Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The White Cross

Another fine Young's pub. The White cross never has a quiet moment, the summer months see this as the busiest place in Richmond for a riverside drink.
Staff were pretty good, except one barman who seemed to be in a state of narcosis, having to dumbly recount our order twice before totalling it up at the till. Plenty of places to sit, both upstairs and downstairs. Attracts a good crowd, no lager louts or football crowds here. Bloody good beer. Food was on the bit of the expensive side, but the toilets were nice.
-Alex

Very nice pub right on the river front, rumour has it that during a very high tide you can actually be trapped within its walls as the raised exits have no dry route to the outside, what a shame, get another round in!. They have a square bar that serves on all four sides which came make for quick service, but sometimes you can be overlooked, this would usually be a pain but the have 3 or 4 people constantly serving so your never waiting too long. We sat in one of the more open, dining type areas and had a very good evening.
Definitely one we will visit again.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
WiFi
Outside seating
Pint of Fosters, pint of Young's Special, coke, J20:

£10.57
Alex - 8.3
Andrew -8.2
Dave - 6.4
Oliver - 8.0

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Watermans Arms

Set in an alleyway just up from the river, this charming Victorian pub is one of the oldest in Richmond, and it certainly hasn't lost any of it's character. From hourly chiming clocks, little trinkets above the bar, warm log fire, and a beautiful Golden Retriever lolling happily on the carpet, it gives the place a nice homely feel. Over in the corner, there's a framed photo of someone holding a huge fish over the bar - you have to admit it's a rather peculiar thing to bring to a pub.
Things picked up around 11pm as a few of the locals came in for a pint. Apart from the locals there was brazen northern couple, they didn't by a drink, but there was a discussion about whether that the Jolly Roger was either associated with 'watchmakers' or 'gold merchants' over on the quiz machine (clue - it was the other option).
I could quite happily come back here in the future, only thing I'd change is to turn off that damn pervading Sky football.
-Alex

Conveniently set just off the high street on the way to the riverside, this is a nice small youngs pub that really has the ‘proper pub’ feel to it, we sat on the benching round the edge of the bar at a table next to the door and enjoyed a quiet few drinks. Surprisingly trade picked up quite a bit just before most pubs would be calling time, slightly quirky but not in a bad way. An otherwise unremarkable evening but this just added to the night and actually made for a pleasant evening.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating

Pint of Guinness, pint of Young's Special, J20, cheese & onion crisps:

£9.25
Alex - 8.8
Andrew - 8.0
Dave - 8.3
Oliver -7.5

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

The Triple Crown

One for the locals.  Not the most remarkable of pubs but it does have a dartboard (first one I've seen in Richmond), two sports screens (burning a lovely shade of blue) and worn, patched up seats.  Being so close to the rugby ground, I had a bad feeling this pub was going to be a repeat of last weeks tacky Sun Inn - thankfully not the case.  Overall a nice place with good beer and service.
I just wish they didn't sell those disgusting 'Big D' brand of snacks.  You know the ones - so bad, you wouldn't even notice if someone had previously sampled them and put them back in the bag...
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Real ale
Outside seating
Dartboard
Sport screens

Pint of London Pride, pint of Tea, J20:

£7.10
Alex - 6.4
Dave - 6.5
Oliver - 7.0

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Sun Inn

One for the rugby fans. This pub has so many photos and 'collectors items' that they've had to start nailing them to the ceiling. Looking around, I saw a pair of boots in a glass case allegedly worn by Jonny Wilkinson. If this were true he probably tried them on in a shop, thought they sucked, then the sales assistant eBayed them. There are also some horrifying photo-shopped pictures of someone being rugby tackled whilst smiling, and signed photo of a naked, fat man holding a trophy.
Please make note of The Sun Inn's four commandments (all of which are vocalised and posted throughout):
  • Thou shalt not be served if you stand at the bar 'here'.
  • Thou shalt not be less than 18 years of age to use the cigarette machine (just in case there are any under-age patrons having a pint).
  • Thou must not use the supplied foot pedal to spin the Victorian sewing wheel under the table, replacement is uneconomical.
  • Thou must listen to two classic 80's tracks of equal length at the same time. We care not that the vocal does not fit with the backing.
-Alex

An interesting place, definitely run by a die hard rugby fan, assuming the owner is the bloke in the pictures that appear to have been made at one of those £1 photo booths you see in shopping centres. Unfortunately the only spare table on arrival felt like the seats were a lot narrower than normal and there was some weird mechanism that appeared to be pedal powered. This seemed to serve no purpose apart from spinning a wheel around, so, naturally after a couple of drinks we tried to see how fast we could get the wheel to go. Alas this fun was short lived as they are apparently expensive to fix you have to wonder why they are put in a position where you will naturally use them, I dread to think what sort of security they would have to employ on a Friday or Saturday (or even a match day).
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Real ale
Outside seating
Rugby
Kopparberg Pear Cider, orange juice & lemonade, J20, 2x Scamp Fries:

£11.00
Alex - 5.9
Andrew - 4.5
Dave - 5.1
Oliver - 2.0