Teddington station opened on 1 July 1863, the same day as the London and South Western Railway’s Kingston Loop line, leaving the main line at Twickenham. Unlike Hampton Wick, the station immediately preceding it, Teddington has retained its Victorian station building and an old footbridge linking the two platforms. One of the former waiting rooms is now in use as an office for a local mini cab firm, with two brightly illuminated signs to catch your attention.
In 1913, the station was the scene of an arson attack by the suffragettes who destroyed several carriages of a train which had stopped here.
Abercorn Arms, 76-78 Church Road, TW11 8EY
As a sizeable London suburb, Teddington is well served by pubs. So I did some thorough research before travelling here, opting for the Abercorn Arms on Church Road, a ten minute walk from the station. On the side of the pub, they’ve painted ‘Real Ale, Large Garden, Good Food’, which is certainly getting the key selling points out loud and clear.
The Abercorn is divided into two areas which you can only pass between via the back room with its pool table and dart board. We were in the slightly cosier of the two with its traditional red upholstered seating and walls painted in a similar colour scheme. The decor included some old maps of Teddington as well as some aerial photographs of the area. The other area has lighter painted walls so didn’t feel as warm, it also had a couple of TVs with Sky Sports on. It is also carpeted throughout both rooms. True to the sign, they do have a large garden here with plenty of greenery including some yukka trees, illuminated on our evening visit, although it was a really cold night when we visited so it was totally deserted.
It’s a Youngs pub so had two of their ales on tap, Special and the Bitter, as well as one of my favourite beers, Tribute. The food here was very reasonably priced by pub standards these days, with burgers for £8.95 and fish and chips for £9.95. At that price I couldn’t refuse the burger and am happy to say it was good pub grub with proper chunky chips to go with it too. Cheesy chips are also available for a mere £2.95 too. On Thursday evenings they do a beer and burger for only £9.95. There are also midweek offers with two for one on their sharing platters like nachos and calamari.
On the Friday evening we visited, The Abercorn had a decent amount of people in but wasn’t packed. It lists itself as ‘dog friendly’ on its website and there were a few people who had brought their canine companions, although I didn’t see the pub’s own dog(also mentioned on the website) when we were here sadly. The cosy room we were in was quieter than the brighter area. I think it’s nice when you have the option to switch between two areas depending on your mood.
I really liked The Abercorn Arms. It’s a homely, welcoming pub with well priced food – I thoroughly recommend it if you’re based in Teddington or the surrounding area.I know Youngs have been modernising many of their pubs over the last few years, please don’t touch this one as it’s a great community pub as it is!