The KPHHistoric Notting Hill Pub
Credit: The KPH
Historic but not consigned to history like so many London pubs, the KPH is one of Notting Hill’s legendary watering holes, the place that hosted Tom Jones’s first ever London gig and provided a regular drinking haunt for The Clash during the capital’s punk years.
Occupying a lovely corner spot on Ladbroke Grove, the pub is big and roomy with outdoor tables on the wide pavement and plenty of high tables and stools inside alongside comfy leather upholstered banquettes and walls adorned with photos and prints highlighting KPH’s musical legacy.
Like many Victorian-built pubs today it has a first floor dining room which, being run by Henry Harris and former St John chef Ruairidh Summers, serves pub food like you’ve never seen it before, ie. not pub food. Think cured trout, crème fraiche and sorrel for starters and lamb rump, smoked aubergine, grelot and anchovy for mains with an out-of-this-world wine list to match. It’s the business basically. Drinks wise, the pub has a vast array of beers from brewers like Stiegl, The Kernel, Mikkeller & Portbello Brewing alongside house ales from Timothy Taylor Landlord & Harvey’s Sussex Best as well as various rotating guest jobbies.
Although no longer a music venue KPH does run a popular Monday night pub quiz with a decent pot if you win it, and on any other given night you’re bound to rub shoulders with some of Notting Hill’s celeb residents who venture in for a quick pint. But in the end you can’t beat sitting at one of the outside tables when the sun is shining with an ice cold draft in your hand watching Notting Hill roll by.
Credit: The KPH
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