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Starting Gate

(formerly Gate)

Station Road
Wood Green
N22 7SS

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
Sunday11.00 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10 Mon - Fri
11 - 10 Sat
12 - 10 Sun


Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

About the Pub

Built in 1875, the year Alexandra Palace opened. It became the Starting Gate in 1858 when a racecourse was started in Alexandra Park. Much of the interior dates from an 1899 refit, including partitions radiating from the island bar, the different bits served by six external doors. Modern side room with pizza oven. Now M&B, ex-Allied, Spirit, Orchid. Additional info on a recent visit we found Doom Bar as well as Adnams Herbalist, Redemption Pale and Trinity.

Historic Interest

Grade II listed:- Public House on a corner site. Built 1875 (the same year as the opening of Alexandra Palace) as the "Palace Cafe"; a public house by 1896; refitted internally 1899 by Richard Dickenson of-St John Street, Adelphi. Yellow stock brick with red brick dressings. Public House frontage with paired pink granite pilasters on a black granite plinth. 6 windows, 1 Window to chamfered angle and 2 windows to St Michael's Street. 3 storeys and cellars. Each street with a depressed arch entrance to recessed doorway with double-panelled and part-glazed doors flanked by panelled and engraved glass screens. Windows have round-arched glazing and top panels of geometric pattern. Fascia with cornice. Upper floors have rusticated brick strips at angles and bays. 1st floor 2-pane sashes brick architraved with keystones and timber open pediments. 2nd floor sashes with gauged brick heads and continuous brick dentil cornice sill band. similar cornice above to coped parapet. To left a lower 2-storey, 3-window extension with late C19 shopfront and central pedimented chimney breast rising through upper floors. Roundel on chimney breast dated 1875. Interior has cast iron columns with capitals and many original features including screens with engraved glass, part of a snob screen, chimney pieces and an overmantle, lincrusta decoration and a series of framed panels containing water-colour paintings, mostly pastoral views but one of Alexandra Palace. Originally known as the Alexandra Palace Hotel, it became the Alexandra Palace and Railway Hotel when the Great Eastern Railway station was opened in 1906 and in 1958, when a racecourse was opened at the bottom of the southern slopes, the Starting Gate.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Sharp's Doom Bar

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

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Starting Gate, Wood Green


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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Starting Gate

Station Road
Wood Green
N22 7SS

Sat Nav Reference

51.598293, -0.119711


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Nearby Station (10m)

Alexandra Palace

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (750m)

Wood Green

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