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Warwick Arms, Kensington

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user reviews of the Warwick Arms, Kensington

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pub is great, beer is good and well priced, food how ever is poor and quite expensive ours also took 40 minutes to arrive on a lunchtime!. i would recommend the pub for a few pints
pgjp - 14 Aug 2013 10:37
Loads of exposed wood & the Fullers was on top form. Not a really big pub, but cavernous compared with the Britannia Tap. The curry special looked to be good value.
Wilson_MacDonald - 25 May 2011 21:01
This 'local' is extremely well maintained..offers a full selection of well kept Fullers beers including a seasonal ,...currently their new refreshing Front Row ale. They have two wood burners and interesting brewery related eclectic bits and bobs everywhere and the bar surface is always shiny and well polished... always a good sign! The staff are always consistently efficient and welcoming. They have good product knowledge and are happy to guide you through the Fullers range. This brewery takes training seriously and it shows.
I regularly drop in for the Sunday Roast carvery where there is a choice of two meats, with fresh vegetables and all the trimmings, the Exmoor beef today was as delicious as always.
The Warwick is a well kept secret and is very different from other somewhat impersonal and more commercial pubs in the area.
pubmanstu - 6 Mar 2011 16:35
Well, I only get to the Warwick Arms on my occasional visits back to the UK so - as an indication of how highly I rate this pub - when I had 48 hours in London last week I spent a few of them there. I walked in the door and was presented with my pint of London Pride even before I'm made my way past the greetings to the bar. They don't make a big fuss of my occasional visits from the other side of the World. Just a brief "Good to see you. How long are you here for?" and then just join in the conversation like you've never been away. The London Pride - beautiful, cool not cold, clear and well presented. Australian beer is perfect for Australia - London Pride is perfect for London - The Warwick Arms is the perfect local.
Aussie_Mike - 14 Aug 2010 08:28
Good range of Fullers beers with a decent 3.25 Pride. Had a nice pub curry which was a cut above your normal pub curry in terms of taste & presentation. Quite a long narrow pub so a bit of a squeeze as our table was about 3 foot from the bar!
Booze_Allen - 7 Aug 2010 18:59
greeted by a couple of attractive Eastern European barmaids. Talked to each other in their own language, probably saying something like "Why don't we get to serve nice young attractive men instead of these fat middle aged blokes?" Anyway it's a Fullers pub, had a London Pride and it was in reasonable nick. Fairly food oriented, we ordered a rather nice Indian meal, filling and reasonably priced especially. As I walked from this pub to Kensington High Street tube station I realised what sort of area it was, the sort of place where they treat Top Gear as an actual car show for info on what car they should purchase next, which makes this pub a bit of a gem.
Abteilung - 6 Aug 2010 13:50
This one is a well kept secret....and an extremely well run local..well kept Fuller's ales and friendly attentive service!
Great Friday Indian Buffet and a good sunday roast.

pubmanstu - 21 Jun 2010 21:49
good beer, friendly service, decent pint of pride, the curry buffet on a friday is well worth a visit. odd swing doors to male loos though
jeffandstack - 24 Apr 2010 18:35
A proper sort of of pub, with four real ales on when I last visited (Pride, Chiswick, HSB and Discovery; with the latter being 3.30 for a pint but on good form). Stuffed full of memorabilia - with no particular theme as far as I can tell - but plenty to look at inside. Outside, the tables and benches on the side road catch the sun nicely in the late afternoon. One of the few Fullers pubs in the area to offer Indian rather than Thai food.
rpadam - 23 Apr 2010 23:16
I stopped by on sunday for the tasty carvery. Very nice looking pub with 4 fullers real ales on draft (2 guests discovery blonde and an IPA) good chilled out tunes and friendly staff.
legionuk - 1 Mar 2010 12:55
This my favourite pub anywhere. I first found it about 4 years ago when I was living temporarily around Earls Court because of my work. I tried just about every pub in the area in order to find a pub that served well kept beer, a range of beers that I like and had a quiet friendly feeling where I could read the Sunday paper in peace. Then I found the Warwick Arms. After a few visits the landlord noticed I was becoming a regular, spoke to me and then started introducing me to other regulars. As a new, temporary resident in the area that was great. The beer is exceptionally well kept, the staff very friendly and well trained to the landlady's very high standards. It's the small things you notice like the London Pride always served in the correct glass and placed on the bar with the badge facing you. High standards of service, high quality of beer and a great new bunch of friends. I've now returned to Western Australia but come back to the UK several times a year for work. A visit to the Warwick Arms is always the first thing on the agenda after we land and I still get the same great welcome as if I've never been away.
Aussie_Mike - 21 Jun 2009 04:21
Nice place. Perfectly charming staff. Food pretty damned good, especially the Sunday Roast!!! Oh yes, the Ale is mighty fine!
chiswick_flo - 2 Jun 2009 18:50
A good clean bar. Food is very good. Staff are very pleasant. Well worth a visit!
anonymous - 20 May 2009 20:50
Wonderful friendly local pub with one of the best Indian kitchens in London. Try the incredible Saag Paneer or the outstanding Bhindi Do Pyaza ! If you are not eating, there is a full selection of Real Ales and Draught Beers (including Hoegaarden) to quaff away ! Keep up the good work !!
distinguished_barfly - 11 May 2009 11:56
It's not often that I have either the time or the desire to do "pub reviews" but on this occasion I am making an exception. I have been using the Warwick Arms since I moved to Kensington in 2006. Since then I have enjoyed the friendliest and most genuine welcome every time I have visited. The owners are experienced publicans with a lust for life and in my opinion that is reflected in the quality of service given to all customers, old and new. If Indian food is your thing then try it here, it's lovely. About a month ago they started doing a Carvery on Sundays for a very reasonable 9.95 a head, always with a choice of meats. I can't think of anywhere else in Kensington doing such a good deal on fresh carvery food - that tastes really lovely too!! The beer is good too which makes a change from other London pubs (according to my boyfriend!) and there are always deals on their wine and spirits, e.g doubles for the price of a single (spirit changes weekly I think). Try this pub. It's not always busy but that's good too, in my opinion! I'm too old (38) to be squashed in a corner with a bent elbow trying to hear what people are saying!! Friday nights are very busy as a general rule but the standards don't suffer as a result and the regulars all seem extremely friendly. If you hate this pub, I'll be completely surprised. Happy Drinking! x
happiest_customer - 8 Feb 2009 23:19
What a gem, however, this was not always the case. I have used this pub on and off for the passed 14 years and yes the new managers of 1998 (who thankfully are still there) made some wellover due changes. Today this lovely pub serves great beer, fantastic Indian food and has the freindliest staff in the area. A must try is the Indian buffet friday lunch but avoid 12.30 to 1.30 as it can get very busy, also the new addition of a Sunday Carvery lunch this simply can not be beaten. It is with pleasure I recomend this pub.
Jolly - 5 Feb 2009 21:12
What a great local pub . The beer is well kept and priced about right for the area.The Indian food is good and better than most Indian restaurants I have visted.
ratty68 - 3 Nov 2008 09:08
Excellent indian food, good bar staff, ok Fullers' beers but what spoils this pub is an unfriendly landlord and his clique
stevecole - 15 Feb 2008 13:13
This pub indeed used to be much, much better, and was a traditional West London Fullers boozer. It deteriorated from its best in the spring of 1998, when a change of management brought with it not only a change of style, mood and direction but a 50pence-a-pint price hike.

I have visited the Warwick Arms in late 2007 for a curry - the food is not bad, but many of the original fixtures and fittings have been removed and regular visitors of the 1990s have moved on.
lad_newton - 3 Feb 2008 22:33
Maybe I visited at the wrong time but, even though it was Six Nations afternoon, there seemed to be very little atmosphere and it wasnt very busy. In the stakes of how many milk churns, sewing machines, musical instruments and assorted copper jugs you can get in one pub it comes second only to the Churchill Arms but it all seems a bit false. The beer was OK and Ill probably pop in again if Im in the area as its a proper pub whereas so many nearby have been turned into wine bars serving Peroni and Pinot Grigio.

Millay - 3 Feb 2008 21:56
I agree with Tomi. This is an excellent little pub, and the ales are certainly well kept. The staff were friendly and helpful, and overall it has a great atmosphere. A proper, comfortable little pub.
caligari - 1 Feb 2008 14:08
The drinks are average, but the curry is amazing. The Thalis especially are fantastic. Great curries for under 6 aren't something that you find in many pubs in Kensington!
blink - 24 Jul 2007 12:20
Not the 'Local'it used to be. Not cheap either but worth a visit if only for the excellent indian food
anonymous - 19 Jun 2007 13:50
No, overpriced in the extreem and a set of staff so arrogant that they seem unable to even consider either that the beer is on the turn or that hey made a mistake with your change.

Avoid and go to the Radnor (or even better the C & S
Norealaleinorpington - 20 Oct 2006 15:32
Been there only once on a recommendation of well kept ales. Quite a little gem if I may say so. The ESB was lovely and the staff helpful (and very attractive)! It seems like quite a locals pub and was quite empty which was a shame. I will certainly be going back soon.
Tomi - 20 Jun 2006 14:14
As I am only an occasional visitor to London, this is the first time I have ever had to pay 3 for a pint, though it was a nice ESB. Otherwise fine.
oftenscore6 - 10 Mar 2006 12:48
Have tried all the pubs in the area, but only just got round to this one...very pleasantly surprised!

Enjoyed a well kept pint of London Pride, and an Indian meal that would put a lot of curry houses to shame (both served by friendly staff) in this charming pub.

Would personally prefer a few more customers to generate a bit of atmosphere - but if you like a (very) quiet pint, this pub is ideal.


anonymous - 14 Jan 2006 15:04
On this stretch of road,there are three pubs very close to each other.This is by far the best. Attracting a quieter crowd than is usual for the area,you can actualy hear yourself in conversation without having to shout above abysmal music that only appeals to the staff. It has its faults of course (the seets are bloody uncomfortable) but overall not a bad little bar.
Mr.Raffles - 3 Jan 2006 15:38
The owners are very friendly (unlike the comments below) and utterly charming. There is a good crowd of locals who drink here and the franchised Indian chefs do a mightily fine curry.

I can recommend this pub - either for a quiet pint or three or a drink and something to eat.
cathaycargo - 3 Nov 2005 17:29
i think this is a lovely pub
anonymous - 27 Jul 2005 18:07
I went there yesterday afternoon ( Sunday 12/12/04 ). Pub seemed friendly and welcoming enough but not over busy. Fullers London Pride was on good form , but 2.60p. Had Adnams on as a guest beer, which seems surprising as it doesn't feel like a beer drinkers pub. Pub is well decorated with bric a brac - note the jugs hanging down from the ceiling and the old sewing machine and the Watney Combe Reid clock.
There is a subcontracted Indian food operation which is apparently quite highly regarded, but I can't speak from experience.
In conclusion, I consider the pub is worth considering popping into for a pint if you're doing a crawl in the area
JohnBonser - 13 Dec 2004 13:48
Still not welcoming, is someone trying to get rid of customers in order to get a change of use?
Tim C - 16 Oct 2003 17:48
This pub is a mere shadow of how it used to be until 18/04/1998. It was only a matter of time before someone who unbeknownst to its history suggested it for inclusion on this site. It used to be a local gem, particularly lively on Saturday nights with live piano music, good food and well-kept Fullers ales. The pub would attract trade from far and wide to enjoy the atmosphere here. On 18th April 1998, having survived 4 or 5 management changes, people arrived to find the pianist unceremoniously thrown off the piano whilst the ill-mannered new manager passed pop CDs around for people to choose. Coupled with this, visitors to the Warwick were further shocked to find London Pride was 50p a pint more expensive than on the previous day. If you are in the area you should go to the Radnor or the Britannia, both of which are excellent pubs.
lad_newton - 14 Aug 2003 09:52
Warm Beer, Cold Welcome.
Advice to Landlord, Please to swear to or at your customers.
Tango - 13 Aug 2003 18:57

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