Rebecca Kent eats at the Queen Adelaide, 412 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush telephone: 020 8746 2573
THE Queen Adelaide - where legions of Queens Park Rangers fans have traditionally supped pre and post match ales - has been given the Gastropub makeover.
Unfortunately, since every other drinking hole has too, this means that within its Grade II-listed walls - as stunning as the interior is - there is nothing that hasn't been done before.
Nonetheless, Realpubs Limited has undertaken its recent renovation here to good effect.
With a markedly more sophisticated atmosphere and an outdoor area just set back from the Uxbridge Road, the Queen Adelaide is now hoping to appeal to a wider market.
Whether the legions headed for Loftus Road will continue to drink in the jazzed-up venue in the long term remains to be seen, but they appear to be sticking around for the short term.
Judging by the flustered bar and restaurant staff, it was fortunate we'd arrived just after the punters had left one Wednesday evening, as there was a slightly lingering air of mania.
We settled into our corner table, dampened by the inclement weather, but at least the wood panelling, patterned wall paper, fireplace and moody lighting evoked warmth.
The football rush seemed to have got the better of our chirpy Australian waitress who, after delivering our mains and forgetting our starter, had swiftly disappeared.
The manager stepped in, explaining her absence as "illness" (although we think she got a rap over the knuckles) and waited on the tables for the remainder of the night.
However, that didn't help our order situation. My dining partner had ordered the last cod which would have spoilt under the heat lamps if we'd have waited for our starter of Camembert baked in the box with new potatoes, salad, gherkins and toast (£10).
So we had it all at once and there was no faulting the buffet before us.
The cod (£12.75) was accompanied by mussels, king prawns, curly kale and garlic butter, which was heartily devoured, bar the kale which my partner failed to appreciate.
I had a plate of melt-in your mouth handmade salmon ravioli parcels, set off beautifully by a creamy dill sauce (£11.25).
Once the feast had settled into our tums, we tucked into a chocolate fondant with double cream (£5), which was as delectable as it sounds and not too sickly as they can often be, plus an apple and cinnamon crumble with vanilla custard (£5).
The fine crumble which covered a tasty bed of stewed apple polished off a memorable dining experience very nicely.