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Catcher in The Rye (Bar)

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315-319 Regents Park Rd, Finchley, London, N3 1DP
Cuisine: Modern European Average Price: £10.00
Tel: 020 8343 4369 | Email to Catcher in The Rye | Transport: Finchley Central | Write review

Catcher in The Rye Review

A novel approach.

The Catcher in the Rye is a welcome addition to the Finchley eating and drinking scene. Having recently been refurbished from being a grubby pub to a pub to go to for grub (by the Faucet Inns Group) there’s little in the immediate area that competes with it.

This large pub set on one floor has been split into different sections using clever seating and dais, providing little nooks and crannies for a bit of privacy.

Clean, modern styling with simple features (one large poppy mural, a real fireplace, pages from J D Salinger’s book) work well but it’s the food that really makes this place stand out.

A delicious main of salmon with lemon and thyme mash and lime beurre blanc (£8.95) was perfectly cooked, generous in portion and came with a really moreish fragrant cream sauce. Great potato wedges (£3) came served with creme fraiche and sweet chilli.

My mate, who kept craning his neck to check the football they were screening in one of the sections of the pub, chose the Thai spiced swordfish (£8.95) which was superb (am basing this on the fact that he said so and also cos he forgot about the footie until the millisecond he’d finished eating).

The wine list comes with very reasonable prices. An elegant Vega del
Raya Rioja is one of their mid-priced bottles at £14.50. Definitely worth a mention is the Kronenberg Blanc they have on tap (£3.80), a refreshing brew with a lingering peach perfume and coriander notes. Also on tap are San Miguel, Fosters, Stella and three ales.

Also watch out for a seasonally changing menu, their specials, a possible late license, the massive queen olives they’ve got at the bar (they’re like plums) and last but not least the staff run this operation with care and professionalism.

This pub is smart, slick and scrummy. There was only one thing that tried to ruin the evening for me, a tiny persistent bug that kept trying to get in on my pan-fried salmon. But that’s insects for you, when it comes to the Catcher in the Rye there are no flies on them. more

Customer Reviews for Catcher in The Rye

Average (based on 12 votes): 12 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“There is definitely a management presence there now and it seems like they have done the most wonderful job. The staff seem a lot Happier and all the old customers are coming back. The quality of food has grown significantly in the past 3 months as previously I’d dread to eat from there. 10:10 for the manager who is now running what is a wonderful business. ”
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Sylvia, Enfield (2 years 11 months 7 days ago)

“They literally clicked us out! We called in advance, if we can bring our dogs in. We described their size and all... Made a lame excuse about food hygiene even though it was a complete bullsh*t. The manager was so rude he didn't even come to apologise... You ether aloud dogs or your not! Discrimination against a dog size is not different that any other kind of discrimination... Shameful.”
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Eyal, Borehamwood (3 years 28 days ago)

“What a great find, this must be the best pub in finchley. No screeming under aged kids, great food, great staff, great beer, the only thing I could moan about would be that i do not live next door to this venue. The best pub in the area without a doubt.”
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jesse, london (14 years 6 months 16 days ago)

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“A lovely experience at the Catcher in the Rye, the Staff are warm and friendly, the decor well matched. Noticed that there is a sign saying over 21's only, with a great mix of people. Food was very tasty. I had the chicken Fajitas great portion sizes. A must for anyone with taste.”
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Cortney, London (15 years 2 months ago)

“Wow what great great place to go in Finchley. Without a doubt one of the best pubs around. Really enjoyed the Comedy night & LOVE their steak burgers.”
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Jason , London (15 years 3 months 7 days ago)

“This is a genuine quality free house serving some of the best pub food in north london. From full meals as well as interesting beers- such as Waggledance, Kronenbourg Blanc, and Savanna dry cider (imported from SA.) Chill out daytime and listen to the cool sounds or join the fun in the evening. This place is a real must for all pub goers.”
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thepubcritic, london (15 years 9 months 22 days ago)

“My partner & myself had a very enjoyable evening, The Seabass was cooked to perfection. The staff are all very welcoming and lovely. It's so nice to be able to sit down a truly relax after a hard days work. A must for anyone in the Finchley area, We will be seeing you again very soon. ”
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Marilyn, London (15 years 10 months 5 days ago)

“Thank you Craig & all the staff at The Catcher in the rye. We had a wonderful night out at your venue. The Food & service was second to none. It is about time there was a place like this in Finchley, Keep up the good work & See you soon. Mark & Sophie”
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Mark Jackson, London (16 years 28 days ago)

“Brilliant atmosphere and staff at the Catcher in the Rye Finchley London i thought there was good pubs up north but the catcher would take some beating for price of the drink and value of the tasty food served. New staff making great efforts in looking after all the customers in the refurbished premises and cannot fai. We will be back.”
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peter and margaret bradshaw, cheshire uk (16 years 1 months ago)

“An Oasis in a sea of mediocrity. All parts of London should have a local like this. Great food, beer (especially the Kronenbourg Blanc) and welcoming, helpful, professional staff. "Imagine there's no Heaven.........." Catcher would be the next best thing. ”
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John Lennon (Reprieved), London (16 years 1 months 3 days ago)

“What a fantastic venue, It is well layed out, The food is out of this world. Great place to come on your own or with friends. You must try there Sunday Roasts. Keep up the good work guys.”
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craigkmee [craig Mee], London (16 years 1 months 3 days ago)

“As near to a proper pub as you get in Finchley. Cheap drinks and friendly staff.”
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Kat, [ Unknown ] (17 years 4 months 25 days ago)

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An extensive menu designed to suit most tastes, only using the freshest ingredients from the best British suppliers

Updated 25/03/2008


Alongside a wide selection of beers and real ales, we pride ourselves on an extensive wine list from around the world.

Updated 25/03/2008

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  • Cuisine Type: Modern European
  • Average Price: £10.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
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Catcher in The Rye Hire Details

There are many areas available for hire, catering for parties of any size. Catering also available.

Updated 22/01/2007

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