Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Red Lion

A lot can be said about a pub from its brand of snacks.  For example, Walkers crisps = bog standard chain, Mr Porky pork scratchings = independent, friendly and traditional.  The Red Lion isn't either of those, as they stock Tyrells - crisps for the pretentious.  I've mentioned it before, but no one likes expensive Play-doh flavoured crisps.  No one.  Nor do they want to sit and eat some pickled olives.  For the love of god, just give us some good old roasted pig skin.
It's no wonder most of the clientèle here are athletes (you'll see cricket bats and tennis rackets under almost every seat) they need to be, for the pub is so huge you need some good stamina to keep walking to the bar and back.  We took the easy option and moved from the garden to inside.
It is great to see non-smoking seating areas outside though, which many pubs lack.  Inside is incredibly spacious without that lost empty feeling.  The drinks on offer are okay, the usual Fuller ales, a very expensive wine list and some delicious farm apple juice.   Just a shame about the snacks really.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Real ale
Snacks (rubbish)
WiFi
Outside seating
Carpark
Orange & Amaretto, Ringden Farm apple juice:

£5.83
Alex - 7.1
Dave - ?
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Tree House

Bit of an odd one.  It's certainly not a pub, more of a European restaurant with a bar.  There were a few things that happened during tonight's visit I've subcategorised them...
The Barman
I think he was having a seriously bad day, there were a lot of angry noises upon asking for a glass of orange juice.  He calmed down a bit on later rounds once he started to use cartons rather than bottles.  Still it didn't stop him giving us warm glasses straight from the washing up bowl.
The Toilets
Please note the giant letter on each of the the doors - G for Girls and L for Lads.  If you get that right you'll end up sweating all the water out of your body and scolding yourself on the cold tap.  Graffiti over the doors gives a feeling you're in an awesome crack den.
The Mosquito's
Oh god!  Waking up the next day, itching and covered in 30 bites is our way of saying stay out of the garden or risk a serious case of malaria.
Other Shit
I don't know why there's permanent Xmas lights hanging from the front, or why there was a kids birthday party at 11pm.
Reasonable Things
Good prices for food and drink and the staff (bar the barman) were actually quite friendly.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Outside seating
Bulmers, Orange & Ameretto x2, 1.5 pint coke:

£16.00
Alex - 5.4
Andrew - ?
Dave - ?
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Sun Inn

Opposite to the pond, there is no where we've been to in Barnes that was quite as crowded.  The Sun Inn is big, it's busy and it's got lots of seating inside and out, even patio heaters.  Other than those few facts, I found it to be pretty characterless and nondescript.
Being such a large place it does have a somewhat impersonal feeling, mainly from the staff who'd rather ignore you than tell you one side of the bar is now closed.
My guess is people come for the food - the chips were especially good and prices quite reasonable.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
WiFi
Outside seating
Carpark
JD & Coke, Lemon & Lime Water, Pint of coke:

£8.10
Alex - 6.1
Andrew - ?
Dave - ?
Oliver - ?