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The Black Dog Beer House, Brentford Town, Brentford

17 Albany Road
Brentford
TW8 0NF
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Black Dog Beer House

This was my penultimate stop on a mini crawl around Brentford FC and although it took a small detour from the ground it was rewarded by easily the best pub of the day.
I really liked this beer house make over both for its decor and available beer and cider range.
The make over has been well described below and on a dark damp late afternoon the roaring real fire, bare boards, exposed brick, dark colour scheme and comfy banquet seating around the edges worked well to make a comfortable pub visit.
Reasonable mixed crowd in for my visit also, which was slightly skewed more towards millennials than CAMRA card carrying old gits like myself. A nice touch was the sound system, played at a reasonable level, was provided by a turntable and vinyl collection at the end of the bar with locals being invited to bring in their own vinyls for playing.
But as said below the key selling point for this one is now an extensive beer offering with a 14 craft beer tap wall behind the bar and seven ale and six cider pumps on the two L shaped section of the bar top.
A very good mix of different beer styles were being offered across the craft taps and the cask pumps and quite a lot of the craft breweries on I was not familiar with. On the ale front there were six beers available and these were XT Animal Brewing Blue Dragon, Acorn Brewery Old Moor Porter, Brewsmith Bitter, Tring Brewery Tea Kettle Stout, Ilkley Brewery Mary Jane and Whitstable Brewery EIPA. And then the seventh pump was badged with Little Critters Sleepy Badger Stout but had an “ I’m conditioning” label on it, which although annoying, does give the impression that it probably was being conditioned unlike the liberal use of ubiquitous coming soon labels in Wetherspoons establishments.
I tried both the Acorn Porter and the Tring Stout and they were both in very fine form. I never bothered to visit the former guise but I will certainly make an effort to return to the Black Dog Beer House.

On 28th December 2019 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Black Dog Beer House

This old Victorian pub has had its innards throughly eviscerated at some stage, leaving a thoroughly modernised pub. As you would expect, it's now bare-boarded, with exposed brickwork around the place, but mainly on the chimney breasts. WhatPub suggests that this might be a Nowell Parr pub; it certainly could be, as the batens on the ceiling are one of his trademarks, and although I didn't spot any of his trademark Tudor arches, these could have been lost during the stripping out of the pub. But what has survived are the lovely arched transom windows on the Albany Place side with their floral themed coloured glazing. Like all pubs of this vintage, this pub would have been multi-roomed - indeed a couple of closed in and unused doors are also on the Albany Place side, indicating the erstwhile presence af another room and a likely jug & bottle bar.

A fire was on the go when we arrived at early evening on a Wednesday, and some tables were reserved for later in the evening. An area on the left had all the tables laid for diners.

But where this pub really scores highly is in the extensive real ale selection. I think there were seven or eight on, with none from the ranks of the usual suspects, and included a rather good stout. At least, a couple of pints of it convinced me of its quality - I wished I had made a note of its name, but these sort of oversights sometimes occur when one reaches pub number eight of the day! Ths pub was doing a good trade on Wednesday evening. and is definitely one to seek out if in Brentford.

On 16th December 2019 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Black Dog Beer House

The have made a nice job of this rough and ready boozer .Had a few teething problems but should develop into a nice pub .8 cask beers on but prices are a bit high for the area or maybe too high for my liking.Outside uncovered seating area at rear.

On 10th November 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Brentford, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Kew Bridge, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Kew Gardens, 1.7 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Black Dog Beer House, Brentford
28th Dec 2019, 12:34
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21
 
28th Dec 2019, 12:32
Review submitted by Steve of N21

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Enclosed patio - last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes - BT Guest - last updated 04 November 2018 by Komakino .
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