RestaurantsLondonMaida ValeW9

survey result

Summary

£63
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “great local pub (doggy-friendly too)” in Maida Vale has found some equilibrium after an up-and-down performance since an acclaimed opening under Harcourt Inns in 2018. Highly rated chef-director Harry Harris left the group last summer, so the menu has become less exciting – but our latest survey indicates that it is winning over its (now smaller) following in our survey.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This gentrified Maida Vale boozer, which was one of the Harcourt Inns’s original properties, opened to great acclaim in 2018 thanks to its “great Henry Harris menu”. But reports after its first year of operation were mixed. For its supporters, “churning out dishes like sweetbreads, rabbit and brain shows it isn’t your average pub”, and its “famous Sunday lunch is hard to beat”. But a number of former fans scent “a steady descent to mediocrity”: they feel staff can appear “unconcerned” or “ditsy”, and think the food is “priced as something very special but sub-par”. In late October 2020 Henry Harris announced he was moving on from the group.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Is it the strain of fast expansion at Harcourt Inns? This gentrified Maida Vale boozer, which was one of the group’s original properties, opened to great acclaim last year thanks to its “great Henry Harris menu”. But reports after a year of operation are mixed. For its supporters, “churning out dishes like sweetbreads, rabbit and brain shows it isn’t your average pub”, and its “famous Sunday lunch is hard to beat”. But a number of former fans scent “a steady descent to mediocrity”: they feel staff can appear “unconcerned” or “ditsy”, and think the food is “priced as something very special but sub-par”.

Summary

£58
   ££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Formerly popular as The Truscott Arms (RIP) which closed after the owners tussled with the landlords, this revivified boozer opened in spring 2018 as part of the trio of pubs launched by James McCulloch in partnership with the former chef/patron of Racine. It opened too late for significant survey feedback, but one early report was very enthusiastic: “it seems as if Henry Harris has worked his magic”, with some excellent dishes reported.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code
65

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £24.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.50 £25.80 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 12.50%
55 Shirland Rd, London, W9 2JD
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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