at Uxbridge Road, London, W12 9DH United Kingdom
Welcome to the PV in West London. Everything you’d expect from a neighbourhood pub, only with really delicious food and a fabulous wine list.
The Princess Victoria has always stood tall and dignified on the Uxbridge Road. It’s a building that has retained its character inside and out over the many years of her existence, even after Richard Branson’s modernisation of her in 1984, and despite the now urban nature of her surroundings. In 1872 the Princess Victoria was officially recorded as a ‘Pub’ when a lease was granted to Phillips and Co. of the Mortlake Brewery. Yet her tale as a ‘Gin Palace’ goes further back to 1828, when the earliest records described her in the “deed bundle” as a piece of ground and premises (‘Dram Shop’) near Starch Green, later as a ‘Gin Palace’ 1829. In the 18th century Gin shops or 'Dram Shops' were just small shops that sold Gin mostly to take away, or to drink standing up. As the legislation changed establishments like the Princess Victoria generally became larger; they also had to be licensed and sell Ale or Wine. In the late 1820s the first 'Gin Palaces' were built, they were based on the new fashionable shops being built at the time, fitted out at great expense and lit by gas lanterns, later came the ornate mirrors and etched glass of the late 19th century which can still be seen on site to this day. By 1899 the PV was wholly redesigned by William Mortimer Brutton, when it was part of the pub empire of William Grimes. Brutton was ‘The supreme music-hall artist among pub architects’, as seen in the 3 separate individual ornate relief sections guarding the sky lights on the ground floor, and the original harp shaped bar. Among his other existing works are the Telegraph, Brixton Hill and the King's Head, Tooting both built 1896. The Princess Victoria’s role as a destination pub adequately linked to a tram stop began when Acton's first tram service, between the Princess Victoria, Acton Vale, and Uxbridge Road (Shepherd's Bush) station, was opened by the Southall, Ealing & Shepherd's Bush Tram-Railway Co. 1874, and was said to carry 1,000 passengers daily. No doubt having the advantaged position as the convenient luxury tram stops retreat! Amongst archive news articles from 1976 a Princess Victoria regular of 48 years was quoted on when the open-topped buses would stop outside the Princess Victoria. “On the front of them, the destination was ‘Shepherds Bush Princess Victoria’. This was the end of the journey!” Devoted regulars agreed that if the beer tasted good in 1976, it was even better round 50 years ago when real, old-fashioned ale was pumped out and passed round family and friends….. the simplest of qualities and values can always be restored…
Tube Hammersmith and city line to Shepherds Bush Market (5 minute walk) Central line to Shepherd’s Bush (20 minute walk or 6 minute bus journey) Buses 207, 607, 260, 272
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Wondering where to take the kiddies this Easter weekend? We're hosting a Saturday morning Easter egg decorating class at 11.30am, entertaining the kiddies with chocolate eggs and edible decorations while you sit back and relax over a leisurely brunch. There's still a few places left, so give us a call to find out more and book your child in: 0208 749 5886
We hope everyone is having a lovely Mother's Day, whether you're cooking a family meal together at home or relaxing and dining with us today. Remember, we've got complimentary homemade chocolates to have with your coffee or to take home and enjoy from Head Chef Matt.
A lovely review from William Sitwell (Writer, Restaurant critic & editor of Waitrose Kitchen) in The Huffington Post after a lunchtime visit last week. #steak & #redwine http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/william-sitwell/polpetto-princess-victoria_b_5336396.html?utm_hp_ref=uk