Earls Court to Kensington

02/10/2011 at 11:14 | Posted in Crawls | 6 Comments
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After a lengthy summer break, with overlapping holidays making it eleven weeks between crawls, Archie kicked off the 2011/12 crawling season in fine style with a walk around Earls Court and Kensington.

We met at the Blackbird, a Fullers pub a handy 50 metre stroll from Earls Court Underground station and fairly quiet for 6pm on a Friday. After a first pint and the arrival of Phil we headed back out onto the Earls Court Road and into Hogarth Road for Hogarth Place, a lovely little street very out of keeping with most of the area, and into the King’s Head. This is now a fairly trendy affair but still has some decent ales on.

Another small hop north from here to the Earls Court Tavern, now under the re-born Taylor Walker brand, a busy corner pub and pretty warm when we visited; as with the previous one the burghers of Kensington and Chelsea council won’t let you drink outside, which was slightly unfortunate given the warm evening.

After that we moved north again, passing Logan Place – former home of Freddie Mercury – and through some mews to the Scardale on Pembroke Villas. This is another Fullers pub, with a nice interior and even nicer front garden, which was packed when we called. This was a real gem, let down only by the terrible state of the toilets; with the Gents out of order the only facility was a single overused portakabin outside, with no water left. Very poor indeed, Fullers. Presumably very temporary though, and otherwise I would certainly recommend the place.

Another lovely Mews walk took us past Graeme Hunt’s rather unique car showroom, and on to the Devonshire Arms, another pub with an attractive and popular front garden, and some interesting ales on offer.

Onward to Kensington High Street from here, and over to the Elephant & Castle. This is another pub with a lovely setting, overlooking Gordon Place – surely somewhere on my shortlist if I come into money. Sadly it was 10pm by this time, so again we couldn’t stand outside despite the hot weather. If I ever win the lottery and move here, I promise not to moan about pub noise to the Council!

After a little debate about the time and legality of revisiting a pub frequented on an earlier crawl, we decided on a last beer in the Prince of Wales, also now a Taylor Walker pub, before the short stagger walk to High Street Ken station.



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  1. Looks like a very good one and sorry to have missed it, especially with the chavvy Brazikian place I was stuck in off Drury Lane all evening courtesy of the wife’s best friend! 😦

    Tony, excellent work on the summary’s!

  2. Nice work Tony on the narrative and Archie on the selection. I’m also sorry I missed this one particularly not least because one Rob Brougham was in attendance. The Devonshire Arms, or ‘Dev’ as it’s affectionately known was Dominique’s local when she worked in HSK and my local was the Elephant & Castle… Both great pubs with many fond memories lost in the midst of a many a beery evening…!

    Cheers fella, Jules.

  3. […] last month’s crawl around Kensington, Phil decided to change just the one letter and take us on a tour of the sights and hostelries of […]

  4. […] has discovered a news pub after emerging from some zig zagging alley way. Such was the case on the Earls Court […]

  5. As this was the closest pub I found on this blog, I need introduce The Castle pub situated on long and narrow Portobello road, which start near Notting hill gate. As I used to work in that pub some while ago, I started a blog about history and events within the pub community. The emphasis was on the art, music, food, drinks and good times. You can still check it out on this link:

  6. […] March 2015, Phil took us back to the Earls Court area, our first visit since 2011, taking us on a circular walk through Chelsea and back to Earls […]

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