Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The Naked Turtle

Jazz club... nice. The Naked Turtle has a bar, a restaurant, a lounging areas and even seating outside for the alfresco types. Relaxing and listening to a pianist coupled with a professional singing waitress is quite a unique experience (at least for me). With the friendly table service and subdued lights, it really sets the ambiance of the place to a good standard.
I really enjoyed visiting here, if I was to come back I'd definitely like to sample the food. Bravo!
-Alex

Was not too sure what to expect with this place, met the others inside as I was a bit late and they had sat in the bar area waiting for us to arrive, after ordering some drinks we relocated to the entrance of the restaurant bit, sharing a small areas with a family having a meal on the other side of the room and an open curtain to the performance area/seating so we could hear when one of the waitresses got up to do a number. Quite a nice place and the table service was not expected but very welcomed. I would definitely like to come back on a Friday/Saturday evening to see what the atmosphere is like then.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Wine list
Outside seating
Jazz
Singing barmaids
Amaretto and coke x2, pineapple juice x2:

£9.60
Alex - 8.6
Andrew - 7.4
Dave - 7.8
Oliver - 8.0

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The Hare & Hounds

A gastro family orientated pub.  Has a strange feeling of emptiness, probably due to the hugeness of the whole place, giving it that distinct lack of character  There's a strange cocktail lounge for 'private parties', that you can privately hire.  If you're wanting a good time, for the love of god, please go into Richmond town.
Food looked okay, although steep prices for a place that feels like a foyer.  Very, very ordinary.  Zzz...
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Wine menu
Real ale
Scrabble
Amaretto & coke, orange & lemonade, Feel Good juice:

£9.61
Alex - 4.0
Dave - 5.4
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The Royal Oak

Hesitantly pushing the wooden door open from the dark, cold street, we entered and walked up to the small bar. The biggest woman I have ever seen loomed over us and began pouring our drinks (I had to check the floor behind the bar wasn't a raised platform, she was of such colossal size). Glancing at TV as we paid, I noticed the screen was frozen on a certain meerkat advert, and one of the locals was chatting about how he "doesn't get it". I can assume the lack of intelligence was limited due to months of staring at a broken Freeview box.
A shady character sat in the corner on his own, he never moved from his seat and the barmaid took all his drinks directly to him. Upon near closing time, he abruptly got up and left, leaving an untouched pint on his table. This started a domestic between the barmaid and the owner. It was at this point we felt it was time to go.
I like traditional pubs but The Royal Oak was lacking energy and on the whole, felt rather stale.
-Alex

Another pub off the beaten track, well, the main road between Kingston and Richmond at least, the royal oak appears a lot bigger on the outside then inside, the bar itself seems to take up a majority of the floorspace, but this didn't seem to be much of a problem this evening as the level of trade was relatively low, the half of the pub we sat in only had the four of us and one lone mane reading the paper at the back. There is something very unremarkable about this place, it is defiantly a local and I think its more of a place you go to with a few friends for a catch up than an evening out as the amenities within are very few.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Sandwiches served
Bar snacks
Real ale (was off)
Dartboard
Sports screen
Pint of Fosters, pint of Guinness, JD & Coke J20:

£11.20
Alex - 4.7
Andrew - 5.0
Dave - 6.1
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

The New Inn

Despite the first snow in 2010 forecast for this evening, we actually turned up hoping by the end we'd be snowed in and have to resort to surviving on beer and crisps for a few days. Just as well that didn't happen really, this is one of the few pubs I've been to where they didn't have any Amaretto, no pork scratchings and ignore numerous requests for 'no ice'. To their advantage though they did have some tasty Pickled Onion Monster Munch.
The only other people in the pub were the four locals sitting behind us. As a special treat (probably for life service to the pub), a birthday cake was produced from behind the bar and presented with the usual song. That was about as electrifying at the atmosphere got.
-Alex

A standard out of town type pub, level of trade was quite low but then by the time we left there was enough snowfall to have a bit of a snowball fight as well as slide about in the car before getting onto a gritted road (which was actually quite fun, in a non dangerous sort of way....honest). a pretty uneventful evening once again however this may be because we were wondering if there was enough snow to get a day off work the next day.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating
Bulmers, JD & coke, pint of orange and lemonade, J20:

£12.00
Alex - 6.4
Andrew - 6.0
Dave - 6.1
Oliver - ?