Anglesea Arms, The
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Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is the kind of pub you DON'T expect in the heart of South Kensington, one of a few very expensive and POSH residential areas in Central London. I got to know this pub from the GBG 06, and its location tells a lot about its clientele, but, surprisingly, it's somehow a "classy" "real ale boozer"~~ and the ONLY real ale place worth a visit in that area...
A Listed II buidling itself, the pub is situated on the ground floor only of the Georgian-(like) building, with a front yard decorated with trees and outside seatings. Greeting customers with Victorian engraved glasses, the pub itself is quite nostalgic, given the wooden panels, red-painted ceilings, lots of yellowish wall-lamps, and two sets of hanging lamps for a snooker table (though it's long gone) right upon the entry into the pub. There's quite a selection of paintings and portraits on the wall, but my History-of-Art-PhD-in-the-making GF said only one of them was of true artistical value... At the rear of the pub (on one's way to the "nature's calling point") one could find a separate, lower-mezzanine level as an dark, old-fashioned yet stylish dining area, full of local customers tucking into quite nice-looking and decent pub dishes.
The main area is dominated by a lone bar, equipped with 6 handpumps, serving (upon my visit) 5 regulars: Young's Bitter, Fuller's Pride, Adnam's Bitter, Adnam's Broadside, Brakespear's Special, and a guest ale--Gale's Robin's Revenge. Amongst the three beers me and my GF had they're all in great condition. Actually I've never had such sumptuous and fresh Broadside on draught for some three years! The service from the young barman is of quality too, knowing how to do an ideal pint without having to be reminded by those real-ale goers with a strong head. (Trust me, it's not regular practice nowadays in Central London for bar staff to keep this minimum standard, at least not in front of seemingly foreigners-to-real-ales like me)
Overall, a relaxing real ale place to be if one's ever interested in a small walk around the South Kensington area collecting some info. about housing... (rich BAs that is).
01-12-2006 18:42:19 | More by wl0307
Anglesea Arms, The in London, United Kingdom (England)
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