Richmond

When it first opened in July 1846, Richmond served as the terminus of a short line which ran into Nine Elms, although it was only two years before the line was extends westwards towards Twickenham, resulting in the station being moved very slightly.

The present station building dates from 1937 in the Art Deco style and was designed by James Robb Scott. Its in Portland Stone which was also used for many of Charles Holden’s London Underground buildings, most strikingly the HQ building at 55 Broadway above St James Park station, as well as other memorable London buildings including the imposing Senate House.

There is also a tube stop here and the two are fully integrated with the District Line platforms at one end of the station. This was one of the first stops I visited for my underground blog way back in June 2013. You can compare and contrast how the station has changed over the last three and a half years – I didn’t have a chance to check whether the retro poster about Winnersh Triangle was still there.

The Old Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond, TW9 1ND

Richmond is an area blessed with loads of pubs so I was very happy to return here for a second outing. This time we decided to go to The Old Ship which is several minutes walk from the station, simply head south down The Quadrant until it reaches King Street and The Old Ship. If you’re visiting in the evening, it is very easy to spot because it has a glowing neon sign in what I’d call a ‘ye olde’ typeface.

The pub is grade II listed and believed to date back to the 18th century. These days its a Youngs pub. It is fairly spacious as the building extends back a fair way, this was very fortunate in our case because the place was absolutely heaving with England Rugby fans here for a post match drink (or ten) as the match with Australia had just finished. Despite it being rammed downstairs, we were able to find ourselves a few seats in the upstairs area which is divided into two rooms and is also fairly sizable. There’s also a back garden with a TV and sheltered areas.

In terms of decor, The Old Ship certainly lives up to its name with nautical touches throughout. There are stained glass ships in the pubs front windows and plenty of pictures of maps on the walls. Upstairs there is shipping rope in place of a window in the internal wall between the two rooms. They have even used a ship’s wheel as a chandelier, with lights hanging off each of the spokes. I think they’ve managed to pull the overall look off without it being too gimmicky and the upstairs area reminded me a bit of the main room from the Ocean Zone in the Crystal Maze – high praise indeed!

As a Youngs pub, it had their usual ales on tap(Special, Bitter etc) as well as a few guests – Grandstand from the nearby Twickenham brewery as well as the seasonal ‘Pirate Christmas Ale’, although sadly I can’t find any record of this beer online. The food menu is in keeping with other Youngs venues, primarily traditional pub classics. You can expect to pay over £11 for a main here,  with Fish and Chips at £11.50 and a Burger for £12.

The pub also has Sports licence, so as well as Rugby fans, there were plenty of people here watching the late kick-off in the Premier League. The pub also has a collection of board games too and I saw two people playing Scrabble, an impressive feat given how busy the pub was at the time. More generally I was also impressed that the service at the bar was still pretty quick even though the pub was incredibly busy. Given their proximity to Twickenham, they must be used to occasions like this but it is still nice to see everything running smoothly.

The Old Ship gets the thumbs up from me, another fine spot for a pint in South West London. In a place like Richmond which is worthy of a pub crawl in its own right, The Old Ship definitely deserves to be a stop on that journey.

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(For Richmond tube, I visited The White Cross in June 2013)

 

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