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There is no A in coconut.
You southern people ought to learn to spell.
There is some hope for you though.
The word THE is spelt correctly.
scrump - 7 Oct 2015 21:53
Practically deserted last night but good food was to be had even after 9pm. Cask beer choice is limited to London Pride - three pumps but only one ale. What with the Swan having closed down and the Castle long gone, and the Cricketers doing double duty for the now-vanished Fairfield Tavern, you would think that a pub here would thrive and perhaps it does sometimes.
rainlight - 7 Oct 2015 16:28
I went to this pub last night because i knew that 'Kai's Thai Food' had moved here from the Cricketers around the corner.
The thai family who used to do the food in the cricketers now run the whole pub including food.
This is a really nice pub and is more relaxed that most of the pubs closer to Kingston town centre. Usual lagers, fuller's ale on tap.

But the real selling point is the thai food which is amazing. �36 for a meal for two (and we were stuffed) plus a drink each.
Highly recommended.
chewi - 22 Jan 2012 18:31
I used to go to this pub a lot, there was a great atmosphere and friendly bar staff, however I went there recently and found it quite hostile. The landlady appeared rude, unfriendly and aggressive and the staff did not appear to give two hoots about their customers.
I certainly won't be returning to the pub again.
shehasredhair - 23 Oct 2011 23:41
Have actually eaten here on many different occasions with friends and had fantastic service and a great meal, unfortunately one bad experience has ruined for me. After calling to confirm that food was being served minutes before, I turned up with friends to be told we had to wait minutes , even though we only wanted two simple curry dishes, we were still we would have to wait. We turn up 45 minutes later to then be told that "the kitchen said they aren�t going to cook any more food". The manageress' attitude was extremely rude, unhelpful and obnoxious. I won�t be returning to the Cocoanut again and specially the Pints prices are extremely expensive , the taste is vinegary most of the times and ho called Loly or Roly she need a lot of attitude to communicate with customers
pubeye - 11 Jul 2011 23:00
Nice drop of London Pride. Most of pub laid out as a restaurant, but tables available for just drinking. Tom Yum Gai soup was very tasty, but cost �4.99.
wade_ - 16 Apr 2011 11:21
The Thai family have done a great job with this place, they've put a lot of time and energy into making the place feel very homely and welcoming. The staff are great. The food is really good. Very different to the student hang out it used to be, which had its charms, but I think its the best its been in many many years. Recommend it.
friendlypunter - 27 Jan 2011 07:04
I have tried this place a couple of times. The food is not that great and for two people with one drink each it it works out to be 35 on average.
If you are looking for Thai food I think it is better value for money at the Thai rest down the road from Wilkinson where the quality is much higher and the price the same.

kingstongal - 12 Aug 2010 20:12
This pub is now run by the family who used to do the Thai food at the Cricketers. I think this is the best thing to have happened to the Cocoanut in years. The Thai food is excellent and you can get a starter and main for a little over a tenner. This pub is no longer exclusively for students and now has a great mix of young and old, locals and students. A great atmosphere, great food, friendly staff and a good pint of pride to boot. The only criticism I could make, is that there is no food on a Sunday but the chef and staff have to rest some time! As a resident of Mill Street I now feel very proud of our pub.
jamob - 28 Jul 2010 11:38
Had an excellent pint of London Pride in here last night
Sandinista - 20 Jun 2010 11:28
This was always a nice pub but its only got better now it has thai food!
Charlotte_Sheena - 26 Apr 2010 10:20
Now has the Thai food from the Cricketers. Oh, and quality barstaff from another pub in the area. Only Pride on though, surely a pub as popular as this was last night could run to another ale? If they get HSB back I shall be pleased. At least Fullers having taken over Gale's they have that option, rather than just Pride / ESB (which may be giving way to HSB) and the occasional seasonal.
rainlight - 21 Feb 2010 20:02
A local community pub, situated just off the Fairfield and a short jaunt from the town centre. Comfortable and traditional in style, the central island bar has the two main rooms seperated by an arch. There is a further small snug like room to the rear. Wood panelled walls, leaded light windows with green inserts, a good mix of seating with standard tables but also larger circular ones allowing larger groups to congregate together. Some of the latest trendy low sofas and tables too.. The lighting is to say the least, subdued, dark I'd say, I considered offering 50p for the meter..
Mirrors, paintings and photos comprise the decor, Fullers beers, well looked after, last night had Pride, HSB, and Jack Frost. No ESB though, is it me or is this beer becoming harder to find?
A pleasant spot for a quiet couple, away from the excess of the town centre.
Maldenman - 20 Jan 2010 23:07
A local community pub, situated just off the Fairfield and a short jaunt from the town centre. Comfortable and traditional in style, the central island bar has the two main rooms seperated by an arch. There is a further small snug like room to the rear. Wood panelled walls, leaded light windows with green inserts, a good mix of seating with standard tables but also larger circular ones allowing larger groups to congregate together. Some of the latest trendy low sofas and tables too.. The lighting is to say the least, subdued, dark I'd say, I considered offering 50p for the meter..
Mirrors, paintings and photos comprise the decor, Fullers beers, well looked after, last night had Pride, HSB, and Jack Frost. No ESB though, is it me or is this beer becoming harder to find?
A pleasant spot for a quiet couple, away from the excess of the town centre.
Maldenman - 20 Jan 2010 23:07
A good start from this rejuvenated Fullers pub with enthusiastic people running it - but they must stop running out of beer!
rainlight - 6 Oct 2009 19:24
The Cocoanut will be reopening on Saturday 25th July after refurnishment. Please come down and enjoy one of our cocktails and our exciting new food menu!
Cocoanut - 13 Jul 2009 23:27
The best pub in Kingston by a long way. Table football, pool table, decent music, friendly service, quality beer garden and a really decent mix of people. Not the normal alocpop fuelled saturday night chav-fest you can expect in most other central Kingston bars.

mauteek - 4 Oct 2007 12:53
fear not smada! i have it on good authority that the cocoanut will be with us under its present management for years to come!
Infact it has recently undergone a spiritual and social revamp which has given it a whole new lease of life!
mazungo - 29 Jun 2007 12:46
I heard a rumour that the cocoanut is shutting down soon, i hope this isnt true, so it will be badly missed. somebody please confirm or deny this
smada - 23 May 2007 16:08
Anonymous 8 Nov:

I think you'll find a lot of the louts that you refer to are actually locals, also, do you not think the junkies that hang around on the fairfield are a bigger problem for the local kids?
Jennavive - 5 Jan 2007 00:20
I have a feeling that I know the guy who posted the rather damming review of the cocoanut. Interesting.
I've been drinking at the 'nut' for a number of years now, and I find it hard to belive what our 'anonymous' friend posted on the 8th of november. As always in this country, the voice of one person with a minor problem seems louder than the masses who enjoy the cocoanut week in week out. Being a local resident, I have found the atmosphere to be welcoming and relaxed. A far cry from the mayhem of Kingston city centre.
What character would Mill Street have without the Cocoanut? Rather little I feel.
I do hope those who seem determined to cause the managers, locals, regulars so much hassle, have a sit down and think about what this amazing pub brings to this area.
P.S Best pint of Grolsch in the land!
banjomonkey - 15 Nov 2006 16:56
This pub seems to be getting a great deal of stick lately and frankly I cannot understand why. It is an alternative meeting place for alternative people who do not fancy risking getting a beating in the town centre by the racist homophobic bigots in shirts and shoes.

Sure, art students are all middle class, arrogant clothes horses with more money than sense but they cause very little trouble and just want to go somewhere they feel comfortable.

I hope that all this silly bother can be rectified and that people don't feel like they are being excluded, this place welcomes everyone (except racist, homophobic bigots in shirts and shoes)

anonymous - 15 Nov 2006 13:36
The pub itself and manager are fine...

...It is a shame that many of the young students that spend their evenings here are mindless, selfish louts that have no respect for the local residents. Why do they have to hang around outside swearing, shouting, puking and causing damage to people's property and cars?

If you do want to visit this pub with no beer, please respect the many children and taxpayers in the street and allow them a decent nights sleep. The Cocoanut is already in trouble with the Borough Council for causing public nuisance and is consequently having it's license reviewed in December 2006.

Police frequently have to visit this pub, because of the noise, damage and fighting etc., so unless you want to behave yourselves please stay in one of the many bars and clubs in the centre of town.

On the plus side; the flowers in the front are pretty, thanks!

anonymous - 8 Nov 2006 23:47
I found it to be full of arty mature student types who like to wear hats and grow wispy beards. Other than that it seemed unoffensive enough.
anonymous - 18 Sep 2006 21:23
Fullers have washed their hands of this place - don't blame them. Used to be a good boozer.

Now? Well, if you don't like beer and you want to share a pub with INCREDIBLY annoying people - try the 'cocoanut'!

LittleNicky - 26 Jul 2006 10:37
Fullers have seemingly now sold this pub as the Fullers external signage ( the Griffin ) has now been removed. Is it a free house now, I wonder ?
JohnBonser - 10 Jul 2006 11:26
Spotted this place the other day. Looked OK and seemed like a good atmosphere but no decent beer on offer. Daft.
anonymous - 12 Mar 2006 11:32
Apart from the annoying spelling of it's name this place is great.
The garden rocks, the cider is cold and the best party is being able to buy bags of sweets from behind the bar! Makes me feel like I'm 4 years old again!
lazyladyliz - 10 Feb 2006 16:16

I lived in this pub for a year. Dont be too hard on these guys. For a very long time they were restricted with regards to funds by the previous owner, hence not able to keep adequate control of stock. They did their absolute best to make it a fantastic place for students. They identified their market and hit it straight on. Without a shadow of a doubt, the single greatest pub in Kingston. It was a difficult time when i was there and maybe i left on not the best terms. But, from the bottom of my heart I wish them all the best. To Dimitri and Tim, I hope everything goes fabulously for you, you are the best at what you do, hope we can keep things friendly.
tore124 - 8 Dec 2005 01:04
No beer in a Fullers pub? - yes, I know I'm repeating what others have said but the message obviously isn't getting through. I shall not return there until this ridiculous situation is rectified.
DeviousDave - 15 Nov 2005 14:29
A good vibrant pub in Kingston, the only one in fact. Plays good music, friendly staff and a good crowd. No hair gel in sight.
Timmymc - 3 Nov 2005 14:39
OK for a trendy sort of pub playing funky music (white boy) but there was sod all beer - no real ales (in a Fullers pub?), no Kronenbourg - offered wifebeater (aka Stella) I settled for Grolsch and left after one.
beeronaut - 4 Sep 2005 08:35
Has definitely become a teen hangout, but still one of the best places in the Kingston area if you are looking for a good place to have a drink with friends. Some good music although it can be rather loud (and very very packed) on Fri/ Sat nights! Great artwork from Kingston College, especially look out for the turtle made out of hubcaps above the pool table.
anonymous - 21 Jun 2005 17:04
Beers often seem to run out - not a good start for a pub. Agree with Womble - a Fuller's pub where the (badly kept) London Pride has run out. No ESB, no Chiswick Bitter or any other Fuller's ales. Not the place to go if you like proper beer. More of a student lager place. The clientele seem friendly enough, though one young lady sitting at the bar seemed to want to get alot more than friendly with any customer in trousers!
LittleNicky - 31 May 2005 21:28
Went to this place for the first time recently, definately will be going back, great vibe,music,staff punters all seemed really nice, definatley recommended!
lewis1001 - 30 Apr 2005 10:36
the cocoanut rules!!! yer cocoanut crew
hayley smells........
chrissieandhayley - 11 Apr 2005 12:19
Oh right, is that what this place looks like. Came in here once while watsed about a year ago, to get even more wasted. Great footy machine, great service. 9 stars
andrewjames2004 - 30 Dec 2004 18:52
went in there bout 6 monthes ago they had no real ale. Sacralige for a fullers pub. Rubbish.
Womble - 23 Dec 2004 22:02
The beer's rubbish because people still go there - make 'em improve - protest & survive!
DeviousDave - 26 Oct 2004 12:17
not my kind of pub since the refurbishment - its now a student haunt, but at least that wretched awful dog that used to sniff all round you has gone
John - 14 Oct 2004 13:39
The beer in this place is shockingly bad, but I go back time and time again because of the amazing atmosphere, good music and friendly clientele and barstaff.

Top pub. Won't win a CAMRA award though!
Eq - 24 Sep 2004 18:48
this pub is really great. i go here all the time and it makes a change from the usual pubs in kingston. friendly people and really nice layout. a brilliant place to go.
jessi - 15 Sep 2004 17:48
Nicely tucked away, this place is a nice change from the normal 'chain' pubs. Go along after dark and enjoy the atmosphere of the dim candlelit rooms. Fairly quiet during the week, but fills out more on the weekend evenings. Certainly worth popping in on a busier evening if you want to socialise.
Ed - 28 Jul 2004 14:14
met an old mate for a beer there last week. I liked it.

Shame about the distinct lack of beer (Not Lager or Cider, Beer!)

as my mates hobgoblin t-shirt proudly proclaims "whats a matter? Afraid you might taste something!"
jon-paul - 25 Jul 2004 17:48
Agreeing with Scotty boy, the only disappointment is that I didn't find this pub earlier. We discovered it a couple of months ago and have been there at least a couple of times a week since. The music is eclectic and predominantly very good, the drinks are varied and relatively inexpensive, and the food is great and very good value (my friends and I have eaten at least our combined weight in curly fries). Comfortable too, and a very good atmosphere. And the chavs haven't found it. And the barstaff are friendly and gorgeous. There's probably more, but you get the point.
nene - 4 Jul 2004 18:21
Image is everything, content is nothing. This is a harsh assessment but one for which there is some evidence. It is clearly a trendy pub. It is always full and if you arrive after 8 you will struggle to find a place to sit. The music varies in quality depending on the DJ. It is small and cramped. The most disappointing thing is how they are nearly always out of bitter. This leaves you with lager or strongbow as the options (all slightly over priced). There is one pool table and one table football table but those that will like this pub will not want to go for this, but for the atmosphere.
QPRTom - 5 Apr 2004 12:44
Don�t let Mr Grumpy below put you off, if you want to go to an ol� man�s pub in t�country with fine ales, I say fine ales and pie then maybe take a drive into the country or pop in t�Rovers! If on the other hand like me you want a contemporary bar in the guise of an old mans pub, close enough to walk from town, but just far enough away from town not attract neds and shazzers, with a few of the things you�d expect from a pretentious �trendy� bar, but with out the pretentiousness and a few things you can�t get anywhere else. I think the cocoanut is a unique bar period, but particularly in Kingston, which is generally filled with townie corporate hell holes that are toe curlingly dull and full of the usual stuff that comes with drunk townies, fights, attitude and general irksome idiocy that quite frankly you can do without when you wanna go and have a few beers with yer chums and chill out. It�s unique cause it�s in a quite a pleasant suburban area just off Fairfield park, it is quite close to the university art department and thus is quite often frequented by an (artistically orientated) youthful crowd, (many of whom are double fit by the way) but they don�t act like annoying students having drinking games and giving themselves wedgies and other �crazy� student social antics, they all go to the townie hell holes thankfully! The owners are both youthful too, and both musicians and the music policy are aimed at the connoisseurs of quality contemporary music and that will always attract a younger crowd on the whole. That said there are a lot of regulars of all ages, from all different walks of life and it�s a generally a chilled out and happy vibe with staff and punters alike. So in my rather biased opinion as a regular, I think it has a great ambience, is generally frequented by sound, and interesting folk, generally play good music (live), good food and a variety of drinks that most pubs have, and the land lord tells me they only sell one alcopop so I think Mr Grumpy might have had a few more ales than he realised as he was obviously starting to hallucinate! And best of all it doesn�t cost an arm and a leg. It is in any case most certainly worth a visit if you fancy avoiding the central hot spots and a more bohemian atmosphere and decent dj�s.
Local - 27 Mar 2004 22:24
For an oldie I wont complain about the DJ or thevolume and quality of the music (we chose to enter after all) but its fine if all you want are alcopops - the real ale is a different matter. I think it was Fullers but can't be sure but the barrel ran out whilst pulling the first pint, took an age to replace and then the 'fresh' pint had more vinegar than my fish and chips.
The pub name is COCOAnut which is dark in colour and provides us with chocolate but the pub sign shows the far more familiar coconut - interesting
lout_from_the_lane - 17 Mar 2004 13:22
They sell beers of mass destruction, to the sound track of quality disc jokeys, and surrounded by nice folk (townie free zone) what more do you want?
Beers of mass destruction - 5 Mar 2004 19:58
My boyfriend kept going on about this until I finally agreed to check it out. From the outside looks like a ordinary smoky old pub but when inside was pleasantly surprised. Excellent music, good vibes and nice people. Good to get away from the centre of Kingston.
cjp - 20 Feb 2004 13:13
Great Pub, great guys! Tim, Tom, Marty, the gravedigger! Good times and great memories. Alls I gotta say is that Snakebite and Black is where it's at
Aaron's li'l bro - [email protected] - 19 Oct 2003 22:09
I love this pub. It has a unique atmosphere and really interesting (and fit) people (especially the bar man with dreads). I love going there on new years before going clubbing. Everyones really friendly and the hub-cap sculture of a turtle on the ceiling rocks.
Pixie - 6 Aug 2003 10:36
Nice chilled atmosphere, one of my favourite pubs in kingston. Music's really good aswell usually.
Duncan - 4 Jul 2003 23:09
local resident... what proof do you have that art students stink. cocoanut is a warm and friendly place designed for maximum chilling and meeting interesting, openminded people...all feel welcome!love Strider and General
the two girls that sit on the couch - [email protected] - 4 Jul 2003 22:49
An essential pub to escape kingston hell. Much muuuuuuuuch nicer than anything else in the area - no-one there particularly pretentious or stinking, eithr. Indeed much like lots of Brighton pubs. Yet to see enchanting barmaids, but nice rum nonetheless. Stoned staff surely a distinct plus? They sell zig zags behind the bar for chrissakes.
skeletor - 24 May 2003 01:15
Its a lovely pub, but it's full of stinking art students who make complete arses of themselves when they leave, whilst waking up the local residents. Staff are nice and friendly. (3/10 Customers let this one down)
local resident - 6 Mar 2003 11:58
Agree with Buster has one of the tastiest barmaids I have ever seen (I'm sure she likes me). But there are a couple of staff that are rude when it comes to closing time, and I don't mean exposing themselves!!!!
Chips - 22 Jan 2003 17:44
runs out of beer...staff always stoned
nice but dont rely on it
buster - 23 Dec 2002 10:57
has the most charming and attractive barmaids in town, if not the universe..well a few weeks ago i thought that,but i was veryvery dwunk at the time. Since then,i still go there more often than my wallet and kidneys would like, but i dont drool so much.Its the only pub i kno that runs out of beer,yet holds the crowd,and makes u come back 4more the next night.My prefered office space..dont go changin
Harry Lime - 26 Oct 2002 13:49
its full of irish people
graham - 15 Oct 2002 19:38
This pub used to a very quiet locals type place a few years back, but is now a lively, funky place very like some Brighton pubs, with art and sculpture on the walls. Food is excellent, especially Sunday roast which is very good value. Drinks are standard pub fare (Grolsch lager, Fuller London Pride bitter) but they stock a good variety of fruit juices for the non-alcohol-drinker. There is also a variety of music nights, mainly at the weekend with quality local DJs and a friendly, up-for-it crowd of locals and students. Well recommended for a few drinks with friends in a good, lively atmosphere (even though the fish tank has now sadly gone). An great alternative to the packed town centre pubs at the weekend.
Nathan Griffiths - 24 May 2002 14:03
This pub has changed hands since you last visited. It is now a lot friendlier and a lot funkier. It also has a pool table student art on it's walls, comfy leather sofa's and an eclectic mix of music with D.J.'s every night.It doesn't have a fish tank. Within the near future there are plans for a small games room with classic retro arcade machines such as Pacman. I put on a Funk, Jazz, Reggae and Hip-Hop night called Barefootin' there once every two Saturdays. The next one is on Sat. 26/5/2 from 8.00-Closing (Plug, Plug, Plug!). If you want anymore info. feel free to contact me on the e-mail address given.
Deane Kennett - [email protected] - 22 May 2002 14:02

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