‘Home of the Camden Town Brewery’ reads the menu. But yes, this is the heart of Hampstead – presumably Jasper Cuppaidge, the thirtysomething Australian who runs both this cheery pub and the brewery (which has moved from the pub’s basement to close-but-no-cigar Kentish Town), thought naming a beer label after one of London’s poshest neighbourhoods might alienate more drinkers than it would attract. You’ll find the full range of Camden keg beers here (Ink, a moreish stout, is comfortably the best), alongside cask ales, bottled offerings and an above-average wine list, but the food’s no afterthought. On weeknights, a pretty standard gastropub menu takes hold.
But the place really hums at weekends, when you’ll need to dodge buggies, children and the occasional dog if you want to enjoy comfort cooking that sits on the fence separating brunch from lunch: on Saturdays, creamy macaroni cheese, eggs benedict, gigantic burgers best ordered medium rare; on Sundays, roasts galore. You won’t find many surprises, but everything’s done very well. We’ve heard grumblings about slow service in the past, but we had no complaints.