Historical version 9 of Lord Palmerston, NW5 1HU
- 020 7485 1578
- 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HU
- noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Spacious Good Beer Guide pub in Dartmouth Park.
Inside there are several spaces around the central bar, with a dining room in a conservatory area to the rear (laid for service), tables and couches around the sides of the front room, and an upstairs bookable function room. There's also a sheltered walled beer garden accessed through the conservatory.
There are four handpulls for ales at the bar, which on Ewan's June 2012 visit were dispensing Sharp's Doom Bar and Cask Pilsner (a seasonal), Purity Pure Gold (£3.60/pint), and Sambrook's Junction, though over the course of the evening the first two ran out and were not replaced. There are also prominent draught keg taps for Staropramen, Bitburger, Red Stripe and Beck's Vier, as well as other cooking lagers and Guinness hidden away lower down. Ale is well-kept.
Ewan and Kerry split a burger (£10.50) photo, which was a substantial size and came with a couple of (really quite nice) onion rings, and a bowl of chunky potato chips, as well as dips and condiments. The burger was cooked medium and was a good quality.
Music was playing, not too loudly, and there was a small TV above the bar to the right of the entrance showing football (but with the sound turned off).
Ewan's verdict: Attracting the well-to-do denizens of the area, the Lord Palmerston is a pleasant pub in a leafy area. The ale selection may not be extensive, but it's well-kept.
According to the 2009 Good Beer Guide, it has a real open fire, and a heated courtyard at the front for smokers; also, food served lunchtimes and evenings every day.
Accessibility: There is a very shallow bump to get in (not quite a step), but toilets are upstairs, and there are four or five steps to get into the garden from the conservatory.
Child Friendliness: There were children present when Ewan visited on early Sunday evening, so one presumes it welcomes children.