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Really so disappointed with this place. Seemed really nice at first, but my salmon arrived half cooked, and all our side dishes arrived after we'd finished our mains. The waitress apologised for how long and disorganised it all was by saying they only have 2 people in the kitchen, everyone's shouting at each other! When we paid the bill we were accused of underpaying, which they accepted was incorrect when we showed them our receipts. A really yucky meal, with service which left an even worse taste in the mouth. Don't go there!
Penelopeee - 19 Jan 2014 22:12
Rude bar staff. Also - what kind of pub in London doesn't offer a single vegetarian option? We took our custom elsewhere - suggest you do the same.
benjaminbrown - 13 Jan 2014 11:01
Now simply called The Prince, the old Prince of Wales has been revamped into a trendy pub with an emphasis on food and a sense of open space. There are two handpumps serving guest ales (both from Rebellion in Marlow on my visit). It's a large space, and the outside 1930s Streamline Moderne building doesn't quite match the interior, which appears to hold echoes of a grand Victorian hotel - which the original Prince of Wales indeed was.

The clientèle are mixed, though mostly young trendy, and there's a good buzz and a relaxed atmosphere. People are well behaved and queue at the bar (I've never seen that before), and the pub appears clean and tidy. A decent place.
SilkTork - 26 Nov 2012 21:26
Turned up here on a pump-free evening when they hadn't had a delivery of bottled beer either. The staff were very nice and apologetic after my third attempt at an order was torpedoed. Really, the pub is too expensive to get away with this. The yard is a Soviet-style industrial enclosure with high walls like a prison. Worth leaving.
BitterShurn - 30 May 2011 17:44
Recently refurbished (it was previousely a bit of a dive) and offering a full on gastronomic menu they've really turned this palce around.

I've had the Sunday roast (lamb shank) and the calamari on another occasion, both were excellent.

At last a proper gastro pub in the heart of Brixton.
mabrown1979 - 28 Mar 2010 03:12
Went here last night. It was horrific. Rude staff, dodgy beer and dangerously undercooked food. We all felt ill after eating there, and it wasn't helped by a visit to their vile toilets. Avoid it at all costs.
TipsyMcStaggerton - 1 Mar 2009 08:47
Was there Saturday night, good place (especiallysicne I am not normally a doof-doof dance type person) with a good area out the back for smokers. Personal choice but I'd put the Effra and the Windmil above this place but the Dogstar and the 'spoons below.
mfawkner - 4 Sep 2008 13:06
I've been living in Brixton for the past 2 years and I always come back to this pub.
There's a nice relaxed atmosphere here, and the staff are always very friendly and cheerful. In fact I always note that all the staff look like they have a great time working here. No nasty attitudes on the door either.
It's good both for a chilled out kick back with a few pints on a Sunday afternoon, and also good for late night club at the weekend. Usually house/techno on Friday and Saturday nights, and the sound system is excellent - nice bass. The clientele are a friendly bunch too. I always have a great night there.
I think the food is excellent - definately one of the better places to eat in cental Brixton. 2 for 1 on Tuesdays has become a weekly ritual for me and my mates.
dogbytes - 19 Aug 2008 17:18
I've been to the Prince Of Wales a number of times as I live fairly nearby. Their Tuesday offer of half price steak and burger was the main reason for stopping by, but I have to say that although relatively pricey, the food they serve is great. The one time I had the steak and ale pie there I swore I'd never have another pie again should I risk it blighting that fantastic experience. It's just a shame that the staff can be somewhat inconsistent with their quality of service.

The place has recently been refurbished and is a decent enough place for a quick drink or perhaps somewhere late at night when you don't fancy going to a club. The beer both in selection and quality isn't particularly great, so if that's your proviso, you might be better off trying elsewhere.
ma0sm - 11 Mar 2008 13:33
Unfortunately today (a Sunday) 4 of us made the mistake of going to the Prince for food. 2 of the meals were cold (a pie and a roast). The other 2 were salads which had raw chicken in them. The wait staff were unpleasant.

So if you only want a drink then it is fine, but if you want to eat then I recommend that you pass. The chef is incompetent and the manager has no control over the kitchen.
clayward - 6 Jan 2008 23:16
used to come in here lots but when i went in last, the smell of toilets make me want to walk straight back out.it reeked.then after going to the ladies i decided that they obviously need some tlc. Staff a bit disinterested and seem to prefer to talk to each other rather than look at you.
anonymous - 13 Jun 2007 09:35
Suprised at the lack of comments on the food here....I must have eaten half a dozen times over the last few months and the food and service have always been excellent, if a bit slow at times. I can especially recomend the pies, the Caesar salad...Sunday Roasts are great and the burger is definately the best in Brixton....and the chips!! The house red is delicious and only £12 a bottle. I really like the atmosphere and they are always playing great music. In fact, this is way the best pub in Brixton.
princessk - 17 Feb 2007 16:36
It is becoming a very regular orientated place. everyone is getting to know each other. Good music at weekends, good door policy and very friendly and funny bar staff who (when in the mood) will joke with you and chat away which makes you feel more like your at a really great party instead of a bar. Loved this place when i visited. However, i wouldn't really recomened for a quiet drink or for a meal, as food isn't that great, i think concentrating on the good drinks(they used to have cocktails but not sure what happened)is a better idea guys!. Its a great place for a big night out instead and every times i go there i have a brilliant night.
anonymous - 11 Dec 2006 14:16
Recently, I went to the Prince for a lunchtime meal. For a Friday it was very understaffed, it took an enormously long time for someone to take our order and even longer for our food to arrive. I did pity the one poor guy who was serving...

When the food finally arrived - after about an hour - my boyfriends chips were cold in the middle. It was very poor.

Very disappointed but it would take me a lot to get me going back for food here again.
Izster - 17 Aug 2006 12:14
The Prince today is a rather different place to the old 'Prince of Wales'. To say that it has gone upmarket is a bit of an understatement. Some might resent that but I much prefer the current venue to the old one. Big comfy sofas, live music & DJs at weekends and open until 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays with free entry, which is certainly refreshing in Brixton.

Not a place for those who seek a quiet ale in traditional pub surroundings though.
caligula - 18 Feb 2006 15:13
This is now called "Prince" and alot better then Harlem or even the old "Prince of Wales". A little over priced but still a good place to go with a group of friends. They play live Jazz on some nights of the week.
BARREVIEWER - 7 Feb 2006 11:31
Is now a crap trendy restaurant type place called The Harlem.
MissLilac - 7 Jul 2005 09:44
it is very good the best pub in london the people that own it are very nice and friendly
anonymous - 12 Jan 2005 14:04
ok pub good locals sum nice staff but god it has changed
dan - 22 Aug 2003 19:34

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