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Betsy Smith


Formerly a shabby local called the Bridge, this pub has been spruced up with a resolutely on-trend ‘junk shop chic’ look – birdcages, charity shop paintings and other vintage stuff. If as much effort went into the food, the owners would be on to a winner.

Yet despite the £180 champagne and a massive cocktail list, we reckon the Betsy Smith is all fur coat and no knickers: an apt description for some of the scantily clad punters too.

The menu covers all bases (breakfasts, nachos, burgers and bistro dishes like spaghetti with clams), including a long list of pizzas from the wood-fired oven. The pizzas are the best bet, and are reasonably priced; the toppings may be more notable for their quantity than quality, but after a few drinks, they’ll do.

The drinks are predictably ‘kerazee’ cocktails served in teacups and teapots to share. The Jaffa is served with a floating ‘Jaffa Cake’ garnish while the ‘Relish the Thought’ brings together honey-roasted parsnip pureé, caramelised red onion relish and a dolcelatte cheese garnish. Sadly, there’s no such imagination with regards to the beers, with only some leaden lagers on show.

Venue name: Betsy Smith
Address: 77 Kilburn High Road
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Kilburn Park tube
Price: Main courses £8.75-£14.95

Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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Nice place in daylight hours. Just make sure you're out by 10pm when the coke fueled crazed east european bouncers turn up looking for ultra violence. The fact that the people who run the place are happy to employ such heinous mouth-breathers necessitates an over generous one star.

Very Good

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.