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Robert Browning, Maida Vale

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After a walk along the canal nearby on a cold frosty winters morning, a welcome well-kept pint of Sam Smith's in front of a roaring fire certainly hit the spot. The pub seems to have changed staff about nine months ago and the pleasant and helpful bar staff certainly made the visit enjoyable. The area is a bit chi-chi but the food was standard fare pub food and none the worse for that. We had sandwiches/bagettes, but they didn't appear on the menu for some reason. Our only negative was that vegetarians might have felt shortchanged by the standard of the quiche - it was a bit meh.
Don't go looking for the Robert Browning anymore the name has changed to the Eagle.
gb11 - 17 Jan 2013 21:56
I visited this pub over a year ago and was disappointed by the service I received. Last week I was in the area again and decided to give it another go. When I walk through the door i was greeted by a beaming smile. I lovely Irish lady by the name of Jo. Apparently her she has only had the keys for a week. Anyway I tried a Pint of the Pure Brewed lager. Fantastic Pint served in a stunning Glass. As we got talking turns out the room upstairs had just had a refurb. She kindly gave me a guided tour. This pub has everything to offer. Good sized beer garden, stunning lounge area upstairs and a traditional saloon bar downstairs. I tried the `beef stout pudding off the new menu. It was Superb and very reasonably priced for the area. I will defiantly be going back
tequilasteve - 27 Mar 2012 21:40
Sam Smiths pub not far from Warwick Road tube. All keg beers and served in plastic glasses yesterday, presumably because there was a cricket match on at nearby Lords. The interior is fairly pleasant and traditional with columns and a high ceiling. Prices are good, as you would expect from a Sam Smiths establishment.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Jun 2011 17:13
Had lunch here while at Lords a few weeks ago.

As per usual with a Sam Smiths pub, pricewise with the drinks you can't argue. My only problem is that they don't serve Old Brewary Bitter on handpump here. Is so much better served that way.

We also had lunch. Food provided by the Thai kitchen. It was about £7 for two courses. Had prawn toast and a Pad Thai (chicken noodles). Was really nice, good food which set us up for the remainder of the day at the cricket.

Nice patio out the back and a few seats and chairs on the street at the front for people watching.


rwjc22 - 9 May 2011 15:02
We went to this pub after going to the Warrington around the corner. And after that experience this was a welcome contrast. I enjoyed the Sam Smiths beer because it had been a while - and the price per pint was fantastic.

There was a cozy atmosphere - there were people reading the paper, people playing chess and people quietly chatting amongst themselves or with the lady behind the bar.

We then went upstairs for Thai and had a faultless meal!

Will definitely return if we're in the neighbourhood again.
The_Real_Alestralian - 10 Jan 2011 13:37
Watching the recent test we went there at lunch- the beer (Sam Smiths bitter) was £1.95 a pint (£2.80 for Marstons at Lords), which seemed rather good value. Went back in the evening and it was a sea of yellow (someone must have told the Aussies the price). Friendly, helpful staff
firtles - 22 Jul 2009 13:04
Oh because i've had a few emails tonight I meant a pub called the Windsor Castle not the place where the Duke of Edinburgh lives in Windsor
beatles38 - 21 Jul 2009 23:30
pleasant enough pub , the first of the day after our great victory up the road plastic cups , no beer , but a couple of samuel smiths at £2.30 each made the place more appealing , that said all the pubs visited were no more expensive than in general most Bristol pubs . Hoped to go to windsor castle next door , but this was just packed
beatles38 - 21 Jul 2009 09:03
Friendly efficient staff. I liked the Organic Wheat Beer. The interior seems to be Victorian. There are windows commemorating Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Note: Sam Smiths pubs only serve Sam Smiths beers. If you don't like Sam Smiths beers, I suggest you don't visit Sam Smiths pubs.
clissold345 - 4 Apr 2009 23:04
Another Sam Smiths pub with no real ale. There is a bar billiards table and barmaid was extremely friendly and polite, but there are better pubs in the area.
Strongers - 13 Mar 2009 11:00
A nice place, never too busy, friendly, and Sam Smiths, so you know what to expect in terms of beers - I'm not a particular fan but still end up here regularly - which must say something about the pub. Thai restaurant upstairs is great - it's Ben's that used to be at the Warrington until Gordon booted them out. Also worth a quick look are the pictures and prints adorning the walls - lots of historical interest about the area and canal.
sc597 - 8 Jan 2009 22:47
Reasonable Sam Smiths pub let down solely by the absence of any real ale, which means I won't be rushing back
JohnBonser - 18 Jun 2008 13:41
comfortable surroundings; cosy in the winter with roaring fires; very friendly staff and management
Kalena - 20 Mar 2008 15:17
A surprisingly good pub for this part of London. Good value Thai food. But why is there no properly served real ale?
John_R - 23 Jan 2008 12:39
Looks like it could be an old hotel. Now a Sam Smithís house that seems to promote organic beer and cider fairly heavily. No cask OBB but the Extra Stout was on good form. The food is Thai like so many pubs these days. The building is nice looking with plenty of stained glass, ornate mirrors, wood panelling and old prints. Upstairs lounge, beer garden and tables out on the main road. Mainly old locals who seem to tolerate the newly moneyed Maida Vale/St Johnís Wood crowd.

Millay - 23 Dec 2007 19:46
Had a pint love Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bittery (delicious) during a rain break at cricket. Top stuff and pub seemed perfectly fine. From experience, though, the Sam Smith's lagers are evil.
JonW999 - 21 Jul 2007 19:03
I stopped in here today as a place to pass time. Essentially it's an old-school boozer in a fairly poncey area. Sam Smith's ale (take it or leave it) and betting slips on top of the bar - plus a roaring fire (probably for the used slips). Mid-afternoon was populated by handful of older locals. The kind of pub you don't imagine lasting too much longer round St. John's Wood/Maida Vale.
anonymous - 3 Feb 2007 01:55
full of potential & full of wrongens.


cashdog - 14 Sep 2005 15:43
its alright in here if you can stomach the Sam Smith Shit,..has a billiard table and seats outside (front and back)
kmcs - 16 Aug 2005 10:51
Nice traditionally furnished Sam Smiths pub - a welcome pub in a poor area ( now that Crockers Folly is sadly closed - allegedly for good )
Nothing exceptional - just cheap beer and a proper pub atmosphere
Note for real ale fans - The Sam Smiths is not served by handpump
JohnBonser - 7 Apr 2005 09:36
this is a good pub with nice selections of bitters and home made cider. there is also a dart board. the atmosphere is not the most incredible i have ever witnessed, but nonetheless a decent pub
william - 12 Mar 2004 17:07
One of the friendliest pubs in the city...not to mention a pint of Old Brewery Bitter for about as cheap as you can get!
Ben - 19 Feb 2004 05:32
great pub especially in the upsairs bar. sofas, comfy chairs, fire places. friendly service. the food is simple and reasonably priced too.
cameran - 3 Dec 2003 15:26
Sam Smith's pub, nice traditional interior. Pub has a billiards table and a nice fire in the winter with amazing tiles!
Timos - 12 Sep 2003 17:33

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