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North Star, Ealing Broadway, W5

43 The Broadway
W5
W5 5JN
Phone: 02085790863

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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Pub SignMan left this review about North Star

Just down the road from Ealing Broadway station, this is a multiple-roomed pub with a bit of a ripped-out interior. Despite this, the p-lace still retains something of a three room feel to it, thanks to the retention of some sections of partitioning wall here and there. All three spaces have nice dark wood floorboards, scruffy wall panelling and a mix of exposed brick walls or sections painted in dark shades. The front room has a small raised space to the left of the entrance, presumably used for live music judging by the large board next to the bar listing various upcoming acts due to play in the pub. High button backed banquettes to the right of the door and a mixture of chair and high stool seating elsewhere provide the main seating options and the centre of the room has been left relatively bare, allowing for plenty of standing room, should it be required. The walls have been decorated with some stylised stars and a W7 photo montage which hangs above an old fireplace set into the partitioning wall. The servery is in the middle room, where it runs down the right-hand wall. The bar has a panelled counter painted in a fashionable colour scheme plus a bare brick and mirrored bar back. There are more tables and chairs along the opposite wall, plus an upturned barrel and some long, high tables, all served by bar stools, through the centre. A lot of interesting celebrity photographs, many of which are signed, can be found around this room, presumably from those who popped into the pub after filming at the nearby studios. There’s another fireplace in the rear wall, which screens the final part of the pub, which is mostly filled with padded banquettes. Some nice framed retro advertisements fill the wall space and windows look out to a modest beer garden area which sees picnic benches, potted plants and a covering made from a canvas tube that looks like something from a greenhouse, all cramped into a strip down the left side of the building. There was a reggae soundtrack playing through much of my stay and I noticed quite a few people were eating from a menu that seemed a little on the pricey side to me.
There were four handpulls in operation on the bar, dispensing Sharps Doom Bar, Brew York Turtle Peach, St Austell Proper Job and Oakham Dragon in Bavaria, whilst a reasonable keg selection provides a few interesting alternatives. The Oakham was in good nick and my only real gripe was the slow service, although it did seem I might have walked in at a bad time, as queues at the bar were minimal for the rest of my visit.
I like the fact that, despite having been knocked through and therefore undoubtedly having lost much of its character, this place still feels a bit like an old multiple roomed pub with comfy seating areas and a few well-kept beers. I’m not sure that this is my favourite pub in Ealing, but its proximity to the station means repeat visits are almost certainly on the cards.

On 11th October 2019 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about North Star

Its worth going to this pub just for the beer selection.Good selection of keg beers and a couple of cask beers.Service is a bit slow as its usually busy with people paying by credit card slowing thinks down. Have these young,uns not heard of cash.Scuffy sort of pub really and am not sure if i would want this as a local.

On 15th February 2013 - rating: 6
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Matthew Jones left this review about North Star

Pretty decent pub with a good selection of beers. Go to the bar furthest from the front door and service is ok. The bar in the front is rarely staffed.

On 23rd September 2010 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about North Star

Quite an interesting facade, looking rather out of place in the otherwise anonymous jumble of architectural blandness that is the Broadway. Inside, it has been heavily refurbished with too much black paint giving a gloomy appearance despite the large front windows. The bar is divided into two parts, with the disadvantage being that the staff always seem to be at the other end when you want to get served. Outside, the 'beer garden' is little more than an alley with a few tables. There are five handpumps, offering a reasonable (if unexciting) selection of four real ales (e.g. Tribute, Marston's Burton Bitter) plus a draught cider. Not too bad, but you feel it could be rather better than it is.

On 21st August 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about North Star

The service in here is very slow and I had bar staff peering straight through me so as not to have to serve. It's the sort of treatment that you'd expect to be given to a drunk to try and hint that he's not being served without actually telling him, I hadn't had a drink for 2 days. Disregarding the service this is actually a very pleasant pub with a wide selection of drinks, although there were a lot of hand pumps only two were on. I ended up having a pint of 6X which I didn't really like, but I'd not had it before so it may have been my taste buds disagreeing with it rather than inferior care.

If I was in the area I'd pop in and give the service another chance, but if it was the same I would find elsewhere to drink.

On 31st July 2008 - rating: 6
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