Harringay Arms

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Crouch End

Those coming this way for the first time, perhaps on the W7 bus up Crouch Hill, might miss this little Irish pub beside a branch of NatWest. The Harringay Arms’ rather bland, un-publike façade hides a wood-panelled interior, an illusion of space created by judicious use of mirrors.

Like it and it’s ‘cosy’, dislike it and it’s ‘cramped’; still, the regulars are generally happy to move from their space at the bar should you wish to order.

Beers include Courage Best and Adnams Broadside, along with standard lagers, but they could sell washing-up liquid in pints and locals would continue to come here for a natter.

The history of the area can be studied in detail on a wall by the door, with maps and documents detailing old planning permission requests, while the back area acts as a wall of honour to Irish literature, with Behan, O’Brien, Yeats and others honoured in portrait form.

Venue name: Harringay Arms
Address: 153 Crouch Hill
N8 9QH
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-midnight Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W3, W7 bus, or Crouch Hill rail
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Average User Rating

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Lydia J

These days subject to much debate in Crouch End since the changes of ownership and people still talking about the good old days of Sheila and Mick. Still my favourite pub in Crouch End though, I like the shabbiness and the fact its not sure what it is, sometimes great beer- I like the staff and Dennis the dog


A real pub, not tarted up. Full of locals having a chat or a fag on the little patio. Great music and quiz nights, you won't find a better boozer in North London.

Harriet D

Love this place! It's full of character and characters, you always find yourself chatting to some interesting people!! Great live music too and you have to love Dennis the pub Staffie!

Clare B

This pub was good around a year or so ago but the beer seems to get worse every time I visit the place. The ale tastes watered down and stale which is a shame as I used to like this pub a lot. There are much nicer places to go in Crouch End where they know how to keep beer properly.

Sonja Nash

Great pub under new ownership. It's like somebody finally switched the lights on for this lovely little boozer. Really nice 'feel' inside. Great mix of people - a pub to treasure.


Charming pub with loads of character and friendly staff. In a sea of usual "chain" bars this is possibly the best pub in Crouch End.