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Golden Egg, Kilburn

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Now re-named The Earl Derby and re-branded as a very souless American diner style pub.

It's cleaner than previously, but has lost the friendly and comfy atmosphere it previously had, replaced by an extremely cold and sterile feel. They don't show the football anymore, prices are much higher, and it's nearly always empty now, and you wonder how it stays in business. A sad way for a once fun pub to end up.
Fenriz - 23 Mar 2015 16:05
A revisit in the company of a fellow pub fan after visiting the soulless and overpriced Black Lion and Golden Egg.

Doombar was decent and very good value at £1.99. Yes, there are characters in the pub that might frighten the beautiful people, but they make the pub feel just that - a pub!

Also an excellent sign on the screens - anyone not purchasing a drink while live football is on will be ejected and barred. I approve heartily.
willesden_seadog - 14 Feb 2013 10:44
Didn't see the old transvestite yesterday when I went in yesterday to watch the football. Those in there seemed pleasant enough and the bar staff and locals seemed to have some good banter. Doom Bar was £2.50 a pint (Copper Dragon tap at £2.25 was turned around) and a decent sausage sandwich was £4 so no complaints from me for somewhere to drink if I want to watch a match.
DuchyBoy - 4 May 2012 08:45
Bit of a deceptive one this, on the surface it seems perfect – well furished with comfy coaches and a wide and spacious sitting area, always some football match on the multiple screens, friendly bar staff, okay food for less than £5 and ridiculously cheap bar prices, only £1.80 for a pint of bitter!

BUT – and it’s a big but – you can’t help but feel uncomfortable here because of the presence of “the regulars”; the few times I’ve been here the same bunch of people have been there, and you’re talking proper “fringes of society” stuff. There’s the usual Kilburn style drunk Irish OAP bunch bellowing across the pub, a handful of people sitting at tables by themselves - seemlingly lobotomised and staring vacantly into the distance, strange bald old men giving you odd looks as they walk past, and most disturbingly, one old man of around 75 who attends the pub every day in a mini-skirt, womens leggings, or other assorted female clothing!! It all adds to a “uh I hope I don’t end up like that when I’m old” kind of feeling.

A good pub to have 1 or 2 pints with a mate with, and maybe watch a football match, but not the kind of place you want to stay at for a prolonged time or regularly visit.
Fenriz - 26 Jan 2012 09:46
A pleasant surprise having only used this pub very randomly, and not at all for a few years.

Don't go to the Golden Egg if you want candles on your table, posh toilets, posh over rated expensive food or to mix with the beautiful young professionals.

Do use it if you like mixing with good honest folk and to drink beer at the cheapest prices. Meals are very low priced. The pub is like a cheaper Wetherspoons. I tried both cask ales and both were poured expertly by the two gents behind the bar. They cost £1.89 for that rarist of beasts, a 3.8% session beer which I'd not heard of before, but it was excellent. The other was stronger (Double Dragon I think?) and again was very good, especially for just £1.99.

A typical sample from the menu was an 8oz rump steak with chips and onion rings for a staggering £3.99!

TVs were on around the pub to entertain the middle age and older crowd showing Royal Ascot with the sound up and the cricket with sound down. It looks like a big screen comes down for big matches.

If in the area I'd definitely use again.
willesden_seadog - 16 Jun 2011 22:57
Had been in the pub for less than a minute before a local told us "I'm a regular, you're not, f off". Should have heeded his warning as my pint was poor too.
cmofish - 30 Mar 2011 09:41
As the previous poster has mentioned, the Guinness is £2.25 a pint and I thought that it was of a reasonable quality (I have certainly paid £3.50 a pint for far worse). There was also a standard draught selection available during my visit alongside Double Dragon and Best from the Welsh brewers Felinfoel.

The main feature of this pub is probably the Sky Sports shown on the many screens throughout along with a projector screen on the back wall. I found the staff to be pleasant enough and there was a decent crowd in attendance watching the football results roll in.

The décor is a little tired and the toilets are a smelly mess, but this would be my sports pub of choice in the area.
Strongers - 25 Nov 2009 10:41
What's to complain about? Guinness £2.25 a pint, food cheap and cheerful, sport on the televisions. The clientele seem a mixed bag in keeping with the area. If you like traditional pubs then worth a visit.
highlandpaddy - 28 Jul 2009 13:19
Long time since I've been here and enjoyed it. Sunday afternoon, all sorts in here. Cheap lager £1.99 for a Carlsberg. Footie on the box. The carvery looked fantastic. £4.99 and was very popular. Many people having it on take away. Shame Brains no longer on though.
Lyncroft - 19 Oct 2008 19:07
Sunday through Thursday happy hours where pints are less than £2 and the staff are friendly...two very rare things and you can't get better than that in inner London. I love this place!
bluejay - 3 Sep 2008 20:42
I live pretty near this but had never ventured in before the weekend. I was quite impressed - it's certainly well above the Kilburn High Road average and is probably the best of the non-smart pubs along the road, in my view. Oddly but interestingly it's run by a Welsh chain whose other branches are all either in Bristol or South Wales. A couple of real ales when I visited: Brains and Felinfoel (Double Dragon, I think). They were serving roasts from a carvery on the Sunday lunchtime I visited; the pub was very busy and they smelt very good. The food looked outstandingly good value: they were advertising fish and chips, plus a drink I think, for something like £2.99. The pub's a little down at heel, which is unsurprising in an area like this, but I'm pleased to add this to my roster of decent local boozers.
grecian - 14 Jul 2008 10:52
The first thing you notice with the Golden Egg are the strategically placed boards outside advertisng its discounted product range and in an area where pubs attract the inebriated like iron filings to a magnet, you just know what to expect. Luckily, the interior is deceptively large and finding a spot away from the drunken renditions of Danny Boy is generally achievable. The front area has fairly plain décor and is quite spacious and airy with good natural light and high ceilings. Several old black & white photos of the area adorn the walls. Beyond the remnants of the dividing wall it opens up to the grander (but long since past its prime) remnants of what looks like an old ballroom or function hall, complete with ornate ceilings and an interesting but underused, wood paneled fireplace. The multiple TV’s & Big Screen are very good for sport and if karaokes and cheap live music are your thing, you’ll find them here. One big plus is the presence a Real Ale - only the 1 but it was at least a decently kept Brains Bitter, hardly normal for the area and £1.89 a pint (even though it still says £1.79 on the menus!). The food is cheap and fancy free and beer and cocktails are also available by the jug and pitcher making it a binge drinkers dream. Encouraged by such marketing, I did get the impression most of the punters here are surgically joined to the fixtures and fittings and probably wouldn’t be aware that there is an exit. Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone was particularly approachable, I didn’t feel too wary sitting there alone in a strange pub, which is not always the case in Kilburn. The retro music was actually quite listenable and made a refreshing change from the thumping clubby stuff or fiddly diddly offerings of some of the neigbours. The pub has certainly seen better days but despite its obvious lack of class, it is certainly functionable and not without its interesting aspects.
RogerB - 20 Jun 2008 19:19
(Whoops, added to this comment to the Good and Granite - for some reason the new pub name has inspired a new BITE page)...

This pub has worked its charms on me, despite having little to no charm at all. It's huge, can always get a seat, the beers and shots are absolutely absurdly cheap (pint of Brains smooth for less than 2 quid), Sky telly for those that fancy the cricket or snooker or whatever, and most remarkable of all it has one of those juke boxes with a big hard disk in it, so I can find some obscure old indie music like Daisy Chainsaw to play on it.

Good place to tank up before heading to the Good Ship or Luminarie for a gig or club. Still has the atmosphere of an airport lounge though.
travis - 6 Jun 2007 20:20
good disco firday nights other than that boring
anonymous - 31 May 2007 16:32
They've added a jukebox and a large screen so it has less of the 'airport lounge' atmosphere .Usually busy reasonable prices 6/10
treesurgeon - 24 Apr 2007 11:33
They've added a jukebox and a large screen so it has less of the 'airport lounge' atmosphere .Usually busy reasonable prices 6/10
treesurgeon - 24 Apr 2007 11:33
AWESOME PUB...

2 awesome steaks (the best ive had in London to date) with Chips for £7 (YES THAT IS THE PRICE FOR 2)... and on top of that for £2 pint and £2 double spirits you REALLY CANNOT go wrong...

Great pub...
frostman - 13 Apr 2007 15:20
This "cheap as chips" option on kilburn high road is mostly busy; as you would expect,...Decent for football, full of locals and eastern european immigrants...Surprisingly aggro free and Absolutely fine for two or three especially if you are on your Jacks. Word to Piers,...don't bring Tabatha or Persephone down here,..not unless you want your cricket jumper rammed where the sun don't shine, and your blowjob priveleges revoked,.......best stick to the North London Tavern. Oh incidentally, just thought, the NLT and The Egg do actually have something in common - the state of their respective bogs,..prob a higher class of p iss in the NLT though if you believe the hype!
kmcs - 6 Mar 2006 16:13
pub going from strength to strength,food is great,lots of people now eating there.good friendly atmosphere
dottiesue - 19 Oct 2005 12:33
well the new owners have been in this pub for 2 months now and things are definatley getting better,service,food and very very good beer.plenty of people using this pub,not all locals.hope they maintain the high standard they are aiming for.
dottiesue - 1 Sep 2005 14:40
Seen the comment about the pub,tried it and it is as good as what has been said.Very friendly management and staff, good service and the meal was great,if not been to it yet,get on down
dottiesue - 18 Aug 2005 11:41
pubs ok better than it used to be beers ok so is the staff recommended for a jar or three
anonymous - 18 Aug 2005 11:37
new owners very friendly and a clean looking pub 100 times better then before good beer big screen and good juke box
fagend - 29 Jul 2005 12:04
used to be called the Goose but taken over by two guys Tony and John . They have real ale and do specials on shorts and is nothing like the old pub.Jule box big screen tvs, and now ALL the staff are helpfull and polite not like it used to be i have been using this pub for 45 years and this is the best ive seen it they have done a great job. 10 out of 10.
david harding - davidharding60@msn.com - 27 Jul 2005 15:44

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