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Draft House Hammersmith, Hammersmith, W6

238 Shepherds Bush Road
W6
W6 7NL
Phone: 02087483231
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Pub SignMan left this review about Draft House Hammersmith

Formerly the Laurie Arms, situated directly next door to the former Hammersmith Palais dance hall (now demolished), this two-room pub is now a branch of the ever-expanding Draft House chain. You enter into the right-hand side of the pub – a bare boarded room which forms the main bar area, with an L-shaped servery to the rear with a nice checkerboard tile floor around the whole bar area. The front windows are set in nice dark wood frames and have attractive stained-glass decorative uppers that appear to be survivors from the pub’s former guise. Banquettes run beneath the windows and there are lots of chairs and low stools in support through the rest of the room. The bar has a tongue and groove counter, a basic bar back which incorporates a window looking out to the beer garden, and a modern, metal-framed gantry. A TV to one side was showing muted coverage of an England football fixture, although no-one seemed to be paying it much attention. Moving through to the left-hand room, you enter a long rectangular space with mixed patterned tile flooring, high tables and stools to the front, a long banquette down the left wall and standard seating pretty much everywhere else. A bare brick wall to the left has the slogan “Home of the Third” painted across it in huge letters, presumably a reference to third-pint measures, whilst the right-hand wall has a mix of dark tiles and shelving hidden behind metal mesh covers. A screen to the rear of the room was showing the same muted football match and a door to the rear leads out to the aforementioned garden, with a nice pavement seating space available to the front. As I was finishing up, someone came by my table to see if I wanted to join in with the pub quiz, which seems to take place in the left-hand room on Tuesday evenings.
Three handpulls offered the rather meagre selection of Tring Pale Four and a Seacider cider, with the remaining pump left unclipped. As tends to be the case with this chain, the keg range was more interesting than the cask options, with a good selection of micro-brewery options across a long row of taps. The Pale Four was a well-kept, if rather unremarkable pint and the bar staff here seemed friendly enough.
I quite liked this place, despite the rather limited cask ale selection, and thought it definitely benefited from being a former pub rather than a shop conversion or the like. They have created a smart, comfortable venue in a prime location which seems to hit a lot of people’s pub-going requirements and is definitely worth a look when in the area.

On 29th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Draft House Hammersmith

This was easy to find when heading down Shepherd's Bush Road, as there is a painted notice on the gable end of the building reading "Beer Here". Pretty much common practice for this company and have noticed it on a few of their pubs.
This is now a good sized two room pub, with the added left hand side extension constructed from a red painted steel frame, with a glass panelled roof. I always find the staff to be very welcoming and helpful in these Draft Houses, so no exception here, the young manager was great. Three pumps serving Rooster's Maypole, Dark Revolution and Sinners Prayer DDH pale ale. The barman explained to me that DDH means Double Dry Hopped. So we went for the Roosters and the Sinners Prayer, both of which were in good order.

On 26th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Draft House Hammersmith

There were three real ales on in here, as well as more keg products, including what must be regarded as "craft" beer, than you could shake a stick at. The real ales were Darkstar Hophead, Sambrook's Wandle, and Siren Brewery Undercurrent oatmeal pale ale (£2.10 a half). An oatmeal pale ale is a new one on me, so had to give it a go, and found it to be a very pleasant hoppy beer - exactly what a pale ale should be like in fact. I didn't see a full menu, but loads of people were in eating in the side room (the pub has obviously been extended into adjoining premises) and a little flyer on the tables advertised hamburger Monday (burger and a pint of Urqell Pilsner for £10) and wings Wednesday (pound of buffalo wings slathered in Frank's red hot sauce for £5). This is not my favourite food, and neither would Urquell be my first choice of beer, but the prices seem to be reasonable.

This is now a pub of two halves. The original pub bit obviously has the bar counter, while the new addition to the left is much lighter as it has a vaulted glass ceiling and was the preferred choice for diners on Wednesday afternoon. Furnishings are reasonably normal, if you count pewter-topped round tables as normal, with only a trio of tall tables/tall stools, plus upholstered bench seating and a few small round stools.

This pub is typical of the small, but ever expanding, Draft House pub chain. There's little pub character left, seemingly attracting clientele who who like brash American diner style places. But the beer is a darned sight better than any American diner that I've ever been in. It's not really my cup of tea as it doesn't seem to be the kind of place where you would go for a relaxing drink, but there's clearly a big market for this kind of establishment, and good luck to them I say.

On 30th April 2016 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Kensington (Olympia), 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
West Brompton, 1.74 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Draft House Hammersmith, W6
29th Nov 2019, 18:06
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
26th Jun 2019, 18:02
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear patio - last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by West London CAMRA. - last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 04 March 2009 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 29 November 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 January 2016 by ROB Camra
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