Hg2 : The Hedonist

The Bull & Last

Gastropubs don’t get much more gastro than the inviting Bull & Last. Just a few minutes’ walk from Hampstead Heath, this sprawling, historic way station was once the northernmost stop for those travelling by coach out of London. These days, it attracts a more settled North London crowd (restaurant critic Giles Coren, who resides in the area, is an avowed fan).

While you certainly can pop in for a pint of real ale, you’ll be fighting for table space – most are set aside for booked parties, which reserve their spots well in advance. No wonder, given the pub’s accomplished wine list and even better cooking: seasonal plates shift, but past dishes like braised pig cheek with watermelon salad, homemade pappardelle with unctuous ragu and a strikingly good beef tartare go far beyond the realm of pies and pork scratching.

If you’re coming for the evening, settle in at a cosy and candlelit table upstairs (don’t mind the taxidermy). And no matter when you’re visiting, don’t walk out the door without having sampled the rightly famous Ferrero Rocher ice cream.

Address
168 Highgate Road,
London,
NW5 1QS
Telephone
+44 020 7267 3641
Opening Times
Midday - 11pm, Mon - Thurs; Midday - Midnight, Fri - Sat; Midday - 10:30pm (Sun)
Price
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