The Nags Head is unique pub that transports you back in time and as close as you'll get to the countryside in London.
Just a few streets away from the bustle of Brompton Road onto Kinnerton Street and you will feel as if you just stepped out of London and straight into the heart of Devonshire. Kinnerton Street is a small, tucked away village enclave just behind Knightsbridge complete with its own village store.
Perched about midway down this charming street is the village pub, The Nags Head where locals gather to while away an evening. Outside what's rumoured to be one of London’s smallest pubs you'll find tweed-clad gents drinking dark bitters – a monocle and a pipe would not go amiss. Inside is equally as quaint and traditional with rickety floorboards and wooden panelling. The walls are adorned with bric-a-brac and random trinkets that span from royal memorabilia to model airplanes to horse riding equipment.
During the day the pub is quiet and frequented by locals (of Belgravia) who are likely to be conversing about the state of England’s decay, the effect of foreign workers or the tiresome youths plaguing the city. Be careful not to bring up any comments about fox hunting unless they are positively pro.
Meanwhile as the sun sets the crowd becomes more universal with suited workers and American tourists filling out the nine or ten tables the tiny pub has to offer. The mood is always jovial and informal with a communal coat rack by the door and two fireplaces to warm your wellies by. Mobiles are strictly forbidden: an odd rule at first but the absence of garish ring tones contributes to the overall cosiness of the small pub.
Much of the food is concentrated around lunchtime, with salads, sandwiches and hot food on the menu, but only hot food is served at dinner. The menu consists of simple and traditional pub dishes like sandwiches, salads and ploughmans for the lighter eater and pies, roasts and sausages for the hungrier crowd. The food is fairly reasonably priced and definitely tastes better with a pint of bitter.
The Nags Head is a true freehouse and serves whatever beer the landlord feels inclined to. They always have a wide selection of ales, although the choice of lagers is not quite as extensive. Beware though, as the prices are more in line with the typical London pub experience; expect to pay well over three pounds a pint.
The Last Word
This is a one of a kind pub that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in London. It’s not somewhere you would want to go every day, but it's certainly worth a visit. Think of it as a shrine to a bygone era that serves beer.