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The Turks Head, St Margarets, Twickenham

28 Winchester Road
Phone: 02088921972

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john gray left this review about The Turks Head

Another nice Fullers pub.They seem to me to get the interior of their pubs just right.Loads of seating and people in the beer garden. Lots of wood panelling and bright and airy. Only Fullers beers on so a pint of Pride it was.

On 18th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Chris Amies left this review about The Turks Head

A Fullers pub, a home of sports and live music as well as the BeaRCat Running Club which meets here on a Sunday morning. London Pride and Front Row were the only ales available and Front Row did not have its own pump clip - it was palatable nonetheless. The Turks Head is near to Twickenham Rugby Stadium and as such must have a sporty following. A hearty food menu, lunchtime sandwiches and snacks. The ceiling is covered in old tickets and timetables which looks odd. The space is large and airy with plenty of light and can feel cavernous if there are not many people in there. As befits a pub that made an appearance in a Beatles film there are 1960s film and music posters around the walls.

On 21st March 2018 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Turks Head

Impressive Edwardian building and a long-standing Fuller's house. Hard to judge this one ‘as normal’ due to it being rammed with Rugger Buggers after the Argentina game. The inside has high ceilings, is very opened-out and not obviously homely bar a bit of wood panelling. Just a mass of Pride pumps and at £2.25 for a half in a plastic cup, I wasn’t best impressed. Other rugby matches were showing on the telly, with live music also being set-up. Also noted lots of old Twickenham rugby tickets attached to the ceiling. Not much here to tempt to the casual visitor, really – more a pub of convenience. 4.5

On 1st December 2016 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Turks Head

Large pub located within walking distance of twickenham stadium. 4 real ale taps all serving pride during my visit.

On 10th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Turks Head

This is still a Fuller’s pub, with just their beers on. Available were Wild River, London Pride (obviously) and Red Fox (£2.03 a half). Single sheet menus (if you ignore the special Christmas menus) are attached to clipboards on all the tables, with main courses from £10 to £15. The “pie of the day” plus mash, bacon, and beans is £10.95, and cod and chips is £10.50.

This is a fairly large and impressive pub. Inside it’s been largely opened up of course, but some vestiges of the old dividing walls remain, including one where the Tudor style archway is still in place. Lots of the original, or possibly inter-war, wood panelling is still in place, as well as some attractive leaded glazed banding in some of the windows, plus etched/cut glass in erstwhile Private and Saloon Lounge doors. The ceiling has rows of narrow dividing beams – shame that loads of England sporting tickets, for Twickenham presumably, have been stuck on the ceiling. The overall architectural design certainly looks like the work of prolific pub architect T Nowell Parr.

Furnishings are a mixed bag. There is distressed leather banquette seating around the perimeter of the main bar area; some sofas of course; an old chest doing duty as a low table; plus some re-cycled dining room furniture. As you would expect, there’s some rugby themed decor on the walls.

There are a couple of further rooms at the back – The Dovecote that had some tables laid for diners, and the Winchester Room. I didn’t see any mention of the comedy club here mentioned by a previous reviewer, although the Winchester Room is actually a medium size hall that is definitely large enough to accommodate such, or possibly a wedding reception.

I actually rather liked this pub, although I perhaps benefit from not knowing it as the traditional pub mentioned by a previous reviewer. Being a Fuller’s house it is well maintained and in good decorative order, although some original features have perhaps inevitably been lost. The remaining original architectural features are still quite good though, but not up to CAMRA Inventory standard. I certainly wouldn’t mind visiting again.

On 14th October 2014 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Turks Head

Bit surprised that this pub hasn't had any postings yet, so here's my posting from an April 2010 visit that was previously posted on a certain pub review site that is now discredited and hardly needs naming here.

The Turks Head is a large Edwardian Fullers pub situated in a residential back street behind St Margarets Road.

For many years a splendid community orientated tenanted pub run by the much respected Brazier family, Fullers took this pub into their Managed House Division a good number of years ago ( late 2002), carrying out a refurbishment that took away the separate public bar, removed some of the splendid etched windows and created much local resentment which expressed itself in the letters pages of the local Richmond and Twickenham Times over 7 consecutive weeks. To their credit, Fullers did draw back from their original intention to go down the full gastro route, but it does unfortunately now have that rather typical Fullers managed pub ambience and look to it.

It's a large pub with the old public bar area at the front, which leads into a larger food orientated area, which in turn gives access at the back into a largish garden. Notably, what was previously a boules pitch has now been taken over by some childrens equipment ( slide, swing etc ) - indicative of a move towards more of a family emphasis, especially at weekends.

The pub featured in a scene in a Beatles film and there's a signed photo of the Fab Four on display. Rugby memorabilia - including some photos of teams in 1895 - reflects the proximity to Twickenham and, notably, enterprising supporters have left tickets as souvenirs on the high ceiling.

There's a Comedy Club in the adjoining Winchester Hall.

On my recent visit, the London Pride - £ 3.10p - was moderate. The pub has been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the last couple of years, but I don't think beer quality is particularly reliable.

In conclusion, it's certainly not the pub it was in the 1980's and I don't envisage an early return visit.

On 12th July 2011 - rating: 5
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