"The luxury option to work on your 7-10 split"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
There are people who love bowling and then there are people who think it is alright; you don’t often find anyone who just hates bowling. That’s probably why it is such a successful social pastime for us. What could be tedious about eating BBQ, drinking beer and chucking a heavy ball at a row of skittles? Not a lot we tell you. Not a lot. All Star Lanes has made a business out of promoting that fun filled triptych with places all over London doing it in their name. Each branch is different and over in Bayswater, we’re feeling it.
Extravagant, boutique, pretentious? Call it what you want. Cinemas did it and ten pin bowling followed. However you look at it, this is luxury bowling. There are six lanes plus a further two that come with their own cocktail bar for when you’re looking for a private place to hone your skills on the 7-10 split. Done up like an all-American diner crossed with some kind of hunting lodge that’s been fed through a Lynch-ifier, the décor is attractively kitsch without going too far. The diner booths are perfect for elbows-together rib eating, the lane service means you’ll never miss your turn and the music is loud and invasive enough to give your strike celebrations a soundtrack.
The food probably wasn’t inspired by the American junk-food revolution in London but it fits in with it anyway. There are steaks, racks of ribs, grilled lobsters, burgers, fried chicken and Big Apple Hot Dogs on a menu that covers every greasy base of fried food. We eat the ribs. They are sticky, meaty, tender strips that are about good enough. No, they’re no Rib Man, Duke’s or Pitt Cue but we respect them all the same. Drinks range from cocktails (reasonably priced at around £6.50 each) to imported beers. We drink the Moosehead Lager and the excellent Goose Island Honkers. Otherwise it’s Coors Light and then you might as well be drinking fizzy water.
Great atmosphere, good food in ample portions and a solid selection of cocktails and beers are what you will find here. But we know why you really read down this far… Well, we scored 300*, the maximum, because we were born to bowl.
*More like 102.
T.A.O reviewed All Star Lanes Bayswater on Fri 28 Mar 2014