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The Kings Head, refurbished to a high standard by Marston’s, is a community local where you can grab a coffee and some cake in the mornings or sink a few beers after finishing work. The all day food features British classics including curries, steaks and all day breakfast. There is usually a disco, live music or karaoke on Saturdays, and often in support of local charities. There are 4 real ales including Pedigree and Saddle Tank, plus two ever changing beers from the Marston range. All the beers are competitively priced, especially Saddle Tank during the week. Camra members get an extra 10% discount on production of their membership cards. (LS/30Mar18)
The Thyme at the Tavern is a family run, dog-friendly free house, and won Pub of the Year in 2017. A. Alongside the regular cask beer, up to five guests, mostly sourced locally including Thames Side, Thurstons and Windsor & Eton. Regular beer festivals are held, usually on a Locale or regional theme. Extensive food menu available, excluding Sunday, Monday and Friday evenings. Regular Friday live music nights and comfortable marquee smoking refuge. The pub is heavily involved in fundraising for local good causes.
The Crown in the High Street next to Strodes College often has several ales on. On a recent visit these included Dorking Pilcrow and Pacific Gold, Hogsback TEA, St.Austell Tribute, Greene King Abbott and ubiquitous Doom Bar. Don’t forget, all ales are £2.75 on Mondays.
The historic Barley Mow overlooking Englefield Green is now food led as part of the White’s Brasserie gastro pub chain. The good news is a proper bar has been retained, and there are several real ales, which recently included Dorking DB One, Hogs Back Tea, Tim Taylor Landlord, Sharp’s Atlantic, and ubiquious Doom Bar. Patio at front and garden at rear, which is accessible via a side passage, as is the disabled toilet. (SM/01Mar18)
Following a change of management The Sun, Wick Lane is keeping to the previous owner’s standards with good, reasonably priced food plus 3 cask ales on handpump – usually Courage Best plus two changing guests. The pub is dog-friendly and there is a nice conservatory to the rear (review LS/13Feb2018).
The Royal Marine is difficult to get to by public transport and has quirky opening hours, but worth the visit. This GPG listed pub has changed from one regular and two guests, to three rotating ales. On a recent visit, these were Greene King Fireside, Hamerpot Brighton Belle and Morlands Old Mulled Hen. (RW/Dec17)
The Bells is one a great traditional pub, located in the heart of Staines yet with a village feel, over looked by St. Mary’s Church with its 16th Century Bell Tower, where the pub takes its name from. A stone’s throw from the Thames Path, and serves fine pub cuisine in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Patio Garden, seating with heaters, and wide range of real ales are on offer. (LS/30Mar18)
The Beehive is a welcoming 19th century traditional two bar local tucked away off Laleham Road, recently spruced up outside. Public bar has a pool table and darts, whilst Saloon Bar is wood panelled. In keeping with the historical theme the toilets are on an outside passage, but modern and warm. The regularly rotated guest beer is drawn mainly from local micros, recently Thames Side Egyptian Goose. No food menu, but pickled eggs available. (SM/25Mar18)
The Old Red Lion, Leacroft – this lovely old pub, located in a quiet corner of the town well away from the hustle and bustle, contains parts of the building dating back to 1610. It has 3 hand pumps offering London Pride, Courage Best and a guest ale which was Timothy Taylor Landlord on a recent visit. It offers good food at reasonable prices and has fortunately lost its unwanted monicker of being the ‘most expensive pub in Staines’ thanks to a change of management (review LS/13Feb18)
Recently checked out by a local member, and serving two real ales, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Wells Bombadier. Very much a community local, and running a ‘Spring Special’ featuring a discount on all draught beers from 24th Feb’18 (RL/20Feb18) Sorry, no recent picture, can someone send us one?
The new management team at the Hare & Hounds in Vicarage Road are going to start having a non-Fuller’s guest ale on the bar from 12th May, be interesting to see what it is. They have also made some changes to food times and their event nights which have been updated on WhatPub.
And just down the road (5 stops on 235 bus) London Irish Rugby Club in Hazelwood Avenue are trialing Thames Side Heron Bitter. Having noticed this on Facebook, I popped in to try it one Saturday and it had just sold out, which was bad news for me, but good news for Thames Side brewer Andy Hayward. STOP PRESS (8th Dec’17) Andy delivering fresh supplies this weekend, pop along.
Pub Clips updated: Jun’17
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