The Hero of Maida is a traditional Victorian pub with a courtyard garden and a dining room on the first floor. We serve independent beers from family-run breweries, good wines, and an all-day menu overseen by chef-restaurateur Henry Harris. Tucked away on the top floor are elegant spaces for private dining and events – these will open later in the summer.
We’re a short walking distance from Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale tube stations.
Behind the zinc-topped bar, we serve chilled keg beers Stiegl, Portobello London Pilsner and guests such as 40ft Larger, Curious IPA and Tiny Rebel. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord is our house ale of choice with guest ales from Black Sheep, Thornbridge, Kirkstall and Dark Star. Henry and the team have compiled a list of wines they enjoy drinking, balancing familiar Old World names with some up-and-coming vineyards. We also offer grower Champagnes from independent vineyards and a selection of cocktails and apéritifs.
Leather banquette seating, antique mirrors, and artworks of our eponymous hero, Sir John Stuart, have been expertly put together by interior designer, Liana Braune. In the warmer months, we open our courtyard garden and fold back the terrace doors.
If you get peckish, you'll find Welsh rarebit, sausage rolls, salads, charcuterie, cheeses and other good things on our blackboard; or join us on Sundays for a traditional roast.
Monday-Thursday: 08:45am to 11:00pm
(Bookings: Breakfast 09:00am-11:45am; Lunch 12pm-3:00pm; Dinner 6:00pm-10:00pm)
Friday: 08:45am to 12midnight
(Bookings: Breakfast 09:00am-11:45am; Lunch 12pm-3:00pm; Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm)
Saturday: 08:45am to 12midnight
(Bookings: Brunch 09:00am-5pm; Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12pm to 10.30pm
(Bookings: Lunch & Sunday roast 12pm-5pm; Dinner 6pm-9pm)
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In our handsome first floor dining room, we offer an à la carte menu with classic British and French influences created by Chef-Director Henry Harris and Head Chef Steve Collins.
Reflecting our careful sourcing of seasonal ingredients, daily-changing dishes might include grilled rabbit, mustard sauce and smoked bacon; rib eye steak, chips and bone marrow butter; or pan roast chicken, braised lettuce, morels and peas. On Sundays, we offer a traditional roast, including beef, chicken, and a seven-hour, slow-roasted shoulder of lamb. A drinks list focuses on Old World wines, from Beaujolais to Rioja and Chianti, as well as classic cocktails and apéritifs.
With tall windows, a beautifully ornate ceiling, and a collection of artworks, the dining room offers good food in comfortable surroundings. You can enjoy a preprandial at the marble-topped bar – or even dine there if the fancy takes you.
For reservations call 020 3960 9109, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the booking form below.
We have a choice of charming spaces available, whether you’re organising a family celebration, a corporate function or a hero’s return. We're opening three beautiful private spaces later this year for parties of 8 to forty. For larger functions, including wedding receptions, the first floor dining room is a perfect setting. In the warmer months, our garden is also available for dining and drinks.
Choose from our sample menus, or we can design something exactly to your liking — it could be a Champagne and canapé reception, a wine tasting, or any other idea you care to discuss with us. For a private viewing or to discuss dates, please contact us on 020 3960 9109 or email@example.com.
European history buffs will know the Hero of Maida was one Sir John Stuart. In 1806 this rakish lieutenant-general crushed Napoleon’s seemingly invincible forces at the Battle of Maida in southern Italy. Four years later, an inn named in his honour opened on Edgware Road near the brand new Regent’s Canal. Within a short space of time, this leafy corner of London came to be known as Maida Vale after the local landmark.
Our current building was opened in 1878 as the Shirland Hotel by widow Ann Wharton and her children Elizabeth, Edith and Thomas. A popular hostelry in Maida Vale, it was subsequently converted into a pub and quickly became a cornerstone of the local community. In 2016, a rent hike forced the landlords to close the pub’s doors despite fierce community opposition. We stepped in and with the swiftness of Sir John Stuart's battlefield manoeuvres secured it for future generations.
The Hero is the perfect venue for a range of Christmas celebrations, with three private dining rooms opening in late Autumn. Our events menus can be viewed through the link below; please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll also be open for Christmas day lunch, with a suitably festive menu from Henry, priced at £65 for four courses. The menu can be viewed through the link below and tables can be booked online.
Our Christmas and New Year opening hours are:
December 24th: kitchen open from 8.45am until 6pm; bar open until 7pm
December 25th: kitchen open from 12 noon until 5pm; bar open until 6pm
December 26th: kitchen open from 12 noon until 6pm; bar open until 7pm
December 31st: kitchen open until 11pm, bar open until 1am
We're celebrating Thanksgiving in style at The Hero. November 22nd sees Henry's menu of Devilled prawns, Roast Turkey with every conceivable trimming, Sweet potato pie with bourbon cream and plenty more. The menu can be viewed below and reservations for dinner can be made online.
MASSAYA AT THE HERO, TUESDAY 4th DECEMBER
We're delighted to be welcoming Sami Ghosn, proprietor of Lebanese wine estate Massaya, to Maida Vale for The Hero's first wine dinner. Henry's written a fabulous menu following his visit to Beirut earlier this month, and we've even managed to snag a few bottles of the hard to find 2015 Massaya Blanc. Dinner starts with an apéeritif at 7.30pm, is £55 per head all in, and can be booked online.