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The Cardinal, North Kingston, Kingston Upon Thames

Tudor Drive
Kingston Upon Thames
Phone: 02085463885
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cardinal

This one has now reverted to its previous name of The Cardinal, following a short spell as The Tudor rose. It seems to be a bit more upmarket than it was as The Tudor Rose, and if anything is a bit nicer. Unusually, and uniquely in my experience, all the ancient and good quality solid wood furnishings had "for sale" labels, with prices, tied to them. Again uniquely for me, I spotted an antique old self playing robot piano tucked away against one of the walls. Free wi-fi is advertised, and there's a garden out at the back.

But perhaps more importantly, all three handpumps were in operation, dispensing London Pride, Hardy & Hanson Rockin' Rudolph, and Hook norton Lion (£1.80 a half). I didn't see a menu in the pub, but signs outside the pub advertised fresh baguettes, pizze and burgers. I think Enterprise have improved this pub with its latest incarnation, and i wouldn't mind visiting again.

On 7th January 2014 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cardinal

Enterprise Inns have for some reason decided to change the name of this pub from The Cardinal to the Tudor Rose. Anyway, this is a large stand-alone inter-war pub. There are still three distinct drinking areas wrapped like a ribbon around the servery, all inter-connected by breaks in what would have been solid walls at some stage. One of said wall remnants has a see-through fireplace in it, with previous use shown by scorch marks on the floorboards. The first room (on the left) has mainly sofas and bucket armchairs; the next room (a must visit room as this is where the handpumps are) has a handful of normal tables and chairs; and the last room (another must visit room as the doors to the toilets are in here) has ugly looking black plastic chairs with solid chunky tables. There’s a TV on the wall, and nothing else. This is one of the most stark and uninspiring rooms I’ve seen in a pub. There are a handful of pictures on the walls in the other rooms, but far too much empty space for my liking. Any Asian decor seems to have gone. There's a good amount of outside seating, both in a garden at the back and a few tables at the front. There's even some customers' car parking.

The middle room has three handpumps, but only one in use, dishing out London Pride at £3.20 a pint. I didn’t see a menu, but they do food (I was in on Wednesday lunchtime) as I heard some other customers ordering steak and kidney pudding. That most certainly qualifies as pub grub. I saw a couple of signs advertising Sunday roasts, at reasonable enough prices as I recall.

I thought this pub was fairly cold and charmless - a carpet would be a great improvement. But the landlord was friendly and chatty, and as at least a couple of the nearest pubs have gone to the wall I'm glad this one is still a going concern. This pub has the the potential to be a really nice pub, but that would need Enterprise to spend some money on it. Of course they may have spent some money in the transformation to the Tudor Rose, but I can't see that it is money well spent.

On 31st May 2013 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Cardinal

A typical 1930's suburban pub which has clearly had a fairly recent makeover and thus feels unusually upmarket for the type of pub it is. There are three interconnected yet seperate areas all served by the bar. Wooden flooring, some sofas but mainly ordinary tables with different chairs, carefully co-ordinated. Flowers in vases on most tables. Some tables are of the extending type so can presumably serve large parties. The pub feels a little foody but certainly not exclusively so. Table menus are more eclectic than the usual pub grub, and the specials board had Thai and Balinese dishes. There is a TV in the right side room, as well as a games console. A large open fireplace containing a huge log acts as the buffer between the left and central rooms. Decor is modern, cream and purple walls, and with ethnic far eastern objects on the walls.
Three handpumps, one unused. Tim Taylor's Landlord and Fuller's London Pride. Expensive, £3.45 for the TTL.
Not my type of place but if it suits the locals and it works then so be it.

On 3rd September 2010 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Kingston, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Norbiton, 1.65 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Hampton Wick, 1.86 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cardinal, Kingston Upon Thames
7th Jan 2014, 15:22
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
12th Aug 2013, 18:17
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