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Lord Grenfell, Maidenhead

22 Oldfield Road

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Quinno _ left this review about Grenfell Arms

After a brief period rebranded as the Guardsman, the pub has reverted back to its former moniker and has very recently been taken over. There’s a brand-new set of people there who also have GK pubs in Farnham Royal and somewhere else (beers at the Con Club prior means the memory isn’t quite as sharp as it should have been). Very good range of ales on (three GK and four guests) and both my W&E Garter and Red Squirrel Black IPA went down a treat. The young lad behind the bar showed us, unprompted, the plans they have for the site on his laptop which included a thorough overhaul of the garden. The wood panelling inside will remain, so happy times. The large wallpaper map of old Berkshire in the right hand room was a pleasant way to while a few minutes away. In a town centre lacking any real decent ‘proper’ pubs, this one is absolutely worth the extra few minutes walk and is probably best in Maidenhead generally I’d wager.

June 2011
A few minutes walk from the town centre and just off the main road, this was a bit of a gamble before hitting the football as there was little-to-no information available about the place beforehand. Pub pioneers, we are. So this was a pleasant surprise. A two roomed pub, with the main regulars bar off to the left and newly-decorated lounge and food area to the right. The regulars bar is a 70’s style timewarp, with full-length varnished wood cladding, carpet and piano. The lounge area was bare boarded, with a number of newly-acquired comfy sofas and posh prints. Piped music was fairly eclectic, with what appeared be Latino Instrumental Hits Vol 3 or similar. Ales on offer were GK IPA, OSH, Abbot, Ruddles County and the GK special ‘Celebration’, my Abbot and Celebration were in decent form. As mentioned below the pub is now being overseen by an old school landlord and he is exploring the possibility of getting some local ales in alongside the Green King ones they are tied to. After being growled at by the pub dog I didn’t have the cheek to ask whether a big portrait of Joyce would also be hung in the main bar. This is a pub worth monitoring as it seems to be heading very much in the right direction. Next time I’m in Maidenhead I’ll make a point of calling in again. Rated 7

On 17th March 2015 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about Grenfell Arms

Am happy to report that this pub continues to move in the right direction, from one of the last pubs you would consider to visit in Maidenhead to be one of the first.
Now rebranded as ‘The Guardsman’s Inn’ and branding itself as an Ale and Pie House, under its previous guise it used to be an average beer house with a less than desirable clientele
But the new landlord has swept that all away, done the place up, got rid of the undesirables and greatly improved the beer and the food.
The plan to add local ales to the GK range has now been achiceve and there is now up to 8 real ales available and a couple of Rebellion brews were available along with the GK range below, as well as real cider. And , although I did not try it, home cooked pub food is now advertised.

On 3rd September 2011 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about Grenfell Arms

A short 10 minute stroll out of town, the Grenfell doesn’t seem to be on most people’s radar when doing the rounds but is certainly worth the walk.

This twin bar pub appears to have had a chequered past but is currently in the hands of an experienced landlord who is keen, enthusiastic and appears to have made great efforts into making it a friendly (apart from the dog) and homely place aimed at the more mature and civilized drinker.

The carpeted main bar to the left of the main entrance is cosy enough with paneled walls, normal pubby furnishings and an upright piano. The lounge bar has bare wood floors but the furnishings are a complete contrast to the main bar with homely sofas, handsome dining tables and décor that includes some professionally taken owl and landscape photography.

There is currently a range of well kept Greene King beers – IPA (north/south pull), Ruddles County, Speckled Hen, Abbott and the Royal Wedding Celebration Ale although we were advised that the pub is looking to put on a selection of more local ales at some point in the future. Food was quite reasonable with main courses around £6-7 although we didn’t try any on this visit.

The pub also does Bed & Breakfast (there are 8 rooms in an annexe to the rear) and has a car park and beer garden.

Maidenhead has a good number of fair to middling pubs but the Grenfell is certainly one that is worth closer inspection and keeping an eye on in the future.

On 5th May 2011 - rating: 7
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