Princess Royal47 Hereford Road
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Following a period as Pomona's, this site reopened in March 2022 with its original name, the Princess Royal. The present incarnation, as part of the small Cubitt House chain of London pubs, is very much food, wine and cocktail focussed, but with a range of keg beers and three real ales. The refurbishment during the prior closure included some restoration of original features, including the exposure of the pub name mosaic in the entrance porch. The premises are now expensively furnished and offer elegant and comfortable facilities inside and outside for drinkers and diners alike. Upholstered stools flank the solid wooden horse-shoe bar with original tiles and polished timber flooring, red arm chairs fill the window and variously-sized tables are close by, affording ample space for drinkers inside or outside the pleasant front terrace. Bar or table service is provided by charming and helpful uniformed staff.
The most memorable feature of the pub is the adjoining large outdoor dining area with some 120-plus covers. Huge trees stand among the tables and flower beds surround the periphery. Tables and chairs are cast iron with dark green woodwork and other decorative materials, all of the highest quality. This must be one of the most attractive dining rooms in London and indeed the whole pub has been described in The Times as "one of the most magnificent, sprawling, elegant and beautiful pubs imaginable". Food service starts with breakfast and there is an interesting Mediterranean-inspired menu for lunch and in the evening. Wines in a high-end list are surprisingly not arranged by country of origin, but by style. Bar snacks include such favourites as fried pizzas with truffle and nduja on fennel biscuits.
Note that alcohol may not be sold before 10am Monday to Saturday or noon on Sundays.