Ladbroke Arms

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Ladbroke Arms
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The prominent, self-standing pub sign on the front terrace proudly declares ‘Free House’, and sure enough, the Ladbroke Arms is a law unto itself.

Happy to cater both to moneyed fortysomethings sinking sancerre on the sunny front terrace, and to ale aficionados after a pint of Sharp’s Doom Bar or Twickenham Spring Ale, the Ladbroke stands on a quiet, residential street in Holland Park lined with police cars attached to the station opposite.

The decor in the light main bar is noteworthy, with an original 1920s poster for Fap’Anis (‘celui des connoisseurs’ and worth a few bob) on one side, a display shelf full of decorative bottles of olive oil on the other. A back room fills with middle-aged chatter, while one narrow corridor behind provides peace and quiet for book-readers – every pub should have one. Dining is of the smart, upscale variety.

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Venue name: Ladbroke Arms
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Address: 54 Ladbroke Road
London
W11 3NW
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-2.45pm, 7-9.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Holland Park tube
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Tastemaker

I've recently visited this lovely gastropub for a weekend lunch. I have been very surprised by the quality of the food. Everything was  delicious, very well cooked and seasoned. I had the grill fillet of brill and then an apple and blackberry crumble with an elderflower custard which was amazing. The decor is very simple and cosy where we feel like home. 





Tastemaker

Ladbroke Arms is tucked away off the main drag of Ladbroke Road so is a good place to know if you are looking for a place around Portobello Road that maybe doesn’t have as many tourists. The whole place is on a smaller side. There’s a main bar area, sort of like an antechamber, connected to the rectangular dining area (so the part open to visitors is in an L shape), but the dining area is pretty crammed and the whole place is a bit too brightly lit for my liking. Watch out - there are a few carpeted steps leading up to the dining area that it’s easy to trip over. I got mussels as a starter and never got a bowl to discard the empty mussels shells. The mussels were just ok but the veggie main I had - romanesco cabbage with goat curd and almonds - was absolutely scrumptious. One of those rare cases where the carnivore friends would be fighting to get a taste. But then it was also not cheap at £16. In total, I enjoyed the visit but as far as gastropubs go you can certainly do better in London.

tastemaker

Delicious pub food, friendly staff and cozy decor. What more can you ask for a pub on a Sunday afternoon? Though Ladbroke Arms has not a lot of seating. So unless you don't mind sitting outside. Remember to book before you go! Having said that,  Ladbroke Arms do have a rather lovely patio area in front of the pub. 


We were having the Sunday roast, come with all the trimmings of course. The meat, both beef, and pork were so tender and juicy. Homemade Yorkshire pudding and gravy complimented it well. The braised red cabbage was fragranced and the carrots were sweet and still got a little bite to it which I like. Will defiantly return for more!

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I have been going to the Ladbroke arms for years, ideal for Sunday lunch, casual weekend evening meal or popping in for a late Sunday afternoon pimms or glass of wine in the summer. It's your country pub in London, low key, local and relaxed. It has a small terrace at the front, which is great on a summers evening. Highly recommended.