Elgin Food Pub & Music House

Bars and pubs , Pubs Ladbroke Grove
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Venue name: Elgin Food Pub & Music House
Address: 96 Ladbroke Grove
W11 1PY
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove
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Rosie H

Great neighbourhood pub. Friendly and welcoming staff, good wines and beers. Lovely main bar with big windows and comfortable seating. And a stunning Victorian gin palace

Jenni D

I'll always have a soft spot for the Elgin. As my workplace local pub for so many years, I've shared so many laughs, tears and drinks here I've lost count. During the week, it's perfectly positioned to have a laid back beer before catching the tube or heading on to Portobello Road. On Friday and Saturday - it gets BUSY. But spirits are always high at the Elgin, no matter how long you have to queue for the bar. 


Live music

Friendly bar staff

Great pub food

Fun patrons



Tom Bruce

One of the finest public houses on the Ladbroke Grove and the only place in London to go if you want to bump into Mick Jones from the Clash, who is a lunchtime regular. Buy him a pint, and lend him your ears as he regales you a tale from the heady days of his youth. Well, he's forever young, really, so it could just be something crazy that happened to him last week. The Elgin is in fact titled after a fellow dear to my heart, one Lord Elgin, lesser known by his birth name Thomas Bruce (I'm Tom Bruce, by the way. Hi. Hello). Old Elgy was mostly famous for having a lot of money, which he used to steal crumblings of the Acropolis of Athens away from its home country and put on exhibition in England, earning him yet more money and Royal admiration. 

As prices go they're not the best for West London, but they always have a few quality ales on tap and the staff are lively. Then again, it's not the worst for prices either, if you look at the haughty taughty Notting Hill lounges peppered up the Portobello. And besides, if it's cheap you're going for, then grab eight cans of Red Stripe from the off license and go sink them under the Westway. 

The pub is exactly the sort of place one might expect to find Withnail, were it 1969 and therefore also much, much dodgier than it now is. The Elgin does have a history as a bit of a hangout for edgy characters, ranking second place on the 'Ruff' list behind the Keep Paddy Happy, across the road a ways. That one is just boring now.

Jennie A

The Elgin took a very late booking from me for a tribute to my late great-uncle, the puppeteer Frank Mumford, when the venue we had booked had to cancel us the day before. The staff were very helpful, the food was good and the ambience of their elegant back room perfect for our purposes. Would highly recommend this venue. 

Irena Halder

The Elgin used to be the second dodgiest pub in Ladbroke Grove, but it is now transformed into a lively friendly place with great live music and a fine menu. A newly installed music evenings manager will see things go from strength to strength. The Facebook page updates us all on who's playing when, and invites feedback from customers. I used to give The Elgin a wide berth, but now go there regularly.