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The Earl of Lonsdale, Notting Hill - pub details

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Address: 277-281 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 136) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Notting Hill Gate (0.4 miles), Ladbroke Grove (0.4 miles), Holland Park (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations Kensington Olympia (1.2 miles), London Paddington (1.3 miles), Queens Park - London (1.6 miles)

Brewery: Samuel Smith's

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user reviews of the Earl of Lonsdale, Notting Hill

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As usual Sams Smiths have done a very good job on restoring it to its former impressive interior after it had the guts ripped out of it in the 1960s. And as a consequence this is a very characterful place to have a beer and a bite to eat, especially in the side lounge room when the large open fireplace is going on a chilly winter lunchtime.
Sadly it's the rest of the package that is not up to the interior and spoils this as a truly enjoyable pub experience.
It's location on Portabello Road means most of the clientele are single visit foreign tourists who are very unlikely to ever return, so the pub doesn't really need to work to attract people back and consequently in this ones case SS doesn't bother to even try.
Firstly the Sam Smith beer range is poor at the best of times, and especially if the draught version of OBB is not available, as is the case here. Fortunately being Christmas there was a couple of stouts available and the extra stout when taken with food is usually passable.
Secondly, we did eat here and the food we experienced was edible but average at best. The Steak and Ale pies are now £9 plus and I was expecting something better than a clearly microwaved pie for that.
And thirdly the service left a lot to be desired. Nothing against the hard-working barmaid and the young lad running around trying to dispense the meals and clean up the carnage left by previous diners, but two young staff only in a busy pub like this just isn't enough to avoid the frustrating queues forming at the bar.
This pub could be a really great pub, if only the rest of the experience was up to the interior. Still worth a visit to see the interior if you are in the area.

Gann - 25 Jan 2017 14:38
Nice enough pub, but be warned it's one of Sam Smiths pubs that only serves keg ale.
Alfnoax - 17 Nov 2012 09:26
It's quite hard reviewing pubs that follow a similar pattern in it's chain, and with this Sam Smiths pub there is no exception.
Cheap food and cheap drink made by their own brewary which is all great. Nice mix of snugs and open areas along with a really decent sized beer garden. Usually fairly quiet when I've been in, but Saturday daytime was hugely busy with tourists visiting Portobello Road market.
If it was just a tiny bit closer to where I live, I would be spending a lot more time in here
Roydwin - 30 Oct 2011 17:58
I first visited this pub by chance a couple of months ago when I was looking for a new regular for myself and some friends, who generally stick to the South Ken area. I was delighted to find such a lovely pub with an amazing dining room, fireplaces and a huge pub garden. The staff were very attentive and made us feel very comfortable so we ended up spending the whole day there. I now drop in at least twice a week as I'd rather go a little further than my traditional local pubs for the relaxed, friendly atmosphere that the Lonsdale provides. Not to mention, great value drinks! Definitely recommended.
apubfan - 21 Dec 2010 12:51
I am also a regular here. My opinion is that this pub has improved since new management have arrived. New friendly faces behind the bar. The pub is much cleaner. Yes a couple of people I believe have been asked to no longer drink there, I for one am pleased. The Lonsdale is a local pub on portobello road but only for a handful of locals that come in each day, most of who are very pleasant. A couple are not. There are far more people now coming in two or three times a week, younger faces and even greater numbers of tourists. I agree the beer is cheap. If you are pleasant and friendly with the staff and management here they are very friendly also.
newone1 - 20 Dec 2010 18:00

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