The Hour Glass

Pub in South Kensington
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8 / 10 from 8 reviews
279 - 283 Brompton Road
South Kensington
020 7581 2497
Nearest Station
South Kensington
0.23 miles
Other Branches
Six Continents Retail
Opening Summary
Monday to Saturday: 12noon - 23.00
Sunday: 12noon - 22.30
Venue Facilities

Food Served

Big Screen TV

Disabled Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Music Played

Outdoor Area

The Hour Glass is a traditional freehouse pub located in SW3, conveniently located for the museums at South Kensington and Harrods in Knightsbridge. It's recently undergone a major refurbishment with a new dining room upstairs, and is now run by Dave Turcan and Luke Mackay, the same team as is behind the successful, nearby Brompton Food Market.

Cosy open fires in the winter and sun-trap outside seating in the summer generate a strong ambience. The Hour Glass serves food in the bar as well as in the new, informal dining room, with everything from homemade scotch eggs and scratchings, to a full and fabulous, seasonal, British menu available. Expect a cosy, traditional pub, a warm welcome (for you and - downstairs - your canine friends) and great food and drink.

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All In London Review

Best chips in London?

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The two guys behind The Hour Glass also run Brompton Food Market, a greengrocer, fishmonger, deli and butcher all under one roof. The all-British produce (fish from Cornwall, meat from Yorkshire farms, etc) is what fills the menu at this dining room above a pub.

The room may be a little too bright, and it can get quite noisy, particularly given that there’s a group next to us in a very jovial mood, but we quickly forget about all this. A rabbit terrine set with a layer of bacon butter is very tasty, served with toast, gherkins, and plump caper berries. The other starter is crispy, garlicky sprouting broccoli, sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds, and with slices of pickled pumpkin and a large helping of burrata.

There’s plenty of game on the menu, as it’s in season. A wonderful whole smoked partridge worthy of Instagram has been carefully sliced to reveal the meat, with its legs splayed apart. It’s served with mash potato, along with pickled blackberries and red cabbage. It gives me instant food envy, not that my main isn’t good - Cornish brill with creamy Jerusalem artichoke puree, juicy mussels, and dulse, a type of seaweed.
The chips are fantastic and puts most other eateries’ offerings to shame. They’re fat, triple cooked in beef dripping, crispy, and fluffy on the inside. When we mention it to the waiter he agrees, adding that most diners comment on them.

When the chocolate and porter cake arrives it provokes gasps of admiration from our neighbours, who then order the same. It comes with ice cream and a slither of crisped honeycomb, which reminds us of cinder toffee. The buttermilk pudding is a bit like panacotta, with roasted pears flavoured with rosemary, and shortbread.
A great pit stop on Brompton Road, in well-heeled South Kensington.

Reviewed by Leila anonymously
Published on Nov 23, 2015

The Hour Glass

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.

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Feb 6, 2013

User Reviews

from South of England

Dec 8, 2015

We ate here on 3 Dec 15.
Two of us had fish and chips.
The price was high.
The fish was covered in burnt batter and the chips were burnt.
Had I not been in a party I'd have sent them back.
Two of us had the mushroom cobblers which weren't bad.
The side serving of sprouts were uncooked.
The service was casual to the point of neglect.
The tables are crowded together and miovement is difficult.
I was very disappointed with pretty much all aspects of our meal experience.
from London

Dec 26, 2014

This little pub is probably the best place to go to relax and have a nice lunch. Their burgers were amazing and beer was really good. The landlady is an amazing host. I love this place.

Dec 4, 2013

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. :)

Sep 14, 2013

Gotta say a great pub. Good food, great ale's, decent people inside.
Mark Lewis
from Weybridge

Feb 7, 2013

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
from Doncaster

May 14, 2012

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
MikeFrom Middlesbrough

Apr 1, 2006

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
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