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Cork & Bottle, NW3

156 Fleet Road
NW3
NW3 2QX
Phone: 02074852112
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Steve of N21 left this review about Cork & Bottle

Well clearly there wasn’t enough working class type in the South End Green area to sustain a sports focussed boozer and the previous reviewers question has been answered with a No, the White Horse has gone for good.
What is in its place should be no surprise to anyone, a shiny clean wine bar bistro type place, a spin off from the institution of the same name in Leicester Square. All very smart , as its only been open for about seven months this is probably now best described as a restaurant, but I guess should remain here as you can come in for just a drink. In that respect wine is clearly the focus, with an extensive list available. But there is also a decent G&T and cocktail list as well. There is also a small tiled beer wall with six taps to the far side of the shiny new bar, but before you get too excited these were only dispensing the likes or Amstel, Moretti and Heineken.
I might consider bringing the good lady to this one for an expensive artisan G&T now, but for a CAMRA card carrying geezer this is now a place of pretentious nonsense. However, when looking at Trip Advisor, the locals seem to prefer it that way.

On 24th June 2019 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The White Horse

This Edwardian pub dates from 1721 but was rebuilt in 1904. I've been coming here on rare occasions for the last 30 years but hadn't been in for 3 years after experiencing one two many eyebrow-raising events (this pub has always had a bit of a reputation) and had become the estate locals' pub of choice following The Stag's gentrification 9 years ago; the pub has just changed hands and has had yet another makeover, hence my visit.

The place was never the most popular of pubs and at peak times was empty when compared with neighbours, The Stag, Roebuck, Garden Gate and Magdala Tavern, which ensured you could always get a seat. Thankfully the fine interior details remain but otherwise this is the worst incarnation I can remember: the walls have been painted charcoal grey and the windows are shaded with perforated mesh fabric blinds. Furniture is now black very modern high tables and chairs. The food is now Lebanese, which seems to comprise combinations of yoghurt, tomatoes, cucumber, mint and perhaps a bit of minced lamb; essentially variations on the kebab and ones which top £15.50! Worst however is the bar: the overhang has, along its length, been underlit with blue lighting, which recalls a lap dancing club. There's also a plethora of illuminated chrome lager founts. To the walls, there are still two TVs; Match of the Day was playing with the sound off. Service was hardly competent; the barmaid didn't seem familiar with the draught beer I'd ordered which as it happens was Caledonian Brewery's Golden XPA. It was unexciting and cost £4.10 which is a lot for South End Green. Also on offer was Courage Director's. There was a third pump, clip reversed.

Despite being after 10.00 pm on a Saturday, the pub was virtually empty with just 4 other drinkers, two sitting alone. The other pubs mentioned above were partying like it's 1999. This place is really rather depressing and I wonder if it will survive, but I for one will not be contributing to its profits (or reducing its losses).

On 29th October 2015 - rating: 2
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Steve of N21 left this review about The White Horse

The White Horse is not a great pub by any stretch of the imagination. But there is one thing that makes it different from all the surrounding gentrified, food led Hampstead hostelries and that is it has several screens for showing the sport, which believe me, is a rarity in the Hampstead area.
So we utilised the White Horse when desperate to catch the England v Wales Six Nations game, and for this it hit the spot perfectly, with a mixed lively friendly rugby watching crowd in situ. The only downside was the relatively weak beer choice of only Pride or OSH available on the row of largely unused ale pumps. Fortunately the service was efficient and the Pride was a decent pint, so did not detract from watching England give Wales a tonking with the oval ball. And the enjoyment was complete when ordering a post match pint to overhear some red rose wearing wag turn round to his Welsh mate and commiserate by saying, “Don’t worry, there is always all those other team sports you boyo’s excel at".
Not a pub I would go out of my way to visit, but totally fit for purpose to catch a live game.

On 20th March 2014 - rating: 5
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24th Jun 2019, 09:57
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Small covered side patio. - last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 October 2018 by Tris C
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