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The Monkey Puzzle, W2

30 Southwick Street
W2
W2 1JQ
Phone: 02077230143
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Tris C left this review about The Monkey Puzzle

The sister pub to the Heron, this was built as part of the Hyde Park Estate in 1969, a rather swanky high-rise development just off Sussex Gardens, possibly still one of the capital’s most notorious hotspots for sex workers.
The interior is smart and tidy and essentially looks like a modern interpretation of a traditional Victorian pub. There are sectioned areas, topped with leaded stained-glass panels. There’s a carpet, except in the dining area; food is typically fish ‘n’ chips and pizza but not gastro. The bar has a traditional wood appearance with pot shelf. The walls are dark green Anaglypta to the dado, then white on up to a white ceiling. There are plenty of knickknacks, along with framed beer mats, framed photos of modern London along with sketches of London of old. Furniture is mixed in style; there’s soft music and customers are mixed.
A Hall & Woodhouse pub, Fursty Ferret could have been served if the clip hadn’t been reversed, then just Badger served by a nice barmaid at a very reasonable £2.30 a half.
This isn’t bad for what it is and given the dearth of good pubs in W2, this is actually quite good compared to the competition on and around neighbouring Praed Street; worth a visit only if waiting for a train but the neighbouring Heron is a much better bet.

Rated 4.5.

On 15th January 2022 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Monkey Puzzle

Hall & Woodhouse pub serving Badger real ales and food.

On 2nd November 2014 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Monkey Puzzle

This Hyde Park Estate pub may be set among late-1960s housing blocks, but the attractive 'L'-shaped interior features some coloured glass in the half-height screens separating the various seating areas. Mixed furniture and decor, all well maintained. Patio beer garden to one side. As a Hall & Woodhouse outlet, Tanglefoot and First Call (£3.60) were available from the three pairs of handpumps. Worth a visit if in the area.

On 12th September 2014 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6670 recommendations about 6670 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Mason
London Paddington, 0.57 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Kilburn High Road, 1.94 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Monkey Puzzle, W2
15th Jan 2022, 19:51
Review submitted by Tris C
 
26th Oct 2021, 09:04
Request to add pub to area Bayswater by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by hondo .
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 November 2014 by hondo .
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