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Sun in Splendour, Notting Hill, W11

7 Portobello Road
W11
W11 3DA
Phone: 02077920914
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Rex Rattus left this review about Sun In Splendour

I actually quite liked this pub. It wasn't too busy when I was in here on Wedenesday The two ales on here during my midweek lunchtime visit were Doom Bar and Adnam's Ghost Ship (£4.20 a pint). The menu is absent any £ signs, but otherwise seems quite reasonable, for the area. The standard, home-made, beefburger is £11, but there's a lunchtime/afternoon meal deal that lets you have the burger, or a few other main courses, plus a dessert (which are mostly £6) for £12. There were a number of things on the menu that I would have been happy to eat, but I did have the pork and chorizo burger (£12), which came on a sort of aluminium tray, with the chips in an enamel mug. Par for the course I guess, but enjoyable nonetheless.

This single room pub is bare boarded, has a trio of 2-seater tall tables/tall stools agains the far wall, but the majority of seating is now standard tables and chairs. A pillar behind the bar counter is covered with beermats - with only a couple of handpumps in operation (and one of them possibly reserved for their regular beer of Doom Bar) it would take an age to get through the number of beers intimated. There are rugby shirts and flags behind the servery, which I guess might be replaced with Hallow'een tat any time soon. But that's about it as far as decor is concerned. The wallpaper's unusual though, depicting ancient, decrepit even, small windows. The real windows are nicer I think, being latticed and forming a bowed frontage to the pub.

lunchtime, and I had no trouble getting a table although later arrivals - including a smattering of tourists - were less fortunate. I've walked past this pub numerous times, and I was pleased with my first foray inside. It's nothing like a destination pub, but it's comfortable enough, the service was friendly and welcoming, my pint of Ghost Ship was in good nick, and my burger was fine. I've been in a lot, lot, worse pubs.

On 19th October 2015 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Sun In Splendour

If you've been browsing around the Portobello Rd market then this is the first or last pub depending upon the direction you approach, for me it was the last. Despite being situated beyond the main market area and at gone 4pm on Saturday the place was still absolutely heaving. A fairly compact curved single room with the bar along the rear and slight returns each end, the layout is not really helped by a drinking shelf running along the front of the bar leaving little room for manoeuvre at busy times like this. Boarded floor as usual, lower brown painted panelling, leaded windows, upper walls papered to resemble distressed stonework, painted patterned paper ceiling. The room is lit by elaborate chandeliers, mostly regular style seating apart from that shelf and with candles and flowers on virtually every surface plus some large potted plants. Somewhat out of kilter with the rest of the interior a rather industrial looking tubular section of shelving is suspended from the ceiling over the bar providing storage for wine glasses.
There is an overflow area to the rear in the form of a partially covered "secret" garden, this was chock a block too. I finally ended up perched on a small shelf awkwardly by the main door but it was all there was.
There were two handpumps located at the end of the bar, both unusual and more strangely both involving fruit. Itchen Valley Blackcurrant mild and Wadworth's Orange Peel. With some trepidation I went for a half of the Orange Peel, (£2.20) but it is 6%. It was actually a fine beer with lots of depth and the strength comes through, a slight hint of oranges, nothing too much. A side wall of the bar was covered in beer mats, suggesting the range changes all the time.
Another pub I found too busy to enjoy properly however the walk I was doing indicated that market day is the best time so that was my priority. I'd visit again in the hope of a seat and to see what unusual ale selection they had on another time.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Sun In Splendour

Once inside the unusual curved façade, you find a compact bar filled with a mix of standard and high tables (making it feel crowded when I visited). Hints of gastro-pub decor. Small patio beer garden to rear. Two handpumps on the counter, offering Stonehenge Eye-opener and Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter (£4.10, and cloudy, but tasted OK).

On 16th July 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Philip Carter
Shepherds Bush, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Kensington (Olympia), 1.43 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Sun in Splendour, W11
18th Dec 2019, 19:52
Request to mark pub as open by Tris C approved
 
18th Dec 2019, 19:47
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Tris C, with included notes: Reopened a couple of weeks ago.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Darts : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Live Music : No last updated 15 December 2015 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 December 2015 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 December 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 August 2015 by Tris C
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