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Clissold Arms, Muswell Hill

by Krista

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Clissold Arms
115 Fortis Green
N2 – 020

Date of Last Visit: Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Victims: Al, Louise

The Damage: £25 each

The Background: It's been a really long while since I've added a new postcode. Well, here it is. N2. Exciting times, huh?

Up til the weekend before last, I'd never been to Muswell Hill before. But here's what I can now report. It's green. Very green. And suburb-y feeling.

I can also report that The Clissold Arms is a VERY long walk from East Finchley tube. And it's a very long and miserable walk in the RAIN…especially when you've forgotten your umbrella. And when your friends have a car and you don't and you spend most of the walk thinking, "Why didn't I arrange for them to pick me up at the tube?"

The Entrance: But I enter The Clissold Arms and all is right with the world again. It's a bright and airy space, and it's packed to the gills with cheerful families and tumbling tots. In fact, everyone seems to have at least one kid with them. Except for the woman who's crying her eyes out in the bathroom. (Supportive friend: "Get a grip! Pull yourself together!")

Clissold arms starter

The Starter: Sweetcorn fitter with black bean salsa. This is nice and crispy and I'm happy about all the rocket because you can never have too many vegetables. Not too sure how I feel about all the sour cream though. And it kinda needs salt.

Clissold arms main

The Main: Pan-fried fillet of sea bass with courgettes, asparagus, new potatoes and sugar snap peas. I really liked this. No idea how sustainable the fish was. And no clue how they got asparagus onto my plate in October. But good nonetheless. And colorful!

The Verdict: If I had kids and if I lived in Muswell Hill, I'd probably go here pretty often. But I don't have kids and I don't live anywhere near Muswell Hill, so I'll probably never go back.

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Gourmet Chick October 20, 2009 - 5:17 pm

The sweetcorn fritter looks good – I love that sort of thing. Don’t think I would love all the little kids running around though…

Anthony Silverbrow October 22, 2009 - 10:28 am

I’ve found it pretty disappointing as well, which is a shame because it is relatively local. BTW I think you walked the wrong way, East Finchley tube to the Clissold Arms is a really short walk, no more than 10 mins.

Nicky G October 27, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Don’t worry, there are no kids on a Saturday night if you ever make it back. I’ve always had a great meal and the excellent Manager adds to the atmosphere.

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