The Faltering Fullback
Tucked away down a side street off busy Stroud Green Road, this is a dream of a pub. Consequently, it’s always busy, for all its hidden location. The secret of its success is several distinct zones: a front room with screens for match days (provided quirky objets hanging from the ceiling don’t intrude); a smaller, music-free central area; a barn-like back room with a raucous, studenty feel, picnic table seating, loud music and pool; and a pleasant beer garden which spans over the pub’s entire roof – on multiple levels. A so-so range of beers includes Leffe and London Pride on tap, and the wine is limited to a couple of ordinary reds and whites. The pub’s kitchen does some decent Thai food, including classic curries and fried noodles.