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The Nags Head, Belgravia

A contrast to the Wilton Arms two doors down. Whereas the Wilton has more of a standard pub feel to it ( it's owned by brewery Shepherd Neame) the Nags Head is a free house, and it shows.

It has lots of 'character' i.e. every spare inch of wall and ceiling is covered with amusing or curious objects, from model planes to organ pipes to antique hats.
I can't help but think they've gone overboard a bit though and it all feels a bit faux. Even the olde worlde cast iron ranges in the fireplace are actually gas fired with fake coals.

Nevertheless, they serve a very good pint of Adnam's , but only the Bitter and Broadside. A couple more options on the ale pumps would have been very welcome.

It's quite small inside, but that gives it a lively atmosphere and the management offer table service so you don't have to pick your way through the crowd to the bar.

Fair point about the 'No phones' sign from the previous reviewer. I didn''t notice it until I'd been in there for several minutes and it looks no different from all the other posters and signs on the walls so you could be forgiven for either not spotting it or thinking it was another of their 'charming' decorations.

Much more of a pub for the Knightsbridge types than the Wilton next door - lots of plummy accents, quilted barbour jackets, rugger shirts and bespoke suits.

15 Mar 2012 09:31

The Wilton Arms, Belgravia

Decent boozer tucked away. Popped in on the way to a concert at St Paul's church round the corner. Good mix of local residents, workers and pre-concert goers.
Decent Shepherd Neame beer too: Spitfire, Master Brew and Bishop's Finger.

15 Mar 2012 09:24

The Fox, Chetwynd Aston

I have had a couple of very enjoyable Sunday lunches here.
It's a spacious pub with a lovely garden. Food is good and there are plenty of tables inside and outside so even on a busy Sunday we didn't have to queue. Beer is excellent - always at least four cask ales on tap, usually sourced locally. Staff are friendly. Can't really fault it. A gem of a pub.

8 Aug 2011 17:27

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