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The Wagon & Horses is a community local tucked away down Simplemarsh Road and often overlooked. Worth popping in, as guest ale varies, and recently has included Portobello Star and Wickwar Falling Star amongst others. Food available Wednesday to Sunday.
The Thyme at the Tavern has again won Pub of the Year in 2017. A family run, dog-friendly free house. 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.
Great news is that having closed for several months, the Monkey’s Forehead on Egham Hill has been subject of a major refurbishment, reverted to the name it started with in 1855 the Packhorse and re-opened. It serves breakfast daily, and usually one ale on from Windsor & Eton (review LM/Jun2017)
The Sun, Wick Lane has recently changed hands and the new owners are 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. Thanks to our member Rob White for info (Dec’17)
Our first micropub: Andy Hayward has opened the Thames Side Brewery Tap at Caffe Gusto in Staines. It is open Thursday to Saturday evenings after 5pm, though cafe itself opens throughout the day. Unusually for a micropub, food, wine decent coffee and soft drinks also feature. Further details are on link to WhatPub above. Andy deserves our support in this venture, so let’s pop down and try it out.
The Beehive is a welcoming 19th century traditional two bar local tucked away off Laleham Road. 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 including award winning Thames Side ales. No food menu, but pickled eggs available.
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! A real traditional ‘boozer’! (review LS/13Feb2018)
The Swan Hotel is located just across Staines Bridge in The Hythe which is a conservation area that is technically Egham Hythe. Parts of the building date back to the 16th Century and a large conservatory overlooks the Thames, plus a function room that can accommodate 20-25 people. The main bar at the back offers all the usual Fullers offerings including Gales HSB (brewed at Chiswick for several years). The pub is very comfortable and can get busy on sunny Summer days. (review LS/13Feb2018)
The Wheatsheaf & Pigeon in Penton Road, Staines (not far from Wheatsheaf Park, the home ground of Staines Town FC) usually has 5 real ales on offer: Fullers London Pride, Otter Ale, Long Man Bitter and 2 changing guests. The pub offers good food and has previously won an award for “the best pub in the 218 miles of the non-tidal River Thames”! It also helps to run charity events such as fun runs, sometimes in conjunction with local brewery Thames Side. Worryingly, it has recently been reported that the pub is up for sale – further updates to follow (review LS/13Feb2018)
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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