Pub lunch in Hampstead (The Wells Tavern)

Did you know that Hampstead was recently voted as the No. 1 place people would want to live in London, if money was no object. And I can see why….its gorgeous! With its hidden pebblestone streets, quaint pubs and of course the gorgeous Heath, what’s not to love about Hampstead? I also love living just a stones throw from Hampstead.

I’ve heard a lot about The Wells Tavern  (Gastropub) and when I called up yesterday, very luckily managed to get a table for 4 at 1pm today (Sunday). Thanks to whoever cancelled 🙂

We got to the pub and were promptly seated upstairs in their main dining room. They have a varied menu without too many options (including a selection of roasts on Sundays) and a wide variety of wines as well. Once we’d placed our orders, we were offered a choice of breads to nibble on.

I decided to go with the roast lamb, my dad had the (only) vegetarian main which was a roasted pepper stuffed with mushroom risotto, topped with goats cheese. My mum opted for the grilled sea bass and S had “a” sausage (the waiter was very specific) with chips and a side of broccoli.

The three (adult) mains were really good. The lamb was well cooked, very meaty without being fatty, the right amount of gravy (you could pay for extra) with a few root vegetables and 2 roast potatoes. The sea bass was a boneless fillet of deliciousness sitting on a bed of vegetables with roast potatoes. Hours later my mum reiterated  “I thoroughly enjoyed that fish today!”

The quality of the ingredients really came through in each meal. I have to be honest, I was disappointed by S’s meal. I think it would have been nice if they had a children’s menu or at least had a proper serving of food. One sausage with a massive portion of chips is not what I call a healthy meal for a child. It’s a good thing S loves broccoli and for me that was a saving grace. I thought perhaps they don’t get many kids in there but I did spot a couple of cups of crayons by the till so I guess they do. 

And then we got offered dessert…they had quite a selection of some amazing sounding desserts! Tbh at that point I was so full, I couldn’t even finish my meal (and we hadn’t even got starters). But we decided to get one dessert and 3 spoons (S had his own scoop of ice cream). My dad chose the apple and rhubarb crumble which came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Now I absolutely love crumble and not everywhere gets the consistency of the crumble right but at The Wells, it was mouthwateringly good!! There was a good ratio of crumble to filling, the rhubarb gave it a kick, lessening the sweetness of the cooked apple and the ice cream was literally the cherry on the top.

As you can tell I highly recommend The Wells Tavern 🙂 And to top off our afternoon, we carried on walking up Wells Walk towards Hampstead Heath to digest all that amazing food. 

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