Royal Horse Guardsman, Brentford

Royal Horse Guardsman, Brentford

The Royal Horse Guardsman, 23 Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0JU. Telephone: 020 8568 2122. Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Royal-Horseguardsman-234774669886174/
Pig Mark 61. The Royal Horse Guardsman was built in 1888 as an Ashby’s pub then later became a Courage pub. It closed in 2008 but reopened as a free house December 2010. The Courage decal outside the pub and an Ashby’s Ales floor mosaic inside remain as nods to the pub’s history. Has a reasonably sized garden out the back.
Visited on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 21.15. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered one pint and two halves of Windsor & Eton’s Guardsman for £7.60.

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Cleanliness (3):
Wifi (2):

Total (50)

Piggy Dave
2
6
4
3
4
3
2
2

26

Piggy Corin
4
5
6
4
4
3
3
1

30

Piggy Sue
6
8
6
4
4
4
2
2

36

Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: Friendly greeting from the barmaid when we arrived, and from the gorgeous pub dog that I think is a black Irish Wolfhound cross. There was also a pub cat, so quite the place to come for local wildlife. There wasn’t much choice beer-wise, but once again a step up from your standard Irish bar as at least they took the trouble to get an ale in alongside the ubiquitous keg John Smith’s. Nice touch that they stock the beer that echoes the pub’s name, too. Clean single room pub that must be positively claustrophobic when there’s a big sports match on one of the three screens or when Brentford FC are at home, though there is a decent sized garden out back with another screen. Three or four regulars were milling about along with the man I assumed to be the guvnor who was very interested in the fact that we were all sat at a table writing. I thought for a moment we would be treated to a spoof of the Bill Hicks waffle house reader joke. Music in background and silent sport on the screens tonight. Not a bad pub by any means, but nothing special, and I definitely get the feeling it’s something of a local’s pub.

Piggy Corin: This is basically a cheap and cheerful football pub. No footie the night we were there but the screens were on silently showing darts and Sky Sports News. Windsor and Eton Guardsman was on the pump next to keg John Smith’s, lagers and cider. Service was immediate and friendly, even if the beer was a bit uninspiring. There were a few locals in attendance, clearly settled in for the evening. The atmosphere was relaxed and warm, the lighting was muted and the bar furniture dark wood and leather. There was a rather lovely black pub dog and a grey, squashy faced cat that certainly added to the feeling this was someone’s front room rather than a pub.

Piggy Sue: Lovely old traditional pub with etched glass, brown tiles and original parquet flooring as well as wood. a really cosy pub with a real fire. It was quiet on the night we were there with 80s piped music on the sound system. Three screens showing darts and sports news silently. Friendly bar staff including a huge dog and a pussycat out front of house. There’s a secluded, astroturfed garden out the back if you like that sort of thing.

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