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Midland Hotel, NW4

29 Station Road

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Rex Rattus left this review about Midland Hotel

This is no longer the Greene King pub found by previous reviewers; GK have sold it to a finance company (and they have form in this respect), and now there's a (hotly opposed) planning application to demolish it and replace it with masses of residential accommodation. I wish the objectors well.

But for now it's a pub, and not a bad one at that. They had two real ales on - New River Riverbed Red (trips off the tongue that one), and Oakham Citra (£3.90 a pint), with another couple of handpumps unclipped. During my Wednesday lunchtime visit there was a blackboard advertising various burgers for £5 a pop. There were also clipboard menus on all the tables with all main meals at £8.50, including burgers - but these came with chips whereas my fiver version was sans chips. Good quality though.

This is a landmark pub, now painted brilliant white inside as well as out. The room at the front where I sat has a pool table and mainly standard furnishings. There's a large separate room at the back accessed via an archway to the left of the servery, which is where some sofas are located for those who like to lounge around in pubs as well as more normal tables and chairs. The bar counter also extends into a corner of this room. Behind this room is a sort of conservatory cum covered drinking area, and a garden with picnic bench seating. Unfortunately the garden is a little too near to one of the busiest roads in the country - the M1 - plus trains going past. There's tall fencing surrounding the garden which at least shields you from the sight, if not the sounds, of its noisy neighbours. You don't see many Morris Minors these days, but this pub had one parked out in front of it as well as another in a parking bay in the garden next to a classic MG as well.

The pub seemed to be staffed with delightful, energetic and crazy young girls during my visit. But they were very apologetic that their till wasn't working, and that for (hopefully) one day only it was card payment only. Well, I've learnt my lesson on that score and against all the odds had a bit of plastic on me, which I just had to wave at the little phaser like device she was brandishing in order to get a pint of excellent Citra. It was very quiet when I was in, but I hope it gets busier in the evenings and at weekends.

I found the white paint everywhere a little overly clinical, but nevertheless enjoyed my hour or so in this friendly pub.

On 19th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Midland Hotel

Seems to be a change going on here, judging by what I saw compared to previous reviews. The Greene King livery has gone and there has been a half-done rebrand. In essence it's a fairly straightforward local here now; the front bar has stripped floorboards, a less-than-lovely cream and mushroom colour scheme, moulded ceiling, muted TV news, slightly over-loud music and pool table. Behind is a large room that wasn’t accessible on my late afternoon visit. Live music and quiz night advertised. Three pumps with ales two on; GK OSH and a surprisingly excellent Dark Star Hophead which the young friendly barmaid fussed over to make sure it was clearing properly. Also at £3.60 a fairly cheap option too. So I stayed for another. Started filling up around 5, so the locals are obviously on board. There’s potential here, with a bit more work on the interior being the priority.

On 30th December 2016 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about Midland Hotel

This Greene King pub has a small seating area at the front that is made up of a mix of sofas, pew seating and more conventional tables. There is also a plasma screen for showing Sky Sports and the bar is stocked with standard draught products and has three hand pumps that were all drawing GK IPA. The back bar here is much larger than the front and it houses two pool tables and a DJ booth is found in the far right hand corner. Oddly there is a dartboard on the wall in the booth so the oche has a step up just before the board. There is a covered decked area out the back that leads to more seating on a paved area past a BBQ. This whole area is fenced in, but the lorries flying up the M1 a short distance away are very loud.

The only signs I saw of food were some advertisements for curry available to eat in or take away for £6.50 between 18:00 and 22:00 on Tuesdays through to Sundays.

The pubs that I have visited in this area have not been that great and this pub is no exception.

On 17th October 2010 - rating: 4
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