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The Best Gastro Pubs in Camden

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Updated: 30 July 2017
Camden certainly isn’t short of boozers but where do you go if you want a decent plate of food with your pint of ale or bottle of craft beer? To one of the best gastropubs in the neighbourhood, that’s where.

The Lyttelton Arms

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Not only does The Lyttelton Arms occupy a prime spot in Camden, just opposite Koko, it always feels lively inside so it’s perfect for a pre-gig pint and bite to eat. There’s great variety behind the bar with craft beers and interesting New World wines on offer and the kitchen turns out classic pub grub like fish & chips, burgers, sharing boards and of course, roasts on Sundays.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Engineer

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Set back in Primrose Hill away from the hustle and bustle of Camden proper, The Engineer is a pub for relaxing in. There are craft beers from around the world, real ales with a rotating guest one and local brew Camden Hells on tap as well as plenty of wines to complement the food. Largely British, the menu features pub classics alongside dishes like stuffed guinea fowl breast with butternut squash and roast cod with a chorizo and pea ragu, and the Sunday roasts are very popular with the locals.

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Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Queen's

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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There’s nothing better than finishing off a good walk with a drink in the pub, which is exactly what The Queen’s, handily located right on the edge of Primrose Hill, is made for. Built as a hotel and pub in the mid-19th century, now The Queen’s is a Young’s pub so many of their brews are on tap, with London distilled spirits also behind the bar. As well as hearty British fare on offer here, there’s an upstairs dining room that serves more restaurant quality food and they even serve a picnic menu with sandwiches, sausage rolls and scotch eggs.

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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Load of Hay Tavern

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Load of Hay Tavern has gone by many names since it was established in 1721, including The Cart & Horses (which was popular with the Irish) and The Noble Art (which was part of the Belsize boxing club in the 1960s). Now the place specialises in craft beer with a rotating selection on offer, a crowd-pleasing pub grub menu – baked camembert, fish & chips, steaks and so on – and stonebaked pizzas too.

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Mon:
3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Thu:
3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Colonel Fawcett

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, European, $$$
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Named after Colonel David Fawcett who apparently had a taste for gin and died in a duel on the premises, the pub has well over 30 bottles of the stuff on offer in addition to craft beer and wine, so it’s definitely the place to come if you’re partial to a G&T. The food menu features both European-inspired small plates, like seared tuna with butter beans and tomato and slow-cooked lamb breast with apricot, and more classic mains. It’s worth dropping by on the weekends too as they serve up both a bottomless Saturday brunch and an award-winning Sunday roast.

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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Lord Stanley

Gastropub, Pub, European, $$$
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Once threatened with closure, The Lord Stanley is now officially an Asset of Community Value and it’s very much regarded as a local institution, right down to the tiles on the exterior. The food has changed from the Caribbean fare that was served at the height of the pub’s popularity in the 1990s; now it’s a sophisticated European menu with everything from artichoke, pea and chard risotto to Italian sausages with borlotti beans and roast fennel.

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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Relaxed

Spread Eagle

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Spread Eagle is a handsome looking pub right between Camden High Street and Regent’s Park, which manages to incorporate modern design touches without sacrificing the cosiness of a traditional pub. It’s owned by Young’s, so you’ll find many of their ales behind the bar and a seasonal menu of gastropub fare coming out of the kitchen – their burger selection is worth a look, with both a soft shell crab and a wild boar creation joining the usual suspects.

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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed