The Hansom Cab

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Kensington
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A pub formerly owned by Piers Morgan transformed into a craft beer house.

Situated away from the chaos of Earl’s Court Road – past Cromwell Road and a good few paces further – this little place is well worth finding. Fourth in the growing Pubs of Distinction chain (who describe their hostelries as ‘local beer houses’), it’s small enough to feel busy at quiet times, yet big enough to house a comfortable drinking and dining area.

For the locals, it seems, the food is top priority. And the menu reads as you might expect from a Kensington pub – lobster nachos (costing a staggering £21.50) and pheasant breast, as well as classic pub staples, like beef and mushroom pie and fish and chips. But for me, the intriguing ‘beer snacks’ at two for £10 were the way forward – brisket chilli cheese fries and peri peri cornflake chicken hit the spot. Especially when taking heed of the ‘local beer house’ tagline and working my way through what was on tap.

Staff are knowledgeable and quick to offer samples, and prices are refreshingly competitive. Priory (3.7%) from Gloucester Brewery cost £4 for a pint and was, as advertised, a good session ale – hoppy enough with a light citrus taste at the back of the mouth. At the other end of the scale and coming in at £6 a pint was Snake, a West Coast pale ale that was bold without weighing too heavy. And of course, the likes of Beavertown have a strong bar presence.

If you’re in the area and have tired of the burgeoning Victorian pubs that line the main road, you’re only a five-minute walk away from beer heaven. Don’t worry, there’s still pot pourri in the men’s loos.

By: Dave Faulkner

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Venue name: The Hansom Cab
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Address: 84-86 Earl’s Court Road
London
W8 6EG
Transport: Tube: Earls Court
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This place is already one of my favourite watering holes but I’ve now decided it’s also my new favourite Sunday roast place in London!

The Hansom Cab, situated in between High Street Ken and Earls Court, is a local pub of mine but I’ve only started going there regularly fairly recently since Pubs of Distinction (a London beer house group) took it over and did some amazing things to it.

The pub used to be owned by Piers Morgan and was stuffy and expensive despite having a only a mediocre offering. But now it’s been refurbished, looks great, has the friendliest, warmest service, an excellent menu and variety of drinks (including craft beer), all at very good prices- at least for this part of London!

Sunday roast options are rump of beef, pork belly and half a chicken. The menu does change but on my last visit they all came with a side of cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, parsnip puree, gravy and their signature flower-shaped Yorkshire puddings. Everything is divine and actually quite a surprise because the menu doesn’t give much away at all. The portions are also very generous so be prepared to need a walk and a nap after!

The a la carte menu is just as good with some great sharer options and snacks- including lobster nachos (£22, so a bit of a treat), lobster mac and cheese balls (amazingly rich and indulgent but enough for 2 and justifiable at £8.50), fish and butterbean croquettes (£6.50, yum and a big portion), cornflake chicken strips with sweet chilli (£6, also yum), and loads more. Snacks are 2 for £10 which is brilliant for such good quality food and portions.

The pub does get busy but I’ve always managed to get a table without a booking- nothing wrong with having to start in the bar area while you wait!

The interior is very homely and comfortable with soft, classic décor. It’s now always such a pleasure to come in here and everything about it makes me happy!

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