I love Bank Holiday weekends and where better to spend it than at a pub in Hampstead surrounded by many traditional pubs and restaurants.
The Flask is situated just off the main street, behind Hampstead tube station with a colourful, blue exterior.
Although the outside is more traditional than some pubs in the area, the inside has a gastropub-feel, focusing more on food with a larger dining area behind the bar.
Although a gastropub, the traditional service resumed which involved ordering at the bar. Unfortunately, we didn’t get off to the best of starts with a 30 minute wait to order our food, with what seemed to be only 3 members of staff on duty with one struggling by himself at the bar. Nevertheless, we decided to continue and order regardless.
For starters, we ordered the shared olives and hummus platter served with pitta. The dish was incredibly disappointing considering the price tag of £7 as I expected the pitta and the hummus to be freshly made, which it wasn’t.
Regular readers will know that the OH is a huge burger fan but 20 minutes after ordering, we were informed that the burger was out of stock. Not being incredibly impressed and struggling to find something else on the menu, he finally settled on The Chef’s Roast containing a trio of beef, pork and chicken.
The yorkshire pudding sat happily on top of the meat and would have been a meat lovers delight if the chicken and pork weren’t dry. The pork in particular was underseasoned and flavourless.
I ordered the sirloin beef roast which was similar to the OH’s roast containing the same vegetables. The beef on both plates was succulent, juicy and seasoned well. However the cut of beef served, was lower quality and fattier than I expected. The potatoes were dry, and needed a lot more gravy than was served and it didn’t make sense to not have a jug of gravy on the side.
The ale gravy was the highlight of the meal bringing the entire dish together. Without it, we wouldn’t have eaten as much as we did.
The food served at The Flask was hit and miss, and had a service to match. There were far too many mistakes on each dish to be worth the money paid, with the Chef’s Roast coming in at £20 and the beef roast at £14.50. For a roast at that price, I would expect a better quality meal that was a lot more satisfying.
– The Flask, Hampstead