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Betsy Smith

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Kilburn
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Betsy Smith

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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
Address: 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

3.6 / 5

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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. 


Betsy Smith was a revelation. I’m very recently local to the area, and so was a bit overwhelmed by the proliferation of dodgy kebab vendors and pound shops in the neighbourhood. Enter Betsy Smith. I hear it’s an old Victorian pub that has been recently renovated. And you do definitely get the feeling of the old local pub, but without the stain-laden floors and carpeting smelling of years of booze and smoke. It’s quirky and playful and artsy. The Aviary complete with numerous birdcages hanging from the ceiling is the cutest. The place is run by Italians, and that translates into friendly and cheerful service (although I do want to test it on a busy weekend night, as we walked in on a lazy Sunday afternoon for a quick drink). And, hopefully, those same Italians can cook (although the deconstructed creme brûlée and tuna panna cotta might be just a tad too much for a Kilburn pub, so maybe I’ll go for something not so over-the-top). Anyhow, I’ll definitely be back, and a friend of mine booked a function at one of their function rooms straight away - on the strength of the design of the space and the friendliness of the stuff. 

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.

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