Alice House West Hampstead

Alice House West Hampstead

This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion because we like it.

We used to live pretty much opposite this place back at the turn of the century. It seemed to struggle for punters and change hands every year. The latest incarnation, known as the Alice House, has been open for a few years now and is in no apparent danger of closing, thanks to its simple policy of being awesome.

In the pub-restaurant spectrum, this is clearly closer to the gastro end, but there are few places doing it better. Try and get a table for Sunday lunch without booking and you will be soundly thwarted, even if you turn up not long after noon. That's partly because it's not the largest place in the world, but also because the food and drink is second to none in West Hampstead. The menu is unfussy but deftly executed.

Our chicken roast was succulent and served up with a posse of fresh vegetables. There are no poncey ingredients, just traditional favourites cooked to perfection (especially the goose-fat potatoes). The main veggie option, a 'Bermondsey Fryer Cheese Tart', came skulking beneath a mattress of salad leaves, and was a spot-on treat for our meat-shy companion. Drinks-wise, there seemed to be fewer draught options than at Alice's big sister in Queen's Park, but plenty of local bottled beers to choose from. We ended up picking one of the 12 red wines, purely because we've never felt white wine works with chicken in gravy.

In warm weather, Whampsteaders make for the alfresco space facing on to West End Lane. There's also a more intimate basement area known as The Den, available for hire. The main bar is a contemporary-by-numbers affair, with heavy wooden tables, exposed brick work, naked lightbulbs and a light scattering of animal skulls on the walls, now a mandatory feature of any upmarket boozer. By all accounts, it gets very busy on a Friday or Saturday night, when the Alice House throws off its gastro-aprons and gets more bar-like.

On Twitter as @AliceHouseWH

One hell of a good roast chicken.
One hell of a good roast chicken.
The outdoor area is very popular despite being next to a busy main road.
The outdoor area is very popular despite being next to a busy main road.
There's a Bermondsey tart under there somewhere.
There's a Bermondsey tart under there somewhere.
Naked lightbulbs...there's no escaping them these days.
Naked lightbulbs...there's no escaping them these days.

Address: 283 West End Lane London NW6 1RD

Phone: 020 7431 8818

Email:
info@alicehouse.co.uk

Website:
http://www.thealicehouse.co.uk/

Monday: 9.30am-11.30pm

Tuesday: 9.30am-11.30pm

Wednesday: 9.30am-11.30pm

Thursday: 9.30am-11.30pm

Friday: 9.30am-1am

Saturday: 9.30am-1am

Sunday: 9.30am-11pm

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Chico Scif

West Hampstead has some good but pricey pubs, including The Gallery, Alice, One Sixty, Black Lion. The only problem is that you just can't pay less than £5 for a pint. Hopefully as soon as it reopens the Railway can resume being our cheap joint!