|The Beehive - Pic Kevin Fenaughty
Pubs are a subject which has proven very popular in our Saturday lists. The complete list of pubs in the Borough is in our top ten for views. One day, I may well try and put together a complete list of closed pubs (or as complete as possible) for the Borough, however for today, I thought I'd put my top ten favourite closed pubs. Here's my list
1. The Beehive, Edgware(see above).
2. The Torrington, North Finchley. An amazing music venue. Any pub where you could see Stevie Marriott surely is a huge and very sad loss. Now a Starbucks and a barbers.
3. The Sparrowhawk. Another fine music venue, with snooker tables. Also a big venue for weddings and local social events. Now a Tesco's
4. The Red Lion, Colindale. Another pub which held regular music gigs. I had many a great night in there. More flats
5. The Railway Hotel, Edgware. This is a scandalous loss. The shameful neglect is something we've chronicled here. Sadly it still has a large hole in the roof from the fire. Sadly the local councillors are stillshamefully pretending all is tickety boo and the local council and English Heritage are sitting on their hands, doubtless wishing the whole place had burned down.Absolutely no change at the Grade 2 listed Railway Hotel in Edgware. No efforts made to secure cover on fire-damaged roof.— Mark Amies (@Superfast72) December 2, 2018
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6. The Load of Hay, Hendon. I have fond memories of my Uncle George's wake there. It was a pub that always seemed strangely rural to me, given that it was just off the High Street. A nice pub and a big loss. Now flats
7. The Prince Albert, Golders Green. This was another pub that had music and was a nice venue. I played it during the 1980's with my band The False Dots. It was always packed, it seems to me incongruous that it disappeared, given the dearth of pubs in the area. Now flats
8. The Bald Faced Stag, Burnt Oak. I daresay that some people will say "how can you possibly miss the Stag?" It wasn't the most solubrious pub. However the False Dots had a residence at the pub in 1984. Whilst the pub had a rep for being like the Country and Western bar in The Blues Brothers, at the time we played, it had a brilliant landlord, who saw music and food as a way to build a successful pub. It was so successful that the brewery moved him to a posher gig and the Stagg returned to its core market. It taught me a vital lesson though. If you have the right product, you will do well anywhere. Sadly no one else ever had the vision to make the Stag the great pub it could have been. currently a building site.
9. The Mill, Mill Hill East. Yet another lost opportunity. This was one of the favourite venue pubs for The Mill Hill Music Festival. I think that when we had our soul night there 16 years ago, it was perhaps my best night watching live music in Mill Hill. It was a large, 1950's style establishment, which priamrily served the local market.
10. The Alexandra, Barnet. A large, attractive pub, that at one point in the early 1990's was somewhere I'd drink at quite regularly. A landmark and a real hub of the community. Sadly, like many pubs it got rather neglected and unloved. Look at what it is now. Tell me what you think. Which looks better?
|Site of Alexandra now (courtesy Google Maps)
|The Alex as was (Courtesy www.closedpubs.co.uk)
Do you have a favourite closed pub in the Borough of Barnet? Please leave a comment. Oh and if you are one of the eejits who thinks that pubs should be closed down etc, don't bother posting any comments, because they won't be published. Set up your own blog if you want to spout nonsense.
---- Don't forget to make a date in your diary for The Barnet Eye Xmas party and Community awards at Mill Hill Rugby Club on Fri 14th December at Mill Hill Rugby Club at 8pm. We really hope you can come down and say Hi. Admission is Free.