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About


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.

We are winners of 'Food-led Pubs of the Year' at this year's Restaurant Magazine R200 Awards.

You can find us a short walking distance from Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale tube stations.

The Pub


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.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 11pm
(Bookings: Breakfast 7:30am-10am,Lunch 12pm-6pm; Dinner 6pm-10pm)

Friday: 7:30am to 12 midnight
(Bookings: Breakfast 7:30am-10am, Lunch 12pm-6pm; Dinner 6pm-10pm)

Saturday: 7:30am to 12 midnight
(Bookings: Breakfast 7:30am-10am, Lunch 9am-6pm; Dinner 6pm-10pm)

Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12pm to 10.30pm
(Bookings: Lunch & Sunday roast 12pm-6pm; Pub Quiz 6:30pm-9pm)

For general enquiries & information, please contact us on: info@theheromaidavale.co.uk

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The Dining Room


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.

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 pre-prandial at the marble-topped bar – or even dine there if the fancy takes you.

For reservations call 020 3960 9109 or use the booking link below. For groups of 10+ for Sunday lunch, please ring us directly.

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Private Hire and Events


We have a choice of charming spaces available, whether you’re organising a family celebration, a corporate function or a hero’s return. We have three private dining rooms for parties of eight 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 us on info@theheromaidavale.co.uk.

History


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....

We're Hiring


The Hero is looking for bright, dependable, motivated food & drink lovers to join both our front-of-house & kitchen teams. Experience can be an advantage – the more senior the position you’d like, the more experience we’d like to see. However, we are also very willing to give opportunities to people who lack experience but can demonstrate genuine enthusiasm for food, drink & hospitality and who are willing & interested to learn.

As proud as we are of the food & drinks we serve, we also pride ourselves on providing a great work environment where you can find opportunities for professional growth, very competitive rates of pay and friendly, close-knit teams of people who enjoy working in hospitality & with each other.

If all of this sounds good to you and you’d like to meet for an interview and to find out a bit more about working with us, then please email us on: info@theheromaidavale.co.uk - then type ‘HEARD YOU’RE HIRING’ in the subject line and tell us a little bit about yourself in the email.

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Christmas


Celebrate the festive season with us. Whether you’re organising a Christmas get together with your family and friends, or throwing the office Christmas party of the decade, we’ve got it covered.
Party large or small, we’ll have the right space for you, with private hire and dining rooms available too. 

Please get in touch using the booking form below and our events team will get straight back to you to plan your yuletide fun. 

View our Christmas Menu (PDF)

View our Christmas Day Menu (PDF)

Hotel rooms


The Hero of Maida has beautifully appointed bedrooms for those wishing to stay the night. The boutique hotel rooms have been individually designed with modern furniture and en-suites bathrooms. The bedrooms feature home comforts including king-size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen televisions, air conditioning and wi-fi.

For availability and prices please call us on 020 3960 9109 or email info@theheromaidavale.co.uk

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