The Spaniards Inn
It wouldn't be a wild stretch of the imagination to say people would fight for this pub. The gentle folk of Hampstead get pretty worried whenever it gets so much as a new paint job. Maybe it's because it featured in both Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Or maybe it's because it's a real beauty. Either way the Spaniard's Inn is much loved and we can see why - wood panelling, a homely fireplace and the perfect beer garden out back. Go for truly delicious Sunday lunch and pints a'plenty. You can even bring your dog after a long walk on the Heath - if you have a dog, that is.
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