Victoria Tavern, Isleworth

Victoria Tavern, Isleworth

The Victoria Tavern, 55 Worple Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7BA. Telephone: 020 8892 3385. Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Tavern/148498281857248
Pig Mark 65. The Victoria Tavern is a two room pub tucked away in the backstreets of Isleworth. It was established in at least the 1930s and was renovated in 2011.
Visited on Monday 30th October 2017 at 19.55. Weather was clear and crisp.
Ordered a pint of Hobgoblin Gold and a half of Young’s Ordinary for £6.15.

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Je ne sais quoi (5):
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Piggy Dave
5
8
6
3
5
4
3
1

35

Piggy Corin
6
7
4
3
4
2
3
1

30

Piggy Sue








Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: A free house tucked away in the backstreets of Isleworth, The Victoria Tavern is a two-roomed pub, though only one bar was open on the night we visited. There were comfy seats and carpet on the floor. The TV was tuned to the Vintage Music Channel, which made me feel old as the 70s and 80s almost seem like yesterday to me. The jukebox is one of those that springs into life and plays a random song every so often if no one feeds it with money. Given that we already had music on the television, the barman might have turned the sound down for the jukebox as it was extremely annoying having two songs playing simultaneously every time the jukebox piped up. The real fire gave the pub a cosy ambience and there were interesting knick-knacks all around on multiple shelves that gave it a homely feel. There were only two ales on but both were pretty decent and well kept. Only one other customer was here when we arrived and that figure never looked like increasing. I wasn’t wild about the stag heads as decorations but this is far from the only pub to have such. The lights in the ceiling had fans attached, almost giving The Victoria a mock noir feel. The cream and wood walls almost made me wish we had bonus points for pubs without foodie grey paint as it makes a nice change nowadays, but we don’t. Not a bad pub by any means, but a bit far from the beaten track for me to come back, I suspect.

Piggy Corin: Stepping into The Victoria Tavern is a bit like stepping into my nan’s front room. With a manically patterned carpet, a roaring open fire and eclectic knick-knacks scattered around it is going for some old-world charm but falls a bit short. There were two ales on offer, Hobgoblin Gold and Youngs Bitter, both fine and tasty. We were served immediately, although somewhat taciturnly. Background music is provided via videos played on the television screen high in the corner. I cannot help but feel that this pub is selling itself somewhat short. What should be a lively, welcoming bar is soulless and empty. Despite being in the heart of a residential area, it does not feel as if any effort has been made to attract the locals. It’s a shame, as with a little effort this could be a nice cosy inn.

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