Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Idle Hour

One hundred Tuesdays of various pubs and this is where we've ended up.  A small terraced hideaway which could easily be mistaken as someone's house.  Once in through the door, you're met with dozens of clocks hung on the walls, hard floors and wooden tables.  And a black Jaegermeister shot maker on the bar, odd.
There are some strict rules about this place - you're not allowed to be in the garden after 10:30pm and if you are out there, there's a minimum number of people allowed per table.  Since we were the only ones in the garden (or in the pub by the end), I don't think this mattered too much.
The barmaid was quite taken aback there were actually people having a proper drink, finding it hard to find the right poison she exclaimed "This is the first time anyone's come in on a Tuesday for a session".
There was a bottle of Brazilian rum sitting amongst the other bottles behind the bar, the label warning of '80% alcohol content' (that's 160 proof!).  Allegedly illegal to sell in the shops, one shot of Stroh was evaporating even before it was brought back to the table.  Any liquid that makes you hold your chest like you're having a coronary isn't to be trusted.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating
Gaymers, Orange juice, Bourbon & coke, Amaretto & coke:

£13.80
Alex - 6.5
Andrew - ?
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Ye White Hart

The only pub in Barnes where you can actually sit next to the river.  There are three terraces and plenty of seating down on the Thames path to make the most of this.  For those of a thin-skinned nature can also borrow a blanket to wrap themselves in, the sissies.
Each round of drinks we ordered was greeted with with an monotone voice of "hello, how are you" from a barmaid, who said herself she'd been working there too long.  Even asking her to list the dozen crisp flavours didn't seem to stir any passion!
Sitting by the river is quite crowded affair, and if you can ignore the cigarette smoke, insects and rodents scurrying around, you'll find it a good place to watch the world go by and enjoy the evening sunset.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

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

£9.23
Alex - 7.6
Dave - ?
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Coach & Horses

Traditional in every sense of the word, C&H really holds onto its roots.  There are some really great features dotted around - from the stain-glass window at the back looking over the charming garden, up past the bar and its many trinkets, though to the huge used-to-be wooden doors at the front.  I guess it really was its namesake way back when.  The inside is quite small, there isn't even a place for toilets, but there is for a private function room, which I found rather odd (if you want to do a number, you'll have to go outside and go into the door opposite!).
Staff are very polite and friendly, which gave it that good homely feel.  One big group of local lads came in and pushed us up on the couches, the fact that they were all at retirement age and we were whipper-snappers didn't deter them in the least!  It's also very dog friendly.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating
Pint of Fosters, JD & coke, coke, Feel Good

£13.00
Alex - 7.9
Andrew - ?
Dave - ?
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

The Bulls Head

Technically a riverside pub, although the main road is between them, the Bulls Head is probably most famous for its jazz venue.  Events happen most nights of the week and tickets cost an average of £10 as a first come first seated basis.
'But what about the pub?' I hear you cry.  Well, the large open area with the bar set in the middle suggests you could get served from practically any point, without having to carry your drinks very far. I like that.  There are a fair few ales, ciders, wines, spirits and liqueurs, something for everyone I feel, and even when they did run out of Amaretto the friendly staff were more than happy to pop down to the cellar to get some more.
We sat in the side room, comfortably ambient with the live music coming from the double doors at the far end.  The only thing that didn't quite fit were the Thai restaurant menus dotted around - I guess they have a deal going on with next door.
Seating outside is very limited if the sun's out, but I'd like to come back again and perhaps sample a bit of the jazz.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Live music
No unsightly world cup flags
Pint of Amstel, pint of Young's, Amaretto & coke,  2x crisps:

£11.90
Alex - 7.5
Andrew - ?
Oliver - ?