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The Grove, Ealing Broadway, W5

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
The Green
W5 5QX
Phone: 02085672439

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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Tris C left this review about The Grove

Dating from the early 19th century as the Horse & Groom, this pub would appear to be a 1930s’ rebuild, the current name applied in 2010.
The interior can be seen on the pub’s gallery webpage, but otherwise there’s a boarded floor, smoky grey or wasabi walls with much bare brick. One item of note is the bar’s carved cornice, the natural brown bar front seemingly original. There are predictable large metal lampshades over the bar, then trendy blown glass lanterns above conventional furniture, some of it old school stuff. Customers were genteel locals, with a quite a few children in attendance at a whisker south of 10.00pm on a Friday night.
This is no longer a GK pub, but that didn’t stop their IPA being inflicted, along with Tribute and Portobello Star at a reasonable £2.55 a half and ok.
This is a credible pub, though some may object to having to watch the boxing or tolerate children this late. It’s ok as part of a crawl, but if in the locality, I’d prefer to spend an evening in the Red Lion.

On 16th May 2023 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Grove

A large hipster dining room sort of place, down past the end of the shops opposite the green. In typical modern style, there are bare wooden floors and dingy matt walls, furnished with a mixture of low and high tables with the odd sofa. It looks like the original bar has survived but with a new top. The back rooms are a restaurant with an open kitchen counter. It does have a fair range of beers though, with five on handpump plus a perry: at time of visit; Greene King IPA and Yardbird, Truman's Treason, Triple fff Comfortably Numb, Sambrook's Powerhouse Porter and Lilley's Bee Sting. There are patio tables outside and no traditional games, although there is apparently a shuffleboard table somewhere.

On 30th December 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Grove

Stood opposite Ealing Green, this is a very large open plan Greene King pub that has been given a bit of a gastro makeover. A corner entrance takes you into a bare boarded room with some limited partitioning hinting at a possible former multiple room layout. The room is now pretty much fully opened out into a very wide u-shaped single room based around a central servery. The bar counter runs in an angular fashion to mirror the shape of the room and has a panelled front and pewter top, whilst the bar back is smartly decorated with mirrors and a decorative frieze along the top. The whole area around the bar offers an eclectic mix of seating options of the sort that would put an Antic pub to shame. The walls vary from exposed brickwork to plain plaster and pastel shaded wood panels and there are a few centrally positioned structural pillars offer drinking ledges around which you can stand, whilst to the right there is a snug of sorts with additional comfy furniture. To the rear right there is a second room full of standard tables and chairs under an insanely over-the-top chandelier, which has been set up primarily for the use of diners. The bar counter runs through into this room but only has a coffee machine on it and an almost completely bare exposed brick bar back. There is an open kitchen at the back of the room, surrounded by a very impressive decorative feature wall. The menu seemed to be rather posh, with mains clocking in between £12.50 - £18.50 and steaks costing up to £23.50, although a much more sensibly priced bar menu (burgers, chicken schnitzel, bangers and mash etc...) was also available. The day's papers were laid out on a table opposite the bar and I noticed that plenty of customers were sat out on the front patio - a sizeable paved area with lots of smart garden furniture overlooking the Green.
For a Greene King pub, the beer range was refreshingly varied, with hand pulled options comprising Greene King IPA, Belhaven Wembley '67, Hogs Back TEA, Twickenham Spring Ale, Sharps Coaster and Saltaire Sir Titus. The latter was served to me by a very effusive barman and was in pretty good condition at £4.30 a pint.
This seems like a nice enough pub with a good selection of ales and plenty of room to spread yourself out and get comfortable. The large open plan layout makes the place feel a bit vast, empty and impersonal, but there are a few nice spots you can bag that create a more intimate impression and the patio area seemed like a decent spot as well. Not a destination pub but certainly worth a look in passing.

On 17th June 2017 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Grove

Really nice conversion to this Greene King pub but the signage doesnt indicate who owns it.Large open plan L shaped pub with an internal and an external outside area for drinking.3 Greene King beers on plus 2 guests so plenty of choice.Always seems to be busy when i have called in.Food looks and smells nice.Not often have i been impressed by this brewers pubs but they are definetely trying to move away from the tied beer arrangement.Nice one.

On 15th February 2013 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Finnegans Wake

Large Greene King pub housed in a rather austere brick building located in a good position opposite Ealing Green. Inside, the horseshoe-shaped bar offers plenty of seating (supplemented by quite a few benches in a fenced-off area out the front). The few customers were mostly students with guitars, and it soon became apparent why it was nearly empty as most of the beers were off. However, this was later explained because the pub is closing for a major refurbishment this weekend and they were using up the stock. All a bit odd, but I will probably return as I was promised that they will have more real ales on when it reopens.

On 21st August 2010 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about Finnegans Wake

This large pub has a large student contingent, not that it is a problem in anyway. I spotted a few premium lagers and an abundance of bog standard ones. No real ales though! I found the barman to be friendly and the price of beer was reasonable.

There are plenty of screens for watching sport and there is also a dartboard and a pool table. One can escape the noise by sitting out the front on one of the numerous picnic tables whilst watching the Ealing locals amble by.

This is an OK pub for sport, but I'd probably drink elsewhere at other times.

On 31st July 2008 - rating: 6
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