Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The Hope

We were looking for a place called 'Molly Malones', but after being unable to find it and trawling the streets using its address, we realised it had been taken over and renamed to The Hope (not sure if the name was chosen due to the fate of other local pubs).
It is a quirky modern pub, you'll find zebra skin seats, odd wall clocks and several chandeliers and mirrors dotted around. The design does work well.
We sat in the back garden (half of it was being dug up for what looked like landscaping reasons) until about 11pm when the owner released his Greyhounds, it seems that whenever dogs are around Andrew becomes a victim of their excitement.
They also have a Dyson hand-dryer which creates mutant ripples across your hands, which is nice.
-Alex

I was late this evening, very late, I didn’t arrive until gone 10pm, but in the small amount of time I spent there, I met the others in the beer garden but shortly after we moved inside as the temperature started to drop and they released two dogs in the back garden for a runabout, the seemed to be coming up to us (well, me) so the move inside was welcomed. Just on the outskirts of the high street, shortly on the way to Kew so it’s far from central in Richmond but still close enough to appear to do a good trade on the major nights out (Friday and Saturdays).
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar Snacks
Real Ale
Outside seating
Dyson Hand-dryers
Pint of Doom Bar, glass of orange juice:

£4.65
Alex - 7.5
Andrew - 7.0 (30min visit)
Dave - 6.9
Oliver - 7.0

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The Mitre

"You're not from around here are you." said the white-haired barman. He was searching behind the counter for something we called a 'J20'.
"Is this what you're looking for?" he asked, dusting off the purple bottle.
The old man was right, the pub was so out of our usual jurisdiction, we had practically driven to North Sheen.
We thanked him and took our drinks outside to bask in the last of the evening sunshine. The three of us relaxed and chatted amongst ourselves, as the barman walked around, watering his many hanging baskets. The quiet residential area was made up of a pretty row of courtyard houses on one side, and a bunch of square council flats on the other.
I noticed that the pub was quite well respected by the locals, despite having very little clientèle. It's not often you see a lady run up to a pub with a bicycle puncture and ask for help.
Charming, and very traditional.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Real ale
Bar snacks
Sport screen
Pool table
Outside seating
Pint of Youngs, J2O, pint of Guinness:

£8.30
Alex - 7.4
Dave - 7.3
Oliver - 8.0

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Marlborough

From the outside, The Marlborough looks to be your old run-of-the mill local pub. You'll need to venture through it's internals and squeeze though it's rear to realise how big it really is. When we got there, the back-door was bustling with people enjoying a BBQ, but it could have easily accommodated a couple dozen or more masticators.
After enjoying the last of the sunshine in the garden, we moved back inside, just missing out on the Tuesday quiz. Comfortable seating arrangements and friendly staff makes this another good contender if you're wanting to avoid high-street crowds. It gets mighty expensive if you're just ordering soft drinks though.
-Alex

As I parked the car up and approached the pub, I will be have to admit to being slightly apprehensive by the fact that 2 gentlemen lurking outside the alley 3 buildings away from The Marlborough. Both looked like rejects from a Charles Dickens novel and probably smelt as bad from that era, first impressions always last so with that in mind I thought that this pub is going to be full of sodomites and lecherous old folk who do nowt more than to prey on the young and dribble into their bean filled beards.
So, inside I go looking around for anyone who’s turned up thus far, I walk to the back which was looking more and more like a kitchen… I think I’ve walked too far, a lady approached “there’s more seats out back” she says. Poking my head around the corner I noticed there was a sign saying something about a conference, shouldn’t be here I says to myself (but managed to fight through later) and carry on walking back to the bar thinking I’m the first one here I thought.
I got served by man who bears similarities to a Viz character “16 year old disinterested fish and chip shop girl” except in this case, it was a bloke, obviously! Why did I even have to explain that? I don’t know, let’s crack on shall we? The Marlborough boasts of having one of the biggest backdoor (oh I say?!) gardens of any pub in Richmond (or London, I cant remember) but needless to say, it was pretty huge, very nicely laid out, masses of greenery, although on the personal level, I wouldn’t be too happy in the summer with the amount of insects and other flying creatures this woodland of a garden may attract.
Other than that there isn’t much to complain about in this pub apart from the prices, a little on the steep side, so students, take heed, this one is not for you!
-Dave

This pub is quite deceptive, looks quite small from the outside but goes on and on and also has, as advertised, the largest beer garden in Richmond. We made the most of this feature and grabbed a seat in the garden and enjoyed a couple of rounds before heading inside where we found a low level table with some square stools to have our final round before heading home. Being so far out of town and nearer the park this is probably more one for the locals or those who are on their way back into town form a day in the park. I know if I am on my way back from the park with friends it will be one of the ones I wouldn’t mind stopping at for a drink or two.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Wine menu
Real Ale
WiFi
Lots of outside seating

Orange juice, coke, orange juice & lemonade:

£6.59
Alex - 7.6
Alison - 9.5
Andrew - 7.9
Dave - 6.9

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Lot

Difficult to miss if you're just walking past, The Lot doesn't look like much from the outside. But once you get beyond the concrete entrance and venture inside the pub, you'll find it's bigger than imagined.
From the moment you walk in, it's obvious you'll find no one over the age of 30. It's more of a student union, with discounts offered if you are a student. Coming here on a Tuesday, it was relatively quiet and easy going. I'd be apprehensive coming back on a weekend, as there's a strong possibility it turning to a crèche for lightweight teenagers.
Apart from the wobbly stools (assumed to deter old people with dodgy hips), and the barmaid who gives you a bitter with 1/3 head, it's not a bad place... for a week day drink.
-Alex

On a personal level, being as this is my first review and first pub attended on Tuesday night pub crawl review weekly, I have to say, unless you were actually looking for this place it would be nearly impossible to find via car, this place is so well hidden it would almost be a contender for the Madeline McCann Hide & Seek championships. Ok, maybe not that hard, but my recently borrowed Garmin Nuvi Ultra sat nav is sometimes about as useful as a three legged blind donkey running the Grand National. Anywhos, back to the review. Being a very studenty bar, it had a very relaxed atmosphere, the service was pretty good, she smiled at me, which is an automatic plus in my books, although many a times I did have to physically point out to her what I wanted. “Can I have a pint of Guinness please?” “erm….cider you say?” “Erm no, that’s Guinness” a typical conversation would go…but she smiled as doing so, so all is forgiven. The retro arcade games, pool tables and jukebox makes for some late night drunken entertainment, although least can be said for its 1950s style sofa, and their overly dangerous stools which could give the leaning tower of Pisa a run for its money. All in all, a quality bar!
-Dave

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar Snacks
Pool tables
Arcade Machines
WiFi

Pint of Tetleys, J2O, glass of coke:

£5.95
Alex - 7.1
Dave - 7.6
Oliver - 8.0

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The Fox and Duck

We pulled up in the side road next to the pub, as we had suspicions the our suspension may collapse due the many pot holes in the carpark.
Entering through the back, we were served by a woman so depressed her face was almost dragging along the floor. They only had one ale available here, I don't know if Green King is supposed to taste like it had been passed through half a dozen people, but I can't say I managed to finish it. Stuck to the Guinness after that.
It was too dark to sit inside, and had to make do with sitting next to the main road where we were randomly heckled by passing drivers. It was strange that only started when Andrew turned up :)
Not all negative though, they did have a beautiful white Husky.
-Alex

This is probably the first pub in Richmond you reach when coming in on the 65 from Kingston, quite handy having a bus stop just outside it, however the only outside seating in here is practically on the pavement on the roadside. This wouldn’t be all that bad if it want a rather busy road with the occasional car full of chavs shouting some incoherent babble to whoever may be on the pavement at the time. The pub seemed to be staffed by woman and a wolf which seemed weird at the time but the level of trade was that they probably could have done without the woman being there.
-Andrew



Pub facilities / features:

One ale
Bar snacks
Main road seating
Gravel pit, aka carpark

J2O, Orange Juice and Lemonade,:

£7.80
Alex - 5.6
Andrew - 5.3
Oliver - 5.0