89 Westbourne Park Road , (opp. Westbourne Pk Villas), London, W2 5QH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7221 5400
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10:30pm
Door: Go early
Style: Neighborhood bar
Recommended for: Beer
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu
Owned by: Tom Conran
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This is one of the most famous pubs in London - famous for being hip, rather than for some vague historical reference.
In 1998 Tom Conran (son of Sir Terence) took over what was then a small boozer on its last legs and transformed it. It's still small and the design is delightfully un-Conran-esque with light mustard walls, a red linoleum floor and rippled glass. While the décor is not sophisticated, the clientele is. They're drawn by the easy atmosphere and some seriously good food, particularly the seafood and oysters. The restaurant upstairs is equally low-key and echoes the high standards set downstairs.
This tiny pub is simply great, attracting an older and more considered audience than the Westbourne opposite. Its tiny proportions lead to much pavement drinking, particularly in the summer months.