Tuesday, 30 March 2010

The Railway

Possibly the most modern looking pub we've been to around Mortlake.  The Railway still holds a traditional feel with its coal fireplace and large art on the walls, but now sporting a jukebox, TV screens and weirdly, an office chair (rather dangerous with the wood flooring).
The barmaid was very accommodating and didn't mind helping us carry our drinks, and gave a friendly goodbye when we left.  But a certain someone turned a bit cranky when she turned down the volume on his heavy metal track.  It wasn't much later we later heard the poor barmaid fall down the stairs on her way to the basement.  Yeah, you can call it a coincidence all you like Dave.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Sport screen
Outside seating
JD & Coke, Coke, J20:

£5.80
Alex - 7.2
Andrew - ?
Dave - 6.2
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Jolly Gardeners

Backing on to the famous Budweiser brewery, this Young's pub actually makes some good business in Mortlake.  There's plenty to do - darts, watch football or check out the games room at the back which has couple of pool tables.
The barman was younger than us so I'll forgive him for confusingly offering a bottle of Amaretto because he couldn't find any Amaretto (that is what happened, I'm not going crazy).  Prices are cheap compared to Richmond and there are plenty of drunk, retired regulars propping up the bar.
Most of our night was spent playing darts, well, one game which lasted a very long time.  Somewhat down to a certain someone who wouldn't wear their glasses, but it was mainly down to us being rather sh*t.  Apologies for the many holes in the carpet.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Real ale
Bar snacks
Pool tables
Dartboard
Sport screen
Outside seating

Pint of Carlsberg, Amaretto & Coke, 3x coke:

£10.15
Alex - 7.0
Andrew - ?
Dave - 5.7
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Charlie Butler

Mortlake is a strange suburb.  Many decades ago it used to have a lively high-street with its own bus station.  With that gone, the only thing left worthy of note are the half dozen public houses.
You can't normally go wrong with a Young's pub, but it was unusual to see one so empty, I expected to at least see some regulars.  But no, it was us and the barman in a room that didn't look as if it had changed since the 80's.
The barman was a peculiar chap, early twenties from up north.  Spent most of his time pouring himself pints, switching the lights on and off, and tuning the TV to a programme about violent drunken yobs clashing with police.  It worked out quite well though, the more he drank the less able he was to use the 'new till'.  At one point we got our drinks and it was ten minutes later before he came back and asked for any money.  As we left he thrusted a mobile phone in our hand, and asked us "how t' view messages on eet", then after fiddling with it, he took it back and showed us how to do it.  It was all very odd.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Real ale
Bar snacks
Sports screen
Outside seating
Carpark
JD & coke, lemonade, J20, crisps x2, pork scratchings:

£8.65
Alex - 6.3
Dave - 5.3
Oliver - ?