The Pembroke is a great outdoor venue for a pub night out in one of the most pleasant areas in London or as meeting point on your way to the heady Camden nightlife.
Located close to Chalk Farm, The Pembroke is in an area with a more refined feel than the wilder mixture of entertainment available along Camden High Street, just a short walk away. This popular pub is particularly good as it offers a more affordable alternative to a number of upmarket eateries and cafes further down the high street.
The Pembroke has a great open patio and garden area complete with patio heaters, tables and chairs, and on a sunny day it can become very busy so expect to stand at peak times or arrive early in the evening (it is not possible to book tables here). Although this area is beside the roadside, the passing traffic offers little distraction to the hum of chatting punters. Inside, there's a fairly standard bar area, comfy chairs and tables and a dark maroon colour scheme. Upstairs there is a function room available for hire.
Standing by Primrose Hill Village, the clientele at The Pembroke ranges from Primrose Hillbillies to media types working in the area and punters on their way to Camden. This creates a lively atmosphere, particularly on the patio in the summer months. The staff are quite brisk, but serve customers quickly, being used to busy evenings.
The Pembroke serves good quality pub grub. Starters range from £4-£7 – you can get a decent soup of the day for £3.95, and the side orders are great value costing no more than £3. For mains, a range of burgers, steaks, salads and more unusual dishes and vegetarian options all come in at the £8-£15 mark.
A range of drink is on offer here, typical of an English pub, including beers and ales at an average £3.50 a pint and a variety of wine (£13-£20). A spirit and mixer such as the ever popular G and T costs £4. Jugs of Pimms are also available in the summer for £17.50, and are popular for sipping on with friends in the summer months.
The Last Word
The Pembroke is a great place to sit out and watch the world go by, including Primrose Hill locals (and possibly the odd celebrity) whilst enjoying a pint or two.