So it’s time to revive the blog. Around 18 months ago I started working full time for the London Ambulance Service. On a frantic day of flat viewings we ended up settling for a place in Enfield Town.
Now don’t get me wrong, I like where we live, but there is a distinct lack of anything that resembles a good pub here. Neither craft nor CAMRA types are catered to and since moving here I’ve been wondering why. There’s plenty of pubs, why does nobody seem to care that they all serve the same beers and feel more or less the same? I have a few ideas:
- McMullen – Anyone that has visited a McMullen pub will know that they are generally pleasant. Their beer on the other hand is tedious. Apart from a strong ‘festive’ bitter that they brew (which I have yet had the opportunity to try), their beers occupy the 3.8%-4.8% range of hop-less, crystal malt heavy swill. They never seem to stock guest beers on any visits I’ve made in the past and all their keg offerings seem to be macro lager/Guinness. Clearly, despite claiming to be a brewery, they care very little about making good beer and seem much more intent upon being a bar/restaurant chain in disguise.
- Transport – Despite being in Zone 5, Enfield Town is very well connected. Either of the two train stations can have you in central London in around 30 minutes. When there’s a wealth of amazing beer so close, why bother staying here?
- Demographic – Enfield Town’s population is majority white and middle aged or elderly. With craft being embraced by a younger crowd, it’s not all that surprising that the streets aren’t paved with DIPAs. But why no twiggy real ale pubs? I’ve got no proof that this is the case, but CAMRA seems to cater towards a more working class crowd these days. The people of Enfield Town are probably more into their Pinot Noir than a pint of bitter.
Whilst it sucks there isn’t a pub that seems to cater to those enthusiastic about beer, I understand. But though it’s slim pickings for proper beer here, there are a few places that might serve a decent pint. No comment on whether the pub itself is actually nice to be in.
The Old Wheatsheaf – 3 handpulls, usually from regional family brewers such as Marstons and Wells and Youngs.
The Cricketers – McMullen Pub, did have Camden Hells on last visit. But that’s macro lager now right?
The Stag – Board out the front claims ‘Craft Beers’. Really it should be singular, as it serves BD Dead Pony Club.
The George – Punk IPA. Rubbish pub.
Crown & Horseshoes – GK pub, but had Timothy Taylors on last visit, not bad condition either.
The Moon Under Water – It’s a Spoons.
Holtwhites Bakery – Sells bottles of Redemption and Orbit, so probably worth just going there and picking some up (along with some amazing bread/pastries/cheese) and drinking at home. Alone. Whilst you write a blog slagging off Enfield Town’s pubs.