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Bridge House, Little Venice, W2

13 Westbourne Terrace Road
W2
W2 6NG
Phone: 02072664326
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Pub SignMan left this review about Bridge House

Well positioned next to the canal, this is a rather upmarket pub with an in-house theatre. The pub has a single room interior with bare boards throughout and the servery down the left-hand wall. There is a good mix of seating throughout, including some rather nice button backed banquettes at the front of the pub under the large windows that make this the brightest part of the pub, high tables and stools further into the room and regular seating in the dining room-style space that occupies much of the rear part of the room. The servery is midway down the left-hand wall and has an attractive bar counter with a decorative top, a traditional looking bar back and some lamps hanging over the counter which are made from red plastic ‘jewels’. A few interesting pictures line the walls and I kept seeing bits and bobs that implied that the pub was formerly a Young’s house, although that may also have just been my imagination getting the better of me. There was a good post-work crowd in on my mid-week visit, many of whom were eating, and I did wonder whether the place would suddenly empty out once the theatre opened its doors. I got chatting to a rather drunk old-boy at the bar who regaled me with tales of his youth as a pick-pocketer on the tube, before explaining in great detail how he could nab about a dozen phones from various tables around the pub, not that he was “into that sort of thing anymore”!
The bar had three handpulls in operation, dispensing Sharps Doom Bar and Rising Tide and Taylors Landlord. I thought I ought to give the Rising Tide a try, having not encountered it previously, and it was a fairly run of the mill brew which somehow seemed fitting giving the other potions available. The barman seemed a bit of a grouch, but did, on occasion, find it in himself to humour the old-boy who was chatting to me.
This is a nice enough pub with a few interesting features, some comfortable spots to settle down with a drink and a fairly mainstream ale selection. I didn’t mind spending a bit of time in here and wouldn’t complain if I found myself back some other time, but my main takeaway from this place was definitely the character I met here rather than the character of the pub itself.

On 25th October 2019 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2339 recommendations about 2339 pubs]


Tris C left this review about Bridge House

Certainly worth a trip if you're going to take in the News Revue show in the theatre, which has been running here since 1979 and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the world's longest running show of its type; very entertaining it is too. The real ale here is probably the best in the area though that's not saying much. Typically Landlord and Doom as staples with a couple of other guests at a hefty price.
Otherwise, the pub is very stripped out with hardly any original reference points though the fairly plain bar back may be original. There's a pale floor and high, large black modern spot lamps; furniture is mainly conventional with a couple of sofas by the fake flame stove, thereafter a couple of tall tables with equally tall chairs. There's food too but it's a bit burgery rather than gastro.
However, this pub has an infuriating habit of closing very early at times, presumably if management deems the pub not to be busy enough. On a couple of occasions I've experienced last orders being called at just 9.40, table cleaning and chair stacking having commenced 10 minutes earlier; other drinkers were equally put out. The bottom line is this: if the pub's opening hours can't be relied on, what's the point of visiting - who wants to hoof out here to find the place closed?

On 25th January 2019 - rating: 3
[User has posted 929 recommendations about 916 pubs]


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Ian Mapp left this review about Bridge House

Not actually sure if this is a pub. Outside, it says "Canal, Cafe, Theatre"

Decided it wasnt really for me and moved on.

Blogged visit at http://bit.ly/2oErY9B

On 28th April 2017 - rating: 1
[User has posted 276 recommendations about 275 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
London Paddington, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Kilburn High Road, 1.52 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bridge House, W2
25th Oct 2019, 18:46
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
25th Jan 2019, 20:38
Review submitted by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Small front patio - last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : No - Dogs specifically barred. - last updated 25 October 2015 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 25 October 2015 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 25 October 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes - Addlestone's Cloudy. - last updated 27 April 2015 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Ramp and disabled lavatory. - last updated 15 April 2015 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 December 2014 by Tris C
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