The Porchester

The Porchester

This smart Young's corner house has a hallowed place in London history, for it's one of only six pubs* to get their name on the tube map. You might now be wondering "Erm, I don't remember any tube stations called Porchester anything?". That's because the place has switched name a few times over the years. It was previously known as the Railway Tap and, before that, the Royal Oak. And there it is, for Royal Oak tube station is a few metres to the north.

A sign telling us about the history of the Royal Oak, which gave its name to a tube station
There isn't a tree here any more

Thanks to a recent refresh (April 2023) it's sporting a new purple paint job on the outside, and a thoroughly handsome interior — all dark woods, modern lighting and leather-lined chairs. Fresh flowers on every table, too. As so often with Young's pubs, it strikes the balance between drinking and dining very well. You'll be quite comfortable doing either, or both, here.

Interior of the Porchester near Royal Oak

The beer choice is a little limited — a couple of mainstream casks (including Young's Original) and the usual suite of kegs. The wine list is much more bountiful, and you'll also find a small selection of cocktails.

There's a small garden... well, yard really, out the back, should the weather be fine.

The beer garden of the Porchester, Royal Oak

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*The others being Maida Vale, Angel, Swiss Cottage, Elephant and Castle and Manor House.

Address: The Porchester Pub 88 Bishop's Bridge Road, London W2 5AA

Phone: 020 7229 2886

[email protected]


Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-midnight

Saturday: 11am-midnight

Sunday: noon-10.30pm

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