The Brewery Tap, Brentford

The Brewery Tap, Brentford

The Brewery Tap, 47 Catherine Wheel Road Brentford Middlesex TW8 8BD. Telephone: 020 8568 6006. Website: http://www.brewery-tap-brentford.co.uk/
Pig Mark 75. The Brewery Tap was owned by and adjacent to the Grand Junction brewery in the early 1870s until the brewery was taken over by the Beehive brewery in 1877. Fuller’s took over the Beehive brewery in 1907 and rebuilt the pub in 1928 to a design by Charles Mallows. The Brewery Tap was featured as ‘The Brewer’s Droop’ in D S Floyd’s murder mystery, Must Flea.
Visited on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 22.30. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered a pint and a half of Red Fox and a pint of Buttcombe Rare Breed for £10.50.

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Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
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(3):
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Total (50)

Piggy Dave
6
7
4
3
5
4
2
2

33

Piggy Corin
7
8
7
3
5
3
2
2

37

Piggy Sue
8
9
8
3
5
5
2
2

42

Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: This is one of those strange pubs that some might term ‘quirky’. An unusual selection of beers for a Fuller’s house with at least two of the old Gale’s beers on at any time. Very interesting design with an old public bar that now houses the pool table and a good library of books (which you can take for a donation to the Lifeboat charity), the old saloon bar that features live music most nights and a back bar that once was probably the snug. All the bars are one nowadays, but it is easy to see where they were once separated. Painted foody grey, though the food on offer lacks any decent vegetarian selections to the extent that if you want a veggie roast on Sunday you have to give a week or two’s notice. All the potential delights of the pub are often spoiled by the live music they have down here most nights that is usually enough to drive me crazy. We were here on quiz night and it was one of the most difficult quizzes I’ve heard in quite some time. Better beer and better music would improve this pub for me, but each to their own and there’s no denying that it has character.

Piggy Corin: There was a music quiz in progress as we arrived. A few teams were chatting and laughing amongst themselves. This is a Fuller’s pub serving a guest beer alongside a couple of Gale’s and Fuller’s beers. It has an old-fashioned vibe to it and I can imagine my dad and grandpa sat in here while us kids were outside with a bottle of lemonade and a packet of crisps each. For the sporting customer, there is a pool table and a dartboard as well as a screen that shows football when it’s on BBC or ITV. There is live music most nights, though the quality can’t be guaranteed. It really feels a lot like an ‘old man’s pub’ with a dark, subdued feel, though the service is good and enthusiastic.

Piggy Sue: The Tap has music on most nights from jazz to open mic. The night we visited there was a quiz on and there would have been free pool but the table was broken. Rory was very friendly behind the bar as he served us. Fuller’s beers with one guest, always well kept and the wifi has a memorable password – just ask behind the bar for it. There are books piled on an old piano to browse through and a pool table and dartboard. There is also a smoker’s garden out the back, behind the snug bar. The pub also offers art for sale by local artists from the nearby Johnsons Island community and the selection of paintings changes every few weeks.

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