The Princess Victoria, or "The PV", as everyone called it, was an excellent pub. Located on an otherwise unremarkable section of the Uxbridge road, this former Victorian gin palace was transformed into a stunning gastropub which somehow managed to achieve excellent food without the pretension of many pubs-turned-restaurants.
You could dine in the restaurant or - less formally - in the bar area. Either way the food was great. It was also the kind of place you always seemed to bump into someone you know, from the local vicar to someone you went to uni with. And this was because it was one of the best places to eat in our neighbourhood. Even local foodie Tom Parker-Bowles sung its praises.
To see the full story of its sudden demise, read this article at GetWestLondon, or here at Time Out.
Apparently the owner of the business, Affinity Group, has gone bust.
Let's hope that someone can find a way to re-open the PV and restore its glory. God forbid it gets turned into flats, like so many other former local boozers.
If anyone has any information about the Princess Victoria and its owners, and whether there is any prospect of it re-opening, please post it in the comments below. Let's not permanently lose another Shepherd's Bush pub.
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