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Camden Town/Chalk Farm(NW1), Crouch End(N8), East Finchley(N2), Edgware(NW7), Finchley(N3,N12), Golders Green(NW3), Hampstead(NW3), Highgate, Holloway(N7), Islington(N1), Kentish Town/Gospel Oak(N7,NW5), Kilburn(NW6), King's Cross(N1), Muswell Hill/Alexan

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      26.12.2000 23:21
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      Situated in Hampstead, but not in the busy high street part, this pub provides a great alternative to the better known pubs in the Hampstead area (see review in "London Neighbourhoods" section). To get to it you basically turn left off Hamptsead High Street (if you're coming down from the tube) onto Flask Walk, carry on past The Flask and turn right down Well Walk at the end. On Friday and Saturday nights it gets crowded with young people, many from schools in the surrounding area, so it becomes a bit of a no-go; however, what it is great for is early evening or afternoon drinks. Even on Friday or Saturday it's a very pleasant pub until it gets too busy at around 8.30/9.00. The bar staff are friendly and you can sit either inside or out. Inside the pub there is a TV, but it is not intrusive like in other pubs; there is one table at which people who want to watch tend to sit, but from most of the tables it is pretty inconspicuous. Outside there are tables along two sides of the pub - the benches, unsurprisingly, get wet when it rains, but when it doesn't you get to sit and drink outside with a nice view of Hampstead. The outdoor part (which is out at the front, visible from the street) is particularly good for large groups. Prices are pretty standard - you expect to pay a bit of a premium in Hamptsead, it being an expensive area, but we're not talking about a trendy high street pub here so in reality there isn't much difference from anywhere else. At just over 5 minutes' walk from Hampstead tube, I'd certainly recommend it over most of the pubs you'll find right outside the station.

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