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The P & H is still open, if anyone's interested! :-)))
renzarov - 11 Apr 2017 13:39
Rumour has it that this is being sold by W/Spoons...
It's not much of a pub, but it is cheap, so boo hoo!
renzarov - 8 Feb 2016 20:24
Let's start off with the obvious- it's a Wetherspoons. You know what to expect- beer, and price wise. No real surprises. The staff are decent. Some more talkative and friendly than others. One big plus here is that the food is always decent or better. The steaks and curries are especially recommended. The 'WC's' are, appropriately, commodious. And lastly, you rarely, if ever, get any trouble there. Well worth a visit if all you want is a decent pint, and perhaps a spot of grub.
mothers_ruin - 18 Dec 2014 12:05
Walked in, stood at bar, completely ignored, walked out.
mont62y - 1 Jun 2013 15:57
Deceptively large 'Spoons. Quick service, decent beer, have a drink then move somewhere else. Like virtually every other JDW it knows its clientele and caters for them.
djw - 17 Apr 2013 00:11
Oh dear, I forgot to report back...but not much to say really except that the breakfast & beer were fine, & the atmosphere OK- for a hangar! I'm visiting Hammersmith again tomorrow, so will it give it another go for brekkers before lunchtime.
renzarov - 20 Oct 2012 14:04
I'm going to have breakfast at The P & H tomorrow before hitting the riverside boozers, Dove, Rutland & Blue Anchor, plus King St's Ram & Salutation, I expect!
I'll report back about atmosphere/lack of it soon, but my previous visits lead to me to think it's like an aircraft hangar & without soul, etc. The beer is pretty OK, though!
renzarov - 18 Aug 2012 14:35
without a doubt the better of the two JDW's in Hammersmith. Pleasant staff, mixed clientle etc.... certainly better than the den of iniquity sister pub down the road.
ng10 - 9 Aug 2012 15:08
A nice and spacious Wetherspoonís, with an impressive range of beers even by their own usual standards. Far enough from Hammersmithís commercial centre to avoid the occasionally boisterous crowd which the William Morris attracts, this pub survives on a high customer quotient drawn in from the nearby Travelodge (combined with a small spread of locals), but always seems to have plenty of space for everyone.

A safe bet for a friendly evening, with great drinks and the food you would expect from this chain, and one of only a time handful of pubs in Hammersmith to still have a quiz machine. This is definitely one of my first choices in the area these days.

elegiac_stanzas - 7 Aug 2012 11:57
A Wetherspoons pub on Hammersmith's main drag. It doesn't look particularly big from the outside. But despite its narrow frontage, it stretches quite a long way back. The interior is a typical Wetherspoons modern look and it was quite busy on my Saturday lunchtime visit. But there is plenty of seating. The range of ales and ciders was impressive - Greene King IPA & Abbot, Adnams Broadside, Explorer & Southwold IPA, Fullers London Pride, Milestone Loxley Ale, Tring Jack O'Legs, Caledonian Over The Bar & Summerskills Whistle Belly Vengeance. Ciders were Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon, Broadoak Perry & Westons Old Rosie, Marcle Hill & Vintage Organic. Along with the Swan, this pub is worth a visit if you're ever in the centre of Hammersmith.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Mar 2012 16:38
Absolutely dump! Disgraceful. I think the ecclectic mix of cliental must have been bard from all the other pubs in King Street - except the William Morris, even more of a dump. But hey, what do you expect from JDW?
8teenboy - 6 Nov 2011 10:33
Modern and fairly bland JDW. Long single room. Not much to say. Lacks character and atmosphere, but is inoffensive.
SilkTork - 14 Jun 2011 13:15
Wetherspoons with a particularly modern feel and with customers from all walks of life. The Abbot Reserve at £2.05 a pint was a real bargain, and well-enough kept if not brilliant. Whilst Wetherspoon's pubs generally are not really my cup of tea, they serve a purpose and I enjoyed my visit, albeit it brief.
Stamfordian - 20 Dec 2010 11:19
On a recent Friday night during the Festival place was busy. Staff rushed but polite and efficient. Ideal for Apollo. Beer in good condition.
Leicesterbeer - 14 May 2010 11:45
Random Ranger is spot on. I've never seen so many unhappy people in one place. It's like walking into a funeral, with sh*te beer.
fulhambob - 25 May 2009 23:52
I was in here to-day for the first time in about 5 years. A pleasant, airy pub although the layout of the seats and tables is reminiscent of a canteen. 4 'guest' beers on, all of which were worth drinking. Quick food and drinks service and very pleasant staff. Another point in its favour, the toilets are on the ground floor!!

In all worth a visit and I will be going back.
wyndham - 1 Apr 2009 20:15
My missus calls this the "airport" pub - she's wrong, it's the "cross-channel ferry bar" pub. If there was a black hole for fun, the plough and harrow would be its centre.
random_ranger - 8 Dec 2008 16:23
Yes indeed patrickjsm a Spoons is a Spoons but during the recent Wetherspoons International Real Ale festival they managed to maintain a great selection of ales and got rid of some of the usual ones to accommodate them. Attracts a real cross section of people...
jeremyb - 21 Nov 2008 06:28
Although I only visit it once a year (when I'm on the annual trip to London for the GBBF), I still maintain that it's one of the better Wetherspoons, and one of the few that I'll willingly go into.
If you fancy a decent meal rather than the usual 'spoons fare, there's a very good Thai restaurant just a few doors away, too...
Trequites - 29 Aug 2008 22:43
OK on the outside but dingy and grubby around the edges inside. Usual range of beers and cheap microwave pre-pack food at cheap prices.
BobOs - 28 Aug 2008 13:44
I'm a BIG fan of Wetherspoons, but this has to be my least favourite. It seems "soulless" and, in direct contrast to the previous comment, I always find it suprisingly dark and dreary inside - it feels as if some of the light bulbs are permanantly blown.

Sure it serves decent cheap real ales but that really doesn't redeem it. Please don't prejudge other Wetherspoons on the basis of this poor offering.
drambo - 3 Jun 2008 23:58
Another big Spoons pub with 5 ales on tap and a wide selection of lagers, which is to be expected. Although this place is a little brighter than your average Spoons due to the large glass frontage and a side entrance with a long row of windows either side of it. There are dozens of tables and chairs stretching from the front of the pub all the way to the back where the toilets are located. There are also some couches at the very front of the pub by the large glass doors, but the view isnít exactly enthralling.

This place is a little soulless and other than the cheap, nearly out of date, beer I donít see any reason why anyone would drink here.
Strongers - 3 Jun 2008 17:20
It's alright, I suppose. I've seen better Spoons and worse Spoons, but a Spoons is a Spoons really. Generates feels of ambivalence.
patrickjsm - 11 Dec 2007 14:16
Not one of my favourite Wetherspoon outlets. The modern interior is rather nondescript and soulless with little to attract the attention although the glass front and sides do at least give it quite a bit of natural light. It has all the feel of a staff canteen or a giant building society reception, far too open and impersonal. On the plus side there are 6 Real Ales, 4 commoners (Pedigree, Abbott, Courage Best & Courage Directors) and 2 guests (Bohemian Granat & Daleside Leg Over) on my last visit. There are the usual local information boards giving a potted history of the areaís theatres, buildings and personalities and it may come as a surprise that there has been a Plough & Harrow here since the 15th century. Sadly the current incarnation has little of the charm that the original probably did. It is a fair trek from the tube station and far enough out of the way to lose the Apollo crowds so it is decent enough as a meeting place or somewhere for a quick pint when the pockets are running empty but not somewhere that I would choose to spend an evening.
RogerB - 22 Jun 2007 14:54
captainwingnut - 30 Apr 2007 20:27
I always have good memories of this place. Its got a couple of new leather sofas to chill out on, a couple of Plasma's have been added for added "entertainment". The prices are Wetherspoons prices, ie. Cheap!! Good place to drink, I do recommend it to any age.
MystiKaL - 16 Apr 2007 16:30
Average 'Spoons, which I rate as a good thing. Some of the best staff I've come across in a Spoons as well. Beer range a bit dull by Beer Guide standards, but Pedigree good enough. They still can't make a decent coffee though, can they !
mtaylor40 - 26 Jan 2007 18:31
Obviously a place that provokes strong emotions (both positive and negative) from other reviewers, but that is probably representative of their general view of the merits (or otherwise) of Wetherspoons overall. My view - better than average for the chain, and certainly rather more enticing than the horrible Lloyds No. 1 up the road.
rpadam - 13 Dec 2006 22:55
It's alright by the standard of Wetherspoons (which isn't saying a lot admittedly), during the day at least, but it's still not that good considering you can walk a little bit more and go to a 'proper' pub. The place still feels quite soul-less even if slightly less so than many other Wetherspoons pubs, yes it is very cheap but personally I'd rather pay a bit more for my beer and go to a 'real' pub like The Salutation, The Andover Arms or The Hope and Anchor, all quite close by.
Captain_Carwash - 16 Nov 2006 12:25
There are two Wetherspoons pubs in Hammersmith. One is a dark and dingy hole, all that is horrible about Wetherspoons. The other is The Plough & Harrow, which is all that is good about Wetherspoons.
It's big but not too big. It was busy but not too busy or noisy. The staff are friendly. The beer was served well and the food was nice. And it's cheap, of course.
It's the first time that I've seen a TV in a Wetherspoons - but it was silent with subtitles, so it didn't intrude unduly.
I can't think why people drink anywhere else in Hammersmith.
Trequites - 7 Aug 2006 11:52
Better than your average Wetherspoon's pub undoubtedly. Very cheap beer and the quality isn't too bad, considering the price and the fact it's a Wetherspoon's. Quite an odd lay-out, it's a very long pub with a dining area down the back. Otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from a Wetherspoon's, no TV's, cheap beer and a fair few old men. Yet not that bad.
C.B - 11 May 2006 18:22
Nice Big Wetherspoon Pub ideally located next 2 a Holiday Inn(Might consider staying there next time i go 2 the apollo 4 a show,def beat hotel bar prices!)

Visited the place after seeing a concert and made the most of the usual thursday night £5.49 curry club offer.

Usual wide range of cheap drinks.

My Rating 7/10.
fat_beer_badger - 2 May 2006 14:40
Very modern chrome and glass Spoonís pub. Very busy on a Saturday afternoon. Difficult to find a clean table. Beer wasnít bad quality and low priced. Nice to see a Spoonís pub with toilets on the ground floor instead of the usual two-hour walk upstairs. Donít think Iíd hurry back to this one.
Chief_IDIOT - 9 Apr 2006 10:01
Massive pub. Only ever been here for lunch, but food tasty large portions and cheap. Few different Ciders and Perrys available which is nice.
PurpleRocker - 14 Mar 2006 22:44
As has been said it's a typical Wetherspoons. Slightly different due to its "bisto cafe" style decor, but the usual staple of cheap beer and reasonable food seems to be here.
ReneArtois - 12 Dec 2005 18:13
Very Cheap and cheerful
anonymous - 23 Oct 2005 15:10
This pub shows The William Morris what it should be like. Yes it's void of anything that makes it anything but a Wetherspoons pub, but it does cheap beer which has never been too poor in quality, the food's alright and due to it being further down the road it doesn't have to deal with the scum that the Willaim Morris has become infested with. Give it a go.
triphere - 31 Jul 2005 16:43
Good for a cheap munch or drink.

Typical Weatherspoon's, it looks a like it's been decorated in five minutes, but with beer so cheap who gives a toss?

p.s. Filled with lonely old men during the afternoon.
CheekyShepherd - 29 Mar 2005 00:20
I liked it from the word go. It was early evening so it was mainly old blokes working up a sleep before the nightís telly. Come late evening the birds were flying in with working crews of very thirsty fellas. Its not an architectural diamond but its pleasant. The toilets are a fascination of tiny tiling with ornate glass and fabulous hand basins.

The beer is cheap, the atmosphere unchallenging. If you want to retreat into the warm welcoming womb of Hammersmith this is the place to slide in.
Watcher - 16 Feb 2005 18:42
are you all crazy??? this place is without atmosphere! and what a miserable people are working there. 10 out of 10??? is that a joke?
Tom - 21 Apr 2004 10:24
cost: cheap. decor: clean. clientele: varied (very). lighting: soft. chairs: comfortable (enough). sofas: insufficient (quantity). music: unnoticable (was there any?). noise level: just right (not a conversation killer nor too quiet). food: wasn't hungry (so don't know). ales: limited selection. lager: standard. toilets: good. staff: fine, speak english. overall: bring your mates (and much fun will be had)
jj - 4 Apr 2004 01:20
I agree with John, what a great place. on my visit I give this 10 out of 10
Barry B - 20 Feb 2004 00:00
Wow, what a fab Wetherspoon pub. Great Design. light and airy, and a good atmosphere in here most nights.

Great food was served on my visit, with lots of people eating around me, in a smoke free zone. Nice bunch of office workers inhere early evening have a few drinks. Great place to visit with friends on a friday / Saturday night, loads of friendly, attentive staff.
You must visit !!
John - 18 Feb 2004 11:16

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