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tradervic - 20 Mar 2020 10:08
This should be a lovely pub, but the landlord can't be bothered. No effort made, and pub empty. Why not make the effort? The last evening we visited they could not wait to close (early), only too eager to clear the few customers they had. I should add it was not late, probably before 10pm on a Saturday. We will not be going back.
Highlander49 - 14 Apr 2014 15:58
We attended a Rat Pack/Sinatra tribute night on Saturday 18th February which included a three course meal. Every table was full. Great Italian food washed down with a good selection of Italian wines. The superb singer, Ian Gallagher, came direct from his London West End show. It was a pleasant change to be able to listen to his quality music without getting our ears battered. The evening was so electric, that everybody was up dancing towards the end, (which had extended hours). Peter and Angela were the perfect hosts complimented by their helpful and knowledgeable staff. We and our four guests enjoyed a wonderful evening and cannot wait for the next one........ bring it on!!!!!
JohnandTricia - 5 Mar 2012 14:13
Roland on the prowl,great ad.John.
Good luck Peter & Angela you`ll need it if this is still a `Punch `outlet.
anonymous - 9 Jan 2012 20:01
My wife, Tricia and I have visited this pub several times recently. We have been very impressed. On a personal note, I haven't tasted a better real ale anywhere. I notice that the Landlords, Peter and Angela, have been awarded two 'Marques of Excellence' for their beer. We're very impressed with the cleanliness and decor of the entire premises, which gives a great confidence when ordering food. We have now eaten several meals there and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The tasty Beer-battered Fish and Chips are the best value around, but our favourite so far were the the massive and succulent T-Bone steaks. The menu is constantly changing with many specials, so there is always something different to try. Another great option available is that Peter and Angela are always willing to cater for private parties such as birthdays, weddings, christenings, funerals etc. Our daughter held her 40th birthday there in July. The service and staff were excellent.
JohnandTricia - 9 Jan 2012 17:21
Wow -- what a transformation. Peter and Angela have done a great job in making the Victoria a really nice place.
Seems to be a lot going on - saw Magic Bus there on Christmas eve - fabolous musical duo with magic thrown in between sets. Looking forward to the curry and cobra evening.
ShakyT - 29 Dec 2011 15:29
Was a bit quiet and lacked atmosphere- nothing amazing and food was poor.
Raggydolls - 16 Dec 2011 13:33
Visited this establishment just recentlyJune2011.What a grand place the decor was very soothing and well suited,very clean and cheerful,toilets clean and plesant. Had a very drinkable pint pride.The fish and chips,beer battered fish and at 4.50 a portion verry good,also a goodlysized portion,Highly recomended,Thursday Friday at lunch time only,all day Saturday. There is a outside area for smokers and also a childrens play area.There is a beer festival coming shortly.Well worth a visit The 459 bus stops outside.hourly service,No Sunday service.
retiree - 16 Jun 2011 17:26
Peter and Angela have done wonders with this pub and are having a beer festival over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend 28-30th May. Twelve ales from the likes of Dark Star, Exmoor and Ossett plus a special edition cask Fullers 1845 and Old Rosie cider.
Cincinnatus - 16 May 2011 15:09
Visited Sunday afternoon for the first time since the change of ownership. The immediate impression on entering is that the place is clean and tidy with light and airy decoration and layout. There is a comfortable front bar and two rooms to the rear where food is served.

The bar area is separated from the main dining area by a cheerful open fire and had a steady stream of local custom in and out. A TV was showing FA Cup football but was not obtrusive. Roast potatoes were put out as bar snacks, which was a nice touch.

Old Rosie cider, London Pride and Sharp's Boom Bar were on handpump, the Doom Bar was off unfortunatly, but the Pride was in good condition and very drinkable. One of my friends was drinking Bear Foot pinot grigiot which he raved about.

We sat down to a Sunday roast which was very nice with real roast potatoes, home made yorkshire puddings and plenty of meat. Service, both whilst dining and behind the bar, was friendly and enthusiastic.

A charity auction night was advertised for next Saturday (26th).

The new owners seem to have managed to achieve a nice balance between running a comfortable, friendly local's pub whilst offering a good dining experience as well.

Recommended and marked down for a return visit in the near future.
flashharry1965 - 21 Feb 2011 09:25
Very palatable pint of Doom Bar when looked in the other day and London Pride about to come on. Peter and Angela are working very hard on this pub and deserve support.
Cincinnatus - 9 Jan 2011 09:51
Sunday 18th July I decicded to take the little lady to the Victoria for dinner. Lamb shanks were the order of the day which we both had. An italian lady cooking an English dish her way. It exceeded all our expectations. I would highly recommend the food here it was outstanding and worth every penny we paid. This pub is going from strength to strength. I congratulate Pete, Angela and there team, you have all given us our pub back.
jerry_hill - 24 Jul 2010 07:11
Lovely to see some great recent comments since the Vic has re-opened 2 months ago. I work at the Vic and can honestly say i enjoy working there as much as our customers are now enjoying drinking and relaxing there!
It has a lovely atmosphere, great food served daily between 12-2.30 and 6-8pm, Sunday Roasts from 12-5 and a lovely family feel. We have lots of plans to continue making even more improvements going forward into next year and lots more entertainment coming up including our Charity Auction at the end of August (Sat 28th), quiz nights, Wii nights, curry nights more BBQ's and Family fun so don't forget to pop in and see what's coming up next!
Look forward to seeing you there! :o)
jayne03 - 19 Jul 2010 22:28
This pub is now under new management and has been refurbed and is now excellent for food and has happy helpful staff with a much better attitude than the previous management and excellent food with an Italian slant to the menu, it is also better value for money than some of the other nearby pubs and well worth a try. The have now also got the music licence organised as well
piersdale - 9 Jul 2010 17:24
I cannot understand why the rating on this pub is so low. Since it has re opened with new landlords this place has never been empty, the landlords are friendly always making time for their customers, constantly chatting with them and making everyone feel so welcome. We now have a place that can be called a proper english pub at last. The food looks very good although not tried it as yet and can imagine when they are more settled and established will expand the menu. It is so good to have the place open again and within walking distance or maybe crawling distance. Keep it up Pete your locals are behind you WELL DONE mate
jerry_hill - 9 Jul 2010 07:17
I visited the newly reopened and refurbished Victoria on Thursday 24 June in the early evening. First thing to note is that its overall rating is no longer appropriate, given that it is under new management and has been significantly refurbished. I rate it a good 6.5 to 7 at present.

It is very pleasant now, with a large new room opened up with new upholstered chairs and beech tables all very nice. The old bar areas are refurbished, the front smaller area having a TV (showing the World Cup at low volume - and with nobody watching). 1960s psychedelic era pop music was playing in the background and was not intrusive (and I enjoyed it). There is an outside boarded patio seating area and beer garden with benches beyond. It has a large car park.

The landlord, a rough diamond looking bloke, is a very pleasant chap, very attentive and happy to chat.

The beers on that night were Spitfire and Old Rosie. I tried the Spitfire and it was very good.

I did not try the food and for sure the pub is no gastro pub, so drinkers are very much welcome, which has to be a bonus in this area.

There is a notice explaining what further refurbishments will be taking place in the autumn and early winter, which include repaving outside and the removal of a large internal pillar that divides the bar. So there is significant investment in this pub. I do hope those of us in the area support it and give it a chance to flourish, as decent pubs are few in number hereabouts.
MxThomas - 26 Jun 2010 15:59
i herd that the vic had re opened under new management so i took the family down for a drink last sunday afternoon and i was pleased with what i saw . not only has the kitchen got good home cooked food which i must say was well worth waiting for but the whole pub had been refurbished, new resturant area and good cold beer. .i hear there is an italian menu but as we were there on a sunday i just jumped in on the roast beef good to see it back open .

italy - 10 Jun 2010 13:37
The Vic needs saving; there are too few pubs in the area.

Is there sufficient interest and funding for a 'community buy-out', if the owners will sell?
dellham - 15 Jan 2010 15:24
Now closed - herris fencing and concrete bollards make it look like Camp Bastion. Should re-open as English heritage has Grade 1 listed the original coach house part I hear
bristol407 - 9 Jan 2010 16:05
Was good once, one of the owners tried to turn it into a restaurant rather than a pub. Didnt work, food was way over priced. Being a fan of live music it would nice if they had a band night to attract more customers. Not been in for awhile but i hear that its still no better
Surreypubtourer - 23 Nov 2009 00:01
What a sad state this pub is now. 10 years or so ago it was a lively,
comfortable, local PUB with good beer, great atmosphere and friendly landlord , then it was "improved" and turned into a RESTAURANT/pub run by the "charistmatic" Dave, who served some of the foulest, worst kept beer I have ever tasted. It is such a shame that Woodham does not have
a decent pub anymore.
matt54 - 3 Oct 2009 19:56
Went in last week and the pub appeared to be on verge of closure. No ales, only one lager, most of the interior furniture appeared to have vanished. Customers consisted of stoned looking estate types, drifting in and out with bags of chips. Atmosphere was semi threatening, lots of aghast stares from the locals, all the lights in the pub were on full blast giving the place a very uneasy aura. If the pub closes again I am sure the developers will move in; big plot with plenty of room for a small cul de sac!
kentrunner - 9 Aug 2009 19:56
It still struggles - no atmosphere, staff always changing, forget the food. Why can't Woodham have a decent pub? This should be a gold-mine!
bezlimar - 26 Jan 2009 20:54
pub is now under new management again, its changed alot, friendly people, lovely food, nice beer and lovely staff. ive heard its changing into a family pub which sounds great, we need more family pubs about.
thomass - 2 May 2008 20:04
The "food-led" approach failed dismally. Over-priced, average quality bistro menu went down like a lead balloon. Pub closed as a result.

Re-opened last Weekend with "limited facilities" - whatever that means!
Sloth - 14 Dec 2007 10:49
This is a great local. It changes hands fairly frequently and the latest management appear to be attempting to turn into a "food-led" pub, having converted half of it into a full service restaurant that's only open for 4 days of the week. It used to be a lot busier and I can't help but think that this strategy has decreased its local popularity as a straight boozer. Nevertheless, it's 5 minutes from my house so I won't stop going there. The staff are friendly and there's some good beer, that's what counts at the end of the day, "dining pub" or no dining pub.
stuii - 24 May 2007 18:35
Nice little place, serving some decent real ales - worth making the time for if you're in the area
Quinno - 13 Jul 2006 19:06
Good sunday lunch!
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 14:05

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