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Old Swan

206 Kensington Church Street
W8 4DP
Phone: 02072298421
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Bus Stop(, , , , , , , , , , ) Notting Hill Gate

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Andy Ven left this review about Old Swan

Medium sized single roomed pub just around the corner from Notting Hill tube station. The carpet and furniture reminded me a little bit of a Wetherspoon’s. I went in on a Friday lunchtime with 5 other chaps. In contrast to Tris C’s visit, Nora Jones was being played as background music.

The tap offerings included Stella, Becks, Carling, Kronenberg, Guinness, Magners, Staropromen and Estrella. On cask there was also a familiar line up of Ruddles County, Reverand James, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Hopback Summer Lightning and a decent Moles Brewery Tap (a dark, malty session bitter).

The environment was OK, it wasn’t a great place but it wasn’t bad either so I would be comfortable returning there if I was around the area and wanted a safe pub.

On 16th May 2012 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about Old Swan

This is a large, open-plan pub and something of a tourist trap. Situated in the ground floor of a 1960s' block, the format is a bit Wetherspoons-ish. Music is loud and although there's a surprisingly large selection of ales, and at fair prices, this remains a soulless place best suited to the lost backpacker.

Not a place to avoid, but I cannot think of a good reason to return.

On 22nd July 2011 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about Old Swan

This fairly standard pub is just a short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station and presents a pleasant facade which tempted a group of us in for a late pint one weekday evening. The interior is open plan, with lots of bland furniture and fixtures seen in countless other pubs up and down the country. The bar is in the rear corner and offered Young's London Gold, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Old Speckled Hen and London Pride, with Bombardier and Spitfire clips displaying 'coming soon' notes on them. My pint of Castle Rock was okay and was served by a patient barman who had to put up with countless changes to our large order.
The place was all but empty, but there was still loud pop music blaring out of the sound system and we also managed to get hassled by the pub drunk, neither of which helped to endear the pub to us. Not one to seek out, but they have a reasonable enough beer selection and I appreciate that we may have caught the place at a bad time, so perhaps worth giving a second chance, but there are a number of pubs within walking distance that offer a lot more.

On 25th November 2010 - rating: 5
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20th Sep 2012, 11:46
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% off real ales - last updated 23 June 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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Last inspected: September 1st 2014

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