Remember the days before pubs went ‘gastro’ and the DJs moved in on a Saturday night? This diminutive Irish boozer is the very definition of a ‘proper’ pub.
The Harringay Arms is tiny and it is a proper traditional pub, from the frankly disgusting red patterned carpets to the swathes of wood. Everywhere you look there are decorative embellishments, such as the ornamental plates and pictures featuring famous Irish people, although the effect is spoiled somewhat by a TV in the corner. There’s really very little to it, but it’s certainly a cosy drinking experience and one that reminds you of the good old days before chain bars took over the high street.
This is most definitely an ale drinker’s old man pub if ever you saw one, and is often filled with locals. However, you do get younger residents from the area popping in for a pint of ale, as the drink has slowly started to become trendy. Well, kinda trendy. And luckily the staff are very welcoming to everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re a first-timer or long-standing regular.
Draught Guinness and real ale – these are the drinks of choice at the Harringay Arms. There are three ales on at any one time, and they include a decent mix of Courage Best, Adnams Broadside and Doombar, although they’re not the best kept beers you’ll have ever tasted.
The Last Word
The Harringay Arms is something of a triumph. This breed of pub is slowly being destroyed and replaced with cold, neutrally decorated chain bars, so it’s nice to see one thriving within a local community.