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Friendly little community local which has several beers, a jukebox (unusual these days), locals hanging out there with their kids and dogs etcetera, copies of London Drinker on the windowsill, and it all hangs together very nicely. Quite out of the way and I'm still not sure where it is - I saw it from the 337 bus and jumped off at the next stop, hoping to try it because I'd probably not pass that way very often. Several hours later I staggered out and caught the bus to Richmond. It's that kind of place.
rainlight - 7 Sep 2015 07:43
Re - ericstadd below. The place has it's quirks. Arguably the grumpiest barman in London can be manning the pumps. Who also doubles as the chef. Some idiot shouts 'Back of the net!' everytime he puts on a song from the jukebox. At least that's what I think he's doing! A body of water runs by the pub. Which could be quite endearing, were it not for the fact that that in the summer a quite pungent stench wafts in through the open windows. On the right night however you can have one hell of a community local.
walk_the_plonk - 28 Oct 2012 10:05
Popped in here for a pint one Saturday before visiting friends, good beers, friendly locals, dart board, no airs and graces, no poncy chrome or gastro rubbish just a proper pub. A rare find these days. I'll be back for sure.
Saifa - 17 Feb 2012 19:20
Nice solid local, probably wouldn't make a special journey but has a nice feel and would drop by if in the area - a short walk from Barnes station across the common. A few good ales on pump.
OldRogue - 2 Jan 2012 17:15
Like the Eagle in Battersea, this is a greatly underrated pub. Run by the same couple for over 25 years, which goes to explain why its such a steady ship. The beers are always well kept and staff friendly.A greater choice of late- we had some delicious Twickenham beers. A solid consistent locaI, may it long continue. I think the landlord has been ill recently so best wishes.
huntsbeer - 15 Nov 2011 05:38
Could be a cracking little pub.....but isn't. End of.
dancingbrave - 10 Jun 2010 07:20
Good beer, good food and some strange customers.
Good to drink in a pub that is not covered with promotional posters for the latest alco pop or snack offer.
I like it.
ericstadd - 20 Feb 2010 09:35
Fairly busy Sunday lunchtime. Glad we tasted the black sheep before ordering because it was not good. Settled on the brakspears which was ok.
As previusly stated this is a proper local pub with a large council estate just across the road...however the atmosphere was lively but friendly/relaxed.
southfields - 12 Oct 2009 16:00
Walked over an hour to meet my wife at The Halfway House pub SW14 only to be served a mediocre London Pride in a dirty pint glass. Just some bad luck? Maybe, as there seems to be a reasonable number of positive reviews here.
on_tap - 15 Aug 2009 19:33
Traditional wood-pannelled pub just off the busy South Circular. It's situated halfway between Richmond and Putney which, according to the pub's very informative own website, is how it got its name.

Externally, it's an attractive looking building, with what is probably a mock-Tudor exterior with several old gas lamps hanging down.There's leaded windows at the front, with that unusual semi-circle shape on top that you more readily associate with churches.

Internally, it's a pleasant wood-pannelled pub with a bit of a feel of a gentleman's club, despite the presence of several fruit machines. Several screens and pillars help divide the floor space and create a cosier feel than if it were completely open.

There's a more upmarket, select feel to the place than in several other pubs round here that I shall refrain from mentioning by name.

Being away from the river, it doesn't seem to get much passing trade and trade seems to be predominantly local.

There's the seemingly obligatory pub quiz on Tuesday. Jazz and Blues nights are Saturday and sometimes Thursday.

There's a dartboard, although the seating arrangements would appear to suggest that it is hardly , if ever, used.

There's a bank of 4 handpumps. On my recent Saturday morning visit, Brakspears, Black Sheep and London Pride were on. I've seen a Twickenham beer in here previously. Copies of London Drinker on a windowledge indicate that the pub is CAMRA friendly.

I quite like this pub. It's not a must visit pub, but worth the short bus ride down the South Circular to seek out.
JohnBonser - 29 May 2009 09:32
Nice looking pub from the outside , however on a Sturday afternoon post rugby it totally lacked atmosphere - a few pikey looking locals and ugly looking women . Had a quick pint and left......won't be returning . Oh and the Guiness was shocking .
millreef - 17 May 2009 15:49
Came in here for one late on a Tuesday evening as quiz night was drawing to a close. A good pub, with a number of interesting regular and guest ales which Stongers summarises. The atmosphere was that of a true local, but not at all unwelcoming. This is the kind of pub that it would be great to live near to. I don't come down to Barnes very often but if I'm in the area again I will visit this pub.
grecian - 26 Feb 2009 11:21
This is a very good pub with a friendly landlady and regulars to match. There was a good selection of ale available on my visit with Pride, Black Sheep, Brakspear, Twickenham Ales’ Grandstand and Nelson Brewery’s Friggin’ in the Riggin’ adorning the bar. There was also a selection of standard lagers alongside Staropramen.

As mentioned before, the dart oche has a table on it, but I’m sure that it could easily be moved if the pub wasn't that busy and some arrows needed to be thrown. There is also a tiny plasma screen, but I can’t imagine it being turned on that often.

The atmosphere in here was very relaxed and the Black Sheep was very good so I would go out of my way to drink here again.
Strongers - 18 Feb 2009 09:59
Nice pub. The ales are great. The landlord is very kind, and he looks like the father of Magnum PI, with his white moustache and his hawaiian shirt. Average food, and horrible steak. They refunded my money and apologized for it though. Would advise this pub for a good pint in a quite place, but not for dinner.

smeghead77 - 17 Feb 2009 18:21
This is a great pub, landlord and landlady like they should be, real!
Cannot understand why anyone in the area bothers with the other pretenders in the area. Some very nice sites but still a monopoly of Youngs that don't offer a choice of ales like the Halfway
This is a proper boozer, where the gentle art of conversation is alive and well.

daveE - 20 Oct 2008 21:24
Very mixed clientele and a very dark interior with wood panelled walls.A decent beer range, with Twickenham Summer Gold and Grandstand taking centre stage, supplemented by Sharps Doombar and Brakspear Bitter.

Real historic appearance from outside, but the 1970's carpet and musty smell needs sorting.

Traditional dartboard but with a table and chair set in front.
Maldenman - 23 Aug 2008 21:57
Trad, functional pub, interesting yet unchallenging quiz night on Tuesdays. Bar always crowded with regulars, can make jostling for a pint a tactical game of chance.
hexenductionhour - 3 May 2008 11:40
A lovely pub, off the main road so you'll have to look for it. The pub really does try and punch well above their own weight with the variety of offerings they have. We visited on a Wednesday night and were treated to some live Jazz...very entertaining. Slightly more choice of beer then you generally get and the staff run by a jovial landlord are a treat. Worth a visit.
Teskea - 4 Feb 2008 09:01
Slightly tucked away but all the better for it. Landlord is friendly and bar staff are not your typical disaffected youth, quite refreshing. Does have some excellent music nights. The Gents was clean, although there was a criminal lack of paper.
fredrix - 19 Nov 2007 17:29
Heard that they used to regularly serve Dark Star, but hasn’t been on during my handful of visits. Yesterday offered a couple of mainstreams (Pride/IPA?) but supplemented by a very decent pint of Brakspear. Music calendar for Nov/Dec looks good and has variety.
If walking from Barnes station you can cut the corner by taking the public footpath across the common but that route might not seem so attractive in the dark.
trainman - 8 Nov 2007 11:31
This pub is amazing, small friendly with a proper landlord and excellent staff. You feel like you have been drinking here for ever even on your first visit. All walks of life rich to not so rich all join in together. Quiz night, Jazz night, Saturday music night. Very busy and all up and dancing. Very popular, get there early for a seat
anonymous - 23 Sep 2007 14:21
Similar tale to the other posters, drove past many times and never ventured in until last night.I was on my way back from Wimbledon so it was nice to find an attractive pub with a traditional feel and I will definitely visit again
TSW - 27 Apr 2007 12:24
Same comments as Dave. I've also driven past it 100s of times for years without going in (being in between work and home). Popped in for a quick look and liked what I saw and the half I drank. Friendly staff as well. Will definitely go back when I'm not behind the wheel one day. Please to see it's on a handy bus route! Will look out for the dartboard as didn't spot it during my quick visit.
Roodeye - 17 Apr 2007 15:35
Great beer and Quiz on a Tuesday night. But more importantly GREAT staff.

We will be back soon Mike, having recently moved to NW London
thebritandamerican - 27 Feb 2007 09:52
Drove past this place for years but went there for first time tonight. Pub was excellent. Great beer, very friendly atmosphere that made me feel at home as soon as I went in, nice customers, and the two people who served me, both women, and with the utmost respect, neither of them 'young girls', (but I'm not a young boy either) were totally friendly and enthusiastic. What an absolutely great pub in every way. Loved it, recommend it totally and look forward to going back very soon.

planeboy - 14 Jan 2007 03:39
Dodgy dartboard can be reached by moving a table or two. Good beer.
Dart_Man - 29 Nov 2006 14:06
This is cracking local with well kept real ales cannot understand why not in CAMERA Good Beer Guide
thisbe - 19 Oct 2006 19:12
I'm not surprised Whort found a warm welcome because 1) the family are big supporters of the game 2) you always get a warm welcome there unless, as GMDD writes, you're out of order in which case you are dealt with swiftly but still courteously.

The refurb was a bit of a shock, a pleasant shock, when I first saw it. It made the pub open up immensely. My only negative is that the wall hangings all seemed to get jettisoned. I have no warm feelings or indeed any recollection of what used to be on the walls but looked for some token that would connect it to its 'murky' past.

I pretty much moved away from the area a few years ago and have only popped in a half a dozen times. I really must arrange things to get down to the Quiz though: it was always a perfect mixture of fun and cold-bloodied rivalry.

In it's modest way it can hold it's head up high compared to all the other boozers in the area.
erik_fuller - 18 Jan 2006 23:04
We were a minibus full of visiting rugby folk, come to see our team play at Rosslyn Park. I found the pub on-line and phoned the (very helpful) publicans. I ordered a buffet lunch which, when it came, would have fed the team as well. We had a fantastic welcome, drank some superb ale and were really well looked after. When we couldn't finish the buffet it was whisked away and returned, neatly wrapped in foil, for us to eat on our journey home. This place is well worth putting on rugby clubs' preferrd pubs list.
whort - 4 Dec 2005 09:06
initial barrage of a drunk telling everyone to f-off turned out to be source of much amusement as they were slung out. never been seen before apparently. the landlord and staff in here were great, staropramen lovely and ale looked good. really good sorts in here, nice mix. looking forward to trying the food when i'm hungover and visiting more. only complaint is could have more casual seating. nice vibe.
GGMD - 6 Jun 2005 13:00
What a discovery. My thanks to Mr.Pilot for telling me about this pub. The staff are friendly, polite and what's more, efficient. They look for customers rather than avoiding eye contact. There are usually four good draught beers on tap, all in excellent condition and changing weekly.This is a proper local run by a good team. There's entertainment about three evnings a week varying from blues singers to jazz.I wish I lived nearer. Until then I'll have to endure the expensive and rapidly declining Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich.
bertramr - 14 Apr 2005 09:23
friendly pub with good beer, Guvna, his misses and all the staff are great.
pilot - 23 Feb 2005 20:53
Great pub. Friendly staff, great landlord (and landlady!), wonderful food and, best of all, great beer!

Quiz night is a must - someone must be able to beat the guys in the corner of the bar who seem to win most weeks!
anonymous - 25 Jan 2005 11:17
The best pub in the area, now that they've turned all the 'boozers' into 'foodies' e.g. the railway!
Welcoming staff and management, reasonably priced, basic but nice food, and above all a GREAT jukebox.
Looking forward to nicer loos, comfier chairs & hopefully still the Jukebox after the refurb.
lizzievm28 - 7 Dec 2004 11:54
Friendly and welcoming local with a good selection of real ales which are kept well.
codpiece - 19 Nov 2004 18:36
The Halfway is to close on Monday 22nd November for a refurb it will re-open on Friday 3rd December at 7pm. We will still remain a pub that sells food.The object is to brighten the pub and makke it more comfortable. we will still be having quiz nights and jazz and our regular parties. Regarding coments by burnsy this is not a regular occurence. Still thanks for telling us. Jill & MIke(
Mike Thompson - - 17 Nov 2004 18:19
Nice little pub. Not the most exciting place to spend a weekend evening though. On one visit stood next to a bloke who smelt of wee. Not sure whether this is a regular occurence though...
burnsy - 23 Jul 2004 16:34
guy - 21 Jul 2004 14:29
Great little pub. Not quite as good as the Idle Hour but still good.
Daniel - 2 Jul 2004 16:09
Smashing place. Small and friendly, with great food.
gitwit - 15 Aug 2003 14:02
A great little pub. It is little but packed full of freindly locals and good value food and drink.
So nice to find a old fashioned pub in London that is warm and inviting, due mainly to the fantastic Landlord, but also to to the students from Roehampton who frequent it. The constatnly changing young faces mix with the die hard locals to create a great atmosphere.
Quiz night on a Tuesday is a must.
Ben - 15 Aug 2003 13:51
This is a brilliant pub!! This is a real 'local' pub, which is lovely to see when there are so many bland chain pubs in SW London. The staff are really friendly and even remember you favorite tipple each time you visit. The food is great and the Steak and Chips is excellent value for money. The best night is Pub quiz on tuesdays at 9pm - although i'm yet to win!!
MIchelle - 15 Aug 2003 11:49
In an area off the Upper Richmond Road where most of the characterful locals have been converted to flats this friendly boozer survives. They offer a good range of beers including either Fullers or Flowers from the barrel(not in the warmer part of the Summer). Its decor is a bit murky( all browns and warm wood) but they offer a resonable pub menu food and a bunch of friendly eccentric locals, combined with a younger student crowd and the occasional celebrity refugee from the nearby Priory re-hab unit. A first visit might feel a bit 'Slaughtered Lamb when you walk in but don't be deceived: people aren't staring at you because they want to check out the strangers. They just seeing which colourful character is breezing in to add to the fun. Mike( usually in a colourful Hawaian shirt), his wife Jill and family are complemented by some loyal and top-notch staff.
erik fuller - 1 Jun 2003 00:26

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