Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The Brown Dog

This residential area of Barnes would be less claustrophobic if it was built inside a submarine.  You can't even walk a pram down the road for all the wall-to-wall parking, let alone drive a car down here.
After a head-to-head stand-off with a van, we finally found a parking space and headed towards the pub.  First thing to notice it's not really a pub, it's more of a bistro type place where you feel a bit odd only ordering drinks.  We found a dark area around the side with decaying framed photos for sale, a huge musty bookcase and a box full of various board-games.  It's a bit like one of those boxes of toys local doctors had in their waiting rooms back in the 80's, all exciting until you try and use any of the contents, then realise most of the pieces are missing and you end up throwing them on the floor in a rage.
As the name suggests, dogs are more than welcome here, which is quite bizarre with all the food coming and going.  There's a good selection of crisps and drinks, and the staff are friendly enough.  Check out the hoity-toity regulars who enjoy an endless chucklesome banter about who is better at tennis.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
WiFi
Outside seating
Dog friendly
Pint of Stiegl, amaretto & coke (double as standard), coke, apple juice:

£13.62
Alex - 5.8
Andrew - ?
Dave - 6.4
Oliver - 6.0

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Bridge

Located a brief walk from Hammersmith Bridge (hence the name, duh), this modern pub has a bright, comfortable feel to it.  You're not going to be able to park round here, but you'll find it easy to make a detour from a summer walk along the Thames path.
There are a good range of beverages available, although sadly all the ales were off on our visit.  The barman seemed quite suspicious of us too, probably down to the fact we didn't have any large musical instruments or v-neck jumpers on.  There's quite a large garden at the back with patio heaters, mainly enjoyed by those who enjoy a bit of carbon monoxide.  Other than that, The Bridge isn't bad for a quick visit, no it isn't cheap, but that's not surprising located where it is.
As a side note - if you want a laugh, check out their website.  Every page is an annoying PDF, including a menu dated 'February 25rd'.  That really does give the specials menu a new meaning.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
WiFi
Outside seating
Pint of Fosters, Amaretto & coke, apple juice, passion fruit juice:

£11.60
Alex - 7.2
Andrew - ?
Dave - 6.5
Oliver - 7.5

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Halfway House

One of the nicest little independent pubs I've been to, well worth a visit.  It has a real welcoming atmosphere and with all the evening events going on, it's anything but a stale hangout for musty old men.  Live music, open mic night, curry night.  If they don't do the old fashioned meat auction on a Sunday, they so should.
Being a Tuesday, we had a go at the quiz.  A quid to gain entry, the usual picture round followed by a few questions on varying subjects and general knowledge.  Quite nice they gave us a helping hand and included an idiot round for the likes of us, or we may not have got any right.  But I think we faired okay.
There are some good ales on tap, so good in fact the barman poured a London Pride when I ordered a Fosters.  Perhaps it was his way of saying 'drink some real beer you whipper snapper', and who am I to argue.
The owners have put a lot of effort into making this a good local and it really shows.  Good stuff.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Real ale
Outside seating
Quiz night
Live music
WiFi
Bulmers, pint of Fosters, pint of London Pride, J20:

£11.90
Alex - 8.9
Andrew - ?
Dave - 7.0
Oliver - 8.5