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The Flask, Hampstead, NW3

14 Flask Walk
Phone: 02074354580
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Tris C left this review about The Flask

Dating back to at least 1700 and rebuilt in 1874 on the site of a former plaque pit, The Flask is situated in a lovely scenic Hampstead idyll. As a former local boy, I've been coming to the Flask since the mid/late-1980s and, rear bar aside, it's changed little and all the better for that too as this boasts a Regionally Important Historic Interior. Externally, the building features some very fine polychromatic glazed tiles with two entrances to a building which abuts the residential and very quaint pedestrianised parade of little shops. Internally, the left-hand bar seems unchanged and quite basic since my first visit all those years ago. The right-hand bar has some remaining etched glass windows, fine marble fireplace, more polychromatic tiles and a spectacular screen with etched and cut glass along with rare painted glass cameos that separates the public and small saloon bars. Seating here is essentially an oxblood leather studded banquette running around the periphery. The rear bar and dining room however, is more traditional/modern with conventional furniture, bare boards and a typical grey/blue colour scheme with prints to the walls. Out back there's a small drinking/smoking patio and there are tables and chairs out front.
Friendly staff were serving up Bitter, Special, Truman's Lazarus and St. Austell's Proper Job on excellent form.
Catch it at the right time and this is a very good pub indeed, one of the best in the borough and a must-visit if on the NW3 trail.

On 8th May 2019 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Flask

This is a nice traditional two bar pub down a quiet side street just around the corner from Hampstead tube station. There are two separate entrances, each with etched glass doors, taking you into either the Public Bar to the left or Saloon Bar to the right. The Public Bar is a reasonable sized square shaped room with a curved dark wood bar counter in the rear right corner. Bench seating serves the tables at the front of the room, with standard tables and chairs through the rest of the space. The right hand wall partitions the room from the Saloon Bar and has some decent panelling with large images of local scenes printed onto them and some smart etched glass panes above. To the left is a smart fireplace with a 'wines and spirits' mirror above and some limited glimpses of glazed tiling to one side. Similarly, a broken glazed tile dado runs around parts of the room, hinting at a rather more impressive interior in days gone by. The walls have been decorated with a few nice retro posters including one for Hampstead tube station and there are some large barrels on top of both the porch and the bar back. The Saloon Bar cannot be reached without exiting the pub and re-entering through the right hand door. It has similar bits of tilework to the Public Bar, large mirrors down one side and lots more chair and bench seating plus button backed banquettes to the rear. Some more fine etched glasswork can be seen high up on the right hand wall and there is a symmetrical curved bar counter to the left forming part of the same servery as in the other bar. Beyond is a rather bland conservatory with seating set up for diners, under pastel shaded walls with bookcases and a few small pictures on show. Music was playing in the Saloon Bar and this was just about audible from the Public side.
This has been a Young's pub for over 110 years and their Ordinary, Special and Hummingbird were available alongside a guest ale which was Twickenham Naked Ladies. A pint of the latter set me back a rather upsetting £4.75, although this is far from the priciest pint in Hampstead. Thankfully it was in good nick and I was able to savour every last drop whilst propping up the bar and thumbing through the day's papers which were left out for customers to browse.
This is a very nice pub in a quaint location which, unlike most Youngs pubs, has been refitted in a relatively restrained manner and thereby retains the feel of a traditional pub, especially in the Public Bar. The pricing certainly precludes this place from any sort of extended session, but it's well worth a look in passing and is probably your best bet for a traditional pub in Hampstead.

On 13th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Flask

A return visit. No one playing scrabble tonight. Pub quiz not happening on this night.

Instead, I had the front room to myself and a very good pint of Youngs Bitter. Provided the chance to properly survey the victorian surroundings.

Fine pub. Worth a visit.

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On 15th September 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Finchley Road & Frognal, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Hampstead Heath, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
West Hampstead Thameslink, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - £15 entry. - last updated 03 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Small rear patio. - last updated 03 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 13 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 13 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 06 February 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Irish folk, Thursdays 8.00-11.00 pm. - last updated 29 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 8.30 pm. - last updated 29 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 03 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 May 2019 by Tris C
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