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White Horse, Hampstead Heath

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Now the Cork & Bottle primarily a wine bar.
Snarling_Mallard - 5 Jan 2019 02:44
Went back here recently just to see what the place was like after a four year hiatus. It's not bad, clean and well kept, food was nice, but really... with the abundance of great pubs in Camden and the vicinity offering decent selections of new and different beer and ales, the feeling I got was just, meh. Pretty empty for a weekend, no buzz at all, televisions showing soccer, and other than an acceptable range of four ales on tap, the exact same fare as any other franchised pub in north or south london. Bit of a shame, it's a good looking pub, and i think it has HUGE potential to be a really classy watering hole with some excellent, edgy food and beer on tap or in the bottle. Just feels like a well-presented clone of so many other places dotted around london right now.
stripeycat - 2 Apr 2013 11:47
Alas the last pub (PUB) in South End Green is dead. A buzzing, spacious place now feels like a small claustrophobic living room. Duck egg blue colour scheme, awful wallpaper, copper bar, leather banquettes, mean sized small tables, frosted windows obscuring the world outside, no TVs and on a Friday night and empty apart from a couple with a whingeing toddler in the corner. No old pics of Hampstead, no character, no soul, I might as well drink in my personal mental image of Hell. Awful just awful. I am shell shocked. This refurbishment is a criminal act. Crying shame.

Iceman73 - 8 Jun 2012 22:21
@Maverick1974 - to be fair mate, you haven't lived in NW3 since Easter 2008, so I'm not sure how you can make such a wild claim that it isn't the best pub in South End Green! The pubs up the hill have lost the plot old chap and it's the White Horse that is the leading light now followed by the Garden Gate. You live in Wiltshire now Maverick, so post some reviews about Chippenham boozers...
Iceman73 - 17 Dec 2010 21:54
Head and Shoulders above any other pub in NW3 ?

Im assuming this is a wind-up ! Having lived in NW3 for 6.67 years, and drank/socialised here for 15, I can honestly say that this isnt even the best pub in South End Green , let alone NW3 as a whole ! Its a terrible, horrible place .

I recommend you spread your wings further up the hill my friend !

Blimey
Maverick1974 - 29 Mar 2010 11:59
What can I say? This is my local and while there is a lot of choice, the Hoss is head and shoulders above any other pub in NW3. It has been mentioned by other reviewers, but it is the staff that make this pub such a great place to drink.

Great drinks selection, good food and sport on TV.

Top drawer.
Iceman73 - 7 Feb 2010 16:58
What a truely outstanding pub. The beer is wonderfull, and the thai kitchen sevres a good variety of dishes. Moreover they do a really good traditional sundat roast with all the trimmings along with great table service. The best of the lot though are the bar staff. Friendly, happy and very efficient. A rairity these days. Also a good place to watch a bit of sport and then go for a walk on the heath.
heroes - 18 Jan 2010 16:24
Sadly, it seems to be going downhill. I think it's under new ownership - last time I was in there the landlady, or at least the domineering barmaid was overdoing it on the friendly flirty host routine.

Then this: yesterday, a sign hung on the front door. "We welcome breastfeeding babies."

And they wonder why 57 pubs a week are closing down?
adelondon - 27 Apr 2009 15:08
Difficult not to like this place, its such a beutiful building. Had an amazing thai meal here, much better than most pub thai efforts. Highly recomended. Overall though, for me it lacks soul, boaring beer selection and I can't stand tellys in pubs, if i wanted to watch telly i would stay at home.
mortonmorton - 13 Nov 2008 22:49
popped in here when the garden gate accross the road had run out of roasts at 5pm on a sunday! very impressed with this place, lovely interior, staff and roasts! Although a bit priceier at 12.50 i would recommend! sat and played a board game under the outdoor heater!
anonymous - 27 Oct 2008 14:07
Looks beautiful from outside but I doubted the inside could match.
How wrong was I ? The interior is fantastic from the amazing ceiling down to the immaculate toilets.
Beer and food both first class served by a great team.
Very highly recommended and will make regular visits in future.
goldingo - 5 Oct 2008 11:32
After a day visiting other local pubs it was refreshing to finally find a pub with decent beer. Sharps Doombar was in superb condition and enjoyed by several members of my party. A clean, friendly pub that offered what looked like very tasty Thai food. Reccomended.
Sharp - 31 Aug 2008 21:30
I was lured in by the town crier outside the pub on St Georges Day, the atmosphere inside was great. Really fantastic to see a pub making an effort on St George's day
Londoncat - 30 Apr 2008 17:42
Very pleasing pub architecturally, the corner location at a very sharp road junction giving it an unusual and airy shape. And, predictably for the area, a very nice pub all round. As with the other pubs around here, this one is clean and smart to a fault, but at least any renovations don't seem to have removed any of the basic original features that could, hopefully, make this pub feel traditional and homely again after 20 or so years more wear and tear.
Greshon - 5 Apr 2008 22:01
Good local pub that just gets better. Food is good, beers are well-kept, if a little unimaginative, and the staff are very welcoming.

Handsome interior, which gives the place a sense of history but a lively buzz.

Keep up the good work


adelondon - 28 Feb 2008 14:33
Thai food here is OK. Sunday roasts look good, but have never tried them. Don't know what people mean by this being a boring pub, it seems pretty good to me. A couple of real ales on that aren't too bad at all. Australian Land Lady / Bar Manger very friendly and happy to put rugby on the screens if no "big" soccer games on. A quick pint and chicken satay - perfect.
LondonMunster - 11 Jan 2008 16:29
Try as I might, I can't figure out how such a beautiful building, with plenty of original, quirky victorian features, can be made to look so boring. Everything about the pub turns out to be boring. Decent and boring. Go for a pint, admire the ceiling, then go somewhere more interesting for your second.
Clubber.Lang - 16 Apr 2007 10:05
The large bar in the White Horse is in the centre of the pub and is usually being run by 2/3 polish girls.
The food is very good and the beer is very well kept.
Due to the very large bar the seating is all around the edge of the pub by the windows and they can all be full when not that many people are in the pub. There is another area with a plasma screen that has sofas, but again they can be full with only 6 people sitting on them. There is also a separate eating area with table service.
The toilets deserve a special mention as they should be in a posh hotel and not a boozer.

It is a good place to pop in for a quick pint or bite to eat, but I have found it to be very boring with a lot of passing trade.

Strongers - 19 Mar 2007 16:11
This pub has been totaly demolished. Just an other bar.. No character! Should be illegal! Still, have a look at the ceiling. It's very special. Also, i believe they kept some of the old lamps. I have only been once since it was 'done up'. It was horrifying. A few years back, there was a landlady called Liz, and the pub was always busy. On Fridays people didn't fit in the pub so they were standing outside. All the pubs around South End Green have gone the same way. But if you are in the area try to visit Westport Inn further down on Malden Rd.
Maja - 1 May 2006 13:10
I went to this pub for the first time on Saturday night for a party. What a great atmosphere. Nicely done bar area and the dinig area looked good. If the nibbles we had for the party are anything to go by, the food in the restaurant would be great. Very friendly and efficient staff. A great night. Now I just have to find more excuses to be in Hampstead, so I can visit again.
wilbur101 - 27 Mar 2006 10:02
First time in here for years. Not bad and not as obviously done up as the other pubs nearby. Bar just at the right height for leaning and boozing which makes a change. Not too expensive and seemed to be some locals in there which is a good thing I guess.
Lyncroft - 8 Feb 2006 17:47
I was pleased when the White horse finally re-opened, as i used to go there often after work (at the royal free). And although I was relieved to see the lovely art deco windows and beautiful ceiling hadn't been touched, i feel the atmosphere is not what it was. There used to be a cosy, scruffy elegance to the place, now it is a bit souless. Still the staff were friendly enough and although the drinks are a bit expensive the food is reasonably priced, but nothing special.
banana - 4 Jul 2005 18:37
Jeez unlclbobsleigh.....Take it easy. This is a site to rate Pubs.....not slag off the people who make comments.
I neither know the Manager or the staff but I do know it is a good place to chill whilst between shifts at the Royal Free. Speaking on behalf of many of the staff that work at the Hospital, The Horse is NOW a place I want to have a drink in. The food is good, the toilets are new and its a breath of fresh air The Heath needed.

milliemoo - 10 Jun 2005 23:11
Very nice place now, loads better than before.
Used to drop in for a quick one in the past but was never at ease with the clientel.
It had a bad reputation before, glad to see someone has the balls to stand up and keep the trash out.
So far so good. Keep up the good work and we will continue to frequent this grand old pub!
Mick French
anonymous - 9 Jun 2005 12:25
Jackybrown, eh? I don't know whether you're staff, friends of staff, or the 'firm but fair' manager herself, but I'd suggest that you limit your borderline illiterate remarks to yourself. Or, as you might put it, "know when your not wanted"...

You don't mid paying for lovley service? God bless you.
unclbobsleigh - 8 Jun 2005 15:49
This used to be one of the worst pubs in the area.
Very suprised at how lovley it is now. It has been tastefully refurbished, the food is fantastic and has very pleasant staff. The beer may be a bit pricey but I don't mid paying for high standards.
The Manageress is firm but fair and wont take any crap from the old regulars....Nice one.
To unclebobsleigh....know when your not wanted and find some other dank dingy den for your "suspected" drug abuse!!
jackybrown007 - 8 Jun 2005 00:10
My friends and I were all looking forward to enjoying the refurbished White Horse, but we were treated horribly on the opening weekend. Despite minding our own business for the duration of a pint, we were falsely accused of drug-taking and were kicked out. We later found out from other former locals that this has happened dozens of times since the reopening a few weeks back, quite often without any reason even being given. The staff are rude and aggressive, the decor, drinks and food are average, and the room downstairs - once used for a decent comedy night - has been turned into toilets. Oh, and don't forget, you might get forcibly pushed out the door for no reason. Definitely the most avoidable pub in north london....
unclbobsleigh - 3 Jun 2005 16:46
At last, this pub has been given a decent refurb. It now boasts a comfy lounge area and a dining room where you can enjoy delicious Thai food in air conditioned comfort. It also has an intimate courtyard out the back. The best service I have had in a pub in Hampstead.
Liz K - 30 May 2005 17:02

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