A long-established music venue and pub remoulded into a pub specialising in whisky from all over the world.
The Grey Horse in Kingston long had a reputation for entertaining shaggy-haired, bearded men, supping on foaming ales, while live prog-rock bands took them back to their uni days a few decades before. It was a sort of ’70s throwback – which is why it closed down over a year ago.
The reincarnation is something to behold. This horse still has brewery Young’s at the reins, and they’ve spent the kind of money that suggests aspirations are high. A cosy, welcoming bar leads to a cavernous and moodily lit dining area with work on the open kitchen still being done (two weeks after opening). A mural of Hendrix adorns one wall in a nod to the pub’s previous life. Further beyond and out of sight, a room for comedy nights has been fitted out and been full to the brim on its first two excursions.
The talking point, however, is a list of whiskies that dominates an entire wall. Invariably it leads newcomers to enquire, ‘Is this a pub or a whisky bar?’, to which the reply is always: ‘It’s a pub that sells a lot of whisky’. On a quiet midweek night, the Irish co-owner Leigh will talk you through each one with a passion usually reserved for distillery guides north of the border. Almost every scotch is available, and there are also lesser-known gems from the USA, Ireland, Japan, Wales, South Africa and even India.
On the beer side of things, local brewery Twickenham Ales have a couple in stock, as do Young’s (of course). Lagers and ciders are standard fare.
Fridays and Saturdays attract locals on their way into town for a night out, but the size of the bar suggests they’re not expecting huge throngs any time soon. This is a place where you should settle down with a pint and a chaser, and make a bucket list from the wall – for this visit, and your next few too.
The kitchen is influenced by barbecues all over the world – smoking, roasting, charring and grilling its eclectic wood-fired grill menu that includes buffalo hot wings, iberico pork ribs, a classic burger and a jacobs ladder beef rib.
The legendary RamJam club now plays host to live music, open mic, quizzes and acoustic jams, as well as London's funniest Friday comedy night - The Crack Comedy Club.
A short trip from Norbiton and Hampton Wick stations and moments from the Bentall Centre!
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What a great place ! Have been here lots since its reopening and can't recommend it enough. Excellent food, cracking booze (especially the Japanese whisky and gin),topped off with friendly staff and atmosphere, perfect for a date or just a few drinks
Between the range of the whisky, amazing food menu & live music me and my wife will certainly be back...highly recommended!
The Grey Horse is back and better than it ever was – not difficult, I know – so let's just say 'now one of the better pubs in Kingston. I've yet to try the food (ribs and other Americana) because I can't get past the wall of whiskies! Be warned, if you like your whiskey, it can become an expensive, but worth it, night.