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William Webb Ellis TW1

The William Webb Ellis, ()

London’s Best Beer, and Bars updates
West London: Twickenham and Hampton Hill

24 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3BR
T 020 8744 4300 w
Open 0900-2300. Children welcome until early evening.
Cask beer 10 (Fuller’s, Greene King, Sharp’s, Twickenham, 5 sometimes local guests) Cask Marque, Other beer 2 real ciders, usual Wetherspoon kegs and bottles, Also Usual Wetherspoon wines and hot drinks.
Food Reduced Wetherspoon menu, Outdoor Rear terrace, Wifi. Disabled toilet.
Big screen sport including rugby.

Such is the interest in good beer in Twickenham these days, it seems that even the local Wetherspoon makes a special effort. The substantial former post office building that is the William Webb Ellis actually bears the company’s more youth-oriented sub-brand Lloyds No 1 and boasts some stylish design features including a striking circular fireplace, but it’s more like one of the mainstream pubs in the chain, especially in its support of cask beer.

London Pride, Abbot, IPA, Doom Bar and local brew Naked Ladies are regularly offered here, and guests might include local options from Hepworth alongside interesting stuff from breweries like Hawkshead, Vale or small Cornish brewer Wooden Hand. Unsurprisingly considering the location, major rugby matches are screened and there’s plenty of memorabilia on display to intrigue the fans.

Pub trivia. Allegedly William Webb Ellis invented the game of rugby when he picked up the ball and ran with it during a football game while a student at Rugby school in 1823 – though the account is disputed by serious historians. Webb Ellis later became an evangelical vicar, and died at Menton on the French Riviera.

National Rail Twickenham Cycling LCN+ Hampton Wick, Brentford, link to NCN4 Walking Thames Path, River Crane Walk

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