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Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House) (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goddards - Ale of WightExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterExcellent1
Haresfoot - Conqueror'sExcellent1
Malt, The Brewery - Prestwood's BestExcellent1
Marston's - BassExcellent4
Northern Monk - Monacus NZGood1
Wild Weather - Our Milkshake Brings All The Beards To The Yard Peanut Butter Milkshake IPA (collaboration with Weird Beard)Good1
Goddards - ScrumdiggityGood1
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch AleGood2
Summer Wine (SWB) - StatesideGood1
Malt, The Brewery - Harvest AleGood1
York - Quaffing AleGood1
Parkway (was Glastonbury Ales) - Love MonkeyAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable4
Loddon - HullabalooNot Tried0
Haresfoot - Totem American IPANot Tried0
Binghams - Lunar Eclipse Not Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay Premium AleNot Tried0
TicketyBrew - Table IPANot Tried0
Harbour - Light AleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - CanberraNot Tried0
Cronx - KotchinNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ParklifeNot Tried0
Binghams - Twyford TippleNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey RoyalNot Tried0
Turners - Golden AleNot Tried0
Turners - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Grafton - Golden StarrNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Pale AleNot Tried0
Cronx - NektarNot Tried0
Parkway (was Glastonbury Ales) - Mystery TorNot Tried0
Rooster's - Fort SmithNot Tried0
Turners - Best BitterNot Tried0
Windswept - APANot Tried0
Banks & Taylor (B&T) - Plum MildNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Great BustardNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli StoutNot Tried0
Binghams - Brickworks BitterNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & WarthogNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Not Tried0
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleNot Tried0
Ilkley - RombaldNot Tried0
Beatnikz Republic - Citra Double IPA Not Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Bitter Sweet Symphony ESBNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Melba Peach IPANot Tried0
Wimbledon - Copper LeafNot Tried0
Kettlesmith - FoglineNot Tried0
Beatnikz Republic - Leather SoulNot Tried0
Brew York - TonkokoNot Tried0
Brew York - Ekuanot be SeriousNot Tried0
Picture 1. Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House), Brentford, Greater London
Picture 2. Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House), Brentford, Greater London
Picture 3. Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House), Brentford, Greater London

Visits Details

16 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, arriving just after the TV football had ended.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good2nd one bordering on excellent as being a tad cooler
Marston's - Bass4.40GoodVery malty and very yeasty brew. No hint of the Burton snatch of old. Just a case of badge brew engineering mocking the old brand.
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Melba Peach IPA5.20Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Wimbledon - Copper Leaf4.00Not Tried
Kettlesmith - Fogline4.70Not Tried
Beatnikz Republic - Leather Soul4.30Not Tried
Brew York - Tonkoko4.30Not Tried
Brew York - Ekuanot be Serious5.20Not Tried
20 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit prompted by Mr Greel's visit report earlier in the day. Many more were in the right hand bar watching the first half of the Crystal Palace v Liverpool match on TV than for the second half, so I got a seat from half time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40GoodNot a Burton snatch in sight, just an average un-exalted mid brown bitter nowadays
Wild Weather - Our Milkshake Brings All The Beards To The Yard Peanut Butter Milkshake IPA (collaboration with Weird Beard)4.80GoodI tried a pint for fun, good value in that it took me nearly an hour of sips to savour. Very sweet and a pint was enough. I suspect this would be better fizzed up and chilled in keg
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableReplacement pint was fresh and still not Harvey's as it should be (if anyone can be sure how it should be!)
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00UndrinkableFirst sips turned my nose upwards, then saw cask being changed, which explained the unpleasant taste of my pint. Swapped for a new-cask pint with good grace, once pulled through
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Stateside4.30Not Tried
Ilkley - Rombald4.60Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Bitter Sweet Symphony ESB5.50Not Tried
20 Aug 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon on a very muggy day, busy inside so we sat out in the not much cooler garden area. Pub has gone very trendy and foody since my last visit but with a superb beer range on offer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Summer Wine (SWB) - Stateside4.30GoodRather too honeyish and sweet for my palate.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Ilkley - Rombald4.60Not Tried
Wild Weather - Our Milkshake Brings All The Beards To The Yard Peanut Butter Milkshake IPA (collaboration with Weird Beard)4.80Not Tried
Beatnikz Republic - Citra Double IPA 6.70Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Bitter Sweet Symphony ESB5.50Not Tried
02 Sep 2017 (Alex )
First stop of the day, arrived at noon. Couple of pints of bass and a bite to eat and off to the rugby. Interesting conversation about motor bikes and Caterham cars with the locals and then the 2 other london irish fans turned up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40Excellent
09 Mar 2015 (thebrewingman)
Lunchtime. Soon started to fill up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Excellent
Haresfoot - Conqueror's4.40Excellent
Stonehenge - Great Bustard4.80Not Tried
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli Stout5.00Not Tried
Binghams - Brickworks Bitter4.20Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70Not Tried
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Not Tried
14 Nov 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime visit, with good value food. Pleased to see that the refurbishment has enhanced rather than damaged this lovely pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Parkway (was Glastonbury Ales) - Love Monkey4.20AcceptableA very fruity Bitter.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Parkway (was Glastonbury Ales) - Mystery Tor3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Fort Smith5.00Not Tried
Turners - Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Windswept - APA5.00Not Tried
Banks & Taylor (B&T) - Plum Mild3.80Not Tried
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Not Tried
Malt, The Brewery - Prestwood's Best4.40Not Tried
07 Nov 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Malt, The Brewery - Harvest Ale4.10Good
Northern Monk - Monacus NZ4.50Good
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey Royal4.50Not Tried
Turners - Golden Ale3.50Not Tried
Cronx - Nektar4.50Not Tried
Turners - Ruby Mild4.60Not Tried
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Not Tried
Grafton - Golden Starr3.60Not Tried
Malt, The Brewery - Prestwood's Best4.40Not Tried
07 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, I met a group of friends here and we sat in the left hand bar and discussed whether a certain pair of partitions were there before the pub was refurbished. I took advantage of the reasonably priced daytime food offering.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Malt, The Brewery - Prestwood's Best4.40ExcellentA delicious copper coloured tasty best bitter.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey Royal4.50Not Tried
Turners - Golden Ale3.50Not Tried
Turners - Ruby Mild4.60Not Tried
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Not Tried
Grafton - Golden Starr3.60Not Tried
Malt, The Brewery - Harvest Ale4.10Not Tried
Northern Monk - Monacus NZ4.50Not Tried
Northern Monk - Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
25 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. I am sure I went here firmly expecting to moan and to report that it had been spoilt but, quite the opposite, really enjoyed the ambience and found the staff knowledgeable and very friendly and helpful. All the Express's original features have been retained and the beer choice is superb and 5 ciders added. They run a buy 9 get 10th free loyalty card scheme shared with The Sussex Arms, Twickenham and The Antelope, Surbiton.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goddards - Ale of Wight3.70Excellent
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Excellent
Goddards - Scrumdiggity4.00GoodDry bitterness
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90AcceptableAlmost last one out - less good than earlier one
Marston's - Bass4.40Not TriedGood to see it kept for old times sake and continuity and the pub does, after all, have prominent Draught Bass front wall fascia signage
Harbour - Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Canberra4.00Not Tried
Cronx - Kotchin3.90Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Parklife3.20Not Tried
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70Not Tried
TicketyBrew - Table IPA2.80Not Tried
24 Oct 2014 (ChrisE)
I was exhausted after helping a disabled person who was stranded at the bottom of the steps at Kew Bridge Station so I was very pleased to be able to use a free pint voucher in here. Otis Redding was playing on the turntable at a sensible volume. The current owners have done a very sympathetic refurbishment here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Bass4.40ExcellentA fresh cask put on today. The barman told me that there is still a big demand for Bass here.
York - Quaffing Ale3.80GoodTraditional amber session ale with plenty of flavour.
Loddon - Hullabaloo4.20Not Tried
Goddards - Scrumdiggity4.00Not Tried
Haresfoot - Lock Keeper's Launch Ale3.90Not Tried
Haresfoot - Totem American IPA4.50Not Tried
Binghams - Lunar Eclipse 5.00Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay Premium Ale5.00Not Tried
TicketyBrew - Table IPA2.80Not Tried

About the Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House)

The pub sign. Express Tavern (The Express Ale & Cider House), Brentford, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good10
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

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

Historic pub over 200 years old and exclusively named the Express Tavern until Autumn 2014. That name remains on external signage but the pub is now marketed as The Express Ale & Cider house. 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 in its latest incarnation in Autumn 2014. Closed in late August 2014 for refurbishment and conversion to an ale and cider house leased 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. There are now 10 handpumps dispensing real ales on the counter of the right hand Chiswick Bar and the saloon / lounge bar counter sports 5 handpumps dispensing ciders and perries. All day food operation. Runs a buy 9 get 10th pint free loyalty card in association with other pubs in the same "Big Smoke" ownership.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 54 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TW8 0EW

This pub was formally know as the Express Tavern.