North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


2a South Hill Park
Emailku.oc.aladgameht@olleh Telephone(020) 7433 8322
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Opening times: Mon–Fri 11:00-23:00; Sat and Sun 08:00-23:00

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

The Magdala is an independent pub with 20 keg beers, 7 casks & 3 ciders. See website for fuller details.

May 2021 reopened at last - our reporter says, "I am in the Magdala loads of handpumps, cask ale is £4.65 a pint. Beers on include Harvey's, Oakham, Five Points and Big Smoke." Please note all other details will need checking e.g. opening hours. It's a joint venture between Big Smoke Brewery and Twickenham Green Taverns. Excellent Sunday roasts. Dog friendly pub. Small outdoor area with a few seats.

Restoration in early 2021: Careful restoration of the wooden panelling throughout the ground floor bar and dining areas, with new sections of wood blending with the original paneling in the bar area at the back of the pub (where the toilets used to be). The green stained glass have been replicated in the dining area, letting in lots of natural light. The function room on the first floor has not been reopened to date, but hopefully in future it will be available to the local community as an important meeting place.

On Sat & Sun food is served 8am-11pm (Coffee & Pastries from 8am, Cooked Breakfast from 9am, Beer from 10am). Lunch & A la Carte served 12am-9:00pm all other days. Food is pub classics, with an Italian influence.

Pulling Harvey's Best, Five Points & a Big Smoke cask alongside 5 guest pumps, including cider. 20 keg lines, featuring a selection of lagers, IPAs, ciders, sours & more.

March 2021 - Mulberry Capital has signed a 15 year lease with operators Twickenham Green Taverns who already run a number of pubs. From Propel: "London-based operator Twickenham Green Taverns has acquired its eighth pub. The company has taken on The Magdala. Twickenham Green Taverns has acquired a new free-of-tie 15-year lease on the ground floor and lower ground floor of The Magdala. The company will be opening The Magdala in the near future after a substantial refurbishment and will look to operate the property as a wet-led pub with a traditional food serving. Twickenham Green Taverns also operates The Lyric in Soho, The Express Tavern in Kew Bridge, The Sussex Arms in Twickenham, The Corner House in Windsor, The Albion in Kingston, The Antelope in Surbiton and The Watermans Arms in Barnes. See also Sold by Punch in the summer of 2014 to offshore property developer and its future became threatened. Local activists succeeded in getting it listed as an Asset of Community Value. It re-opened in summer 2015. The lease was acquired by Jonathan and Andy Perritt, who run The Stag in Fleet Road and The Mall Tavern in Notting Hill Gate but that all went flat and pub closed again. A comment on how it used to be - Typical Charrington re-build pub of the inter-war period. Named after Lord Napier of Magdala. Welcoming, clean, bright pub, dating back to 1885. Famous historic association with Ruth Ellis, last woman hanged in England, for shooting her lover to death outside the pub on Easter Sunday, 1955 (alleged bullet marks on facade are probably not authentic). Furnished inside with wooden tables and chairs in both saloon bar and dining area, although there is quite a contrast between the two, the saloon being heavily wood-panelled. Additional dining room (to let) upstairs. London Overground: Hampstead Heath. Nearest Underground: Belsize Park.