|Pressed (for a drink) on North End|
Pub 2. The Duke of Hamilton, 28th August 2011.
Hampstead is a lovely area, and if I was really really rich I'd live round here somewhere. But there's a problem with Hampstead, and that's that there's not many pubs, and it's especially noticable since a couple have closed in the past few years and a couple more have been gastro-fied. So I reckon there's only three pubs worth going in, and to the staff in one of them I had to explain what Morris Dancing was. Where do they get these people??
|Live Irish music|
The Duke has a decent range of 4 or 5 ales on, and I opted for the very sessionable 3.4% Adamn's Lighthouse (£3.20 / £1.60) and being a bit peckish after my long walk the cabinet of warm savouries caught my eye. Plumping for a £2.50 sausage roll the salivation began.
|The food is small but cheerful|
|Game of Risk? Free estate agents magazine?|
Also more pubs should have signs to the loos, or at least the last one I went into should. Note to the York and Albany : there's nothing wrong with a chalked toilet direction. I'm not sure how many pubs need real time beer news though, with a mysterious distance, presumably from brewery to pub, given to tenths of a mile. But still a nice touch though... I suppose. I do like this boozer - it has carpet and no jukebox and even though the lovely little barmaid I used to look forward to seeing every time seems to have now left, I shall continue to pop in, and if nothing else drink a toast to the tree out the back to which the pub owes its continuing existance, if Camden planning lore is to be believed. Even though getting there isn't at all handy.