The Northumberland Arms, Brentford

The Northumberland Arms, Brentford

The Northumberland Arms, 11 London Rd, Brentford TW8 8JB. Telephone: 020 8560 0506. Website: https://www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandArmsBrentford/
Pig Mark 51. Built in 1853, The Northumberland Arms has previously been known as O’Briens and The Duke of Northumberland. The right-hand side of the pub as one looks at it was once connected to a railway bridge that crossed London Road when the old GWR station was still open. Self-described as a ‘modern gastropub’ they have music on at weekends, though mainly cover acts.
Visited on Monday 25th September 2017 at 21.00. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered  a half of Bombadier and a half of Hopulation for £3.90.

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
5
7
4
3
3
2
2
1

27

Piggy Corin
5
6
3
3
2
1
3
1

24

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: There were a few regulars here when we arrived. There was a fairly poor choice of ale and I went for the tried and trusted Bombadier luckily, as the Hopulation turned out to be uninspiring and largely flavourless. No wifi but I got a 4G connection easily enough. Music playing in the background gave a little ambience but with the furniture and lighting the main impression I had was of an independent cafe rather than a pub. Two walls were plain brick and the other two were painted the ubiquitous foodie grey that seems to get everywhere nowadays. There was a menu chalked on a board at the end of the bar and a small smoking area out the back. Toilets were a bit messy and the hand drier made one thankful for jeans.

Piggy Corin: A local pub for local people and regulars were chatting at the bar when we entered. New, clean furniture but rather uninspiring decor. Altogether pretty soulless. The beer was insipid, the service neither quick nor helpful. Music was supplied via the television and was unintrusive. They do food, mostly basic and not too pricey. Tea and coffee are advertised and there is a small smoking area at the back by the toilets. They don’t make the best of the big bay windows and brick fireplace. For an independent pub it could be so much more characterful and interesting but isn’t making the most of what it has.

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