Reliable Joe likes to eat and doesn't mind a tipple either. A man once told her that if her stomach were a person it would be Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies. Though strangely proud of this she continues to believe that her palate is somewhat more discerning. You can read about her latest gastronomic and libatory adventures here.

The Flask, Highgate

The delightful facade of the Flask pub in Highgate is a very welcome sight after a hike up the steep and winding Swain’s Lane after a day on Hampstead Heath or a wander around Highgate Cemetery. With its myriad (though … Continue reading

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Australian whining

I make no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of Australian wines. In my long but not so varied experience of the stuff (Shiraz or Shiraz anyone?), I believe it is fair to say that the … Continue reading

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King William IV, Hampstead

The King William IV on Hampstead High Street is an imposing, old-world style pub on the corner where the famous Hampstead crêpe stand is positioned. As such, diners here are well-placed to watch the queues until late into the evening … Continue reading

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The Wells Tavern, Hampstead

Perfectly positioned to catch all manner of folk returning from a day strolling or picnicking on Hampstead Heath, the Wells Tavern is an ideal spot for a glass of wine or a meal either alfresco on a pleasant residential corner … Continue reading

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The Old White Bear, Hampstead

The Old White Bear is perched high up in Hampstead on a tranquil, residential street – an ideal spot for a quiet drink even before you avail yourself of the view across London to the Shard from the street outside. … Continue reading

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The Arches, South Hampstead

Think old world wine bar, think The Arches. Owned by a wine enthusiast and his partner, this Aladdin’s cave of antiques and trinkets is not simply an eccentrically decorated and cosy local. It’s a place for serious oenophiles. A home … Continue reading

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The Princess of Wales, Primrose Hill

With free jazz performances every Sunday afternoon, an outdoor courtyard with an unofficial Banksy, a beautiful central bar serving a good range of beers and wines by the glass and delicious food on offer all week long, it’s not hard … Continue reading

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The Clifton, St John’s Wood

Editor’s note: Sadly, the Clifton has now closed. After a lengthy battle to save this historic pub, it was sold to a developer and converted into housing. Long live the memories. If there were an archetype of a classic neighbourhood … Continue reading

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The Lansdowne Pub, Primrose Hill

Nothing says summer in London to me more than drinking a perfectly chilled glass of white wine out on the street on a sunny afternoon in Primrose Hill. If the chilled glass of white wine in question is a Picpoul … Continue reading

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The Duke of York, St John’s Wood

On a busy corner of St John’s Wood High Street, this Moroccan-inspired bar has long been the place to see and be seen. Despite the Moorish latticing on the windows, the menu ventures far beyond North Africa and includes offerings … Continue reading

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