When we moved in Earl’s Court in 2011 we noticed The Hansom Cab. It looked like a pub so immediately I wanted to venture inside. Alas, I could not since it was under renovation. A few months later I saw that it was open. We walked in and then walked out. I didn’t feel posh enough to enter. The two of us speculated that maybe it was opening night, which could have been invite only. We didn’t stay to find out. A month or so later, I read some reviews and they weren’t that flattering, citing overpriced beers and bland food. Also I found out that it’s owned my Piers Morgan, a British journalist and television host. Currently he hosts Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN. After learning all of this about the pub, I decided to find out for myself.
Yet, months passed and I didn’t go back. A few weeks ago, my best friend was in town. When we walked by the pub I mentioned that Morgan owned it. This piqued her curiosity. That night we headed there for dinner. We sat at a table in the front part, by the bar. There isn’t a lot of table space. I think there’s more space in the back, but it was a weeknight and it wasn’t that busy so I didn’t mind the cramped seating.
My friend ordered a Shepherd’s pie that was decent but not incredible. I had a grilled halloumi salad with roasted vegetables and it hit the spot. The better half had a burger and was not disappointed. All in all, the food wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. The two gentlemen who waited on us were friendly chaps. The atmosphere was not very pub-like, but I enjoyed that aspect. While my friend was in town, we visited many pubs (not that I’m complaining). It was nice to sit in a place and not be surrounded by dark wood. It’s not a five-star restaurant by any means. What I’m saying is, if you want to sample a different type of pub, this is an option. I’m not saying when in London, you have to go here. If you are near the area and want to find out about the pub owned by Piers Morgan, then I would suggest it. I should mention that many of the meals are slightly overpriced— you’ve been warned.
The three of us had an enjoyable night. Not the best meals. Not the worst. Overall I give the pub 3.5 stars. Sometimes it’s better to have low expectations when you try something new, that way you can be pleasantly surprised.
I admit to prejudice. Knowing that a pub was owned by Morgan, I should probably avoid it. 🙂
I don’t know a lot about him, but it seems he’s not well liked here.
I lived there for awhile years ago – oh nostalgia!
I don’t know enough about Morgan to judge, but I like your review. It seems very fair and honest.
Ok, fair enough… I prefer the quaint, typically English little pubs, so I’ll probably give this a miss. (As if I frequent English pubs all the time!) 🙂
Come over so you can.
I’ll work on doing just that. 🙂
Very interesting the people that own restaurants and/ or bars/pubs these days. I bet he’s basically an investor and lend his name. When you think of London/ England and pubs I think most people expect dark wood and small places… It’s probably a misconception that they are all like that.
Many of them do have dark wood. I think that’s why this one stood out to me. Not your usual decor.
It LOOKS nice anyway…
I have a feeling it wouldn’t be my cup of tea, it sounds like an undecided pub – weder Fisch noch Fleisch as we would say in German (Neither fish nor fowl).
I’ll have to remember that phrase.
Interesting that he’s also in the restaurant business. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Piers Morgan — very interesting.
Looks like a nice place!
It is…more posh than your typical pub.
Hmmm interesting. Lots of places to consider now in London, thanks to your lovely ‘pub’ reviews. 🙂
I’m glad you like them.