Feb 29 16

The Prince Albert, Hampton Road, Twickenham, TW2

Jack Cutforth

Visited on payday (28 January) by GM

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This is the first review I’ve attempt to write while actually sitting in the subject of my judgement, and to be honest I feel like a bit of a bellend. It’s just not the type of place that’s used to some bearded media ponce pulling out a Macbook. But that’s no bad thing.

The Prince Albert always looks busy because there’s a convenient bus stop located just outside, but it’s just as popular as I suspected while daydreaming about beer on my walk to work. It’s a cool, open sort of place with a central bar and plenty of seats, plus a whopping great TV in the corner with Louis Van Gaal’s dead eyes staring down at me, so I assume it’s got Sky Sports.

As far as the beer goes it’s a Fullers-backed boozer, so the usual suspects such as London Pride are present and correct. Boozehound went for Frontier, which is probably the most interesting lager on offer, not that we’re complaining. It’s a nice drop, and at £4.75 its easy to mentally budget your journey from just-had-a-desk-Stella to lying-under-the-desk, Stella, get this bum out before he pisses himself.

There’s an extensive and seemingly high-quality Thai menu on offer, which is somewhat at odds with the impression you get when you come in. Persevere – get past the bar and you’ll find a more relaxed dining area past the lavs, which looked lovely. I’m heading for the kebab house after a few more of these delicious pints. Excelsior!

P.S. The barman looks like ‘Afro Thunder’ from Midway’s 1999 Nintendo 64 smash hit ‘Ready 2 Rumble Boxing’. [I’m pretty sure that was a Dreamcast game – ed]

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

Do they do food? Thai. We didn’t try it, but they seem quite proud of it so it’s probably worth a go.
Is it in the 21st century? You bet. No charge for one pint’s worth and contactless available.
Are there dogs? No dogs to report, but I doubt they’d mind. In the bar at least.
I want to smoke: There’s a heated patio to the side, but most people tend to stand out front.

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