Aww, hideous is a strong word for the poor old Brunswick Centre! How about the Renoir?
222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
“Welcome to The Ealing Park Tavern, hidden away in the South Ealing suburbs. The wood, brick and whitewash exterior, reminiscent of something from a Harry Potter movie, holds many a tale and now we are looking to put our own stamp in the gastro pub...” more...
11 reviews of Marquis Of Cornwallis in English
After mumbling (aka trying to make stuff up), trying to get out of it - he decided to tell me that they don't take bookings after 5.30pm. I'm sorry, what? After clarifying that I was trying to book over a month in advance, for a large group (guaranteed at least £400) ie not for tonight, and it was good business - he confirmed he understood me, and after more vapid mumbling - went on to say in a completely nonchalant drawl that they get busy on Thursdays, and the place gets full. It seemed actually he wanted to say: I/we can't be arsed; but instead, was making up excuses as he went. Wow. I've lived in London for fifteen years, and have never experienced that; good luck to the business that turns away a guaranteed booking of at least £400, over passing trade. In case anyone is in any doubt, let me make clear that they have a whole section on their website devoted to Christmas bookings, inviting you to book. Good riddance!
This pub seems to be getting better and better for beer. On a recent (ish) visit I enjoyed 2 really fine ales. Moor Summerland Gold and some kind of Lemongrass beer.
I noticed a keg stout too.
This is a large dimly lit pub near the hideous Brunswick Centre. Probably not my favourite style of pub, but my priority at the end of the day is good beer!
The Tribute was in perfect nick (although I did have to ask for a top up) and they also had keg Sierra Nevada Pale ale, the 2nd best tasting orange drink in the world! (after Irn Bru).
Named after an extinct peerage title.
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sarahdrinkwater, 13 September 2011:
The Marquiss of Cornwallis is a great pub, it has a really nice feel to it inside and good atmosphere with plenty people spilling out onto the pavement in summer. I’ve not tried the food yet, but it does look good from what I’ve seen of it so I’m sure I will.
Really great pub: friendly atmosphere and staff, fast service, decent food: all good!
Set ove two levels this pub is very English, with a motley collection of sofas, armchairs, dining tables and high bar tables.
Tends to be crowded at key times with a young crowd (local businesses and UCL mainly)
Reasonable prices on a good selection of drinks too.
Really nice local pub in the heart of Bloomsbury. Fires in the Winter, spilling out onto the streets in the Summer sunshine. Wide variety of lagers and excellent food. Thoroughly recommended.
My colleague and I found this by accident on the way to Kings X station and said that we’d come back next time we were in the area. Now every time we’re at Birkbeck or near Russell Square we stop in either for lunch and/or a drink.
The furniture is a mish-mash of comfy chairs and sofas, benches and high stools and there are more private areas at the back of the bar, although we like to sit by the big windows near the bar.
They have a good menu, everyone’s always happy with the food which says a lot considering we all have different tastes!
They have a good range of beers, wines and soft drinks, great for a quick drink or a leisurely afternoon.
The only problem we’ve had is with a barmaid who didn’t speak English and didn’t seem to understand what we were trying to order which was a little frustrating… I ordered a lime and soda and ended up with a lager and lime!
The Marquis of Cornwallis looks very traditional from the outside, and on first glance when you enter, it does remind you slightly of an old man’s pub. But look closer, and the seats are comfy, the booths private, and plenty of room to socialise with friends of all ages. Drinks are reasonably priced, with the burgers out of this world, in terms of food. The rooms for hire upstairs are nice and large, and are great for parties. All in all, not a bad pub at all.
The Marquis is certainly a bit different from your ordinary pub. It's shied away from dark and dingy with manky smelly beer-soaked carpets, and has chosen a different path altogether. It's bright, clean and spacious, with high ceilings, wooden floors, chandeliers and homely furniture, including some comfy sofas. It makes for a homely feel - indeed, the tiles around the bar are almost exactly like the tiles in my own hallway!
They have a great selection of beers, too - mostly Belgian (including two varieties of fruit beer!), but that is not to say they have neglected the ales; they only have a few, but good ones, not too common, like Spitfire.
Maybe it's not the greatest pub ever, but it's refreshingly different. And I'm a sucker for that fruit beer.
The first thing you will do when you attend the Marquis Of Cornwallis, is to have a debate with your mates over wheter the bloke on the signe is Michael Winner or not, I do every time I go and it's a conversation I've commonly overheard. He looks like Michael Winner after a particularly bad spray tan. But enough of that. THe interior decor is similarly odd, looks like someone has had the sandpaper out, though it is nice and spacious with plenty of light but that's no the important part of this pub. It's all about the very interesting range of Continental beers they have on sale, some are more palatable than others, most a bit too fruity for my tastes but there are a few gems. There is also a little designated area for serving coffees, which is a nice touch i think, a better alternative than sitting in a starbucks I reckon. Not the greatest pub in the world but it has character, I like it.
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