Unless you’re a student of 18th century publishing, you might not be aware of the fellow commemorated by this pub’s name. Steele was co-founder of The Spectator, and lived on the site of the pub in a quaint old cottage, immortalised in a famous print. Today, he's not only dedicatee of a fine pub, but has also gifted his name to the local area, increasingly known as Steeles Village (sans apostrophe, for some reason).
The pub has always had a touch of the odd about it, with stained glass windows and random objects strewn about. It's changed hands a few times in recent years, and seems to be back on strong footing again after the wilderness years.
Regular comedy, music and quiz nights (fill the spacious upper bar. The small beer garden is welcome, if unremarkable, but stand on the right bench and you can just about see into the former home of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.