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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Primrose Hill
2 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

A traditional, attractive pub with more than a hint of the gastro about it. It's located on Gloucester Avenue – a pretty Primrose Hill road wide of berth and leafy. A few outdoor tables here offer pleasing summer drinking. 

There's a Mediterranean slant to the food menu here, though influences from further afield also feature. Expect, then, dishes ranging from chicken liver parfait, salt cod croquettes with aioli, and Spanish red pepper stew to pappardelle with wild boar meatballs, roast cod with sautéed celeriac, and baked aubergine and puy lentils served with piquillo peppers, almonds and pomegranate molasses. 

Most of the bottles on the wine list are available by the glass and carafe, and are served alongside a good number of ales on rotation. Keep an eye out for special events such as wine tasting sessions and live music.



Address: 90 Gloucester Avenue
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm tube or bus 31, 168
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-3.30pm, 6-10pm Sat; 9-11.30am, 12.30-3.30pm, 6-9.30pm Sun
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Users say (8)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.4 / 5

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Arrived as they started serving food around 5.30 and tried to order (main courses only) as needed to leave by 7 for the theatre. The very nice & well meaning young girl who was trying to take our order couldn't work the system so that took a full 15 minutes. Then she shouldn't work the credit card payment method. 

Then, to top off a wondrously shambolic performance, the area near where we were sat filled with so much smoke from the open fire that you could hardly breathe. This was largely because the chap putting logs on it ballsed it up to such an extent that all our clothes stank of smoke 2 days later and we had headaches for the same period. If you're going to have a warm, inviting, open fire, learn how to use it without harming your customers health. To top it all, the fish was dry as a bone, overcooked and we didn't get our food for an hour after ordering. 

A bad joke of a venue which seems to be run by amateurs. Lots of other places to visit nearby that are better and without the side effects. 

I preferred it in the 70`s when you could go there and get a Bent MOT for your motor, at the same time watching some old bird up  on the stage getting her kit off.

Now its all patronised by tossers with a pied a terre in NW6 trying to read Le Monde, 

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great local pub in the heart of Primrose hill, always buzzy and a great people watching pub at the weekend. Great for a casual pizza on the ground floor or more formal dinning upstairs.

Have to agree with previous reviewers regarding the demise of the Lansdowne. Average overpriced food, served in a dining room devoid of atmosphere, served by surly staff. Extremely disappointing.

Another disappointing experience here; as mentioned by a previous reviewer the GM here is a real shocker. Service was terrible on the night I called by, staff were fake and uninterested. ( Note: A painted on smile and a fake hello does not equal good service in this country.) The food lacked the de constructed rustic edge it has had for so long, and on further questioning the reason for this became apparent; Apparently this pub is no longer associated with the executive chef, Amanda Prtichett, a key figure in the "Gastropub revolution", (she was behind the change at the Eagle some 20 years ago) and associated with this place for 15 or so years. Good bye to the Lansdowne, once a star of the gastro pub scene, now an over priced poorly run pretender.

Not sure what has gone on here, I used to be a regular, then moved overseas for 12mths. The place has fallen apart! the food was just awful, what used to be my favourite Turkish pizza was a shadow of its former self, prices had increased! But the staff were the icing on the cake, the "general manager" was just awful, I have never in my life come across such an abrasive individual in the service industry, it very difficult to be both rude and insincerely friendly but she has it down to a tee, I'd love to say it was a one off but on three return visits I have been greeted with poor food and woeful service. Perhaps the owner needs to step in here... the Lansdowne is a shadow of its former self. Avoid.

I come here once a fortnight to catch up with friends from all over London and I'm never disappointed...or if anything doesn't go exactly to plan the staff deal with it really well. I'm not a fan of vegetables but am always seduced by the veggie options on offer or go for one of the fabulous pizzas. I try a different wine nearly every time, huge selection by the glass and the staff really know their stuff... Sounds too good to be true but it isn't! Check it out!

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