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Cumberland Arms

3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

Flower-filled exterior aside, there’s nothing fancy about this local favourite. From the well-worn furniture to the order-at-the-bar chalkboard menu, it’s all very familiar. In summer, outside is the place to be, a young after-work crowd spilling into the good-sized courtyard. Inside, with its candlelit tables and open fireplace, is more suited to cosy winter catch-ups, the homely vibe only tarnished by the undeniable whiff of bleach. The food has a homespun feel too, with portions on the massive side and a Mediterranean-inspired menu that may not be particularly inventive, but is generally appealing with a good range of seafood, steak and pasta dishes. A tender chargrilled ribeye steak surrendered easily to the knife, and the taste buds, while roast sea bream fillets with chorizo and potatoes proved a pleasant, if safe, combination. The wine list covers most parts of the world, with a particular slant toward New Zealand varieties. Desserts were straight out of the 1970s, trifle and ice-cream among them, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce were familiar, unchallenging and safe – much like the Cumberland Arms itself.


29 North End Road
W14 8SZ
Tube: West Kensington tube or Kensington (Olympia) tube/rail
Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 7-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 7-10pm Sat; 12.30-9.30pm Sun
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