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The Bald Faced Stag

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
The Bald Faced Stag has been serving the people of East Finchley and the surrounding area since 1714 when the first pub on this site was built by two local blacksmiths. Now just minutes walk from the tube station the pub sits right at the heart of the local community, our iconic rooftop stag emblem overlooks the High Road.

Our latest incarnation, re-opened in September 2014 following a major refurbishment, boasts a light airy dining room seating up to 100, a bar area which includes or “Thomas Grub” function space and a beautiful decked garden built around an historic sycamore tree. Our new Vinery, an indoor/outdoor, fully heated, awning area, enclosed in the winter to provide a great space for pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and open in the summer for al-fresco dining

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 361 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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3.8
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KimH
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Coping well with the difficult restrictions. Fish and chips were superb. Friendly service

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georgiegirl
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely beer selection and very good prompt table service

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded 2 days ago

Hello there Georgie, thanks for leaving us your lovely review, thats great, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, Ian, General Manager

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RuthG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

friendly , covid secure ,and very tasty , felt very family and local and good quality and im returning there for outside venues

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there Ruth, I'm really pleased to read your comments, particularly regarding how friendly you thought the venue was and that we are tackling the covid situation securely. Glad to hear you will be joining us again soon, looking forward to it already, Ian, General Manager

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MatthewF
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was absolutely disgusting. I had flat iron chicken. Cheapest cut of meat, more skin and fat than meat. Swimming in grease.

Service charge has been added since Covid but it is a rip off plus compulsory charity donation. Drink prices hiked too.

All of us thought are different meals were bad. Basically I would not eat at this place until Covid situation is over.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded 5 days ago

Hello Matthew, I'm sorry you feel this way about the food. We use only the freshest ingredients and all our dishes are cooked on site. We would usually add service charge to tables that have dined with us and received service but this is discretionary, as stated on the menu. Drinks prices have not been increased as a result of the current situation. The charity donation, whilst being a great cause, is also optional, there is no requirement to pay that. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your visit, Ian

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this pub, good atmosphere, safe and lovely staff!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, thanks for taking time out to leave us a 5 star review, that really means a lot at the moment! Glad to hear you are enjoying your visits so much, Ian, General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and lovely food as usual. Thanks to Ian the manager for being so attentive.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 19 October 2020

Hello, thanks for leaving us a great review! Really appreciate it and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Always a pleasure, Ian, General Manager

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Luke
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some of the food was over seasoned and service a bit slower than usual

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2020

Hello Luke, thanks for the review. I was sorry to hear that you waited a bit longer than normal and that the food was not quite right. I hope this has not put you off visiting again and that things will be better the next time you visit. If there are any issues at all next time please ask for me or if I am not there the duty manager who will be able to assist. Thanks, Ian, General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Half the menu was unavailable. Service was slow. And the bill was quite steep given the overall experience

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 October 2020

Hello, I'm sorry that some items were unavailable when you visited, we did have some delivery issues that had an impact on some of our meat dishes. It sounds like we were unable to deliver our normal high standards of service on this occasion and for that you have my full apologies. I hope you will give us another try in the future and can assure you that this is not representative of how we normally operate. Ian, General Manager

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CDalton
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

No clear communication on whether we need to wear masks away from our table, whether we were to order via the QR code or via a server. Very poor communication and honestly made me not want to return during covid times if basic safety measures arent explained to customers.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 October 2020

Hello, I'm sorry you left feeling this way. Guest and staff safety is of paramount importance to us here at the Stag and we have put in place numerous measures to make our guests aware of these including signage and a dedicated door host to explain the rules. I will reiterate your points to the team, thanks for letting me know. I hope you will give us another try in the future and please ask to speak to the manager if you ever feel uncomfortable in the Stag. Thanks, Ian, General Manager

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KellyV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pub. Felt very safe. Staff efficient and friendly. Great drinks!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 October 2020

Hi there Kelly, really pleased to read your review. Glad to hear that our efforts following the latest guidelines meant that you felt safe but also comfortable. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks for the 5 stars, Ian, General Manager

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Salbean
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short queue to get whilst everyone gave relevant details, then friendly staff showed us to the table, gave instructions on when to use mask and handed out menus. Waitress quickly came and took our drinks order, brought drinks and took food order. Everyone was very pleased with quality and price of food, staff were very helpful and pleasant throughout. Social distancing rules were observed and we had a great meal and lovely evening.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 October 2020

Hello, many thanks for leaving us such a nice review. I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food particularly and that you were so well looked after by the team. Thanks for sharing your experience, Ian, General Manager

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PJ49
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well Done team Stag, the whole CV-19 situation was really well managed throughout, felt safe, looked after and coupled with friendly service and good atmosphere made a really nice escape from the endless hours of Teams calls!

10/10

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 3 October 2020

Hello PJ, really glad to hear this, obviously it has been a challenge keeping up with the changing government advice so I'm glad to hear that you felt safe and well looked after. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, Ian, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Having been to the BFS many times we were a bit disappointed with the amount we had to wait. It took over an hour and asking several times for the food to arrive. I’m sure it was a one off though as usually really good.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 3 October 2020

Hello, I'm sorry to hear you had a longer than usual wait for your food. This is not representative of our usual standards and I hope that this will not deter you from returning to try us again. Thanks, Ian, General Manager

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rockandry
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Was not friendly at all, came here with a friend, was not impressed. I understand the new guidelines on walking to tables with your mask on and being seated, yet with not everyone following the rules, quite hypocritical.

Food was good, very noisy however and was not easy to let the waitress taking our order understand us.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 28 September 2020

Hello, I'm sorry that you came away with these negative feelings. I am very proud of the way the team has coped with implementing all of the new rules and legally enforceable regulations, although at times it has been a challenge. I don't believe that we have been hypocritical at all, all of our staff are obliged to wear masks while on duty and this is what we do to protect ourselves and our guests. We are doing our best during what is clearly a difficult time for the industry that we love.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at the Stag today with the bar and waiting team very in control of their sensible COVID restrictions and the kitchen on particularly good form. Couldn’t fault it for a very enjoyable meal out in the pub garden.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hello, thanks for your brilliant review! Glad to hear you felt safe and had a good time, and thanks for sharing your comments, Ian, General Manager

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BenJ
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff and reassuring safety measures. Had a very nice lunch in the sunshine last Sunday afternoon.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hello Ben, very nice of you to leave us some feedback regarding your recent visit, thanks for the recommendation, Ian, General Manager

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Jwmw
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was SO good. The staff were friendly too. It all felt very safe as you were able to order from your table. Great place and we will be going again.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi there, really glad to hear about your visit, thanks for sharing your experience! I look forward to your next one, thanks, Ian, General Manager

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KimM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Didn’t eat, but service friendly efficient and pleasant.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 21 September 2020

Hello Kim, really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and many thanks for the recommendation, Ian, General Manager

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TomP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub with nice terrace.
Lovely food, selection of drinks from very professional service.
Highly recommended.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 17 September 2020

Hello Tom, great of you to share your experience and thanks for the recommendation. Glad to hear that you had a good time, Ian, General Manager

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Helen
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely lunch, food very good and excellent service.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 September 2020

Hi Helen, very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for your kind words regarding the food and service, looking forward to your next visit, Ian, General Manager

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danno
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

not your fault just not ready to
go to pubs which restrictions apply

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello Danno, thanks for the review, in common with many other venues we have made lots of changes to incorporate the new restrictions to provide a safe environment for staff and guests. It sounds like you still managed to enjoy your visit, thanks Ian, General Manager

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vipJules
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff.
Delicious food.
Good value.
Lot of space between tables.
Overall great experience.
Their Mac&Cheese is to die for.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hi Jules, really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and your comments regarding the food obviously makes me happy! I'll look forward to your next visit and thanks again for the wonderful review, Ian, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Great portion sizes. Good service although a bit strange eating out with masked attendants. Always good food and service at the Bald Faced Stag

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello, these are indeed slightly disconcerting times and the masks are part of our general commitment to provide a safe environment both for our guests and staff. I am glad to hear that this did not impact on your enjoyment of the meal and thanks for your kind words about the food and service. I look forward to your next visit, Ian, General Manager

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MissBolofski
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Our first time to visit, as we've moved to the area. Have tried other local pub grub - all great.
Bald Face Stag offers a great service, with lovely staff.
Happy to see 100% Covid precautions in place.
Food was disappointing.
Soft shell crab, tasted strange.
Too much pastry on the pork pie.
Sirloin steak was well flavoured & tasted fine, but it looked prepared with a shade of grey.
Crumble in my 11 year olds words was like 'stewed apple with some trail mix' popped on top.

I'd heard good reports, but expected more. We won't be back to eat unfortunately.
But a nice venue for a drink.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello, thanks for leaving us some feedback following your first visit. Obviously I was disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the food, although thanks for your nice comments regarding the service and our Covid precautions. I would like to think that this is unrepresentative of our normal standards and would be really pleased if you gave us a chance to improve on your first impressions. Ian, General Manager

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MrTP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Poor service, most of the food was good but the burger was disappointing. Think they were overwhelmed due to being fully booked but we didn’t feel this justified the poor service.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello, we did have some extremely busy shifts as a result of the EOTHO offer and I'm sorry if we were unable to deliver the high standards of service that we normally do. If this is something you would like to discuss further then please feel free to contact me at info@thebaldfacedstagn2.co.uk thanks, Ian, General Manager

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality pub food
Lots of space to suit these Covid times

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello Stephanie, thanks for leaving us a lovely review, its kind of you to recommend a visit. I'm glad to hear that you felt safe, as you say we have created some extra space in the pub to accommodate the new times we are living through. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food, Ian, General Manager

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fionak
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

we had a lovely lunch for four taking advantage of the 'Eat out to help out' scheme.
the service was great, we werent rushed and ended up spending most of the afternoon there. The food was excellent, i cant recommend the truffle mac and cheese enough! would thoroughly recommend!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hello Fiona, many thanks for sharing your experience at the Stag, sounds like you had a great time which is always good to hear! Thanks for the recommendation and I'll look forward to your next visit, Ian, General Manager

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CarlyD
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had such a great night having our first pub dinner after lockdown. The food was really delicious and the staff were really friendly.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hi there Carly, glad to hear that you were looked after so well especially as it was your first meal here since lockdown. We are doing our best to provide a safe environment for our guests and it is nice that you felt welcome. Thanks again, Ian, General Manager

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lorry9
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent inventive menu. Good service.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 5 September 2020

Hi there, many thanks for your 5 star review! Was particularly pleased to read that you enjoyed the menu so much, thanks again, Ian, General Manager

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AnnaW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The first meal we've had out since February! Delicious!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Anna, glad to hear you enjoyed your meal here after such a long wait! Welcome back, Ian, General Manager

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ClaireW
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great here and the staff friendly, would recommend it

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello Claire, great to hear your lovely comments regarding friendly staff, thanks, Ian, General Manager

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Suzanne
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

You were left standing at the doorFor ages as no staff in sight. No explanation of how to order - we discovered later having waited at the bar for the 1 bar person to serve us, that staff can take orders at the table. Also there is an App displayed on a very small poster but it does not show what is available as according to staff it had not been updated? Food was fantastic but staff need a bit more clarity in their roles and communication with customers.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello Suzanne, I'm sorry you were left feeling this way. We have put in a number of measures to make sure that guests and staff feel safe visiting the pub including a dedicated door host. Obviously when it is busy the host may be busy seating other guests so apologies if you felt overlooked or that you had been waiting a long time. It has been a bit of a learning curve regarding new ways of working so thanks for the feedback as it will help me improve our service. Thanks, Ian, General Manager

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GabiB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately didn’t enjoy the food as much as previously. Fish heavily buttered and tasteless.. chips overcooked and dry... wine lukewarm..

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello Gabi, thanks for sending us some feedback regarding your most recent experience, I am sorry that you didn't seem to have enjoyed your visit as much as previously. We had some issues with a fridge that failed in the heatwave, this is now being resolved. I hope you will be able to return and give us another chance in the future, Ian, General Manager

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GregC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

First post-lockdown meal with a friend. As requested on the website, I booked online and was told that outside tables could not be booked and were on a first come first served basis.
There weren't enough staff on when I arrived, so I had to wait to be seated for about 5 minutes. I had texted my friend as I arrived at the bar and he thought I'd got lost.
It was a hot night and it would have been lovely to sit outside, there were a couple of empty tables, but we were told they were reserved. We asked a couple of times after that as the beer garden emptied, but no one cared enough to help us move to an outside table.
It was fine, but just annoying, in the Covid world we are reliant on staff to tell us when and where we can go and if the staff aren't great, it can really affect an evening

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello Greg, I'm sorry that you were unable to get the table outside that you were after. The tables outside are allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to an error with our reservation system we had some tables booked outside that we had to honour. I don't understand why you would not have been able to move outside once tables became available and am sorry that this had an impact on your night. I hope you will try us again on another occasion, Ian, General Manager

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Koonal
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - two excellent vegan main course options.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello Koonal, thanks a lot for the excellent review! Glad to hear you enjoyed our vegan options so much. See you again soon, Ian, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good pud, good beer selection, nice food. Has a large outdoor area too

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hello, thanks for your kind words regarding the Stag, look forward to your next visit, Ian, General Manager

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BethW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty relaxed evening meal in the excellent outdoor space with beautiful lights. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 10 August 2020

Hello Beth, many thanks for your glowing review and the 5 stars! Really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your next. Thanks again for the recommendation, Ian, General Manager

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ClaireB
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited an incredibly long time for food then only got a half portion. I know there is a government offer on but I didn’t expect to get 50% off and 50% of the normal portion. Also my friend ordered a chicken pie that contained small sharp bones, wasn’t impressed and would not return.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 10 August 2020

Hello Claire, firstly I would like to apologise that you found bones in your pie. We do make them fresh on-site and although it shouldn't happen there is always a possibility that small bones could be present. The pie is also cooked to order and not held hot, so this usually results in a longer than normal wait time for your meal, although this should have been communicated when you placed the order. We are taking part in the 50% deal but our portion sizes are unaffected by this. Ian, GM

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Toma
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good outside table as arranged with attentive service and overall a good place to go out for drinks and food! Plenty of space for self distancing and well managed!

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LORDVACHOUX
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service ... a great day!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 10 August 2020

Hello Lord Vachoux! I was really pleased to read that you had a great day and wanted to say thanks for leaving us such a nice review, cheers, Ian, General Manager

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The Bald Faced Stag is rated 4.1 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

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