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Thyme at the Tavern, Chertsey

20 London Street
KT16 8AA

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Quinno _ left this review about Thyme at the Tavern

Modern place that was Surrey Pub of the Year in 2017, (according to their menu anyway – I suspect it was North Surrey CAMRA POTY). Five pumps on with a good range; W&E Conqueror (warm) and Knight of the Garter, Crafty Loxhill Biscuit (pump tired and a bit apply - I've had this beer elsewhere and really enjoyed it. Not here tho), Tillingbourne Gold and Hogsback TEA. Bar service perfunctory. Noisy twilds in attendance plus a door that wouldn't close properly, leading to people having to get up every few minutes to slam it shut to stop the cold getting in. Interior is of the inoffensive light and bright variety; magnolia walls, light grey fifth length wainscoting and an air of being new rather than lived in. 6 Nations on the telly and live music advertised. Slates with some cringey slogans on the wall to really round it all off. Given this was at least the local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year in 2017, I expected much better and left wondering what the fuss was about. The other GBG19 entry in Chertsey, the Olde Swan, delivered better ale and ambience.

On 6th February 2019 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about Thyme at the Tavern

I somehow missed this pub last time I was in Chertsey ,yet I must have walked past it. It's fairly modern inside, light and airy with a light wood and cream colour scheme. There is a gastro element to the place but it manages to still be very much a pub as evidenced by the fact it's the CAMRA North Surrey pub of the Year. There are six handpumps on the bar and beers on my visit were, Welton's Old Cocky,Triple fff Moondance, Skinners Betty Stogs, Thurston's APA, Courage Best and Twickenham Sundancer, a fairly safe but reasonably varied choice, my Sundancer was in good form, there was the remains of the previous weekends beer festival set up in the beer garden.
I liked this pub and its general ambiance a lot.

On 1st October 2017 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about Thyme at the Tavern

A bright and airy interior with large clear windows and pastel shades on the walls, boarded flooring, tables of various sizes, some stripped to bare wood. A couple of the high versions with stools in the middle of the floor, lower walls wainscoted. Décor included a few framed bits and pieces including theatre flyers, there is also an old penny in a slot horse racing game mounted on the wall by the entrance. A set of antlers on another wall above a fireplace that looked like it gets some use when needed.
This place comfortably has the best ale selection in town, six handpumps, all were on. Bingham's Twyford Tipple, Wadworth's Dirty Rucker, Tillingbourne The Source, Thurston's Horsell Gold, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Courage Best. There had been earlier a CAMRA meeting in the pub but I would hope that the full range of beers was coincident with this.
Food served but not it appears on Saturdays as a couple entered and tried to order. Wednesday is burger night.
There is a largish garden area to the rear accessed through patio doors.
Not one to miss should you find yourself in the centre of Chertsey, a refreshing change in this part of the town.

On 13th September 2015 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about Thyme at the Tavern

Found this pub while looking for bus stop to get to Egham beer festival tomorrow. It had closed at 2.30pm, but I was attracted by the sign outside that said it was North Surrey CAMRA Pub of the year 2012 as it was not in the 2012 Good Beer Guide, so we had a walk along to check it out tonight.
Found a pub that was popular judging by the clientele in the garden seating area, and inside was a single bar area and 4 real ales available. Fullers London Pride and Courage Best appear to be regulars, but the guests were Tillingbourne Evolution No 1 and Ascot Alley Cat Ale. We tried the guests and both were excellent. Alley Cat came off while we were there, so we tried the replacement, Surrey Hills Shere Drop, and this too was in fine fettle. The landlord was friendly and we enjoyed chatting to him about the beers.
There is a lunchtime and evening food menu and bar snacks. There was a TV, off while we were there, but adverts indicate sport will be shown.
Loved the penny in the slot machine on the wall as I haven't seen one for years let alone have a go on one. Old pennies in the payout cup meant I could have a go, and even managed to get the little ball into one of the "win" holes. Designed for the pennies to come back into the cup whether you win or lose, but it was great to have a go. We will just happen to have to call into this pub as we go back to the caravan site each night from the festival. Looking forward to more great ale.
The above was in August 2012.

Called in today and enjoyed a couple of local ales, Twickenham Original and Binghams Space Hoppy IPA. The pub has made it into the 2013 Good Beer Guide. It closes at 2.30pm and reopens at 5pm. Will be visiting a few more times while staying in Chertsey.

On 15th November 2012 - rating: 9
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Greg O'Moore left this review about Thyme at the Tavern

Probably the best pub in Chertsey! Friday night is music night and is the place to be seen. Nigel, the barman, is an absolute gem. A traditional barman and full of witty banter. He seems to have the gauge of everyone and welcomes newcomers such as myself with equal joy as his regulars.
Fullers Pride and some fantastic Windsor and Eton Knight of the Garter, a new brew to me. Nigel took the time to give me a brief history of the brewery and even invited me on a pub trip to the brewers.
I will be back, and can only say support this pub, it really is what pubs are all about!

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 10
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