Review on The Wells Tavern
In 2003, Beth Coventry set about applying her talents to this renowned Hampstead pub restaurant The Wells Tavern, peeling back and revealing its classic Georgian façade. Since then, this chic venue has garnered a fistful of awards and it remains a favourite with crowds of heath walkers and locals.
Tables and sofas fill the traditional bar on the ground floor, where real ales are on tap and the menu includes plates of chorizo with red pepper and gherkins, cod fishcakes, the Wells classic burgers and a few flashier dishes like grilled tuna steak with peperonata and deep-fried polenta. Tables outside are at a premium when the sun shines.
Upstairs there are three little dining rooms, where you can sit down for more formal meals with a European flavour. To start, try smoked chicken and avocado salad or grilled squid with coriander, lime and chilli salsa before slow-cooked lamb shank with parsnip mash and green beans or sea bass with shredded vegetables, pak choi, sesame and ginger dressing. Top-drawer cheeses are alternatives to desserts such as lemon tart with crème fraîche and raspberries or chocolate pot with 'langue du chat'. The wine list is for connoisseurs, but keeps its prices well in hand; plenty come by the glass and it's also worth peeking into the reserve cellar of vintage classics.
The Wells Tavern is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Gastro pub / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 3.00pm (4.00pm Sat-Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm (7.00 - 10.00pm Sat) (7.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express