Venture ten minutes from Chalk Farm Underground station and you’ll stumble upon a little piece of magic, The Princess of Wales pub in Primrose Hill.
Surrounded by stunning properties, this corner-located pub is an absolute gem.
If Richard Curtis could create a pub, we think this would be the result.
It’s hard to explain what made this place feel so special. Perhaps it was the friendly and attentive staff, or perhaps it was the contemporary but quaint decor. Walking through the door really was like walking into a Bridget Jones movie.
We visited early evening, when the pub was nicely busy with an after-work crowd but by no means so busy that we couldn’t hear ourselves talk.
We were given a menu to look at and we were instantly surprised and impressed both by the range of meals available and the prices. In a place like this, we’d expect far higher prices.
Burger, Fish and chips, pie, salmon, curry… Traditional pub dishes available at around the £12.50 – £15.00 mark.
We went for a couple of starters, the salt fish croquettes and the crispy squid. These were generously portioned, in fact so much so that we asked for a little gap before our main came out!
When they did, we found that again the dishes were really well presented and we had great portions. One of us had the salmon, cooked beautifully, whilst I had the burger. It tasted fantastic and left us satisfied.
By now we were really full but it would’ve been rude not to try a dessert, so we tried the double chocolate and peanut butter brownie. Again, great portion, really, really tasty and it left us no room for anything else!
Drinks-wise, we’d heard about the pubs range of Spirits of Ecstasy gins. Who were we to question recommendations? So during the night, we tried a few.
All we can say is WOW. Firstly, we couldn’t believe these cocktails were only £4.90. This is London, this is Primrose Hill, we’d have expected them to cost double the price!
These cocktails were the business. The Only Way is Tequila was light and punchy, with a mild zingy taste which went down a treat. The Rhubarb and Wild Berry Gin was as good as it sounds, tarte, fruity, really satisfying. We could’ve sank a pitcher full. Our favourites though were the fantastic rum punch, which really did pack a punch and the Rocket Fuel Expresso Martini which was exceptional.
The cocktails really made the night, they looked sensational and tasted just as good.
The Princess of Wales in Primrose Hill is a real gem that we will go back to for years to come. It was so good to go slightly off the beaten track, away from the madness of central London to visit a little chocolate box pub that had everything – great staff, brilliant atmosphere, excellent food and incredible cocktails.
Really easy to get to by tube, there’s no reason not to go. We’re already planning a return before Christmas! Check out https://www.lovetheprincess.com/ for full details.