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Well its taken me nearly all of 2016 but I finally managed to get to the Anglesea Arms and tick it off!

On a busy main road but in a very nice residential area, this is a true locals pub and dining room.

The pub dates from 1825 and us just a stone's throw away from number 11 where Charles Dickens resided. A large open front with benches and umbrellas greets you as you approach, once inside its full wooden and brass.

The bar stands directly in front of the main door and had an impressive 6 hand pumps with a good range of local and national branded ales. My pint of Southwark Brewery Routemaster Red @ 3.8% was nicely kept and poured, enjoyed outside the pub where the weather was almost spring like!

Food is popular with a separate dining room to the rear down some small steps. The main bar area is fairly small with all tables and stools taken.

Appears in the 2016 GBG, on this my only visit I think its a worthy addition.
lezford - 28 Dec 2016 15:07
Went here yesterday. Green King IPA (yuck), Truman's Swift and Wandworth's Wandle were available. Sharp's Doom Bar and another were off. I heard one of the barman say to a colleague he was training that "(so and so) can't be bothered to change the barrel on that one" - says it all really. I had a pint of Wandle and it was is pretty good nick, but I won't be rushing back.
nonecker - 26 Aug 2014 23:03
A pretty good pub with great decor. The choice of ales and beers are good. Staff are friendly and provide great service.
perfect_spy - 17 Sep 2013 13:30
There's no doubting that there is an interesting portfolio of ales usually on. Interestingly when we were there there was a chap checking the temperature of them all. The one complaint I have is that the staff do seem rushed of there feet and they don't seem to smile alot. Worth a visit or a detour if you are in the locale.
WaitorseBoyz - 20 Aug 2013 14:45
C'est parfait.... yes, you might need to speak in other languages to communicate
Pyrrhula - 3 Oct 2012 23:10
A heaving mass of suits and summer dresses outside put me off a little but once I'd made my way inside I found there were plenty of people dressed more informally.
It's obviously a very popular pub as space was at a premium and a seat was out of the question.
I had an Adnams Southwark which was ok. Broadside, Doombar and Greene King were amongst the other ales available.
There's an eating area at the back which was less crowded and an interesting painting of a naked woman on the wall.
I wouldn't mind returning when the place is less busy. Probably mid afternoon!

outtamehead - 24 Jun 2012 17:33
My lady loves this place, I can't see what the attraction is.

I shan't post anything to negative though as the main barman is an absolute diamond and always makes me laugh.

Maybe that's why she likes it.
HRHMICKEY - 27 Feb 2011 15:21
One of the few genuine pubs left in the area - very good beer and not as expensive as you might think given the postcode. The hooray henries and henriettas can be a bit much in the evenings but the staff are great and the eccentric locals make up for it.

There is a very nice outdoor area at the front but the giant brollies are positioned so that half those seated get rain down their backs and you can no longer move the chairs to get more comfortable because they have been replaced with some badly-designed benches nailed to the floor. The benches also have very sharp corners and are difficult to get on and off. Wheelchair users no longer have access because they are blocked by all the fixed furniture - a strangely retrogressive upgrade. Surely breaks the Disability Discrimination Act as access is now prevented .

Food is just a bit too posh for me and expensive with tiny portions. I ordered the cheeseboard selection to share and wasn't disappointed with the quantity and quality of cheese but 3 micro thin slices of stale walnut bread left us starving and unable to stomach all the cheese.
muttley - 19 Feb 2011 17:10
"misunderestimates, misunderestimates, MISUNDERESTIMATES"

Can't get my head round that one, bogporn. What are you going on about?
mistsiren - 12 Sep 2010 11:07
Bit of a sour note Herbert me ol son.
anonymous - 1 Sep 2010 19:25
Nurse! Nurse!

foghorn's out of his bed again.

And today Matthew, he's being Percy Sledge.
HerbertLemons - 1 Sep 2010 11:18
I`m appy too foghorn you no upset me man.
By the way met your mate Leg the other day he says hi innit.
anonymous - 1 Sep 2010 10:40
Calm down ladies `it`s only an advert`

Don`t worry be Happy.
anonymous - 23 Aug 2010 09:15
foghorn sent me the following private message last night...

"From: foghorn

Sent: 2010-08-22 20:39:20

Herbie... get the waggons in a circle.
It's DANGEROUS in the real world."

Are you threatening me foghorn? If so, why? What have I done to upset you?
Dinnae get yer knickers in a twist laddie.
HerbertLemons - 23 Aug 2010 07:39
And another thing
Im a Dick.
foghorn. - 23 Aug 2010 07:01
Blimey. I thought BITE was a site for comments on pubs, however strange.

Apparently it is now a stand-off between Phil Mitchell and his brother Grant.

I actually have been to this pub, many years ago. Then ago it was decidedly posh and sold (if I recall correctly) Bass No.1 barley wine from a barrel on the bar.

Things were different then, or maybe my memory is flawed.
boblarkin - 22 Aug 2010 23:57
I agree with theinvestigator. foghorn has never had anything valid to say about any pub. In fact I doubt if he ever sets foot out of his hospital bed. It has to be time his account on this site was cancelled.
HerbertLemons - 22 Aug 2010 11:45
Situated in a residential side street off the Fulham Road, is The Anglesae Arms, a pub with a rather upmarket ambience that will be fondly remembered by older drinkers such as myself as one of the forerunners of the real ale revolution in London in the mid to late 1970's. In those days, pubs selling 3-4 real ales such as Ruddles County - then very much a cult beer - Brakspears, Youngs Special, Sam Smiths were few and far between and these pubs were quickly sought out and patronised by the real ale movement, then still very much in its infancy.

Nowadays, it's a pleasant single room pub with bare floorboards and scrubbed tables, but wood panelling, old photos, prints and some impressive oil paintings, coupled with the absence of any music or fruit machines, create a pleasant and traditional environment. Partitions break up the interior and create a degree of privacy, often overlooked in pub refurbishments nowadays.

Of particular note is a fine brewery mirror in one corner advertising Salt & Co Pale and Burton Ales. In another corner is a painting of a nude woman reclining on a bed. Behind the bar is a framed cricket bar signed by Graham Thorpe addressed to "the guys at The Anglesea Arms". Note also the large wooden clock over the bar.

There's a separate dining room down a few steps at one side of the pub. Food can also be ordered in the main bar and I imagine that food trade dominates at busy periods. Additional room is provided by an outside patio terrace at the front of the pub.Several notices remind us that this is a residential area and implore us not to obstruct the pavement and tell us to leave quietly, but it's hard to imagine that this pub has anything approaching a noisy and rowdy element.

Beers on the 6 pumps were Adnams Broadside and Bitter, Fullers ESB, Sharps Cornish Ale, Rudgate Brewers Choice Gold Elixir and Sambrooks Junction. The latter - at a price of £ 3.10p which might be considered cheapish - was in excellent form. The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular. Diners might find that food prices are less accommodating on their wallets however.

Despite having to operate within the inevitable constraints of having to appeal to the Chelsea "set", this pub is still very much well worth seeking out.
JohnBonser - 21 Jul 2010 14:12
Typical Victorian London pub, and none the worse for that. 6 real ales on and kept in very good condition, freindly service and good food although expensive. Well worth a visit particularly for the beer.
Randyray - 1 Jun 2010 17:25
Upmarket pub that reflects its locale. Stunning selection of 6 real ales on the bar with the pump handles directly opposite the front door so they're the first thing you see as you walk in - how welcoming is that?

It also has a very good food menu that changes daily and a large dining room at the back for those that want to eat away from the drinkers. The pub is happy to serve food in the bar, however, so you don't have to up sticks and move into the back if you want to eat.

Cozy, convivial atmosphere and busy but not packed.
porcus_volans - 8 Jan 2010 12:39
Am a regular there, be it on weekends or weekdays. Was there last on a Tuesday this past month & was surprised at how busy it was for a cold autumnal evening.

Although this might be a bit hypocritical, but it can appear quite w*nky with the Sloanes, braying Hoorays & French that are the staple clientele. That said, they are locals so it is not that surprising. All that aside the atmosphere is always buzzy & good humoured, be it on a weekday or weekend.

Weekends in the Summer this place really comes into its own with all sorts visiting there, being really busy, far enough off the busy Fulham road. Great for a bit of a session or just a single ale.

As has been highlighted, the food is good and the beers selection is extensive. Like other (expensive) pubs in the area it is increasingly serving more European lagers, most notably (to my taste) Bitburger. Well worth a visit.
Moose82 - 19 Nov 2009 11:54
Just returned from The Anglesea Arms. Thank God, it' s absolutely spot on for what I and my friends were looking for. I say Thank God, because, the last time I went there, about 3 years ago, it had really gone down hill. Hurray! It's back where it belongs, being a brilliant pub, what you see is what you get, amazing ales, great food, I mean really great food, it has improved so much, and it just shines. The staff are full of character and the pub oozes charm. It is my regular again. I missed you Anglesea!
pubnuts - 5 Nov 2009 20:44
This was No 8 on our 10 pub crawl. (after The White Horse, Parsons Green). High end , gastro-ish type of place, lovely looking place, plenty of wine and champagne on tables but still a good selection of beer.
rob372 - 13 Aug 2009 08:29
Visited here ( very ) early doors on a recent trip to London - about 11.30 to be honest. There was only a couple of other customers, so difficult to give an opinion on atmosphere, but seemed relaxed enough. Service was efficient and beer was in good nick.

Nice looking pub - lots off haning baskets etc, and an eclectic selection of pictures on the wall. An ideal place to while away an hour reading the paper.
nmckenn - 7 Jul 2009 20:32
Only problem I have ever had with this place is the fact that they don't serve meals until 6.30pm on weekdays. This is not much good if you have to be at the Royal Albert Hall for a 7.30pm show. Otherwise good - never had a bad pint in here and the selection of ales is generally most agreeable.
amosbriz - 9 May 2009 14:48
Very pleasant local pub despite its in-town location near South Kensington Tube station. Surrey Hills Ranmore ale and Hogsback TEA make a mockery of the distance from leafy Surrey. Open-planned, perhaps a little trendy, but then around here the well-heeled probably pine for a real pub. Nice to sit outside in the streets you could never afford to live in; but such is the meaning of 'public house'.
rainlight - 8 Apr 2009 21:24
Excellent choice of ales on – Adnam’s Bitter; Broadside; Pride; Twickenham Sundancer; Hogsback TEA; and Brakspear’s Oxford Gold. I went for the TEA which was excellent, and at £3 a pint not unreasonable for the area. I’m not sure whether they always have this sort of range of ales on, though I suspect from RogerB's posting that they do. There was an advert (which I only saw in the gents!) for a beer festival (from 9 to 22 March I think), but with different ales promised to those that were actually on. But never mind - can’t complain about the ales that were on.

This is more like a pub than many others in the area. It’s a single room pub furnished mainly with normal tables and chairs; walls are mainly adorned with paintings and prints. A few magazines lying around for customers to read is also a nice touch. Service was a little offhand, although not unfriendly. All things considered this is a pretty decent pub, and the excellent ale selection certainly warrants a return trip.
RexRattus - 15 Mar 2009 19:01
Very nice location, and beautiful tables outside.
Interior pleasantly old-style, if somewhat sombre.

Good choice of beers.

Service was appallingly slow every time I was there (perhaps seven or eight times).
They manage to be slow even if you are the only person at the counter!
As the landlord also seems to believe in making economies on personnel costs, service is truly appalling when the place is crowded, which is the case every late afternoon, particularly at weekends.

A very nice place, unable to deliver on service.
ebenezerscrooge - 22 Jan 2009 01:17
I’m not sure I can recognise this pub from some of the comments attributed to it. My recent visit left me suitably impressed with the service (friendly and efficient), beer selection and quality (6 Ales – TEA, Doom Bar, Adnams, Broadside, Pride & Oxford Gold – enough to keep me going for an entire evening), atmosphere (upmarket without being snobbish or sloany) and the overall décor (interior can hardly be described as modern.regardless of when it was last refurbished, in fact a Grandfather Clock wouldn’t look out of place in here). Bare floors, old fashioned wallpaper, paneling, stripped down tables, a no 2 matching bits of furniture approach, assorted and haphazardly arranged pictures and paintings, remants of the old etched windows and doors, wonderful old brewery mirrors (Salt & Co – a new one on me), in fact many of the characteristics that I look for in a pub can be found here. Parts of the interior have been partitioned off with screens to create a feeling of intimacy. To my recollection there were no TVs, music or games machines, just the babble of chatter and locals pouring over the evening papers. I was also expecting to be hit hard in the wallet given the location and was almost gobsmacked that the Oxford Gold Organic Beer was only £2.90, a bargain for South Ken. The large roadside terrace has plenty of umbrella cover and is ideal if the weather is fine. I gather there is a dining room to the rear but the place certainly did not come over as being particularly food orientated. Unfortuantely I do not find myself in the area often, otherwise you would find it hard to drag me out.
RogerB - 19 Nov 2008 15:12
Its NICK foghorn......the play on words with the fish should be obvious to anyone who uses this site..
Foghorn...wasn't that a cartoon character ?

nickthefish - 3 Aug 2008 09:22
Maybe it was the smell of fish, Mick.
foghorn - 1 Aug 2008 17:08
Horrid, modern and yet another food orientated place. Surly bloke behind the bar who sniffed when i told him i just wanted a pint. Had i murdered someone ?
nickthefish - 18 Jun 2008 19:08
went here for the first time last sunday. had lunch, pretty reasonable £11 and the food was lovely. tucked away so mainly locals i think. would definitely go back when i was in the area. looked good for summer drinking with a patio out the front.
george1983 - 1 May 2008 13:43
I knew this pub in the 70s and was tempted to visit again having seen its high placing in one of the trade papers.

I wish I left my memories undisturbed.

Still has a mass of Beer engines but with a pretty boring choice. Food offering (I don't think it did food in the 70s) is un-inviting and the back bar is now resrvered for eating (and you can't get served there anymore.

A bit tatty with boring beer selection. An OK pub but there are far better pubs than this and I don't see how it got voted 4th best in the country.
davidashford - 2 Apr 2008 19:36
Went last night (Tuesday), about 9pm. Was still busy (nice buzz), but a couple of tables free inside. 6 ales - tried 2, both excellent. Food was good quality, interesting menu but not trying to be a restuarant. Paid £10.95 for a main course. Good wine list. Staff (lady) was very helpful & polite. Some noisy show-offs but they were outside. Would certainly return when I'm staying in this area.
Man_in_a_hotel - 16 Jan 2008 12:05
Look around review websites, and this pub seems to srcun up well. However, the funny thing is, upon visiting this pub, you will either wish you had made your own roast or gone to sainsbury's to get sausage and mash. Overall, it was in a 'posh' area, and it's a posh people's pub... with sub-standard food and bad service. The person that served us was well beyond helpful, so much so that it was laughable. There were even hairs in several of the dishes, and the meal was of Weatherspons quality. All in all, it was no Salthouse, and we wouldn't recommed it.
girls_in_london - 25 Nov 2007 19:08
A true gem. Nicely decorated, full but not overly crowded, a good selection of real ales with some variety from the typical pub, all in a nice area. I plan to be back.
Mr.Matt - 19 Nov 2007 02:45
great pub for the area, nice range of real ales, good food and a nice relaxed atmosphere
littlecon - 10 Nov 2007 07:34
HAHAHAHAHA!! In your face Zagreb. It's a great little pub. Evriwin's dyselxic accept moo.
CaptainFunsocks - 14 Sep 2007 14:27
I suggest Zagreb uses a spell checker himself before he mocks others. This pub is known for good beer and efficient (Zagreb please note) service.
davidchar - 1 Sep 2007 17:39
We really need a spell check on this site.

Disoevred? Goo? - lupus
Appartments? Whic? - ranger1485
Pandoraly, please remember the site is called Beer, not food in the evening.

The pub is good, nice choice of ales. Efficent staff too.

zagreb - 30 Jul 2007 20:39
Disoevred this super little pub last week after working in the area for 3 years !

Great selection of beers, nice staff and yes the food is goo if a tad expensive.
lupus - 2 Jul 2007 11:40
This is a a real find in amongst the the affluent appartments and houses of South Kensington. The beer quality is excellent and the service was very genial. However having arrived at lunchtime I thought that the prices were a little out of my league - shame as the menu looked great. Tried the Brakspear's Special whic was very good. Well worth a visit
ranger1485 - 26 May 2007 00:03
Excellent beer (the Brakspear beers were superb) and a pleasant sunny spring day atmosphere. Deserted when we went in but heaving 30 minutes later! Great stuff.
JonW999 - 5 Apr 2007 21:25
I spent an interesting evening in this pub arguing politics with some regulars over some fantastic pints of ale - which they have a great selection of. The service is fast considering how busy they are, but I was a little disappointed to find that I missed out on dinner despite asking the bartender to let us know when a table would be available (per the menu, the bar staff makes the reservations for you). Oh, well. I did enjoy the drinks, despite it being a bit pricey.
Pandoraly - 26 Mar 2007 21:38
Real ale, good food
Martin Guy - 19 Sep 2006 12:09
This is a nice little pub. I didn't find it too expensive at all even considering where it is. Barman was good able to deal with more than one order at a time. Inside it's got character. I heard the food was good which you'd expect in this area. Love it or hate is it's a very pretty part of town. 6 ales on Pride 2 adnams Brakspears and 2 hogs back, in good nick too.
mitomighty - 1 Sep 2006 21:08
Lovely old pub - won't comment on the locals as England were on TV ! - Brakspear was marvellous (better now than at Henley)
mtaylor40 - 2 Jul 2006 19:38
The Anglesea was visited on a Saturday mid-day and it was fairly quiet. Rather a Cosmopolitan mix of clientele. Beer very good but pricy even for London. After a while it became very crowded and smokey which I hate, it affects the lungs and the beer. A TV was on for sport. This is a very nice old pub but straped for seating in the raised bar. Food looked very good, but also the locals were served first, which is a shame as this is not acceptabel I am afraid.

Beerbunter - 10 Feb 2006 10:18
This is a very popular pub. At times it gets very crowded, inside and out, and that obviously affects the level of service. I've always found the staff to be friendly and pretty efficient. It has a lot of character with it's 'snugs'. It can get quite smokey and noisy, but it has a lot of charm. I've not eaten in the restaurant but friends say the food is good. Always worth visiting (unless it's heaving inside)
rockit99 - 9 Feb 2006 22:41
went on a thursday night, slow service, cold food yet the pub section was packed to the rafters so we couldn't get a seat. won't be hurrying back
bonsai - 3 Dec 2005 13:35
The last time I was in there not only was the barmaid friendly, but so was her dog.
ash - 23 Nov 2005 17:03
I find the staff very friendly. Particularly good as a lunchtime pub - when there are fewer suits in. And the beer's always well kept.
ash - 16 Nov 2005 11:29
A pub as it should be but bar staff very miserable and have no interest in the punter!!!!!
like_a_pint_me - 5 Oct 2005 10:56
Superb pub, my faviourite in London by far and I always make the tube trip out there.
Great selction of ales, all well kept, clean, nice atmosphere and no games machines or music.
Couldn't ask for much more.
jonrodge - 11 Jul 2005 23:58
great localtion, and could be one of the best pubs in londn (good beer, good crowd etc etc).. BUT, it isn't There are to things which completely spoil the palce. First, the attitude of the staff. I;ve been going there for 3 years, and they still can;t find it in themselves to say hello to me, or smile or even pretend to regonise me. This surly attitiude is best ssen at night, when they invariable declare 'time' early (last week it iwas at 10.52), then turn all the lights on, open the doors (it was freezing outside last wek) and proceed to put all the charis on the tables to clean up, all by 11pm. Avoid at all costs if you are intending to drink anywhere beyond 10pm.
The second let down is the food. It used to be great until a 'new menu' a year ago. It is now hugely overpriced for small portions, very slow service (an hour for a sunday roast & beleive me, it did not tast like it was made to order)and frankly, unimaginative, poor quality items.

Go on a quiet summer afternoon for a beer (real aleas great), otherwise try one of the other local bars- the Duke of Clarence on Old Brompton Road is much better in terms of service and food.
queensgate - 23 Feb 2005 14:46
Adnams, London Pride & Youngs on tap. Excellent. Was there on Saturday and it got completely rammed with Chelsea fans (tho' the ones that live in Kensington rather than Morden so there were plenty of Barbour jackets and no trouble). Still, the barstaff were friendly enough and pretty efficient given how packed it was. The food was pretty mediocre but then as they say 'eating's cheating' and this place is well worth visiting for the beer alone.

MrLash - 24 Jan 2005 09:58
WAs here last night and a little disappointed. Location good for sure, but food was soggy and clearly just microwaved (chips and gruyere), the barstaff were aggressive eastern Euros, and the place was full of loud Hoorays trying to get served over my shoulder whilst I was at the bar, threatening to fondle the barstaff. Pathetic.

A place for people with very small appendages who talk loudly inrestaurants.

Dont bother, unless you are insecure and wish to make a song and dance about how wonderful your life is. Oh, and ensure you park your Bentley (GT, of course) right outside so everyone can see it and congratulate you on your success. Else you may feel unloved.
lolwood32 - 12 Jan 2005 14:29
I've been using the place for a few years and sadly I've notice a steady decline. The bar staff can be pretty obnoxious and it seems like Gloucester Road based tourists are finding the place more frequently. Perhaps someone has put The Anglesea in a guide book.
paulgillibrand - 9 Oct 2004 17:46
the exceptionally bad attitude I received from the staff when I returned a bad pint to the bar means I will give this place a miss in future
hoeggy - 26 Sep 2004 13:30
A fine pub with a great range of ale but too smokey to be comfortable.
Kevin - 2 Apr 2004 16:20
agreed. great pub, great location... bit sloaney, but, hey, the beer's good! the crowd spills out onto the pavement on a summer's night, and there's also a smallish beer garden at the front
Andrew Austin - 15 Jul 2003 22:40
If you like loud music, flahing-lights, microwave food and bottled beers - then great - keep drinking in Yate's/Chumleys/Walkabout

The AA is a proper traditional English pub with charm-a-plenty - fine-fare a quality wine cellar, and first class real-ale
Fred - 8 Apr 2003 13:59
Classic English pub at the front, and an oak-panelled, 1920's study-styled restaurant through the back. Excellent beer (Adnams as I recall) and food.
The Abbot - 11 Mar 2003 18:55
only the best pub in London!
james bloom - 18 Jan 2003 19:24
lovely, traditional pub, does not play any music, brilliant food
Steph Walton - 22 May 2002 15:47

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