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The Old Suffolk Punch, Hammersmith, W6

80 Fulham Palace Road
W6 9PL
Phone: 02087486502

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Greene King

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john gray left this review about The Old Suffolk Punch

This is my third visit since WB took it over.Slightly busier than before but my warm West Berks-have a great day 4.2 was good even though it should have been cooler.Outside seating to the rear.

On 16th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Old Suffolk Punch

This is no longer a Greene King pub, but West Berkshire Brewery's foray into the the London pub scene. As you would expect there are a couple of West Berkshire's beers available - Good Old Boy and Mr Swift's. But they also had on Elusive Brewing Sphere of Destiny; Signature Roadie; and Tiny Rebel Gwtch (£2.50 a half). They do food, but I didn't bother to go and ask the staff for a menu.

This is another "gentrifiesd" pub. There's nothing of heritage interest inside that I spotted. The area at the front has a replacement bare-boarded floor, with a chequerboard splash area around the bar counter. There's fixed bench seating around the sides, a couple of sofas in their traditional place next to the fireplace, plus some normal tables and chairs including a couple suitable for larger parties of six or more. All the tables had on them little sprigs of daffodils. Right at the back down a couple of steps is another seating area, which is carpeted and with more normal tables and chairs. Out at the back is a small seating area backing on to a park.

It's expensive - well £2.50 a half is expensive in my book - but the ale selection was very good with none of the usual suspects on show, and it was actually quite comfortable in there. I've been in very many worse pubs, and I would be happy to visit this one again. Maybe West Berkshire Brewery will have a punt on another pub in London, which on this one's showing I reckon would be a good thing.

On 16th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Suffolk Punch

The refurbished 'Old Suffolk Punch' replaced the previous 'O.S.P.' incarnation in 2008, but the large single-room layout - with a rather annoying single step up to the bar - is still a bit soul-less with its anonymous modern furniture and a high ceiling. It also has a cramped patio area at the back overlooking the Frank Banfield Park. On the plus side, it is one of those Green King pubs now offering a wider selection of real ales, with TT Landlord, Truman's Runner (£3.75) and Redemption Hopspur available as guests on my latest visit in addition to IPA and the 'house' FFC (Fulham Football Club) ale.

On 20th October 2014 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Old Suffolk Punch

In the 70’s / 80’s this pub was known as the Golden Gloves and was owned by the Mancini boxing family. It then became the Old Suffolk Punch although for a period it was shortened to the trendy but nondescript O.S.P. which has now thankfully been ditched in preference to its previous full label.

It is and always has been on my visits a quite soulless and characterless pub although, like others, I acknowledge the slight improvements since the most recent refurbishment. The interior is quite open with a raised area down the right hand side containing the bar. The front sections are largely for the sofa slobs whilst the main body of the pub has more robust seating. There are a few old photos of the local area but the centerpiece is a large brick fireplace although on the whole it has a fairly plain and modernish feel to it.

To the rear is a carpeted area and a small patio that backs onto the park. The 2 TV’s either side of the bar and the Big Screen are generally aimed at sports fans but there has definitely been a dumbing down on the screen side of things from its O.S.P. days when TV’s seemed to fill every bit of available wallspace. The pool table and dart board are also no longer present and it must be said that most of the punters were also absent on my visit making the place a bit hollow with just some quite pleasant background jazz breaking the hushed atmosphere.

These days it is a Greene King house so you can expect the usual suspects at the bar – 3 hand pumps with the “Award Winning Cask Ales” IPA (which was off), Abbott and the World Cup special Back Of The Net. The quality was quite good and prices about par the course in the area. There is a typical pub grub menu with main courses around £5-8 and 2 for a tenner offers which are fine for a non extravagant and unpretentious bite.

The place is worth knowing about if you have a bit of time to kill prior to a gig at the nearby Apollo as most of the crowds don’t tend to stray this far down the road. It has certainly improved but it isn’t, and never has been, an essential stop.

On 16th September 2010 - rating: 5
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