Cumberland Arms

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West Kensington
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Flower-filled exterior aside, there’s nothing fancy about this local favourite. From the well-worn furniture to the order-at-the-bar chalkboard menu, it’s all very familiar. In summer, outside is the place to be, a young after-work crowd spilling into the good-sized courtyard. Inside, with its candlelit tables and open fireplace, is more suited to cosy winter catch-ups, the homely vibe only tarnished by the undeniable whiff of bleach. The food has a homespun feel too, with portions on the massive side and a Mediterranean-inspired menu that may not be particularly inventive, but is generally appealing with a good range of seafood, steak and pasta dishes. A tender chargrilled ribeye steak surrendered easily to the knife, and the taste buds, while roast sea bream fillets with chorizo and potatoes proved a pleasant, if safe, combination. The wine list covers most parts of the world, with a particular slant toward New Zealand varieties. Desserts were straight out of the 1970s, trifle and ice-cream among them, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce were familiar, unchallenging and safe – much like the Cumberland Arms itself.

Venue name: Cumberland Arms
Address: 29 North End Road
W14 8SZ
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 7-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 7-10pm Sat; 12.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: West Kensington tube or Kensington (Olympia) tube/rail
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We went to this pub for a birthday and they couldn't be more accommodating. The service was outstanding and they all knew exactly what they were talking about be it regarding the local area, the food or the drinks. Definitely will be coming back soon.