Pubs in Hampstead

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Find the best places to drink in Hampstead

Home to an array of cosy British pubs, Hampstead is the perfect place to wet your whistle. Holly Bush, once the home of painter George Romney, is a comfortable - and popular - Hampstead hostelry. Horseshoe, meanwhile, is great for ale connoisseurs: it brews its own ales and has loads of lesser-known international beers. For those who'd prefer an expertly made cocktail, Wells is a must.

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  • Roebuck

    Rating: 4/5 15 Pond Street, London, NW3 2PN

    Now under the Young's banner, this escape hatch for staff from the Royal Free has been given a facelift: purple floral wallpaper, mirrors and '70s swivel chairs are paired with a grandly tiled...
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  • Horseshoe

    Rating: 4/5 28 Heath Street, London, NW3 6TE

    Although we've had mixed experiences at this chic gastropub over the years, two recent visits have seen the kitchen cooking with flair. The weekday lunch menu offers light meals...
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  • The Wells

    Rating: 4/5 30 Well Walk, London, NW3 1BX

    A short, if steep, walk from Hampstead Heath, The Wells is a pretty Georgian building with two floors for dining. There are Bugaboos parked at the roadside tables, but this...
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  • The Flask

    Rating: 3/5 14 Flask Walk, London, NW3 1HE

    Blending perfectly with the second-hand bookstores and other arcana along this lovely, narrow pedestrianised passage, this imposing but welcoming Young's pub has benefited from...
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  • Holly Bush

    Rating: 3/5 22 Holly Mount, London, NW3 6SG

    Negotiate the steep steps from Heath Street up to isolated, cobbled Holly Mount, and a sign will appear: 'Benskins Holly Bush'. The sign hangs over a house that was built in the 1790s by portrait...
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  • The Garden Gate

    Rating: 3/5 14 South End Road, London, NW3 2QE

    With its white walls, black wood and the heath all but on the doorstep, there's a touch of Tudor court about The Garden Gate. The jester roles are taken by the casual staff...
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  • Old White Bear

    Rating: 3/5 1 Well Road, London, NW3 1LJ

    In its former guise as Ye Olde White Bear, this Hampstead hostelry was a tousled, traditional ale house. It has been taken on by restaurateur Jasper Gorst (who also owns The Oak...
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  • The Stag

    Rating: 3/5 67 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QU

    In autumn 2008 The Stag's new owners gave it a big refurb and have attracted a younger, groovier crowd who appreciate the decent ales and spacious rear garden. The...
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  • The Spaniards Inn

    Rating: 2/5 Spaniards Road, London, NW3 7JJ

    On a narrow bend by Hampstead Heath, the danger from being knocked down by a school-run mum is as real to today's visitor as was being hijacked in Dick Turpin's day.
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