Brew House

Address: Kenwood, Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 8341 5384

- Budget

3.8

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
3.8
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Travellers with pets
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • History

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