Earls Court, London
222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
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7 reviews of The Atlas in English
the atlas is my local pub and an old friend. A mediterranean meets gastro pub menu which changes reasonably regularly (think italian sausages with mash, various pasta dishes, morroccan tagines etc). The bar has a good mix of beers and an extensive wine list. And they do a great pimms in the summer.
There’s a small but perfectly formed courtyard garden with heating and a big awning that comes down like magic if it starts to rain.
It can get REALLY busy if there’s an exhibition on, so pick your time!
Definitely the best place to slink off to for lunch if you’re at the exhibition centre. Sure beats a plastic conference sandwich!
If you come here after work the vibe is completely different. Locals who have all just poured out of nearby Earl’s Court or West Brompton tube stopping in for a drink on the way home.
In the summer it’s especially popular with that dying breed known as smokers due to its very reasonable courtyard.
The wine list is good, the mostly antipodean staff are friendly and efficient.
Sure, the food is about £1.50 more than is warranted for the area. Just get a couple of sharing platters or something. It’s not a reason to avoid the place if you’re in the area, that’s for certain.
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Had hired the hall for a party paid £500 for food and £1000 be hind the bar, the party started in total 6 platters of food came out when there should have been 15. The bartender was told to give them singles to make sure the money last he was giving them triples and was even drinking.
At the end i had to put my another £1000 behind the bar because the money had ran out so quick and more the one bartender ended up drunker then the guests.
I would not recommend hiring the hall.
A small local pub close to Earls Court and just up the road from Stamford Bridge.We visited on a Saturday when Chelsea were at home and an event was on at Earls Court........the pub was absolutely heaving!!After a short wait we got seated and I went to the bar to order food and drinks.At least three cask ales were on offer as well as a good selection of lagers,beers and wine.The food menu was extensive with a very strong Italian influence as most of the dishes were pasta of some sort.Despite the crowds,once ordered the meals were very prompt to the table.The portion sizes were large and the food was hot,tasty and superb value for money.The staff were both helpful and cheerful despite being rushed off their feet.A really good pub atmosphere and well worth visiting.....I only wish it were fifty miles further east.
The Atlas is a sweet looking little pub just near West Brompton. I was initially a bit disappointed when I looked at the menu - the pub is Italien themed - I thought 'why can’t you just have traditional English pub grub for once’. However that opinion all changed when I sampled the food. Its made using the best Italien ingredients and portions are generous. Its difficult to decide what to have there are so many yummy things on the menu! I am totally hooked now and have been back several times. Its also a nice spot just for a drink having a outside area, it would be a shame not eat too with such wonderful food on offer though!
Situated a few minutes' walk from West Brompton tube, and about 10 minutes from the Earl's Court Road, the Atlas makes a nice change if you are looking for a decent pub close to the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre.
The pub itself consists of one large room with traditional wood-panelled decor, with a small but pleasant patio area, complete with pot plants. They serve well-kept Deuchars IPA (a very nice pint - recommended) alongside other real ales, and a decent wine list.
The Atlas was an early entrant into the 'gastro-pub' phenomenon and, whilst I'm not normally a fan, the food here is imaginative and good, if a bit pricey.
The only quibble is the pub can get a bit crowded and sometimes noisy - but you can always escape out to the patio (well, in summer at least!).
Comment 2 comments on this review
volver, 18 April 2007:
what's the opposite?
dmj1962, 18 April 2007: That's a good question, albeit one with the long answer!
To quote from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) web-site: "Real ale is a type of beer defined by its traditional production... The fundamental distinction between real and other ales is that the yeast is still present in the container from which the beer is served (although it will have settled to the bottom and is not poured into the glass). Because the yeast is still alive, the process of fermentation continues in the cask or bottle on the way to the consumer ensuring a fresh and natural taste."
It is the traditional form of beer production in the UK. For more detail, see the CAMRA website: "www.camra.org.uk"
The opposite is pasteurised ("keg") beer, in which the taste is uniform, and it is served by adding industrially-produced CO2, rather than the CO2 naturally produced by the yeast in the fermentation.
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