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The Wells Tavern, Hampstead, NW3

30 Well Walk
Phone: 02077943785
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Wells Tavern

This pub must have picked up a bit since previous reviewers' visits, or else I'm getting more tolerant of pub deficiencies in my old age. Anyway, they had two real ales on - the Truman's pair of Lazarus and Runner. I steeled myself to getting very little change from £3 for my half of Runner, but was surprised to be charged "only" £2.05, which believe me is surpisingly cheap for this part of the world. It was in decent condition as well, and I enjoyed sitting outside in the sun on one of the chairs on the payment watching upmarket Hampstead life passing by. The barman topped up my half without being asked to do so, and this is always a plus in my book when they do their job to ensure you get the full measure that you are paying for. This pub still majors on food of course, with a fair number of tables donnstairs in the main pub area laid for diners - linen tablecloths, wine glasses, the full works - but with plenty of tables for those just wanting a drink. I didn't get to see a menu, and nor did I see a sign to an upstairs restaurant as mentioned by Tris.

There are some picnic benches on a narrow terrace at the front of the pub, as well as some chairs on the payment on the warm and sunny May day I visited. It was apparently patronised by well-heeled Hampstead residents, a good number having their dogs with them. All very middle class.

I didn't get the feeling that this was a restaurant that tolerated drinkers, or a pub that did food. I thought it was somewhere between the two; a pub and restarant combined. It's nothing like your traditional backstreet boozer now of course, but for me it's still enough of a pub to warrant a visit. But there again, I do quite like Truman's beers.

On 25th May 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Wells Tavern

In the 1980s and indeed until relatively recently this pub was a bit rough and grungy - a hang-out for Hampstead's young; it was fun back then - we'd line Well Walk on summer nights, drinks in hand, and get told by the locals that we were a nuisance at which juncture we'd point out that we too were locals - happy days!
Close to the iron-rich Chalybeate fountain and situated in a beautiful enclave with a very mixed architectural heritage from the early 18th century Burgh House through to the housing estate built in 1949, this is Hampstead's only gastropub that's worthy of the word, dining generally held in the upstairs restaurant, presided over by Beth Coventry (née Maschler and sister of the Evening Standard's restaurant critic Fay) who in the early '90s took over at Keat's Restaurant in nearby Downshire Hill, renamed as the short-lived Beth's, later the equally short-lived Byrons, later Bombay Bicycle Club and now a stockbroker's office.
Thus said, this certainly isn't a boozer anymore looking more like a hotel bar with an utterly otiose TV - why? Ale choice is limited too, a couple at any one time typically from Truman's or Hackney Brewery though served well and priced according to the postcode and location within.
This is still quite a pleasant spot for a drink if on a warm summer night you can bag one of the outside tables, but otherwise it's a bit lacking in character - as Blackthorn says, a bit like a wine bar.

On 12th December 2017 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Wells Tavern

A prominent street-corner pub located in a residential area half way between the High Street and the Heath, it consists of a single L-shape room along with picnic benches outside on two sides which is a pleasant enough spot to sit and watch the world go by.

Inside it’s all quite contemporary with a wood strip floor and chocolate brown paintwork on the walls. A number of arty photographs were hung on the walls such as people stood on the corners of buildings, as well as a few black and white portrait photographs. A disused fire-place was at one end with some low chocolate brown sofas in front of it. Service at the bar was a bit haphazard where I was ignored for some time, although it was friendly enough when they did get around to serving me.

Beers on this occasion were Hackney’s H Red Ale and Doom Bar. The solitary cider was Cote Cidre Brut from Normandy which is a new one on me, and whilst I initially thought it was ok it soon got rather too sweet. There’s nothing really wrong with this pub, but for me it felt a bit too wine bar like rather than your traditional boozer and I preferred some of the others in the vicinity.

On 15th September 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hampstead Heath, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Finchley Road & Frognal, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Gospel Oak, 1.28 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Wells Tavern, NW3
25th May 2019, 11:22
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
12th Dec 2017, 08:17
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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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 : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front and side patios. - last updated 12 December 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Special dog menu. - last updated 19 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 May 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 June 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 : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 May 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
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