Well suited to families and young professionals, the Belrose is a recently refurbished pub serving up a selection of familiar Italian dishes and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, alongside a huge variety of craft beers.
The venue’s bright blue paintwork and decorative hanging plants give it a contemporary yet rustic feel, and the atmosphere is further improved by the chatty and engaging nature of the staff. Food-wise, the pizzas here are thin and crispy and are piled high with fresh ingredients; the Bufalina we sampled was scattered with half-cut Sicilian tomatoes and oodles of buffalo mozzarella pieces. There is also a limited dessert selection, including grilled seasonal fruit, which consisted of a textured mix of sliced pineapples, peaches and pears and arrived accompanied by a mound of refreshing mint gelato.
From the bar, we were impressed by nods to the local area, such as the Belrose Pale Ale (brewed in Belsize Park), which is a hoppy IPA with a slightly earthy aftertaste. Cosy and charming, The Belrose is a welcome addition to the area, and a smart choice for those seeking a casual gastropub.