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KPH, W11

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139 Ladbroke Grove
W11
W11 1PN
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Tris C left this review about KPH

Built in the so-called Kensington Italianate style in the mid-19th century, this is very much a local North Kensington institution on the border with Notting Hill which, closed for several years, came perilously close to being converted but reopened earlier this year.
This was a former Irish pub which in earlier years had been a focal point for the Notting Hill race riots of 1958 but earlier still, it was the local boozer for Timothy Evans and John Reginal Christie, of 10 Rillington Place infamy, the street being just a couple of hundred yards from here. Other past drinkers included Oswald Mosley and as a music venue, it has hosted the likes of Tom Jones, The Clash, Thin Lizzy and The Jam.
It had in recent years been gentrified, but the reopening has seen even greater change. Out front, where once the windows were reinforced with wire, are now large clear picture windows, topped with smaller panes retaining their etching. Gone is the Cannon Brewery logo to the corner splay along with the Taylor Walker plaques and lanterns; the Double Diamond logo to the entrance has also gone.
Inside, and it’s a typical traditional meets modern madeover London pub. Large, with a new boarded floor with tiled apron to the bar which appears to be new, the illuminated Double Diamond and Skol wording gone, but visible above the top of the bar parapet along with the name of Ind Coope. The overall colour scheme is dark green with a white punctuated ceiling and some Anaglypta to where the walls feature dado rails. Otherwise, there’s oxblood studded vinyl banquettes to the periphery below the windows. Some tall round tables and matching stools occupy the centre, along with a couple of round tables clasping the central columns. Further tables to the rear are low, square and modern with traditional chairs. Lighting is tasteful but minimal along with oil burning lamps on tables; two rather unattractive aircon units are fixed to the ceiling. There’s a dining room upstairs with new lavatories downstairs with a cubicle featuring almost clear glass panes to the door, which is something of an invasion of privacy, but is probably intended to be a deterrent to naughtiness. Jazz funk music played at really too loud a level for comfort and customers were a pleasing mix of pretty young things as well as some older more local geezers, though overall it wasn’t that busy for a Thursday, especially given how many had filled the Elgin across the road.
Service was immediate, with three ales being available in the form of a reversed clip, Landlord and Sussex Best on great form but at a painful £4.90 pint.
The KPH is certainly worth a visit if in the area though not a detour, but you’ll probably end up here prior to admiring the Elgin’s beautiful interior.

On 2nd August 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about KPH

Quite an old-fashioned pub, with a huge three-letter sign above the corner entrance. Mixed furniture and decor. Greene King IPA and Harvey's (£4.00) available from two of three hand pumps on the front of the square bar counter (featuring some old Ind Coope signage), with a reversed Abbot clip noted and two more disused pumps at the back. Theatre Room for hire upstairs (not visited). Menu appears to just be breakfast and pizzas. Live music a feature, with a jazz quartet setting up when I stopped by.

On 3rd May 2015 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Kensington Park

The last time I was in this pub early seventies it was a riotous place full of Paddy,s and Jocks hammering the Guinness,Lot different now.Has been spruced up with food on the menu but no real ale .Still do a decent pint of Guinness.

On 25th January 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Shepherds Bush, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Kensal Green, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Queens Park (London), 1.53 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for KPH, W11
3rd Aug 2019, 18:26
Request to add pub to area North Kensington by Tris C approved
 
2nd Aug 2019, 21:15
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : Yes - 7 rooms. - last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 September 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 September 2019 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WC downstairs. - last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 August 2019 by Tris C
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