Nag's Head

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Nag's HeadNag's Head

Type: Bar, Eatery

53 Kinnerton Street
London, England, SW1X 8ED
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7235 1135 | map

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Added by wl0307 on 03-08-2006

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Nordbier
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I first sneaked in with my father-in-law while my wife and her mom shopped at Harrod's nearby in the fall of 2001. At the darkened bar while enjoying many lovely ales and conversation with the locals, we completely lost track of time. In sleuth-like fashion, my wife found us in a merry mood at the bar. It wasn't until we stepped out into the bright sunny light and stony gaze of my mother-in-law, that we realized just what a wonderful pub the Nag really is!
I returned this summer with my wife (who doesn't drink, but enjoys the pub atmosphere...I hope)
It's as pubby as it gets! Flower boxes and hanging flowers adorn the entry way. Once inside, you are transported back in time. Wide original wood floors and time-worn wood paneling are true to the name, Pub. Despite the clutter of old bric-a-brac and antiques, your eyes are led to the low wooden u-shaped bar. Atop sits the beautiful pink ceramic tap handles. They do lend a touch of elegance. Downstairs, an iron fireplace and old penny arcade machine, and even an old National cash register and old ice skates transport you further back in time. All that's missing are Dicken's characters.
It's a free house, but Shepherd Neame has a prominent position amongst the taps.
This is a MUST visit pub!

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Charming little pub within close walking distance of Harrods... Was a bit hard to find as I didn't have my a-z with me... Never happened again leaving without it! We ended up asking the friendly firefighters who lived a block away. When we were there, they has on two Adnams brews which were in good condition ... The barmaids were very friendly to us and were joking about some American actress who was in who had to tell them who she was... Thought that was funny as I wasn't sure who she was either! A scavenger hunt was being run there so groups of peolpe were flying in taking notes tossing down a drink and heading out whilst the locals looked on with curiousity... GOod place to check out if in the neighborhood...

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Photo of dougnboston
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

250 years old! The original pub was tiny, look up and from the beam to the window was it but now much bigger. Downstairs was a horse stable and now is seating for the pub. Met the owner (since 1982), is now a bit of a crumudgeon "just trying to pay the bills". I actually liked him, he'll talk with a few questions tossed his way. Bombardier on tap. Attentive service. Saw several wood stoves, one gas stove working kept the place warm. Great atmosphere! Highly recommend making a stop here.

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Photo of JohnW
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wonderful old traditional pub on two levels, fascinating interior crammed with all sorts of memorabelia and oddments. Bar area on ground floor at street entrance level, and basement drinking area too, which has windows out to the side.

At time of visit four hand pulls, two serving Adnams beers which were both on good form.

Great atmosphere, with traditional feel (no modern TVs, jukeboxes or gaming machines) real oasis from the hubbub of Knightsbridge area with good beer (and what looked like good food) one of my favourite London pubs and definitely should not be missed. Not the greatest selection of beers, but just a wonderful place to be. Beer is pricey, but only typical for the area. The Fullers Star Tavern is only a few minutes walk away too.

Ten minute walk from Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge Tube Stations.

October 2008

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Photo of ashok
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A proper pub.

Kevin, the landlord, is a real character who runs his place very much his way; he enforces the no-mobiles rule with gusto, and it's a more pleasant place for it. He'll also tell you to hang your coats up, rather than occupy extra chairs with them.

The Adnams ales are always in very good shape and I think this is the best pint of Broadside I've ever had outside of Southwold (it's neck-and-neck between here and Roxy Beaujolais' Seven Stars). It used to be one of the few places you could find Aspall's cider in London, although more recently this fine Suffolk cider has turned up in many more places.

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Photo of Mark
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I'm very late with my beer and pub reviews from my most recent London trip in early Feb but this is a good place to start. Met up with a British friend and some fellow travelers at this fine pub. Located in the Knightsbridge-Belgravia area of London it is close to both Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner tube stations. Exceptional location on a quiet mews, off the beaten path and one would never know it was there unless you stumbled upon it. It has two levels for drinking and we were in the street level floor. Small sunken bar in one corner. Seating around the edges and there is a fire for extra coziness. Love the no cell phone rule as no one hates them and their abusive use more than I. Very traditional feeling little loca with a caring traditional type landlord. Two types of Adnams on cask and a German lager of all things was the other offering the night I was there. That is my main knock on this pub, not enough of a selection. Worth a visit for sure.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon while out walking around in the neighborhood. I had actually stopped by a couple of weeks earlier, but I wanted to show it to my wife. The place was quiet with no one else sitting in the front bar. As expected, the owner immediately pointed out the location of a couple of coat hooks to us as we walked in (hilarious as all reviews on multiple sites mention this). There are also numerous signs indicating that cell phone use inside the bar is not permitted (not a bad thing). Not much selection, only a couple of Adnam's on cask, but somehow I don't think its the beer that keeps people coming back. My wife asked if he had any cider and he handed her a glass of Aspall, which she said was probably one of the best ciders that she's ever had. We had a nice little chat with the owner for a while before he had to run off and a less eccentric bartender took over. An interesting place to visit, but unless I worked or lived in the immediate area, probably not enough to keep me coming back.

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Photo of wl0307
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Another good pub to visit nr. the Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner area (not many worth visiting over there actually...). Located in a narrow back street, I suppose in the past this area must've been at the same residential level as mews. The buildings are all so modest and old (circa 1700s?), but you get this gem hidden in one of them.

Quite a small pub it is, stuffed with collections of almost everything in every corner... old cartoons and paintings, photos of famous visitors, old bottles, a lovely old thermometer, trophies, antique items... you name it. Drinking inside this small, low-ceiling bar with wooden floor you'd feel like you're visiting some dis-organised collector's home. The two fire-places in such a small room are warming and classic, one is of the old prototype with attached equipments where you could take care of all types of cooking (don't know the specific term for it)--adding more feel of a working-class family's multi-functional living room in the 1800s.

The bar is the lowest I've ever seen, while punters could sit at low stools and drink right at the bar like a dining table. At the first sight it looks just weird, but it makes sense in this pub, because the bar floor level is lower than the ground level, almost as a mezzanine floor, and is extended to the back of the main bar to serve a separate sitting area at the rear of the pub connected through staircases. The range of real ale is disappointing though, with only three handpumps, serving two Adnam's beers (Bitter+Broadside) on draught and German Bitburger on tap. All were served in extremely good condition, but incredibly expensive (3.3 quid for two halves.)...

Two extra intriguing points about this place. First, you'll be asked to hang your coats at the wall-hangers upon your entry, as a rule. I can't understand why. Second, NO mobile-phone conversations are allowed inside the pub, which I welcome very much. In this pub you'll just have to leave your mobile phone aside and enjoy a good social moment with your mates, or chat with the frequent locals who were all in joyful mood drinking and laughing in this cosy and warming place.

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Nag's Head in London, GB2, United Kingdom
3.84 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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