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Beer of the Week (w/e 26th June 2022) with Tris39 on the Pub Forum

The Greyhound, Kensington, W8

1 Kensington Square
W8 5EP

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Greyhound

A surprisingly light and roomy feel to this Kensington Square pub, with the interior in a sort of Georgian style with modern twists. To the rear is an also surprisingly large square room with a Shufl table and some big screen TVs. Quite a few large tables with padded benches are included in the furnishings. Draught beers were the obligatory IPA and Abbot with Bedlam Amangansett as guest and very drinkable too. A pleasant pub which just needs a better beer range to go up a level.

On 12th June 2019 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about The Greyhound

No beer of any substance in here. Fairly quiet with the cricket on mute. Nothing much to recommend a revisit.

On 12th October 2016 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Greyhound

A pub has existed here since 1687. Rebuilt in 1899 and restored in 1977 following a gas explosion and now under the aegis of Taylor Walker, just like The Goat Tavern around the corner, meaning that two TW pubs back to back was a bit hard to stomach. Nevertheless, unlike The Goat, this is off the tourist trail and in this very rich area has a more upmarket and less tourist-orientated client base and is appointed accordingly.
Typical TW with loud sport, games machines, 50/50 carpeted/boarded, muted music to compete with the footie, pictorial menus and condiments on tables. Also on display are some rather ugly aircon vents.
Ales: Greene King's IPA and London Glory, Taylor Walker's 1730 and Purple Reign at £4.50 a pint and fine.
This is a better than average TW pub but nevertheless it's still TW so I don't envisage a return visit. There's far better locally.

On 16th June 2016 - rating: 4
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Greyhound

How annoying is it to be standing at an empty bar for minutes only for a member of staff to appear and ask “are you being served?”, well not unless it’s by your imaginary friend I thought. To be fair he was probably preoccupied by a private party in the back bar which seemed to be the Irish equivalent of the gathering of the clans, or an Irish gig as my mate John in Manchester would call it. Apart from that the pub was pretty empty on the Saturday lunchtime I called in. It’s a nicely decorated pub with some nice hanging lamps along the front bar which has a few booths along the left hand side. The back bar, probably more used for food or functions was probably the saloon bar when two bar pubs were still in vogue. Half a dozen TV’s were dotted around showing football so you can’t get away from that. They were on mute though with the usual Punch background musak playing. Three pumps but only London Pride was on, as it was early in the day I didn’t risk it and went for the Stella at an eye-opening £3.65

On 28th August 2010 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Greyhound

Rex has it covered below,my comments include the bar to the side of the main area, wood floor here with a tiled splash zone in front of the bar, carpeted in the rear area. Fairly dark inside with a lowish ceiling for a town pub. Routine benches and tables, plus a few high tables with stools. Red painted ceiling. A pretty functional pub nowadays although history suggests there has been a pub on the site for many years (rebuilt 1899 and 1979). There is a dartboard in the back room with a proper oche and space to play.

On 28th March 2010 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Greyhound

It seems that this pub was destroyed by a gas explosion back in 1979, but the frontage, and especially the gable, were restored in its original Victorian style. This had been a billiards (and possibly snooker I suppose) venue before the previous pub was destroyed, with the famous Davies brothers displaying their expertise on the two full size tables. In fact when I visited a few years ago there were a couple of pool tables in the back bar. But this has all changed. The front bar is bare-boarded with some banquettes, and normal tables and chairs. The back bar, where the pool tables used to be, is carpeted and furnished with more normal tables and chairs. It’s in this room that we find the one-armed bandit, the games machine, the dartboard, and three large TV screens, one on each of the three walls. During my visit they were showing the racing, but with the volume at a far higher level than was necessary. It could be heard easily in the front bar, where presumably the punters sitting there were not particularly interested in it, otherwise they would have been sitting in the back bar!
Anyway, they had three ales on – Young’s London Gold, London Pride, and Rooster’s Celtic Corker. The clip for the latter said something about shamrocks being involved in the brewing process. Undeterred my companion and I went for it (in the hope of not repeating our recent schoolboy error of ordering a 3% Greene King beer masquerading as something called Ridley's Old Bob!). It was OK, I suppose, but I doubt that I would go for it again unless the alternatives really were the bottom of the heap. This pub is certainly not good enough to warrant going out of your way to visit, it being a fairly ordinary and uninspiring pub, but it is better than a number of the other so-called pubs in this area that have had their guts and any remaining character ripped out of them.

On 20th March 2010 - rating: 5
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