Located between Highgate Village and its tube station, this characterful old-fashioned local deserves wider acclaim. Decorated in simple, woody Georgian style, the sobriety of The Wrestlers’ saturnine interior seems at odds with its raison d’être: boozing. Cosy up by the crackling, period-piece open fire with a pint of London Pride, St. Austell Tribute or one of the interesting guest brews, seasonal ales (Wychwood’s Bah Humbug in December) and imports such as Goose Island IPA or mulled Belgian spiced ale. For less than £10, Sunday roasts can be followed by classic nursery puds, while dinner might typically include mussels with chorizo in a creamy tarragon sauce, chicken chasseur, lamb shank, quality German sausages, cheeseboards and other decent pub grub backed by a fair wine list. Upbeat staff, quizzes, occasional themed nights and live sports action complete the story.
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