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The Prince Bonaparte (Bar)

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80 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London, W2 5BE
Cuisine: Gastro
Tel: 020 7313 9490 | Transport: Royal Oak | Write review

The Prince Bonaparte Review

Somewhere in the middle of the triangle between Notting Hill, Westbourne Park and Royal Oak tubes, the Prince Bonaparte is not the kind of place you would drop into unless you were lucky enough to live nearby. It’s a 15 minute walk from any tube which means that the crowd in this pub is distinctly local.

Despite the recent refurbishment, this pub has retained a cosy, intimate feel; weathered armchairs, snakeskin cushions and velvet chaises longues are dotted around; long red curtains are draped on scaffolding poles with gilded mirror and glitzy chandeliers lending a sense of the antique. Long communal wooden tables with wooden benches and candles are contrastingly sturdy and modern, serving to remind you that this is still a serious drinking establishment.

It’s still early on a Tuesday evening but tables are already scarce and the lucky few who bagged a prime spot near the roaring fires look settled for the night. The clientele are fashionable and eccentric; plenty of body-warmers and tweed caps and one punter has even brought along the perfect pub accessory… a well behaved dog with beady black eyes whose name is probably Scruff. People browse lazily through the papers over a pint of real ale, or a strawberry wheat beer, while others have plumped for one of the many wines served by the glass.

The food, displayed on huge chalkboards, is simple and hearty with a strong Mediterranean influence; my huge fillet of red bream with cous cous, roasted vegetables and red pesto was excellent. Most refreshingly, most main courses come in at under a tenner and most wines are less than fifteen pounds a bottle so this venue is not likely to burn a hole in your bohemian pockets. This London boozer is definitely worth the walk: a proper little gem. If the Prince Bonaparte was my local, I think I’d be pretty happy about it.
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Customer Reviews for The Prince Bonaparte

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I spent an afternoon in this Westbourne Grove pub working on my laptop and taking in the fading light. The atmosphere is a good one to work in. Calm. Big, solid wooden tables. Warm. Nice music. Good window spots. Unfortunately the burger patty was raw and bloody in the middle and the 'salad' the menu said it came with translated into a few leaves garnishing the burger. House wine was also overpriced. What a pity...”
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Emma, London (9 years 9 months 15 days ago)

“The service in this place is awful. The waitresses are a law on to themeslves. The following account was the last straw after some pretty bad service generally. I was part of a party of 10 people. One of us actually went to the trouble of writing down the order and giving it to one of the waitresses. About half an hour later only 8 meals were served. When asked about the other 2 the waitress who took the order blamed another waitress. When a firm complaint was made to her (which was not in the least aggresseive) we suffered an OTT rude reaction. After a further half hour of waiting, the manager, eventually held his hands up and agreed to take a significant sum off the bill. The food when it arrived was ok and reasonably priced. The service, however, lets this place down so much. I don't think they even realise how bad their service is.”
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Michael, London (12 years ago)

“What you make of "The Boney", as some might call it, really depends on your point of view. Some will indulge in its big tables, gaze through its large windows and generally wallow in its cool vibe. Others will detest the Notting Hill clientele, bemoan the "relaxed" bar staff and begrudge the mission to get there. Personally, I like the place. It can do guzzling weekend nights and supping weekday evenings, with the large windows and street-corner location seemingly reflecting the mood. The beers good and they serve food too (though I've never tried it). Oh, and one time the barmaids got up and danced on the bar, proof that the Boney has a life of its own.”
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Cinnamon, [ Unknown ] (15 years 9 months 7 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Gastro
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Real Pubs

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