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The best of 3 pubs I tried in Hampton on Saturday evening and the best of 10 altogether in West London. This is a busy community pub with a separate restaurant at the back, which was equally popular. Ales were Hopback Summer Lightning, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Triple fff Winter Oatmeal Stout & Hardy & Hansons Rocking Rudolph. The Stout was very enjoyable. Another pub with live football being shown. Well worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Jan 2016 23:04
A nice pub with a good welcome and a very pleasant and secluded garden out the back. Beer was a choice including Summer Lightning. Seems to be quite big on food especially burgers.
rainlight - 18 Jul 2015 15:28
It’s a Saturday lunch time and I finally get to tick the Jolly Coopers while making my 3rd visit to Hampton and Richmond Borough FC.

The Coopers is a mainstay in the Camra GBG and after only being here half an hour I can see why. The choices from the 5 pumps are Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Courage Best, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Shepherd & Neame Amber Ale and my choice which was Ascot Ales Alley Cat Ale @ 3.8%. The Alley cat is on special at a reduced price and is going down a treat.

A tapas food menu on offer that was served in the bar and in the restaurant out the back.

Half full on my arrival but by 2pm the pub had filled up nicely and was a buzz of chatter.

A thoroughly decent pub and well worth the visit, one I will return to on my next visit to Hampton and Richmond Borough FC.
lezford - 9 Feb 2015 11:10
Superb as ever. Brilliant landlord in a lovely traditional setting. Best in the area by miles and miles.
nickthefish - 9 Dec 2013 20:49
This place was recommended to me by some friends who swear by the place. I went with high expectations and let me say now, I was not disappointed. We were told the tapas here was good but that was an understatement. The selection was fantastic and the quality as good as you will find anywhere. The choice of beer was superb and well cared for. We opted for a seat in the restaurant and were well looked after by all the staff. The llovely local pub feel up front accompanied by the up-market feel of the restaurant is a winning combination. Will definitely be back next time we are in the area. A must if you're nearby!
Pubmadmax - 20 Sep 2012 16:16
I used to use this pub a few years back and always found it pleasant with a landlord who took a keen interest in good beer and good service. I returned this week and had a pretty poor experience. Asked for menus to be told curtly "you can expect a very long wait for food". Strange given the pub only had a handful of customers. We decided to just have a drink - average pint of Courage Best and a glass of white wine that was not cold enough. The worst thing though was that there was an infestation of flies and mosquitos - I was bitten several times. No sign of previous landlord - perhaps he has moved on. Shame. Won't be going back.
joxer - 8 Sep 2012 15:50
Had my traditional New Year's Day pint , Sleight Bell this year, after a swim at the local Lido,. Beer is always good and the Landlord is always willing to update on the progress of Hampton & Richmond FC.
Mortimerb - 4 Jan 2012 21:13
Wonderful food. The tapas menu is to die for...................
highstreetdrinker - 20 Nov 2011 13:17
Old and interesting with lots of character. Very much a locals pub and tends to be busy. Has a small restaurant at the back which serves excellent food. Good selection of well kept beers but they are on the pricey side. The new rather tacky pub sign is out of character with the frontage.
Ed_Blackadder - 5 Aug 2011 12:02
The number one priority, decent beer, well served, is definitely met here. As good a pint of Summer Lighting as you're likely to come across. But the place is very much a locals' gaff and not overly comfortable because of the limited space and poor table arrangement. I saw two unused shove ha'penny tables stood on the floor, leaning against a wall. What a crininal waste - I loved that game and I haven't seen it in a pub in SW London for many years now.
Dave_the_Bee - 21 Jul 2011 01:27
Only ever been in here once so not a local...still think it is a good pub though.
beershot - 27 Jan 2011 18:28
Overpriced and overated.The stools creaked along with the necks turning as you enter.Must be in a different pub to the other commenters....or should i say locals..?
zaberdack - 2 Jan 2011 03:17
Visited this pub on the 28 December when the Hampton and Richmond FC football fixture was called off.

A quality pub with good selection of ale and lager on all kept in top condition, interesting memorabilia and old beer glasses on the walls.

Very pleasant landlord serving behind the bar and welcoming customers with a wide range of topics to talk about.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
beershot - 29 Dec 2010 13:30
This is a true welcoming locals local where newbies will always be made to feel welcome as they walk through the door. Nick (landlord) has for a while now ventured to 4 or 5 real ales on at one time, some on special offer, and always changing and in good condition. Of course the chef behind the scenes here has to get a mention: the seafood paella is to die for, and the other menu items never disappoint. This traditional fronted pub is one of the area's little gems.
mim - 2 Dec 2010 19:53
I moved to Hampton upon the recommendation of friends that there were excellent watering holes to be found. Without this pub, the Landlord, the Lady of the House, their son, the chef and the dogs; Hampton would be a sad place indeed. This is a real village pub in a real village.
Good selection of beers and wine, fine dining in the evenings and Great lunches, from sandwiches up to delicious home cooked pies etc. with excellent fish and tapas too...
A pub should be like an old friend, somewhere were locals are especially welcome and newbies can pop in and become regulars themselves. Try it and you to, could be part of local lore.
beers4keith - 9 Nov 2010 00:44
A pub of many faces.I have been using the Coopers for a while now and have seen all the different sides of this intriguiging watering hole. The good food has been mentioned before on here and its a surprise food like this comes from such a traditional looking pub. The tapas is great and looks amazing . It looks like the same guy does the sunday lunches too and i've seen some amazing bar snacks turn up for the punters to help themselves. There is a lot of pub memorabilia, jugs, glasses and coopering tools on the walls not to every ones taste but it feels comfy. Great chats with punters and staff though the jokes can be groan worthy. good for beer and wine in a traditional old pub
Prolekult - 27 Oct 2010 23:52
Choose this pub solely on the recomendations from Beer in the Evening and I was not disappointed. The bar staff were friendly and there was a nice selection of real ales. The atmosphere was plesent and the decor is amazing. I have never seen that many water jugs, even at a beer fesitval. A real find and if in the area next season, I will be paying this pub a visit.
LennyBanter - 17 Oct 2010 17:16
When you step into Jolly Coopers you feel like you have come home. The bar staff are friendly and always up for a chat,especially Steve who has a wicked dry sense of humour.The beer is excellent and they offer a great menu on Sundays which you can sit and eat in either the restaurant,garden or the pub and watch live sport on the big screen.Overall this is a great pub which has a mixture of all ages,young and old and a real jewel of a find in Hampton.
mickoore - 20 Sep 2010 16:17
The Jolly Coopers is a warm and friendly little pub with lovely food served in the contempory dining room at the rear of the premises.
The pub is run by Nick & Jane who are a lovely couple and they always make you feel welcome.
If you're looking for a traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere along with excellent food at a very competative price then this is the pub for you.
paulapint - 19 Sep 2010 16:24
Time the old boy behind the bar was retired. He refused to serve a perfectly respectable group of young people before 11pm on a Saturday. Didnt think pubs were able to turn away money and this was a quick 30 quid!
rapunzel1 - 22 Mar 2010 15:09
I like this pub!
Has some local regulars and you'll get a few looks when you first walk in but eveyone minds their own business and you get no hassle here. Always made to feel welcome by the landlord and the beer is well kept. Nice place to go of a weekday evening for a few quiet ones! Has a great character about it that you can't find in other pubs in Hampton. Recommend it!
woohoo78 - 16 Mar 2010 21:51
A definite old mans pub, very small but quite frendly. No major complaints!
James2121 - 7 Mar 2010 23:40
Small pub but has five real ales on. A shame everyone has to crowd round the bar as this makes it harder to get in when there is still space further back, but still.
rainlight - 20 Feb 2010 15:32
This place is terrible. Tiny and unfriendly. There is a rumour it serves food but we couldnt get any on a Sunday afternoon Its like your mad granny's dirty sitting room. The only place worse than this is the World's end.
fulltummy - 11 Dec 2009 14:44
When I was in they had four ales on – Courage Best; Bombardier; Brakspear’s Bitter; and Summer Lightning. Only had time for the one pint so went for the Summer Lightning, which has been one of my favourites since I worked in Andover in the early 90s.

This pub is a fair bit larger than its narrow frontage suggests, and is very much (as Matty says below) a pub of two halves. As you enter the pub you are in the main bar area, with seating consisting of fairly narrow settles with tables that are perhaps a little too low. There is a one-armed bandit, and a large TV, both switched off. There’s also a bar billiards table, a mini library (i.e. some bookshelves), and plenty of bric-a-brac consisting mainly of jars, jugs and bottles. But the pub has clearly been extended at the back and to the left, with a smart(ish), light area set for diners. So at the front you have the dimly lit traditional pub, and at the back a very different beast of a minimalist restaurant. But the food looked reasonably priced to me, and the restaurant was doing a fairly brisk trade in takeaway orders – and not surprising with baguettes coming in at £2 - £3 a throw. I rather liked this pub and would definitely like to pay a return visit.
RexRattus - 29 Oct 2009 17:11
The Coopers is a pub of two halves - in the front, there is a traditional looking bar, serving excellently kept real ales (though slightly dear), with people who are clearly regulars sat at the bar and the narrow room surrounding it. The clientele and bar staff/land-people are friendly and helpful.

In the back is a light, airy restaurant (and the door to the garden, which is nice but not hugely special), serving Spanish inspired dishes. The prices are a bit on the steep side (around £10 - £15 for main courses), but the food was delicious. I and my auntie (who was visiting from the States) had the mixed fish platter, which was superb, and came with tons of fresh vegetables and roast potatoes. My husband had the seafood paella, which I had a taste of, and was equally yummy.

There is a telly in the bar, which for me is a bit of a downside, but you take the bad with the good - they also have a bookshelf of paperbacks, that you can read at your leisure.

All in all, a good (if dear) local - though the bar area is small.
mattygroves - 20 Sep 2009 18:40
Dave27...its not really a "me and me mates" type of pub. Stay urban...MATE!
rapunzel1 - 16 Sep 2009 11:54
The last review, capitals are like shouting, has prompted me to upgrade this excellent pub. I should hasten to add that I am not a local and only visit periodically. The quality of the beer is always excellent and obviously not in question. I had the Brakspears on Tuesday and it was up to the usual high standard.

The long standing landlord and his wife are real old fashioned type custodians. One of them is nearly always in attendance which is rare these days. They are both friendly and chatty but still maintain an air of authority which is sadly lacking in most modern Manager run pubs.

Please do not be put off by the last review. There's no such thing as the perfect pub but this comes close to it. Chiswick does have some really good pubs so discerning dave27 and his mates will not need to venture far in future.
lyeemoon - 10 Sep 2009 09:33
MYSELF AND MATES GAVE THIS PUB A TRY AFTER ALL THE GOOD REVIEWS, BUT NOT VERY HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE JUST GOOD BEER, THE LANDLORDS ARE NOT NICE PEOPLE AND AFTER WE LET THEM KNOW SOMEONE WAS SMOKING IN THE GENTS THE BAR MEMBER LOOKED AT US LIKE WE HAD A PROBLEM AND DID NOT SEEM TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, WE ARE FROM CHISWICK AND THINK WE WILL STAY IN THE PUBS IN CHISWICK. ONCE AGAIN THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS THE BEER BUT YOU CAN GET GOOD BEER IN MOST PUBS.
dave27 - 7 Sep 2009 17:39
Contrary to description this pub has a fine restaurant that does food evenings as well (though not sun eves or Mon chefs well deserved days off) they are running a Summer spanish menu incl tapas. Great friendly atmosphere and open til 12 on Fridays. Sunday roast best for miles around...make sure you have a large appetite though!
rapunzel1 - 2 Aug 2009 15:56
Now that is what I call a damn good Sunday Lunch! Knocks spots off of any of the other Hampton boozers!!
HamptonBoozer123 - 6 Jul 2009 14:56
Following the success of the recent BRAfest - Bottled Real Ale festival - The Jolly Coopers is going to be keeping a range of 50 different British Bottled Real Ales on offer all the time, including milds, bitters, goldens/pales, porters, stouts, wheats, fruits and barley wines. This must be the greatest choice of home-grown bottled real ales in a pub in the UK? Got to be worth a visit. See you there.
pubjockey - 21 May 2009 10:45
Super, local pub which has just had a very decent beer festival. The landlord has been here for nearly 25 years and must be some sort of time traveller becuase he only looks about 35. The regular beers are well kept, there is a talented chef lurking around somewhere and there is always some interesting banter to tune into. Locals are friendly and welcoming One of the best things about living in Hampton, can't recommend it highly enough. Massively male dominated though.
Timyellow - 19 May 2009 12:13
We used to pop into this locals pub for a pint or two before walking along to the Riverside Indian restaurant for a curry. We still do pop in, but since trying the excellent Seafood Paella produced by the Cuban chef, we haven't been along the road for a curry for well over a year now. The Seafood Paella is wonderful, well seasoned, freshly cooked, and packed with mussels, squid, prawns, peppers, chillies and if you're lucky, a linguistine on top. The ales are also usually on good form with varying guest appearances. Must try the restaurant.
mim - 21 Mar 2009 22:19
The best Sunday lunch in the area. £11.95p for 2 amazing courses. restaurant nicely furnished, staff courteous and polite and the food top notch. Dont go in if your not hungry as the portions are big. Well done to all the staff, our party of 5 at 2.30pm 25/01/09 had a lovely time
highstreetdrinker - 26 Jan 2009 14:57
I’ve been before, & somehow always expect a slightly more adventurous selection of beers here, ystdy offered Brakspear, courage, Bombardier, Summer Lightning (£3.10). I like the pub tho, central horseshoe bar faces entrance, old photos on walls of river & locale, pictures (with thanks) of guidedogs which the pub evidently sponsored, splendid action shot from the ’70 cup final (Chelsea2 Leeds2), bar billiard table to the left and, beyond, a restaurant area to the rear which, if memory serves from prev visit, offers a decent menu. Not sure about prev comment on food price - I heard someone in Railway Bell mention they had a fresh salmon sarnie here for £2.20? Would be enhanced by offering a rotating micro.
trainman - 14 Nov 2008 10:26
Can't understand the fuss about this pub.The creeking necks of the locals perched on their stools as you enter.My pint was off.Nowhere to go if you don't like football.Very cramped and very pricey.Didn't try the fish restaurant bit . Good job as didn't get much change from a tenner for a sandwitch.Found the landlord a bit smarmy.QUESTION..If this is the only freehouse around for miles how comes he charges the most .?
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james2 - 4 Oct 2008 06:20
A truly great old-fashioned pub with a proper friendly welcome. Cannot recommend highly enough, and the food in the restaurant at the back is great too.
bethm - 1 Oct 2008 23:15
Agree with all this. Only been in a handful of times, but each time I was impressed with the friendliness of the landlord/landlady and regulars. Beer in good condition (though maybe a fraction too warm for my taste - I prefer it cellar cool rather than room temperature), the rare bar billiards and the cute, compact layout and decor make this the best pub in the area for me (since the decline of the Lion in Teddington)
Teddy_Boy - 3 Aug 2008 12:21
Lovely traditional pub. Decent beers, friendly landlord. Just what an English pub should be.
nickthefish - 10 Jun 2008 08:56
Chef was away, but five beers on (albeit that one of them was Courage Best) - we had decent pints of Brakspear and Summer Lightning. Landlord friendly. And, blessed be, a bar billiards table. We'll be back when the chef is.
bloodnok - 5 Apr 2008 18:32
A proper English pub with a barman / landlord (?) who knows how to run a pub. Highly recommended.
maxc - 8 Feb 2008 20:02
This is a rare specimen these days, a proper pub with a proper landlord who appears to always be in attendance and is welcoming, without being false or effusive. The beer is excellent and the atmosphere generally pleasant and relaxing.
lyeemoon - 26 Jan 2008 20:05
A small, local, friendly pub, with old fashioned 3/4 walk around bar. I like it! Its like those tv pubs you'll see on the telly, a textbook bar, never too busy, never boring. If you like traditional pubs, with intelligent discourse over your pint, try it out... You can even get a plastic wrapped sandwich at 9pm, left-over from lunchtime if you're hungry, and if you're lucky! 7/10 TJ
TeeJay - 13 Dec 2007 17:09
The propietor of the Jolly Coopers has a knack of making you feel like a welcome regular here with genuine acknowledgement as you arrive and eventually set off home. The clientelle are friendly local regulars, with a small passing trade for the Indian restaurant a few doors along the road. The guest beers are always changing and the bar food is of good restaurant quality. There is an talented chef somewhere behind the scenes of this pub. I will try the restaurant at the back, Sqiffy's, sometime soon.
mim - 15 Oct 2007 12:35
after 30 yrs in OZ coming Im back for a holiday and by the comments I have read,the Jolly Coopers hasnt lost its touch, even after all this time.So guess it will be my first stop.
fourex - 6 Oct 2007 21:23
CLOSES 15:00-17:00hrs, so will have to postpone comment.
trainman - 24 Mar 2007 09:14
Lived in Hampton for 9 years never ventured into the Jolly Coopers not really sure why, but after nearly dying of boredom in the nearby Bell on xmas eve I made a visit.

What a lovely old pub, really friendly locals, very friendly bar staff, I have actually forgotten what it was like to go into a real pub with how things are these days.

worth a look, and it's within stumbling distance of the Curry House we all know so well...!
marchw - 2 Jan 2007 00:05
A wonderful pub with great ale and stunning food in Squiffy's restaraunt at the rear. Try the roast beef with homemade horseradish sauce and a pint of Pedigree to wash it down. We had many a visit there recently as we were over from New Zealand visiting friends who live but a few doors away.The Summer Lightning and the local Twickeham ale also went down well.Nothing like that over here! Just ice cold fizzy crap and pies!! Hello to Steve the barman. I even bought a Jolly Coopers T Shirt.
cloudburst - 1 Aug 2006 07:56
A proper pub. Good beer selections and nice atmosphere. Wine is a bit pricey though - shame, it's Hampton, not Leicester Square.
pinot - 10 Apr 2006 12:29
Rather bloody good pub.
brionyot - 13 Oct 2005 21:53
A good pub which manages to maintain the atmosphere and furnishings of a traditional alehouse without looking 40 years out of date for a re-fit. Staff are really friendly and the beer's excellent as well. Certainly the best pub in Hampton.
DaveMere - 8 Aug 2005 18:07
Great pub,have been going there for years and wouldnt have it any other way. fun,friendly and a great atmosphere!
anonymous - 5 Aug 2005 15:45
Friendly, welcoming pub which is perfect for a drink in a relaxed atmosphere.
mike2004 - 17 May 2005 10:32
A lovely old fashioned pub. Look out for the nice jugs. Seems "local" but patrons very friendly towards first time visitors. Didn't eat but looked nice.
All in all, a pub as it should be.
TheGP - 15 May 2005 20:35
My favourite pub in the world. It reminds me of what pubs would have been like in the olden days, the bar staff klow what everyone drinks, some of the oldens have their own tankards and the landlord was once the youngest pub landlord in the country. He is older now though.
Timothy - 27 Aug 2004 15:31
A good unpretentious boozer.
Great value, well kept ales and friendly banter atmosphere.
A rare breed.

Nigel
Nigel - 26 Feb 2004 11:24
Friendly atmosphere and good beer. Arestaurant with reasonable rates for gourmet food. TV for football and rugby. Excellent place
Pippa - 9 Jan 2004 11:46
A fantastic pub. A freehouse with many different Beers available. It has been run by the same couple for many years now and has a really friendly atmosphere, there is always lots of good banter from the landlord. The pub also has very good food on lunchtimes and has a wonderful restaurant with fantastic food I would advise anyone to get down there and see what a pub should be like.
Justin - 21 Nov 2003 01:01

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