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Possibly named in honour of William IV , one time King of The United Kingdom.
Tuna - 13 May 2017 13:22
Short stay Tony. How come?
Tuna - 1 Oct 2013 00:06
I am no longer at this site.
TonyLennon - 30 Sep 2013 19:01
Hi all. Just to keep you all in the know about what is happening at the William IV.

I am aware that some of you have been disappointed with things of late. Sadly the last management (as many do when approaching the end of a lease) let standards slip and did not impress people.

I have had the site for a few weeks now and have spent much time cleaning and sorting it out.

The food offering is now sorted, you can now enjoy steak burgers, monkfish, halloumi and crayfish dishes to name a few. All fresh and prepared with a stunning amount of care.

Wine list is complete, we off a great range of well chosen wine from all over the world, there's even an Austrian wine if you want to try something a little different (highly recommended).

Real Ale offering is not operational as yet as we have had a nightmare with a poorly maintained cold cellar but once sorted we will have 5 rotational ales on at all times.

We are here to stay, and I can promise you all that the highest standards will be applied here.

I hope to see you all soon in a show of support for this lovely pub.

Tony Lennon, Director
TonyLennon - 12 Aug 2013 15:30
Lovely building with lots of potential,but went in last week only to be told there was NO draught lagers available!!Had some friends over from abroad & went in again last night,only to be told AGAIN that they had NO draught beers WHATSOEVER!!How can a pub run out of beer,especially in April,it's hardly 28'c outside is it?About a week before our 1st "NO BEER" experience, were served a pint at 9.50pm then immediately told we had to "drink up" as they were closing.Two ladies had just bought a bottle of wine & ended up leaving half a bottle as they said they could not finish a whole bottle in 10 mins!!Surely things have to improve if they want to compete with the other pubs in the are??

PUBPROUK - 4 May 2012 02:39
Outstanding staff, fantastic food, delicious drinks, great music...this place is one of my favourite pubs ever. They go out of their way to make you comfortable (despite the comments of the previous reviewer, my girlfriend enjoyed many a Sunday roast in the William IV right through her pregnancy), are accommodating without being intrusive to clientele of all ages and the food is just out of this world.

An absolutely cracking pub.
StuFromSaturday - 27 Mar 2012 17:13
Straight out-of the-rulebook gastro pub. Why do they make these places so uncomfortable: does it appeal to the puritan streak in the English middle classes?
rabdes - 27 Nov 2011 11:11
Since this pub was taken over by new management 7 months ago it has now become my favourite pub! The front of house staff is always very friendly and accommodating and it has a lovely atmosphere, very cool music and great food. I have been coming to this pub on and off for 10 years and so glad it has it 'mojo' back, from a very run down version of itself last year.

sallysally - 2 Feb 2011 11:34
Absolutely awful food! The beef medallions (which cost £10.95) are not medallions but just cheap thinly sliced offcuts of beef!
Don't eat here when you can go to the much better Eagle 2 minutes walk away...!
leont - 23 Dec 2009 15:22
its closed until further notice
thomasgx1 - 17 Sep 2009 16:52
My first beef with this place is why do pubs use these stupid metal handles on their pumps that have the name of the drink etched into them so that you can only see what drinks are on offer if you are standing directly in front of the pump. You end up having to ask the barman who resents being asked what drinks are available every time someone who has not been into the pub before walks in. I did manage to find out that one ale was off, but Landlord and Pride were available alongside a selection of standard and premium lagers.

The target market seems to be the young middle class professional who likes playing board games whilst sitting on cheap looking furniture.

There is a lounge and cocktail bar upstairs, but I didnít investigate as I decided that I had seen enough and moved on.
Strongers - 3 Sep 2009 23:51
there is a lesson for the managment to learn - if you have a web page advertising the fact your open all day - then you turn up and its not (to add insult staff are hovering around inside keeping the doors bolted - letting in a selected "few" ) its not very good PR - i will not be returning.... especially having travelled some distance
moclips2002 - 30 Aug 2009 21:20
Slightly unpleasant interior decor that is trying rather too hard to look like a fashionable bar instead of a pub. All the furniture and walls painted beige. What's wrong with looking like a pub, I say!

Friendly staff and a good-ish range of beers, not very good value. The food was OK-ish but also not cheap.
goldenlane - 11 Jun 2009 21:57
Slightly unpleasant interior decor that is trying rather too hard to look like a fashionable bar instead of a pub. All the furniture and walls painted beige. What's wrong with looking like a pub, I say!

Friendly staff and a good-ish range of beers, not very good value. The food was OK-ish but also not cheap.
goldenlane - 11 Jun 2009 21:57
Went here this evening for the quiz. Pub interior grew on us, with candles and mellow vibe. Food was very good value and tasty. It was just the staff. There were two, one male, one female. He had his trousers round the bottom of his butt, like he thought he was on death row, and I really didn't want to see his pants, and she forgot our food, failed to serve four drinks (managed three at least) and towards the end of the evening, they sat at a table on their own - not waiting behind the bar, like actual staff - while she texted and they chatted. Our glasses weren't cleared once. Then they tried to call time at 10.40 and moved faster while clearing tables than during the entire evening. It's the sort of aloofness that gives London boozers a bad name. So the pub itself, with food, actually very reasonable; the staff, see ya.
getinthebackofthevan - 31 Mar 2009 00:49
Only one ale on when I visited on Friday. £2.85 a pint. Slightly trendy interior with mostly youngest people. music playing was good. OK but not great. Seen worse.
TheHorsesMouth - 16 Mar 2009 17:36
This is the perfect pub for a pit stop en route to the Wenlock, Black Sheep and Landlord are two of england's finest . Have seen a few Camra types in there so the beer quality is obviously okay.
mr.toes.5_ - 18 Sep 2008 14:16
Nice enough- interesting interior with assorted taxidermic specimens and so on.

Having heard about the good beer choices I was disappointed by the beer selection (London Pride & TT Landlord, and nothing interesting in bottles). But then again the Wenlock is just around the corner and much more suited for that.

Food was very nice if a tad pricey & of a very gastro sort. Clientele, well I wouldn't say "alarming" but definitely biased toward the gentrification brigade.
dpv - 6 May 2008 13:51
Creamy stucco walls, various stuffed fowl paraded in glass cases, decent ales on tap, including a divine pint of Black Sheep - all in all, this pub gets a lot of things right. My quibbles involve slightly below average food (one usually expect better from a pub with gastro pretensions like this) and an alarming clientele of Hoxton lookalikes, almost all of whom are clearly aiming to look "different" and yet achieving nothing of the sort.
BoehmBawerk - 13 Apr 2008 12:39
Me and DeggyT plodded in like a pair of drowned rats just before Xmas when we were trying to find the Wenlock without a map and needed a pints worth of splash-and-dash.

Couple of decent ales on, Black Sheep was good, and served in a handled glass as well. Didn't look too put out when I asked where the Wenlock was either, so extra mark there.

Inside was all white-painted wood, 30-watt bulb lighting and a particular kind of Ďdistressedí look, probably added at great expense I imagine. Some nice glasswork along the pubs frontage and a few old oil portraits of long-dead Georgian nobodies along the walls. Looked like food was a high priority here, took a quick look at the menu whilst DeggyT was downloading Ė looked fairly reasonable in price.

Will pop back in next time Iím on the way to the Wenlock, would like to explore a little more.
Quinno - 17 Feb 2008 17:58
last night i went down to The William and was eager to write a review of this splendid pub. i am amazed and perplexed to read the review below. the pub has a warm and inviting atmosphhere and 'the owner' i met was charming and polite. he made time for us new customers, chatted to us and then let us be. he certainly knew most of the punters and it is clear why it was so busy, his hosting skills were spot on - a refreshing 'old fashioned' experience in this day of bland, faceless bars. after being shown the two upstairs rooms i am going to book our Christmas office party there. i did not eat but the food that was flying out but it looked uncomplicated yet delicious.
i would recommend this pub to anyone who fancies a relaxed intimate evening. if you get to meet the gentleman i met then so much the better is what i think.
who knows what happened with the previous reviewer? a mystery.
boo1 - 21 Sep 2007 11:03
i first visited this pub during a thoroughly dull and monsoon like week this August. To my delight I was greeted by a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable bar manager. It was a pleasure to be served by an old style bar man who knew how to converse and hold court with all of the punters. Everyone felt a part of the atmosphere which added to a very enjoyable evening.
I returned week later with my friends only to be greeted by the most vile ignorant man who claimed to be the owner. When I asked the whereabouts of the nice guy that I had met the week before the hetrosexualphobic "owner" slurred some incomprehensible obsenities and then duly fell over his own counter. i found out that the good guy had left and I am not surprised. I will never return.
shanickigins - 3 Sep 2007 21:03
excellent wine and beer selection, with great food. enjoyably busy with a good atmosphere
JohnWallace - 16 Dec 2006 16:17
Gastropub makeover of a classic corner local which still does beer in handle mugs. Beer includes Black Sheep on draught - not a common find. Worth a look but as it is very close to the Wenlock I wouldn't make the William IV my only stop in the area.
beeronaut - 25 Jul 2006 07:26

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