The Cow

4.6
109 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
"Eat heartily & give the House a good name" is the sound ethos of this thoroughly British pub, specialising in oysters, guinness and seasonal food. Seafood figures strongly. A seafood platter for two includes Fines de Claire & Irish rock oysters, whole dorset crab, prawns, clams, whelks and winkles. Other favourites are the Cow fish stew, homemade crab tagliolini. Alternatively, try daily specials such as lamb's kidney's, black pudding and mustard sauce, or slow roasted belly of old spot pork with wild mushrooms. Drinks include real ales on tap and a carefully crafted wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 7pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 12pm - 3:30pm
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Phone number
020 7221 5400
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Martin Hurrell
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Private Party Contact
Greg Mannion: 020 7221 5400
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Cross Street
Westbourne Park Road
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Public Transit
Tube: Royal Oak
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 109 People Are Saying
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NB
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Lovely as usual! I levevthe pub and in this occasion together with football and interesting match a must to go!

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DM
4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

They know what they’re with fish: Really nice mussels & salmon, perfectly cooked & unfussy.

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AC
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

My favourite pub in London. Great food, lovely staff and house wine more than decent. Screening the World Cup downstairs.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Really good meal and especially great value for money!
Every dish was really good and with fresh produces. A real discovery
Only the Sole (fish of the day) was drowning in oil and it would have been way better with just a splash and not the whole pan it was cooked in emptied in the plate.
Other than that, everything was spot on and the fish stew is not to be missed

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BV
5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Should definitely use this venue more.

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GA
1.0Dined on 7 March 2018

Not great. Surly service cramped dining room very loud and self consciously trendy.
Service particularly bad and not the first time. I usually spend a fair amount in here have the champagne and oysters but after three lacklustre visits in the past year since the refurb we won’t be going back. It’s a shame I used to like it but staff should be doing something that they like not working in hospitality. As a famous German once said “ just because we serve you does not mean we like you” if they want to make it great again get some great staff and put the wall back up so you don’t have to listen to the raucous bar downstairs.

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J
4.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Good food and a steepish price in a quaint pub (gastropub) setting.

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OT
5.0Dined on 19 February 2018

Excellent food and service. Definitely call ahead as it is a small space.

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SR
5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

We had a delicious meal at The Cow, always great food and wine, staff are super friendly and helpful. 10 on 10 for Chicken Kiev! Great value for money, always a fantastic night in the Cow!

Thanks!

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B
5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Cosy and great staff

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OT
5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

Super yummy dinner, the food always delivers, the smoked mackerel pate and the crab pasta huge winners this evening!

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OT
2.0Dined on 16 January 2018

Great plateau de fruits de mare completely wrecked by appalling over priced Prosecco, so dreadful in taste that a Budgen convenience store would have been ashamed to stock it. Worse, it was warm. Even worse still, whilst the ever willing staff stated they didn't have the power to reduce its price by way of recompense for it being £40, undrinkable and meal wrecking , they did bring house champagne by way of substitute/goodwill. Also warm, also quite undrinkable and very foul indeed.
Shame, the meal, although £98 for two, was outstanding.

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NB
4.0Dined on 7 January 2018

Great roast as always, love the dining room
And the staff are very accommodating! One of my all time favs!

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OT
5.0Dined on 22 November 2017

Amazing food, great service, attentive and helpful staff.

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OT
4.0Dined on 16 November 2017

Table of 4 including Finns and a German business contact. I wanted to show them somewhere a bit more local and down to earth than the normal venues for a business meal and The Cow was exactly the right choice. It doesn't try too hard but the quality of the food was excellent. The famous fish stew went down a stomr with the foreign Diners and the wine list has it pretty well covered. For me, this was much more enjoyable and relaxed experience than going to one of the finer restaurants in central London.

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OT
5.0Dined on 13 October 2017

a great great place __________________________________________________

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TK
4.0Dined on 29 September 2017

The Cow is a long time stalwart, always reliable and there is little to add to what has already been said. We went on a Friday night and found the usual buzzy atmosphere downstairs and on the street. The dining room was quieter, but very pleasant. I am usually reluctant to pay extra for bread and am happy we did at this occasion as we were quite hungry and got a very nice foccacia with lovely olives and radishes.
My starter, a simple frisee salad with soft egg and lardons was decent, but the pre-cooked egg (nice and runny, but ice cold)and lardons (a bit dry on the outside and cold) were disappointing. Make them fresh, it takes only a few minutes, and will make the dish so much more enjoyable. The mains didn't disappoint tough. The fresh crab tagliolini were perfectly cooked, with plenty of crab meat in the sauce - beautiful. Likewise the fish stew which was a hearty flavorsome stew packed with big chunks of different fish and mussels, very well complemented by the spicy rouille.
Service was great as always. The wine list very good as is the selection of beers. All in all, a comfy night out with the right mix of pub, Notting Hill (as it used to be) and great food.

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OT
5.0Dined on 14 September 2017

For a local traditional pub, the ambience in the restaurant is very cool ..I have eaten in the bar downstairs and also in restaurant and you can choose according to quiet upstairs or cool and happening downstairs .. The sea food platter is a must and the oysters are always the best value in the area. I have yet to have a bad experience or meal in this wonderful gem

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DE
5.0Dined on 11 September 2017

What a find! The fish stew was amazing! It's been on the menu for a gazillion years and you'll understand why when you try! The wait staff was very engaging, fun and happy with their jobs...what a refreshing experience. Thank you!

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OT
5.0Dined on 7 September 2017

Amazing food, Guinness and service. I love the cow!

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SM
5.0Dined on 2 September 2017

great! Very good food and menu, great service as well.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2017

The food was amazing (my recommendation is the Cow fish stew), and the staffs were also very nice! We are both Japanese and had cravings for fish - we are very much satisfied with the quality and the service!

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W
4.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Loved it! Casual fun and yummy food!!!

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DS
4.0Dined on 14 July 2017

I had never had oysters and beer prior to Cow, so it was quite the interesting experience. The dishes on the menu are of course limited but they were cooked to perfection. My friend had had the beef pie with guinness, and it was scrumptious! The service was top notch as well, we were very well looked after. Mind you, we were sat upstairs which was quite quiet and had a restaurant feel to it with your white tablecloth set up. And their combo of rocks with a pint is definitely a must try :)

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OT
4.0Dined on 13 July 2017

Great food, original menu, helpful staff but it's very small and a party of 15 very loud males made conversation almost impossible. Not a place for an intimate date or if you actually want to talk to someone.

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OT
4.0Dined on 11 July 2017

My fourth visit to the Cow--over a period of several years. Great local pub below and fine dining above. Regrettable toilet but very interesting cuisine.

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P
5.0Dined on 23 June 2017

Fantastic venue! Very friendly atmosphere and extraordinary food. High quality, especially the meet. Selection of original dishes.
Rather small, no booking downstairs, but possibility to book upstairs.
Wine was slightly corked, they changed the bottle straight away without any problem.
Highly recommended!

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OT
3.0Dined on 24 May 2017

I booked a table for my birthday in the upstairs room. We were early so it was empty but we had a nice table by the window. The staff were friendly enough but the waitress was not very forthcoming with her service- didn't offer side dishes we had to ask what they were and she was a littke vague about the dishes when we asked what they were.I had oysters which were good but not prepared properly - they were not fully detached from shell and my husband's soup was more potato than wild garlic as described. The side salad was not as fresh as it should have been. The portions were generous although the standard was more like an average pub rather than restaurant quality.

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OT
4.0Dined on 28 April 2017

Perfect if you're looking for a cozy atmosphere with proper comfort food. Consistent quality, highly recommend the fish stew and Kiev. The homemade focaccia to start is good, we ordered it for dessert.

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N
5.0Dined on 13 April 2017

Fun casual friend/coworker dinner at Pasture. Waitress was excellent - she knew the menu and patiently explained it to friends who weren't familiar with some of the offerings. Arugula salad was amazing!! Fritos chili pie was fun and filling. Friend had the hamburger and thought it was really good. Couldn't resist dessert - Boston Cream pie in a Mason jar and lemon buttermilk pie! Will be back-I saw many other items I want to try!

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MJ
2.0Dined on 31 March 2017

The staff were very friendly and the service was very attentive. The food was terrible (apart from the oysters, which were prepared very well). Of course Steak Bavette is a tougher cut than filet but it should be edible and if done properly and should NOT be chewy. The crab pasta dish was far to salty and the pasta badly prepared. I just hope the chef was having an off day as the place is deserving of great food.

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OT
1.0Dined on 16 March 2017

Hi there, we were really disappointed with the level of food and also wine, which we didn't finish. It costs us £100 for dinner, and didn't feel the meal was worth it at all. The food was quite bland (needed extra salt and pepper for taste) , wouldn't dine there again.

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NB
4.0Dined on 12 March 2017

Don't want to praise this to much as I don't want other people knowing about it!!! Possibly my favourite roast in Notting Hill!

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OT
5.0Dined on 1 March 2017

Fantastic spot bags of atmosphere and brilliant food

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OT
5.0Dined on 17 February 2017

皆さんが書かれている通り、牡蠣が新鮮で美味しいです。魚料理が良いとの評判ですが、肉料理も美味しかったです。料理、ワイン共にリーズナブルで満足でした!

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YS
4.0Dined on 15 January 2017

First time at The Cow. Sunday lunch with family. Roast beef was tasty, crunchy roasties, buttered carrots - this was lovely but my son who is 30 mentioned he could have done with more potatoes and another slice of meat. We all had different desserts ,all were lovely and home made. The Queen of Puddings was rated the best.

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S
4.0Dined on 17 December 2016

The oysters were excellent and the seafood platters looked tempting and good value if sharing among a number of people. The waiting staff were attentive and friendly. We were there just before Xmas and was pretty noisy with party groups but had a good vibe.

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OT
5.0Dined on 10 December 2016

Excellent experience at The Cow! Food, Service, Ambiance....the full package!

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5.0Dined on 7 December 2016

Have been meaning to go here for years but am rarely in the neighbourhood. Was not disappointed and will go out of my way to get here again soon - a bit of a treasure.

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2016

This was our 2nd visit to the cow and it didn't disappoint .it is small and very crowded but that's because it's so good.we ate upstairs in the dining rooms.the crab linguini was beautiful.my husband had the oysters and Guinness .the icing on the cake for us was when David and Brooklyn beckham casually walked in and sat down and had a meal with a friend.you do beed to book especially on the weekend

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