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The birthplace of Camden Town Brewery is getting a spring makeover! The Horseshoe has been closed the last few days as they get ready for a new menu launch. With their new head chef, Michael Lavery, at the helm, we’re excited to see what he has in store for our home away from home.

Michael was a chef at The River Café in Hammersmith before heading over here, and previous to that worked with The Horseshoe’s new operations manager, Oli Barker, for the Terroirs Group, so he’s big on connecting with local producers for fresh, raw ingredients. When we caught up with Michael, he gave us a sneak peek on what to expect. “It’s not something that has a concept: it’s just great food, in a pub. Come in for nibbles, come in for lunch, beer and bar snacks. It will be familiar, not complex, focusing on small producers. It doesn’t make sense to use strawberries from across the world in November - they’re expensive and don’t taste that amazing. I believe that cooking seasonally is the way to go, not for any romantic reasons, but for practicality to get the best tasting products.

“I’m very happy to be in Hampstead, and I’m looking forward to life at The Horseshoe.” We’re excited to have you too, Michael!

Dishes include smoked sprats with horseradish, lamb kofte with harissa spices, and steak and fries. The new look of the space reflects this menu: bright white walls, wood tables and fresh flowers on the table – it’s a welcoming space to come for a pint of Camden Town beer and a snack, or a full-on Sunday roast.

Michael is the latest addition to The Horseshoe’s team, including Oli Barker and general manager Joey Mansbart – we’re all really excited to see where they’ll take the pub next.

The Horseshoe reopens this weekend. Call 020 7431 7206 to book your reservation.

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