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The Eel Pie, Twickenham

Last time I went to the Eel Pie I noticed their cocktail menu so I thought I would have a Long Island Iced Tea. The girl behind the bar clearly hadn`t a clue how to make it. She seemed to be consulting with something on their computer screen and I saw her tip her first attempt down the sink. Eventually, after a wait of about 12 minutes, this watery, insipid creation was put before me for which I was charged £6.50. Never again. If you are going to show off with a nice cocktail menu, then at least teach the staff how to make them (as in the USA). Otherwide, don`t bother - just stick to pints.

13 Aug 2015 13:51

The Pillars of Hercules, Soho

After going for an afternoon stroll around Soho we thought we`d end the afternoon with a drink in one of the typical little Soho pubs. I wanted to sit by the window to watch the world go by. The front door was latched open (on one of the coldest days of the year so far). We thought we`d give it a go and see how warm/cold it was. It was cold. I asked the girl behind the bar if they could possibly close the door. That request was met by a definitive "No". No apology, no explanation, just like it or lump it basically. I later heard the same girl having a barney with one of the other staff in front of the customers. Not very professional. Hardly a warm welcome from a frosty pub and frosty staff. On principle, I wouldn`t go there again.

1 Feb 2012 18:52

The White Swan, Twickenham

Oh dear. What have the new owners done to this pub? The only thing going for it now is it`s location. Last night I was served a short measure of warm red wine by a cold Russian who didn`t know how to crack a smile.
I have been twice since it changed hands, and BOTH TIMES they gave me a smaller measure of wine. First time, the guy charged me for a 250ml glass and gave me 175ml. Last night I paid for a 175ml glass and received a 125ml (they said it was a rogue glass)! Most of the customers who were taking up the tables were either staff or the staff`s mates which gave the place a cliquey feel. And the prices! A large glass of Rioja was 6.75.
They`ve tried to make the place trendy by placing a metal cage by the bar full of wines which looks like it should be down in the cellar. Oh, and I forgot - when I asked for cabernet sauvignon I was shown a bottle of sauvignon blanc. The staff haven`t got a clue. I won`t be going there again.

13 Oct 2010 14:55

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