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  • 3 out of 5 stars
© Zoe McCarthy

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Queen Vic looks down disdainfully from her sign on to a mini roundabout beside this stately pub, a favourite with Churchill, Dickens, the Dracula Society and sundry debating and speaking clubs.

In a corner of London without too many outstanding pubs, the Victoria is a reliable option, no more and no less than a well-run corner boozer. It’s perhaps best described as ‘accommodating’, and the trad-pub decor and unpretentious ambience will be comfortingly familiar to fans of other pubs in the Fuller’s group.

The beer is good (Chiswick, Discovery, London Pride, Honey Dew); wines begin around £3.50 a glass and edge up towards £30 a bottle. The food is as old-school as the venue in which it’s served: cheddar and chutney sandwiches, pies, pork belly. Watch yourself descending the steep staircase to the toil… sorry, ‘lavatories’.


10A Strathern Place
W2 2NH
Tube: Lancaster Gate tube or Paddington tube/rail
Opening hours:
Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
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