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52 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Not bad. You know really what You get if You in Spoons“
YeastChamp28 313 days ago
68 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Visited on 29th Jan 2019. Strange place. On your right on entering is a huge 'Big Tent' (inside the building) with trapeze wires and stuff hanging from the ceiling. Circus Shows, Quizzes and Theme Nights being the reason (plus disco's and bands). On your left is a sparse bar room with plenty of tables and chairs with fairground bits for ornaments. between the two rooms is a small flight of stairs which lead to the toilets and a huge beer garden that seems to reaching into next week! No cask ales on (pity), all hand-pulls being off. Laine Brew Co seemed to be the keg beers of choice with other 'new to me' keg lines to try.“
BlackHaddock 424 days ago
76 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Second pub on my Acton stroll, 29th Jan 2019. Single storey, corner pub on a busy junction. Glass walled (in a circle), with an oblong side room and an outside smoking/drinking terrace. Island bar in the centre. The Wetherspoon 'London Beer Festival' was on during my visit, but they only had two of the festival beers on. Not a problem, there were other new cask ales for me to rate (three actually), so five in all. Bright and airy, enough staff on for a very wet and blustery Jan evening. All in all a pleasant experience. Across the road was my third and final pub of the evening, The Aeronaut.“
BlackHaddock 424 days ago
76 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited 29th Jan 2019. Brewing equipment at the back (unused for some time), island bar just in front of the brewing kettles. The front room is all wood with alcoves and private spaces before you find the rear room with bar and brewery. Liked Tommy Cooper Corner and Quotation Corridor (towards the outside drinking/smoking area), plus the two large ladies holding lights. Clouded Minds mostly on tap, other brews too, but none of their own. Liked the place, seven new rates (without checking), two cask, five keg. Thai food, free Juke Box, interesting bottle selection in a small glass fronted fridge outside the actual bar, so you could see what was available, plus friendly staff; what more could you ask for?“
BlackHaddock 424 days ago
62 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Visited April 2017. About 15 minuts walk from the station. Traditionel JDW pub. Had a nice breakfast, to start the pubcrawl. A rather spacy and open area pub. Lots of big windows makes it very bright and welcoming. Huge bar in the middle of the pub, friendly staff. The pub seems nice and clean. Being there in the morning, I got the impressionthey haven´t clean their lines, since the beers were not served in best condition.“
Brugmansia 1022 days ago
76 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visit August 2015.
Brewpub with brewery in the back side of the pub. Nice old fashion pub with a modern twist. Friendly staff, wifi and a lovely smell of brewing beers. Both cask and keg of own beers.“
fonefan 1104 days ago
58 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Visited in October 2016. Large pub,with a couple of rooms and large central bar. Offered a fairly decent range of beers at the usual, good value, prices offered by JDW. Service was fine, although it was disappointing to later see the manager fail to support his staff when they were being given grief by a couple of drunks, who thought they weren’t being served fast enough. A mixed bag.“
downender 1185 days ago
70 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited in October 2016. As others noted, I was somewhat confused by the layout. The dark and dingy front room was unoccupied when I entered and, if I hadn’t seen a couple sat in the corridor on the way to the back bar, I would have probably have given up and left. That would have been a mistake, as that is a pleasant room with the coppers on display and decent beers. Service was fine and prices ok.“
downender 1185 days ago
70 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Sorry to see on the news that this pub has been gutted by a fire. I visited once, in October 2016, and enjoyed a reasonably price session ale. I missed the circus acts, but was impressed by the size of the place, with two large rooms, and an enormous courtyard. A shame.“
downender 1185 days ago
76 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“A bit loud and in-your-face, and with an acrobatic circus performance venue or some such, the Aeronaut is 1.5 steps away from the dreaded theme pub. This does not detract from it’s friendliness or cosiness. I like being here. They have mostly their own beer with a few guests. The house beer, well... they aren’t great. But my God they are cheap. Three thirds for £3. In London (well, Acton, but still). Come for the ticks, or stick to the guests, or just enjoy the atmosphere.“
jjsint 1328 days ago
74 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Following on from DanielBrown’s review, of course it’s dark, gloomy and oddly laid out. And I love it. Pass through the forgotten front room to the better-lit bar and choose yourself a beer from their own brewery (they are a bit light on guests) from keg or cask. It’s good stuff at a good price, and as I’ve yet to see their beers anywhere else, it is a bit of a tickers’ paradise. Others may not appreciate its quirkiness though.“
jjsint 1328 days ago
82 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Really odd layout: dark, gloomy, empty front room, which then reveals a lovely bar area at the rear, with brewing kit and central serving area. Their own beers are on keg and cask and the ones I tried were excellent. Very close to the Aeronaut and RL&P, and a 10 min stroll from Acton Central on the Overground, which makes this a really nice crawl.“
DanielBrown 1333 days ago
84 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Really interesting boozer. Performance zone, fantastic large beer garden and rambling large interior. Big range of their own beers and friendly service. Glad I made the effort to visit.“
DanielBrown 1333 days ago
68 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Related on 30th July 2016. Sat in the excellent beer garden. 4 of their own beers on cask plus a Laine’s beer and a couple of keg beers. Much better! 207 bus drops you off outside it from Brewdog Shepherds Bush. Visited on 20th May 2014 with Theydon Bois. Huge old building, high ceilings, wooden floors and an eclectic mix of furniture scattered about the place. There’s a separate performance area too, not the first time a couple of clowns have been in the place I’d wager! Beer range was a little poor with only a couple of their own beers on tap. Luckily I’d saved a Danish ration for TB to taste of the beer that kicked. Would go back and try it again, it’s just of a bit of a pain in the arse to get to and other Laines venues are much closer to home.“
WingmanWillis 1376 days ago
70 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited on 20th May 2014 with Theydon Bois. Lovely old pub in deepest Acton. Front rooms are all low ceilings, wooden beams and oozing history, out the back is a huge room with a brewery in it. It’s light and airy. When we visited had a mix of cask and keg beers on, some duplicates and thought the keg were better. Beermats of all the beers also scattered around. Prices were decent enough and service decent enough, must make the effort and go back at some point.“
WingmanWillis 1376 days ago
78 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited in August 2015. I liked this place. Unlike many modern brewpubs it’s actually located in an old pub, and a rather nice one at that. It’s divided into several areas and has some cosy nooks & crannies. The brewing kit and bar are in the loftier back room. All in all it’s quite atmospheric. We found seven Dragonfly beers, a mix of cask and keg. The quality was generally above average and the manager was quite chatty, candidly admitting that he didn’t thnk they’d got one of the recipes quite right yet. They have a guest beer or two too. I’m not sure how much they’re going to ring the changes with the beer range but I’m sure I’ll be back.“
chriso 1606 days ago
64 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Not so long ago this was the only game in (Acton) town as far as a reasonable choice of beer goes but, with the two brewpubs very close at hand, that’s no longer the case. So I’ve not actually been in here in a while. It’s Spoons so you pretty much know what you’re going to get. However, unlike many, it had a long, and reasonably distinguished history as a pub (with the same name) before being taken over by Wetherspoon. It was a Fuller’s pub and used to have a quite sizeable tree actually growing through the pub. Interior decor is standard Spoons although some of the floor is actually tiled rather than carpeted. The curved frontage and clear glass windows give it a bit of a goldfish bowl feel. Four or five guests in addition to the Spoons staples provide a solid enough beer range. Not a destination in itself but worth a look if you’re in the vicinity for the brewpubs.“
chriso 1606 days ago
70 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Visited in August 2015. A big barn of a place of Victorian origin I’d guess. Probably not the most beer-centric of the Laine brewpubs - although it’s days as an Aussie raging joint are (presumably) a thing of the past, I’d supect it’s still a bit of a party scene at the weekends. A bit difficult to judge though as we were there on a quiet afternoon and the place wasn’t very busy. Excellent garden out the back. The five Laine beers brewed on the premises we had were all fine, if unspectacular. Worth a visit.“
chriso 1606 days ago
64 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“A fun place, in keeping with its former incarnation as a pub popular with Antipodean revellers. There’s a wooden aeroplane frame inside and a dodgems room. We sat in the garden, which is really nice. Set around a courtyard with small trees are booths, each individually decorated in stripey circus tent colours - a very simple but effective idea - and there’s also an open lawn with a Tanqueray theme at the back. This is one of Laine’s eight pubs, three of which are brewpubs so the taps are dominated by Laine’s beers brewed on the premises. (Visited 2 August 2015).“
Boudicca 1671 days ago
76 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“A very nice old place with a mediaeval feel - low ceilings, dark wood panelled walls (some with old carvings), a flagstone floor and welcoming open fires. I think it was probably once a coaching inn as it has a telltale side alleyway where there are two very small but cosy patios. The bar is right at the back in a large airy hall which also houses the Dragonfly brewery - an attractive set up with all copper tanks and, as a bonus, there was a very nice brewing smell pervading the whole place. There are six cask beers and twelve keg taps, with seven Dragonfly beers and some guests when we visited. We didn’t eat there but the Sunday roasts looked tempting. This part of west London has been devoid of good pubs until relatively recently but it’s well worth making a special visit these days. We made a day of it and planned a route starting in Acton and ending in Shepherds Bush via Chiswick and Hammersmith. (Visited 2 August 2015).“
Boudicca 1671 days ago
74 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Visited august 2015 with beery friends. Large brewpub with a huge beergarden filled with trees and small cabins. Very cosy, lots of funny decos, friendly staff and wifi. We had 5 of their own beers, served in ok condition as half pints. The food menu looks nice, didn´t eat this time.. Worth another visit, for sure..“
Brugmansia 1676 days ago
76 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited august 2015 with beery friends. Large cosy brewpub, with the brewing plant at the rear of the brewpub. The bar is also at the back, with a good selection of their own beers, both casks and kegs. Beers are served in good condtion. Friendly staff, wifi and a lovely smell of someone were brewing beers :-)“
Brugmansia 1676 days ago
62 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“Stopped here late one Saturday night just before closing in 2011. It was surprisingly quiet, but did manage to pick up one of the festival ales I was missing at the time. With a rotund frontage, the bar occupies the centre-ground of the immediate area in this pub. It has a traditional pub style with the ordinary early look that most Wetherspoon pubs from the 1990’s took the form of. Has an an outdoor area to the rear of one of its sides.“
ManVsBeer 1681 days ago
60 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“This brewpub is really nice, but the beer they brew is so poor. I tasted a couple of the varieties they had a couple a weeks ago, an no one of them was good: the stout (Dark matter?) and the brown ale. It’s a pitty, because the place, and the logo are really good.“
Zizaya 1753 days ago
76 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Very old pub with a lengthy history, nice sitting area in the front, cool bar at the back with the brewing equipment. Number of their own brews on keg and cask.“
MrTipple 1841 days ago
62 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Interesting and slightly quirky brewpub. Has quite a number of their own ales on cask.“
MrTipple 1841 days ago
72 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“The George & Dragon is easily the premier destination in the beer desert that is Acton. It is located but a minute’s walk down the road from the Aeronaut. Unusual/Interesting layout of front-room lounge and backroom bar & brewery. Nice Victoria aspects to the decor. They offer a decent range of their own beer on both keg & cask which is novel by London standards. Most beers were fairly average, excluding the hefeweizen which was rather quaffable. They also had a couple of good guest beers from Weird Beard and such like. Attentive and pretty knowledgeable staff. I wouldn’t go out my way from central London for this, but it is the best option in Acton. You can get an east-bound bus from across the street to take you to BrewDawg Shep’s Bush in about 10/15minutes. Solid enough brewpub.“
Scopey 1880 days ago
56 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“The Aeronaut is one of the newer brewpub outposts of the Laine group. It is located 10/15minutes walk north from Acton town tube The interior has the same sort of eccentric air to it as the others have with a bit of a circus theme going on as well. I did find it rather dark on my post-work visit. They had 6 of their beers on cask during my visit. I only sampled 2 dark beers (cho cho cho & porter) which were actually pretty good. As with the other Laine brewpubs I feel their pale beers to be below-average. Staff were friendly enough but not exactly knowledgeable about the beers. Makes for a good stop before heading over to the George & Dragon right nearby, but I wouldn’t go out my way otherwise.“
Scopey 1880 days ago
60 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Nice to see an identical beer, served by the brewer himself, on both keg and cask delivery to remind you how much keg sucks. Layout is bizarre - you have to go through 2 rooms before you find the serving (and brewing) area. Front rooms are lovely and traditiona carved dark wood, bar area’s bright, modern, and noisy. Lots of humming and whining, but that was brewing equipment rather than people. Beer was all at least adequate, and a few were pretty good. Guest beers didn’t excite too much, but I was always going to focus on the house beers. Food snacks were excellent, although everything contained chilli or something else strong-flavoured, which meant that ticking may be impaired. Pulled-beef nachos recommended! Service adequate, though I got the feeling they were a little confused at times. Worth a revisit to grab ticks, definitely.“
FatPhil 1892 days ago
44 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Love the quirky interior, in particular the plane on the ceiling. The only thing that would draw me back would be to see one of their circus cabarets, as I too had a bad house beer experience. The first pour was undrinkable and chemical. I left it, but the mate who dragged me there forced it down his gullet, thus removing the "one of your beers is completely duff" message. Staff was very friendly, and knew what on paper she was selling, but presumable not of what a bad beer tastes like. They asked us to fill in a questionair about favourite beer styles, hops, and breweries. Alas there was nowhere I could just write in "Just make anything half-decent, pleeeeease. Stop fussing about hop varietals until you have worked out how to actually brew a beer". That’s not 100% fair, as one of the 6 was bloody good (Cho Cho Cho, a chocolate porter). Shame, I like to support brewpubs, but they’ve got to get beyond the homebrew stage first.“
FatPhil 1892 days ago
60 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“A typical Wetherspoons which used to be the oasis in a desert but is now overshadowed by 2 brewpubs nearby. Can form part of a pub crawl...“
b727trijet 1900 days ago
52 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“An interesting layout... a pub and a circus! Unfortunately I found the beers well below par.“
b727trijet 1900 days ago
72 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Aswell as their own cask and keg craft beers there was a Weird Beard brewery beer and I had Hiver honey beer. Food good and the large premise is interesting... a dark oldy worlde area with nooks snd crannies or you can opt for the bright open bar area next to the brewery. Their cask beers were ok.... nothing wrong but nor exciting.... I enjoyed their Achtung a good version of a German hefeweiss which should be called Achton as is in Acton!“
b727trijet 1900 days ago
66 /100 281 HIGH STREET
“A decent Spoonies out Acton way. I think they had around 10 casks on offer. No blockbuster beers but I found something new. Fair pricing. Enjoyable ambiance as far as JDW pubs go. Worth popping in here if you are in the area (perhaps to visit the Aeronaut and George & Dragon).“
Leighton 1917 days ago
72 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“A grand old place with a the shining brewery in the back. The house beers are pretty decent and cover the basic beer styles - porter, pale, wheat. A moderate range of beers otherwise. Decent value. The food’s OK. Good service. It’s not an easy place to visit if you’re a central Londoner but it would be worth checking out at some point.“
Leighton 2052 days ago
54 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“A little iffy. During my visit they only had a couple house beers on and they weren’t in great condition. Fun looking venue ambiance-wise. Average value. Hopefully the beers improve. This place is near to the Dragonfly brewery/ George and Dragon pub so it would be worth visiting the two places in one go.“
Leighton 2109 days ago
68 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“Visited on Tuesday 20th May around 5pm with WingmanWillis. The G&D is about a 3 or 4 minutes walk from Actons other brewpub - the Aeronaut and a little further walk wise from Town and Mainline stations, South Acton being the nearest at 7 or 8 minutes on foot. The pub itself is full of character and has an almost Dickensian feel in the 2 front rooms, low adjoining beams, dark wood veneer, theres a board on the wall listing all the landlords since 1759 - fascinating history. The rear room in comparison is tall and bright, housing a walk around bar and all the brew kit in the room itself. This room had the air of a VictorIan swimming baths for me and the brewer was actually at work. Theres also an outside patio area with heaters. Not too busy on our visit, perhaps 7 or 8 other drinkers making this large enough venue feel a little empty. At the business end 4 different beers from Dragonfly were available, 3 on cask and 3 on keg (2 duplicates from the cask range). The beers were pretty average but drinkable. Sorry CAMRA purists but the best beer was the keg only hefeweizen and the stout and APA were both better on keg than cask! There were a few other keg choices available as touched on by Jackl below. Service was prompt and friendly. They plan to introduce tasting flights and a CAMRA discount in the future. Not a go to destination, more one for the hardened ticker but worth popping to if in the area and combining with the Aeronaut.“
Theydon_Bois 2145 days ago
48 /100
Aeronaut (Bar)
264 ACTON HIGH STREET
“Visited on Tuesday May 20th with the Wingman approx 4.30pm - we had the place to ourselves for the duration of our stay. The Aeronaut is a brewpub from the Laine brewery group of pubs, brew kit visible behind the bar. I would guess the building dates to Victorian times and is nicely appointed, wooden floors, high and low leather chairs interspersed with bench seating, a similar appearance to their other London pub - the Peoples Park Tavern. Where the Aeronaut fails compared to its sister was the avaiability of beer, they only had one beer on cask, from the Laine brewery all of whose beers Ive had to date having been mediocre at best. One cask kicked whilst a pint was being poured. So 6 hand pulls and just one crappy home brew effort available - just not good enough! Service was friendly. The only thing likely to get me back here is the fact another brewpub is just a 3 minute walk down the road, Dragonfly brewery at the George & Dragon so good to pair up when looking for new ticks. One other oddity of the Aeronaut (see website) as you enter there is a roped off door to the left. A circus troop supposedly performs here from time to time! If you ask me they want to concentrate on getting more than one beer from brewkit to tap over and above acro fucking batics! The location is pretty much the centre of Acton and a 10 minute, or less, walk from all of the rail/underground stations. Pretty piss poor showing all told ... Must do better!!“
Theydon_Bois 2145 days ago
70 /100 183 ACTON LANE
“I headed to check this place out on their opening night. Obviously it’ll take a while for the brewpub to fully get up to speed, but things seemed to be running fairly smoothly on my visit. The venue itself is quite attractive. The front area of the pub is pretty traditional, the back features a handsome central bar in an airy room that also houses the brew kit. Service was a bit slow but quite friendly. The beer itself was a mixed bag. 4 house beers plus guests like Litovel and Chimay. A few of the house beers need work, but the hefeweizen was actually pretty solid. Overall, it’s nice to have more beer options in West London. As of right now, the George & Dragon isn’t an essential stop for visitors looking to check out the London beer scene, but it’ll be nice to see how the beers develop.“
jackl 2149 days ago
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