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Brouge, Bistro and Belgian Beer Cellar, Richmond Upon Thames

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user reviews of Brouge, Bistro and Belgian Beer Cellar, Richmond Upon Thames

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Now called THE PIG'S EARS. Claims to be a great beer cellar but, when we went, there were only three listed and only two of them were on - neither of which was remarkable. Adding the fact that the place was absolutely deserted (no customers except ourselves) obviously others shared our opinion! Don't bother...
Trev - 13 Mar 2015 19:13
Very likable place, some good beers on started off with a Brewdog 5am Saint, then a bottle of Le Chouffe which is something you dont see much over here and then the rack of ribs, with fries and a pint of ale which i cant remember for 12 squid.
paddypint - 18 Sep 2012 00:42
As the previous review said it has now reopened as the "pigs ear", they serve a good selection of real ale and "craft beers" with some fairly unusual ones among the choices.

The beer was well kept and my friend who usually drinks lager liked some of the real ale on offer.

Was very busy with drinkers and eaters on my visit which made it a good lively atmosphere.

Bar staff were very efficient and pleasant.

Worth a visit.
beershot - 8 Jun 2012 12:34
This place is now called the Pig's Ears Bar and Cellar. Although it seems to be run by the same owners as previosuly. It's a fairly trendy place that serves a couple of real ales and some trendy lagers and craft beers on keg, plus food. Ales on during my visit were West Berkshire Tilting Charlie & Williams Brothers Cock o' the Walk. The bar staff seemed fairly keen. The place itself seems a bit dark and depressing, as you might expect in a cellar. But this could be a valuable addition to the real ale scene.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Apr 2012 10:19
Closed. Will allegedly open as a non-Belgian bar of some sort
strongarm - 14 Feb 2012 10:00
My first time in an authentic Belgian bar and found it relaxing and very different. My learned friends had all been to Belgium and I was happy to take their views and choices during our visit.We thoroughly enjoyed each Ale tried and they were impressed by the range of beer on offer as it should satisfy any discerning drinkers taste. Although we didn't eat, the food looked very good and will definitely try it next time in Richmond.
dotball - 16 Mar 2011 07:29
came there for saturday lunch with a few friends. this is a very good pub/bistro, reasonable prices and friendly cosy atmosphere. the food was very good and the beer even better - excellent selections including sample trays. not your traditional english pub but i will definitely come back.
beerdrinker64 - 1 Nov 2010 14:33
I don't suppose any of u boozers remember the old 'Gaumont' cinema in Richmond, years back...? Well this is the basement! Every time i have a drink in here i try and recall what films i saw above that ceiling...! After the second drink, it doesn't seem to matter! (or just mak'em up!) Yeah, i saw Grace Kelly on the steps outside the cinema one time...she was in a full gorilla's suit so that no-one would recognise her...!) !
TeeJay - 22 Feb 2010 17:46
Popped "down" to the Brouge Bar recently. Had a gr8 session in there. And nobody knows you're in there...! There are no windows! The whole world passes by on the busy side-walk above, and no-one knows u r in there..!! In fact, not too many people know the bar is in there! Gr8 for clandestine meetings, or if u don't want to bump into the boss during lunch-hour...!! Gr8 choice of European beers &wine. 'If thats yor bag baby' (...as Austin says!) Luvvit. Will def add this one to the Richmond circuit...!! TJ
TeeJay - 22 Feb 2010 17:38
Brilliant. I use to go to the one near Fulwell Station and it was great to see Brouge opening in Richmond.

From the first time you walk in we are almost always greeted by Nick (the tall Australian, love your work mate) with fantastic customer service and the service just keeps coming from that point on till the time you walk out.

The chefs are brilliant as the food that comes out has always been spot on.

If you're only here for drinks then be sure to have the fries with your drinks, they are fantastic, even my mates from around here and my friend from around the world have spoken extremely highly about their buckets of fries.

Already been here several times including the opening and will be back many more times.

Be sure to get the Food Loyalty Card (just ask for it), definitely worthwhile if you come here semi-regularly.
k1w1brad - 5 Oct 2008 14:01
A really fun bar, great selection of beers, including strawberry and cherry for those who like something a bit sweeter. Taster tray is good fun - 8 different draught beers in shot glasses, the bar staff helpfully tell you which is which. Nice atmosphere below street level, very authentic feel, nicely furnished and excellent service, would definitely recommend it for dinner, drinks or both.
Browneyedboy - 24 Sep 2008 00:18
Popped in last night for a shifty. Looks very nice. Excellent range of beers not just from Belgium but worldwide too. Also serve beer-cocktails, Fruli, beer magnums etc too. Food looks good. Was very busy last night but is quieter during the day, so the barman told me. Nice, busy atmos. Will go back soon.
GladstoneScrewer - 22 Aug 2008 13:12

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