Sussex Arms, TW2 5BG
- 020 8894 7468
- 15 Staines Road, TW2 5BG
- noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
The interior is traditional rather than gastro, and the walls are covered with pump clips. There's also a beer garden.
bob visited on a Monday afternoon in September 2012. There were eleven real ales on handpull — Buxton Dark Nights, Cromarty Rogue Wave, Dark Star Hylder Blonde, Dorset Yachtsman, Itchen Valley Nelsons Victory, Magic Rock Rapture, Teignworthy Spring Tide, Twickenham Grandstand, Twickenham Hornet, Vale Black Swan, and West Berkshire Lottie Dod (all £3.30/pint) — along with eight real ciders. They also had bottled beers and ciders available.
The quality was good, and I was offered a choice of a straight glass or a mug. The member of bar staff I talked to said they normally get through an ale in two days, and if it doesn't sell within two days they lower the price to make sure it sells out before it's past its best.
They have a loyalty card system: if you buy nine pints you get your tenth free.
According to their website as of September 2012, food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-9pm Mon-Fri; and noon-7pm Sat-Sun. Also, there's live music every other Monday and every Tuesday, free wireless, and a book exchange scheme (bring one and leave one).
bob's verdict: I was sorry I had to leave so early, and would definitely go back again. It's the best pub I've been to in Twickenham, and possibly one of my London-wide top ten.