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Lamb Brewery, Chiswick

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user reviews of The Lamb Brewery, Chiswick

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This pub no longer has it's own brewery which was the only reason to visit
lovesong - 30 Jan 2014 12:22
Average place, decent cask ales, food okay, nothing special.
alexw - 1 Sep 2013 15:37
One of the worst meals I have ever had in Chiswick. We went on a Sunday night and I understand that maybe the Roast dinners would not be the best, but that did not stop the staff on duty trying to sell them. We ordered the lamb and the beef roast. Now normally I am not one to comment but this really has to be noted. The lamb, although asked for rare was tough as old boots and the same with the beef. Now surely if it was late and the roast was not fit for consumption, just say this, but no they insisted it was okay. and it was one of the driest well done roast I have ever tasted! And it gets worst when saying to the complacent if not rude staff, that this was unacceptable, they said sorry but the food they served was a 'Carvery' and by now was past its best. Now I understand paying £5 for a carvery is normal, but when your paying £12.50 you expect more. Now even when the food was sent back and the manager on duty apologized and said we could have any starter as the Kitchen was closed. Think how upset we were when asked to pay at the end of the meal for said starter, when we only chose it from a small bunch of options available as they had failed to provide the appropriate food to the standard that was required. And the staff was rude and unapologetic I would say never ever go to this restaurant if that's what they even try to call it, and will go out if my way as a resident of Chiswick to put off any of my friends and locals ever visiting this establishment again!
northernbard - 18 Mar 2013 04:08
One of the worst meals I have ever had in Chiswick. We went on a Sunday night and I understand that maybe the Roast dinners would not be the best, but that did not stop the staff on duty trying to sell them. We ordered the lamb and the beef roast. Now normally I am not one to comment but this really has to be noted. The lamb, although asked for rare was tough as old boots and the same with the beef. Now surely if it was late and the roast was not fit for consumption, just say this, but no they insisted it was okay. and it was one of the driest well done roast I have ever tasted! And it gets worst when saying to the complacent if not rude staff, that this was unacceptable, they said sorry but the food they served was a 'Carvery' and by now was past its best. Now I understand paying £5 for a carvery is normal, but when your paying £12.50 you expect more. Now even when the food was sent back and the manager on duty apologized and said we could have any starter as the Kitchen was closed. Think how upset we were when asked to pay at the end of the meal for said starter, when we only chose it from a small bunch of options available as they had failed to provide the appropriate food to the standard that was required. And the staff was rude and unapologetic I would say never ever go to this restaurant if that's what they even try to call it, and will go out if my way as a resident of Chiswick to put off any of my friends and locals ever visiting this establishment again!
northernbard - 18 Mar 2013 04:08
Not overly busy for a Saturday afternoon but I'm sure it fills up in the evenings. Good range of local & non-local beer. Only one house brew was on - the Lamb Dark, but it came out ruddy - from looking at the website it was Lamb ale at 4.2%. Not bad but a few more of their brews would be needed to tempt me back - can't believe they were all drunk on Friday night...
Booze_Allen - 7 Mar 2013 21:22
Maybe because we turned up late on a Saturday morning, the service was not at all bad and there were at least four adequate to good beers on. The bar connects the eponymous passage with a sheltered patio and access to Chiswick High Rd. Lots of wood and metal in a modernised interior> House beers (Lamb brewery) mainly in German style, but also some UK beers e.g. from Botanist and Shepherd Neame. So - not apparently as bad as many recent reviews, but nothing real to tempt us back.
Arctium_lappa - 25 Feb 2013 23:15
Went on a Wednesday afternoon, chatted to the manager while he poured my pint, got a discount, fantastic.
Went to the toilet and found no toilet paper, came out to ask for some and no one was around - for 20 minutes.
I left.
nicktrow - 12 Apr 2012 12:06
Huge disappointment and a farce - visited for Sunday roast at 5pm and after telling us that 6 roasts would be no problem, told actually they only had 4, changed our order only to be told 5 mins later they now only had two left. Changed orders again, told it would take 10-15 mins and 40 mins later 2 cold roasts with almost no potatos, 2 overcooked steaks with burnt tomatoes and 2 burgers arrived. Rude staff when we asked for utensils to eat with and some tomato sauce.

This is the third time we've had bad service and food. Needless to say we've fiay learnt our lesson and wont be going back there ever again.
Teamchiswick - 5 Jun 2011 19:11
and the manager knew nothing about it?????????no rating given
theguv1 - 10 Mar 2011 15:06
Ant of tv fame punched in the face twice in an unprovoked attack last night..the assailant managed to flee the scene..

Bad news for the owners.
hogshead - 10 Mar 2011 11:48
Non existent service - not one member of staff behind the bar at half time of a big football match.
Only one of six ale pumps in use
Rude staff
joke of a pub
Left and went to the Pack horse - much better pub
boomer - 7 Mar 2011 16:50
Nice pub, useless staff. Shame
BMK - 7 Feb 2011 10:32
nice pub with food all day, good selection of ales and wines, gets quite lively at the weekends with live bands on most weekends, all in all a good safe pub
spackbad - 8 Jan 2010 12:40
I used to like this pub - it's not my all time favourite Chiswick pub (more of a George IV or Old Packhorse fan) but it always thought it was a decent enough boozer.

Has dipped quite a bit in my estimation though as I contacted them several times to try and arrange a christmas meal without a single response to voicemail, e-mail or messages left through the website.

Ah well.
brodie_bruce - 6 Dec 2009 18:50
I don't understand this pub's low ranking - currently "4.0/10 (rated by 40 users)" - as it seems a perfectly reasonable (if slightly anonymous) sort of place. Two real ales on (with andother handpump with its clip turned round) including a decent pint of T.E.A. from the Hogs Back Brewery. Plenty of tables in the large outdoor seating area fronting the High Street.
rpadam - 16 Sep 2009 21:11
WHAT A GREAT PUB, EXCELLENT SERVICE AND GREAT FOOD.
dave27 - 7 Sep 2009 17:48
Awful staff - No real ale on during the test match. Told noone but the manager was allowed to put a new ale on and he wasnt at work until next day. Nice screen for sport but everything else bad
boomer - 4 Sep 2009 08:19
I agree with the last review, not sure where the low rating came from. It was sunny day when i drank here recently, they had a guy playing some acoustic songs and it was packed outside. Good atmosphere, would certainly drink there again.
swizz - 5 Jun 2008 17:01
I popped into the Barley Mow this lunchtime and had a quick pint of Fosters which came in at 3.10, so it has gone up 20p in two years. As far as I could see it is a free house with the usual lagers on offer along with Doombar. There were two other pumps, but their clips were turned around. The barmaid was a little dozy, but she was extremely friendly with it.

Its a long pub with the bar running along one side of it. There is an entrance at both ends and one of the ends, not sure if it is the front or the back, has some covered seating. This area also has a BBQ and barrels of Pride and Budweiser. Id imagine the extra mini-bar outside is for those hot and busy summer days.

Im not entirely sure why this place has such a low rating. I certainly found it to be no different to the many other pubs along Chiswick high road and I certainly wouldnt mind if I had to return.
Strongers - 30 Apr 2008 16:08
I agree with the point below, used to be a good pub when the pool tables were there, and had a good atmosphere in general. Thats all gone now1 :(
murph289 - 12 Mar 2008 14:16
First and only time to the Barley Mow last Thursday. Service was very good and attentive but that does not make up for such a souless bar. A morgue would have more atmosphere serious.

Also the food was bland, i'd preffer have ate nothing than their tesco value produce, in this day and age there should not be an excuse for tasteless food.

This is the only pub that has prompted me to review it and thats saying something, avoid.
roydavis - 7 Mar 2008 11:23
does it serve beer???
anonymous - 19 Jul 2007 19:14
Nice place now, used to go there when they had pool tables but the place just attracted young chavs...Now its a bit more "upper class", good service and the place was kinda busy, not over crowded, but aint that good???
MystiKaL - 8 May 2007 14:27
Fairly uninspiring place. The only plus is that there's a fair bit of outside seating out the front. Pool tables have gone and it just seems soulless now.

Service was quite quick, but only because it was so empty!
Cropstar - 24 Sep 2006 17:46
Sad to see the pool tables gone. Handy place to go for a pint if eating in Sam's out the back but very little else.
random_ranger - 11 Sep 2006 16:00
I only drink Cider and now since the refurb they only sell bottles of Magners instead of Cider on tap. I didn't even bother asking how much seeing it is a rip off in all other pubs and this pub is expensive anyway
PurpleRocker - 20 Jun 2006 22:17
The only reason to visit this pub pre-refurb was that it was one of the few pubs in chiswick which still had pool tables. Post-refurb these have been removed, therefore as far as I can tell there is now no reason to visit this pub.

There are plenty of foody pubs in chiswick already, we didn't need another one.
skandal - 24 May 2006 20:13
Well where do I start outside untidy staff do not seem to give sh*t and still a certain element of trouble drifting in the place I saw one plate of food sent out and sent back 5 minutes later says it all really.
juzza - 7 May 2006 12:05
Yes this place has been refurbished and what an improvement. For a start all those ghastly plastic banners have gone along with the screens and machines. In place there's a modern-trad pub serving really good food and drinks. There is a huge no-smoking area - about time in a pub that serves decent food.
anonymous - 28 Apr 2006 16:31
The Barley Mow pub has just been completely TRANSFORMED.

Noticed that it was closed for a couple of days and the builders were in. The frightening place that was the old Barley Mow has gone: it's now a really nice pub. And they're now serving food - good food - where the pool tables used to be. It's gone from being the worst pub in Chiswick to one of the best.
TefalMan - 20 Apr 2006 08:58
Urghhh! Shite pub. I was served a miserable shrivelled burger and dried up poor excuses for chips.
My pint had at least 3 gulps missing from the top of the glass.
Been past it at night. would not like to go insside
PurpleRocker - 14 Mar 2006 22:49
Over priced, full of chancers in cheap suits. The food is nothing special.
bryan - 7 Mar 2006 16:37
ermm well what can i say. what can i say used to be a shit hole, might be geting better. used to have the rudest manager in chiswick, an aussie. now its a cocky young hoes got a little to much ego bu does seem nice once you chat to him, seems a nice lad and he has very little time for the wrong sort of customer. last time i was there he was telling people to leave because they had tracksuits and baseball caps on. seems slightly less chav now and the quiz night on sunday is a winner.. still a great place for sport and it seems like there's less trouble now. could be the start of something good. needs a paint job inside. could be a really good pub if the new lad takes time and care with it!
thetruthbetold - 20 Jan 2006 01:26
Been once to this place and not a fan at the moment! It looked nice from the outside like it would be a nice hidey hole, cosy, oldy woldy pub but it is not.
It is similar to a yates or something along those lines. It looked chainy and plain with a full range of yukky shots and alcho pops. There was sport blaring and people playing pool in a dreary corner of the pub.
Tiny - 17 Jan 2006 22:51
This pub looks promising and inviting from the outside but oh my what a totally different picture inside, its a shame to say but it definately rats as one of the very worst pubs I have ever been too. What an awful atmosphere
anonymous - 28 Sep 2005 17:37
Drink in here very rarely, but a couple of times in the last fortnight. More expensive than the norm, and the draught lager offers a pitiful range (Fosters, 1664 & Holsten). Tried the Holsten. Flat as a pancake. My mate had fosters, and it was the same. Couldn't finish them.
Staff seemed friendly enough though, although quite amateurish at times when not serving.
Not the kind of place I'd eat.
Quite rough. I see plenty of dodgy faces in the beer garden that I know from the area, and there was a mass brawl in the bar in January '05 (my first visit). I saw it coming ages before it happened, but no staff seemed as observant.
Graam - 12 Sep 2005 13:13
This pubs been refurbished more times than Joan Rivers.
But hey, she's a game old bird.
Bit like this place, past it's prime - but still going through the movements.

Do people really go to the pub to order tea?
TuftUno - 8 Aug 2005 14:19
Been here a couple of times, it iss full of various ages, n has quite a calm atmosphere, there are a couple of pool tables, and there is seating at the front, best 2 go in a group rather than 1 or 2 people, x
alki - 31 Jul 2005 15:47
Vast and fairly ordinary drinking hole. Two pool tables and table football can be fun and a spacious patio for the summer. No cask ales which is a bugbear for me. Could be a great pub in the hands of an inspiring manager but seems content to be just ordinary. Not really good enough with so much local competition.
realalesnob - 10 Jun 2005 14:30
I think the barley mow is a nice place with friendly staff and quite a gd atmosphere on the weekend.
vickey - 3 May 2005 12:48
Nice to drink out front during the summer, but the service is incredibly slow, especially if you ask for tea!

Good food, but it's hideously overpriced for the portions.
CheekyShepherd - 29 Mar 2005 00:40
Non Smoking policy at Bar which they do not advertise. Extremely rude Manageress.
Refused to give details of the owners of the pub so we would write and complain about her rudness.
Oonagh Dent - 27 Oct 2004 15:28
poor food, poor staff in the main, poor decor, poor quality music - in general, poor.
boozer - 11 Jul 2004 21:29
The off-tasting lager is served by disinterested staff in an untidy pub devoid of atmosphere. The patio "beer garden" seems to magnetise a mix of drunk youths, young parents with screaming babies, and the Burberry Brigade.
ben - 16 Jun 2004 13:53
Nasty place. Very strange ambience. Can't work out if it's a gay pub or not but if it is there are some alarmingly tolerant townies who drink in there. Best avoided.
Good for: playing pool during a weekday.
thenationofjames - 16 Jan 2004 13:39
used to go here a lot. but combination of eau de chips & stinky carpet inside too much to bear now! outside great on a sunny day.
millym - 25 Jul 2003 21:33
Great discovery for homesick Aussies! COLD VB, Crownies, Bunderberg top shelf! Sink a few cold ones whilst watching the world go by.
Aussie chick - 5 Jun 2003 20:50
Visited on Sun 2nd feb. The pinball was Star wars Trilogy, and was very playable although it had minor faults. There's also a great classic arcade games tabletop video game. Beer (Charles Wells Bombardier) was fine.
Owen - 3 Feb 2003 13:09
Not impressed with the staff, in particular the bloke who wouldn't exchange more than 1 off pint of lager (at least that's what I thought) and when told about the pinball just said "OK" and went back to reading his paper, no offer of a refund or anything. That said the food was bloody lovely and it does sell Holsten Export...
dsf - 30 Dec 2002 12:16
Seemed very promising, but we got some really nasty pints of lager, and the pinball was broken. Hopefully that was just bad luck though, and not the way things normally are. I'm willing to give it another try.
anne - 30 Dec 2002 11:39
Top pub with two pool tables, fruit machines, tons of live TV screens and a large bar. Great for major sporting events.
Steve - 10 Dec 2002 14:58

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