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O'Briens, Brentford

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This place has now reverted to its original name, the Northumberland Arms. It's been 4 years since I was here last. But I'm sure it was the same guy behind the bar. Locals were friendly and the 3 ales are now supplemented by a cider. This time there was Cottage Scrooge, Sharps Nadelik & Doom Bar & Lilleys Pear & Raspberry Cider, which I hadn't had before. I thought I'd try this place again as I was passing and I was glad I did.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jan 2016 15:26
was a pub now trying too be a restaurant
only open in evenings all prices increased too high now
not allowed to stand must be seated for service
don't think it will be success.
smiffy147 - 1 Jun 2015 15:40
NIce place, Live music on Fridays and jam nights its a small place, busy on a night. well kept, nice prices 3quid odd a pint. what youd expect. I like it i' give it a 6
AliceDraven - 15 Dec 2012 14:50
seems to be struggling a bit, the amnager is doing his best though and I hope it does survive.
hartleys - 17 Feb 2012 19:29
It was very quiet in here last night when I visited. Only 3 ales were on - Cottage Christmas Cracker, Wadworth Henry's IPA & Sharps Abbey Christmas. There was no real cider. The bar itself still is small, but has mirrors to try to make it look bigger. There was nothing that tempted me to linger too long. Loved the guy up the corner's hat with a bird on it.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Dec 2011 22:59
Derek has left, but Marcin is trying to do his best, the beers are finally improving as is his and his staff's English. And he's got the music back, and the quiz. I think it will be ok now.
tmitch - 25 Aug 2011 17:02
dereck o'brien has left;but still called o'briens....
empty most nights
wonder if it will survive
hope it does
anonymous - 7 Mar 2011 17:33
Nice Cosy Pub, Good food and selection of beers and wines. Staff welcoming and friendly. Worth a visit
brentfordbeerman - 26 Aug 2010 13:11
Small, cosy, charming and friendly. Was there far too briefly when exploring the area but next time I'll know which pubs to ignore and which to go back to. I'll definitely go back to O'Briens.
Matthew_of_Ham - 26 Jun 2010 13:43
This was my first visit to a Brentford boozer and won't be my last despite the area's reputation for being a bit punchy. I tried the Monkey IPA which was so good it made my lips curl and my throat dance the fandango - chilli in beer. The Chimay was also served with the respective branded glass. Clean inside and convivial. A really homely boozer. Nice one landlord for selling Belgian as well as tasty English beers...
paulio1966 - 24 Sep 2009 11:02
A small L shaped single room, with the bar in the corner diagonally opposite the entrance. Wooden floor, banquette seating to one side, high tables with stools to the front of the bar and window seat drinking shelves, good for watching the world go by. There is an exposed brick chimney and fireplace adjacent to the bar. A plasma screen sits at high level in the rear corner, showing some kind of music channel at the time, mercifully with the volume low. There is a great painting/print on the side wall of a game in progress at nearby Griffin Park, titled "The Bees at Home". They are playing rivals Fulham, the away section has 5 fans and a panda..club mascot(?)..Ouch!
Lots of events take place here it seems, Tuesday has an acoustic jam session night, bring your own instrument. The quiz night (Wednesday) has "stupid questions and pathetic prizes" Ha!
Beers were, Pride, Downton Quadrillo, Twickenham Grandstand Bitter and Scattor Rock Quarryman. In addition there were Westons Country Perry and Trad Scrumpy.
Noting some earlier comments, this place is a bit blokey and certainly lively but it is also friendly and welcoming. I liked it very much.
Maldenman - 21 Mar 2009 11:35
I work near this pub and have to say its one of the better places in Brentford. Good food, though if you are with a large group can take an age to get the food to your table. Locals seem ok, though you get some knackers in there on Friday Evenings. But I probably prefer them to the wa*kers in the Weir.
HENDO - 15 Sep 2008 15:42
A swift couple in here today before the Bees game. Pride, Weltons Export Stout, Twickenham Grandstand and Marstons Pedigree also had keg Honeydew. Lots of bottles including Chimay Blue & Tripel, Duvel, Vedett, Erdinger Weisse & Dunkel and Fullers 1845 and Golden Pride. Small pub, bar in the right hand corner. Clean and tidy, sport showing on small TV. Seemed like a locals pub but perfectly welcoming.

Worth a visit.
GuideDogSaint - 6 Sep 2008 20:01
Our favourite pub for Sunday lunches. We had one bad experience: service was appaulling when we made the mistake of visiting the Sunday just before St. Patrick's Day. Aside from that the service has always been perfect and the food excellent with the cauliflower cheese side dish always welcome. Portions are generous so if you don't think you can manage them order a kiddy portion instead - they don't mind. Puddings seem overpriced for what they are.
There's always three of well-kept real ales on offer, usually including one from the nearby Twickenham brewery.
Never experienced any clients that I'd call rowdy or uncouth. In fact many are friendly, even when we have a (well behaved) toddler in tow.
Small, neat and perfectly formed.
drambo - 3 Jun 2008 23:43
I really liked it in this very small pub as the barman and governor were very friendly and fortunately I didnít meet any of the unruly locals spoken about before. It did start to fill up before I left with people wanting to eat lunch, but I got the feeling that the serving of drinks was as important, if not more important, than the food, if not as lucrative.

Pride, Bombardier, Gothic Dark, Twickenham Quadhop and Honeydew keg were all available from the bar alongside 3 premium lagers, Strongbow, Carling and Stella.

I will go back soon as I loved the cartoon picture of Griffin Park almost as much as the pub.
Strongers - 20 May 2008 18:08
We've been coming here for a few months now and unfortunately each visit has got worse. The pub itself is excellent. The beer is well selected and is always kept well. The food is outstanding and unusual. The staff are very courteous and helpful. However, the clientel leave a lot to be desired. They are largely noisy, unmannered and uncouth. Unfortunately, judging by the other reviews on this site, I am not the only one to discover that. If the owner doesn't sort this out, all the effort that has gone into making it a nice place to go, will have been wasted, as it descends into Brentford Pub Hell.
ixion - 7 Apr 2008 14:07
Excellent quality real ales, but at a price. Good food and free roasties on the bar after lunch on Sunday. Good ambience and clientele. Occassional villainous clientele apparent.
mim - 21 Mar 2008 12:17
My partner and I decided to go there for a Sunday roast yesterday (Sunday 2/03/08) and we weren't disappointed with the food or the real ale.
The only down on this meal was that we had to change tables as some unfriendly clientele came in and started to behave as though we were in their space/pub. It's a shame, as if it hadn't been for these four, our lunch would have been very pleasant, and I would have given a total score of 8.
petronille - 3 Mar 2008 16:15
i enjoy being in this pub
reminds me a bit of a wine bar
lovely atmosphere
very friendly staff
great food
fair pricing
a very nice place to go for a break from normal brentford pubs.
kutiepie - 14 Feb 2008 03:01
Good pint of Twickenham Original Monday night and food looked tempting, but no time on this occasion. Price wasn't too bad but Magpie a bit cheaper. Note that the pub is just called "O'Briens" not as described at the head of the page.
dougscott - 13 Feb 2008 23:00
Popped in the other week for the first time ever.

Had a pint of London Porter with was well kept. It was much smarter inside than I was expecting, unfortunately you pay for this at the pump.

I'd go again though if I fancied a change of scene from the 'Magpie'.
danbert - 3 Dec 2007 19:27

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