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The Elgin, Notting Hill, W11

96 Ladbroke Grove
W11 1PY
Phone: 02072295663

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Quinno _ left this review about The Elgin

Popped in due to the heritage factor. The main bar is as many are in London; a stripped-out gin palace with high ceilings, big windows and not a huge amount else. The left bar, which was inexplicably empty, is where the high Victorian intricacies remain, including a wonderful dark wood and picked glass screen entrance…which some moron has labelled 'El Gin Bar' ho bloody ho. Lining the far wall is a lovely set of etched mirrors and tiles inset into what looks like mahogany. There's also an exquisite bar back. I'm guessing these must be listed as the upper and ceiling have, inevitably, been stripped and hipsterfied and looking pretty terrible into the bargain. Three ales were hidden away; Youngs Bitter, St Austell Proper Job and a warm Redemption Big Chief (NBSS 2) which would have been much better if anyone else was actually drinking it. Still, this one is worth a visit for the history factor. 6.5

On 1st July 2019 - rating: 6
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Komakino . left this review about The Elgin

The heritage features have been well described in previous review and as a Camra National Inventory (et al) boozer, I was looking forward to this visit. So, the plus points: well, the etched glass, woody surrounds and efficient, friendly service (the incidences of being acknowledged whilst you're waiting seems to decrease over the years). The minuses: a two ale line-up of Sharp's Doom Bar and Young's Bitter is pedestrian at best (a third stump offered Hawkes Urban Orchard Berry Cider), overloud muzak, slightly out of keeping with the surrounds, and the ghastly stripped-back ceiling. My score of seven, reflects more the style over the substance.

On 14th May 2018 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Elgin

A good Heritage pub that is definitely worth seeking out. One of the first interesting features I found here, apart from the splendid etched and coloured glass partition, was the hatch in the front bar. In most pubs, the bar hatch lifts up for access, here the hatch is constructed to swivel on a horizontal plane. This is a large pub and on this visit it was good to spend a bit of time and have a good look around. Another feature here are the large windows along the front and side. Three ales to choose from on this visit, two from Twickenham Brewery and one from Sambrooks. I had the Twickenham Naked Ladies.

On 4th February 2015 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Elgin

This is a huge corner Victorian pub retaining some superb interior features. The bare boarded front room has some good quality dark wood panelling and a suspended station style clock while at the end of the room there is an ornate screen in dark wood with lots of etched and coloured glass. A door opening in the screen leads to a carpeted side room which has full height dark wood panelling with tiled and mirror inlay pieces and a central feature fireplace. The bar back here is elaborately carved. From the side room a few steps lead up to a long rear room with floral wallpaper which seemed to be more geared up as a dining area. The pub is Grade II listed and has clearly been well looked after by Geronimo since it's acquisition, the pub was once part of the Firkin chain.
There are a few more modern artefacts, a couple of sofas in the front bar, a modern dividing unit between the side and back rooms containing a collection of tea pots and a few Readers' Digest volumes plus large bowls on the bar containing lemons and limes and preserved chilli peppers. Apart from the sofas most other seating is traditional in style.
I didn't see any menu sheets as there wasn't one on my table and most others were occupied on Saturday lunchtime but the food I saw looked to be good quality.
A TV above the entrance in the front bar had some sports channel on while music played at a sensible volume in the side room.
There are handpumps aplenty but only clipped in the front bar so I'm not convinced they are all in use. Sharps Doom Bar and Cornish Coaster, Young's Bitter, Twickenham Grandstand and Adnams Ghost Ship being a fairly reasonable selection. The Grandstand was in decent shape.
Very busy at the time with a mixed clientele including a few larger than life colourful characters. The large rooms and high ceilings make for a noisy environment but overall the pub atmosphere was good. Live music advertised. Some outdoor seating fenced off from the pavement.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Elgin

Another good pub in this area. Bright inside and outside seating. 3 real ales on including a superb pint of Twickenham -grandstand.2 keg beers from Camden brewery as well.Impressed.

On 2nd November 2013 - rating: 7
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BobOs . left this review about The Elgin

On a corner site this is a typical large city pub, but its most interesting aspect comes with retaining much of its superb Victorian interior. Visited on Saturday lunchtime. No welcome from the barman to speak of and the atmosphere was distinctly flat but at least managed to get a couple of seats after escaping the Portobello Road crowds. London Pride was in good condition if a tad expensive. Overall above average if only for the interior.

On 16th July 2011 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Elgin

A huge and ornate pub with a myriad Victorian features: cut and etched screens with stained glass, mirrors, tiling and high ceilings. To the rear is an enormous drawing room. Outside is a spacious beer patio with quality furniture; the choice of beers is impressive.

My only real complaint is that this pub tolerates rowdy drinkers who have clearly drunk too much which spoils the experience for others. That said, I'd come here again and would suggest that if you're in the area then it's definitely worth a visit.

On 5th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about The Elgin

Been taken over by Geronimo Inns.

On 14th July 2009 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Elgin

The ales on were London Pride (at £3 a pint) and GKIPA. The Pride was OK – tastes the way it usually does. Some superb original Victorian features remain – in particular the ornate screen between the bars; the tiling; etched and cut glass mirrors; and the bar back in the “back” bar. It occupies a large corner site. This is a big ornate pub, typical of a prosperous Victorian area. It's so big, with such a high ceiling that voices were echoing round it during a quiet(ish) mid-afternoon session. This is still a very impressive pub, and Worthing dropping in for a pint if you're in the area.

On 26th November 2008 - rating: 6
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