A popular Truman Brewery flagship on Ladbroke Grove.
Away from the absolute chaos that greets you outside Ladbroke Grove tube and up the nearby hill sits The Eagle. It’s bright and airy in summer, dark and cosy in winter –
a perfect local if ever there was one. Hippo Inns has invested heavily in this establishment, with big and plentiful windows lending a natural light, dark wood floors, comfy seats by a fireplace and an island bar topped with two big, bold tanks (the traditional, ‘bright’ kind), holding the brewery’s Raw lager, which will drip condensation on you, should you happen to stand in the wrong place. The fact that the tanks are replenished every three or four days tells you that whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right.
Pints, in general, come in on the wrong side of a fiver, not that it seems to bother punters much. The staff, as with the majority of the clientele, are young, vibrant and chatty. There’s a slight Bavarian twist to the menu, with pork knuckle and German sausage among the unexpected items. While a burger came up pretty rare and greasy on my visit, the chicken schnitzel with fried duck egg and baby gem salad was superb. And to (literally) top it all, there’s another huge area with a bar upstairs; on a weekend afternoon you should pull up a seat by a window and survey all life before you. The eagle has landed.
|Venue name:||The Eagle||Contact:|
250 Ladbroke Grove
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun noon-9pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Ladbroke Grove|
|Price:||£25 and under|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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I have never really been a pub person, but walking into the Eagle pub, it became apparent that I was about to change my mind. My first impression was of course; yes, a Bouji pub- as the interior of the pub is absolutely beautiful.
The Eagle pub is run by the Hippo Inn franchise, which has recently paired up with renowned beer makers- Truman’s brewery. So, imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to try their Bavarian-inspired dishes. Get into my tummy!
Although I am more of a champagne girl, it was nice to try the new Truman raw lager. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it, as the taste had a subtle sweetness to it but was also crisp and refreshing. This would definitely be lovely on a summer’s day with the cool breeze on your face.
For starters, I chose the pickled herring, dill potatoes and sour cream. What a taste! The sweetness of the beer reduced the sourness of the herring and went down a treat.
I was absolutely looking forward to eating the knuckle of pork with the fried dumplings. However, this was not for the faint hearted. The portion was huge and is definitely good value for money, the Eagle pub is spot on with their portions. The knuckle of pork is very crispy on the outside, therefore I would recommend, cutting the pork from the bottom and then working your way up to the from the bottom of the knuckle of pork to the top. Upon entering my mouth the aromas of the pork was just tempting! The taste was dewy, soft with crisp edges, and full of flavour. This would be a great main dish choice for s Sunday, and the raw lager most certainly compliments the pork.
My cousin chose the 12oz bone in sirloin, béarnaise and chips; he commented that the steak is very well cooked, chewy and well seasoned.
After all that food, I could not possibly eat anymore, but their dessert choices seemed so appealing, so I eventually gave in and decided to try some desserts. The dessert was served with a selection of bitter chocolate fondant, banoffee pancakes, mulled pear with apple crumble and custard.
At the Eagle pub, all of my dreams were coming true and I was reliving my childhood. Although the chocolate fondant was supposed to be bitter, I found it quite sweet but left a fruity taste in my mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed the banoffee pancakes and finished everything. All in all, it was a great experience and I was shocked at the prices of the food, due to the portions and great quality of food. The Eagle pub would be a great place for Sunday lunch or brunch during the week with friends.
What to wear: Casual
(I wore a Free people jacket, grey top, grey jeans and Zara boots)
Ambience and hospitality: Very friendly staff, who actually seemed to have extensive knowledge of the dishes and beer which is also a plus as I didn’t know much about beer and they were happy to educate me.
One of the best pubs I have ever been! Warm and friendly staff, the owner is very caring and informative of all his products. And the food is just a heaven! Chef is so talented.. They have vegan options as well!! :) :) :)
Really nice pub. Good mix of a traditional london pub and modern food and decor. I went there for brunch and it was really yummy, ended up sticking around until the afternoon and enjoyed a couple of really nice reds from their impressive wine list.
Great pub! The new owners really know what they're doing. Sunday roast was the best I've had (better than mum's!)