Eel Pie, TW1 3NJ
- 020 8891 1717
- 9-11 Church Street, TW1 3NJ
- Mon-Wed: 11am-11pm; Thu-Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: noon-10:30pm
It's tucked away on a quiet side street just a few dozen metres from the busy main street. The decor is focused around wood — half-panelled walls, bare boards on the floor, wooden bar front with stained-glass gantry above, and mismatched wooden chairs and tables. Exposed brickwork here and there adds interest, along with various inevitable-in-Twickenham rugby-related prints. There's a patio-style garden out the back.
Kake first visited on a very rainy Saturday evening in November 2008. It wasn't overly busy, perhaps because of the weather, but there was a good, friendly, welcoming atmosphere and it came across as really quite a nice pub. Beers available were Fursty Ferret (£3.10/pint), Tangle Foot, Badger, and possibly one other. There was no music, but there was a TV with the sound on showing sport commentary (not the actual sport) in the wrong aspect ratio.
Kake visited again on a Monday lunchtime in September 2017. There was just one other customer when I arrived a little before 12:30pm, but several others turned up while I was there. Music was playing, fairly interesting, not too loud. The ten handpumps were clipped for four ales, all from Hall & Woodhouse: Union Joker (the seasonal; £2.15/half), Fursty Ferret, Badger, and Tangle Foot. Service was friendly and helpful, and very knowledgeable about the different ales.
According to the Eel Pie website as of September 2017, food is served noon-9pm Mon-Sat and noon-6pm Sun. It includes bar snacks such as crispy whitebait and scotch eggs as well as main meals photo of lunch menu, photo of main menu.
In September 2017, Kake tried the hummus, beetroot, and carrot sandwich (£7 including chips and side salad) photo. It was pretty good. The hummus itself was fine, and the thinly-sliced carrot and beetroot worked well. It was served in a sub-style roll, with a crisp but not overly hard crust. The side salad was undressed, but with flavourful enough leaves that I didn't miss the dressing. Chips were nothing special, but competently cooked.
Child-friendliness: There's a pull-down nappy change in the RADAR-locked accessible toilet (key available from bar).
Accessibility: One or two steps to get in, depending on which side you enter via. The one-step side then has another step to the bar. There's a RADAR-locked accessible toilet on the level from the lower level, with grab bars, low sink, and low hand dryer, but on our visit the alarm cord was tucked away behind a picture frame high up on the wall.