Catapulting acrobats, dazzling cabaret performers, on-site brewed beers, fantastic food deals and a circus-style pub garden: Acton’s “best pub” (according to the masses of Trip Advisor reviews) really does pull out all the stops. And there’s something different on every night of the week at this popular haunt, from swing dance classes and pub quiz nights, to comedy evenings, DJ takeovers and circus shows. Expecting colour, excitement and va va voom, I rolled up…rolled up… to their circus show and got ready to have my pub experience turned upside down…
Standing tall at the top of the sloping high street, Aeronaut is hard to miss. That being said, the imposing green exterior is fairly inconspicuous compared to the inside. Open the door and you’re greeted with an explosion of colour and circus themed fun; you have to meander around a full suit of armour to get into the more traditional bar area, which is filled with sociable wooden benches and a life size spaceman cut-out.
It was a warm evening so we decided to have a drink in their garden before making our way into the arena. Eager to try their in-house brewed beers, we opted for an Acton Ale and a Session IPA, both of which were incredibly moreish and guzzled down quickly. The garden is a wonderful sun trap, complete with big sociable booths, a coconut shy, fairy lights and a big BBQ. We could have stayed outside drinking good beer all evening, but the show was soon starting so we stumbled into a couple of seats in the inside arena.
The menu at Aeronaut is pub grub gone well. Greedy by nature, I opted for 4 “light” bites for £18, which included a mini (big understatement) Peri Peri chicken burger, tempura prawns with sweet chilli sauce, breaded brie bites with cranberry sauce (so good) and the mini Caesar salad for good measure. Each dish was as good as the next and we happily tucked in as the curtains opened and out walked our hosts for the evening: a 6 ft tall diva dressed in feathers and her besotted, accordion playing mime.
Our stomachs were aching from laughter before the first act even came out, who blew our minds with her hula-hoop dance. I won’t give the full line-up away but we were seriously impressed by the talent that came out - particularly the aerial acrobatics. My dinner date even got called up on stage and brilliantly embarrassed at one point, which was well worth the £12 ticket price. When the curtains closed the DJ took to take the stage and played tune and tune to a heaving dancefloor.
Overall, it certainly lives up to its brilliant reputation, and we can’t wait to come back for a Sunday roast!
Enjoy complimentary entry into Aeronaut for the Portico Places cardholder and 2 guests, and 15% off all orders on Tuesday-Friday, 6pm - 10pm. Portico cardholders will also get priority on table reservations.