The working class quality of Finchley Central noticeably contrasts to neighbouring Highgate, and within its smattering of pubs, shops and restaurants, the aptly named Dignity – appears to be the one down home spot to go.
Dignity is a very locally attended place with an interesting crowd. Walking in I observe a young gentleman considering Proust over a pint of Ale, while a pensioner nearby pours over that day’s News of the World. A group of regulars lean, joking with the barman and the street front patio hosts a crowd of local punters enjoying the final dregs of summer on this laid back Sunday evening.
We thought that Dignity weighed slightly more heavily on shabby than chic, but as soon as the sun lowered behind the north London’s chimneyed rooftops, this funky pub was transformed into a vibey hangout by twinkling fairy lights and candles.
From the trendyish pop art that hangs on the wall, to a worn foosball table in the corner, many elements contribute to Dignity’s affability and we felt quite comfortable.
Food is standard pub fare, with a good selection for vegetarians. Our animal loving companion Lisa enjoyed her grilled halloumi with roasted veg and cous cous – a great dish for a pub, served with generous chunks of cheese.
Claire’s butternut squash and sage risotto was decorated with pecorino and watercress – “not too heavy or strong – very nice,” she said. We washed it all down with Weston’s Naturally Strong Organic cider, choice one of three ciders and none were Strongbow – extra points! My 8oz sirloin came with an explosive Dijon mustard and tarragon sauce which almost made up for the freezer bag chips on the side. Roasts are also very popular, judging from the fact they were sold out when we arrived.
Following dinner we enjoyed the sounds of Tony Bowen, a local singer/guitarist who entertained the crowds with covers of poppy faves like Coldplay and REM. Gracious manager Ian Lagg brought in the Sunday night music a year ago, which has Dignity hosting different acts each month – including an open mic on the first Sunday of each month, and a Boogie Woogie band every fourth.
If you find yourself in Finchley Central, definitely check out Dignity, it’s quirky, and cordial and worth the journey up north....read more
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“This is a friendly pub with a very good range of drinks and some very decent pub food too.
Since January 2008, they have a superb 7 piece band playing once a month called Big Chief who do an extraordinary range of music including jazz, blues, african township, reggae and much more - well worth a listen.”
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tony reeves, bushey (12 years 9 months 2 days ago)
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