Harden's survey result
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”.
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.
Back with a bang! – this Maida Vale gastropub is also back from the dead as Henry Harris (formerly of Knightsbridge’s Racine, long RIP) takes over the kitchen. It closed in August 2016 after a lengthy legal battle over rent increases, and is set to re-open in May 2018.
The Hero of Maida Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very good gastro pub in the Maida Vale neighbourhood. The refurbishment is great and classy and the food is good"
"Beautiful building and an excellent sunday lunch. Slightly eccentric service. Will be back to try out the normal menu."
|Wine per bottle||£19.75|
55 Shirland Rd, London, W9 2JD
|Monday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Thursday||11:30 am‑11 pm|
|Friday||11:30 am‑12 am|
|Saturday||9 am‑12 am|
|Sunday||9 am‑12 am|