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Proper pub. Doombar & Atlantic. Three TVs with Sky Sports. Far better pub for Fulham fans than the Crabtree
Wilson_MacDonald - 10 Sep 2017 18:20
This one gets a raised mark from me partly by virtue of it's proximity to and resonance with the Riverside Studios, partly because you have to walk a bit to get to a better pub and partly because I'm a Fulham fan. Two real ales on - ok but not brilliant.
SimonM - 22 Oct 2010 15:45
Traditional (and not in all respects a good way) pub located opposite Riverside Studios and, less obviously, on the Thames Path which has one of its annoying diversions away from the river bank in this area. Very basic decor, with just a few old photographs of celebrities on the walls. 'Menu' consists of a few toasted sandwiches. Dart board. Two handpumps - Spitfire and Adnams (£3.20) - but the real ale is not always in the best condition. The only change since my previous visit is that it just looks a bit more dates and tatty - all a bit sad, really (but I still like the amusing pub sign).
rpadam - 8 May 2010 13:20
Traditional pub ,always good on Fulham match days. Great for the riverside pub crawl. The staff are friendly and its nice to see a proper pub still hanging in there, long may it continue
TSW - 4 Feb 2010 21:16
having now read previous reviews I feel somewhat guilty at scoring this at a modest 5. But the beer (always Adnams and Spitfire) was undistinguished when we visited which was probably the main reason, and I couldn't help but think how long this back street pub will survive. We visited at lunchtime and it was pretty quiet whilst a modern cafe a few doors down was full with office workers......
jeremyb - 15 Sep 2009 06:12
Fine traditional smallish pub opposite the Hammersmith Riverside Studios and close to the Thames Path on the north side of the river.

As other posters have commented, the Chancellors has a bit of a 70's time warp feel to it, enhanced by the photos on the walls of familiar stage and screen stars from that era, including the stars of the original Z Cars programme.

There's carpets and comfortable seating, with a black and white interior.

At the right hand side of the bar is an area with a dartboard. Here there's some boxing and Fulham F C memorabilia. At the side of the pub on the left is a small outside patio. There's also a few seats outside on the front pavement. On these tables were several old Combe's Bitter ashtrays - not something I've seen for some time.

On my recent Saturday afternoon visit, the two plasma TV's , one in each corner, were showing the Open Golf and horse racing at an unobtrusive sound level.

The Chancellors seems to be mainly a locals' pub, but not one that's unwelcoming to passers by.

Two real ales were on - Adnams Bitter and Sheps Spitfire. The Adnams was on good form.

This is a good honest unpretentious pub in an area where they seem desperately thin on the ground. If you're passing by ( perhaps walking the Thames Path ?), try and find time to drop in.
JohnBonser - 24 Jul 2009 13:01
I really like the Chancellors, I have a business client around the corner so it's always a treat to pop in after a 2 hour meeting. There is a real sense of broadcasting history due to the pictures on the walls (and Riverside Studios across the road), you can just picture all the greats propping up the bar at one time or another.

A lovely (slightly) hidden gem.
Schooner - 13 Jul 2009 18:27
Following on from the comments concerning this pubs proximity to The Riverside Studios. In the late fifties Tony Hancock and Sid James used this pub regularly while filming Hancock's Half Hour. They called it 'Studio 4'
Royston15 - 4 Jul 2009 18:36
This pub was an unexpected find nestling in backstreets between Hammersmith Bridge Road and Fulham Palace Road. It's a very traditional and unmodernised boozer which I found thoroughly refreshing in an area where so many pubs have been gastro-ised or smartened in some way. I found it very welcoming, and at about 6 on a summer Sunday evening, the pub was busy. A large screen broadcast music from Glastonbury which worked well. It has a back garden to the left side of the pub, and from the smell it appeared a barbecue was underway. Two real ales, which is good and laudable, as pubs of this kind in London often don't sell any ale at all. This was the best pub I visited on a day when I had walked from Brentford through Old Chiswick to Hammersmith.
grecian - 29 Jun 2009 10:53
Visited last night before a gig at the Odeon. Great little traditional pub hidden away in the back streets. Good beer and friendly bar stuff.
topcat455 - 23 Dec 2008 12:26
This is a pretty ordinary backstreet pub – and from me that is a compliment. They had Courage Best and Spitfire on. The Spitfire tasted pretty good, and at £2.90 a pint not too expensive for the area.

I have to say that this pub’s ordinariness makes it stand out from the crowd. It looks like something of a throwback to the 70s – or perhaps the 60s judging from the music being played (The Searchers, Four Tops, Diana Ross). Red “velvetine” settles with the odd rip in them set the scene. It only needed copper coverings for the round tables to complete the picture.

Numerous black and white photographs of British actors on the walls, probably connected to the proximity of Riverside Studios. I rather like this pub, and recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet drink in a straightforward boozer with no apparent aspirations to be a gastro-pub.
RexRattus - 2 Oct 2008 18:14
Excellent quality pints of spitfire and courage best.
garyrealaledrinker - 31 Aug 2008 22:39
Intersting little pub. much better than it might look form the outside.

Clientele is of the older but maybe not wiser variety but the atmosphere was fun.

Inside the decor isn't the strongest feature but the place is absolutely spotless (inc the loos)

what was really great was the music, I don't know if it was a special event but they had a cracking range of early 60s tunes, not just the famous golden oldies some really nice tunes.
mralistair - 4 Jul 2008 14:44
I have used this pub for 30 years, staff all lovely, may well not be the taste for the very young but there are many of us who dont want to be blasted out by music and actually want to enjoy our company and drinks, now has a new large screen television which makes for good sports, garden also, darts, seating outside, nice quiet street, give it a try
Mrsstrongbow - 23 May 2007 14:30
Nice enough pub in which I had a decent pint of ale. It's near the river but like RogerB says don't expect to see it. Tucked nicely away from Fulham Palace Road and still has a bit of character.
E.S.B - 30 Apr 2007 12:32
The Chancellors is a fairly low key pub in the back streets near the river (but certainly not on or within view of the river as a previous poster intimates). The proximity of the Riverside Studios opposite means that it gets a fair share of musicians / performers, many of whom have left signed photos that now adorn the walls alongside lesser celebrities otherwise known as Fulham footballers. The mock Tudor interior is typically old fashioned and rather dated but fans of traditional unspoilt pubs will see the attraction of this place. The mature couple who appear to run the pub ensure that there are very few signs of it becoming too trendy or glitzy like several other pubs in the area. The only Ale is Courage Best but it is usually in good nick. It is less than a 10 minute walk to the Apollo but it is far enough off the beaten track to lose the crowds making it an ideal place for a peaceful drink on event night. Bar service is always good with any short measures being immediately topped up without prompting. There are a couple of basic TVs and a darts area to the rear. There is a small outside patio when the weather permits. It can be a bit smoky (but not for much longer) and some of the customer base can be rather worse for wear but there are a few characters and I have never been afforded anything other than a good welcome.
RogerB - 11 Apr 2007 15:24
Interesting local pub for local people. Certainly not got a threatening atmosphere you might associate with local pubs on council estates. The clients and bar staff do tend to be getting on a bit, but that at least means there are a few "characters" - and I don't mean in a bad way. Had an excellent toasted sandwich there. I think an area needs a good mix of pubs to cater for all ages and so I hope this place keeps going and doesn't suffer a dreaded refurb.
Sparky1 - 14 Dec 2006 14:34
Nice cheery pub - which makes a very pleasent change from the usual Hammersmith fodder.Great beer and a brilliant location all add up to one of the best boozers in West London. 10/10
Mr.Raffles - 2 Nov 2005 15:24

Having just returned from this place for a liquid lunch; A nice enough local pub, fairly well decorated with friendly staff.

It is however a fairly old geezers establishment. On walking in the whole back wall is a line up of old fellas enjoying their pints and gossiping about last nights bingo, and reminded me very much of a day out from the local retirement home.

When I was ordering a drink, there was one chap at the bar who was suprisingly young (teeth intact, able to stand up, could remember what happened yesterday..etc.etc) made the summation that it was "suprisingly busy in here today" - so a normal day apparently gets even less than the already sparse population.

To sum up - nice enough pub, the staff really are friendly and the decor is 'nice boozer on the corner'. I'll definatley return there when I retire.

craigdunn - 13 Oct 2005 15:16
Great find. A dream on a summer afternoon, particularly if you are visiting the Riverside Theatre across the road - at least half the price of Riverside beers!! Best quote "It's ancient as are the locals, and the Lady behind the bar, deserves the capital L, she's great!"
mikem - 10 Aug 2005 10:30
Best pint of Guinness in Hammersmith
TommyH - 9 Mar 2005 21:46
Small pub in sidestreet , friendly enough.
Famously opens at 10.30am with sad old gits normally called Robin already queueing up waiting to buy their Gin and Tonics.
Very pleasant in summer sitting outside the front of the pub in the sunshine by the Thames.
peterthebeetle - 28 Feb 2005 10:31
Nice little local pub, bit Irish, one for the oldies.

Good spot for an afternoon quiet pint.
TheGP - 21 Sep 2004 13:55
a small friendly pub mainly locals one dartboard and a small selection of food.bella the manageress will have been in the house for 20 years in november.
john whilding - 16 Jul 2004 08:28

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