DRINK: Freemasons Arms, Hampstead Heath, NW3
DRINK: Another great watering hole we stumbled upon on our travels…
…last weekend we spent most of Saturday wandering around Hampstead Heath, enjoying a few beers at The Flask in Highgate, and then getting deliciously lost and ending up at a new pub we’ve not tried before. The Freemason’s Arms is vast, with great outdoor seating both front and back and a solid looking food menu. We were there around 3:30pm when it seemed like the last dregs of lunch were being served, with many big groups relaxing around big tables covered with empty wine bottles. There were plenty of families in attendance too, dogs and children both welcome. We sat outside first of all, and enjoyed the wonderful view from the terrace right into the Heath, before heading inside when the rain threatened and propping up the bar for an hour.
Decor is what you’d expect from any successful pub in NW – lots of swirly wallpaper, oak tables, armchairs, big wine glasses, and an impressive (if slightly random) display of fresh vegetables in the middle of the restaurant. Wine list was very Southern Hemisphere focused, very little French and virtually no Spanish or Italian, but some good Aussie and NZ wines. The staff were super friendly, worked really hard to ensure you weren’t waiting, while the amtmosphere was friendly and welcoming.
We didn’t eat there that day, but we’ll be back. This is the perfect place to head to before or after a loong leisurely walk across the Heath. Website is here. Oh, and they have a skittles hall downstairs. It looks wicked.