Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

Watermans Arts Centre, 40 High St, Brentford TW8 0DS. Telephone: 020 8232 1010. Website: https://www.watermans.org.uk/
Pig Mark 39. Watermans Arts Centre was opened in 1984 and contains an Indian restaurant, a cinema and a theatre as well as a couple of studios and meeting rooms. When it was first opened live music was also performed here regularly, but that space has now been taken over by the restaurant. There is an outside area where it can be very pleasant to sit in the summer while watching the Thames roll by.
Visited on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 20.20. Weather was dry and mild.
Ordered two bottles of Twickenham’s Naked Ladies for £8.50.

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

Total (75)

Piggy Dave
2
5
5
2
1
0
1
1

17

Piggy Corin
3
6
6
2
1
2
1
1

22

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: We arrived about ten minutes before a film was due to start in the cinema so the bar area was very busy. Despite that, there was still only one person serving. The only draft bitter was keg London Pride at £4.25 a pint, so we opted for bottles of Naked Ladies for the same price. The background music and general hubbub of chatter from those waiting for the cinema combined to give a decent ambience, though the lighting was too bright and seems more fitting for a cafe, as does the furniture. There is a lovely platform outside to drink in the summer and watch the Thames flow by. As such, a nice place to chill on sunny days, especially if Indian food is your thing, but not an ideal choice if the bar is your main concern.

Piggy Corin: This is the bar at the local cinema/theatre/restaurant that forms the bulk of the arts centre. Monday is half price day for cinema so it was very busy with people waiting for the film when we arrived. Service at the bar was slow to get to us but efficient once we placed our order. Lagers and keg London Pride are available on tap with Fuller’s and Twickenham’s beers also in bottles. There is an Indian restaurant in the centre and the smell of curry pervades. Enticing if you enjoy curry, but rather offputting if you don’t. Plenty of seating is available, but it is functional and cafe-like. A television shows rolling news while the background music is a little too loud. This bar is OK for a swift drink before a film, but as the location for an evening’s beer sampling is sadly lacking.

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