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The Champion, W2

1 Wellington Terrace
W2
W2 4LW
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Champion

This is a very nicely set out, open plan pub close to Kensington Palace. The single room layout has dark floorboards throughout, complimented by a smart patterned tile area around the servery. Leaded windows with stained green glass bands can be seen along two sides of the room, which has two small pillars in the centre and a fine decorative ceiling. Short banquette booths have been formed under the front windows, with long benches down the right-hand wall, standard tables and chairs through the centre and a row of high tables and stools directly opposite the bar. The servery runs down the left-hand wall and has a dark wood counter and bar back, although both have been painted in neutral colours in places, which sadly detracts from the overall look. The bar back has been adorned with all sorts of unrelated items, including old books, beer bottle displays, kitsch G&T signs and other bits and bobs, that help make it look a bit homely. There’s an impressive fireplace on the back wall, underneath a large blackboard that provided details on a Six Nations beer competition the pub had been hosting. An arch at the end of the bar leads through to a small rear space with room for a couple more tables and some horse themed pictures on the walls. Stairs lead down to a basement bar which has a limited amount of seating and its own servery, acting as a reasonable overspill area for peak times. From here, there is access to a garden which has a few picnic tables in a rather camped space.
There were four handpulls on the bar, dispensing Oakham Dragon in Bavaria, Turtle Pale Ale, Adnams Ghost Ship and By the Horns Jack the Lad IPA. These options were ably supported by a strong craft keg range which included beers from the likes of Thornbridge, Brewdog, Porterhouse and Tiny Rebel. My pint of the Dragon in Bavaria was £4.85 and in pretty good shape.
I liked the light, airy feel of this open-plan pub which mixed traditional features with contemporary styling to good effect, creating a pleasant space which seemed to have wide appeal judging by the customer base on this visit. The good cask and keg selection means this place is worthy of repeat visits and I’m sure I’ll be back here again before long.

On 9th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Champion

Nice but busy pub, traditional London interior, a bit foody

On 1st July 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Champion

Quite a traditional pub which is on the Notting Hill tourist route (the pub's website describes it as being in Notting Hill when in fact it's resolutely in Bayswater). There's plenty of leaded and stained glass windows which indicate that this was once a Charrington's pub - there's even a Charrington's 'winged tankard' motif in stained glass by one of the doors. Music in here is really a bit too loud and could have been turned down a notch or two and lighting's just a bit dim. This isn't a gastropub, as food tends to revolve around burgers, sausage, mash and fish and chips albeit at a price.
Ales on: Adnam's Broadside, Moorhouse's Black Cat Reserve, Windsor & Eton's Knight of the Garter, an unused pump and Celt Experience's Galaxy Equinox which was fine and £4.45 a pint which is steep, even for this area.
This is quite a good place for the area serving a decent choice of ales, at a price. I'd have given it a higher rating if the music hadn't been so loud, but otherwise I'd have no problem returning.

On 5th May 2016 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Paddington, 1.24 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 1.47 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Champion, W2
9th Sep 2019, 18:58
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
12th Aug 2019, 09:46
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Live Music : Yes - Saturdays 9.00 pm. - last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 8.00 pm. - last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes - Summer only - last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 September 2019 by Pub SignMan
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