The dining rooms above this very soigné Georgian pub are a useful addition to Hampstead’s relatively limited restaurant scene. Three handsome spaces, each with good acoustics and their own colour scheme and fireplace, make the Wells perfect for family occasions – accordingly, Sunday lunch is a hot ticket.
The menu is appealing without being faddish or daring; there’s a section devoted to steaks. Watermelon, feta and mint soup topped with toasted pumpkin seeds was a refreshing twist on gazpacho. Perfectly grilled scallops came with crisp bacon, samphire and two fashionable pureés: shallot and rocket. Piping-hot mains prepared with skill and exuberance followed swiftly: beautifully crisp-skinned sea bass on tender fennel, courgette, chorizo, green beans and red pepper with a precision-chopped provençale salsa; and swordfish on a terrific salad base of avocado, watercress, green beans, rocket, frisée and endive. Both dishes were generous and full of colour, vigour and flavour.
A standout pavlova with marshmallowy meringue studded with upright strawberries looked almost heraldic; a crème brûlée was peerless. Add solicitous service and well-chosen wines at friendly prices and the Wells is a winner. Downstairs has a posh neighbourhood-pub vibe with leather sofas, backgammon boards and as much emphasis on wines as beers.
30 Well Walk
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 7-10pm Sat, Sun|
|Price:||Main courses £9.95-£18.95|
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Wells' kitchen is not a your everyday pub food, it's has high quality ingredients and it never disappoints. Always has great service with local atmosphere. Tis place is very popular with locals. Very close to the heath so it gets busy with on Saturdays and Sundays. I recommend their Chateaubriand for two in evenings. Their duck confit, sausage and mash that they source from the local butcher.
Good pub food and a fun and lively atmosphere (more sedate/romantic upstairs) make this a must-go-to venue.
A lively pub downstairs with efficient, attentive staff. Upstairs in the dining room is arguably the best roast in London.
A little piece of heaven tucked away in Hampstead. Where to begin: atmosphere, I'll give it a ten. Food, insanely delicious. Staff, not bad, relatively professional. This is the type of place to go if you feel like shelling out decent dosh for unforgettable food after a lovely day in the Heath, or for any special occassion such as birthdays or even Thanksgiving - caters to the Yanks in the area. If you're on the gastropub tour circuit this place is a must, and in my opition, top of the list for North London.
This is a great restaurant. The staff are especially great and attentive, but not overbearing. I strongly recommend it.
We had a very nice lunch at the Wells on a quiet tuesday. I can confirm that the 28-day-aged ribeye with shallot and tarragon butter is divine: ordered medium-rare, it was grilled at the perfection. My partner had a lamb rump that was equally well executed. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff discreet and attentive. Strongly recommended. I just wished north west London had more places of this calibre!