Favourite Watering Hole when move to Lionel Road Happens ?

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It’s becoming a bit of a hassle. Before the Brighton game we went to the Cricketers and had to talk our way in because we didn’t have a booking (even just for drinks) despite there being loads of empty tables.

Went to the Steam Packet on Saturday where tables were fully booked but you could get a beer from the takeaway bar and drink outside. Then we wandered up to the Bell and Crown for the first time which was decent, a good number of staff on and served fast-ish despite it being very busy.
 

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It’s becoming a bit of a hassle. Before the Brighton game we went to the Cricketers and had to talk our way in because we didn’t have a booking (even just for drinks) despite there being loads of empty tables.

Went to the Steam Packet on Saturday where tables were fully booked but you could get a beer from the takeaway bar and drink outside. Then we wandered up to the Bell and Crown for the first time which was decent, a good number of staff on and served fast-ish despite it being very busy.

I think it will take a while to settle down but in comparison to some of the deserts that we have been too in recent years, Reading Colchester, Derby for example, I think we are really spoiled with the choice around BCS.
 

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I think it will take a while to settle down but in comparison to some of the deserts that we have been too in recent years, Reading Colchester, Derby for example, I think we are really spoiled with the choice around BCS.

Agree 100%. Just a bit of an adjustment!

I took a couple of Brighton fans around a few of nearby pubs at they loved it
 

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My local is now a new pop-up bar called ‘Sainsbury’s Local’ (I think they might be part of a chain) where they sell good value items. The bar staff are very friendly and helpful, and they have a huge open riverside terrace, outside a very large brick shed called ‘One over the ait’ or something. The pub also sells takeaway sandwiches, crisps and cat food so it really is your pre-game one stop shop, IMHO.
 

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Bulls Head (Strand on the Green) does a very good lunch menu Mon - Sat 12-4pm. Reasonable prices and not too busy.
The Steam Packet the pub of choice after the game.
 

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Kings Arms also only has a food hygiene rating of 2 which, whilst I’m not a pedant for that stuff, is a bit of a shocker for a hotel/pub serving proper food 🥴

Good knowledge… I usually check these thing but The Kings Arse had escaped scrutiny. Oh well, that’s the end of that plan for a while…. Although their inefficiency on Saturday had pretty much put paid to me and the boys ever attempting to eat there again. Never say never, though.
 

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I’ve found the one over the ait ok so far despite the poor rating on here. Where is decent for a curry nearby got a few pals coming up for the Chelsea game?
 

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I’ve found the one over the ait ok so far despite the poor rating on here. Where is decent for a curry nearby got a few pals coming up for the Chelsea game?
Pappadums in the new development by the river behind the Premier Inn is pretty good, and has been surprisingly quiet whenever I've been in there before an evening game - so good if there are a few of you, and I've never had to book in advance.
 

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Pappadums in the new development by the river behind the Premier Inn is pretty good, and has been surprisingly quiet whenever I've been in there before an evening game - so good if there are a few of you, and I've never had to book in advance.
Yeah head in there, 5 of us went after the Liverpool game, plenty of room, food was tasty and they seemed desperate for good reviews (new owners?). So here's my good review for them!

*Albany Spice on the other hand. We had a table for 4 booked and when an extra person came along they claimed they had no spare chairs to enable us to chuck the +1 at the end of our table. I guess that could have been true, but seemed plain inflexible. They lost our £150 ish to Pappadums.
 

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Pappadums in the new development by the river behind the Premier Inn is pretty good, and has been surprisingly quiet whenever I've been in there before an evening game - so good if there are a few of you, and I've never had to book in advance.
Yes, will 2nd that. I've been a few times and always excellent. They seem to have functions on for Indian weddings and birthdays which was always encouraging.

Google says new management since 20th September so I can't vouch if it is still as good.
 

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I’ve found the one over the ait ok so far despite the poor rating on here. Where is decent for a curry nearby got a few pals coming up for the Chelsea game?

Yep, One Over the Ait is fine. Nice location, decent selection of beers and relatively quick service.
 

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Yeah head in there, 5 of us went after the Liverpool game, plenty of room, food was tasty and they seemed desperate for good reviews (new owners?). So here's my good review for them!

*Albany Spice on the other hand. We had a table for 4 booked and when an extra person came along they claimed they had no spare chairs to enable us to chuck the +1 at the end of our table. I guess that could have been true, but seemed plain inflexible. They lost our £150 ish to Pappadums.
We always use Albany Spice and always get our numbers wrong and have late arrivals etc.
They've always let us add extra people to our table.
Bring your own booze is good as you can pop in to the offy next door.
Excellent food review by The Brentford Curry Element.
 

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We always use Albany Spice and always get our numbers wrong and have late arrivals etc.
They've always let us add extra people to our table.
Yeah I thought what you say here would have been the case. I was really surprised and let down by them to be honest. Unless there really was a lack of chairs...
 

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If you are going to the pubs on Strand on the Green or heading to Chiswick, Peppers on Fauconberg Road is pretty good (although I have only had takeaway). It is about a 10 minute walk from The Bulls Head.
 

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Yeah I thought what you say here would have been the case. I was really surprised and let down by them to be honest. Unless there really was a lack of chairs...
At least you got sorted out elsewhere though.
 

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Anyone know if the Northumberland Arms is open again yet? Cheers
 

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Bit of a walk but Monty's on South Ealing Road has always been good but advise to book as it's quite small inside.
Yeah Montys is decent think we used to go to the one at Northfields haven’t been for a while
 

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Yeah Montys is decent think we used to go to the one at Northfields haven’t been for a while
Yep. Tiny though. Went after a Sunday league club reunion at the Foresters shortly before 1st lockdown after Fulham 1 - 0 at home. Great meal but we're ushered into some back room to eat.
 

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Trying to do every league & cup game this season is proving very expensive, so trying to cut costs where possible. Not a fan of any of the pubs around BCS, drinks prices are silly and not really "football pubs" as such.

Don't mind going to The Globe for a few beers and wings after, but normally a few at our place before we leave then one of the flat pre-poured ones at the stadium :ROFLMAO:
 

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Trying to do every league & cup game this season is proving very expensive, so trying to cut costs where possible.
Dunno if you've picked up on this, but for tomorrows game, club is offering:

Food and drink offers in the concourses (valid until 4.30pm)
  • All beers and ciders will be available for £3.50 while all soft drinks will be £1.50
  • All sausage rolls and pies will be available for £3.50
Similar discounts in Premium Lounges/Dugout until 4 pm
 

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Had a lovely couple of pints in the Six Bells on Saturday (been back open for about a month) Staropramen, Moretti and Amstel - didn’t recognise the brand of ales, no longer a Fullers pub. Quick service, plenty of room inside and in the garden and not a bad price either.
Not a pub that I ever used to frequent, but good to see it back open, not least because according to a local historian:

"The Six Bells was named after the six bells in the tower of St. Lawrence’s Church that were rung for special events and when royalty passed through the town. It was originally located two buildings east from the corner of The Ham.

The Six Bells was established by 1722 and rebuilt, or perhaps just given a new frontage, in 1904.

At one time it was a tradition for the landlord of the Six Bells to provide free copies of tide tables to local men working on the canal and on the Thames. In 1841, the landlord of the Six Bells provided shelter to many of those whose properties had been flooded during the inundation of Brentford. After the inundation the landlord, Thomas Piper, was paid £10 compensation. It seems that the Six Bells was bought by Fuller, Smith and Turner in 1872."

Also had a pint in the Magpie and Crown, hadn’t been in for a few years when it looked like it was days away from shutting for good. So it was a pleasant surprise to see it doing well. Lovely pint of Spaten, also had Budweiser, Stella and Corona on tap. Ales were from Sussex (not Harvey’s), Twickenham Ales and Sambrooks. Again, Quick service, plenty of room inside and out the front.
I was in there one warm Friday lunchtime at the beginning of last month and I couldn't believe how quiet it was. At first there was just the two of us, and during the next hour and a bit there drifted in maybe 3 or 4 "stragglers", who only had a glass or two before leaving soon after.

I know they were threatened by the huge development all round it who wanted to knock it down, but having survived, I do hope they get some custom from the occupants of the new flats.
 

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Had a glass of red at The Weir beforehand. Not been there for years, was lovely and very quite. Nice little place that I may venture more often.
 

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Rowans bar pre match with Bermondsey, reminded me of the Brickies watching everyone walk past, no queue at the bar, less than £5 a pint and Strongbow on tap, 1 minute walk to the ground, I predict this will become a chap stronghold in due course :sorted:

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Certainly appears to be a top chap place!

 

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It was bookings only at the Steam Packet, which was clearly keen to keep the football riff-raff away from their Sunday diners, so wandered along to the Bell & Crown which I think has taken top spot as my new favourite pre-match watering hole.
 

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It was bookings only at the Steam Packet, which was clearly keen to keep the football riff-raff away from their Sunday diners, so wandered along to the Bell & Crown which I think has taken top spot as my new favourite pre-match watering hole.
I booked Steam Packet after Brighton- wasn’t difficult even a few minutes after final whistle.
 

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We always use Albany Spice and always get our numbers wrong and have late arrivals etc.
They've always let us add extra people to our table.
Bring your own booze is good as you can pop in to the offy next door.
Excellent food review by The Brentford Curry Element.

Me, my brother and my 12 year old went to the Albany Spice after the Leicester game (The Guru Tandoori let me down with my pre booking).
It was excellent, staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food was lovely.
Thumbs up from me !

 

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Had a lovely couple of pints in the Six Bells on Saturday (been back open for about a month) Staropramen, Moretti and Amstel - didn’t recognise the brand of ales, no longer a Fullers pub. Quick service, plenty of room inside and in the garden and not a bad price either.

Also had a pint in the Magpie and Crown, hadn’t been in for a few years when it looked like it was days away from shutting for good. So it was a pleasant surprise to see it doing well. Lovely pint of Spaten, also had Budweiser, Stella and Corona on tap. Ales were from Sussex (not Harvey’s), Twickenham Ales and Sambrooks. Again, Quick service, plenty of room inside and out the front.

Proper pubs that need Bees fans to keep using them if they are to survive.
Magpie and Crowns ales not what they used to be, but had a good session in there - even switching to lager -and got a night bus home.
 

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First trip to The Steam Packet yesterday. Nice place….expensive but they’re still doing table service (which I like).
Slightly weird arrangement with the doorman who spent most of his time outside, gazing at us through the window.

I’m surprised the Italian cafe on the corner, by the bridge haven’t cottoned on to the potential for making some dosh on a match day…
 

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First trip to The Steam Packet yesterday. Nice place….expensive but they’re still doing table service (which I like).
Slightly weird arrangement with the doorman who spent most of his time outside, gazing at us through the window.

I’m surprised the Italian cafe on the corner, by the bridge haven’t cottoned on to the potential for making some dosh on a match day…
went in there after the game.....its a decent place.........went to kew CC before which was unusually quiet even though they have sky and had the manc game on......needs more going there if its to stay open over winter me thinks ;)
 

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I badly need to sort my day out there. Won't do the walks anymore as find it tough after a few beers. Win Lose or Draw it was something I loved and I badly need to sort it. Never even made game yday as lost season tkt,found later and my stupidity. Got to get it sorted.
 

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I'll have to wander down the strand and check the pubs out, to be honest after the journey up from Somerset I generally just want to get settled and head to the ground and have a pint inside. But some positive reading on here.
 

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Enjoying making a tradition of heading to The Griffin Post match. Always get served quickly and a decent crowd to have conversation with.
 
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