The Garden Gate has a good selection of ales, beers, jugs, and ciders, including an incredibly strong Somerset cider (just arrived). Their menu changes monthly but always features classic pub food with a gastro twist (recently: butternut squash and gem lettuce salad with a chili dressing) and, on the weekends, a barbecue where they cook to order. It's lovely to sit outside on a sunny Saturday with a jug of Pimm's and some friends - the garden is great for groups, with lots of long tables and benches. They also cater parties in the garden.
This cozy pub is awesome. I like eating out in the open and the garden they have is just wonderful. There's a lot of green plants that provide lovely eating atmosphere. It's fresh and nice for the eye. I love it.
Food is also delicious and of great value. I've been here so many time and I will surely visit back soon. Thanks and cheers.
We popped in here for an outdoor garden lunch on Sunday. I believe they have a traditional roast, but we opted for the BBQ menu. We all had a burger which was A-OK--and it was served with dill potatoe salad and a green salad with cucumbers and peppers which were great. My kids and husband would have preferred the more traditional side of chips. The atmosphere was jumping and a nice treat to sit outside on one of the rare beautiful London summer days.
Overall, a great stop on our way to Hampstead Heath.
Definitely one of my favourite Beer Gardens in London.
Not for its yummy menu, or abundance of outside seating, or pleasant staff, or location or even its twinkle lights (Come on, admit it, you gotta love a little bit of twinkle)!
But what I absolutely love about this place is their weekend BBQ. Their jerk chicken is absolutely delicious!
On a sunny weekend it's pretty packed - so probably a good idea to reserve a space in advance if you can.
Came here last night before heading to the Everyman cinema for a drink and dinner. It was my first time, and I'm glad we went - I would definitely return.
They had a delicious section of beer on tap; I can't remember what we got, but it was a white beer, and a really good one at that.
For dinner I got a half roast chicken; my partner got a steak. The chicken itself was very good - though the white meat was a tad dry. However, the chips that came with both meals definitely tasted frozen :( Also, the gravy for my chicken didn't come until I was about 1/4 of the way through my meal, and the baked tomato that the menu listed never showed up.
We couldn't find a seat outside, so ended up inside, but the outside looked fantastic. Very green, set away from the street, nice breeze, etc. Inside was nice, until about halfway through our meal when the lights suddenly dimmed? We couldn't figure out why. Maybe it was the switch to "evening mood lighting" as some places do, but this was a bit too dark for comfort - and felt out of place in the environment.
Overall though, a good meal, delicious beer, and a nice place to sit. I'd really like to go back for the Sunday roast based on the other reviews!
Today I possibly ate the best sunday roast of my life. No kidding. Granted I was a little in need of nutrition after a debauched night out but wow, wow, wow, am I dreaming of that gravy or what!? With hints of orange and rosemary and the high probability of looking sounding like a twat, the delicate flavours filled my gob with joy. Actually I think i want to bathe in it, Garden Gate do you think you could muster up a bath full of the stuff? Thanks, that would be great.
It's so hard to find a good sunday roast in London. It's all about the meat, veg selection, the all important Yorkshire pudding. The Garden gate ticks those boxes. For about £9 you can have a mountain of chicken, pork or lamb, perfectly cooked and served in the sunshine. This is ideal outside dining. They even have a BBQ going on the weekends over the summer. I've been to this pub a few times and it's always busy. Don't let that put you off, wait a while and one will come free. I promise you its totally worth it.
Not only does this pub have an awesome selection of ales but also cider and beer. All served by super friendly staff. After a walk on the heath, it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday.
i had a seriously nice time here yesterday celebrating friends birthdays with a lovely sunday roast.
firstly, this pub is very dog friendly. perfect after a long stroll on the heath. you can book ahead, which is really necessary on a sunday - this place is BUSY. it has a lovely outdoor area, including some very sheltered parts, so even on a colder day, you could still take advantage of being outside.
at the moment it is probably the most ridiculously festive place ever. dimly lit, fairy lights strung everywhere, and the smells of mulled cider/wine everywhere. SO GOOD. we had a large table of 10 and for how busy the pub was, i was very impressed by the table service we received - we were never left waiting for drinks and were asked several times how we were finding things.
in my experience you can wait forever for roasts to arrive. not so here - it wasn't ridiculously quick, but definitely a manageable wait. i ordered the nut roast and it was seriously delicious. for the quality and amount of food, i'd say £12.25 is a reasonable price. we all had roasts round the table and everyone was happy with their own choices.
several of us shared cheese boards after dinner which were plentiful and good value at £7.
i loved it here. i will definitely be back.
large beer garden, quite vast. And they serve a fairly decent selection of
beers to drink therein.
There were 3 fairly common real ales and then 3 that I lazily scribbled down as
Pale Ride, Calypso and Squirrel real ale. Without being bad, these beers were
less tasty than I expected, but still worth a slurp.
Come for the beers, stay for the garden. The food is worth staying for if you know what to order.
The aged roast, unfortunately, wasn't particularly fetching. The meat was served flat out cold as if it came straight from the refrigerator though the roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding were just fine.
On the flip side the fish and chips was fabulous; a full skin-on haddock fillet paired with minty mashed peas and thick steak fries.
The bar and its garden, I must admit, is one of the most well groomed I've seen in these parts. It has the feel of a backyard of a spacious northern California home, if you catch my drift. Just remember to cover your drinks whenever the wind blows unless you actually enjoy the taste of tree leaves and pollen in your pint.
The Garden Gate pub has one of the best beer gardens in London. Fact.
Not only is it ginormous by London standards, the garden has these cosy, sheltered seating areas as well as mixed up garden furniture out in the open. So come rain or shine, you can enjoy one of the many speciality beers or ciders (on tap) outside, breathing in the gentrified Hampstead air. They also do great barbeques during the summer.
Inside is also very handsome-looking too, as befits the pub's 19th-century age - think heavy wooden tables and chairs and imposing leather sofas. In terms of food, the Garden Gate has followed in the footsteps of other gastropubs and serves a daily-changing menu, usually featuring hearty British classics such as quality meat and two veg or battered fish and chips. I had a veggie roast once here on a Sunday, and it was a very posh roast indeed: potatoes (both roasted and mashed), buttered green beans, carrots, cauliflower cheese and an enormous slab of nut roast, filled with crunchy goodness. This is how I imagine Hampstead residents eat all the time.
Oh, and for those of us from areas less affluent than Hampstead, there's half price wine on Tuesdays!
Fabulous big beer garden sporting plenty of umbrellas to shield you from any unfriendly weather.
Great pub in lovely Hampstead Heath with a fairly good menu selection. The outdoor space is kiddo friendly (assuming that its quiet enough to be able to maneuver your stroller in).
This pub looks great and because of this i had really high expectations especially as it's in the beautiful Hampstead area near to the Heath. The beer garden is huge and beautiful and in summer there can be a great atmosphere here.
The staff are friendly if not a little slow sometimes but the beer and food are OK, good for a pub but again as this is situated at the bottom of Hampstead Heath I had higher expectations. Another thing that shocked me was the presence of some ruffians kitted out in their chav trainer and trackie combos. I think this pub has a lot of potential and i hope someday they will realise their potential. However, it's still a nice place to stop off for a sociable drink or two.
This is a regular hangout for work lunches and drinks. The selection of beer and wine is exceptional and the food is not too bad.
I would recommend having the Fish and Chips its enough for two and the burgers are quite yummy too.
They have a great outside area which is slightly larger than the inside of the pub.
Every time i have visited this place its always been busy but bearable. The staff have always been friendly.
Great patio out back for drinks on a nice day, and quite possibly the best, or at least most convenient place to stop after an afternoon of lounging about on Parliament Hill.
The area is a little pricey, so the food isn't terribly cheap but it is quite good. I can't say it's my favourite burger in London but worth the spend if you've got the munchies. I've seen the roasts and must go back on a weekend to try.
Because it's out on the main roads, you'll get more of a mix of people rather than just locals but they've got a lot of space so even when it's busy, you can still manage to stalk out a table and claim one relatively quickly.
Conveniently located near to the station, this is a nice pub for a drink after work with friends or a good Sunday lunch. I have a soft spot for this place in the summer months due to its amazing garden. However, in the winter it can be cosy so long as you get an out of the way table.
I've booked a table for new years eve before we run off to Primrose Hill to see the fireworks.
The menu is varied and the kitchen can cope with gluten free food which is a bonus for a few of my friends.
The main attraction here is the outdoor space. Huge beer garden, especially for London and surprisingly for Hampstead (you'd think we would have more outdoor pub spaces, but no).
The service here is up and down. You might go one day and service is quick and friendly. On other days there may be only two staff on the bar but the queue of people 5 deep.
If they could get their service up to par (especially on weekends) the star rating would go up.
The inside is nothing special, in fact a bit of a wreck and the bathrooms are not the best.
Overall, great for grabbing a drink when the weather is sunny and warm outside but be warned, you may feel cross by the time you get your drink to enjoy outside.
The Garden Gate is my favorite pub in Hampstead. The staff is friendly and helpful, food is good and beer is great. The crowd is friendly, perhaps the kind you would expect at a pub that welcomes dogs. This is a great place to take a date to have a drink or some friends to kick back after work. Be sure to enjoy the beer garden.
The highlight of this establishment is definitely the garden. Food and beer selection are pretty standard. However, this is the place to be on one of those rare sunny days where you can gather a big group of friends for some drinks followed by a nice long nap in the Heath. Pretty rowdy for a Hampstead pub, but good times nevertheless!
I'm still thinking about it...the strawberry beer GG had on tap. Amazing. Wishing I had jotted the name down but not doing so will just encourage me to go back. And that's totally okay because if London continues having the great weather its been having this summer I will gladly enjoy a pint in their massive garden. So lovely and great for people-watching. And I have to go back to try the food too.
The Garden Gate saved me from hypothermia on a particularly cold Saturday in September when I was silly enough to think there might be one last decent picnic left in this summer. This pub offered not just shelter from the cold, but also a really good selection of beers on tap. Any place that has several kinds of Belgian beer, several kinds of wheat beer, and multiple real ales on tap is a friend of mine. Add a huge beer garden, heat lamps, and proximity to Hampstead Heath and you have something good going on.
Our favorite local hangout. Love the huge garden, it will be very nice this spring and summer, they do have heaters so if you are brave it could be fun on a chilly night. Good beer selection (Sierra Nevada, yum!), Burgers are good and the risotto is the perfect thing on a chilly night. It's a great end to a day spent in the Heath, lounging in the comfy couches and playing a game or two!
Last weekend a friend of mine decided to catch up and we went to this restaurant. Our waitress was very polite and introduced us to the menu. We had the Vegan board as a starter, then some salmon fish cakes but we were too full for dessert. The atmosphere of the place is very good and you can enjoy a nice conversation without any interruptions.
A nice pub, cozy inside. What makes it better than average is (1) drink prices more reasonable than you'd expect in this part of town (2) close to the Heath so good after a walk and (3) a big garden area in back with tables and sofas.
An absolutely gorgeous pub virtually adjacent to Hampstead Heath, opposite to the Royal Free pub. Tastefully furnished, and I hear their strawberry beer is second to none. A suitable setting for yet another one of my farewell drinks.
Great place to meet friends after spending the day in hampstead heath. The food is good and a good choice for beer
Nice beer garden, looks lovely , good for a drink.Hated the food as much as I hated the service.Stick to Hamburgers and Sunday lunch here, AND EXPECT TO WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT ...even on a Thursday night when its really quite quiet ..... not great for those who are interested in food. Good if youre a student I reckon.
Run of the mill pub with a better than average beer selection, including some belgian beers. The service is decent and there is limited seating including a sofa and arm chairs. The garden is mainly gravel with a fair amount of seating although not the place to have a private conversation due to it's lay out. The best feature in the garden is a an area set aside for boules, this is sanded and the boules are available behind the bar. A fair amount of hospital staff drink here. I know this due to the garden seating! There is a limited menu available, although i've never eaten here.
I like this pub, the walled garden gives it a sort of oasis feel where you can watch the hustle and bustle go by outside. Inside is nothing special but it is clean and the staff are friendly. They do have some good beers and I sampled the Pedigree when I was there. I have to say that it was a very good pint as far as London real ale goes, as good as you would find in Burton on Trent! The menu looked basic and as you would expect from this style of pub, but what they were serving looked good and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals.
This venue seems to have great reviews, so maybe in the middle of summer or on other days, its really good. The atmosphere was ok, but my meal was dreadful.
Others in our group seemed to enjoy their meals, but I would have sent mine back if I wasnt so hungry. I ordered salmon/crab cakes with beetroot salad. They were the smallest I have ever had in a restaurant, almost black on the outside & tasteless. Nothing fluffy or light about them.
The salad consisted of lettuce leaves, tomato quarters & pieces of beetroot floating in a sea of oil. No balsamic or usual dressing, just pure oil!
I'm not a huge eater, but had to buy a take-away on the way home as this meal left me so hungry. I suspect mine was a dud meal, but I'd be cautious about eating there again.
Finally I got my Canadian better half onto the Heath and to the other side for a Sunday drinkie last weekend. Destination: the Garden Gate. It was so popular that it was suggested that we went there again this weekend, this time though we treated ourselves to a pub lunch. I was buying so off I went to the bar to order from the limited but mouth watering menu taking a good look at people's plates en route. I timed it badly, having to wait 10 minutes to be served by the sweet but lack luster staff (the experience was rather better than last week when an elderly lady standing next to me helped herself to a handful of my chilli rice crackers soon as they had been placed on the bar in front of me). I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that I would be told that it'd be a 45 wait for our food to arrive. What was surprising was when it arrived within 25 minutes. I had the beef roast, great value at comfortably under a tenner, generous and delicious. My girldfriend had the beer battered fish and chips, served with mushy peas and tartar sauce. She was equally delighted and so generous that greedy me had to find some room to finish off hers. I've only eaten here once before about 9 months ago, with a group of friends, all of us having one variety or other of the roasts and all pleased then. I can't be sure but I think the one area of the menu that disappoints are the salads. The lady sharing our table with her family ordered the goat's cheese salad and was heard to be complaining about the size and quality- the salad was undressed. This is a great pub in a great location. Get there early if a) you don't want to have to fight for a table outside if it's that time of the year, b) don't want to have to wait for food and c)don't want to be told that they have run out of a lot of the food.
This is great pub especially in the warmer months. It has a wonderful garden which is perfect for a drink after a walk in the Heath. On cooler days the garden has heaters running which is nice to be able to still sit out and enjoy yourself.
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