Faltering Fullback

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Finsbury Park

Tucked away down a side street off busy Stroud Green Road, this is a dream of a pub. Consequently, it's always busy, for all its hidden location.

The secret of its success is several distinct zones: a front room with screens for match days (provided quirky objects hanging from the ceiling don't intrude); a smaller, music-free central area; a barn-like back room with a raucous, studenty feel, picnic table seating, loud music and pool; and a pleasant beer garden which spans over the pub's entire roof – on multiple levels.

A so-so range of beers includes Leffe and London Pride on tap, and the wine is limited to a couple of ordinary reds and whites. The pub's kitchen does some decent Thai food, including classic curries and fried noodles.


Venue name: Faltering Fullback
Address: 19 Perth Rd
N4 3HB
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail
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Kerry O
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Thai food, beer and magical garden. 10/10 would drink again

Chlo Fo


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Great little pub, tucked away in the residential streets of Finsbury Park. It's got that proper 'local' feeling, with standard regulars propping up the bar, but coupled with the yuppies that are rapidly invading the area. Thai food is really blooming good (starters not so much), pad Thai is super tasty, incredibly flavoursome and great value.

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Nestled in the entrails of Finsbury Park stands this glorious pub! Perfect for Summer or Autumn drinking with,in my opinion,the best beer garden in London,bar none! 

The pub has this wonderful,in my description,Escher like garden.With staircases draped in flowers leading all different nooks in the garden,it is a maze to explore whilst you are up there!

Serving good ales and wines and Thai Food. 

Now....I have to say..... when I went  and it was very busy.......my mate went a cued to order food and was waiting for 45 mins before she could even get to place her order THEN was stuck a further 20 mins at the bar trying to order drinks. Although I had a lovely time chatting with other punters in the pub,I really missed my friend for that hour,I really did! So,be wiley when you go,order food first me thinks and maybe wrestle people to the bar??!

That being said I love it at this pub and will go again and again,especially when the sun is out- tis no better place to crush a cup of wine or wax lyrical with chums of a Sunday afternoon. 

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best time to go is summer when you can make use of the roof terrace, but get there early as everyone who knows about this place knows to head there! really great for rugby too - fantastic atmosphere, can't beat it. but again, get there early, it's very very popular with locals and those in the know. they only serve thai food, which can be a pain for some, but allow a local pizza place to deliver there and its very good pizza - not the usual greasy take-out!

Lizzie W

A great pub, with reasonably priced drink and an amazing outdoor space. Many leveled, wooden benches, plants and flowers galore and lots of private seating so you never feel overlooked. This is such a fab location for a pint after work in the sun or to relax all day on a Sunday. They also have a Thai restaurant and the food smells good! Great for sports fans, they also do a weekly pub quiz.

No reservations available. Hidden away on a back road near Finsbury Park it is quite a trek from central but if you are in the area a definite recommend. #TOTastemaker

Anamaria S

The roof terrace is amazing, a warren of hidden tables and greenery. Somehow we always seem to find a table even though it's usually heaving with people. The only drag is having to go down to the bar to get a round in and negotiate the winding steps carrying a tray of pints. I've never spilt one yet though!