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The Gunnersbury, Chiswick - pub details

Previously called: The John Bull

Gunnersbury
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Address: 590 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 5RP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 990) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Gunnersbury (0.1 miles), Chiswick Park (0.4 miles), South Acton (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations Gunnersbury (0.1 miles), Kew Bridge (0.5 miles), South Acton (0.6 miles)

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General information: Racing game arcade machine.

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> Current user rating: 5.5/10 (rated by 25 users)
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The pub was clearly a run down old fashioned affair which has had a makeover with the inclusion of sofa's, hippyish wall hangings etc. A large room houses a stage and the pub does host alternative evenings such as belly dancing. Not a bad selection of beers at the bar and an okay menu including platters for sharing. These are nice, except being rather stingy with the toasted pitta!
Tufty_C - 6 Oct 2011 22:53
Further to the last report from 'Strongers', the real ale handpump is now in use with Pedigree on today. The place seems to have something of an identity crisis, with 'The Gunnersbury' name at the front, the old name of 'The John Bull' still on the eastern side, 'JB at the Gunnersbury' on the A-frame board on the pavement and 'JB Bar and Diner' printed on the menus. Anyway, its good to see the owners putting in an effort with the refurb, and it certainly looks better inside than I was expecting from the exterior view.
rpadam - 2 Apr 2009 20:59
Passing this pub earlier in the week I noticed that the name has now changed to The Gunnersbury so I decided that I would revisit, which I did late yesterday afternoon.

Before entering my attention was drawn to a sign on the window that was very informative about the ownerís intentions and what was going to be done to the place. Apparently the main aim is to restore the building Ďback to its Victorian gloryí which I think is fantastic. Back in the 1860s there used to be a large ironwork balcony on the front which is going to be re-introduced and the picture looked impressive.
The inside has been decorated and, although a tad bland, some new table and chairs have been brought in making the place seem much cleaner and lighter. The general layout of the pub hasnít changed as there is still a pub-like section around one side and a big hall around the other that I think will still be used for live music when required. The big half of the pub has signs up everywhere for J B Diner and Iíd imagine if the food is any good the office workers from Chiswick Park will start using the pub making the owners a pretty penny. There is also a beer garden out the back with some tables and chairs.
The TV set on the table at the back is still there and I would hope that the projector screen is still in use for the sports.

I enjoyed having a couple of drinks in the smaller pub-like half and was foot tapping to some Motown, which the governor saw so turned the music up a bit. He was very polite and Iím fairly sure that he is the governor that has been there for ages.

The Guinness was good and San Miguel, John Smiths Smooth and some standard lagers were also available. There is an ale pump but unfortunately it is unused.

This place still needs some work which I think is ongoing and they could try and put a toilet seat on the bog if they are trying for a different clientele. If youíve been in here before and didnít like it Iíd give it another try as you have nothing to lose.
Strongers - 6 Mar 2009 07:31
Iíve been into the John Bull a few times on a Saturday to watch the football and see the results come in. Iíve found the lager to be good and the barman to be very friendly even if the dťcor is a little shabby.

This pub is a music venue with a stage and chairs on the dance floor that Iíd imagine disappear when a band is playing. Not really my cup of tea, but I do enjoy an afternoon drink in there.

Itís not the sort of pub Iíd imagine office workers from the business park next door enjoying, so I can understand the mixed reviews. Maybe they should all head down to the bar in the recently opened hotel as I have heard that it isnít too shabby in there.

Strongers - 19 Mar 2007 15:14
Not sure what previous reviewers want !.I visited with friends for live music on a saturday night. yes decor is a bit rough round the edged but informed by staff that fit out is due.Larger was comming up well and the staff were friendly enough.will return for music in near future.
the_surrey_beer_nomad - 2 Mar 2007 07:03

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