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Teddington Arms, Teddington

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My Tuesday evening visit here was a fairly quiet affair. There were a handful of youngsters at one end of the bar and a couple of other tables were occupied elsewhere. The Teddington Arms had the best selection of ales of all the pubs I visited on the night - Greene King IPA & Yardbird, Sambrook's Scrumdown & Dorset Brewing Company Flanker & Jurassic. The Scrumdown was a ruby ale. But, it was the darkest beer I managed to find all evening. There was no real cider. The interior of this pub has an impressive ceiling. But, otherwise it lacks too much character.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Mar 2019 19:55
Went there on a Friday evening - bore no resemblance to the previous reviews. Rammed with young professionals, most of whom were there to eat. Excellent selection of ales: TEA, Redhead, Truman Swift and another 1 or 2. Friendly and efficient service. Would definitely return when in the Teddington area.
The_Prof - 20 Jan 2014 08:46
Always quiet, empty drinking pub. Good interiors but unhappy staff. Have not tried the food.
hansswift - 23 Jul 2013 14:53
Alot of effort to turn it into the prime pub/bar in Teddington, very smart interiors with a decent sized food area.
Two festive ales on at moment although I can't say either of them did much for me. The other three were off. More of a larger bar.
Not a bad drinking place for the middle of the week.
Tourmalet - 28 Dec 2012 23:25
On my visits to The Teddington Arms I've found it to be a rather souless pub where stressed bar staff serve poor quality ale without a smile. Not recommended.
JDchaser - 15 Jul 2012 12:02
I have had a number of pints in here recently that can only be described as duff. Disappointing as it used to be worth a look. As things are, I can't recommend it for the beer and the food is too expensive for my pocket.
MeurglysIII - 6 May 2012 09:20
Quite possible the most mental interior I've seen in a long time, gold celling? Looks like something out of an Austin Powers movie. That aside, had a nice pint of Sanbrooks Junction (make sure you get it in a straight glass as if poured in a headstarter as my first one was, its not nice fizzy) and had to smile after overhearing the bouncers talk about the scraps they've had in their time then in their next breath, talking about living at home with mum. 7/10
THE_Ale_TEAM - 12 Mar 2012 17:49
Uncheerful staff soured what would have been a pleasant late afternoon pint of an interesting Fullers seasonal beer.
mtaylor40 - 11 Mar 2012 16:21
Revd_Cuntyman - 2 Dec 2011 11:35
Curious: only three beers on its four pumps (the fourth being cider). With one of these off on both my last visits, that left just two ales to choose from. Good beers but the contracting range is odd given that it used to have five pumps and that its sister over the river, the Boaters Inn, maintains a good range.
MeurglysIII - 13 Jun 2011 18:37
Should like this more but feels to impersonal, the beer is fine, food OK but it leaves you wanting more. Agree with The Chairman that it is better in the afternoon, tend to avoid in the evenings. Haven't tried the Sunday service but will, maybe that's more for me.
PeterClarke - 4 Mar 2011 10:42
Good beer (real ale)served here like most capital pubs.
Unfortunately the 4-6 heavy looking gentlemen that were allowed to ruin the atmosphere at The Lion in Wick Road -before it eventually closed- seem to have taken up permanent residence here. Fair enough if they found their own little corner as this is a fairly big place. But every time I go in they're superglued to the bar as if this was the kind of tiny front room local that they're used to spoiling. Plus, yep you guessed it, they pop out onto the pavement for a ciggie every ten minutes. Nice! I know they're there due to having been barred from most of the other pubs in town but surely one more wouldn't hurt?
TheHopHunter - 3 Feb 2011 20:52
In the evening its an awful teenagers haunt with crowds smoking and reeling around on the pavement with fairly regular visits from local police.
At lunchtime the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is good although the wallpaper is 1960's 'flower power', stylee.
TheChairmen - 3 Oct 2010 18:21
Three or four local or regional beers on, but the place is not very 'pubby'; moreover the two main spaces are design-wise nothing like each other. Who had the idea of black walls with stars and silvery animal heads on them? And a gold foil ceiling? At least it won't need repainting. But the back room is good for music, now hosting the Sunday Service to get people, well, serviced with music ready for Monday morning. Which was just what was needed.
rainlight - 5 Sep 2010 23:10
Best pub in Teddington by miles... Well worth a look. Good beer. Good food. Good company. I didn't find a beer garden though.
Sodalltodo - 28 May 2010 19:11
If you're looking for a food pub this is the place. The food is fantastic! We can't stay away. The specials change regularly as does some of the main menu to ensure best use of what's in season. The staff are very friendly and it has a very good atmosphere. Good food, good beer and good wine - what's not to like!
deebradders - 30 Mar 2010 09:06
I had a little pub crawl around teddington at the weekend and the teddington arms was one stop. Not a bad pint and the atmosphere was ok, but the decor is a bit much. I prefered it before the revamp.
millertime - 18 Mar 2010 09:49
While the refurb leaves the decor with something very much to be desired, the food is ok and the real ale is a crowd pleaser.
tlsa - 10 Feb 2010 12:37
You might get the impression that the redecoration was done using odds and sods from the scrap heap.
A unfortunate disaster of interior design - has damaged the character of the place. There may also be a risk to your eyesight if you are too tall - the lighting being rather blinding.
All but one of the former bar staff have gone, which has change the character of the place. The new team is well meaning, but somewhat inexperienced - the select process seems to have been based on cleavage rather aptitude.
Perhaps it will recover, and it still seems popular, but I the pumps are not kept in as good a condition as prior to the revamp.

Magellan - 1 Feb 2010 19:55
It was of great concern that the Teddington shut for refurb,if its not broke why fix it??!The decor in the main bar is vulgar and mismatched (i imagine the over priced interior decorator is having a laugh),the food used to be real food with a modern twist and now its all fur coat and no knickers,the food is tasteless and under seasoned.A familiar local lost,a real shame as will not be returning!!
chappie - 14 Nov 2009 20:06
And credit where due - after refurbishment there is a fine selection of ale, well kept and well served also. I am a happy customer.
MeurglysIII - 9 Nov 2009 18:57
The Teddington Arms is currently closed for refurbishment. We will be re-opening in early November. We intend to put a lot of love & attention into keeping our real ales many of which will be from local brewers. In addition we will be serving a fresh, seasonal food menu every day. For more details please contact [email protected] Thanks.
sawboboy - 13 Oct 2009 17:08
Seems worse again.
MeurglysIII - 19 Sep 2009 13:40
Seems better on the basis of my last couple of visits than I recalled. Adnams Old was good last time and a small beer festival (ending today) was excellent. Atmosphere seems improved also.
MeurglysIII - 21 Mar 2009 08:52
Good pub! Friendly staff and good food!!!

I would definately recommend this one!!!
beerlovely - 8 Mar 2009 22:39
This pub does not seem to know what it is; a gastro pub, a traditional boozer, trendy war bar or dedicated for private parties (seats always seem to be reserved at the back of the pub, with no one sitting on them). I have given this pub a couple of visits now but it just doesn’t cut the mustard. It might help if it made up its mind what type of pub it is. Also, why do pubs (such as this one) insist on playing music that is too loud for people to have a conversation without shouting at one another, and then at about ten, the bar staff turn the volume up. On the plus side, it does do a nice line in real ale but if you want to go out for a quiet beer with some friends, this is not the place for you.
LennyBanter - 27 Dec 2008 16:18
Not a bad pub but ordering food on a Sunday is a bit hit and miss. Our table of four all got the food at different times with the last person's arriving about 10 mins after the first had finished eating.

In the evenings they ALWAYS seem to block off the sofa area for a "private party" and half the time no-one ever turns up which is annoying as it can get quite busy in the bar area. So you don't have a seat but have to stare frustratedly at the empty reserved seats. Drives me mad.
merluzzo - 5 Dec 2008 14:09
Decent enough pub. Some good beers.
Steve_Baker - 1 Dec 2008 18:10
If you think this is the best pub in Teddington then you really ought to get out more. Generally full of a load of pretentious idiots and really quite dull! - 26 Jun 2008 10:27
Best pub in Teddington FACT. It is what it is, so get over it!

Alan_Sugar - 2 Jun 2008 11:49
lacks any real 'soul' and just seems to be a space with chairs and tables.
Zod - 28 May 2008 15:11
proper_pub_people - 28 May 2008 01:01
Horrible place. Has all the feel of a corporate hostelry...bit like Costa Coffe. Too many barrow boys and their bits of stuff. The atmosphere is fake.
richardaustin - 17 Apr 2008 16:13
This pub is always fairly busy, but despite this, I find it to have very little atmosphere. The bar staff are friendly enough and the service is okay. There is a good choice of beer / wines, although they have recently stopped Stella. The food is also a little expensive for what it is. On the whole, this is an okay pub, but nothing special and if you like this place, you will like the Bloated Mallard (The Old Railway) even more. - 13 Feb 2008 14:43
Nice atmosphere,
Decent pint of real ales and always a good selection of beers, wine and totty.
Good bar, decent food, sport on TV.
JamesDLord - 5 Feb 2008 16:57
Good pub, great Ales, good food and nice dining area. I wuld recommend it.
gastropubs - 14 Dec 2007 17:27
Good pub.
Teddington has lots of nice pubs & this is the best.
Full of office types.
Wine list is good as apparently are the real ales
Maggie_Tul - 5 Dec 2007 15:05
I went in there on thurs 29th Nov and watched as the bar staff couldn't handle a busy period and started smashing glasses behind the bar and kicking the kitchen door open.

I felt sorry for the chefs who were dealing with the situation really well and getting loads of food orders out quickly.
banjowalker - 4 Dec 2007 16:44
Goodness - I had a half decent pint of Adnams Yuletide in there the other day. A shame then that the lack of any thing resembling service caused me to up sticks: so bad an experience that I shall not revisit. There is clearly an issue with management rather than with individual staff. Tried the Oak along the road instead: excellent service, an interesting Surrey Hills beer (though food rather expensive).
MeurglysIII - 1 Dec 2007 14:59
Not bad at all but it is pricey. Beer is alright an food not bad. Tres gastropub Raymond. There are worse places in Teddington.
thehonesttruth - 7 Aug 2007 22:34
Regrettably I am waiting to experience a decent pint of real ale here - which is a shame as it has such potential. Service can be offhand as well. I am close to giving up on this one. Perhaps its lagers, wines and food are the key to its apparent success?
MeurglysIII - 16 Jun 2007 10:58
not my favourite pub by a long way
peterpan123 - 12 Jun 2007 16:40
The best pub in tedington by a mile, as Teddlocal said the London award proves so.

Both the managers are top boys, the bar staff are gorgeous and extremely friendly.

The football is allways on, and you get a decent bunch of proper teddington people in there,

Saturday and Friday nights are excel;lent with a real buzz.

The Capital pub company have got it spot on.

And again congrats on the award well deserved
anonymous - 20 Apr 2007 10:07
Went at easter to watch the football (on PPV) and the picture quality on the flat screens was very poor. Decent choice of bitters, food looked very nice but it is pricey - ten quid for fish and chips! It's the same price just up the road at the specialist fish restaurant Loch Fyne. If I'm paying restaurant prices for food, I don't want to sit in a pub to eat it.
mr_toon - 17 Apr 2007 22:02
Not easy to find a decent pub in Teddington -- so this is probably about as good as it gets. A decent selection of beers -- including real ales and the better brands of lager on draught. Fairly spacious with inoffensive decor. Did not try the food so cannot enter the furious debate raging across these pages. The cheery barmaid is a Chelsea supporter -- always a bonus in my book!
Mr_Shh_Shh - 16 Mar 2007 11:31
There are plenty of good places to eat in Teddington and the surrounding area. However, my wife and I consistently choose to eat and drink at the Teddington Arms. Their beer selection is always good. The food doesn't cost less than the numerous restaurants in the area. But once you experience the quality of their food, you'll undertand why.
A great layout allows for a relaxed meal in the corner of the pub whilst the bar area is usually buzzing. For me, a key selling point of this place is that they vary the menu, with a few favourites thrown in.
doddsy - 16 Feb 2007 12:48
Visited there the other day nice airy pub has some different beers.Would recommend if youre in the area.
cheekypigeon - 10 Feb 2007 18:13
Food critic!! My arse!!
Top pub none the less, the london awards it has won this year prove so!!
Teddlocal - 2 Feb 2007 13:54
...a food critic and a friend of the manager.

this is a good pub but the 'goodtaste' review is about as generous as the mythical portions he talks of. remember that this is teddington, middle class heaven, its no wonder that you'd find a food critic dining in here.

Oh and before Mr. Roney accuses me of not knowing what i am on about.. I am not a food critic.

anonymous - 27 Jan 2007 20:48
I can't believe anyone could find anything to criticise about the food at The Teddington Arms, I am a very satisfied regular, along with many other loyal customers who enjoys consistently EXCEPTIONAL food in The Arms. I read a recent comment with disbelief, "Small Shitey Portions"??? Maybe this customer walked into the wrong pub, whilst the portions are not gross they are more than generous and you won't leave hungry. The food is of an INCREDIBLY high standard, inventive and original yet classic, the seasonal menu and fantastic specials always please. The chef is outstanding, I have to confess the food comes as close to perfect as I've tasted in any gastro pub, or indeed restaurant, and the prices are extremely reasonable.
On top of all that the service is very efficient and very, very friendly and the atmosphere highly enjoyable, it is a very popular pub and I recommend booking a table for dinner, particularly at the weekend.
Oh, and before the person who left the previous comment accuses me of not knowing what I am talking about... I am a food critic.
goodtaste - 18 Jan 2007 19:19
Not a bad pub but not a particularly good one either. The acoustics are lousy and it can get very noisy. Beer isn't bad though and the service is certainly better than when it used to be The Italian place.
Very average.

MrEddie - 17 Jan 2007 18:51
A good pub with good selection of beers, and a great atmosphere. Always busy which is a good sign.
twickenhamboy - 11 Dec 2006 01:00
I dont particuarly mind this place. Layout is very poor though, seems much more people in there then there actually is due to the overcrowding of tables.
Decent sort of folk go here and the lounge area at the back is nice. Good place for a midweek pint.

Dont ever eat in here!!!! Food is crap and way to overprices for the small shitey portions they serve up.

285 Doesnt go to Twickenham!!!!!
sharpe - 1 Dec 2006 16:55
Nice bar and lounge area with comfy sofas. Gets quite packed in evenings from 7pm. Drinks reasonable prices- main let down- menu awful for vegetarians- pubs usually cater brilliantly for non meat eaters but sadly not this one…
jemima1 - 12 Sep 2006 18:08
I really miss the place, full of lovely staff including all the stunning barmaids! And dont forget Joscan the french bar man! Lovely food, great manager in Paul! Keep the work up chap! I can see why people think the place is snobby but come on, its Teddington not feltham. So if you would rather see tracksuit bottom clad wroguns! Than suited and booted Teddington locals, i suggest you jump on the clearly marked 285 bus on the door step and for a £1 go to Hampton Hill or Twickenham!
Teddlocal - 12 Sep 2006 16:39
Always seems very busy, a bit too busy for my taste. More of a bar than a pub with people dressing up to go there. Its probably alright if you like that sort of thing but the beer is good.
Big_Frank - 17 Jul 2006 23:46
This pub is ok if you don't mind having to shout having a conversation. Loud, souless and bland.
MrEddie - 20 Jun 2006 16:27
Nice beers on tap. A bit more character than most of these generically decorated bars of the last 5 years, but still nothing out of the ordinary.

Kettle 'Chips'. Ho Hum

Couldn't complain about the pint though.
Zod - 1 Jun 2006 13:00
you sound like you come across a lot of bubbly personalities.

Good atmosphere. Yeah it has a few rugby/football lads, a few haircuts, a few starers, and quite a lot of haircut staring lads who play rugby and football. Ultimately its another pub with predominantly male drinkers who either date the attractive girls in there or the barmaids. I like it me.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 22:02
Great pub the manager a good bloke, but the icing on the cake for me was the lovely bar maid Becky, she is hot, and has the bubbliest personnality i have ever come accross

love it
bman - 6 Apr 2006 15:06
Its alright. I have a good night out here when I manage to get the leather seats round the back. The main part of the pub is too open, too much like a resteraunt for my liking. Female bar staff always cheer me up though - no not their personality.
I hear the grubs not bad, but expensive.
Bigger screen needed, however the widescreen isnt bad near the leather seats. Cant go wrong with sky sports.
This pub can be a bit of a snob hang out sometimes, but yer, its still ok. One of the first in teddington to get a late licence.
full_english - 24 Jan 2006 20:06
A cracking pub for the younger teddington crowd, some stunning bar staff as well. A great choice of food on the menu, and always showing the football, staff are very friendly and the manager is a lovely chap! Keep the good work up!
Teddlocal - 2 Jan 2006 16:41
KingRaama - 27 Oct 2005 12:17
Team Bill will be tomorrow evening (16/06/05)!! So keep your eyes peeled!!
mattybee - 15 Jun 2005 16:43
Went in here Thursday night with my mate and got accosted by a couple of chavvy builders - would've been bearable and even entertaining if they hadn't had a misogynistic, biogoted, downright bloody RUDE total arse of a mate who basically drove us out. And they were showing football. (Is there any night of the week that football ISN'T on??)We went to the King's Arms instead. There are some pubs that just wouldn't accept their clientele being harassed in such a manner - this isn't one of them.
Cleversaz - 14 May 2005 23:25
Seems a nice enough pub, although the correlation between Menu Price and food portion got lost somewhere.
Personally not to my tastes, i would much prefer the Adelaide or the Railway - If you want to pull some laydeez theres more chance in here though as all the posh fanny congregate here drinking their chilled Chablis.
TheGP - 2 May 2005 18:09
not quite my favourite to say the least. very yuppy area and seemingly a yuppy pub. it has more of a wine bar feel than a pub and is not best suited to boys who want to have a drink and a laugh.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2005 21:09
I am one of these seeminlgy cursed locals; the reason I have made it my local is the friendleness of the staff & the quality of drinks/food; I don't remember being made unwelcome as a stranger.
chubber - 2 Dec 2004 12:18
I can't agree with Peter or Ted, bar staff are very friendly - have you never been to The Anglers? There aren't many other pubs to my knowledge where you can get Budvar & Affligem on tap; in the right glasses... Pretty good range of Ales & food maybe quite expensive, but at least it is quality.
anonymous - 2 Dec 2004 11:42
Functional, but lacks character and warmth.
Doesn't feel right for the area.
Trying to be "all things to all men", but not really succeeding in being anything to anybody, it seems to me
John - 18 Nov 2004 13:12
Bar staff are v slow indeed. Attract a lot of loads of money types but guess that's normal.
anonymous - 16 Nov 2004 22:05
I have to agree with Peter,this place is truly awful. The regulars and staff treat the bar like an extension of their own lounge, and regard strangers as unwelcome intruders. The food is ok, but well overpriced. There are many other places to go in this area.
Ted - 7 Nov 2004 10:28
I really do not get the hype around this pub. As a long standing Teddington local I could suggest far better places to drink. It's loud, overpriced, the bar staff are possibly the slowest and there is not real soul to it. If you like to go some where with soul.. do not go here.
Peter - 3 Nov 2004 16:45
This is lovely, comfy, trendy without being overbearing. Fab place to spend an evening with a cash point next door as you will need it.
The Ginger Princess - 13 Aug 2004 11:17
This place is unusual in that it was built on a site recently that wasn't a pub at all - A new pub being built is rare indeed.

The decor inside is not bad - They have fallen into the wooden strip flooring trap, but not to the extent of a lot of places, there are nice comfy sofas to sit on etc. It is very expensive though, menu is poncey in the extreme and the place does seem to fill up with Poseurs - Therefore whilst not a bad attempt, could definitely do better.
TheGP - 10 Aug 2004 13:05
Great pub - good ambiance and lots of beautiful people - i like, in fact i like it a lot.
mike2004 - 29 Mar 2004 10:46
This place is fine on the whole. Best bet in Tedds. It is pricey and that is annoying if you drink ale. A session bitter shouldn't be over 2.20 anywhere! This is a once a month visit sort of place. It is annoying when staff don't know what beer they sell!
Charlie - 25 Mar 2004 13:15
Great cosy place with decent contemporary interior. Great friendly bar staff, good selection of drinks. Certainly my favourite in Teddington.
roger - 18 Mar 2004 23:56
fresh, organic food. great ales, friendly/ good looking staff
ashly - 16 Feb 2004 14:18
Contrived, fake pub. Ok I for those that can't see it I guess....
Chris - 18 Dec 2003 00:37
Only a few months after this was opened, I decided to go in to find the owner showing his "mates" around... I couldn't help overhearing the conversation & found him pretentious and only intersetied in bragging about the big costs involved -no personal touch in terms of welcoming new customers. On the whole, this place would suit better in central London, NOT a lovely friendly location like Teddington, which is more of a people place!

Cross of Teddington - 13 Oct 2003 15:44
Too noisy and a bit plastic. That's the trouble when you try to create an instant atmosphere. It's less of a pub...more like a city bar. Staff a little on the impatient and unfriendly side I'm afraid.
richardaustin - 13 Oct 2003 15:21
OK if you like that sort of thing. Wooden floors and high ceilings make it very noisy when busy.
Nick - 18 Aug 2003 15:10
Seems nice enough, but it doesn't know what it wants to be.
Mike - 8 Aug 2003 14:45
Bit restauranty but you can't fault the beers on tab; Budvar and Pilsener Urqueil ahoy. Spotted some cheeky Belgians behind the bar too but was definitely in the mood for a lager rather than some cherry.
dsf - 1 Aug 2003 14:47
Large and very comfortable new freehouse opened about four months ago. Excellent food in particular the chefs specials. Superb range of bitters over 6 handles!!! with the original Budweiser Budvar on draught aswell.Good range of bottled beers including belgian, and soft drinks aswell. The bar and leather sofa'd lounge area are very bright and airy and they also have a non smoking dining room aswell which gets very busy at the weekends. The toilets are very clean and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
Joe Jones - 15 Jul 2003 14:29
Excellent mix of styles between "All Bar One" bar area, snuggery and restaurant. Good range of beers and top quality food. its become our new local!
Rob Gordon - 13 May 2003 21:57
Very nice indeed. Has the look and feel of a Hogshead but smarter and more modern. AMple setaing, comfy sofas and a bug screen for watching the footy. This place also has the benefit of being a freehouse so had a good selection of beers (Fullers, Courage, Green King and Adnams for the bitter fans and Budvar, Stella and Kronie for the lager lovers.) Guinness extra cold wasn't available, but the normal Guinness was very good.
Angus - 9 Apr 2003 11:50
A new pub in Teddington, it has been open for a couple of weeks on the site of an old Italian deli/restaurant.
The pub has a bright, airy atmosphere with 'generic pub' layout of chunky wood tables, with a lounge area with sofas and newspapers to one side.
Unfortunately, given the sunny day we visited it on, there is no beer garden.
There is a good range of beers, including three cask ales (Abbot, Adnams Best and London Pride).
The food is pricey but of excellent quality.
Oddbits - [email protected] - 27 Mar 2003 11:39

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