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The London Apprentice, Old Isleworth, Isleworth

62 Church Street
Isleworth
TW7 6BG
Phone: 02085601915
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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hondo . left this review about The London Apprentice

Large riverside Taylor Walker pub feels more original than most TW pubs. 6 real ales and food served.

On 18th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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John Bonser left this review about The London Apprentice

Update - August 2015

Pub as described below. I've been to this Taylor Walker pub a few times in recent months - beer usually in good nick and in my view the pub well deserves its CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015 listing. I suppose it was inevitably going to happen at some stage following the GK/Spirit Group takeover, but yesterday saw the first sighting of Greene King IPA on the pump here and I suspect it will now be a regular feature. Yesterday I went for the offputtingly named Sheep Dip from Plain Ales which was pretty good. I do hope that GK don't tamper with this pub or adversely alter the beer range too much, but, at this moment in time, it's still worth seeking out.

ORIGINAL REVIEW - JUNE 2010

The London Apprentice is a well known attractively situated pub on the river in the old part of Isleworth. The pub is named after apprentices from the City livery companies who used to row up here on their days off and partake of liquid refreshments. The pub also has - perhaps inevitably - a number of historical connections, among them being Henry VIII, Nell Gwynne and Cromwell.

An attractive Georgian frontage leads into a low ceilinged pub with a number of different areas. A recent refurbishment has created something of a rather chain pub style interior, although some original features remain - most notably some etched Isleworth Ales windows and double doors on the Church Street side, indicative of a former multi-room layout and a former off- sales facility. It's now in the Punch Taverns portfolio and, on my recent visit, staff were wearing the usual black corporate shirts.

In one corner of the pub are a few rugby related pictures / photos and there's also some interesting old photos of the area. An attractive outside verandah affords fine views of the river and Isleworth Ait opposite. An elegant and impressive upstairs function room - "The Riverview Room " - has some attractive original decorative plaster moulding on the ceiling which is worth a look.

The pub has that typically transient tourist pub feel to it and, on my occasional visits here, I've never detected anything of a local or community pub atmosphere. Food now appears to play a more dominant part in proceedings.

On my most recent visit last week, beers on were mainly the usual suspects - Deuchars IPA, London Pride, Doom Bar, Youngs London Gold, Hop Back Summer Lightening plus, notably, Purity Mad Goose. The Summer Lightening - at a pricey £ 3.37p - was reasonable. The London Gold - £ 2.95p - wasn't desperately good. Pleasingly, and in contrast to pubs across the river in Richmond, plastic glasses are not required for outside drinking.

If you haven't been here before, it's worth popping in if you're in the area, particularly on a pleasant summer's afternoon.

On 6th August 2015 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The London Apprentice

Walked past this pub whilst doing the capital ring a few years ago but didnt have time to go in. Vowed to come back and it took me about 3 years! Popped in for a quick half whilst walking the Thames Path from Hampton to Kew. Superb location - great views from the nice patio. Inside, you can feel the history oozing out the walls.

I will come back for a further explore of Isleworth, which looks lovely in itself.

Walk blogged at http://mappiman.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/280315-river-runs-through-it-part-1.html

On 3rd April 2015 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Isleworth, 0.88 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Syon Lane, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Richmond (London), 1.78 miles, 34 min walk (show)
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18th Oct 2015, 19:33
Review submitted by hondo . amended by hondo .
 
18th Oct 2015, 19:20
Review submitted by hondo .

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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 03 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 18 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 October 2015 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 October 2015 by hondo .
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