The Magdala

The Magdala

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
2a South Hill Park, Hampstead, North West London, NW3 2SB

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For history trail enthusiasts and ale appreciators alike, The Magdala provides a calm retreat in a location steeped in history. A well-known hub of artistic creativity, Hampstead Heath has played host to an array of famous authors and poets. As with most historic landmarks, this pretty pub has a dark past - in 1955, tragedy set in when Ruth Ellis shot her lover outside. The only reminders are the bullet holes and plaque that remain as testimony to the incident. The quaint pub thankfully no longer attracts such notoriety, serving as a romantic venue favoured by the bohemian crowd of Hampstead. If you're looking for a laugh, visit for one of the monthly comedy nights with well-known names from the circuit, including Mitch Benn and Mark Davison.

One of the last-remaining traditional watering holes, The Magdala boasts an old oak fireplace which provides a lovely backdrop; relax in front of its crackling flames with a tipple from the comprehensive supply of seasonal ales. The menu options reflect a gastro establishment, changing daily and offering great traditional favourites with a European twist. Starters such as crispy squid and miniature merguez sausages with chilli are tasty bites to be enjoyed before you tuck in properly. My organic salmon fillet fused well with a pea, mint and shallot risotto, with a subtle kick that didn't detract from the delicate flavour of the fish. My companion opted for the hearty combination of wild boar sausages and creamy mash with gravy. For dessert, we shared the tangy lemon tart with a buttery base, all washed down with a crisp Sancerre 2007. If you desire well-executed simplicity then The Magdala is the place for you.
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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm; Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm