Sundays may well be the day of rest but that does not mean you have to stay under the duvet with a cup of tea and a Top Gear repeat. The pubs in Crouch End are particularly appealing on this day and the Railway Tavern is one of the best of the bunch.
With a live jazz jam and roasts a plenty, this little gem of a boozer is the perfect place to while away the lazy minutes of a city weekend. If you play an instrument, bring it along and join in, or if you are as talentless as me, just pull up a chair, grab a scotch and enjoy the grooves.
As soon as you get peckish, the roasts here are wonderful and come in under a tenner. If you are visiting on another day, the menu contains your typical polished pub grub fare, tasty and above average, making this pub a truly pleasant place to relax any day of the week.
The bar focuses more on lagers than ales and has a good selection of imported and premium pints, ranging from Star to Red Stripe and there is a decent selection of wines too.
The décor of this place has been lovingly touched up (as it were), giving it bags of character and enough period features to keep any pub aficionado happy. The building dates back to the 30s and you can picture people supping away in decades gone by, sitting by the fire and swapping stories, just as they continue to do today.
The bar area is welcoming and staff always seem friendly and efficient. If you are lucky enough to visit on one of London's five sunny days a year, you should be pleased by the neat little courtyard out the back. It catches enough of the rays and is sheltered enough to be really agreeable in the evening sunlight and you can always take a bench out the front if the garden is full. If you want games and TVs in your pub, you might want to try somewhere else. If you want a good, old fashioned boozer with character, look no further.