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The Crosse Keys, Bank

Multiple well kept ales. Staff and bar does encourage queue jumping and gets full early evening with City artisans and drunks (IT staff etc not suited types). Handy meeting point short walk from lots of places.

22 Apr 2015 18:08

The Red Cow, Richmond

Nice pub but beer I had was mixed. Youngs was good but the Tribute had some diacetyl.

7 Sep 2014 00:01

The Duke, Richmond

Had 2 pints neither ideal. Disappointing for a Cask Marque pub.

6 Sep 2014 23:59

The Anglesea Arms, Hammersmith

Lovely situated pub just off Goldhawk Road in easy stroll of Hammersmith. Tribute was somewhat disappointing pint no freshness or crispness. Drank very expensive Meantime IPA keg beer which was nice enough. Only 2 ales on when I went.

14 Aug 2014 12:24

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Improved beer and quality from my last visit when frankly I said it was a nice locals pub but beer not top of the pops. Probably want to visit on a Friday when the sun's out due to room to spread out.

1 Jun 2013 14:36

The Old Fountain, Old Street

Good beer and was just not over crowded latish on a Friday. Well worth a visit.

1 Jun 2013 14:33

The Charles Lamb, Angel, Islington

nice convivial pub just off Angel. Quiet side street good beer. Yowsa

1 Jun 2013 14:30

The Dukes Head, Richmond

Calm unfussy residential pub with decent beer. Tried Youngs, Twickenham Fine Ales Naked Ladies and Pride.

13 Jan 2013 17:42

The Pineapple, Kentish Town

Solid old pub. Decent well kept beer an Adnams (do people really like sulphuric crystal malt beers?), 3 Sharp's and one other.

Definitely worth checking out. Has that old not been decorated boozer feel. Not sure what it would be like when crowded but has that feel a modern pub cannot seem to obtain. This is likely due to central bar and people smeared round the outside. However does appear to have plenty of nooks and crannies.

6 Dec 2012 11:54

The Old Fountain, Old Street

Pub with a decent range of beers. Had JHB, Jaipur keg, Marble Mild and all well served.

2 Jun 2012 01:01

The Barley Mow, Westminster

Not blown away by the beer and seemed a sort of near adolescent crowd.

12 Dec 2011 17:17

The Speaker, Westminster

Not a great beer pub on the night I went.

12 Dec 2011 17:16

The Harp, Covent Garden

A pub well worth a visit for the beer. Right mixture of ales with well known standards and 1 or 2 ticker types. Very crowded of an evening and ideal for people who like to drink on the street.

16 Sep 2011 11:27

The Sussex Arms, Twickenham

A pleasant break in the land of Fullers. 18 beers and ciders all that I had in good condition. The layout could be better with 4 people taking half the pub it seemed however had a very large garden.

The old Sussex was like a 70s pub in the worst tradition this one has a rather quaint 80s feel with modern beer keeping. The oddest part was the straight glass or jug question. One for the old timers and farmers in my experience. Does it matter? I'm straight if anyone is interested!

Could maybe do with a few rotating headline ales, even at a headline price, like a Jaipur or Summer Lightening or Proper Job. I do not mind trying beers but it's nice to have 1 you know you will like. Minor criticism.

Reasonable beer prices and no Fuller's. No TVs and a large garden. Will be back.

1 Sep 2011 12:19

CASK Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico

Solid beer. Showed me up as a pseudo after I dismissed all these brands I'd not heard of as 'novelty' beer. Food is functional near enough a tube. Dependent on time of visit the class mix of the clientèle changes.

Solid beer place.

29 Jun 2011 16:03

The Star Inn, Newbury

OK pub for middling pub fare. Near where I own a horse and OK place for a lunch for 10 without being super. It won't blow your socks off but does the job.

3 ales 2 Brains but a nice 3.5% session beer called The Wanderer (assume 3rd beer is a guest) which was tasty.

29 Jun 2011 16:01

Euston Tap, Euston

Tip Top stopping off point with a good selection of well kept beer.

29 Jun 2011 15:58

The Vine (Bull & Bladder), Brierley Hill

Good old boozer. 2 nice beers bitter and mild. Lots of pies.

29 Apr 2011 23:03

The Marlborough, Richmond

More resturaunt than pub.

Beer standard browns and even that NOT that well kept.

31 Jan 2011 12:37

The Victoria Inn, Richmond

Found this after seeing Cask Marque. Pleasant Pub the size of a cozy lounge with fire and very relaxed on a Friday.

Will be visiting but recall beer fine.

31 Jan 2011 12:36

The Roebuck, Richmond Hill

Slightly disappointed by my 2nd visit. Place kept the beer well but seems a danger unless you want Pride that you will get some experimental or novelty beer from a small brewer.

One pint if I looked like I was sucking a lemon I might well have been.

31 Jan 2011 12:32

The Marlborough, Richmond

More resturaunt than pub.

Beer standard browns and even that well kept.

31 Jan 2011 12:30

The Roebuck, Richmond Hill

Great view apparently but I walked to the top of the hill over icy roads and just appreciated the great pint. Landlord chatted to me and makes an effort to put interesting beers on - serves 4 good ones not 10 pumps for tickers. Worth a visit and one day I'll take in the view.

4 Dec 2010 10:43

The Red Cow, Richmond

Felt for the staff in the early evening on Friday it was packed. All beers were tip top. Great stuff.

4 Dec 2010 10:36

The Bree Louise, Euston

Heaven for CAMRA and beer tickers with its 16 real ales and 10 perries and ciders.

Sadly 16 ales on means gravity, flat, low condition beer is the norm. I tried 10 different halves and was not impressed with any of them. Really this sums up all that is wrong with CAMRA pimped and fetishised pubs too many beers not enough quality.

A pint of dead life-less beer was the norm and I will not be rushing back.

23 Sep 2010 00:00

The Bree Louise, Euston

Heaven for CAMRA and beer tickers with it's 16 real ales and 10 perries and ciders.

Sadly 16 ales on means gravity, flat, low condition beer is the norm. I tried 10 different halves and was not impressed with any of them. Really this sums up all that is wrong with CAMRA pimped and fetishised pubs too many beers not enough quality.

A pint of dead life-less beer was the norm and I will not be rushing back.

22 Sep 2010 22:12

The Victoria, Bayswater

On a 2nd visit without the Bengal Lancer not so good. The beers brown liquid and little more (Chiswick, Pride and ESB).

May try again as it's well located but odds of all 3 ales being off at same time in a well run cellar?

21 Aug 2010 10:38

Vauxhall Griffin, Vauxhall

Found this on BITE as a spot near the Oval but not too near. Enjoyed 5 pints of well kept Summer Lightening. Seats inside and room outside. Off the main road. Only 2 ales on it seemed and I guess one will not always get Lightening (unless it strikes twice!) but better pubs have a realistic number of ales on for what they sell then 5 pumps of ageing vinegar.

Certainly has a chance to be my pub for the cricket at the Oval.

21 Aug 2010 10:21

The White Lion, Covent Garden

Tourist location which may not be so convivial in high summer but on a weds afternoon about 2ish was empty.

My quest for a pint of Jaipur IPA on draft ended. It lived up to expectations. I did have 1 pint of Morocco which was fine but lacked the condition and crispness of the Jaipur.

There were 5 real ales on at reasonable prices for location and exceptional for condition. I note other people comment on the Taylor's so will give the pub a Mulligan on the Morocco. Sadly due to taste my man and I managed 6 pints 5 of them Jaipur IPA after all there are plenty of Taylor's, Pride and other beer shops.

Main thing to note is if you see Jaipur IPA on draft there is no excuse not to order a pint except as it's 5.9% if you are driving in which case a half is considered acceptable.

21 Apr 2010 19:05

The Sekforde Arms, Clerkenwell

A time warp from 20 years ago with carpet that had seen better days even then. There was room downstairs but as outsiders we were 'sent' to a ghostly room upstairs where we could drink without interrupting the local people downstairs.

Young's shop whose main redeeming feature for me was that it had more room than more popular pubs round the corner.

Not sure it's worth going out of the way for and probably acceptable as y'local but not much else.

13 Apr 2010 18:57

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

Crowded back ally joint with good beer. I would put it more as a quick stopping off point if in the area. Not sure I'd revisit especially on a Friday night - v full at 7ish

13 Apr 2010 18:53

The Blackfriar, Blackfriars

good pub with good ale. good weather on a friday meant it was not crowded inside. worth seeking out.

13 Apr 2010 18:51

The Moon on the Square, Feltham

Latest visit was terrific and they had a decent variety for those of us who don't want the standard Browns. They had Hook Norton Old Hookey, Exile Stout (v Good), Forty Nine on Gravity but not chilled quite enough and Bateman's Hooker (a novelty seasonal beer for the 6 Nations I assume).

I guess they must sell lots of Pedigree, Directors, Abbot et al but having at least 1 stout on Porter on will always attract me. The beers are generally in good condition notwithstanding the cooling on the Forty Niner.

Quite a lively pub but lots of seating in an area that has lost so many pubs nearby not that many lament the loss of the Crown and Sceptre, Cricketers (the same site), Railway, Locomotive and infamous Black Dog (what a name synonymous with depression).

10 Feb 2010 01:30

The Victoria, Bayswater

Easy to find pub near Paddington (even if I turned it into a trek!). Looked a really nice classy place. Was full at 6.30 on a Tuesday and might not handle a much bigger crowd.

Nonetheless the Fuller's on was good with the Bengal Lancer good and so was the Pride. Well worth seeking out.

Would recommend looking it up for an afternoon session even if maybe worth avoiding on a Friday night.

10 Feb 2010 01:23

The Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington

Staff were friendly and the Fuller's Bengal Lancer was far better than the other IPA they brew - comparisons with the exemplary Jaipur by my mate. Certainly would rather they served that brew than the usual ESB, Discovery and Chiswick.

Best railway station pub I've drunk in. Good stopping off point albeit only had Fuller's on but if it's good that matters less.

Probably not a place for an evening out but convenient and good beer.

10 Feb 2010 01:19

The Moon on the Square, Feltham

Honestly 12 pumps and what do we get. Standard Brown Malty beers that if you swapped the labels on the pumps you wonder if anyone would notice: Abbot: Abbot Reserve: Directors: Ruddles. No doubt others like Pedigree and GKIPA at other times. You need only 2 of them surely?

Then it's padded out with seasonal novelty beers like Ascot Alley Cat, Nethergate Frank Incense and Skinner's Figgy's Brew. Rest of the pumps blank.

Not one decent standard golden beer, no stout, no porter and not even a well regarded beer just cheap barrels of experiments from minor brewers.

Standard browns and novelty fringe ale?

Beer is well kept which just means you can taste how moderate their guest ales are. A near complete waste of good cellaring.

More choice please.

29 Dec 2009 18:10

The Gunmakers, Clerkenwell

Neat looking pub with lots of celebrity patronage. Clive Anderson wears a suit even in the pub on a Monday I found out.

The owner has his own blog and is pretty outspoken and enjoyed our tale of diacetyl elsewhere before serving me a pint of butter - it is closed weekends for the public at least and maybe Monday was not the best time to be there.

Other beers well kept and probably worth a trip when I am sober next time.

Generous mark, for me, for a pub that served diacetyl as I trust the pub has ambition and it is not de rigueur. A second trip is required.

21 Dec 2009 06:58

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

Old boozer which may have had a fiver spent on decor 80 years ago. I actually would prefer at least a lick of paint. Nonetheless extensive range of well kept St Peter's beers which it was not clear if they were served on gravity.

Have to love a pub where you can drink 6 different well kept pints without a pint of malty brown garbage that must turn off young drinkers more than your granny not wearing her teeth.

21 Dec 2009 06:54

The Fox and Anchor, Smithfield

Glamed up faux older style pub.

Blackboards and food. The Purity Ubu had diacetyl and the porter I had was OK.

Probably a decent place but beer was a must do better.

21 Dec 2009 06:51

The Golden Lion, St James's

TEA and Harvey's Best were in excellent shape. The latter far better than the CAMRA fetishised Harvey's shop The Royal Oak Tabard Street. My man commented this beer could not be in better shape to be judged if you like it or not.

The Seafarers was less good but I suspect that is the beer.

The TFA Strong and Dark has acquired some chocolate, chicory and coffee notes since another of my boys told the administrator it lack character.

Staff were attentive and I would recommend it as a stopping place for a quick pint or three.

1 Dec 2009 23:32

The Star Tavern, Belgravia

2 thin pints of Pride and an expensive burger. Not a bad pub and did not get over crowded on a Friday lunchtime. Apparently the Jack Frost was OK.

Quite what kind of pratt cares the pub was once the hang out of scum and 2nd rate celebrities is beyond me. It's now so bland and middle class that fetishising an irrelevant past is beyond me.

Like all pubs in my Belgravia crawl not sure it's worth seeking out unless you are there for a reason.

29 Nov 2009 21:56

The Nags Head, Belgravia

No mobiles rules tend to suggest ageing landlords who can afford to be arseholes as they are just covering costs and not having to show a return. The landlord was particularly rude to my friend when his phone went off. Indeed afterwards having created a confrontation he was like a cat on a hot tin roof kicking out the rhythm to songs on the bar and tapping his ring on the bar (I refuse to compare any human to a simian) - really a bar full of people shouting "I'm in the pub" into a 6ft mobile could not be more annoying.

The shame was my man suggested the Adnams was good and since I've never had a good pint of Adnams and would like to go back and try one for posterity but will not now.

Worse aside from looking down his nose at us he was slurping the suited boors who made enough noise themselves.

The beer seeing it was Adnams I had a flat dead pint of Bitburger than I had to force down.

Strictly for fans of this kind of pub.

29 Nov 2009 21:49

The Grenadier, Belgravia

Beer was good but these no mobile rules smack of self regarding owners. It's the first pub that tried to hard sell me food with my beer as well.

Timothy Taylor's was excellent and the Bateman's XXXB was well served even if I don't like that heavy dark brown malty style of beer.

It's also a great pub for people who don't like to drink full pints as every pint served was 5/6th beer.

They also continued to serve a drunk in there before finally banning him.

Not sure it's worth the trouble of going out of your way and it's tricky to find if you don't know where it is.

29 Nov 2009 21:39

The Hereford Arms, South Kensington

Now a Fuller's shop. The beer was excellent with the Red Fox and Pride nearly as good as they can be. Not too crowded on a Wednesday Night.

5 Nov 2009 18:58

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

I can see how this ticks the boxes of the fetishisers of CAMRA. Nice old pub with a genuine local clientele and lots of cask conditioned ale.

However that is where misty eyed naivety ends. a pub that serves too many beers for the number of pints served. The 8 beers on tap had 3 or 4 with adcequate condition although none were trouser stainingly good. Most were served with near zero condition as though served on Gravity.

Whilst I'd be perfectly happy if this was my local I would not make the journey to a remote part of London to find again.
I would imagine the local clientele mock the Beer Bores who come along to sample the beer they avoid (anything buit the lager). A puib of some merit but certainly vastly over rated by the CAMRA clique.

Again if you must server cask ales serve 3 good well kept recently tapped ones not 8 mostly mediocre beers.

26 Oct 2009 20:57

Coach and Horses, Mayfair

Nice well lit interior.

Probably not seen at it's best with lots of loud suits in (all navy and grey with no hint at any taste or individuality). 8 'children' who seemed like graduate's recently recruited by Accenture and their ilk were screaming and shouting in the corner and treating the staff like scum (faux far east lager drinkers to boot).

Had Spitfire and Kent's Best on neither in great shape with a rather nasty after taste. One hopes Kent's best is better than that well served.

Worth a 2nd look not on a Friday early evening but beer need to be better.

9 Oct 2009 23:52

The Coach and Horses, Mayfair

Some confusion as the coach and horses Shepherd Neame is the other side of Berkeley Sq.

This one is a small pub with was serving Ok Timothy Taylor's (hints of diacetyl) and Pride.

Being a Friday night it was packed and loud. Small pub probably best suited to an afternoon drink or a summer street drink.

9 Oct 2009 23:46

The Green Man, Great Portland Street

5 ales on all brown and all ubiquitous stuff you can get anywhere like Fuller's LP, Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen.

Music was far too loud for easy conversation and one wonders if this is another pub where the staff count themselves above the punters.

Not Good.

13 Sep 2009 17:25

The Masons Arms, Fitzrovia

One of those after work spill on the streets in London pubs.

Choice of ale was Fuller's LP, Duechars IPA and Spitfire all of which were of a standard.

You have to wonder at a pub whose awnings display the name of a champagne.

Also the staff seemed happy and indeed to encourage the anti Muslim bigots in the corner. Indeed I was quite hoping those people would go back where they came from. So a nice pub if you like ranting bigots cheered on by the staff.

Not for me.

13 Sep 2009 17:22

The Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham

Nicely located pub near lots of places but with a nice garden in a seemingly quiet suburb. Regular buses between Hounslow and Richmond run past every 6-10 minutes which is nice.

Beer is unfortunately all Shepherd Neame: the Spitfire was a tad off: the Canterbury Jack nice and refreshing: the Whistable Organic was quaffable. The cellarperson is quite proud of his cellar so maybe they normally do better than what was a decent standard anyway.

Big pub with a nice garden. Clientele were a mixture of 25-40s. Quite quiet for a Thursday. Worth another look at some point.

14 Aug 2009 16:29

The William Web Ellis, Twickenham

I normally like Wetherspoons' pubs for their beer if not the ambience. I did appreciate a plate of fish and chips with coffee for £3.20.

However the beer was another issue. The Exmoor Gold was Goldie coloured bland liquid. The TEA/William Webb Ellis was brown liquid. The Ruddles was diacetyl laden. The TFA Naked Ladies was good.

Every beer we ordered seemed to be off and the rest was the JDW usuals (Directors, Abbot, Pedigree et al) and the stuff above. 10 pumps 2 or 3 decent beers is not good enough.

Feltham and Hounslow's JDW knock this one into a cocked hat.

24 Jul 2009 21:09

The Red Cow, Richmond

Beer was spot on and the Young's Special actually has more of the old Ram Brewery hop character than when Wells started butchering it. Nice pub in a nice location for public transport but not in Richmond centre. Original, Duechars and Bombardier all good.

26 Mar 2009 16:01

The Sun, Richmond

Beer definitely better last two visits. Had some good Hock (Mild/dark ale). Nicely situated pub in a town of bad beer and characterless pubs.

26 Mar 2009 15:57

The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick

Great Pint Friendly Service. Well placed for my pals and I....

Best pint of Pride for a while.

10 Jan 2009 18:08

St Stephens Tavern, Westminster

Badger shop if that is your bag the ales are above average (although thanks to CAMRA's fetishising tradition over practicality that is damning with faint praise).

On a late afternoon more of a transitory tourist camp than anything else. Not a bad stopping off point well connected next to Westminister tube. gets quite crowded quite quickly with a small crowd.

Not really a pub for a session more a convenient place to bump gums before moving on.

29 Nov 2008 15:10

The Harcourt Arms, Marylebone

Great Pub for everything but ale.

This pub surely is an argument for better cellaring standards or more likely more flexibility on the type of beers pubs with little skill or care for ale serve - better modern keg ales? The Adnams Explorer was flat with almost no condition. The Pride was a butter bomb with diacetyl nose and taste.

At least the imported Lowenbrau is a better bet than the standard poor lagers served traditionally in more English pubs.

29 Nov 2008 15:06

The Andover Arms, Hammersmith

London Porter on terrific still a great beer pub. Heating a tad over done.

29 Nov 2008 15:00

The Salutation, Hammersmith

Like most seemingly 'good' pubs with a nice location the Salutation seems to have decided the keeping of a decent real ale is optional. The Pride was oxidised (I am informed this is most likely old - seriously why do CAMRA prevent any measures to keep beer for more than 3 days? It is like a cult that is determined that their number does not get too large).

Anyway the Cask Marque whilst the best guide is flawed here. The beer is rarely more than adequate and often dreck.

CAMRA, Fuller's and Cask Marque have a lot to answer for with the beer at this pub.

29 Nov 2008 14:54

The Green Man, Hatton

Oh and it was not "your" music more of a 80s pop de obscure that DC or Manson.

11 Aug 2008 20:25

The Green Man, Hatton

Went into the pub again and enjoyed eclectic music especially as the volume was correct for people to bump gums or listen. It was a quiet Sunday and the food my pal had hit the spot.

The beer was in superb condition and challenges the Beehive locally in a forest of poor pints in and around Feltham.

Choice of Spitfire, Abbot and Directors is arguably conservative (as is Old Speckled Hen) and if 3 ales are on and in such good condition arguably maybe 1 less premium dark brown and try maybe a golden ale (not a big deal a nice to have).

Anyway pub is on my radar again. Rating upped.

BTW keep_hatton_alive I think you confuse my earlier comment with an incident with some other clown - I am in the English say nothing and take note for future camp. My complaint was the silly volume on a quiet afternoon when people want to chat. Music is fine.

Are you selling the pub by making your confrontations sound so common and boasting? If pub is a private preserve of some local Hatton people and you don't want us there just say.

Local beer for local people?

11 Aug 2008 20:12

The Prince Blucher, Twickenham

Ideal location ideal setting just cannot serve a pint worthy of the name. I have visited 4 or 5 times and the cellaring is inadequate and if it it is genuinely cask marqued then that is meaningless.

A total waste of a great pub in theory.

10 Aug 2008 23:16

The Vine, Maidenhead

Pub of childhood still full of the same spivs and trash I remember. Pint died half way through due to the seemingly common practise of brewers and landlords selling low condition beer early in its lifecycle (condition develops in barrel).

Still beer was better than brown puke they used to serve 20 years ago. Never got the Brakspears thing like most CAMRA likes one wonders if the image dominates the reality. After all they use a diacetyl drop method.

10 Aug 2008 12:37

The Hand and Flowers, Maidenhead

Nice pub. Friendly service. Decent Pint

10 Aug 2008 12:27

Greyhound, Maidenhead

Not a bad pub. Well kept beer. Usual Wetherspoon problem is that the cheap prices in an afternoon attract the ageing and loopy.

10 Aug 2008 12:25

The Andover Arms, Hammersmith

Best pint since last landlord. Back to its best charming quiet pub where one can relax.

5 Aug 2008 18:44

The Pheasant, Harlington

On a recent nostalgia trip visited this pub on a Friday lunch and enjoyed several well kept pints of Fullers' London Pride. Food was decent if a trifle death by chips over load.

Given some of the horror stories these day with the way pubs serve London Pride this pub should be commended for its failure to supply diacetyl.

One niggle would be that the bar area seems set up mainly to serve food to couples rather than for drinkers.

12 Apr 2008 21:59

The Green Man, Hatton

Visited this pub after 10 years of not and with BA's evacuation of the East base it was quieter, which was good.

Better still unlike 10 years ago when if you got a good pint you'd take it back as something was obviously wrong the pint of Old Speckled Hen we got was very good - and that seemed to be part of a plan.

Only down side was the quiet was shattered by loudish and eclectic choice of music which I can only assume as most people were small groups chatting that was the staff relieving their boredom - self indulgence knocks a pub down I am afraid.

12 Apr 2008 21:55

Beehive, Bedfont

I used to look forward to a night at the 'Hive but they lost the Thai food and worse the beer which was a highlight was often yeasty with that dimpled head, yuck...

On returning the beer was back at 90% which helps.

Seems very much a locals pub and not somewhere probably to seek out for outsiders. However never seen any trouble or hassle for people in the pub. Staff were friendly and service was excellent.

Had all the Cheltenham races on as well so a good score guaranteed.

21 Mar 2008 16:56

The Red Cow, Richmond

The refurb has reduced the space for individuals as the tables are narrow and my man poured his pint over me by accident..However there were more individuals in would be their answer.

The new Youngs ordinary seems to have been made lighter in color and hoppier and was a good pint here. The Special is nothing like the old Special and just a plain Brown beer albeit well served here.

The Duechars IPA had strong diacetyl poisoning but their own stand at the GBBF 2 years ago supplied worse. So I think we can blame the beer not the pub.

Interior 1 step back Beer 1 step up... Still a good pub to meet people after work away from the centre of Richmond but still well connected.

21 Mar 2008 16:49

The Sun, Richmond

Visited and the beer was decent both Chiswick and Pride. This is a good pub when the beer is good.

21 Mar 2008 16:45

The Royal George, Euston

Dropped in here when the Doric Arch was mysteriously shut - the lights were on but the doors were locked.

The pub had a selection of ales although it was a selection of brown beers from the usual suspects - Youngs, Bombardiar, Pride, Directors, Greene King IPA and Spitfire. To call it a choice would be stretching it.

No offense to anyone but if you have 6 ales and keep them to a standard why have a boring selection of 6 mass produced middling brown ales that can be bought anywhere? It makes no sense.

Pub seemed like another decent stopping point by Euston. Friendly and with a decent but no overwhelming Friday crowd.

20 Feb 2008 17:34

The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge

Visited this pub for a 2nd time. The beer was decent without being spectacular. Choice of 5 ales of varying strengths although all fell in that increasingly bland "Brown" beer category. Youngs, some Marstons Rugby linked stuff, Bass and a couple of others.

Been nice to see a hoppy golden beer or a genuine pale ale on for variety.

Nonetheless a solid boozer without any fuss. Seemed to be a clientele who kept out of your business and I will be back as General MacArthur once said.

9 Oct 2007 11:46

Broad Street Tavern, Wokingham

Wadworth's shop with ale indecent condition. Tried JCB, 6X, summersault, jj Henry's, Bishops tipple and duechers IPA as well as the Erdinger Weiss bier. All in decent shape without being 8 or more out of 10.

Sat in garden under cover.

Not bad but then not good. Large garden for summer. Decent without the wow factor.

14 Jun 2007 16:41

The Dover Castle, Marylebone

Nice pub with well kept and served beers. The beer is cheap and the location central. Inside of pub is not remarkable but plenty of room and a traffic less street outside. Beer is served at its best even if the £1.78 bitter is not my cup of tea.

10 Jun 2007 16:56

Red Lion, Ealing

Well of my mini crawl the best pub compared to New Inn and Castle at least. You can tell it was 630ish and it was fullish. proper old style pub. You could tell all that due to the smell of smoke! Oh well be interesting to see how this goes when people can't smoke inside....

Beer was served at a reasonable temperature although did not taste the best (maybe I'd had a few by then). I need convincing Fullers any longer brew a good pint. Seriously with 6 bitters on do they really turn over enough organic, Chiswick, ESB, Specials (IPA when I was in) and Discovery to have no beer on longer than a few days. At least it was not sold at near freezing which was the Castle's trick.

13 May 2007 16:44

The Castle Inn, Ealing

Cask Marqued which I hoped was a good sign. The beer was served in good condition and very cold. I assume to somehow justifying carrying 5 or 6 bitters from their own brewery this serving cold trick is to not have throw away full barrels of what is not Pride. Or something.

The Pride was OK albeit nothing special. The India Pale Ale had no hoppy character till near the bottom of the glass - that is the down side if a really well kept pint is served that cold, it may as well be a bad 'un as what can you taste.

13 May 2007 16:40

The New Inn, Ealing

Large open plan pub that is very noisy for a quiet pint. The kind of pub that is probably best when full. The pint of Pride I had was mediocre - although increasingly i wonder if that is what Fullers are quite happy with, West London is full of mediocre Pride often served near freezing with a ton of condition to cover this up.

Anyway had half a pint and left Friday at 5pm ish not going back.

13 May 2007 16:37

The Sussex Arms, Twickenham

A real throw back. Went in for a pint and was hit by the wall of smoke... How will they cope in July!

Inside it had only one draft bitter on, the ubiquitous Pride, and as usual another place pumping out mediocre Fullers. The 70s disco and flashing lights seemed to belong 200 miles north but I could have handled that before someone mangled Maggie May with a Karaoke version....

Avoid unless you like an old fashioned working class environment complete with 70s draft beer (poor).

9 Apr 2007 16:02

The Doric Arch, Euston

Certainly last 2 visits the beer is on the up in the last year. My mate had ESB and as he is a cider drinker his 6 or 7 pints or so say it was as good as it looked. The Summer Lightening was good not great say 6/10 and the Bateman's Dark Mild an 8/10 and probably as good as it is.

At 7pm it seemed to have a sensible crowd.

14 Nov 2006 12:33

The Prince of Wales, Twickenham

Visited on a Thursday and seemingly not a popular pub. Apparently landlord is looking to up its ante. Anyway aside from me and my mate being very loud in a quiet pub it was an enjoyable experience. Apparently skipster who 'is' Twickenham Fine Ales was in (I was part of the 2 large drinker set BTW).

Anyway the Twickenham Strong and Dark was a delicious 5.2% Mild (My view I could be wrong about the Mild bit) and their Twickenham Crane Sunchaser was very interesting taste. The St Austell Tribute was quaffable.

Well worth a visit especially if you like drinking ale.

3 Nov 2006 10:04

The Prince Albert, Twickenham

Another Fullers shop whose beer is less of a shop window than they would surely wish. All beers are served cold and had plenty of condition. However the taste was not good and I tried Discovery, Pride and Chiswick.

Not being a cellarman I can only assume as the beer was in good condition that the barells had not settled - or maybe Fullers don't brew em like they used to so long since I had a stellar pint. Regardless I cannot help wonder if the excessive coldness of the beer is to cover imperfections in the beer.

Nice pub beer aside but I go for the beer as I can watch Football anywhere.

Oh and the Toilets reeked of a foul odour.

23 Oct 2006 13:41

The Fox and Hounds, Theale

Went for Lunch and compatriots had the £5 buffet which seemed good value if you want to eat a lot and looked quite nice and VFM. Draft JJ Henry's IPa was very good. Wadworth's 6X not quite so. Both beers served with good condition.

13 Oct 2006 14:01

The Fox, Twickenham

Beer was very ordinary and I was not impressed. Duechars IPA was so so and the Twickenham brown liquid. Not quite bad enough for me to complain to Cask Marque about them.

12 Oct 2006 10:36

The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham

Went to this pub on a Tuesday and pub was full and inadequately staffed. It probably did not help that they allowed 2 film crews to film what looked like a series of The Apprentice which involved people who could not sing singing. The beer was average. The Duechars IPA I had was in dull poor condition.

12 Oct 2006 10:34

The Hereford Arms, South Kensington

The starter I had in this pub was excellent although I suspect the burn't to a crisp burger is still being digested. Beer is mixed and although they have a Cask marque sticker not sure they actually are as I cannot find them on the Cask Marque website.

Overall Nice pub with mixed quality beers some good some not quite. Most food seemed good except my burger which was terrible.

12 Oct 2006 10:32

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