North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Freemasons Arms

32 Downshire Hill
Emailmoc.clpbm@036410nub Telephone(020) 7433 6811
Real AleFamily FriendlyGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsGamesParkingSmokingDog Friendly
Opening times: Mon–Sat 09:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:30
Regular beers: Fuller's London Pride, Timothy Taylor Landlord

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

Roomy gastro-pub, offering starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, mains and desserts, along with extensive wine list. Very popular with young professionals, it seems. interior still retains some nice features, such as fireplaces, but mainly dominated by track lighting, soft music, upholstered banquettes, wooden tables and chairs, along with recent extension to dining area (which sacrificed garden space in a less than aesthetic manner).

The still-large garden was allegedly the site of 17th century games of Pell-Mell (a Dutch ball game which gave its name to Pall Mall), though the pub is first recorded in 1820. There is the Hampstead Room below, which can be rented for private use.

Its unique feature lies in the basement, a full size "old English" or "London" skittle alley, one of only two in the capital (also prone to flooding from time to time, as the pub sits above a tributary of the River Fleet). More of a dining than a drinking destination. Listed as an Asset of Community Value in Sept 2016.