The Plough and Harrow, King Street, Hammersmith

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First and foremost, it's a J D Wetherspoon pub - one of the silent ones. No television, no jukebox - but cheap prices, some guest ales for the cognoscenti, and a standard menu of food. There's a recent trend in the company to branch out a bit from including 'Moon' in the title of each of their new acquisitions, and they're tending to default to standard, almost clich├ęd pub names.

How to get there

It's on King Street, the main shopping street in Hammersmith, West London. The pub is on the north side of the street, a few minutes to the west of the Lyric Theatre. Not even ten minutes from Hammersmith tube, though the tube station(s)* is on a roundabout, so be careful to consult the map in the station or you'll quite easily head off down the wrong road.

It's the nicer of the two Wetherspoons on the street - don't bother with the William Morris unless you want poor service and lots of noise.


You enter from one of the short sides of the long oblong that forms the pub. The second half of the left-hand wall is a window looking out onto the street, the first half of the right-hand side is taken up by the bar and beyond that are booths.

The Look

Sometimes you can tell a pub is a Wetherspoon because it looks like no one's redecorated since 1924.

Other times you can tell it's a Wetherspoon because it doesn't look like a pub ought to at all. This is one of those times.

It's more like an American diner. The floor is made up of rubbery flagstones, the walls have paintings in 1890s Punch Magazine cartoon-style, featuring baroque portraiture and places from local history - but they're done with Pop Art colours.

Take a look up - you'll notice that dominating the ceiling are two suspended black slabs, with tiny pinprick lights that flash in alternate sequences.

Forget standing around. No one stands here, except at the bar. The entire place is filled with tables, made of what looks like the maplewood sort you get in the Hogshead chain.

For Your Delectation

The booths offer a little more privacy than the general open area. There's a no smoking area too, if you like your clothes fume-free.

As regards food, it reaches you around 15 minutes after ordering - an impressively fast service* and it's good stuff.

Oh, and as regards the clientele; they're a good natured bunch, and passed our pint-spilling test with genuine good nature and a notable lack of switch-blades.

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