Nags Head

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It’s unusual to see a landlord’s name plastered on the front of a pub, but then there aren’t many like Kevin Moran left in the trade.

The Nags Head reflects Moran’s exuberant eccentricity, both by design (mobiles are banned; the walls are cluttered with everything from cartoons to baseball reports, garden tools to vintage penny-slots) and, most strikingly, by accident – the rooms could scarcely be wonkier, one stepped awkwardly above the other with a bar that somehow serves them both.

The ale is from Adnams and only OK, and the below-par pub food is best avoided, but the particular appeal of this place isn’t really about the beer or the vittles. A Belgravia landmark of sorts.

Venue name: Nags Head
Contact:
Address: 53 Kinnerton Street
London
SW1X 8ED
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9pm daily
Transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge tube

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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Sara M

It's really a quirky, wonderful place! Discovered it half on accident on vacation from grad school while studying in the UK for my master's. Sure, there's a no cell phone rule, but can you blame them? People seem more keen to look at screens than talk to one other these days! I wouldn't say that the people who work there are rude, either. Having been there three times with different people over the course of three years, I've always enjoyed myself and the owner (who's a lovely octogenarian who's generally always there) always went out of his way to make sure my guests and I were taken care of. The food isn't fancy gastropub ridiculousness, but it's *good!* It's all classic British fare, and very tasty at that! I've enjoyed the various meals I've had there, so I definitely wouldn't call the food sub-par as per Time-Out. The beer (and cider) is good, the old pumps at the bar are cool. I was even invited behind the bar to take a picture whilst pouring out a pint, just for fun! Lovely people, once you crack the tough-Londoner exterior. I greatly enjoy the historic mementos and pictures, all the paraphernalia makes the place feel like you've stepped back in time in the best possible way. If I were to pick up and move to another country, I'd pick England and I'd certainly be a regular here!

Axel F


The woman owning the pub is unacceptably rude, PLEASE AVOID IF you do not want regretting HAVING GIVEN MONEY to the wrong people!!!


Something needs to be done for the sake of London’s pubs ethics and values!!!


1 star for the Historic aspect, God only knows what happened when the present owners bought it!!!


Axel


Max

Don't go to this place unless you enjoy paying someone to make you feel unwelcome. The bar woman is rude and belligerent. It seems they treat everyone with contempt except one or two locals, I wish they would do us all a favour and put a closed sign on the front so I hadn't wasted £10 (min charge you're told after making your order)