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Kelly Arms, Kingston Upon Thames

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The Kelly Arms closed permanently last year. It will never be a pub again as the building has a restrictive covenant on it forbidding it to be used as a place which sells alcohol i.e a restaurant, club, pub or bar. Another Kingston gem lost.
JDchaser - 25 Apr 2011 16:27
now closed again
baz66 - 20 Apr 2010 13:07
Zoe now drinks at the bricklayers
jackuk - 17 Jul 2009 07:41
Sadly true. The guv'nor has moved to the Fairfield Arms and the Kelly is shut, apparently for good.
rainlight - 20 Jun 2009 21:06
Someone told me the other day that this pub is closing for good and the licence has been withdrawn. Another trad pub lost.
RealMcCoy - 15 Jun 2009 09:58
She quit. A shame she seems to have meant it.
rainlight - 22 May 2009 18:28
What happened to Zoe? She was a great laugh and really knew her job. Where is she now? Would love to see her again.
jackuk - 22 May 2009 10:47
Slerpy, doesn't matter how much it costs - if it looks cheap ...... ? However, the pub's great, what's the next event?
oldcortina - 17 May 2009 20:56
Oldcortina, Sorry I hope I am not having a pedantic moment but cheap gold is that not an oxymoron? It was $933 an ounce on Friday !
slerpy - 17 May 2009 20:12
Great real pub. shame about the skin head barmaid with the cheap gold!!!!!!!
oldcortina - 17 May 2009 19:38
Overly loud laugh? more like a cackle. They should supply ear defenders when she is in the bar, either side. Pity she can't even pull a good pint.

jackuk - 8 May 2009 12:53
Nice pub with a friendly atmosphere, but... Whats with the overly loud barmaid with the overly loud laugh?
smily - 6 May 2009 13:59
Walking up to this pub it seemed closed as you can�t see any lights on � but luckily the sound of voices drew me in. It has the appearance of a backstreet locals� pub. Now a one room pub, like so many others of course, but the glass in the doors still proclaims its multi room past - �Private Bar� �Bottles and Jugs� �Public Bar�. It now has a pool table and dartboard in an area at the back of the pub.

There were four handpumps � two had no clips; one had a Gales HSB clip turned round, and the fourth was dispensing some distinctly average Bombardier, at �2.90 a pint. Actually it�s a fairly average pub. Nothing bad to say about it, but I don�t suppose that I shall bother to visit again.
RexRattus - 25 Mar 2009 18:38
Getting better all the time. lots of locals who welcome new visitors. none of the stare and ignore stuff. Now open from 11am. Great pizzas available all day, all freshly cooked.
jackuk - 13 Feb 2009 13:24
The person who wrote the review on 4th Feb is just a sad, childish idiot who goes into one when he cant get his own way. Oh well, there's always one.
As for the pub, Its very well run, Douglas is a very good landlord who does not stand for any trouble. all the clientel are lovely people, some of whom travel from Epsom to get a great pint, All the staff are very efficient and friendly. a great pup to visit
John_KTSY - 8 Feb 2009 18:14
The new Kelly is a welcoming locals' pub with pizza on the menu, a jukebox, and Fullers London Pride and Wells Bombardier on the pumps - nothing unusual but it's well kept. I have absolutely no idea what the previous reviewer means, insinuating 'be careful' - I had a good night in there with good conversation, as I have had before.
rainlight - 7 Feb 2009 23:29
the landlord who looks after himself not his clients, but if you want to smoke in the pub after hrs it is good.

If you get out alive it was a good night, be carefull
Nokia - 4 Feb 2009 14:50
One beer on, rotating between Woodforde's Wherry, Ringwood and Doom Bar. Looks like a locals' pub in that almost everyone in there is male and probably owns a dog. For all that Kev (formerly of the Waggon and Horses) is a good bloke and is running a clean pub.
beeronaut - 4 Jul 2008 21:23
And now reopened again!
rainlight - 10 Apr 2008 19:40
arkaye - 10 Jan 2008 18:10
Oh dear, closed after the New Year, looks like it's going to be another lost cause.....time will tell...shame really but good idea in the wrong place.
quizman - 7 Jan 2008 03:37
Looks like a brawlers' paradise from without, but calm and relaxing floorboards within. I like a quiet pub, so I didn't mind paying a little extra for a choice of ales and a bit of peace and quiet. Monkey_feet has a point as, it might be a little awkward to eat there, but I didn't need to eat there and I can say I still liked it. Posh hand soap in the Gents just says to me 'come back, even thou, when all those other people don't want to eat', so even the toilet's a good place to think in. I am astonished, but I actually like it.
arkaye - 4 Jan 2008 18:14
This has recently been done up and gone down the Gastro route. Thankfully though it didn't feel pertentious like a lot of them.

On the plus side, the building and interior are great with lots of traditional charm. The food was very good, and reasonable priced for one of these places. The staff were very attentive (but not overly) and friendly. The beer (Sussex) was nice and well looked after.

However, it needs to sort the atmosphere out. It felt a bit more like eating in a Library than a pub, even though there were quite a few people in there. You couldn't really have a conversation without expecting the whole place to hear. This could be sorted easilly with a bit of music and possibly dimming the lights a bit.

Deserves to do well for its plus points but needs to sort out a decent atmosphere quickly.
Monkey_Feet - 5 Oct 2007 13:08
Empty as anything since the refit. See not EVERYONE likes gastro pubs
baz66 - 1 Oct 2007 10:55
This evening they had "four" ales: Timothy Taylor Landlord (a bit warm), Gales HSB, Harvey's Sussex (alas, "still settling"), and Twickenham Naked Ladies (yum!). Good beers, but at almost �3/pint they're decidedly pricey. Definitely early days -- they've been open less than a week, and the place still smells of paint while they finish redecoration -- but there's potential...

EdmundSS - 5 Sep 2007 23:24
This pub has now reopened under new management and with a refit that has kept much of its old charm. Four real ales on tap, including one from the Twickenham Brewery, all in good condition.

Rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated!
beeronaut - 2 Sep 2007 21:40
Now closed
John_KTSY - 21 Aug 2007 09:26
It's a real locals' pub and looks it. The pub has been knocked through into one at some point - 'saloon bar' and 'public bar' doors lead into the same space, but the general feel of the place is very trad. You almost expect to see Jack Regan sitting at a corner table with one of his snouts. Dartboard, darts trophies, posters incl 'Kingston by Tram' (the tram was the rescuing of Kingston after being sidelined by the railway).
Fullers Pride (�2.40/pt), Courage Best. Current licensees celebrate a year there on 19 November, 8pm: buffet, karaoke.

beeronaut - 13 Nov 2005 18:14
no way is this pub closing
still plenty of life left in this old dog
anonymous - 26 Jul 2005 01:59
new management as of november 2004
very nice couple and good laugh in there
has a golf society and good pool team
does a small snack menu mon-sat
and has cleaned up a bit since last year
lisathom84 - 26 Jul 2005 01:57
Rumours are this is closing soon to make way for more luxury flats in the Kingston area.

Shame as one of the few charchater pubs left in Kingston.
PB - 16 Aug 2004 12:50
Popped in yesterday (lived in the area 25 years ago & knew the old owners kids - the Potters?) Lovely old style pub and good selection of beer. However I HATE that local mentality of strangers walking in pubs and then getting the murmur along the lines of "Hes not local" when you leave. Its a PUBLIC House isnt it?
PJB - 2 Jun 2004 13:00
Very friendly owners - good food -plenty to do, foosball, pool, pinball etc, and nice locals.
Diane - 17 Feb 2004 09:30
The BEST pub in Kingston. Friendly, clean, tv & good food!
Charlie - 6 Feb 2004 16:57
Friendly pub, good beer and excellent for watching football. Also good value food!
Richard - 17 Jan 2004 15:57
It used to be my old local when I lived in the area.

Excellent pub, nice clientelle, comfortable, clean good service, a perfect pint of Guinness, excellent bar staff and owners.

What more can I say a 20 out of 10 !!!!!
Warren Stevenson - 25 Jun 2002 18:51

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