Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Orange Tree

Another great Young's pub in Richmond (the other being The Old Ship). It's a beautiful well maintained pub, just how a traditional pub should be without all the stupid, quirky modernistic furnishings you get in the new bars. Plenty of comfortable places to sit and a mixture of young and old customers.
One peculiar thing was the price of a round. Buying exactly the same drinks from a different bartender worked out to be 20 pence more expensive. Not much, but it's still makes you wonder.
Look out for the strange woman who feels she needs to let the whole world know she's leaving the pub. No one wants to see you poking your head back round the front door and shouting back to your friends for the third time. Just get the hell out.
-Alex

I have often seen this pub with huge crowds outside it on a night out, but oddly enough have never been inside. Inside there were plenty of large sofas and chairs which made for comfortable seating. We sat ourselves at a low level round table surrounded by 4 armchairs and continued with our rounds. Event-wise there was not much to comment on, just us 4 and a handful of others all enjoying a quiet evening drink. The prices do seem to fluctuate on a half hourly basis but apart form that there are no downsides to this place I would happily return here again.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Wine menu
Sport screen
Outside seating

Pint of Foster's, J2O, pint of Young's Special, pint of coke:

£10.47 / £10.67
Alex - 8.4
Andrew - 8.5
Dave - 8.2
Oliver - 8.5

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

O'Neill's

Probably the most popular pub in Richmond. Weekends are obviously the busiest and you'll find it hard to find a seat gone 8pm. It can also get quite rowdy when the live music or sports are on, but it's in a good location, cheaper than most, staff are quite affable and the menu looks quite nice...
..I actually had a taster today - it was stuck at the bottom of my pint glass (which was far too late to see something like that), a crusty cute little green thing it was. They also lose points for not selling crisps or nuts, which is probably a way of making you buy food off the menu.
Keep an eye out for the unshaven bloke who stands at a fruit machine all year round, with a pint in one hand and bunch of quids in the other, he never takes his jacket off.
-Alex

Quite a random pub this one, as I have mentioned on the Kingston Pub Guide, I am rather a fan of the O’Neill's chain of pubs and this one is no exception. The randomness of this pub is that it is quite easy to arrange to meet people and then miss them when you’re all in the same pub. This is mainly due to it having 2 entrances (3 if you count the beer garden). As Omar and I arrived we found a booth ad sat down waiting for the others to arrive, 20 minutes later we get a call asking where we are to find that Alex and Ollie had already arrived and sat down in another part of the pub. A nice large pub with a wide selection of quiet corners and overall in the traditional Irish theme. One of my favourite Richmond pubs for a while now and defiantly on the list to re-visit.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
No snacks :(
Real Ale
Outside seating
Live music at weekends

Pint of Foster's, pint of Tetley's, J20, orange juice:

£9.80
Alex - 8.0
Andrew - 9.2
Oliver - 9.0

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

One Paradise Road

Anyone posting to this address probably gets pissed off from having to write out the first line twice.
Just up the road from the cinema, this little 'gastrobar' as I like to call it, was run by two young foreign girls. Although they had no ales on tap, we were pleasantly surprised to find they were offering bottles of London Pride instead.
It was a relatively quiet evening with a group of students in one corner talking about pregnancy and a business man on his Blackberry at the bar, all who left much earlier than we did. It became apparent that we had overstayed our welcome when all the tables and chairs had been stacked, and the barmaids were waiting by the door with their bags over their shoulders. Although, they were still very friendly as they unlocked the door to let us out. Perhaps they don't get many customers who stay past 11pm on a Tuesday.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
No snacks unless you want a plate of olives.
Real ale
TV Screen
WiFi

Bottle of London Pride, orange juice, coke:

£7.70
Alex - 7.7
Dave - 7.2
Oliver - 8.0

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The Old Ship

One of my personal favourites. The welcoming atmosphere, character, friendly staff, choice of beer - it's all here!
An old traditional Young's pub with plenty of old oak and warped window glass right the way round. The slanting floor will inadvertently slide your buttocks off your chair but there's plenty of places to get comfortable around the central bar, with additional seating upstairs. The sports screens are thankfully tucked away and aren't overbearing like in some pubs, there's no thumping music to shout over either.
As an added bonus at the end of a night, you'll often see a random old bearded guy trying to order a beer or 8 bags of crisps. There's being homeless and then there's just being bloody greedy.
-Alex

One of our regular Richmond pubs we meet up at when not out on the guide, the Old Ship is a traditional pub of two halves, literally. The two halves are fairly identical but adds to a quirkiness of the bar that seems to go down quite well with the regulars, us included. The atmosphere is always welcoming, there is never too long to wait at the bar and the staff have always got a smile on their face when they serve you so this is the ideal venue for an evening get together. Again, this is one of our normal regulars so this is one we will be torturing to for sure.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Sport screen
WiFi
J2O, pint of Youngs Special:

£5.12
Alex - 8.7
Andrew - 9.2
Dave - 6.5
Oliver - 9.0