Totteridge and Whetstone is at the outer fringes of the Northern Line, the penultimate station on this branch before the terminus at High Barnet. Like other stations I’ve visited north of East Finchley, it originally began life as a mainline rail station, opening in 1872 as Whetstone and Totteridge on the Great Northern Railway’s line between Finsbury Park and Edgware.
It transferred over to the Northern Line on 14th April 1940 and retains Victorian station architecture harking back to its mainline rail days, bearing similarities to neighbouring stations on the line.
The Pub: The Griffin, 1262 High Road, N20 9HH
The Griffin is a short walk from the station. Head onto Totteridge Lane and walk up the street until reaching the main High Road where the Griffin is located on the other side of the road.
Inside, its a decent sized pub. The bar is located towards the front of the pub with seats around it, there is also an area towards the back which has an impressive domed roof with a modern interpretation of a chandelier hanging from its ceiling! The general decor is a mix between old and new, with floorboards and traditional wood paneling being complemented by white walls and some vivid modern paintings.
The Griffin has a strong ale selection with six different options available on our visit including old favourites Tribute, London Pride and Old Peculiar as well as Deuchars, the Griffin’s own ale and the Rugby themed Drop Kick. The menu here is made up of good solid pub favourites like sausage and mash, burgers and fish and chips, as well as light bites including Lamb Koftas.
Its a shame I’m writing about The Griffin as we’re headed towards winter as it has an extensive garden and outside seating. This includes the Heineken sports bar under an awning but at the same time open at the back so I assume smoker friendly? The garden then extends out further towards a section gazebo type structure, the ‘Jungle Hut’, at the very back.
The pub has a Sky Sports licence for Football and Rugby. In addition there are also regular quiz and open mic nights, as well as live music at weekends. On our Saturday afternoon visit we were able to find seats easily – the pub was quite busy and had a friendly atmosphere.
I was really taken with The Griffin, it has so many good things going for it – strong ale selection, nice interior, big garden and decent looking food. Trust me, its well worth making the trip out to the outer reaches of the Northern Line to go here!