With its white walls, black wood and the Heath all but on the doorstep, there’s a touch of Tudor court about The Garden Gate. Maybe it's the proximity to Mother Nature that makes them follow the seasons to an extent that's somewhat rare in gastropubs. Specials are changed on the menu every month, and the roster of beers is also subject to regular change. Natural attractions also feature in the lovely, spacious garden, where you may find burgers and sausages fragrantly sizzling on the barbecue. Food is fairly typical gastropub fare, offered at prices that are gratifyingly un-Hampstead-like. Perfectly located for a beer or a meal after a stroll on the Heath.
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14 South End Road
|Transport:||Tube: Hampstead Heath rail or Belsize Park tube|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
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The best thing about this pub is it's garden. It's my local so I've got a small bias towards it however it is rare to find that magic combination of huge beer garden, with adequate cover in times of rain (which is most of the time lets face it) and close to transport links.
It could probably do with a refresh. The furniture is a bit tired and heaters are often broken. There are certainly more picturesque beer gardens out there but this one is still worth a visit. And, as other reviewers have pointed out, the toilets leave something to be desired...
Prices are gratifyingly low for the area (top tip: living in Hampstead is not cheap!) and the food is hearty and good. Plus they have an excellent pub quiz and you can't really ask for more than that.
Lovely big garden & cosy inside. Great food and £10 burger & a drink deal on Wednesdays is brilliant value.
After one summer wanting to try it out but never managing to get a table without a booking, we finally got to try it today and now I wish I hadn´t.
Although the location is excellent and the beer garden must be lovely on a sunny warm day (not the case today), the food... what an overpriced disappointment! A lovely looking Sunday roast which didn´t taste lovely at all. Our 4 plates were clearly re-heated and not fresh. The potatoes were impossible to eat with burnt soggy skin, the veggies were barely cooked and the Yorkshire pudding was really soggy. The meat was tasty but it came cold and it was really dry.
I might go back for a drink (no complaints about those or the service!) but from now on I will stay clear of the food.
My default go to pub. Beer garden is great in the summer and inside its cozy in winter. Burgers are good too.
We moved to the area a couple of years ago and soon adopted Garden Gate as our favourite local. I don't know why the other reviews have been so negative, I've found everyone there a pleasure. Food is well above average pub fare and it may be pricier than in other parts of London, but well worth it– and better than some of the pubs in the area.
No-go from a local. Several chances to impress, failure every time. Awful salad drowned in balsamic, inedible wisps of 'belly pork'. Horrible yorkshire-pud on an overpriced average-tasting Sunday Roast. Dreadfully rude staff. They do unhappily pull a decent pint, but expect to pay to be in Hampstead. Decent decor, great garden, buzzing atmosphere (no thanks to the staff). Drinks only, really, if you have money to burn. Don't waste your cash eating here.