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The Balcony Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, London E20 1ES
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bexb-d, 18 September 2012:
great wine list and good beers on tap
wonderful staff - so help and so friendly
lovely decor, inside a outside seating.
Plays to both - good for drinking socially and good for some fab food.
take a date
take your mates
take your mum
A friend was having an art exhibition there at the pub's library, great venue and even better wine. Went downstairs after the show for dinner, food very tasty (but pricey). Had a really good time and atmosphere was great too, would definitely recommend if you fancy a treat
Just off Westbourne Grove a big pub which has been rescued from the Slug & Lettuce gastropub “format” and turned into an upmarket pub and restaurant for the local crowds. Clearly the new owners have spent money recreating a place with character and style, making the most of the long bar, the wooden panels and the great volume of the pub. There are lots of options, one can now eat at the bar, on a comfie bench, at a high table on a stool, on a metal table next to the kitchen or on a round wooden table in the middle of the room and eventually in the courtyard (yes someday the sun will come back…). There is even a little boutique selling fish and sea food, as well as flowers. We were there on a Sunday and teher was even a room upstairs with the girls in charge of taking care of children while parents have lunch downstairs… The problem is that while the owners have thought of everything, we were a bit let down by the food. On Sundays at least the lunch menu (£21 for 2 courses and £25 for 3) is restricted and disappointing, no creativity, small portions (especially starters) and ok food but nothing special (linguini, hummus, tomato/mozza as tarters, roast beef, fish as main courses). Plus in spite of having a room just for kids there was no… kids menu which was a real problem as we had no intention to spend £21 adult menu to adapt it for kids. I guess things are still work in progress and someone will correct this (and also service which was high on number of people but rally low on substance, almost annoying). So still work in progress but worth tracking as the place has real potential.
This pub has just been completley redone - it is now The Commander Porterhouse and Oyster Rooms. No longer a traditional pub there is still a bar area but it is taken up mainly with a display of oysters. Good news for food lovers though - the menu has had a complete overhaul and now offers a North American slant specialising in (you guessed it) oysters and steak. All the seafood is from fishmonger John Norris and the meat is from the famous butcher the Ginger Pig. You can buy it to takeaway at the deli or you can order at the restaurant at “market price” (currently about £8 for a steak) and then £11.50 for preparation. A bit of a gimmick yes, but I really liked it. The oysters were fabulous as well.
This is exactly how I like my pubs - quiet, comfortable, uncrowded. Nice atmosphere and very easy to relax here. It's tucked away down a side road in bayswater and we found it almost by accident. A well kept secret, I would say. I can definitely see myself coming here a lot.
A nice cosy little pub just off of westbourne grove. The layout of this place is simple, reasonably tradtional and it feels warm and welcoming. The barmaid was nice but i was a bit disappointed with the beer selection. John Smith's was the only bitter on tap (they used to have guiness and old speckled hen, but for some reason no longer).
Get a few ales in this place and i could become a regular :)
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