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Feathers Public House and Kitchen, Rickmansworth

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3.90 for a pint of cask ale now. It's a nice place and I'll keep going back because it's convenient for work, but that is a stiff price by even Central London standards.
davvac - 21 Sep 2012 17:29
How do prices compare between the two co-owned pubs as you've reviewed them both LFHF?

I like The Feathers, I really do. But they charge ever such a lot for their beer.


davvac - 1 May 2012 14:19
Well, what a difference this is to a few years ago!

This pub is exceptional. All of the reviews here seem to concentrate on the price, but if that's too much for you then there are plenty of other nice pubs around too.

You pay a hefty price, but I doubt theres another pub anywhere within the county that offers such good service. We came in for lunch and hadnt booked. Upon hearing that it was my sister's birthday, one of the staff ran down to the nearby cake shop and bought a birthday cake. Whether this seems standard service to them or not, the staff couldn't have treated us any better. I'd much rather pay for good quality than get cheap rubbish.

The four of us shared a mussels starter for four; a huge bowl of mussels in a ceramic pot drizzled with white wine sauce, and then the waiter Chris informed us that the fish is sustainable and locally sourced; another great reason to dine here! For mains, I had a pork belly over a bed of rosemary mashed potato - a lovely twist on a pub classic, and my sister ate the inked seafood linguini.

We shall definitely be returning to The Feathers!
livefreehavefun - 26 Apr 2012 17:49
Ok this is starting to get a bit daft. 3.90 for a pint of ale. Far too much. You don't pay those prices in the West End. Might drive to The Sportsman in Croxley rather than walk 50 yards from the office!
davvac - 19 Sep 2011 22:41
Good beer festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, showing the The Feathers isn't just all about the food. Great selection including beers by Thornbridge, Oakham, Red Squirrel and a few other leading lights of the renaissance in brewing. Particular favorite was Summer Wine Brewery's Diablo. Keep it up guys.
davvac - 29 Aug 2011 13:37
Lovely pub, bit expensive (I think it was 3.60 for my pint) but still worth a visit. Decked out nicely and the staff were very helpful. I only tried one beer but it was Castle Rock Harvest Pale which is a fantastic brew, if they are getting beers like that in then they are a good pub as far I am concerned.
dyyony - 8 Aug 2011 21:32
Well, we went back. Oh dear. Service was very slow, even though there were not as many customers as on my last visit. We waited for so long, I thought that I might have to pop home for another shave. The food, when it eventually arrived, was well presented, but only just warm. The beer was still in good nick, though. I will give it 3/10 this time, so as to average my rating at 5.
If this had been my first visit, I would not contemplate a second.
Phantom_Pigeon - 8 Aug 2011 10:17
When I went in, I thought that the place was a little on the pretentious side.
However, the staff are very pleasant, efficient and helpful. They even laugh when the oversize menu gets too close to the lit candle on the table, and catches fire.
The food is overpriced for what it is, but, it is rather good.
As to the beer, I had the Castle Rock, Harvest Pale. An excellent brew, well kept and served just right. Mind you, at 3.60 a pint, it should be.
Is a return visit warranted? Oh, yes.

Phantom_Pigeon - 19 Jul 2011 12:59
3.70 a pint now, but they are doing good things with the selection and choices of beer that they serve.
davvac - 4 Feb 2011 14:18
3.60 for a pint of (admittedly very good) real ale is extraordinarily pricy for a provincial town pub. However this seems to be a strategy to discourage a certain element of drinking society; Bodega in Watford run by the same folks has a similar policy.

There you go, I suppose you pays your money and you takes your choice.
davvac - 3 Oct 2010 17:52
The drinks are way too expensive, but the decor, staff, food, beer and environment are all perfectly pleasant, price you pay I suppose.
matthewmarklukenojohn - 21 May 2010 13:36
Excellent beer on most recent visit.

Risotto heavily overcooked, but tasty.

Nevertheless, as this is BEER in the evening - excellent beer!
davvac - 30 Mar 2010 19:07
What a change to this pub, the food was excellent, staff very friendly and 4 real ales all well kept. It does get a bit crowded on a Fiday night but the atmosphere is good and the place is welcoming.
Randyray - 9 Sep 2009 16:36
... oh and by the way, it is a liiittle bit poncy!
davvac - 4 Sep 2009 14:55
Having now had the chance to have the odd beer in The Feathers, I tend to agree with the general view that it is a very pleasant place to drink. Pretty good selection of real ales (4 on the bar, in good nick on all of my visits). Good staff and table service if you' like.

I understand the people who now run it are the folks from Bodega in Watford, which has a good reputation as a watering hole for the more discerning drinker.

The inside of the pub is now primarily set out for food. I think the tables are all permanently set ready to eat, which doesn't encourage you to sit inside. The "gastropub" style makeover is a well worn path, but is done as well as the best of them here. That said the outside seating area is (as others have mentioned) extremely and imaginatively well done, which is a great addition.

Overall, a totally different prospect from the "Old" Feathers, but nonetheless very good indeed.

A live and kicking 8


davvac - 4 Sep 2009 14:52
Can't comment on the impact of the refurbishment as I have never been in before, but the place has a well-managed feel which offers a smart modern(ish) look which doesn't detract from the historic aspects of the building. Four real ales on, including a very respectable pint of Youngs Special.
rpadam - 23 Jul 2009 22:52
What a pleasure, a pub with friendly staff, good beers and great foord. We will be visiting again soon.
pdiddy - 23 Jul 2009 20:45
Visited this pub last week with some friends and we had a fab time! The pub now looks amazing, the service was excellent, atmosphere really buzzing and the food was awesome. We've already made plans to go back next week - including a visit to the new garden area as the rain kept us out on our last visit!
Taffodil - 31 May 2009 09:23
Visited the pub recently, after the previously mentioned refurb (after a long time out of Rickmansworth) and found a true gem.
Far from being a 'poncy' makeover the pub has been restored to it former glory with a very sympathetic job. The garden is now somewhere you'd feel comfortable spending a summers evening (as opposed to a car park), there was a great selection of cask ale, and the service was impeccable.
There is food served, which was excellent & reasonably priced, but is by no means a restaurant.
This is a fantastic addition to any town, especially compared to some of the boozers in Rickmansworth, and well worth a visit.
ManorPark - 19 May 2009 17:17
My regular drinking hole from work. Pat always kept a good pint and indulged my beer geekery with good humour. I fear a poncy makeover...

Posthumously rated 8
davvac - 27 Apr 2009 20:27
Went past the pub this morning, and there were small flyers in the window saying it was reopening soon. The bar area had been cleared and the flyers had the "f" like the F Word nonsense on the tv. I do hope it isn't turned into some awful restaurant, they don't need any more. Please! a decent pub with decent cask ale in a good atmosphere and decent prices. is it too much to ask. We have already lost the Clarendon at Chandlers Cross to upmarket eating
Bonzos_beard - 10 Apr 2009 22:28
Excellent pub, with good real ale at pretty much all times. Landlord has been there for a while and looks after his beer properly. Just off the main street so a bit out of the way, but seek the pub out, I don't think you will regret it.
Bonzos_beard - 25 Nov 2007 20:04
Food has improved a lot in the last year, definitely worth visiting for food as well as well as ale. Friendly.
egdug - 4 Jul 2007 12:26
Enjoyed eating & drinking here, but got a weird vibe... probably because I'm not a local.
The other thing I noticed, was that it was a decent size with lots of space, which could have been filled with more tables/chairs to give a better atmosphere.

Cracking service and excellent food.
Shards - 22 Jun 2007 10:48
best real ale... probably cleanest pipes coz decent lager. have seen guvnor decline a sale coz new barrel not settled and ready for sale yet. thats someone wbho cares about what his punters drink
phil - 20 Nov 2006 22:10

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