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The Shaftesbury, Richmond

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121-123 Kew Road
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hondo . left this review about The Shaftesbury

Young's pub interior as described below. 4 real ales and food served.

On 10th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Shaftesbury

This pub had on Truman's Blindside, Twickenham Grandstand, and the Young's pairing of Bitter (£1.95 a half) and Special. The only menus on the tables were for Christmas specials, but a chalkboard on the wall advertised a "prime British beef cheeseburger" for £13.50, plus a vegetable and nut burger; wild boar sausags & mash; and fish & chips all at £12.50.

It looks as if the right hand side of the pub is the original building, which seems to have been expanded into the adjacent building. It's now a very made-over Young's pub. It's bare boarded of course, with much older looking boards in the original side of the pub. A lot of the wood panelling on the walls has been stripped bare, and it has to be said is now in a very distressed state, leaving it looking unfinished to an extent that would not be out of place in an Antic pub. There's a mix of furnishings, but mainly normal tables and chairs, at least a couple of very high backed armchairs, and a massive (6-seater) sofa is by the window accompanied by an enormous (12-seater) tables which was set for diners. I assume they must have had a booking for a large group. There were some other tables laid for diners, but it seemed that most seating was available for drinkers.

There was a sign hanging from the ceiling pointing to a "secret garden" at the back - well, it's not going to stay a secret for long with that sign there is it? There were TVs, with signs saying that rugby World Cup games are being shown, but it doesn't really look like a "TV watcher's" pub, but I'm sure that the Rugby World Cup is a very special event in this part of the world.

Being a Young's pub it's obviously not traditional in appearance, but it's still a decent enough place even if a bit uber trendy looking. There are bottles on dividing shelves, as well as discreet (mainly rugby themed) prints on the walls. It's not really the sort of place that looks ideal for a beer drinking session, but on the plus side it did have a couple of guest ales on.

On 3rd October 2015 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Shaftesbury

Clearly two buildings knocked together form this pub, a large single room with an off-centre horseshoe bar, painted blue. Wood flooring, ceilings part boarded, part panelled, some of the lower wall wooden panelling has been stripped back to bare wood which in all honesty really doesn't look great. Very mixed seating, thankfully no high tables but various seating types including bucket chairs and a bizarrely high wing back armchair as tall as a man. Some exposed brickwork, there is a food servery open to the pub at one end with a tiled frontage.
The place feels and looks foody, several tables were reserved even at 2pm in the afternoon, the Shaftesbury cheese burger and chips is £12, venison steak pie, mash and seasonal veg £14. There were home made sausage rolls on the bar for two quid a pop.
The service was unusual, the barmaid had to take a break from ironing napkins in the corner to come and serve me but she was friendly and asked me if I wanted a taster. Youngs Bitter, Special and Wandle Pumphouse Pale Ale, steep at £4.19, unfortunately the Portabello VPA was reverse clipped. A reasonable music soundtrack was playing, one TV was off, the other showed a news programme muted. Outdoor seating to the rear with gaily coloured furniture.
The overall feel was of a pub trying to be something, not sure what, upmarket, trendy maybe? Whatever it is, there are too many clashing styles, it didn't work for me but most importantly the beer was fine if overpriced.

On 28th September 2014 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Richmond (London), 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Richmond NLL, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
North Sheen, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Shaftesbury, Richmond
10th Oct 2015, 12:27
Review submitted by hondo .
3rd Oct 2015, 15:48
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Darts : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Rugby World Cup - last updated 10 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 September 2014 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 October 2015 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 October 2015 by hondo .
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