Looking for somewhere to play darts in West London? The best pubs from Shepherd's bush to Ealing
Lovely Victorian wood-panelled pub on a quiet back road just off Edgware Road and Marble Arch. The dart board is tucked away at the back, with tables and chairs in front of it and punters given priority. Fair enough, but that means it's pot luck whether there'll be someone sitting there. Turfing them off to play would be a bit much, as it's quite a spit-and-sawdust board with no clear oche or markings
If there's one thing that combines well, it's angry football fans and darts. With this pub in the shadows of Loftus Road that's certainly what you're going to get, because those QPR supporters don't often leave home matches in high spirits these days. But if you can live with the Queens Park Rangers faithful watching over you, then there's plenty to enjoy in this pub. 3 high quality darts boards, regular leagues, a Pool table and cheap drinks, for starters.
Located Within walking distance of 4 tube stations (Shepherds Bush Market, White City, Latimer Road, Wood Lane), there are plenty of opportunities to find yourself in the area. From the outside the pub looks a little like an old fashioned working man's club, and once inside these vibes definitely persist. On entry, the first darts board is directly in front of you, often surrounded by locals. Venture further in, beyond the bar and a second board is next to the pool table, with a third board around the corner. All 3 boards are in good nick, no electronic score words unfortunately but good game conditions, with a built in Oche.
This homely boozer is a stone's throw from Shepherd's Bush but tucked away under an underpass and hidden from the commotion of the roundabout. It's a spacious place, with a long bar, backing onto a cobbled mews. It's hard to miss the darts board, by the pool table in a back room adjacent to the bar. The stand-out feature is that this gaff has got an oche - a 15-foot, hefty carpeted piece of wood that's leaning up against the board. It'll take two of you to move it into place, but no more wondering where to throw from!
The board itself is in good condition - don't think we had a single bounce-out - surrounded by a big tyre for any errant shots that miss the board (we had a few). Only downside: the chalk was down to its very last nubs and there were no new pieces available.
The pub wasn't empty, but not busy on the Wednesday evening we were there. A good little find if you want to go West.