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Bell and Hare, Tottenham High Road, London N17

Not a remarkable photo today, not indeed a remarkable pub! Well, what do you expect on a day where the temperature didn't go above 7 degrees and it hasn't stopped raining heavily for thirty six hours?

This is The Bell and Hare, (nearly) next door to my beloved White Hart Lane, home of my team, Tottenham Hotspur. I didn't realise until this week when I was looking something up in the dictionary that hotspur is actually a word, meaning an impetuous or fiery person - just like me then!

The Bell and Hare is our new watering hole, since the Railway Tavern, my 'home in Tottenham' since I was sixteen and first a Spurs fan, shut its doors to the public about a year ago. Sarah and I go there before games and sometimes, if we're being really badly behaved, after games too. Today was a 'before only' day but even so, we managed three drinks in a hot steamy back room, more noted for its lovely barstaff than for its finery! I have never seen more amazing fingernails on anyone than our favourite bar person! We sat and shared each others hopes and dreams, touched a 'lucky penny' that we'd found in the street outside the ground and giggled like a pair of teenagers. She can be seen in this photo, putting her purse in her handbag, behind the guy in blue towards the left of this shot!

We did our usual wait till ten minutes before kick off time, run round the corner, dash to the loo (to get rid of some of the beer) and then place our huge 1 bets on a scorecast. It's such easy money for Ladbrokes - we've never won a penny! Today we both got the score wrong and both got the first scorer wrong but we did at least get the first Spurs scorer - Rohan Rickets! Our routine on these occasions never changes, in fact if truth be told we often miss the kick off because we leave it so late.

Rohan is our new wonderboy, bought from the ARSEnal in the summer and he's a proper little cracker! Robbie Keane popped in a second and we won 2-1.......and boy, did we need that win. It wasn't pretty and it had almost no finesse but at least we won.

We walked out onto the terraces and the rain was coming down and it was cold and it rained more heavily and more heavily, our seats were covered in rain water (because we've got the cheapest season tickets in the house we get rained on when it's wet!) and so we got wet bums too! We could have stayed at home and watched the game on the TV but we didn't. It took me six hours travelling for about ten minutes of pleasure but that's what being a fan is all about.

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Linda Alstead04-Mar-2011 08:52
Sarah I'm sorry but I don't know Vanessa and Jay - don't know whether anyone else who looks at this will know them?
sarah 03-Mar-2011 15:24
hi im looking for a landlord and lady they go by the name vanessa and jay and im pretty sure it was this pub they run when i visited them back in 2007 any help would be much appricated as she is my aunty and i lost contact and numbers when we moved my email is if anyone knows who im talking about thanks again sarah louise martin x
Linda Alstead07-Mar-2009 18:42
We're the Cornwall brandch of the Spurs now!!!
Guest 07-Mar-2009 14:31
Aussie Yid trying to contact his bell n hare spurs brothers! smooth where are you?
Linda Alstead07-Nov-2006 13:10
When I wrote this, I made a couple of comments without thinking. (That's the problem with posting images after a long day out at footie and too much beer - your judgement goes to pot completely.) The trouble is, the comment was written meaning one thing, which was not in any way an insult - more a celebration of some wonderful full of life souls who we met that day for the first time. Unfortunately, to an outside observer, the comments could have been taken to mean something completely different and that was not what I intended.

So, I have been taken to task by Sharon, quite rightly, for being rude and insensitive.

Sharon, I apologise deeply for hurting you and being such a completely horrible person. I have always loved the Bell and Hare and loved the friendships I have forged there, both with your wonderful team (especially Carol & Maureen) and with your customers. The place is a complete legend and I love it totally.

Please forgive me - I was horrible and thoughtless.

Sarah is a kind, gentle person and I hope that you will see that this was my doing and in no way hers.

I hope that the flowers will go some way to making recompense for my rudeness.

Sarah 24-Nov-2005 16:29
That was before we met everyone else then! Your description is so evocative - I can remember it clearly!
Kevin 02-Sep-2005 22:22
Drunk, as well as got drunk in the Bell and Hare many times.
Nice photo, I'm Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder too.
jeanb16-Dec-2003 01:48
Very close to where I was born...Lansdowne Road.