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The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead, NW3

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

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Steve of N21 left this review about The Freemasons Arms

Yes, this is a bit of a corporate dining restaurant, but as others have said the main bar area outside of the large dining conservatory is OK to just have a drink in and the pub also has the benefit of a lot of outside drinking space with the elevated patio to the front and the large garden to the side.
Both the Pride and Doombar were on for my visit but as the sun was now fully up towards late afternoon when I got here and I’d already enjoyed some good ales beforehand I just wanted something reliable and cold so also went for a half of one of the available Meantime craft brews and headed out into the garden.
I’ve never eaten here but have enjoyed a beer in the garden on a few occasions and last week was no exception. The only slight issue is that due to the local clientele this pub / restaurant attracts you have to be prepared to put up with a fair amount of braying whilst enjoying the garden. But in one way it’s always useful to have it reconfirmed that there is no direct correlation between inherited wealth and brains.

On 25th June 2019 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1686 recommendations about 1635 pubs]

Rex Rattus left this review about The Freemasons Arms

Unfortunately there was no real ale when I visited, with Doom Bar and London Pride clips reversed. I didn't miss much then. The friendly barmaid tried pulling them just in case someone had put one of them on and failed to turn the clip round - but no luck. I had a half of meantime keg Pale Ale then. This place is really more restaurant than pub, with a large area on the right as you enter with tables laid for diners. But to be fair there was also a decent number of tables and chairs available for drinkers, including some of the more traditional design. There's also lots of outside seating, both on the large terrace at the front, and in the large garden on the right, which was well patronised on the warm and sunny May day Wednesday afternoon when I visited. There's also a sort of conservatory area inside at the back, where there seemed to be a private function on the go.

This is a very "Hampstead" pub but I'm glad I dropped in for a swift half as it's a pub that I've passed by on many previous occasions. But no real ale on the occasion of my visit, and no apparent likelihood of anything interesting being available, and the very corporate resonance (all staff dressed in black) make it the sort of place to which I'm not likely to return.

On 25th May 2019 - rating: 4
[User has posted 2545 recommendations about 2463 pubs]

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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 -

On 15th September 2016 - rating: 8
[User has posted 276 recommendations about 275 pubs]

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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
25th Jun 2019, 13:47
Review submitted by Steve of N21
25th May 2019, 11:44
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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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 25 May 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • 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 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
  • 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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