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I used to be a regular here in the 1980s, the best pub in Richmond then. Doesn't quite have the same atmosphere these days, but still a good place. One of the very attractive barmaids in the 80s was Suzy Lamplugh who was murdered when she was working as an estate agent
davidchar - 15 Jan 2015 05:40
I discovered this pub by chance a couple of years ago and was pleased to note that it was a Fullers house, as I'm partial to ESB , and I must say the beer is well kept. Unfortunately that's where my admiration ends, because the clientele are some of the most foul-mouthed old tossers I have ever encountered. It seems that the pub is the repository of the kind of English grotesquerie that one imagines died out in the 18th century. It's possible to sit outside in the narrow lane off of the high road but the plonkers, who make your average Wetherspoons plonker look like the Marquess of Salisbury, are not content to remain inside and are likely to be encountered in the small seating area outside.
Do not go there unless desperate for a pint of ESB..
Padderborn - 22 Oct 2014 22:37
A former favourite that recently seems to have undergone unnecessary meddling with furniture and lighting making it quite unpleasant to sit in. Shame.
roger_c - 13 Dec 2013 23:34
I did pop in to the Angel & Crown once, to check the football scores. An interesting little pub. Folks do well to find it, tucked away off the main high street down an alleyway to the church. Apart from the frontage, this pub has no windows.
TeeJay - 11 Jul 2013 11:01
There are so many mixed reviews about this place i thought i would take the train from nearby Twickenham and check the place out for myself. Well i cant say anything bad about this place. I certainly found the toilets to be immaculate (maybe Chimay has a nose problem). The beer was fresh and very drinkable, the staff were second to none and the place was very busy. I found some great locals who were more than happy to tell me about the pub and its history. The staff have all changed in the last 3 months and the general census of opinion was that it had to happen.............for reasons i was told in confidence which i must respect. This is one of Fullers better pubs if not the best i have had the pleasure in going to and believe me i have been to many of them. I think to summarize i would recommend the Angel & Crown to anyone into sport, good pub food and a great atmosphere.
Keepwalking - 4 Jan 2013 14:33
this pub used to be great, lots of friendly locals, lovely manageress but now it's dreadful. Nearly always empty except a few people who have been barred from all the other pubs in Richmond. Maybe silkcut1 could sense the difference from 50 meters away because of the smell of the toilets! And isn't the new manager, Steve, the dodgy butcher? I have been drinking here for years but no more which is a shame because the food is still excellent.
chimay - 9 Nov 2012 19:38
This is the first time i have been to this place since Steve left in 2006. I heard a rumour he was back so i thought i would go and see if there was any truth in it. Well even before i arrived( i was 50 metres away ) i could already feel something was different !
I walked in and there he was..........Steve was known as one of the best Landlords and yes he is back. The place has not changed much but the atmosphere and his presence are so obvious.
What a pleasure to have a good Landlord back in Richmond. This will become my local from now on. Recently it was impossible to get a drink at the official opening time due to the slack management and staff.

silkcut1 - 9 Oct 2012 14:49
Pleasantly unspoilt place in a side alley; good interior with cosy nooks and crannies. Best avoided on rugby match days (like all of Richmond), I guess. Excellent secondhand bookshop a few doors away.
mozzzzzz - 12 Oct 2011 18:22
i love this pub its what richmond is all about fullers,friendly,sport,liberalism,located brilliantly an alley which divides an ancient church from 60,s style high street frequented by survivors from the 60,s and 70,s great place.
easystep73 - 9 Mar 2011 22:53
Thursday was my first visit to the pub. I didn't previously know it existed. As commented earlier, this pub can get very busy despite its quiet alley location. The bar area was crowded and all seats were taken, meaning groups were congregating vertically in nearly all areas of the pub. Being a Fullers pub, only Pride & ESB were available. A nice enough interior.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Dec 2010 14:22
Good service, nice snug seating areas at the back, and really not that expensive for Richmond, so well worth a visit even if it is a tad on the small side.

Not always easy to get to the bar with the big army of bar stools to wrestle with, but that's a minor detail.
followedthrough - 29 Aug 2010 14:50
One of the best pubs in Richmond, great town centre location just off the main high street. Not bad for watching the Footy or Rugger, friendly atmosphere but can get very busy.
Stoned_Moses - 27 Mar 2010 00:31
Scores well on its town centre location and even better on the range of beers, for example it has Honey Dew on all year. Plenty of large leather seats to get lost in too.
Matthew_of_Ham - 2 Sep 2009 17:06
Good pub for ducking out of the main shopping drag and having a beer. I always feel given the alleyway location that I'm sneaking in unseen and there's a bit of a 'forbidden pleasure' element to it. Can get a bit awkward when there is a big football match on as I think the layout is a bit cluttered and isn't ideal for a lot of people watching sports, as long as it doesn't get too busy it's perfectly comfortable though. Also the ESB I had was great.
nrj746 - 17 Mar 2009 10:10
oftenscore - Porter was on as a seasonal beer. The guest beer is normally a weaker one than Pride, just so happens that at that time the guest has a hard and heavy Porter. Sorry about the hot glass though, doesn't normally happen!
dizzy_rascal - 5 Mar 2009 16:30
Unusual choice of Fullers real ales - London Pride, Porter and ESB, so no weaker beers? Mine was served in a hot glass.
oftenscore6 - 16 Nov 2008 22:47
Have to agree with all said below by Joe and Matthew, taken over for me from the Racing Page a best drinking pub in Richmond. A good place to drink, watch sport and enjoy. If I am not looking for all the three above I can go elsewhere (which I do) but overall a good fun pub.
CharlesS - 5 Aug 2008 10:07
This is now probably the best drinking pub in Richmond now that the Racing Page has become the Duke. The staff are great, a good selection of beers and 99% of the time they have been served really well. I did have one pint that tasted a bit off once but the staff were happy to exchange it for something else so no complaints.
The place can become a bit crowded at times but that is only testament to how good the pub is. Ok if there is a big sporting event on it will be packed out and you will have problems getting to the bar so if your not interested in that game I wouldn't go. If you are interested in that game the atmosphere in the place more than makes up for it.
The down side I guess is the food. I had the roast in there once and it wasn't very good. However if you want to eat in Richmond there are more than enough options out there for you and the area really could use some places more focused towards the drinker rather than the diner and this website is beerintheevening not foodintheevening. So in all a really good pub try it you will like it.
theoneandonlyjoe - 10 Apr 2008 12:26
One of my regular Richmond haunts due to it's good range of beers (e.g. Honey Dew!), exotic vodkas, mixed clientèle, comfy seating and town centre location. The many TV screens means that it can be extremely busy when big games are on but I was able to watch the cricket last night in relative peace and comfort.
Matthew_of_Ham - 26 Mar 2008 11:32
wow ive been serching for fullers honeydew for 3 years now .i poped in to the angel and the crown and what did i find ? yes honeydew but they where all out and i had to wait a whole week but its was the best pint ive ever had in my life if your reading this please go and have a pint of honeydew its the best beer /ale youll ever find .
1honeydew - 23 Feb 2008 10:34
Popped in the other evening and paid £7.40 for a pint of Pride & a white wine and then could not hear myself think for the noise coming from 3 TV screens....never again which is a pity for me as I love Pride and the place could be such a great pub without the TVs..not sure if the price was right but didnt want to cause a fuss
Earlhamcourt - 6 Dec 2007 11:00
Used to work in tesco next door to this when i was 18ish! always went there and pub was lovely could not see a fault in there i believe the landlord at the time was Morris and Sophie was the chef uurrgg!!! Went in there for the first time in years the other day and must say its still a nice place to go.
worth checking it out if your in the area. 7/10
thefruitbat - 18 Jun 2007 18:22
Not the best pub in Richmond by a long way - good for watching live football on the big screen - but has very little if anything else to commend it at all
JohnBonser - 19 Apr 2007 10:32
Good beer .. friendly staff and the best pub to watch football in Richmond !


markinuk - 6 Feb 2007 15:17
Very impressed.........great staff.
roamer - 19 Dec 2006 09:11
Well i just had to post a comment.Last night was the best ever maybe because Steve and Kirsti are off to Oz...they will be missed big time!!
Over the last 18 months this place has seen many changes and only for the better and thats down to the landlord who has to be the most professional in the business and ok the most tolerant.On a serious note everyone will miss them both and if you ever read this we all look forward to seeing you in July.
Now lets rock at the Angel.
roamer - 19 Dec 2006 08:52
Cant seem to fault this place but i think its more to do with the crowd,all the locals are so nice.Never a hint of trouble here and ive been coming for just over a year.Great for sports and i here through the grapevine they are having HD installed.Also good staff especially Michael who goes the extra mile.
anonymous - 15 Nov 2006 07:43
Last night was the best ive had in ages...........thanks to the landlord.This place gets better every week!
roamer - 12 Nov 2006 11:38
had a brilliant night in the angel and crown last weekend. service was great and friendly. our crowd really appreciated steve and kirsty doing extra food for us after the kitchen had closed. thanks for letting us continue with the hat party. sorry that new zealand won but the regulars were great about it. say thanks to chris the strawberry blond lad for keeping us amused. great party atmosphere. thanks again.
chriscullen - 9 Nov 2006 18:14
Agree. Its getting a bit scuzzy. Had some food in here the other day which was bog standard pre-frozen pub grub. Beer was OK. Bar staff were abrupt to the point of rudeness. There are better places to go.
misterwoppit - 22 Sep 2006 16:47
Has a rather "edgy" feel to it nowadays. Seems to be going downhill fast. If you're a visitor to Richmond and reading this, take my advice and give this one a miss - you don't have far to look to find infinitely better pubs thankfully.
JohnBonser - 7 Aug 2006 11:18
this is a dirty, dingy pub and Fuller's should either sell it, close it or refurbish it. the seats (what there were of them) were covered in stains of all sorts and the other seats were so uncomfortable your legs went dead and the whole pub was dirty and smoked filled, the beer (pride)was drinkable at £2.70 a pint. i shall be passing these comments to FULLER'S and will not be visiting this establishment AGAIN
anonymous - 22 Jun 2006 12:43
Seems to have gone downhill since my last report in March 2005 - I visited early Sat evening ( 13 May ) and there was quite an aggressive intimidating atmosphere. A couple of people at the bar - one wearing a West Ham shirt, the other presumably a Liverpool supporter - were squaring up to each other and it looked like it might all kick off at any minute. Elsewhere a couple of glasses fell and smashed on the floor - was this drunks or just clumsy drinkers ?). There were several other groups of undesirables and I wisely avoided eye contact.

Yes, I know it was Saturday evening and you expect the Budweiser Boneheads and Psychos to be out in force, but why does this pub appear to get more than its fair share ?

Other local pubs - notably The Old Ship, Sun Inn, Shaftesbury Arms all of which I visited later that evening - appeared to have a more civilised clientele and a much better atmosphere, so you might want to visit these instead if you're not looking for a scrap.

It's all a shame - The Angel and Crown used to be one of the best pubs in Richmond in the 70's
JohnBonser - 15 May 2006 13:11
Cosy little pub. Full of weirdos in green and black "Guinness" hats and fake ginger beards when I went in (it was St. Patrick's Day). Yes you. You know who you are. You really do look like idiots.

Good ales (all the usual Fuller's suspects), but very smokey and quite dark. Which is good.
burnsy - 24 Mar 2006 15:02
Cosy little pub, well served Fullers beer. Love the back snug with the fireplace and sofas.
snowdog2112 - 5 Feb 2006 14:28
Excellent little pub off the beaten track , bit pricey but has to be the best place to watch sport in Richmond .
squatter - 24 Oct 2005 11:06
Been meaning to visit for ages and eventually did on Saturday. Have added it to my growing list of fave pubs in Richmond, tucked away so not massively busy although filled up a bit later on. It has leather sofas which are always a bonus and those high tables that I'm rather fond of. Service was fast and the clientele friendly. Nice place, impressed.
Cleversaz - 25 Jul 2005 13:13
Perhaps surprisingly, beer was in good nick on my visit yesterday, but the "background" music was way too loud.
I agree with the previous comment about the seating - makes it feel a bit like a circuit pub, specifically encouraging large groups, which would be a shame as it deserves better.
JohnBonser - 7 Mar 2005 13:08
Used to like this pub, but went in recently and it was full of leary blokes and smoke.

May have been a one-off, but has put me off for a while.
TheGP - 6 Dec 2004 15:18
Well kept beer, top grub and a nice pub. The seating can be a little annoying at times, with quite a few large tables when more smaller seating areas would be nice. Well worth a look.
Mr Tall - 8 Nov 2004 00:19
Nice little pub. Great for the footy although £3 for a Guinness is a bit steep. Get there early to bag one of the leather sofas in the back room with its own plasma screen TV.
Thumbs - 27 Oct 2004 15:21
Great pub for watching the football.
I am a QPR fan and find it hard to find pubs showing us when on Sky. Bingo! Landlord Keiths wife is a lifelong QPR fan so they were very accomodating. Comfy pub, ample plasma screen. Shame about the result. Will be returning for future games.
Paul A - 7 Oct 2004 10:05
Nice little backstreet pub that does decent food.
TheGP - 4 Oct 2004 16:29
Great atmosphere and good tunes. Fast bar/food service and friendly staff... its a great place for sport as well. Definitely worth a visit - ask for a Cosmoplolitan from Keith!
Lucy - 3 Sep 2004 18:02
I spent an awesome night here. Wasn't too clever after having the Thai chilli and Blue bubblegum flavoured vodkas in quick succession. Don't do that. Do this pub though it's great!
yourhardkorehero - 21 Jul 2004 16:33
Great pub, friendly, good looking, intelligent, funny staff, apart from the manager. Dog's alright though, as is the Guinness. Summer you get some hot chicks as well, but generally just good looking lads on a Saturday afternoon for the football..... kinda muscley
jimmy - 3 Mar 2004 16:36
Its alright. The landlord has one of those ugly and scary bull terriers which is called Angel despite the fact its a boy. At least three medium sized plasma screens, and some very nice leather sofas in the back room.
nick - 16 Feb 2004 20:54
This pubs has much improved of late. When sport isn't on the TV's are turned off and decent music is played instead. Lights are dark, decor subtle.
Good for: hair of the dog drinking
James - 26 Nov 2003 13:52
Great food, friendly staff and good beer. Busy on Thursday-Saturday so get there early if you want the comfy sofas.
Richard - 17 Nov 2003 12:52
Great pub, friendly local atmostphere despite being in the heart of tourist Richmond. Great for watching sports as they've installed a bunch of plasma screens as well as the big screen, and in the far corner, if you're early enough, you can park yourself in a ready made living room with it's own screen and leather couches - all 5 feet from the bar.
Dave - 6 Nov 2003 21:55
Great stuff, good pub with a good atmosphere - the menu has been recently updated and is very impresive!
stuart - 16 Oct 2003 21:53
Normally pretty good for watching the footie
anonymous - 26 Sep 2002 08:16
flavoured vodka shots - refresher bars, jelly beans, bubblegum, various fruits, mars etc etc. you name it, they'll probably have it. A rather delightful pub with delicious nacho snacks. Good for a social pint with a few mates.
Cathi and Taz - ickle_bunny@hotmail.com - 17 Sep 2002 13:09

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