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2013

    This place just makes me happy and has a warm feeling to it! The Old Dairy is large yet welcoming. There are different rooms and you can change depending on your mood. I prefer to take a seat on one of their cozy couches in the front main room and watch a match or play a board game or two.

    I have not tried their pub fare yet but I plan to return shortly. They do have scoops of ice cream available and for a pregnant girl like myself having to join my friends in a pub, this place is perfect!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/8/2013
    1 check-in

    There are so many different seating areas here, you can visit many times and have a different experience each time. The only downside is that it can get very crowded - testament of the pub's popularity!

    I've only eaten here once with a friend - the hamburgers are amazing!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/11/2008

    The Old Dairy is a large, handsomely decorated pub on the corner of Stroud Green Road and Crouch Hill Road.

    The inside of the pub is divided into three main rooms, though within the largest there are various booths and cubby holes. As Claire L mentioned in her review, whilst it is a sizable place it still manages to feel cosy. I imagine this is due to the rather odd mix of comfortable chairs and sofas they have.

    The Old Dairy is something of a Gastro pub and, whilst not quite as good as the Noble, the food is very well done. They also have a wide selection of good beers and lagers including Birra Poretti.

    A well designed pub with a good atmosphere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/1/2011
    1 check-in

    Yup...definitely worth returning to!

    I came here last night as I was "home alone", yet I somehow wanted to be among other people. So I hopped on the #210, which departs right in front of my house and drops me off right in front of this lovely local pub! And when I walked in, I immediately felt completely at ease and welcome.

    The very generous space offers a variety of seating opportunities: sofas for a group of up to 8 people; seats in the bay-window that allow you to watch the people passing by; the bar, which in fact is huge, or the slightly more formal dining area, which appealed to me very much and which is also one of the reasons that I want to return here...

    What I like most about the Old Dairy is that this is a truly local pub (who else would come to this remote area), where people like you and I would get together for a pint in the evening, or two...or three?

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The Old Dairy is a gorgeous, spacious yet cosy pub near Stroud Green.

    I've been here a few times and it's always accidental but I've always had a great time. The bar is nice and long and well staffed so I've always been served super quick, which is a bonus on a busy night.

    The pub snacks is also worth a mention; all I need to say is "wasabi peas"!

    The atmosphere here is always great. It's quite laid-back and down to earth. It's nice to share a pint or two in such gorgeous settings as well. There are big old couches and plenty of tables.

    It's such a nice place to drink, if this is your local, then you're very lucky indeed!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/11/2008

    I went to this pub on the day of the RISE Festival that takes place in Finsbury park. I cant really knock the pub its got a very youthful and cool crowd who go there, It also doubles for a nice café for during the day time hours and does do good food for a bistro. Prices are reasonable but on a busy day like that one you'd better off getting a few pints in as it can get quite packed in there. On a Normal day you can take the time to actually look around at the rustic, quite minimal décor.

    As the name implies you get the retro feel in here its quite traditional you even get pint pots in this establishent, there's bar billiards as well and on the weekends there's more pop culture coming in with the punters, cool music, sometimes funky/soul/jazzy sometimes modern/chart stuff. I personally haven't been to their event nights so I'm yet to see what their like on that instance.

    All in all two good experiences and nice comfortable seating as well, cant really be asking for much more from a pub on a corner can you?

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/12/2007
    First to Review

    Another bar with a 'rustic' touch, but very different to the Royal Oak. This one is definitely going for the more chic, trendy market. Uniforms, bluesy muzak and menus written in chalk on immaculate blackboards. The food on offer seemed suitably trendy too.

    We visited about 6 pm on a Sunday evening, meeting before heading on to a restaurant. I didn't get a drink myself. It was fairly empty when we came in, but filling rapidly. Where we sat was also freezing cold, with a wind whistling from the nearby door. There were more secluded nooks, and I guess that wouldn't be so much of a problem in better weather. But I was rather glad to move on!

    Beautiful to look at, might well impress as a place to take a date, but lacking a certain soul in my opinion.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/2/2009

    I've been to The Old Dairy a few times now since moving to Harringay a couple of years ago and it's a great local Gastro pub. Beautifully converted old dairy with good food and friendly staff.

    We've eaten every time we've visited and only on one occasion were we disappointed with the service we received (we had taken my parents out on a mid-week night last year and the Dairy wasn't particularly busy, but we spent 4 hours in the restaurant for a 3 course meal to be served - too long!), but since that slight slip-up, I've been with family and friends and the service has picked up and the food still delicious - locally sourced and fresh ingredients is the diary's claim and it certainly tastes good!

    The only warning I would make is the price of mains seems to have gone up more recently (last visit chicken sunday roast was near on £15 - a bit of a climb up from prices only a little while ago and pretty steep by comparison) and also book on a Saturday night! I went with some friends recently expecting to be able to get a table for 5 in the main restaurant pretty easily, but they were booked for the whole evening. Disappointing, but understandable given this pub's popularity. In the end we opted to stay and eat in the bar area. Too noisy really to dine (it was a Saturday after all!), but a good evening all the same.

    Would definitely recommend anyone to visit both bar and restaurant. Thumbs up!

    • Qype User Sinj…
    • London
    • 68 friends
    • 40 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/3/2009

    This Gastro Pub is definitely worth visiting. I recently had my first visit here and I was impressed.

    This former Dairy has been beautifully restored leaving a very spacious venue.

    The decor is typical of what you would expect. It has distressed looking tables and old chairs with settees which all adds to the atmosphere.

    The menu is limited and is slightly pricey. However, despite this the food they cook is very good and well prepared.

    The only downside was with the bar staff who I did not find to be particularly helpful.

    Overall an enjoyable experience and I will be going back

    • Qype User ck-on…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 58 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/10/2008

    This bar is quite has a lot of character, having been converted to a pub from an actual dairy - they even have a plastic cow on top of the roof! Because of the layout, there are a lot of nooks and crannies for hiding away, or to give your night a romantic feel.

    One side of the bar tends to house the locals, but they seem quite a friendly bunch so you don't feel like an outsider the mintue you walk in.

    The bar staff are very friendly, and there's a good range of drinks.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/2/2009

    After years waiting for a decent renovation, this last incarnation (two years ago?) has turned the Old Dairy a decent pub. The gastro side of things has also gone up in the world with some decent food. Quality Sunday lunch - also surprisingly baby-friendly.

    The pub (yes, it is an old Dairy) is a series of smaller rooms off one big one, so always tends to feel a bit more intimate than it actually is.

    Fine range of booze - but it always strikes me as a bit pricey. It's one of those places where you can buy small plates of wasabi nuts or olives, but you can't get a packet of dry roasted for love nor money.

    Still, technically it's my nearest, and therefore local pub. And I'm not complaining. It's a good place

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/2/2011

    This place gets kudos for atmosphere, it's expansive and an ideal place for a gathering, it loses points for the very unsympathetic renovation of the building and also for listing a large number of very palatable ales on a chalk board without actually selling many if any of them.  Apparently, they are the beers of which they may sell one or two at any time.  When I went it was a trifle busy and I felt that the staff could have used a little help, It's not a place I'd rush to if I was nearby, but neither would I walk past if I was walking that way.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/8/2010

    My luck was out a little bit when it came to the Old Dairy. The respite from the rain and the friendly welcome I received bode well but I was hungry and thirsty and I felt the food was overpriced so stayed clear and my pint from the dregs of the barrel was decidedly below average.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2009

    Great building and nice restaurant.  I've been meaning to check out the live music there, as it seems like it'd be fun.  The place is absolutely huge and has a great atmosphere inside.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/3/2011
    1 check-in

    The Old Dairy is a well known pub in the "north of Finsbury Park"/"south of Crouch End area", and a favourite of many locals. Situated in an expansive area, the establishment hosts not just a large bar with tables, chairs and many comfortable chairs to lose oneself in for an afternoon, but also a reputed restaurant, serving mouthwateringly good food, for a slightly above average price, and even a "bring your own bottle" deal for Monday evenings. As well as this, they frequently organise evenings, such as the pub quiz on Tuesdays, which you can certainly expect stiff competition, as it seems most of the pub takes part, and, while the prizes are generous, the questions are equally difficult! One warning, however; this place does get busy, so if you're considering going for an evening, it's best to get someone along to bag a table as early as possible, as it does fill up in the evenings.

    • Qype User JujWal…
    • London
    • 32 friends
    • 210 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/3/2008

    Probably one of the best pubs in this area. It's a large place with different seating areas in various nooks and crannies, meaning you can hide away in the corner for a cosy chat or sit surrounded by people in one of the larger rooms.

    • Qype User bobste…
    • London
    • 9 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/11/2008

    This is a lovely little bar/restaurant with lots of character to it. You can eat in the general bar area or go to a more formal restaurant. Both serve really nice food and delicious wine and me and my friends had a very enjoyable evening here. There's a good mix of people - locals and people heading here from the office after work.

    • Qype User josi23…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 60 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/1/2008

    The Old Dairy is a great little pub in Stroud Green. Its minimal decoration has a rustical touch. The staff is extremly nice and they serve tasty breakfast aswell. Besides this they offer a range of other traditional foods to good prices.

    • Qype User char-l…
    • London
    • 77 friends
    • 119 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/4/2009

    I'm just trying to think back to when I first had the pleasure of drinking in this pub. I was taken there by a friend ignorant at that time of what this little corner of North London had to offer. And here it still is, going from strength to strength and perhaps it's my imagination but expanding too? From the outside the building is impressive. Restored and glowing the carved brick façade wraps around the corner, with big black framed windows giving you glimpses of the wealth inside. Inside it's a place to get lost. There's a room for lounging in, a room for sitting in, t a room for dining in and a room (I'm sure) just for getting lost in. This place is enormous but with it generous and warm and friendly atmosphere. Gosh, I have to pinch myself. Bare brick walls, clusters of pictures and bits and bobs and big glinting chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. It's luxuriously shabby. I like lunch here with British centric and rather meaty (I'm afraid) menu, all dishes save the rib-eye sit comfortably under the £10 threshold. Grab a book or paper mid week, order a pint and something from the menu, settle into a sofa and enjoy spending some time to yourself. We like you dairy queen.

    • Qype User Little…
    • London
    • 12 friends
    • 61 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    The building housing this pub used to a dairy in the olden days, hence the name. The decorative details on the outside of the building reflect the history of the place. The space inside is large, but rather dark. It is decorated in good taste, making the space feel very snug and cozy.
    This is very much a gastro pub, serving modern version of traditional pub fare. I wouldn't go here for the food. It's really nothing special.
    This place is good venue for watching sports on the big screen TV, while having a pint of beer. You'll find it's always busy at the time of important football matches.
    At one time I visited the Old Dairy, they had live music as a part of the evening entertainment.
    The staff can be rude at times, as I had a chance to experience when complaining about a dirty glass my drink came in. They weren't very happy about that, which I found weird. It kind of put me off going there for a while.
    This pub is a decent choice if you're a local, but there's no reason to make a special trip here from further afield.

    • Qype User Johnny…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 6 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    20/2/2011

    The wife and I really enjoyed drinks here with friends. Great setting and atmosphere. Haven't tried the food but did look good!

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