Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Great views / scenery, History, Relaxation
Expert review of Brew House
The first time I saw Kenwood House my eyes practically popped out of my head. It was like a Jane Austen fantasy and I half expected Mr Darcy to come galloping across the rolling lawns. 20 years later he did, and now I live nearby I come here most weeks, often with visitors from abroad in tow.
It still astounds me that this outfit can serve such a fine cooked breakfast in a cafeteria environment. The sourcing of ingredients, particularly bacon and sausages, is extremely good, and scrambled eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms are cooked to perfection. At lunchtime the meal deal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and an apple is fantastic value; the sandwiches (coronation chicken, say, or Singleton cheddar with caramelised onion) may seem pricey but are extremely satisfying. The baking, however, can be hit-or-miss – creamy desserts such as seasonal fruit fools and cheesecakes are better bets.
Brew House’s indoor seating can be cosy in winter but this place is all about the outdoors – head up to the chunky wooden tables of the courtyard garden for a quintessentially English al fresco experience.
You may have to queue a while but staff are exceptionally well trained and courteous.
By the time you’ve walked from Hampstead or Highgate tube, you’ll be needing a cup of tea anyway.
It’s not cheap but it is good value. Expect to pay £8.50 for a hearty lunch of free range Cumberland sausages with plum chutney, potato and vegetables, or £7.25 for a vegetarian tart served with salad leaves.
More information on Brew House:
- Price guide:
- Café, Takeaway, Tearoom
- British, Traditional
- Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
- 020 8341 5384
- Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
- Opening times:
- Daily 9am-6pm Apr-Sept, 9am-dusk Oct-Mar.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible