Crouchenders got an extra Christmas present this year when Crouch End’s favourite old local The Harringay Arms re-opened its doors, just in time for the festive season.
New landlord Ben Martin, who has been involved in the trade since he was 16 years old, said: “We’re creating a local pub everybody is welcome to come into.”
The Harringay Arms, operated by the Bermondsey Pub Company, re-opened last Friday after a five and a half week refurbishment, but it marked its official launch yesterday.
“It will be a cracking evening. We expect a huge number of people,” Mr Martin said.
Ben, who was a regular at the pub five years ago, added: “It always felt very warm and welcoming for me, and it’s really important we maintain that.
“We’ve kept the pub as aesthetically pleasing as possible and have been as sympathetic as we could with the original Harringay Arms,” he added.
Speaking about threats to local drinking spots, Ben said: “People still want great pubs. There’s a lot of competition now, but a pub should be a home from home.”
And former landlord and landlady Jim and Sheila have given their blessing according to The Harringay’s new manager. “They loved that we kept lots of the original detail,” Mr Martin said.