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Prince Alfred (Bar)

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112 Queensway, Westbourne Green, Notting Hill, London, W2 3RR
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7229 1474 | Email to Prince Alfred | Transport: Bayswater | Write review

Prince Alfred Review

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Best for: Awesome, affordable food.

Great: For going on a date or having fun with your mates.

Psychologists, whether pop, pseudo or pretty decent, say don’t look back on the past, be positive, live in the present. Fortunately, an April sent from a seemingly benevolent divine being means that I have completely forgotten about a winter bleaker then a Dickensian work house. I’ll sugar coat this metrological analogy with cringe; imagine the song 'Dog Days Are Over’ by Florence and the Machine. If you haven’t heard it, it’s nothing to lose any sleep over.

Anyway, now those crushing canine days have expired, here’s a manuscript I’ve bundled together about a quality night I recently had in West London.
 
Scene 1: The stroll
Basking in the Friday evening sun on the buzzing Queensway High Street, my girlfriend and I unwittingly parade toward The Prince Alfred. From the outside it appears like an ordinary British pub, but with an endearing twist: it’s also part florists, with an alluring array of flowers serenading its outer wall.
Me: "This place looks pretty good. Will it be awkward if I don't give you any flowers if we go in, though?"
My Lovely Girlfriend: "It would be more awkward if you DID."
We enter cheerily.
     
Scene 2: Inside the pub
We are endeared, instantly. Metaphorically, the Prince Alfred gives us a hug and peck on the cheek.
Girlfriend: "Oh I like it here."
Me: "Same."

The pub is fairly full with a twenty-something crowd. It’s cosy, in a modern way; well lit and the bar staff have a warm glow. We are parched so order a Peroni and a Coke, which arrive quickly. We are refreshed, but hunger looms.
Me: "I hope they serve whole horses."
Girlfriend: "Yeah, tell me about it! That table leg looks rather tasty."

Famished, we find a table with firm but comfy chairs. A sensual spanish guitar riff plays. A suave, dark haired, stubbly waiter arrives in a flash, reminiscent of a cooler version of Manuel from Fawlty Towers. He speaks little English but makes no cock ups.
Cool Manuel: "Hola, what can I get for you sir and for you pretty madame?"
Girlfriend: "I'm very hungry. Can I have the cod and chips?"
Girlfriend smiles at the suave swine.
 
Scene 3: The proof is in the pudding (and the main)
More Spanish twanging and the waiter appears with a grin. He places our plates on the table with a poignant and welcoming slam and then leaves with similar aplomb. Eating commences. We are content.
Me: "Yep, I'm content."
My lovely counterpart is pleasantly surprised by a wholesome, gargantuan serving of cod and chips; chunky, sumptuous, a real joy. The experience is heightened by her love of Michael Buble and Tiny Tempah, playing in the background (how can I compete?).
Girlfriend: "Buble! Tiny! Delicious food. I don't think you can compete! But thanks for bringing me along."

I quietly devour a sublime steak accompanied by well seasoned and delicately cooked mash and green beans. Food in our systems, we can fully function. The simple things in life are the best. Then: desserts. They enter like a seductive lone ranger on a sexy steed. Into our stomachs ride wondrous waffles and ice cream glazed in chocolate sauce and a rich slab of chocolate cake.
Me: "That really made my day. Did it makes yours?"
Girlfriend: "Yeah, I'd say as far as day-making goes, that cake probably made the lion’s share of it."

Scene 4: The night is ours
The Prince Alfred is our oyster, so to speak.
Me: "I'm well up for a few drinks, fancy going upstairs? It sounds quite lively up there."
Girlfriend: "Yeah but don't drink vodka. You know what a dope it turns you into."
Me; "I think that just comes naturally."

We float upstairs towards upbeat music. No uppity people are up here (not that there were any downstairs). The vibe is good. Looks like a live music night would work well here. We drift happily to the compact balcony area. We sip our fresh Peroni and Coke (this time with vodka), and we smile, enjoying a balmy spring night in London. Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' comes on the stereo and the scene fades.

FIN

Honestly, check out the Prince Alfred and the script should flow in much the same way. It genuinely was an enjoyable way to spend a Friday night. The food is cheap considering the quality and the atmosphere is down-to-Earth chilled. It's a definite, certified, Fluid thumbs up.
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Customer Reviews for Prince Alfred

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Prince Alfred.

“The main review gets this pub about right. Probably about the best pub in the immediate area if you're looking for somewhere quite lively but not overwhelming. If you're tourist-phobic you might want to stay away though as the number of hotels and hostels in the area ensures a regular supply of them. Something missed in the review is the fireplaces; lovely on a cold evening. The downstairs fireplace is probably the only reason not to head upstairs to the sofa bar.”
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Cinnamon, [ Unknown ] (16 years 2 days ago)

“A moderate pub in the Queensway area”
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Stephanie Harris, [ Unknown ] (16 years 13 days ago)

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