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Rose of York, Richmond

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Visited this Pub for the first time last week, although I have lived in and around Richmond for a very, very long time. What a nice surprise, the spacious interior of the pub was traditionally wood panelled but because it was light oak it was not at all dingy, just very warm and characterful, nice outside areas overlooking Petersham Meadows with views to the River. Drinks are Sam Smith’s own, and were reasonably priced. The Menu was varied enough to meet any taste, and the food was served quickly, well presented, was very good, and extremely reasonable. The Manager and his wife told us they had just taken over at the Pub and were very much looking forward to making it as popular as it deserves to be. A real jewel away from the bustle of the town centre – we will definitely be back.


MD1 - 4 Aug 2014 09:48
Sam Smiths that was much quieter than the Roebuck up the hill. The pub is reasonably large, with plenty of seating. All beers are keg - Extra Stout, Cider Reserve, Double Four Lager, Taddy Lager, Old Brewery Bitter, Alpine Lager & Pure Brewed Organic Lager. A bit off the beaten track. But it has a nice setting just above the river.
blue_scrumpy - 15 Dec 2013 15:28
Large pub on the outskirts of Richmond with a good outside seating area.

Serves Sam Smiths beer, which means you get a decent pint for reasonable amount of money.

Good service and he staff are helpful.
beershot - 8 Jun 2012 12:24
A rare source of S Smiths Cider Reserve in this area.
jgurney1 - 26 Sep 2011 11:01
A pleasant enough pub, very neat and tidy. Good service. Comfortable pub to visit after the walk in snowbound Richmond Park yesterday. The Sam Smiths was up to standard.
ericstadd - 20 Dec 2010 10:25
I have visited this pub twice in recent weeks, and have found it to be in great order. The staff are friendly, and even bought out a bowl of iced water for the dog in our group.
On my 2nd vist, I tried the food. Very well presented, and very tasty. Will definitely be back...
robhealy - 8 Jul 2010 19:13
Just came back from the pub. Ordered a bottle of cider. When it arrived i noticed the date said Feb 10 (today is the May 10). Probably didn't matter but did not want to risk it! The land bhind the bar looked aggrieved at the fact I had pointed this out. She took my cider and put it back in the fridge while another member of staff went down to fetch a fresh one. My second and last drink... I went back to order the same. The lady tried to whisper 'give him the same bottle' I heard her as she is rubbish at whispering and checked the neck of the bottle for the date as it was the same bottle i refused. The date had been scratched off!! I pointed this out to the chap serving me and he got me a fresh one. Otherwise a lovely setting and will proably go back (but will chack the dates on anything i buy) I know its not a big deal only 4 months out of date but i'd expect more from a samuel smiths pub!!
700 - 23 May 2010 16:58
.A nice Public House with an open fire. The pub has accommodation and we were helped with room bookings. The staff are helpful making this a friendly pub. The rooms are clean but where are the televisions - difficult to keep up with the news.

This as a Sam Smith pub which is cosy which gives it a hotel bar atmosphere. Can't complain as the beer is less than 2 a pint.

ianw1954 - 15 Mar 2010 23:51
AFTER TRAVELLING FROM THE PEAK DISTRICT VIA THE M1 IT WAS WITH RELIEF THAT WE ARRIVED IN RICHMOND AT THE ROSE OF YORK WHAT A LOVELY PUB WITH ROOMS OPEN FIRE FANTASTIC VIEWS AND FRIENDLY STAFF.NOTHING SEEMED TO BE TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO MAKE OUR STAY A HAPPY ONE.BREAKFAST WAS SERVED IN THE PUB NEAR THE OPEN FIRE TAKING ME BACK TO MY CHILDHOOD.THERE IS A STRANGE OFFERING OF DRINKS THEY SEEM TO SELL ONLY THERE OWN PRODUCTS HOWEVER THESE WERE LOVELY AND RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP FOR LONDON BEER AT UNDER TWO POUNDS.OUR DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED LATER THIS MONTH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT VISIT
RUBY2328 - 16 Feb 2010 09:59
friendly pub with helpful staff. landlady particularly helpful with room bookings. rooms nice clean but were are the tvs great views ..cheap beers quality food offer enjoyed our stay
RUBY2328 - 15 Feb 2010 20:02
Large sprawling pub situated at the foot of Richmond Hill close to the Petersham Hotel, in former stables.

Older drinkers may remember this pub as The Tudor Close, one of the forerunners of the real ale revolution in London. I have rather hazy recollections of splendid pints of Brakspears Special and Ruddles County, inter alia, in the late 70's.

It's now a Sam Smith's pub with, unusually for Sams, a light pine wood pannelled interior that does indeed have the feel of a Harvester, decor wise. It's comfortable and cosy, but with something of a hotel bar atmosphere. There's nothing really of note, apart from a bar billiards table, which seems slightly incongrous in the surroundings.

Being slightly out of the Town Centre, it's invariably rather quiet and it's far enough away from the towpath not to pick up the passing trade from visitors. It does have a number of rooms for overnight accommodation and prices seem reasonable for the area, but this basically a pub with rooms.

The Sam Smith's OBB - 1.90p - is not real and tasted rather cold on my recent visit. Given that this was Sam's first London pub, it's disappointing that they don't see fit to offer real ale.

There's good river views from the outside drinking terrace, but there's no real reason to specifically seek this one out.


JohnBonser - 6 Jan 2010 13:13
the landlord is arrogant his wife was drunk , the room was a room with terrible breakfast facilities i will not be going back there and i will not be reccomending this hotel to anyone , won,t go there again
tink44 - 26 Aug 2009 23:10
went to this pub a couple weeks back after a walk along the river with my partner............
WHAT A VILE PLACE! I sat in the garden while my partner got the drinks and there was a group of young people smoking a joint, bit surprised as staff were walking in and out of the garden and didnt say anything... my partner then came out and was embarrased to repeat what the disgusting man behind the bar had just said to his mate "you can smell the fanny from here" as if that wasnt bad enough he then walked across to the table where the group where smoking and started to smoke a joint and downed a pint of beer.

Our food then arrived STUCK to a napkin. We asked for our money back and left very quickly.... ashame as this has the potential to be a fantastic pub.
bumbalina - 11 Jun 2009 18:17
The decor looks very tired and dated, like a 80s Harvester. The ranges of beers is limited and the pint of Old Brewery Bitter that I had was not very appetising (this used to be my regular drink) or full. Cannot see a reason to go there.
Matthew_of_Ham - 14 Mar 2009 18:36
The Rose of York is an awesome pub. It's fairly quiet and a bit far down the road but has great service and comfortable accomodation.
slamminsarah - 25 Feb 2009 17:05
Hate to do this but note Iloverichmond's spelling and grammar, ergo "staff is [are]..a specially [especially the!] polish...It is [a!] very familiar place...spanding [spending] my time there etc etc. As they say in London, for Gawd's sake, why didn't you just admit you're Polish and hence get on with the Polish bar staff. And let's be realistic, Polish bar staff don't give a fig about pleasantries to British customers in general do they.
declan88 - 12 Feb 2009 19:59
OK rooms at a reasonable rate (if you can get them before the contractors do.) Good basic cooking. Other than the usual SS offerings, not much on the tap but you can always fall back on SS's bottled range. Great nook & cranny interior with leafy beer garden. I have stayed here several times with my family and the staff & management have always been great. Worth it just to wake up and see the cattle grazing in Petersham Meadow.
threeravensmoor - 15 Jan 2009 12:59
An overall nice pub with a greatly improved staff. Good facilities and a friendly atmosphere, but due to its distance from the main town it is often very quiet. It offers a small choice of drinks, but mostly of good quality. it is also very cheap by london standards which is always a bonus.
izzy_tremor - 4 Dec 2008 21:25
No real ale, not very busy, untypical Sam Smiths pub, great views
mtaylor40 - 28 Feb 2008 21:23
Too far out of town it seems for most people. I have never seen more than half a dozen folk in there, but imagine that due to its location, overlooking the Thames water meadows it could be busy for sunny summer days and for their carvery on Sundays.
Beer is cheap by 'London' standards.
Most of the staff seem to be from the E.U and are more interested in their own chit chat. Their ability to serve the product properly could also be improved.
alanwrigg - 7 May 2006 19:44
hi i was in this pub lots of times and i love it. staff is VERY friendly a specialy polish girls from the bar. It is very familiar place i love spanding my time there, food is FAB .Another pubs can be just jealous. If you will go there You wont regret. All the best for menagers, they are superb. My big respect for running this pub SO well.
iloverichmond - 2 Feb 2006 17:46
I've never seen more than about 6 people in here and while Sam Smiths is OK it does mean a limited choice.
Matthew_of_Ham - 15 Dec 2005 19:45
i am not going back to this place, its awful !!!!!!! food is poor me and my wife suffered stomach pains all night when we had food from here .... the staff are rude and stand around chatting and more to the point chew gum when serving, or the fight over sweets etc, in my visit here i also found a maintainance man .... well who i thought was , scruffly dressed behind the bar, paint all about him, i was told he was the manager who has opted to paint out the rooms upstairs, this is just totally mind blowing and unhealthy in this environment.

i will not be returning to this establishment and nor will any of my work partners. clean up the act and be more polite costs nothing !!!!!!!

mikesummers - 5 Dec 2005 12:09
I went to this pub on Sunday for lunch and have to say I was really impressed. Although lacking in music, I can't say that caused a problem for us as there was a buzzy family atmosphere and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. The carvery of which I'm not usually a fan was very tasty and really good value, as was the alcohol! Would definitely recommend.
Jemimaflowers - 16 Mar 2005 17:02
me and my partner love this pub! or should that be we love the family that used to run it!!!!!! it was run very well .... good food , good ale and very friendly. now the family have been turfed out by the company. the company has a little gold mine and now its ready for the slaughter, no tv and music, the company think its best to take them out, even though they say the takings are up by 6% (lies) its a pub for the regulars and they are very friendly. but now the regulars are leaving in droves, to be honest the gentleman that runs the show has no idea and he thinks he is the bee's knees. my advice? drink at home,or try the local train station for the down and outs. as far as the family goes we all love them and find it really upsetting that the company has abused them in such a disgusting manner. oh im the geordie that used to frequent this establishment but not as often now!
cassalli - 5 Mar 2005 11:07
This is a great pub funny friendly staff cheap beer lovley veiw of the river just a shame sameul smiths took the music out but it has cheap beer !!!
Batty - 27 Feb 2005 16:56
The keg bitters are appalling - whatever possessed them to get rid of real ale? It's a decent enough place with friendly staff & good food but the essential ingredient is missing!
DeviousDave - 7 Feb 2005 09:30
It's a strange pub, this one.

On the negative side, it's kitted out like a 1980s Berni Inn - all antiseptic fake beechwood and mock Tudor; lots of little alcoves. More of a carvery than a boozer.

But on the plus side, the Sam Smiths bitter was 1.68! Comparable beer at the New Inn is 2.40.

So if you just want a couple of pints after a walk in the Park, it's good and great value.
Mike - 16 Sep 2004 15:00
It's not bloomin' expensive, I have a fabulous pint of stout for about two quid, in fact I had a lot more than one...!
Lovely food, friendly helpful staff, bug beer garden, parking and accommodation- what more do you want?? Not always v busy but that's because the posers of richmond are poncing around in the pitcher and piano. No comparison, this is a decent pub!
Jane - 17 Aug 2004 12:49
Lager tended to taste/smell of yeast, even with the lime I had to add. We all know what that means don't we!
Rather empty. Apart from that, ok.
John - 17 Aug 2004 09:47
I fondly remember this pub from the early 1970's when it was a freehouse called the Tudor Close. I did all my formative drinking years here. Fantastic pub with a great range of unusual ales for those days....Felinfoel, Brakspear, etc.
Unfortunately, bought and gutted as their first London tied house by Sam Smith's around 1976. In my mind they really spoiled a great boozer.
Bob the Binman - [email protected] - 25 Jul 2004 15:56
Good food, very good beer & loads of nice clean accomodation
Probably the cheapest beer in Richmond!!!
Tibbs - 24 Feb 2004 12:55
Expensive!?? Pint of Old Brewery Bitter is only 1.66 per pint.
James - 20 Feb 2004 20:18
Too far from town, very expensive!
Sammy - 28 Jan 2004 10:56
Large pub between Richmond and Petersham, not far from the river and down the hill from Richmond Park.
Nice inside & out, good beers & food, and big traditional Sunday lunches. Large car-park, and busy at weekends.
Not especially cheap, but that's Richmond...
Loz - 19 May 2003 17:21

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