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This sympathetically restored Victorian gin palace is worth the trek out to W12, according to impressed readers who love its “great gastropub vibe”, top food and “amazing” wines. Dark parquet flooring and a striking curved bar help to create a “lovely” drinking area, while the chandeliered dining room offers intimacy for those hankering after some jazzed-up British nosh. There are excellent boards of charcuterie and smoked fish to share, or you can kick off with lemon arancini, Gorgonzola and beetroot salad before getting stuck into a char-grilled steak, a pie or Loch Duart salmon with sour onions, celeriac purée and piquillo pepper mash. For afters, perhaps order dark chocolate pot with blackberry compote. Drinks also merit serious attention, from homemade lemonade and regularly changing ales to a stupendous 300-bin wine list with a fondness for Pinot Noir and boutique vineyards; you can also buy bottles at shop prices to take home.
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13 October 2015
The Princess Victoria is always reliable and delivers great food. The scotch egg is a classic. The Sunday roasts are great and could only be bettered if they served the pork and beef dinners with a Yorkshire pudding!
Marked down slightly for atmosphere as whilst the restaurant was busy and 'buzzy' the noise levels seem very high...
14 April 2011
It takes a lot to drag me from my north London roots given the array of fantastic gastropubs around however the Princess Victoria certainly was worth the trip. An excellent place to visit despite the hood that is Shepherds Bush. Be warned, its at least 4 bus stops away from Shepherds Bush station so a bit of a trek. That said, this place is a lovely gem in the area, all high ceilings and cosy sofas and a really lovely atmosphere. Got very busy later on so id recommend booking. The barman was also really pleasant and friendly too and made me think what a lovely place indeed!
Starter was a freshly made scotch egg, with a runny middle rather than the usual eggs im used to having in the local pubs which have been sitting around a while! Mains – I had the loin of belly pork, accompanied by mustard mash and caramelised onions (i think) but was pure melt in the mouth deliciousness. Pudding was the traditional sticky toffee pudding and again, delicious stuff. Friends had the shepherds pie and the veggie option of butternut squash and both agreed they were great dishes. I also liked the fact that the waiter AND also the person who took my booking seemed ultra flexible and knowledgeable about the dishes on offer so i did feel i got some informed recommendations before my order. Nothing to complain about though they do need to identify the mens and ladies loos a bit more clearly (*embarrassed look*) – also, could do with a few more vegetarian options for the fussy ones! Otherwise it ended up being approx £30 a head which was a great price for the quality we had. Im definitely going to be heading back if this is an example of what the area has to offer – delicious…!
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