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Nags Head

(also known as Kevin Moran)

53 Kinnerton Street
Belgravia
London
SW1X 8ED

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Opening Times

Regular

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sun noon - 9pm

Operator

Independent

About the Pub

An early Victorian beer house, this little unspoilt two bar pub has been a free house since 1991, and is run by former guardsman and actor Kevin Moran. Most patrons would agree that he could be described as one of the more characterful pub landlords in London.

The upper, front bar claims the lowest counter in London. Mounted on the counter is a marvellous pewter beer engine with pink ceramic Chelsea Pottery handpulls. The walls are crammed with fascinating pictures, and a collection of memorabilia includes a ‘What the butler saw’ machine and two early fruit machines.

WCs are upstairs not downstairs. NB coats must be hung on the provided hooks and Kevin bans mobile phones from the pub!

As at date of this entry, autumn 2021, the venue was cash-only for bills below £15.

Historic Interest

The Nags Head was a tenanted Ind Coope pub run from 1929 to 1973/74 by long time landlord Leonard Cole and his wife. Photos online show his name displayed on the frontage. A young couple ran it for a short time until in 1975 Ind Coope (by then part of Allied Breweries) undertook a major refurbishment to create the historic looking pub we know today. It appeared in the 1977 and 1979 editions of the CAMRA 'Real Beer in London' pub guide selling Ind Coope Bitter from Romford and the new Ind Coope Burton Ale from Burton. Until 1980/81 all Allied pubs in Greater London traded under the Ind Coope name but then four decentralised semi-autonomous trading units (brands) were created, with Ind Coope retained for one unit and the other three taking the names of former breweries absorbed in the '50s and '60s, namely Benskins (of Watford), Friary Meux and Taylor Walker. Pubs were allocated to trading units randomly with no historic relationship to the former breweries whose names were displayed. The Nags Head was one of the few central London pubs branded 'Benskins' and the 1973 RBIL Supplement recorded Benskins Bitter (brewed at Ind Coope Romford) as being sold alongside Burton Ale. The Nags Head was sold off by Allied in 1994 to Kevin Moran who subsequently displayed his own name outside and runs it as an independent pub; it has remained in his ownership to date.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Adnams Ghost Ship
  • Adnams Southwold Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Adnams --varies--

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Features

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Pavement standing space.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Front bar only and must be on a lead.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    First Sunday of each month from 2.30pm.

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    In front of the pub.

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Nags Head

53 Kinnerton Street
Belgravia
London
SW1X 8ED

Sat Nav Reference

51.501176, -0.156934

Transport

  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (250m)

Various

Closest Station (1100m)

London Victoria

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (250m)

Knightsbridge

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Nags Head SW1 Sep 2017

Nags Head

53 Kinnerton Street
Belgravia
London
SW1X 8ED

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Real Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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