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What was once The Trout/Old Trout, is now, The Yardbird. And tragically, after the expensive facelift given to it (at a cost of £90,000, I was told by a staff member), all the cheap, grotty charm, is long gone. I was a regular there for many years, but was horrified to learn that, what is just a Green King pub, has become, yet another, pretentious, snooty, middle-to-upper classes catered for 'trendy' bar. Two pale ales on offer there- 'Goose Island' and 'Punk IPA' cost £4.95 a pint, and when you look at the alternatives, you're left with only two options- pay up or leave. My friends and I are resolute in our refusal to step foot in this place again. West London trendy's, it's all yours.
mothers_ruin - 18 Dec 2014 11:57
For a station bar, its pretty ok I think. It was pretty packed before gig at Apollo, but they seemed just able to cope. The lager was fine and reasonably priced for Hammersmith. The food looked good.
Location excellent for the aforementioned Apollo or if going to FFC.
Its not a destination for a night out but its a decent enough meeting spot.
mont62y - 1 Apr 2014 12:57
We enjoyed our visit before a gig at the Apollo. Food reasonably priced as was the drink too. I suppose we were lucky to get a seat - we shared a table with another couple who were already in there (and had never met before). We'll go there again, perhaps over the weekend to see what it is like.

Mr_ESB_Harry - 23 Nov 2013 22:16
I called at The Trout several times recently.

Green King and Sausage and Mash was very nice and the Prices reasonable.

Conveniently situated next to the Underground Stations and shopping Centre.
AuldJimmy - 8 Nov 2012 17:20
Great pub , good atmosphere , but best of all ,with an excellent New Zealand Sov Blanc at a good price !
Nice stop over after a night at the Appollo.
radiojon73 - 7 Oct 2012 10:32
This is about as plastic and contrived as such pubs go. Plonked in the middle of a shopping mall, it has always been a place to steer clear of and apart from a curiosity visist when it first opened, I have always done just that. It recently grabbed my attention as it has recently gained Cask Marquee accreditation so thought I would give it a go this week during a pre-Apollo session. On the Plus side, the beer was indeed pretty decent quality however the excitement is somewhat diminished by the fact that the Ales are the ubiquitous Green King IPA and Abbott. The interior is hardly a wonder of architecture and generally reeks of burgers as you first walk in. It is akin to an airport bar with little soul or character and about as appealing as drinking a tin of Fosters outside the Tescos opposite. The usual run of plasma TV / games / Quiz machines are present and the customer base is sourced from shoppers too knackered to walk any further, office workers with a lack of adventure or Apollo goers falling out of the tube station and with no idea of anywhere else to go in the area. Chances of getting a seat are practically zero whilst the shops are open and once they are closed and the show at the Apollo has started, there seems little point of being here at all unless you are a Green King fan. That said, it is certainly not as unpleasant as the rating suggests although it is hardly a place to carry any particularly recommendation.
RogerB - 20 Feb 2008 15:49
The only reason you visit this pub is if you are meeting people prior to attending the Hammersmith Apollo.

I was advised by a barmaid that I was better off ordering a bottled beer, so plenty of ice could be put in the hot glasses as no one had been collecting empty glasses and a washing cycle had just finished.

To compound matters both gents cubicles were out of order.

This pub is a disgrace and badly run.
snowdog2112 - 12 Jun 2007 13:25
I really like the Trout. Very friendly bar staff and nice atmosphere. They play some interesting music in there, ranging from JB's 'Get on the Good Foot' to Bowie's 'Life on Mars'. Can get very busy, particularly when there's a concert on at the Hammersmith Apollo across the road. There used to be a really comfortable sofa in the corner but sadly that's been moved. Nice to sit or stand outside in the summer. Overall, much better than some reviews might suggest!
Dave_Home - 12 May 2007 16:05
When I used to work in Hammersmith I used to drink in the Old Trout, when it was still known by that name, most lunchtimes. It was handy for popping into the shops and then having a couple of pints before going back to work.

I went in for a pint last Thursday, my first here in over 6 years, whilst I waited for someone getting off at the tube station and I was not impressed at all.

It used to be a place people actually went to for a few beers, now Id be surprised if anyone stayed for a second pint.

No atmosphere whatsoever Thoroughly depressing establishment.

Strongers - 11 Apr 2007 18:35
Not really a pub - just a shopping-centre boozer for those disinclined to try somewhere more interesting. Probably the least exciting Greene King ever tasted - not off, just rather unpleasant. Have been disappointed before, but tried again just to make sure. No change.
rpadam - 13 Mar 2007 23:57
Despite the poor reviews above I think this is an excellent venue, especially for parties. They even hold Karaoke there! I think it must be a haunt for a local, fun loving, good looking, local work crowd.
anonymous - 12 Mar 2007 17:13
those soulless 'pubs' in airports, this place makes them look like the Ritz. It's a dive, the beer's awful and if you were to go to the pub at the end of the universe, it would look like this, full of people waiting to die.
fulhambob - 23 Jan 2007 19:18
Ahh the Old Trout! When the developers of the Broadway thought "now what does Hammersmith really need in its shopping centre?", the answer was obvious - "a really bad pub, because Hammersmith doesn't have enough of them". There is one good thing to say abouts existence though. Imagine the scene, you're dating a girl and frankly you want to dump her, but you haven't got the courage - what to do? Simple take her for a date in the Old Trout. Why you ask. Well firstly its in a shopping centre, so strike one; secondly the beer is generally awful and the food terrible, a strike two; thirdly its rarely clean and the toilets are horrible, a strike three and you're out. She'll dump you, you don't have to feel bad and you haven't wasted your hard earned cash on an expensive date. Thank you the Old Trout you have performed a great service to all men.
Sparky1 - 9 Oct 2006 17:16
I can't think of one reason why you'd want to go in here. If you're waiting for someone at Hammersmith you'd do better to nip down to The William Morris for a swift one.
C.B - 11 May 2006 12:29
Walked in and walked straight out, didn't even stay for a drink.

This is the sort of place Americans call "quaint" whithout (bless 'em) realising it's part of a huge transglobal conglomerate.

DoctorEvil - 5 Apr 2006 22:48
Well it's a pub in a Tube station/shopping centre, so what do you expect. On top of this, my pint was terrible, but I'm reliably informed that the Guiness at least is alright.
illhaveastella - 27 Jan 2006 13:08
The place is quite souless and very strange atmosphere drinking inside a shopping centre.

ReneArtois - 12 Dec 2005 17:59
At a recent visit I had the misfortune to be served by soemthing in pink with 'hair' !!! Did she lose her way from a barbie convention??? Tried to have a conversation with miss 'pink hair' but gave up as I dont speak a language that only consists of 'o' and 'h'
darth_sidious - 13 Nov 2005 19:11
Located inside the tube station building which makes for an intersting if not particularly pleasant backdrop, this pub is not actually all that bad. Gets crowded when the rush hour spills out a great many thirsty workers at the station and is alway srammed when a high profile band are playing at the nearby Apollo and it can take a loooooooong while to get served at those times. However, most of the rest of the time it's reasonably quiet. Bar staff are friendly and I've always found them to be efficient too. Prices aren't great but drinks are generally good. Worth a quick drop in if you are passing with time on your hands but not the best location for a decent session.
Mr.Monkfish - 21 Sep 2005 13:40
Another of the 99% shite pubs in Hammersmith.The layouts ok,but the beer is revolting,the staff beyond inneficient and the toilets are a bad joke.Avoid.
smokie - 22 Jul 2005 20:18
Oh it's not THAT bad. The IPA's OK and because it's it doesn't get that mad busy on Saturday nights. So if you want a quiet pint or two away from the madness of Hammersmith Broadway and the School Disco mob you could do worse. Certainly not one for any sort of special occasion though.
realalesnob - 10 Jun 2005 19:07
Vile Vile Vile in every way
Mr.Raffles - 6 May 2005 18:35
There is no excuse for going here, went here for one pint while waiting for someone at Hammersmith on Saturday and couldn't get out quickly enough, maybe it's not the fault of the pub but drinking in a station is very depressing.
Captain_Carwash - 18 Apr 2005 11:11
Friendly atmosphere, a bit expensive, but that's Hammersmith all over. Tends to get a bit busy in-between 5 and 6pm, with yuppie types mostly.
CheekyShepherd - 29 Mar 2005 00:34
Miserable pub. That's all I've got to say.
anonymous - 18 Jan 2005 13:45
Bad,Bad,Bad.Warm beer,bar staff not up to much !!! Avoid like the plague !!!!
jono194 - 13 Jan 2005 19:40
Even by Hammersmith's standards this pub is bad (and that's quite something). If you're going for a gig just walk a couple of minutes to William Morris, at least it's cheap.
MillwallLad - 6 Dec 2004 12:58
Frankly, I am not a puber and I do not drink in pubes, as Mr Jay Z states in his comment below, so perhaps I am not qualified to make an observation on here. However, the only reason to go here is to meet someone before going to a gig at the Odeon over the road, or indeed to meet a fellow Tuber and get the hell out.

Old Trout indeed.
Lawrence - 4 Nov 2004 13:48
What the hell, dodgy staff rating alerts!

This is a pub in a shopping mall... Say no mor
TheGP - 21 Sep 2004 13:53
Terrible beer, and the service has declined somewhat over the last year. Avoid this one.
Bobby - 30 Aug 2004 03:35
i think all the reviews below were made by someone that works there!!

Small, cramped, average beer, average food. Good for meeting people coming off the Tube other than that no reason to go here whatsoever
Hammersmith Max - 20 Aug 2004 05:53
This pub is about as good as you'd expect a pub in a shopping centre to be. Beer isn't awful, and the service is OK, but it will always look and feel artificial and not like a real pub.
John Hayes - 6 Apr 2004 16:56
An outstanding Public House in the heart of the Broadway Shopping Centre. After you have been once you will always be going back. The service is second to none with a wide variety of food and drink at very competative prices. The Old Trout is a must for all you pubers out there!!!
Jay Z - 20 Feb 2004 12:08
In an ideal world all pubs would be like the Trout, unfortunately it's not and when you're not in the area I suggest you resist the temptation to go to a lesser, more local establishment and make your way over to Hammersmith, you won't regret it!
Ryan - 20 Feb 2004 11:42
A beacon of light among the usual drab hammersmith pubs
Peter - 20 Feb 2004 11:26
I agree with the review below. The Trout offers good beer, excellent food and friendly service. The locals are a real treat and always happy to engage in some good natured banter with fellow drinkers.
anonymous - 20 Feb 2004 11:25
Since its recent refurbishment the trout is in fact unrecognisable from its previous state. It offers both a welcome and friendly environment and exudes class. In terms of food the sizzlers are highly recomended and very reasonably priced
robin - 20 Feb 2004 11:13
Jesus Christ, what horror is this?! A pub in a shopping centre. Lives up to it's name I can tell you.
Good for: Meeting fellow Argyle fans prior to watching them play QPR. Actually Julia is right, it's not as bad as it sounds.
thenationofjames - 5 Dec 2003 14:03
Surprisingly ok for a pub in a shopping centre. Inoffensive decor, fast and pleasant service, Greene King ales. For those times you get off the District Line in need of some very swift refreshment.

Julia - 9 Aug 2003 15:22

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