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The Heron, W2

Norfolk Crescent
W2
W2 2DN

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Punch Taverns

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Heron

This Hyde Park Estate pub doesn't look very promising, being located under an undistinguished housing block. However, the wood-panelled bar is much more appealing and well maintained. The walls are nowadays covered in memorabilia, particularly in the half set up more for dining (Thai menu), with the busier section having the TV screens, etc. Features a narrow front terrace and a decking patio beer garden to one side. Often just has Pride or Doom Bar available from the three handpumps, but it sometimes offers a guest beer from the Punch list. I quite like this place.

On 3rd June 2017 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Heron

Interior as described below. 3 real ale taps 1 off the other 2 both serving doom bar. Food served.

On 2nd November 2014 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Heron

There were three handpumps on the bar , but only London Pride was available (£3.50 a pint; £2 a half). There was no sign of any food on Wednesday afternoon.

This looks very much like a 60s estate pub. There's artificially distressed pine panelling everywhere, and a huge open and ornate exposed brick fireplace on the left. There was both a jukebox and a fruit machine, but both were switched off during my visit. Sky Sports was being shown on a large TV, with thankfully no music competing with the sound. The floor's bare-boarded and furnishings are normal tables and chairs scattered around the single room on the ground floor. There was a sign on the outside saying "Thai" - I appreciate brevity so I suppose it is meant to indicate that Thai food is available, rather any other facilities associated with Thailand. The toilets are downstairs at the front, and I saw some further seating down there as you approach the toilets, and perhaps this is where the Thai food is available?

This pub is typical of the characterless pubs that were produced in the 60s - it's a product of the times, but maybe in 100 years' time when there are only a handful of them left in London pub enthusiasts will acclaim them as pub masterpieces. Anyway, at least it does do London Pride, which is certainly better than nothing.

On 23rd November 2013 - rating: 4
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