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Flask

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Greater London North West - Hampstead

Three star - A pub interior of outstanding national historic importance

Listed Status: II

14 Flask Walk
Hampstead
NW3 1HE

Tel: (020) 7435 4580

Email: flask@youngs.co.uk

Website https://www.theflaskhampstead.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FlaskHampstead

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: West Hampstead Thameslink

Station Distance: 1400m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (West Hampstead Thameslink) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This popular and iconic pub on a passageway in the heart of Hampstead village retains many of its original fittings.

It was rebuilt in 1873-4 by architects Cumming & Nixon. The chief historic parts are at the front and what makes them special is the mighty timber and glass partition dividing the two bars, with a richly decorated archway over the servery bearing a clock.

On the saloon side (on the right) are displayed five chromolithographs of delightfully sentimental paintings by artists Jan Van Beers (1852-1927) and John William Godward (1861-1922). Van Beers' name and a partially obscured date "188?"  appear on the painting nearest the street. The middle painting of a young woman looking out to sea is Godward's 'Wistful', and the model is almost certainly Rosie Pettigrew, who incidentally is the great-great-aunt of this publication's editor. Such paintings clearly appealed strongly to the landlord of the day. Above the lithographs are etched glass panels with the familiar swirling patterns and depictions of small birds, and at the top a ‘bee trap’. The impressive mahogany counter and bar-back are original, and three impressive mirrors to the right add to the ambience.                                                                                  

The former public bar on the left is now larger than it once was, having incorporated a private bar at the back (so named in the glazing of a disused side door). Both front bars have fine tiled dados and prominent decorated cornices. There’s a splendid cast-iron column in the public bar with a very eccentric capital, and both cast iron fire surrounds are notable (particularly ornate in the saloon).      

The room at the rear of the former saloon was brought into public use in the inter-war period: note the characteristic plain, semi-circular counter. The dado has linenfold panelling, and two plain but substantial mirrors dominate.

A careful refurbishment by Young’s in 2007 achieved a good balance between the needs of drinkers and diners at this famous Hampstead pub. It is up an alleyway right in the heart of Hampstead village and was rebuilt in 1873-4 by architects, Cumming & Nixon. The historic parts are at the front and what makes them special is the timber and glass screen dividing the two bars. On the saloon side it carries five chromolithographs of delightfully sentimental paintings by the Belgian artist, Jan Van Beers (1852-1927), whose name and partially obscured date ‘188?’ appear on the one nearest the street. Van Beers specialised in this kind of work and it quite clearly appealed mightily to the landlord of the day. Above are etched glass panels with swirling patterns and birds. The public bar (left) is now larger than it once was, having incorporated the former private bar (so-named in the side door glass). It’s a pity that the front windows have been replaced with plain panes. The counter and bar-back are original and other features to note are the strips of tilework in both front bars, the extraordinary cast-iron column in the public bar, the metal fire surrounds (particularly ornate in the saloon), the decorated cornice and clocks on either side of the screen. The rear parts are almost exclusively modern.

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