The Spaniards Inn Hampstead
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
The Spaniards is one of London’s oldest pubs and has earned itself a place in the history books, quite literally. Dickens immortalised it in The Pickwick Papers, and it's said that Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale here over a claret or two. Indeed, our characterful 16th century inn is a romantic idyll in itself, with a few tales of its own to tell. A country pub in the city, it boasts a garden grand enough to rival the great Heath itself, a separate dining area, roaring fires in the winter and plenty of intriguing nooks.
We dined at the Spaniards last Monday evening and were welcomed by a roaring log fire and friendly & assertive staff.
What we ordered:Steak, Pancetta & Porter Ale Pie with mash and seasonal vegetables - £13.25
The pastry was buttery and flaky, the gravy has a lovely rich flavour with large chunks of steak that are melt in mouth tender.
8oz British Beef Burger with mature Cheddar in a glazed bun with fries & house relish - £10
This burger was deliciously juicy, with a wonderful glazed bun. It was a definite two-hander job and was demolished in minutes.
· Country pub in the city
· Wonderful ambience
· Quality sourced ingredients
· Complimentary jugs of water
Highly Recommend – a definite must when in North London