Almost next to Kew Bridge rail station, the Express Tavern has a distinct traditional feel, somewhat ruined by invasive piped music. Open-plan but with two fairly distinct bars: I opted for the Chiswick bar on the right. I hate to say that I’ve had friendlier service, but that’s the big city I guess. 10 cask ales, about 5-6 keg of interest and a smattering of interesting bottles. They carry quite a lot of beers from Surbiton’s Big Smoke brewery, so worth coming for the ticks. A proper beer venue.
danlo (157) Darlington , England | August 4, 2016| Updated August 5, 2016
Large selection of handpulls and five ciders on tap at this refurbished traditional style London pub. Popular, with a very large beer garden area out the back perfect for summer drinking. Definitely worth the visit if in the area.
Visited on 30th July 2016. Large pub pretty much next door to Kew Bridge station. Venue has 2 rooms plus a huge beer garden.
Beer range was decent enough with a good mix of cask and keg beers. Picked up a couple of new ticks here so happy with that. Service and prices decent too. Food was a big let down, had high hopes but it was sub-par Wetherspoons style with premium prices. Left us both disappointed as opted to eat here as opposed to local Fullers place. Might pop back for the beer but food a huge disappointment.
Visited July 2015. Impressively relaunched pub offering a wide selection of beers and ciders, some of which were particularly unusual. Atmosphere in the bar was friendly, with locals and Kew Gardens workers enjoying a pint. Worth visiting if in the area.
I’ve passed this place a number of times and just assumed from the ’DRAFT BASS’ sign that it wouldn’t be worth stepping in. But on an accidental detour I found myself in the area and thought I’d pop in.
On a Friday near Christmas this was obviously pretty busy but I still managed to take up a stool. 8 casks including permanent Bass and around 5 new beers for me. There were also several keg options and 5 cask ciders on offer.
This is certainly one of the best pubs in the area. Not in the best location as there’s nothing else in the locality to draw passing beer tourists. I wouldn’t say the range is special enough to warrant a deliberate visit but this is a great option for anyone who finds themselves in the area, perhaps to visit Kew Gardens. A very good pub, and I’m sure it’s a pleasure to visit at quieter times.
Visited august 2015 with beery friends. What a surprise. Large, very cosy pub close to Kew Bridge. Oldstyle pub with a large bar, just inside the doors ;-) Friendly staff and free wifi. Huge selection of beers and ciders, all served in good condition. It is a bit cramped in the front of the bar, but in the back, lots of additionel seating. They serve food as well, but didn´t eat here this time, but will be back for sure.
Very nice old style pub. 10-15 casks, some draught beer and 4-5 ciders. Beautiful house with good interior. Decently crowded on a Sunday afternoon. Big beer garden in the backyard. All together a nice surprise.
Recent change of ownership. Now a sister pub to the Sussex in Twickenham (best in west london) and Antelope in Surbiton. Pump selection not quite as cutting edge as the Sussex in terms of the range of brewers but still great. The kegs included Camden Helles, Titanic Stout Flying Dog Doggy Style and Hammerton N7. casks by Ascot and Blackjack were memorable. Fridges had a great array of craft beers too!
Pub itself is very pretty inside. Clientele were a bit on the aged side and I am guessing this is a pub in transition from its previous guise. Give it three months and it will be a much more diverse crowd
Well worth a visit
A huge increase in choice of beers and ciders since new management last month. 10 real ales plus 4 real ciders (and 1 keg cider) plus several keg beers (craft and non craft). Food looked good but quite expensive. Loyalty card scheme in operation... buy 9 get 10th pint free as at their Sussex Arms in Twickenham. Free wifi. Well worth a visit. Almost on top of Kew Bridge station and buses 65, 237, 267 and 391 (plus N9!) all pass by. The interior was always like a museum and luckily the refit has been done with care and retains most of the character of this historic pub. CAMRAs first London meetings were held in here back in 1973 partially due to the draught Bass which is still on offer today!