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The Bald Faced Stag is a delightfully traditional pub that offers a range of quality pub food and real ales, all served amidst a pleasant atmosphere. Also boasting a large beer garden, The Bald Faced Stag is a great addition for East Finchley come rain or shine.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 00:00

SAT

10:30 - 00:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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By S.

The Bald Faced Stag is a brilliant pub, it's definitely a good place to shoot some pool as long as you get on the table early enough! The crowd are really nice and the staff even better so all in all I have only good things to say about The Bald Faced Stag!


By S.

Bald Faced Stag's a fairly simple affair (with a bizarre name!) that does tasty food at reasonable prices. Went last week with friends and it was a laugh.

Not the place for a romantic meal out but I quite like it in the Bald Faced Stag.


By Kelly M.

My partner and I went for a Sunday Roast. Unfortunately, it looked the part but we were very disappointed. The potatoes were dry and the gravy tasteless. It was way over priced for what it was. My search continues for a decent Sunday Roast.


By Tarryn G.

My boyfriend and I stumbled across this pub on Sunday whilst exploring East Finchley. It was buzzy inside even at 3:30pm on a Sunday and they serve food all day. The roast coming out looked fantastic however we opted for Dexter bee pie and fish and chips both of which for fantastic- the homemade tartar sauce was really something quite different. The only negative was the amount of children and I would recommend opting to stay in the bar and not the dining room as they're are no children in the bar area. However if you do have children this has to be one of the best places I have seen with colouring in books balloons and a full children's menu. I will definitely be back even if just for a pint of Fruli.


By Philip W.

We stumbled on the Bald Faced Stag in East Finchley when staying in Muswell Hill. The large dining room towards the rear of the building was laid out with tables and chairs as well as leather upholstered booths. The music was slightly retro adult-rock, which seemed to fit the ambiance well. The waiting staff was friendly, polite and attentive, and the service was swift. I had a starter of Crab and Haddock Cakes, which were served piping hot, and packed with fish and flavour, not the usual potato-packed cakes here! My wife tried the intriguing Vodka Cured Salmon, which subtly combined the fish and alcohol, without the booze being overpowering. My main course was a generous serving of Wild Rabbit Pie. Served with Ginger Carrots, (that’s whole carrots flavoured with ginger), and packed with sumptuous meat and gravy, this was a real treat of flavour and texture. My wife’s Onglet Steak was cooked perfectly medium rare as requested, and was very tender and with a great, almost kidney-like taste. Although we were eating in the evening, the Chef was good enough to prepare a Handmade Burger and Chips from the lunch menu, for our teenage daughter, and Sausage and Mash for our grandson. We do stay in that part of London from time to time, so we shall definitely be back. All in all, a great meal in a great Gastro Pub.


By Mai-Ling L.

Everything was fine at this restaurant, the setting was nice, the food was ok, and then unfortunately the waitress was rude to my 6 year old son. At first it seemed like a child friendly place but it turned out not to be at all. We didn't even leave a tip which is something I never do, but she really left a sour taste in our mouths. Really disappointing as it appeared to have so much potential.


By Boris J.

Bald Faced Stag - strongly not encourage that place or any thing in that area for that matter: Below mediocre food quality with pomposity and prices of the Claridges... My Sunday roast stated Angus Sirloin Beef, I am very sure that it was no where near Angus Cattle Producers and the cut was more like poor man’s steak, chuck, definitely did not come from anywhere even near short loin. My starter was suposed to be king prawns - well for 8 quid one would expect at least that the description represents that reality at its minimum. I got five minute shrimps! There are plenty good pubs in the area - less costly and better food!


By Claire S.

I recently ate at the Stag with a girlfriend and at first we were not sure about eating there as we did not want to eat in a pub.

We had heard about the Stage from friends and were aware that there was a separate dining area.

The dining room was impressive and more importantly the food was excellent; we were both pleasantly surprised at both the quality and presentation of all dishes (as it was more like the type of food we would expect in a fine dining establishment).

We were a bit overwhelmed by the choices which on hand was good but also a long list however we found plenty to choose from.

The service was great we had an Australian waiter and a well spoken waitress who both really looked after us even though it was very busy.

Overall I would go back again and take a group of friends as also it is the type of place to meet up for celebrations- very good food and service- keep up the good work guys.

Claire


By Blibblobblib

The Bald Faced Stag is as proud and graceful as its namesake. Quality food in a cosy home-away-from-home environment make it the ideal spot for East Finchley locals and anyone who happens to find themselves in this neck of the woods.

The Venue
A minute’s walk from East Finchley’s famed Phoenix Cinema, it won’t be hard to miss the looming structure of the Bald Faced Stag. This impressive site has a long history, serving horsemen and their coaches that passed along the Great North Turnpike Road in the early 18th Century.

As you enter, the cosy bar area is rather small and intimate for such a large building; however, this only adds to its charm. As you find a nook to slip into with your beer, whilst surrounded by a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture, you’ll notice that the numerous rooms are decorated in rich, dark colours, and the soft lighting echoes the muddled fittings with large, exquisite candelabras at one end of the bar and modern, subtle chandeliers at the other.

The main feature of the Bald Faced Stag, however, can be found or - more correctly - smelt, around the corner. The large, handsome rear dining room with a shiny open-plan kitchen is an impressive sight. With enough space to comfortably serve 85 people, the dining room is vast, with dark walls, subtle lighting, and diner style booths along one side of it, giving the feeling of a 1920s speakeasy, only with better food. Exiting through the doors in the dining area will take you outside to an impressive beer garden, sitting under its main feature - a huge, ancient sycamore tree.

The Atmosphere
The warm, comfortable interior with its dark walls, Chesterfield leather chairs, low level lighting and not a plasma screen in sight, suggest this isn’t a venue to celebrate in when the match is on. The mixed clientele of the local work crowd, young North Londoners and dating couples, fill the small bar area with the constant buzz of good conversation, whilst the relentless fine smells radiating from the nearby kitchen make your belly rumble.

The staff are on the ball, ready to offer a friendly suggestion on what wine to choose or which bar snack will go best with your pint and the low murmur of guests enjoying themselves in the dining area is a constant reminder that the Bald Faced Stag is a great venue for catching up over dinner.

The Food
The modern British menu at the Bald Faced Stag is designed to impress. Starters (£4-£11) set the tone of the rest of the menu with eclectic entrees. The chilli and garlic prawns in olive oil is a highlight. Seven generously sized, plump prawns are served on a hot plate, sizzling in olive oil. Taking care not to incinerate your fingers, these succulent and juicy prawns are well complemented by the sweet garlic flavours, but beware of the chillies - they pack a real punch. A great vegetarian starter is the goat cheese tartlet with onion marmalade and pesto. The tartlet arrives piled high with a hefty slab of fried goat cheese teetering on top of a bed of salad. Hidden underneath is the crumbly tartlet, filled with a sticky-sweet onion marmalade. The cheese melts perfectly with the caramelised onion and crumbly base.

For mains (£11-£18) there’s an excellent choice of meat and fish dishes. The 28 day aged rib eye steak is thick and juicy with hardly any fat. The steak comes served on a wooden chopping board so you can really go at it. Cooked to perfection, the accompanying bearnaise sauce and confit tomatoes complement the flavours wonderfully. It also comes served with an unnecessary but otherwise excellent bowl of fat chips. Another option is the rump of lamb with roasted sweet potatoes and rosemary jus. Five tender cuts of lamb arrive on a large white plate, topped with a sprinkling of homemade sweet potato crisps. The succulent flavours of the lamb blend excellently with the roasted layers of sweet potato, and it is evident in the flavour that this meat has been slow-cooked until tender. Garlic spinach is a tasty accompaniment to any of the meat dishes, offering a sweet and juicy retreat from what can normally be a bland dish.

The dessert menu (£4-£5) will have anyone with a sweet tooth salivating for more. The vanilla creme brulee is excellent. Presented in a large white dish, crisped to golden perfection, it is served with a portion of lemon shortbread. Nothing beats the sound of that crispy topping, cracking when tapped with the spoon, and the combination of the sweet and sour lemon shortbread with the delicious creamy brulee is first rate. Another favourite is the vanilla panna cotta with poached figs. Slightly bland but paired wonderfully with the figs, the panna cotta melts in the mouth.

A Sunday roast is also available on the weekend between 12pm-9.30pm with a selection of three choices of meat and all the sides for £12-£14. However, if all of this is simply too much for your belly or wallet to handle, a great selection of snacks, with some unusual suggestions thrown in (salt and pepper squid with your pint?) can be found at the bar, ranging from £2-£6.

The Drink
The food is a great reason to visit the Bald Faced Stag, but the laudable selection of beer, ale and cider is another. The bar offers a dependable range of the usual suspects on tap from Kronenbourg to Heineken and you will also find some less usual offerings such as the delicious Portuguese beer Sagres and an ever changing array of real ales. Aspalls cider is a great choice on a hot day, perfect for quenching your thirst without being too gassy.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on tap, they also offer an eclectic wine list exhibited in large writing on the chalk board over the bar. Whether you are enjoying dinner or just fancy a bottle, the considerable list covers all budgets, from £3.50 for a glass of red or white, to £40 for a bottle of Chateauneuf Du Pape. The Melopee de Gavoty - a dry rose with a crisp, light and fruity finish - is highly recommended with any meat dish.

The Last Word
Whilst not the cheapest option for dining out, this smart gastro pub offers a vast choice of delicious, robust food in decadent surroundings with a relaxed atmosphere.


By Andrew C.

shocking prices. £4.45 for a vodka and pepsi.....the dash of pepsi costing £1.10, what a total rip off. and no price list anywhere, even when i asked for one the staff relied"we don't have one". drink here at you wallets peril!!!!


By Esther

I love the BFS. Come here often on my own and the staff always makes me feel welcome. The food is to die for, whether it's hearty winter grub or more elaborate courses (make a table reservation at weekends or you may miss out) Whether you want to chat with the locals, have a good booze-up with friends, take your nan out for dinner or just read the papers or a book, this is the place where you'll feel at home. At least I do.


By Laura L.

Went here on Friday. Place was packed but we found the service fast, efficient and above all friendly. Food was good, fairly reasonably priced. I had duck confit with red cabbage and beans. Delicious, duck was lovely and tender, flavour of beans really good combination. Fantastic sticky toffee pudding for dessert |Our waitress was on form, entertaining, attentive and knowledgable about the food and wine. Would definitely go again. Nice beer garden too.


By Paula S.

Went on Saturday night with two friends. Very slow service, food expensive as was wine. Very poor choice for me as a vegetarian. Pleasant staff. Definitely wouldn't dine there again.


By Alex F.

Went there for Sunday lunch with my girlfriend and had an amazing meal, so I decided to take some friends there on bank holiday monday. There was 10 of us this time but was told when I booked it wouldn't be a problem. Well the starters came out OK but thats when it all went wrong. Waited over an hour and a half for the main course and never got the bread or olives. When the food came out most of the steak sandwiches couldn't be eaten because they were either too rare to far too much fat on them. If they were busy at least they'd have an excuse but the chefs were just standing around.
The saving grace for them was that the manager came round and said sorry and the main courses were on the house, we weren't the only people she was talking to.
Its a shame because I'd had such a good meal there last time.


By Big D.

Yeah, it's a gud Place To Have Beer,
Especially when You Live So Near,
To Da Bald Faced Stag and it's mate the Local Deer.

*Bigger D strikes again: Peace and Love*


By Laura L.

Wow! Total makeover has made the Bald Fced Stag a fantastic new place to go. Really good food in the restaurant - or you can dine outside in the really lovely garden area. Staff were really friendly. Definitely worth having a look - nothing like the grotty pub it used to be! About time we had something like this locally!

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