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by Cindy Grant
October 13, 2010
From journal Ghostour
London, United Kingdom
November 29, 2009
Living in London,
From Hampstead to Highgate and Beyond,
So Many London Pubs, So Little Time
March 1, 2005
We visited the Spaniards’ on a cold Monday evening in December. The pub was almost empty, and we had no problem finding a comfortable spot near the roaring fire (using real wood) downstairs. A matador looked down on us, and there were plenty of other references to Spaniards (and to Dick Turpin) in the decor. The low wood-beamed ceilings, the small rooms leading off the main bar, and the dark wooden floors all contributed to the very cozy ambience. We found it to be a great place to sit and thaw out and contemplate the menu. The menu is strong on traditional favourites – Henry’s "bangers and mash" (£7.50) hit the spot and the generous size of the steak roll with fries (£7) was enough for the two of us. Both meals were definitely "hearty," if not particularly interesting. To drink, there is a good range of beers on tap. We paid with our AMEX card.
The Spaniards’ was certainly not full when we were there, but we saw signs asking people to share tables when things are busy. It is in a great location for visits to Kenwood (or as a meeting place before the open-air concerts in front of Kenwood in the summer). There is also an extensive outdoor seating area out the back – used as a Christmas tree sales lot in December – that looks to be pleasantly woodsy when the weather is warm.
A unique feature of the Spaniards’ (in my experience) is the high-tech dog wash that it has out near the garden tables. It is all clean and shiny and really does look like a small car wash. It wasn’t in operation when we were there, but I would love to see the before and after pictures of its clients.
Like Kenwood, the Spaniards’ is not particularly accessible by public transport – but it is a great place to walk to through the friendly wilds of Hampstead Heath. To get there by public transport, take the Underground to Golders Green station (in zone 2, on the Edgeware branch of the Northern line), and then take the no. 210 bus for about 10 stops in the direction of Highgate (get off just before the Kenwood stop). Alternatively, take the Underground to Hampstead station and then walk the 1km through Hampstead Heath to the pub. Print out this map to help with directions.
From journal Kenwood - Cozy but Grand
Santa Monica, California
March 29, 2004
There are several oak-paneled rooms, and a garden area. The last time I visited the Spaniards, there were video games in the main bar; still, it’s a pub with history and some charm and possibly haunted by England’s most famous highwayman.
From journal From pub to pub