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The Carlton Tavern, NW6

33a Carlton Vale
Maida Vale
Postal town: NW6
NW6 5EU
Phone: 02073720822
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Carlton Tavern

I paid my first visit to this rebuilt pub, following the dastardly deeds of a developer a few years ago in demolishing it without going through the accepted procedures. There were three ales on - Carlton Tavern Build Back Bitter, brewed by Anspach & Hobday (£5.30 a pint); Five Poinys XPA and Railway Porter. My pint of Build Back Bitter was in good nick, although served in a dimpled jug with no choice offered. I thought that £5.30 was a tad expensive for a 3.7% house ale even by North London standards. I suppose an upmarket dimpled jug is seen to justify the price I guess.

As it was lunchtime I had a cheese and ham hock toastie for £8, including fries which were a bit like thin and crispy chips. The fillings were good quality ham and cheese, but for some reason the outside had some buttery herby stuff on it which made it something of a greasy mess. Tasted good though.

This pub is an amazingly good reconstruction of the original. It could have fooled me. I know they recovered some of the original fittings; the bar counter doesn't look like a modern piece of work, so maybe that was one of the things saved. It's dog friendly - I saw a well behaved mutt with a bowl of water, and there were free doggie treats on the counter although a charitable donation is suggested. I saw live music advertised on alternate Fridays; a quiz on Tuesdays; comedy night on Monday; and Wednesday is wing Wednesday which I can only assume means that they flog chicken wings rather than having on Sir Paul's tribute band.

The beer was in excellent condition, if a tad on the expensive side. I would recommend this pub.

On 30th November 2021 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2593 recommendations about 2507 pubs]


Bucking Fastard left this review about The Carlton Tavern

A very good review from Tris C is comprehensive.The exterior is terrific while the two internal rooms are more functional ,although the left side has good cornicing.Each room has a seperate servery ,each with two handpumps but I didn't spot an ale listing board so had to inspect both sets to discover a range of Portobello Westway Pale,Ansbach & Hobday The Golden Bitter,Big Smoke Underground Stout (I would assume a stout is always served given the fine external frieze advertising such !) and Five Points XPA (Fine form,NBSS 4 ,£5.20).Even the 9 keg selection did include a smattering of leading craft brewer output.
From the cobbled beer garden at the side,the Lucheon & Tea Room frieze is visible and this back room is indeed exclusively for diners.I didn't inspect the menu and the pub was very busy with a Tuesday evening quiz.
Real care is taken here with ale and beer selection,conditioning and presentation.Great to see a vibrant local risen from the developers ashes.It's a must visit and one of the best ale pubs in the locality.

On 8th September 2021 - rating: 9
[User has posted 2230 recommendations about 2230 pubs]


Tris C left this review about The Carlton Tavern

The fairy tale story of this remarkable pub is documented in detail on its website (which oddly insists on taking bookings, which aren’t necessary), on the What?ub link and in the international press as well as here: https://whatpub.com/pubs/NLD/6149/carlton-tavern-demolished-kilburn
Beautifully rebuilt, the replica Charrington’s tiles are remarkable, the whole must have cost an absolute fortune; serves the bugger right.
The interior is painted a subtle green with a white ceiling and modern boarded floor, obviously (see photo). Some elements were salvaged and the attractive bar was celebrating its 100th birthday stylishly, with fluted glass lamps above and straddling a more functional room to the right with a cosseting, comfy lounge-style room to the left with rather clubby furniture, that to the right being simple with a few wooden pews, settles as well as conventional tables and chairs, some appearing to have been salvaged also; the smart new lavs are downstairs. A substantial beer garden is to the rear where there’s more impressive tiling; it overlooks the Paddington Recreation Ground where Roger Bannister trained before his epic jog at Oxford’s Iffley Road track. Customers seem mixed with perhaps some coming from neighbouring and very rich St. John’s Wood; perhaps Sir Fab comes here.
Décor comprises a few pot plants and a bookshelf along with prints of Sid James and Forest Gump, other prints coming from the pub’s rotating inhouse artists; music wafting out of the gramophone came courtesy of Gang of Youths. The pub also makes a point of having a blackboard listing all beers, all of which are from London without any Eurofizz or the likes: 11 keg taps (including a cider and Camden lager), the four on cask being Big Smoke’s Milk Stout, Hammerton’s IPA, Ansbach & Hobday’s Bitter and Five Points XPA at the ‘new normal’ of £5.10 and on excellent form, served by efficient and friendly staff.
This is a must-visit if in NW6, where it really has no competition - L'haim!

On 27th August 2021 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1356 recommendations about 1334 pubs]


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Latest updates View all updates for The Carlton Tavern, Maida Vale
6th Jan 2022, 17:56
Request to remove pub from area West Kilburn by Tris C rejected, with reason: At submitters request
 
6th Jan 2022, 17:56
Request to remove pub from area Maida Vale by Tris C rejected, with reason: At submitters request

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 March 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 August 2021 by Tris C
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