The Kingston Mill situated on the High Street down the road from the market place in Kingston town centre and just a stone's throw from the Thames River bank. I've become a regular drinker at the Mill for three reasons: the eclectic clientele, the fantastic deals on drink and smashing selection of music.
If you go there any day of the week it could seem like a fairly ordinary local. On Mondays, however, the Mill really comes to life with young uber-cool Kingstonites, mostly students, who come down to let off some steam after the most painful day of the week. The pub has just re-opened on the 28th of June after a period of closure for refurbishment.
As an avid people watcher I quite like going down to the Mill to gawk at the overtly odd-looking clientele - this is one of my favorite spots to indulge in this pastime . Admittedly it's not everyone's cup of tea, if you're put off by shaven heads, strange piercings and tattoos I would avoid going there on a Monday night.
They have great deals on drinks but you have to know which night to go there to profit from them. Monday night brings the biggest crowds in with £1.50 pints for beer and cider including Snakebites which is what you'll find most people drinking. Wednesday is 2 for £7 on cocktails; they've just updated their cocktail menu and there's loads of new drinks to try. They still have all the classics (Cosmo, Woo woo etc..) and some different ones to sample such as Elderflower and Apple Mojito, Chocolate Orange Martini and Espresso Martini to mention a few. I tried a Cosmopolitan there and you certainly couldn't deny the alcohol content - it was very strong!
The music they play can sometimes just sound like a white noise but every now and then a golden oldie will blast out of the speakers. Think Bryan Adams' Summer of 69 and Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and you're on the right track. It's a great place to start your night, fill up on the cheap booze and fantastic atmosphere then head up the road to Ama-gi or Bachus around midnight to continue the fun and frolics!
They also serve food, I've tried a few of the pub classics; fish and chips, scampi and chips, onion rings and they were all typically rustic pub grub. They have deals on food - you can get a burger and drink for £6.29 any day of the week. Check out their website to see more deals on food and drink! It's also a great place to sit and use the free Wi-Fi if you go at a quiet moment.