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The Blackbird, Earls Court, SW5

209 Earls Court Road
SW5
SW5 9AN
Phone: 02078351855
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Blackbird

A decent, dependable Fuller's Ale & Pie house. Features an imposing a 'U'-shaped bar which dominates the main room, with further seating on one side at the back. Main drawback is that it is rather cramped, but the place has a calm and pleasant atmosphere when less busy. Excellent beer quality in my experience, with Seafarers, Oliver's Island, Pride and ESB plus Butcombe Haka and Long Arm Birdie Flipper (£5.10) as guests on this visit. If you can stand the prices, probably the best bet if looking for a quick pint if using the nearby Earls Court station.

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Blackbird

A slightly better pub than the nearby Courtfield. Five different ales on handpump on this visit, with a decent tasting golden ale, Fullers Oliver's Island and a Windsor and Eaton Parklife. Prices in here are just as steep as up the road.

On 28th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Blackbird

This is an unusually compact Fullers Pie and Ale house just over the road from Earls Court tube station. Like most pubs in this particular chain, it is a bank conversion but sadly it doesn't have the grand interior associated with the chain's higher profile pubs. The pub is laid out as a large single room with a mix of tiles and wooden flooring around a centrally positioned servery with a dark wood bar back which incorporates some nice intricate carving, a selection of beer related quotes on a blackboard and some integral clocks. A large marble pillar stands on the corner of the bar counter and similar columns can be found partly recessed into the front and rear walls. Most of the room is painted a deep shade of red with a few old pictures and mirrors dotted around, whilst the front and side windows boast a limited amount of stained glass in the arched top section of each window. A series of high table booths have been set up along the front wall, whilst similar seating options can be found in the open spaces elsewhere around the bar. To the rear is a fairly small, carpeted dining space with standard tables and chairs and a lot of old photos on the walls, denoted by a sign hung from the high ceiling. I made the fatal error of failing to spot this sign as I wandered into the area to find a seat, at which point I was rather rudely ushered out by one of the waiting staff who berated me for not spotting the sign. Suitably chastised, I fortunately found a recently vacated table elsewhere, allowing me to peruse the pie based menu and listen to the soundtrack which was getting lost under the hubbub created by Chelsea fans enjoying a quick pint before heading to nearby Stamford Bridge.
There are quite a lot of handpulls on the bar, but most were doubled up, so the range was actually pretty limited for what I would have thought is a high profile location. Options on this visit were London Pride, Chiswick and ESB (£3.99) plus a guest of Castle Rock Harvest Pale. The ESB was okay but not exactly in great shape.
I was really disappointed with this place - the promise of a grand interior was never realised, the beer range was limited and quality decidedly average whilst the service was rude and quite frankly, off-putting. I imagine this place gets enough passing trade that it can get by on the bare minimum. I doubt I'll return - if you want to see how a pub should be run, I suggest making the five minute detour to the excellent Finborough Arms.

On 19th October 2014 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by hondo .
West Brompton, 0.41 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 1.12 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Imperial Wharf, 1.5 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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