Feb 10 16

The Barmy Arms, The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Friday 22 January by JB & JC

The Barmy Arms

‘Barmy Arms’ sounds like a made up name for a pub, I suppose because it’s not a nonsensical pairing of two totally unrelated things, like the ‘Peanut and Xylophone’ or the ‘Horse’s Anxiety’ or the ‘Queen’s Ovaries’. But that’s it’s real name, so there we go. Is it ‘barmy’ in there? Well it definitely can be when the rugby is on.

We suspect that there may be some old bye law which states that every pub in Twickenham has to be filled with rugby paraphernalia. We’ve never been into a single one which doesn’t scream its love for rugby from every wall. We get it, guys, there’s a rugby stadium here. Still, while some of these pubs might not be as authentically rugby as they claim, in fairness to the Barmy Arms it is a great rugby pub, and a great place to either watch the game, or drink before and after the game.

The best thing about this pub is the huge outdoor area in the front, overlooking the Thames. There’s a bar out there when it’s busy, and the beer garden is probably more spacious than the indoor bar.

Inside is alright, not really much to write home about but decent enough, and there’s a good beer selection: we went for the Noble Craft Lager which was a nice drop.

But the real highlight is the outdoor area. You can sit outside and watch Eel Pie Island, which is directly opposite. It used to host all kinds of rock bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who but now is simply host to a bunch of very expensive houses and a rowing club. Fucking typical.

Beer: 3
Price: 4
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3

Do they do food? Looks like it.
Are they in the 21st Century? Cards accepted.
Are there dogs? Certainly seems dog friendly.
I’m hungover, do they do a Bloody Mary? They had Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce on the bar so we’re guessing so, yes.
I want to smoke: Large beer garden out front, looking over the river.