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I attempted to survive a day (before a concert in Cadogan Hall) as a "Sloane Ranger" (or does that expression apply only to women?), but I am afraid that both my age and attire disqualified me mercilessly. Anyway, The Antelope was the only decent pub I could find near Sloane Square, and it was definitely less Sloanie in character (at least in the quiet afternoon) than the restaurant I unashamedly dined in at Sloane Square afterwards. The kitchen at The Antelope was closed, as I visited after normal lunch hours. I started out with a gin & tonic. No new beers for me, but I had the Fuller's Red Fox (a bit soapy in the finish) and the ESB (which was fine). I asked if they had bottles of Golden Pride or Bengal Lancer, but to no avail. The bartenders were friendly enough though.
Sigmund - 13 Feb 2018 21:49
A very pleasant pub in a quiet & sober part of town. People dotted about the smallish bar area enjoying themselves quietly & soberly. My pint of Pride (4.05) was served by a friendly bar person, and I enjoyed a half hour of quiet reflection. I noted that the pub had a longstanding cricket competition with the Churchill Arms, and that village-like atmosphere summed up the pub for me.
Queenslander - 29 Oct 2015 21:33
Last of the night from my camera book of pub walks. Another gem a little off the beaten path. Would have liked to eat here but the upstairs restaurant had been taken over by a pub psychology evening. No I dont know, either.

Good pint of ESB in the ceremonial goblet.
Mappiman - 21 Jan 2015 20:27
"Time spent leaning could be time spent cleaning" my old boss at the roof in Bridgend used to tell me. The staff at the antelope could do with learning that. Would rather be chatting to their mates sitting at the bar than serving drinks or doing anything useful. As a result, large clouds of barflies gather in various pockets of the place. Nice pint of IPA, but not the cleanest boozer I've ever been to.
TommyRogers1979 - 27 Jul 2014 16:36
This is a really beautiful pub with good beer. Enjoy.
strangetorpor - 1 Jun 2014 11:36
Now has bottled Chimay Blue and Trippel. This pub has been a favourite of ours for many years and it has maintained a good standard throughout.
WaitorseBoyz - 6 Sep 2013 14:19
Even Belgravia needs "paint covered workmen" - that's why we had PUBLIC bars. This pub definitely has 2 areas, though it might not have a public bar as such - can't remember. What I can say is that this is a typical Belgravia pub : very comfortable, but not snobbish in any way.
malo66 - 21 Aug 2012 12:35
Paint covered workmen in Belgravia, the class system has definitely gone to the dogs!
nokegthanks - 28 Jul 2012 23:17
Definitely felt like a pub rather than a bar with a varied mixture of people inside from the paint-covered workmen to the marketing guys with their expensive briefcases. Butcombe Bitter, Fullers Wild River, London Pride and Discovery and an essentially pub grub menu jazzed up a little e.g. cod with gazpacho dressing.
paul_d102 - 28 Jul 2012 22:13
Popped into this pub after visiting the Fox and Hounds. Pleasant enough pub, beer was good. I shall visit again but the Fox and Hounds is more inviting.
bob.the.wop - 7 Mar 2012 21:42
A decent Fuller's pub in the heart of Belgravia, with a small-is-beautiful atmosphere.
16jamesdoc - 22 Dec 2011 14:40
Big square bar on the ground flooor, then a warren of smaller rooms upstairs. Served a very good pint of Fullers, but there was a considerable wait for food (at around 6.30pm on a weekday night) although the place wasn't busy.

Good choice as a place to go before a visit to the Royal Court Theatre.
myjlcr - 26 Sep 2011 14:09
glad to hear the service has improved!
malo66 - 20 Sep 2011 19:39
I hadn't been to this pub before but a friend and I tried it last night. We were impressed by the standard of service; range and quality of the ales; and the food was pretty good too. Very attentive staff (contrary to an earlier review). A very friendly place, evidently with a strong local following but not cliquey in the way of so many pubs in that neck of the woods.Certainly not my last visit here I'll warrant.
Ordinary - 15 Sep 2011 22:39
I was not at all impressed by the 'Manager' (if that is what he was) on my last visit with 3 friends at about 2.20 pm. It was fairly quiet and I never mind having to wait my turn to be served. But it was very disconcerting to see said Manager on the phone for a good 5 minutes. During this time, there was no sign from him that he would be with us shortly. I suspected the conversation was 'personal' rather than 'business'. When he put the phone down, rather than come over to us, he simply shouted up the staircase for one of his staff to come and serve us.
So much for the Fullers "4 pillars" policy which includes exemplary service!

Other than that, this is a great pub!
malo66 - 5 Jul 2011 12:14
Probably the best out of all the many Fullers pubs I've been in. Tucked away in a typical Belgravia street, with a few interesting features on the outside and some cosy intimate drinking spaces on the inside, arranged around a square bar in the centre. Add a couple of interesting guest beers and this could be a 10/10 place, until then you'll have to make do with the usual Fullers range.
rob1981 - 24 Mar 2011 20:42
Similar to an Antelope, "Never look a gifted horse in the mouth"
- the address puts you off BUT.... decent pints + good food in a pub that could be in Cumbria or Wales.... yet it's in a fancy place in London. Back this Antelope and you'll win some money from the bookies
Pyrrhula - 10 Mar 2011 07:36
I can only agree with all the favourable reviews : nice area, nice beer and nice decor, etc...
malo66 - 22 Feb 2011 13:51
Wonderful little Fuller's tied house just North of Sloane Square. This is one of those pubs which is a joy just to kick back and drink in. Full Fuller's range in excellent condition.

Like the majority of Fuller's pubs the Antelope isn't trying to be anything special. It is just a charming and much loved establishment with good beer, and this is the reason it works so well.
Misk. - 14 Feb 2011 18:13
A rather charming little boozer buried in Belgravia that is well worth a stop-off. The place is set in a charming Georgian building the interior is a sturdy, wood-driven traditional affair that does not jar with one's external first impressions.
Perhaps a modest disappointment to some expecting a rather more individual set-up, as essentially the Antelope follows the rather formulaic (albeit often very successful) Fuller's format. This is a blueprint that most would find acceptable and is certainly ahead of some duller competitors in the capital, but it won't win any awards for authentic character or memorable features. Still, I'm being picky really, as the pub offers a predictable but consistently high quality pint from the Fuller's range (my Chiswick was in good nick), and it clearly rates highly amongst the local cognoscenti as an after-work bolthole, for the place was heaving even though it was a quiet Tuesday evening in February.

Certainly worth a visit, provided you're a) patient in waiting for service and b) not fed up with the Fuller's brand of pub.
TWG - 2 Feb 2011 13:57
Lovely little pub, close to Sloane Square but hidden well.

The normal Fullers beers on tap which are well kept. London pride a true favourite.

Often eat and drink here and can only say more please! Great pub.
nickyboi45 - 6 Dec 2010 20:27
Excellent little pub. Just the right mixture of efficiency and historic charm. Good beer, nice staff. Tends to be busy at 7pm , quieter by about 8.15 as the "post work pint" crowd heads home. Well worth a visit.
Major_Bill - 23 Nov 2010 09:28
Great little pub, I hadn't been for a while and decided to pop in when I was in the area. Very sad to see Tracy has left, the place just isn't the same without her. Highly recommend the Seafarers.
derek112 - 6 Aug 2010 23:25
Excellent little Fullers pub located fairly close to Sloane Square underground and Victoria coach station. Very small frontage with two doors, but it has a slightly wider interior with a cosy wood-panelled room to one side. Nice, unspoiled island bar with a limited amount of fairly basic seating at the front(but there is more further back and also in another room upstairs). Five beers on handpump, including an excellent pint of Seafarers, at typical-for-the-area (i.e. quite high) prices. Overall, it's worth seeking out this traditional side-street boozer.
rpadam - 1 May 2010 10:52
Traditional old fashioned style Fullers Pub in a highly desirable area but it does manage to escape any sense of elitism in its well heeled neighbourhood. The décor and interior is quite basic and sturdy with an island bar, patterned windows and good solid furnishings although it does pamper to the sofa fraternity in the homely rear section. There is also a small paneled side room and a separate upstairs bar / function room. There is a slight cricket theme (the Prince’s Cricket Ground was situated nearby until being built over in the 1880’s) and the regulars have an annual friendly cricket match against the Churchill Arms in Kensington – a list of the scores since the game’s inception in 1991 is recorded on a board along with other cricketing memorabilia. The old pub sign can also be found inside.

A good range of Fullers ales available on my visit; Pride, Discovery, Chiswick, ESB and Porter with prices pretty reasonable for the area. It is sad to read the comments regarding the poor food standards though; I used to know the chef here 25 or so years ago and I know from experience it was pretty good in those days! Despite being quite tucked away, the pub does appear to be as popular as I always remembered and it is also quite handy for the nearby Cadogan Hall, now being increasingly more used as a music venue. My recent visit was the first for many years and I’m glad to see that it hasn’t succumbed to any trendy modernization prgramme like so many of my old haunts in the area. I hope it won’t be another 20 odd years before I make use of the place again.

RogerB - 26 Dec 2009 17:39
Fullers pub serving London Pride, ESB, Discovery and Chiswick Bitter. On our Friday evening visit, the downstairs bar was full. So we opted for the upstairs bar, as we were planning to eat. We were the only people in here until a couple of American visitors appeared shortly before we left. Needless to say the upstairs was short of atmosphere. The menu with microwaved food failed to appeal. If you can get a seat in the main bar downstairs, this could be a nice enough place to spend a few hours. Although expect to go home with an empty wallet. The prices in this area are far too high.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Aug 2009 14:52
Visited again on a Friday evening and all ales were on and in excellent condition especially the ESB which was sublime!

Bar staff very friendly and good at their jobs, very mixed clientèle for a Friday eve and a nice atmosphere prevailed. This is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine especially as it's so close to the awful Victoria coach station and everything around that dump is bad so a visit here on the way to my coach makes the trip one whole lot sweeter.
MisterX - 12 Jul 2009 15:05
rainlight's succinct review below sums this pub up to a tee really so not much to add. The hot afternoon I visited was a bit disappointing as most of the ales were off but the Chiswick I drank was beautiful so nay bother at the end of the day. A lot of poncy places in the area so avoid them and visit a decent pub here, I've not found better around these parts.

Also very handy for Victoria coach station just down the road too.
MisterX - 4 Jul 2009 10:53
Interesting Fuller's pub now doing Gale's Seafarers Ale as well, very nice. Lots of cricketing memorabilia around the walls. Cosy small spaces - a real London pub of the sort that should prevail.
Upstairs hosts the monthly meetings of the British Science Fiction Association. A lot less expensive than places around Sloane Square nearby, for example the Royal Court's bar with its pleasant line in miniature expensive meat pies!

rainlight - 28 May 2009 22:13
Very disappointing food. I have been going here for about 9 months for Friday lunches and the food has usually been what you want from a pub, my absolute favourite being the 'butternut squash and stilton pie'. However the last few times the pie came with mushroom instead of stilton, and I loath mushrooms. When asked, the staff insisted that was always the recipe, even though the menu's and specials boards say 'butternut squash and stilton pie'. Other exciting meals have included cremated sausages and mash, fish cakes with a generous helping of fish skin and mouldy bread with soup. Really won't be going back anytime soon. Sorry Antelope.
NellyMac - 25 May 2009 21:45
Used to be pretty much only a local for the house staff and associated workers around here, and had an old world feel - you could imagine Mr Hudson disapproving of Edward in here (UpstairsDownstairs) . Anyway its changed a lot since its uppydo and seems to be an enthusiastic management and staff and lots of different patrons wandering up from Sloane Sq.
gonetolunch - 18 Apr 2009 10:45
I wish this site would publish the opening hours of pubs as this pub is CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
lovesong - 12 Apr 2009 12:41
On my recent visit it's appeared to have a refurbsihment which makes it seem a bit colder than previously. Still a good place though.
murgatroyd - 2 Nov 2008 19:19
A great pub, good prices for ales and food as far as other sloane square establishments are concerned. Visited in mid-september for drinks in the evening. The place can get quite busy (apparently) on weekdays but was strangely quiet on my visit (saturday). Well kept pint of fullers london pride followed by gales seafarer which was perfect! Will definetely be visiting again-great for winter nights in my opinion-cosy 'snugs' and a warm atmosphere! And kudos to the manager and bar staff...must be recent arrivals-always good to see regular staff that make conversation and know how to serve a decent pint!
croutons79 - 5 Oct 2008 17:06
Nice pub, but disappointing food
rnm - 4 Sep 2008 16:34
Another delightful pub in beguiling Belgravia environs - my cricket-loving companion was enraptured by the wall displays,a lovely quiet spot, slightly suprised that the pubs in this area open on saturday afternoons given how empty they were, though we weren't complaining!
virginiaplain - 17 Aug 2008 15:07
Great pub on a Saturday when trying to escape from the horrors of shopping on Sloane Square. Great Fullers beers, and nice atmosphere. Not open on Sundays which is a shame,
daniel_mulholland - 28 May 2008 21:50
Popped in here on a Friday evening.
Pub is tucked away just off the main drag out of Sloane Square and a cracking little pub it is.
Good range of real ales, a decent nod to the lager drinkers.
Central bar and lots of cricket related stuff from their long standing competition with the Churchill.

Well worth a visit if you are shopped out on the Kings Road.
whileyn - 5 Apr 2008 10:17
I popped in here for a lunchtime drink mid-week. The food was pleasant and seemed home cooked, rather than the usual cook/chill. Had a nice bacon and brie sarnie. Not cheap but value for money & good for this touristy area. Genuine old pub, lots of nooks and crannies, rather rickety. Pleasant ambiance, albeit lots of hooray harry business types. Staff pleasant. A lovely pint of Fullers ESB, nice leather chairs and fire. This is a small pub though there seems to be an upstairs bar with basic seating. Recommended. Careful with the stairs!
mgahan - 18 Mar 2008 10:43
recently visited on a Monday night for the first time - with friends, and a general thumbs up. Good Chiswick Bitter (rare to find it), the London Pride and ESB also I'm told went down well.
zorrodp - 18 Feb 2008 16:58
This place stinks
katiana57 - 7 Feb 2008 13:34
Went there before and after a concert at the nearby Cadogan Hall and thought it an excellent discovery. Good quality beer, pleasant atmosphere and very friendly staff.
Beercheese - 11 May 2007 23:51
A Fuller's pub so expect decent ale. I had the Discovery for a change when I was in the other day and it was excellent. Pretty crowded on a Thursday evening with not much room to move round the central bar, but that's to be expected in a decent pub in London. Service was fine taking into account that it was busy. One of a number of really intersting mews pubs in the general area - definitely worth a visit.
RexRattus - 30 Mar 2007 12:26
A really pleasant pub. Decent ale and food. Can get a bit smokey but there is a no smoking area. Very friendly staff.
WaitorseBoyz - 5 Jan 2007 14:48
The Antelope is a great pub in a great location - the average Sloane Square gawper won't find it.

Only downside is that it seeems to attract a large number of poseurs who would like to live on Eaton Terrace but are more likely to follow the junior Maxwells route to social standing and wealth.

Alterantively there's quite a few who still believe the social mores of the 50s still work. You know how it goes..

"Well I was buggered at Eton and it did me no harm so I can't see how it could be bad for him"

Still - I'd well recommend this place - went on my first date with my now wife here. It is really good particularly when compared to anything you might find with signs like O'Neills, Yates's or All Bar One over the door
murgatroyd - 29 Oct 2006 00:48
A wonderful pub close to Sloane Square. The Chiswick has always been kept very well when I have visited and I hear the Discovery is very good too.
mr_lunch - 17 Oct 2006 16:09
Just around the corner from sloane square. This is a nice old place with fullers beers. The Chiswick went down a treat. The back part of the pub had a timeless feel, which is probably why I was late meeting a friend of mine.
mitomighty - 3 Oct 2006 17:05
What was a good pub has been marred by the arrival of a landlord who'd, it seems, be happier doing anything else but. T Taylor was offensive, so were the staff. Big sandwich menu on the wall. 'Sorry, we haven't any', was all they had to say...at 1.30pm!

Won't be going back.

TheGreenKing - 12 Jul 2006 00:29
This pub has recently been taken over by Fullers, so the beer has vastly improved, i was there the other week and had an excellent pint, as for the Lowndes arms yes it is now a house but that happened years ago.
lovesong - 23 May 2005 16:46
The Antelope will always be The Antelope and quite right too, I like the place but there used to be a cosy little pub around the corner from here called The Lowends Arms. What happened it? I went looking for it on a recent visit to the area and it seems to have vanished. Hopefully I took a wrong turn but I don't think so. Can someone please enlighten me, Has it really been transformed into a private house?
Wendy_UK - 14 May 2005 12:51
Found this pub while looking for the Star (please go there instead). Completely empty except for grumpy barmaid and the beer (Jack frost) was terrible, cloudy and tasted bad - and expensive. Was very disappointed.
currymonster - 12 Apr 2005 15:20
I haven't been in for a while so I'm concerned by Peter Samsom's comments. It used to be a really good pub so I'm just hoping he caught it on a very bad day. If it's like days of old there's plenty of charm, character and real ale to have a great time.
casemore - 14 Dec 2004 13:05
I used to come here every night when i worked in the city.Unfortunatly how good pubs die quickly.I was embarrased when i brought my new boss for lunch.After our first drink(if i can call it that) we decided to go the nearby Orial.Expensive but at least good service and beer.The Antelope is not The Antelope anymore.
Peter Samsom - 25 Apr 2004 21:01
Traditional style pub. Small on space but big on atmosphere. Gets busy but worth the trouble of finding it.
andrew1961 - 25 Jan 2004 19:23
My favourite London pub. Yes, it's expensive, but worth it. Their cider is like nothing else I've had in London (including Chimes). You can really settle in and get hammered with the Debretts classes. Go there and enjoy. I insist.
robin - 24 Mar 2003 13:11
Expensive but worth a visit. Just one visit, mind, you'll be bankrupt if you go back :)
mike - 25 Aug 2002 12:02

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