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Published July 31st 2012
Ahhhh, The Steele's! Situated in the posh surrounds of Belsize Park, The Sir Richard Steele stands out for all the right reasons and is truly a North London institution.
Looking at its Victorian fašade from the outside, The Steele's may look like your normal, everyday pub but step inside and you may get the feeling as if you've stepped into a Tim Burton film (speaking of who is apparently a nearby resident and I'm a reminded of a story regarding noise complaints, which I'll save for another time).
The walls and ceilings are lined with various bric-a-brac, quirky (and creepy) artwork and taxidermy animals, which rather matches the pub's eclectic clientele; artists, workman, fashionistas, everyday Joes and old regulars (who you just know have a story or three to tell). You will find them all at The Steele's.
With a large selection of quality beers and ales and a massive food menu consisting of burgers (including a falafel option for vegetarians), bangers and mash, fish and chips, BBQ ribs, sandwiches, and soup, there is something for everyone. The Steele's also serves up an incredible Sunday Roast every Sunday from midday.
As you enter the front doors off Haverstock Hill, you will find yourself in the main room. There are enough tables, chairs and little nooks and corners to hold hoards of people. On certain nights it becomes shoulder-to-shoulder busy and combined with the indie-rock selections heard overhead, there is a real buzz about The Steele's. In contrast however, on quieter evenings or during the day, sit around the bar and you'll find a room that is actually rather quaint and ambient.
To the right hand side of the bar is a large outdoor area (aka Beer Garden) with overhanging leafy trees and half a dozen wooden benches and chairs. In the summer time, there is no better place to sit and drink a jug of Pimms with your mates. Even throughout winter, some nights get so busy that you will still find groups of people huddled outside chatting.
Just behind the bar is a staircase leading to where all the entertainment really takes place; Jazz on Sunday afternoons (the perfect soundtrack for your Sunday roast and bloody Mary), live bands on Sunday nights, lounge music on Fridays, a bi-monthly cabaret, a quiz night every Tuesday and Rockaoke (i.e. rock karaoke) every Thursday night.
Whatever night or day of the week, get down to The Steele's for an incredible and entertaining experience.