Sir Richard Steele, NW3 4RL

  • 020 7483 1261
  • 97 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4RL (streetmap) (osm) (gmap) (bingmap) (streetview)
  • 11am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11:30pm Sun

A large ramshackle pub on Haverstock Hill (between Chalk Farm and Belsize Park stations)

Note: According to Kentishtowner, as of early 2018 the Sir Richard Steele is closed "for substantial redevelopment".

In mid-2011 it was taken over by the Faucet Inn pub company. We haven't visited since, so some of all of the details below may be out of date.

This pub comprises mainly a large room curving around a prominent bar area, with a number of smaller but quite capacious rooms tucked away behind the bar in various directions. There's a large beer garden outside, just off the street, with plenty of tables and some cover.

The most striking feature of the pub is that it's crammed with antique curios, signs and ephemera. There's a painted ceiling which isn't quite the match of the Sistine Chapel but is still somewhat impressive. Seating is comfortable, but the place gets very busy of a Friday evening, with a range of clientele from long-time regulars to local kids.

On Ewan's June 2008 visit in June 2008, ales on handpump were Bass, Adnam's East Green Carbon Neutral, and a tasty pint of Flowers IPA (which they had on offer at £2/pint). Other standard lagers were offered, as well as a wine list. In June 2009, Kake noted they also sell Aspalls cider.

Thai food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm Monday, noon-3pm and 6pm-10:30pm Tuesday to Friday, noon-10:30pm Saturday, and noon-10pm Sunday. Mains are around £7. In June 2008, Ewan's noodles were perfectly decent and attractively presented.

Accessibility: A couple of steps up to get in. However, there's level access from the street to the beer garden, and only a sort of ridge-like thing to get over between the beer garden and the interior of the pubs. Toilets not checked.

See also:

Last visited by Kake and Richard, 4 June 2009. Opening hours and food times taken from Time Out website, June 2008.
OS X co-ord: 527782 OS Y co-ord: 184693 (Latitude: 51.546670 Longitude: -0.158592)
Last edited 2018-01-13 15:08:43 (version 10; diff). List all versions.