Colton Arms

Bars and pubs, Pubs West Kensington
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Venue says On the hunt for a quiet spot for a long, leisurely lunch? Two-course set lunch menu for £10.

A reborn boozer just south of Barons Court.

Situated equidistant between Fulham Palace Road and North End Road, and just around the corner from The Queen’s Club, The Colton Arms was always a pub for locals and luvvies. Manys the time Billy Connolly held court over in the corner, and his first road manager is still a regular of an evening.

Once known for being one of the smallest pubs in London with, surely, the oldest landlord, and a reputation for hardy drinkers regularly emptying the optics within an hour of opening, things hit a downward spiral after the owner’s demise, and eventually the pub had to close its doors.

But this is now a built-up area devoid of any boozers, and so it seems a no brainer to re-open with a couple of ‘minor’ adjustments. For those who have been before, the front of the bar remains, but a light and airy extension leading to a small, paved garden has been added. The layout and set up confirms food is the way forward for this venture.

But is it any good? It won’t knock your socks off, but it’s fine and typical pub fare. Cod could’ve been chunkier, chips couldn’t have been crispier, roast pork came recommended and hit the spot with a faint five-spice seasoning and so on. Puddings were rapidly struck off the menu halfway through the evening, suggesting that the locals are with the programme. Staff are friendly and fun, but the beer choice is below average – on my visit Timothy Taylor’s Landlord was ‘off’, leaving only two choices of ale.

Despite that, if you’re in the area and this is your only choice, it’s not a bad one to have.

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Colton Arms says
At Hippo Inns we want to ensure our pubs are one-of-a-kind within the neighbourhood.
The Colton Arms is the home you always wanted on your doorstep. Famous for its old school charm, The Colton Arms is an icon in the area. It’s the kind of pub to spend the afternoon in, where conversation is king, always warm and welcoming to regulars and newcomers alike. It’s the ultimate hideaway for a summer drink in the seclusion of the walled garden or cosying down by a log fire. Our rustic Racquet room is available for exclusive private hire seven days a week, perfect for an intimate lunch or dinner party with family or friends. At The Colton, we’re a small team dedicated to delivering great food and drink at a sensible price in glorious surroundings.
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By: Dave Faulkner

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Venue name: Colton Arms
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Address: 187 Greyhound Rd
London
W14 9SD
Opening hours: Monday–Wednesday 12pm–11pm; Thursday–Friday 12pm–12pm; Saturday 11am–12pm; Sunday 12pm–10:30pm
Transport: Tube: Barons Court
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Paul
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Over the last year or so I've become a regular in here. There's no doubt it's old-fashioned, but that's the point. The food menu is no more, but the beer is spot on and the prices are not unreasonable for where it is. The beer garden is small but visually stunning in the height of Summer thanks to the care taken over it. They don't take cards - although the landlord is thinking about it - so bring cash or be stung by the machine in the convenience shop 100 yards away. The fact the Time Out reviewer gave it 2 stars proves something powerful: Time Out staff are only interested in "younger" and "trendier" bars. They have no understanding of how good this is for most people who like proper pubs. I'm in my 30s, and I love this place. If you want to spend your evening snorting coke and listening to loud music, go elsewhere. The Curtain's Up round the corner will probably have you. If though you like a quiet pub with friendly staff and local regulars who have lived in the area for decades, serving quality booze at a not-unfair price, this place is perfect.

JR
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This pub is a personal favourite. It's worth a walk for a good pint, and this place warrants a walk.

Danny
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One of the best pub's i've been too in the world. yes the world. The atmosphere, staff, draft list are all amazing. I'll mention the staff again, great landlords through and through. I don't know what these time out people are on about, the taste of the people clearly differs from theirs.

Great beer
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Only decent pub in West London, if not the capital. All the better for not having any tossers from Time Out in there, who clearly have no idea what a good pub is, and probably think the curtains up round the corner is brilliant. Long live the local.

India C

Under new ownership, this pub is a winner. The food will surpass all expectations of a good pub, try out the truffle ravioli or the cheese soufflé. Reminds me of a new york speak easy. Highly recommended!

Finland

2/5 stars only!!! Verrrry clever, huh! As a foreigner (=stupid tourist) I've visited about 100-150 pubs in London and this place is one of the best, right at this moment the best of them. Beer was perfect, staff like your old friends, regulars inquisitive and atmosphere homelike. What else... yes: salad with the toast was so delectable you feel you're not in Britain. Was this a screwup then?