Sunday Lunch In And Around Hampstead
For those lazy Sundays and famous British Sunday roasts, Oakley Gardens could not be better located to enjoy some of the best pubs that North West London has to offer. Situated on the edge of leafy Hampstead, Oakley Gardens is a short distance away from some of the most renowned and historic pubs in London.
After a walk on Hampstead Heath on a cold Autumn or Winters day, what could be better than a hot and filling Sunday lunch in one of the many famous hostelries that pepper the local landscape?!
Here are our Top 6 choices that welcome Sunday tradition in Hampstead and its surroundings:
- The Bull & Last. Not strictly in Hampstead, but located on the easterly edge of Hampstead Heath, with wood-panel walls and stuffed animals, serves a great British menu. It’s Sunday lunches are renowned for their huge Yorkshire puddings. Currently under refurbishment the pub reopens in the Autumn with six elegant guest bedrooms to the top two floors of our building.
- The Freemasons Arms. This fabulous pub is near to Parliament Hill and perfectly blends elements of rural charm with a modern flair. The pub/ restaurant features one of the largest beer gardens in the area and offers a series of menus including Vegan & Vegetarian. From delicious Sunday roasts, freshly prepared mains, and classic pub favourites, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
- The Wells Tavern. An exceptionally popular local favourite, The Wells Tavern has recently become a Free House meaning that the choice of beers ranges deep and wide! Under the watchful eye of Head Chef; New Zealander Greg Smith the pub/ restaurant caters for both the ground floor with its bar, bare tables, fireplace, board games, dog bowls and squashy sofas and the three differently decorated dining rooms on the first floor. Just a stone’s throw from the heath itself- a perfect spot!
- The Flask. The Flask is a Grade II listed public house located on the site from where the trade in Hampstead mineral water was run, and which is mentioned in the eighteenth century novel Clarissa. This traditional pub still retains its separate Men’s and Ladies bar and is a cosy option or a rainy afternoon. The two bars have original features, but to the rear lies a more modern area for drinking and a conservatory. A great pub in a central location, yards from Hampstead High Street.
- The Hollybush. Located on a quiet hilltop backstreet, this Grade II-listed building was originally built as a house in the 1790s and used as the Assembly Rooms in the 1800s, before becoming a pub in 1928. A higgledy-piggledy air remains, with three low-ceilinged bar areas and one bar counter at which decent pints are poured. Sundays with a plate of classic fish & chips is a must!
- The Spaniards Inn: Located opposite Kenwood House, ‘The Spaniards’ as its locally referred to is always busy with walkers brushing themselves down after an afternoon exploring the heath. Built in 1585 as a tollgate on the Finchley boundary, The Spaniards has more than a few tales to tell. This characterful inn was named after the Spanish Ambassador to James I of England and rumour has it highwayman Dick Turpin was born there, whilst his father was landlord in the early 1700s. Immortalised by Dickens in The Pickwick Papers, and allegedly the place in which Keats penned ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, The Spaniards has a romantic, nostalgic air and a feeling of time stood still. Its Sunday Roasts are legendary.
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