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Earl of Lonsdale is a popular venue that boasts a wide range of cocktails on an extensive drinks list, accompanied by a food menu of classic pub fare.

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By Aaron P.

Popped in to Earl of Lonsdale recently as was randomly in the area and proved to be an ok stopping point for a swift beer on my way past.

By Bryan T.

As far as Notting Hill pubs go, Earl of Lonsdale is a good example of a traditional boozer. Some nice beers are available and the food is ok.

By William S.

Super little venue slightly out of the way but worth going to, no skinny jeans here! Affordable drinks and real friendly atmosphere - loving Earl of Lonsdale!

By Jon W.

Th Earl of Lonsdale is best in the summer because of the beer garden but still worth going to in the winter for the affordable food and drink. Makes a nice change from the other uber trendy Notting Hill pubs, so always make it a stop.

By Leonard R.

I always have a pleasant experience the Earl of Lonsdale as the staff are always friendly and the food/beer affordable.

By James W.

The Earl of Lonsdale is an old traditional boozer with really good old skool pub grub, do not look further than the pies, well nice :)

By Greggor M.

The Earl of Lonsdale, lets see if it ticks the boxes Decent beer - TICK Beer Garden - TICK Not a typical trendy Nottinghill bar - TICK Good Crowd - TICK Does what it says on the tin - TICK

By Kalvin W.

Stopped at The George briefly on Saturday night for a few beers after dinner. Service was good and good choice of beers to chose from. The interior is quite interesting with different photos on the wall. Might go back and stay longer next time to check it out properly.

By Robert R.

The Earl of Lonsdale is part of the Sam Smiths pub, but doesn't feel like a chain to be fair. Good choice of beers and ales. Not sure on the food as didn't try it but probably the normal pub grub. Would recommended though for drinks.

By Sally K.

This is my go to pub in Notting Hill! The food is always satisfying and the staff are brilliant. Even as a newcomer they will look after you and even suggest one of their lagers if you're not sure what you like. Becoming a bit of a Earl of Lonsdale regular! :) x

By Jon W.

I love the Earl of Lonsdale! So much to chose from and not your normal generic lagers! Love going in there and trying something different. The beer garden is great as well, although not so much now but in the summer is great. Can't recommend enough!

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Earl of Lonsdale is most definitely a proper Notting Hill boozer with nice beers and friendly service.

By Timmy R.

Earl of Lonsdale is a very nice pub indeed if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle around. Some very good beers available too.

By Michael J.

I often enjoy a pint or two in the Earl of Lonsdale on my way through Notting Hill. Its very affordable and a nice place to chill out.

By Max K.

Earl of Lonsdale is not a bad Notting Hill pub at all, although there is just nothing exciting about it. The beer garden one of the best features of the pub during the summer.

By V B.

I was on Saturday, the 9th of nov and saw an oriental boy sat with major friends that surely I will not return to see in my life, so I will guard a pleasing recollection of The Earl of Lonsdale!

By Siobhan O.

A truly traditional Victorian pub that refuses to blend in with the trendy Notting Hill crowd, The Earl of Lonsdale is a quirky, intimate boozer with a huge beer garden and a whole lot of history.

The Venue
On the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove sits The Earl of Lonsdale, a traditional Sam Smith’s pub surrounded by designer boutiques and organic cafes; no prizes for guessing what sort of people live and shop nearby. So it’s quite a surprise when you walk into this old-fashioned and rather cheap boozer. Just a stone’s throw from Notting Hill Gate station and the stylish bars of Portobello Road, The Earl of Lonsdale is a step back in time – to the 19th century, to be more precise. Known as ‘Top Finch’s’ back in the 1900s, the pub is clearly proud of its new namesake as its walls are positively plastered with photos of the Earl himself.

The pub’s layout is an unusually old-fashioned one, and you’ll have to limber up before you come as you’ll be bending down to get through the doors. Divided into lots of small nooks with wooden partitions and just one or two tables each, the set up doesn’t really lend itself to people watching or making new friends, but is absolutely ideal for an intimate drink with friends or a solo pint and a read of the paper. Nobody will bother you when you’re seated as, quite frankly, they won’t be able to see you. Now and again you’ll hear a ‘pint please’ coming from the bar, but you won’t quite be able to locate it. It’s quite refreshing, actually.

The Atmosphere
Generally with Sam Smith’s pubs, the drinks aren’t really the star attraction, so you need a pretty good atmosphere to pull the punters in. And despite the overall décor and layout of the Earl of Lonsdale feeling very dated and not quite in keeping with the rest of fashionable Notting Hill, there is a nice vibe here and the set-up is quirky enough to keep you coming back. If you pop by on a sunny day you might be surprised to see the pub fairly empty. That’s because everyone’s in the enormous beer garden out the back, which gets plenty of sunshine. This is probably the main reason the pub continues to attract locals and tourists despite the glut of more modern, stylish bars in the area.

The Food
When you arrive at the Earl of Lonsdale you’ve got two choices – left for the ‘saloon bar’ or right for the dining room. It’s not often that a traditional pub like this has such a big, separate dining room but it’s a welcome touch, though its décor is reminiscent of a B&B and not quite in keeping with the rest of the site. It’s nice and cosy, though, and there’s a fairly extensive, typically British menu on offer with a decent vegetarian selection. Try a brunch burger (topped with bacon, cheese and a fried egg) with chips for £8.50, a steak and ale pie for £7.95 or a vegetable nut roast for £8.95.

The Drink
Needless to say, the drinks on offer are all straight from Sam Smith’s own brewery, so steer clear if you’re after a pint of your favourite brand tipple. On draught you’ll find their pure brewed organic lager, wheat beer, alpine lager and cider reserve amongst others, all ranging between £2.30 and £4.25. By the bottle you’ll also find imperial stout, nut brown ale, oatmeal stout and a few more besides. Small glasses of white or red wine start at £3, with the rose creeping up to £3.30.

The Last Word
The thing with a Sam Smith’s pub is you’ll either like it or you won’t. If you want a pint of Foster’s or a glass of Sprite you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re happy to be adventurous and try something different (and cheap) you’ll be rewarded with a laid-back, friendly pub and a varied menu of classic pub comfort food.

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