Cock & Bottle

Greater London West - Notting Hill

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

17 Needham Road
Notting Hill
W11 2RP

Tel: (020) 7229 1550




Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Paddington

Station Distance: 1500m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Paddington) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This friendly, street-corner pub built in 1850 has one outstanding feature – a bar-back of exceptional ornateness. It has a series of round columns with florid Corinthian capitals below a broad frieze terminating in a band of ornament. The various round-headed projections on the columns have long been a mystery. Near the bottom of each is also a short round stub. And if you take a close look at the servery you’ll see it has been cut back around the modern opening to the inner room. A column has been removed. On the underside of the cornice you’ll spot a hole. It’s possible that all this means that there was once a gravity-feed system for spirits and wines (housed above the bar) which were fed down the pipes in the hollow columns to cocks on the stubs. Note also the pretty stained glass panels of swans which relate to the old name of the pub which changed in the late 1980s. The snob screens to the rear room are a modern bit of re-Victorianisation.

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