Weekend breakfasts are a clever new addition to the line-up at this likeable neighbourhood gastropub. The Bald-Faced Stag is large enough to suit many occasions. Its pleasant garden, featuring a huge sycamore tree, welcomes diners, drinkers and smokers (the latter doing little to diminish the atmosphere, given the traffic on the A1000). Effort is put into the draught beer selection, with Cornish Trelawny and Sambrook’s Wandle on tap during our visit. Many customers, though, come for the interesting choice of 16 wines by the glass.
The capacious, purpose-built dining room apes classic gastropub decor; the bar is more cheerful. Curiously, the set lunch menu showed better cooking and greater generosity than our à la carte options, which unanimously disappointed. Nicely cooked, fresh-tasting pollack was let down by gritty spinach and an over-mild sweetcorn velouté. Much better was the crisp-topped slab of pork belly with ham-hock potato cake and red cabbage, preceded by tender chicken livers on balsamic-flavoured toast. Sticky toffee pudding was a good rendition, whereas a slice of blueberry cheesecake (meagre, ugly, broken) was outclassed by its accompanying raspberry ripple ice-cream (not a good flavour match either). Service needed a giddy-up to show its friendly efficiency.
|Venue name:||Bald Faced Stag||Contact:|
69 High Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed, Sun; noon-11.30pm Thur; noon-midnight Fri; 10am-midnight Sat. Breakfasrt served 10am-2.30pm Sat. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: East Finchley tube|
|Price:||Main courses £11.50-£18. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £9.90 2 courses, £12.90 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
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Had sunday lunch 26/8/12 and the menu looked promising.Friendly staff took the oredes swiftly and then we waited an age for the food. Unfortunately it was not worth the wait or the money. The vegatables were dry and tasted as if they had been left standing for hours I had the roast beef --two small squares thinly cut that were tough and chewy the chicken was overcooked aand the lamb rump was equally disappointing. However the swordfish was the best dish of the five. There are far better places to eat with cooks that care what they are serving .If you are paying top end prices you would expect much better than the stag dishes out.Best avoided
Terrible. Very rude landlord/Bar Manager. The food was extremely overpriced for what it's worth, £12 for a very mediocre burger and chips?!! I think I'm owed at least £8 of it back, I feel like I've been mugged. Will not be reccommending or returning to this place.
A great place to catch up with friends, and with an ever improving bar snack menu, you don't have to go to the restaurant (but it is worth checking out if you want a great meal). Real ales, Good lager and great wines, the perfect place for everyone!