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.
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.
Slightly too laid back at times.
Set amongst the ritzy shops of Hampstead village, near the tube.
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.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers