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The Champion, W2

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

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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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Rex Rattus left this review about The Champion

This pub was better than I expected it to be. There were five handpumps on the bar, and all were gainfully employed dispensing Adnam’s Broadside, Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter, Krystal Weiss wheat beer, Great Heck Brewery American Classic, and Liberation South Island Pale Ale (£2.10 a half). Being a gastropub food is available – main meals are generally in the £11 - £13 range, with a steak option at £17.50. There’s nothing much resembling pub grub.

This is an old, almost certainly Victorian, pub. It still retains its attractive orange banded latticed glazing in the windows, and the ornate fireplace with tiled surrounds at the back is another most attractive feature. There’s a wide tiled splash area surrounding the bar counter, and this tiling extends to become the flooring of a small-ish room at the back. The retention of these features certainly enhances the appearance of the pub.

But being a gastropub, the ceiling, pillars, bar counter and some of the walls have all been painted the very dark (almost black) charcoal colour that many of these sort of pubs seem to favour. It’s all very dark, but a splash of colour is provided by sprigs of flowers on all the tables. Furnishings are almost all good quality normal tables and chairs, but with a single butcher’s block tall table and tall stools next to a pillar. The stairs downstairs to the toilets also lead to some further seating, as well as to what is described as a “secret” garden. I suppose if any garden is entitled to be called a secret garden then this one is, as it is below street level and can’t be seen from the street.

The prices here seemed to be fairly steep even by London standards, but the ale selection is good, and the South London Pale Ale I had was on good form. It’s a comfortable enough pub; drinkers are welcome, and I reckon it’s worth dropping in for a swift one if you happen to be wandering down towards Bayswater Road.

On 21st November 2013 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Champion

Whilst it certainly has gastro-pub elements, this square-ish bar is still quite traditional in many ways. Smaller seating area behind the bar (which which has old-fashioned tiling along the counter). Claims to have a 'secret garden' (not visited). Three of the five handpumps were working, with Broadside, Batemans Autumn Fall and Knights of the Garter from Windsor & Eton (£3.80) available. Overall, a bit better than I was expecting.

On 9th December 2012 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
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)
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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
  • Darts : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Rex Rattus
  • 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 : No last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
  • 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
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 05 May 2016 by Tris C
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