London Larder was devised in 2012 to bring you the ultimate eating and drinking guide to London. It was borne out of a need for up-to-date, quantitative and whole-heartedly recommended places to eat and drink.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why I love The Prince of Wales

There's a very simple formula for a good pub. A decent range of beers on tap, personal service with a smile, roaring open fire, a friendly pub dog and the all important regular pub quiz. Very few pubs tick all the boxes, but Highgate's Prince of Wales is more than your average boozer. If you enjoy quiet country pubs then this is the nearest thing you'll find in London. It really does feel like a village pub, right down the regular drinkers who you can't help but get to know after a couple of visits. Much like Cheers, this really is a pub where everybody knows your name.

The highlight has to be their Tuesday night quiz though, built up to be one of the toughest in London, if not the whole of the UK. Hosted not by a regular quizmaster, but by locals who take it in turns: it's a deliciously tricky test for the academic. It's not unusual to see University Challenge and other quiz show contestants here, so come along and pit your wits against them! Kicking off at 9pm, it's always worth getting there at least an hour early for a good table. It's only £1 per person and teams are up to six people. Eyes down, starter for ten...

Mark, Highgate

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