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Thatched House, Hammersmith

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New name - The Butchers Hook
Still vaguely publike but food is overwhelmingly the priority. There's another branch of the same outfit by Chelsea FC.
Uncertain if Young's still own the place.
New licensee Gus, apparently a Kiwi, hopefully will do as well as fellow countryman the excellent Tom Kavanaugh did ten years ago.

Rembrandt - 17 Aug 2014 12:53
Massive change for the better. I love this pub now. Brilliant burger.
jodiwo - 26 Jun 2012 13:04
Changing yet again soon by the sounds of it.

Oisin Rogers @Mcmoop
I'm taking over the Thatched House in Ravenscourt Park with @philwhite101. We'll be sorting it in March and opening it new in early April.

Will anyone ever get it right? Or loads more money thrown down the drain? Here's a suggestion: it's a pub. So treat it like a pub. The gastropub era is drawing to a close, thank goodness, having done huge amounts of damage to pubs across London.
derekwinchester - 19 Feb 2012 15:31
I am a local and have been using this pub for years - but no longer. It describes itself as 'child friendly', which it has been until tonight, when myself and a friend and our three children were treated appallingly by the incredibly rude landlord. We went for a quick drink at 6pm, and we didn't feel welcome at all. The children were playing nicely at the table, and he kept coming over to say 'we had to keep the children with us at all times' - continuing dirty looks from the bar staff. I will advise all my friends with children - and they are a lot of us - not to use this establishment again.
valentine60 - 15 Jul 2011 19:39
Great food, great atmosphere, cosy fireplace.
Spend the whole of boxing day here with the family, best Xmas we ever had.
Tried everything on the menu, loved it all!!!!
Angelique_goingout - 2 Jan 2011 12:08
Exactly what a pub should be - Open fire, Lovely dinning area and a great menu which looks to offer new line-up every day ! - The steak was wonderful. We enjoyed a quick, friendly service and enjoyed the plesent atmosphere, in fact we relaxed in this warm location for much longer than we'd planned .... The chef even catered for my daughter gluten free diet - how good is that ?

See if you can find the secret door, which is easier if you have a love of books.

Obviously, it seems a large improvement from the reviews in previous years...

Dans_Review - 29 Dec 2010 18:54
Lovely pub. Welcoming ambience, nice feel, good food. And an open fire place. Working. Could think of a lot worse places to spend a Sunday afternoon. Recommended.
bludshoteyes - 14 Nov 2010 13:50
This is a Young’s house, with Bitter, Special and Bombardier on. A surprisingly large pub, with a lot of additional seating in what appears to be an extension at the rear. Apart from a couple of armchairs, furnishings consist of normal chairs and mainly large chunky tables. There are the usual stripped and polished floorboards typical of a Young’s makeover. But boards in the main bar look original, as do the windows with some stained glass, but mainly clear glass, leaded panels. There doesn’t seem to be anything else remaining from the original pub. This is yet another of those “OK” pubs with nothing exceptional or objectionable about them. Alright for pint if you’re passing, but not worth going out of your way to visit.
RexRattus - 10 Sep 2009 09:32
Surprisingly quiet, but I agree with the comment below that this goves the impression of being a civilised sort of pub. Reasonable-looking paved beer garden out back too. The beer selection is not quite as extensive as it first appears as there are duplicate clips on the six handpumps - Broadside, Ordinary and Special (and I enjoyed a decent pint of the latter).
rpadam - 31 Jul 2009 18:31
Large Young's pub with their range of ales being well kept. Can't remember about the prices. Don't think there are any guest ales. Friendly service. Neat and tidy interior but not particularly atmospheric. Never too busy so easy to get a seat. Probably a good place to bring the family on a weekend.
Nice, unpretentious, civilised place to pop in to, but not cosy enough to be a proper local (not that I live locally anyway however).
JonRambo - 21 Jul 2009 21:49
Since Young's took back the license late last summer this pub has really gone downhill. No atmosphere in the bar, real ales a bit suspect at times, and there is enormous scope for getting the food back to the standard it used to be; or lower the prices. Not likely somehow.
Rembrandt - 11 May 2009 09:00
Very nice pub, and if the Sunday lunch looks a bit on the steep side pricewise get the lamb - it'll be about the size of your head and you'll still be eating it on Monday - it's enormous and very very tasty. That picture at the top is roughly how it looked when I left there as I was pleasantly hammered. There's an old Thai tuk-tuk in the back garden which I'd normally write-off as try-hard-pretentious-bollocks but comes across as endearingly quirky here.
random_ranger - 8 Dec 2008 15:51
Was a rainy Thursday night (2 weeks ago) so the big log fire was used to warm several bums ... ours. Welcoming and pleasant. Can't remember the ales on but there were 2 or 3. Would visit again.
thursdaynight - 28 Nov 2008 16:14
very nice pub, if a bit pricey. Beer well kept, staff friendly and plenty of comfy seating.
Oolybel - 24 Sep 2008 15:14
How can you possibly say it's a riverside location?? it's on a main road nowhere near the Thames !!!
lovesong - 8 Jul 2008 12:46
Have been here lots of times to eat. Food and service is consistently good and the place has a nice atmosphere.
amethyst - 8 Jun 2008 00:14
Across the road from the police station this was always a bar you could visit without feeling any threat. Can't say that about too many bars in the area. The food is great and a good wine list also. The staff are friendly and the service maybe a bit on the slow side but not off putting.
spotcheck - 23 Apr 2007 19:13
Believe things have gotten better since the last review. The beer is well kept. The Staff is very friendly and the food is very nice. As far as price, well it is London.
RBKData - 10 Feb 2007 23:01
I am surprised with a previous comment about the poor beer, as it has always been good in the past - though limited to only two of Young's output on my last visit. This place has been pretty good for years but does tend to turn into a kindergarten when the pushchair mafia turn up - particularly over the WE, when there seems to be more pints of baby milk knocking around than beer.

The food on my visit was reasonably good but is now overpriced - at least on the Sunday I went- but I must admit most of the portions did look reasonably large. So maybe there is a bit of quantity over quality going on, as mentioned earlier.

Still worth a visit - don't forget your pushchair now...
LovePubs - 23 Aug 2006 21:44
The food in this pub is a triumph of QUANTITY far exceeding QUALITY. The manager/ chefs seem to be of the opinion that if you give customers huge plates with far too much on them they will thinik what great value it is and recommend to friends. I wasn't. I went recently for sunday lunch and ordered the beef. The plate was stacked high with food but barely any of it edible. Dry fatty beef, undercooked "roast" potatoes that tasted like they had been roasted in water and gravy that had the smell and consistency of winalot prime! Upon taking it back i was given a different choice of meal. Equally awful! Huge helpings, but whats the point if you can't eat any of it? On the plus side the beer garden is secluded but useually reserved for diners, and the beer and wine is good value for money.If you want quality food however, try the pub up the road. Its more expensive but at least you can eat it!
bunnybee - 21 Aug 2006 19:08
Young’s pub which seemed more like a wine bar. Nice real fire and wooden tables. Beer was definitely ropey but I expect they don’t sell much. Everyone else was drinking bottled fizz or wine. Wouldn’t bother with this place again.
Chief_IDIOT - 9 Apr 2006 10:00
Nice pub. Good beer and interesting food/tapas.
ReneArtois - 12 Dec 2005 17:57
Simply the best for great food and beer. Roast lamb on a Sunday would feed two! Love it!
planetgeoff - 11 Dec 2005 19:20
A heaving zoo of people paying well over the odds for food that has been rushed in it's preparation.

Great staff who are rushed off their feet these days.

The usual high standards of Youngs' ales and maintenance of them seems to be slipping here in the last few weeks.

Like many places today you might find that English is not fully understood by all the staff.

Rembrandt - 31 May 2005 09:39
Usually, I am only there for the beer. The Ordinary is well kept and, in my opinion, is best with a tight screw (sparkler).
Bootagram - 27 May 2005 12:02
Are now doing tapas and cheaper eats too. The portions are massive! This is such a great pub. Lovely bar staff, good beer and an excellent wine list. And there's a really nice beer garden at the back that gets the sun nearly all day.
missbecks - 10 May 2005 12:44
Great pub! Recently acquired a new manager and he's doing an excellent job - 100% improvement all round. Fantastic food (not cheap, but you get what you pay for) brilliant service, friendly and attentive staff, the beers perfect and there's a good selection of wine, plus for the Summer there's a lovely sunny garden out the back and for the Winter there's a big log fire. Perfect!
anonymous - 26 Apr 2005 12:50
Lovely, friendly, relaxed pub with great food - what a shame that David has just left though. He was everything you could want in a pub manager: very attentive, a real perfectionist and almost certainly the most attractive man I've ever met...
uglygirl - 22 Mar 2005 21:50
The sunday dinners here used to be superb, but the place seems to have become a victim of its own success. The quality of the food and service has severely diminished. I had roast beef and had to ask for gravy twice. I then proceeded to wait 10 minutes by which time my freinds had finished their meal and mine was cold. I recieved no apology. The time before I pointed out to the bar maid that she had forgotten to put my meal on the food bill and that I actually owed £10.00 more than the reciept she had given me. Instead of a polite thankyou for my honesty the young lady seemed incredibly disgruntled and bitter about the fact that she had to do the food bill all over again. Not the kind of response youd expect. What a shame. If you have the same experience and want a good reccomendation, here it is Good beer- Andover Arms, just artound the corner. Good food- Anglesea Arms, even closer.
anonymous - 21 Nov 2004 22:53
The Thatched house is my local.. Great food and atmos with the courtyard out the back. They have the most amazing deserts but no desert wine - Strange. The cost of a glass of wine is somewhat high too..I recently asked for a glass of house red and it cost me £6.50. I don't mind paying for quality but that seems to be taking the piss..
Damian Smith - 14 Sep 2004 17:35
Great pub, great food, great wine selection
Hammersmith Max - 7 Aug 2004 20:59
Dropped in for a drink yesterday, having previously visited once a few years ago. I had a very good memory of the place, particularly the outstanding food and atmosphere. However it seems to have changed for the worse. There's a strange atmosphere now, faintly reminiscent of a deconsecrated church, possibly due to all the large candles. The heavy accent on yellow and the fake electric "open fire" with its large wood pile are slightly depressing. Worst of all, though, was the price of wine - £5-£7 per glass, with equally steep prices by the bottle! Had a poorly kept Youngs instead - not a good experience.
foxski - 22 Apr 2004 11:51
The Thached was stilla great pub few month s ago. Yes the food is good (but expensive. £7.50 for a tiny plate of cheese!)yes the decor is welcoming, but they have increased the prive of their wine so much that it is now impossible to drink a decent glass of wine for less than £6.00 (forget the cheaper onesm really not good!) The price of beer has gone up too. The service is OK (the waiters are lovel and do remeber you!) The owner on the other hand is really grumpy: not many smiles from him and he gets stressed very quickly when the pub is busy, making all the staff stressed! My advice to him: don't come too often and please review your drinks' prices. There were reasonable last year. Or maybe they are getting too big for their boots?
Yolaine Bech - 19 Apr 2004 15:26
Still famous locally for its quality Youngs beer, this pub has an honourable history and was for many years ran by Bedford Jezzard, the former Fulham player and manager who turned out twice for England. Beddy and Joyce presided over the best neighbourhood local for miles around but after they retired in the mid-80s a succession of different landlords saw the Thatch's fortunes chop and change. Major refurbishment about seven years ago (when the snug and lounge bar were combined and an additional room built in the car park) saw it become a gastro-pub, and it has held its own ever since. The food is expensive but good, the draught Youngs is still excellent. Once the local of TV's 'Beer Hunter' pundit Michael Jackson! Not often too crowded. - cc
Chris C - 15 Jan 2004 16:23
Despite the rantings of sarah, who, at a guess would not know a good pub if it slapped her round the chops, the thatched house has certainly reached a level of standards not to be found anywhere else in the area, complemented by jovial and enthusiastic staff and food to die for. Definitely worth the journey.
Laura W - 26 Nov 2003 15:58
Was great before the new management took over. Now there is a whole lot of attitude and a dearth of good service. Avoid like the plague.
Sarah - 21 Sep 2003 21:03
I have had the pleasure of enjoying this pub before the "change", and sadly feel it's gone down in terms of the warm homely atmosphere it used to have. For that I would now recommend the Andover Arms (Fuller) which still retains a more traditional pub character.
lad_newton - 12 Aug 2003 19:57
A haven for flip-flopped Antipodeans
anonymous - 12 Aug 2003 19:55
Great Food
sock - 7 Aug 2003 12:43
Not as good as it used to be in Bedford Jezzard's day. Now one large open room which was somewhat lacking in atmosphere when I was last there. Young's seem to be ruining several of their pubs thus (e.g. Orange Tree, Richmond).
Still good beer though.
derek - 4 Jun 2003 13:31
This pub is fantastic. The food is amazing. Far better than other 'so called' gastro pubs such as the Atlas in Fulham. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is relaxing and I'd move if I could afford to live next door! PS - try the Lamb Shoulder. It is wonderful
Shelley Doughty - 2 Jun 2003 16:01
great athmosphere,fantastic real ale beer, huge quality food portions and happy young friendly staff. Better than the angelsea arms which is way over rated and has crap beer and is filthy.
garry obanahan - 22 Apr 2003 17:00
I've been twice and am definitely going back. Good ales, great food in huge portions and a really chilled out atmosphere helped along by the friendly staff (including the chefs). A great find in London.
roisin elder - 17 Feb 2003 00:19
under new management, still good beer, has background music, but not too loud to talk.
Antony Riley - 20 Jan 2003 16:59
Good beer, nice quiet atmosphere, no music and excellent food
Paul Fulford - 5 Jul 2002 11:19

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