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O'Neill's (Bar)

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762-764 High Road, Finchley, London, N12 9QH
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 8445 8982 | Email to O'Neill's | Transport: Woodside Park | Write review

O'Neill's Review

The second time in as many weekends that I’ve found myself in an O’Neill’s pub half an hour before kick-off in the six nations. The first time, around Leicester Square, I was surrounded by at least four hundred wolfish Irishmen baying for Anglican blood. The stupid few, who walked in, took one look at the carnage, and decided to sit down for a nice quiet bite, got what they asked for. And despite the agility displayed by the staff on their way through the sweat and Guinness, I saw what ended up on that food, and, well, at least it was authentic, straight from Irish, nose, mouth and lung.

Fearing submergence in a swell of green shirts and black booze we arrived ready for a dangerously digested burger in the bog. But this time in distant, pleasant, and rather surprisingly, sunny Finchley, the scene was serene. A cavernous, high ceilinged room full of dark wood and shiny brass, the huge television screen in the this far away branch dwarfing its many, mostly empty tables, staring down at no more than twelve timid lunchers. The sound was off; the usually boring tones of Bono seeped from somewhere.

We took a seat, feeling the space around us, and wondering if there was a beer garden where half of Ireland was hiding. The Irish on the TV began to sing their anthem in silence, as Bono and the boys continued to whisper. So the atmosphere was surprising, and so was the grub – and the beer.

The Guinness was as good as you’re going to get this side of the Irish Sea - deep, warm, and the perfect accompaniment to the traditional Gaelic fare on the taste of Ireland menu (all under £3 in honour of St Paddy’s Day).

The lady had one of the two house whites, a rather too sweet glass of something or other, not made by the Irish. Unlike the house sausages, red onion gravy and mighty colcannon (whoever decided to put the greens inside the mash is a genius). The sausages were meaty, and by that I mean they had the taste and consistency of meat, rather than that mush you get from the bargain banger. The gravy was thick, shunning the trend for watery sauce, and the better for it. And the colcannon passed all the tests. Firstly, it was not SMASH, and secondly it was creamy, but not whisked into a sticky paste so that it may as well have been.

The lady had a medium-rare sirloin, chips and peas. The steak was just right, the chips thick, if slightly greasy, and the peas green and solid, as they should be.

Our friendly waiter served us his ‘personal favourite’ for desert. Chocolate truffle torte served with Irish cream ice cream; rich torte, extremely creamy ice cream. Bring on the coffee.

This place has all manner of exciting events planned in the run up to St Pat’s birthday, including Irish beer tasting, and the food is a step beyond the usual pub grub. Ireland beat the Scots by a point – thank god the place was empty, last time there was Irish dancing.
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