Brook Green is a hotel in West London, with a pub on the ground floor. This review is solely for the pub.
We came to Brook Green as a party of 6, to check out the burger challenge. Yes, I know that such gluttony is a sin, a western scar upon the starving world, and should be abhorred by those of us with a moral compass. I, however, possess no such a thing, and the idea of a multi-layered burger struck me as something I should try out at least once in my life.
Actually that's a lie - I had no intention of attempting the challenge. It was only when I saw the large chalkboard hung up with the names of those who have completed the challenge in under 15 minutes that I thought 'What the hell, Why not..?" and joined my friends in the attempt.
The challenge is a huge burger with 3 thick beef patties, and lots of cheese/veg layers, a bucket of chips, a pot of coleslaw and a basket of batter-fried gherkins. Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking either.
When the boards arrived with our challenge layeth upon them, I immediately figured I wasn't even going to attempt trying this challenge. Primarily because I have little desire to make myself ill.
However, if you are going to try this challenge, I'd advise against drinking any pints of beer - the carbonated drinks will just hold you back! Oh, and the gherkins are ridiculously greasy.
It was good fun though - the food was surprisingly tasty. For some reason, I thought it'd be tasteless and mass produced gunk, but the ingredients were of good quality and made for a good meal when enjoyed at a normal pace.
The pub itself is a great space - the high ceilings and well stocked bar made this a nice hangout on a weekend afternoon with friends. If you're there to try the burger challenge, then go prepared, and have a good strategy - you'll need it!
The Brook Green Hotel is a great spot for a drink or two in the evening in opulent surroundings. The décor is lovely: in the public bar upstairs there are big wooden tables, squishy sofas, and blue and white chandeliers, while the garden area is pleasantly leafy and decked out with fairy lights. It makes a spacious change from a dark, dingy pub.
I spent New Year 2008-09 here with some friends and had a wonderful time; tickets included a reasonably good buffet dinner, and there was great music to enjoy and the local swing dance class members to watch in the downstairs bar, which is cosy and low-ceilinged. I believe it can be booked for private functions.
The bar is pretty expensive, but they sell a range of interesting ales (including a banana bread beer). The menu is a mixture of classic pub fare such as pies and sausages, and pasta, risotto, &c., starting from around £7 for a main course. They also serve a decent cup of coffee, but I would avoid the hot chocolate which is malty but slightly weak.
They have live music on Thursday nights and occasionally run a themed evening.
I didn't know this place before it got refurbished, but walked past it loads of times and thought it looked inviting.
Perfectly adequate place to meet someone for a beer and then go on somewhere else. Food wasn't all that amazing and a little overpriced. On the plus side does have a small beer garden if weather's nice. Maybe 3 stars is a bit generous - I'd maybe go for a straight middle of the road of 2.5 given the option. Plenty of other places in the vicinity that are better.
We used to come here to watch rugby games until they decided to refurbish the entire bar and seating area. Okay, the place could have done with a bit of spring cleaning. But that doesn't justify pretending to be something you're not and charging way too much for drinks and food now that it looks a bit more inviting to the general public
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