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The Flask

Bars and pubs, Pubs Highgate
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This historic Highgate pub doesn't take enough pride in its past. Rather than fill out its stunningly eerie alcoves with relaxed seating for those looking to soak up the atmosphere over a pint, they squeeze in as many laid tables as possible and pack it to the rafters with diners. Alas, this seems to be a common north London story, with many of the locals going the gastro route.

Still, there's plenty to admire if you're coming for a pie with your pint. The warren of rooms still echoes a Dickens novel, especially by night. The story goes that the pub is haunted by the ghost of a Spanish barmaid, adding a touch of tourist-orientated ambience. The bar itself may be tiny in size, but there's a nice space out front with covered tables for a gathering overlooking the green. This is a beer drinker’s pub – you'll find a reasonable roster of Fuller's ales and a couple of guests on rotation, at least.

Details

Address: 77 Highgate West Hill
London
N6 6BU
Transport: Tube: Archway/Highgate
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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tastemaker

I live about 25 minutes from here but my first visit! I love the old decadent feeling on the pub and the lovely outdoor area. Service was slow, it was hard to get someones attention even though I booked a table. Our food (a roast) was 3/5 for me but I would come back to the pub because of its lovely feel and atmosphere so it gets a 4 overall. 

Tastemaker

I'm lucky as this is just a 20 minutes hike up Highgate Hill for me, so it's a place I try to frequent several times when the weather is good. My choice of sear is its front garden; nicely sheltered from the road, usually with at least a few cute dogs to admire and plenty of seats, you can usually find a space or two to park yourself and soak up the sun. And in winter, the inside is so cosy it's hard not to settle in for the night. Unfortunately the staff will kick you out after the bells been rung, otherwise....

The bar has a decent selection of drinks, at prices you would expect in Highgate, though I am proud to say that I got a decent glass of wine under a fiver, so it's not all bad on the wallet. They have water available with bits of cucumber in it, with plenty of glasses, a big tick on my list of qualities in a pub - who doesn't love tap water with some salad in it? And always very welcome after that hike up from Archway.


Downsides? Well the covered terrace at the front is a smoked filled den, so I won't sit under there. Not sure they can do much about it, but it would be nice if that wasn't the case. And the loos - the last time I went were beyond gross. It wasn't even that busy. I did however mention it to the super friendly bar chappy/manager guy and after a long discussion about loos at festivals and so on, he agreed with me, that is "not what one expects at a posh pub in Highgate".

May this place stay where it is, may the smokers go away and may the loos be cleaner, then I'll be a very happy punter as I sip my wine and pretend I'm a Highgate resident for an hour or two of joyous pretension. Long live The Flask.

Tastemaker

I've visited this pub twice and am planning to go many more times. It has everything:

  • A big, beautiful beer garden – it was sunny both times I went, which might have added to the overall experience – with pretty flowers everywhere.

  • Booze (surprising, right?) - nuff said.

  • Delicious food. I mean, TRULY INCREDIBLE! You should definitely try the sole or fish and chips. The desserts are pretty amazing too.

  • Super friendly staff that gives great recommandations and will make your time extra fun.

  • Fab' decoration inside – watch out for the stuffed badger wearing glasses and a scarf.

    The only issue is probably that it's really hard to get to but it's definitely worth the journey.

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