There are 18 places of worship in Hampstead.
19 if you include this place, because at 28 Church Row they’re serving up Spanish and Italian inspired dishes that’ll genuinely give you something to thank The Big Man / Woman upstairs for.
Situated on the exclusive Church Row, number 28’s tucked away in the basement of one of the beautiful Georgian red brick buildings that are lined up like pedigree dogs at Crufts. Original wooden beams coupled with different shades of wooden furniture and a teal tongue and groove panelled bar make it feel a little like a farmhouse retreat that your mate found on AirBnB. You know, one of the nice ones.
The option to sit on bar stools or armchairs as well as tables give it a bit of a “yeah-we’re-eating-excellent-food-wherever-we-can-fit-because-we-don’t-care-it’s-not-about-that-anyway” approach adopted from the countries of its inspiration.
The proprietors’ attitude to the food appears to mirror their attitude to where you eat it. Spanish and Italian-inspired sharing dishes focus on the quality of the produce, and result in a combination of the expected – like croquetas, charcuterie and cheese – alongside some more elaborate plates such as soft shell crab, red onion and lentil paté, and caper berries; oxtail and tolosa bean stew; and a specials board that always involves some kind of meat (on this occasion a ribeye) from their butcher in Hampstead.
The drinks list has a short collection of Italian and Spanish aperitifs, but is mainly focused on wine (whaaaat?), with enough variety in both grape and price to satisfy everyone. And if you REALLY enjoyed your bottle, you can buy another one to take away at a discounted price.
Amen to that.
Details: 28 Church Row is open for dinner daily, plus lunch Fri-Sun. You can find out more, and book a table for lunch, HERE. Please note dinner is walk-in only.
28 Church Row | 28 Church Row, Hampstead, NW3 6UP
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