Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Richmond Arms

Not quite what you’d expected in a pub – a spinning disco ball and flashing coloured lights on a Tuesday. We got our drinks from the very friendly barman and sat down in the corner. Oh look, a leaflet for a gay event at London Zoo, that’s nice. YMCA being played on the TV? That’s just an advert, it could happen anywhere. Hang on… where the hell are all the women in this place? Oh dear, are we where I think we are? Yes, we were.
There was this 68 year old man trying to chat up a bunch of young boys on another table, wondering which one of them was going to take him home. After some persuasion and disturbing conversation, they all left together.
A few handlebar-moustache guys came and went. We played Monopoly on the quiz machine. Two girls did eventually come in, but as usual fantasy is nothing like reality, one was anorexic the other was rather butch.
We left with the barman bidding us ‘loves’ farewell and frustrated we didn’t notice the pink union-jack blowing in the breeze when we went in.
-Alex

Didn’t quite realise what demographic this pub was aimed at straight away, as Alex mentioned, did not pay much attention to the outside decor when I arrived as I was running a little late. When I got to the pub I found the others and got myself a drink and only after a short while it was evident that we were in a gay pub. To be fair the evidence was clearly obvious if you take only a second to have a look around, especially the pink union jacks, but we’re not prejudice and stayed for the rest of the evening, sampled practically every flavour of crisps that were on offer.
Overall, a nice enough pub but not for me.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Outside seating
Bar snacks
Disco disco

Pint of Fosters, J2O, pint of Amstell, coke, five bags of crisps:

£15.65
Alex - 6.9
Andrew - 5.0
Dave - 5.6
Oliver - 5.0

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Red Cow

One of the busiest places we’ve come to visit since we’ve started the blog, very much a puller for the locals. From wannabe drunk opera singers, to fat old ladies knitting away in the corner, we were slightly worried we might be sitting at someone’s favourite table when we found somewhere to sit down.
Tuesday night is pub quiz night so we thought we’d have a go. Got half way and gave up, we were that rubbish. I did like the free sandwiches that were going round though.
The three of us stayed late into the night with a few games of dominoes, before going home and removing our pipe and slippers.
-Alex

1. It was over crowded, 2. It was expensive, 3. The quiz was sh*t, 4. The free sandwiches that were offered were salad based, and the other tables got ham sandwiches, 5. The football sucked.
-Dave

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Real ale
Sports screen
WiFi
Outside seating

Pint of Youngs, J2O, coke:

£6.60
Alex - 7.5
Dave - 5.3
Oliver - 6.0

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The Princes Head

On the corner of Richmond Green, an average sized pub with half a dozen tables along the outside walls.
The bar-staff appeared to be preoccupied with a pizza delivery rather than serving us. We were given ice in a drink when asked for none, and then she left it behind the counter as she went to serve someone else.
After a couple rounds and a bag of 'Playdoh' flavoured crisps later, we were sharply hustled out and asked if we wanted the dregs of our drinks poured into plastic glasses.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
WiFi
Outside seating

Pint of London Pride, J2O, coke:

£7.10
Alex - 6.0
Dave - 5.7
Oliver - 5.0

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Pitcher and Piano

Right next to Richmond Bridge, this pub/bar has only two indoor tables, the rest of the seating is terraced out the front, although its quite well enclosed should the weather turn sour.
The bar-staff are employed for their facial hair styles and pretentious drink pouring 'skills', after which they will give you back your change on a silver tray, suggesting they should be tipped for doing their job.
It was impressively busy for a Tuesday night but we managed to find a place at the top of the terrace. Unfortunately on our right we had the tenacious smell of cigar smoke from a bald European man, and to our left we had a waft of cigarette smoke from two middle-aged 'birds' sharing a bottle of cheap wine. By 11 O'clock closing, the three of us inhaled enough smoke to power a steam boat down the Thames back home.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Wine menu
NO bar snacks
Outside seating

JD & coke, orange, coke:

£7.10
Alex - 6.1
Dave - 6.5
Oliver - 9.0