When the Princess Victoria first reopened after an extensive refurbishment in 2008 there was plenty of hoo-haa in the 'papers. Indeed it almost seemed as if this was the first gastropub to open in West London. However, the imposing nature of the property makes some of the fuss understandable. Stranded up in the three-digit realm of the Uxbridge Road, the pub's juxtaposition to the surrounding council blocks means you can't fail to be impressed by it's grandeur. Although once a splendid gin palace, it's actually been a fairly rough Irish pub for as long as memory serves. Of course, what's rarely acknowledged is this helped the Princess Victoria retain at least some original features. The punters didn't care about the decor, so no-one bothered to rip out the old bar or strip the Victorian mouldings: a salutary lesson to anyone thinking of butchering interesting fittings in the name of progress. Happily, the canny new owners let the building speak for itself; there's an imposing circular bar, leather bench seating, a nice parquet floor, wood panelling and some lovely skylights, in both the bar and restaurant. Out back a nice beer garden offers some fresh air. Our recent Sunday afternoon visit found it nicely busy in both parts of the pub and while tempted by the pricey Sunday Roast, we stuck to the reasonably kept ales. There's also an unnecessarily long wine list which would keep any budding vintner happy for months. Overall, it stills feel like a pub here and we thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, so have awarded an appropriately handsome four pint rating.
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Reviewed by redcat
25 Oct 2010