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  • Writer's pictureGeraldine McGroarty

Connie Explores Hampstead

There's nothing like a long walk on a crisp wintery New Year's Day. Connie loves to explore all the woodlands of Hampstead Heath and having a good run around with her doggy friends. Afterwards we both love to sit down in a cosy pub or heated beer or a heated beer garden. Here's a list of the places we visited for you to check out with your four legged friend. Hopefully they dont end up as mucky as Connie!

The Magdala

Perfectly located by the Hampstead Heath Overground with the entrance to the Heath just minutes away this cosy little pub offers simple but tasty menus and a good selection of ales and cocktails. I had a delicious Old Fashioned. Simple decor compliments the atmosphere and is clearly a favourite with locals. Connie was welcomed and even made a few doggie friends.

The Garden Gate

A personal favourite with its extensive beer garden and buzzing atmopshere. Beautiful in summer and only minutes from Hampstead Heath Overground. They have a great selection of wines and tap beers plus a traditional pub menu. We had pub favourites steak and ale pie and fish and chips. Delicious and generous portions. Connie was welcomed and even got some water brought out for her.

The Roebuck

Again, just a few minutes from Hampstead Heath Overground this is a lovely pub where Connie got lots of cuddles and a water bowl. They do a decent menu with standard pub fare but also a daily pie special. There's a beer garden in the back but also out the front where you can watch the world go by. Another summer favourite!

The George

A Greene King pub located near Belsize Park on the Northern Line, Connie was immediately greeted with dog treats and lots of cuddles. There is a generally welcoming atmosphere and live rugby playing on the big screen. Their menu is varied form of the sort of food you'd want watching sport or having a few - think sharers, wings and dirty fries. There is beer garden out back but ample seating inside.

King William IV

Fondly called "The King Willie" this is a great pub offering decent pub grub, happy hours and dangerously a double up of your gin and tonic for £1. They offer lots of weekday entertainment (maybe not for your canine companion!) Connie met some doggy friends too. Theres lots of seating inside with walls lined with portraits of "people of hampstead" plus a beer garden.

These are just a selection of the many wonderful dog friendly pubs around the Heath and Hampstead but certainly a few of our favourites. If you have any suggestions please let us know but otherwise have fun exploring!

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