Built in 1863, the Prince Alfred is a prince amongst pubs. The spectacular façade is as striking as it is unusual, its bowed etched glass is rare and delicate. The tall curved front window is a magnificent example of the craft. Plate glass, newly invented, was used to show wealth and sophistication, as well as contemporary style.
The interior is no less rare or extraordinary. Five bar compartments, each with its own door from the street, are separated from one another by a wooden partition, save for a small access door. The divisions within the pub reflect the divisions in Victorian society. Segregation was important, there is a Ladies bar and Private bar. Snob screens over the bar counter ensured privacy and anonymity; some preferred not to be seen drinking by their inferiors, or superiors for that matter.
As you'd expect from a classic, late Victorian pub, there's an abundance of beautifully carved mahogany, gleaming decorative ceramic tiles and sparkling etched and cut glass. As for Prince Alfred, he was the second son of Victoria. In 1862, aged 18, he became Duke of Edinburgh. That year he was elected King of Greece, but declined the offer of the throne.
The Formosa Dining Room at the rear of the pub is as barn-like as the pub is intimate and as modern as the pub is traditional. The food is of a high standard and offers an upmarket menu of fresh main dishes such as fillet of sea bass or fried duck breast at around £15, with starters like chicken satay or potted smoked trout at £6. Best value is the two course lunch menu at £10 (available 12-3pm Mon-Sat). Bar snacks such as samosas or spring rolls(£5) and sandwiches with crisps and garnish (£5.50) available from 12 til 5pm.
(Much of the above appears on Young's website and on a board in the pub - it was copied verbatim from here and not vice versa, a credit would be nice.) Copyright pubs.com 2005
I went here for the first time in December 2011 and was back within two weeks. It's a beautiful pub and well run. A great place to meet people in Maida Vale.
The Prince AlfredPeterClaydon,
I WAS SAD TO SEE NO COMMENT BY THIS PUB. i HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN LONDON FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND DISCOVERED THIS PLACE AT THE START. WE, MY WIFE AND I, EAT THERE REGULARLY AND RARELY MISS GOING THERE ON A LONDON VISIT, WE MOVED OUT OF LONDON A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!