No. 621: Seven Sisters Road, N4
Sir George Robey, Seven Sisters Road, London, N4. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
London and Londoners in the Eighteen-Fifties and Sixties – Alfred Rosling Bennett, 1924:
Another member of our little world who has no counterpart in these later times was the perambulating potman. Public-houses in the 1850s were allowed to deliver liquor at customers’ premises, and nearly every tavern did so, employing potmen for the purpose who carried wooden frames divided longitudinally into two compartments in which cans of ale, porter and stout were deposited […].
[It has been a while since the Sir George Robey in Finsbury Park has served a stout – or anything else for that matter. In the 1980s it was one of London’s best small venues. Filthy dirty with legendary toilet facilities, it still played host to the likes of Steve Marriott, The Exploited, Hawkwind, Snuff, Blur and The Jesus and Mary Chain, among others. The Mean Fiddler Group took over the place for a while, but it is now empty and derelict despite being partially redeveloped. Nick Hornby reputedly based the Harry Lauder music venue in his novel High Fidelity on the Sir George Robey. R.D.]