A popular free house, owned and run by an enthusiastic young team, in a Grade II listed building, a stone’s throw from Hampstead Heath. Children and dogs are welcome too, so this really is a relaxing place to sample one of the guest ales or one of the many wines sold by the glass. Wondering whether to eat? A glance at the home-made dishes on the menu will make up your mind – who can resist mouth watering starters like confit rabbit, smoked eel and ham hock terrine with sour apple purée? Move on to roast cod, hazelnut pesto, Roscoff onions, monk’s beard and white kale; or Denham Vale aged côte de boeuf for two if you’re determined to push the boat out. Summer picnic hampers and take-away ice creams are available too.