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“A great place for a drink or a meal”
Review of The Wells Tavern

The Wells Tavern
Ranked #1,038 of 24,254 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$45 - US$57
Cuisines: British, Gastropub, Wine Bar
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: A refreshing dining and drinking destination in Hampstead, The Wells is an award-winning traditional British gastro pub in a classic Georgian building. Ever since Beth Coventry started revitalising Hampstead's pub and restaurant scene with The Wells in June 2003, the seasonal food and picturesque surroundings have been applauded by the locals, as well as earned positive responses in the Hardens and Square Meal guides. The varied, frequently changing menu showcases British food of the highest quality, prepared with carefully sourced produce which you can enjoy in the elegant, intimate upstairs dining rooms, or in the friendly atmosphere of the spacious ground floor bar. The range of hearty, reasonably priced courses include Rib-Eye Steak with Chips, Scotch Angus Hamburger, Corn-Fed Chicken Breast with New Potatoes, and Lamb Rump with Pomme Puree. Beer drinkers are well-catered for, with Black Sheep Bitter, Grolsch and Guinness on draught and regularly changing guest ales also available. There is also an international wine list and a selection of classic cocktails for you to enjoy. Chess, Scrabble and Backgammon boards are provided, and you can even play Solitaire with olives as counters as a pre or post-dinner snack. Wi-Fi internet access is also available throughout. On warm summer days, you can take your food and drink outside to enjoy under the sun and when winter sets in, The Wells lights up the open fire for a cosy ambience inside. Whatever the weather, The Wells is definitely the perfect pub and restaurant combination that you have been looking for.
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Outdoor seating and dog friendly make this a great neighborhood pub. It doesn't hurt that the service is friendly and the food excellent. Reservations are a must on the weekends. Lunch, dinner and snacks make this a popular place not far from the Heath.

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Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

Definitely a rude service, quoting the barman "the glass is not broken, there is just a hair on the glass, that's ok".....I could go on but I think that can be enough to explain the poor level of the service in this place.

Thank Giano3
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Stuart H, General Manager at The Wells Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Mr P

I ma sorry that you received service that is not our norm as you will see from other reviews. Please can you let me know when you were in so I can work out who was working and investigate your comments.


Stuart Holms

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We visited Saturday night with some friends and we sat up stairs. The food was excellent but they were under staffed and the service was poor. We all had 3 courses, a bottle of wine and 2 glasses of wine and the bill came to £222 which I thought was very expensive. However regardless of the service and price I would return because the food was so good. My starter was ham terrine followed by a steak and crumble. When the food arrived it was hot and the portions were extremely generous.It is a great setting tucked away around the back of Hampstead.

My 2 tips would be book a table after 8pm as you can park in residents bays after that, parking is a nightmare otherwise and book a table up stairs. Downstairs is a very nice pub and great for snacks or lunch but if you are going out for a nice meal then I would recommend up stairs.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Tucked away in a quiet side road off Hampstead tube station and the high street, this pub cum restaurant is located in a grand villa. The locations ensures that there are mostly locals and the place preserves style and atmosphere. We came here on a Friday evening for a dinner in the restaurant. Generally it is not too difficult to make a reservation but it is recommended. The restaurant is upstairs, and it feels like being invited into a stylish North London home, with several reception areas. We were welcomed and the wairtrss offered water and ask if we would like an aperitiv (we didn’t but always like to be offered one and indeed sometimes consider one). We chose anchovy, dill and crème fraiche potato salad and the tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad with toasted pumpkin seeds. Both were starters and light and fresh. I particularly liked the anchovies. Then haddock and the 28 day rib eye steak (plus chips). Chips were very good but not outstanding. The rib eye instead was very very good, and I enjoyed every bite. Tender, and cooked as it should be, rare-medium – just great. The dessert highlight was the passion fruit pavlova with mango cream (a dream of a creamy, yet zesty dessert) whilst the crème brulee was ok, could not compete with this.
All that came with a friendly, attentive service and a bill in the region of £90 including tip and a carafe of a pleasant white wine. This is a friendly place which makes feel guests comfortable and relaxed – we will come again.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is a difficult review: As locals we have been to the Well"s many times, and we love the ground floor pub, its atmosphere and food. They also have a dining room on the first floor where they serve the same food as downstairs. And this is the crux: Food and service you would be perfectly happy with in a pub is just not up to what you expect in the dining room with table clothes, cotton napkins and fine dining atmosphere. Things like the salad drowned in dressing, no plates for the bread and mustard which you have to fish from the pot with your own fork is not what we expected. But we will forgive the Well's because we like it - but will eat downstairs next time.

Thank Stefan B
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