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Anglesea Arms, Hammersmith

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user reviews of the Anglesea Arms, Hammersmith

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Lovely situated pub just off Goldhawk Road in easy stroll of Hammersmith. Tribute was somewhat disappointing pint no freshness or crispness. Drank very expensive Meantime IPA keg beer which was nice enough. Only 2 ales on when I went.
bedfont - 14 Aug 2014 12:24
Visited the pub early on Saturday evening whilst on the way to see a gig at the Hammy Polly. Very pleasant barman and three excellent pints of Oyster and Tickled Trout. Didn't try any of the food but well worth a visit.
ralphiemalphie - 17 Mar 2013 13:05
The ale here was excellent, had Woodforde Wherry, which was spot on, my friends reported the Sharps Cornish Coaster was excellent. This isn't a cheap place to eat but the food was sublime. Our party had a good selection from the starters and mains and they each were excellent. The accompanying wines were also very very good. We found the staff were also brilliant, great fun, humerous, even knowledgable about the 100 years war!, but notably were great with the young 'un we had with our party. I really look forward to visiting here again.
BothamsAshes - 1 May 2011 20:32
Well worth a trip to find this great little pub packed with atmosphere, nice beer and great food. Food was pricey but a high standard and always busy which is a good sign. Recommended.
PeterClarke - 7 Apr 2011 12:50
Another lunchtime visit - and no complaints
Very nice Sharps Doom Bar
Food usual high standard.
A hidden gem off Goldhawk Rd
pick_e_tippler - 5 Mar 2011 16:29
Have visited a few times in recent months.
Timothy Taylor Landlord and Old Rosie (not in same visit) both very good.
Food of high gastropub quality.
NO sweetener for coffee on last visit - slight tarnish to lunch.
I will be going back.
pick_e_tippler - 5 Feb 2011 13:14
I went here last night for a friends leaving do. Lovely old pub feel to this place which has plenty of character. A mate was drinking London Pride and said it tasted fine and served at the correct temp. I was on the guinness which you can't go wrong with.
There was a lovely atmosphere with couples and groups of people dotted around the pub and dining room.
I ordered a Rib Eye Steak (rare) for £17 which had been recommended by a friend. It was one of the best steaks i've had in London and I eat steak a lot. It was served with beetroot and butternut squash wedges which worked really well and a parsley butter.
I'll definitely be going back and taking the missus for some more tasty food.
good_pubs_are_rare - 16 Sep 2009 10:06
Definitely a food centric pub. The front bar, however, is available for drinkers, with the area to the right of the bar as you enter seemingly for diners (at least thatís how it looked to me when I was in on Wednesday lunchtime). There were four handpumps on the bar Ė two were not in use, and the other two were dispensing Timothy Taylor Landlord and London Pride. The Pride was OK.

Seating in the bar area consisted of sofas, banquettes and normal tables and chairs. Behind and underneath the banquette at which I sat was a load of firewood. An unusual feature I thought, until I spotted the fireplace, which I guess they must use for the purpose for which it is intended, in the winter. Now a log fire on the go in the winter really is an interesting feature. The food might be good (but I didnít eat and thus canít comment), and the menu looked varied, but I prefer the more basic pub. Having said that, the main bar area was comfortable enough and I wouldnít mind dropping in for a pint if I was nearby, but I donít think I would go out of my way to visit again.
RexRattus - 9 Sep 2009 11:12
Enjoyed a very pleasant lunch, Beer quality very good - enjoyed Ringwood 49'er
Had Timothy Taylors, Landlord, Fullers London Pride and 1 other which I cannot recall.
Kitchen open to view all preparation, warm fresh bread and attentive service.
Adventurous menu and what we had was very good.
I have been there in the past and it's been very busy and crowded, but today much quieter. Will definately return.
pick_e_tippler - 6 May 2009 17:18
I don't know about the sunday roasts, but in the past when I've eaten on a weekday the food there's been excellent - really varied menu. A proper "gastro" pub rather than a place that reheats a few satay sticks.

It is however a really tiny pub and gets impossibly crowded at times. Also, for some reason they turned the outside, which used to be a nice area with a few tables and an awning, into a weird metal-ringed corral.
cubic.archon - 14 Feb 2009 14:43
We used to go quite regularly to the Anglesea Arms for the Sunday Roast - as mentioned, it was expensive, but we always thought it was worth it.

Not sure what's happened but I am now inclined to agree with the review from heidir that the meal was exactly as she described.

If the publican ever checks this site, please, please, please - whatever you do go back to making the roasts how they used to be, rather than how they are now.

The atmosphere of the place is great, and it's a cozy little pub with a couple of good ales always on tap, and if they can get the meals sorted out again I would rate this very highly.
dormston - 8 Jan 2009 18:40
turned up having not booked so no problem waiting. Was extremely crowded (sunday afternoon). Food expensive, and not great. Had roast rib for main, This was actually several slices of beef (piles of the stuff), which was fatty (and cold), roast potatoes were like bullets and yorkshire pud was burnt. A dissapointing experience based on the reputation and price of a main (£16). One of us had the mallard which was a tiny portion in contrast but went down well - no vegetables though.

For a sunday afternoon there was a somewhat random menu (some might say pretentious) of mallard pints of prawns and whole crab. What does one need to do to get a normal Sunday lunch???

Would go here again for drinks but not food.
heidir - 13 Dec 2008 11:13
It's small so it can be hard to get a table and the service is often dire, but the food is absolutely superb.
LocalResi - 15 May 2008 22:30
A really great Gastro Pub. well worth the visit, friendly staff, great food and lovely ale.
PaulTA - 9 Mar 2008 15:24
Visited this pub again on the weekend. They don't take bookings so it pays to arrive early. Amazing food - certainly the best "pub food" I've had. Meals are more expensive than most pubs but the quality is like a good restaurant (but cheaper!). I'm always happy to pay for great food. Staff were friendly but a little vague. Will definately go back.
AMM - 2 Jan 2008 16:16
Brilliant place, gorgeous food. Have never been disppointed only amazed at the lovely, accomplished dishes.
dogday - 30 Oct 2007 13:26
I love this pub. Great food (no bookings taken) and a cosy atmosphere.
madgebaby - 25 Oct 2007 13:25
I have now eaten in the Anglesea and all I can say about the food is stunning. I mean really something else, I still can't believe how good it was.

This has to be one of the best pubs in all of London for food and in all other respects, I just wish I lived nearer.
Sparky1 - 1 Sep 2007 16:38
Best pub in the Brackenbury village area. Well kept beer, great wine list and am told some of the best gastro-pub food in West London.

Staff seem friendly enough and the punters the same. No complaints at all in fact, only problem with the place is that it can be a bit of a mission to get to.

I'll actually go against the general feeling on the site and say I didn't think the food or drink was pricey for what you got - but then again may be I've lived in London for too long.
Sparky1 - 22 Aug 2007 16:10
The Anglesea is a great pub with excellent food and the beer is always well kept. The Deuchars IPA is fantastic, but £3.10(ish) per pint is a bit steep. I live about 50m from the pub so I guess I count as a local and I haven't had any problems with people in there. It's usually a very friendly place, although the staff can be a bit rude.

Great to hear the license review has been rejected and the Anglesea will live on!!
mr.vengeance - 25 Jul 2007 12:49
Perfectly reasonable gastropub in a well-healed area, although this also means that a pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord costs £3.10. Apparently some of the nearby residents want the council to take away its licence - I wonder what/who was here first, the pub or those complaining about it?
rpadam - 10 Jul 2007 09:29
Great beer, pub, wine and restaurant all rolled into one. Superb food and service much improved since a change in ownership. Don't agree with the comments about snotty locals (being one myself) - it's bohemian and laid back, but the food and drink is great. The no booking policy iritates many, but that's the way it is - and there's never a table empty. Go at lunchtime for a quiet meal, especially in the summer.
chris1960 - 27 Mar 2007 11:50
I really like this pub - some of the best pub food I have had in a long time!

Turn up early if you want a table in the restaurant as no bookings are taken.
sem07 - 20 Mar 2007 12:20
Very Nice Atmosphere in the Pub area. Haven't eaten here. Beer is well kept. Staff is a bit unattentive. Fills up quick in the evenings.
RBKData - 10 Feb 2007 23:03
Food, drinks and dťcor are wonderful. Such a shame the general clientele are such idiots. For example my mates Dad nearly got in a fight after one of the so called locals told him that he was not rich enough to drink there.

A real shame!

busjcol3 - 3 Jan 2007 14:19
i'm from bangalore,india(the pub city of india), and was in london last month, with the intention of visitng as many pubs as i could!!.

the pubs in london blew me away and specially this pub ,tucked away in a quiet corner of hammersmith,leave alone london!!.

the portuguese bartender was friendly and knowledgable about world matters!That was cool i thought. We spoke about global warming, movies.

good selection of beers and a great place to chill out ,without the music banging in you ears.

i would say a 9 out of 10.

jedi
jedimesh - 16 Oct 2006 11:50
Surprised but delighted to get a table on Sunday at 1.30 - the no reservation policy has its advantages. Not cheap but food quality and service was excellent.
Beercheese - 16 Dec 2005 13:07
Fantastic dining pub. Small menu but wonderfully cooked and presented. For two people, three courses plus a bottle of wine was £60. Beer is expensive granted, but think of it as a restaurant, not a pub and you're quids in. The bar area is scruffy / bohemian depending on your view. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful in assiting in our choice of wine. Have already recommended it to friends.
bossyesp - 29 Jul 2005 21:42
Suberb food - the dining area is very popular and you can't reserve a table so the bar area can be packed with hungry patrons at times. Great place to meet and chat as there is no annoying music in the background. Excellent wine too. Beer is a bit limited.
manonabus - 10 Jun 2005 15:44
Absolutely awful place, full of muppets, stuck up staff and completely lacking any atmosphere at all.
missbecks - 26 Apr 2005 12:36
Feel inclined to agree with 'anonymous' - food ok but expensive, no atmosphere, indifferent staff.
Thrashymmachus - 4 Sep 2004 23:15
Out of the way place that was nice enough until the stroke of 11pm when all the bar staff turned into a pack of incredibly dislikable people. Seemed to be seriously paranoid they'd be thrown in jail because we were still in there at 11:25pm. Memorable quotes include "we'll be given a ten thousand pound fine" and "the police will shut us down". Idiots.
travis - 3 Sep 2004 12:02
Been there once, won't go again. Terrible service apart from one smiley guy! Most of the staff are obviously in the wrong line of work. Food was alright, priced ok, but over-rated. Nothing special. Tiny restaurant-area, no music playing, and all in all - a huge disappointment. Anything positive to say? The bread was nice. But they'd ran out of it while we were still waiting for our starters to arrive.
anonymous - 28 Jun 2004 15:09
The food is priced exactly the same as any other "gastro pub" in the area but the quality of the angleseas food is always far superior and far better value. The menu changes twice a day, so you never get the same thing twice.
matt - 28 Jun 2004 14:47
Godd, lively atmosphere, pleasantly decorated, and an impressive-looking menu. However the only ale on offer is Adnams, and my glass of wine at £4 was distinctly poor quality. The best pub in this area is the Crown and Sceptre, north of Goldhawk Road.
foxski - 22 Apr 2004 12:02
agree with the others. food pricey but quality superlative and always inventive. excellent beers, good selection of wines. really comes into its own in the winter - open wood fire, dark and cosy. fantastic! one minus - the table service can be really poor (just drink instead...!).
jeffrey bernard - 16 Oct 2003 16:25
awesome place. Top notch food, great ale. Arrive early to avoid missing out. Expensive, but you know you're paying for quality
Joe - 16 Oct 2003 11:19
Fabulous pub, log fire in winter, wine list as long as both your arms put together, and one of the best places to eat in London. Seaonal menu, fresh ingredients, very reasonably priced. No table booking policy - arrive early.
Davina Bentley - 9 Oct 2003 12:44
Gastro-pub - nice garden space
John - 22 Apr 2003 13:59

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