The Horseshoe

4.1
86 reviews
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  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great Beer
Hello, we are the Horseshoe. The birthplace of Camden Town Brewery and a well-loved Hampstead local for over a decade, we’re known for our good, simple food, wine and beer and legendary Sunday roasts.

We have a front ‘pub’ and a back ‘restaurant’ section. Dinner bookings are seated in the back, but for lunch, we seat bookings in both sections, so if you have a favourite spot please give us a call and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Dogs are welcome too, but just in the pub bit.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cold food.
No one from service came to ask how the food was.

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DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, setting, ambience and staff. I would definitely recommend and will be back myself

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DF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Roasts were served promptly once orders were taken. Portions good.. Flavours not bad but fairly average. The veg was nice although the celeriac was nowhere to be seen (we weren't told it was missing). The potatoes seemed like they were cooked and refrigerated prior to reheating and serving (texture didn't seem fresh). Gravy was fairly bland and you will need to ask for more. Overall, roast wasn't bad but for the price.. I'll not return. Especially when drinks that are so expensive (large cocacola £4.80ish) was mainly ice as we're the bloody Mary's. Service was OK but average. If you would like to go, I'd recommend you book in advanc

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CM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing and 2 of the 3 staff who served us were friendly polite and professional. However the chikdren’s Menu was confusing, it listed pizza, drink and cucumber/carrot sticks for £5. The salad sticks were never given so had to ask for them to which the rude waitress said they were complimentary therefore implying it was at their discretion whether we received them or not. The bill included a price for the chikdren’s meal despite being listed on the menu for included within £5. The friendly waitress explained that it’s not actually included. She did then say she’d take this off the bill. In conclusion - fantastic food, mostly great staff but double check what’s included and double check your bill as it seems acceptable to mislead customers ... I would return however i’d Be very cautious.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service - over half of what we ordered and to be received ordered because it was forgotten

Lots of confusion amongst staff

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W
London
224 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate late-ish on the Saturday after Christmas. The Horseshoe was offering its Brunch menu so the choices were a bit limited but we all enjoyed our burgers and the chips were excellent. The visiting cask-ale was more interesting than other times we've been in. Nice service and atmosphere for a chat with friends.

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P
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Excellent Sunday roasts and ample portions. Medium-rare beef tender, tasty and cooked perfectly for our taste - and good roast potatoes, yorkshire pud and veg... Let down slightly, however, by miniscule portion of mackerel in the starter chosen by two of us, and of the only three desert options one not being available! Wines all rather over-priced. The Shiraz (£25.00) was very 'thin' , and whilst the Malbec was much better, expensive at £30. Friendly and helpful waiting staff and warm welcome upon entering was appreciated.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Very disappointing that our portion of steak was 1/4 of the steak portion size served at the table next to us -we should have complained there but we were too tired and hungry to make an issue .. the steak was even split into two.. it’s a shame as otherwise this place is great

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h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, charming staff. Had a great time. Would recommend for large groups. Roast beef superb!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinning area at the back is nice and cosy (I knew already the front / pub area), the service was really nice and thoughtful, the food was creative and of good quality, and on top of it the place is coupled with Camden brewery! (The wine list was really interesting though and the one we chose was excellent, so no need to be a beer lover exclusively to come to dine here!

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AR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have really enjoyed the last two dinners - even though it is a limited menu.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We found a piece of plastic in the food and told the staff. But it was so casually treated and not a matter of surprise. Clearly the hygiene standards are very low and it’s a matter of grave concern

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GP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going there for the second time in a month. Great atmosphere, great food, great location and great people. Isn't this enough? ;-)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars in all aspects - what more can I say? Highly recommended!

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GP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Last Sunday was my 1st time visiting this place. A friend recommended it and I must say, it was a beautiful idea! The food was very good, the atmosphere was just great, very cosy and friendly. I do recommend this place to everyone and will certainly go again this month!

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great range of beers. Fun ambience. Limited menu but slightly complicated dishes, using unique ingredients, where simplicity might work better! Attentive service as always.

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1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The horseshoe is a lovely place to have a drink, but I wasn’t happy with the food as it tasted very dry & bland however the drinks are lovely and the service is amazing

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PF
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beer, amazing Sunday roast. Beautiful location

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O
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch. It looked very appetising with a decent amount of meat arrayed on top of vegetables and with a pile of roast potatoes. The appearance was by far the best of it. The beef was dry. The pork was better. The root vegetables were very overcooked and both of us barely touched the generous portion of tasteless potatoes.

I liked the pub, it had a good ambience and the staff were friendly and cheerful.

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SA
London
29 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really was superb, our roasts were excellent! The deserts were surprisingly good, can’t wait to return.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great as always. Camden Hells is fantastic as are the wines and food menu.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service; unfriendly waitress who made mistakes with orders which she did not realise or apologise for. Hugely noisy in the bar where we were seated despite having asked to sit at the back as it was a family Sunday lunch. Expensive mains which were small and the roast dinners were nothing special at all.

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P
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Portions seem to have been reduced (roast beef), and wine overpriced but still a good venue for a social sunday lunch!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will continue to go back

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at the horseshoe. Atmosphere buzzing. Well done

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our Sunday roast. Quite hipster for Hampstead!

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l
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Overall a nice setting let down by chaotic and slightly poor service .

Forgot our kids starters because they were “too busy”, kept saying to us weekends were busy- which it was. Food is actually good , albeit a tad mean on the meat portions given the prices.

Trying to be balanced and have been before and had a good experience. This time was really poor given the price and just an odd attitude from a number of members of the waiting staff (but not all)

It’s probably better on weekdays.

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JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely place, good food, nice atmosphere - really nice local pub/restaurant for a Friday evening

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B
London
42 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere but a little noisy .. food was lovely!

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JC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a while ago and although it was great to get a large table at short notice, the service was patchy and slow and the good was average. Would visit again for a drink because the location and ambience were great.

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TS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch on a sunny Hampstead afternoon. Good service, food was great as were the drinks.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Tasty meals, wish there had been a few more veggies surrounding them.

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience, friendly and attentive staff. Choice of food is limited. Expecially if u are vegeterian/vegan. Other wise fresh and tasty food,very good selection of beers

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to drink a beer, to enjoy the sun in the terrace or to have a lunch. I have been with my family on Sunday and the Sunday roast was very good and the hake very tasty.
Only 3 options for dessert and we tried the rhubarb custard but lack of flavour in my opinion.

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Normally, I’m not energised to write reviews, but our Friday night dinner here was so bad, that I actually went to the effort of fishing this mail out of my trash to reply! My partner had padron peppers to start, whilst I opted for artichoke. Peppers were fine, but mine was dry, tasteless and mean. Sadly this set the tone. My partner ordered the short rib. Although it wasn’t raw, the fat had not been given time to render down, so eating it requires scraping layers of congealed fat off the side. Nuff said. I ordered sea bass, which was cooked, but largely unseasoned and dry, with no real sauce of note. Waiting staff were rather in your face (explaining the tannin balance of the house red). When plates were cleared, the waitress asked if the food was OK. We said no, and gave feedback. She apologised and said she would speak to the manager.

At this point we had neither asked to speak to the manager nor for a refund. However, the manger marched over, insisted on introducing himself with a sweaty handshake and proceeded to explain that he was in his right to charge us if the plate was ‘over 50% eaten’ and offered a free desert. As we had not asked for a discount, we found this statement deeply insulting, and demanded the bill with a desire to make a quick exit.

There are many excellent restaurants in London. This is not one of them. I’m sure the beer is nice....

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e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch deal was very good value -- a big steak sandwich and a half pint of beer for £10. The other food was a bit pricey, but looked very good. Great beer and the staff were really attentive. Great for a lunch with friends!

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent place for having a drink in a relaxed environment. The beer selection was first class and very well kept. Surprisingly the food didn't quite match the standard. I had roasted pork belly and somehow the crackling was a bit rubbery and the meat bone dry at the same time. I would surely come back for a drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family Sunday lunch with our 2 young children. Am sometimes a bit apprehensive about bringing such young kids to bars and pubs but was no issue here. Very warm and friendly atmosphere. The manager Jonathan went out of his way to keep our youngest (9 months) entertained which meant my wife and I were able to enjoy our meal without him becoming bored or restless. Good food and usual great CTB beers.

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W
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

My husband and I made a reservation for dinner on Saturday night. When we arrived, it was packed and lively and loud (as you might expect from a bar), but there was one harried server on the floor who seemed to have no back up. She also seemed to be working the bar. We mentioned our reservation and were told that she would "see if there was a table available."
There was more breathless back and forth with the server and a further wait, and we were finally seated.
The table next to us began complaining to the (one) server about some issue with their order and she was trying to placate them and keep her eye on the rest of the room.
We quickly realised that it was unlikely we were going to get any kind of service that was either swift or present or merited the price of the meal. So we left.
It was very obvious they were completely understaffed and the server was losing it; one person can't carry a room on a Saturday night.
This is a fun, airy, friendly pub. The windows open in the summer and it has a polished but relaxed feel. A good place to go for a drink. But we'll likely never do a dinner there again unless they can get more people on the floor.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch -- the food was delicious and the staff were so kind to our two small children.

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