This bar is like a well-crafted personal ad. Bright, but not too bright; friendly, but not too friendly; lively, but not too lively; noisy but not too noisy.
It's got just the right amount of everything to make it a nice little pub to meet up with friends if you're by the heath. I didn't get to venture into the food options, but I'd certainly come back for a pint. It's not on the super-cheap-side, but nothing in this postcode is going to be.
Get to the Chase:
2) Some delicious eats!
3) Amazing selection of beers/lagers and ciders (and much generous portion than the US...for all you Americans)
4) Menu changes daily, and is printed out with the weather and date...real nice touch
5) They had one time a shepherd's pie which was to die for, other times they had an amazing mulled wine with a hearty soup and chips
1) Little heating, and be ready to sit your bum on a had plank of wood
2) Waitress maybe was just off the day I went, but I had to wave my arms as if calling for a lifeguard to get her attention...she was busily drinking her cup of coffee and chatting with the chefs
3) The loo looks like something I could build in my garage
4) On a Thursday 1:00 PM, they had their seats somewhat filled, but there was clearly a long bench which they had stacked boxes of beer/food, when we asked if we could sit there, they said sure, but watched as we (the CUSTOMERS) lifted each box ourselves to make seating...come on now
5) Not all the dishes are superb (Some overpriced, and skip the cheese-board...sparse and stale)
Met friends for sunday brunch and they took us to their neighborhood gastropub. What a pleasant surprise. Love the interior - clean, bright, lots of wood, very Scandinavian. I had the grilled sardines on toast and I love it, Sardines grilled just right and I especially love the toast, great texture, right amount of chewiness for me. We also shared the mussels with very tasty sauce. My friend ordered the fresh artichoke and it was so pretty, it's like eating a flower and it also tasted really fresh. Good selection of beer and alcohol too if you fancy a drink. Servers were very attentive although I have to say service was a tiny bit slow. Well, but who cares, it's sunday morning maybe that's how it should be. Cute place in the heart of hampstead, and dog friendly too, will go back.
After living right down the street from this place for 2 years, I finally tried it tonight. It was a quaint pub atmosphere - and surprisingly romantic for my wife and me. The pub is somewhat separated from a few tables which comprise the dining area toward the back of the building. We were pleasantly surprised about the relaxed, candlelit atmosphere. The servers were very attentive and the food was served quickly. The meal started with some free, fresh bread and butter. I then endulged and selected the daily special - lamb. I was not disappointed as it had been roasted and was quite good. My wife wasn't very hungry, so she had the split pea soup and and green salad - both which hit the spot.
We were a bit disappointed in our pinot noir wine selection - but we should have probably sampled the ales anyway. We'll definitely give those a try next time around.
This place always seems to have a consistent stream of people coming in and out. It's a great place to grab a pint and enjoy a relaxed meal.
Tip: They change the menu daily, so each time is a unique experience.
Expensive for a pint. Food is ok
My friends and I ended up here after our first choice wasn't open for dinner until later in the evening. Nothing on the menu was calling to me so I went for a cup of mulled wine, some soup and chips. Random combination, I know. I ordered a white bean and garlic soup. It was more like a cup of cream with some garlic thrown in. I was halfway through with it and still questioning if it had any beans in it. I know what it didn't have: salt and pepper. I had to spice that bad boy up. And sadly it was still okay. The creaminess just got to me. It was too rich. On the other hand, the chips were awesome. They stayed crispy until the very last one. I think the worst part about this meal was the price: £14.
The place has a really nice open atmosphere and I would return here to have a few drinks but not for a meal. They have a huge menu for wines and beers.
A great place for lunch on a Sunday! Good selection of beers. We had the mussels and shrimp with mayo & chips - both very tasty. The restaurant lets in a lot of natural light, so it's not your typical dark-pub feel. I'm sure traditionalists don't take to it, but for the young and modern who like gastropubs, this is the place in Hampstead!
A pleasant gastropub in this middle-class neighbourhood. After being in the States for 5 years I'd almost forgot what a pub could be: a cosy pub with a select range of food on offer that's well executed and not too pricey.
After arriving in north London Maurice and I walked here and got fish and chips. He added a lager top (lager with a splash of lemonade aka Sprite in the US) after he cancelled his shandy (lager and lemonade mixed together.) I got mulled wine since it was a cold winter's day. The fish was thin fillets of haddock (i think) with a light batter and served with a modest portion of thick fries/chips. This was definitely gastropub fish and chips and not your local fryer as the lemon wedge even came in a muslin cloth. A couple of drinks and two meals cost 38 quid ($70) which isn't too bad.
Since we lost a few hours here with friends I guess this has be to ranked a good find. The closest thing to this (but on a larger scale) near me is The Village Idiot on Melrose Ave, (Los Angeles.)
Friendly local pub showcasing some great boutique beer, and good gastropub food.
I must say that I was a little frightened when I noticed the "Beef, Pork, Lamb" menu categories on a board above the open kitchen... but the lunch menu promised a couple of good fish and vegetarian offerings, so hubby and I could breathe a sigh of relief. The wait staff were lovely and patient with our small group, and coped extraordinarily well while our toddler played for an hour with his toys on the floor of the restaurant area.
Thumbs up for a relaxing brunch!
The Horseshoe is a great place in Hampstead to grab a pint, glass of wine, and a fresh, local meal. The beer and wine selection is more extensive than your average pub, as they offer many more unusual brews and wines. My English boyfriend was excited to see his favourite brew from America, Sierra Nevada on the menu.
Also, the food menu changes daily as the restaurant supports local meats and produce. I am a firm believer in choosing local foods as well, so I well enjoyed my mussels drenched in a garlic and white wine sauce.
The Horseshoe has a friendly, bright, and lively ambiance. There is a good amount of seating outside for the summer time and the inside of the gastropub is brightly lit and spacious. Overall, the Horseshoe is a great option if you would like something a little nicer than your average English pub, with a great variety of drinks and tasty, local menu.
Just along from Hampstead tube station, what was formerly the 'Three Horseshoes' has been thoroughly scrubbed up and re-opened as a gastro-pub, with its own micro-brewery.
The decor is minimalist, with a long bar, pale cream walls, wooden floors and bench-style tables, and is quite spacious. As well as their own brews, they have occasional guest real-ales, alongside a good range of bottled beers and an extensive wine list. It's fine as a venue for a drink.
The food generally has a good reputation, and I suspect the main meat dishes might impress (although at up to £18, they're quite pricey). But my experience is that it's all a bit too pretentious; the vegetarian items were OK, but over-priced; and I had the worst cheese-board I have ever had here: two tiny, miserable-looking pieces of slightly stale Stilton, with some fancy biscuits, decorated with red berries and a sort of rough fruit marmalade, all served on an oblong wooden platter, at a cost of £6.50. A decent piece of cheese, and a nice hunk of crusty bread with butter would have been far preferable. (It just confirms my prejudices about the dreaded gastro-pub label).
So for food, I'd recommend the Hollybush nearby - see separate review. As a venue, it can get very busy indeed, and seems to attract tourists and the gastro-pub crowd.
I quite like the Horseshoe. When I lived in Hampstead it was a regular, non-descript chain pub, but a couple of years back it underwent the gastropub evolution, and it seems to have been doing well since.
I've been here at least four times and the food - from starter to main to pudding - has always been excellent for me. There's casual seating - soft chairs and benches - at the front part of the place, with large windows, and it's a good place to have a drink. For dining, there are about 7 or 8 tables in the back, placed in a relatively small area that feels more cozy than cramped. It's all got a pretty modern feel.
They have some good ales (usually Adnam's) on tap, and they also brew some of their own ales next door, a big bonus.
It is very pricey, however, which is probably to be expected for Hampstead. There may be a vegetarian main for less than a tenner, but all the rest are between £12 and £18. The portions are big, but that is a bit steep. Puddings, too, are at least £6 each; their bread and butter pudding, however, is worth every penny.
I have had occasional problems with the service being a bit slow, and I like taking my time. Last night it took ages for dessert to come, for instance. The servers themselves are very good, though.
My rating for the place bounces between 3 and 4 stars depending on the day.
I came here on the back of the other Qype reviews, and largely agree. I really liked the real ales, and the huge tables, so I could really spread the paper out with ease. I wasn't so keen on the weird snorting man behind us. What is it about Hampsted?!
Didn't actually try the food as had just had a roast in The Hollybush up the road, but it looked nice, and the kitchen in the pub is a nice touch.
The service borders on rude, but that aside I have always had a consistently good meal at The Horseshoe - particularly for Sunday brunch.
Staff haven't really decided whether you're supposed to go up to the bar and order or wait for table service, resulting in waiters looking at you oddly when you try and grab their attention, and bar staff sighing when you try to order a meal off them.
When you do tie them down, they can also be a little stubborn with orders: I wanted a poached egg with mushrooms and toast, rather than the fried advertised, but was told it wasn't possible. I'm not sure whether this is becase they prepare the eggs or because they don't know how to poach them, but either way I would have thought it would be an easy request to follow. However, when the food arrived it was just the thing to overcome a hangover with. Likewise, The Boy's scrambled eggs with smoked salmon made him far less grumpy, and far more willing to face the day ahead rather than crawling back into bed and sleeping off the alchohol fug until Monday.
We had gone to The Horseshoe for off and on until an experience we had there about six months ago and we'll never return.
If there's a tall male bartender working, I'm sure you'll get great service. But be warned, if there's a shorter, dark haired bartender working, walk on by.
He poured us a lager. It was flat. We asked for different one. He poured another. It was flat. Even a German tourist beside us commented it was to flat to be served. On the final lager to be poured, a more expensive one to boot, he made a comment that he should charge us for the ones he had to pour out.
Then he mumbled something under his breath to us when we asked for a receipt (for work/tax reasons). He gave us a receipt for the cheaper lagers poured and when we asked for one with the correct price he threw the receipt at us and puffed off.
Poor service. Will never return here again even though it's one of the few locals we have in Hampstead.
Ambience is lacking, not quite a pub, nor a restaurant, decor of the bland blonde wood variety. It's noisy as sound seems to bounce off the walls. Agree with previous reviews on surly staff.
Shame as it's in a lovely building, with simple, good food plus decent booze selection.
Another nice little pub in Hampstead. A bit more posh feeling with a designer menu and large wine list, as well as a more busy scene since it's on Heath Street. Regardless, a good choice for a gastropub experience in NW3.
The best food you can get in Hampstead. A proper gastropub and without trying to be brassy about it. Great atmosphere and 100% sure you will not be disappointed with the quality of the food served. Brilliant.
This is a really lovely gastropub, the food is really delicious. its quite pricey, but im a big fan of a good pub lunch and im willing to pay quite a lot for a really hearty one. the horseshoe seems to love the meat and two veg idea, and it is all really tasty. the drinks are normally cheap, the beer is good, not a very extensive menu but it'll do! also has a really nice local crowd coming in, very friendly atmosphere, you may feel a little snubbed though if you are not a hamstead local!
This really is rather depressing. Surrounded by noisy loud mouthed estate agents and pints poured bt private school waiters who think they're too good to be working there. WHen it opened it promised to be a micro brewery but I havent seen any of it since then. All there is are Heineken etc, it's pretty boring. The two times I've been there to eat the service was so slow I walked out. Go somewhere else would be my advice.
really good bread to start, great beer selection, and have never been disappointed with a main. They have a really interesting menu which changes daily and you can tell they are using the freshest ingredients. A+
In all fairness, I didn't eat here but the beer, ale and wine selection is fantastic although on the pricey side but it's in Hampstead, so you have to expect that. They have scrumpy, REAL Ale and still hard cider, all of which they were out of so I got an Australian Little Creatures Pale Ale on Draught. Amazing. Good service and nice atmosphere with nice tables outside for warm days. I will be going back to try to the food.
Very good beer selection and locally brewed (From Camden Town Brewery) which was great, but the prices were very high even for Hampstead, and the whole place seemed to have a drainage problem a mucky toilet smell pervaded during our visit! Not really any ambience or feeling in the pub very bare white walls and basic seating with candles, however they did turn the lights down. It seems as if the owners wanted to let the beer do all the talking but mainly the locals were talking and the staff were a little brusque!
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