Sunday Lunch at the Spaniards Inn

Built in the 1500s as a toll gate, today it is one of the London's oldest pubs and a grade II listed building with the toll gate still standing opposite the pub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named after the Spanish Ambassador who used to have his retreat out here.

This is still clearly seen in the road layout where the road narrows to single file (as you pay the toll)

Among it's patrons are Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley and Keats. Apparently highway man Dick Turpin used to drink here as well, in fact the rumour is that he was born here, as his dad used to landlord here – who knows maybe watching the tolls handed over each day could have inspired his infamous career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It also boasts of one of London's best beer gardens, so, whilst its a little out the way, and the food is on pricey side (you can check the menu here http://www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk/) I thought it would make an excellent summer historic pub venue.

Getting there: You walk from Hampstead Station or get the 210 bus.

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  • Shri

    Great fun... great company!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to attend this. Came along last minute but couldn't find you all. Hope the food was good - it looked it :)

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Celeste

      Hey Simon, it's next Sunday!!! But I love your enthusiasm :) Well if you are able to will be there on Sunday, be great if you can make it.

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Duh!

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Celeste

    Had a lovely afternoon, thanks for making the (epic) trek out there. I really enjoyed the afternoon (but am still full, and didn't do very well at the chinese buffet ;)

    June 23, 2013

  • Francesca

    Hi, I just got here.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Celeste

    I'm 15 minutes away, just trying to negotiate TFL's diversion. System!

    June 23, 2013

    • Celeste

      Where abouts are you, I'm just at hamstead station at stop B

      June 23, 2013

  • Shri

    Running terribly late, struggling to find the goddamned bus stop... Looking like 1:20ish for me

    June 23, 2013

  • ana

    Hi

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Celeste

    Hey Folks, looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
    Weather permitting we will be in the garden, if not look for us inside (I will have meet-up signs). If you get stuck my number is[masked] 517. See you tomorrow.

    June 22, 2013

  • Shri

    Just did a bit of looking around to figure out how to get there and I think the bus 603/210 has a stop at Hampstead Heath (Overground, 1 stop, Zone 2), Golders Green but not at Hampstead (Underground)
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/?r=210
    in case it helps someone else.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Celeste

    So everyone, TFL saw us coming, and sadly have completely shut the part of the northern line we need. Bus replacement services will no doubt be in place. So here are some tips on getting there.

    Buses:

    The main buses that stop at the pub are the 210 and 603. The Stop is SPANIARDS INN.

    Get the replacement bus to Hampstead Station then get the 210 or 603 one or two stops.

    Or get the 46 from the city (St Pancras/Kings Cross/Farringdon) to Hampstead then the 603/210

    Or you can take the 210 from
    Golders Green 6 stops - (towards Finsbury Park)

    Or you can take the 603 from Swiss Cottage Station (towards Princes Avenue) 4 stops.

    I hope that helps. But obviously have a look at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/ to make sure
    (I am by no means a tfl expert).

    Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

    June 19, 2013

  • Robin George B.

    Cooking mums dinner sorry

    1 · June 6, 2013

    • Celeste

      Excuses excuses! At least the ghosts can rest easy if you're not there ;)

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Robin George B.

      LoL

      June 13, 2013

  • Rachel

    is this far from a tube or train station? i will be travelling from Kent. Thanks

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • Celeste

      I will look into & post something, I believe there is a regular bus that drops off right outside :)

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • ana

    Hi

    2 · June 9, 2013

  • Nirup

    Hi Celeste, sounds like a nice place for lunch but I hope to be in Porto by then for my holidays!

    Enjoy

    May 12, 2013

    • Celeste

      That's a shame for us, but have an amazing holiday!

      May 14, 2013

  • terence f.

    Great choice on a sunny day. Maybe Kenwood after lunch?

    1 · May 13, 2013

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