Duke Of Hamilton23 New End
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Reopened on the 1st of November under its original name, a recent visit saw two cask beers as listed plus Windsor & Eton Canberra Autumn Ale. Serving food and drinks 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Brunch on Saturdays and roast on Sundays. Had a brief period as 'Hampstead Lounge & Jazz Club' so it is good to see it revert to its original name. The first impression is of the large front terrace, elevated from the street, and the burgundy exterior which leads to the main bar area. Here you are greeted by a semi-island bar which on one side leads to a rear seated alcove. The front terrace has some nice new furniture and the main bar retains most of the features it had before the change of name but with new fixtures and fittings, carpet and so forth. The downstairs cellar-bar was converted into a small, intimate jazz club with its own stage and bar (no cask beer). Regular events will continue to be held. Nice to have a live music venue when so many in London have closed. It had been run for twenty years by Michael and Mary Wooderson, in 2010 it was saved from conversion to residential following a huge campaign by local residents, councillors, CAMRA and the local press. Over 200 years old, with stables to the rear and a cobbled courtyard, the pub is named after a prominent Civil War Royalist. North London Branch local CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2002 and 2003. Listed as an ACV Nov 2015 following an application by the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum. The key picture is as the pub looks now but for the record we have kept some previous images as well.