Third Enfield pub closure in a month ‘devastating’

The Sporting Green’s closure follows The Alfred Herring and The Goat in calling last orders over the past month

The Sporting Green in Hertford Road, Enfield Highway
The Sporting Green in Hertford Road, Enfield Highway

A pub described as “one of longest lasting on Hertford Road” has closed – becoming the third to do so across Enfield in a month.

The Sporting Green in Enfield Highway went up for sale earlier this year, priced at £1.75m, and is understood to have now been sold.

The current owners boarded up the property last week and served their last pints to customers on Sunday. It’s not clear who the new owners are or whether they intend to reopen the venue.

On the Pub Location website The Sporting Green is described as “one of the premier venues for a quality night out in Enfield” and of being “a traditional Irish pub rich in roots with the Enfield community, one of longest-lasting pubs on Hertford Road”.

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The Sporting Green closed on the same weekend as The Alfred Herring in Palmers Green, a JD Wetherspoon pub, and shortly after The Goat, the last pub in Ponders End, also closed its doors. All three now have new owners, with The Goat already having planning permission to convert into a restaurant – a fate which has befallen many other pubs in the area.

Unlike Ponders End, Enfield Highway does at least have an alternative boozer, with The Red Lion situated a little further north up Hertford Road.

The pub closures have been described as “devastating” by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

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