All along Hammersmith’s riverfront, there’s a golden mile of pubs on offer. Whether you want views of the Thames or even the odd terrace to sit outside at, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
There’s a tonne of placers to enjoy a pint and some excellent pub grub no matter the weather. Look out to Hammersmith bridge in the sunshine, or snuggle up inside on a winter’s day.
Hammersmith pubs have a special place in our hearts. You’ll find some lovely architecture and a great atmosphere.
So we’ve come up with a list of the best places for the two things you want from a pub: some good grub, and a good pint. They’ve all got so much more to offer, though. Just make sure to be out by ten o’clock!
Check out our list below.
1. The Blue Anchor
The Blue Anchor is one of my favourite pubs in the Hammersmith area. Although, that’s not the only reason why it’s on our list.
The Blue Anchor is a pleasant pub nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It might be one of the best spots in Hammersmith for a pint with a scenic view. Just look out to Hammersmith Bridge and soak up some rays.
The Blue Anchor’s relaxing interior is just as worthy a setting though. Expect classics like ale battered fish and chips. Why not try their generous portions of chicken schnitzel? The food here is much more than stomach lining.
The Blue Anchor is one of the oldest pubs in Hammersmith, and it’s steeped in history. They’ve been serving pints (with a license) since the Declaration of Independence! You might even recognise this pub from the 1998 film Sliding Doors.
All the food is simple, hearty, and heartening to consume. Sit inside, or on the banks of the Thames and soak up the sun.
Get down to 13, Lower Mall for this cosy pub.
2. The Andover Arms
The Andover Arms has been called the ‘best pub in Hammersmith’. Ok, by Stephanie on Tripadvisor, but she’s not far wrong.
The Andover Arms is a welcome home for locals and new arrivals alike. They’re well known for their Sunday Roast, especially the lamb. They’ve also got market-fresh fish and home-made dishes that represent the best of British.
They also serve a great selection of pints from Fuller’s, brewed just a mile away. They’ve got games, Jazz, blues and soul alongside occasional live music and proper pub food.
Get down to 57, Aldensley Road for the ‘best pub in Hammersmith’.
3. The Rutland
If you’ve ever been in Hammersmith to watch the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, chances are you’ve been at The Rutland. If you are there on a busy afternoon, then don’t expect a quiet atmosphere!
While Covid might be doing it’s best to keep a lid on this, this pub can get lively. It’s a Taylor Walker pub with hearty British pub grub, cask ales, and a decent wine list to keep you in good ‘spirits’.
The Rutland is near The Blue Anchor but is a fair bit bigger than its neighbour. It’s got more seating inside and a larger bar. Because of this, it might be a bit more popular with a younger crowd.
There is seating outside as well which, in a time gone by, would be filled with people. Just make sure you find a spot far away enough from the boat launching walkway. We wouldn’t want you getting hit in the head by a boat being lifted off the river.
Get on down to 15, Lower Mall to get to The Rutland.
4. The Crabtree
We know what you’re thinking. Burrata with truffle-honey aioli might not be what pops to mind when you think ‘pub grub’. The Crabtree is a pub, though, we promise.
Its a real Hammersmith treasure and one of the grander waterside watering holes. With high vaulted ceilings and maroon leather banquettes inside, it’s pleasingly posh. Outside there even a barbecue that’s fired up from spring till autumn.
As mentioned, the food is a cut above standard pub grub. Think miso lamb rump with confit belly and vegetable yakitori and smashed soybeans. Just try and resist their rich dark chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake.
At the bar, there’s a decent selection of beers on tap and by the bottle or can. Plus, they’re always updating the guest ales. At The Crabtree, there’s live music, an award-winning comedy club and a weekly pub quiz.
Get down to The Crabtree on Rainville Road for a knees-up!
5. The Queen’s Head
Could we even have a list of pubs without a ‘Queen’s Head’ on there? It just wouldn’t be British.
This fantastic quiet pub is often overlooked. It’s tucked just off the Shepherds Bush Road and is a great place to hide away night or day. There’s chilled jazz playing from speakers and beer flowing from the taps.
There’s even seating at candlelit tables in this deceptively large inn. The Queen’s head has weekly coffee mornings, a Monday quiz, and a Sunday roast!
Nibble on salt and pepper squid or posh fish and chips with lemon-scented potatoes. Plus, as it’s a Fuller’s pub, they’ve got Pride and Oliver’s island on tap alongside craft beers by the can. There’s even a couple of cocktails on the menu.
Get on down to 13, Brook Green, Hammersmith.
6. The Dove
The Dove in Hammersmith is not just a pub but a piece of London’s history. It’s at this waterside pub that Charles II once wined and dined his mistress Nell Gwynne. Supposedly, James Thomson composed ‘Rule Brittannia’ there.
A plaque by the bar reads like a Who’s Who list. Today, however, they’re serving up a great range of food and booze. Their desserts, especially, are top-notch. We personally love their Norfolk chicken schnitzel with fennel and radish salad.
You’ll find Frontier and Cornish Orchards on tap and a little hatch to the smallest bar room in the world at The Dove. Sit next to the fire, or out on The Dove’s riverside terrace and know that you’re sitting in somewhere historic.
They’ve got outstanding real ales, fine wines, and delicious food.
Get down to 19, Upper Mall for a slice of history.
7. The Pear Tree
Dating back to the 1800s, The Pear Tree is the quintessential Victorian Pub. Its got a cosy interior, quaint outdoor garden and a great Hammersmith location.
There are classic pub dishes like beer-battered cod and chips, steak and ale pie or wild boar sausages. Plus, with a wide selection of ales and wines, The Pear Tree is a great place to grab a drink with friends.
The Pear Tree isn’t going to set the world alight, but it’s a quaint little boozer. Next time you’re passing by looks like just another pub, we urge you to walk in. If its anything like The Pear Tree, you’re in for a treat.
They do an excellent topside roast on Sundays. Otherwise, there’s gourmet sandwiches like sirloin steak and melted blue cheese in the week. Plus, it’s one of the few independent, family-run pubs on our list!
Get down to 14, Margravine Road to change your mind about pubs.
8. The Curtain’s Up
The Curtains Up near Hammersmith is a quaint and friendly pub. As you might have guessed fro the name, they’re all about the arts. With the cosy Barons Court Theatre nearby it’s the perfect spot for a pre-show drink.
If you don’t like theatre, then there’s also live sports in the bar. Plus, they’ve got a weekly pub quiz and a spacious bar. The Curtains Up also offers a fresh food menu with pub favourites like burgers and rib-eye steak.
Keep an eye out for daily specials and their ‘Stinking Bishop Macaroni Cheese’. Yum.
Get down to 28 Comaregh Road to lift the curtain on this hidden gem.
9. Draft House
If you’re looking for the best spot in Hammersmith for craft beer, look no further. The Draft House is even in spitting distance of the famous Hammersmith Palais.
Draft House Hammersmith has a colossal range of craft beer on draft and in bottles. If you’re in the mood, they’ve even got heaps of cocktails on offer.
So, what grub can you get to go with your pint? How about a menu of hand-crafted pies? They’re all served with mushy marrowfat peas and gravy with buttery mash optional.
Head on down to 238, Shepherd’s Bush Road for a pie and a pint!
We could go on about our favourite pubs in Hammersmith for ages. We even had to miss some out like the elegant Stonemason’s Arms which is sadly closed at the moment.
From Fuller’s steady-eddies to posh fish and chips and beyond, Hammersmith has a pub for you. There are cosy little nooks and even outdoor seating areas overlooking the river. You’ll find pub quizzes, good grub and maybe even some live music.
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