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Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham

263 St. Margarets Road

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john gray left this review about Ailsa Tavern

One of the few Sheps pubs in west London.Nice looking pub with a warm interior.Friendly staff.Great beer garden.Shame about the beer .Bishops Finger and a dull Spitfire.

On 18th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Chris Amies left this review about Ailsa Tavern

A Shepherd Neame house with Spitfire, Whitstable, Bishops Finger and Masterbrew available. A traditional pub decor - wood panelling, tiling, several small spaces that may at one point have been separate bars. Has a dartboard, TVs for sport, and Open Mic nights on Sunday. An agreeable place to be and I would return.

On 21st March 2018 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about Ailsa Tavern

Shepherd Neame pub 7 real ale taps. Food served. Patio area.

On 18th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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John Bonser left this review about Ailsa Tavern

Update – July 2011

Shepherd Neame house with beers usually well kept – Canterbury Jack on good form yesterday - £ 3.20p. Spitfire and Whitstable Bay were also on.

The pub is still branded as a T J Bernard house ( as noted by Rex below ) – why this is is anyone’s guess as it is listed on the Shepherd Neame website, so it’s clearly one of theirs.

It’s in the 2011 CAMRA Good Beer Guide

April 2010 visit

Fine roadhouse community local situated in a residential area between St Margarets and Old Isleworth on the H37 Richmond - Hounslow bus route.

The pub has a rather contrived rustic feel to it with much light wood dominating. There's a small public bar area on the left with a dart board, although I can't recollect ever seeing it in use. On the right is a smallish but pleasant garden. A pizza menu is offered and there's a Sunday roast between 12 and 4 pm.

A plaque on the outside wall tells us that the pub is named after a former Victorian landlady.

Unusually, on the front door, a notice tells us "Any comments or complaints, please contact the manager of the Ailsa ( phone number provided )" which rather reminded me of those signs you see on the back of lorries inviting you to phone up and comment on their driving.

Despite being acquired by Shepherd Neame in 2009, the pub is still branded as a T&J Bernard house.

The pub is one of five pubs in Twickenham listed in the 2010 CAMRA Good Beer Guide and, on my most recent visit, the Canterbury Jack - £ 3.05p - was in good form. I've also previously had decent pints of Kents Best in here recently.

This pub is worth seeking out if in the area.

On 11th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Ailsa Tavern

The design and livery of this pub proclaim it to be a T&J Bernard pub, but the only ales they did were Shepherd Neame. A bit confusing – unless there is some sort of tie-up between T&J Bernard and Shepherd Neame? Anyway, the ales they did have on were Spitfire, Bishops Finger and Canterbury Jack. I had the Canterbury Jack that was in fine nick. Furnishings consist of normal chairs and solid scrubbed clean wooden tables. This pub has something of a country pub feel to it with its cream painted brick pillars. Walls are also painted cream above the dado rail level, and below that the wood panelling is painted with a light wood effect paint. So, all this gives the place a light and airy feel. There’s a large beer garden to the side of the pub, with a patio that was being used (of course) by smokers during my midweek lunchtime visit. There was no music being played, which comes as a welcome change; there was a games machine at the back by the gents, but switched off. The menu featured normal pub style grub, and although it looked a bit on the pricey side, I didn’t eat there so can’t comment on the quality.
Mrs R was particularly impressed by the sprig of fresh flowers on all of the tables, which is something I don’t usually see in the pubs I frequent. Horticulture rarely gets a mention in my reviews for some reason, but while I am on the subject of flowers, the exterior features an apparently ancient wisteria, which undoubtedly looks splendid when it flowers in the spring. This pub has a clean, cared for look about it that we appreciated, and I would be happy to drop in for another pint at some time.

On 6th February 2010 - rating: 8
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