The Spaniards Inn is a fine example of country pub style in the capital – although, being tucked behind leafy Hampstead Heath, you’d hardly know you were still in London.
As a part of the Young’s pub family, you’ll find the typical range of cask- and bottle-conditioned ales, as well as a diverse and modern spread of international beers – Camden Hells from down the road, trappists from Belgium and craft beers from the US. Pub grub is hearty as opposed to refined, but a few modern European twists elevate the menu.
The Inn used to serve as a bolthole for the likes of poet Keats and highwayman Dick Turpin. As such, you get a sense of history in the low-ceilinged snug or Victorian dining room – very happy nooks in winter months when the fire gets going. But the pub is just as appealing in summer thanks to its giant, decked beer garden.
Best Bars tip: Bring the dog along – pooches are made to feel very welcome if their owners drop in after a frolic on the Heath.
— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards