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“Perfect when warm outside” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Clissold Arms

The Clissold Arms
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Ranked #7,402 of 22,204 Restaurants in London
Price range: $70 - $200
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: We are on Fortis Green which is a 10 minute walk from East Finchley tube Station. Bus routes 102 & 234 service fortis green whilst we are just a short walk from both Muswell Hill(43,134,299) & East Finchley (143,263 H3)
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect when warm outside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Their outdoor area is excellent. Had a good time on a sunday lunch. Prices is above average for a gastro pub. But sitting outside and we liked the food, I would rate it 4 stars. When weather is great it could go up to 5 stars just because the outdoor area.

Maybe not a place to go to for a pint... more a gastro pub type of place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Swede75_london
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Hertfordshire UK
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch at The Clissold Arms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Had a great Sunday lunch at pub in Muswell Hill. Service was very good. Attentive without being over attentive. Had the Roast beef which was excellent. Not overdone like you get in most pubs. Weather was good so sat outside. Sporting pictures on the outside and Kinks pictures inside. Will go again.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lozzer26
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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worst attitude I have ever experienced in any pub, ever!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Let's just say that the attitude of the staff- I can only inagine it is the owner or manager- is a disgrace and it is a wonder that any business that talks to their customers in the manner I have experienced is still trading. What a pity, this place now has a reputation that preceeds it for all the wrong reasons.

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank James C
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London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“What on earth has happened to the Clissold......??”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

To say this place has been taken down market is an understatement. The front bar, previously a stylish, laid back room with lovely sofas, great lighting etc has become a function room for multiple hen nights. Cheap tables covered with cloths and a coarse, 'function room' feel to the place. The back room is similarly bedecked - fairy lights completing the look. There's cheap piped music, blackboards with a 'Wetherspoons' type vibe to it all. It's as if the owners don't know what to do next and are trying every conceivable selling angle to get punters in. Unfortunately, it will make the previous bread and butter clientele stay away in droves. On sitting down, you're greeted with a sad little plate of crudites and a pot of hummus, a basket of bread and olive oils, balsamic etc. What the heck is that all about? It's not 1986 and frankly, after grazing on that lot - even though it was revolting, who is going to need a starter? Salt and pepper squid was actually very good but a chicken and avocado salad was pretty hard work - digging through the leaves looking for chicken or avocado was exhausting. Lamb chops looked oily and over cooked. Depressing really - you had to fight your way to the loo through the throngs of hen parties wearing paper hats - it was like a scene from a Mike Leigh film. What an absolute crying waste of a good pub. Someone buy it quick and turn it back into what it was before? Appalling place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bearsontour_10
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Disappointing and overpriced.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were shown to a table right by the kitchen next to another couple despite it being quite empty.
The food was extremely overpriced and mainly consisted of lettuce leaves. I was a bit revolted by the hot chicken salad with Parmesan grated on top.
The music playing was mainly hits from the early 80s.
The staff we friendly but that is the best I can say.
Definitely never going back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gunho
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