The Express Tavern, Brentford

The Express Tavern, Brentford

The Express Tavern, 56 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0EW. Telephone: 020 8560 8484. Website: http://www.expresstavern.co.uk
Pig Mark 81. A free house opposite Kew Bridge, The Express Tavern has been standing since at least the 1800s when it was a coaching inn along the main London to Bath route. In 2014 it was taken over by the same company that runs The Sussex Arms in Twickenham and after some refurbishment reopened ready to serve food and a fine selection of ten ales and five ciders. The character wasn’t lost in the renovations and it retains a sense of history in its decor, particularly in the smaller bar where the beer pumps are.
Visited on Monday 11th September 2017 at 22.10. Weather was rain showers.
Ordered pints of Sambrook’s Junction, ¬†Oakham’s Citra and Big Smoke’s Bonfire for ¬£12.00.

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
10
10
7
4
5
4
2
1

43

Piggy Corin
10
10
8
4
3
4
2
1

42

Piggy Sue
9
9
6
4
3
3
2
1

37

Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: It was fairly empty when we arrived but the customers who were there were a friendly bunch. Amazing well kept range of beers and ciders with Bass and Lockkeepers being the regular tipples alongside another eight ales that change regularly. In the other bar, there are five ciders on offer if beer isn’t your thing. Service was good though the tables were a little sticky as if they hadn’t been wiped after previous customers had left. There is also a decent selection of food on offer including some good vegetarian options.
In a sense, this is the best kind of foody pub as it still feels like a pub. Vinyl albums are played in the background, tonight it was Bowie but I’ve heard all sorts in the past. There is also a sizeable garden at the back, ideal for sitting outside in the summer, with a heated covered area for smokers in less pleasant weather.
If you find yourself in Brentford then this is definitely one of the pubs you will want to visit.

Piggy Corin: Great selection of beer and cider with various breweries and strengths, there’s usually something for all tastes at the Express. Unobtrusive background music and dimmed lights made for a pleasant ambience despite it not being busy when we arrived. There was no television on, though the pub does show some football. Newspapers were available to read and food is also served, though I wouldn’t classify it as a foody pub. There is also a garden and plenty of tables.
I didn’t find the service to be very enthusiastic when we arrived but the pub was nice and warm. Definitely has plenty of je ne sais quoi about the place but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what. There is foliage, alcoves and outside there are even stuffed animal heads and other decorations on the walls. All in all a very interesting and worthwhile pub.

Piggy Sue: Has a good choice of beers, but could do with a couple of lighter, hoppy ones. The music is selected from a large stack of vinyl LPs behind the bar next to the turntable. I thought the bar felt a little soulless. Lovely garden out the back though, ideal for a lazy summer evening with a beer or three.

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