The company behind a popular pub damaged in a fire said it hopes to resume trading soon.

The Tally Ho in High Road, North Finchley, will be temporarily closed following a fire on both the first and second floors of the venue today (February 8).

Firefighters were called at 11.05am, with one video shared online showing flames coming from the second floor of the building, while another video showed thick smoke clouding the street as people looked on.

It was eventually under control by 12.22pm.

Times Series: The fire at Tally HoThe fire at Tally Ho (Image: @VICTIM0FSOCIETY)

Operator Stonegate says the Tally Ho team will now look to see what additional work is needed so it can reopen as soon as possible.

And while the London Fire Brigade says the cause is still being investigated, Stonegate claimed it was due to a fire in the kitchen.

A spokesperson said: “Earlier today, a fire broke out in the kitchen of the Tally Ho pub, North Finchley.

“The fire was quickly contained, and we would like to thank the emergency services for their efficient action at the scene.

“Everybody in the building is safe and accounted for. The team will now identify what additional works will need to take place, and hope to have the pub open and trading as usual as soon as possible."

Times Series: The road closure at High Road, North FinchleyThe road closure at High Road, North Finchley (Image: @VICTIM0FSOCIETY)

The London Ambulance Service treated one person at the scene for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported at the time.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters rushed to the pub after 13 999 calls were made.

High Road was closed one way from Ballards Lane at Tally Ho Corner to Woodhouse Road and Kingsway. There was also congestion to the nearby Sainsburys supermarket and back along the other side to Ballards Lane.

Several bus routes were diverted, including the 13, 125, 134, 221, 263, 383, 460 and SL10.