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Curtain's Up, West Kensington

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user reviews of the Curtain's Up, West Kensington

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I have amended my rating for this pub as I do feel that there has been a much needed improvement. My last two or three visits have seen great, friendly & fast - service, whilst the beers & ciders on offer have also been looked after properly and had a great selection to choose from. My only gripe would be the seating arrangements, which include a sectioned off area for food service, which is nearly always empty. The main part of the pub can be quite busy so on the last two occasions, my friends and I were forced to stand in a corridor that lead to the theatre & toilets as the empty are is strictly diners only. When you are disabled and have to use a stick this can be quite a problem.

Still, all in all well done to the Curtain's Up - my rating of 0/10 some years ago was fully justified then but you are now 8/10.
Mr.Raffles - 16 Mar 2013 13:21
A pretty decent pub of the modern variety: typical lager available, several ales and quite nice food. It's all stripped wooden floorboards, simple tables and chairs and a good sized bar in the middle of the main room. Staff efficient and polite. Was briefly in here the other day and tried the Adnams Lighthouse (3.4%): a very clean, amber beer with a solid hoppy taste. Could drink that all day. A very good pint to recommend to someone unfamiliar with ale.

I did once spend quite a long session in this pub, pretty much from mid-afternoon until quite late, and the fact that I can't remember much about it, is surely a recommendation.

All in all, The Curtain's Up is the kind of place that if you live locally you'd probably find yourself in here quite a lot. It's not a "local" in the classic sense, but what's wrong with that? 8
Goldings - 30 Oct 2011 16:52
Gastro/theatre bar which isn't as bad as many of the genre. Had Sharp's Doom Bar and Red on - tried the Red which wasn't much cop, certainly not worth having a second pint of.
anonymous - 18 Oct 2010 22:15
So much better than it was a few years ago. Sharps Cornish Coaster and Doom Bar were both very good. The place is looking spick and span and decorated nicely througout. The bar staff quickly remembered our round and were polite and helpful. Little bit posey now but not such a bad thing with good beer and service.
charlescask - 17 Jun 2010 21:40
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pub......
I can't knock this pub- except that it always seems to be busy! Good food, friendly staff, great fire place! & a theatre.... I'll spend all day here!
chic - 6 Feb 2010 11:20
The most expensive fish cake I have ever eaten! 10.50 for a VERY average fish cake, just the one, on its own, surrounded by a poncy sauce border. Honestly, I could have cried. Wayyy overpriced and not up to standard. I've got to eat something else for lunch as it didn't even make a dent and I'm a small girl!
ojskeed - 1 Feb 2010 13:42
I first visited this pub in the 1970s before I had moved to London but often visited friends in the area. It was a pleasant rather down at heel Victorian pub-probably with teh original fixtures and fittings.. Since then it has had several incarnations reaching itrs lowest ebb in the mid 8os when it had dark paintwork, low beams and agricultural machinery dotted about. The clientelle were very rough indeed fights were frequent and windows got smashed on more than one occasion. There was a strong criminal element present and at one time a manger did a bunk and disappeared. It was a dangerous pub and though I live nearby I verey rarely went in.

Things got a little better when the theatre took off but there was a pool table so acting there was quite difficult as the music was very loud and there was a lot of banging pool cues went on disturbing the shows in the theatre in the basement.

Last few years since it has been the Curtains Up and been redcorated several times and the low life clients have all gone it has been immeasurably better. Though food was poor, microwaved fare which could take hours to arrive, Service was slow and toilets could be bad some days.

The present incanation under Geronimo is the best ever. A proper gastro-pub worthy to be a proper local. Great decor lovely food-bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Waiting and bar staff ALL POLITE AND HELPFUL. general state of loos and decor first class. So in my 30 odd years of knowing this pub this is a remarkable transfornation. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED!

Which brings me to the present
Caledonian - 13 Nov 2009 15:43
Gave up waiting to be served on my previous visit (see below), but I am happy to say that there has been something of a transformation here following the Geronimo Inns takeover. A bit more gastro-pub perhaps, but at least the bar (at a busy time on a Friday evening) wasn't full of people buying individual drinks using the sole card reader. Nice pint of Wandle from the local-ish Sambrook's Brewery. Much improved.
rpadam - 18 Sep 2009 23:40
Over priced and poor selection of lagers!
rayb - 10 Sep 2009 12:50
Excellent pub for a drink or a meal. Friendly staff, one of the best burgers I have had, good range of lagers. Well worth a visit.
gmcd - 7 Sep 2009 09:33
Definately worth a visit now, the change of management has done this pub the world of good.
needadrink - 4 Sep 2009 11:24
Oh and one thing more, thank GOD the awful American self-obsessed monkey with that terrible laugh has disappeared...
sapphirerose - 4 Sep 2009 11:11
Wow. Indeed what a turnaround.

A totally new, cleaned up (in terms of staff and decor), brighter, cheerier, more helpful and worthy gastropub. This is now a place I am PROUD to call my local watering hole! The Manager served my friend Dave and I on BH Monday, table service, smiles, professional attitude. A clean sweep.
sapphirerose - 4 Sep 2009 11:10
Good news... we have been twice since the new company has taken over, and it is much better. The main improvement is that the staff keep you informed of your food order and when it will be arriving. The food is really worth eating too.
newworldorder - 31 Aug 2009 09:35
Has been sold to Geronimo Taverns and currently closed for refurbishment. Expect gastrofication, hopefully with improved beer as well.....
carstenp - 23 Jul 2009 14:19
Service is definitely NOT king in this establishment, the staff are generally cliquey and arrogant (the manager with the white lightening bolt fleck of white in his fringe a case in point), the food is less than impressive, and the theatre downstairs could do with a massive overhaul. This place needs new management.
sapphirerose - 1 Jun 2009 18:09
Was my local for 5 years... always had the same 3 people in it whenever you went in there... Irish Liam, Al (long curly grey hair) and Bruce (red face). Was at its peak when the manager cleared off and left the Aussie bar staff in charge for a few weeks - it was a hot summer, and they had no problem letting us move the pub furniture across the road to sit outside the laundrette to catch the evening sun!
zeat - 10 May 2009 23:45
Alright for a pint, but don't even THINK about ordering any food here! We decided to give it another go as ther was a 'new menu', ordering fish and chips with bread and butter and chicken skewers at 8.06pm. After asking politely at 8.30 and and rather more forcefully at 8.40, the fish turned up a few minutes later. HOWEVER the rest of the order didn't appear until 8.55. Not being funny, but the kitchen should concentrate less on gimmicks (the fish was sitting on brown paper and the lemon had been grilled and concentrate more on getting the food out before the customers starve or burst a blood vessel trying to get any information out of the sheepish barstaff. I mean how more can you mess with fish and chips! Cold mushies, cold fish, and blimmin matchstick fries and a roll and butter! I was expecting to make a chip butty for goodness' sake!!!
When the guy cleared the plates he didn't make any eye contact and I had to shout 'yes it was fine, thanks for asking' - he looked at me like I was crazy! He got that right BTW, but REALLY! Customer is NOT King in this disappointing local. Boo.
newworldorder - 5 Mar 2009 16:18
Saw something here quite unlike anywhere else I can think of - everybody appeared to be paying by debit/credit card. With three barstaff on, which should have been enough for a reasonably busy early evening, things ground to a near halt as they all had to wait to use the single card terminal. Waited about 10 minutes to be served, but gave up and went to the Famous 3 Kings instead. I suppose that I will try again sometime, but it really was pretty farcical.
rpadam - 23 Feb 2008 17:07
Big and comfy, but stinks like a festival urinal in a heatwave. A Guinness will cost you 3.02 - useful if you want a pocket full of shrapnel.
xyrion - 14 Sep 2007 16:11
Absolutley brilliant boozer. I have been drinking in this pub regularly for over 20 years and think its strange to read some of the negative comments about the Curtains. The Curtains Up is its most recent name (once the Barons Ale House). Ask any regular visitor to this lovely little pub and they will all tell you that this place had a pretty rough history, trouble was common place not so many moons ago. Over the last couple of years the place is unrecognisable. The most recent manager 'Chris' has cleared out what was left of the bad elements and whats left is a pub with rarely any problems and a great atmosphere. The main custom is older blokes like me who enjoy a quiet pint, students and more recently the younger professionals in the area. The new manager had some teething troubles to start with but it was his first pub so go easy. He is a great young guy who talks to us all and has made the pub a better place to drink in. The pub also just won an award for most reccomended pub in north fulham so that should silence any naysayers. Definitley the best pub in the area by far for a great night with good beer. Staff are all tops too.
andyregular - 22 May 2007 19:30
Terrible, Terrible service. Last Saturday night was nowhere near busy and yet it seemed as though we'd all been sprinkling invisible dust on ourselves. The ladies had no toilet roll. When I asked for some, they reached behind the bar and handed me a roll of Andrex (was I supposed to bring it back, I wondered, when I'd finished?) Sinks in ladies were last repaired sometime in the 1970's.

The only redeemable feature was that the lager was only 2.30 a pint. I suppose the management don't feel like they are able to charge any more...

As someone commented earlier, 6 years ago (when I lived in the area), this place was so different. Shame.


hammondshamster - 23 Jan 2007 13:36
Every time I go into this pub the staff seem to be different. It has everything needed to be a great pub and it's in a spot where it could be a gem. Despite this, it is consistently under par. I have seen more people walk out due to not getting served than any other pub I can remember. Food was surprisingly ok the last time I ate though, and the theatre downstairs has some good plays on.


The_Rotter - 23 Oct 2006 18:06
This is my local as a long standing Barons Court residence I only live over the road. About 6 years ago this was a really good boozer and I could easily while away a whole day in there with friends. A succession of poor managers and decisions have left this pub a pale shadow of its former self. It regularly runs out of beer and it even ran out of wine a few weeks ago. Twice this year the pdq machine has been broken and therefore cash only. One time it was on the same night that they had run out of beer! I wondered why they bothered keeping it open. The bar staff are inattentive and totally inept. Simple barmanship is looking who arrives at a bar next NOT JUST GOING UP AND DOWN THE LINE! There also appears to be a large amount of bar staff on the books when quite often only one is serving whilst 2 are chattting at the side of the bar. They all appear to live upstairs as well! Poor management and dont even get me started on the food. This pub has a great catchment area in barons Court and with a bit of simple thought could turn back into a great pub. It is really that bad I would rather drink in the 3 chavs down the road and that is saying something!
Tomi - 20 Jun 2006 13:59
Despite being struck in the head by a flying window, this pub is quite a gem - compared to the nearby F3K's and Fox. Fulham supporters were encouraged by the reasonably priced pints, but Palace fans were impatient with the slow bar service. Like a page out of our companies IT service manual, the kitchen would be out of service for between 20mins and 2 days, so we couldnt fairly judge the food. Nice sounding chalk boards however.
CSIdrinker - 4 May 2006 14:24
Tucked away this pub is nice and quiet on a week night but doesn't lack atmostphere.

Avoid while the Stella Artois Tennis Championships are on during July as it becomes absolutely nuts.
rougie - 16 Jan 2006 11:29
Having only recently visited this pub while here on a business trip i was nothing short of impressed. Friends of mine who reside near the pub took me there. They informed me that there had been a change of manager toward the end of last year and the pub had improved considerably. I cant talk for previous reviewers but i found this to be a genuinely warm pub with friendly staff. Beer and Lagers on offer were - Ales: Greene King IPA, Bombardier and Speckled Hen. Lagers were Kronenbourg, Stella, Fosters, Staropramen, Leffe and Erdinger which is quite a selection. Definitley worth a visit or re-visit for the disgruntled ex-reviewers.
MartinBradley - 11 Jan 2006 17:15
I like this place, good atmosphere and lager. Excellent food, our roast last sunday suprised us it really was that good!! Fantastic, reminds me of small town pubs in the good ol' days.
larger_expert - 19 Dec 2005 11:29
Two problems with this bar, one they are always running out of something - no guinness, stella, nuts or crisps last night for example - and two, the staff are slow. One chap in there last night was very good, the other were just dopes. When I asked my friend why we met in there, she replied that it was equi-distance from our respective houses. And that, I'm afraid is why I go - convenience alone. Shame though, with a bit of work this pub has a lot of potential.
Sparky1 - 17 Nov 2005 13:21
Need to sort out their cask bitter...on 2 separate recent visits they had either a) No bitter available at all (all "conditioning"), or b) was served a pint of Tetley that was better suited to a plate of chips (with salt, natch).

More of a concern was the shockingly slow service when the manager isn't about...staff noticeably ignoring customers to chat with friends (and blatantly serve them out of turn!).

Potentially an excellent pub...nice decor and clientele; if they sort out the above problems, I can see their rating improve dramatically!
anonymous - 9 Nov 2005 18:53
Having previously vowed never to comeback here, it was with some reluctance i went in last week to catch up with some mates. However it was a pleasant surprise. Things are changing, there is a new manager (pretty nice guy actually) and things seem to be changing for the better. The Curtains could become a great pub in time.
anonymous - 14 Oct 2005 00:40
Utter shite pub that really does sum up the large amount of crap taverns in this area.The layout is awful,the booze is crap and flat.The staff are so slow,you could leave someone at the bar,go and have a few pints somewhere else, then go back & they would still be waiting (not that I would reccomend leaving anyone on their own in this cess pit)
smokie - 10 Aug 2005 17:10
Used to be terrible, now just mediocre. Theatre downstairs, which is nice.
BobsHarmonica - 2 Aug 2005 14:16
Dreadful, soulless pub run by amateurs. They "condition" their ale that much I'm beginning to think they never actually have any. Same tape loop plays for weeks on end. Shame as the building and location could lend itself to a great local boozer.
northern_exile - 29 Jun 2005 11:58
Quiet and peaceful, not bad if you want a couple of glasses of wine with a lady, but little else to recommend it.

Had lunch here one day and it took almost an hour to get my meal. No kidding. Complained several times but somehow don't think the staff took me seriously.
CheekyShepherd - 29 Mar 2005 16:18
"Nicest pub in area"? Is this because, "Only pub in area"? The streets around there are not heaving with pubs, but the Colton Arms isn't _that_ far away.
beeronaut - 4 Dec 2004 18:28
Hmmm...
Manky and dank, serving generic tap ale...needs a change in management because it's a great building in a great spot
dmc - 3 Sep 2004 12:43
Like many pubs this has a mixture of locals, folk using the theatre and people unwinding after a game of tennis at the Queen's Club. Three (3) Real Ales (usually Adnams Broadside, Hen and a guest. Decent Guinness. Kronenburg/Fosters. Tasty wines at good prices but selection too limited (or are we being spoiled by the range in some pubs?). Large square central bar counter. Polite and friendly service if sometimes a little slow.Table soccer, two fruit machines, Juke box Constantly on to amuse young staff. Sofas and low tables at front, stools around bar, tables at back. No children inside pub. Well behaved dogs permitted. Ordinary pub food menu. Tolerant staff and clientele. Nicest pub in area.
The Bagman - 5 May 2004 08:29
Spacious pub with outside tables in a quiet residential area. A basement theatre downstairs. Very poor selection of draught beers. Cheap food, but under-staffed and with inexperienced bar tenders, so service is slow on normal nights and impossible on theatre nights.
Fraser Brown - 4 Sep 2003 09:53

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