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Portobello Star

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Portobello Star
Westbourne Grove

Gentrification has sunk its claws into this once-scruffy boozer, for years one of the holdouts along the Portobello Road.

Fronted by a couple of pavement tables but no real sign, Portobello Star ‘take two’ is a long, thin room; the only relief from the plain walls is provided by the sturdy bar along one side and a lovely radio-themed mural. It’s a handsome space, more appealing than it seems at first glance, but the real draws are the likeable bartenders’ powerful, convincing renditions of cocktails both traditional (a richly flavourful mint julep with Woodford Reserve, a margarita modified by agave) and modern (Dick Bradsell’s Bramble).

You may have to shout to make yourself heard when the DJs crank it up a little – the music policy bounces from generic indie to more danceable tunes – but the lively crowd of Notting Hillbillies don’t mind a bit.

Venue name: Portobello Star
Address: 171 Portobello Road
W11 2DY
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-12.30am Fri; 10am-12.30am Sat; 11am-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube

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was in last night for my birthday celebrations and had a wonderful time! I phoned earlier in the week to see if there was anyway i could reserve an area for me and my friends and this was done with ease and best of all completely free of charge... all the bookings taker asked was that we turned up and enjoyed the night. I noticed in the previous comment about the VAT price increase and can sympathise with Elena yet at the same time i understand it was only an increase of about 30p?! (i think... my memory is hazy thanks to the several birthday cocktails!) Plus the prices are ridiculous; Mint Juleps for under £7?! DJ mint, Staff mint, Mint juleps... mint!


The staff in this bar need to be sacked! They were young, arrogant and drunk, chatting amongst themselves and taking ages to serve people. In particular one female member of staff was extremely abusive, customers were genuinely shocked by her behaviour! We will never drink here again!