The Warrington London

The Warrington London

3 5 Reviews

Pubs in London - Maida Vale
93 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, London, W9 1EH
+44 (0) 20 7592 7960

The Warrington is Gordon Ramsay’s third pub. Built in 1857, the imposing exterior of the building boasts a pillared portico and beautiful mosaic floor. Inside, Gordon Ramsay Holdings have spent considerable time restoring the building to its former glory. The existing historical features have been sympathetically refurbished and fresh elements have been added. The menu at will revolve around classic British dishes based on seasonal ingredients. Starters will include Steak tartar, Dressed Cornish crab and Cullen Skink whilst main courses will include Roast guinea fowl, Rump of lamb with boulangére potatoes or Whole lemon sole. Mark Sargeant, head chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s oversees the menus and Oliver Williams is the pub’s manager.
Tags: gastro pub, gastropub, gastropub with a great mix of people having fun, historic pub

The Warrington London Reviews

warrington hotel maida vale - The pub itself must be one of the most beautiful in London and has the added benefit of doing Aspall cider on draft. Unfortunately thats where the good stuff ends. 3 of us had a ploughmans recently and it was by far the worst quality I have ever had the misfortune to be served, the bread was stale, cheese rancid, tomatoes and celery tasteless and the portions (thankfully!) miniscule. When we complained we were told the manager would pop over- nothing happened- when we pressed on this the waitress was rude and said it was meant to be like that! I suppose the arrogance and ignorance must come from the top down. Big shame as we would never visit again and hope the rumour that it is on the market is true and that it passes into ownership of people who care about their customers and produce decent food.  

Rating  1

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Great London Pub, and Food - I had a few beers here with a friend on Saturday. I live very locally and it is easy to forget how good somewhere like this is when it is right under your nose.

The pub room is as spectacular as any in London, it has been refurbished in its traditional style last year under Gordon Ramsay. It is comfortable and without pumping music (fine elsewhere but not appropriate here), a really great place to meet up. One of the best pubs in London

I've been to the new Restaurant upstairs on several occasions, and I think that it is a good place for formal or lunch occasions, Sundays are full of young couples with their parents up to London for a visit, or birthday treats. I also think that it is good value as it is not pitched as a Gordon Ramsay Smart Restaurant but an English Pub dining room. However it is a good cut above that with formal white starched table cloths and excellent, excellent standard of service and waiting staff. I've used the Private Dining Room for Work functions and people loved it.

The menu pushes English food that no-one seems to have eaten for 100 years and is certainly not the cuisine that has driven in inexorable rise in eating out. That is fine if smoked eel and pigs cheeks are what you crave, but I always have the steak which is great.

Dining here is great for the occasions that I’ve mentioned above but less so as somewhere the locals drop in to again and again for a casual mid week dinner.  
Tags: gastropub with a great mix of people having fun, historic pub

Rating  4

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Too high of expectations - After reading the more than glowing (first) review on The Warrington I was extremely eager to try it out and Gordon Ramsay’s establishments usually live up to their reputation.

Note: This isn’t a gastropub but an actual restaurant. The pub downstairs in the original which is nice as it’s still an old boozer with mix of the locals who just want a pint after work and those waiting for their table in the restaurant. We had a nice bottle of Australian sparkling wine for £30 and enjoyed the surroundings. We then went upstairs which is completely different; very stark, simple and more modern decor as you can see from my photos. But very comfortable too with high ceilings, big windows and low lighting.

Our waitress was attentive when we sat down and asked us what we’d like to drink. She then let us ponder the menu and ask her questions as we waited for our 5th guest to arrive. Yummy bread and salty butter was brought too. All good so far.

We ordered our wine and meal and let the evening take its course as the dining room filled up with diners like ourselves eager to try this place and happy they got a reservation. We all have different starters and most of us were happy with them. I had the spelt risotto with butternut squash which was very good and full of flavours with a nutty taste from the spelt. My husband has the white onion soup with English Cheddar which was by far the best starter at the table. The clams with bacon were also good. A friend ordered the dressed crab which was the most disappointing of the lot as it was full of mayo and quite bland. He wasn’t happy with it either.

Our mains were okay. I was pretty happy with my whole sea bream with roasted fennel and oranges although it was somewhat drowning in oil (or butter) so a little too greasy for my liking but the fish itself was cooked perfectly. My husband had the duck confit which he really liked but I thought it was overcooked and tough.

We ordered a 2nd bottle of wine which took a really long time to receive and after most of us were through with our mains. But both bottles of wine were really good.

Desserts were rhubarb and apple crumble with custard and a section of British cheeses, both good. The bill ended up to be about £40 pp so not too bad.

I want to go back to test it out again as I found the overall experience to be mediocre and not great as I had hoped and would have expected from GR.  

Rating  3

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Not so good second time around - Yes you all loved my first Warrington review, I raved on and on about the quality of the food. So much so that I went back for a mid week dinner, with friends whose expectations I had elevated. Maybe I wasn't wearing my rose coloured glasses, or maybe my recent meal at Galvin Bistrot had raised the bar, but a few issues made my second trip to the Warrington restaurant a let down.

The first little niggle, we ordered champagne at the bar downstairs but we weren't able to add it to the restaurant bill which seemed silly to me. However we did take our half full flutes upstairs when it was time for dinner, which made up for that. The menu had changed from my last visit a few weeks ago and there were some exciting new additions. I was also pleased to find that the dinner prices were no different to lunch which surprised me having read other reviews complaining about the price. I still stand by my comments that the standard of food is good for the price.

But between 5 diners and 3 courses we had a few disappointments. My husband found his dressed crab starter quite bland, but conversely our friend's white onion and cheddar soup was divine. My clams, bacon and cider were also very yummy. Main courses were mixed. The whole sea bream chosen by two of us was delicate, and quite a large serving. My husband chose a German dish (can't remember the name) - a sausage casserole. It was ok but nothing to write home about. My biggest regret was the steak and kidney pie. After tasting my friend's pie at our last visit, which had a lovely rich filling, the steak flaky and melt in the mouth, I had to have it! But it was a disaster. The pastry was great but as I peeled it open I found the meats overcooked and rubbery, floating in brown water. I really don't know what happened. I managed to eat about half but decided to give up and save room for desert. Fortunately the waitress asked what the issue was, and soon came back with apologies from the chef and an offer to remove the meal from our bill. For desert we shared rhubarb crumble (spot on) and a lovely British cheese selection.

Service was great, and I was pleased that they removed the pie from our bill but overall I was let down by the experience. But I'm not giving up. Since The Warrington is just down the road, I will be back for another try but not sure I will go for the S&K pie again!  

Rating  3

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Gordon's Gastro has got it right! - Get ready for a long one....this is (according to Google) the FIRST review of Gordon Ramsay's new gastro pub - The Warrington in Maida Vale (formerly, and still known as, my local).

My beloved local, The Warrington was closed for more than 4 months after Gordon Ramsay holdings bought it and proclaimed they would refurbish it to its former beauty, and raise it to gastro pub glory. I am actually a big fan of GR, despite his egotistical flaws I have had many amazing dining experiences at his great stable of restaurants. The Warrington re-opened just 4 days ago, and I was one of the many locals who dropped by for a drink. So time for the review...

Firstly, I don't know why it took them 4 months to re-open but almost nothing has changed of the decor in the bar - and that is FANTASTIC! The pub was a real mish mash of Victorian styles and it has all remained, probably because it is staunchly protected. I expect that the delay to opening was due to the rejection GRH's requests to change the interior, and I am glad of it. Ok, the place is oldy worldy, quite dark with lots of strange carvings of nubile half naked ladies, but its got character and that makes it unique! All that GRH has managed to change is new tiles around the bar area, and that's about it.

After a drink on opening night we went for Sunday lunch a few days later. I am over the moon, the food was more than I expected. 3 of us dined on smoked salmon, blinis and creme fraiche; smoked eel; and sprouting broccoli with hollandaise for starters. Mains were steak and kidney pie; pigs cheeks with swede puree; and guinea fowl with puy lentils and bacon. All meals were fantastic!! The starters (£5-7) and mains (£10-15) were excellent value. Its hard to imagine but my spouting broccoli, lightly steamed, tossed with butter and served with hollandaise, was worth every bite. Main courses took it to the next level. The steak and kidney pie was perfection, masses of meat flaky and tender with a lovely crust. The pig cheeks were scrumptiously creamy, and the puy lentils and bacon lifted the almost boring guinea fowl to a new level. A beef roast on the menu looked tempting and I will be back soon to give it a try.

And yes we had desserts too - chocolate fondant with ice cream (true choco's delight), treacle tart with clotted cream, and a steamed ginger pudding - the winner! All at £6 each. Total for 3 courses, a bottle of lovely Chablis and two cocktails came to under £150. In my opinion completely worth it, and I am so looking forward to dining here more often.

My only complaint (!) is that the decor in the upstairs restaurant is supremely boring - beige, beige, beige. Once it filled up the buzz of diners compensated, but initially I found it quite bland. GRH if you are reading - change the colour of the chairs and add some mirrors/prints, something!!!

However another positive note, the pies and snack menu in the bar downstairs looked fab for a quick bite. By the look of the empty plates it was also a success. My only hope is that it doesn't get too busy that we'll never get here a seat again!  
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Rating  5

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