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The Garden Gate pub serves traditional pub grub through the week and offers a roast on a Sunday. The venue has a heated beer garden and hosts BBQ evenings in the summer.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri-Sat 10:00-00:00
Sun 10:00-22:30

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Garden Gate reviews

By Kelly H.

Grand old north London pubs are ten-a-penny, particularly in and around Hampstead. With the Garden Gate, however, you have the added benefit of one of the area’s most impressive beer gardens. Who needs the Heath?

The Venue
Garden Gate is as pretty a pub as you could hope to find – it’s picture perfect, in fact. Looking like something out of an old book, this pub is proud of its history and has kept its period features in immaculate condition.

Inside, it’s equally well-maintained. Rich red woods cover every surface, lending a cosy, natural charm to the space. The seating is scattered about with little tucked-away areas if you want to escape the throng and the cream walls are interspersed by a stunning feature wall painted to resemble a beautiful country garden. If, however, you’re out to enjoy a rare sunny day then head straight outside where you’ll find a real garden, complete with intricate metal tables, benches, parasols and plenty in the way of greenery. It’s a real city retreat.

The Atmosphere
Garden Gate has the ambience of most of the pubs in this area of north London – it is laid-back and, well, nice. The area is nice, the staff are nice, the décor is nice. There’s nothing to really set it apart in the atmosphere stakes from all the other great pubs located in and around Hampstead, but it’s certainly worth seeking out if you’re in the area.

The Food
There’s a simple food menu available at the Garden Gate, which takes pub classics up a notch. The food is also incredibly well priced for the area. For example, a pork and chorizo burger with red onion and fries is £11.25 while an ox cheek and red wine pie served with mash and veg is just £12. Compare this to similar pubs where you’re looking at the £20 mark for a main course. If you’re just after something light then there's also a range of ‘posh’ sarnies for around £8.

The Drink
From the non-commercial lager to the range of exciting ales, Garden Gate has really pushed the boat out with its beer selection. For example, on tap you can find Brooklyn lager alongside Brewdog’s 5am Saint, Sierra Nevada and Camden Hell’s Lager. As far as ales go, the pub rotates and experiments with them regularly, but you can expect to find the likes of Brain’s Bitter and Adnam’s Broadside.

The Last Word
Garden Gate is a great example of a north London pub thriving in an incredibly competitive area. And it’s no surprise with its fantastic beer selection, great location and pretty beer garden.

By Darren R.

I agree with the past reviewers. I never liked this place but God can a pub go through a radical transformation.

The owner's sacked all the bar staff. Filled them with gems and the kitchen had a complete refit.

The food is lovely although it doesn't compare to the white horse across the road. Why this pub has 5 stars is for the garden alone.

The best Garden pub you could ever hope to drink in. The atmosphere during the week nights and weekends is fantastic.

The gate and white horse offers the complete Hamsptead experience.

By Celia W.

The atmosphere is ok, the staff are friendly enough, and this place would be fine for a drink and a chat. But if you’re hungry, go somewhere – anywhere – else. Really. The Garden Gate served me the worst meal I have had in a long time. I had a salmon salad, which cost £7.90 and was almost inedible. Completely flavourless and swimming in oil – yuk. Plus it took half an hour to arrive.

By H.

I happen to agree with the bar staff - if you want coffee go to a coffee shop, if you want a pint go to the pub. The Garden Gate is great. The selection of beer is fantastic (loving the Franziskaner Weissbeir), as is the food, the atmosphere and the beer garden at the Garden Gate.

By L.

The Garden Gate is a nice pub that is severely let down by the most unpleasant bar staff I have ever encountered.

Order non-alcoholic drinks at your peril. You will be berated by the aggressive barman with a height complex and his curly-toupee clad pal, and told that you should go over the road to a cafe if you want tea or coffee.

The 2 particular members of staff I encountered on Saturday 6th May must both have been off sick with a nasty case of personality-disorder on the customer-relations training day. Don't bother giving people like this your hard-earned cash.

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