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Gastropub on Teddington's High Street. The front room has the closest feel to a pub. There appears to be a larger dining area to the rear. We found a seat in a quieter area to the side of the bar. You can still eat in the bar area and food looked good. As for the real ales, there were Landlord, London Pride, Doom Bar & Atlantic. Has a fairly exclusive feel in all. But, drinkers still appear to be welcomed.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Mar 2019 20:05
A cavernous restaurant with excellent, stylish, chef-prepared food at an affordable price. Yet a large front bar and front outside terrace where they give equal priority to supplying an excellent glass of ale (Doom Bar, Twickenham, Pride) without any pressure to eat. Real test was coming pre-match for Rugby at Twickenham when they were 100% full and under tight time pressure - they delivered excellent food from a shortened menu, spot-on ale, all with a smile and arranging a cab to the match was all part of the service. A quality pub with a large restaurant attached still well-grounded enough to still be a local to meet friends for a (excellent) pint. Congratulations!
alelover100 - 14 Nov 2015 19:44
This is a superb (and very good value) restaurant, and although there are drinking sections, not really a pub in the conventional sense...
mozzzzzz - 11 Mar 2013 16:38
Utterly soulless. I used to enjoy drinking here in the pub's previous incarnation, in that back room, past the restaurant óAuberge, I think. They had comfy red sofas and lots of pot plants. If you swathe your ever-expanding beer gut in a pastel shirt and wear loafers in an unironic way, you'll fit right in these days.
Revd_Cuntyman - 6 Jan 2012 15:12
A gastro-y sort of place with a long counter to the front. Twickenham Hornet and Doom Bar and Pride.
A couple came in after me and asked for peanuts.
Said the barmaid,
"We don't do peanuts. We have smoked almonds, wasabi peas ..."
Hilarity ensued.
It also has a large car park and a shortage of places to tie up the bike.
rainlight - 2 Jul 2011 19:02
We went there twice in September to only be turned away at the restaurant. They said they had no more tables, although I noticed they had various tables free. When questioned about this, the chap stated that they were keeping some tables free for certain people (certain people obviously not being us). Both times this was the case. As a 3rd generation Teddington resident, I was completely disgusted at the attitude of this gentleman. I would not recommend this establishment to anyone.
senaro - 18 Feb 2011 02:29
The newly opened restaurant seats 140 people and its mostly open plan which makes it feel like a very well presented 1980's Tex Mex.
I have now eaten here several times as visiting friends wanted to try it. The food looks attractive but portions are very small considering the price and fairly bland in taste.
The bar at the front is very narrow and to access the small snug rooms you need to traverse the entire length of the bar which doesn't really work, for this reason smokers are made to feel especially unwelcome and access to the rear patio garden is reserved for summertime diners.

Overall the bar feels like a waiting room for the restaurant and on my final visit, the male barman was offhand when I queried why a lager shandy was about to cost me £6.20 .
Apparently they only have bottles of lemonade and that wasn't their problem...until I walked out.
TheChairmen - 3 Oct 2010 18:08
Well, at £7.80 for a pint of Pride and a pint of Becks, and £80 for two steaks and a bottle of wine, it's not a place for those on a budget. Everything has been beautifully decked out but the pub feels a bit like a hotel lounge (five star, mind) and the restaurant is definitely a dining room, all tables and chairs and never the twain shall meet. One misses the space and the sofas of the old place and the more relaxed atmosphere to food. The staff are young, well trained and ironically not French; the menu is a rather eclectic but somewhat limited mix of brasserie and bar food, not to be eaten in the bar, of course. Not quite what I had hoped for but perhaps the formula will evolve into something less overtly professional.
klausthejester - 21 Sep 2010 00:44
Re-opens on 20th September as 'The King's Head' Pub Brasserie. Looks very smart.
klausthejester - 14 Sep 2010 15:42
The King's Head closed on the 9th May. Apparently it will re-open in August totally refurbished as a pub/restaurant owned by Brasserie Blanc, Raymond Blanc's chain of restaurants but will still be called The King's Head.
klausthejester - 30 May 2010 12:37
Couldn't work out if it was a pub or a restaurant. Doesn't do either well enough.
Sodalltodo - 28 May 2010 19:03
3 years away from London and used to enjoy popping in here for a quietish afternoon pint. Been twice in the last week and this place has really gone downhil - staff,service,decor (why is it so drab now?).
Your Jag & Rover brigade seem to have been usurped by chav wannabees. Very disappointed. Can't speak for the food but wont be going back soon.
Riverman_Ted - 1 Apr 2010 15:42
Had a really good lunch here last week. The food was fresh and the service was great. Not sure about the sky sports thing - diddn't seem to fit in and there wasn't a fantastic range of beers but will return,.
pubman2009 - 28 Feb 2009 12:26
An up and down few months has seen this pub slip down the Teddington pub hierarchy. There was a farce when Massive pubs went under, a new management team came in for a month, then couldnt afford to buy the pub, so got kicked out and new owners were found, who re-installed the previous manager and staff! Meanwhile the Clockhouse had opened down the road, catering for a similar crowd and so the KH has lost a good amount of business, and hence some of its atmosphere. Still has its place in Teddington's drinking community, but its crown has slipped somewhat. Good quiz on a Sunday night still though.
City_Gent - 27 Feb 2009 13:36
Husband does not like the beer here, but I thought the wine and food was good. He paid so that is the reason we will not be going back!! Nice inside and the staff are nice.
mondayclub - 14 Jan 2009 18:57
It's a funny mix of a place, with the restaurant at the front and bar at the back. The sofas near to the bar make a nice cozy place to sit but the room at the side is awful, so brightly lit it's like drinking under floodlights.

The new manager seems friendly enough but I nearly fell through the floor at the price of a glass (large) of red wine. I plumped for merlot and was charged £6.05!!! For one glass. Incredible.

Despite that we gave the restaurant a try and it was great. The real fire made for a lovely warm atmosphere, the food was delicious, and the staff in the restaurant were friendly. So not all bad, pity about the prices.
merluzzo - 5 Dec 2008 14:03
What a shame! The cheerful and helpful Antipodean bar staff have been replaced and Steve the SA manager has gone too, replaced by Melvin - maybe Melvin and his staff will learn to smile?

They dont seem to do food in the bar anymore (no menus either in the bar or outside the restaurant) and the new wine list is v. confusing, luckily they still do Doom Bar. Perhaps come the sping the new management can make something of the garden which has so much potential ...

Inventive have taken over the pubs run by Massive (gone into receivership??) but on this 'new look' I'm not impressed. Perhaps I'll have to change my 'local' of 5 years to the Tide End or Adelaide.
dickie_the_digger - 28 Nov 2008 16:06
This is a terrible disgrace of a Pub! The Manger is a racist miserable S.A that needs a good chinning. THe rest of the staff are terrible and mostly illegal.

But do not dispair, they all getting the tin tack soon!!!
Teddlocal - 8 Oct 2008 12:51
Great place, Nice food, nice people, staff seem to be on the ball, lovely garden for the summer
jimscoresby - 6 May 2008 14:28
Still a pub good enough for an evenings drinking and also pleasant enough to bring the family to. Great for sport, so avoid on sports afternoons if you want a seat.

However the main reason we used to go there at lunchtimes has changed - their magnificent burgers.

Some time ago they changed from what was surely hand-made fresh mince mix cooked to your liking to what I can only assume are now pre-packaged or frozen in some way. Still taste good but just not in the same league as the used to be. They've also stopped letting you ask them cooked rare citing 'health and safety rules' but what other logical reason could there be for only allowing them to be cooked medium or well done other than they've probably been frozen or packaged at some point?
waldopepper - 8 Apr 2008 14:40
The bar area could do with a spruce up but overall the food is really good and most of the staff are friendly.

I have been a few times in past couple of months and really enjoyed.
gastropubs - 14 Dec 2007 17:30
Pub is not bad - garden is okay for smokers.
Food in pub is so so.
Food in the Auberge excellent but hideously expensive
Maggie_Tul - 5 Dec 2007 15:07
This is a very good pub, now stocking plenty of decent beers, it's not a pub for kids that honour goes to the Teddington Arms furhter up the road.

The King's Head serve a decent pint and good pub grub, the beer garden is great in summer, children and dogs welcome.

A few regulars tend to congregate around the tall tables near the bar, but why shouldn't they if thye are regulars.

This closely followed by the Adelaide is the best pub in Teddington.
lastrequestgringo - 31 Oct 2007 13:48
This is one of the best pubs in Teddington. The Landlord trucks no crap from yobs or kids. As long as you behave you are welcome. The staff are efficient and numerous - good work. Fantastic grub too.
There is a petite, brunette barmaid who is just divine.
banjowalker - 7 Jul 2007 10:16
An odd pub, with a French restaurant on the side and a more normal pub on the other side. The pub side was allright I thought, a nice pint and quite comfortable, so I would definitely recommend a visit.

Barmaid was fit as well.
TheGP - 22 Jun 2007 13:28
Apologies for coming back with another comment so soon after my last. My wife had a 40th birthday bash in their back room - where they do a great Monday night French film evening. We had a fantastic evening. Great service, fabulous food and wine. But, most importantly, wanted to say they've changed the beers!! After I said they don't ever change them :-) Timothy Taylor and Harveys amongst others. Had to pop in on Monday lunchtime just to have another pint and sit in their back garden in the sun. Marvellous!!
doddsy - 13 Mar 2007 15:37
I don't know the clientelle to comment on. The beer is good, though rarely changes. The restaurant at the front serves superb food. Recommend sampling it mid-week at lunchtime when there's a very reasonable £10 for 2 courses offer (can't remember what it is for 3 courses) and the food is the same (great quality) as they serve in the evenings at much higher prices.
doddsy - 16 Feb 2007 12:56
Large-ish place with a narrow corridor leading one way into a nobby French restaurant (very Tedders) and through to an open-plan bar and garden the other. Pleasant, clean but lacking atmos and character. Prices reflect the clientele and manor. Loud tellies on sometimes. Best not to ask antipodean bar staff for advice on cask ales...anywhere! Not to be confused with the similarly-named chav dump along the street.
anonymous - 4 Jul 2006 17:43
This pub is like a naff hotel bar full of middle age types trying to pick up young women, and its overpriced. But nice beer garden and no riff raff.
MrEddie - 20 Jun 2006 16:30
Agree with David - used to work over the road in the late eighties, Jim Ship used to run the place with his ever-so-attractive wife (what WAS her name??) and Pat at the bar. Benny Hill used to sit at the bar too. Anyone else remember the stuffed camel and all those ornaments?? Used to be a great place when you werenít quite old enough to be legally drinking.

I think this place may now be in a bit of a mid-life crisis? Itís having a bit of an identity problem. Try as I did, I just could not relax in there. Too up itís own behind by far. Shame really, I finished my pint and got out Ė fast. Iím not saying that thereís a lot better in Teddington, or that Iím right Ė just that I remember it being a lot less unpretentious and a lot friendlier and busier.
Mr_Floppy - 26 Mar 2006 23:18
This pub is awful!! Unless of course you are a pretentious and ill mannered middle aged bored housewife... or a pretentious and ill mannered middle aged bored and pervy husband - (oh and don't forget the rich kids who pretend they're self made!). The ONLY thing I'll say is Sundays in the Summer are lovely as there is enough distraction!!
anonymous - 24 Mar 2006 17:06
yawn, someone rename this place 'the old farts inn'.
Because if you go here you must know your old... and most likely smell like fart.
Snob away.

HOWEVER! The grub in the french part is good. Well worth stopping in for a meal... but not a drink, trust me.
full_english - 24 Jan 2006 20:24
Pleasently suprised by what i found in here which was a generally decent pub. Good service ok selection, sports on screen, good background music.

This was a sunday night though as i dont think it would be any good for a weekender
sharpe - 19 Jan 2006 12:29
One of the best pubs in Teddington. A fantastic locals pub, always spot the same faces. Friendly staff and a decent selection of drinks available. The resturant is equally as good run by a cracking french outfit. Always got some good characters in the pub.
Think Kingraama has got the wrong end of the stick.
anonymous - 2 Jan 2006 16:38
Full of people that work in city and ride mountain bikes with all the gear at weekends.

A WINE BAR
KingRaama - 27 Oct 2005 11:57
The Best Pub In Teddington by a Mile.
The bar food is what one would expect from a restaurant, and there ia a good choice of draught and bottled Beer/Lager. Wine is also rather good, with an excellent choice of Reds and Whites.
Beautiful mediterranean garden outside, with Jazz on some Sundays, and friendly Bar Staff, always up for a bit of Cricket or Rugby-based banter.
You simply must go here, to eat, to drink, and to be merry!
xeopac420 - 30 Aug 2005 18:27
Excellent pub, best in Teddington good choice of beers and you can actually have a conversation without shouting.
James - 10 Nov 2004 08:45
The worst pub in Teddington by a long, long way. If you are not wearing a suit the manager makes you feel like a leper, and the main room is not like a pub at all, it's more like a hotel waiting room. clientele all above the age of 60 with no charisma whatsoever- avoid at all costs, I hate it there
Clemence - 18 Oct 2004 16:47
The bar staff are always extremely happy and freindly, the environs is relaxed, beer great, food fantastic (perfect if you have a hangover - try the club sandwich). No complaints from me!
Jim - 8 Sep 2004 17:06
Absolutely brilliant place. Best pub in Teddington by a country mile.
H.Wyatt - 19 Aug 2003 13:18
Its a pub - no its a winebar - no its a restaurant. Make your mind up!
H Green - 11 Aug 2003 17:01
Excellent Pub. Very friendly and really well done. Couldn't recommend it enough!
Stuart - 24 Jul 2003 10:33
agree with David, was a nice good pub and now it's a bit weird. Nice beer garden with lots of shade if you need it in the summer
amberene - 29 May 2003 16:45
Friendly pub with good food largely thanks to the upmarket French restaurant that you (unusually) have to walk through to get to the bar. Pleasant walled beer garden for the summer. Recommended.
Nicholas - 21 Mar 2003 10:40
When I was about fifteen this was a great place for an underrage pint or five, but now i's gone all peculiar, with the emphasis on the adjoining restaurant and a bar area that looks like a very bad attempt to emulate the set of 'Central Perk' from Friends. Poor, very poor.
David - 11 Dec 2002 17:13

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