The Barmy Arms: Riverside pub
After our recent riverside walk and visit to Eel Pie Island, on a hot Sunday afternoon in July, we were ready for a drink. The Barmy Arms is very conveniently located a few metres from the foot bridge that crosses to the island, and has a large outside terrace which even on such a lovely day was not completely full. We really enjoyed relaxing here, with a pint of lager for Chris and glass of rosé for me, in the shade of a large umbrella and with the cooling breezes of the river.
We didn’t eat here but I could be tempted on a future visit. The plates of food coming out to nearby tables looked good, and the menu is reasonably priced. This is a Taylor Walker pub and like all in the chain serves mostly British food such as pies, sausages, fish and chips – and chicken tikka masala! They also have a number of sharing platters. I have enjoyed their “City Sampler” and their “Sausage Platter” in another of their pubs, but of course can’t guarantee that they are as good here – probably worth the risk though!
If you aren’t blessed with such good weather as we were, the interior looked cosy (we only lingered long enough to buy our drinks however). Pictures on the wall reflect the pub’s relative closeness to Twickenham Stadium and aim to attract rugby fans for pre or post match drinks. I would avoid it on match days (unless of course you are one of those fans) but it seems a good choice at any other time.
Loch Fyne Oyster Restauramt: Fantastic seafood
Great, fresh fish, simply cooked. Speciality is oysters from Scotland, but all thje rest of the food comes highly recommended. PLeasant, simple surroundings, if a little too brightly lit for my taste.
Favorite Dish: Anything fishy and grilled with fries.
Pincho: tapas bar
The restaurant is Mediterranean style with both indoor and outdoor seating. The waiters were all of and two wicked desserts :banoffee @ £4.50 ;choux bombes with ice cream @ £4.95.
The two cups of tea cost us £3.20.
Expensive but we were treating ourselves after a fabulous day out in the sun. Obviously it is a favourite with young working men and women.
The toilet was spotless and the washbasin very modern.
Favorite Dish: choux bombes with ice-cream
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