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Ye Olde Swiss Cottage, Swiss Cottage, NW3

98 Finchley Road

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Quinno _ left this review about Ye Olde Swiss Cottage

Well it certainly looks like a Swiss Chalet which is a reason to visit in itself. Sited directly opposite the Tube station (exit 3), it suffers by having been enveloped by a huge and constantly busy traffic junction so approach is through a subway. A large, light wood, sodium-lit and gently worn interior lies within, with sone homely/twee touches but I always like a carpet, armchairs and curtains combo though surely there’s a missed opportunity to follow the exterior theme a bit more. Apparently there’s an upstairs room and a members bar but both appeared to be out-of-bounds on my visit. Cask OBB available here, though I plumped Oatmeal Stout. I quite enjoyed my half hour here, though my companion took against it. 6.5

On 11th February 2020 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Ye Olde Swiss Cottage

A bizarre pub which resembles a Swiss chalet situated on what essentially amounts to a huge traffic island flanked by four lanes of traffic *on each side*. To add to the charm, it's accessed by Swiss Cottage tube subway.

Once, back in the late 1980s I was refused entry as I wasn't wearing a tie! That demand certainly wouldn't be made today and having visited recently, I certainly can't see any reason to return.

On 8th November 2013 - rating: 2
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Ye Olde Swiss Cottage

A truly improbable landmark, with no need to provide a description of what the place looks like. The interior is all light wood-panelling, with a two-part bar and a side lounge. Separate lounge and gallery upstairs (not visited). Large patio area on three sides. As a Sam Smiths house, only OBB (£2.90) available on handpump. Very handy for the eponymous tube station.

On 29th September 2013 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Ye Old Swiss Cottage

This is now a Sam Smith’s pub, serving the handpump version of Old Brewery Bitter, although, as cheap as it was, it wasn’t in particularly good nick. There is a small bar on the ground floor, called the Tap Room, seemingly leading to a members only pool room; a first floor bar to which I didn’t venture; and a large meandering ground floor bar where I spent my visit. This bar reminded me somewhat of a hotel lounge – thick carpet, armchairs, pine wood panelled walls and bar counter, and some walls painted a sort of magenta colour. It was comfortable enough in there, but it didn’t have much of a “pub” atmosphere, and I don’t think that I would recommend this pub to any ale drinker unless for some reason they were a fan of cheap Sam Smith’s beers.

On 13th March 2010 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about Ye Old Swiss Cottage

This is a dark sprawling below standard Sam Smiths pub that thankfully does still retain Old Brewery Bitter on hand pump. I’ve been in here a few times and I’ve always found the staff to be disinterested and the clientele to be a tad offensive. There is a dartboard in the public bar to the left of the main bar as the pub is approached, but this seems to be the hangout of some unsavory characters that pop in and out of the attached member’s pool club.

The pub building is a nice feature in the area and it has a large paved beer garden, but the location in the middle of one of the busiest roundabouts in the country surrounded by four lanes of traffic is hardly the most desirable location for alfresco drinking.

I end up in here every now and again and I am always glad when we move on.

On 28th October 2008 - rating: 3
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