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The Hour Glass

Brompton Road, London

"The Hour Glass"
All In London Review: 7 / 10

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The Hour Glass
9/10 from 6 reviews
ADDRESS:279 - 283 Brompton Road

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VENUE TYPE:Public Houses & Inns

REGION:South Kensington

NEAREST STATION:South Kensington

TELEPHONE: 020 7581 2840

OPENING HOURS:Monday to Thursday 12 noon to 11pm
Friday & Saturday 12 noon to 11.30pm
Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm

| Party bookings accepted | Large screen television | Disabled access/facilities | Children welcome | Credit cards accepted | Background music | Outdoor space


The Hour Glass is a traditional freehouse pub located in SW3, conveniently located for the museums at South Kensington and Harrods in Knightsbridge. Cosy open fires in the winter and sun-trap outside seating in the summer generate a strong ambience. The Hour Glass is very deliberately not a gastropub: it's gravy, not jus. The food it serves is honest, fresh, home-made and classic. Good pub food. The menu changes by the day; fresh meat is sourced from the local butcher, and fresh vegetables are sourced from local markets. Traditional roasts are also served every Sunday lunch. Cask Marque-approved cask conditioned ales are on tap, and there is a short but well-chosen wine list.

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"The Hour Glass"

All In London Rating: 7 / 10
Added Wed 06 Feb 2013 - Reviewed by T.A.O

South Kensington doesn’t have a slew of what you might call ‘normal pubs’ so picking out the Hour Glass is almost paying the pub a backhanded compliment. Located on Brompton Road, between Harrods and the V&A Museum, on the outside it appears as an unremarkable little pub. Once inside, the charm offensive begins.

A long bar with little depth, it trades on its cosy intimacy. Groups of small tables are pushed together, booths sit at either end of the bar and there is a happy looking open fire carved into one of the walls. Drinks are standard offerings for this type of institution – meaning Kronenbourg, Peroni and London Pride – but that’s another thing that the pub has going for it. In an area packed with high-end restaurants, cocktail bars and ‘grills’, the Hour Glass serves up no-frills lager and ales along with a food menu packed with what they call ‘honest, home-made pub food.’

Make no mistake this is a cold weather pub. The open fire leaves cheeks rosy, the food is hearty and you’re more likely to find the local Barbour Brigade than groups looking for a post-Harvey Nichols knees-up.

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User Rating: 8 / 10
Guv'norSince: May 2011
Posts: 181
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I was recently bearing a grudge against this pub because it forced a colleague to leave our party early for being too drunk. The grudge lasted five minutes, for it was then that I saw the guy. WASTED.

Love the Hourglass, great little pub. Just mind how much you drink. :)

Added on Wed 04 Dec 2013 at 15:36:48
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User Rating: 9 / 10
NewbieSince: Sep 2013
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Gotta say a great pub. Good food, great ale's, decent people inside.

Added on Sat 14 Sep 2013 at 12:38:15
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User Rating: 8 / 10
Mark Lewis
Added: Feb 2013
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A small but perfectly formed pub for lunch in a barren zone. On this visit to the Science Museum, my fifth in so many weeks, I'd almost despaired of finding a decent pub. However the Hour Glass serves several excellently kept real ales in accordance with Casque Mark rules (including not chilling the flavour out of them). I greatly appreciated a freshly made and fluffy tomato omelette ( the accompanying salad was OK but could have been a bit fresher). According to the friendly Antipodean barmaid this independent pub has been run by the same landlady for 22 years. God bless her,

Name: Mark Lewis
Location: Weybridge

Added on Thu 07 Feb 2013 at 15:58:48
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User Rating: 9 / 10
Added: May 2012
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Firstly this is my first review so sorry if I am not up on etiquette. This pub has good service, good food and good beer(sorry I cannot confirm last point but was unable to have alocohol myself at present but my friend did!) Only real poor point was the taped music which made conversation difficult.

Name: Maurice
Location: Doncaster

Added on Sun 13 May 2012 at 23:00:19
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User Rating: 10 / 10
MikeFrom Middlesbrough
NewbieSince: Apr 2006
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Typical tourists looking for a decent Pint and some Nosh.
Great Beer, Fullers London Pride ( Well kept) 2 of those then Cumberland Sausage and Mash in Red Onion Gravy. Absolutely top notch. Locals friendly !,Barman jovial, will acll again. Mike From Middlesbrough

Added on Sat 01 Apr 2006 at 21:51:53
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