Princess Of Wales, NW1 8LL
- 020 7722 0354
- 22 Chalcot Road, NW1 8LL
- 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thu-Sun
It has a characterful interior, with retro ceramics displayed around the walls, and a raised seating area near the front with mini armchairs and a line of potted plants on the windowsill, each in a different pot. Large windows at the front let the light in, and there's also some seating out on the pavement (the street is a fairly quiet one).
Kake visited on a Thursday afternoon in September 2008. Beers available were Adnams Bitter, London Pride, and another one called something like Merlin's Oak. I had a couple of halves of Westons (either Vintage or Organic, I think, can't remember price and can't find my notes).
The place was pretty much empty throughout my visit, though there were a few people wandering in and out who I think were off-duty staff members or otherwise connected with the place (including a child or two). There was no piped music.
After I bought my second half, I decided to investigate the beer garden. It was very exciting! It's reached via a staircase down inside the pub, which takes you to a cellar bar (unstaffed on my visit). The cellar bar has a couple of emergency-exit-type doors which lead out to the garden - don't do as I did, and close these behind you, since you will then be stuck (luckily someone had come and sat in the cellar bar by the time I wanted to get back out again, and he rescued me).
The beer garden isn't covered, but it does have a trellis above it with climbing plants, and there's a collection of old pans and plates and things hanging around the place photo. I didn't see any ashtrays, but signs indicated that smoking is permitted there.
Food is served noon-3pm and 7pm-9:30pm Monday to Saturday, and noon-5:30pm Sunday.
Accessibility: One step up to get in.