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West London: Twickenham and Hampton Hill
Contemporary pub (Fuller’s)
67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ
T 020 8892 3874 w www.cabbagepatch.co.uk
Open 0800 (1000 Sat-Sun)-2400 (0230 Fri-Sat, 2330 Sun). Children welcome until early evening, children’s menu.
Cask beer 7 (Fuller’s, Caledonian, 3 guests) Cask Marque, Also Malts, 27 wines.
Food Short enhanced pub grub menu, pizzas, breakfasts, Outdoor Large heated beer garden, Wifi.
Live music, nightclub, big screen sport, functions.
With the RFU’s stadium on the doorstep, pretty much every pub in Twickenham is a rugby pub, but none is more famous than the Cabbage Patch. This large and odd looking building almost opposite the station is a longstanding fan favourite before and after games, and holds an impressive collection of shirts, memorabilia and rugby related paraphernalia. Even some of the wallpaper and cushion covers have a rugby theme. But there’s plenty going on between matches in this sprawling place, including in the attached night club and music venue, home to the Eel Pie blues and R&B club, continuing a local musical tradition that began on nearby Eel Pie island in the 1960s. Refurbished early in 2012, the pub now offers a spacious, loungey environment with reasonable food that attracts a much more varied crowd than its reputation suggests, including many women.
The pub was bought by Fuller’s in 2011 though is run by leaseholders and for the time being also retains its previous tie to Heineken, so unusually it now boasts an extended range supplied by both. Expect to see ESB and London Pride alongside various Caledonian beers, seasonals from both breweries and occasional guests from people like Brains or Theakston.
Pub trivia. The pub name is a reference to the stadium, also known as ‘Billy Williams’ Cabbage Patch’. The site was once a market garden that was cleared by Williams to create a rugby pitch where the first international between England and Wales was played in 1910.
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