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The Sussex Arms, Twickenham

15 Staines Road
Phone: 02088947468
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Moby Duck left this review about The Sussex Arms

A good traditional pub with an extensive array of ales on offer backed up a selection of real cider,5 on my visit.Bare floorboards throughout and dark much in evidence all around gives the place a basic yet very effective feel.Most of the beers on my visit were plus 5% which is OK but not what I was really looking for at just after mid-day and second pub in,so was left with a choice between Darkstar Partridge which is the most ordinary beer they do in my opinion so I went for Binghams Hop Harvest which was a little hazy and lacking in flavour,that aside it is a good pub and nice to see and hear a vinyl record playing in the background. A pub certainly worth returning to but I think I prefer its sister pub the Antelope in Surbiton based on this visit.

On 10th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Sussex Arms

Much has been made of this destination ale house since it reopened almost three years ago, so it was good to finally make my long overdue maiden visit last month. The pub has a slightly off-the-beaten-track location, close to the pleasant Twickenham Green, but far enough away from the station and natural path of the rugby-going masses to ensure that it doesn’t get too badly mobbed when there’s a game on up the road. The place has a fairly traditional feel to it, with a broad main bar to the front accessed via a nice stained glass porch with the servery directly opposite. The room is bare boarded and has some particularly appealing curved banquettes in each of the two front bay windows. The servery has plenty of dark wood, including an attractive shelf for the empty glasses, supported by nicely worked wooden pillars. The walls are three quarter panelled, with the space above filled by the inevitable swathe of pump clips which have also spilled over onto the ceiling. The left hand side of the room has a nice, small brick fireplace with a couple of low padded benches either side, as well as a book swap on the rear wall. A door here leads you into a second room, which looks a lot smarter than the main bar. The walls here are tiled and there are some comfy looking modern seating options to choose from. Doors to the rear lead out to a nice paved garden with plenty of typical bench seating. I didn’t notice anyone eating, but blackboards announced the availability of Sunday roasts, although a pie menu suffices for the rest of the week. Music played in the background throughout my stay and I noticed a turntable behind the bar with a stack of vinyl next to it.
The rather daunting row of hand pumps that greet you as soon as you enter, were dispensing XT 6 and 7, Twickenham Sundancer, Bingham’s Brickwork Bitter and Hot Dog Stout, Roosters Astro, Great Heck Citra, Arbor Bravo, Late Knights Hop of the Morning and Wild Beer Co Fresh, with six real ciders and perries occupying the left hand bank of pumps. I tried the Astro, which was pretty good, but not quite as sparkling as I’d hoped for. The staff were extremely courteous and very helpful, answering endless questions about beer styles.
I was expecting a bit of a ‘beer tickers’ feel to this place, but was pleased to see a good clientele mix relaxing in a traditional pub environment. The beer range is the undoubted star here, but it doesn’t feel like it’s the only reason to visit, which is not always an easy balance to get right. I think this should rightly be regarded as one of London’s finest.

On 3rd June 2014 - rating: 9
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Aqualung . left this review about The Sussex Arms

It seems impossible that this beer and cider festival sort of place was once a humble Bass Charrington pub. It is an unashamed imitation of the likes of the Southampton Arms in Gospel Oak. Happily it has a bit more room than that establishment. In common with those pubs on the other side of London they play vinyl LPs. I had a Eureka moment half way through my second pint as to why these vinyl records never seem to be scratched as I remember from back in the day. The reason is because the records are such a load of crap that they only ever get played once and rarely all the way through. The record pn my visit was what sounded like Otis Redding's Greatest Hits, a record that seemed to go on far longer than it should.

Of the eighteen pumps six have cider and the rest have beers which could be just about anything. I noticed beers from Windsor & Eton and Belleville but none from Twickenham. All beers were priced at £3.60 apart from the silly (8.5%) one. I went for the Wild Beer Company Madness IPA which was in good nick
apart from a haze and with a 6.8% ABV good value. I then went for the silly option at £4.00 a pint in the form of Arbor Tiny The Welder. This was a Double American IPA that sadly was cloudy but tasted OK.
Because of the beer and cider selection it's a great place, but I have doubts about it given that neither of my two pints were clear.

On 3rd May 2014 - rating: 8
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Strawberry Hill, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Whitton, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Fulwell, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No - It's a permanent festival. - last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - But there is a pub loyalty card scheme - last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes - and perry - last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 May 2014 by Aqualung .
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