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Beehive, Englefield Green

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Called in here for a drink at 1440 on a Thursday afternoon. Unsurprisingly it was virtually empty, but at least it was open. Gales HSB and Seafarers, plus London Pride on sale, in fact the same as in the 2012 review below. Clearly this isn't a place for radical change.
Pub is quite small and fairly sparsely furnished. Lady behind the bar was pleasant.
ramblethenlunch - 2 Jun 2014 16:47
Very much a community local, with various events including quiz nights and darts, and great food on offer all day. Several Fullers beers on offer including London Pride, Gales HSB and I had a very nice pint of Bengal Lancer.
spikefromsurrey - 22 Mar 2013 09:57
Visited here yesterday after consuming far too much at the Egham Beer Festival nearby. This is a pleasantly located Fullers pub, which had 3 ales on - Gales HSB & Seafarers & Fullers London Pride. Whilst there were 6 handpulls, the 3 beers were doubled up. The interior is nice enough and the welcome was friendly. A beer festival was advertised - next weekend I think.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Aug 2012 21:09
Beehive has changed hands yet again. New manager Eddy seems to be a breath of fresh air. 6 yes 6 handpumps featuring Fullers ESB, Discovery and London Pride, Gales HSB, and Elgoods Cambridge, all in great condition. Also good pub grub menu available throughout day, freshly cooked. This pub deserves to succeed, use it or lose it, give it a try!
spikefromsurrey - 22 May 2011 21:10
Popped in for a quick pint on my way home from work. Havent been here for years and its certainly changed a lot. It was early in the evening and I was the only one in there. The interior of the pub doesnt help with atmosphere - quite a cold feel to the place. The pint of HSB I had was just about ok.
tommysdad - 28 Oct 2009 12:56
Went there yesterday (Monday 29th June) evening having sustained myself through two traffic jams with the thought of a pint of Pride. Arrived about 6.30 - no beer at all. Eh? All four pumps not available. No Pride, no Discovery, no ESB, no guest beer. Good grief. This is a Fuller's house with no beer. It was OK last week so what's gone wrong?

The stroppy young scot with baseball cap behind the bar said it was because Fuller's "failed to deliver today". And the beardy regular on lager said they had waited til 4.30 and then said they couldn't get there.

I said hang on a minute, even if they had delievred, the beer still needed at least a day to settle so even if there was a failed delivery that still didn't explain why all 4 beers were off. Response "well that's what happened and there's no beer." Which, to use the marketing technical phraseology, is a lie.

What's worse, no beer, lying to customers or thinking the customers are so stupid they wouldn't spot it?
pint_at_bbc - 30 Jun 2009 19:21
Come on locals, lets help here!
billegham - 1 May 2009 01:38
Popped in here for the first time last week. Not a bad pub, but then not a good one either. It definitely lacks atmosphere, amongst other things. A quiz was attempted but most of the small crowd were more interested in the football. The sort of place I would go only if everywhere else was closed.

Blartman - 28 Apr 2009 15:14
popped in again this week to see if it had improved since my last vist, but sorry to say that if anything it had gone downhill no atmosphere or anything good to say beer in a very poor condition. I won't vist again just not worth the effort.
buddha07 - 5 Dec 2008 17:54
Visited last week found all the beer to be in really bad condition. Pub stripped bare and all the good vibes have gone along with the previous landlord and landlady its such a shame as I enjoyed going in for a good pint of beer and the warm welcome that I always received from them both.
buddha07 - 21 Nov 2008 14:13
Pub changed hands on 27th October and is now being managed by local Ben Moran, already the pub has a much happier feel about it and sky is now installed.

Ben has launched Open Mic night every Wednesday evening and all musicians are encouraged to come and play for a free drink and to start or add to their following.

Quiz night every Tuesday and a genuine desire to turn this into a popular local similar to its sister pub in Windsor The Prince Arthur rated as Windsor's best sports and part pub.
fatpig100 - 6 Nov 2008 23:58
The beer range is good and varied - but still very few customers.

The Beehive failed to capitalise on its student popularity when Dave was away from the Happy Man and the Monkeys Forehead was dreadful a few years back. Now both of the aforementioned are back in fashion, this place is losing out big time. If they don't pick up the student vote soon, I fear this place will be shut and sold off for housing, which would be a crying shame.
Quinno - 12 Sep 2008 17:06
lovely pub, just the way I like them will be going back soon.
arcticmonkeys - 12 Sep 2008 15:46
Was in there on the Saturday afternoon for a CAMRA social. Ian the landlord very pleasant. An excellent selection of Fullers beers including Gales HSB as well as Discovery which was in tip top condition. I also sampled the Ossett Pale Gold which was lovely. Food prices look very attractive and the menu seems to cater for most tastes. It was a little on the quiet side so I agree with some other reviewers to give this pub your support.
aleheart - 24 Aug 2008 11:53
As one of few pubs in Egham area not been to, thought I would pay a visit. Pleasantly surprised, welcoming atmosphere, good draught beer and friendly landlord and landlady. Although I did not eat the food looked and smelt very appetising and reasonably priced. Will go back again to eat.
wanderin_star - 31 Jul 2008 11:06
Visited a couple of weeks ago on a saturday night and by 9.00 pm we were the only two in the place. Why???
Pub has had a makeover, decor very nice and beer was very good,(compared with last visit before new landlord took over when the beer was poor there were hardly any of the advertised Gales wines for the girls and there was water cascading through the toilet ceiling) come on Englefield Green support it or lose it!!
CaptainDave - 4 Jun 2008 14:55
Good pub. Good range of real ales. Food good.
My only real reservation is that there's canned music (ugh!).

twm_sion_cati - 25 Feb 2008 12:20
Still empty - how does it make any money?!?

Beer quality good, though cold.
Quinno - 3 Feb 2008 21:04
re-visited the beehive over the bank holiday weekend busier than before new landlord seems to be running it very well said that the beer festivl will be back over the weekend of 15/16/17 june with 7 real ales on including Fullers London Porter and Fullers Golden Pride sounds good !!!!!
buddha07 - 4 Jun 2007 14:44
Seemed very busy early Sat eve but I think the bar layout is not necessarily the best to take advantage of its space. Who cares, when the Summer Lightning is so tasty? Barman took the time to tell me about forthcoming ales as we were leaving but I was far to gone to be able to relate them to you here. Just have to go back & find out another time.
trainman - 2 Apr 2007 13:53
open tomorrow 23/03/07,lets wait and see.
theguv1 - 22 Mar 2007 18:42
recently visited pub good beer, although fairly quiet new owners on the way sound like good people. met them and they said food will be back soon.
buddha07 - 20 Mar 2007 12:32
never open,thank god new people on the way in
theguv1 - 3 Mar 2007 07:19
Has had more owners than the Littlest Hobo.

Newly-refurbed whitewash-and-chocolate incarnation is quite nice though maybe a little too clinical for me. Currently boasts Pride and Gales HSB (which was in superb condition yesterday). New landlord seemed like a good bloke, nice and friendly.

However I fear that time is up for the Beehive now the Happy Man and The Monkey's are in full throttle, as both are nearer the students and this place is not an obvious destination, being slightly out of the way. It was pretty quiet last Saturday night, only half-a-dozen other people in. With only two ales on, it doesn't have any real USP - it needs one quick.

I would recommend a visit, firstly for great pint of HSB, but mainly to catch it while it's still here!
Quinno - 21 Jan 2007 15:14
A great find. Friendly owners and some 'interesting' locals to chat to. Would recommend working up from the lighter ales to the really heavy stuff!! Worth a trip out of town.
boozerpro - 28 Mar 2006 17:50
Great pub with good food and nice owners!
anonymous - 28 Mar 2006 14:47
Had a lovely lunch in the Beehive the other day accompanied by a large glass of Mead. Had a nice game of backgammon by the roaring fire, Lou and Wyndham the new owners have promised to get some more board games in soon which will be great! Will be heading back there soon!
fatty1 - 28 Mar 2006 14:42
Had a great evening in the Beehive last Friday. Food was good and reasonably priced and the ales went down a treat. New owners were very welcoming and made a real effort to chat to the customers. Log fire was a nice touch. I'll definitely be back soon!
amberwhittam - 28 Mar 2006 14:17
Not tried it yet with the new management but will do soon. Hardly seems to have been anyone in there whenever I popped round in the past. Good beer though.
Orinoko - 22 Feb 2006 15:58
Hadn't been in here for a while and was glad I made the effort. Watched the football and rugby in front of a log fire with a good pint of ale. Just the job. New owners were friendly and there was a warm atmosphere in the place.
danbarker - 17 Feb 2006 16:35
The Beehive Inn, Eghamwas taken over at the beginning of February. The first quiz night under the new management was a great success. It looks set to return it to its former glory. Very pleased. Check it out!
anonymous - 2 Feb 2006 15:29
Tucked away but well worth finding, beer good and a couple of beer fests a year.

Nice atmosphere, but occasionally plays host to a couple of punters you'd wish had gone somwhere else, but they're normally in a very small minority. Food was decent on last tasing in April.
Quinno - 23 Aug 2005 22:00
Nice little village pub taken over by the suburbs but still tucked away on a side road up to Englefield Green from Egham Hill.

Always a good variety of beers and regular real ale festivals, and on most days a quiet, contemplative atmosphere. Well worth a visit!
Gagriff - 21 May 2005 02:18
glad to hear the bar billiards are back, disappeared for a while, may venture up there for a quick game! Beer festies are great but get there early to secure the strongest stuff :)
Cleversaz - 25 Jan 2005 11:34
Gales House plus guest ales
Recently referbed with wooden floor. Bar Billiards! and darts. Sky sports Quiz Tuesdays. Good food and wines plus Gales Country wines. Garden. Beer Fest May and Aug Bank Hols
celerycelery - 7 Jan 2005 14:11

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