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Sextons at Hampton Court, Hampton Court, East Molesey

The Green, Hampton Court Road
East Molesey

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Graham Coombs left this review about Sextons at Hampton Court

Following change of ownership, now an Irish pub with sports and various entertainments. Name changing from the Cardinal Wolsey to Sextons.

On 4th May 2018 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about The Cardinal Wolsey

This is now very much a restaurant and not very much a pub at all. There are two areas, the main room with a bar counter along part of the back wall plus a smaller area through an opening to one side. As I walked into a deserted room, deserted apart from the manager/owner and a sidekick, I actually asked if this is still a pub. No real answer but I was served a half of Sheps Spitfire (£1.90) without being given a napkin. Every single table bar one was set for dining, the only one not so had two benches covered in scatter cushions making sitting down difficult. Boarded flooring, cream and grey décor, walls lined with wine racks. A couple of fireplaces but I doubt ever used, both had pots of dried flowers on the hearths. Various mirrors, wine related prints and a large iron clockface complete the décor.
As well as the Spitfire they had on Kent's Best, surprisingly given the target clientele, my half was fine, but it really isn't a pub anymore. To reinforce this assessment, fillet steak, blue cheese and bourbon sauce and "frites" was on a specials board at £28.
I remember this place as a proper pub with pool and darts in the side room, perhaps it will be again one day one hopes as on today's viewing they are not exactly doing a roaring trade.

On 25th March 2014 - rating: 3
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Michael Wright left this review about The Cardinal Wolsey

Now re-opened, we visited as refugees from Hampton Court Flower show, on a hot & sunny Friday in July 2013

From previous reviews it seems this place has now a had a big makeover, aimed now at food trade, with restaurant tables, no pool, dartboard etc that I could see

There is an outside patio, which had a chef doing grills to to order on it, but we never had food because we had already eaten, but what we saw looked tasty

Could not spot a car park, but was not really looking for one

No draught beer that I could see, I had a tap cider, name forgotten

What really stood out was the attentiveness of all staff, most of whom seemed to be Italian, and they were on the ball at all times, cheerful & helpful, a credit to the place

For that reason I mark it 7, and if you are in area and fancy some food this may be a good spot to look in

PS the toilets were spotlessly clean

On 30th July 2013 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Cardinal Wolsey

On the main A 308 road opposite Hampton Court Green is The Cardinal Wolsey, a smallish one bar Sheps pub. The pub is situated next to some are Royal Mews where there are Queens Stables.

It’s a bare boarded pub with a single L shaped bar. A separate area on the right acts as a games room and houses a snooker table and dartboard.

Seating consists mainly of traditional tables and chairs positioned in such a way that food trade may dominate at busy times. It’s a rather plain uninteresting interior. Despite the close proximity of Hampton Court Palace – which was of course built by Cardinal Wolsey – there is little in the way of framed pictures / photographs of relevant interest. Indeed, décor wise the most notable feature is probably a largish etched mirror depicting a picture of “Powers Free House”, as the pub was evidently once called. I remember the pub in the 1970’s as a Fullers pub and it was called The Cardinal Wolsey then, so presumably this mirror predates that.

The pub advertises gigs on Friday and Saturday evenings, hosted in what I presume is the main bar, as I didn’t see any indication of a function room.

Beers on were Spitfire ( £ 3.30p ) and Master Brew.

This is a rather ordinary pub to be honest and it’s not going down for a revisit

On 21st April 2011 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cardinal Wolsey

This is a Shepherd Neame pub – with Spitfire, Earlybird, and something called Dragonfire on. I guess Dragonfire must be a seasonal ale - St George’s Day and all that – but it tasted OK, and cost £3.20 a pint. This is a very basic pub with nothing special about it. As you enter you are in the main bar area, which is mainly bare-boarded but has a couple of small carpeted areas. Furnishings are standard tables and chairs and a couple of banquettes. The tables all had small vases with fake tulips in them. There’s a small room on the right containing a pool table. There’s nothing much in the way of decor worth mentioning, though I noticed the somewhat unusual addition of some printed flyers on the wall about several S&N employees.
The most interesting thing about my visit was the music – some classic Stones tracks. This is another mediocre pub – not to be avoided, but certainly not worth going out of your way to visit.

On 26th April 2010 - rating: 5
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Philip Carter left this review about The Cardinal Wolsey

Standard Shephard Neame pub. Usual range of their own real ale. Does food and has live music some days a week.

On 21st February 2007 - rating: 6
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