A well run Youngs, corner pub close to the live venue Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Five cask ales and quite a few interesting guest beers on taps from Beavertown, Hackney and Camden among others. Yeastie Boys beers among the bottles. Modern. wooden interiors with a rather large island bar. Food options. Polite service, relaxing atmosphere. A well kept Young’s Bitter to celebrate our great trip to the western part of England and Wales this spring. (Visited with Finn 04.05.2017).
Visite 26/08/16. Decent enough Young’s pub. 3 or 4 non-Young’s on hand pump and another 4 or so more ’craft’ beers. Not sure why it’s so highly rated, trying to be hip but just a standard pub for me. Some obnoxious kids in the corner - don’t mind noise but can’t stand ’look at me’ style antics. Was in with a friend who’s in their mid-20’s and they said they’d be back. Must be getting old (or they’re more easily impressed).
Trendy pub with a good range of beers. A few cask ales (mostly Youngs), along with the generic lagers and a few London craft beers (Beavertown and Camden). Also a good bottled / canned selection (few more Beavertowns in the fridge). Easy and comfortable place to sink a few drinks.
Spacious pub within spitting distance of Shepherds Bush Market tube station. Somewhere between traditional and modern, with ample seating and a central bar. Beer selection is fairly run-of-the-mill: five cask (including two Youngs), two Camden beers and three core Beavertown on tap, plus a few good bottles (I think I spy Pressure Drop). Cask is the coldest I’ve had in some time. Great by Shires standards, not so amazing for London. Wouldn’t necessarily seek it out but wouldn’t say no to coming again.
Defectors Weld is a restaurant in the trendy Shepherds Bush neighborhood of London. The door opens to the corner of a large room dominated by a three sided bar which has no seating. There are booths and tables on each of the three sides, and some sofas in the back near the rest room doors. Each of the sides of the bar has 15 taps, but some are repeated so that there are only perhaps 20 different beers, including 5 casks. The menu is typical English pub, with big portions; lots of people were eating. The barmaids were friendly and could speak of the beer, offering samples to help one decide on the next beer.
Confortable feeling pub with old archairs and sofas scattered around a square central bar. Good buzz about the place. Small outside courtyard full of smokers looks like the seedier parts of Amsterdam thanks to the red lighting. Service was adequate, although lacked any particular enthusiasm or even a smile. 5 casks (including a couole of London micros), along a smattering of common "craft" kegs (Lagunitas IPA, Licher Weisse, Sarnbrooks Pale, Black Isle Porter and a couple of Cotswold lagers are the ones I remember), plus about 25 bottles. Music was rather loud for conversation, especially given the fact we were there on a Tuesday afternoon. Overall though, probably the best option in the area if you’re looking for a decent pub to meet at before a gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire - at least, until Brewdog Shepherds Bush opens in a few weeks time...
Nicely furbished place located right on Shepherd’s Bush. Low lighting, plush leather couches etc. Semi-hip clientele, bartenders with moustaches. There were about 5 cask beers available featuring the likes of Itchen Valley and Old Dairy. The keg stuff had some interesting options, but generally played it safe. There’s an array of bottles available, but you won’t find anything that you couldn’t find at 100 other pubs in London these days. Prices were fine. Overall, this area really lacks decent pubs, so it’s a welcomed addition. However, it’s nothing to really go out of the way for.