NEW! Where to grab a bite or a drink after a London Walk?
I've asked my London Walks colleagues to chip in their suggestions and I'll share them here regularly on The Daily Constitutional.
The Rules: All "reviews" were conducted anonymously and we paid our way. No kick-backs, no payola, no deals: these are the places that we London Walks guides - and London Walkers – choose when eating and drinking out and about in London. No buckshee burritos, nary a gratis granola bar was received in exchange for these recommendations.
And I promise never to use the word "eaterie". Seriously: have you EVER heard anyone SAY the word eaterie?
The Criteria: As well as the one-offs, the unique cafes, bars and stalls that make London so special, I'll be featuring reliable chains along the way. They have to be in London and within five minutes of the end of a London Walks tour.
I hope you enjoy them.
Have your say: As usual we'd like to hear from you – drop us a line with your own London foodie (and drinkie) tips.
This one has been recommended by London Walker Heather Desveaux…
The Spaniards Inn
Spaniards Road, Hampstead NW3
@londonwalks my old stomping grounds. Swift half at Spaniards Inn if you go. Steak and kidney pie for tea.— Heather Desveaux (@HPDesveaux) March 23, 2016
Thanks Heather, this is a really great tip.
The Spaniards is a fabled North London institution with connections to Dickens (who featured it in the Pickwick papers) and Keats to name but two. It dates back to the 16th Century and Dick Turpin is said to have frequented the place.
It was even featured in the Evening Standard's list of 10 Most Haunted Pubs in London.
The menu changes daily but of particular note is the Sunday roast…
With Spring a-coming in, The Spaniards is one of the loveliest spots in all of London and the beer garden fairly buzzes.
Ask Peter or Richard III or David how to get there after their Hampstead walks on Wednesdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
P.S. Adam adds… You'll note on the Google map (above) that The Spaniards is described as "A Rambling 16th Century Inn". A perfect description, this, as it matches our Rambling 16th Century Tour Guides Peter, Richard III & David. (Only kidding, gents!)
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