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Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms

Bars and pubs, Pubs Maida Vale
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Tucked away among the imposing mansions and canals around Warwick Avenue is a little slice of nineteenth-century London. No, not a workhouse filled with criminal orphans, but something much nicer than that – a Victorian pub, complete with spectacularly intricate carved woodwork and ‘snob screens’ separating the different sections of the bar. The low doorways between them are a nightmare if you've got a bad back, but perfect if you're very short and need to escape a pub bore.

It sort of helps that the Prince Alfred is a Young's pub instead of some chichi craft beer palace – it's simple, old fashioned, no nonsense. Peanuts, yup. Pint of bitter, yup. Sticky floors, yup. And all combined with the joy of watching your fellow drinkers playing a constant game of limbo.

By: Eddy Frankel



Address: 5A Formosa Street
W9 1EE
Transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue tube
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm Fri, Sat; noon-9pm Sun
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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This place is just so full of character.
Relaxed and friendly and just absolute beautiful. We did not know what to do with ourselves when it was closed for ages for restoration!

Terrible customer service (waited an hour for our food on a quiet Wednesday night, no apologies, asked 3 times for sauces, dropped cutlery when clearing plates, forgot our drinks). When food arrived it did not all arrive at the same time (they were waiting for the chips for the burgers). Burgers arrived burnt, chips undercooked. 

Massively overpriced: 

- £4.50 for a small side of slaw which was tasteless and should have accompanied the burger 

- £14.50 for a terrible quality burger 

- £5.30 for a 500 ml bottle of Bombardier 

- £5.50 for a side of broccoli (~3 stems with a few spinach leaves). 

Will not return.


Don't be deterred by the fact this is part of the Youngs' chain perhaps more synonymous for showing sport games. This pub is an absolute Victorian gem, boasting original snug areas in the bar. An impressive characterful frosted glass exterior, stucco ceilings and Victorian decorative tiles galore. The dining room is cozy, the food consistent and the staff welcoming. 


Quaint and cosy pub in Maida Vale with traditional Victorian partitions by the bar. Great for drinks and the classic British pub experience. Avoid eating there - the attempt at the gastropub interior is not supported by the menu. Bangers and mash felt microwaved, food overall was bland and service slow.

One of few pubs in London with the old sections design, very authentic leaves you very secluded feeling due to the sections dividers. Extended into the Dining Room restaurant with great selection of food that is just as delicious. At the  basement of the restaurant private dining area for hiring. 

Nice pub but very expensive. A pound of Pilsner is £4.84. They charge 12.5% for service. Won't come back

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