The Eagle is a hark back to the days when pubs were pubs. A decent boozer where people from all walks of life convene to chew the cud and drink the finest beer Britain has to offer. It is a down to earth pub, sympathetically, some say passionately, kept this way, to offer an alternative to the myriad of wine bars and cocktail joints that have consumed the area. A reminder of a tradition that long supplanted the more recent gentrification of SW11. The Eagle is approximately 150 years old. Adam Worth, the villian that Arthur Conan Doyle based Moriarty on, drank here, and William Wilberforce lived two streets away.
This is not to say that the Eagle is dilapidated; yes it is lived in, it is testimony to great footfall (Rugby and Beer Festivals beware), but the lads that run it are always working to keep it in decent nick. To the outsider therefore, the fierce independence in the way it is run would easily lead the uninitiated to believe it is a Freehold. Alas it is not, but it is testament to the Leaseholders and their trusty, loyal and convivial customers that this place maintains the feel of a Great British Pub, where all are welcome and where over 10,000 guest ales have passed through the pumps. You can be as involved as you like or rejoice in anonymity.
The focus is of course BEER, not mediocre bland euro fizzy stuff, but real beer with all its health benefits. What? I hear you say… well don’t take my word for it, look it up. The Eagle has an ever changing choice of cask conditioned beers that come from far and wide. There is a slant towards Locale beers with low distribution mileage, but you would have seen Sporran Warmer at the last beer festival. Micro and craft beer producers are the order of the day so please don’t ask for Young’s.
Don’t think for a second that this is a one trick pony, these boys are flexible. Apart from the Beer & Music Festivals, it is the spiritual home to Chinese Elvis, Wine tastings, Weddings, Christenings and more recently a Potato Fair. You can hire out the covered rear garden or sit in the sun out front of a summer’s evening. Whatever you think of the Eagle when you first walk in, get talking to people, you are guaranteed to discover an interesting and friendly bunch of reprobates.