Leinster Arms, W2 3EU
- 020 7402 4670
- 17 Leinster Terrace, W2 3EU
- noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Pub in Bayswater.
It was previously part of the Nicholson's chain (Mitchells & Butlers), but according to the April/May 2011 edition of London Drinker it was acquired by the Stonegate Pub Company in October 2010. Our comments below predate the takeover.
There are five handpulls at the bar. On Kake and Ewan's visit in September 2009 these had London Pride (on two pumps), Thwaites Wainwright, and Timothy Taylor Landlord, as well as Old Rosie scrumpy. Prices were very reasonable, and we noted that the branding looked very much like that at other Nicholson's pubs. Our group drank the Wainwright and it was perfectly well-kept. On a later visit in December 2009, Kake et al. paid £11-something for three pints of Nethergate Azzaparrot and one pint of Pride.
According to a sign seen in September 2009 (and again in December 2009), food is served noon-10pm (see photos of menu as of December 2009 1, 2). However, we haven't managed to try it on either of our visits so far. On a Tuesday evening in September 2009, the cheerful lady behind the bar informed us that they'd had "a very good day" and sadly only had two meals left, neither of them vegetarian, so we had to go elsewhere after our beer. On a Thursday afternoon (around 4pm) in December 2009 they weren't serving food, not even the bar snacks we'd intended to try (we didn't ask why).
Service on both our visits was friendly and helpful — even when we managed to knock a glass over and spill beer across the table, the staff stayed cheerful and indeed hurried over with a wodge of paper towels before we had the chance to ask for some.
Accessibility: Small step/ridge to get in. One additional step (and a rather tight spot between the corner of the bar and a fruit machine) to get to the toilets.