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Old Swan, W8

206 Kensington Church Street
W8
W8 4DP
Phone: 02072298421
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about Old Swan

An indifferent Greene King house which has gone for a slightly trendy/modern feel, clearly aiming at the sort of customers found in Notting Hill Gate. We were initially dismissed by the grumpy barmaid as the pub was 'not open', despite the door being so, but were eventually served a decidedly iffy IPA, and I suspect the alternative Old Speckled Hen might have been worse. Moving swiftly along...

On 9th March 2023 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about Old Swan

I don’t think that this place seems to have improved now that Greene King operates it. It still looks every bit the typical Taylor Walker branded pub that it used to be. There are the usual tall tables/tall stools in the centre of the room; some normal tables and chairs round the edges; fruit and games machines flashing away with no-one interested in them during my visit; grey painted walls; and overly loud music being played. It’s still very much like a downmarket ‘spoons but without the cheap drinks.

There were four ales one – the Greene King pair of IPA and Band of Brewers, plus Doom Bar and Twickenham Grandstand. A fifth pump looked to have a draft cider “coming soon”, and a sixth was unclipped. There are food deals advertised on the usual glossy illustrated menu of course. Sometimes it pays to sit down and scrutinise the menu if you plan to eat as there are sometimes food + drink deals worth going for. But here the only real ale included as a £1.50 “add-on” to certain meals was the GK IPA.

This is a typically characterless chain pub, and far inferior to the Churchill Arms down the road. Unfortunately you can’t buy a sandwich in the Churchill Arms, whereas you can in here, which is why it got our custom.

On 27th March 2018 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Old Swan

Now rebranded as a Taylor Walker house, but little seems to have changed since my previous visit seven years ago. The interior of this single-room pub is more open than most, and it is brightly-lit with furniture and decor that is not too dark either. Six handpumps, offering 1730, Pride, Bombardier, Portobello Pale (£4.65) and two ciders.

On 8th March 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Shepherds Bush, 1.22 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.41 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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12th Mar 2023, 09:56
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11th Mar 2023, 23:33
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 18 July 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 March 2018 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 March 2018 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
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