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Flask (Bar)

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77 Highgate West Hill, Crouch End, London, N6 6BU
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 8340 7260 | Transport: Highgate | Write review

Flask Review

A naked chef?

Over 300 years old, The Flask is getting old gracefully. A pub full of character and middle-class characters, it offers a formidable food menu and a good choice of drinks (decent wine list, continental beers from Chimay to Dos Equis).

On a Saturday by 7pm it was pretty full (but not crammed) so take note if you want grub, you need to try and book a table. And trust me, you'll want their food.

The portions are generous, quality consistent and the prices are lovable. A steak and ale pie (with its excellently thick and tasty crust and tender chunks of beef) comes with creamy mash and green beans and costs around £8, as did a main of pesto cod.

And talking of lovable, the staff are a blommin' lovely lot. Not only are they smiley and swift, they're also strippers. Well, sort of. For 2006 Ena (Miss July and the bar manager) and 11 of her colleagues have got their clothes off for a calendar (only £6, people) in order to raise cash for a vital bit of kit for a cancer ward. So if you haven't got your calendar yet, you know where to come, if you have, come and get another one anyway - its for a great cause.

The Flask is a total gem of a pub. If you're in the 'hood, you can drop by to get super eats, a convivial atmosphere, a top outdoor space and genuinely nice staff. As they always say, if you don't Flask you don't get.
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Average (based on 6 votes): 6 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I have been eating and drinking at the Flask for years, and have always found it to be a charming pub with great atmosphere and good food. Even after the menu was revised a couple of years ago (along with the prices), the food remained of a high standard therefore paying that little extra seemed reasonable. Whether they were having an 'off' day yesterday, or have simply become complacent due to popularity and the knowledge they will always fill seats, is hard to say. However the £9.90 pricetag that accompanied the Sunday roast seemed grossly above reasonable considering the meal that was placed in front of me. Fatty, undercooked shoulder of lamb, with a few beans and carrots, and roast potatoes that appeared to have been boiled and deep fried to give them a crunchy outter. I rarely make a complaint about food but when you are paying near enough £10 for Sunday lunch, it's fair to say expectations are a little higher than average. You could forgive them if it was a one off, but my friend's caeser salad came floating in a half inch of water with wilted iceberg, and another friend was told his chips (the deep fried variety - not baked) would be 30 minutes.. I only hope the Flask sit up and take note because this is dragging an otherwise delightful pub down.”
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Emily, London (11 years 7 months 8 days ago)

“After a walk on the Heath i haven't found anything better than recovering in the cosy atmosphere of the flask, with its unique setting, great food and extremly friendly service - allresults in an extreamly enjoyable experience.”
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jose, london (13 years 3 months 1 days ago)

“Nice local pub, but gets far too busy on hot sunny days, resulting in service being slow and poor. Good selection of wines and beers, in my opinion Flask is a much better winter drinking hole as you get a more local vibe and can take refugee in some cozy little areas inside. In the summer it is over run by youngsters on their summer term break. Lovely location, but I am a bias Highgater!”
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George, Highgate (13 years 6 months 19 days ago)

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“What a fantastic gem. You have to know about it to be there. Amazing food, huge garden, BBQ and garden bar when sunny plus jazz on Mondays. Ii love this place!”
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jenny brown, london (13 years 7 months 25 days ago)

“The best pub in North London bar none. Food is excellent value for money and the atmposhere just right for relaxed drinking. The only downside is that finding an empty table can sometimes be an issue.”
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Greg, London (14 years 3 months ago)

“I just thought it was your average pub looking from the outside and seeing the beer garden in the front (which has always been full in the summer when I drive past). This place is amazing. The most interesting little rooms that are on different levels, jut out from here and there and the mood is so unique. A mix of very, very old vault like rooms yet so modern. You'll have to see it for yourself. AND the food.... delicious and not overly priced.”
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Annabel, [ Unknown ] (15 years 4 months 11 days ago)

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"Not real food micro wave dishes for green curry like soap with Indian rice not correct as I travel in Asian 6_7 months of the year very upset with cheap nasty food better off with a wimpy burger at £5..." Which venue is this?

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