Jester

150 Mount Pleasant,
Cockfosters,
EN4 9HG

Although this pub is not a listed building it is it is one of London’s Real Heritage pubs and the description is as follows: “This pub was built in 1958 to serve the surrounding housing estate and therefore dates from a time when pub-building eventually got going again after the hardships of the post-war years. It has rather more architectural ambition than most of the functional pubs of its day, having been built in the kind of vernacular revival that had been popular in the period between the wars – with broad, sweeping rooflines, dormer windows, tall chimneys and attractive brickwork. Inside there are two rooms, a public bar to the front and a lounge down the right-hand side. The latter has been expanded by a cut-through into what was originally part of the private accommodation. The public bar retains some characteristic panelling with with broad flat members and narrower hollows picked out in black. Such panelling recurs in the lounge but, sadly, it has been painted over as has the bar counter (the bar counter in the public bar is a grim bit of Formica refacing). But for a quintessential piece of 1950s design look at the tiled surround to the fireplace in the lounge – it contains a series of tiles showing the eponymous jester and images of wine glasses just in case you had forgotten you are in a pub!”

The Jester featured on the A King, a Jester and a Bishop: Daytime Crawl of Enfield, Cockfosters and Barnet in February 2011.