Staines entire raison d'etre is that it was an ancient crossing place of the River Thames. Readers of my other pages will know that I have a great love of walking and waterways, and the Thames is a great favourite of mine, so it is no surprise that on a recent lovely spring day I decided to take a bit of a ramble, camera in had, heading downstream...more
Isn't it strange how you can think you know a place and not really know it at all? I visit Staines pretty regularly, and I must have walked past what I believed was the Town Hall literally dozens of times. Not an unreasonable assumption I thought given that, as the photo shows, it has the words Town Hall emblazoned on the front of it. Certainly, it...more
If you have a wander along the pedestrianised walkway in the centre of town, you can't miss this statue. It is, I think, quite strange, although very nicely done. As you can see from the photo, it is a statue of two working men carrying a huge roll of lino. For the benefit of younger readers, lino was a floor covering very popular some years ago....more
Thames Street, Staines, (formerly Macdonald Thames Lodge), Staines, Surrey, TW18 4SF, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Before people start sending me e-mails, I know this Hotel is technically not actually in Staines, it...more
Since I stayed here recently, I have been thinking about what to write here and I am having...more
Staines, as I mentioned in my intro page, is a fairly nondescript dormitory town outside London, but I have to say it is extremely well served for quality eating establishments (see my other tips), there really is an embarrassment of riches. I recently discovered yet another to add to the list, the simply wonderful Ko Gu Ryo restaurant. As you can...more
Update March 2011.I like to keep my tips up to date when I can and have to report that I ate here recently and had an excellent experience. On an early weeknight, there were not too many patrons and my companion and I chose to eat in the bar rather than the restaurant which is a pleasant space, unfussy but cosy and the service was friendly and...more
As I have mentioned in other restaurant tips on Staines, the town really does bristle with excellent establishments, so I suppose it is no surprise that it should have a very good Indian restaurant as well, and Roshni's certainly is that. It is slightly hidden down some steps approaching the river path at the side of Staines bridge but it is well...more
There are many good pubs in the UK, some of them do good food, others good beer.
The Butchers is a typical, average local pub in that it has none of the above.
It has one redeeming point - it is next door to a good curry take away, so order your vindaloo and have a beer in the Butchers while you wait.
Staines Railway station is on the Waterloo - Reading line. Trains into the City are quite frequent.
However, the Station is remarkably unfriendly, probably a product of its age.
There are steps up into the station (no ramp), and to cross platforms you have to use a steeply stepped bridge.
Also, there is a very awkward high and broad step up into the train when it (eventually arrives at the platform.
A person on their own with a pushchair is always going to struggle.
Staines Boat Club was established at the end of the 19th century and is locate on the south bank of the river near the railway bridge. Many different boats are available here and the club has often won boating competitions and has won at Henley and at national level.