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The Viaduct Inn, Hanwell, W7

221 Uxbridge Road
W7 3TD

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Viaduct Inn

Situated on the main road through Hanwell, close to Ealing Hospital, the Viaduct Inn is a large Fullers pub with an attractive tiled facade. The main entrance leads you into the bar area with a long dark wood servery immediately opposite. Standard tables and chairs have been arranged along the front wall under the front windows, in a fairly narrow carpeted space between the front wall and the bar. To the left is a rather formal looking raised seating area that offered plenty more regulation seating underneath a large blackboard listing the daily specials, which re-enforced the feeling that the area was best left to those wanting to eat. There was a nice old clock on the wall and one or two railway themed bits, plus some comfier seating in a lower space tucked a little behind the bar, but this side of the room had, for the most part, been forsaken by customers on a Saturday evening visit. A quick scan along the front wall reveals the presence of a couple of disused doorways either side of a partitioning wall that splits the pub into two distinct walls. I believe one of the doors would've led into the right hand bar whilst the other would presumably have been a jug and bottle entrance. The right hand room has the feel of a public bar, with exposed floorboards throughout and lots more simple tables and chairs, most of which had been turned to face two TV screens which were showing a live football fixture with the commentary playing quietly enough that it couldn't be heard from the main bar. The curved end of the bar counter runs into this room, which is quite a satisfying effect and the counter itself had been decorated with some lovely large bouquets of fresh flowers.
There were four beers from the Fullers stable available on this visit - London Pride, ESB, Oliver's Island and Gales Seafarers - the default range for a great many Fullers pubs nowadays I find. The friendly barmaid poured a pint of the Oliver's Island which set me back £4.10 - a little steep for my liking and whilst perfectly drinkable, hardly in sparkling condition.
This is a pretty good Fullers pub with some nice period features, perhaps most notably on the exterior, and a well defined two bar layout. I quite enjoyed sitting here watching the match with the voluble locals but could have just as easily enjoyed my time in peace on the other side of the pub. Downsides included the predictable beer range and high prices, but that's par for the course with Fullers nowadays and as such, comes as no real surprise. A pleasant visit in the main and a good pub to consider when in the local area.

On 6th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Viaduct Inn

Named after the nearby Wharncliffe railway viaduct designed by Brunel and built in 1838, this pub has a superbly preserved attractive tiled exterior. The interior is split into two main areas. The bar is straight ahead on the back wall upon entering, this carpeted area then opens up to a slightly raised area on the left with traditional seating and a few bits of railway memorabilia to catch one's interest.
Duck through a very low doorway to the right ( sign over says "duck or grouse") into an area with a wooden floor,plasmas showing Sky Sports and a dartboard. It doesn't have the feel of a saloon/vault though probably as there are a couple of sofas around the fireplace as well as the standard wooden tables and chairs. The closed off door to this area has "Jug and Bottle" marked in the etched glass. Beyond here to the rear a few tables are set up outside adjoining the car park.
Fullers beers, Pride, Discovery and HSB, but no Chiswick or ESB on the occasion of my visit although there are seven pumps available.
Behind the pub is a large attached building and I wonder whether this was once part of the premises, perhaps stables or even a brewhouse? Research or further info required. Very clean and tidy inside with well polished surfaces, worthy of a look in.

On 17th March 2010 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Viaduct Inn

This is an impressive looking pub at the junction of Boston and Uxbridge Roads, with an attractive facade declaring it to be a Fuller’s Smith and Turner house. As well as the ales mentioned by Maldenman below, they also had Bengal Lancer on (at £3 a pint) during my visit – and jolly nice it was too. There is still some evidence of its former multi-room format remaining in the separate doors including one for the Jug and Bottle bar (thankfully not now in use as it leads on to the flight path for arrows aimed at the dartboard), and a dividing screen complete with a low and narrow opening (possibly originally for the use of the cleaners?) and the obligatory “duck or grouse” sign. The doors to the pub also contain some fairly nice etched and cut glass. It looks good quality, and thus possibly Victorian, but I wouldn’t have thought that this pub is that old. Could be wrong, of course. The layout was the same as that described by Maldenman during his visit. There were some St Patrick’s Day decorations in evidence, but not so overpowering as those in another pub that I had visited that day. So, a pretty good pub, and one which I would be very happy to visit again for a pint or two.

On 16th March 2010 - rating: 7
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train man left this review about The Viaduct Inn

Popped in en route to the Fox & I liked it. Newish look interior with wooden & carpeted areas separated by original-looking partition with tiny door frame at which your head is protected by padding and a notice reading 'Duck or Grouse'. On Tues they had Pride, Discovery, & HSB still on Gales pumpclip. Cheap food including a daily fish special (Hoki & side £4.95). A toddlers play area next to the bar may put off committed drinkers at the weekend? I recall a mental note about spotless loos, so they must have been good!

On 13th September 2007 - no rating submitted
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