Rifleman, TW2 5EL
- 7 Fourth Cross Road, TW2 5EL
Pub in Twickenham.
It saw a change of management in early 2011, another in April 2012, and yet another in mid-2019. As of August 2019 it's run by Twickenham Fine Ales. The visit described below took place under the management regime of 2011-2012, and hence some comments may be out of date.
Inside, the floorboards and ceiling beams are exposed, with pewter and ceramic tankards hanging from the latter. A dado rail runs low around the walls, with dark green fleur-de-lis embossed wallpaper below and pale cream above, and the walls are also adorned with large mirrors, framed illustrations of historical riflemen, and a collection of corkscrews. A leopardskin-shaded standard lamp stands against one wall.
To one side of the bar, a small sofa and a wing backed chair face each other across a coffee table complete with actual coffee table books on subjects such as Dali and The Beatles. The care that has been taken with the decor continues through to the ladies', with individual hand towels and bowls of potpourri photo.
When Kake visited in May 2011, there were three real ales on: Twickenham Grandstand (£1.80/half), Young's Bitter, and Courage Best. We're told that as of November 2011 the options are Twickenham Grandstand (£3.20/pint), Young's Bitter, and Ringwood Best (£3/pint).
Arriving early on a Thursday evening, Kake found there was only one other customer in, but a couple more (who appeared to be regulars) arrived around 6pm. Music was playing, but very quietly.
Accessibility: Steps up to get in at both entrances.