Had a fabulous date night at the Warrington! I had the steak, which was absolute perfection. I was sad that it wasn't a thicker cut of steak, so I could savour it longer! The sauce that is served with the steak was to die for. So delicious! It comes with fat chips, which are totally yum! Be warned, the chilli chips will cause a fire to erupt in your mouth. They looked so harmless, but they are deceiving.
The Englishman ordered the fish and chips. I was shocked to see it was a whole battered fish on chips, served with mushy peas. I tried the mushy peas. They were delish. The serving size was huge. They could give you a bigger portion of the mushy peas though.
Before dining here, I thought the prices seemed a bit steep. Not outrageous, but reflective of being located in Maida Vale. I'd say for what you get, it's actually good value for money. No wonder this place is always packed. YUM!
P.S. It's also a nice place to go for drinks. However, they don't make cocktails. You might be able to convince them to make you something simple, but be prepared for an alternative.
The Warrington Hotel is renowned as having one of the finest pub interiors in London, and is now part of the Gordon Ramsay empire.
Mr Ramsay himself is said to dislike the 'gastro-pub' label, (good so far) and so has retained the downstairs bar as a pub, and created a fine dining restaurant upstairs. (NB It is no longer a hotel as such - there's no accommodation).
Built in 1859 and extensively refurbished in 1900, the classical white Italianate exterior belies the opulence within: only the entrance pillars, with their green and blue glazed tiles with plant motifs, and a pair of huge iron-and-glass lamps hint at the splendour to come.
The bar area is dominated by a huge curved bar, with a marble counter and carved mahogany base. Elsewhere, Tiffany-style lamps compete with etched and stained glass, murals, mosaics, elaborate plaster work and yet more glazed tiles. The style is hard to define - a sort of art-nouveau crossed with arts-and crafts. The restaurant, on the other hand, is restrained cool in the extreme: creams, greys and beiges make for a calm, if slightly dull, dining space.
It still serves real ale, with three reliable if unadventurous regulars (Fuller's London Pride, Greene King IPA and Adnam's broadside) joined by a guest ale, which this week was the very nice (and rare, in London) Harviestoun 'Bitter and Twisted', an blond beer coming in at 4.8% ABV.
The menu (and I haven't yet eaten here, so can't comment on the quality) also divides between bar and restaurant. The oddly-named 'Bar Snacks' menu features meals rather than snacks - soup at £3.50, a Ploughman's lunch at £6.50 and a selection of pies, mushy peas and mash at £11.50. Hot food is only available at lunchtime. I'm less impressed that a 12.5% service charge is added in the bar - perhaps a sign of restaurant-management thinking.
The restaurant, on the other hand, is much more what you'd expect: starters from £6.75 to £9.25, including scallops, potted duck, snails, steak tartare, fresh salmon and risotto; soups and salads from £6.50 to £8.25; and mains - all restrained modern British fare- range between £10 and £20, with side dishes are around £3 and puddings at £6.
The wine list has plenty of variety - ranging from £13.50 to a selection in the £100+ bracket, so you should find something to suit your taste and pocket. Again, a service charge of 12.5% is added, so expect a two-course meal with wine to cost around £50 a head. The restaurant seemed very popular, judging by the constant arrival and disappearance upstairs of a stream of generally well-heeled diners.
A few quibbles, however: the menu has, rather oddly, a separate 'Crustacea' section, which is slightly too biological for my liking, when 'shellfish' would suffice. (They could go the whole hog, I suppose, and go for a menu headed 'flora, herbivora, ave and icthyes'. Or maybe not).
And the development of the restaurant has changed the atmosphere somewhat, from the local pub it was to a slightly more varied and, it has to be said, more pretentious crowd, although the atmosphere was still welcoming enough. Overall, it's worth a look inside, with a pint or two
No sooner did I leave The Warrington in Maida Vale did I read in The London Paper (rest its soul) that Gordon Ramsey's pub had failed a health inspection. Apparently they found mouse droppings in the kitchen, under the sink and in the window sills. I'm writing this review as if I didn't know that, but be advised that mousecrap supersedes whatever tasty things I had at The Warrington
I started out with the potted duck with apple and onion chutney.
I wasn't sure if the lukewarmness of this dish was intentional or not, but I found it to be a nice light start to the meal. Bread was meh.
The main was a braised lamb shank with sweet potato mash.
Lamb shank should fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. This did that, but unfortunately what fell of the bone was mostly fat. Ick. I also wish there was some sort of a vegetable served along with this. Lamb is good, sweet potatoes are excellent, but I need something to cut the salt and sweet. That said though, there were some really nice flavours out of this. The broth was really nice.
The Warrington's food was just ok. The building itself is just gorgeous.
Considering the whole mouse crap thing, I won't go back to the restaurant proper, but I enjoyed my meal enough when I was there. I would definitely spend time in the pub downstairs though.
It was also nice they had a California Zin on the glass list. You don't see that every day in England.
The Warrington restaurant on the first floor was absolutely delicious with lovely atmosphere & great prices! Only improvement needed is service as they took forever to take our order and did not tell me that they were going to switch my fish.
We went on a Sunday evening and got a prix-fixed menu at £18 for 2 courses. Salted beef starter was excellent, as was the soup. Ham hock starter was nice but not quite as good as the others. I ordered the sea bass but ended up getting salmon, without the server telling me. Luckily I like salmon & it was all delish. The feather blade was extremely tender and tasty, as was the tomato aubergine tart. Crumble & rice pudding were perfect to finish. And wine prices were fantastic.
Pub atmosphere on the ground floor looked lively and I'd love to go back to check it out.
The Warrington Hotel is a great venue which combines a hotel, a pub and an upstairs restaurant. Owned by Gordon Ramsay, the Warrington is popular with media peoples and committed locals alike. Retaining it's orginal atmosphere by serving real ale, organising quiz machines and keeping prices steady, the Warrington makes a good choice for those who aren't too interested in an overly pretenious venue.
Upstairs (previously home to Ben's Thai restaurant) has been redeveloped as part of Gordon's plans to develop the orginal venue into a gastro pub. It's definately worth checking out.
The Warrington, Gordon Ramsay's latest investment of £6million opened earlier this month, without publicity, but rumour has it that it is already fully booked for several weeks due to word-of-mouth recommendations.
Kate Moss is among those who have been seen eating at the pub in Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale.
The Warrington features an art nouveau bar and dining room and has been renovated extensively by the celebrity chef who bought it more than a year ago.
The TV chef seems to be sticking to a very down to earth menu and doing his best to keep the locals happy by considerately restoring the pub's listed Victorian interior.
The menu features classics such as steak and kidney pie (£11.50) plus more adventurous dishes like braised Gloucester pig cheeks with Swede (£11.00) and roast Guinea Fowl with Puy lentils and bacon (£13.25). Bar snacks include pork pies (£6) and pickled cockles (£1.50).
The pub's archaic stained-glass windows, mosaic-tiled porch, stone fireplace and frescoes featuring semi-naked women attests to its origin as a brothel, later became known as Warrington Hotel- have all been retained.
The Warrington is run by Mark Sargeant, the former head chef at Ramsay's Claridge's restaurant, who is responsible developing the Ramsay group's expansion into pubs.
It was bought by Gordon Ramsay Holdings as part of a strategy to conquer London's gastropub market.
Last week, Ramsay purchased his fourth venture - the York And Albany in Camden, which is set to reopen in May.
His two other pubs are The Narrow in Limehouse and The Devonshire in Chiswick, are being received positively in their respective localities. At best I think you could end up paying around 30.00 for lunch and 45.00 for dinner ot just go in for a drink and eat for under tenner.
I only went to the downstairs pub part of the Warrington rather than the upstairs dining room. The pub itself is absolutley fantastic with amazing atmosphere from the historic decor. We stuck to the wine and payed about £16 for a fairly good bottle of pinot grigio which was not bad. Food was a bit above your average pub grub with the chicken and mushroom pie a real winner. Don't bother with the fishcakes though unless you are on some sort of starvation diet - the portion size is tiny.
Not eaten in here, but despite the absolutely gorgeous interior (probably one of the nicest in London) this place is very souless. Not really sure why, it just doesn't really have the character that it deserves. Probably something to do with it being bastardised into an overpriced gastro-pub....
The previous review gives you a great overview of the Warrington proposition. My experience was ok but a bit disappointing considering the price and all the buzz around the place. While the pub itself is really great with lots of character and a really local crowd who clearly has been going there before Mr Ramsay came, the restaurant was a bit of a disappointment.
First the room, which has a great volume, is really poorly decorated. White, beige and light grey dominate with some dark wood tables but the inconsistent lighting (strong in the main room, low on the side) create an atmosphere best described as greyish, not warm at all in a room which has so much potential. More important is the food which again was a bit puzzling. It's never great when you arrive in what is supposed to be a fantastic restaurant (not talking about anything too exotic here) and then you dont know what to order because of lack of inspiration The menu is very down to earth and wintery (snails, pies, duck, steak, sole) and I ended up having endives with stilton as a starter followed by a choucroute. It was good in decent quantities (probably right if you want to have 3 courses). We ended up sharing a crumble which was really good (and light with liquid cream on top). Finally the service was rather average which was surprising for a Ramsay kind of place. The highlight of the dinner (beyond the dessert) was the wine, a very good Bordeaux decently priced. We did end up spending over £50 a head including service so that was a bit steep
So we spent a good evening with our friends but really found that the place looked too formal and lacked both character and warmth. I will stick to my other favourite gastro pubs who are much more lively and warm while serving great food (The Cow, The Westbourne) in the area.
To be honest, I had higher expectations for the Warrington after having tried one of his other gastropubs. The upstairs dining area was a bit stuffy and I think I may have just had really bad luck with ordering. The duck I ordered was way too salty and the dessert I had clearly hadn't been properly defrosted not a good sign considering their above average prices. My dining partner had better luck but still nothing spectacular. I think I'll stick with grabbing a beer in the pub area in the future.
Much to my surprise I was able to book a table on Tuesday afternoon for 7:30 on Tuesday evening in the Restaurant. Only a couple of tables were occupied when we arrived so if you want to get in at short notice it is worth a try. The evening didn't start well with two items on the menu being changed and then my first two choices of wine being unavailable. The service was only just acceptable but none of this mattered when the food arrived, it was great. I will certainly be returning at the first opportunity.
Gordon Ramsey's gastro pub in Maida Vale is a huge pub, done up nicely, all brown wood and cosy downstairs and upstairs in the restaurant, nice simple decor. Make sure you book ahead as its usually packed. Great food, yummy free bread sticks while you wait for your Food. The mains are decently sized (pork and apple to die for!!) the wines were lovely and the desert (can I reccomend the trifle!!!) all great!! and resonably priced. Lovely staff also!
The Warrington Hotel is simply an absolutely splendid building and a haven for Art Nouveau enthusiasts and historians.
It really has to be SEEN and enjoyed - descriptions or photos don't give the proper impression.
I won't warm up the old (and mostly true stories) of its career as a brothel and customers like the Prince Consort Albert.
I think, the Warrington Hotel is a good example for visitors from abroad that going to pubs in England has equally much to do with culture, history and architecture than only with sheer enjoyment and drinking.
When I was there the clients were a mixture of ordinary people, no bunch of poshs.
There are 4 handpumps with real ale and a pint of Abbot Ale for 2.90 Pounds was cheaper than expected.
There was also an unusual cider on draught.
(I didn't go to the restaurant. It was closed in the afternoon anyway.)
The Warrington Hotel is a nice local pub with a great selection of hot and cold drinks. I've never been to the restaurant upstairs, so I cannot comment on the food. However, I'd appreciate a wider selection of food downstairs. The pub itself is beautifully decorated, and there's also outdoor seating. They organise pub quizes on Mondays, which is good fun. The atmosphere in the pub is friendly and lively.
Went there for lunch and the food was amazing including the service too.
Lovely pub with beautiful stained glass window in the upstairs restaurant (definitely chose the right direction to sit in). The starters were delicious and the puddings even more so. However, one major issue for me: the gravy on the main. As a northerner, gravy is VERY important and I have to report that this gravy tasted distinctly of Bisto gravy granules, which is not on in a restaurant of that price (£22 prix-fixe menu) (or any restaurant!). It brought the quality of the whole meal down for me.
The Warrington Hotel served up some tasty pre theatre food, not overly expesive like you may expect from the capital either. Potted duck and a ham terrine followed by a tasty steak and an even tastier pork belly oh and the chips served with the stake were a delicious crisy affair..
All in all it was decent wholesome food served in a clean cut resturant with non to overly attentive staff.
The pub downstairs looked like a place I could happily spend an evening or two in supping a few but alas I didnt get the chance. Nextime definatly.
The pub has a fantastic atmosphere especially during the summer months. A bit pricey drinks. But it is all worth it if you live in the area.
this is strictly the pub area review (never eaten upstairs). the pub is a beautiful old building and has lovely old fashioned decor (in a good way). decent prices and a good crowd (mixed of old regulars and young people). the service is hit or miss. have been in here a few times when service was great and everyone on it, last visit was a bit slow (we'll put it down to an off night hopefully). I would recommend it for sure, especially in the Maida Vale area as there aren't really any decent pubs around.
Oldish but nicely decorated pub ! Have a drink (or more) and enjoy the place !
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