The Bolton

326 Old Brompton Road , London, SW5 9BQ

SquareMeal Review of The Bolton

A recent facelift and the reinstatement of its original name have restored pride to this imposing hostelry, a former Victorian hotel. The Bolton has a chequered past: the haunt of male prostitutes in the 1970s, it was more latterly a tired O’Neill’s bar. With the closure of the adjacent Exhibition Centre, it now needs new customers. Initial signs are promising; we found a range of fine craft ales (Sambrook’s, Curious IPA, Meantime Yakima Red), wines from £17 to £32 (for a creditable claret) and bar snacks of baked Cornish Brie, spicy wings, and Scotch egg. The main menu of updated Brit classics also passes muster. Start with roast root veg, honey and black-pepper soup or chicken Caesar salad; move on to a bracing ox cheek and kidney pie, or wild salmon fishcakes with lemon crème fraîche, paprika potato wedges and slaw; and finish with comforting raspberry and peach crumble.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Earls Court Tube Station 313m

West Brompton Tube Station 512m


Address: 326 Old Brompton Road , London SW5 9BQ

Area: Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sat 10am-11pm (Sat -12M) Sun 12N-10.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Old Brompton Road 350m

Earl's Court Youth Hostel 493m


Telephone: 020 7244 5921


Cuisine: Pubs

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