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I'm falling out of love with this pub...£4 for HSB, no ESB on, pub dead at 10pm on a Sunday night, no rapport from the bar staff, Aggy & Savvy not on the scene. I shall miss this out in future after more than 40 years of patronage. RIP.
renzarov - 18 Aug 2015 10:04
Decent Fullers pub, full range of beers on offer and busy on the Saturday afternoon we visited with people watching rugby union and test cricket on a large screen and a few tv's. good natured staff and customers from what we saw on our visit.
beershot - 2 Jun 2015 17:23
A decent Fullers pub in a quiet area just round the corner from the hustle and bustle of Ealing Broadway station. Well worth a visit.
alexw - 25 Apr 2014 20:39
Thank you for my ESB tankard, Aggy!!! :-0
renzarov - 6 Jul 2013 12:19
A lovely cosey backstreet Fullers pub. Do a lovely Spring Sprinter.
Food is good home cooked food. My partner's sausage and mash looked very good and my brocolli bake was not bad. Nice to combine with a visit to the Haven Arms almost next door
duskmaiden - 30 Mar 2013 16:09
More recently I find this as good as ever. The cherry would have been a guest beer alongside the Fullers' range (and I prefer their summer offerings too), but I'm puzzled as to why this is lower rated than the Haven Arms adjacent.
eddybeer - 24 Feb 2013 18:16
I've been going off and on for some years now.

I always enjoy the Discovery, and am tempted by the food but haven't tried it yet.

Very friendly staff who note whose turn it is to be served. That's very much appreciated and is rare these days.
eddybeer - 3 Feb 2013 21:44
The Wheatsheaf is yet another west London Fullers pub that I encountered on my Sunday crawl, shortly after visits to the Ealing Lawn Tennis Club (not for playing, for imbibing) and the West London Trade Unions Club (not for protesting, unless that was my liver). Neither of the clubs are listed on here. But the latter is worth a try if you are in the Acton area. The Wheatsheaf itself is a pleasant enough backstreet local. Sadly as with many Fullers establishments, they only stocked their own real ales - Discovery, Wild River, Pride & ESB. Service was certainly not with a smile!
blue_scrumpy - 18 Sep 2012 20:51
Not sure about the re-furb necessity! I've been going to it since I was 17 (1974), & it was a small, red-leatherette place, half the size, before it was opened up c.1988 & became what it is now. I love this pub, pricey though it is, especially for food.
Aggy & Savvy are brilliant barmaids, too!
renzarov - 16 Aug 2012 14:20
In need of a refurb and new management, use to go here often but now visit the greystoke when im passing through on a friday. I hope they do something here soon
polakdave - 16 Nov 2011 18:19
Went in on a thursday night and it had a cosy atmosphere the candles were alight and the lights dimmed. The customer service was great. I was greeted with a big smile and asked how i was, made an refreshing change. They had the usual fullers ale on, but the manageress started talking to me about the new stout coming out and how i should pop in and have a try. The conversation actually made me stay and extra pint! overall a great pub but could do with an update it's looking drab in parts!
shake45 - 29 Oct 2011 16:40
Cannot say I was desperately impressed...............Assume that there must have been a change in management. One of the staff seems to remain seated even when behind the bar and serving! Needs a refurbishment.
ericstratton - 1 Oct 2011 12:04
A cracking pub which serves a decent pint of Pride and Chiswick (as well as all the other Fullers staples).

Always show the football/rugby and a lot of other sports, so if this is not your cup of tea, avoid on match days as it can get packed.

Always welcoming, and the current manager/landlord is a credit to the brewery.

Worth seeking out as its a little of the beaten track if you dont know Ealing.

caffeinefreak - 3 Aug 2011 14:53
Glad I went to this pub yesterday as I had the best Sunday roast I've had in a very long time, or even ever. The lamb was cooked to perfection, roasted spuds crunchy and fluffy, absolutely delicious! Can't wait until next Sunday .. mmmm ... Pub in general is nice enough, the bar staff is friendly, kitchen staff a cut above the rest.
lolla28 - 9 Nov 2009 18:13
This is a great pub and has been my local for about 3 years now. The staff are friendly and also very competent, most of them having been there for quite a while now.

Beer is standard Fullers but it's all well kept and they often have a guest ale on which keeps things interesting enough.

Food is generally of a good standard, particularly their Steak and Ale pie which is excellent and their roast dinners. Menu is a bit gastropub but still good value.

This pub is good for sport, particularly football though it can be bit difficult to find somewhere to perch for big England or Top of the table Premier League matches. Although it's not got a particular team bias a lot of Liverpool fans drink here which suits me just fine!

Not sure why people have complained about the decor, at least it's not bland dark wood like most Fuller's pubs these days.

Overall the only way I could improve this pub would be if it opened a bit later!
scousemouse - 24 Apr 2009 20:42
I am proud to call The Wheatsheaf my local and have been drinking there for about two years now. As with any Fullers pub, there is a decent selection of ales and a few alternative lagers, while the wine list seems to have been carefully crafted.

The pub is never too busy, other than during big football matches when the location of the big screen can make getting served a bit difficult. It's out-of-the-way location contributes to the relaxed atmosphere and the nearby Haven Arms seems to mop up anyone who accidentally stumbles upon this quiet road before they get to the 'sheaf.

I've always thought the food was top notch at this pub, if the selection is a little small. The burgers used to take a long time to cook because the chef was making them from scratch, but recently I believe he has been replaced and the burgers are bought in instead. They still taste great and I've never heard any complaints from anyone about the food, and the chef used to even come out and ask customers about their preferences for food. It's always been great value grub as well. I once saw an entire rack of ribs going for just £6. Exquisite.

The decor in the pub is nice, and it certainly doesn't detract from your drinking experience. I'm not sure what everyone has against it, but it's not overbearing or garish. Has a bit of a reputation as an old man's pub amongst people I've spoken too, but the bar staff are all quite young and competent and there is a good mix of young professionals and archetypal 'regulars' at the bar. I've never seen someone in there I didn't like the look of either.

The pub quiz on a monday night is very well run and worth a try if you fancy your luck. It's pretty tough though! Although outside seating is listed on this site, don't count on it as it's only a tiny alleyway with a few lightweight aluminium chairs to accommodate smokers. There is also free wireless internet in the pub and a bunch of boardgames and newspapers lying around in one corner.

I'd recommend this pub to anyone who enjoys a sensible or quiet drink. Can't really see it being a place to include on a pubcrawl, but that's probably what makes it such a nice place!
Malice - 13 Apr 2009 15:45
Decent pub for all (or most) occasions. I've popped down here to meet mates after work, watch live sport, check my e-mails or do the pub quiz, which is always good fun - even if we rarely cover ourselves in glory.

The beer is well kept (as you'd expect from Fullers - Pride is tough to get wrong) and I've never had a problem with the food - I tend to stick to the pub basics (burgers etc) and found them to be of high quality. I can't say I've tried the chiken & liver pate but don't think I'd ever order one in a pub!
ChrisBass - 7 Apr 2009 17:14
Nice pub off the beaten track. Fair selection of Fullers ales. Nice area at the front for reading the Sunday papers. Gets very busy early Friday however it has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The only negative side is the food which can be really disappointing. I have seen countless people complain about the burnt burgers. I have waited an hour for food to arrive before. The landlord is very friendly though and I feel the kitchen staff are letting him down.
tom1968 - 14 Mar 2009 07:08
The Wheatsheaf used to be my reg back in the early-mid 90`s when i lived across the road - and i used to love the Pride,ESB and `British Bulldog" , though the Scots barman used to be dour in the extreme (though I guess that was part of the charm). Lovely pub lovely memories, though i imagine these kind of Old London boozers are dying out now - though I hope it is still the same anyway.
darloexile - 10 Feb 2009 11:56
This is a decent enough pub, although I will agree that its faux rustic look is a little bland. There is a small TV and a plasma screen and the pub shows Sky Sports. The famous four Fullers beers are all available along with a selection of standard and premium lagers. The service I received was polite without be friendly, but the staff were running around trying to sort out a Christmas party.

I would be happy if this place was my local, but I wouldnít go out of my way to visit again.
Strongers - 23 Dec 2008 08:22
Shame they revamp'd this local. It was just fine the way it was. Fullers make great ales but they ain't got a clue when it comes to pub "restoration" and re-design. Their beer remains brill. Why can't their pubs?
cooperssparklingale - 21 Jul 2008 12:27
Another victim of Fullers soulless tampering
weston - 30 Apr 2008 11:56
A really good local. Relaxed crowd, friendly staff.
swizz - 14 Feb 2008 10:55
I really like this pub. Beers are good and the staff are friendly and there is a nice range of locals. You won't feel out of place if you are 25 or 65.
anonymous - 31 Aug 2007 19:03
This is my favourite of two locals, the other being The Haven Arms. The Haven definately as more character but why do people have such hangups on character? I don't think the Wheatsheaf is completely without character and the beers good and the foods ok (variable, sometimes good, sometimes just ok). In the end it's you and your friends that make a good time!
mikel - 25 Jun 2007 15:21
C'mon, this place is laughable, really! Identikit blandness bizarrely forced on to an old pub. Why do breweries insist on this faux nonsense?
insekt - 28 Nov 2006 01:23
i like it. used to like it lots.
stoichkov - 6 Sep 2006 13:09
what has happened to this pub - used to be great but now looks like an old mans home and the management has changed, bring back the 2 aussie girls i say, they were great fun. fullers what have you done? 5 steps forward and 10 steps back, disappointed
anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 06:47
The great thing about this pub is that, like a good pub should, it welcomes dogs as well as keeping a good pint, a reasonable wine list and offering an OK range of food.
Otto, my chocolate labrador, is always made to feel very welcome by staff and customers alike - which is more than you can say for the snotty, head-up-its-metaphorical-orifice Haven Arms down the road.
rwilsher - 14 May 2006 20:07
Used to be a great friendly local. Got an expensive Fuller's corporate refit in the mid 90s that made it much less than it was, if you see what I mean. The beer is still kept well but it's lacking some of that essential character

Good but not great
dodgy - 17 Apr 2006 22:16
I dunno, there's something not quite right about the wheatsheaf. The decor is all that stuff pub owners but from warehouses around the M25 to make their pubs look 'olde worlde' (classic, weathered bookshelves, etchings of slogans from beer-themed poetry, pots and pans, vintage buckets), the beer is pretty much exactly the same beer as you can get in any Fullers chain across the country, and the food is a menu chosen by the owners of the company, strictly measured and rationed so as to make the maximum profit, rather than by an unpredictable
individual with an understanding of what locals might want. Word comes down from on high...
There are low wooden beams everywhere, thankfully the oppressive smoky atmosphere will, hurrah, be gone by this time next year, and the terrace out the side is not a patch on the one in the haven arms three doors down. And If you arrive of an evening after say, eight, you will not get a seat.
Oddly though, it's not a bad pub. There are just no surprises - there is nothing to offer a new pub hunter here that they won't have seen before. It is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Anyone who does is fooling themself.
kidsmoke - 22 Mar 2006 19:33
The most impressive part of this pub is the sign "SMOKING ALLOED THROUGHOUT", which is obviously respected by anyonegoing to this pub. Apart the "smoky" flavour that your clothes will smell of for the following days this pub is by far one of the best in the Ealing area. I used to live just behind it, now that I don't live in Ealing anymore I just feel like home when I come to the Wheatsheaf. St. Patrick's Day there was great, eventhough it's not an Irish pub.
Beer_Belly - 18 Mar 2006 21:23
Nice pub.

Planned on staying for one or two pints Friday night with a mate before moving on to the North Star but found ourselves some seats, the Discovery was pretty tasty so somehow ended up staying for seven or eight.

Bit smokey (yeah, I know....I did reek of smoke afterwards) but that's about the worst of it. I'll be going back for a few pints in the near future.
brodie_bruce - 31 Jan 2006 10:11
Excellent pub rightfully in the good beer guide. Good atmosphere and attentive staff. Highly recommended.
anonymous - 29 Apr 2005 16:56
excellent ales and staff
bigbeerbelly - 3 Mar 2005 10:22
This pub has a great atmos with or without the sporting events being shown.
Food is excellent especially the Sunday Roasts and specials althought the sharing platter is designed for two Umpalumpahs with there stomachs pinned. Stopped doing cashback but still take cards whe'hey.
Somewhere perfect to sit, talk and drink. Get there early for the best seats.
sforste0 - 2 Mar 2005 14:04
For sure one of the best "locals" around in Ealing. The food is though not that extraordinary but the service is excellent. Evene on Footie nights the people seem to respect whoever is guest in the house. If only there were more pubs like these...!
Beer_Belly - 15 Feb 2005 19:04
Great bouncebackability since the recent change in management. A good pub vibe on a Friday and Saturday night and a chilled and relaxing place to go drinking the rest of the week. All hail to the ale! It's a right touch!!!
Grande_Wolf - 26 Jan 2005 10:40
Since the management of the Wheatsheaf changed a few months ago I have found myself drinking here more and more. The influx of new staff are friendly, welcoming and of good spirits. The pub's new management team consists of an 'always smiling and happy' manageress and an enthusiastic and entertaining assistant manager (who me and my friends think is an absolute gem!) and they run what seems to be a winning team - they like it, the staff seem to like it and I certainly like it.
liamgodfrey - 1 Jan 2005 23:01
Great pub. Serve a great ESB, Pride, Chiswick and Red Fox. Service has been the best I've seen in Ealing. Could do without the TV though.
Bobby - 1 Nov 2004 13:37
as observed previously by others, service is poor at best, food average, beer ditto. this is not a local by any stretch: it's too disinterested! waste of potential (see also Rose and Crown, Mr Fuller!)...

jay - 25 Aug 2004 19:23
Nice locals' pub on a residential street that's far enough from the Broadway for you to forget that you're in Ealing. Good range of beers, never tried the food, but looks pretty good.
burnsy - 22 Jul 2004 12:54
Excellent Atmosphere and no drunken idiots that popularise most of Ealings other pubs!
Hannah - 11 Jun 2004 16:04
Pleasant-looking pub, but service has always been rather poor and beer never up to much. Used to go here quite a lot, but never bother now. The Haven two doors down the road is much better!
Johnno - 14 May 2004 10:24
Really pleasant 'local' pub. Great atmosphere on Fridays and Saturdays and definitely no teenage drunken idiots. Why aren't they in bed, I blame the parents !
Dave - 18 Feb 2004 13:54
A proper "local". Real ales (almost) always top notch. Benefits from being out of central ealing -- no 16-year-old alcopop drinkers, and no bouncers necessary!
jim morrish - 12 Sep 2003 12:15

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