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The Pembroke (Bar)

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150 Gloucester Avenue, Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JA
Cuisine: Pub
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Idyllically set behind the wild banks of Camden Lock, the Pembroke Castle is a good place to catch your breath after a day of dodging the dodgy in the market, or scaling the great hill of Primrose. With large picture windows looking out onto Gloucester Avenue, the Pembroke sparkles at night and glows in the summer with a massive and well situated patio.

Inside, this spacious Victorian building has been done up with aubergine walls, large white columns and a worn but tended-to hard wood floor. When we arrive, the crowd is mellow on a Friday evening – quite distinct from the madness of the city or west end – with 30-40 year old punters enjoying bites and pints as Oasis quietly croons in the background. We order our food at the bar, and the staff keenly clear our table of any empties or ashtrays while we wait.

The menu features a choice of small plates and mains typical to today’s gastro pub. However, upon the arrival of our order, we are pleasantly surprised with the elegantly presented and fresh fare. I have the Teriyaki Tuna Steak, which is robust in flavour and placed delicately on a bed of rocket and red onions. A side dish of Sweet Potato Wedges is a great accompaniment - particularly when smothered with the tasty aioli. My friend’s Salmon Fillet Burger is lovely and flaky and the Pot Roasted Chicken is also quite delectable with a creamy white wine and tarragon sauce, white vegetables and crusty bread to boot.

The bar offers a good selection of wines and beers and prices are average. The second floor houses an elegant function room, with flat screen tellys and a private bar - the space is ideal for corporate gatherings and nicer events, it’s also non smoking. Available everyday but Sunday (as it’s filled to the brim with happy customers scarfing down the Pembroke’s popular roasts), discounts are available to larger groups and prices vary depending on the day of the week.
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Customer Reviews for The Pembroke

Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Some really nice people behind the bar one stands out however i do have a word of warning dont make any personal jokes while walking to the bar as my friend and i got refused service due to a gym joke and about walking but that is not the point great place.”
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pantsgirl, london (8 years 6 months 4 days ago)

“Went in Wednesday and had an absolutely amazing Burger.... go there and try it if your in the area”
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hobbys, Swindon (9 years 4 months 11 days ago)

“Love this place, especially on a sunny day when you can grab a table on the patio area and watch people go by. Agree with some of the other comments about the staff - I've had mixed experiences, either you get a really friendly one, or you get a miserable guy with no personality and a bit of attitude. Not a huge problem though, unless you're looking for someone to hang out with. Great beers, pub grub, like fish finger sandwiches (delicious), and burgers, also comedy nights mid week. Recommended!”
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mary, N.London (9 years 7 months 1 days ago)

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“Okay, it might be a chain pub but I reckon the new management have done a pretty job of convincing you otherwise. Good food, great vibes, especially in the summer out on the decking and made even better when the South African guy gets to play his tunes...worth checking out for a sunday session”
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clarepegrum@yahoo.co.uk, london (13 years 10 months 18 days ago)

“Tell the barman to lose his attitude, wash his hair and pull his bloody trousers up! Who wants to see a tramps arse anyway?”
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Booza!, [ Unknown ] (15 years 2 months 29 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Pub
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Barracuda

The Pembroke Hire Details

For bookings please contact:
Helen Pearce
Events Co-ordinator
Barracuda Group

Updated 19/11/2009

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