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kevmac - 29 May 2014 22:15
Not really a pub, just gastro.

I am used to paying London prices as I work there, but this place is a total rip off for beer. As for the food prices and quality, do not even get me started. It's no wonder pubs are shutting when they rip people off like this.

kevmac - 28 May 2014 23:04
Not really a pub, just gastro.

I am used to paying London prices as I work there, but this place is a total rip off for beer. As for the food prices and quality, do not even get me started. It's no wonder pubs are shutting when they rip people off like this.

kevmac - 28 May 2014 23:04
Not really a pub, just gastro.

I am used to paying London prices as I work there, but this place is a total rip off for beer. As for the food prices and quality, do not even get me started. It's no wonder pubs are shutting when they rip people off like this.

kevmac - 28 May 2014 23:04
Is this a pub anymore? Good choice of Camden products but not their standard lager. Why not?
Very expensive menu and no vegetables even with the fish and chips unless you wish to pay £3.50 for "peas and onions" There is hay though.
bertiebark - 23 Nov 2013 14:30
Disaster! Place has been turned from one of the best riverside pubs with a great atmospher in rugby days into some kind of odd double decker restaurant catering exclusively to young families taking their parents out to dinner.
And no they don't show the rugby any more.
Avoid *sobs*
dlord - 3 Nov 2013 13:57
Used to enjoy visiting here, it was a lovely traditional boozer that showed football and rugby, hosted a good quiz night and had a good atmosphere. The food was of a good standard as well.
However it's had a refurb. Good grief, it's had it soul ripped out and is now no longer a pub but somewhere to get overpriced over fancy nonsense food. Not enough comfy chairs, too many tables , it just looks like a restaurant.
It has one TV, we asked if they still will be showing sport, we were told it was only there for the boat race. I'm not joking. It was made clear they wanted to get rid of the Saturday afternoon sports drinkers. Those people who kept the place going.
It's unlikely we'll return having been regulars for a number of years.
We do wonder whether Youngs know what they're doing. Hopefully The Bull won't suffer the same fate.
BusterB - 23 Oct 2013 00:15
Refurbished in the All-Bar-one style. No character, large, echoing, barn-like ambience. No comfort.
IKBrunel - 16 Oct 2013 09:13
The place is suitably riotous on Boat Race day and with the terracing is a good spot to be at, certainly an hour after the boats have passed as it is merely chaos rather than utter mayhem.

Quite a mix of clientele and I have been there when the atmosphere has felt bordering on febrile for no particular reason.

Having said that it is a nice summer spot.
NLBS - 2 Apr 2013 14:45
A decade or so ago I used to come here regularly and experienced some wonderful times. But the years since seem to have sullied this place and it pleads defeat. It clearly trades on it's location, and given this, it is listing badly to one side but perhaps hopefully not yet holed below the waterline.

A precarious mountain of used glassware teetered on the side of the bar, with various plates of decaying fayre abandoned on tables throughout the pub, whilst the staff stood around behind the bar glaring moodily at you if you dared to catch their eye.

Some plucky gent was consuming the food in a corner. Not daring to raise his head beyond the end of the table. Might he be visually accosted by the wretched bar staff.

The decor is a ghost of past glories. Scuffed chairs and battered wallpaper being the order of the day. The carpet was seeded with detrius from the night before whilst the pot plants wilted, no doubt in part to the torpid atmosphere.

The prices are eye watering.

Youngs aggressively cost their beverages but to do so you have to offer a superior experience.

Sadly this is not one of them.
beer_dreamer - 28 Oct 2012 13:42
Young's actually, unless it's changed hands very recently.
earlydrinker - 5 Mar 2012 22:30
Brilliant location, right by the river, brilliant if your out walking or cycling along the path by the river.

The service was rude. The bar manager must of had a hangover or something!

treated myself to a steak.... was terribly cooked, also there griddle needs a good clean as it left my steak tasting of a horrid burnt taste which tasted like s**t.

Just another crappy Fullers pub.
kieronrhys - 5 Mar 2012 17:13
It's the sort of place that will serve you a pint at 10:55 then pester you to leave at 11:02.
The bar staff are terrible. There were at least 6 of them last night but they seem to hate serving drinks. 4 or 5 of them spent the whole night wandering round in a desperate search for empties to collect whilst the lone bar lady gazed into the middle distance probably wishing she was still on her gap year.
This would be a great pub under new management. The building is great and the food isn't too bad but please sort out the bar.
ricdabush - 6 May 2011 09:31
Dreadful pub-completelty soul-less.
I don't think I've ever come across more disinterested staff.
huntforbeer - 13 Jan 2011 12:36
The sports bar upstairs is a great improvement, and in general, the revamp has made the pub look loads better. However, the bar staff are rather slow (god knows how they will cope on boat race day when the place is really busy) and what is that horrible smell of rotting eggs that stinks out the main bar? We've been there several times recently & have had to sit outside as the stench is so nasty - and no one seems to be able to do anything about it.
Aby - 1 Mar 2010 14:11
If you are interested in pub Victoriana, you must see the gents upstairs next to the refurbished 'sports bar' - sensational and still unchanged.
alaric - 19 Feb 2010 21:47
True a great location and have spent many an evening taking in the river over a cold beer or a glass of red...BUT since the 'lip service' revamp twinned with the hike in prices and yes the quite unfriendly and dreadfully slow staff...this once top pub is now little more than an also run in the local pub pecking order...
upyourpub - 8 Dec 2009 13:22
I don't use this pub very often and after the way my friends and I were treated by the staff last night...I probably wont be using it again! The staff are lazy and even though we spent a lot of money, we were treated with contempt. Much nicer pubs up the road!
lisalovelyfish - 9 Oct 2009 11:09
This place is in a great location right on the river with seating outside on the terrace or down on the riverbank itself,ideal for those lazy sunny afternoons. It has also been revamped this year in both the bar area and the function room upstairs which is a vast improvement on the previous sticky carpeted incarnation.
The only thing wrong with the place are the staff who would rather have a chat or rearrange the glasses than serve you. I don't think I caught them on a bad day either as I have been in a number of times recently as it is the nearest pub to my house and they are consistently slow. That said if you don't mind growing a beard while you wait to get served it is a good pub which could be great with a more dynamic team behind the bar.

jonno123 - 27 Sep 2009 18:07
The wife and I enjoyed a Young's Kew Gold here and a light dinner. The ale was good and the food good enough, but not special. Great riverside location and the place was really buzzing on the Friday evening we visited. I would probably go back.
on_tap - 15 Aug 2009 19:38
This is a Young’s house – they had on Bitter; Special; Bombardier; and Kew Gold, which I had not seen on draught before. I had a couple of pints of the latter ale (at the rather strange price of £3.08 a pint) which was a light coloured brew. It was absolutely superb, and just right for a warm summer’s day. The food consists of a barbeque, but was very reasonably priced. The home made burgers were excellent.

Clearly this is a pub of Victorian vintage, and although there is what appears to be some original etched and cut glasswork in the “public bar” doors, it has, like so many pubs, lost almost all of its original features. But there is evidence of its multi room past in the unused doors (the old “saloon/lounge” door seems not to be in use now) and tall pillars. But it’s still a decent enough pub – the ale was in good nick; the food was good; and the service friendly. The island bar is surrounded by comfortable furnishings and the walls are adorned with old photographs of the pub and its surroundings. It’s right on the river, with lots of seating outside with excellent views of the river. For me it’s still retained some of its essential character, and is well worth a visit.
RexRattus - 11 Jul 2009 17:16
having walked down the waterfornt i cam across this pub and sampled the local area as well. nice beer, didnt have a chance to sample the food.

but all in all i really enjoyed it,


grahamparker - 3 Jul 2009 03:54
seems to need a lick of paint and some staff who are going to sick around and make ago of it. needs a proper pub manager aswell.

really nice pub thats crying for a refurbishment.
nowarmbeer - 7 Feb 2009 17:43
Typical Youngs Pub, high ceiling lots of space serving good Special. Unfortunately let down by a lack of staff - quiet Tuesday lunchtime but waited at least 15 minutes to be served by the one staff member who was also taking food orders and acting as waiter! Unfortunately his English was not to good as having ordered two meals only one sandwich arrived - my elderly mothers request for pate was not understood when the menu read terrine! Perhaps I was also at fault thinking that my bill for £13.80 was good value for the two of us - drinks plus eats. Another £5.50 corrected that. It started to go really wrong when my Wiltshire ham sandwich arrived. I applied mustard to find that my sandwich consisted of dry brown bread, processed ham, tasteless tomato and no butter! I was subsequently supplied with a pot with missing butter!
anotherlocalyokel - 13 Nov 2008 21:07
This is a large pub with island bar and great views of the Thames from the terrace and seating area (as you can see from the pictures). It is open plan and very bright and airy and the barmaid was friendly enough, although I had to wait for her to finish her phone call before she would serve me – Her apology was accepted.

I found the prices to be in line with most other pubs in the area and the premises to be clean and fairly well maintained.

Youngs Ordinary and Special were available alongside Bombardier, Tribute and various standard and premium lagers.

This is not the most exciting of places, but a nice place for a few afternoon jars in the sun.
Strongers - 6 Oct 2008 13:12
Visited on a sunny Saturday evening and really liked it. Friendly, efficient service and as the photo's show, a really great location. Can't comment about the food but I felt that the cost of drinks was reasonable, considering the location. I would recommend.
Dave_Home - 2 Jun 2008 18:48
Great pub for the location (by the river and 3 minutes from my house!), but not very much else. The Ordinary is badly kept and Special seems to have disappeared from all Young's pubs since the Charles Wells merger. Tatty inside - needs some money spending on it to raise the game a bit and match the sometimes breathtaking pricing structure.

That said, if you find yourself a table outside it's a nice place to while away a few hours by the Thames and less chav-infested than the Old Ship.
hexenductionhour - 3 May 2008 11:32
We really enjoyed Sunday roast there last week,
the food was very good, roast beef with 2 yorkshire puds and plenty of vegetables, followed by home made apple crumble. Great Sunday afternoon.

robertred - 7 Dec 2007 20:14
The reason people moan about the prices is because most pubs with prices like theirs justify it somehow. Sadly with this place I see no reason why, unless you are quite literally paying for that view. I admit in nice weather it's great to sit outside there, but otherwise it's not worth it. Also, the staff used to be great, really friendly and welcoming, and now they act as if they'd really rather you leave.
Possibly the most annoying thing is when we stupidly ordered a steak without checking how much it cost. It was about £17, came with chips and salad only, and literally had no flavour to it at all. For that amount, you'd think they'd do something to it other than slap it on the grill...actually they didn't even do that right. It was cold.
anonymous - 14 Nov 2007 02:55
Why all the complaints about the prices? How often do some of you go out? The prices are really quite standard for Barnes and the pub is friendly.

Now there is a non smoking ban the air is fresh. The barbque area is really good and the view to die for.
The service is sometimes slow but mostly they are friendly.
They have a Salsa night on every Thurday and a music night on Sunday's.
Give it a go.
anonymous - 23 Sep 2007 14:16
Yes, i agree with all the coments below. It is very strange, could be one of the best pubs anywhere, but instead is really just a bit.....rubbish.
nimhbus - 27 Jun 2007 10:41
Very ordinary , poor quality beer and indifferent service.
No atmosphere at all. It does not live up to the fact that it has one of the best locations in London. In need of a complete rethink.
anonymous - 17 Jun 2007 14:44
Pint of Stella Large White Wine and a bag of Chrisps came to £10.05. The guy behind the bar was embarassed about the price so let me off 5p so two drinks came to a tenner. What on earth do Youngs think they have here? Great location, piss poor staff, always stinks of fags and must be one of the most expensive pubs in south london
mrandyp - 28 Apr 2007 01:19
Went here for Boat Race day just gone - absolutely fantastic. Great atmosphere, staff did their utmost to keep up with excellent service despite the crowds and rude people. Probably the best pub on the river to watch it. Good BBQ as well. A family member was in the ballroom having a quality meal and said it was outstanding as always. Great food, great drink and great service - even in the cheap seats downstairs!! Roll on next year...!
anonymous - 10 Apr 2007 12:33
Total rip off: pint of lousy orange juice and lemonade .... wait for it ..... wait ....... £3.95!

Incredibel. A total and utter joke.
anonymous - 11 Mar 2007 12:33
I'd been away from this pub for just over a week even though it's on my way home. It was always over-priced but tonight I had to £3.40 for a Kronenbourg!!! The atmosphere was always quiet but even the teacher's corner was empty. Is Young's on a deliberate campaign to drive away punters? Watch and see - next year you might see some prime Young's real esate going on the market!

I still rate the pub a 6 for the location and the general friendliness of the locals once you are known but now . . .I'm not sure.
Castor66 - 8 Mar 2007 22:15
havingly recently heard about the live music on a sunday nights some friends and i decided to check it out. reasonable atmosphere and im sure it would be lovely in the summer so you can sit outside, drinks are overpriced and the general feel is a bit: get in and have a drink and get out - not very relaxing and a bit tatty. got this impression after one of the barstaff told my friend that he wasnt allowed to buy another drink just cos he already had one on his table.
hhunter3 - 1 Mar 2007 21:50
Great location but like most Youngs pubs lacking the investment to turn it into a top pub.
Don't understand why they don't open up the 2nd floor on busy days either?
BarnesXV - 13 Feb 2007 12:48
I completely agree with Boesky. I go there and love the building, the location, the layout of the bar but the place is so tatty, the staff too few, the decor so poor, the service slow. It would have no one in it were it not such a great space in such a great location. People would flock there if only it felt fresh and happy rather than nicotine hell and grumpy
mrroberts - 27 Oct 2006 17:36
As a local girl who has now moved to SW19 I love to come back to meet friends in this great boozer. Familiar friendly place with familiar friendly faces always there. Home is where your local is! Fabulous for summer and winter. Stewart has done wonders over the years and long may he reign at Ye White Hart!
anonymous - 9 Oct 2006 17:01
This is an old favourite of mine, but I hadn't been there for a year or two till I dropped in for a quick pint the other day. No such thing as a quick pint here, though, on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The service is, indeed, awful - not rude or intentionally offhand, just disorganised and incompetent. The Young's Ordinary was, however, in absolutely first- class nick, and no more expensive than most beer in London and the home counties. This pub's fantastic position on the river is both its making and its downfall - more punters than it can really cope with, when the weather's right. I'll still keep going back, though, when I'm in the vicinity.
earlydrinker - 12 Sep 2006 15:12
This pub has an excellent location, a really special building and has a superb layout with a ciruclar bar. Unfortunately, the service, price and general lack of attention to the customer really lets this place down. It needs a kick up the backside to make it compete.

Like a fool though, I keep returning - more due to current social circles than actual desire...
Boesky - 29 Jun 2006 21:51
Service is always terrible, unless you're known as a regular. Barstaff are, quite frankly, hopeless.

Food is adequate if pricey for what is fairly basic pub grub.

Ales are ok, lagers so-so, wines have a good selection but as with everything here, you're paying extra to be on the river.

Worth a shot, it's bit like marmite, you'll either love it or hate it.
I_Love_Rugby - 9 Jun 2006 16:04
Despite the dubious tourist-enticing use of the word 'Ye' in the title, this is a decent little pub. A good selection of beers including 3 ales (all Youngs) and fairly cheap for London in you drink the Brewery brews. I love the big circular bar in the middle of the room and the winding trek to the downstairs loos where there is some classic cock and balls grafitti on the back of the full length locking cubicle door. Good outside area with great Thames views and a cool little hut too.
chopperbomb - 22 May 2006 00:37
Great pub! Nice food, friendly staff, good service, relaxed atmosphere, eclectic mix of customers, great location (mind the road when you step outside though). What more would you want?!
wicket - 16 May 2006 11:30
Was here for Boat Race Day too and enjoyed a beer from the Off License over the road down on the bank! Too busy to get served but seemed a good enough place.
anonymous - 13 Apr 2006 09:34
went here for boat race day just gone. Ideal location, efficient service with a smile, quality pint of Young's - obviously managed very well.
Krissy - 11 Apr 2006 12:32
I liked this pub. Big, airy, a traditional drinking establishment. I would imagine it was even nicer in summer. Only downside is that it was very expensive.
TheGP - 26 Feb 2006 20:47
We met here for a friends engagement drinks while the 6 nations rugby was on. There was a good atmosphere. The blokes all watched the rugby and turned the sound up to drown out our chatter. We drank the house champagne which was fine - not exceptional.
They do serve food here but we didn't eat. There are great river views, and seating outside by the river as well. It's a great place for watching rowing from as you see all of the curve of the river from Chiswick Bridge to Barnes Bridge and beyond.
We also noticed that they are part of a community scheme where you can pop in and use the toilets without having to feel guilty if you aren't a customer!
cathk - 14 Feb 2006 13:47
When I was a kid i thought this pub was frequented by pirates.
mr_sound - 6 Dec 2005 23:26
Big improvement in service in recent months.
codpiece - 19 Nov 2005 20:42
A nice place to sit by the river. Inside is nothing special. The beer is overpriced.
spiky_mikey - 19 Nov 2005 16:14
A good summer pub with lovely views of the Thames.
rah - 2 Jun 2005 14:41
Great location in the summer but miserable service.
codpiece - 24 Feb 2005 23:29
This pub is great. Stuart and Ginny are very accommodating and the staff are incredibly friendly.SUNDAY NIGHT IS A MUST. They have a guitarist who plays some really good songs and everyone in the pub participates.There are a certain group that go every week and start the dancing off. This is one of their best nights and not to be missed.
Give it a go the atmosphere is amazing and everyone seems to be easy to get to know if you are not a local you'll feel like you are after half an hour. Some great looking girls in there as well.
anonymous - 22 Jan 2005 23:09
good for drinking beers on a Sunday evening when you realyl don't want to go to work the next day. The rivers have an odd, barren yet blaek kind of beauty to it on these occasions....still not sure why!
SketchySi - 22 Nov 2004 16:29
looks very promising from the outside with the river etc, i live only a stones throw from this pub but every time i go in it takes forever to be served, will not try again.
rupert fisher - 2 Jul 2004 17:27
After reading the comments of this pub i was discouraged of going. WEnt anyways , had a fantastic time, quality of food and drinks were great!! Lovely view, and friendly staff, will go again!!!
Shane - 8 Jun 2004 13:00
To Ben
Stuart and his wife are very friendly and do have good manners I totally disagree with your comment,they are lovely people and accomadating.
Mary - 23 Apr 2004 22:33
outside terrace/garden fab on a summers day. inside bit tatty but ok.
good for enjoying a pint on the rivers edge!
millym - 4 Apr 2004 16:33
Great pub - perfect for all day slow lounging / drinking with friends. Especially in summer! Land lord & lady could do with some manners though!
Ben - 30 Mar 2004 17:33
Gosh whatever next, a pub full of men drinking pints. (Sorry Mary). Execllent location, cracking atmosphere. Decor is a 1980s(??) Youngs type mock Victorian refurbishment, which did not appeal but worth a visit.
Martin - 9 Mar 2004 12:59
I agree food is poor but it is a good honest pub with fantastic summer views.
Beer is above average. Lager is good (cold and with a fizz)!
Daniel - 30 Dec 2003 20:09
Charged £3.30 for a pint of orange juice and lemonade. Complained to be told "sorry, everybody else complains about this as well". I'm not surprised and I won't be back
Andy G - 9 Dec 2003 12:55
Busy pub full of men who drink loads of pints and smoke Royals, can be fun if you're into that sort of thing.
Mary - 1 Dec 2003 11:40
I am surprised by the comments below. I have not been there for a while as it tends to be a winter pub for me but I have always found it excellent.

Sunday lunch has always been first rate, very good food, good beer (yes I actually enjoy Youngs!), good relaxed atmosphere and best of all no children screaming around the place. I will have to check it out again to see if it really has gone down hill.
Sam - 28 Nov 2003 12:21
Ok pub but is youngs so crap beers. Don't bother with food once tried to order and was told will take 1 hour, great
Barney - 28 Nov 2003 10:37
Yeah, it's allright, but there is something lacking. And I won't be eating here after reading the posts below.
Good for: Outdoor summer drinking
thenationofjames - 28 Nov 2003 10:26
I went for the roast dinner here last month and the food was cold, there were no knives and forks. When we pointed this out to the staff, who were kissing on my visit too, a girl said: "You clearly have never worked in Hospitality sweethearts, it's not the end of the world". Nice service...
unhappy eater - 26 Nov 2003 14:55
Background music would be nice and a few more bar stools.Can the staff refrain from snogging on duty.
Anon - 11 Oct 2003 02:05
fantastic location great terrace cheers to the guys & girls who entertained us by arriving on lylos after paddling down from putney bridge.
millym - 26 Jul 2003 20:23
I held my 30th in the function room upstairs. The landlord is very accomodating and the views are fantastic. I like the relaxed atmosphere of the pub also.
mutedcensor - 2 Jul 2003 13:56
Excellent pub! Especially great for a Sunday lunch follwed by an afternoon on the terrace overlooking the river. Best bit - no screaming children allowed.
Sam - sam_crossley@hotmail.com - 27 Jun 2003 15:39
Tired pub with very tired terrace but with views. Food is very poor - paid £3.30 for a cheese (grated) and coleslaw sandwich - grim and very very expensive. Also, sausages (really poor quality water enhanced) and chips (soggy and just warm) on another occasion also very poor.
Unhappy punter - 24 Jun 2003 16:33
Decent pub with a fantastic location right on the river. Excellent service considering the pub was packed and a decent pint.
Angus - 7 Apr 2003 11:27
A large excellent Youngs pub with a superb view of the Thames. Lots of great outdoor seating in the summer (if the tide's not too high)
Gary - 19 Nov 2002 10:06
I held my wedding reception in their upstairs room. It was lovely with a fantastic view over the river.
Trizanne - 4 Nov 2002 04:46

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