Princess of Wales

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Blackheath
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Princess of Wales

Although the Princess of Wales has undergone a revamp by Mitchells & Butlers, turning it into a modern bar bright with exotic beer taps, the pub hasn’t forgotten its history. In 1871, England players gathered here before the first ever international rugby union match, an event commemorated with a modest alcove of mementoes.

Elsewhere, though, the huge main bar, a corridor of tables and various back areas done out in pub-cum-lounge-bar style have been given over to a young clientele sipping selections from a global beer range (Doom Bar, Meantime Stout, Früli, Kozel) to a student-rock soundtrack.

Dishes such as a large 21-day-aged rib-eye steak or Cotswolds lamb leg steak with lentils and peppers can also be enjoyed on the front terrace, in the conservatory or in the back garden.


Venue name: Princess of Wales
Address: 1A Montpelier Row
Opening hours: noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Blackheath rail
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Amanda F

After a chilly Sunday morning stroll around Greenwich Royal Observatory, we wandered across Blackheath in search of somewhere to defrost. We came across The Princess of Wales and were invited in by the sounds and smells of a Sunday pub lunch. Despite it being busy we luckily didn't have to wait long for a table and settled in with some mulled wine (hey, it's still festive season...) and a pack of cards. I loved all of the board games they had available and felt the atmosphere was perfect for a Sunday lunch. As we were eating big dinners later we chose to share some sausage and mash, it arrived quickly and was hearty, delicious and warmed us up instantly. I really enjoyed being there and would most definitely return! 

a a

We to move seats three times as pub was so noisy thanks the loud music


Filthy and full of local alcoholics. The police has been called more than once in response to physical altercations. I don't like it.

Tom K

I bloody love my local pub! Good food that's often updated, and a relaxed comfy atmosphere are the highlights. Looking forward to the summer when patrons spill out onto the heath for a drink in the sun.

jaycie h

My favourite place for outdoors drinks, summer or fireworks night it's always the meeting place, my go to pub.

Estelle B

Our absolutely favourite for family Sunday lunch. Great countryside atmosphere as they accept dogs, suddenly you feel like you are somewhere in Kent... Sometimes when I am stressed I go on my own as well, no prob for a girl by herself, I feel safe and relaxed. Very very good also when it is nice and you can buy a pint and sit out on the grass so admire the sunset - aahhhh! Fabulous.

dawn jacob

A packed house at 12.30 on a Sunday afternoon, the service was good and the food excellent. Large portions of good quality food and excellent desserts. Bit worried about the barman who thought port went into a bloody Mary but otherwise the service was quick and friendly.

Antony Jacobs

Was a fab pub 5 years ago then went downhill with poor management. Believe there was a new manager 6 months ago and it has become amazing again - both bars are open again, food is great and staff seem to actually care again about the customer. Definately worth a visit again


Was a favourite, now a pub I avoid at all costs. The Sunday nut roast, may be worth a visit again in the future, only if they managed to serve it to me with a smile and within an hour! For some bizarre reason, the current manager still does not realise, when it's a hot day,it's going to get busy, so get more staff. The same issue that this place has had for years, just nev ever corrected. Totallly insane as I know for sure, I will not visit again and nor will some of my other local friends. Staff are a little blunt and food is pretty dire every time we have ordered recently, really disappointing. The best thing is location, the worst thing, everything else about this pub.