The Elgin

255 Elgin Avenue , London, W9 1NJ

1 reviews

33 Gastropub Maida Vale

SquareMeal Review of The Elgin

This restaurant has not been reviewed by Square Meal. But we do list the location, price and contact details.

Best Female Chefs Series

MONICA GALETTI

In the Year of the Woman, SquareMeal is running a series of interviews with top female chefs. Read here to discover the sense of achievement Monica Galetti feels about owning her first restaurant, what it’s like working with her husband, and the different ways in which Masterchef has changed her life.

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Maida Vale Tube Station 107m

Kilburn High Road Station 663m

Address

Address: 255 Elgin Avenue , London W9 1NJ

Area: Maida Vale

Opening times

Mon-Thurs 8am-11.30pm Fri 8am-12M Sat 9am-12M Sun 9.30am-11.30pm

4.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 4.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 27 June 2017

The Elgin, a seemingly on-trend gastropub, has come a long way from its existence as a boozer for old soaks - the format in which I first visited this venue some twenty years ago. Sure, it has improved in many ways and is much loved by the yummy mummies of Maida Vale (babyccino, anyone?), but a group of us who recently visited on a Sunday lunchtime couldn't help but feel singularly disappointed. Bring back the old times, one might almost be tempted to exclaim. By way of context, our group comprised five adults and two children. We had also booked our table in advance and received email confirmation to this effect. Disappointment number-one came in the form of an announcement from our server that we would be forced to return our table by 3pm since another party had requested it after this time. I remonstrated and highlighted that I had not been made aware of this fact when I booked the table and indeed my email had informed me that we had the table until 10pm. Our server responded by saying that the emails were 'automatically generated,' a poor excuse, one could not help but feeling. Begrudgingly we were allowed to keep our table, but the exchange certainly augured badly. It's all well and good to have a nice trendy venue with craft beers and exposed brickwork, but getting service right should really rank as a top priority. Disappointment number-two came in the form that several of the dishes on the menu were simply not available: no squid starter and also the somewhat implausible assertion that the Elgin had 'run out' of cheeseburgers before 2pm. Given its location close to several food stores, it surely would not have been an insurmountable hurdle to have obtained the basics required to prepare more burgers. Now, another gripe: how many five-year old children willingly want to eat 'wild garlic-infused' chips? Not many, in my experience. Bottom-line, the menu at the Elgin had a distinctly un-child friendly feel to it. Another failing in this respect was the uncompromising 'no' offered when we asked whether it might be possible to provide a half-portion of Sunday roast for a child. When the food we ordered came, it mostly underwhelmed: the roast was bland. and the broccoli side (at £6) thoroughly tasteless, to provide but two examples of where we found our meals lacking. All-in, given the pricing (not cheap), one would - and should - expect a lot more from the Elgin. My recommendation: by all means come here for a beer, or even a coffee/ child alternative, but don't linger - you might not be even made welcome to anyway...