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2nd Feb 2013 12:06pm | By Helen Elfer
In this corner of north London, where Crouch Hill meets Stroud Green Road, competition among local boozers is oh-so stiff.
The scene We reckon The Stapleton is definitely a front runner.
Not pretentious or smart enough for a gastro-pub, but a few notches up from your typical old-man watering hole, the decor gives it heaps of character.
A quirky assortment of ornaments and candle-lit tables make the enormous main hall feel much more cosy than it would otherwise.
There’s a great mix of seating – a combo of battered leather sofas and long wooden picnic-style tables mean it works as a date venue or a place to catch up with a bunch of mates.
It’s really a place to go and chat while you drink, as the atmosphere is relaxed and low-key, even when the football’s on.
The grub Sunday roasts and a few other mains, but you’re best off sharing snacks – mackerel pate with a horseradish mayo is eye-wateringly good. Avoid the so-so cheese plate, as there’s little variety.
Behind the bar A selection of real ales on tap (you’ll be asked whether you want yours in a tankard or pint glass) and a decent wine list.
Bill please Glasses of wine from £2.70 and pints of beer from £3.50.
Verdict If you live in the area, you couldn’t do better than making this easy-going spot your local boozer.
2-4 Crouch Hill, N4 4AU
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