Randomness Guide to London - Differences between Version 12 and Version 11 of Britannia, W8 6UX

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Note: According to the Dec 2014 <i>London Drinker</i>, the Britannia was refurbished in 2014; we haven't visited since, so some details below may be out of date.

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Young's pub in Kensington.

It's quite posh inside, with a variety of seating including upholstered banquettes with scatter cushions and backs probably high enough to please even bob; plus at least one deep leather sofa, and upright chairs and tables as well. There's also a separate dining area, set out with wine glasses and cutlery, at the back past the sofa area, and a thin strip of outside seating sandwiched between the pub and the building next door.

Kake visited on a Monday afternoon in September 2008. Only one of their two handpumps was in operation, serving Young's Bitter at £3.10/pint. They also had Staropramen, Leffe, and Peroni on tap, among other things.

When I arrived, a little after 4pm, the place was empty apart from two people sitting outside in the smoking area. Piped music was playing, sort of pop/jazz, but fairly quietly.

According to their website as of September 2012, food is served noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm Mon-Fri, noon-10pm Sat, and noon-9:30pm Sun.

On my September 2008 visit they also served food in the afternoon, described slightly misleadingly as "bar bites", but actually a choice between cheese-and-bacon-stuffed potato skins (£6) and filled rolls (£7, served with salad and chips). I went for the latter, choosing cheddar and onion from among the four options on offer. The roll was a pretty nice one with a thick chewy crust (in a good way), the cheese was grated, and the onion was red and thinly sliced. The salad consisted of varied mixed leaves with a decent dressing. The chips were more like potato wedges, and came skin-on. I think they were probably prepared earlier and reheated in the microwave, but they didn't suffer much. This ensemble was served slightly absurdly on a small, thick, square chopping board. I was brought salt and pepper (both in proper grinders) as well as ketchup and mayonnaise for my chips, but no vinegar.

Accessibility: One shallow step up to get in, and level access to the bar and the front seating area, but the sofa/banquette area and the toilets are down a couple of steps.

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Last visited by Kake, September 2008. Opening hours and food times taken from the Britannia website, September 2012.

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