However, something appears very slightly amiss.
For, although a pub sign remains, it now depicts a tallit-draped Jew. Gone is the original pub name, ‘The Artichoke’. Standing proudly in its place, and whilst not exactly 'The Dog and Chazan', or 'The Red Heffer', the 'Elstree Shtiebel' may well be in full flow.
Although the spirits normally associated with pubs may not be the ones flowing (unless it’s Purim, and therefore virtually mandatory to be shticker) there will almost certainly be spirit of a different type in evidence, and much more potent than any liquid which can be bottled.
Founded in 2012 by Mendel Tajtelbaum in memory of Reb Yitzchok Dovid Tajtelbaum
(Dedication of the building, formerly the Artichoke pub, took place on 27 January 2013)
Friday 29th January 2021