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Reviews of The Warrington (Average Rating: 7 of 10) see review guidelines
Tris C left this review about The Warrington
On my first visit to this former Courage's house in the late 1980s (when the area was less exclusive), the then barren roundabout out front doubled as an unauthorised beer garden; carrying a round of drinks across Warrington Crescent was a hazardous affair. Today, the superb Victorian and art nouveau interior additions (which apparently date from the 1960s) are the main draw for this pub. You may even catch sight of David Soul at the bar.
My first visit post-Ramsey, and despite my mid-evening arrival to a half full pub, service here was glacial; customers peruse the menu under the gaze of the barman whilst drinkers waited to order. As mentioned below, the ale front isn't extensive or adventurous: Young's Bitter, GK Abbot, Adnam's Ghost Ship (served well) and Morland's Old Speckled Hen. Precedence is given to premium lagers; I counted 7 taps. Finally, I'm not sure that the downstairs unisex bog will appeal to all and this pub gets very crowded but overall it's definitely worth at least one trip (if only for the interior), but I've deducted at least 1 point due to the awful service and another because of the small yapping dog.
On 30th April 2015
- rating: 4
[User has posted 619 recommendations about 619 pubs]
Pub SignMan left this review about The Warrington
Just when you think you’ve seen everything that the capital can offer in terms of historic pub architecture, a pub like this comes along, offering something a bit different. In this instance, it is the pub’s fine porch and entrance that raise the stakes. Here you will find some superb tiled pillars and panels in bright colours and with some wonderful, intricate details, as well as a fine mosaic floor bearing the pub’s name. It’s as bold an opening statement as I can remember from any pub and it sets you up nicely for the fine interior within. Two front doors lead into separate bars. The right hand door takes you into the larger of the two rooms, where a curved servery runs along the left hand wall. The bar counter boasts a marble top and elaborately decorated front whilst the bar back has dark wood pillars and arches which rise up and culminate in a decorative mural depicting cherubs. This in turn is surrounded by a lot of stained glass panes, many with lovely, intricate inserts, above which you can admire the ceiling with its fine floral patterns. Marble columns run across the rest of the room and large decorative friezes run around the walls. The room has been carpeted and offers a mix of standard, banquette and armchair seating, suitable for such an opulent setting. To the right there is a marble fireplace with plants on the mantle and some great wood panels either side, each inlaid with countless small mirrors. To the rear of the room, through a high and wide archway, there is a large stained glass window and some additional seating. A slightly separated space stands to the left of the servery, with a part carpeted and part tiled floor. The end wall here is a stunning mix of etched and stained glasswork that merits closer attention. A winding staircase leads up to the toilets and a simple, bright dining room with much blander décor, some more stained glass features and a second servery. The room has mostly regular tables and chairs and is perhaps a legacy of the pub’s previous owner – celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Back outside, the left hand entrance takes you into a narrower bar which is semi-partitioned with a nice fireplace and a skylight. Comfy seating options can be found in here and it seemed a lot calmer than the main bar which was in danger of being taken over by out of control kids on my visit. A few benches are available to the front of the pub, which allows you to take a closer look at the entrance and should you wish to stay longer, the pub has five rooms available to book.
Sadly the beer range can’t match up to the splendour, but at least there were a few ales on offer. Options on my visit consisted of Young’s Ordinary, Greene King Abbot Ale and Morland Old Golden Hen, with Young’s London Session having just gone off. The Hen set me back £3.70 and was okay – nothing to really write home about.
I was really impressed by this place and was very glad that I made my way out here to visit. Things were let down a little by the screaming kids and the unexciting beer range, but I’d urge anyone with an interest in historic pub interiors to give it a try regardless.
On 9th October 2014
- rating: 8
[User has posted 1360 recommendations about 1360 pubs]
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Warrington
The Warrington is another historic Maida Vale pub well restored to all its 19th century glory with a stunning interior featuring mosaic floors, huge fireplaces, art nouveau friezes, stained glass windows and furnishings originally taken from an old ship.
Again its another one that focusses on food, but nowadays not to the extent when it was owned by Gordon Ramsey. Now owned by the Faucet Inn chain, who own about 22 pub restaurants around London, the separate upstairs dining room is still the main reason to visit for many.
But we were here only for the beer and three of the four pumps were on the go with the fourth reverse clipped and Adnams Ghost ship, Young’s Bitter and OSH were the main stream options available. So another pub in this area where a more interesting ale range would be a fantastic complement to the superb interior, but it’s still worth a visit just to ogle the interior.
The pub also benefits from a pleasant outside garden space for alfresco drinking when the sun is high.
On 19th May 2014
- rating: 8
[User has posted 1268 recommendations about 1232 pubs]
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- Accommodation : Yes last updated 30 September 2014 by Tris C
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Beer Garden : Yes - Front side patio. - last updated 06 April 2015 by Tris C
- Car Park : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Darts : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 April 2015 by Tris C
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 April 2010 by moby duck
- Jukebox : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Karaoke : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Live Music : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Micropub : No last updated 06 April 2015 by Tris C
- Pinball : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Pool Table : No last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays. - last updated 07 December 2013 by Tris C
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 April 2010 by moby duck
- Real Cider : No last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
- Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 September 2014 by Tris C
Last inspected: October 15th 2014