J D Wetherspoons celebrate 40 years

Our cover celebrates the 40th anniversary of the J D Wetherspoon organisation. Tim Martin opened his first pub, at first called Martin’s Free House, in 1979 in Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill. That has long gone but the company is still represented in the area by the Mossy Well. The pub was originally an Express Dairy tea room and depot but was converted to a pub, the Village, in 1984 with Wetherspoons taking over in October 2015. They renamed it the Mossy Well, the old name from which Muswell Hill is believed to be derived.

The well became a place of pilgrimage after a Scottish king was said to have been cured here by drinking the water. The pub appears in the 2020 Good Beer Guide (page 295) so it remains a place to visit, especially to see its unique feature, a history of the company laid out in the form of an impressive collection of memorabilia along one wall. Recalling its dairy days, there is also a milk float and a cow! The pub is spacious, with a mezzanine floor and outside drinking areas front and back. The full address is 258 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 3SH.
Tony Hedger