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Stonemasons Arms, Hammersmith

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Popped in to kill a couple of hours before seeing Kate Bush at the old Odeon. Both staff who served me were very friendly and helped me choose an ale as my preferred pint of Fullers (Discovery) wasn't on. I ended up with a pint of Chiswick Ale which went down nicely. Their pork scratchings were also as good as you can get in a pub short of roasting the hog in front of you. I suppose the scratchings being served in a bowl will only reinforce some views that this isn't a pub, but I think if pork scratchings are served then the place is definitely a pub and I'll choose it over those that don't have them on the snack list. It might not be your favourite type of pub, but its still a good one and head and shoulders above many locally.
Cothamcodger - 25 Sep 2014 17:21
Chargin £5.25 for a single gin and tonic is indecent.
jjamjj - 20 Feb 2011 13:04
I've had no problems with the place, the service does indeed seem to be good as well as the drink and food, but adamnnavees, I don't see how anyone could sit in The Stonemasons and feel they're in a pub. It's firmly on the restaurant side of that particular divide.
C.B - 24 Sep 2009 16:59
I've been coming to this pub for years. It has a great atmosphere, friendly staff, good wine and fantastic mezze platters. My boyfriend and I recently had our engagement party in their upstairs room. There is no charge to hire (bar a token minimum bar spend) and it's a great space. Staff were super efficient to deal with when booking and really helpful on the night. Overall a great little drinking and feeding hole...and apparently they do a mean pub quiz on Wed nights.
saz09 - 24 Sep 2009 10:57
I don't get these comments about being a restaurant-not-a-pub...this place is definitely both and it combines them brilliantly. We live round the corner and Sandra, Joe and the team look after us locals really well as well as welcoming in all sorts of crowds from the local corporates at the Broadway to residents, and passers-by who like the look of the trendy-but-pubby decor. It's a gem - excellent food, brilliant wine list, good range of lagers and well-kept beers. We had a 30th birthday party there on Friday night and it was an EXCELLENT night (though shame about the hangovers on Saturday!) Balloons, champagne, brilliant buffet, birthday cake - all sorted and barely a finger for us to lift except to order the sambucas when it seemed like a good idea!!! I can't recommend this place enough - so good to have a proper local on the doorstep.
adamnnavees - 14 Sep 2009 09:47
As has been said, calling this place a pub is a tad far fetched now. It's primarily a restaurant from what I can see. Apart from the name, it has nothing in common with a 'proper' pub. It seems nice enough, but I was on the hunt for a pub to drink in, rather than a restaurant to eat in, so had a couple of drinks and left. If you want a pub this is somewhere to avoid, if you want to go out for a meal then it might be pleasant.
Amy_J - 11 Sep 2009 11:07
Not a pub. It's a restaurant. No big problem with it being a restaurant, but don't expect a pub if you go there. Owned by Fuller's - rapidly becoming a leisure company rather than a brewery. Bit rich of them to keep claiming how much of a traditional brewery they are. They are showing every sign of caring less and less about running pubs.
derekwinchester - 5 Sep 2009 20:55
What a delight this bar is... the staff are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is OH MY Word!! The latest edition to the bar, of the leather sofas adds to the feel of the place and I found the collectors card to be an unexpected bonus.

Admittedly the prices are a little more “top end” than those of some of the bars that you would find in Kings Street – but then again, so are the cliental!

I would strongly recommend the Stonemasons Arms
happiest_hippy - 5 May 2009 20:00
This place just keeps getting more and more like a restaurant. I used to come here in 2002-4 and at least it felt like a pub, but it doesn't really now.
rainlight - 22 Mar 2009 16:54
This place is a little too restaurant like for my taste. My pint of Pride was passable at best and whilst drinking it from a glass that I would expect to be served an orange juice in I decided that I should have plumped for one of the many Premium lagers.

The staff were friendly, but I didn’t like the layout or the atmosphere so I won’t be going back again.
Strongers - 4 Mar 2009 15:49
Good Little place for a meal or lunch. Not sure about the atmosphere at night
Aussiebattler - 12 Dec 2008 10:48
Ridiculously priced fizz-pop, most miserable and painfully slow bar-staff this side of Earls Court, the atmosphere they seem to be aiming for is "Spanish morgue". Why anyone would go in here when it's a short walk to the Andover Arms, The Salutation or one of the decent pubs by the river remains a mystery.
wizzard - 28 Aug 2008 17:58
Had a couple of ok meals here over the past few years, though some meals are overpriced. Service can be slow.
sem07 - 20 Mar 2007 12:23
Was a bit odd when I slouched in there one saturday pre-dinner time. Annyoing poster-prints on the sickly walls. Staff were fine, but lots of "hangers-on" sitting at the bar reading mags and not buying drinks, which I suppose is none of my business. Narrow choice of drinks.
anonymous - 28 Dec 2006 15:00
Is there actually any ale in this place? When Malcolm ran the show there were always several on the go but now I'm not sure there are any. Place was full of suits as well, but perhaps that is no surprise.
beeronaut - 1 Sep 2006 20:58
The food is good quality here but I'd stil rate the Dartmouth as better since the Atlas crowd took them over. Nice place for a beer.
random_ranger - 21 Aug 2006 18:14
This used to be my favourite pub in the area, but the last few times I’ve been disappointed.

One Saturday I booked a table for me and a few friends for a catch up dinner, but had to relocate elsewhere as inexplicably there was deafening house music blasting out – may be they’re trying to appeal to the School Disco crowd?

The food has gone down a bit in the last few years, but is still passable. If the Dartmouth is full, the Stonemasons is a reasonable alternative.

Sparky1 - 25 Jul 2006 11:58
Big Fan of this place - go there regularly. Whilst it's nice to see somewhere that doesn't always conform with its beers & larger, it would be nice to have a comfort zone beer that tastes nice - the Kronny tastes shocking!

Food its quite frankly excellent (even if they do seem to use the same sauce on most of their dishes!), although best advice would be to book early and order on the phone - I was always concerned as to why we always ordered first and got served last - now I know!

Great staff, once they get to know you and the manageress is great. Just what the area needs - the other pubs on Kings Street are rubbish!
anonymous - 20 Jun 2006 11:57
Has now been acquired by Fullers
A little bird has it that Sally - the manageress at The Cross Keys - will be running the pub in the future.
It will be interesting to see how someone who has been recently running a proper neighbourhood community local adapts to the change necessary in having to run a poncey gastropub
JohnBonser - 11 Oct 2005 16:59
Hmmm, seems as if main dont really like the idea of a Gastro pub - pretty buggered in Hammersmith then.

As they go, and a local to the area, I think this is one of the better ones. Food is good (though used to be better), staff are friendly, place is clean and the atmostphere is friendly and relaxed
anonymous - 7 Oct 2005 13:35
You should have seen it when it was the Cambridge Arms. A good place to score, and I don't mean pick up girls.
beeronaut - 17 Apr 2005 19:51
Yuppie, arty, farty, wanna be trendy, goatie wearing....why didnt I wear my black-rectangular-thickrimmed-bohemian-glasses!?
Nah..its is good, if you can get a table (we had a 45 min wait) chance of getting a footie score tho...
AusseiMatt - 25 Feb 2005 12:22
It's so not posh ! And I'm a Northerner and as you know we can't be posh. Food is excellent, especially the chunky chips - good atmosphere.
Steve Wynne - 14 Oct 2004 17:06
Litsa the cutest barmaid in Hammersmith may have given in her notice. I certainly haven't seen her in there for a while. This is still a good little pub/restaurant though.
beeronaut - 10 Aug 2004 17:30
This place is Yuppie Heaven. I've never felt posh enough to set foot inside. So I toddle down the road to The Dartmouth Castle, which is full of normal people. And looks like a proper pub.
Johnno - 22 Jun 2004 14:18
Liked the pub, liked the wine loved the sausage and mash with onion gravy. Went on a weekday lunchtime so managed to avoid the middles classses in full force.
Deedee - 14 Apr 2004 20:56
Great food and booze - not too pricey considering quality. Staff not at all smug about how trendy they are, and if you took all of the Tim Nice But Dims out the back and shot them, it would be a thoroughly nice place to read a Sunday broadsheet. Great on Sunday anyway come to think of it.
Ron Malibu - 13 Dec 2003 18:55
agree about the class thing. is full of tim-nice-but-dims and pretentious music journalists. on the pluses, is smart, has good service, excellent food and good range of beers/wines. can recommend it - only place in hammersmith i have found leffe on tap.
jeffrey bernard - 16 Oct 2003 16:41
Good little pub, good food, but you sometimes feel that your class status card must be shown on entry. Min entry requirements middle class.
Graham - [email protected] - 27 May 2003 17:18
Good range of beers, friendly locals, even friendlier staff, and tucked round the back away from much of the traffic.
Chris - 8 Feb 2003 23:56
Fantastic food which is also good value for money. Got a few decent Belgian beers too, definitely worth a visit.
SB - 22 Dec 2002 17:53
An excellent gastro pub. Food is top quality, this is place should be rated 10
Peer - 11 Dec 2002 14:00
Funky pub, not too pretentious and MUCH better than any of the ropey King St joints like the Hop Poles. Good food, scary range of tequilas.
SK - 12 Jun 2002 10:00
Great food
Busy atmosphere
Friendly staff
Try it!
Stewie - 30 May 2002 12:49

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