Last Friday, I accidentally got on a train, transferred to a tube, transferred to another tube, got off in Turnham Green, and walked around the corner. Wondering what to do after this most unfortunate of accidents, I found myself outside a pub called [url=http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/pubsandbars/the-tabard-review-25813.html]The Tabard[/i]. Thinking that it would be rude to stand on the pavement outside and not patronise said establishment, I did so. Later on, two friends turned up, completely unexpectedly you hear, and commenced to consume some beer with me. This consumption was only to say thank you to the landlord for allowing us to sit there, otherwise we would have remained tee-total. Honestly.
I must say that this is a lovely little pub. It has a theatre upstairs, independent from the pub, that shows more fringe/Shakespeare theatre than anything else. It's had a couple of its homebrew plays make it to the West End, and some big name comedians use it as a warm-up venue as well. Anyway, the pub has some lovely original arts and crafts tiles by William de Morgan all over the walls, whilst the fireplaces have surrounds of tiles created by Walter Crane – an early example of Art Nouveau. They have a weekly rotation of beers being served there, three of which I had the pleasure of accidentally sampling. Unfortunately, I can only remember two of them:-RSX
is a nice hoppy beer with a fruity twang. This was a nice medium brown colour that suited its taste. Not had this before, so it was a good find.
Asking for a Proper Job
was quite amusing, even the second time. This is a golden ale that refreshes the mouth with its slight citrus flavour. It even won a silver medal in the British Beer Awards
. This was another new one to me.