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Warwick Castle, W9

6 Warwick Place
W9 2PX
Phone: 02072660921
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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Tris C left this review about Warwick Castle

A Grade II-listed hostelry on CAMRA's London Regional Inventory of Pub Interiors, this is indeed a small and pretty former Charrington’s pub, dating from the mid-19th century and rebuilt in 1867 in this attractive open mews, just a stone’s throw from Little Venice’s Grand Union Canal, presided over by a very friendly Northern Irish landlady.
On approach, one cannot but notice the oversized hanging lantern looming over the frontage. There is some limited table seating to the pavement which appears to be part of the pub’s curtilage; there are two entrances, both with small lobbies, to what must once have been the public and private bars.
The central entrance gives way to a left-hand wainscoted room without bar but with a gas effect coal fire and simple dark wood furniture and a TV which sees little action. To the wall is a large sepia photograph in tiles of nearby Warwick Avenue as it was in yesteryear.
The right-hand entrance however, leads into a small vestibule with polychromatic tiling to the floor and a good display of leaded stained glass. The floor is modern bare boarded and wearing well. Three-quarter height, partly bare and partly pale grey painted tongue and groove panelling lines the walls up to the picture rail. The remaining wall height is textured and there’s also a patterned ceiling, possibly Anaglypta, which jars somewhat with the ugly white - and completely unnecessary - office ceiling fan. The hanging lights do though have attractive glass shades. This barroom also benefits from a real log fire and décor which comprises a rustic long case clock to the wall, a Bass mirror and some prints illuminated with brass picture lights. Further embelishment includes two recent wall mounted autographed photos of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard due to Allied being filmed inside and out, the pub doubling as the Rose & Cown. Entertainment includes the occasional bout of TV sport, irregular live keyboard music and a Wednesday quiz. There are also board games for the bored; background music plays but it’s at an acceptable level, except when the Spanish [Inquisition] guitar music comes on.
The small, staple-shaped bar is an attractive all-wood affair: a jettied upper tier supported by faux corbels with carved scrollwork, Tudor rose bosses and deep field panelling. At the base, there’s a three-piece brass footrail. The bar top features several circular brass blanking plates, but these are here to cover the holes vacated by the former – probably original – beer engines. The bar back too is worth a look as it’s fairly ornate with some etched mirrorwork. What also appears to be etched are the picture windows with their very dinky stained, leaded side infill. Unfortunately, the patina is derived from stick-on transfers, probably to make them shatterproof.
Furniture is very conventional and solid though there are stools to the bar so that people can block it and one window bench is clad in extremely tatty green vinyl. The lavatories are very small indeed though there’s nothing much the pub can do about that. It could though spend a little money to make them just a bit more inviting.
The crowd in here is drawn from across the spectrum, making for a very good mix.
There’s food of the ‘posh’ burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and the like school of pub grub, along with a ‘famous sausage board’.
Very friendly service pulls the following ales: Greene King IPA, Sharp’s Cornish Coaster, Truman’s Swift and Sambrook’s Wandle at a very reasonable £4.10 a pint and perfectly serviceable.
All in, this is a very attractive pub where I could easily spend an evening when it’s not too full, and there aren’t dogs underfoot, but a little money spent, and a more adventurous choice of ales would raise the mark a notch. That said, this is certainly a must-visit if in W9 and makes for a great threesome combined with the Prince Alfred and Warrington.

On 17th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about Warwick Castle

Going through an exterior make over at the moment.... all scaffolded up.

Still open and interior as I remember it. All wood paneling, big Bass mirrors and an ornate fireplace.

Getting to the bar a challenge. Which is a good thing to say, as means its popular.

Trumans Swift was pretty average condition on latest visit.

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On 28th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Warwick Castle

Tucked away down a pleasant little mews style side street, handy for both Warwick Avenue tube station and Little Venice, this is a smart, two room, Grade II listed pub. On approach you can't fail to miss the marvellous Victorian lamp with its huge elaborate bracket, and as you enter, you pass through an attractive lobby with a nice mosaic floor. You emerge into the right hand side of the pub with the servery along the left hand wall. There is a lot of nice dark wood in this room, notably on the bar counter and back, as well as the tongue and groove panels on the opposite wall. The front windows have some fine etched glass and a few nice stained panes, with a limited amount of seating underneath allowing you a closer look. Standard tables and chairs run down the right hand wall, passing a nice period fireplace and old pendulum clock as they go. A frieze runs around the top of the wall,s which have been decorated with a mix of old and more contemporary paintings plus the odd brewery mirror, whilst the ceiling is very decorative itself. A rear space, partly hidden behind a section of partitioning wall, has a couple more tables and modern wallpaper. To the left of the bar, there is a small lounge with limited seating around four or five tables in a compact, smart wood panelled room with a lovely, detailed fireplace. Music played unobtrusively throughout my stay and there was a good buzz from the locals who were in on my Sunday afternoon visit, despite many of them migrating out to the pavement at the front of the pub.
There were four ales available on this visit - Sambrooks Wandle, Sharps Doom Bar, Greene King IPA and Truman's Swift (£3.70). I gave the latter a try and thought it was a perfectly passable pint served up by a friendly barman who was very patient dealing with a dithering group of tourists.
I found this place very relaxing and spent longer than I'd intended supping my pint and reading my paper. It has a fine interior that perhaps gets overlooked when compared to some of Maida Vale's more ornate pubs, and offers good beer and a friendly welcome to boot. I'd certainly be happy to make a return visit.

On 9th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Paddington, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.08 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Kilburn High Road, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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17th Apr 2019, 20:05
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
17th Apr 2019, 20:04
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 23 October 2015 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Occasionally. - last updated 20 February 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Selected events. - last updated 20 February 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 April 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 - Wednesdays. - last updated 06 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 October 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 14 April 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 April 2015 by Tris C
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