Having said that, you could spend a pleasant-enough Sunday wandering up to nearby Crouch End, with its smart, clean shopping parade and clutch of cooler joints on Park Road (we particularly like the canine-friendly counter-dining at Heirloom).
But we digress. In fact we digress quite a long way. Because this series is all about watering holes within a bottle’s chuck of the useful Orange line.There’s a clutch of joints you could consider alighting on the platform – I mean, the Stapleton Tavern is perfectly nice and directly opposite – but the the Old Dairy is something a little more special. And it’s owned by the same people who run two decent boozers in Kentish Town that we frequent – The Vine and The Oxford.
As you’d expect, the building once did what it’s name suggests: it was an, er, functioning creamery, and those activities of yore are commemorated in the “milking” murals on the outside walls.
Inside, meanwhile, it’s pretty damn spacious hangar, as you’d expect a Grade ІІ-listed building of this nature to be. Exposed brick walls, a barn-like main bar, and a more contemporary restaurant and private dining room all compete for punters’ tired arses.We’ve only eaten Saturday lunch here, I admit, which was a low-key, typically gastropub affair, with mains around £10-15 – you know, lamb rump, smoked haddock, chicken thighs, that kind of thing – and a laidback north London crowd. Oh, and plenty of kiddies pulling apart fish finger sandwiches and scattering the contents on the floor.
We guzzled a hearty house red – it was a chilly day – but craft beer fans will make a beeline for the 5 cask conditioned real ales, or bottles, cans and draft from 20 different breweries. There are more than enough options for a skinful anyway, before you stagger the few steps back to the station for the short hop home.
Next time: Things hotten up as we hit Harringay Green Lanes.