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The Prince Alfred, W9

5A Formosa Street
W9
W9 1EE
Phone: 02072863287
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Tris C left this review about The Prince Alfred

On and off, I’ve been coming here occasionally since 1995 when the area wasn’t anything like as affluent as it is today and the pub was a little rough. Back then it featured a peeling red lino floor and a pool table to the rear where now there’s a swanky restaurant and open kitchen, so that you can hear the clatter of pans being dropped into the sink.
With a CAMRA Nationally Important Historic Interior, this Grade II-listed pub dates from 1856, but the showstopper interior was installed around 40 years later and has to be seen to be believed. Undulating etched and engraved windows curve inward to the famous stalls with their infamously low passage height. The narrowest – known to some as the ‘birth canal’ – can certainly trap the larger customer and the knocking of heads is a common sound. The main entrance lobby features a mosaic floor and much of the right-hand wall features fabulous polychromatic glazed tiles, punctuated by a very elegant fireplace carved from pink and white granite, home to a real fire in colder months. The stalls are topped with carved wood broken pediments in the classical Greek style, with dentil cornices and finials. The central bar has a carved wood and glass central partition topped with a clock and fastened to the highly textured fibrous plasterwork ceiling with ornate metal ties. At counter level, it features some rare examples of surviving etched glass snob screens. The downstairs loos are up to scratch and there’s also a rather natty cellar bar too. Furniture in the stalls features a forward curved studded ivory leather banquette with brass footrail, the other stalls feature very conventional furniture as does the main room.
However, service here can frequently be very slow due to staff being weighed down having to spend ages mixing cocktails and serving diners. Beer quality can be a bit patchy too, but what really annoys is the selective opening times – if business is slow on Sundays or Mondays, the pub calls last orders at 10.00pm.
Ales: the standard Young’s selection of Bitter and Special and a guest from the likes of Wimbledon Brewery, but currently offering St. Austell’s Proper Job at an eyewatering £5.20 a pint, which for me is a proper rip-off.
This is a beautiful pub and can make for some very entertaining evenings when combined with the Warwick Castle and Warrington, but erratic closing times and in a pub which charges this much for a pint cannot go unpunished.

On 21st June 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Prince Alfred

A highly unusual interior and worthy of close inspection.There are 4 snugs ,each small and with it's own external door but they are all connected by ducking under an opening wall panel which is around 3ft high,quite a feat for lanky and /or inflexible customers.However most folk give it a go,it's part of the fun.There are lots of great internal features with one snug having working snob screens,etched glass everywhere,a high Victorian moulded ceiling and with each snug having bar access you can drink with friends in some solitude.The main room is to one side and opens out into a large restaurant but the bar counter here only has keg taps,the largest of the snugs has 3 handpumps although the choice on my trip was Youngs Bitter and Wimbledon Copper Leaf (dull and £2.55 the half,a rip off).The food offering looked pricey too.
Operated by Youngs,their corporate hand does impact the charm,and with a poor real ale selection I couldn't possibly base myself here for an evening.But it's worth popping in to see the wonderful listed interior snugs.

On 6th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Prince Alfred

I was unsure which door to use and ended up going in through the side entrance which leads through a restaurant area into the bar. Here the room is divided into segments by wooden and partly glazed screens, through which it is possible to pass by using the low doorways. Of course, by now it was apparent that any of the street doors would have provided access to the bar. Indeed, having found my way later to the toilet - which is down some stairs near the restaurant entrance (disabled and baby change at ground floor level) - by ducking through three of these low doorways, it dawned on me that it would have been better to use the street doors for that too. At the time of my mid-afternoon weekday visit I was the only drinker, so had a choice of rooms. It was great to have a chance to explore, but equally this could be the sort of pub that would reward a prolonged visit with a group of friends - not too many, as the rooms are small. My half of Youngs Special was good, but London prices make me gasp - £2.40 for a half! I can still get a pint for that in Sheffield.

On 24th October 2018 - rating: 8
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 February 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 02 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 8.00 pm. - last updated 06 March 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 15 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC and baby changing. - last updated 02 April 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
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