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Wargrave Arms, Marylebone

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Mappiman - 14 Aug 2014 20:53
Much for the carnivores in the array of burgers and ribs on the menu and the plethora of different scotches lends a uniqueness to what could have been an ordinary Young’s house. The vinyl album covers adorning parts of the walls aren’t a new idea, but the fact that they’re solely of Easy Listening artists is suitably naff but just about works, and there’s just about enough here to differentiate this pub from the glut of nearby establishments, even if the limited Young’s range may not be to everyone’s taste.
Komakino - 12 May 2014 17:27
Although I am loath to say anywhere is perfect, I am hard pushed to find fault with the newly refurbished Wargraves.

I have used this traditional one room, corner boozer sporadically over the years but it always suffered from inconsistencies and failed to hit the mark as highlighted in previous reviews.

Most recently though on a trip to London I used the pub 4 times in a week and it hit the mark each time. Firstly they have four hand pumps on the go and all of the ales I tried (Youngs bitter, Youngs special, Otter Bitter and Tribute) were all very well kept and available at all times during my stay.

Secondly the food has been ramped up considerably but thankfully not to that generic gastropub style with prices to boot. Instead they have a good selection of pub grub, fish & chips, bangers & mash, proper pies, bubble & squeak all freshly prepared in the open kitchen (with no microwave that I could see or hear) and most things under a tenner.

Definitely one of the best pubs in the area and well worth a try.
Chelseasmilin - 21 Mar 2012 12:17
Really, really disappointing food. I guess I should've smelt a rat when I saw the chef had a McDonald's bag, but never mind.

Service lady told us to sort ourselves out when she brought the plates over, because she didn't know who'd ordered what. My chips were possibly the greasiest chips I've ever had. Big let down.
sergio22 - 23 Dec 2011 13:11
A Youngs house which is an oasis of relative calm away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Edgware Road. Sadly the tables and comfy chairs which used to be located under the windows near the bar were a casualty of the refurb to which the previous poster has referred. That said, the refurb has not, in general, impacted adversely on the pubs atmosphere, and the bar service remains generally quick and friendly. Unlike most Central London pubs it tends not to get packed out early weekday evenings with office workers having a swift pint or 3 before heading back to the suburbs, something which I, for one, particularly appreciate.
mistsiren - 9 Aug 2010 08:14
Undergone a refurb in the last year. Great looking from the outside, lots of plants etc, Youngs ales on and a bigger whisky selection than Scotland. Drinking one a week it would take over two YEARS to try them all!. One word, BGA.
camraman123 - 29 Jun 2010 00:22
I was welcomed into this traditionally furnished Youngs pub by a friendly Irish barman and served a decent pint of Youngs Bitter and a very fine meal, both in short order. The craic between the barman and the locals was worth a listen, too. It was a bit chilly to use the pavement drinking area, but the road outside wasn't too busy at lunchtime so it might be worth it in Summer.
shropspy - 25 Mar 2010 13:26
This is a largish Youngs corner pub with furniture in the style of several decades ago. Ales on offer were Youngs, Youngs Special and Bombardier and the pub also seems to specialise in single malts of which there was a large selection behind the bar. As the previous reviewer says though there is quite a cold atmosphere perhaps due to the high ceilings and relatively spartan decor rather than the attitude of staff or customers. With an outside drinking area though this is probably a pub better suited to the warmer months than the depths of winter.

I wouldn't mind looking in on this place again in spring/summer.
murgatroyd - 24 Dec 2009 05:44
Fine looking, traditional Youngs pub but surprisngly quiet on the last Friday before Christmas. Four handpumps, but only two on - Ordinary and what was supposed to be Special (but which tasted much more like the former to me). The bar staff also seemed rather distant, and the place had an altogether chilly atmosphere (despite the festive decorations).
rpadam - 19 Dec 2009 11:34
the people working here are scary
bakerstreet75 - 31 Dec 2008 00:51
This is a big corner Youngs pub. Shame they served my Special in a hot glass, but it tasted OK anyway. There were a couple of office Christmas lunches underway when I was in there, which added to the atmosphere but without making it overcrowded. But this is a big enough pub that it would need an awful lot of people in there to make it overcrowded. There is an abundance of comfortable seating, and I felt that this was an honest, basic, boozer, where I got a warm welcome. And a greengrocers apostrophe (see our menus) if anything added to the traditional feel!

This was my first visit, so cant comment on how it might have changed for the worse, as suggested by previous reviewers, but I always say that a pub can be two different places on different days if the atmosphere is good one day but not the next. Based on my one visit, I would go back.
RexRattus - 20 Dec 2008 10:56
this once fine establishment has slowly been destroyed since the Irish dimension lefted from here over the last two years
vera_shaw - 12 Dec 2008 15:53
Well I visited this pub the other night, not been there for almost a year. WHAT A CHANGE. The pub has lost its decent chatty bar staff, there used to be a nice barman called Adam. Hes long jumped ship I was told by a local. Its such a shame the good staff have gone leaving such an unfriendly lot. Having read the other reviews on this site I see Im not alone in my views. Well until they get new management and staff better to give this place a miss.
Innbusiness - 4 Dec 2008 18:03
this is a great pub with a friendly landlord.Makes you feel very welcome.Would go back there 10 times out of 10
sean72 - 10 Sep 2008 15:24
This public house has gone downhill so fast and so far in the last 12 months it is a wonder they have any (if they do have ) regulars left they must only exist on desperate passing trade would expound on this further but do not wish to be left open to a legal slanging match in all honesty AVOID unless alcoholic and desperate
mintrovers - 23 Aug 2008 23:18
somethings gone wrong here. this place has downhill fast. nothing postive to say really , bit sad really
kiwiphil - 12 Aug 2008 12:44
Has the Wargrave changed hands recently? I've been disappointed with the service on my last couple of visits.
elwood_p_dowd - 3 Jul 2008 14:42
come back shane
vera_shaw - 29 Feb 2008 17:32
Went for a drink in this pub for the first time the other night having read some of the positive reports. Being honest the beer was fine, always a plus but the staff just were not interested. I read a previous report saying how friendly the young man behind the bar was, but not this time, he was`nt there obviously. The scottish lady behind the bar had a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp and was unpleasent to deal with. We just sat a enjoyed the beer. Its such a shame the staff on this occasion were rubbish, would have made all the difference.
Mark50s - 7 Feb 2008 21:20
Found this nice traditional pub tucked just of the Edgware road in W1. Was so pleasing to find pub staff that seemed to be pleased to see you. Got chatting to the nice guy behind the bar, Adam, he was very helpful and served us with a lovely couple of pints of Stella. The locals seemed friendly and it was like a home from home. Dont think we could ask for more, excellent friendly service & good beer.
Innbusiness - 18 Jan 2008 16:17
I have used this place for over 10 years. They serve restaurant quality food here and the beer is good also. Gary is a great fun landlord.
vera_shaw - 3 Sep 2007 13:15
Had an excellent evening in here on St. Patricks Day after unwittingly stumbling in to drown the sorrow of losing to the Welsh - didn't know the landlord was Irish. Splendid welcome - free stew and genial banter. Made to feel really welcome even to the extent that I was permitted to pour my own beer! If only all pubs were like this. Excellent Young's Special to top it off.
anonymous - 18 Mar 2007 16:13
A decent pub, clean and comfortable. People seemed friendly enough, and the Youngs beer was suprisingly good considering I dont like Youngs much!
jackvervacke - 6 Mar 2007 19:15
Nice old Youngs 'locals' pub. Always found it to be friendly and the beer good.
Usually nice and quiet if that's your thing.
TheBeerMonkey - 22 Jan 2007 15:56
Former Finch's pub, now a reasonably traditional Youngs pub. Worth popping in for one if in the area, but not worth going out of your way to find
JohnBonser - 21 Aug 2006 14:06

The Wargrave is a splendid example of a traditional, well-managed, London pub no gimmicks, no gastro just good quality food and drink served by friendly staff in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Its popular with a wide range of pub-goers, from local residents to occasional small groups of American and European tourists plus local office, hotel & casino workers. And on Tuesday evenings the back room is home to a flourishing chess club.

In an area full of interesting pubs, the Wargrave is one of the best. 8/10.
elwood_p_dowd - 14 Jul 2006 09:06
Young's Pub doing the usual range plus St George's Ale for the football tournament. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and good food which arrived quickly and was very palatable.
beeronaut - 1 Jul 2006 05:38
I shouldn't leave this out as I work next door. A lovely little pub that I'm emotionally and financially tied to. Gary the landlord put on a belter for St Paddys and makes a real effort. When I went in last week, they'd installed a ping-pong table for fun. A local's local. Try the alcohol and crisps.
Ruby - 30 May 2006 21:39
This place is fantastic. Gary (the owner), the staff, and the crowd were all very accomadating, personable, and friendly. Gary made me and my friend feel so welcome and at home. I was in Europe for 10 days and the evening in the Wargrave Arms pub was my best memory of the trip. No kidding. Make it a point to visit!
taylorblanks - 13 Mar 2006 17:42
Excellent Youngs pub. Best steak sandwich & chips
I've had in a very long time. Try this pub out if you're near Edgware Road / Marble Arch.
pbak - 15 Feb 2006 15:10
Great for food - sausages especially
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 22:12
The food is outstanding and the landlord runs a friendly clean pub! I loved the Guiness!
sridding - 27 Dec 2005 13:43
Had my leaving do here, Gary was very accommodating, would recommend as a good pub
cliff - 27 Oct 2005 01:30
An very expensive pub to hang out though the beer and service are of a high standard. Oh, the food is home-cooked and pretty good.
vera_shaw - 22 Aug 2005 16:48
Clean and tidy pub. Good Youngs ales though my mates weren't impressed by the quality of the Guinness. Friendly staff and locals.
johnkn7 - 19 Jul 2005 21:55
V good food and nice friendly atmospher - recommended if you are in the Marylebone/Edg Road area
cheeese - 24 May 2005 14:05
Very good food, great (if standard range) beer; great pub!
Michael_Hunt - 8 Apr 2005 13:26
Called here for the first time recently. This pub had friendly irish barman and aussie chef. The food was home-made, fresh and delicious. The youngs special was expensive but perfect. A fine pub to drop into for an hour or so after work during the week.
Martin Ward - 15 Nov 2004 10:57
They serve one of the best Sausage and Mash dishes I have ever tried. The staff and management are very warm and welcoming
cliff - 5 Oct 2004 13:42
Not a bad boozer, better when previous landlord was there, Ted. prices on par with the area, good selection of youngs cask ales, excellent wine list, drop in some time.
saggie - 27 Sep 2004 11:14
Went there Friday (2/7/04) evening with three mates. A pleasant, but distinctly average boozer in an average street with average bar staff. The Youngs beer (the ordinary bitter) was, er, average. Had it been a warm evening the seating outside would have been pleasant, but as it was it was cold and raining. The ordinary was 2.45 a pint and Fosters was 2.80, which I thought was pricey for a very average boozer.
Mike - 5 Jul 2004 08:49
Very good looking, efficent and pleasant staff. The real ale is superb and the haddock'n'chips is wonderful. Quality.
Brian Tierney - 9 Jun 2004 12:15
Youngs chocolate stout, frindly staff, nice comfortable pub. Food not as good as it used to be.
R - 7 Apr 2004 13:18
Fantastic standard of service in this pub, very friendly and attentive bar staff and a good all round atmosphere. By far the best of it's kind in the area.
vera shaw - 11 Feb 2004 14:45
Youngs pub, lotsa space and good drink. Best lunchtime food in the area. Check it out.

Richard - 25 Jan 2004 21:02

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