Brew House

Price guide: Budget

Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR

Price guide: Budget

Brew House interior

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#70 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
5
5.0
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
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

A Neo-Classical Georgian villa with charming café in the former servants’ quarters.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

You may have to queue a while but staff are exceptionally well trained and courteous.

Location: 

By the time you’ve walked from Hampstead or Highgate tube, you’ll be needing a cup of tea anyway.

Price advice: 

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:
Budget
Type:
Café, Takeaway, Tearoom
Food:
British, Traditional
Address:
Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
Telephone:
020 8341 5384
Website:
http://www.companyofcooks.com/index.php?id=9&detail=5
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Daily 9am-6pm Apr-Sept, 9am-dusk Oct-Mar.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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