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Had a thoroughly disgusting experience in Connolly's today during the Chelsea/City game. I am a woman in her 30s of Oriental appearance and whilst waiting to be served, a group of 5-6 guys sat at the bar proceeded to say 'Ni hao' several times to me. Unfortunately a lot of people don't realise this but that is incredibly racist, ignorant and offensive. Disgusted by their behaviour I told them that they were being racist. They confirmed their lack of intelligence by questioning my statement. (They probably also didn't even realise that their unsought for and unwanted attention directed at myself was harassment.) I told them that they looked at the colour of my skin and ignorantly decided that I was Chinese rudely oblivious to the fact that I could be, for example, Thai, Japanese or Malay (or English or French for that matter!), and their treatment of me with a sweeping generalisation was racist.

I turned away to ask the bar lady for a drink and she insisted on knowing why I was upset, which I presumed was out of concern. I explained that the gentlemen (a generous description) had been racist. They then had the audacity to deny that any of them had said anything to me at all, including 'Ni hao' and I responded by telling them they should at least be man enough to admit what they said.

Now, I understand that the bar can't be held responsible for the anti-sociable, disrespectful behaviour of their patrons. However, I couldn't believe it when the bar lady then proceeded to tell me that if I was going to be upset by that, then I should be the one to leave! In complete disbelief, I checked that I was hearing things correctly by restating that I'd been the one subjected to racist rhetoric and asking if she was suggesting that I should go, to which she responded affirmatively and then switched her attention to serve the person behind me!

Even though I wasn't a victim to any aggressive or violent racist behaviour, that doesn't mean that how I was treated was acceptable, and condoning any level of that behaviour creates divisions and tensions in society.

To be clear, I wouldn't have expected the pub to throw the group of men out because, to be fair, they weren't being abusive or violent, merely ignorant. But a decent human being would have told me to ignore them and then served me a drink. Instead she made me feel like the one in the wrong, the one making trouble. If that's the attitude of Connolly's staff, I would strongly recommend staying away from such a disgusting establishment that has no respect or care for people subjected to racist and anti-social behaviour.
londonerdee - 21 Feb 2016 22:22
Very nice friendly pub (with Newspapers). Excellent food with good portions (all freshly made) at a very fair price. Good staff.
dalsegno - 15 Aug 2011 15:08
Ended up in here after my less than successful visit to the other irish pub in the vacinity, o'riordans. This was much better, cheerful staff, no loud music, and they were showing the football. Will certainly go back.
slacker - 18 Nov 2010 10:42
A lovely pint of Bass on my recent (1st) visit!
robhealy - 8 Apr 2010 13:35
fabulous (and attractive) staff, brilliant food at a price that suits any pocket, frankly dirt cheap for Chiswick. But the sports screens make the place. A real old school boozer. Not enough of them left on the Chiswick High Road!

Rudi1966 - 20 Aug 2008 22:37
Alright little boozer, great for smokers, good little garden at the back with screen for footie, screens everywhere inside the pub. Pool table as well which is another bonus, tricky to find them these days. But judging from previous posts the food has changed - A LOT! I was there for the Utd Chelski final last night and three of us braved something from the menu - HORRIFIC doesn't even come close - but then when everything on the menu costs £5 (with the exceptioon of the Angus rump steak - £8), what can you expect? Food really is bad. I am not a fussy eater, in fact I'll eat anything but I struggled to finish the 'chicken burger'. Good chips though. Plus points - screens; garden; poo table. On the downside - don't eat there!
timengo - 22 May 2008 15:00
This is an Irish ‘shop conversion’ pub and I think that it has been done very well. As with all these pubs there is live music and Sky television. I loved the layout inside and one of the major gripes that this pub has received in previous posts is that it was too smoky, but obviously this is not a problem anymore since the smoking ban.

The barmaid was very friendly and a pint costs £3.10 which is basically in line with all the other pubs in the area.

I think to enjoy yourself in one of these pubs you have to be in the correct frame of mind, which I normally am!
Strongers - 30 Apr 2008 16:37
Superb pub - love the beer garden with screen to watch the football on - Im not even a smoker but it was nice sitting outside in the evening watching Hibs stuff Hearts Scum.
LadbrokeGroover - 12 Sep 2007 03:40
Terrible pub, full of smoke and unfriendly looking punters. On the plus side, shows every football match going.
anonymous - 26 Apr 2007 10:45
Cracking little pub - what Tommy Flynns in Hammersmith was before becoming Flynns Bar and Asylum Seeker Refuge. Only pub I've found in London still doing a Full Irish Breakfast (with black AND white pudding). Only minor niggle is the pool table is so cramped you've to take any shot across the table like Stephen Hawkins.
random_ranger - 11 Sep 2006 15:56
A good cheap pub, (compared to most in Chiswick) with no arrogant pompous clientelle. Very down to earth, friendly staff, ok selection of is always on (good), and the food is excellent value for the price. The mixed grill is HUGE! Lots of seats, admittedly at dwarf height, ok pub for lunchtime crowd.
Flawed - 22 Dec 2005 10:27
i like this little pub even if it does have the usual collection of memorobilia you get in these so called 'oirish' pubs. good place to watch football, excellent staff - even when very busy ( & it gets very packed) get served quickly & they manage to keep the tables clean.
can get a little smokey though even for a smoker!
millym - 29 Sep 2005 12:54
good little pub, gets crowded but worth a visit. good spot at front tables for watching football. staff excellent!
millym - 31 Aug 2005 12:02
Went in during the week, during the day.

It's a small open one bar pub in a nice location. Lots of seating areas.

The pub stank of smoke with no-one in there and the windows open.
A pot of tea took 15 minutes to arrive from ordering, and nobody else was in there.
The omelette was burnt and the mixed grill was okay but not the best ever.

anonymous - 30 Jul 2005 20:43
The mixed grill in here is the best pub meal I have ever had. £5.50 for the biggest portion ever and all good quality. Can't recommend highly enough. God my mouth's watering just typing this.
realalesnob - 10 Jun 2005 14:25
MUST SEE BAND. If your a Celtic fan, Irish, or up for good music, dancing and singing along to a few songs, get down there on a Saturday night (check boards for dates) and witness one of the best Irish bands I've seen in ages. Do a lot of the old favourites with some deeper stuff ranging from the Dubliners to the Pogues, Christy Moore and the Wolfe Tomes. The band is a trio, mandalin guitar, bodhran and vocals. The band shows strong vocals and solid guitar from Matt, slick jigs and reels from Brian on the mandalin, and a driving rhythm from Richard on the bodhran.
celtic_hero - 10 Mar 2005 22:14
This pub has been my local for the last year and its the business. Excellent sports coverage of all major events, good pints, good food and great characters.
The Dancer - 23 Jul 2004 13:33
looks great since the revamp. Cosy environment means it always feels busy but never crowded. Perfect place to watch the football. Full Irish Breakfast on a Saturday morning - delish.
Ger - 25 Nov 2003 12:50
Much better now that Dave Law has moved to Yorkshire. Best pint of Guinness in Chiswick. Nice staff. Ask Brendan (Manager) for your free pint by mentioning this website.
James - 20 Nov 2003 12:32
Still the same shape as when it was the Robin Hood and Little John, though nicely re-vamped.Nice pint and great TV screens. Great accomodation dead opposite at James Murphy's.
Nick - 9 Oct 2003 13:23
Pub's got a great cheap lunchtime menu, plus it shows the footy and doesn't get too busy.
Anon - 8 Aug 2003 10:28

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