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Princess Royal

(formerly Pomona's; Commander; Slug & Lettuce)

47 Hereford Road
Bayswater
W2 5AH

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Opening Times

Regular

Monday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.30 am - Midnight
Saturday11.30 am - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.30 pm

Operator

Cubitt House

About the Pub

Most recently Pomona's, this site reopened in March 2022 with its original name, the Princess Royal. The present incarnation, as part of the small Cubitt House chain of London pubs, is very much food, wine and cocktail focussed, but with a range of keg beers and up to four real ales. The refurbishment during the prior closure included some restoration of original features, including the exposure of the pub name mosaic in the entrance porch. The premises are now expensively furnished and offer elegant and comfortable facilities inside and outside for drinkers and diners alike. Upholstered stools flank the solid wooden horse-shoe bar with original tiles and polished timber flooring, red arm chairs fill the window and variously-sized tables are close by, affording ample space for drinkers inside or outside the pleasant front terrace. Bar or table service is provided by charming and helpful uniformed staff.

The most memorable feature of the pub is the adjoining large outdoor dining area with some 120-plus covers. Huge trees stand among the tables and flower beds surround the periphery. Tables and chairs are cast iron with dark green woodwork and other decorative materials, all of the highest quality. This must be one of the most attractive dining rooms in London and indeed the whole pub has been described in The Times as "one of the most magnificent, sprawling, elegant and beautiful pubs imaginable". Food service starts with breakfast and there is an interesting Mediterranean-inspired menu for lunch and in the evening. Wines in a high-end list are surprisingly not arranged by country of origin, but by style. Bar snacks include such favourites as fried pizzas with truffle and nduja on fennel biscuits.

Note that alcohol may not be sold before 10am Monday to Saturday or noon on Sundays.

Historic Interest

Formerly a Watney Combe Reid house, built in 1841 as the Princess Royal, there's an 1880s photograph by H and R Stiles showing a boy standing outside the resplendent pub in the Historic England archive ref AL2404/005/01. The 1961 British comedy, Raising the Wind, directed by Gerald Thomas, and starring James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Williams, Paul Massie, and Liz Fraser, was shot partly on location in the area. Several street scenes feature the pub, by then without its Victorian splendour, with Watneys Ales, the Red Barrel and Reids Stout signage prominent - see http://www.reelstreets.com.

Regular ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Allsopp's --varies--
  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Hook Norton Hooky
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available

Facilities

  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    Four en-suite rooms named after members of Royalty: Diana, Margaret, Lilibet, Alexandra.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Two private rooms seating 20 and 8

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Princess Royal

47 Hereford Road
Bayswater
W2 5AH

Sat Nav Reference

51.515621, -0.194249

Transport

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

Nearby Bus Routes (180m)

Various

Closest Station (1300m)

London Paddington

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (600m)

Bayswater

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Princess Royal W2 March 2022

Princess Royal

47 Hereford Road
Bayswater
LONDON
W2 5AH

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Family Friendly
  • Accommodation
  • Function Room
  • Newspapers
  • Restaurant Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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