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Princess Victoria

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© Michael Franke
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We’ll return to the Vicky time and again for its scotch eggs. Rolled from seasoned Middle White mince, they arrive crisp-shelled from the fryer and sliced in half to reveal a perfectly runny yolk. You could happily spend an evening knocking these back at the curving bar, along with the occasional helping of beef scrumpet and fine pints of bitter, but it would be a shame to miss out on the old-school dining room at the back. Lit by candelabras and ornately decorated skylights, this is equipped with heavy wooden furniture, gilt-edged portraits and gleaming mirrors: a reassuringly 19th-century combination that puts you in the mood for comfort eating.

We enjoyed a stack of pan-fried polenta with a puck of goat’s cheese and some sweet roasted peppers. Steak and kidney pie came with fluffy mashed potatoes, while slivers of exquisite rare roast beef (a Sunday special) were matched with buttered carrots and a towering yorkshire pud. The atmosphere round the bar was so pleasant that we stopped for one last drink before leaving. And, a couple of hours later, it felt rude not to give the scotch eggs a final whirl…

 

Venue name: Princess Victoria
Contact:
Address: 217 Uxbridge Road
London
W12 9DH
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11.30am-midnight Sat; 11.30am-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Shepherd's Bush
Price: Main courses £10.50-£16.50. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £12.50 2 courses, £15 3 courses

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:3
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JW52

Terrible on a sunday - arrogant sloppy service and very average food; worse still if you are a vegetarian! Don't go there for a celebration - they coudln't care less and certainly will make it an event to remember for all the wrong reasons. Couldn't wait to leave and wont be going back.

Stuart

Been going here regularly for over a year. This pub has stiff competition from some serious foody pubs in the area, The Angelsea Arms and The Havelock Tavern to name a couple. But this pub holds its own if not surpasses the others. It is not pretentious and has a mixed clientele compared to the others but still manages to be very classy. You won't eat this good for this price in man other places. And the drinks are up to standard too. Don't listen to the bad reviews for others. They are clearly philistines.

Cat

Excellent service. Went here for my birthday and ordered the special, which I ended up being not what I expected. They were more than happy to replace it with another option (free of charge) and were apologetic that it was not up to usual standards. The replacement of hanger steak was delicious. All other diners enjoyed their meals very much. Would highly recommend.

Gill

Generous sized portions of impeccably cooked gutsy food. Wonderful bursts of flavour, and every item on the plate contributed to that (no irrelevant garnishes which always irritate me). Triple cooked chips to die for, excellent service, great choice of beers. Have eaten here many times and it is always first rate.

Nick

Big fan of this place. We have been here several times for meals and the food never disappoints. It is quite a different menu from standard gastropub food but I think that makes it all the better. Good range of wines and ales as well. I have never eaten this well in the Eagle (mentioned below) which whilst not bad (and excellent for BBQs in the summer), has a pretty uninspiring menu and is at least a league below the Princess Victoria.

George

Good quality pub food with a twist, great wine and drinks list, beautiful Victorian bar and dining room

Local Customer

This used to be a place that nether disappointed me, but not anymore. What used to be a great bar with a fantastic mood is now a place where it is easy to find loud and drunken customers who are making fun of other guests - especially on Fridays. I cannot recommend a trip across town to this place to have drink in a relaxed mood. The likelihood of the pub overly filled or even worse closed for a private function is just too high on the weekends. N.B. if the pub is closed is not announced on their website neither.

Jean

We had a very dissapointing meal here. The food was hit and miss with some really good dishes and some dissapointing. But the service is the thing that really lets this place down. We sat down at 7pm and they tried to move us on before 8:30pm even though there was about 6 spare empty tables around us, I complained and got an unconvincing apology from the manager. Then despite apparently needing the table, we had to wait an age for deserts and then we had to constantly try to get attention to receive the bill, pay and leave the premises. I would not return again for food but I would for a drink in the pub which is lovely with friendly bar staff.

James

We had heard so much about this place, and were disappointed tonight. Perhaps, we had high expectations. The food contains so much Pork dishes, and it's a difficult menu for vegetarians. There were no salads on the menu! The food was OK, nothing extraordinary. Staff is not very engaging.If you like a cosy place with great food, I would go to another place in the area- The Anglesea Arms.

SimonL

I have now been there twice due to the positive reviews it gets from Time Out. Perhaps I experienced two off days. The menu is totally pretentious and too little choice - how many pork products can you have on one menu? For lunch I would like some lunch plates not a dinner menu suitable for a restaurant Anyway the food was unremarkable - it was ok but nothing special Go to the Adelaide or Eagle much better. Finally the wine list was the appalling though the waiter explained kindly 'yes we are running it down'