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Radnor Arms, Kensington

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user reviews of the Radnor Arms, Kensington

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This pub has now been demolished and is currently a building site. Another loss.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Sep 2012 20:12
Closed to make way for the regeneration of the whole are between Charles House and Homebase. It will be missed but try out the Warwick Arms across the road or the Cumberland Arms by Olympia.
distinguished_barfly - 1 Jun 2009 16:45
Despite being well away from my usual stamping grounds, I did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Radnor the week before its closure. The place was rammed although whether this was a usual Friday evening thing or everyone was paying their last respects I donít know. The pub was quite small and was not really laid out particularly well to cater for crowds and as a result it was a constant shuffle to get out of peoples way. The interior was fairly basic and a little on the eccentric side with a veritable collection of pots pans, brasses, bottles, jugs, glasses, baseball caps, inflatables, ceramics reproduction posters, stuffed animals, plants and anything else that will fit into the available space. The rear had more of a lounge feel with the large aquarium being the focal point. Despite its imminent demise, the quality of beers did not lapse although not all were available on my visit Ė Midnight Sun and the topically renamed Rad No More Ale managed to satisfy my requirements. On the downside the music was crap, too loud and a bit out of place and the tiny TV in the front was hardly of much practical use (I didnít notice any other screens). I certainly did not get the impression that this was a pub in its final days and it is a crying shame that such a popular pub showing some genuine originality has been forced to call time through no fault of its own. Glad I got there before the end.
RogerB - 22 Mar 2007 13:22
RIP Radnor.
Skulevard - 10 Mar 2007 08:28
Fabulous pub, we only just found it and now it is being closed down. Shame on Prudential that they are not prepared to extend the lease. Beer drinkers should boycott them.
NorthLondonGirl - 26 Feb 2007 11:55
The pub has not been an Everards house for some time and retained Tiger as it was pretty much what everyone drank.

(And I drank a fair bit of it in my time working next door!)
Norealaleinorpington - 22 Feb 2007 10:28
Visited yesterday afternoon; marvelous little locals pub with friendly feel and great beers. An Everards house; they had Tiger, Goldfinch Midnight Sun (Dorchester), and Wessex Brewery Merrie Mink. After 2 Tigers and 3 Goldfinch I was feeling quite emotional about the imminent demise of this oasis, especially as the coup-de-grace meeting seemed to be taking place out back while I was there. I wasn't privy to the details but the man from the Pru (who own the lease which expires in 2 weeks)seemed to dash off pdq which couldn't bode well. It would be fantastic if the pub, the crib corner, the fishtank, the great beers, the 6 excellent malt whiskies could find a reprieve but, if not, go there and enjoy it before the shutters come down, and good luck to the Guv & Guvness & local punters in finding somewhere even half as good to move to. The petition has over 2000 signatures - I hope they include some who will be cancelling accounts with Prudential.
trainman - 22 Feb 2007 09:53
My opinion of this pub has changed massively since my first visit 3 years ago. I visit regularly these days and find the Radnor always feels friendly and welcoming, as well as having excellent ales.

The Radnor Arms is a unique, attractive and well-loved community pub. Losing it will be horrible. I wish there were some way to turn the decision around.
foxski - 9 Feb 2007 19:09
What a shame about the planned closure. This is a really good local pub, nothing pretentious, but with excellent Everards beer and a friendly atmosphere. Go there before it is too late!
rpadam - 2 Feb 2007 13:28
Just read the bad news about closure - will have to pop in and pay my respects shortly.

It's a dreadful shame
JohnBonser - 2 Feb 2007 12:19
I believe the date of closure is 11th March, although because they're going to be out of stock the 'leaving party' (and last pub quiz) will be on 2nd March.

Oh, and sorry to Trudi for spelling your name wrong!

I'm still depressed this pub is closing... I'll miss it.
MikeShaver - 2 Feb 2007 11:24
Can somebody in the know please post details of the date of closure?

The Radnor has had its ups and downs (and after working next door for 10 years I experienced them all,) I would like to make it back for a few pints before they shut up shop for good.

Thanks
anonymous - 30 Jan 2007 16:20
Well I wrote some time ago after hearing that the pub had been saved...and now the bad news. My visits were rare but I loved the Radnor Arms. Fine beer and friendly, that's what we all want in a pub. Hope all the locals and the licensees can find somewhere to compare.
delirium - 30 Jan 2007 00:14
What can I say? You guys all praise myself & Trudi but we feel that the customers maketh the pub also. We would like to thank eveybody for their comments. We will be setting up a web site for those wishing to keep in touch. Details will be posted in the pub soon. Once again. Great pub? Yes..... But also full of great people!
pete_pub - 29 Jan 2007 14:26
I can't believe they are closing this pub... Bloody property developers. Don't we have enough characterless blocks of flats? They are destroying an amazing pub with well-kept beer and friendly landlords. Thanks Pete and Trudy for many great times.
MikeShaver - 27 Jan 2007 09:56
Really great pub; totally at odds withing most of what I've come across in West London- would look at home in Manchester Northern Qtr. Cosy is the word, and very decent beer range as well. SO WHY IS IT BEING CLOSED IN MARCH ??
mtaylor40 - 26 Jan 2007 18:23
Well kept beer with two guests as well as Everards's Tiger. Friendly and helpful staff. Good atmosphere and surroundings.

No where near as pretencious as anything else in Kensington.

Enough said.
andy.c - 18 Dec 2006 18:47
Great beer, very good staff and friendly locals. That'll do for me
paxo - 15 Nov 2006 21:24
I love this pub,Id forgotten to review it,its my favourite pub in London.Good beer ,atmosphere and alot of character.If you bored and on your own ,have a nice pint and stare at the fish tank.
Henners - 13 Nov 2006 20:12
I am glad the Radnor has had a reprieve and a resurrection. It is an unspoilt boozer of the highest order. (despite the fact that it did go through a bit of a 'tramps and dossers welcome here phase a few years ago.)

What it needs now is a bit of stability at the helm and it will cement its place in the best pub in London catagory.

I am so glad it was not lost to the bulldozer as it is a part of my youth (having spent a 10 year spell as a civil servant in the big horrid building next door.)
anonymous - 20 Oct 2006 15:30
What a fantastic find! I read about this pub in the Good Beer Guide 2006 and then made the trek. It was certainly well worth it. The pub had Everard's Tiger and Dark Star Hophead on, both extremely well kept.

The staff and punters were friendly, the pub clean and inviting, and the atmosphere perfect.

I will be back. You should visit too.
HansTheBeaver - 7 Jul 2006 12:05
Delighted to hear about the successful petition - well done. Must visit again soon.
JohnBonser - 23 Jun 2006 13:45
What an exquisite little drinker! A friend and I visited earlier today, largely due to the sign outside inviting comments on this site, and found the place to be entirely empty. Why?! We tried all three draught beers (Everards Tiger, Highgate England's Pride & Sharp's Eden Pure Ale) and they were all very good indeed. The barkeep was friendly and the pub very clean, yet cosy and characterful. The building itself is also a treasure, seeming like it made a stubborn last stand against the wrecking ball that flattened its neighbours. If only every parish had a pub like this...
LordRadlington - 18 Jun 2006 03:52
You must come to the pub on a Friday, a great quiz is held, everybody has a chance of winning as it is not a first past the post type quiz.

If you want to learn more about WWII, you must come in and listen to the stories of Harry, he will also bore you with his stories of Fulhasm FC.

On a Serious note, this is the best locals pub you will find in London, very friendly and so easy to relax if you have never been there before.

Pilgrim - 12 May 2006 16:11
Good news about the petition working! Cynical old me thought it was a done deal. Next trip to London and I'll be there.
delirium - 29 Apr 2006 10:59
Absolutely fantastic place. Everyone in this pub is extremely friendly, including the two cats & dog. Beer is very well kept, and includes Everard's Tiger and two constantly changing guest ales. Pub quiz on Fridays is great - it's like a game of bingo, so it's part knowledge and part luck. My favourite pub in London.

P.S. The petition was successful. The pub is alive and well.
Piggles - 29 Apr 2006 09:58
Agree with every positive comment about the Radnor. Last in during the GBBF last year and signed a petition against closure. Any news on that?
delirium - 2 Apr 2006 15:23
Hard to beleive that you can find a country style local in the middle of London. That's how this pub feels. Warm friendly place & very well kept ales.
pete_pub - 14 Mar 2006 14:05
Lovely tiny pub. The back part is more like a living room with comfy sofas, TV (which was OFF HOORAY). friendly dog and huge fishtank, bookshelves with books and games. Nice staff, Good beer.
Looking forward to going again for the famous Cheese & Wine evening.

PurpleRocker - 12 Mar 2006 15:53
Was in Kensington for a business trip and stumbled across the Radnor. The atmosphere was secind to none. A real homely place complete with a dog and cats and a fish tank, unusual to find such a warm friendly place but a real pleasure. Great beer and friendly staff, will be the first pub i go next time in town. What a fantastic place..
Davepearce - 31 Jan 2006 12:53
Excellent pub full of character, Friendly staff and good beer!!
geonosys - 31 Jan 2006 11:40
Weirdo (see below).
Skulevard - 8 Oct 2005 23:17
Happy campers; what's that all about? Grown men too!
anonymous - 8 Oct 2005 23:15
Great little pub serving excellent beer with a nice friendly crowd. Who could want for more?
anonymous - 10 Aug 2005 16:19
TV & quality Sunday newspapers now - whatever next? This is getting serious! Save this pub!
Skulevard - 10 Aug 2005 00:04
Nice locals pub and good beer. Friday night quiz quite popular. May be brought down soon so get there quick and sign the petition to keep what is becoming a rarity in London ie. a traditional quality pub.
mrsjones - 9 Aug 2005 12:42
What a little gem of a boozer. The staff are lovely, the drink is excellent & the locals (I'm not one) are a lovely bunch.It seems this place may be under threat from the bulldozer but this in my eyes would be a damn crime!! Try this pub out it's a real little find.
anonymous - 2 Aug 2005 11:09
friday night quiz is great went after work great way to start weekend no food but told we could order takeaway and eat it in pub fine by me chinese or pizza? maybe next time pork scratchings r fine for now see u next week
anonymous - 27 Jul 2005 18:02
cricket,tennis,beer and freindly banter thats a pub to me no food but good ale and great staff
anonymous - 26 Jun 2005 15:23
The Radnor Arms has been standing since 1862 and, occasionally, it's been outstanding! It is once more and if you need to know more just look below - yes, Pete and Trud are back. Notwithstanding that, it's believed that the landlords intend to flatten the place along with its monstrous next door neighbour in approximately 18 months' time. Come along now and enjoy it while you still can, sign the petition, lobby your MP, don a spiderman suit and have the best pint of Tiger outside of Leicester. You never know, you might fit in.
Skulevard - 11 May 2005 23:52
Its good to drink in a traditional pub where the beer is well kept, the service is excellent and the welcoming atmosphere is exactly what you want after a hard day at work. Yet again Pete and Trudi show the 'chains' how to run a proper pub.
crona - 6 May 2005 20:10
Trudi and Peter are back!!! For those of you who remember the days of the fish tank, cheese and wine nights, good quality beer, charity events etc. Then you should want to come back as it's now as inviting if not more, as it was then. Don't take my word for it come down and try it yourself! During your visit you can sign the petition to help save it from demolition in a few years.
anonymous - 22 Apr 2005 09:01
Old fashioned, no-frills pub with an almost spartan feel and a distinctive atmosphere. The Everards Tiger is OK and the staff are fine. The modest TV in the corner of the back room plays ye olde classic pop music at just the right volume. However, the saddo customers are off-putting and intrusive, and the atmosphere is a bit depressing. Best pubs to visit near here are the Cumberland Arms, the Crown and Sceptre, or the Hand and Flower.
foxski - 9 Apr 2004 00:35
The rear section of this pub has been refurbished, modernised and brightened up, thus losing the intimacy and cosiness it once had. The Everards bitter was OK (just) and there are still friendly staff and clientele in the pub.

Although not quite as good as it had been in the '90s I would still go in there if in the area for a pint before headin to the Britannia or somewhere. I'll give it a "good" 5/10.
lad_newton - 2 Feb 2004 18:25
Fantastic trad pub.
great locals and welcoming atmosphere.

They don't make them like this anymore
EX-Bird-in-Hand - 18 Dec 2003 17:22
great local pub but just to make people aware the pub has recently been de-listed which probably means they are looking to demolish it as they tried about 25 years ago it is owned by the same people who own charles house please will somebody who knows what to do protect this piece of history
trudi - 18 Nov 2003 23:19
love the radnor locals are great real people new landlord seems like a good guy but please beware the pub has been de-listed and is owned by the same people who own charles house and if anyone can remember once upon a time they wanted to demolish the radnor now its delisted who knows whats going to happen so you should visit the pub now before its too late
tru - 18 Nov 2003 16:41
Welcoming Irish landlord who is planning small changes but wants to keep his locals. I agree with Robins comments, the FU**ERS pub down Warwick Road is full of champagne adverts but not welcoming, the Youngs house is welcoming full of happy (beer, wine why) drinkers and does good Thai food.
Tim C - 16 Oct 2003 17:46
Heard there's a new landlord here - PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF THIS PUB! Warwick Road has already had one casualty of "management change" across the road (NOT the Youngs pub if you get my drift), meaning that there are only two decent pubs that end of Warwick Road. During my last visit the Everards bitter was great, and I hope it stays that way. Wishing the new landlord all the best for the future of the Radnor.
lad_newton - 14 Oct 2003 18:59
New Landlord, very welcoming beer in reasonable nick in very hot weather (100 F). A small local alehouse, may change a bit with new broom.
Taidg - 13 Aug 2003 19:02
Excellent mimiature pub, beware lots of festival (beer) in early August and they do know their Ale.

If on a crawl go past the Fullers (Warwick?) where welcome was poor and sour beer not refunded and go to the excellent Brittania Tap.
Tim - 30 Jul 2003 13:14
Kate the landlady rocks! Luke is the home round that area!
anonymous - 23 May 2003 00:04
Ted's a nice fella....
So is Eric,the crossword freak
a right 'locals' pub
andy C - 19 May 2003 03:10
Nice pub but why would they close the doors at 7:00pm of a Saturday night? I'd hoped to take a few friends along but had to go on to the Scarsdale in Edwardes Square
John - 6 May 2003 12:20
the pub is full of individuals who care for the pub and all in it. THANKYOU TED
LADY - 2 Apr 2003 04:15
One of three pubs almost next to each other of which two are worth visiting. The second pub is the Britannia Tap. Regular visitors to both these pubs will know the reason for this having existed since 18/04/1998! The Radnor is a lovely little pub, and I can recommend the Everards Tiger which has been invariably in good condition each time I visit. Enjoy!
lad_newton - 25 Mar 2003 17:16
Only Everards pub in London.Full of drunk tax inspectors in the evening who "help out" for a pint.
Niff - 28 Nov 2002 23:17

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