North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Brook Gate

175 Blackstock Road
Finsbury Park
N4 2JS
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Opening times: Mon–Thu 11:00-24:00; Fri and Sat 11:00-01:00 next day; Sun 12:00-24:00
Regular beers: Sharp's Doom Bar

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

August 2023 - name changed to Brook Gate - from the Islington Tribune, "Sam Newson, publican since 2022, said: “Being called the Arsenal Tavern, whilst it’s nostalgic, doesn’t bring customers in – it alienates the majority of people. It gets its new name from the nearby waterway where fishermen once caught trout." For the full article go to

Closed suddenly in July 2019 but has now reopened. A recent visit (Nov 2021) shows that real ale has been reintroduced. At the bottom of the hill - needless to say, very busy on match days.