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The Bayswater Arms, W2

99 Queensway
W2 4QH
Phone: 02077270259

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Tris C left this review about The Bayswater Arms

I'm not sure if there was a former Bayswater Arms on this site, perhaps bombed during World War II. Either way, this pub exhibits the unholy trinity that is a pub of sorts in the base of a modern block, run by Greene Ker-ching in a dreadful tourist area where souvenir shops reign supreme, along with a multitude of outlets selling luggage. Why is it that luggage shops set up in tourist areas? Do they think that the world comes here with clothes and toiletries in bin bags and thinks "Hey! Look at that! A shop selling hard boxes in which to store the contents of my bin bags. Who'd have thought it?". Anyway, this place caters for the passing generality that constitutes humanity in a venue with fake Victoriana (and a modern tubular steel hanging bar gantry), sauce bottles on tables and a multitude of silent TVs glowing down upon customers who don't have the imagination to seek out something better and authentic.
Ales: GK IPA, London Glory, Old Speckled Hen and Portobello's Home Turf Pale which was dreary, tasting like cold tea.
In an area awash with bad pubs, this is probably the bottom of the barrel apart from GK's King's Head next door - Come, friendly bombs...

On 9th February 2020 - rating: 3
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hondo . left this review about The Bayswater Arms

Greene King branding on the menus but still the old Taylor Walker carpet at the entrance. 4 real ales and food served. Pretty formulaic stuff.

On 27th October 2016 - no rating submitted
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Nick Davies left this review about The Bayswater Arms

Greene King's acquisition of the Taylor Walker brand hasn't improved matters; if anything they are worse, despite what is optimistically termed a beer festival we were treated to GK IPA. London Glory, Abbott, their execrable Purple Reign and just one imposter in the form of Broadside. I was reduced to Wifebeater, though the beers were actually in very good shape for what they were. The one saving grace is the 10% Camra discount on the real ales, though you need good negotiating skills and a fair
reserve of emotional energy to get the two overstretched bar staff to apply it.

Despite the wide range of eating places in Queensway it's popular with tourists looking for fish and chips and the Famous (sic) Big Ben Burgers. Don't ask me why.

On 1st May 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bayswater Arms

From the street, this Taylor Walker pub looks a bit squashed under a dull office block and decor-wise it is wholly unremarkable. They have also tried to cram too many tables into certain parts of the bar (making access to the toilets rather tricky, for example). For the real ale drinker, there are now four handpumps which were dispensing (Westerham) 1730, Pride, Broadside and Portobello Star (£4.35) on this occasion.

On 8th March 2015 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Bayswater Arms

Having walked past this pub many times in the past, I paid my first visit inside on Monday afternoon. I soon realised that I hadn't been missing anything. It's a very ordinary Taylor Walker pub, furnished with more than its fair share of tall tables/tall stools, plus some normal tables and chairs with small round stools. These TW pubs are all much of a muchness - dark wood everywhere, faux chalkboards a la Spirit, and glossy pubco menus.

Anyway, the ales on were Rockin' Rudolph, Bombardier, London Pride, and Westerham 1730 (£2.23 a half!). My guess is that the Westerham 1730 was brewed- or more probably just re-badged - for the TW brand, as the menus had printed on them "Great British Pub Food", and under that "since 1730". That's a bit rich I would say, as although the original Taylor Walker may have started brewing in 1730, this Punch generated iteration of the name certainly hasn't been around that long and claiming such an ancient brewing heritage is only very tenuous if I'm being generous.

I reckon this pub benefits from right by the entrance to Bayswater Station. In fact it has all the attributes of a station pub, apparently meeting the needs of its transient clentele.

On 4th December 2014 - rating: 4
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