Tottenham Hale serves as a busy North London transport hub. There is the Victoria Line stop which opened in 1968, a national rail station served by trains to Stansted Airport and a big bus station. The arrival of the Stansted Express saw the demolition of the old railway buildings here meaning its another dull structure on the service here sadly. The Tottenham Hale Victoria Line motif is by Edward Bawden and depicts two people on a small boat travelling over the River Lea.
Crossrail 2(or whatever it ends up being named by the Mayor of the day!) is due to surface here from one of its tunnel portals. Ahead of this expected development, another station rebuild is in the offing, closely linked to the major regeneration plans for the surrounding area.
The Pub: The Ferryboat, Ferry Lane, N17 9NG
The Ferryboat is several minutes walk from the station. Once you’ve exited the station complex, walk East along Ferry Lane, crossing the River Lea on two occasions until you reach the pub just set away from the road.
The Ferryboat’s interior feels relatively recently refurbished. The pub has low ceilings and the walls have a mixture of old maps and photos of Tottenham, plus a few pictures of Butterflies for which I found a local connection harder to establish. There is a relatively small seating area in front of the main bar when you come in, as well as more spacious areas set out towards the garden.
There were two ales available on tap, Tribute and Adnams Southwold Bitter. The food menu has a wide selection of the typical pub classics on it. They have quite a few offers on here – every weeknight a range of their main meals are only £6.50 and on Wednesdays you can get a curry and a drink here for £8.29. Don’t worry Tim from Wetherspoons, they’ve not called it a Club!
In its position in one of the little inlets caught between the River Lea and the reservoirs, one of the key selling points of The Ferryboat is its waterside garden. And its true, it does have a very expansive garden. Although because there aren’t many buildings surrounding it, there isn’t much nearby light so the area was almost pitch black in places. You’ll get a sense of that from my photos, where you might notice the odd seat if you’re lucky.
The Ferryboat was perfectly fine for a pint. It did feel a bit subdued on our visit but it was a cold winter midweek evening to be fair. I’d definitely recommend trying the garden when spring comes around as I can imagine it being a really nice spot.