The Horseshoe

Price guide: Mid-range

28 Heath Street, London, NW3 6TE

Price guide: Mid-range

Wide range of drinks

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#66 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Shopping

Expert review of The Horseshoe

In central Hampstead, a relaxed gastropub where the beers are genuinely local.

There are two very good gastropubs in Hampstead Village: The Wells on Well Walk, close to the heath, and the Horseshoe, which is in the shopping area and near the tube. I think this one currently has the edge for its commitment to regional food producers, value-for-money wines and wide range of own-brewed beers. Owner Jasper Cuppaidge is the grandson of an Australian brewer and decided to continue the family tradition in London, at first brewing in the Horseshoe’s basement. The brewery proved so successful it has since moved to the railway arches in nearby Camden Town, while the pub’s kitchen continues to turn out classy cooking.

Food and drink: 

At any one time you might find five of Camden Town Brewery’s excellent beers on offer, as well as others from Meantime (south-east London) and international brands such as Stiegel from Austria, and Bacchus raspberry beer from Belgium. Based on the last few meals I’ve had here, the kitchen’s moved up a gear or two while not losing its modern British ethos. Expect the likes of flat mushrooms on toast with fried duck egg; game terrine with cornichons and red onion jam; hake with spiced potatoes, spinach and mustard seeds; and twice-cooked pork belly with coleslaw and pear purée. The lunchtime special is always nicely cooked and brilliant value – a rare breed Red Poll beef burger and chips, say, or a wintry turkey and bacon pie with sautéed cabbage.

Ambience: 

The décor is packed with gastropub clichés (muted green paintwork, old school chairs, blackboards, a huge vase of flowers, a bit of modern art) but is not the worse for it. Weekends see couples, groups of friends and families aplenty, but during the week there are plenty of male and female lone diners, many tapping away on their laptops.

Service: 

Slightly too laid back at times.

Location: 

Set amongst the ritzy shops of Hampstead village, near the tube.

Price advice: 

For £7, the weekday lunch special offers a main course, plus a glass of wine or freshly squeezed orange juice. Otherwise, main courses range from £8-£15.

More information on The Horseshoe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pub, Restaurant
Food:
British, Modern, Traditional
Address:
28 Heath Street, London, NW3 6TE
Telephone:
020 7431 7206
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-10.30pm. Restaurant Mon-Thur noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Sun noon-4.30pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
seasonal game, fish and chips

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