The Hero


Jason Allen 15/04/24

The Hero

The protagonist of this story is The Hero.

And the story goes back almost 150 years when an inn was first built on the site in Maida Vale – after several iterations (including a gastro from the amazingly talented Henry Harris) we finally settled on The Hero. And this one comes to us from the same people behind The Pelican, which rapidly soared to the upper stratosphere of Notting Hill’s best pubs when it opened back in 2022. So, hopefully we’re looking at the best chapter so far.

The Hero

We say ‘hopefully’ because the place isn’t fully open yet – you can currently pop in downstairs and grab a pint & a bite to eat but the jewel in this crown – the live-fire Grill restaurant upstairs – hasn’t cut the ribbon quite. And if it were possible to bet on such a thing, we’d bet that it’ll be fantastic.

To find the place itself, you just need to head up from Warwick Avenue station up just beyond the elbow of the canal (and take in Little Venice while you’re there). Like its cousin, inside that ground floor is a warm, inviting space steeped in woody tones and lined with tufted leather banquettes. There are candles on the tables, and a roaring fire (in the colder months) set in the brick hearth.

The Hero

The pub menu leans heavily in the direction of traditionalism. Ham, egg and chips? Yep. Sausage & mash? Of course. Cock-a-leekie pie? That one’s almost too traditional for most pubs, but they have it here. And thanks to the skills of head chef Ed Baillieu, it’s nostalgic without ever being boring.

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As for the upcoming Grill? The space is looking lovely, with grand ceilings framed with ornate cornicing, all hanging above Windsor chairs and sweeping, c-shaped booths. If it’s anywhere near as good as the downstairs, it’ll be heroic.


NOTE: The Hero’s downstairs pub is open now, while The Grill is set to swing the doors on 4th July. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more right here.

The Hero | 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 2JD

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The Hero

55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 2JD

8.8 | Great