The Gatehouse information

The Gatehouse is one of the oldest pubs in the Highgate area and is also rumoured to be one of the most haunted pubs in Britain!

Ranked #1403 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
"The Gatehouse reopened in March 2016 and is located in the picturesque village of Highgate. Under the watchful eye of our head chef, Chris Payne we focus on quality fresh food with a strong Spanish influence. We use the best producers and suppliers, have an excellent range of local and continental craft beer, and a wine list that has something for everyone. Join us for lunch or dinner, grab a coffee or just roll in for a few pints! Open 7 days a week."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:30


12:00 - 23:30


12:00 - 23:30


12:00 - 23:30


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 22:30

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The Gatehouse reviews

By Celia B.

This is a Wetherspoons pub with the bonus of having a studio theatre upstairs. We went to see the production Kiss Me Kate (which I can find nowhere to review on View London)and arrived early from the other side of London to have a drink and a meal before the show. The timbered interior of the bar is cosy although the windows were a letting the outside air drift in. The view was of the speeding traffic and raining buses which helped with a cosy feeling. This historic building has displays around the walls and the menus has a short history on the cover. The bar staff changed during our visit and there was a little inconsistency between one wine spritzer and another, but not any deficiency. The food was served freshly prepared and was tasty and we were pleasantly surprised at the generous servings. I had chicken and ribs combo and my husband had gammon steak, which was two steaks and two eggs. Beyond expectations of a chain pub and a nice experience!

By Kelly H.

Highgate is one of the nicest areas in London, and that seems to have rubbed off on its Wetherspoon pubs. The hit-or-miss pub chain gets it oh-so-right in this tucked-away part of north London.

The Venue
The Gatehouse it quite possibly the fanciest Wetherspoon pub you’ve ever seen. It sits in one of the best parts of Highgate, atop a huge hill that’s a bit of a trek from the tube station. Among the quaint shops and upmarket chain restaurants sits this imposing boozer, looking more like a country watering hole than a cheap and cheerful chain pub. The exterior is painted in gleaming white, criss-crossed by black beams and interspersed by exposed red brick and hanging baskets filled with flowers. The village feel of the local area has clearly had a positive effect on this place.

Inside, the pub is a little dark, with swathes of heavy wood and carefully retained period features. There’s a labyrinth feel to the room with plenty of tucked-away tables suited to large groups of drinkers or diners. There’s also a small but very pretty beer garden out the back where you can enjoy a burger and pint in the sun, if the mood takes you. However, what really sets this Wetherspoon pub apart is the fringe theatre upstairs, unimaginatively called ‘Upstairs at the Gatehouse’.

The Atmosphere
Wetherspoon pubs unfairly have a reputation for their chav appeal, but there are some fantastic pubs among the group. This is one of them and the chav element is thankfully absent. Instead, young professional locals make up the bulk of the clientele alongside a few visitors swinging by to check out the famous Highgate Cemetery nearby. The theatre upstairs also manages to attract an arty, drama-loving element as thespians set aside any preconceptions they may have about the Wetherspoon’s chain to check out the shows.

The Food
Wetherspoon’s food is what it is. The quality is a little better here but you can still expect laminated menus complete with pictures in case you have forgotten what a burger looks like. However, in one of the more upmarket areas of the capital, this place does offer fantastic value for money. It’s a bit depressing now that Wetherspoon’s is so open about the calorie content of its dishes, however, and a full rack of ribs with BBQ sauce and chips is well over half of your daily allowance. Sigh. Salad it is.

The Drink
This is where Wetherspoon pubs excel. The chain is well respected among many of the UK’s breweries and its low prices don’t mean bad quality. As one of the country’s biggest pub chains it is able to buy end-of-line ales in bulk and sell them on quickly.

Alongside the commercial lagers sits an eclectic array of real ale from big breweries like Greene King, Adnams and Fuller’s, through to more unusual, niche brewers such as Inveralmond and Central City. It’s no wonder the chain is so respected by CAMRA.

The Last Word
A visit to a Wetherspoon pub doesn’t need to be reserved for when you're making the pennies last until payday. Pubs like The Gateway are fantastic boozers in their own right.

By Deborah K.

My family and I held a party at The Gatehouse in December 2010 for a 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary. I cannot fault the helpfulness of the manager Bryn and his team. They were absolutely brilliant. The food produced and served was fantastic. A great location, a lovely pub with a super atmosphere along with lovely staff. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pub to anyone.

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