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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Olde Swiss Cottage

98 Finchley Road
Hampstead
NW3 5EL
Telephone(020) 772 2348
Real AleQuiet PubGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsSmoking
Opening times: Mon–Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:30
Regular beers: Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter

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

After being a Sam Smiths keg outlet for many years, real ale made a somewhat surprise return in 2009. Looks like a Swiss chalet which is somewhat incongruous in the midst of an island surrounded by some of London's busiest roads but there is a historical perspective. It was built in 1830 by T Redmond and it stood next to a toll gate; travellers would stop at the tavern while waiting to pay their fees. There had been a gabled building on the site called Lausanne Cottage said to have been used by Charles II as a hunting lodge and their may have been an earlier pub called the Swiss Tavern. The Swiss chalet look was popular in the first half of the nineteenth century. From 1840 the area grew up around the pub. in 1850 it was the site of the terminus of the General Omnibus Company for their line to London Bridge. The underground station came in 1868 named after the pub. There is a large outside drinking terrace with two inter-locking rooms inside. Smith's beer is, as with all their London pubs, good value.