'Survived the storm': West Hampstead's The Alliance Pub wins reader's poll

The team at The Alliance pub Mill Lane NW6. From left bar staff Helene Clement, head chef Sebastian

The Alliance on Mill Lane has been voted readers' favourite pub Bar staff Helene Clement (l), head chef Sebastian Moszynski, owner Michael Keating and chef Beata Sarwa (r) - Credit: Polly Hancock

The Alliance pub on Mill Lane has been voter Ham&High readers’ favourite pub in the area. 

In the lead up to National Hospitality Day on September 18, we asked readers to nominate the best restaurants, pubs and cafes in north London, and then vote on the three finalists. 

In a hotly contested competition, The Alliance beat contenders Red Lion & Sun in Highgate and Kentish Town’s Tapping The Admiral. 

Alliance owner Michael Keating thanked the community for their support, particularly over the past two years. 

He told the Ham&High: “It was very good to come back after lockdown, and we were fortunate to survive the storm. 

“It certainly has been challenging, but we have been very fortunate and have a great local community who have supported us. 

The Alliance pub Mill Lane NW6.

The Alliance Pub was built in 1886 - Credit: Polly Hancock


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“During lockdown, people have realised what’s right on their doorsteps, and that they don’t have to travel into the city for a drink.” 

The landlord of 20 years said The Alliance’s success stems from its diverse offering. 

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“The pub offers a bit for everybody. We have sports, beer, a play area for kids, there’s something for everyone,” he said. 

The team at The Alliance pub Mill Lane NW6. From left bar staff Helene Clement, head chef Sebastian

The Alliance pub Mill was recently relisted as an asset of community value - Credit: Polly Hancock

“Far too many pubs have been lost. We hope that our business continues to be an asset for the community.” 

In June, the West Hampstead pub was relisted as an asset of community value (ACV), giving it an additional layer of planning protection.

The team at The Alliance pub Mill Lane NW6. From left bar staff Helene Clement, head chef Sebastian

The team at The Alliance pub - Credit: Polly Hancock

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