The Earl Of Lonsdale – Sam Smiths Quest Round 24
My Quest to drink in every Sam Smiths boozer in London continues with a visit to the Earl of Lonsdale in Notting Hill. Located a mere 45 minutes walk from my front door… hey I can walk there, have a couple of ales and walk home again, and in the process burn off all the calories!
From the outside the Earl of Lonsdale looks like your typical old school boozer: dark brown wooden panelling, etched glass windows and three doors leading into different parts of what is a Victorian pub. There are pubs that look just like this in every city in Britain!
Give me a bar like the Earl of Lonsdale instead of a nice shiny, so called trendy, over priced bar any day of the week!
Inside is like stepping inside Dr Who’s Tardis… it is bigger, much bigger than I expected! Wooden floors, tables, wood panelled walls, glass etchings, old pictures on the walls and real fire places was what I was expecting to find inside and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.
Inside you will find wooden snugs with doors that only a midget could walk through without bending down. I started off in one of the snugs, but with the sun beating through the window I felt like I was in a sauna. Thankfully there are open areas. I grabbed a seat next to the real fire place and the wee breeze from the open door was most welcome!
Another nice surprise was the large beer garden, which was fairly busy with people enjoying the London sun – I gave it a miss, I would have felt like a spare prick at wedding out there! Another big surprise was the lounge, which reminded me on a cross between a gentleman club and an old hotel lounge. Seemed like nice place for drink….
The Earl of Lonsdale, is another gem of a Sam Smiths London pub. It is a pub which is full of character, the young ladies serving at the bar were good at their job, the ale was good, and I will be back again.
The Earl Of Lonsdale
277-281 Westbourne Grove