I'll be the first to admit that it's miles from being the nicest or coolest part of London (not even close really) but for the past 5+ years Hammersmith has been where I've worked and hence spent countless hours eating and drinking. As this is the case I felt it only fair to pass along to my fellow Dylanites my personal highlights of the H'smith pub and eatery scene.
Here are my local faves with brief descriptions and weblinks:Riverside Pub
If you have a few minutes to spare prior to your gig the Blue Anchor
is certainly worth a visit. It's one of the oldest pubs in London and is situated right along the Thames very near to Hammersmith Bridge. It's about a 10 minute walk to the southeast of the Apollo. Good, pub-style food and nice ales and lagers on tap with lovely views of the river and Barnes across the way.Tasty Thai
in a lively pub environment: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/ ... ammersmith
This ordinary-looking boozer serves up the quickest, tastiest Thai in the area at very good prices. The Laurie Arms
is on Shepherds Bush Road - easy to find and less than 10 minutes from the Apollo. Order food at the bar, give your table number and have a seat. The food will be there before you know it.Burritos/Tacos/Margaritas
A new addition to the Hammersmith scene is this branch of the Tortilla
burrito chain. Certainly hits the spot if you're looking for something filling and wide-ranging. I seem to end up here at least once a week. They also have Margaritas and Coronas if you're into that kind of thing. Very close to the venue on King Street, the local "high" street.Vegetarian South Indian
is probably at the top of my list for restaurants in the area. They serve up traditional South Indian veggie food at excellent prices, in a relaxed environment. Large Kingfisher beers seem to go very well with this fare. A little further away than other places on this list (15 minute walk maybe?) but definitely worth considering. It's also on King Street, to the west of the Apollo.Convenient pubs
: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/ ... ammersmithhttp://web.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/ ... ammersmithhttp://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/ ... ammersmithThe Duke of Cornwall
is the closest pub to the venue and not a bad place at all. They serve Thai food there now too although I haven't actually had a chance to try it yet. It's around the corner from the Apollo on Fulham Palace Road.The Hop Poles
is a good place to go if you're in a large group and they have a nice terrace on their 1st floor (2nd floor to Yanks like Bob and I). On King Street close to the station.The Swan
is probably the "nicest" pub in Hammersmith proper with plenty of good ale on tap and food that is a cut above most pubs. Across the way from the Hop Poles.
I'll be at all three gigs with a rotating group of friends, feel free to PM me or send me an email if you are interested in a pre-gig drink or meal. I saw Bob in Rome last week and he was in a great mood. Like most of us I'm hoping for a real mix when it comes to the setlists. Cannot wait!