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Address: 43 The Broadway, London, W5 5JN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 53) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Ealing Broadway (0.1 miles), North Ealing (0.7 miles), Ealing Common (0.7 miles)

Nearest train stations Ealing Broadway (0.1 miles), West Ealing (0.8 miles), Drayton Green (1.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.9/10 (rated by 105 users)
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This pub feels like it has a bit of an identity crisis. It isn't sure whether it wants to cater for the real ale fraternity or to be a 'craft beer house'. I guess it is probably more akin to the latter but somehow falls short of being either.

I am unsure whether this used to be in the GBG but I can't imagine it is now with such a limited and uninspiring choice of ale. The focus seems to be on expensive foreign lagers and kegs. Now I have nothing against keg but I do object to the huge mark up on effectively the same product that has been carbonated and chilled to Arctic tempratures all because it is a la mode due to clever marketing and 'the brew dog effect'

Clientele seemed a little mixed. There was an extremely drunk (but pleasant enough) bloke who latched on to me and my mate when I last visited. We didn't mind entertaining him for a bit as we are quite tolerant guys but we hadn't seen each other for ages so it got a bit tiresome after a while. The guy also kept going over to the offie to buy alcohol, drink it outside then return to the garden. He also relieved himself (by that I mean urinate, not something else) into a flower pot before he left. i know a lot of boozers have these types of characters however, the staff were aware of this guy and really should have moved him on. A better run pub would have done.

I will probably go in again as it is good for a change of scene from the spoons when I'm in the Broadway however, it only scores half marks for me based on my last visits.


BeerGutt - 1 Sep 2015 18:52
I've a long history with this pub! Back to the 1970s.
It was a favourite with the Lads for a Friday night when we were all at school/or first job together - convenient for the 'Monty's' curry house across the road too.
I met a couple of (serious) girlfriends in here, got very drunk more times than I can recall, and had a great time.
It was a traditional Irish pub (before those "Plastic Paddy Joints" arrived) so the crowd was always large, friendly and welcoming.
The "beer garden" was originally just an alleyway where punters could park cars and where the 11:30 punch-ups took place on Fri & Sats. Good clean fun, with plenty of betting going on on the side. Plod, when they bothered to turn up, would block the alley at the Broadway end, watch participants punch themselves out and then haul them to Ealing Police Station for a night in the cells to sleep it off.
There were no 'outdoor heaters'.
Food was MASSIVE Sunday roasts and huge stews during the week.
No music back then - the community singing would drown it out!
It's a shame that it has changed so much. The DJ was a disastrous change (too loud), the door staff a sad modern reflection on what was previously a rigourosly self-policed boozer.
They can't keep the ale and bitter either, which is a shame. It was renowned for well-kept beer before - bigger margins on fizzy keg stuff, I suppose.
The alternative "Town House" over the road catered for the other 'set'
I had a drink in here just before my Wedding. Just for old times sake. The landlord didn't say "Hello Lads - six pints as usual? I'll bring them over" Sad.

marklaw - 17 Feb 2015 02:52
I hadnt been in here for quite a while so popped in last night for a couple of beers after work after hearing about the refit.

It looks like the place is more a American Bar/Diner than pub, which is not a bad thing, and the food comming out looked good. However I ordered a pint of Adnams which was dead and very "tangy", so backed that and replaced with a pint of Breakspear which was also dead which i again backed, which like the ale didnt do down too well with the barstaff. Finally settled with a pint of Becks as the ale is obviously not cared for.

If yor not an ale person then this is probaly a great pub, but i wont be going back in a hurry as there are much better ale pubs in the area.
caffeinefreak - 5 Feb 2015 11:46
Good atmosphere and clientele but the beer is awful. Bar manager at lunchtime tried to argue with me otherwise. Two different bad pints from an otherwise good selection. Will not be going again.
JudasPriestes - 14 Jan 2014 16:28
Seems to be a shift in emphasis towards food. Ale was barely drinkable. Only virtue is it is handy for the station.
Snarling_Mallard - 3 Jan 2014 19:46

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