Duke Of Hamilton

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Duke Of HamiltonDuke Of Hamilton

Type: Bar

23-25 New End, Hampstead
London, England, NW3 1JD
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7794 0258 | map

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Added by wl0307 on 02-05-2006

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

In the heart of Hampstead the posh land in north London, what kind of real ale pubs do you expect to see? I've been to several which are pretty old in terms of architecture and full of history, but some, pretending to be chic and posh, have lost the plot in that they're relatively poor in terms of dealing with real ales. One of those pubs (just down the same street where Duke of Hamilton is situated) was so non-sense that the beers were in below-average condition, and the bar staff even served my pint of Adnams Bitter in a warm, wet glass straight from the dish-washer!!

So much so for the negative side of pubs in this posh neighbourhood. This one is a real local and a good quality real ale pub. It has all that you'd expect from a noisy/cosy local pub in London: reddish interior and dim lighting from wall-hanging lamps, a square-shaped old-fashioned bar serving on all sides (with 6 handpumps), plenty of memorabilia on the walls about cricket (the sport I'm challenged to understand), a bunch of local punters gathering in front of TV at the front watching live matches (of whichever sport is going on)...

I was seated at the back of the pub and noticed how the locals enjoyed themselves. It was a scene of harmony, true to the British style of understated joy, spiced up with several locals' occasional improvisation of '60s songs. The beers available, totally 3 of them on 6 handpumps (London Pride on two pumps, ESB, Caledonian Six Nations, and two not working) were on the weak side of this pub, so I was led to think. But after a sip of each beer, wow... the London Pride was definitely the best I've had in two years(!!) and the Caledonian beer from Edinburgh was in such a brilliant condition that I could tell how much great effort the cellarman/manager has put into maintaining the beers~~

All in all, this one is a winner in terms of real ale in Hampstead area, for me at least. It's got homey and cosy local feel and decent beers. If only it's more adventurous to serve more real ales from small breweries, it could be a real hit for us BAs I'm sure~~

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