During a walk on sunny Easter Monday we passed 'The Flask' and all of a sudden the wonderful smell of good cooking filled the air. Spontaneously we decided to eat in their spacious and beautiful courtyard surrounded by the pretty and historic buildings of the pub - the oldest part of the pub dates back to 1663. We were lucky to get a table when a party of three was just leaving. A very pleasant and diverse crowd for a change (something you rarely find in a pub and that rarity results in the fact that we normally tend to avoid pubs) already enjoyed their mouthwatering and promising looking meals. The staff is attentive, efficient, polite and well mannered. (Not the usual 'hi guys' attitude you encounter all too often everywhere and to which I am quite allergic - well you could almost call it my pet hate.) After waiting not too long our ordered food arrived. As a starter our friend had the crispy pig cheek with red onions, rocket and roasted garlic Greek yoghurt with warm pitta bread. After the first bite his eyed widened with true surprise. Full of flavour and astonishingly perfect was the pig cheek. The yoghurt fresh and well seasoned. The bread as warm and tasty as bread can be. I regretted it almost not to have a starter. Soon my main arrived: beer battered cod and chips, sauce tartare and pea puree. Without any doubt. This was truely the holy grail of fish and chips. The batter crispy golden and tasty. The fish of perfect quality. The chips freshly homemade, crispy golden and also very tasty. The sauce tartare well seasoned and creamy and the pea puree freshly made and - what a surprise - also very good. (With utter horror I remember countless fish and chips desasters I have encountered in this country - from just tasteless to tasteless fatty over fatty salty to fatty salty disgusting eek and eek yuk! Not so here! The Flask serves Fish and Chips made to perfection! Could it come any better? Oh yes it could! My husband had the lamb on wild garlic potatoe mash with runner beans and always when he orders lamb he almost expects some sort of catastrophe. Again not so here! Delicious succulent leg of lamb on a bed of heavely creamy mash and green runner beans - yes green and not cooked to death as you find it too frequently in restaurants. It is not easy to serve a good leg of lamb. Theirs is not only good it is excellent! Our friend had the seared duck breast with Anya potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and jus and what can I say... Even that was pure perfection. Succulent duck breast of superior quality, delicious potatoes and fresh lovely purple sprouting broccoli. I think that was one of the very rare occasions where everybody was more than satisfied and happy with his ordered food. It always is worthwhile to use locally sourced and fresh ingredients - what the chefs use in this pub is of truely outstanding quality and it needs damn good skills to serve something as delicious as they do in The Flask. Our compliments to the kitchen! Needless to say that also the dessert was highly satisfying: salted caramel icecream and blueberry sorbet and yes, their icecream and sorbets are homemade and the sorbet made of real blueberries. Given the fact that you get such wonderful food, atmosphere and service the price is ridiculously inexpensive. We will be back. The Flask has everything to make it our favourite!
© Alys Tomlinson
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 18 2011
When Albert Uderzo drew a timeless English pub for a scene in Asterix in Britain, it looked a lot like this traditional spot on Highgate Hill: wooden beams, fireplaces, bottle-glass windows and a labyrinth of snug rooms.
Should you find it, the little bar in one corner serves a gently unusual range of beers, which has improved since Fuller’s took over the pub in 2009: you might find the likes of Butcombe Bitter, Hydes Original, Adnams and Fuller’s own Honey Dew on tap, with such Belgian brews as Vedett and Duvel available by the bottle.
Single malts are another feature, though you might prefer something chilled from the wine list if you’re taking to the side terrace in summer.
Flask 77 Highgate West Hill
- Venue phone:
020 8348 7346
- Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; noon-4pm, 6-9.30pm Sun
Tube: Archway or Highgate tube, or bus 143, 210, 214, 271
- 77 Highgate West Hill
- 020 8348 7346
- 77 Highgate West Hill
Average User Rating
2.2 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:6
Great premises, very presentable pub. The staff (management?) who served me were just awful. Very, very poor service, especially unforgivable at such a quiet time of day. Which coffees do you do? "Unfortunately, we do all of them". Well, unfortunately, you couldn't even manage the one I asked for, and fortunately, there are several better pubs within short walking distance that don't treat customers like dirt.
Food took forever, worst burger and chips I ever had and staff are so miserable. Its such a shame as its a great location .
Poor food, poor service and poor response when reporting issues of cold and frankly badly delivered lunch. Wont be going back and would not reccomend, at all.
Great pub serving a nice selection of real ales which change every couple of weeks. Not eaten but always seems to be a lot of diners happily cleaning their plates. I'm here for the beer, and few pubs keep them as well as The Flask
prior to my visit last night I was surprised at having read bad reviews about the staff at the flask as they've always been charming. the bad attitude was in evidence in abundance last night however, thoroughly unpleasant waitress also the main course took forever to arrive and was lukewarm when it did arrive
had a lovely crispy pork side with cabbage and mash, with a complimentary sour bread and vinegar/oil, the female staff are pleasant some of the barmen can seem a bit autistic?
Lovely PUb, great beer garden and atmosphere but the food is nothing to rave about and all the staff all have major attitude problems.
Cold premises, miserable staff, slow service and very poor food.The complementary bread and oil appeared on the bill as Brooklyn and cost me £4.90.