“ 80 Chepstow Rd, W2. Tel: +44 (0)20 7313 9491. (Westbourne Park tube). „
A great pub for a relaxed and friendly environment. I have found the Bonaparte to be a great place to meet for a couple of Sunday afternoon lagers with a few of your mates. On a nice afternoon, it is very acceptable to stand out in the street soaking up the afternoon sun, and watching some very cool cars cruising down Chepstow Road. A good selection of quality food and a great selection of friendly women make it one of those pubs that you never want to leave! Is the place to be for the Notting Hill Carnival. They board up the windows and get some good DJs to play a groovy mix of tracks. The whole place just rocks with the atmosphere generated over the carnival weekend. Definitely worth checking out!
These two perfect pubs are only a few steps apart on Chepstow Rd and Westbourne Park Rd (Westbourne Park or Notting Hill tube; buses 7, 28, 31 & 70) and they are what makes Notting Hill: A perfectly relaxed atmosphere, laidback and fashionable people and a great mix of cultures & styles. The Westbourne may be a bit more fashionable, featuring the occasional pop star visit, but the P. Bonaparte is definitely more laidback. Admittedly the people are sometimes just a bit too fashionable and too laidback in both places but after a few pints of - for example - Staropramen (P. Bonaparte) or Stella (Westbourne) everyone is bearable and you can simply enjoy the place. As for design & layout, The P. Bonaparte features huge glass windows, giving it a light and open atmosphere. The Westbourne is somewhat darker but has a big terrace, which is packed in summer for lunch and after-tea drinks. At The P. Bonaparte people stand on the pavement to have their outdoor drinks in spring and summer. The Bonaparte has a long, oval bar in the middle of the main room, giving plenty of space to lean on after the 11th lager, whereas the Westbourne is principally seated (or standing on the terrace to show off those fantastic legs) as the short bar serves only for handing out drinks and food. Space is plenty in the Bonaparte (but going away fast on weekends) and a bit more limited in the Westbourne when the terrace is closed. Both establishments serve excellent food, from the obligatory bangers & mash and racks of lamb to "modern English" cuisine, pasta, salads and the occasional Asian experiment (in the Bonaparte). Obviously, they are also well equipped with different types of lager, bitter, and other beers, as well as with all other kinds of drinks - mixed or pure. Clientele is mostly between 25 and 35 and well mixed of both sexes. Dress to kill!