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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published June 25th 2011

There's nothing better than a visit to a pub on a hot summer's day - especially if you are in the heart of London.

There are many pubs to choose from in London, as you might imagine - some of them you may wish you had never bothered entering quite frankly. That's why I offer you a choice - you want a good pub without the effort of visiting loads of sub-standard ones first? I give you The Westbourne.

This is a pub located just off the main Notting Hill drag, without being too far out of the way to be an inconvenience. So why make the effort anyway? Well it is a well kept gastropub for a start, with a good selection of beers, including some of the Belgian variety - always the sign of a pub who care about their product. There is also a rapidly changing menu of food, which can change up to twice-daily, including small tapas-like bar bites, the menus of which are based around the availability of ingredients - again a good sign.

These are outstanding features, yet for me however not the main reasons for coming here. The thing I enjoy the most is relaxing on the terrace and just letting the time pass by, a cold pint of my tipple of choice gently fizzing away in front of me. If you fancy staying inside (or if it's raining), the large communal bar area is very comfortable, almost homely, with lots of seats and leather sofas aplenty. It's the type of place where you won't feel uncomfortable even if you're alone and at a loose end - there are games galore, and a magazine and book shelf full to bursting. So you can use the opportunity to catch up on the news, or just browse the latest fashions - even have a quick game of Solitiare while your mates turn up. Now what can be better than that?
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Why? for one of the best terraces in London
When: Mondays 5pm to 11pm, dinner served from 6.30pm to 10.15pm Tuesday Saturday 12 noon 11pm, lunch 12.30 3.30pm; dinner 6.30 10pm Sundays 12 noon 10.30pm, lunch 12.30 3.30pm; dinner 6.30 9.30pm
Where: The Westbourne, 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED
Cost: A little bit more than your usual pub, but worth it for choice and quality
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