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Royal Borough Arms, Norbiton

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user reviews of the Royal Borough Arms, Norbiton

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Not really a bar at all, more of a restaurant. As soon as it gets busy in the evening the bar area is swallowed up by dining tables.

Similar sort of atmosphere to the Canbury Arms down the road for those who've been there.

anonymous - 5 May 2006 16:58
Visited last friday, what a fantastic spot, great for a beer and some tapas, my friend really enjoy her fish cakes, those sofas are so invinting that i am going again these week.
classy - 2 May 2006 22:47
Great to walk down Park Road and not see or hear the expected rabble of little oiks congregating on the wall outside the old Borough Arms.
This is the only benefit I am aware of since the Pottery came on the scene.
Looks very popular by the throng of customers until you go inside and find more room on the back seat of a porsche.
Tried to sit at a turn of the century old school desk and failed miserably - couldn't get my legs under the table and the adjacent table had been moved so they could fit.
Requested assistance 3 times to alleviate what should have been a minor inconvenience, easily resolved.
The apparent manager seemed to think that this request was unreasonable and threatened not to serve if we objected again.
We promptly left in disgust and amazement at the lack of customer service from the manager, to say nothing of his diplomacy skills, something I would compare to the previous clientelle.
With hindsight, I would have had a better eating experience at MacDonalds.
Avoid like the plague!!
hotmonkey - 11 Apr 2006 16:01
As a local resident, any change to the old Borough Arms which rids the neighbourhood of the low-life scum who used to be its clientelle - then good luck to you. However, I have to confess that even though I live very close, I still walk past The Pottery on my way to the Canbury Arms. I'm afraid it's the sight of standard dross mega-brands on the bar says that the place is short on imagination. Like the Canbury, it too feels as if it wants to attract a discerning audience - but the sight of Fosters says otheriwse. Yes, perhaps I'm not young enough to be its target market, but the prospect of beers like Harveys, Hogs Back and Tim Taylors at the Canbury will keep on getting my vote.
norbitonpaul - 16 Mar 2006 13:45
They may run the Tapestry in Mortlake, but they have got some work to do on this place.

Took the Mrs for something to eat a cpouple of weeks ago.

The decor is ok in a predictable ,scrubbed wood and cream paint sort of way and the bar looks well stocked. The staff are very polite (if a little OVER attentive - we were asked if "everything is alright" 5 times whilst waiting for the food to arrive).

The food was not good. It wasn't bad, but for the price should have been one hell of a lot better. The whole enterprise just has the image of a place that hasn't had enough money spent on it. Cheaply renovated, polite but inexperienced staff, poor execution in the kitchen, limited and odd winelist.

Save your dosh and go to the Canbury Arms instead - its only a ten/fifteen minute walk away.

Sloth - 6 Mar 2006 16:00
Run by the same folk who run The Tapestry in Mortlake - that's on here too, so you can check out the comments there and they'll be relevant to this place. But in a nutshell, more restaurant than pub but the food (Tapas a big deal) is good and usually reliable. Quite chilled and well, the old Borough Arms fell on hard times and at least now the old place is still a drinking and eating den and hasn't been bulldozed for flats etc.
anonymous - 11 Jan 2006 13:19
Has re-opened as 'The Pottery' - looks like a cool, spacious restaurant rather than a pub (and no real ale to be seen).
anonymous - 23 Dec 2005 11:03
'ere we go again - under new management - what will it be this time? At least they're scraping the old paint off the outside tiles, wonder if they'll scrape the 'orrible and sinister and ugly crowd of old regulars off the floor and get rid of them for good.
quizman - 26 Oct 2005 19:54
De riguer for entry to this pub seems to be some item of clothing or tattoo sporting a St George's Cross.

Just about says it all....

norbitonpaul - 23 Jun 2005 12:43
Dull place with no real ale. Not worth visiting in my humble opinion.
beeronaut - 7 Mar 2005 18:12
I grew up in Park Road so this was one of the first pubs I got to know. It was a really good boozer in those far-off days (the early 1970s)and full of colourful characters. It's a shame it seems to have gone off the boil in recent years because it could be a really good community pub.
You sometimes wonder whether these pubs are being run down deliberately by the tenants and brewers.How long I wonder before the pub is bulldozed to make way for a luxury block of flats? The Willoughby Arms, which is about ten minutes walk away, shows what can be done with a bit of effort.
gearbox - 30 Sep 2004 16:59
Apparently another change in management recently. Too afraid to go in,it still appears unwelcoming. Previous visits left me unimpressed with beers, clientele(cursing at their kids for cursing- if you get my drift)and decor. The best thing about pub was the Thai restaurant attached but alas that has gone.
aliconor - 22 Sep 2004 18:07
Jane, you describe it exactly as I remember it.
I recall being refused service on a Thursday at 10:50pm as the bar staff were about to go clubbing! - 'good for them' was my comment at the time...
DeviousDave - 23 Aug 2004 16:26
had the worst pint of my life in here, ordered 2 pints of guinness, one came and it was HOT and tasted of washing up liquid, barmaid too busy twining about her shifts to serve us, grafitti on walls, dirty and evil, God, it was never like tht before, was I here on an off day???
Jane - 17 Aug 2004 12:22
The Pub's ok, but the Alex has better beer, and the Norbiton Dragon serves better Thai food.

They're both within three minutes walk.

Also its automatic watering system covers the road in water every morning
James Andrews - 16 Jan 2004 09:57

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