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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Closed once again with building work to the interior - will probably reopen under yet another name.

The Belrose, NW3

94 Haverstock Hill
NW3
NW3 2BD
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Tris C left this review about The Belrose

Date of visit: 5th August 2018

The pub’s frontage has gone unchanged since its last incarnation and still features some attractive etched glass. There are lanterns to the top of the ground floor, but these are switched off at night which gives the impression that the pub’s closed when viewed from a distance.
Internally, much has changed since the last ghastly incarnation: the daft booths have gone along with the cheap wood and ply chairs; the icky fake copper birch-effect wallpaper has been stripped away. Gone too are the ridiculous lanterns which resembled enormous copper doughnuts. The apparent on-site microbrewery has also disappeared. Instead, there’s now much fairly conventional furniture with a couple of long chunky tables with benches and a sole high circular marble-topped table with a couple of matching chairs. From the ceiling hang some sensible spherical white opaque lanterns. The colour scheme is utterly predictable, being part pale grey and part smoky blue. The bar front is probably original and is bow fronted and leading up to it is an attractive boarded floor. The modern bar back seems to have been retained from previous incarnations being modern mirrored with a tubular steel bottle shelf. A side door leads out to a tiered and decked garden and to the left-hand side of the pub is a small room which seems to be reserved for dining, despite food being consumed from anywhere within the pub. To the right-hand rear, there’s now an open kitchen dishing out pizza which pubs love because it’s filling, dirt cheap to make yet commands a very high mark-up for what is in effect a large circular piece of cheese on toast. Music played over the gramophone, but it was a tad too loud. On a more interesting note, from 1965 to 1974 this pub was called The Noble Art on account of it hosting the Belsize Boxing Gym, visited by none other than Muhammad Ali.
Ales: none. Two staple-shaped chrome founts dispensing a smörgåsbord of premium lagers, Guinness and Lagunitas IPA at an utterly insulting £6.00 a pint.
Despite the inexplicable name, this pub may be an improvement over its predecessor but it’s still not very pubby; a bit soulless. Despite the recent and divisive work inflicted, the Steele’s over the road is still the more pubby of the two, has real ale, a more adventurous menu and a pint is considerably cheaper. However, even if this were a fantastic pub, there’s absolutely no way that I’m going to get ripped off £6.00 a pint and in a part of NW3 that’s not that affluent, so a return visit is absolutely off the cards. Indeed, the gold Courage cockerel which once straddled the pub’s hanging sign has flown the roost – perhaps he was trying to tell us something.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On 12th June 2019 - rating: 3
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Load of Hay Tavern

On one of our infrequent visits to the Roundhouse wasn’t intending to revisit this one as we walked up the hill towards the Sir Richard Steele, especially as the pub is still well hidden under cladding and scaffolding. But I noticed that it has changed its name since our last visit and is now branded on the outside as a Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen with Microbrewery on-site, so decided to venture in and have a look.
It’s certainly changed a lot since our last visit and is now a lot more proper pub than Gastro restaurant we encountered previously, as mentioned in the recent reviews below. The proper bar area now supports a much better range of drink offerings and although there was also only two Ales on for our visit and both of these were from Windsor and Eton, the line of keg taps had at least six modern Craft beer offerings including Goose Island IPA, W&E Uprising Treason West Coast IPA, Camden Pale Ale and Keg versions of Redemption Big Chief and Wild Card brewery Jack of Clubs. So in this respect the beer offerings have certainly improved greatly since the last time I was in.
However there was no sign of the Haverstock brewery on the bar and when I questioned the barman he had very little knowledge of it and thought it wasn’t functioning downstairs, so the branding of Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen with Microbrewery is stretching the reality a bit.
But I quite liked the black leatherette studded booths and the canteen trestle tables in the rest of the main room of the pub is still an improvement on the reclaimed skip crap they had last time.

On 9th January 2017 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Load of Hay Tavern

Scaffolding clad outside so unable to see the frontage and the interior was a bit dull as mentioned in previous review.I was here for the Haverstock brewery beer brewed in the basement and the brewer gave me a little tour of his set up.Nice.So was the beer Paley Mcpaleface.Think there was 4 beers on and a few decent craft keg options.(july visit)

On 4th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Kentish Town West, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Hampstead Heath, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Gospel Oak, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza-orientated. - last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Jazz. - last updated 12 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 05 August 2018 by Tris C
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