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Wheelwrights Arms, Kingston Upon Thames

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user reviews of the Wheelwrights Arms, Kingston Upon Thames

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I imagine that this is probably the smallest pub in the town centre and the one that has changed the least in recent years.

I was a big of a late comer to the Wrighty's as when I first started drinking in Kingston back in 2000 we used to tend to go to the more 'clubby' type places such as Bar 2 Far and Litten Tree which are both now long deceased.

I started drinking in the Wrighty's in about 2006 when I worked at Combined House. Used to have lunch from time to time here and the pub was a venue for occasional post work drinks dud to its locality to the office.

I am happy to report that in nearly 10 years the pub has not really changed and has the same feel to it. I would say that this is still more of a wet led hostelry although it does do basic grub. Although not always that busy I am sure that due to its location it will always pick up passing trade.

They do serve ales and show sport. The televised sport is worth bearing in mind as there was a recent time when I was waiting for the other half and thought I would catch some of the Saturday lunchtime footy. It was a big game and three places I walked into we're not showing it. Those were the Druids who I don't think shows football now, o Neil's that used to show football but may now only show rugger and the mill. I ended up having to walk down to the spring grove and it was only once I got there I thought that I should've just headed to the Wrighty's.

All n all the Wrighty's will not win any awards from Camra or for its gastronomy however, it is and will hopefully remain to be a no frills, good honest town centre boozer!
BeerGutt - 29 Nov 2015 21:21
Ale was OK but dont think you can carry on a conversation 'cos everyone's looking at the bloody television screens.

quizman - 24 Apr 2012 01:17
Smallish corner pub, modernised and very light with many windows - also many HD TV screens. Opens at 12am and when I went in at about half past it still smelt of floor cleaner - sadly, so did my half of Tribute. But worth a second chance.
SimonM - 12 Aug 2011 19:20
Called in here for a pint yesterday whilst doing some shoppping in Kingston. I've walked past this place hundreds of times and thought I'd call in. It's alright, nothing special. Service was nice enough and it seems to get busy when there's sport on TV when I've walked past before. GK IPA on draught and London Pride which was off at the time. Quite small inside with a smoking area out back.
thehonesttruth - 18 Nov 2009 11:37
Great little pub in Kingston high street. Whilst small it has great ales, and has just put in 2 new flat screen tv's, taking the total to 3. It has a new video jukebox, and has now started Sunday roast. Not a commercial warehouse pub like spoon's but a friendly independent bar. Doesn't tolerate idiots. A great place to go for a beer or watch sport.
bestbarnone - 7 Oct 2008 13:49
Quite full of tables at the Clarence Street end, this is a small pub that is one of all too few pubs in the centre of Kingston. As a result it gets quite busy. Staff are efficient and friendly though and the decor is fresh and clean. Two cask beers (the ubiquitous London Pride and also Adnams) and lagers also.
rainlight - 20 Jan 2008 09:45
Very nice pub, friendly bar staff, and decent clientèle (apart from a brief scuffle between a couple of idiots). Only opened until midnight, but after the shocking behaviour of doormen when trying to get into Lloyds Bar up the road, the staff here allowed us to buy drinks to take back to the hotel, so a good end to the evening.
TimmyRaa - 7 Oct 2007 16:36
I only visit this pub when i go shopping prob once every 3 months and i must say its very good for food and beers are top notch. well worth going in for a bite rather than going to the usual fast food outlets nearby. 7/10
thefruitbat - 18 Jun 2007 18:28
A tip of you are ordering water. They tend to sell it in bottles, so best to make a point of wanting tap water if thats what you are planning to have
aleman - 9 Jul 2006 11:05
A small corner pub close to the Cattle Market bus station and Kingfisher leisure centre. Very much a town centre local and handy for both the King's Tun (crowded Lloyd's Number One bar) and Oceana. Worth including if you're going for a town centre crawl. They usually feature London Pride on handpump (quelle surprise!) and sometimes one other but otherwise lagery.
BeerHeaven06 - 4 Jul 2006 17:12
Not a bad pub. Small, compact and central.
pianoman - 18 Apr 2006 19:06
This pub doesn't seem to welcome the 'Litten Tree' rejects - thankfully! So if you're not one of them, you'll probably be made to feel very welcome.

Otherwise, very friendly with a great new juke box - never too loud, but you can download and play just about any song you can think of while drinking great Guinness...
LittleNicky - 8 Nov 2005 10:47
To me, the most unfriendly pub in Kingston.
staff are extrememly rude / unpleasant...
Not a place I will ever visit again
anonymous - 11 Sep 2005 23:49
Tiny proper pub in the centre of Kingston. Had cappucino (tasted salty? Might just be me). Will try the beer later.
beeronaut - 31 May 2005 19:34
Genuine family-run pub with the best Guinness in Kingston. Atmosphere is very friendly and there's always someone to talk to. Bar staff are professional and pleasant. Food is well prepared, though nothing out of the ordinary.
Best pub in Kingston by far. And not ALL the boys at the bar are grumpy!
LittleNicky - 9 May 2005 14:28
great little boozer for a quiet one, though is becoming more popular since its refurbishment. 35ml measures at cheap prices and you can watch the world and variable length skirt go by.. food isn't served on every night so don't count on it.
danny_boy - 6 Nov 2004 16:33
Fairly nice little pub that has recently beer refurbished. Nice for a quick pint after work and if meeting people and then going elsewhere. Beer is perfectly palatable as is the food and the bar staff are perfectly pleasant!
Tom - 9 Jul 2004 16:44
Not a bad pub at all. Beer is good. However we went in for tea on Friday night only to be told they don't do food on Friday nights. That's not mentioned on any of the "Eat our great food!"-type signs, though.
Nige - 5 Jul 2004 12:57
Dam fine Pub, as I get older I appreciate this type of place more and more...
Mike - 27 Feb 2004 20:50
Always worth a visit when in Kingston town centre, at least it's not a chain pub and they let all the grumpy boys smoke round the bar.
PaulKane - 27 Dec 2003 19:55
quaint little place

Not always open

often overlooked, not criminaly so in my own selfish reasons as when all else fails, i know i can sit down for a quiet one there ;0)

Beer is good there.
jon-paul - 17 Oct 2003 16:25
This has always been a pub with a good selection of drinks, fantasic food & friendly bar staff & locals. It's family run & that comes across in the atmosphere. As well as two screens (so they can screen more than one match @ a time) they also have piped music. The locals span all age ranges & make you feel welcome.If you don't want a plastic pub, this is where to drink in Central Kinston
Peter - 15 Sep 2003 16:49
No No. Its simply being refurbished - the same management will continue. I don't think the pubness of the Wheelwrights will be changed at all. New range of beers though I understand.
anonymous - 8 Aug 2003 15:19
Shut at the moment - I heard its going to be another gastropub!
Emiita - 8 Aug 2003 14:59
Bring on the half yard challenge. Beat Tony Alderson's time of 12 seconds. Or why not go for the full yard if you're feeling brave.
anonymous - 24 Jul 2003 15:52
I think this is a great pub. Excellent beer and a friendly atmosphere, unlike some of the other pubs in the area which aren't even worth mentioning.
dave - 4 Mar 2003 07:04
Great pub, but I agree about the 'waiting room' factor mentioned earlier. Beer good, no short measures when we were there.
Nige - 26 Jan 2003 21:20
Small, slightly weird-feeling pub. Decent beer but consistently short measures which is always a bad sign. I kinda like the place, though.
Dave - 30 Oct 2002 11:39
Average pub in an average town full of average people drinking average beers. On the whole this pub is a good first point of call when getting off the bus on the way to somewhere else. The food is sizzling platter fodder, not bad value neither make no mistake. However the pub has that "waiting room" feel about it, although the shape of the pub would suggest more of a waiting corridor. Frequented by mentally ill people on a Friday and Saturday night, largely a pre-Works post-ECT clientele.
Loz - 8 Aug 2002 19:52
i have been here a couple of times - nice atmosphere true, and the all important drinx are quite nice but it is a bit small perhaps.
Mike! - - 6 Aug 2002 15:58
This is officially my favourite pub in the world, which is weird considering it's lack of pool tables, quiz machines, etc.
Darren - 14 Jul 2002 22:02
Excellent London Pride on draught - occasional 3 for 2 on big match days - if Chelsea win the Landlord will be in good form. Has the worlds smallest pub dog.

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