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What was once a gem of a pub and a favourite of old John Young has now totally lost the plot. The landlord is rude and the beer is either tired or sour and totally undrinkable. One to avoid.
craftycockney1 - 3 Oct 2018 11:28
I have not been in this pub for about 3 years or so.
always was one of the better pubs in Richmond
however went in on Easter Monday
opps prices up, standards down
never again
Leftinthepub44 - 5 May 2017 17:20
Excellent small pub, good quality beers, worth finding if in the area.
Aztecgoat - 9 Jan 2016 21:25
Friendly small pub doing surprising Thai cuisine out of the back kitchen. Beer is Youngs but also guest ales for example from Twickenham Fine Ales. Hardly seems large enough to have two bars but it does.
Writing West London has been having meets here for several months and the landlord and staff have been friendly and helpful. We are now moving on to a new venue but that is no failing of the pub.
rainlight - 31 Jul 2015 11:18
Could this be the best pub in Richmond? The sort of pub you imagine England should have. Good if not great range of ales, but if that's the worst thing about it, then i'm being facetious
Tourmalet - 24 Mar 2015 17:29
Excellent back street pub. Great value for Richmond area. Only downside, large family groups (with children) eating and taking up space for drinkers.
Aztecgoat - 4 Jan 2015 09:21
A remarkable little gem of a pub, the long serving landlord quite frankly deserves a knighthood for both the quality of the beer and the quality of the welcome. The Naked Ladies is I think superior to that served at the brewery.

An outstanding boozer
BeerBelly666 - 1 Nov 2014 10:23
Visited the Watermans Arms for the first time since last year, and this remains an excellent place to rest your feet, sup a crackin' pint, and/or eat authentic Thai food!
We had already eaten a packed lunch on this visit, yesterday, but it was difficult to ignore the gorgeous aroma wafting across to us of Lemon Grass, Galangal, Lime Leaves, and fresh Coriander, a wonderful concoction or twenty!
However, what we did taste was the always reliable, it seems, certainly at the Watermans, Twickenham 'Naked Ladies' (4.4%), very pale, dry and bitter, I love this stuff!
There was also the 3.7% Sundancer from Twickenham, and, being a Youngs pub, the Special and 'Ordinary' bitters. We always used to drink the Special here, a few years ago, before the Naked Ladies were introduced, since, though, I have never been able to ignore Naked Ladies!
I love this little oasis, saved from despoliation, I presume, by the landlord of 12 years... I worry what will happen to the Watermans when he decides to retire, I doubt I shall want to keep returning when that happens, but, in the meantime, I'd recommend people visit as often as possible. our favourite pub in Richmond, and there are quite a few good 'uns!
StevetheBeermeister - 17 Jul 2014 09:50
Excellent backstreet local (although close to the riverside) with friendly and helpful barman. One of a declining number of proper pubs run by Youngs: presumably it is too small for them to wreck. The beer (Naked Ladies) was excellent. Have been visiting the pub for over thirty years and it hasn't really changed very much. Long may it continue.
simontheeditor - 13 Jul 2013 18:27
Pleasant enough pub, a pint of Naked Ladies and a sarny. Sat outside as the rain began to come down. Friendly oriental waitress. We then caught the river boat down to Hampton Court in torrential rain.
Paul_Rochdale - 28 Aug 2012 21:45
One of the best pubs in Richmond, small with a good atmosphere does get busy due to being near to the river.

Serves Youngs beer with prices reflecting the average for Richmond.

The tables outside are a good spot to sit with a pint and atch the world go by.
beershot - 23 Jul 2012 09:32
Great little pub hidden away and well worth a visit. Go to the cinema opposite but pop in for a pint before and then a swift one at last orders on the way out.
THE_Ale_TEAM - 7 Jan 2012 16:55
Couple of pints of the excellent 'Twickenham Naked Ladies' there this afternoon, spot by the fire which was an added bonus.

Not quite sure £3.60 is a reasonable price for a pint of real ale but probably more reflective of the price of being in Richmond.
mch1907 - 2 Jan 2012 20:11
Great little pub, which has not been wrecked by Young’s mania for ripping out traditional fixtures and fittings. Warm welcome, excellent beer quality, and the freshly cooked Singapore Noodles will ensure another visit when I’m next in Richmond.
spikefromsurrey - 31 Dec 2011 11:33
The open-mic night on a Monday evening in the small function room upstairs is worth a visit.

Bill the landlord is a friendly chap.
NuncEstBibendum - 21 Aug 2011 15:53
Popped in one lunchtime for a break from the rain while walking the Capital Ring. Had best pint of Young’s ordinary I’ve ever tasted and a beautifully fresh Tuna-Mayonnaise Baguette, so I’ve got no complaints.
bobnessuk - 25 Mar 2011 13:41
Good old fashioned boozer. Very friendly, cosy. Well kept beer. Shame they pasrk their car in the beer garden at the side of the pub, losing bench spaces on a sunny day, mind!
curioushistory - 21 Mar 2011 14:17
Great pub, a "old school" landlord who knows what he is doing.

Good selection of Youngs beer on offer and very nice food too.

Well worth a visit.
beershot - 4 Jan 2011 13:37
Lovely pub apart from the television, but £3.50 a pint for Young's London Gold (4%) is stupidly over-priced. Stick to the Ordinary (3.7%, £3.10) or even the Special (4.5%, £3.30 - cheaper than the Gold even though stronger). Bizarre pricing policy.
Moderate_Nige - 8 Jun 2010 15:31
Best kept beer in Richmond. A delight. Very very small pub but such charming staff, and if you can get a seat really good nosh too! A Million million times better than it's big sister down the road i.e ( The White Cross) it really is worth a visit just to taste the beer - exactly as it should be served. Recommended but not too many people pleeease!
DRINKS1 - 9 Feb 2010 00:45
The lovely Golden Retriever, Sam, (pub dog) sadly passed away. He will be missed by all!
BREADNJAM - 6 Nov 2009 16:09
A small sideroad Young's pub not far from The Old Ship and The White Cross. It's busy quite a lot but the beers are in fine shape. Recommended.
JDchaser - 29 Oct 2009 12:30
Pleasant interior and exterior. Service is ok.Does reasonably priced food although I didn't get a chance to try it. Drinks are adequate if a bit expensive, although this is typical to the area.
IMG1975 - 5 May 2009 11:40
A pleasant and welcoming pub just up a lane from the riverside. Small front room with the bar in the middle, banquette type seating to the perimeter and a fire burning in the grate made for a homely feel. Assorted nicknacks, pictures, model boats and other nautical stuff. I could see a further small room through the bar seemingly with small tables laid out in a way to suggest an eating area more than a routine bar. Some bench tables to the front and another outdoor terrace area to one side.
Youngs beers plus Deuchars which appears to be a standard guest in some Youngs pubs these days. I didn't see Bombardier although it could have been on in the other room. TV in the corner showing the boat race.
Maldenman - 30 Mar 2009 13:33
Very friendly welcome in this cosy, traditionally furnished pub on the way down to the river. Has resisted the tide of 'gentrification' and sports a great fire and a golden retriever, a great topic of conversation in the bar! Youngs beers on good form and Deuchars was available also on my visit. Appears to be a mixture of locals and people who just drop in. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and hope to return.
Carlurmston - 28 Mar 2009 11:01
This is an excellent little pub tucked away down a side street leading down to the river. It’s a Young’s pub, and the Bitter was good. It appears to be primarily a locals’ pub, although there were one or two “visitors” in (like me) who were made welcome. The TV was on, showing a gameshow of some kind, with the sound turned down too low to hear over the babble of conversation. I don’t think that we were missing anything worth hearing.

In my view this is an excellent pub. The only downside was a fruit machine flashing away like a demented Dalek, that detracted from the otherwise excellent atmosphere. Food is mainly Thai (like so many pubs these days) – I had a chicken stir-fry, which was OK and reasonably good value at £6.50. Dog friendly as well – there were a couple of well-behaved mutts lying around the place.
RexRattus - 23 Nov 2008 13:32
I think this small boozer is my favourite Richmond pub, Good Youngs beers.
oftenscore6 - 16 Nov 2008 22:56
lovely traditional pub. very friendly staff n guvnor. cute pub dog hogging the cosy fire place. not many left like these. will make future visits.
BREADNJAM - 7 Nov 2008 16:54
lovely traditional pub. very friendly staff n guvnor. cute pub dog hogging the cosy fire place. not many left like these. will make future visits.
BREADNJAM - 7 Nov 2008 16:54
Great little pub. Often pop in when I'm in the area. Had a bottle of the fantastic Young's Kew Gold beer which was reasonably priced.
GladstoneScrewer - 22 Aug 2008 13:19
Great little pub very traditional - had a pint of Guinness with an Irish mate and he was suitably impressed. If you want to see a traditional pub give it a visit!
BenEd - 21 Jul 2008 14:34
An excellent pub which thankfully hasn't gone the way of so many others in Richmond. A well kept and full range of Youngs' beers. Every time I go in there during the day it seems mainly to contain slightly anxious looking husbands who appear to have slipped the 'shopping noose' somewhere on the first floor of Dickens and Jones.
Dave_the_Bee - 24 Mar 2008 01:18
It should be good in here tonight. It's full moon and that brings out all the nutters. I'd advise you to book your seat!
Mancini - 22 Jan 2008 17:27
Splendid Food - Nice Traditional Pub - Good Service - always a friendly atmosphere
andygirling - 10 Sep 2007 19:33
Very traditional pub, great good value Thai food.
blink - 24 Jul 2007 12:40
Our Cricket Team played at Richmond Green and we enjoyed a fun afternoon, with the Waterman's Arms again proving itself to be a great after game venue. The food was fantastic and reasonably priced, we look forward to our return later in the year.
anonymous - 18 Jun 2007 15:19
A good traditional Victorian pub in a nice location just off the river. The Youngs real ale was great. Surprisingly down-to-earth for such a prime location, and better for it.
stephenofhoylake - 3 May 2007 22:54
Love this pub...great owners, great beer and great people. However.... I agree with Leopold about the TV...fine for a match but not ALL the time, please???????
anonymous - 16 Mar 2007 17:26
the last proper pub in central richmond? great atmosphere and you can normally get a seat. ideal for drinks after a trip to the richmond filmhouse
mozzzzzz - 14 Mar 2007 11:45
I love this pub considering I used to work there for Bill and Marianne and Sam (the dog), this pub is very cool, great people, great Thai, great boss, etc.... oh and great beer (orginal and winter warmer)I miss it very much, hi all. Definitely go back one day soon. Cheers and have a drink for me boys. Monkey
monkey1113 - 16 Feb 2007 03:46
Yes - this is probably the next best pub in Richmond after the White Cross, although - since Youngs have stopped making beer - I'm continuing to investigate the Princes Head, the Old Ship and The Victoria.
I know there are others but I've not been in them for some time.
Bill runs a good bar at the Waterman's and the beer is well kept and the food is good quality fare.
There is a remarkably 'local' ambience here which is missing in most pubs in the metropolis. This is probably a result of the relatively small but cosy front bar and the accessibility of the bar staff. There is however a downside to this.
And that is the incesant and sometimes completely redundant, large screen television which dominates the bar. Perfectly ok when there is a match on, but not all the time. There is a large pub-going chattering class in richmond, and they will not go where there is an annoying and uneccessary aural background.
Put this right - and get some guest beers in - (draught Timothy Taylor's perhaps and some bottled White Shield Worthington) and we might get to No.1.

Leopold - 13 Feb 2007 22:01
Good pub, just away from the evening madness of Richmond riverside.Good Guinness and friendly people. Its a bit like having a beer in someones front room! One of the nicer pubs in Richmond, with a beer garden to the side of the building. Recommended.
pdavis500 - 13 Jan 2007 10:33
Hope to god Youngs don't ruin this pub like they did with the Orange Tree - I just could not bare it
TheGP - 7 Dec 2006 13:33
Great place to try a pint of 'Ordinary'.
Just set back from the trendy river front.
Small and intimate. Lovely..
Andrew_Smith - 5 Dec 2006 12:05
A gem of a classic small traditional pub. Excellent beer.
Ian Swanson - 20 Nov 2006 17:18
Great pub, the type of which is being swept away by the chains. Sound oh so sound Youngs beer and a really good landlord and landlady. Come next year where am I going to smoke in Richmond? Love to see the garden back in action to the side.
AndySk - 26 Oct 2006 01:20
Bill should stick to pulling pints cos' he's crap at tipping horses. Apart from that, it's a great pub and Sam the Dog is a local celebrity. Even the traffic stops for him, although with him lying in the middle of the raod, I guess they have too.
buffalobill - 8 Sep 2006 15:49
Second pub I went into at the start of a few month stay in Richmond, and a better one I didn't find in the weeks to follow. Bit of an unsung treasure this one. Always a welcome from Bill & Marianne for local and stranger alike, and people at the bar who will chat with you if you make the effort, (Shouldn't have had those double Jameson’s with your man from Glasgow on my last night though!) Sebastian runs the Monday night acoustic session with skill, some good music to be heard here, try to squeeze in. Thai food is good and reasonable too. Good to see pubs like this thieve amongst the homogenous High Street outlets.
anonymous - 22 Aug 2006 22:41
Too right !!!!
squatter - 8 Aug 2006 16:09
Knowing squatter, I think he is probably referring to the pubs in which you cannot smoke at the bar...
slacker - 8 Aug 2006 16:01
There's nowt' wrong with old fashioned, old men pubs! So long as the food & beers not old, and the place is clean & tidy.
I'd like to know 'Squatter' where those "no smoking establishments" are, spreading across Richmond..? Do you mean the Racing Page..? Please enlighten... TJ
TeeJay - 2 Aug 2006 00:29
A small pub gets a small review. Tables outside on the (quiet) street = good for watching all the passing people stagger down to the riverside. Decent beers. Good food (apparently). Tasty but grumpy bar maid. Fat dog slouching outside which is polite enough to go piss across the other side of the street and then come back to resume it's chip-scrounging position. Clean toilets down ricketty staircase with locking cubicle door.
chopperbomb - 25 Jul 2006 14:40
Beer garden back in use and decent Thai food.
oftenscore6 - 22 Jul 2006 11:37
Nice little pub with an intimate and friendly atmosphere and decent beers on handpump (Young's range). Relatively quiet considering it was very close to the River, the weather was hot, and the White Cross about fifty yards away and right on the River was absolutely heaving.
Rich66 - 3 Jul 2006 22:22
The beer garden is no longer in use (allegedly due to some dispute with Richmond Council) which means that drinkers are now limited to the pub alone.
gearbox - 28 Jun 2006 15:28
Visited again, and is still the best pub in Richmond in my opinion - It won't be to all tastes for sure, but for a proper English pub, this is it..
TheGP - 8 May 2005 18:52
Seems a real locals pub, great for a chat and a pint of good Youngs ale. A few yards from the river and the much better known White Cross. This is my favourite in the area though and a good meeting spot.
D.Bookless - 1 Apr 2005 12:24
Small, friendly, traditional pub offering well kept Youngs. Popular, and deservedly so.
foxski - 28 Mar 2005 17:00
Great cosy little pub. Very friendly and nice dog.
ellie_v - 13 Dec 2004 16:39
Situated in the quiet Water lane leading to Richmond river front, this pub is less hectic than the riverside pubs, does food, has a beer garden and pleasant staff and clientele(during the day).
It is opposite the Richmond Filmhouse and a good rendezvous for that venue.
Maurice - 17 Nov 2004 11:54
Great pub as ever - and less cliquey and more welcoming to strangers than it used to be since Bill took over
John - 13 Oct 2004 16:11
love it
chris - 10 Aug 2004 13:40
This is a proper pub - Old men, fire, don't take cards behind the bar, blokes discussing their time in the colonies.

Once, all pubs were like this. If only, more were still.
TheGP - 10 Aug 2004 13:26
good old mans boozer
janerankin - 3 May 2004 11:06
Just a proper old fashioned pub.Beats the crap out of the pine floorboard and no smoking establishments that spreading like the plague across Richmond !!
squatter - 14 Apr 2004 10:29
this pub is ok but you have to know about it and understand it... beer could be better. but its a good stop off on the way to the white cross
anonymous - 7 Mar 2004 16:48
A very small pub in Richmond that is reminiscent of someone's living room - a tv in the corner, real fire etc.

A place where the local race-goers sit and watch the horses do their thing, and IMO all the better for it...
Liam - [email protected] - 5 Mar 2004 01:05

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