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Brook Green Hotel, W6

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
170 Shepherds Bush Road
W6
W6 7PB
Phone: 02076032516

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Tris C left this review about Brook Green Hotel

A first in here, to the best of my knowledge, a large Young's pub which has just reopened after a refit.
This is really quite a swish pub with impressive wooden mirrored bar back, bare boards with some parquet herringbone and fine stained glass to some of the side windows. The colour scheme is the rather hackneyed pale grey/blue and there's some bare brick. One side of the pub is reserved for dining and there's a hotel above. In the main drinking area the furniture is fairly conventional; lighting is a mixture of conventional and modern. Out back, there's a spacious beer garden/patio and the lavatories are very modern. A TV was on showing the Olympics with the sound down, though I don't know if sport is a regular feature here. Otherwise, muted funk music played. In the basement there's a separate cocktail bar called Smith's.
Ales: Young's Bitter, Gold and Special at £4.20 which is in keeping for the area and type of pub and it was in OK condition.
This isn't a bad pub, but it's really rather bland and characterless - more a hotel bar for a hotel which explains much. This and the dreary selection of ales means that I'm unlikely to return, not least because The Queen's Head over the road is a far better bet.

On 16th August 2016 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about Brook Green Hotel

I also paid my first visit to this pub for some time on Sunday afternoon, in my case an absence of around twenty-five years. There have certainly been some changes, back in the mid to late 80s this part of West London had a large working class Irish population who naturally were well represented in the area's pubs. Some serious gentrification has taken place over the years and now this pub cum hotel appears to have moved staunchly upmarket. The pub is now a single l-shaped space, bare boarded and with an area of the return side full of tables set for dining. Mixed seating although plenty of the regular type remains, tea light candles on the tables, papers and board games available. There were little scrolls of paper relating to the hotel aspect on the tables contained for some reason in cleaned out Campbell's Soup tins.
The bar itself is fairly ornate with a couple of clocks set in gilded surrounds as well as a few mirrors. The large clear glass windows must be modern replacements however I did spot one remaining leaded stained window at high level. Décor includes framed drawings representing iconic London scenes of no real connection to the pub or location and in the dining area there is a large an quite impressive line drawing of the pub along a side wall. Also curiously in this area is a board listing the successful winners of a "Monster Burger Challenge" whereby if you can demolish said meal together with side orders within 15 minutes you get it for free. I imagine this forms some sort of spectator sport.
It's a Young's house still, two banks of four repeated, 2x Bitter, Special and seasonal pub branded Xmas Ale. The Special was an ok drop at £3.89.
To the rear a sign tells us that there is a "Secret Garden", bit of a blunder with the sign then perhaps, and downstairs, separately accessed is Smith's Cocktail Bar, not sure if this is connected to the pub or a separate venture.
I remember the pub as a lively buzzing local with traditional features, I'm not sure the Young's design team have improved it really.

On 10th December 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about Brook Green Hotel

The Brook Green is a large Victorian pub and hotel in a prominent position on the Shepherds Bush Road opposite Brook Green. Back in the early nineties I had a few work parties in here and I remember being runner up in a dart competition that was held upstairs. So after an absence of fifteen or so years I popped in for a pint on Friday afternoon last week.
The interior is L shaped with seating along the front of the pub opposite the long bar and to the right rear where some tables were set for dining. At the rear access can be gained to a conservatory and some uncovered outside seating.
The bar is stocked with premium draught products including Meantime Brewery’s London Lager and Camden Brewery’s Wit. There are also two banks of four hand pumps that were both drawing Youngs Ordinary (x2) and Special alongside Bombardier. Food is available and the pub food mains are priced around £11.
I didn’t spot any televisions but there was some strange mood music playing in the background. The only entertainment I spotted advertised was a secret DJ night. As it is a secret I don’t know what day or time it is.

This place is much more upmarket than it used to be and I like it better in some ways, but not in others.

On 23rd August 2013 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Brook Green Hotel

This is a fairly large Victorian pub and hotel opposite Brook Green, a short walk from Hammersmith tube station. The interior boasts a single large J shaped room which has given itself over to smart contemporary decor at the expense of showing off its Victorian heritage. To the left of the bar there is a plush seating area with padded benches, a small carpeted area and a plasma screen TV. As you follow the room past the bar towards the right hand side of the pub, the seating tends to be mostly standard tables and chairs, whilst the rear part of the room is set up almost exclusively for diners, although you're welcome to eat anywhere within the pub. The hotel reception can also be found in this rear part beyond the bar counter, as can access to the 'secret' garden, which isn't that secret given the large A-board outside promoting it and perhaps more crucially, the fact that it can be seen from the main road outside once it's lit up at night.
This is a Young's house, so no surprise to see Ordinary and Special available, although they did have a guest as well, in the shape of Sharps Cornish Coaster, which wasn't exactly on top form, although to be fair, the Special was pretty good. We had some food as well and after a painful ordering process and a failure to provide part of our order, we found the results to be a bit of a mixed bag. My fishcakes were very tasty, but the sausage and mash was dry and couldn't be finished, which was pretty poor given the high prices.
I expect this place does a decent bit of business, as it's got enough going for it to attract a broad range of customers, but I’m afraid it left me a bit cold. If the service hadn't been so sloppy I would have said this was a decent enough place to come for a bite to eat, but I'm not sure it did enough to make me want to make a return trip.

On 14th October 2011 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Brook Green Hotel

This place has had its ups and downs over the years in terms of management, but seems pretty well run again at the moment. The building itself looks reasonably imposing from the street, with quite a few interesting architectural details. Inside, there are still plenty of reminders of what was presumably a rather grand Victorian establishment (but all opened out into one large 'staple'-shaped room now). Obviously aimed upmarket, the relatively smart, semi-modern decor and furniture certainly won't be to everybody's taste. The high ceilings create an airy atmosphere, but this can also result in a cool feel to the place when it isn't that full. The small patio beer garden at the back is often distinctly chilly unless you catch it at just the right moment when sunlight shines through the gap between the buildings. Not all of the eight handpumps are in use so there is a fairly modest selection of well-kept Young's beers (e.g. Ordinary and Special), a seasonal (e.g. Waggle Dance) sometimes plus a guest. Also has a downstairs bar with three more handpumps which is used for live music and a monthly comedy club. NB - It still operates as a hotel too.

On 9th July 2011 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Brook Green Hotel

This is a Young’s pub that had the usual range on, including Deuchars IPA. I just had a half of Young’s Bitter, costing £1.68, so something in the region of £3.30 a pint, which really is a top of the range price for an ordinary bitter. The pub itself has that unmistakable late Victorian look about it – the very high ceiling gives the game away. Now knocked into a one-room pub of course, but evidence of its original multi-room format remains. There’s what looks like the original cornices in place, plus I spotted what is almost certainly a small original leaded light window above (and partly obscured by) the flat screen TV monitor. All the other tall, plain glass windows are more modern replacements of course.
Furniture consists of those chunky high tables and stools that I don’t much care for, lots of sofas, plus some normal tables and chairs mainly in the dining area to the right of the bar. It had one of those racks you see in hotel lobbies containing London attraction flyers, but no London Drinker. I didn’t eat there, nor see a menu, so can’t comment on the food. The very high ceilings make it (unavoidably) pretty barn like. It’s not really my kind of place. There’s nothing really bad to say about it, but I doubt whether I shall pay a return visit.

On 11th February 2010 - rating: 4
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