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Hero of Maida

(formerly Truscott Arms; Idlewild; Shirland Hotel)

55 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JD

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Opening Times

Monday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.30 am - Midnight
Saturday9.00 am - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10.30 Mon - Fri
9am - 10.30 Sat
12 - 6 Sun


Maida Vale Leisure Ltd.

About the Pub

Confirmed as reopening 12 April 2021 subject to Covid guidelines.

Previously the Truscott Arms, this site reopened as a high-end gastropub under a new name, The Hero of Maida, in May 2018. The pub is now freehold as opposed to paying a large rental (the cause of the Truscott's demise) and is operated by Maida Vale Leisure.

The pub is split across two floors and features a zinc-topped bar downstairs, with original ceiling roses, oak floors and expansive windows to give a light and airy feel. The upstairs dining area has been substantially refurbished with no expense spared; there is also a decked, two-tiered garden.

Food is supervised by Henry Harris (chef owner), formerly of Racine. Alongside daily changing menus with a French influence, the Sunday roast menu is being reinstated at the pub with classics such as slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and rosemary. There is a main dining room plus three smaller ones that can be booked. The Times' restaurant critic, Giles Coren, maintains that the Hero's chips are the best in London.

Placed within the Top 50 in the Estrella Damm 2019 national gastropubs awards.

Note that under the terms of the licence alcohol may not be sold before noon.

Historic Interest

The pub was originally built in 1878 as the Shirland Hotel. Sir John Stuart, made Count of Maida, was a lieutenant-general in the Napoleonic Wars and won a victory over a slightly larger French force outside the town of Maida in Calabria, Italy. Maida Hill and Maida Vale are also named after the battle, as well as this pub.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Sambrook's Wandle Ale
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

E.g.Thornbridge Jaipur,Adnam's Ghost Ship.

Source: National

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Hero of Maida, Maida Vale


  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not Sunday.

  • Garden Pub Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    5 bedrooms opening summer 2019

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Dining rooms can be booked.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area


  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Hero of Maida

55 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JD

Sat Nav Reference

51.524307, -0.18886


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (25m)

TfL: (6, 31, 36, 187, 228, 328, 414)

Closest Station (1300m)

London Paddington

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)

Warwick Avenue

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