The Claddagh Ring is an Oasis of everything Irish in North London. This establishment offers live music, great food, two floors, a beautiful interior and a large smoking area.
Going to the Claddagh usually involves a taxi dash across London late at night in the hope that you haven’t left it too late so have a smoke out the window to ease your nerves.
Most people who venture towards The Claddagh arrive late at night looking for the shift. Those who are not after the shift dig into the Guinness and will not be getting any gneas! A pint of the black stuff is a good shout here but don’t come wearing a white shirt on a night time ramble or you’ll be going home looking like a coal miner.
Massive crowds in this spot show how important it is for spreading the seed of Irish babies in London. If Mayo ever win Sam there’ll be a spike in the number of kids conceived in the smoking area. The staff are good hard grafters but are fighting a losing battle as they have to work tirelessly to serve the hoard of thirsty Irish punters. This backlog results in just one outcome – Fat Frogs “shure how else are ya going to make up for the delay”.
Straining the spuds:
Toilets are mighty, very clean, spacious and well maintained. “You could eat your bacon and cabbage off the floor” said one punter never.
Location to nearest tube:
Hendon tube station which is on the Northen line is a short 10 minute walk away. Don’t be too worried though the Claddagh run a tight ship outside with the local taxi firms and you’ll be back in London in no time!
Unique crab McGrath quality:
As it is the one of the few Irish bars in North London with music and a late licence until 2 AM at the weekend, this invariably means that the Claddagh is a prime choice for most Irish folk in the area. As a result there are usually large queues stretching as far down the road as Cricklewood. Admission after 10:00 pm is fairly strict so ID is a necessity for all. Be sure to get here early on Saint Patrick’s and on All-Ireland final days – rammed.
Crab McGrath rating:
The Claddagh Ring is a traditional ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The pub however needs to push itself that little bit more for its Crab McGrath rating.