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“Great pub, lovely food and friendly staff”, notes a fan of this gentrified Georgian pub – a fetching asset in the green and pleasant Hampstead hinterland. The ground-floor bar is well stocked with real ales, board games and comfy sofas, while the smart upstairs restaurant cuts a dash with its white linen tablecloths and a menu of aspirational assemblages. A plate of confit duck with celeriac purée, greens and devilled sauce is pure gastropub; alternatively, keep it traditional with smoked haddock kedgeree and a soft-boiled egg or Cumberland sausages and mash. The char-grill knocks out dry-aged steaks and posh burgers, while daily specials might bring venison fillet with butternut squash purée, parsnip gratin and blackberry jus. To finish, play it safe with strawberry pavlova or dark chocolate pot. In keeping with its gastronomic ambitions, The Wells’ wine list runs deep, with plenty of desirable options by the glass or carafe.

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The Wells

30 Well Walk ,London NW3 1BX

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by   platinum reviewer (215)

Jun 2014

Green and leafy Hampstead feels as if it could be part of the countryside rather than just a few tube stops north of Euston or Camden. Being a world removed from the London we all probably know better may have its charms, but what the Wells gains in terms of location, our group of five dining there recently on a weekday evening felt it lost in terms of atmosphere and service. We arrived at 9pm, virtually the last people in the upstairs restaurant (the more informal downstairs bar did admittedly seem...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 8

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The Wells

30 Well Walk ,London NW3 1BX

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Aug 2012

We had a very rare hot weekend in August and wouldn't normally go out for dinner on a Sunday evening, but this was a birthday – we wanted somewhere local and reliable without traipsing into town. It was so hot that evening we were reluctant to go upstairs to the dining room, and when shown to a corner table in the red room weren't sure we'd done the right thing. We chose to sit by the open windows instead. This was a good move as it caught the breeze and felt we were part of the outdoor life going...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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The Wells

30 Well Walk ,London NW3 1BX

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by   platinum reviewer (77)

Aug 2011

Another local – you cant move for the abundance of gastropubs in North London, and this is one of the goodies. The Wells is a lot more posh than my other favourites up North. The pub lives in a leafy Hampstead street where one can only dream of residing in (4 storey properties and the like). There is seating outside, as well as upstairs – but the downstairs has no booking policy. It tends to get busy with the walkers, plus dogs are welcome, so its even more lovely in my opinion. Foodwise – delicious....

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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30 Well Walk ,London NW3 1BX

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by   gold reviewer (44)

Apr 2010

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My wife and I have liked the Wells for quite a time – it is about the only restaurant in Hampstead “proper” that we like to go to – casual and busy downstairs, welcoming and intimate upstairs (longer, better menu). I did go off it for a while having reported what appeared to be a breach of hygene regulations which I witnessed – even though it was properly investigated (which resulted in an assurance that the person in question was not involved in food preparation in the kitchen). However, we went...

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Junglefresh.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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The Wells

30 Well Walk ,London NW3 1BX

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by   (4)

Sep 2009

A friend recommended the burgers here, and we weren't disappointed. A lovely pub with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. We had a burger with cheese and bacon and the grilled aubergine. Both were very well cooked and extremely tasty. We're on a quest for the best London burger to fill the gap from our favourite burger place in Sydney, and this burger is topping the bill. Locals reserve tables, so it may be a good idea to book a table in advance. We will definitely be regulars.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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