We just returned from a fabulous dinner at The Porchester. The service was excellent -- attentive, charming, not overly chatty -- as was the food. My sisters had the bangers and mash, and I had the gnocchi. My sisters finished with deserts that were delicious. The atmosphere is quiet and lovely. This is not a loud bar like some pubs, which is what we were seeking.
Tasteless burger & chips. Crappy nachos.
Nothing particularly great about this pub.... aside from having my beloved Erdinger on tap, which gives it an extra star.
Still, I wouldn't go back for the food.
I really like this place. It is quite low key, it is fun, nicely decorated, always a really good atmosphere and on top of that they have some of my favourite beers! Order the Pilsner Urquell and The Erdinger. Their burgers are pretty good too...
Ideal place to go for a beer with friends. See you there!
This has been one of my local pubs (for work) for the past 3 years. Apparently it had quite a massive overhaul before I went there for the first time and left a bit of a bitter taste in some peoples mouths as the price of beer went up quite considerably.
However, as I never knew those 'cheaper' times, I am not tarred with sentiment and actually quite like the place! It has a good atmosphere, mainly working professionals but not too many of the suited types, and has a good selection of beers from far away lands that make it sound like you are using baby language when ordering a round - or maybe I feel that way because I have far too many rounds while under the influence of those wonderfully 'exotic' beers'....dunno
Anyway, haven't had a meal there, though the plates of nachos and chips that sometimes accompanied my beers were up to standard and would recommend this place as a good after work pub to relax, chat and generally unwind.
I visited The Porchester Spa this week to try out the facilities and a Quench Facial treatment (disclaimer - organised by a PR)
The facial itself was wonderful, and my skin was left looking glowing. It's definitely one of the best facials I've ever had. My beauty therapist was chatty and friendly too, so I'd recommend that.
The spa though, really wasn't my sort of thing. It's the oldest spa in London, but I felt like some of the features could have done with a revamp. As food is served on the plastic tables around the spa rooms, the smell is a little odd. The toilets could really, REALLY do with an update, and all the rooms downstairs (apart from the treatment rooms) felt a bit gloomy. Overall, it felt a bit neglected.
In it's defensive, it's clearly got a steady stream of loyal regulars. If you're slightly prudish (um, like me), it's worth knowing that most visitors stroll around in the nuddie. And strike up conversations with you. Why do naked people do that? WHY?
But if you're free of inhibitions, you'll probably prefer this form of spa. Personally, I'll probably stick to the newer ones. Where swimsuits are mandatory. Along with lighting. And cleaning.
It's a shame, as the staff are nice and there's a lot of potential there. If other spas feel a bit pretentious or intimidating, or you simply want something quite basic, then give it a try.
Nice bright Youngs pub that is laid back and friendly, with a selection of board games, and a good lunch menu. Unfortunately the pulled pork wasn't ready, so I had a pint with a Brompton burger. This was a cut above your average burger, with delicious chargrilled patty and all the trimmings, and crispy chunk chips. Busy but not crowded, I would love to have this as my local.
Disappointingly dry burger and chips. The worst nachos I have ever had in a restaurant and I've eaten at Desperados, twice.
Old school 1920s spa, claims to be London's oldest. Really enjoyed my day there although it might be a little 'authentic' for some tastes.
Nice quiet pub in bayswater. Good beer and food
The oldest Spa in London. Well, certainly the saddest, unkempt and most neglected Spa. I have not been for years. The charm of the Porchester was always its down at heel feel. The comradeship of the ladies who bathed alleviated the shabby school dorm, sour, grimy and smelly plastic,tackiness. Well, let me tell you ladies, unless you enjoy wasting time and money, pass on by. The entire afternoon Thursday last week was just about gritting one's teeth. So often you overlook little bits of shoddiness, unavailable staff, poor quality food, dirty plates, food stuck to green plastic beds.
I complained to a staff person who was simply rushed off her feet. She was polite but you could see she was on her own in this cavern of a building. While we were complaining, an older woman was standing on the stairs having an argument with a house therapist about a dirty Moroccan scrubbing mitt. It was like a dark comedy. No, this was not nice. The steam room was barely on. The loyal fraternity claimed it was simply getting more and more neglected. Quite why Nuffield Health boast about their Spa is beyond me if they are run in a similar manner to their hospitals? Nil points ... horrible. Such a shame to see a lovely Spa being made so dishevelled.
This user has arrived from Qype, a European company acquired by Yelp in 2012. We have integrated the two sites to bring you one great local experience.