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Sir Richard Steele

Bars and pubs Belsize Park
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

NOTE: Since this review was published, the Sir Richard Steele has become part of the Faucett Inns group. The Time Out Eating and Drinking Editors

‘Genuine London boozer’ pretty much covers it when it comes to this pub. Named in honour of the Irishman who’s most famous today for founding the Spectator, the Steele is a fabulously raffish place, defined by the boozy chaos that invariably seems to follow an evening spent jostling for attention at its central bar or crouched around one of its sticky tables.

Within a dimly lit interior covered in portraits and street signs, talkative locals shoot the breeze over pints of ale (Timothy Taylor Landlord, Dark Star Hophead) and the occasional whisky; even the drunkest of drunks remain good-natured until chucking-out time. There’s a grab-bag of live music – Irish folk, acoustic or open-mic, depending on the night and the week – while quiz nights and comedy clubs provide alternative entertainment.



Address: 97 Haverstock Hill
Transport: Tube: Belsize Park or Chalk Farm
Opening hours: Open 11am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon; noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm Tue-Fri; noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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This is a fantastic pub if you are looking for a more quiet/cozy setting for a pint after a hustle-bustle day at Camden.

It is the type of pub you feel like you could sit for hours in, engulfed in great conversation. They also have a fantastic pub menu (highly recommend the burger or the Chicken BLT) and a large outdoor garden area.

The staff is friendly and the service is quick. This has become our new 'local.'


I was slightly intimidated walking into this pub on my own before my mates arrived. It was one of those “old man” type pubs where everyone just turns to look at you. However, that was earlier in the day and it soon packed out and gained a bit of atmosphere. There’s a large outdoors section with lots of seating which is great for a sunny day when you don’t want to be indoors.


Steele's pub is one of my favourite London pubs. It's always filled with a mixture of locals and the odd tourist, all hiding in the almost secret dark compartments of the pub. Reasonably priced, it's incredibly cosy on a cold day and has plenty of outdoor space for the brave. The staff are also always friendly and efficient! The toilets are a 6/10!

Staff Writer

Very nice pub, although maybe a little too generic. I love the beer garden, summer barbecues, and the fact it doesn't get too noisy so you can actually talk with your friends. Food is okay but don't expect anything amazing - it's just burgers and fries.

Monkey Business is North London`s most popular and very friendly Comedy club. The acts are amazing ,seating is comfortable .and its an fully air conditioned venue. You will love it .

NEW OWNERSHIP There used to be gorgeous Thai food for cheap prices here that the locals adored. The sweet old lady chef has now been booted out by big new owners in favour of yet another generic, boring pub menu with no imagination. I hear the lovely Thai chef has gone to pub elsewhere where I shall now be going in future!

We love the Steele's! Unpretetentious, it's rare that you won't end up talking to someone new if you want to; the only place in London where you'll see such a heartwarmingly diverse mixture of ages out in the same place, all rubbing along most nicely together. You'll meet aging session musician rockers, post-punk lady-queens, friendly locals, young musicians and starving artists - Often has great music nights too. It warms me cockles. Mmmm. Save Our Steeles!!!

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