Visiting Coles Park

Coles Park as it used to be

About the Boro: Ironically, given the present name, Haringey Borough’s roots lie over the border in Islington, where the club was founded in 1907 as Tufnell Park.  The reserve side soon broke away – first as Tufnell Spartans, and then, following their move onto White Hart Lane, as Wood Green Town in 1920.

In the middle of the century, the original Tufnell Park merged with newly established Edmonton Borough and moved to the Henry Barass Stadium in Edmonton – adding Edmonton to their name.  Ten years’ later they dropped the “Tufnell Park” and in 1973 the two Tufnell Parks were reunited when Edmonton merged with Wood Green Town to form Edmonton and Haringey. The present name – Haringey Borough – was adopted in 1976.

Both of Haringey’s old homes remain in-used football.  Tufnell Park’s old ground at Campdale Road now has the distinction of being the only grass pitch in Islington outside the Emirates, while the Henry Barass’ main stand remains, incongruously, in a public park.

A common misconception is that Boro are the only team on White Hart Lane.  While Spurs play on Tottenham High Road, there are several other senior and amateur teams making their home on “the Lane” from Park View FC who play down the road in the New River Stadium and ply their trade in the Spartan South Midlands League, to Hashtag United of the Eastern Counties League, who share with Boro.  Further down, amateur side Wood Green Old Boys have a clubhouse at the Civic Centre end of the lane.

How to get here: The W3 bus goes from White Hart Lane Overground (trains from Liverpool Street via Seven Sisters) to Coles Park to Wood Green Underground (on the Piccadilly Line) to Alexandra Palace National Rail (trains from Moorgate via Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park), so there’s plenty of travel options.

The Antwerp Arms – probably the best of your pub options

Where to drink: On the Tottenham side, the Antwerp Arms is highly recommended – a pleasant community-owned pub serving local ales near Bruce Castle Park.  Slightly further afield, the Beehive is a large pub with a spacious beer garden serving a wide range of real ales and craft beers.

On the Wood Green side, the area’s best pub is about ten minutes’ walk north of Wood Green Station up Bounds Green Road.   The Prince is an out-of-the-way gem serving a range of craft beers from keg and cask including a house ale that is brewed on-site – and is highly recommended.  The Starting Gate, near Alexandra Palace Station, is a nice, recently refurbished pub too

Closer to the station, the large Wetherspoon’s (Spouters Corner) is perfectly adequate while the laid back Green Rooms Bar on Station Road offers craft beer and a cafe-bar vibe.  For live sports, the recently refurbished Nag’s Head (formerly the Goose) opposite Wood Green Station is a busy sports pub offering similar fare to Spoons (be warned – they don’t keep their cask ale properly), while the Lord Nelson, further up the High Road normally offers a much more sedate viewing experience.

Be warned – when Spurs are at home, pubs on the Tottenham side will be extremely busy, while live events at Alexandra Palace will fill up the pubs on the Wood Green side.

If you’re planning on checking out the Turkish Restauarants of the Grand Parade section of Green Lanes, The Salisbury, with its Late Victorian Art Nouveau interior is worth a visit.  Another good pub for beer enthusiasts is the Great Northern Tavern, near Hornsey railway station.

Things to see and do: Alexandra Palace is a  short walk from Coles Park.  You can take in the view, go ice skating, hire a boat.  The Bruce Castle Museum – the other side of Tottenham Cemetery from Coles Park is free and worth twenty minutes of anyone’s time.

Green Lanes – the road Wood Green High Road becomes between Turnpike Lane and Manor House tube – is renowned for its Turkish restaurants.  Hala and Selale are Ewe Tea Bee’s favourites.