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Last post; simply - rubbish!
tradervic - 6 Jul 2018 10:31
The upstairs room of this pub is where Thomas Shelby masterminded the Great Train Robbery in 1963.
HistoryHound - 6 Jul 2018 09:48
Third and final pub of the SW1 afternoon ticking session brought me to this Fullers pub just off Belgrave Square.

I arrived around 4pm and their were a few couples eating and 2 gents at the bar enjoying an afternoon beer.

4 ales on tap, 3 Fullers and 1 as a guest which was Redemption Pale Ale..this was more than adequate.

Again similar to the Horse & Groom this seemed to be a fairly soulless pub again it felt a bit drab to be honest...though it was very pleasant.

Maybe I choose the wrong day to do a SW1 crawl!
lezford - 25 Jun 2013 14:08
A nice place to have a couple of pints, and the beer is excellent with a good choice, if a bit pricey. When I visited, the barman was friendly and welcoming. The toilets are the best you'll see in any pub around the area, and if you are lucky, you might see a mouse running around the bar.
nich52 - 22 May 2013 14:02
Another good and friendly pub; I'd just give it the edge over the Grenadier which I also visited at the same time. Beer was fine with a decent choice and I was the first customer served by a new member of staff, who was being trained by what I presume was the manager; good luck to you, young man - always serve customers in turn and don't stand talking to your mates when we're waiting. Remember that and you'll be excused many things. I wonder who could be a regular here - you'd either have to travel or be seriously rich to live locally, but the customers seemed friendly enough.

Again, I would have stayed longer had I the time and would return here should I be in the vicinity.
djw - 24 Feb 2013 00:14
Welcoming, good beer and pleasant atmosphere
One to return to.
pick_e_tippler - 29 Dec 2012 10:45
Good, tucked away pub. Good wholesome pub food at reasonable prices for the area served until 9pm.
alexw - 10 Mar 2012 16:31
Easily one of the best Fullers pubs in central London, although I visited on a very quiet Monday evening and came away a bit underwhelmed because there was hardly anyone in. Keen to get back on a busier night.
rob1981 - 16 Feb 2011 22:27
Short visit but great one again. Popped in for just one but of course it ended up as two. Tried the Bengal and also the Front Row - both on great form. Found out that the managers here are now the current Fullers Master Cellarman winners - definitely not surprised as I've never had a bad pint. Visited last night and quite busy but service attentive as always. Always a joy visiting this pub - should visit it more often!
dikh - 12 Feb 2011 15:50
Almost the slightly more grown-up older brother to the nearby Antelope, the Star is another jewel in Fuller's crown, tucked away amidst a grid of famous Georgian addresses, whose elegant whitewashed dwellings now house a mix of lavish private residences and embassy headquarters from around the globe.
One comes to know the Fuller's formula having spent considerable time drinking in London and its environs, and so one knows what to expect: a ubiquitous but usually reliably-kept range of cask ales, a pricey yet good quality menu, and a solid interior that leans towards the traditional. Despite this being a fairly obvious blueprint, it is not to the complete detriment of the individual character of the pub, which in this case has been sympathetically drawn out.
This a quite a capacious hostelry with good seating, and we decided to eat. I had the crispy pork belly while my partner-in-booze (my cousin in this instance) had the fish and chips. Fresh ingredients, good portions, and high on flavour. These weren't cheap dishes but I must say I found them to be excellent.
Service was sound, although in fairness they weren't being tested to the full last night, as it wasn't that busy (think everyone had piled into the Antelope for apres-travail refreshment from what we could see).

By and large, one of the better and more impressive of the Fuller Empire in London, and well worth seeking out if in the SW1 locus and in the market good ale and victuals.
TWG - 2 Feb 2011 14:18
This is still a great pub but I wish they would stock one of Fuller's dark beers, even if it's Gales HSB which is only "half dark". Having said that, the London Pride was on very good form - far better than you find it in most free houses.
southdown12jack - 30 Dec 2010 10:03
Great pub very much like the Antelope. Good beers nice staff and average food. Well done Fullers.
nickyboi45 - 6 Dec 2010 20:46
Sweet mews pub that you wouldn’t find anywhere but London. Friendly ambience and doesn’t make too much of its history (Great Train Robbers etc). But loses a point for refusing to serve food at 9.03 (last orders 9.00)
mozzzzzz - 29 Nov 2010 22:35
Interesting place - beautiful expensive area of course that its situated in - I went to be honest as Id heard its where The Great Train Robbery had been planned out - went on a Sunday lunchtime and there were 3 other people there (including the barmaid) - so it was as quiet as a library, but sure it gets livelier in the evenings. Very nice.
adamwalsh - 9 Aug 2010 21:14
Needs a bit of effort to find - hidden away down a mews behind sinister looking elecronic bollards! But, once in the mews, the Tavern beckons. The home made pork scatchings were a great partner to the ESB/Discovery that I partook of. My sons also enjoyed the home-made chips. A pub with character and well worth seeking out. I have found a friendly welcome on both visits...I look forward to the hat-trick!
thebishofbeer - 27 Jul 2010 21:59
Another mews pub typical of Belgravia, tucked away off Belgrave Square. Has a good range of Fullers ales - Chiswick, Discovery, Pride, ESB and Seafarers Ale. It was extremely quiet on my early Saturday afternoon visit. The pub has bare floorboards with a couple of large rugs giving it a homely feel. Pictures and mirrors line the walls in the main seating area. The bar area itself is wood panelled. Attractive hanging baskets outside complete the scene. With only 3 other customers and no background music, you could hear a pin drop. Sometimes it is nice to have a little music played at a low volume, especially when pubs are quiet. World Cup football was advertised. But I couldn't locate a TV. A traditional London pub that I'd probably return to. But I think there are better pubs in the Belgravia area.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jun 2010 11:32
Another great visit -- can not complain about anything.
Had a pint of Seafarers which was superb and also won a polo shirt thanks to a scratch card promotion! My friend had a pint of London Pride which was also on good form.
Looking forward to my next visit.
dikh - 15 Jun 2010 18:54
What a wonderful pub - stumbled across it last night the ambiance is superb what a delight to see a traditional English pub still in operation, perfect with no fruit machines or background music - staff were welcoming and friendly and a great pint of fullers was served with our fish and chips and burgers - we shall be returning cant recommend highly enough - see you soon
susie007 - 20 May 2010 14:46
I like this pub because of its wonderful history and pop in every now and then because if the walls could talk, would make a wild story..............

As for the beer, its a fullers pub, beer is fine, but hardly exciting .
BritishBULLDOG - 23 Mar 2010 22:51
Only popped in for 1 but will be going back again when in the area. The Chiswick was in top form, fairly reasonably priced, and the pub itself is lovely. Probably even more so in the spring/summer when the hanging baskets are in full bloom. When we get something that resembles summer that is...
Oakman100 - 19 Mar 2010 11:03
In the post before "rpadam" sums it up perfect.

I met with friends there on early thursday afternoon ; we tried the full range of their Fullers beers. Every single one was in very good condition served from attentive staff.
Pidley2547 - 10 Mar 2010 08:49
Just what you might expect a old mews pub to be, but bearing in mind it is in the heart of Belgravia it is not exactly a basic backstreet boozer. Small bar area to your right as you enter, with a total of five handpumps with a good selection of Fullers/Gales ales (with an excellent pint of Pride at a reasonable - for the area - £3.05). Opened out with the two rooms on the left being joined by a wide arch with some nice old wooden furniture, rugs on the floor, big fireplace, an interesting selection of prints, a number of ornate mirrors and two fancy chandeliers. Upmarket gents toilets too. All in all, a very comfortable and relaxing place for a drink.
rpadam - 8 Mar 2010 22:54
Absolutely fantastic pub -- been going here for quite a few years. Beer very good and food not bad for the price -- agree that the toilets are very posh. Fullers new beer Bengal Lancer was on brilliant form -- very tasty, lets hope it's on for a while. Staff pleasant, polite and friendly......well worth a visit if you can find it.
dikh - 25 Feb 2010 16:40
A Belgravia's hidden pub, a London hidden star, my favourite!.

I have been there several times, always enjoying the atmosphere. In winter this pub is so cosy with it’s REAL FIREPLACE, you would want the cold never to go away ever.

The most stylish pleasant interior of the kind of which there are too few in central London. This is an absolute beauty and a spotlessly kept interior I have seen in a pub, means that this is somewhere you can spend a very comfortable evening or Sunday morning reading the news (they provide).

Staff has always been friendly, prices are more than reasonable, with a extensive range of Fuller's beers and a excellent seasonal London Porter. Top quality Pride. Definitely a ten.

Alkuino - 23 Feb 2010 13:30
Staff looked very inexperienced on my last visit, but they made up for it with friendliness and enthusiasm. ESB and Pride were both good, though pricey.

Recommended.
Billy4 - 19 Feb 2010 01:45
A well regarded pub, but its not for me.I feels more like a hotel lounge bar not the sort of place i would like to linger. The beers are from fullers nothing too exciting. The highlight of the visit was the toilets, probably the poshest ive seen in a pub. I wont be hurrying back
Picasso09 - 6 Jan 2010 23:34
I pay an annual visit to this pub with friends just before Christmas. It had dipped somewhat in service and quality but now seems to be back on track, with well-kept Fullers beers and some fairly decent food albeit rather expensive (but then it would be in Belgravia wouldn't it?). I can never seem to find the place though - well hidden away so be prepared to work hard to seek it out if visiting for the first time.
Ordinary - 17 Dec 2009 13:54
2 thin pints of Pride and an expensive burger. Not a bad pub and did not get over crowded on a Friday lunchtime. Apparently the Jack Frost was OK.

Quite what kind of pratt cares the pub was once the hang out of scum and 2nd rate celebrities is beyond me. It's now so bland and middle class that fetishising an irrelevant past is beyond me.

Like all pubs in my Belgravia crawl not sure it's worth seeking out unless you are there for a reason.
bedfont - 29 Nov 2009 21:56
Well known, long established Fullers pub situated in a quiet cobbled mews close to Belgrave Square. It's main claim to fame is that, allegedly, the Great Train Robbery was planned in the upstairs room. Of more relevance to current BITE readers, I suspect, is the fact that the pub is one of only a handful that has appeared in every CAMRA GBG to date - yes all 37 editions.

The pub has had what I suppose classifies as a "sensitive refurbishment" since my previous visit several years ago. The exterior has been painted black and, whilst the layout and structure of the bar area has not been altered, the main seating area on the left has become more food orientated and now has a bit of a drawing room atmosphere to it. Disappointingly, the CAMRA mirror by the bar area has gone, as has a number of framed articles about the pub that were previously on the wall.

Rather surprisingly, the pub was participating in CAMRA London Pubs Week ( 7-15 November 2009 ) and, at a quick glance, appears to be the only one of the 36 pubs listed on the London LocAle passport that is a Fullers pub. Copies of the passport were prominently displayed on the bar counter.

5 beers were on on my recent Sunday afternoon visit - Pride, Chiswick, ESB, Discovery plus Gales Winter Brew. The London Pride - £ 2.90p - was not very good at all - but I'll put that down as a one off.

I'll continue to pop in now and again. Still worthy of inclusion in any crawl of the area.
JohnBonser - 18 Nov 2009 12:31
Another one of Belgravia's excellent hidden pubs. A pleasant interior of the kind of which there are too few in central London means that this is somewhere you can spend a very comfortable evening.

If you can take the time to walk here it is well worth the effort.
murgatroyd - 4 Aug 2009 21:14
Great pub and good food although it does get busy at lunchtime but I suppose that is a good sign. Food adn drink are reasonable prices espically for the area.
davetheaddick - 16 Jul 2009 17:50
This is an absolute beauty. I stumbled across it whilst somewhat the worse for wear about five years ago, and have spent the intervening period trying to remember where it was.
Found it yesterday, and it was just as good as I remembered - a proper pub in a mews with top quality Pride. Definitely a ten.
turbohorsebox - 30 May 2009 10:53
First class pub with some very well kept Fullers Ale. London Pride and Chiswick Bitter available. Nice cosy fire, papers available.
wa11ace - 10 Apr 2009 12:51
Very well presented and welcoming pub, if a little dull. Fullers beer was as good as it gets. Locals were predictable mix of tubby foreigners in armani and veteran city men laughing and wheezing at old jokes. A classic of it's type.
Green_0nions - 23 Mar 2009 16:11
My visit last week was a bit disappointing. No Chiswick and the London Pride was distinctly average. Food ended promptly at 9pm, despite a large group of hungry punters who came in a few minutes later. Atmosphere a little clinical. All in all I thought the place was rather resting on its laurels
simontheeditor - 16 Mar 2009 16:23
Excellent, stylish pub, tucked away in Knightsbridge, Belgravia side.
Extensive range of Fuller's beers, with the excellent seasonal London Porter.
The most stylish and cleanest loo I have seen in a pub, ever.
Staff has always been friendly, prices are more than reasonable considering the horrendous rent they must surely pay.
I have been there several times, never eating but always enjoying the atmosphere; in winter this pub is so cosy, you would want the cold never to go away.
Mind you, you cannot drink outside. Bad in summer and if you have the disgrace of being a smoker.

One of my favourite pubs.


ebenezerscrooge - 22 Jan 2009 00:59
Excellent pub. Very good selection of Fullers ale and highly recommended pub grub. Service is efficient and there are plenty of seats. Extra point for some of the cleanest pub toilets I've ever come across in London.
DholeMoney - 5 Dec 2008 11:48
Marvellous traditional pub in up market area. Attractive outside and in, comfortable surroundings (though smaller inside than I expected) Historic background with details on the walls. Excellent service, and great Fullers Beers - though a bit pricey - but only to be expected in this area. Food menu looked good though not cheap. Well worth a visit.

JohnW
Oct 2008
FrostyJW - 22 Oct 2008 11:42
A truely excellent pub. Beers always spot on. Comfortable with an excellent service.
ChrisM62 - 14 Oct 2008 19:21
Long established Fullers house located in a small mews in the heart of Belgravia and embassy land. Comfortable clean and fairly opulent as befits the locale. Outside drinking is not permitted so possibly not one for the smokers. Pride, ESB, Discovery, Chiswick and Gale's HSB available, ESB priced at an irritating 3.05!
Impressive floral displays outside.
Maldenman - 7 Sep 2008 11:28
Elegant place to stop for a Fuller's ale, leather armchairs and we particularly enjoyed the prints on the walls - the picture of a man reading while being observed by a heron was top-notch, will definitely return.
virginiaplain - 17 Aug 2008 15:02
I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this pub before. This was one of my locals (along with the Talbot and the Horse and Groom) when I worked in Belgrave Square. In fact at one stage it was the only Fullers pub in Central London and thus the only place there where you could drink Fullers beers. Hard to believe that now.

Anyway, this really is a top pub, even if the latest refurb has “gastrocised” it to a large extent, with a fairly expensive menu. Gone is the reasonably priced meal of sausage, egg, chips and beans. However, the structure and intrinsic character of the pub has been retained.

Tucked away down a cobbled mews behind Belgrave Square, it can be a bit tricky to find if you don’t know your way round the area well. Bit it is definitely worth the effort of seeking out. The Fullers ales are invariably superb. They had Hampshire Brewery King Alfred Bitter on today, which at £3.05 a pint seemed pretty expensive (even for this part of the world) for a fairly ordinary ale, and not as good as Fuller’s own ales.

RexRattus - 16 Jul 2008 18:03
Crikey. What a relief! Having popped round for a little pint of Pride and seen the place closed we assumed the inevitable "gastration"; but the Star is open again and the only change seems to be a faint aroma of floor polish. They've even kept the fake smoke stains on the walls. Still serving good ales, premium spirits and decent wines - and the best chips in any mews pub - the clientele are made up of local residents, embassy staff and the odd beer-pilgrim.
The perfect local.
swifthalf - 15 Mar 2008 15:46
I'd heard they had closed for refurbishment, can anyone confirm?
Ordinary - 7 Mar 2008 22:18
I like this boozer. The beer's always good (8/10) and they serve a late lunch which is handy and the chips are bloody good. Not worth going out of your way for, and that's why I like it.
eveningall - 7 Mar 2008 22:02
I'm going to be nice, the decor was great, the food not bad, the atmosphere reverant, even the completely bungling barman was amuseing and as for the bogs, posh or what...so what's my gripe...the beer! my Cheswick was flat and tasted sour!
loveleedshatebates - 6 Mar 2008 21:03
A little gem of a pub tucked away in a mews, possibly difficult to find, one of the small public houses that used to be used by the servants and ostlers of the well-to-do who lived around here. Has been in every edition of the Good Beer Guide - one of very few pubs that have. The upstairs function room is going to become a restaurant. This seems the way to go for pubs these days.
rainlight - 23 Jan 2008 22:43
A nice pub with friendly staff and a decent pint. The clientèle are a bit much though! I visited on a Thursday lunchtime, and was horrified to find that upon sitting down I was amongst a bunch of loud, suited, bigots who made my (quick) stay fairly uncomfortable! Seems to be a haunt of people with too much power and no common sense! No fault of the establishment though. Pop your head round the corner and make sure it's clear of suits and you'll have a lovely pint!
bootsy36 - 9 Nov 2007 15:07
A great fullers pub in a nice area. This one has been in 35 consecutive GBG's. Looks great outside and inside, especially in the lounge area.
Only limited Fullers range available, they ran out of the Gales 'Seafarers Ale' when we first arrived.
Well worth a walk to find this pub though.
Love_good_ale - 10 Oct 2007 22:59
A deservedly popular pub. First visited it in 1984, nuff said.
WaitorseBoyz - 5 Dec 2006 13:07
Top Mews pub in Belgravia. The beer is always of fine quality. How a pub should be.
TheBeerMonkey - 27 Nov 2006 16:20
Not as nice on the inside as the outside but pleasant and I had a lovely pint of Hock in here. I've only been the once so will try it again when/if in the neighbourhood. A mix of people in there when I was in there, by no means typical of the people who live around that neck of the woods.
mitomighty - 3 Oct 2006 17:12
A delightful little lash hall in the heart of Belgravia. Not to be missed. Staff most polite.
nik2740 - 18 Aug 2006 14:45
Nice Fullers pub which is in a sidestreet near Eaton Square. Serves the usual range of Fullers Ales and also Chiswick at the moment - I tend to prefer this to the more ubiquitous London Pride but YMMV.
Food is ok but no sandwiches in the evening.
A peculiarity of the bar area is that the gantry is very high up - probably put there by some bloke about 6 foot 2 who said "Well, I can reach it." One of the current barstaff has to stand on a crate so that she can fetch glasses down from it. Ahh.
beeronaut - 29 Jun 2006 18:34
Consistently good beer. Usually an interestingly mixed crowd at various times of day/week. Rarely too busy. The crux of a good Belgravia pub crawl.
NorthernBloke - 29 Mar 2006 14:43
Revisited for first time in 20 years - Just the same!
Delicious Chiswick Bitter. Plus a lager for under a fiver. Jolly good show
celerycelery - 20 Mar 2006 13:55
Very nice comfortable Fullers mews pub. Can be difficult to find but well worth the trouble. Had the best pint of London Pride that I have ever had. Can get very busy lunchtimes with local Embassy staff. Food prices very resonable considering the area.
apa - 23 Feb 2006 13:36
Excellent pub, which I have been visiting for the past 25 years and it still looks like the same pub, thank goodness. It has survived the recent change of landlord unscathed. The Fuller's beers taste very good, as of course they should but all too often don't. Considering the wealthy neighbourhood, the prices aren't that outrageous!
southdown12jack - 28 Dec 2005 13:15
Seemed very quiet on my visit last Saturday afternoon - London Pride on good form and still a great pub though.
JohnBonser - 25 Jul 2005 13:16
Fine pub. Good choice of decent beers (as you would expect in a Fuller's pub). Comfortable interior - excellent place to while away a few hours over several jars.
MarcDickson - 23 Jun 2005 07:14
Visited on 16 April. Our mistake was to find the place. There were three apparent locals and a barman who had no difficulty in concealing his delight at our arrival. They weren't doing food (Saturday lunchtime). Moderate pint of Fullers something forgettable at three quid a shot. Nothing to commend it unless you live in Belgravia, in which case your chauffeur will drive you to a good pub.
joegreen - 22 Apr 2005 14:00
great quality beer in a nice - if tricky to find pub
currymonster - 12 Apr 2005 15:17
Out with old in with the new landlord - still a great pub
ESB_Chris - 10 Feb 2005 14:11
Went down here on Friday night. Not too easy to find but what a lovely pub. Friendly, cosy, buzzy - everything you could want from a good local.
Jeremy - 11 Oct 2004 12:04
the long-standing landlord and his wife are leaving shortly and Fullers have only replaced them with a temporary relief. No wonder there are rumours that the pub will soon close and be turned into flats! What a shame....
ted - 28 Sep 2004 01:00
Visited 4/3/04. Excellent pub. Staff were extremely efficient & courteous, despite this place being completely packed on a Thurs night. Quite large inside, with tables & food. Can be a bit difficult to find - take an A-Z with you.
JamesC - 30 Mar 2004 16:24
I think the comment about the pub being part of a "Chain" means that it is a Fullers House.
This is an excellent Pub with not only good beers but also good architecture.
Try the Golden Pride if it is on (normally Winter only).
Top Cat - 20 Jan 2004 11:45
Fantastic food and very good beers. We had our Christmas party here and the bar staff were very attentive and very helpful. Having been here on a few occasions I've noticed that a few of the customers can be a little up-tight sometimes! Whys that? It can get a bit packed downstairs after work on a Friday. But don't let that put you off, go and check out a great central London pub, you won't regret it.
Steptoe - 14 Jan 2004 11:32
Great pub with fabulous beer and lots of excentric, but friendly locals. They tell me you have to book up 2 years in advance for Xmas parties. The steak and chips is the best at £10. Great value for the expensive area.
anonymous - 23 Oct 2003 01:46
Very impressive. Is it really part of a chain? Couldn't tell.
Jeff - 8 Oct 2003 00:56
Found this pub while looking for somewhere for a quick beer before a meeting in Belgrave Square. So impressed I dragged everyone back afterwards and we spent the entire evening there. Really good pub, well kept beers and good food. Looking forward to the next meeting.
Millay - 22 Sep 2003 23:19
Fabulous local pub where the manager and his wife really care about good service. Steaks at £10, and huge platefuls of home cooked food are to die for. The best pint of London Pride in London. Only negative comment - it's part of a chain and the inevitable bureaucracy stops it from being even better.
anonymous - 29 Jul 2003 22:19
Nice friendly staff but the layout is like a Raj hotel. Full of tourists when we went in there.
Rich - 24 Jul 2003 19:24
This place is the best pub in London, no, England.

This is how all pubs with class and sophistication should be-no empty gimmicks to pull in the lads-thankfully a lad free zone here in Belgravia! Strongly recommend this place!

pip pip
belgrave square boy - 9 Jul 2003 14:24
Great Pub!! No music, TV or fruit machines. Real coal fires. TJ the landlord keeps his real ales in perfect condition. Fullers House. Now open all day Sat/Sunday
Bertel - 17 May 2003 12:53
Sounds like a nice pub-be aware of unusual opening hours though.
anonymous - 5 Apr 2003 11:32

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