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Hero of Maida

(formerly Truscott Arms; Idlewild; Shirland Hotel)

55 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JD

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 10.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sat noon - 10.30pm
Sun noon - 6pm


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About the Pub

Previously the Truscott Arms, this site reopened as a high-end gastropub under a new name, The Hero of Maida, in 2018. The pub is now freehold as opposed to paying a large rental (the cause of the Truscott's demise) and is operated by Maida Vale Leisure.

The pub is split across two floors and features a zinc-topped bar downstairs, with original ceiling roses, oak floors and expansive windows to give a light and airy feel. The upstairs dining area was substantially refurbished with no expense spared; there is also a decked, two-tiered garden.

Alongside daily changing menus with a French influence, the Sunday roast menu has been reinstated at the pub with classics such as slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and rosemary. There is a main dining room plus three smaller ones that can be booked. The Times' restaurant critic, Giles Coren, maintained that the Hero's chips were the best in London.

Placed within the Top 50 in the Estrella Damm 2019 national gastropubs awards.

Note that under the terms of the licence alcohol may not be sold before noon.

Historic Interest

The pub was originally built in 1878 as the Shirland Hotel. Sir John Stuart, made Count of Maida, was a lieutenant-general in the Napoleonic Wars and won a victory over a slightly larger French force outside the town of Maida in Calabria, Italy. Maida Hill and Maida Vale are also named after the battle, as well as this pub.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Sambrook's Wandle
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

Changing ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

E.g.Thornbridge Jaipur,Adnam's Ghost Ship.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not Sunday.

  • Garden Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    5 bedrooms opening summer 2019

  • Events Events

    Quiz night Sundays.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Dining rooms can be booked.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Thursday evenings.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area


  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Certain events shown such as Six Nations.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Hero of Maida

55 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JD

Sat Nav Reference

51.524307, -0.18886


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

Nearby Bus Routes (25m)

TfL: (6, 31, 36, 187, 228, 328, 414)

Closest Station (1300m)

London Paddington

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)

Warwick Avenue

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Hero of Maida W9-1 May 2018

Hero of Maida

55 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JD

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Accommodation
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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