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The Blackbird, Earls Court, SW5

209 Earls Court Road
Phone: 02078351855

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

A decent, dependable Fuller's Ale & Pie house. Features an imposing a 'U'-shaped bar which dominates the main room, with further seating on one side at the back. Main drawback is that it is rather cramped, but the place has a calm and pleasant atmosphere when less busy. Excellent beer quality in my experience, with Seafarers, Oliver's Island, Pride and ESB plus Butcombe Haka and Long Arm Birdie Flipper (£5.10) as guests on this visit. If you can stand the prices, probably the best bet if looking for a quick pint if using the nearby Earls Court station.

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Blackbird

A slightly better pub than the nearby Courtfield. Five different ales on handpump on this visit, with a decent tasting golden ale, Fullers Oliver's Island and a Windsor and Eaton Parklife. Prices in here are just as steep as up the road.

On 28th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Blackbird

This is an unusually compact Fullers Pie and Ale house just over the road from Earls Court tube station. Like most pubs in this particular chain, it is a bank conversion but sadly it doesn't have the grand interior associated with the chain's higher profile pubs. The pub is laid out as a large single room with a mix of tiles and wooden flooring around a centrally positioned servery with a dark wood bar back which incorporates some nice intricate carving, a selection of beer related quotes on a blackboard and some integral clocks. A large marble pillar stands on the corner of the bar counter and similar columns can be found partly recessed into the front and rear walls. Most of the room is painted a deep shade of red with a few old pictures and mirrors dotted around, whilst the front and side windows boast a limited amount of stained glass in the arched top section of each window. A series of high table booths have been set up along the front wall, whilst similar seating options can be found in the open spaces elsewhere around the bar. To the rear is a fairly small, carpeted dining space with standard tables and chairs and a lot of old photos on the walls, denoted by a sign hung from the high ceiling. I made the fatal error of failing to spot this sign as I wandered into the area to find a seat, at which point I was rather rudely ushered out by one of the waiting staff who berated me for not spotting the sign. Suitably chastised, I fortunately found a recently vacated table elsewhere, allowing me to peruse the pie based menu and listen to the soundtrack which was getting lost under the hubbub created by Chelsea fans enjoying a quick pint before heading to nearby Stamford Bridge.
There are quite a lot of handpulls on the bar, but most were doubled up, so the range was actually pretty limited for what I would have thought is a high profile location. Options on this visit were London Pride, Chiswick and ESB (£3.99) plus a guest of Castle Rock Harvest Pale. The ESB was okay but not exactly in great shape.
I was really disappointed with this place - the promise of a grand interior was never realised, the beer range was limited and quality decidedly average whilst the service was rude and quite frankly, off-putting. I imagine this place gets enough passing trade that it can get by on the bare minimum. I doubt I'll return - if you want to see how a pub should be run, I suggest making the five minute detour to the excellent Finborough Arms.

On 19th October 2014 - rating: 5
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john gray left this review about The Blackbird

Another busy and decent Fullers pub.My Bengal Lancer was in good nick. Usual beers from Fullers but no guest ale.

On 13th March 2014 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Blackbird

Decent enough standard London Fullers Pie & Ale pub out of a former bank conversion, with a wooden floored area around the central horseshoe bar and then a carpeted dining area beyond.
It is ideally situated when exiting Earls Court underground station and I wonder if the food pricing menu is adjusted to suit, as we were looking for somewhere to eat and it may have been an incorrect perception, but everything seemed a bit above the standard menu rate. For example the lowest cost option on the pie menu was £11.95 and I don’t remember forking out that much for Fullers pies before. Anyway my pint of Bengal Lancer was well kept as was the wife’s half of Pride, but these also seemed to be on the pricey side . So the beers were up to nick , but cannot comment on the food on this occasion as we moved on for that.

On 27th February 2014 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Blackbird

Fullers pub close to earls court underground station. A horseshoe bar with a dining area at the back.

On 4th June 2012 - no rating submitted
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Blackbird

Large single room pub with a smaller area at the rear popular with diners. Can get quite busy and the tables can soon go. Not a problem if you're drinking, but we would have eaten there if we could have got a table.
Bar staff were pretty clueless with no idea that I was waiting even though they were not serving anyone else. To be fair though, the manager clocked what was happening, apologised, said they were new, and got one of them on to me ASAP.
Beers were London Pride, Chiswick, ESB and Discovery. It looks as though they also do Lancer although this was off when we visited. The only cider was Strongbow unfortunately.

On 27th February 2010 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Blackbird

Close to Earls Ct tube, this is a Fuller's Ale and Pie conversion from a former bank premises. The interior is quite impressive and belies it's recent change of use. One large area winds around a central horseshoe bar. There are some rather perfunctory screens marked "Pies" and "Beers", but the high ceiling has a preserved cornice, an elaborate column by the bar provides support, and old cast iron radiators keep the place warm. Flooring is a mix, with wood and tiles in the main area, and a rear dining section has carpet. A mix of seating includes some high tables with stools.
All Fuller's current range on, I tried the new Bengal Lancer IPA which was pleasant but at the seemingly local going rate of £3.55 far too expensive (see my review of the nearby Courtfield).

On 16th February 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Blackbird

For a pub basically opposite a tube station this Fuller's ‘ale and pie house' is a top draw traditional feel boozer with a full range of Fuller's beers available.

I found the barman that served me to be extremely welcoming and it was nice to have a brief conversation with him rather than just having my pint slopped over the bar which is all too common in London these days.

This place is well worth a visit if passing through Earl's Court.

On 16th October 2009 - rating: 8
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