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The Old White Bear, Hampstead, NW3

Well Road
NW3
NW3 1LJ
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Tris C left this review about The Old White Bear

As Ye Olde White Bear I spent more time in this pub than just about any other from the mid-1980s onwards. Yes it was a bit ramshackle and tatty (nice fire) but it served an unpretentious purpose. Then the food (greasy food) arrived along with crusty sauce bottles at each table and the stench of the deep fat frier; time to leave.

Finally converted and all is forgiven. This is now a restaurant serving today's culinary fashion de nos jour - 'tapas'. Drinkers are marginalised to just one solitary table in the pub's centre (the left and right sides are dedicated to tapas-munchers). The bar has been dramatically shortened and beer choice is pretty much non-existent.

In my opinion this is a restaurant and not a pub and even if you can bag a seat at the aforementioned single table, it's not worth the bother.

Hasta la vista, baby.

On 20th March 2011 - rating: 3
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Steve C left this review about The Old White Bear

The Olde White Bear, as it was once known, has recently opened its doors again after a long refurbishment that I think started before Christmas. The transformation is hard to miss as the old pub with political quotes and old photos on the walls has been replaced by a restaurant and bar that has managed to create a bright modern feel with 19th century furnishings. The bar length has been reduced and only two ales are now available which were Pride and Abbot on my recent visit. The wooden bar has been replaced with a marble/tiled work top and the four draught options have been enclosed in a box to keep them out of sight.

The food is expensive for a pub, but not so much for a Hampstead restaurant which I think this place ultimately is. I was fine having a well poured pint of Pride at 16:30 on a Saturday afternoon, but I’m not so sure about sitting at the bar whilst the dinner service is in progress. There is still some seating out the front which is nice in the summer and I’ll certainly end up sitting there at some point over the next few months.

Although the bar has shortened the actual floor space has increased as the toilets have now been moved upstairs where a small dining room can now be found that can host up to fourteen people for private occasions.

As I mentioned before, this is not a pub in my opinion, but it is pleasant enough for a pint or two at the right time of day.

On 18th May 2010 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Olde White Bear

Apparently it’s due to re-open this weekend, but the door was open as I passed this afternoon, so obviously in I went, and the friendly young lady behind the bar was happy to serve me a half of London Pride (at £1.75 - £3.50 a pint? not cheap). There were two handpumps on the bar, but neither had clips attached – yet. This is nothing like the pub it was. All the bric-a-brac has gone, the walls are painted a brownish grey colour, and the bar counter is a bit smaller on the right than it was. In fact it’s now very minimalist, although the parquet flooring looks original, and one of the large tables in the area on the right looks to be a solid antique. It seems it’s being re-branded as a Mediterranean restaurant. This review is based on only a 10-minute snapshot visit, but I think that I can safely say that it’s not the sort of place that someone who likes the traditional pub is going to want to sit in for a quiet pint, but it might be the sort of place where you could get some decent tapas. Maybe another visit to sample the food at some stage might be in order. The pub name outside still refers to it as “Ye Olde White Bear”, but judging by Alex Silver’s posting, that is likely to change.

On 12th March 2010 - no rating submitted
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Doombar - last updated 11 September 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
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