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The Lord Palmerston, Dartmouth Park, NW5

33 Dartmouth Park Hill
NW5
NW5 1HU
Phone: 02074851578
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Lord Palmerston

This is a large, partially opened out gastro pub from Young’s, located a short way up the hill from Tufnell Park tube station. The pub has an approximately U-shaped layout, with the entrance taking you into the main bar area, with the servery on the back wall. The room has a very clinical feel to it, with bare floorboards, , simple tables and chairs under the front windows, banquettes and chairs to the left and some high backed armchairs to the right. A fireplace on the right hand wall has a nice padded seating rail around it and some mirrors and art prints above, next to slightly incongruous large pictures of a fish and a duck, plus an unused TV screen. The bar has a long, sweeping dark wood counter with a truckle of Scotch eggs and other such bar snack treats at one end. The left hand side of the room extends some way to the rear, into something signed as the Dairy Room – more of a dining room from what I could see, with tables laid for diners and some unique, but weirdly corporate feeling decor. The right side of the room extends through two definable sections, with more armchairs in the first space, which is dominated by large images of moths, dragonflies and the like on the walls. This gives way to a snug-like space signed as the Viscount’s Table – basically a compact space with a large, long table through the centre, quirky wallpaper on the walls and a feeling that there wasn’t much else they could do with this part of the pub. There is an open kitchen next to this room and stairs lead up to the Lord’s Room – a function room that I failed to explore. Very quiet music seeped through into the bar area and there were plenty of seats available in a nicely fenced off front garden.
Just the two main Young’s suspects on the bar – Ordinary and Special – with the latter available for £4.70 a pint. Two other hand pumps remained unclipped, which was a bit of a disappointment, but the Special was at least in decent shape. A young bar team greeted me on arrival and seemed very friendly, making small talk with all their customer and generally being a real credit to the pub.
I found this place a little too clean and clinical for my liking – clearly the Young’s refurbishment team have been busy here, but whilst the place undoubtedly looks smart, it’s also lost any personality it might once have had. The beer range was also a little off-putting but the bar staff made up for this with their positive approach – something I wish I encountered in more pubs around London. Not the worse pub in this neighbourhood, but not one I’ll be rushing back to either.

On 15th January 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Lord Palmerston

Summer 2010:

We popped in here on a Saturday night at peak time and the pub seemed a little dead and lacking in atmosphere. This was my first visit since I used to frequent the place in the late 1980s when it was a bit of a dive; to be honest, I preferred it back then.
With the Southampton Arms (redux), Junction Tavern, Dartmouth Arms and Bull & Last all a short walk away, I can't really see myself returning; not a bad pub in all, it's just that there's better just around the corner.

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A return visit a couple of days ago and this pub has been improved, the result of a makeover from November 2017. This is now a Ram Pub Co. outlet so there's a triumvirate of the usual Young's ales and in addition Hammerton's N7, none tried as I fancied a glass of wine.
The interior exhibits pale bare boards, a panelled wooden central bar painted a burgundy colour and there's a modern shelf-style bar back painted predictable smoky blue. Furniture is essentially conventional with some rustic large tables with more formal dining to the left-hand rear to replace the pool table. The white ceiling exhibits some attractive roses and an ornate cornice. A muted TV was on showing tennis of some sort. There's not much décor, though the walls are adorned with colourful lithographs of birds. Upstairs is a very inviting function room and very smart new lavatories. In all, the pub has a rather stripped out look to it, but not in an unpleasant way.
There's food from a varied menu with prices shown in fractions, e.g. 12.5 rather than £12.50; this is tedious, pretentious, and old-hat.
To the outside there's a spacious heated front patio with a beer garden to the rear.
Friendly staff and an overall better experience than seven-and-a-half years ago, but this isn't a destination venue.

On 16th January 2018 - rating: 5
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Lord Palmerston

The Lord Palmerston is a decent looking pub that is situated on Dartmouth Park Hill.
Once inside there is a single room with the bar facing,the front area is bare boarded,there is pew seating and normal tables and chairs to the front,the room extends to the rear left where there is a pool table,this area is also carpeted.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Twickenham Naked Ladies which was a very nice drink,the other real ales were St Austell Tribute,Taylor Landlord and Doom Bar.
Background music was playing and food was being served,but did not take over the pub.
I quite enjoyed having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 2/6/2017

On 6th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Gospel Oak, 0.62 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Upper Holloway, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Lord Palmerston, NW5
15th Jan 2019, 19:06
Review submitted by Pub SignMan amended by Pub SignMan
 
15th Jan 2019, 18:50
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 July 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesdays 8.00 pm. - last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's plus guests. - last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 January 2018 by Tris C
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