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Town Hall Tavern, Chertsey

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user reviews of the Town Hall Tavern, Chertsey

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pretty much as it was before (name still isn't altered on here to reflect it is now called The Thyme at the Tavern). Four ales on - I treid a pleasant pale with some pig name I can't recall.
Snarling_Mallard - 31 Mar 2019 02:02
Dropped in again at opening time (which was a bit late - more like 20 past 12 than 12) and forgot to mention last time that it is now the Thyme At The Tavern. Ale was still good though.
Snarling_Mallard - 23 Aug 2015 19:50
As mentioned below, it does look more food or wine bar in style but the range of ales dominate the bar and no one was eating or drinking wine on my visit. Ale was decent and worth a visit if in town.
Snarling_Mallard - 9 Aug 2015 11:21
Now called the Thyme At The Tavern. Looks more like a wine bar or restaurant than a pub from the street, but actually has everything you could want in a pub. Good selection of ales and of pub meals, all very reasonably priced. Very friendly welcome. And apparently a beer festival from time to time - definitely worth coming back for.
Trev - 6 Jun 2014 19:11
This place wasn't what I expected. It's a modern pub inside, wooden floors and not a hint of any past history.
However, beer was good, 4 available today - Courage Best and St. Austell Tribute as regulars, Tillingbourne Falls Gold and Twickenham Sundancer as guests. Food was fairly basic - burgers, sandwiches, baguettes, etc, with nothing over a tenner. But the quality was good, although I'm not a fan of the pre-salted chips.
Staff were very friendly and attentive.
And for a Friday lunchtime, the pub was full. Barely a table or seat to be had. Clearly a popular drinking spot with the locals.
It's not plush, it's not upmarket but this place is well worth a visit.


ramblethenlunch - 15 Nov 2013 16:53
The Thyme At The Tavern is probably your best bet if you are looking for consistantly good quality ale at a reasonable price. Apart from a couple of national beers (usually Courage , Theakstons and Marstons) there are always two local ales. Windsor & Eton, Tillingbourne, Binghams, Surrey Hills and Ascot feature regularly. Live music Friday and Saturday, either acoustic or bluesy rock. The bright and modern interior, with bare floorboards is possibly not to everyones liking, as indeed can be the piped music! Still a great pub!
Mothroy - 16 Apr 2013 23:02
Tried Thyme in the Tavern for the first time last night. It has a modern feel inside and they clearly concentrate on food as well as ales. 4 ales were on - Courage Best, Theakston Best, Windsor & Eton Guardsman & Binghams Twyford Tipple. Surrey Garden Cider is served in bottles. Surprised this was made North Surrey CAMRA pub of the year. But probably still one of the better bets in Chertsey.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Mar 2013 19:23
Went along to this pub because of the good reviews it had received on this website. Annoyingly, when I arrived the pub was closed as it does not open until 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. Luckily I was still in the area after that time so I was able to pop in and what a lovely pub it was. Loads of ale on tap and the tables had pub games on each. A lovely family atmosphere and the décor made it light and welcoming. Was well worth waiting until opening time. No wonder this has received the highest score of any pub in Chertsey. Make sure you pay a visit if you are in the area.
LennyBanter - 7 Aug 2012 22:39
Now North Surrey CAMRA Pub of the year 2012. Always at least two local ales from the likes of Windsor & Eton, Ascot, Pilgrim etc and always on good form.
Cincinnatus - 13 May 2012 19:42
Strayed in this place a couple of years ago, was quiet but that has dramaticaly changed really busy place great music, food and beer. Hats off to the guys who turned it around!
mostlyginandtonic - 27 Sep 2011 16:13
Currently sitting in the thyme at the tavern after moving from Newcastle due to work and I can safely say this is now my new local. The ambience and clientele are fantastic, within minutes of walking in everyone was kind and curteous and the banter is spot on. They serve a good selection of beers, ciders and wine as well as spirits and pure brew ales. Weekly music and open mic nights look to be a treat and the bar staff and friendly, helpful and inviting. A cosy outdoor seating area is available and they serve food on Sunday's. I recommend this pub to all those looking for a great local night out. 5 stars. (note: as a northerner I found the prices higher than back home at 3.50 a pint but given the ideal setting of the pub this is perfectly fine)
Shockheadedpeter - 18 Sep 2011 20:54
What a happy find this pub turned out to be. May Day Weekend beer festival with a small but beautifully formed collection of ales and two ciders. Very friendly and welcoming landlord. Had a delicious and reasonably-priced Sunday roast which I ate in the pleasant beer garden. Will definitely be top of my list if I return to Chertsey in the future.
pomona - 1 May 2011 23:02
I understand two more handpumps shortly being added with emphasis on local beers - always good quality. Many thanks to Robert and Nigel for letting me use the Thyme as my base for World Book Night.
Cincinnatus - 6 Mar 2011 18:48
Maintains a good pint of Guardsman from Eton and Windsor brewery so Locale a well London Pride which is quite run of the mill. Nice to see another Locale beer if and when trade supports. it. Generally a mature crowd at early doors.
Bronzewhaler - 8 Feb 2011 20:10
Decent beer, good atmosphere, pleasant decor and friendly staff.

The gastro pub experiment was ditched a while back since when the couple who run the THT have concentrated on making the place a proper pub again. It's clearly worked as the place is bustling on Friday evenings.

They have started doing Sunday lunches again which is reasonably priced.

This place was in terminal decline a few years back, so its full credit to the management for turning it around.


huntface - 24 Oct 2010 21:16
The THT is growing in popularity and they serve a well kept pint of London Pride at a sensible price,it appears that the gastropub project has gone awry and it is now a proper pub.
Odd that they don't open on Sunday lunchtimes which is a pity as I am rather partial to a pre-lunch pint or two.
Much better than The Crown across the road.
huntforbeer - 2 Aug 2010 12:31
Just popped in for a pint this evening, well friendly local crowd and welcoming guv'nor, I think called Robert!!
Nice pint of Pride and light and airy interior.
Now called Thyme at The Tavern.
Worth dropping in for a beer, only opens at 5 in the evening.
The_Sloven - 2 Apr 2010 02:40
I can announce I will be revealing my true identity during England v Brazil

Who will it be...................

Love Charlie Boy!
charlesfox - 10 Nov 2009 12:44
This is the sort of establishment where you go for a meal and a drink rather than just a drink. The food is usually excellent and there is always one real ale on tap. At the moment it is London Pride.
Daniel28 - 26 Feb 2009 13:31
Since the pub has been taken over and redone it FAB!!!
katie_pooo - 5 Jan 2008 02:06
Thyme at the Tavern.

Hrrrmm.

Stopped in here for a quick one last weekend and the interior has been nicely refurbished. However it is now a bit too poncey and wine-bar-ish for my liking. Nice place to take your bird out to eat by the looks of it, which I suppose is what it's intended for.
Isaac_Hock - 5 Nov 2007 21:19
Well guys, it's open again! Totally refurbished (practically rebuilt by the amount of time the builder took). Except now it is a gastropub called Thyme at the Tavern.

Food tonight (and rememember this was its opening night) was rather good, and it had a decent selection of beer, served properly by Aaron and his team (all smiles and jokes so that's a positive sign).

Brand new loos, no more damp that I could see and even live music again. Absolutely nothing to complain about yet!
Milestone - 18 Oct 2007 23:41
Crappy little hole, not much else can be said really.
Isaac_Hock - 4 May 2007 22:41
Err...why the 9.0 rating?

This place is a dive. I wouldn't go in there in scuba gear on.

Real ale is shockingly bad. I backed mine an opted for a Guinness which managed to be as bad.

Beyond the beer the place is in a shocking state. Wallpaper hanging off, huge damp patches on the ceiling and walls and the toilets are Victorian at the latest.

There's a big painted sign on the exterior wall boasting 'Fully Functioning water closets'. Well the sooner someone pulls the chain on this toilet the better.

Terrible place. Avoid!

huntface - 8 Jan 2007 23:48
Just a quick Note to say that this venue no longer has live music!
Kym - 24 Mar 2006 14:05
The town hall Tavern has regular live music on a thurday or saturday night. Please contact them to find out about the next event.
Kym - [email protected] - 7 Apr 2004 20:34

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