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The World's End (Bar)

Picture of The World's End in Finsbury Park, London

21-23 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3EF
Cuisine: Pub
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The World's End Review

The World’s End in Finsbury Park - unrelated to the eponymous Camden haunt - was my destination on Sunday. It’s a large pub made up of many secluded corners, interspersed with areas for larger groups. In an era where large pubs tend to be the preserve of Wetherspoons, it was refreshing to see that this one had a definite sense of character, despite its size.

On my visit The World’s End was populated with a mix of young students, 30-40 somethings and a few older drinkers who seemed to form a red cheek hierarchy; the ruddiest being closest to the bar.

Sports fans are well catered for with TVs dotted around the venue. Affixed to the wall is a large chalkboard detailing the pub’s forthcoming televised football, cricket, tennis, motor-racing; almost every day had a listing.

The menu is standard pub-grub. A couple of vegetarian options poke their green shoots out among the variations of meat and fish dishes. On Sundays there’s a roast and, as I was sat in traditional pub surroundings, the obvious option to sample was the traditional Sunday lunch legend.

I was told by the barstaff that the chef was Polish and would be therefore serving “Polish Portions”. When the Polish Portions arrived it was clear that EU expansion would also entail expansion of my waistline for the plate came piled high with food.

The tender lamb was escorted by not one but two spice girls in rosemary and garlic. Vegetables were fully represented – potatoes, swede, carrots, cabbage, green beans and two(!) Yorkshire puddings. My eating partner went for the Cajun chicken burger which arrived suitably roasted, and accompanied by warm, crunchy chips and Mexican salsa.

The wine menu was quite varied, priced between £12-£18. We washed down our Sunday dinner with the house red, a warm and fruity blended Rioja.

Eating in a pub can be a challenge, especially when there’s sport on the screen: fans watching, drinking and cheering at the same time. Happily, the size of the World’s End means it’s possible to eat and hold a conversation at normal volume and not endure the reoccurring “sorry mate, you’re in the way of the screen” or someone’s backside in your dinner.

Feeling suitably stuffed, we retired to the back section of the pub which had been set aside for music. There’s a small stage and a crisp soundsystem, and live music appears to be promoted well at this venue. I spoke with the manager who said they host a music festival every six months and that Oxjam had used the World’s End for one of their events.

Friday is apparently the main music night, with a policy of live bands only.
Sunday is acoustic night and while each musician was competent during our Sunday visit, the music seemed somewhat subdued. The succession of melancholic solo artists strumming along led me to feel like I’d been listening to Radiohead after watching Bambi’s mother die.

However, the pub was busy and the people seemed to enjoy the music. Personally, I needed something more uplifting the night before a Monday but perhaps that’s just my musical taste talking. My other taste buds were certainly left very satisfied.

The food, the friendly service and the atmosphere meant I found the World’s End to be a fine example of how a pub can do traditional and modern at the same time.
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“A lovely pub!! Thanks to the Worlds End staff, very helpful when i needed some information about London attractions, nice wines, will come again definitely!!”
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Pedro, leeds (9 years 17 days ago)

“This pub has been taken over by new management and frankly, they have turned it around so much (they've even been nominated for pub of the year this year!) The live music is back & a huge part of the growing success of The Worlds End. I especially enjoy Sundays when 'W.E LOVE SUNDAYS' is hosted, there's Always great quality live acts, free sweets, free entry & there's even board games to play! Legends!”
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Kal, London (9 years 7 months 25 days ago)

“If it was the end of the world, I wouldn't drink in this pub. A group of us turned up on a Saturday afternoon after a day in the park, seeking refreshment. We were told we would have to wait for food because the chef was cleaning the loo. It then took 20 minutes for incompetent staff to take our order and serve drinks that were out of date. When the food finally came, they had mixed up the orders. A baked potato was announced by the waitress as a Yorkshire pudding (we were grateful for the light relief). They brought extra food without realising, but missed one order completely - by the time we mentioned it, the chef had closed the kitchen in protest and refused to cook it. The staff were rude and unapologetic, the cutlery was dirty and the food wasn't nice. I don't recommend this place.”
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Mr Pastry, [ Unknown ] (14 years 7 months 17 days ago)

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