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I have been going here for about the last four years when at Canalway Cavalcade. Normally the clientele are overflowing into the road outside on Bank Holiday, but this year there were four. I waited five minutes at the bar to be served; there were only two staff serving and one was a novice; normally there are four or five staff on; not many people were inside. After still waiting to be served, to no avail, I walked out in disgust.
Oakie - 3 May 2017 13:25
Going through an exterior make over at the moment.... all scaffolded up.

Still open and interior as I remember it. All wood paneling, big Bass mirrors and an ornate fireplace.

Getting to the bar a challenge. Which is a good thing to say, as means its popular.

Trumans Swift was pretty average condition on latest visit.

Blogged visit at
Mappiman - 28 Apr 2017 14:15
Returning for a second time for a pub lunch went well. Had a pint of Aspall’s Harry Sparrow award-winning cider off the hand-pump – just the job. It goes well with the Warwick’s ham, egg and chips, or Lincolnshire sausages, mash, seasonal vegetables and onion gravy. Reasonable price (for London) for pub grub and a pint. A pleasant looking bar and friendly staff. Nice and quiet. I’d visit again if I was thereabouts.
Mona_Growser - 24 Nov 2014 14:32
Have to agree with an earlier review and say I was slightly disappointed. Looks really good and the atmosphere is ok - decent beer. It was let down by two things: the food, which was a bit too average for the price and I'm sorry, but a "Grilled Aubergine Burger" ought to be an actual burger, not just two slices of aubergine in a bap which really isn't worth £8.50 - and also the lady behind the bar who really didn't sound like she could be bothered to serve us (pulled a really bad pint of Guinness as well). A shame, because the other chap who served us was really nice and friendly. I'd be prepared to give it another go if we were just having drinks, but I wouldn't eat there again.
oysterboy - 18 Aug 2013 22:51
I was slightly disappointed, given how nice the local area and exterior of the pub are. Pretty average,with bad music being played quite loudly, though the Green King IPA was very good.
Foghorn1 - 20 Jan 2013 17:04
Nice little pub in a backstreet, not too far from Little Venice. They clearly specialise in Sharps beers, with both Doom Bar and their Red Ale on, plus Sharps Orchard Cornish Cider. I don't think I'd tried the latter before. Greene King St Edmund's Ale & Sambrooks Wandle were also in. The interior is cosy and whilst not as grand as the nearby Warrington Hotel, it was a fairly pleasant place to rest for a while. I did find it a little expensive though.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Sep 2012 20:11
This is a fantastic little pub, in a great location. I often stop off here for a pint and a bite to eat and I am yet to be disappointed. The ales are always in top notch condition and the food is of a very high standard (you can tell it's homemade). But more than that, the staff are great too. Even when they are busy, they are quick, friendly and welcoming. It's such a cosy little pub. This is why I keep going back to The Warwick Castle time and time again.
harris.bill - 13 Aug 2012 15:57
Went to this pub yesterday, as I was visiting friends in the area. It was fairly quiet (but this probably something to do with the time and weather when I frequented). i ordrered a pint od Doom Bar, which was fairly decent. I can't remember what else was there as It was only a quick stop. It seemed to have a friendly atmosphere. I would definatley like to sample again, when i have more time to spend.
Jaseywasey03 - 10 Apr 2012 19:20
A quandry on how to rate.... I have been here before and its a perfect summer evening pub. Have a stroll down Regents Canal, take in Primrose Hill, Drop back down for little venice and have a pint here before getting the tube from Duffy's favourite tube station. Lovely and airy, with great beer.

I went in for food today and its looks the business - nice trendy menu, nice tables - all geared up. Unfortuantely, the quality of the food did not match the price. If you pay 8 for ham egg and chips, you don't expect the ham to be the skinny stuff from a deli counter in a supermarket. Who want nice honey glazed thick slices.

Black sheep was nice though :-)
Mappiman - 13 Jul 2011 18:58
Went to the Warwick Castle on a Monday evening with a bunch of international work colleagues. Great little neighbourhood pub, perfect for an evening of sampling British beers and ales in a quaint setting. Bar staff were helpful and friendly, and everyone in our group stayed until last orders!
timurlondon - 28 Jun 2011 12:18
A decent old style pub with a few concessions to the food side of things. They had three ales on and the pint of Harveys I tried was excellent.
Snarling_Mallard - 4 Apr 2011 20:14
Exterior features in the film 'I Hired a Contract Killer'.
alexrinse - 12 Mar 2011 23:09
Seemed like a quite nice pub. Lovely location in a side street from the canal. A couple of real ales including Adnams which made me a very happy person. The ale was a little cold but otherwise was very good.

Staff seemed friendly and the pub seemed OK inside. The special warm cyder they had was gorgeous.

I would visit again.
NeilA - 20 Jan 2011 20:10
nice pub but ruined by the rugby on the telly, volume on full, only one person seeming to watch it who was swearing louder than the telly, a pity because it seemed a nice pub
littlecon - 21 Nov 2010 11:44
Nice place - more homely than the Warrington Hotel up the road - nice walk further along to the canals too. Again as you would expect for the area - quite posh and expensive looking menu to go with the posh expensive clientele..........
adamwalsh - 10 Oct 2010 20:36
Following a walk along the canal, we popped in for a Sunday bite and a drink.

Everything started off well, but rapidly descended........

I'll get the plus points in first, or shall i say POINT - the Doombar was in good nick and is obviously kept well. However, that's where the positives stop.

After ordering a starter to share and a main course each, we were then brought all three dishes at once, which obviously wasn't ideal. Instead of realising the mistake, the waiter just wanted to know if we had ordered three meals, dumped them on our table and then scampered off. We then went up to the bar to ask if they could keep the two maincourses warm for us, to which we were met with utter rudeness from what we thought was the landlady. Instead of obliging and politely taking the plates back into the kitchen, she left them on the bar and basically said it was our fault as we'd ordered three maincourses!

We had the charcuterie to start which was pretty horrible - meat was warm, then the chicken burger and beer battered cod. They weren't too bad but certainly nothing to write home about.

Before settling up the tab, I went to the loo and my girlfriend wandered over to the bar to get the bill. The landlady obviously saw me walking past the bar to the loo and then asked the barman if we'd paid (loudly), inferring that we were doing a runner! Couldn't believe it! When the barman then pointed to my girlfriend at the bar waiting to pay the landlady looked quite rightly embarassed.

To be perfectly honest, we did feel like walking away without paying - which would most definitely have been a first!!

If you like a good pint, whilst sitting in dated, dirty surroundings whilst listening to the rude and grumpy landlady then this is the place for you!
Beerboy_23 - 2 Aug 2010 15:26
Saturday afternoon visit after a long hot walk from Camden Town along the river. First impression not a bad pub with three ales on.
Stood at bar and waited and waited while the barman who seemed to have a problem remembering the order that people arrived at the bar served everyone else that arrived after we did.
Eventually got served and tried a very nice pint of Sussex best followed by a pint of Pride. Both in good state.

CambridgeBlue - 27 Jul 2009 10:54
I went there yesterday and had sampir and chips which was ok, but not many chips, not all condiments was put on the table and the price was a bit much for what you got. However, got a nice table outside and the staff were very nice.
Annette_W - 1 Jul 2009 19:29
Popped in for a beer on the way to Wembley Arena to catch the might that is Girls Aloud live. Came away happy from here.

This is a lovely backstreet boozer a short walk away from the tube but just far enough away not to attract the dregs (not that appear to be too many in this area mind you). The interior is set over two rooms which sport lots of period features from back in the day. Theres an open fire for the colder weather plus a selection of old-skool board games such as draughts and chess.

A decent selection of three ales on my visit my two (Doombar and Adnams) were kept well and I enjoyed them.

One downside is the unisex loo not great in this day and age, could imagine the ladies not being happy to do their business in there on a busier night.

Overall, Id well recommend it and would say its worth the 5 minutes diversion on the Bakerloo if youre at Paddington with a bit of time to kill. Especially recommended if youre off to Wembley and fancy a proper beer in decent surroundings.
Quinno - 7 Jun 2009 19:21
I had a very nice pint of Twickenham Spring Ale in here the other day. Shame the food wasnt as good a pretty ordinary beefburger and chips for 6.95. A still like this pub very much, but will have to make a better choice from the menu next time. It was pretty busy on a Friday lunchtime, with a largish leaving party occupying the room on the left, and all the outside tables occupied as a result of the lovely weather. A friendly, inviting pub that will get a return visit from me.
RexRattus - 7 Apr 2009 12:14
I liked it in here and the landlady was very friendly. The Doombar was very good and Cornish Coaster and Pride were also available alongside standard and premium lagers. The main bar is very comfortable and has a small plasma screen (turned off) and an open fire. There is also another quieter room to the side that also has a plasma screen which was also turned off.

After venturing in here after a few disappointing pubs I was pleasantly surprised and would gladly drink in here again and recommend it to others.
Strongers - 17 Mar 2009 11:19
Great little cosy boozer recommended by my friends at Paddington Fire Station. Had a pint of London Pride which was decent enough. Managed to get a table as it was quite packed. A bit pricey and one of two of the locals were a bit snooty, but overall - very nice!

Scousefire - 3 Feb 2009 19:45
Just a quick point. I went into this pub a couple of weeks ago and the friend I was with felt decidely ill. She therefore decided to fall aslepp in front of the fire and had nothing to eat or drink. She was still made to feel welcome by the barstaff which is unusual in this day and age.

I had a beer and the stew both of which were excellent.
woofhound - 18 Jan 2009 19:43
Great pub for cold winter evenings - a bit crowded at times, but none the worse for that. Good beer, mixture of engaged and indifferent staff. Doom is worth trying! Food is nothing gastro- but well done pub grub at prices that don't reflect it's location
philknox - 27 Nov 2008 17:10
A very welcoming and homely pub in a small road near to Little Venice. I had the Sharps Doom Bar that was very good. Didnt eat in here, but the stew and crusty bread at 4.95 looked a good bet. When I was in there the other day they had the fire going which made it seem very comfortable. This is the sort of place that I regard as a real pub I shall definitely be back.
RexRattus - 8 Nov 2008 11:53
I liked this pub. Looks good and the beer was good. Sharps Coaster, Adnams Bitter & TEA were on and beer was 2.90. My pint of Coaster was spot on.

Well worth a visit.
TheHorsesMouth - 3 Oct 2008 13:08
I think one can judge a lot by a pubs' loos and how they are kept. Category D in this case. A Unisex loo with only sit down with its lid and seat missing. That's poor.

Add to the fact that no price list for beer or lager was displayed - in contrast they have a very large display for wine prices by the glass/bottle etc., this pub was disappointment. That's pure snobbery and probably breaking the law.

Had fish and chips for lunch - ghastly. It's price 6.50. Remind me not to do this again. I could hjave done better buying fish from Tesco.

It advertises Sunday Roast at 8-50

Pub could do a lot better without much effort or expense. We pay huge sums for beer. I expect proper service when I do, and to know in advance how much I am paying.
mycetes - 15 Sep 2008 15:28
First ever visit from yours truly last Saturday.

Former Charringtons pub in a quiet side street near the canal with a rather upmarket feel to it.

Good pint of Doom Bar and some original traditional features, including etched glass, combined to make this a reasonably enjoyable visit.

Note the old painting of Paddington station over the fire place.

Worth including in a crawl of the area

JohnBonser - 18 Jun 2008 13:52
Not a bad pub but a bit dis-located, Over stacked with furnature, not enough room to move. Lots of people when we visited. Toilets dirty, thats not good.
Good selection of beers but the staff were unable to remember the round even though it was only 4 drinks, happened almost every time. One thing we disliked was all the people hanging around the door outside smoking, lots of cig ends, not nice. Could be so much nicer with a clean and some good staff.
Innbusiness - 3 Feb 2008 21:48
A great pub, first class beer and food,friendly staff.Will certainly be back when next in area.
leggless - 30 Jul 2007 19:08
Disappointing to me, read reviews on here and was meeting my girlfriend in the area, so popped in for a pint. Waited almost 20 minutes to be served, the poor guy behind the bar was on his own when there should be 3 people and had a good 10 customers waiting all the time, plus he couldn't work out who was next so I and others suffered. I finished my pint quicker than it was serve it. Apart from that it seemed fine - maybe a bit snobby but that's the area, but please please sort the terrible service out. Can't give more than a 5 due to this...
RichLondoner - 25 Jul 2007 16:18
I echo what people have said below. Lovely old boozer. Would be nice if we could keep it unspoilt. I once spotted David Soul drinking in here, so it must be good.
Ketsbaia - 10 Apr 2006 13:20
Yep,..its nice here,.....last time i went though,...there was a neighbouring shopkeeper outside covered in pigeons/reading a book,........still,..when in Rome...
kmcs - 6 Apr 2005 16:31
not long after we moved to maida vale we thought we'd check out the local pubs. we were slightly dissapointed by some but then we found the warwick castle. fantastic food, fast + friendly service and a beatiful atmosphere. its like cheers.
fabriziopolofigiklo - 22 Aug 2004 14:02
to truelly appreciate this pub, visit during week-day daytimes .
dan - 30 Jul 2004 16:23
Nice place - and considering the area, reasonably priced too. And I agree with the last post - don't tell everyone about it! One little mystery - on previous visits, I've felt compelled to whisper, as everyone else seemed to! (I've not been in the evening!) Looking forward to visiting in the summer, and whiling away a few hours out the front.
gilesd - 24 Mar 2004 18:48
A wonder of a place..the friendliest pub I've ever been in.Felt like old friends in no time at all. Shh..don't tell everyone! It's a secret!
anonymous - 14 Jan 2004 18:27
A proper local - friendly staff, welcoming regulars and great beer. Owned by Mitchells and Butler, benefits from special offers, but doesn't feel like a chain pub. Great location in winter with open fire and in summer with picnic tables at the front.
Davy - 2 Oct 2003 17:13

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