Charming little pub tucked away in the mews streets of Belgravia. The sausages on sticks were beyond delicious!!
A Canadian and an American walk into a London pub...
and pretty much get ignored. Terrible experience and I am annoyed by the fact that I am forced to give this place one star. I cannot speak to the food here, but we sat and shared a bottle of wine. We went to this place based on the reviews here. I was trying to find a non-touristy place that had some character, and boy did I find it. I was expecting a quiet intimate hole-in-the-wall, but I didn't find that so much as an old boys club, full of men in suits yukking it up and smoking before they go home to the Mrs. Clearly, two North American women in jeans and sneakers don't exactly fit with the extant clientele.
When we walked in, we also (as another poster said) got attitude. We were asked if we had reservations. (No.) Even though the dining section was entirely empty, we were told we'd have to be done within the hour for the other guests. Not feeling that an hour was enough time to eat, we decided to just have some wine. Then, the bartender said we could eat at a table in the bar if we wanted. He brought us our wine and our menus but never returned... At this point, we were pretty annoyed and finally waved the bartender down (who was doing nothing but talking to another employee while not waiting on us), told him we would not be eating there and gave the menus back. While we finished our wine, we made chit chat with a nice, suited English gentleman sitting next to us, who I thought (although it was hard to tell) sympathized with us.
The wine was very tasty, but we were happy to leave. I really wonder why this place is so highly rated. Are the Yelp posters really that hipster now that they will rate a restaurant highly based solely on the locale or ease of finding it? Or perhaps they have liked this place ironically? I really can't tell...
London pub food.
I want to give it 3.5 stars but don't want to give it 4 because I didn't think it was THAT great so I'll go with 3.
Tucked away on a quiet residential street, the location was great. A VERY charming old pub. Exactly the type of place one hopes to find when visiting London.
Known for it's Bloody Mary's, I passed for fear of heartburn and went with ale instead to accompany my Beef Wellington (which was quite good).
No complaints on the service or the food. It was our first meal after a red-eye flight from D.C. in which we didn't get much sleep so maybe it was worthy of four stars. Don't recall. I was half-asleep.
Still, definitely the kind of place one should seek out to knock back pints and eat some real London pub food at when across the pond.
Cute little pub tucked away in the little streets of london.
got the fish&chips & a beef pie
the food was a bit expensive, but delicious.
The pub itself is very memorable, but the food not so much.
Would probably return for a drink or two, but not for the food
I hiked to this place based on mixed reviews. The place is impossible to find, really tucked away nice from the tourist places. I was there on a Thursday night, lots of people in the bar area in suits and lots of locals eat there.
The food... is normal english pub food, nothing fancy, but with the dimmed lighting and the theme of the pub plus the smell of spilled beer they made it just right. I would defiantly go back again.
The second stop on my London pub adventure was this former Guardsman Public House. Rumoured to be haunted, I was excited to check it out. No ghost sightings, but a packed interior led my date and I to take our drinks outdoors. There were several gigantic wooden cask-made-outdoor-pub-tables to choose from and since it was a rainy evening, we had our choice of all of them. It was a small, but nice pub. I would definitely go back to this historic venue and hopefully get there early enough to grab a seat inside.
The Bloody Mary's were pretty good and the
ambiance here is very nice, I enjoyed walking around this place, I always so
excited to come here & enjoyed their services. Truly a friendly costumer services every
time I went there. The pub areas are quite busy, but the dining area is
surprisingly noiseless. A great place for pub-lovers, like me.
traditionally British food, well English beer; they had a good selection of a draught
beers and an inspiring choice of scotches/whiskies, and you can get your beer
in a plastic cup if you want to go outside to drink and be wild. And we
experienced very comfortable feelings here!
Small, dark, cozy and near impossible to find.
The perfect place to get into some trouble, especially with all those bayonets and military trinkets lying around.
I'm bucking the trend here and I know it. I think this place has a lot of potential but I think that I got pretty poor service and the food was really not good at all.
We came in here for a quick lunch and our bartender pretty much gave us an attitude from the moment he eyed us. Yes we are tourists but that does not give you the right to lie to us.
We asked about dining and the bartender inquired if we had made a reservation. We said that we did not and that we would gladly sit in the pub and eat. We ordered the special pie of the day and a ham and chutney sandwich. I asked for it on brown bread but it came on white. Simple mistake no biggie.
As we sat eating, many British folks showed up, clearly without reservations and they were seated promptly. Another American was in the pub as well and asked about the status of his order. The bartender essentially told him that he should learn to wait or find a McDonald's. I can appreciate sarcasm but this guy was just being rude.
So there you have it. My experience definitely left a lot to be desired and frankly, I've definitely had better times in London.
Apparently the bloodies are what to quaff here. No matter, they also have a variety of real ales on draught, and what more appropriate beverage to enjoy in the epitome of an English pub than an honest-to-goodness real ale?
If not for the Yelp Mobile app, we would have never 1) known that The Grenadier existed, let alone 2) how to find it. 'Tucked away' almost describes how hidden this neighbourhood gem is.
I can't speak to the food, as their kitchen wasn't opening for dinner under 1830 (and we weren't about to drink for two straight hours), but I'd love to return sometime to sample the goods!
The problem with cool little pubs in London is that if they are really good, friendly, local pubs, then they get written up on American web sites like Yelp and become filled with us Americans taking pictures of us being in local pubs drinking with local Londoners and thus are no longer really good, friendly and local.
yes, that is exactly what I said in my Nags Head review.
Grenadier is still a great local pub, but it's becoming more populated with picture taking tourists. I took my parents here - and yes, they took pictures. And the table next to us was another family of Americans - they were friendly enough, but had that annoying boisterous "not as good as in America" attitude that seems to annoy other people. Are we all like that and just don't realize it?
The food here is good, the pints true, the service friendly, and the locals seem to enjoy the additional company.
I have had some enjoyable time here in the past and couldn't pass up the opportunity to introduce my parents to "the pub at the end of the mews." They were late as it is a little difficult to find if you haven't been there before, but eventually arrived. The crowd outside on the warm night was friendly, as it usually is. I chatted witha few folks as I waited for my parents.
Service that night was a little slow - the evening shift chap showed up late. other than that (and the annoying family at the next table) the rest of the evening was just fine.
So I'll probably return again, as I do each trip to London. Though it won't be the little local pub that it used to be, just seems to have been added to the "places to go to experience real London" list for tourists (and yes, I am one of them).
Ok, so it's well-hidden, yes. It has oddles and oddles of charm for our American cousins, yes. Is it anything more than a pretty good boozer? Probably not.
Came here out of curiosity after seeing many of the reviews here on Yelp. Now, maybe it was because I went on a Monday lunchtime but the place was quiet as a mouse and had about as much atmosphere as a doctor's waiting room. There was no background music and despite the barman's perfectly amicable demeanour the place still felt like it was a local pub for local people.
We ate in the small bar area, and boy, is it small. Opting for the bar menu rather than the a la carte in the main bar / restaurant. The burger was pretty damn good and probably one of the best burgers I've had in a gastro pub, but for £9 (without fries) it should've been.
I want to rave about this place but the lack of any atmosphere, the locals staring blankly on, and the general 'weirdness' I just can't. Maybe I just hit it on a quiet day. But, even on a busy one, I can't imagine you'd have much fun to be honest as you'd either be squashed in the small main bar, in near-darkness in the main eating area or sipping your pint on the street (probably the best option) but then you may as well be in Hyde Park.
Definitely worth a visit for the pure curiosity-factor but beyond that? Not so sure....
Excellent ye olde boozer in Knightsbridge, not a million miles from Hyde Park corner. Not contrived, just an old, rural and local feel, set in a gorgeous mews. Stocks a good selection of ales, sells competent bar food and has a restaurant 'out back' which I've not tried and probably never will.
Highly recommended, especially in the summer so you stand outside, if you're in the neighbourhood.
Tip: If on a date then approach from Knightsbridge Road so that you get to it via weird back alleys that look like someones driveway, you'll win kudos for finding this little gem :-)
Like everyone said before, a fantastic traditional pub. This is my first time in London and relied heavily on the suggestions of others. The Grenadier did not disappoint. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, it's cozy atmosphere makes for a perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
Menu was full and meals were cooked to perfection.
It's true when they say it's hard to find though, which I think adds to its charm. I used directions from an earlier review, which helped. Take the dark alley near the Patchi Patisserie and follow the road to the left (you'll think it's a dead end but it's not)...you'll see the red doors to your right. Don't follow your GPS, you'll get lost.
Be sure to make a reservation since there are only about six tables, not including the bar.
I can't wait to come back to London to visit again!
I loved it. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was basically the coziest damn thing I've ever seen, service was incredible, and really the half hidden location bumps the whole experience up to amazing.
I feel bad, as an american, contributing to the tourist take over of The Grenadier but the prices ease my guilt at least a little bit (our bill was about 35 GBP per person). But it really is true what the rest of the reviews say, I didn't see any locals eating and instead was surprised by the tables full of tourists. Not the worst kind of clueless loud tourists mind you, but still not Londoners.
Honestly, this is one of the first restaurants I have been to in London where I left all excited thinking about people I want to bring with next time. That alone should be reason enough to come.
Now this is a proper pub. Small, dark, tough to find, with a lively and friendly crowd, one of the best bloody Marys, ghost stories and hidden like the Lost Ark. By the end of this latest trip I was proudly able to navigate my way to and from the pub without error. Tucked away in the mews, you'll feel like you are in a private drive. From the Hyde Park Corner underground take the fourth exit and continue straight ahead. Take the first left down the alley, next left at the gate, right into the mews and the Grenadier is straight ahead.
Rumor has it that an 18th century British soldier still haunts this place. The Duke of Wellington's officers use to relax at the Grenadier and who can blame them. Many taps to choose from, good food and award winning Bloodys. There is also a Bloody Mary bar on Sunday afternoons.
Properly hidden, proper local. Though a stream of tourists being referred from nearby hotels will make you chuckle. One woman leaving touched the door latch and said "TEE HEE... It's like, ooold"
Good mulled wine (albeit heavy on the clove), hot ciders, pints, pies, etc... there's a seating area in the back that does fancier food, which makes me wonder how much they charge as our 'pub food' menu was £13 a pie. It was a good pie, but dear me. Maybe we're paying for "the oldness"
It's cute though, and sometimes you just need a quiet little pub tucked in an alleyway. Especially in this area, it's all hotels and casinos otherwise.
One local said, "dear me, for £13... I'll just bring a pack of crisps in myself if I get hungry..."
I'd come back for a pint, but perhaps not the food. I can't say the value was there, just the novelty.
This is about as classic a pub one can find. The food is fantastic, it's well-hidden, authentic, and conveniently located.
The fish and chips are a great lunch, their pies are also quite nice.
Do yourself a favor and get either the sticky toffee pudding or the chocolate cake.
Tough to find, but abso-friggin-lutley worth it. Really tucked away near Hyde Park, we only found out about this place from a pub in Chelsea we were at the night before; and we only found THAT place because I got us lost on the way back to the hotel from Foxtrot Oscar.
Anywhoo, we made it for lunch after visiting Buckingham, and it was top notch. We got the sausage sandwich and the brie & cranberry sandwich- and of course, we split chips. Sandwiches were perfect, and well priced too. Service was amiable, and pleasant. I would've liked to have done dinner b/c it seems like a good, relaxing place, and based on the signage they seem to curb the rif-raf.
Hopefully I'll get back to London & when I do, I'm coming back here.
We went based on the great reviews. Male bartender was brusque. We asked if they served Honey Dew (since it's a Fuller's pub) and got attitude and the response that we should have looked on the Fuller's web site to figure it out... Have since looked on the site and it doesn't say which pubs serve it.
We had Kronenberg and it was quite delicious, but the bartenders attitude had already ruined the mood a bit. One of the locals sat at the bar was very nice and pointed us to a table that looked like it was occupied but actually wasn't. We had planned to sit and drink quite a lot but ended up leaving after 1 drink. The previous occupant's leftovers were never cleared away in the 45 minutes we were sat there.
This place has potential, and if you can ignore rude service, the rest of it is charming.
An epically good location. Hidden off mews and side streets by Hyde Park Corner it just waits for a nice sunny day so you can perch on the edge of the street and rest your feet on the cobbles.
A couple of American friends are coming to visit next week and this will undoubtedly be the place I take them for the touch of old school classic London.
PS make sure you spot the guard box outside the front. Apparently this is so when royalty used to drink here they could station their guard there. Thought I was told this 15 years ago by my dad so it could be dubious.
Very nice, great bloody marys, very capable food.
Eye-wateringly expensive (but it *is* Belgravia). Filled with Americans (but it *is* Belgravia). Slightly strange kitchen staff (despite everyone looking to order food all afternoon on a Sunday, they "didn't open their kitchen 'til 6"). Inflexible staff (we rang up £9.90, had to pay by card, then had to order something else to get it above £10)
All in all, good, great if you're in the hood. Hard-ish to find if you're looking but somehow just not.particulalry.friendly.
Which is, after all, what you want in a pub.
Glad I went, though. And would be back.
This was the first bar I every visited in London. I was intrigued by the fact that they allegedly created the Bloody Mary, and also that it may or may not be haunted. Win-win.
The ambiance is exactly what you want it to be: a traditional British Pub with traditional British Pub-dwellers. However, it was pretty dead when I went and eerily quiet inside. Also, I ordered a Bloody Mary and didn't like it. Pretty sure that could just be because I'm used to them being made a different way.
Overall, definitely worth checking out- cool place!
Hard to find but that's part of what makes it special. This small local pub somehow hidden away from touristy London right next-door is probably my favourite pub for a sit down meal. The food is amazing, all nice and hearty british pub food but without that greasy feeling at all. The bloody Marys are excellently spiced and the atmosphere is small quiet and perfect for dinner for 2-4 people. The bar itself is only a few meters long and doesn't fit a lot of people but the atmosphere is very cozy. Lastly the staff are very friendly. It's like someone had transported a small local town pub into busy bustling London and managed to keep it hidden enough that it still retains all of it's charm.
Nice pub down a beautiful cobbled residential street, just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Hyde Park Corner.
On a warm day you'll need to get through the crowd of pint-drinkers who've overflowed into the street, go up the stairs, and through the bright-red first floor door to see an authentic, old-style pub. The bar's right in front and tables extend around either side. Don't be surprised if it's busy here, too. Despite the pub being hidden it's mentioned in some tourist guides, so it can get a bit too busy for comfort sometimes.
They have a nice selection of ales. I've only eaten snacks here, but have heard mixed things about the food (especially lately).
This pub is supposed to be haunted, and there are some newspaper clippings on the walls that give the background: the spirit of one of the Duke of Wellington's guards is reported to have been seen shifting through walls, etc.
A good pub in a good location with occasionally off-putting crowds. Along with the nearby Nag's Head (qype.co.uk/place/29949-N…) it's one of my favourites in the area.
Great location with lots of charm. The beer is good and the clientèle are often interesting to have a chat with.
It closes to new arrivals rather early because of the locals so don't be surprised if you go and get refused entry.
I cannot believe that any Qype users have given this place a good review! If you look on other websites, it's hard to find a good word.
The customer service in this pub is without a doubt the worst I have ever received in London. The bargirl seemed to be on another planet whilst the bar manager was so incredibly rude, I was in disbelief.
A group of us had long before ordered numerous drinks and when it got cold outside, decided to relocate inside. We were deciding whether to order food when we sat down at a table (the bar is so small that we were simply in the way if we kept standing), only to have the bar manager bark at us that the table was dirty, and we had to wait at the bar for ten minutes so he could clean it. We politely replied to thank him, but explained that we weren't bothered about the table being dirty, he shouldn't worry about cleaning the whole thing, just removing the empty glasses, and he suddenly got such an attitude about him. He made a problem out of the fact we weren't yet certain if we were all going to eat, walked off before we could tell him we were all going to eat, and then proceeded to (very obviously) badmouth us to the bargirl. When he came back to clear the glasses, he purposely took away our full drinks, and an item of my friend's property. He then pretended not to hear us/to be surprised when we said it was ours, instead replying with sarky comments about ''well if you bothered to wait like I told you'' and ''well you shouldn't leave it there then''.
My experience definitely left a lot to be desired. Will certainly never be going again.
Hidden down a backstreet it's an ideal meet-up pre any of the Hyde Park gigs (which is why I went).
Small, nay dinky, it seemed to attract a mix of posh types from Belgravia offices, some American toursits, and one or two people from local consulates and embassies.
Service was slow, but I'm guessing it was a busier night than normal. The burger was expensive but good.
I'll pop in again next time I'm around, but won't seek it out in a rush.
To me, this pub is the best that I have yet found in London. The bar staff is always friendly, the type of people attracted are amiable, and the Atmosphere is exactly what a London pub should be.
The beer is good; a fine selection of cask ales from taps that are obviously well cleaned. The food is better than most pubs priding themselves on their fare. I'm not one for cocktails but I hear they do a Bloody Mary second to none.
More than that, this pub has genuine class and history. The bank notes on the ceiling include a few from countries no longer in existence. The solid pewter bar top is a true beautiful survivor from ages past. On the mews, it is quiet outside and intimate inside.
Come here with friends or by yourself to meet new ones!
Belgravia is littered with embassies, executive types and $200k German cars. And this wonderful place, in which I heard a variation of my native language that was so unfamiliar to me that it took me 15 minutes to notice that they were in fact Dutch. It's a mixed crowd though - not all tourists. For how much longer, I dare not say. Loved the sausages!
Credit cards accepted but I heard the lady say something about a 10 pound minimum charge.
Love the hidden location in Wilton mews. A very nice walk through a picturesque neighborhood. The pub is a small, quaint period piece that when you are inside you feel transported back in time. Lovely contrast to the overwhelmingly modern London. The food is traditional pub fare. Decent, inexpensive, but definitely not the main attraction.
10 Reasons why the Grenadier is friggin' awesome:
1. They have a Bloody Mary bar and they are gooooooood.
2. They have a restaurant separate from the bar. So if you want to eat a nice meal you can do so without listening to the noisy people at the bar.
3. There's a ghost! Supposedly an officer was shot there over a dodgy game of cards and he still haunts the pub.
4. It's quaint and cosy--it's a very small pub which I think is a benefit because it doesn't get overstuffed with people. There just isn't room.
5. It is supposedly a celebrity favorite, so a good place for sightings. Who did I spot sipping a beer at the bar? Johnny Rotten! Yay!
6. The food is really good--in the restaurant bit that is. Nice traditional English meals.
7. Lovely vegetarian options which are always good for me!
8. You can get your beer in a plastic cup if you want to go outside to drink and be rowdy.
9. Cool old military decor and paraphernalia. You can spend a fair bit of time just looking at the cool stuff and reading the old news articles hanging on the wall.
10. Atmosphere: the Grenadier has it. It just FEELS cool.
A true gem of a pub.
Tucked away in an atmospheric cobble-stoned mews, the red-white-and-blue Grenadier is one of the coolest little places in London. On a cold day, you can huddle at a small table in the dark-panelled room or just perch at the old pewter bar, feeling lost in time. Indeed, the pub has an interesting past - it was once used as a mess for guards and is reputed to be haunted... On a warmer day, it is delightful to stand outside (very few seats) and just take in the peacefulness of the quiet mews.
There's also a minuscule restaurant at the back of the pub serving classic pub fare. While I haven't tried the food, their bloody marys are excellent.
I finally got around to visiting this pub last Saturday, on a fabulous drinking tour of the area. Having heard so much about the pub, I definitely wanted to pay it a visit. After experiencing some map reading problems on my friend's iPhone, we eventually found the pub. There were a couple of lads dressed in Jack Wills hoodies draped over the steps, so once we'd climbed over them we were in. Or so I thought, because the bar is so tiny! Unfortunately a large swathe of the pub is devoted to 'diners', of which there were none. Very disappointing. Also, no crisps or pork scratchings were available, my request was actually met with scorn by the barman, telling me there were no 'packaged snacks'. Shame really, still, it was a lovely pint of Batemans...
If you are up for a bit of orienteering, it is well worth the time spent finding this place.
The food is simply amazing. The menu is very British, and had a good selection of beers, the regular assortment of meat dishes, and a variety of savory pies. Our group all ordered different dishes, and everything was superb. I didn't know carrot and coriander soup was a thing until I tried it here, and now I'm looking for a good one in the US. Grenadier is definitely the place to go if you want British food that is actually good.
BTW, they weren't kidding when they say the place is hidden. A note on finding the place: it is on Wilton ROW, not Wilton Place/Crescent/Terrace. Don't trust your GPS on this one.
The easiest way to get there is from Hyde Park to the north. From Knightsbridge Rd, turn onto a small, dingy alley by the Patchi Patisserie and walk until you find and pass through a red door. You can also approach from the south; just turn from Wilton Crescent onto Wilton Row and follow the street as it turns to your left.
This is an excellent example of a traditional old pub I have come across, the staff are warm and friendly and the crowd are nice and varied. I love the old style charm and the decor and the location is perfect, you wouldnt find it unless you were looking for it, hidden away in the heart of London. The pub also has a facinating history and is supposedly haunted! They have newspaper cuttings of all the articles about it, which make facinating reading. I think this place is a real hidden Gem!
called pubs 'hidden gems' before. This one is just plain hidden! Following the
directions I had led me to a locked and padlocked gate so I had to just try and
approach the pub from a different angle. It is worth finding though as the
secluded location in a cobbled mews is both unique and pleasant. I would
recommend a fair weather visit so that you can stand outside and enjoy your
surroundings. The inside is quite small. This pub
has a military history (hence the name) and is even supposed to be haunted by
a soldier who was flogged to death for cheating at cards. (london-ghost-tour.com/gr…) I wonder
if they have a poker night. Digging
beyond its history and location I found the pub isn't too bad either. I was
pleased to see 3 real ales but they were pricey (like much in this part of
town). The food looked a bit expensive too. The inside can be a bit cramped (I
don't like the foody area for this reason), but looked like it could be quite
nice on a quiet day.
Delicious, varied pub fare. Fabulous bloody marys. Cute, intimate dining room with a fireplace and quirky old decorations. Really friendly waiters both times I went there. The pub area can get quite busy, but the dining area is surprisingly quiet. A great place for pub-lovers who want to see a non-touristy part of London with charm and local flavour.
Every time I come to London I have to stop at the Grenadier. It is soooo difficult to find even if you have a map. You must go down walkways and through gates. Even though I have been several times I still have a hard time to find it. Obviously, it is not that difficult to find because it is always packed.
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