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105 Fortis Green
It may sound like a pub, but the Clissold Arms has galloped down the gastro route, so its large premises are now far more about cuisine than quaffing. The place continues to attract comment, both
adverse (service can get overstretched) and favourable (food is rated highly). Tables are covered in white linen, and the kitchen takes seasonal British ingredients and gives them a fancy
French twist. Dishes such as figs stuffed with goats’ cheese with honey truffle dressing show creativity and flair, as do mains of parsley and Gruyère-crusted cod with wilted spinach and saffron broth, and a ‘mouthwatering’ lemon and lavender crème brûlée for dessert. The lovely sunny garden to the side
(complete with fleecy blankets to ward off evening chills) and the Kinks room at the front (the pub hosted the band’s first gig) fill with satisfied locals every weekend.
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105 Fortis Green
East Finchley Station 700m
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Mon-Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs-Sun 12N-12M (Thurs -11pm Sun -10pm)
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Food + drink: 2
This place has rave reviews and claims to be the best voted family pub for the last 2 years. Sadly, the place did not suit my expectations. It was noisy and chaotic. Kids running everywhere (family pub after all) and although the food looked quite nice, the rare roast beef was so chewy my food was cold by the time I had chomped through it. I should have asked to have it cooked a bit more but in great British silence I suffered. I can see why it's popular but it wasn't for me. I won't be going back. On a positive note, it's a kicking and lively place with loads going on and if you like that sort of thing it's an "excellent".
Food + drink: 3
I researched pubs in Muswell Hill and based on the reviews we chose Clissold Arms over a couple of other pubs in the area.
The staff were friendly enough and the pub has a fairly mixed crowd. It's quite a large pub though so I thought it lacked a bit of atmosphere. We ordered the beef and chicken roasts and both were served within 3 min of ordering! Felt a bit like being served in a canteen! The food was pleasant enough but actually quite tasteless and bland. It seems to be a popular pub but I have definitely had better roasts elsewhere.
Food + drink: 4
This is such an attractive venue – lovely garden lit by fairy lights, and a warm atmosphere inside. The service was prompt and attentive at the beginning and the food was good – nothing earth shattering but well done – the lamb cutlets were perfect.
But I didn't know when I booked that they have started a Karaoke Night on Fridays. I am sure if you are with a group, have had a few drinks it is a great laugh – but for people sitting outside the room it is loud and awful. If I wanted live music to accompany my meal I would go to Ronnie Scotts, not listen to the drunken squawking of an amateur.
I wanted to have a good chat with an old friend. It wasn't the place for that. My advice – ask whether they are doing Karaoke before you book.
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