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The Carpenter's Arms, W6

91 Black Lion Lane
W6
W6 9BG
Phone: 02087418386
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Tris C left this review about The Carpenter's Arms

Dating from 1871, this does as mentioned look like a traditional corner café on approach. It was the watering hole for those looking for a drink close to adjacent St. Peter’s Square, where in 1973 the offices for Island Records opened; the pub’s website cites the potential for visitations from the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Aswad, Cat Stevens, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, Grace Jones and U2.
It would seem to be all change here since the previous reviews, because this is now essentially a rather high-end restaurant and not even a gastropub; I was the only drinker at 8.45 on a Saturday evening, customers all being rather middleclass families or couples, who probably live in the lovely Georgian townhouses which dominate this rather genteel area.
Otherwise, the interior looks a bit like a rural French bistro, with the occasional modern touch and where pork scratchings and a pickled egg costs £3.50. Annoyingly, staff were wearing masks which depersonalises the occasion; face coverings don’t protect the wearer, only the person in front of them and as I’m fully vaccinated, I don’t need the protection. Another restaurant touch here is that it’s table service only, the assumption being that the customer would prefer a tab rather than paying after each round; nevertheless, the waiter was friendly. Of note, is that electronic gizmos’ use is forbidden; joy!
A large number of wall mounted beer mats hint at times’ past, otherwise one pump was unused, then it was Twickenham’s Naked Ladies at a reasonable £4.90 a pint and in very good nick.
I would love to eat here if I could afford it, but this isn’t a pub in the true sense anymore; the Cross Keys is within spitting distance and is a more traditional boozer.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

On 6th February 2022 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Carpenter's Arms

There was just the one kandpump on the counter, but thankfully it was in use, dispensing Adnam's Bitter (£1.90 a half). They clearly do food as a I saw a couple ordering a dessert, plus I could see some bread by a hatch to the kitchen in the corner, but there were no menus out when I dropped in at around 2.15 on a Wednesday afternoon.

Inside it has a bit of a cafe feel about it with red plastic topped tables at the front, but down at the back there are some banquettes, complete with cushions, plus some scrubbed wooden tables and normal chairs. The floor's scrubbed bare boards; there's a black and white tiled splash area in front of the bar, and there are a few miscellaneous prints and old black and white photgraphs on the walls. There is also the inevitable large vase of flowers on the bar, and at this time of year there's some Christmassy bits around the place as well. There's also a garden at the back.

A notice outside says that this pub has won a Time Out award this year as community pub of the year. That's fair enough I guess, but I hope that sort of award reflects a local community customer base. This is a decent enough little side street pub. The beer choice isn't very adventurous, but it struck me as a comfortable enough place to stop off for a pint, if not the ideal place for an evening session. Something to note is that during the week it sticks to traditional opening hours i.e. 12 - 3, then 5 - 11. I would probably visit this place now and then if I lived nearby.

On 13th December 2015 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Carpenter's Arms

Funny looking place, slightly reminiscent of an old-fashioned corner cafe from a distance. The inside was also far less fancy than I was expecting, given its reputation as a gastro-pub. In fact, with no menus visible, it was only the hatchway opening through to the kitchen which gave any indication of the foody focus (which is evidenced by its website having the menu updated daily). Relatively plain furniture and decor. Only one real ale - Adnams (£3.55 for a rather average pint). Best point was the patio beer garden which proved quite pleasant in the sunshine

On 11th May 2011 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
South Acton, 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Chiswick, 1.58 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 1.8 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Carpenter's Arms, W6
6th Feb 2022, 19:56
Review submitted by Tris C
 
13th Dec 2015, 11:19
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 06 February 2022 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 16 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : No - The use of electronic devices is forbidden. - last updated 06 February 2022 by Tris C
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