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The Steam Packet, Kew Bridge, W4

85 Strand On The Green
W4 3PH
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Steam Packet

Quite a grand looking building on the banks of the Thames and run by Brunning & Price,formerly a small hotel and then a Cafe Rouge.There is a small verandah before the front door,the room has a very high ceiling,a substantial wooden staircase to the first floor restaurant and some modern green glazed tiling to give character.Tradition furniture,shining brass fitments and lots of light ,this tap room can host both drinkers and diners.There is also a windowless rear snug with music advertised at 7pm on my Friday visit,although there didn't seem much room for anything other than a soloist.
There are 3 handpumps offering Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter (from St Austell) and very good Adnams Mosaic Pale (NBSS 4) with the third reversed.I didn't inspect the food menu,but B&P are normally reliable.
An acceptable stop if you are walking (or drinking !) the Thames Path.

On 4th September 2021 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Steam Packet

As I have drank around Kew for the last 40+years I must have drank in the original Steam Packet but but don't recollect it.Nice smart pub.Three handpumps but no cask beers on my visit.

On 22nd February 2020 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Steam Packet

Well, I never went in here when it was a Cafe Rouge, but I'm pretty confident that the Steam Packet (a reversion to its original name) is a massive improvement. Like other Food & Fuel branded pubs, it's full of good quality furnishings and decor. There's a clutch of tall tables/tall stools near the door, but otherwise furnishings are pub standards fixed bench seating and normal tables and chairs. The bar counter - and everything else as far as I can see - is brand new with an attractive brass rail at the front of the counter top decorated with brass mermaids. You don't see that every day. The back wall of the front room, as well as a pillar, has modern aquamarine tiling, which doesn't look out of place here. A sole rug breaks up the bare-boarded floor, and the upmarket/gastro look is enhanced by having a single rose in a small vase on all the tables.

Through an arch at the back is another smaller room with more normal tables and chairs, and with wood panelled walls. There's some outside seating at the front of the pub, as well as on a first floor balcony.

There were two ales on - Sambrook's Junction and Twickenham Grandstand (£4.40 a pint) - with a third pump unclipped. A glance at a menu shows a distinct lack of pub grub.

This pub looks good from the outside with with its iron railings and pillars, and with its attractive setting almost on top of the river. It's a bit too "gastro" for me, but I still enjoyed my brief visit here with an excellent pint of Ggrandstand. I think it makes a fine addition to the Strand on the Green, and completes an excellent quartet with the other three pubs along the footpath.

On 4th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Kew Bridge, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Gunnersbury, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Kew Gardens, 1.16 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Steam Packet, W4
4th Sep 2021, 11:25
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
14th Aug 2021, 11:05
Picture submitted by Moby Duck approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 October 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 October 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 October 2019 by Tris C
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