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“Sublime dining experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Victoria
Ranked #118 of 567 London B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
102 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Sublime dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

There a great pubs and there are great restaurants - but what if you combined the two? What do you think the result might look like? My wife and I discovered just that, culinary paradise in a relaxed, informal and convivial atmosphere, when we recently visited The Victoria, a gastro pub within spitting distance of Richmond Park owned and run by the renowned chef Paul Merrett. In fact to call The Victoria a gastro pub would be far too simplistic; Paul is a Michelin starred chef with years of experience in London fine dining restaurants and has brought his undoubted skills to the table in a way that transforms simple ingredients into meals that are, all be they served in a pub, rather extraordinary. Not only that, a finely crafted menu where provenance of the ingredients is a core strand running through the business results in meals of exquisite excellence, but without the fancy-schmancy price tag of a fine dining restaurant or more pretentious establishment where punters usually pay through the nose for the privilege.

As well as being a great pub and a place to eat, The Victoria is also a wonderful hotel-cum-B&B where visitors can use the venue as a base from which to explore the capital city - and we look forward to the summer when we hope to stay for a day or two there. It should also be noted that The Victoria offers a Saturday Brunch, Sunday, breakfast and children's menu - so it really is a go-to destination for lovers of real, tasty tucker.

Back to the meal. Our choice was from the a la carte menu which, for the quality of cuisine on offer, is amazingly priced; starters coming in at around £7. My wife had the goat's curd on chargrilled sourdough with beetroot and honeycomb whilst I plumped for the smoked chicken and shaved fennel salad with blood orange and saffron emulsion. Both starters were delectable and whetted the appetite for the main event. In the red corner, my wife had 28 day aged steak with a beautiful Bernaise sauce and thrice cooked chips; chunky little numbers served beautifully in a mini chip basket - and in the blue corner, I decided on the braised Ox cheeks, slow cooked to meltingly tender perfection in a delicious jus with baby root vegetables, a silky smooth mash and a parsley crumb. We washed this down with a glass of excellent white wine from the extensive wine list and I, a pint of artisan brewery ale from Devon, one of The Victoria's regular guest ales.

We drove two hours to visit The Victoria and in all honesty, we would have driven three, the meal was that good. If Paul Merrett ever wants to visit St Albans and open up there, I for one and of course my wife will be taking up permanent residence. To recap: to call The Victoria a pub is far too simplistic although a pub is what it ostensibly is. In terms of quality of dining experience however, it really is very much more than a gastro pub and has a highly innovative menu with dishes made from well sourced ingredients sold at prices which, for the quality and experience of the chef, are astoundingly classy. I implore you to try The Victoria once. If you do, you will discover probably the best 'pub food' you will have ever tasted - and a dining experience that will have you wanting more and more and then some more!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheVic7rt, Owner at The Victoria, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
Dear John P,

Thank you very much for your great review and Paul and I look forward to seeing back here sometime in the near future.

Kind regards
Greg
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Venue. Food. Service - all fab-u-lous.

I'd booked Sunday lunch for 12 ladies - a baby shower lunch. Due to traffic some of us were very late, but staff were accommodating and made sure we never felt rushed and even managed to switch tables around so that we wouldnt have to be thrown off our table.
The food was simply divine too. (The table actually went quiet for a a good 15 mins.)
Am definitely plannng on going back to devour the rest of the menu....

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank YCheung
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Texas
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

We stayed at the Victoria because my husband had business in the area. What a delightful inn and pub. It's been located in this neighborhood for over a hundred years and feels like you've stepped back in time when you walk in the door and see warm fires blazing and people visiting. The neighborhood now is very upscale. There is a school behind the building and after school on Friday the pub was filled with Moms and their children. The wait staff were dispensing hot chocolate and crisps right along with the coffee. Such a treat to see everyone having such a good time.
Our room was #7 in the small hotel/inn located behind the pub. We were very comfortable there and the staff couldn't have been nicer. Sammy took us under her wing and helped us get to the places we needed to go. She even went to the trouble to write out the train times and exact directions about how to get from here to there. When we asked for a taxi to Mortlake train station, one was called and arrived promptly. The service was exceptional - beyond anything ever expected!
The food was outstanding. Excellent presentation! We loved everything we had. Even the continental breakfast was great.

Room Tip: Number 7 was a great room upstairs.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank sandtray
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Kent, UK
Level Contributor
83 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

I have to say that I was disappointed.

We had Room 1 on the ground floor. It has a window out towards the kitchen, so the curtain needs to be shut all the time. The room had no pictures, prints or anything on any walls and looked really stark. The carpet was stained again (see earlier review) and thats as there is no door mat or the like and coming from the outside straight onto a cream carpet is bound to lead to disaster ! The towel rail didnt work in the bathroom, which was cramped.

BUT

The staff were all without exception charming.

Dinner was good, especially the crab and mackerel.

Breakfast was excellent, truly excellent and included in the price.

This was the only hotel anywhere in London on the mid week night I stayed with any availability at a decent price, so was a saviour.

I fell bad rating it as average, but that's what it was.

Room Tip: Not the ground floor
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank OccassionalTravels
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TheVic7rt, Owner at The Victoria, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
Thank you very much for your review and we take all feedback very seriously.
Firstly, thanks you for your kind remarks on both the staff and the food, we train hard behind the scenes and have chsoen proffessionals that reall care about the industry they work in with a big love of both food and beverage.
Regarding room 1: There is frosting on the low level windows and a light curtain so there is privacy in the Summer months too. We have just repainted all rooms with new artwork currently on order so I agree the room looks stark but hopefully fresh & clean. We have someone coming to make changes to the outside matting and inside to ensure the florring is kept clean. We currently dry clean this carpet monthly. All heating and towel timings have been set for 6am - 11am & 4pm - 11pm.
We hope to see you soon & please email us on bookings@thevictoria.net with your next booking and we will discount your stay in the hope of buiding bridges.
Once again many thanks for your feedback.
Greg Bellamy
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Level Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Food is fresh and delicious. A welcome antidote to formulaic chain restaurants. I had the tastiest ravioli at a recent birthday supper. Welcoming interior, relaxed lounge chairs for morning coffees and at night I'm always comfortable as a lone woman if I arrive first.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

Stayed for a few nights recently:

Rooms:
Comfortable, clean, in a nice separate block, no frills. For GBP130 a night I would have loved/expected to have seen a bottle of shower gel in the shower rather than the gym style dispenser.

Setting:
Stunning, temple sheen is a beautiful residential area and you are a v short walk from Richmond Park. Having a car is advisable as taxis are rare (but can be called) in the vicinity, and it is a decent walk to local transport links. The pub itself is lovingly restored inside, with a stunning conservatory and lovely small (partly covered garden with a small childrens play area).

Food:
Stunning - the chefs are highly skilled and just understand cooking, from a beautiful plate of ham, cheese and honey, to an aged sirlion steak as good as I have had anywhere and cooked to perfection, lamb burgers were succulent with great sides, and a gorgeous tasting pea soup. Scrambled eggs at breakfast were sublime. Also has a great reasonably priced wine list with some real gems on it.

Service:
Slight disappointment. It wasn't that the staff weren't knowlegable or occaisionally friendly, it just seemed that they were lacking someone with sharper eyes pointing out who they needed to serve, when, and why. Nobody should be left sitting, on their own for 5 mins, or waiting for water for the same amount of time. This happened on a couple of occaision during the stay, so it wasn't a one off. And upon asking for butter at breakfast I don't thing it is acceptable to be given the, partly used, dish from the next table!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank 888SAF
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Hong Kong
Level Contributor
273 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

The place feels very homely and the food menu is excellent. The rooms were on the small side with small TV's - ambitiously priced at 130 gbp. It's a bit of a hike to any transport - they will get a cab for you, but you can't always guarantee it. The self service breakfast was excellent - until you wanted something cooked from the menu -The staff in general were not customer focused, lacked attention to detail and it was hard to get served - mornings and evenings. Once we managed to order it, the cooked breakfasts were good. Dinners: The steak was excellent, corn on the cob with chilli butter v nice, lamb burger and pea soup excellent.
The place is extremely popular (rightly so given the food quality) locally and is very busy most of the time.
My only gripe would be improving customer care and encouraging the staff to care about customers.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank HongKongCallisto
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Property: The Victoria
Address: 10 West Temple Sheen, London SW14 7RT, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #118 of 567 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Victoria 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Victoria is a public house and dining room with hotel rooms set in a leafy residential area by Richmond Park. All seven hotel rooms, refurbished in May 2011, feature: Queen sized beds • en-suite shower rooms • Egyptian cotton bedding • Wi-Fi access • Flat screen television • IPod docking system • Complimentary tea and coffee • Complimentary mineral water • Preferential restaurant reservations during your stay. The refurbished pub and dining room have some charming new features and some original old features which have been lovingly restored under the ownership of critically acclaimed Chef Paul Merrett and Restaurateur Greg Bellamy. Enjoy delicious food in our conservatory dining room, with sumptuous wine from our extensive list. Relax with a pint and a steak sandwich in the pub. Chill at the weekend with brunch or a roast, while the children enjoy the outdoor play area. Gossip over coffee with home-made cake or unwind with a summer BBQ in our beautiful garden. After all that, you’ll need a good night’s sleep in one of our popular en-suite bedrooms. ... more   less 
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