Magdala, Hampstead

Our rating: FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (4 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Notorious as the place where Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be judicially hanged in England, shot her erstwhile lover dead, the Magdala is a quietly agreeable place nowadays. It succeeds in striking a balance between being a gastropub and a more traditional boozer. The larger, more food-orientated bar (and adjacent small outside seating area) has efficient table service, while a good range of beers, both real ales on hand pumps and a decent range of continental lagers is available both there and in the smaller, more pubby bar. There's also a separate restaurant upstairs. The whole place is very well kept and has friendly staff, with newspaper cuttings displayed about Ellis. The Magdala works well, and its various seating areas make it as good a place to go, depending on the time of day, for a coffee, or a meal, as it is for a beer.
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25 Sep 2019
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The Magdala has been closed for quite a while now and there's no sign of activity (i.e. construction work) on the interior. A few lapsed notices about license applications are posted on the windows but all in all, it's a dilapidated shell. What a great opportunity for someone to take up and bring back to life. There's certainly a demand in well-heeled Hampstead/Hampstead Heath for an unpretentious comfortable local.
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01 Sep 2013
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Really nice pub with friendly and helpful staff. I used their function room for a party this weekend and they couldn't have been more welcoming, even bringing meals upstairs for the guests. There was a good selection of drinks at reasonable prices - including fresh-tasting ales - and the two downstairs bars complement each other well - one airy one which feels more suited to dining and one cozier saloon. A great place for a party or for a pint and a good-value meal after a walk on Hampstead Heath.
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26 Oct 2010
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Not been in the Magdala in years but, being in the area recently and remembering the positive Fancyapint rating, we tried the small side bar, not the larger food centric area. It was terrible. The place was dingy, the furniture was old and worn and, even worse, the beer was flat and tasteless. The only plus point, because we like eccentrics, were the other customers (4 of them) who had obviously had a good drink on them and but they were up for a quick chat and a laugh. But they were terrible singers.

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2a South Hill Park, Hampstead, London, NW3 2SB
020 7435 2503

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