Earl of Lonsdale

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Notting Hill

A bit of a surprise, this. First, you’ll see a sturdy pub, occupying the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. Within, there are partitioned areas done out in neat, shiny wood and interconnected by chest-high doorways.

The curiosities lie further back: one room is somewhere between a gentlemen’s club and a tearoom at a honeymoon resort, a lounge that seems more suited to toast and coffee than pie and a pint.

Among the photographs – past carnivals, touched-up images of Portobello Market – is another oddity: a wall honouring the man after whom the pub is named, the so-called Yellow Earl, who is most famous as the founder of the AA. It’s a Sam Smith’s pub, which means the drinks aren’t a great part of the appeal.

That you have to walk over and help yourself to salt, vinegar and sauces indicates little snobbery where pub grub is concerned.

Venue name: Earl of Lonsdale
Address: 277-281 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9pm daily
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate tube
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loved it cosy and friendly even met jolly and curteous kitchen staff


cosy traditional Pub, looks very nice and has good traditional food! I enjoyed it a lot


Dreadful..don't go there. Shame on Sam Smiths.. Food arrived and it looked sno disgusting we just asked for money back and left. No wonder place was deserted on a Sunday afternoon . Miserable bar staff didn't help either......


Good location but rude staff. They have lost our orders and made us wait for an t and when we complained they didnt even apologise. Food was alright but 2 burgers were ready in 4mins and my friend's burger was cold...