The Tabard

The Tabard

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Richard Norman Shaw is often credited with building London's first 'garden suburb' in 1880, in the shape of Bedford Park near Turnham Green. He also designed the local pub, The Tabard, although that magnificent boozer's website reckons it was 'Bernard Shaw'. Well, it does house a small theatre and comedy venue, so one could probably find a tenuous link to the playwright.

Bedford Park is all built to this style.

It's a fabulous building. The facade hangs out over the pavement, all medieval style. Inside, the pub is decorated by tiles from Walker Crane and William de Morgan (or William de Mordan as the drunken website has it).

Arts and craft-tastic.

Despite these and other arts-and-crafty touches, the space feels modern. And sprawling. There's a large front bar, a fair sized back bar, a secluded wooden area and a library room, plus a not-too-shabby beer garden.

This roominess comes in handy when big names are playing the Tabard Theatre upstairs. Al Murray and Richard Herring are typical.

Not just a pub.

Although this is a Greene King pub, the beer range is excellent. An ever-changing spree of craft ales includes beers from the tiny By The Horns brewery (Tooting) and White Horse (Oxford). A plum porter from Titanic was the star of our most recent visit. It went down well.

The wine list is also pretty good, if nothing special. The food menu comprises hearty British fare, with little fanfare.

You can't go wrong with bangers and mash. Unless you're a vegetarian. Or mashphobic.

Oh, and be sure to check out the gorgeous church across the road when you've finished your tipple.

Last updated February 2020.

Address: 2 Bath Road London W4 1LW

Phone: 020 8994 3492


Monday: noon-11pm

Tuesday: noon-11pm

Wednesday: noon-11pm

Thursday: noon-midnight

Friday: noon-midnight

Saturday: noon-midnight

Sunday: noon-11pm

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