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Elgin

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Greater London West - Notting Hill

Three star - A pub interior of outstanding national historic importance

Listed Status: II

96 Ladbroke Grove
Notting Hill
W11 1PY

Tel: (020) 7229 5663

Email: elgin@youngs.co.uk

Website https://www.theelginnottinghill.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheElgin

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Shepherd's Bush

Station Distance: 1450m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Shepherd's Bush) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

The Elgin has the crown jewel of Victorian screens with perhaps the most colourful one anywhere, featuring jewel-like and spectacular gilded glazing. It has to be seen to be believed.

Rebuilt in 1867, the architects being Hammack & Lambert, it was refurbished in 1898. On the corner of a busy junction near Ladbroke Grove tube station, this  pub has some spectacular Victorian ornamentation. Three distinct rooms are still clearly discernible although they are now interlinked. The star performer is the room in the northern part which is screened off from the corner bar by a wonderful timber and glass screen of exceptional exuberance. The grey etched glazing, gilded patterns and facetted jewel-like details gleam and sparkle. CAMRA is unaware of any other pub screen like it. Then there is a bar-back of rare richness, embellished with delicate wood carving that is reminiscent of seventeenth-century detailing, gilded mirrors and a frieze of bas-relief apples. Finally, on the side wall are coloured tile strips and more gilded mirrors displaying foliage, hops, butterflies and birds in flight.

The counters are original too and are classic examples of that curious feature found in London pubs but not, apparently, elsewhere – doors to allow the servicing of the beer engines in times gone by. At the back of the pub is a large lounge with fielded dado panelling round the walls, and a skylight at the rear. A sad loss in the corner bar is the modern replacement of the original Victorian bar-back, with its glass and metal shelving, as well as the metal framed gantry looking somewhat out of place here. Behind the servery is an office with some fine decorative glass.

Rebuilt in 1867, architects Hammack & Lambert,it was refurbished in 1898. A pub with some spectacular Victorian ornamentation on the corner of a busy junction near to Ladbroke Grove tube station. Three distinct rooms are still clearly discernible although they are now interlinked. The star performer is the room in the northern part which is screened off from the corner bar by a wonderful timber and glass screen of exceptional exuberance. The grey etched parts, gilded patterns and facetted jewel-like details gleam and sparkle. CAMRA is unaware of any other pub screen like it. Then there is a bar-back of rare richness, embellished with seventeenth-century style carved wood detailing, gilded mirrors and a frieze of bas-relief apples. Finally, on the side wall come coloured tile strips and more gilded mirrors displaying foliage, hops, butterflies and birds in flight.

The counters are original too and are classic examples of that curious feature found in London pubs but not, apparently, elsewhere – doors to allow the servicing of the beer engines in times gone by. At the back of the pub is a large lounge with fielded dado panelling round the walls. It has a skylight over the rear part. A sadness at this pub is the modern replacement in the corner bar of the Victorian bar-back by a good quality modern replacement, although the glass and metal shelves and gantry with metal uprights looks a bit out of place in an otherwise magnificent pub like this. Behind the servery is an office with some fine decorative glass.

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