Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

Our rating: FAP Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (5 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Having won our award for Best Pub in London last year, the Duke seems to be going from strength to strength. Last year's refurb has seen the interior restored to its former comfortable traditional pub interior and the garden at the rear has been extensively upgraded to a very pleasant place to enjoy a sunny day. Under the management of the same team as the Barnsbury in Islington, the success has rubbed off on this one too, as it's just received Cask Marque Accrediation for its beer - and very good it is, too! We were lucky enough to find CAMRA's winner in the Golden Ale category at last year's beer festival, Kelham Island's Pale Rider on when we were in last; a very nice pint. It seems to have found its rhythm and the locals have adopted it whole-heartedly, making for a pretty pleasant atmosphere. The food seems to be going down well, too (the curry that was on smelled pretty amazing!). There's also a mix of events happening in the cellar bar, with regular comedy and music nights on - they've even branched out into fringe theatre! With a jolly landlord and friendly staff combined with everything coming together, we see no reason this shouldn't be a five pinter - and have changed the rating accordingly.
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Reviews (6)
23 Jun 2014
Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Superbly kept Hophead Darkstar - usually I'd have varied my choice for my second pint but it was just that good. Enough away from the high street to get a table outside on a summer's afternoon. I only wish that the wife could have spent longer in the shops to allow me a third.
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25 Aug 2013
Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Thoroughly agree with FaP's review. Perfectly kept real ale, 5 of which rotate frequently (+ the inevitable Pride). But most refreshingly the Duke is a blessed relief from the gastro-creches masquerading as pubs that dominate Hampstead;friendly staff, friendly locals and great beer; what more can you ask....? Well actually quite a lot as they are doing loads of theatre, music and comedy which mitigates much of the loss of the New End Theatre next door. If you want fancy, over-priced food there are half a dozen places nearby that'll take your money but this is a gem!
Reviews (9)
06 Sep 2012
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
On the basis i rate pubs primarily for the beer and general ambience i'd give this a 3 esp in an area so bereft of decent pubs that aren't jammed. nice bar staff, good range of ale on tap. I was disappointed to find that despite the fact there was a lunch menu on display, virtually none of it was in fact available and we ended up with jacket potatoes and a grim sausage sandwich. Full marks for the beer (and friendly locals), zero for food.
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14 Jun 2010
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we're trying to keep the duke open now - see www.savetheduke.com for details how to help

Contact details
23-25 New End, Hampstead, London, NW3 1JD
020 7794 0258
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Events:

Karaoke
Theatre
Curry night
Comedy night
Beer festival
BBQ

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Overview

A classic locals pub that has now been cleaned up but left with the classic features of the old pub, many locals come in, and are fun, friendly and even gossip like old women, kinda funny really, like a TV show.

we have great ale selection, and we also have a bar below the pub called The Hideaway which is a sports bar with a rugby bias, great fun

 

We do hope to see you, your very welcome and we will go out of our way to make you feel welcome and have fun. We are not a gastro, we simply do great drinks, bar snacks and we always have fun. HAPPY PEOPLE WELCOME!

 

Steve

 

The Owner