Carlton Tavern, Maida Vale

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
At the point where the elegant sweep of Georgian townhouses and Edwardian apartments of Maida Vale are replaced by 1960s low rise council housing of Kilburn Park, the Carlton Tavern looks rather out of place. There's a fantastic tiled exterior which is, at least in part, complimented by the interior; it maybe tatty but its also pretty unmolested - check out the fireplace and plasterwork on the ceiling to see what we mean. Ours was an out of hours visit so only a handful of older locals were in situ all watching the racing, but the landlady gets tops marks for making us feel genuinely welcome - she knew everyone's name and we suspect with a few more visits under our belt she would know ours too.
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14 Mar 2014
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
• Tom’s mum works behind the bar
• Chelsea hooligans flex their calf muscles at you, tell you how they put police in hospital and can’t “blaaaady go to the game cos they’ve taken me passport off me”
• “I’ll get you the menu lads” means I’ll hand you a pizza takeaway menu and ring and place the order for you
• Out the back is a half decent looking beer garden but you can’t drink out there as its only for mint tea and shisha, which ends up resembling a “you can come in this pub but you have to stick with your own out the back” policy for non-whites.
• The barmaid walks out frequently to the estate on the other side of the road whilst her mum/the landlady?!? chases after calling her the C word.
• You sometimes get a free round if their card reader doesn’t work

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33a Carlton Vale, Maida Vale, London, NW6 5EU
020 7372 0822
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