Built as a hotel in 1886, the premises were originally a Coach House which was owned by the Swail family until Young’s Brewery purchased it in 1944. It is said that the original Brook flows underneath the building.
A review in 1981 described the Brook Green Hotel as ‘a two-bar pub that was once a hotel’. Two years later in 1983, the adjacent house and shop were acquired as part of a major refurbishment.
The pub is on ground level and offers various lagers plus Young’s draught and bottled beers including ‘London Gold’. There is a hotel section upstairs which includes 17 en-suite rooms that have been described as being in a ‘boutique design’. And downstairs the basement bar offers a wide range of cocktails. Red/white/blue cocktails were featured during the Olympics.
There is also a link with a former local football club. In Frances Trinder’s superb book; ‘Loftus Road Legacy (The History of Shepherd’s Bush Football Club), she reveals that one of the Bushmen’s well known player, Stanley Briggs, became joint proprietor of the premises (with J.E. Woolerton) after arriving from the Richmond Hotel.
The players, officials and fans gathered at the hotel for the Autumn General Meeting on 25th August 1904 and it then became the club’s headquarters until around 1907.
Then, following the first ever match at Loftus Road later that year on 22nd October against Old Malvernians, the club celebrated what was described as ‘an evening of music and humerous songs’. Local entertainer Fred Searle concluded the merriment with renditions of ‘Mary Ann’s Refused Me’ and the ‘Diamond Ring’.
The Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle reviewed the Brook Green hotel in August 2012 and they stated that ShortList magazine had placed it fifth in its top ten of UK gastropubs.
Sinead Doyle and Zach Leach are the management team there and Sinead was interviewed for the article. She said that Young’s Ale was their bestselling beverage and went on to say: “We sell quality food. We have to, so we can keep a cut above the rest.”
“Things have really changed since we became managers. The entire building was refurbished and the food was revolutionised for a re-launch in February (2013).”
On a recent visit there with Colin (ESSEXURs), Bernard (Kerrins), I found the staff friendly and the service good. I decided not to investigate the so called ‘secret garden’ at the back of the pub as I was quite content sitting near the open fire.
(My sources of reference include the Hammersmith & Fulham archive and Frances Trinder’s highly recommended book on the history of Shepherd’s Bush FC – ‘Loftus Road Legacy’. The above pic was taken by Colin, aka ESSEXURs, and used with permission)