One of our regulars: Rival Restaurants

We love London so much we though each month we would bring you our own opinion of the good things happening in the world of London eating – outside our own fine establishments of course. Because sometimes you need a change. We know you’ll come back to the ones you love…

In the first of these our own chef d’equipe CEO Roger Mavity expounds the virtues of Victoriana in Shepherd’s Bush.

If you ever find yourself feeling hungry (likely) and in the tatty end of the Uxbridge Road (much less likely) try The Princess Victoria. It’s an old Victorian boozer that’s been neglected and forgotten, then recently revived by a couple of entrepreneurs. They were both trained at the Capital Hotel, so they have serious pedigree in food and drink.
But they also have taste – they’ve managed to restore it back to how it must have been in about1860 in a very genuine way, without ruining it with spurious ‘designer’ improvements. There’s a big bar, with lovely etched glass, wooden floors, bentwood chairs, and atmosphere. Beyond there’s a dining room with a brilliant muddle of antique furniture, and surprisingly delicious cooking. The menu is long on robust dishes, with lots of pig, so vegetarians won’t be happy but the rest of us will.
There aren’t many reasons to visit Shepherds Bush – apart from seeing me at home, of course – but now there’s one more.

Read more of Roger’s opinion’s here:

Roger on CVs

Roger on Design (subscriber only link)

Roger on the need for creativity over number crunching

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