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The Horseshoe, Hampstead, NW3

28 Heath Street
Phone: 02074317206
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Horseshoe

Modern looking street corner pub in the shopping area of Hampstead.The interior is L shaped with substantial high tables along the Heath Street windows,some high tables opposite the bar and then lower level dining type tables elsewhere,including two raised sections at the far end.
The fittings are modern and the muzak was a little too loud.It was proving popular with diners on my Saturday lunchtime visit,including family groups.The food is not cheap ,Sunday roasts £22 but the quality did look good for a mediam main of £20 but the small plate options were more reasonable.The terrestrial TV was on mute and sensibly reserved table signs indicated the time of arrival and allowed me seating options inside.
Two handpumps serving Twickenham Grandstand and Naked Ladies (NBSS 3.5) but not much craft keg.There was some outrageous bar blocking by a couple with two buggies,but once the manager came back on duty they were dispatched to the rear seats with their bawling offspring.
A function stop for an ale but not much to tempt another visit,unless food is your aim.

On 17th March 2024 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Horseshoe

Just a short walk over the road from Hampstead tube station, the Horseshoe is a large, open plan pub underneath the Pentameters Theatre. The pub was previously operated by Wetherspoons, before converting to a food-led venue with an onsite brewing operation which eventually became the Camden Brewery before moving to a larger premises. Today, the pub has the kind of super-bland interior that high end gastro pubs seem to specialise in. A corner entrance leads into a brick floored room with a long servery down the left hand side. The bar has a stone topped counter and the keg fonts positioned in the centre of the bar back with large beer boards above listing the full range. Large arched windows along two sides of the pub allow plenty of light in which acts only to highlight the drab grey and cream colour scheme, broken up only by a couple of blackboards here and there plus a few quite appealing Camden Brewery art prints. Small backless bench 'booths' have been formed along the front wall and there is a long and rather uncomfortable looking wooden bench down the right hand side with standard tables and chairs through the centre of the room. Heading further back you find a large cabinet full of various bottles and cans, in front of which a long table and benches can be found. Perhaps the only cosy spot in the entire pub can be found in a screened off area to the rear where a few more tables have been squeezed in under whitewashed walls. Music was playing at a fairly loud volume throughout my stay, made worse by the high ceiling and lack of soft furnishings which created an echoey environment.
The beer boards suggest that the pub's allegiance is still very much towards Camden Brewery, with seven of their beers available in keg format along with a cider option. Camden no longer produce cask ales, so the two handpulls offered guest options in the shape of Reunion Talwar and Haresfoot Lock Keeper. The latter was a staggering £5.50 for a pint of 4.0% ale and the Talwar was an unbelievable £6.00 a pint (4.5% abv). The keg beers for once represented the cheaper option but I didn't really fancy any of them, so I took a deep breath and ordered a pint of the Lock Keeper. The barman showed great professionalism by keeping a straight face whilst charging me £5.50 for what turned out to be a very mediocre pint that was clearly suffering from a lack of throughput.
I was quite looking forward to visiting a pub that has played an important role in the renaissance of brewing in the capital, but any enthusiasm was soon sapped when I saw the prices. I think that most drinkers accept that London is an expensive place to drink and that neighbourhoods like Hampstead are going to be at the top end of the price spectrum, but this is just blatant profiteering, more so when the beer is sub-standard and the pub is irredeemably dull. A massive disappointment all round and one I will not be repeating.

On 13th May 2017 - rating: 4
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john gray left this review about The Horseshoe

Used to be the home of a micro brewery but now a gastro-style pub.good selection of beers with Camden Town keg always on.Busy on my friday night visit.Expensive beer but its Hampstead so not unexpected.

On 11th May 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Finchley Road & Frognal, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Hampstead Heath, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
West Hampstead Thameslink, 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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17th Mar 2024, 21:35
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
13th May 2017, 17:50
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Beer Garden : No - Limited seating to the front and side. - last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
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  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
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