Home to the world famous rugby stadium and to hordes of rugby fans on match days, Twickenham takes pride in offering a wealth of great watering holes. But never fear, the pubs and bars here aren't just for beer swilling sports fans. In the centre of town, you will stumble upon a few of the more well known hostelries. Off the beaten track, there are a few gems that are not to be missed. So, if finding a welcoming pub for a pint is your cup of tea, then this list is for you.
1. The Prince Blucher The Prince Blucher is a locals pub just off Twickenham Green. On match days, it does attract the rugby crowd but this is a relaxed and welcoming pub that does a good pint and great food. It's menu changes often and offers food that is a step above your usual pub grub. It's about a 20-minute walk from Twickenham train station but it's worth the trip. The beer garden is large and there are plenty of tables. The pub itself is a good size but retains a cosy feel. There are a few nooks and crannies where you can happily pass some time. In case you were wondering, the pub is named after a Prussian Field Marshal, Gebhard Blucher, who helped The Duke of Wellington defeat Napoleon in The Battle of Waterloo.
2. The Crown The Crown re-opened in May 2013 after a complete overhaul and the owners have done a great job with this rustic and welcoming watering hole. It's extremely popular with locals and busy on match days. It's worth booking a table if you are popping in over the weekend. The food is fresh, the bar is large and the staff are friendly. Children are welcome during the day.
3. Stokes and Moncrieff This Twickenham gastro pub is a homely spot to sup on a pint. It's large and it serves up good pub grub. It's only a couple of minutes from the town centre so it can be a good alternative to the pubs in central Twickenham. Stokes and Moncreiff is named after the Captains of England and Scotland, Frederick Stokes and Francis Moncreiff, who played in the first ever recorded rugby international game in Edinburgh in 1871.
4. The White Swan Twickenham's White Swan is a hidden gem tucked away from Twickenham's main drag of riverside boozers. The tiny pub dates back to the 17th Century. The White Swan has a village pub feel to it and is usually packed. The kitchen is small, like the pub, so it's worth booking a table if you're planning on dining. This quirky boozer is home to what might just be my favourite beer garden in London too. The beautiful terrace sits right on the Thames, adorned with flowers and topped by green umbrellas. It really is the perfect spot for a bit of river watching on a sunny summer day.
One of Twickenham's most famous pubs, The Cabbage Patch is first and foremost a rugby pub. Its weird name comes from the nickname for Twickenham stadium. Before the stadium was the stadium, the land was used to grow cabbages, hence, the 'cabbage patch'. While this pub oozes rugby spirit, there's a little more to this place than meets the eye. This pub is far from immaculate but it has oodles of character. It's also a music venue and, at the weekends, a nightclub.