The Horseshoe

The Horseshoe is at the centre of Hampstead and caters for a younger crowd. It's a valuable contribution to the local economy because it's run by the micro-brewery, The Camden Brewery Company. As such it provides excellent locally made beer. And it combines that with restaurant quality food produced by rotating, invited chefs. Attached to the pub is the small Pentameters Theatre which has been a landmark for decadesand features new or avant garde writers. Now that the New End Theatre is no more, Pentameters is Hampstead's only venue. If the pub should be threatened with change of use or development, the theatre could be at risk. The Horseshoe attracts local and visitors alike. It is not part of a pub chain and so more money stays in the community rather than being remitted to head office. It's also part of Hampstead's heritage. For all these reasons it needs the protection of an Asset of Community Value.

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  • Philip Matthews
    commented 2015-05-26 14:51:16 +0100
    • Cultural value:
    o The premises are in a well-visited and very popular location in the heart of one of London’s most quintessential villages. It is just minutes away from Hampstead’s world-famous heath.
    o Its core product satisfies the large demand for a social hub in this area for use during lunch, early evening, peak social hours and late evening from those who live in, work from or visit Hampstead, its heath, high street and cultural attractions.
    • Recreational value:
    o The premises, by its character, location, design and disabled access caters for a different audience and provides a different offering to its competitors. Camden’s planning appeal decision relating to the Golden lion PH (Appeal Ref: APP/X5210/A/13/2199667) includes the statement; “Public houses tend to have their own identity”. It is as important to have a variety of pub styles available to a community, as it is to have a variety of shops, property agents and recreational service providers. The owner of The Duke of Hamilton has confirmed that the viability of his wet-led pub nearby is being challenged and is typical of this type of pub throughout the UK. Thousands of UK public houses made the change from wet-led to food-led before during and after the smoking ban came into effect forming the basis for the successful 21st century pub model. This is adopted by the big pubcos, smaller groups such as Geronimo inns and independents like The The Wells Tavern and The Horseshoe.
    o The catchment area of the premises extends beyond the immediate surrounds and it has become a destination for visitors from within Camden and its neighbouring boroughs, further afield in the UK and from abroad.
    o It is evident to all residents and patrons of all of Hampstead’s last remaining pubs that demand outstrips supply in Hampstead as The Wells Tavern, The Horseshoe and The Flask are regularly fully booked up.
    o Hampstead is predominantly residential, but is also host to schools, shops, and commerce and to the Royal Free Hospital. There is a significant daytime working population in the area and in 2006 Hampstead had a population of c. 11,000 residents.
    • Community value:
    o The premises fulfils many functions for local residents, schools and businesses, especially those that are run from individual’s homes nearby including meetings of local interest groups, school parents and residents that cannot be provided elsewhere.
    o The existence of well-lit, attractive, busy, managed premises in this location provides comfort and security to the neighbourhood and its residents. Its absence would make this space redundant as a social hub.
    o There are the less tangible aspects of pub life, which allow people to meet and interact in a convivial and safe atmosphere. In so doing, there is an opportunity for meetings between members of the community who might not otherwise come into contact with each other.
    o The pub is a member of The Hampstead NW3 Business Association. It contributes financially to the running costs of both the Christmas and summer street festivals each year and is a founding member of the Restaurant Week held for the first time in September 2014.
  • Roger Beam
    published this page in Pubs 2015-04-22 12:04:51 +0100