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.