The Bald Faced Stag

4.1
464 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Sunday Lunch
The great ​British pub is back and it's right at the heart of East Finchley.

The Bald Faced Stag pub, on the corner of High Road and East End Road and only a 2 minute walk from East Finchley tube station, is a beautiful pub with hints of old and new creating an amazing contemporary atmosphere throughout the week. With a menu filled with seasonal specials, pub classics and Sunday roasts to knock your socks off, our dining room is a must-visit for foodies around East Finchley and Muswell Hill.

We take pride in our huge pub garden, which is available all year round thanks to our heaters and covers. Our beautiful mother tree stands proud in the center and makes for a romantic spot.

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
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 464 People Are Saying
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Salbean
London
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food at the stag was fantastic, my venison pasta was delicious and my son ate all of his fish and chips. Good choice of wine and lovely service!

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Sheena
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Brilliant Staff and lovely venue! Had a lovely evening out!

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LeanaP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We need more dog friendly places like this one. Service and atmosphere was great. One thing to improve on is quality of Onion Soup. Roast lunch was good.

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MillyS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Sadly the food wasn’t great, we had to send some of the vegetables back as they were cold and other parts too under cooked.

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Theatrefan
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a spacious pub and restaurant with a pleasant ambience and welcoming staff. The menu is varied and has something for most people. Prices are not outrageous and the quality of the food is good. Recommended.

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Pubber
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great new look and feel to the pub, plenty to choose from on the food and drinks front either in the bar, restaurant or outside.

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OJ31
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was very average. The roast beef roast was OK, but not great in comparison to the price. Apple crumble dessert was very poor - not fresh and very sour (likely because processed apple sauce was used).

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EmmaM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Some nicer customer service would have been nice.

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LindyM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were super friendly and attentive 😊food was lovely

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 November 2021

Dear LindyM, Thankyou so much for taking the time to leave a review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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HugoQ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff appeared very happy to see us, were friendly and courteous. Would certainly recommend it as a lunchtime venue.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 November 2021

Dear Hugo, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the visit and look forward to seeing you again soon! Best Wishes, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Music played over sound system too noisy & frantic for relaxing dining. Had to ask waiter to turn it down

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 November 2021

Hi Michael, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm sorry about the music being too loud we shall certainly make sure it is the correct levels in future. Kindest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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CarlaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

A very pleasant experience despite the kitchen not having some of the dishes available.
I would say that it was slightly too cold for us in the dining room and also a little too dark for reading the menu.
I wish that they accepted cash in payment.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 7 November 2021

Dear Carla, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm sorry it felt cold at the time of your visit and that there were some items missing from the menu. We can certainly fix all of these things so thank you for bringing it to our attention. Best Wishes, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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CarolineP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon spent with delicious food and great atmosphere

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 November 2021

Hi CarolineP, Thank you for your kind words. Please do look out for events on our website and if you would like to book direct with us in future. Many Thanks

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BarbroK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice relax gastro pub great food and nice bright interior with great ambiance we sat in bar area which was very nice I had the steak and my friend had sea bass both was delicious will definitely come again soon .

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 November 2021

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to seeing you again Best regards Will

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NFP1
London
33 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very friendly, nice new decor after refurbishment although the toilet in ladies was broken. Service a bit slow and menu a bit pricey. Family friendly with nice kids menu.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear NFP1, Thankyou for taking the time to leave a review, Please let us know the next time you decide to visit so that we can make sure you are well looked after! Warmest Wishes, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went for a Sunday roast and it was hugely disappointing. I had the pork belly, my partner had the beef. My pork was so tough and dry, I could barely cut into it even with a serrated knife. The apple sauce was so sweet, more like a crumble filling than to go with pork. My partner’s beef option was burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. The sides were really underwhelming: two potatoes cut in half per portion, one carrot each and a teaspoon of parsnip purée under a few strands of cabbage. Easily the worst roast dinner we’ve had in the local area. We had gone back after two years since our last disappointing experience there but it hasn’t improved at all, sadly. That and the beer is definitely the most expensive out of all the locals - £6.50 for a standard pale ale. Service was friendly but they were definitely understaffed which isn’t anyone’s fault, but maybe the kitchen staff were also stretched and that’s why the food was so bad?

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Guest, Im so sorry to hear about this experience. Please could you forward your contact details so that I can investigate this matter further? My email is louisefawcett.gm@greeneking.co.uk and my mobile is 07800526533. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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Suzanne
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Suzanne, Thankyou for the five star review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

After a recent renovation the Stag is back to its former glory. Service seems to have improved quite a bit too- it was always a bit difficult to get anyone's attention, and they used to be quite slow especially when the restaurant was fairly empty (ironic). We visited on a Sunday lunchtime, and it was busy.

Food was good. Portion sizes on the roast dinner were somewhat smaller than they used to be, but that isn't something that bothers me. I don't want half a kilo of cabbage I'm not really going to eat anyway. Yorkshire pudding was rock hard, and my guess is from frozen- they used to be made on site and were excellent.

All in all 100% recommend.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 25 October 2021

Dear James, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the experience and am sorry the Yorkshire pudding was not up to scratch? We do make these in house so I'm not sure why it felt hard but I will certainly investigate why. Please let me know the next time you are dining with us so that I can make sure you are well looked after! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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CaptainChris
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Lovely family evening out!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Captain Chris, Thankyou so much for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very quiet during lunch time. The service was very good. The food presentation was very nice but the chicken was a bit dry. The chips were good. Overall, it was a nice lunch.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Diner, Thankyou for taking the time to leave a review I have passed on your comments to the kitchen team so that we can improve for your next visit. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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ChrisN
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service very slow. Staff seemed completely unaware of the Oktoberfest special menu advertised on their Facebook page. When pushed they said it “wasn’t ready”.

We had two rump steaks in our order. They had no flavour and were very tough. They did take them off the Bill when we complained.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2021

Dear Chris, Im sorry we have not been able to get the Oktoberfest Menu ready. Please feel free to contact me on louisefawcett.gm@greeneking.co.uk to discuss this matter further. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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ChristinM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have twice visited this place and both times the service was incredibly slow, taking having to sit for longer than two hours to have a regular meal. Portions are unbelievably small, which makes it expensive for what you are provided (and definitely does not justify the time you wait). Staff is nice, it just doesn't appear to be enough. Ambiance is lovely though.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2021

Dear ChristinM Firstly, Thankyou for taking the time to leave a review. Could you please contact me so that we can discuss this matter further? Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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CBSL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were attentive and extremely polite. The Sunday roasts were of a good quality and variations to the menu were acknowledged and accommodated by the team.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2021

Dear CBSL Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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RalucaP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely night, food was very nice, good selection of wines and very friendly staff.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2021

Dear Racula P Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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PJ49
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere on Friday night, staff brilliant. However food quality not what it was, its OK but smaller portions and a lot less love and care in presentation and 'plating up' let it down a bit.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 11 October 2021

Dear PJ49 I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed on this occasion. If you would like to discuss this matter further. Please don't hesitate to contact me on louisefawcett.gm@greeneking.co.uk

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Good and bad. Terrible service. Took an HOUR for the mains to arrive. Waiter apologised profusely, admitted he’d forgotten to tell the chef, but in that situation why not give a free glass of wine? Menus likewise delayed.

And yet the food was really good, wine reasonably priced, and it’s an oasis of niceness. Worth another shot. They have good chefs.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Dear Diner, I'm so sorry you had to wait for your food on this occasion. Please could you forward your contact details so that we can discuss this matter further? Kindest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager louisefawcett.gm@greeneking.co.uk

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ColinC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with great flavours and attentive (but not over-attentive!) service. The new decor is an improvement on the previous version.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Dear Colin, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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Evey
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Decor is lovely and well thought out. However the food took ages to arrive, we waited 30mins for our drinks and 1hr (literally) for our starters! The waiters were not attentive but they did explain they were understaffed. Unfortunately when the food arrived it was very poor, bad quality chicken, unseasoned and actually made me feel sick. It’s such a shame because the place looks really nice.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Dear Evey, I am so sorry to hear about this experience. If you could possible forward your contact details to louisefawcett.gm@greeneking.co.uk, I would like to discuss this matter further? Kindest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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Toughbutfair
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Dinner was unexceptional - could have used larger portion of tartar sauce for fish and chips. Burger was adequate but rather bare - no lettuce or tomatoes! Also plates very bare - small side salad/garnish would have been very welcome. All the same, it was an improvement over the last visit.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! I do hope we can improve on your next visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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RichardB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was a very enjoyable visit.
I come from miles away so I had no idea of the place.
Very friendly waiting staff / very smart surroundings / seated in a lovely garden area under a mature tree / both drinks and food were very well presented and the food was delicious.
An excellent visit and I hope to return to East Finchley soon.
Many thanks.
R. 25/09/2021.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Dear Richard B, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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IrinaC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Saturday it was live music, super atmosphere 👍👍

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 4 October 2021

Dear Irina, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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GabrielN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and good athmosfere!!!
A good place to spend your time.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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MiriamH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

It’s really a shame as we live near the pub. And it’s recently redone. But it was empty and soulless.
The food was poor. It’s a shame

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 15 September 2021

Hi there, we're so sorry to read this review regarding your recent visit to us at the Bald Faced Stag. This certainly doesn't sound like our usual standard. We'd like to try and rectify this for you. Would you be able to send us an email detailing your experience to 5676@greeneking.co.uk please so we can discuss this with you directly please? Many thanks.

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JacquelineG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the makeover, the staff was very friendly and the food was delicious.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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AishaT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab Sunday roast!

Thank you for a lovely sunday!

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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RajB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, helpful & courteous staff. Have been here a number of times & always excellent. Highly recommend.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review!!! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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crouchhall
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I came here on the recommendation of others for my birthday treat for my friends. It is impossible to find anywhere locally that is exceptional for a traditional Sunday Roast and the Bald Faced Stag was no exception.

My friends enjoyed their beef and sea bass. My belly pork was inedibly tough and had not been butchered properly, the sinewey bits connecting to the rib bone having been left in. This is a basic butchering mistake and the chef should be shot.

Then the disaster they called vegetables. We were promised 'fluffy roast potatoes'. Fluffy they were not. Cut into small pieces they had been overcooked so that they were an unappealing dark brown on the outside and solid on the inside.

The supposedly chargrilled hispi cabbage, wasn't. It had been boiled to death with garlic. (Who thought of that one??)

The 'gravy' was orange and tasted awful. Was it made from a packet? Of cheap tomato soup? Who knows.

The desserts nearly, but not quite, saved the day. I enjoyed my panna cotta and the homemade shortbread was good. The apple and rhubarb crumble was passable. But the sticky toffee pudding was overly sweet and my guest only managed half.

This place needs a new chef.

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DiscerningDiner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The decor has been impressively refreshed. The food was good ( also improved from when the restaurant was last open before the pandemic) It would be good to see some variations on the menu which has looked virtually identical over some years.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 1 September 2021

Dear DiscerningDiner, Thank you for leaving such a fabulous review. We have a new menu coming out at the end of September as well as a festive menu nearer to Christmas so hopefully you will enjoy the new dishes. Warmest Regards, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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CKC1
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good local pub with a nice beer garden with a beautiful tree. Friendly service. Good place to meet up for a drink and a bite to eat.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 1 September 2021

Dear CKC1, Thankyou for taking the time to leave a review! Could you tell us how we can get five stars? Best Wishes Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great renovation. I’ve always liked this local pub. Love the new decor, really making the most of the outside space now too. Decent food, not wow factor but still nice. Chicken slightly over done. Bar has a nice atmosphere to it. Safe pick for a local pint / decent meal.

The Bald Faced Stag
Responded on 1 September 2021

Dear Diner, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmest Wishes, Louise Fawcett, General Manager

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The Bald Faced Stag is rated 4.1 stars by 464 OpenTable diners.

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