Idlewild

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This Maida Vale watering-hole likes to think of itself as a premium pub, offering classy cocktails, designer fittings & a standalone dining area. It works. Diners on the ground floor tuck into a swish brasserie menu of salmon tartare & toast, poulet-frites, seared swordfish with mango salsa, & apple crumble with Calvados crème fraîche. Those after a quiet meal should think again. Decibel levels tend to rise as the evening wears on, with an animated crowd queuing up at the pewter bar to order Ruby Royales (vodka, Chambord & Champagne), blueberry margaritas & classic white Russians. Things reach fever pitch in the upstairs bar, where DJs & bands provide the weekend soundtrack. Escape to the walled garden for something a little more serene.

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Idlewild
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Idlewild

55 Shirland Road ,London W9 2JD

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Nov 2009

Does anyone else hear ‘2 for 1 cocktails’ and only see ‘woo-woos’ and ‘carton-based sex-on-beach’?!?! Well, I do and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Idlewild – the staff new exactly what they were doing, they were not under-pouring the alcohol content and they were all presented to us beautifully. It is an offer that I will gladly take of advantage of!!

Gemma T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Idlewild

55 Shirland Road ,London W9 2JD

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Nov 2009

I met a friend on the way to Idlewild who had been before and complained to me that this was not a good choice of venue for our group of friends to meet in due to unpleasant staff and bad value for money – well, had we not been happy we would not have stuck around. The bar service was nothing to be complained about, the bartenders were friendly and obliging. In fact we stayed so much later than planned that when it started to get busy the manager (I think) who had checked we were happy earlier...

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Caroline O.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Idlewild

55 Shirland Road ,London W9 2JD

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Nov 2009

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This is such an amazing place to chill out with friends. It was so warm and welcoming, we just didn't leave! I have been in London for two years now and wouldn't necessarily recommend the younger crowd but for young professionals who want that stylish streak in the social time – this is definitely the place for it! They do food also but we didn't eat, it looked very good though – maybe next weekend!

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Idlewild

55 Shirland Road ,London W9 2JD

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Oct 2009

Idlewild has a fantastic menu. Usually when I find a favourite eating-spot with such beautiful interior and friendly staff I find myself ordering the same or similar dish on every visit. It is impossible to do this at Idlewild, especially if you are a big fan of traditional English food like me. Everytime I go I see a waiter bring out another scrumptious looking dish and before I know it I'm booking a table and planning another get-together so I can return to try it. I would not recommend going...

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Guy H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Essential Details for Idlewild

  • Cuisine: Bars
  • Area: Maida Vale
  • Wine: £15.00
  • Champagne: £39.00
  • Private Dining: 85

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