OK, so Piers Morgan apparently bought this place & wow, the bf & I had dinner here and was truly blown away! The food was amazing & not too overpriced, our server was the sweetest, and of course real ale :)
I had a chorizo risotto to die for and the bf had the fish. And of course we HAD to have pudding, and I am so glad we did. NOTHING was bad, it was a truly wonderful experience!
Went here for my works Christmas drinks and food. The pub it's self is in a really posh part of London (kensington), the interior and exterior are both well maintained and it gives it a sort of country pub feel. The staff are all friendly and helpful.
They serve a good range of booze but my god is it expensive. £5.75 for a bottle of cider.
The food was all nice and decent portions given the fact your in a posh pub in Kensington lol. I had the ham hock starter with Turkey roast for dinner and cheese board. Like I say all nice but nothing super special.
The 3 course Xmas dinner was £28. Not too bad to be honest. Would I go back....not for a night out but for a quick drink then yes.
Our last supper in London was here...
We were going to eat at Scarsdale again but they were completely booked. We wandered a few minutes and stumbled upon this place! Great little find.
The server was super friendly, cute, and recommended some great beers for my dad and I and my mom enjoyed her wine.
After chatting it up with the guy he told us that they had just re-opened after a remodel. It looked good. A mix of lounge and wooden pub style booths. I have since learned that many of the traditional pubs are undergoing a "gastro" makeover. Despite the change, we thought that we should have fish and chips our last night. We did and they didn't disappoint. The side of mashed peas was an interesting addition though.
Needless to say, we all left angry, but it had nothing to do with the Hansom waiter or Cab.
After a rousing few hours at the Famous Three Kings watching Wales overcome Italy (in rugby, rather than land or politics) we wandered down Talgarth Road to enjoy a quite one and to savour the highlights of the past few hours.
We strolled into the Hansom Cab which was a far cry from the atmosphere at the F3K. There were only a few punters, it was calm and quiet and there were only a couple of small screens showing the Scotland V England match.
It was ideal for us to sit down and unwind after the madness of being rammed in with inumerable Welsh people in strong voice. We relaxed. Read the newspaper. Doodled on an envelope. Said things like, Triple Crown? Yes please.
Tremendous effort. Broody.
Owain had a steak sandwich.
We watched England fritter away any credulity as a rugby nation as they lost to a determined Scotland.
A great day.
It's a while since we've been into the Hansom Cab. When we last visited, it was full of ageing (but pleasant) locals, and had a real Hansom Cab suspended, rather perilously from the ceiling.
Since then, it's been thoroughly made over (albeit a while back - in fact, the whole interior looks somewhat scruffy, and I understand another makeover is in the offing). The paintwork has been re-done in that fashionable 'muddy brown' colour, the Hansom Cab has gone, and lots of old furniture has been moved in, along with lots of mirrors. There's some limited outdoor pavement seating in summer.
Essentially, there's a front bar wrapped around an island counter, and a long room running across the rear: the front area has a few tables and standing room, whereas the back has lots of big, rather scruffy sofas - the sort you might expect to see in digs in 'Withnail and I'. The bar itself is a very impressive piece of internal architecture: pairs of dark wood columns with Composite (Corinthian/Ionic) capitals and decorative glass inlay rise right up to a canopy at ceiling height - as if a small Greek temple had been dropped from above.
The punters seem to be a very mixed crowd of locals and a few visitors, and it all feels very unpretentious and cheerfully laid back - something of an achievement in this part of Kensington. The bar staff are similarly very friendly and helpful.
They do several real ales - Black Sheep Bitter, Hog's Back TEA (Traditional English Ale), Doom Bar Bitter and occasionally Fuller's Bitter (though we were told this had been off for a while). It sounds very odd asking for a pint of 'TEA'! There's also a decent wine list, and they serve 'posh pub' food which has a good reputation, although we've not eaten here. On Wednesdays there's a quiz and on Tuesdays a Curry + Tiger Beer offer for £6.50.
I'm hovering between three and four stars: the only downer (but one that really gets under my skin) is that the music was too loud, and the choice - tracks from films such as Mission Impossible, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, etc - slightly unnerving. Quieter music and a bit of tarting up, and it would happily deserve four stars, as a nice local boozer. So, for now, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for having nice staff!
Great neighborhood gastropub. Nice beer & wine selection and old Motown tunes (including alternative cuts) crankin'. Also the food, in a word, is awesome! I arrived there'd one night just as the kitchen was closing - the bartender happily took my order, and the food (a duck salad and lamb w/ roasted vegetables and polenta) was prepared to perfection. The chef even came out of the kitchen to chat with us. I'd return in a heartbeat!
Nestled between Earl's court and Kensington, The Hansom Cab is a cracking little find. Good selection of beers, it's far enough away from offices and the tube stations to ever be too busy at lunch time - though it has been known on the occasional Friday night.
The food is served promptly and with a smile, it's good value for money. I wouldn't recommend a long trek here, but if you happen to be in the area it's worth a visit.
And they say the English have terrible food! On the contrary, this was one of the most interesting and satisfying meals I have had in a while! Don't be deceived by the pub atmosphere. The food here is top. I especially recommend the scotch egg, which comes out as big as an ostrich egg and makes for a very generous starter. The crispy "shell", the savory, seasoned sausage, and the perfectly runny egg are to die for. As a main I ordered the smoked mackerel with chorizo, with big flavors to match the big portion. Simply put, you're in for great quantity and quality when you eat here.
A lovely pub between Earl's Court and Kensington, but why the hell is it so empty? After paying it another visit last week I think I might have figured it out: the food. My 'medium/rare' steak was by far the most well-done steak I'd ever eaten and our 'apple crumbles' were basically bowls of baby apple food with biscuits broken on top. I know I should've sent the steak back but we were there for drinks and a catch-up more than the food, and we were getting 50% off with out TasteCards so I didn't want to take the piss. It's a shame because it's a great location and the interior is really nice. Don't go there if you're expecting a slap-up dinner, but for drinks and a decent pub quiz it's worth a visit once in a while.
This pub is a great little find. Off the beaten path from Earls Court Rd, it has never been too busy to sit down and have a quiet drink whenever I've been to this establishment. As my parents have stayed in the local area when visiting it has been a nice place to retreat to afterwards for that calming glass of wine. The service is generally welcoming and friendly and the decour is attractive in that nice independent-type of pub sense without being garish.
This pub is owned by Piers Morgan and is a really good pub. If your lucky you will catch Piers on the weekend drinking some good brew.
Fantastic food, I had the crispy duck salad, it was fantastic! The watermelon balanced out the onions, chili and mint. The service is friendly and generally good. It's a bit expensive, thouh, but I don't regret a penny.
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