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The Crabtree, W6

Rainville Road
W6
W6 9HA
Phone: 02073853929

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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Crabtree

A substantial pub with a high ceiling and generous sized furniture ,mostly traditional at the front either side of the front door,with a dedicated small restaurant area beyond the long bar to the rear.There is a side beer garden,but the highlight is the rear riverside terrace with great views over the Thames with the towpath weaving between the pub and this terrace.
It has a gastro feel but there is also a community feel with a weekly quiz and rowing events advertised,there was a friendly welcome.The food is from a short menu ,freshly prepared with mains starting around £14,my fish and chips were well executed.
There are 4 handpumps drawing a house Boaty Mc Boatface (provenance unknown) ,GK IPA and Sambrooks Scrumdown (good nick) with another clip reversed.Decent pub that I would return to for food,I suspect the ale range may lessen the attractions of targetting this pub for a major session.Nearest pub to Craven Cottage so the atmosphere may change on match days.

On 26th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Crabtree

A return since my first visit back around 2004 with a local friend who stated that the pub has been refurbished around three times in his 11-year presence. This is a large pub (not a gastropub) with an acceptable makeover as is typical of this type or residential environment; the place is by no means easy to find unless you are looking for it and has a fine beer garden overlooking the Thames.
Efficient staff were conjuring up Hophead's Dark Star, Sambrook's Session, Bedlam's Benchmark and Johnny Haynes' Best - a round of three Dark Stars came in at a little under £12 which is very good value, especially for the relatively affluent area and all were on good form.
On the minus side, there was a bunch of 'posh' kids, the youngest of whom couldn't have been a day over 16 - they couldn't handle their booze and were picking each other up, larking around and bumping into punters. Worse still was another bunch of seemingly lost chavs who were certainly aggressive in the language department; small children cavorted just a few feet away.
This pub isn't too bad, but management needs to get a grip on the people it allows in; points docked accordingly.
I'd come again, but only because there's not much else around here that warrants investigation.

On 17th April 2017 - rating: 4
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Malden man left this review about The Crabtree

An impromptu visit here today having popped down to the Fulham FC shop to do a bit of Xmas shopping for my son only to find the shop closed as a match was still in progress and the shop closed until full time. Anyway a short walk upriver found me here for a welcome pint, the pub is a large L-shaped space with a black lacquered floor, standard height tables of varying sizes with chairs, small stools or towards the front leather banquettes. A bit of exposed brickwork, a couple of fireplaces and a red ceiling with whirring fans. Domestic style patterned lampshades above the bar counter of the type I'd expect to see if I time travelled back to 1967, an extensive wine list was presented on a chalkboard over the bar back. This is certainly a food oriented pub however at the time, presumably due to the Fulham game going on up the road, there was a basic menu in operation, consisting of burgers, chicken, scampi and a veggie option, all with chips and served in polystyrene trays. I can't imagine the pub's usual demographic being enamoured with this, I suspect it is a mixture of need's must and licensing issues (plastic glasses today). The normal menu is a bit more adventurous and certainly pricier, Christmas dinner is a mere £75 a head.
There is a huge side garden with extensive seating which must be great in summer, but the best views are from a smaller area to the rear with superb Thames views. This place must make a bomb in summer.
Good beer selection, the handpumps offered Doom Bar, GK Olde Trip, Itchen Valley Russian Stout and a gorgeous Sambrook's Powerhouse Porter, not my usual style but in very good nick.
I liked it in here, despite the plastic glasses today, I'd normally have stayed longer however suddenly the pub filled up indicating the final whistle had blown, back to Craven Cottage to queue for the shop.

On 8th December 2013 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Crabtree

There’s still a decent ale choice here, with Windsor & Eton Guardsman, Sambrook Wandle, Twickenham Original, and something called Crab & Badger (which seems to be a house ale brewed by Nethergate) on. I had the Guardsman – or rather I had a pint of Guardsman Ale (£3.65 a pint) – which I had first encountered in a ‘spoons recently, and felt that another pint of this rich and full flavoured ale was definitely called for. This is as much a restaurant as a pub, with a large area at the back with all tables laid for diners. The daily printed menus are on the tables in the main bar area as well as the restaurant, attached to clipboards, which seems to be a la mode these days. The cheapest main course was “gammon, egg and handcut chips” at £9.50, and ranged up to “28 day dry aged Scotch rib-eye steak” at £18.50.
Although a large part of the pub is reserved for diners, there is still a large area for those who only want a drink. There was a large TV on the wall here, but switched off perhaps because there was a funeral party who had apparently reserved this part of the room for a wake. As you would expect in an upmarket joint like this, there are no fruit or games machines. To the left of the pub is very large area with masses of outside seating, including a glazed covered verandah, and some picnic benches overlooking the river shaded by a couple of weeping willows providing excellent river views. An upstairs function room is advertised, but I had no reason to venture up there. An extensive wine list is advertised above the bar back, which also (of course) contains a wine rack.
I quite liked this pub even though it is no longer the backstreet boozer it must once have been. The ale choice is good, although not cheap; I was given a choice of mug or straight glass; and it didn’t have any distracting electronic machines flashing away. These are all pluses in my book. I expect to pay a return visit, probably to have a meal next time.

On 24th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Crabtree

Yes, this riverside pub has certainly been done up since the current single 2008 photo was taken, and is a lot more welcoming than that picture would suggest.
Internally its one large room with a central bar serving area with a vertical drinking area in front and plenty of seating to either side.
As Adam mentions below it is the usual minimalist West London Gastro pub plain decor and there is a large chalk board to the left of the bar which has an extensive menu with prices matching its W6 location.
But the big plus of the Crabtree is its riverside location, and the large garden are to the side of the pub is actually surpassed by the smaller outside riverside bench seating area to the back as a place to have an alfresco pint.
And fortunately there is a decent beer choice on offer as well as this appears to be a Freehouse and the usual chrome lager taps are supplemented by four ale hand pumps which were dispensing Deauchars IPA, Hogs Back TEA, Nethergate 3.9 and Cottage Brewery Golden Arrow and the IPA and TEA were well kept.
One small point is that this pub is quite close to Craven Cottage and therefore gets utilised by football supporters on match days. But this is Fulham , and as I managed to time my visit with the crowd spilling out after a recent Sunday afternoon game, I can vouch for the fact that the talk is more of Pino Grigio and what delicacies are going to be purchased from the local deli to be consumed that evening, rather than brooding Neanderthal swearing..

On 9th April 2011 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Crabtree

Never been in before, but it looks like it has been recently refurbished in a typical West London style with more than a hint of gastro-pub about the place. However, that said, there are four handpumps - Deuchars IPA (£3.40), Pride, Directors and another one temporarily off - so there is a fair choice of ale in addition to the numerous wines on offer. It is also a large building, so it didn't feel crowded despite being pretty busy. Outside, it has an impressive beer garden (with several big umbrellas and a nice glass-covered verandah) plus a very pleasant terrace overlooking the River Thames.

On 8th May 2010 - rating: 7
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