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The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead, NW3

32 Downshire Hill
NW3
NW3 1NT
Phone: 02074336811
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Premium Country Pubs (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Ian Mapp left this review about Freemasons Arms

Large pub on the edge of parliament hill, with a fine beer garden of its own.

Aimed at diners.

I was impressed that the London Pride was "only" £3.60.

Nice pub - great decor - great location - decent pint.

Photos at my blog - http://bit.ly/2cRaZHD

On 15th September 2016 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Freemasons Arms

A large and imposing pub located just off of Hampstead’s High Street, besides the pub building there is extensive outdoor seating both in front of the pub and in the garden at the side.

Décor wise, it’s quite contemporary with wood strip flooring, the usual gastro-pub shades of Farrow & Ball paintwork and white-washed plasterwork on the ceiling. Low hanging globe lights were above the bar counter and a number of flat wooden sculptures provided the artwork on the walls. A fire-place was at one end, although this looked as though it may be unused. Much of the pub was given over to food, with the only seating in the bar area being padded armchairs and low tables. Service at the bar was pleasant and friendly, but the waitressing was very slow.

The menu offered an extensive selection of pub grub dishes such as fish & chips, burger, chicken and mushroom pie, etc., as well as a few more adventurous dishes such as a duck breast salad, sea bass fillets or venison steak. Most of the main courses were somewhere in the £10 - £14 range and there were also a few bar nibbles such as sausage rolls, lamb croquettes, and such like. My king prawn linguine with crab and chorizo was really very good indeed, a generous portion, very tasty, and good value at around £11 considering the area. If I were being critical I’d say it could have done with a bit more crab, but I was still very pleased with it.

Beers on this occasion were Doom Bar, London Pride, Black Sheep and Bombardier. A fifth pump had it’s clip reversed. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. Overall, despite a great meal, this doesn’t have the cosy ambience that I look for in a pub, and I’d be unlikely to return unless it was to have a pint in the garden on a sunny afternoon.

On 15th September 2015 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Freemasons Arms

I can confirm that service here is terrible, even at lunch time when the pub is virtually empty; attention is reserved almost solely for diners, of which there are few.

Situated in Hampstead Village's most desirable street, this pub is internally vast with a huge beer garden (beer estate would be a better description), I remember chatting to the landlord here in the late 1980s and he told me that they'd recently had about 900 punters on site simultaneously. This is essentially a restaurant - which heats up food which has been bussed in from outside caterers - crossed with a hotel bar with armchairs, scatter cushions spot lamps and lots of pale wood. This has never been a good pub - and I've drunk in all its guises, going back to the early 1970s. This is Hampstead Village's least appealing pub; anything else is preferable.

On 22nd July 2014 - rating: 2
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hampstead Heath, 0.3 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Finchley Road & Frognal, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Gospel Oak, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Freemasons Arms, NW3
15th Sep 2016, 19:10
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15th Sep 2016, 18:40
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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 04 February 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 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
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • 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
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 November 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
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Tris C
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