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This pub has changed substantially and we are now adding visits to its new page, the Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House)

Express Tavern (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Elgood's - Black Dog MildExcellent1
Marston's - BassExcellent3
Vale - Black Swan MildExcellent1
Batemans - Dark MildExcellent3
Hook Norton - Hooky Mild Excellent1
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPAGood1
Tring - Mansion MildGood2
Phoenix - Monkeytown MildGood1
Dark Star - Over The MoonGood1
Rudgate - Ruby MildAcceptable1
Warwickshire - Darling BudsAcceptable1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Not Tried0
Thwaites - Original Not Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Suffolk County Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Express Tavern, Brentford, Greater London
Picture 2. Express Tavern, Brentford, Greater London
Picture 3. Express Tavern, Brentford, Greater London

Visits Details

17 Jun 2014 (HSB)
12:05 My first visit for some years. I used the right hand bar for the first time. Early doors so two of us in the right hand bar, three in the left hand and one in the Tudor room at the rear. Had fun matching the changes in the pub to the CAMRA Heritage description.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40GoodLovely condition but sweet.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Suffolk County Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
17 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Visit by the Tuesday evening mild drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90ExcellentIn top condition here with a full on malt flavour of chcolate and coffee. Some fruity hop in the finish to give a little balance. My score 16/20.
Hook Norton - Hooky Mild 2.80ExcellentLower strength, but hasn't lost any flavour, full of malty flavours such as biscuit, toffee and chocolate. Virtually no hopping at all, just enough to give a hint of fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70GoodDark brown with dryish malt flavour with hints of choclate malt. Some hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
09 Nov 2012 (Magnus Greel)
Great Friday evening atmosphere in this fine old London pub..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40ExceptionalThe best Bass in the country? Probably...
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Thwaites - Original 3.60Not Tried
09 Nov 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
This month's evening venue for our Friday evening group. I always enjoy coming here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40ExcellentIn fine condition but, of course, bears no seeming resemblence to the Burton snatch Bass of old
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Thwaites - Original 3.60Not Tried
14 Jul 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
A visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers ensured the pub was very busy during the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60ExcellentSweetish malty flavours backed by a hint of liquorice and dark chooclate. Finish is fruity with hints of blackberries. My score 16/20.
Dark Star - Over The Moon3.80GoodThis is now far too hoppy to be classed as a mild! Very much in the style of a weak black IPA with lots of citrus cascade hop flavour. The colour is also lighter, more like a ruby/brown. Any caramel or roast malt flavours are now verymuch in the background. My score 15/20.
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00GoodQuite a bitter sample, with a dryish fruity finish probably indicating it was served a little too fresh. My score 15/20.
24 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Mild on due to a visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00ExcellentOn form here with full bodied chocolatey maltiness and a slight tang in the finish. My score 16/20.
12 Aug 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers club.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batemans - Dark Mild3.00ExcellentGood chocolate malt flavour, little hoppiness and a slightly dry finish. My score 16/20.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70GoodMalty mild with nutty flavours and quite a hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
04 Mar 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPA3.60GoodSweetish with a grainy malt character, little hop character to speak of. More like a light mild/boy's bitter than an IPA. My score 15/20.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40AcceptableDespite it being Champion Beer of Britain, I don't rate this mild particularly highly. It has too much bitterness, no sweet maltiness and too much hop in the finish. Pleasant enough dark bitter, but for mild - 14/20.
17 Sep 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Thursday night mild drinkers in attendance this evening so very busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Phoenix - Monkeytown Mild3.90GoodMalty dark mild with liquorice notes and quite a bitter chocolate finish. My score 15/20.
Warwickshire - Darling Buds4.00AcceptableFairly dry and bitter. My score 14/20.

About the Express Tavern

The pub sign. Express Tavern, Brentford, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent6
Good7
Acceptable2
Poor-

The pub is found in Brentford, Greater London, TW8 0EW.

Historic pub over 200 years old. Comfortable interior, friendly service and good value ales and food. For many years sold two to three guest beers alongside the regulars of Draught Bass and Young's. Was always well worth a visit if in the area. Has been owned by the Aldington family for many years and they remain owners through the latest incarnation in Autumn 2014. Closed in late August 2014 for refurbishment and conversion to an ale and cider house by the same team that runs the Sussex Arms at Twickenham. Re-opened with its new identity on Thursday 25th September 2014. Kew Bridge railway station is 50 yards away. This pub is located at the north end of River Thames's Kew Bridge. +++ Please see new entry for The Express Ale & Cider House +++

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TW8 0EW