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The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead, NW3

23 New End
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Komakino . left this review about The Duke of Hamilton

Now returned to its former name, there's no sign of the carpet or crimson colour scheme that Tris saw two years back, with bare boards on the floor and bluish-grey walls, although the servery appears to remain the same as the below description. Two ales on with a third pump unclipped - Fuller's London Pride and an OK Adnam's Southwold Bitter. It looks like a nice backstreet boozer, but the ale selection and a quiet weekday afternoon visit didn't do this place the justice it probably deserves.

On 9th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club

Reopened in November 2017 as the Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club, seemingly marking the demise of The Duke of Hamilton's Head as it was originally known in the early 18th century.
This was a locals' pub of sorts, but until recently I was a local, born, bred and educated in the very close vicinity and they ain't like me. It also hosted jazz events in the basement, so what better way to publicise your events as a jazz club, to attract the vital 70+ demographic. On the face of it, this pub hasn't changed, save for the removal of the dartboard, trophies and LED sign. There's still the bull's-eye glass in the windows, stained glass pot shelf and the red colour scheme but seemingly just a bit more red than before as the colour really dominates. There's a deep red carpet with yellow flecks, crimson walls and ceiling and claret-coloured swag curtains. There's some brown lacquered wood to break things up, but the most noticeable change is the application of awful flock wallpaper to parts of the walls. There's also a very dated brass flame effect fire which is something that would appeal to George and Mildred Roper. There are at least two crystal chandeliers and overly ornate table lamps to some shelves and there are a couple of quite large metallic statues which might be reproduction Art Deco. There are conventional stools to the bar, thereafter furniture is mixed with some conventional chairs upholstered in velour, conventional tables, some cloth upholstered bench seats but then there are some rococo padded, claret coloured chairs with ornate gilded wood frames! The walls display some mirrors and prints to the walls. All this to a muted jazz and Sinatra soundtrack on the stereo.
Also unchanged are the customers and their limited numbers and another nod to the past was 3G connectivity only.
Ales: just Fuller's London Pride at £4.50 a pint, and ok; there were two other pumps, sadly unused.
Changes to this pub are largely superficial and can be undone, but the paucity of ale and an interior which resembles a 1970s' Indian restaurant mean that I'm unlikely to return.

On 18th November 2017 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about Duke of Hamilton

After a couple of years of absence I visited the Duke twice last week with one visit being during an afternoon and one an evening. With the closure of the White Horse the Duke is now the home of Hampstead Rugby Club so their trophies and awards are on display for all to see. The dartboard still remains and the food has gone! However there is now a ‘BearBQ’ hut in the front garden where the manager cooks highly recommended BBQ food at the weekends when weather permits. The cellar bar that was previously used as a storage area is now the ‘Rabbit Hole’ where various ticketed events take place.

There is a still a standard draught range and the bar still supports six hand pumps. One of these was off leaving Hanlon’s Port Stout, Fuller’s London Pride, Wild Weather Ales NW3 Ale, Sharp’s Special and Sharp’s Rising Tide as the cask ale options. There is also a good range of bottled beers available.

This is still a decent pub, but I would lose the LED advertisement screen that has somehow made its way onto the wall. I think that this pub serves the local community well and I will revisit when back in the area.


28th March 2011

The dartboard remains, but don’t plan on visiting for a game on Sunday afternoon as the oche is full of diners tucking into the £14 a head roast dinners. This sounds a lot, but it is par for the course in this area and they did look very good. The plasma screen remains up in the corner, but I think that there is no plan to restore Sky Sports and Woody, the previous owner, took the aerial when he left for some strange reason so the picture quality was terrible whilst the pub watched England play in the Six Nations during my visit. I had a couple of pints of Skinners which were very good and after some pressure from the locals the new owner has reinstated London Pride which has been a stalwart at this pub since long before I started drinking here. I’m not so sure about the colour scheme, but at least there isn’t a strong smell of ammonia anymore.

To be honest I don’t think that this place has changed that much and the things that have are an improvement. I just hope that the foodies in Hampstead don’t decide to converge on here and overrun the locals.

On 4th October 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Hampstead Heath, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Finchley Road & Frognal, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
West Hampstead Thameslink, 1.29 miles, 24 min walk (show)
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9th Oct 2019, 15:49
Review submitted by Komakino . amended by Komakino .
9th Oct 2019, 15:49
Review submitted by Komakino .

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front patio and rear garden. - last updated 14 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 August 2013 by Steve C
  • Darts : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No - According to Twitter - last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 October 2019 by Komakino .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Jazz venue. - last updated 14 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - Step free access is available, but up a cobbled slope. No disabled WC. - last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : No last updated 18 November 2017 by Tris C
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