There's certainly plenty to gawp at inside this Kilburn High Road boozer - from a flock of hanging birdcages to baroque sofas seating, a wall of Victorian mirrors, dangling pink flamingos by the door and badgers replacing family members in a wall-hogging Edwardian portrait. You might have seen it all before, but it's artfully done.
It's an adventurous drinks list. Cocktails include a jammy dodger (Absolut raspberry vodka, Tuaca, raspberry jam, egg white, lemon and gomme syrup), a blueberry amaretto sour and a 'jaffa' - a mix of Sailor Jerry, Kahlua, chocolate liqueur, triple sec, egg white, orange marmalade, lime and a floating Jaffa Cake garnish. They're served in teacups, or teapots to share.
There's enterprise in the food, too. Dishes range from crowd-pleasing breakfasts, burgers, pizzas and pasta to an a la carte offering of oysters served with edible margarita, a deconstructed veggie Wellington, racks of venison marinated with elderberry, and saffron-marinated halibut served with wasabi, avocado, molecular tomato and goat's cheese cannelloni.
|Venue name:||Betsy Smith||Contact:|
77 Kilburn High Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 9am-10pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Kilburn Park tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8.75-£14.95|
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
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- 1 star:0
We arrived with friends at the bar around 2am, on a Saturday night (14th May), and the guys at the entrance told us we had to pay in cash to enter the bar. We withdrew from the cash machines opposite to the bar, and this is when the magic begun: I gave the guy at the front, two notes of £10, and he actually exchanged one of them with a £5 note. I was totally sober and was not carrying any cash on me, so pretending I gave him £5 was risky and stupid. Bless him, I'm not stepping into this place again.
This feels like a 'proper' old school pub - the staff are friendly, and serve a cracking pint of Peroni and the happy out on cocktails is worth checking out.
The kitchen makes a very fresh and good mix English/ Italian food...and there is also a good offer before 4pm with all pizzas 5 Pounds. I'll come back for sure!!!
Great breakfast/bruch menu. the Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon on a bagel are perfectly presented and taste as good as they look,yummy.