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Used it loads around the time i was 18, but another one that's closed down, rumoured to be being bought by a locally based SW6 (not Fulham FC) Premiership footballer and had it closed.
phillper0906 - 23 Jun 2011 07:53
Good old fashioned backstreet boozer, busy on football days quiet the rest of the time, which is a shame as the staff are friendly and the prices reasonable (3 quid a drink or so) and its much nicer than the surounding pubs
rod_hoult - 21 Jan 2009 03:13
Big pub that serves snack food and has lots of TV screens. Popped in here on a Saturday lunchtime when Fulham were playing and the place was packed but the bar staff were attentive and serving people quickly and generally in turn - I expected a far longer wait than I did to be served. Unfortunately the Doom Bar ran out moments before I was served leaving just the Greede King IPA for ale. Seemed quite a friendly place but I was disappointed about the ale. Certainly not good enough for the GBG but a reasonable pub and I may have to revisit to assess it properly.
Rod_Hariga - 11 Jan 2009 10:07
I don't know why the pub is so quiet its legendry, especially the ginger haired grumpy bar man that grunts when you talk to him. I love this place just wish it had more people in theer!
boyo79 - 12 Nov 2008 16:45
a bit sedate, but this suburban pub is bright and friendly - good place for a pre-match drink (away fans served!)
mozzzzzz - 28 Sep 2008 19:07
I don't know what gchadwick's issue with the Cottage is. I attended a wedding there just a few days before he posted his comment, and I have nothing but good things to say. The decorations were beautiful, the food a decent pub grub buffet, and the staff were working hard in extremely hot weather. We all had a great time, and the bride and groom couldn't have been more pleased. Maybe it's not the same run down old boozer it was a few years ago, but to say "it's as close to a complete disaster you can get" is ridiculous and and very unfair.
shebangs - 12 Sep 2008 15:47
This pub is as close to a complete disaster as you can get. A terrible shame that a great local has been completely ruined.
gchadwick - 31 Jul 2008 13:15
You should never go back. You should be happy with your memories. I can remember going on a detour to see an old girlfriend a while back and I did the same with the Cottage. 10 years since I last saw it and God what have they done. It used to be a belter when that Paddy fella ran it. I used to ride the tube for 45 mins just for the craic. Its been given the loving sledgehammer touch of The Spirit Group. Bland, bland, bland. If you must, there is better Spirit pubs close by doing the same drinks and the same menu with a little bit more class, not hard. Shame. As for the ex-girlfriend thats a different kettle of fish, she must of spent the last 10 years eating choclate eclairs which delighted me. So it wasn't all bad on the walk down memory lane in Fulham.
spaceman - 30 Apr 2008 14:11
I took over as manager of the Cottage 6 months ago, and just wanted to let anyone checking out the pub know that we have a quiz night starting on Thursday 31st January, 7.30 for an 8pm start, and we will be giving out samples of our new menu that evening too. Hope to see you there.
chasing_jenny - 28 Jan 2008 22:26
worth going just to see the gorgeous barmaid, who is so flirtatious when shes happy i would sit there all night, apart from that very poorly run , the manager just sits there talking and stareing at the afor mentioned barmaid, dirty, not cared for and marketing out of date
anonymous - 18 Oct 2007 19:38
LOL spot on Strongers, it does tend to make you look a prat not ticking that box. George2006 dont worry mate a lot of undesirables, namely Fulham fc fans who practically kept that place running over the years have moved en masse to pastures new leaving muppets like to you to enjoy the characterless bland surroundings, bet thats your day doesn`t it?
anonymous - 26 Jun 2007 16:58
george2006 agrees with himself... If you are going to pretend to be someone else you should tick the anonymous box!
Strongers - 14 Jun 2007 11:44
Anonymous 12 April!!!!!! Finally, someone sees the point of the refurb! It was done to get rid of the undesireable people, i'm sure you are one of them. I agree with george2006. The refurb is great, the garden is lovely, the food is awesome and there are finally some women in the place. I spoke to the manager and he said the takings are more, on average every week, than the best week ever of The Cottage before the refurb. Looks like someone knew what they were doing. What do you say to that?????
george2006 - 14 Jun 2007 10:54
I have been a regular at the cottage for many years. It has become nice place to be. I am horrified by the comments about the service! What do you expect when two hundred people walk through the door in twenty minutes. I was in the pub before and after the Man City game. They had 4 staff on, which was alot considering the size of the bar! It just seems to me that there is no pleasing some people. Back street boozers are a thing of the past and the sooner people realise this and get on with their live and stop complaining the better! I like The Cottage, if you don't, stop going there so the place isn't full of miserable people dragging the good atmosphere down!!!
george2006 - 10 Apr 2007 15:47
they actually have put two TVs in now so at least you can watch the football which is an improvement. However, the service is still very poor - particularly during busy times at the bar after fulham fc games.
gearbox - 2 Apr 2007 11:57
The place is now catering for the new residents of the area. Shame ! This used to be an honest old-fashioned backstreet boozer but, like Fulham itself, the pub has had its soul ripped out since it has been yuppified.
SLF - 11 Mar 2007 11:59
I went in the pub before and after the Fulham v Tottenham game and the service was absolutely terrible. There was a crowd of people waiting at the bar and there were just three people serving at the busiest time. Absolutely ridiculous. It took about ten minutes to get served which is unacceptable. This pub seems to be surprised everytime there is a rush before or after a football match. Don't they know the FFC fixtures? Sort it out otherwise the small number of customers still turning up will decide to go elsewhere.
gearbox - 23 Jan 2007 17:30
Like many others, I used to frequent this pub before and after fulham games. It was a real back street boozer with a great deal of character and some very interesting characters. Not the most attractive of pubs - but enjoyable all the same.I have been there a couple of times this season and the place has been tarted up but doesn't have any atmosphere.

It has dropped Sky TV - so you can't watch the 5.15 football game on a Saturday afternoon and they have also got rid of the jukebox which was really good and very popular.

I went in there after the west ham game just before Christmas and they had run out of draught ale! How can a pub run out of beer during one of the peak periods of the year and in the run-up to a fulham home game. They must have known the fulham v west ham game was going to take place on that day and you think they would have ordered accordingly.

Lastly, the bar staff used to be friendly and chatty. That is no longer the case. I think the management want to take it upmarket and don't actually like the football crowd because we are too downmarket. As always, the public has voted with their feet and the pub is virtually empty these days. The one advantage is that you can always get served pretty quick these days.

I just wonder if the ultimate aim of its owners (The Spirit Group) is to let it decline so they can cash in on the massive land value the pub and garden could commmand.

gearbox - 11 Jan 2007 16:53
Soulless and empty.
otc - 29 Dec 2006 14:51
was an traditional pub now the hearts has been ripped out, used it for many years prior to Fulham games when the football crowd kept the place open,now no draught beer, no tv, no atmosphere and the people are voting with their feet. If you like anonymous bland pubs try the Cottage you will love it. FULHAM.J
anonymous - 28 Dec 2006 20:48
Firstly you're not likely to stumble across the pub as its out the way off the Munster Road. With this in mind, the question has to be is it worth making a special trip to visit? Well, my friend who had visited said it was an interesting old fashioned boozer, but he'd no idea what it looked liked post-refurb. On the Sunday I visited it was dead, I mean really empty, like it was a Monday afternoon. The inside is do out in the standard refurb format, though they have kept some of the original features. It is a big pub (which made the fact that there were only four punters in even more obvious) and they seem to have a beer garden (it was too cold to use when I visted). Beer was adequate and reasonably priced; the menu was standard chain pub stuff, which I suspect relies on deep fat fryers and microwaves - this isn't a Gasto-pub. Anyway, since the refurb is it worth visiting? Well there's nothing wrong with it, but very little to recommend about it. Just an average back street boozer.
Sparky1 - 14 Dec 2006 10:51
I had been a regular at the Cottage for almost ten years, however this summer's ghastly and unsympathetic refurb has left me deprived of a decent local boozer. Admittedly it was rather run-down before, but that was part of the 'Grottage's' allure. Whoever refurbed the place has turned it into nothing better than an airport lounge, with similar prices. No atmosphere, no pool table, sky tv or dartboard (as incorrectly listed under this pub's facilities, see top of page). Pint of Foster's went up from under �2 to �3 - perhaps to cover the loss in custom? Overall I can't help but feel those responsible for refurbing the Cottage neither like pubs nor those who frequent them, this pub is squarely aimed at the Starbucks crowd.
cottager - 4 Dec 2006 14:01
I have been going to the Cottage on and off for the last 15 years.Three months ago he pub has been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. Despite it now looking very clean, a lot of thought however, has gone into preserving the original style and beautiful character of the cottage. I was looking forward to enjoying the new atmosphere and great food!
This was not to be!I went for a drink after work for what I thought was going to be a quiet chat with a colleage but was disapointed to find young children allowed to run non stop screaming at the top of their voices from one end of the pub to the other.We could not hear each other speak! I asked the barstaff if this was the norm, and I was told that in fact they were not supposed to run and scream and that they would have a word with the parents. I said that i was not sure that this was a good idea!

Whilst i did not utter a word to the parties concerned what followeed on from that was 10 minutes of screaming and shouting of insults and abuse at my self and my guest by both the parents.The bar staff did what they could to stop the verbal assalts which never the less continued with threatening looks and continued comments.

I was mortified, my guest will never set foot in the pub again! I think if staff take action that could be received badly they need to plan ahead and ensure that the innocent pub goers are protected from the likes of the people above in whose life abuse and vebal agression is the norm.
anonymous - 10 Nov 2006 01:53
I prefer the pub without the screens. Only use it on FFC match days, but it's great because you can at least get a drink at the bar without waiting 15 mins like in other pubs. If the screens come back it will get too crowded again. I know the pub needs the business, but I do like not being crammed in like a sardine as in all the other pubs and even occasionally being able to get a seat. Call me unconventional, but I like it the way it is now...
David01 - 1 Nov 2006 22:21
The Screens are coming back! So is the Sky! The owners put the pub on a trial and have realised that taking out the sky was a mistake! It will be back ASAP Spread the word.
george2006 - 31 Oct 2006 14:26
Still a pool table in the Jolly Malsters
ChelseaYouthFirm - 9 Oct 2006 02:18
visited for the first time after the ffc v cfc clash. The pub has been tarted up and they have taken away the TV screeens. Don't they realise it is a football pub and that is part of the appeal. Absolutely horrible bright, stripey carpet inside which takes some getting used to. Beer quality variable. Was served a pint of Pride which was undrinkable but the bar was too crowded to take it back. All in all, not a bad effort but I think preferred it when it was a bit rough around the edges!
gearbox - 26 Sep 2006 12:14
Re-opened, not as gastro as thought it would be. Still old fashioned charm but we've probably now lost the last pool table in the whole of Fulham (except the Cock?).

Prices have gone up but the same decent crowd. Not as toff as most of the other pubs round here,which makes for a change but like most of the pubs round here have never seen any hassle and I like it. Big garden with heaters and stuff which will no doubt come in useful soon!
anonymous - 13 Sep 2006 18:00
About to go through a major refurbishment, definately worth a look when it re-opens on the 25th August.
george2006 - 20 Jul 2006 12:18
Amused to read the 2004 review by some character called Ian Painter calling Fulham fans moronic , well I dont know about that. Great tradional back street London boozer, packed for Fulham home games and one of the few pubs in the area that hasn`t been yuppified out of all recognition into the sort of poncey hole that Mr Painter obviously prefers
TSW - 21 Mar 2006 21:42
Popped in before Fulham v Celtic football match , the pub was very deserted although there was a nice bar-b-que out the back in the beer garden . But considering it's the home fans pub it was deserted , dont know what its like during premiership games though .
MartynPM - 26 Aug 2005 15:10
a real old-fashioned backstreet boozer feel to this place and i love it. Beer good (but not too great on the wine selection). Great place in u want a chilled drink and chat in the week. But defo one to avoid if fulham fc r playing!!!!
stassy - 14 Jun 2005 13:38
hard to find side street pub better in the week when its not full of fulham fc cock heads. not bad cheap food,nice staff lack of good looking females but hey you cant have it all.
ho bit off topic but avoid the manky chinese takeaway at the end of the road.
leather - 25 Mar 2005 15:27
This pub is OK if you want a 'traditional' atmosphere, but couldn't recommend it overall. Reasonable food if you don't mind it being served on chipped crockery or paper plates and a bit tricky to find if you don't know exactly where it is. One to avoid on a Saturday as you could be joined by many moronic Fulham FC fans who just don't seem to have quite the class of their nearby Chelsea neighbours.
Ian Painter - 4 Nov 2004 17:06
a real old-fashioned backstreet boozer tucked away among the trendy streets of fulham. The beer is good and the atmosphere is enjoyable (particularly after Fulham FC home games). Well worth a visit if you are tired of the chain pubs which are increasingly dominating the pub landscape!
gearbox - 5 Oct 2004 15:22
Made my first visit after the Fulham v Celtic and will be back. Good old-fashioned boozer tucked away in a side street with plenty of space and plenty of staff. It is now running a Sunday afternoon acoustic session in the back garden which is enjoyable on a warm afternoon.
gearbox - 19 Jul 2004 16:41
Good cheap food. You can hardly complain when the most expensive thing on the menu (mixed grill) is under �5!
Staff are very friendly and the "all day drinking locals" add character to the place.
Vikki - 23 Oct 2003 16:29
Nice traditional pub.Good food, atmosphere and great staff
mary - 12 Sep 2002 02:44

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