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The Wells Tavern, Hampstead

Did I hear the word "pretentious". Yes, yes not all pubs have to have saw dust floor and be full of gruff bearded men drinking lesser spotted woodcock, but any establishment that serves pints of beer must have a certain level of skill in their trade and the staff at the Wells tavern certainly don't.

Myself and my cousin ordered a couple of Guinness, each one poured worse than the last. The final insult was a pint that was going upstairs. The barrel ran out half way through and the bar man switched over and poured the sputtered

Guinness from the old glass into the new and carried on as if nothing happened.
I could help myself so I took him up on it and he asked what he had done wrong (he was eastern European). Fair enough, not his fault but the management should be ashamed of themselves for not training new staff.

Food was admittedly good if pricey but the atmosphere was as cool as a polar bears toenails and as welcoming as a wet day in bognor regis.

Avoid.

19 Feb 2010 21:18

The Flask, Hampstead

Just had a quick pint in here, but it was a welcoming warm pub with an open fire. No TVs or music and the atmosphere was good. Free baked potatoes was a great and unusual idea.

19 Feb 2010 21:10

The Harp, Covent Garden

Really nice pub close to Covent Garden. Normally very busy it has a great selection of beers and they pour a fabulous pint of Guinness.
Lovely atmosphere and good staff.
No music or TVs - heaven!
Recommended

17 Feb 2010 19:32

The Beehive, Walworth

A classic pub in an unusual location - a little oasis of the Walworth road. The pub is nicely laid out with muted decor and thankfully no slot machines, blaring music or big screen TV.
There is not only a great selection of beer, but also of wine and spirits (esp. whisky). The food is consistently good, maybe a tiny bit pricey, but the portions are large and always satisfying. The Sunday Roast is particularly impressive.
To top it all off, the staff are very friendly & professional (mostly from the southern hemisphere!) and the clientele are a nice mix of old regulars, families and students.
In summer the beer garden is a lovely spot for some drinks.

11 Feb 2010 22:39

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