Hassrale Trips:- Hampstead

Date: Tuesday 20th October 1987

Hampstead is a short distance up the Northern Line (Edgware Branch) 20 mins from Charing Cross, 25 mins from Elephant and Castle, via Bank, but allow a little more time if changing at Camden Town. Although the trip doesn't involve a lot of walking, except between nos 5 & 6, there are some hills so bring your crampons.

Times given in brackets are approximate times of departure from each pub.

1. Horse and Groom - 68 Heath St [18:30]

Beers:- Young's Bitter and Special

A friendly pub close to the station (turn right). Good beer.

Almost opposite is:-

2. Nags Head - 79 Heath St [19:15]

Beers:- McMullens, A K Mild and Country Bitter, (hand pump & gravity) Bass, Ruddles County

Formerly a CAMRA house, this pub has been extensively altered internally. Now all bare wood, barrels and stone jars. Note the instruments of torture and other varied implements. The atmosphere was delightfully cool when we visited in the (only) hot spell this year.

Then left, left again and up the stairs to:-

3. The Holly Bush - 22 Holly Mount [20:00]

Beers:- Benskins Best Bitter, Tetley Bitter, Ind Coope Burton Ale

A pleasant pub with many small rooms served by two bars. Gas lighting. Food available. Note the white lined boundary outside to stop you straying into the road and the neighbours. Also weighing machines in the toilets.

Back down the steps and left, up the main road to:-

4. Coach & Horses - 99 Heath St [20:45]

Beers:- Courage Best Bitter & Directors, John Smiths Yorkshire Bitter

A small locals pub with central bar. Numerous handpumps "serving" lagers, ciders, Guiness. No optics. Small terrace at back. Spot the pin-ups.

Carry on up the hill and beyond to:-

5. Jack Straws Castle - 12 North End Way [21:30]

Beers:- Charrington IPA, Bass

Famous pub with connections with Charles Dickens, Dick Turpin & the Peasants Revolt. However the building is much newer than that. Large, with extra large garden beyond. Plenty of food, though a bit pricey. Plenty of machines.

Turn back towards town; then either take the first turning on left after the pond and follow East Heath Road round as far as Well Walk, or return to the Coach & Horses and take Hampstead Square on left, continue past Church, down Christchurch Hill until you see:-

6. Wells Hotel - 30 Well Walk [22:15]

Beers:- Wethereds Bitter, Flower Original, Greene King Abbot

Comfortable & friendly.

Just a short walk to:-

7. Flask Tavern - 14 Flask Walk [????]

Beers:- Youngs Bitter & Special

Three bar pub, including public, with small terrace outside for the hardier of you. A mixed clientele, including theatrical types. Beer excellent.

For those of you returning to London by tube, the station is only a frw minutes walk, along Flask Walk and turn right.

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