Walpole Park: Summer festivals
Every summer Walpole Park is the venue for a series of festivals – comedy, jazz, blues and beer! We have not yet managed to make it to the Comedy Festival, despite resolving every year to get tickets, but we have previously been to the Blues Festival and this year (2012) made it to the Beer Festival for the first time.
The latter took place in July and was a really fun evening. We went with a friend who like Chris is originally from the North East, and decided that with so much choice of beers on offer, we would focus our attention on drinking beers from that region. As always on such occasions, some proved nicer than others, but generally we enjoyed our drinks (too much for me to have remembered to note what we drank!) One tip – we’d planned to end the evening with one that had caught our eye earlier and sounded like a great “end of session” beer (stronger and darker than the others we sampled). This proved to be a big mistake, as when we eventually went back to buy some it had all gone!
Beers were sold in a large long marquee, organised by type (e.g. stouts, ales, ciders) and within that by alphabetical order of the name. A catalogue was available for about 30p so you could read a brief description and then go hunting for it. If you don’t want to bring your own glass you pay a few pounds for one on entering, which you can then keep as a souvenir or hand back for a refund on leaving.
As well as drinking beer, you can buy something to eat (a reasonable range including good English pies, burgers, a hog roast and more) and listen to live music. The girl who was singing the night we went was excellent, with a good line in humorous patter between the numbers and an eclectic range of material. But if it’s music you want, the Blues or Jazz Festivals may be more your thing, and for humour of course there’s the Comedy Festival. Whichever you choose, you should be in for a fun night out. Check out the websites below, and book in advance for the Comedy.
Dress Code: Dress for the weather - evenings can be chilly in the park, even in July. And if the summer is as wet as the last one has been, dig out the wellies!
- Beer Tasting
Questors: See a play
Ealing is home to the Questors Theatre Company, the largest community theatre in Europe, which stages around 20 productions a year, and runs a variety of courses and workshops. There is an excellent modern “in the round” theatre (the Playhouse) and a smaller studio, and the productions here are always of a very high standard. There is also a bar, the Grapevine, which has won several good beer awards, and which sometimes hosts small art exhibitions.
If you plan to come regularly it’s a good idea to take out membership of the company, as this entitles you to up a discount on ticket prices and advance information about forthcoming productions. I have to say that although we used to be members and to come to quite a few plays each year, it’s some time now since we were last here. But I’m confident from all I hear and read that the productions are still of the uniformly high standard as they’ve always been, and the intimacy of the theatre makes this an attractive alternative to London’s West End shows (as well as a considerably cheaper one).
Dress Code: Many people dress up just a little, but this is isn't the West End and pretty much anything (respectable) goes
The New Inn: Going to the pub
There are more than enough pubs in Ealing to satisfy every taste, but this is a particular favourite of ours. It seems to attract a more mixed clientele than others near us, which tend to be either very young and studenty (most of the Ealing Broadway ones, in the evenings at least), or at the opposite extreme a bit “suburban” (the Rose & Crown).
Here you find plenty of room to spread out, a mix of higher seating and soft armchairs, good beer and wine, and above average pub food. TVs show football and other sports in some areas, but you can find space away from these if you prefer to chat rather than watch the game. Bar staff are friendly and efficient. For a quiet drink or a get together with a group of friends, you could do a lot worse!
T J Duffys, Northfields: Great beer and friendly staff!
it's a fantastic place, especially on a Sunday night when they have live Irish music. Staff are friendly so too are the owners. Always made welcome. this pub serves real ale as well! it's a good pub to start the nights drinking off in.
Dress Code: casual
Flanagans: Irish Bar in West Ealing
Superb atmosphere combined with probably the best tasting pint this side of West London!
However it's a bit like the scene in American Were!wolf in London, when the guys walk into the Slaughtered Lamb, and the place stops. The pub is the size of a large dining room. Nice staff and atmos when you and they get settled!!
Dress Code: Casual
The Plough: An English Pub with Grub.
A Fullers Pub. Excellent food especially Sunday roasts. Large beer garden. Warm atmosphere, but sometimes feels like a local only pub at times. They sometimes have a really pub quiz night during the week.
Dress Code: casual
Spinning Wheel Northfields: Irish Spit and Sawdust Nightclub
If your a Celtic fan, Irish, or up for good music, dancing and singing along to a few songs, and in London then get down to the spinning wheel on a Saturday Night to the cavern downstairs . Bands play a lot of the old favourites with some deeper stuff ranging from the Dubliners to the Pogues, Christy Moore and the Wolfe Tomes.
When I lived in London I had been going in the Spinner for last couple of years, best pub in the area IMHO !!!!
So if you like a clean, well run bar with good bands, good beer and good company, then this is the place to choose !!!!
Also has 2 big screens and 2 plasma screens for all your sports viewing needs, come on down you know you want to !!!!!
Dress Code: Casuals
The Town House: Late Night Drink
If your looking for a late drink in Ealing (Most pubs close at 11oclock ....... draconian but true) one of the only places is The Town House pub in Ealing broadway, This is a large pub, covering 2 floors, and from Thursday onward is open untill 1am, however due to this it can become very crowded, also if your not a fan of loud house and garage music then i would advised to give it a miss.
Dress Code: No Trainers ( sneakers) on weekend nights , also rumoured however not confirmed that football colours are going to be banned. Also this is suposedly over 21's.