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The Tabard, W4

2 Bath Road
W4
W4 1LW
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Will Larter left this review about The Tabard

The third and furthest west of the pubs on my London's Beautiful Pubs route. It's quite a long journey on the District line, but the station is only just around the corner. A hearse was driving away from the church opposite as I left the station, and the deceased's friends and relations were making their way into the pub as I was taking my photos from across the road. My heart sank at the inevitable delay in getting served, but thankfully the bar was adequately staffed and I had a glass of Greene King Abbot Ale in my hand within a couple of minutes. (Other options were Tribute, GK IPA and a "golden ale" from Windsor & Eton brewery.)

The funeral party were almost all in the room to the left of the entrance, so I went right - though I did pop back in after catching a glimpse of a rather photogenic chimney breast (see photos). In fact there's lots to like about a number of features - especially the tiling which I had guessed was William Morris, but Camra's heritage pub website tells me was by his lifelong friend William De Morgan. I was glad I made the trip out west for this one, but I would have liked to have a better quality beer than Abbot as my reward - a favourite of mine in the 1970s, but now a pale shadow of my memories of what it used to be.

On 11th October 2021 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Tabard

A first in here the other day and the westernmost pub in London that I’ve ever visited. This is much as described as below except that it’s now owned by Greene King – out of the frying pan, into the fire.
As mentioned, the pub was designed in 1880 by esteemed Hampstead architect Richard Norman Shaw with interior polychromatic glazed tilework by William de Morgan; a fireplace surround is apparently by artist and illustrator Walter Crane. The bar is generally central with a couple of rooms running off and a recessed snug to the rear. The floor is bare boarded and there is some quite ornately carved wood panelling. Out back there’s an AstroTurf garden and steps leading up to the Tabard Theatre. There’s food too, but this isn’t a gastropub. Being a GK outlet, there’s the obligatory games machine; de Morgan and Crane must be spinning in their graves.
It was a Saturday and the pub wasn’t that full but despite this, the service was glacially slow. Once again, staff devote themselves to mixing cocktails and trudging about opening bottles of wine for the ladies who won’t drink beer – this is a pub for God’s sake!
Despite the Greene King stewardship, the beer choice was about the best I’ve experienced from this stable. Six ales: GK IPA and Abbot of course, but also Titanic Plums’ Porter, Plain Ales Sheep Dip and Intrigue as well as Landlord at £4.10, later £4.45 a pint and good.
On balance, this is a good pub and certainly worth visiting. However, the ugly games machine and especially the slow service must result in a lower mark.

On 16th September 2018 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Tabard

Another nice Chiswick pub with at times 6 -8 beers on. Although its grade two listed I am not overly impressed by its style. Was impressed by my Clarence and Fredricks -apa

On 9th November 2013 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
South Acton, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Gunnersbury, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Acton Central, 1.19 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Tabard, W4
11th Oct 2021, 00:53
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
4th Oct 2021, 15:36
Review submitted by Will Larter

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 9 p.m. - last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes - Saturday - last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 September 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 June 2020 by ROB Camra
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