Bald Faced Stag

6 reviews

69 High Road , London, N2 8AB

SquareMeal Review of Bald Faced Stag

Lording it over the vicinity, this stag gives locals something to strut about. The solid Victorian building houses a welcoming bar & handsome dining room. There are plans for a secluded garden, in addition to the current space under an ancient sycamore. Friends, families & foodies come to enjoy cooking that cleverly chimes with changing appetites & budgets. Ciabattas take centre stage at lunchtime, along with honest pub grub such as gammon, egg & chips, & a set menu for £12.90. Dinner brings refined modern European dishes, perhaps roast quail with celeriac remoulade & soft-boiled quail egg, followed by baked hake fillet with smoked haddock & chive mash & blood-orange butter sauce. On Sundays, the attentive staff bring roasts & comfort food. To drink, choose from European lagers, three draught ales, & a decent wine list.

Bald Faced Stag Location

69 High Road , London N2 8AB

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Thurs -11.30pm Fri-Sat -12M)

Bald Faced Stag's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.3


Service: 6.2


Atmosphere: 7.3


Value: 6.5


Food + drink: 2

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Bronze Reviewer
26 November 2015

We used to come here often, at least twice a month and at one stage every weekend. The staff changed sometime early 2015 and the whole place went downhill fast. Slow service (drinks 15 minute wait, despite the fact I could've walked to the bar from the restaurant in 1 minute). Slow kitchen (45 minute wait for main course) and over cooked food. Sadly we haven't been back to see if they've redeemed themselves.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Bronze Reviewer
29 July 2015

Following a refurbishment, the Bald Faced Stag took on new chef, Tom Stephens, six weeks ago and we were blown away by the food when we dropped in yesterday evening. Formerly of Pied a Terre, Tom is breathing new life into East Finchley in terms of quality cuisine. Superb ingredients and wonderfully interesting flavours don’t come better than this. Pea & mint hummus, Smoked mozzarella, peas, broad bean, lemon & basil dressing, Truffle custard, roasted cauliflower and mushroom crumble are three of just some of the fare on offer. Extraordinary and wonderful. This is a young man who needs to be kept a close eye on. The menu is very varied and does cater for all tastes so there is still the traditional fare on offer just don’t get us started on the Coconut parfait, whipped raspberry jelly, lime curd – ridiculously good! Come on everyone who lives in North London – get down there!!


Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3


Bronze Reviewer
11 July 2011

The Bald Faced Stag is a million miles away from the dingy pub that it used to be and serves good quality food that is reasonably priced and for the East Finchley area brings some much needed quality in the Gastro Market. Certainly better than the White Lion doen the road and comparable to the Clissard Arms towards Muswell Hill it is a good place for Sunday lunch or midweek meal rather than a Saturday night out.

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