The 'Best Pub' review
By TanyaSmith | Saturday, October 02, 2010, 20:19
This week's review is an easy one for all of us. We all have our own favourite pubs and in this area we are certainly spoilt for choice. I am hoping I can kick start the discussion with my personal favourites and then you can add to the list...we will never be short of a place to go for a drink or bite to eat!
Which are your favourite pubs to drink, eat and relax?
The Tryst on the Green is one of the best for food. The interior is stylish yet comfortable and with limited seating it does provide an intimate space for a great evening. I have only been here at the weekend, and the Sunday roast is fab and affordable, but their special promotional nights are a great attraction. At the moment they are hosting 'Ladies Night' every Wednesday. For only £25 you get a 3 course dinner, free wine ALL night along with live piano and jazz music. Just remember to have some headache pills at the ready!
The Albany in Thames Ditton is a bit of a local hotspot. The main attraction of this pub is definitely the location. Being situated right on the river it's obviously best in the summer, but the inside is cosy and informal for those rainy days. I have eaten here for lunch and dinner and the food is what you would expect from a gastro pub. I would recommend the Sunday menu where you get 2 courses for £13.95 and includes a ****** mary if you need a bit of energy! This is a great place to meet a group of friends and have a few drinks...especially when the sun is shining.
World's End in Hampton is a brilliant traditional 'watering hole'. I have only been here once for a few drinks, and it is a great reminder that the standard pubs are often the best. It's not an all singing and dancing place, but for a good pint of beer who needs to complicate it!
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The George & Dragon, Thames Ditton is another cheeky favourite, simply because it reminds me of pubs back at home. It has a great 'local' feel about it. Tucked away from the main road (next to HJC) it has decent parking, outdoor tables and the staff are always friendly. I tend to go here to watch football or rugby matches as they have an outside screen with BBQ whilst watching the game. Serves classic ales and beers and it's one of the few places in the area that hasn't gone all 'gastro', and surely that's a good enough reason for it to feature on this review!
So Hampton people, if you need an excuse to sample all the pubs in your area then here it is!! Send us your comments on the above or discuss different ones...and remember you are doing it for your community?!