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Potobello Gold: Good local in Portobello Road
This I guess is a typical London pub with dining facilities at the back in a conservatory type area that has a roof that folds back in good weather. The restaurant has plenty of plants for greenery interest and caged birds too.
Fairly spacious and comfortable bench type seats or chairs at large dark wood tables.
The rest room facilities are not the best but are adequate and the bar area at the front is very traditional with old pictures of film and pop stars.
First visited March 2010 and again March 2012 - no real changes but on last visit we had drinks only on a Saturday morning. Really atmospheric with local traders from the market outside in and antique hunters comparing wares.
Favorite Dish: We had Sunday roasts at £15.75 per head which seems to be a standard price across London. Much higher than provincial prices but costs are much higher here and this reflects in the prices.
The lamb was beautifully cooked and the vegetables perfect in texture and crispness. A good sized meal complete with Yorkshire pudding.
The desert was perfect and the cook magnificent.
The building dates from 1920 when the old pub on the site was sinking along with the rest of the block in to the reclaimed swamp at the end of the road. The pub today is said to be holding up the rest of the street!
Portobello Gold: Notting Hill indoor garden setting
I visit here often on saturday afternoons after the rush of the market when the dealers are packing up and a much need drink is required by a certain vt member. The bar service is rather slow but the atmosphere of being inside a conservatory complete with birdies and passion fruit plants more then makes up for it.
Looking for a place that will serve you a sunday roast outside of normal lunch hours look no further over here fresh roasts are served from 1pm to 8pm. We did a suprise party here for Britannia2 and I ordered their lamb roast which was really welcome treat after my tour of Notting Hill. There was plenty of meat and the vegetables were cooked perfectly each roast came with a yorkshire pudding.
I have on good authority that the mussels are particularly good here. The menu is fairly varied, they have a separate lunch and evening menu.
Portobello Gold: Notting Hill Carnival Pub Grub
We found Portobello Gold pub/restaurant more by luck than judgement and what a great find it was! We were in the area for the Notting Hill Carnival and looking for somewhere to sit down and have a drink and something to eat. As it was the bank holiday Monday, the food was of a Caribbean/ethnic mix, being cooked al fresco on the street with salt cod, spicey chicken wings, vegetarian samosas, Cumberland sausage hotdogs, potato salad etc etc.. reasonable priced at around £2.50 - £3.50 a portion. (We could take it inside the pub once purchased).
The interior was just beautiful - at the front just a typical looking pub but as you walk to the back you see a long wall of mirrors making it appear much larger than it is with masses of green plants and a couple of canaries. On the walls was a gallery of fabulous photos (all for sale) of famous names from music and film.
Everyone who entered (including ourselves!) seemed delighted to find a seat and chill out for a while after the crazy music and mahem going on outside at the carnival. We washed down our food with a couple of pints of ice cold lager shandy. (lager and lemonade). A really nice place with friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: We had the spicy chicken wings, cumberland sausage hotdog, and salt cod with vegetable samosas in spicey chilli sauce - and it went down a treat! :)
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