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To Iceni Explorer, wrong Prince Alfred I'm afraid. You were in the one in Maida Vale. At least the Canaries won!
TiaMariaJim - 3 Jan 2012 13:36

Close to Warwick Avenue tube, this is a interesting pub for anyone interested in pub architecture. One of the few pubs to stil have partitioned bars and snob screens.

I visited after the Norwich victory at QPR so was in good spirits. Friendly bar staff, Youngs Ordinary and Winter Ale on offer, both in good condition. Expensive but standard for this area of London.

Iceni_Explorer - 3 Jan 2012 11:33
I was wondering what became of the old Ducks and Drakes, where I used to hang out with Scottish and Irish friends (among others) in the early 1970s. Sorry the name has changed, but the exterior looks fairly recognizable (apart from the flower stall!!)

The inside is way too posh for my taste, but I guess it's pretty for tourists.

Had some memorable times in the Ducks back in the bohemian heyday of Bayswater and Notting Hill area. Ah, well....time goes by.....
EileenFay - 25 Sep 2011 22:01
Courage Best and Directors cask beers.
oftenscore6 - 10 May 2011 00:27
If you want a soulness place and bar staff with extreme attitude then this is the place for you; if not, avoid!! Our chosen tender really should consider a career well away from customer services!!!
MrRick - 16 Feb 2011 17:54
Quite an imposing corner pub with a traditional appearance, although from most directions you might initially mistake it as a florist as there is is substantial flower stall along one side of the building during the daytime. Inside, it has has been modernised in typical West London style (although the side room has largely avoided the makeover). Unusually, the upstairs Sofa Bar is rather larger than the 'main' bar and less busy so rather quieter, and there are some good tables by the open windows when these are open in the summer. There is also a small and undistinguished roof terrace with no view. Beer-wise, there are two Courage beers - Best and Directors.
rpadam - 24 Jul 2010 16:12
Whenever I go into this pub the prices have gone up but last night I nearly passed out when I was charged 3.70 for a pint of Foster's...! Will give it a miss in future...
clarkie - 4 Dec 2009 16:22
Saw the end of the Mighty Chelsea's glorious FA Cup win over Everton in here. Good views of a flat screen TV, good service, nice pints of Director's.
zabadak - 31 May 2009 11:41
Pleasant enough place with a couple good ales. My wife particularly liked the atmosphere--well-lighted and family-oriented. A couple of guys that appeared to be American bikers came in for dinner and drank pints of milk. Apparently, nobody has ever ordered a glass of milk here, as the bartender told the guys--after a moment of quick figuring--that he'd charge them the price of a coffee! Funny!
urf - 17 Jul 2007 12:28
This was The Ducks & Drakes until the late 70s
Glasgowboy - 1 May 2007 13:15
A nice-looking pub, with a separate, lounge-y upstairs bar to boot. Not a huge selection of beers, and the staff was pleasant enough but not very efficient.

My biggest complaint with this place is the obnoxious way they conduct drinking-up time. They herd drinkers from one room to another, snatching notquite-finished drinks off of tables and loudly insisting that everyone get out as soon as 11 rolls around, without any drinking-up time being allowed at all. I took a friend there, and was embarrassed by the rude way in which we were shooed out right after I'd finished explaining the concept of "drinking-up time" to him. They're the closest pub to where I'm living now, but I don't think I'll be in a hurry to give them any more of my money.
Hodsthorn - 23 Jan 2006 19:28
One of the better pubs in Bayswater. Downstairs is traditional with a decent selection on tap. Good live music and a few tables outside for some decent people-watching. Upstairs is a cool modern lounge with nice leather seats. If you're lucky enough, you can sit outside on the balcony.
skorch - 18 Oct 2005 17:36
great staff.. especially sebastian,steffan and angus!we'll come back again.. and soon :)
slovenian_girls - 30 Nov 2004 19:51
Very friendly staff. I found it to be a village friendly type atmosphere in the centre of London.
Xavier Solanas - 5 Jun 2004 15:08
the best pub in LONDON.
-Christina & Maja (DENMARK)
Maja Mott - 23 May 2004 18:41
My favorite Pub in London so far. The staff were all as nice as they could be and the Rustic Chicken salad was to die for. Nice selection of ales on tap and they serve a Sunday roast, of course. A great mixture of clientel drifting in off of Queen'sWay all the time and great live music two nights a week thats not assaulting like some of the other nearby pubs. Like I said, the staff made me feel right at home and showed me a GREAT time night after night. I loved the place and hated to go home again when it was time to fly home. I'll be back again.
TheSwampfox - 21 May 2004 06:09
used to be one of the best pubs in bayswater a few yaers ago. too many dodgy geezers drinking there now. feel uncomfortable going there now. remove the scum bags and it could be great again!!!
laura - 10 Apr 2004 19:02
During 95/96 we lived opposite Neds above the clothes shop in a tiny flat. Neds became like our big loungeroom. During the cricket World Cup they even opened the pub nice and early just for us Aussies to watch our team.
They do pour a great Guinness I will say....
hunnasancolectas - 31 Dec 2003 04:31

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