Brew House

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4 Love It
© Jitka Hynkova

Company of Cooks’ tried-and-tested formula at the Brew House, the cafeteria at Kenwood House, remains the same. The flagstone floors and high ceilings inside the old kitchen wing make for a din on busy weekends.

Choose from the limited menu at the hotplate (full english breakfasts, then sausage and veg, quiche and salad or soup and bread for lunch) or fresh and well-filled doorstep sandwiches in the chiller cabinet. The hotplate is a less attractive option during quieter weekdays as food sits around for longer. The coffee is unremarkable, but there’s a selection of quality cakes available (we’re partial to the unusually spicy carrot cake and the gooseberry and elderflower cheesecake).

The Brew House is an institution frequented by old and young, wellied and well heeled, and the tiered, sheltered terrace is one of the prettiest spots in north London. Despite its limitations, locals always come back for more. Company of Cooks runs cafés at other tourist sites across London, including the Imperial War Museum, Greenwich Park and Hyde Park.

Venue name: Brew House
Address: Kenwood House
Hampstead Lane
Opening hours: Open Apr-Sept 9am-6pm daily (7.30pm on concert nights). Oct-Mar 9am-dusk daily
Transport: Tube: Archway or Golders Green tube then bus 210
Price: Main courses £4.75-£9.95

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Kathy Ryder
1 of 1 found helpful

I visited this restaurant May 7th with a party of four and a small child. A bit disappointed when I saw that we had to do 'the que with tray bit', but there were no hold-ups and I have to say that the food was excellent for all of us. The salmon, and the sauce on it was gorgeous. Healthy deserts too - rhubarb and yoghurt - we had a nice time and the surroundings are so lovely.

1 of 1 found helpful

Unlike the 1-star recommendation, I visit often and none of those negative comments ring true to me. It must have been a bad day. The only negative I would give is that everything is pricy. On the other hand, all the food I have ever had there has been first class, tasty, excellent quality and various enough for this sort of eatery. If one has one of their hearty soups, the bowls re filled to the top and, with the bread, it is a meal in itself. The sweets and cakes are also delicious. Queueing varies but staff are always helpful and try to add a till to speed things up. With 2 indoor rooms, there is plenty of seating and, on sunny days, eating their food outside is bliss.

Andy H

I hope people appreciate what a treasure this place is. It is not a destination restaurant, it is an idyllic setting in which to get a wholesome, affordable meal or just some tea and cake. One of my favourite things to do is enjoy Kenwood House's art treasures (FREE!) and then sit outside with friends or reading the paper. We have NOTHING like it in NY's Central Park where our Tavern on the Green was turned over to a high-end company serving up over-priced bad food, mostly to tourists. I love the mix of people at the Brew House and hope it endures for years to come. 

Keith Simpson

Food lukewarm and unappealing. Very disappointing, and not a good advertisement for the catering at Kenwood House. If I was planning an event here, the food in the Brew House would have put me right off. The lazy catering here is a real turn off.


If I could give a negative rating it would best describe this place. Met up with a friend from out of London for breakfast and we went here based on web articles and reviews. The vegetarian option was boring and definately not worth the price. No thought went into this menu - no vegetarian sausages or Quorn alternative. The scrambled eggs looked completely undercooked and I decided not to chance it, so what I was left with was nothing but vegtables and toast. We queued for a long time mostly because of the annoying couple in front of us, but by the time we got to a table I was very hungry. What was on my plate was tastless and the only semi palatable item was the cold toast. The mushrooms were so salty I had to drink a lot to compensate it, the spinach was just mush and the tomatoes were just tomatoes. I was so unimpressed I had to apologise to my friend and we vowed not to visit this place again. I'm glad I came straight home afterwards because I was ill for the rest of the day and it just ruined my day. Never again! If this is what passes as good cuisine in London, I better just stay and home and cook for myself.