Practically on the doorstep of Westbourne Park tube, this laid-back gastro pub boasts both a lively nightlife with talented DJs and a loyal base of locals who come for the sports channel and stay for the beer.
The most obvious thing The Metropolitan has going for it is location; just a few footsteps away from Westbourne Park station, it couldn’t be easier to find and it’s perfect for a quick after work drink before sliding into your slippers. Sitting in a fairly quiet spot on the corner of Great Western Road, it looks thoroughly modern and stylish from the outside, painted head to toe in black with a cute, simple steam train motif as its logo. Inside, the décor is eclectic and quirky – at least ten huge, old-fashioned lampshades just might remind you of sitting in your granny’s living room - though it does feel a little dated and perhaps in need of a lick of paint. The pub is bright and airy but quite small and dominated by a huge central bar, which actually makes the space feel more intimate and inviting, and there’s a small, pretty beer garden and roof terrace.
There’s a very chilled vibe in here during the day and in fact, the place is almost empty before the workday is over. Pop inside on a weekday afternoon and expect to be met with a spattering of middle-aged locals who all seem to know each other – and are often making use of the TV showing live sport every day – while outside on a sunny day there’s often a younger crowd. The staff are friendly and happy to have a chat with punters, and the background music – a soundtrack of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll and soul – lends the pub a more edgy vibe than you’d expect from the area. Weekends and evenings get a lot busier, especially when there’s a DJ on from 7.30pm, so you’ll want to get in early and nab a seat.
There’s an impressively varied menu available and food is served up gastro pub-style with rustic presentation and generous portions. At lunch - served Tuesday to Friday – though there’s just one dessert (apple crumble), you can get a whole host of different cuisines: Greek (a £10.75 mezze with pitta, hummus and all the usual trimmings), Asian (Japanese prawn tapas for £4.25) and British (pigs in blankets, £4.24 and haddock and chips, £7.50). The dinner menu is much the same with a few small additions including an extra dessert (chocolate brownie, £5.25). On Mondays and Tuesdays you can enjoy 2-for-1 burgers, too.
A 175ml glass of house white wine (Catini Bianco) or red (Shiraz) goes for £4.10. On draught you’ll find all the usual suspects like Aspall, Guinness, Heineken, Estrella, Amstel and Kronenbourg, starting around the £3 mark.
The Last Word
The Metropolitan has a lot to offer, whether you’re up for a wild night out or a quiet afternoon pint. With an affordable, tasty menu (don’t forget those 2-for-1 burgers!) and a decent selection of draught and bottled beers, it’s easy to while away the hours here until home time.