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The Wilton Arms, Belgravia, SW1

71 Kinnerton Street
SW1
SW1X 8ED
Phone: 02072354854
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Tris C left this review about The Wilton Arms

This is a grade II-listed late Georgian pub dating from 1826, one of two very different hostelries in this Belgravia mews.
This had been a Shepherd Neame house with a field panelled wood front below the windows; heritage photos show hanging baskets of flowers. It reopened last September, having undergone a refit which I can only imagine must be one of the most extreme visited on a pub.
The panelled front now looks to have been infilled with Luxcrete panes, not something I’ve ever before seen in building construction. The floor is modern bare boarded, with a tiled bar apron, a modern bar to the right with an ornately carved front, with a modern tubular steel bar back. The front half of the main room features grey wainscoting to the dado, then seemingly rough bare plaster walls, with a white Anaglypta ceiling. The rear features modern bare wood field panelling and beyond is a step down to a dining area, which looks like a conservatory, seemingly devoid of diners mid-Saturday evening. There’s very little lighting in here, coming from small steel chandeliers, then hipster filament bulbs in wire cages to the walls; tea lights are on all tables. Most of the furniture comprised new tables and chairs, except to the front, where tables are a modern interpretation of the Britannia, but with single, central cast iron columns. The chairs were tubular steel, with panelled fawn vinyl, looking like they came out of a small sports car from the 1970s. There was no obvious décor, apart from a modest gilded mirror. There were painfully few customers in and Matt Bianco played on the stereo at a volume above comfort level.
It’s table service-only here, which I doubt is as a precaution, rather the feel of a restaurant is encouraged. Just the two ales, Pride and Allsopp’s Pale Ale which according to CAMRA, has recently been revived by the Allsopp family, of whom Kirsty is a descendant, brought to my table by a waitress whose English wasn’t her strongpoint. She didn’t present me with the card reader, as the assumption here is that drinkers want a tab, to settle up at the end, possibly with a 12.5% service charge. Probably the worst pint I’ve ever been poured, it arrived with a 1.5” head of convex foam (see photo). The beer was lifeless and tasted of dishwater; I could barely finish it, but didn’t’ fancy wasting £5.85.
I departed, turning right to the lights and joy of this mews’ other pub, the Nags Head which as I was to find out, was doing a roaring trade. This has to be the worst pub visit of 2021 – I was not a mews’d.

On 28th September 2021 - rating: 3
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Wilton Arms

Reopened after a two year closure by Inda Pubs ,a small chain comitted to upgrading and restoring neighbourhood pubs.I was fortunate to pop in on the first day of their ownership and enjoyed a lot of free ale !
The interior has good wood panelling to the left side,a fine carved wood bar surround and a lower conservatory at the rear.I was lucky enough to be shown the first floor dining room,where years of paint and wood chip have been removed to expose wonderful sash window shutters and surrounds together with the existance of pieces of original ,very old wall paper which have been left to give a distressed look offset by some fine artwork from a local gallery.With traditional furniture this will be a fine place to dine.
The ground floor is open plan with upmarket wooden furniture and the large front window with etched pannels and coloured glass upper opening panes give a lot of natural light to the interior.There are a few seats outside.
At the bar there are two handpumps offering Allsops Pale (NBSS 4) and IPA (NBSS 4.5) which I enjoyed almost to excess.The keg options were far more mainstream.The welcome was friendly and professional and I really hope this pub turns out to be a roaring success for the team.This is yet another mews pub that really deserves a visit,I will most certainly be back.

On 10th September 2021 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Wilton Arms

Medium-sized pub in a Belgravia side street. A nice high-ceilinged room with much dark wood and glass panelling gives a good traditional feel. At the back is a conservatory which can be hired for private functions. Beers are from Shepherd Neames with Whitstable Bay Pale and Bishops Finger on pump at time of visit and in good condition (but I still refuse to acknowledge Spitfire Lager as a thing).

On 25th May 2019 - rating: 7
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London Victoria, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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28th Sep 2021, 17:24
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
27th Sep 2021, 08:46
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