Dick Turpin, Keats and Dickens all have connections to The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead, which was built in 1585 and has bags of character. A favourite of walkers on nearby Hampstead Heath, it boasts a range of British cask ales and American craft beers, and a changing menu featuring the best of British produce.
The daily menu includes such delicious fare as Gloucester Old Spot sausages, Shropshire roast chicken and beer battered cod, all for between about £10 and £13.
If you prefer something lighter, you can choose from a selection of sandwiches including kiln smoked salmon and horseradish chive creme fraiche on toasted wholemeal bread, for about £7. Saturday brunch is also served and there is a special Sunday lunch menu.
Their pudding menu is equally scrumptious, with items such as salted caramel and chocolate tart with Devonshire clotted cream, and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla pod ice cream, for around £6.
Inside this quintessentially British pub, the décor includes wooden stalls, a log fire, various bars and low ceilings, and there is an extensive beer garden with outdoor heaters, and a convenient 'doggy wash' close by to clean your pooch's muddy paws after a romp on the Heath.
The Spaniards Inn is about 15 minutes' walk from Hampstead underground station on the Northern Line and there is a car park if you prefer to drive.