About The Walmer Castle

London’s historic pubs are custodians of their neighbourhoods’ stories, and the Walmer Castle has been helping shape Notting Hill’s uniquely diverse and vibrant community for almost 180 years. Built in 1845, this handsome Victorian hostelry was named for the famous castle in Kent which in the 18th century became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, a role once held by the first Duke of Wellington. Ever since, it has served generations of locals as Notting Hill evolved into the world-famous district it is now – even, in somewhat shabbier times, finding fame of its own in 1975 as a TV location in classic Britcop drama The Sweeney. Today, the polished boutiques and restaurants of Westbourne Grove can be found a few steps away, with the fabled Portobello Road and vintage stores of Golborne Road lying just beyond.

Following a full refurbishment and now newly family-run, the Walmer Castle has begun a new chapter that celebrates both its community history and contemporary local and broader British creativity. Three spacious storeys bring together a handsome traditional pub bar (dogs welcomed with tail-wagging enthusiasm), elegantly furnished dining areas and two versatile private-hire spaces, together offering unfussy, British-inspired cooking that showcases the finest seasonal ingredients, adventurous drinks menus and an imaginative events calendar. This includes live jazz, blues and soul nights and cultural talks on art, history, entrepreneurship, horticulture and more.

Interior design by west London-based Isabella Worsley, whose previous projects include The Suprise in Chelsea, and Ham Yard and Covent Garden Hotels whilst working for Firmdale Hotels, highlights the building’s exceptional bones, including a run of four huge West-facing sash windows that flood the first floor with sunlight. Meanwhile a bespoke, tippling-themed collection curated by art adviser Olivia Paterson (of consultancy Paterson Zevi) sees emerging young British talents such as Jack Penny, Katy Stubbs and Lee Johnson rubbing frames with works by Tracey Emin, Patrick Caulfield, Cornelia Parker and even 18th-century superstar satirist William Hogarth.

The Walmer Castle joins The Surprise in Chelsea as the second pub in the portfolio of Wren Pubs. Established by Jack and Poppy Greenall, Wren Pubs has made its mission to evolve the best traditions of English innkeeping in historic London taverns through exceptional modern hospitality, sensitive restoration and design, and a passionate focus on community.

Walmer Castle