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The Haverstock Tavern, NW3

94 Haverstock Hill
Phone: 02072670033
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Haverstock Tavern

With the keg only Sir Richard Steele not opening until 4pm,this was the obvious pub to visit up this hill and glad I did so.The entrance doors look art deco in design,there is a cosy looking section to the immediate left with a few trad tables and chairs.The masin body of the pub is L shaped with sesting booths opposite the bar,a rank of high tables along the far wall and a small banquette in the rear.There is a beer garden outside and a well chosen sountrack playing at a sensible volume.Flatscreens will offer lots of sport both Sky and whatever BT Sports is called these days.
The barman was very welcoming and the three handpumps were drawing Fullers Hophead (NBSS 3,£2 the half ) Harvey's Sussex Best and a real cider.Some craft keg on offer too.Maybe not the most exciting ale line up but a solid,decent pub.

On 7th March 2024 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Haverstock Tavern

Another week, yet another name.
This place seems unchanged internally save for the décor which is now more contemporary and restrained with predictable colours, yes, in the form of white walls and ceiling, dark grey, pale pinkish grey and pale grey details. The floor's dark boarded and lighting is now provided by hanging Victorian-style lamps. There's a log burning stove, sadly unused on this cold night, being home to a solitary candle which I can tell you provides little heat. Furniture is now fairly standard too with leatherette bench booths and a few standard tall tables with matching chairs. There's an alcove to the rear and a small side room off to the left-hand side. The bar is central and the bar back is fairly bland though this is a big improvement on the stupid scaffold bar back of yore. Otherwise there's little in the way of décor which makes the place appear a little stark, though thankfully there aren't any TVs though these would compete with the piped music which was really a bit too loud for comfort which, combined with the loud sound of chatter, made the place rather noisy and unsettling; lots of hard surfaces don't make for good acoustics. What was also a bit naff was the abundance of Christmas decorations on show, despite not just not being Christmas but not even the month in which Christmas occurs. The crowd as such was certainly young and a group of ladz were trying to outcompete one another as to who could swear the most. Also observed was the gaggle of smokers outside in this residential area, despite the pub having a decent garden; the neighbours must be delighted.
Real ale has made a welcome return here in the form of London Pride (not so welcome, but at least it's not Sharp's Gloom Bore), Yorkshire Brewery's Yorkshire Gold and Siren's Hazy Pale Ale at a fairly reasonable £4.60 a pint but really not on the best form; I'd not have ordered another pint of the stuff.
This place is far from perfect, what with the loud music and blue language, but at least you can get a real pint at a sensible price, especially when you consider that the bellend behind the former Belrose charged £6.00 for a pint of Lagunitas IPA.
I wouldn't avoid this place but it still can't really compete with the neighbouring Steele's or Washington, so I don't envisage a return visit.

On 30th November 2019 - rating: 4
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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
[User has posted 2009 recommendations about 1975 pubs]

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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)
Latest updates View all updates for The Haverstock Tavern, NW3
7th Mar 2024, 16:01
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
7th Mar 2024, 15:58
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard

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