Bill Hornets says: “The finest fish & chips in all of Kensington. Find ’em round the corner from our shops in Holland Street.”
The Man From the Hornet writes… I’ve always liked the Elephant and Castle. It’s one of those “hidden in plain view” boozers, just seconds away from the main drag, yet it feels like a well-kept secret.
Thanks to a strong coterie of regulars, the E&C has an almost “clubby” atmosphere – yet the invariable old school cheery welcome defuses any hint of snotty exclusivity.
From the outside it looks bright and airy, it being a corner pub with windows on both sides. Inside, the décor tames the daylight beautifully. The raging highway of High Street Kensington seems miles, not just mere yards away. Historic front pages from the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail (published nearby) adorn the walls – including England’s 1966 World Cup win. Did you know that Sir Hardy Amies designed the 1966 suits, blazers and leisurewear for the England players? Well, you do now.
They keep a nice pint at The Elephant, too, with an ever-changing parade of “guest ales” on duty, and the wine list has something to suit all tastes, too.