Duke of Hamilton, The

The Duke of Hamilton

Hampstead can be a little like an English country town at times (Tunbridge Wells?) so it’s appropriate that it boasts such a very English pub. The interior at The Duke is all dark wood, patterned banquettes, blood-red carpet and historic beer tat on the walls; the bar, with its array of handpumps, is equally traditional. The ales change all the time (Kelham Island’s game-changing Pale Rider was on offer on a recent visit) but you should find kegged Punk IPA and a handful of great bottled beers (Jever, Schneider Wiesse, Goose Island). Apparently, Oliver Reed was a regular before his death – and if it was good enough for him, it’s good enough for you.