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Vibrant, busy although the music was too loud. BUT 4 hand pumps , each of the with pale citrus ale. Yet to find a decent pint in this area of London. That said, the fruit juice that was sold as pale ale was well kept,
TonyMitch - 10 Apr 2016 21:41
Never experienced the old stag but I've got nothing against so called gastropubs which provide great beers and friendly service. This place has it , the landlord took time to chat to us about the beer, the music biz clientele etc. Otter bitter at £3.40 is a good pint. Guest at £4 ! (enterprise inns trying to strangle the life out of a landlords living again)
rob372 - 7 Mar 2012 20:29
Visited this place for the first time last Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed it. Yes it's what's commonly called a gastropub but the food was great, prompt too even though they were busy. They had a good selection of ales and lots else. Pint of Otter was great. Many of the clientele are what you'd call 'of a type' along with the staff but all the staff were really polite and professional. If you're sat outside table service is great even if many people who post on this site might not consider it traditional enough. Would definitely return if in the area and would recommend without reservation - very well run.
thehonesttruth - 12 Jul 2011 22:31
Another Quality boozer turned into over expensive gastropub - Miss the old place terribly
oinkment - 2 May 2011 18:23
This is a great pub with a really nice outdoor space. The best thing about it is the table service... the staff are always friendly, calm and very attentive. The food is also very good but it's getting very busy on the weekends so the quality can slip slightly.
I hope they can keep up the service and food standard.
JdsNW3 - 4 Jun 2010 11:58
I love this pub. It is no boozer but it has a great crowd and the beers are great. The staff are very professional and the service is always friendly and efficent. The pub can get very busy compared to years of nothing which I supposes shows what a good job these guys have done. The work to bring the building back to its Victorian splendor is very interesting. Best of all the garden and the table service from some lovely staff. Well done!!
john74have - 27 May 2010 23:02
Painted a painfully out of place black on the outside, it only gets worse once you get inside, dark and unwelcoming, poor service, eye-wateringly expensive food. Sadly no longer free of Nathan Barleys.
On the plus side it's got a great garden, now with far, far better accommodation than previously, and with heaters too. There’s only two beers; Black Sheep, Landlord, which are well kept and, surprisingly for the area, reasonably priced, just don't ask for a top up even if there's a inch plus head on your pint and you're almost alone in the pub - apparently that's one way to make yourself unpopular, and I was my most politest I could be too!
Previously it was always a friendly local, as far as the building itself it was somewhat underwhelming, and there’s no doubt The Stag was crying out for some TLC or even a complete renovation, however what happened was it got wrecked. If you like spending too much money on your dinner, like staff who are far too cool to waste their time giving good service to paying customers, and you'd like to pretend you're in Shoreditch or Hoxton without the trouble of getting the bus; this is the pub for you.
Teuthida - 14 Nov 2009 14:24
Haven't been for a few months so I hope it still has the same great staff, led by a manager who actually cares about the place. The place looks good, especially the massive garden, and I agree that it wouldn't look out of place in Camden or somewhere similar as its often packed with a well-dressed relatively young crowd. They always seem to have stuff going on - booze tastings, quizzes, themes, etc - but it doesn't feel forced or cheesy.

Had two great meals here and one really bad Sunday lunch, but I'll forgive them as it was insanely busy. If you're eating I'd visit mid-week and go for the burgers which are consistently good and always cooked medium as they should be. Don't miss out on the white chocolate bread and butter pudding either - its far beyond pub grub.
BlackCherry - 25 Sep 2009 00:57
The service is reasonably fast unlike some of the other pubs in the area. The food always looks good but am yet to try it. The garden is the place to be on a summers day. If you are lucky you may even get a booth with protection from random rain showers.
jaytee - 5 Aug 2009 13:29
A pleasing refurb. massive garden with covered areas. will be superb in the summer. lots of original features retained, such as the old victorian bar. 2 real ales, both very good. obviously not trying to be a gastro but the food is simple and reasonably priced. Music left a little to be desired but wasnt bad enough to drive me away. Overall a very nice pub and pleasent place for a few pints.
mortonmorton - 13 Nov 2008 22:42
As per the othee message. This place has had a full re-vamp. Foods is excellent and so was the service. If your after a snack, which I was at the time, opt for the cheese & pate menu. Burger look mega too.
Keep up the good work, we'll be back
snipet - 3 Nov 2008 15:27
This pub has been taken over by new owners and given a major refit.

It now looks stunning from the outside, a smoky gunmetal black; they've revamped the large beer garden into something pretty special, and the beers and food have gone up several notches. This pub wouldn't be out of place in Camden now, for the buzz and the young clientele it attracted when I was in there last weekend.

Food is pricy, but supposed to be very good.

Some people might raise their eyes at yet another pub prepared to let kids run around in the garden, mind.

adelondon - 17 Oct 2008 13:56
I quite liked this, but felt there was a lot of room for improvement. As others have said, it's off the beaten track from central NW3 so escapes a lot of the young rich that populate a lot of the bars in that area. The clientele seemed mixed to me, and I felt the pub had a nice friendly atmosphere. I liked the interior of the pub a lot and particularly the bar, which looked to be original. Ale-wise it was a bit dull: just London Pride and GK IPA - the IPA was well-served but room for improvement here. The quiz (oddly timed at about 7pm on a Sunday) was good, but poorly attended.
grecian - 14 Jul 2008 11:04
Agree with Strongers - not a chav pub, but definitely a locals pub. I live local and have been in here dozens of times, but i'm still made to feel outside the gang.

This pub could be really good - it's attractive, ambient and well located. But it lacks something - laughter, noise, decent beer…

Needs a younger crowd, or at least for the regulars to stop acting so morose.


adelondon - 28 Feb 2008 14:27
The best pub in this area, thankfully free of braying Nathan Barleys. A friendly landlady (from Derbyshire) and nice dogs roaming about the place. And the best beer garden in the whole of London.
PeoplesPalace - 5 Jul 2007 20:43
Good pub, this.

In contrast to Strongers I find the service here very good. He's right about the dogs and their habits though, even if I don't find it annoying.

Slightly off the beaten track compared to the others around Pond Street, and as such seems to escape being filled with annoying people (ie: the Garden Gate).
Planner_21 - 16 Apr 2007 02:11
The Stag has a large beer garden out the back which is good in the summer, but I wouldn’t bother going in any other time.

The pub dog has a habit of standing by the garden door and barking until someone lets it out and then coming back 30 seconds later and barking until someone lets it in. The dog also has a habit of begging for food from people that have ordered it from the bar….. Extremely annoying.

The last time I was in there I ordered a Stella and a Fosters and was served 2 Fosters. When I complained I was told that I was wrong and that it was a Stella. I gave the Fosters away and ordered another Stella, which I saw being pulled from the Stella pump….. It was Fosters again! I told the barmaid and got a reaction of ‘what do you want me to do about it’.

In my experience it is not the friendliest of pubs to none regulars, but it is not full of chavs.

Strongers - 21 Mar 2007 14:03
For the 'Chavs' of earlier comments, read 'normal, friendly people'. In other words, not the stomach-churning combination of braying North London guardian-readers, tiresome white wine spritzer/cappuccino-drinking hoorays and obnoxious medical student types that hang out in all the other pubs in the area.
Please: we know we scare you, so for the good of us all, stick to the pubs up the road. It makes sense for everyone.
anonymous - 3 Jun 2005 16:58
Full of Chavs? Not in my experience!
anonymous - 24 May 2005 12:01
This pub is ace... The garden is a hidden gem, can't wait for the summer BBQs! Great mix of people - a proper pub vibe! Bar staff are really friendly (as are the pub dogs!). The food is so good, real home cooking, Sunday roast to die for. You've GOT to go!
DORIS - 24 May 2005 11:55
good pub good food great garden nice owners. look out for some of their great characters,mainly tina and eddie, not forgetting shaky steve and of course the miserable poet, every opub has to have one. HAVE FUN
anonymous - 19 May 2005 15:24
Full of chavs.
anonymous - 11 Feb 2005 14:37
The Stag, Great Pub with laid back atmosphere, mad dogs, huge sunny garden, caters for functions (had a great bbq there)and has now started doing yummy food.
Get down there!
heidi - 11 Oct 2004 11:48
One of my favourite pubs. It has a lovely atmosphere for those after work drinks, comfy chairs and who can forget ernie, the lively pub dog. I just wish they served food.
Pascale - 15 Mar 2004 09:12
Lovely atmosphere, comfy chairs and ernie (the lively pub dog) is my favoutrite regular. Pity they don't serve food.
Pascale - 15 Mar 2004 09:06
The Stag, fantastic I say, we love the shabby chic bling bling atmosphere with its motley crew of locals and after work boozers. See you there on a Friday after work.
Christian - 12 Mar 2004 17:35
Recently refurbished but they haven`t done it particularly well
Nicola - 27 Jun 2003 15:48

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