Grey Horse

Bars and pubs , Pubs Kingston Upon Thames
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Venue says: "Join us on New Year's Eve for an awesome night of 1920s fancy dress, DJ swing music and a BBQ buffet. Get tickets now to avoid missing out."

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. 

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Grey Horse says
Our sleek yet cosy venue features a whisky bar housing the largest selection of single malt whisky in London, including a bottle from every Scottish distillery still producing, plus a number of rare expressions and hard-to-find and bespoke cask bottles.

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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Venue name: Grey Horse
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Address: 46 Richmond Rd
Kingston
KT2 5EE
Transport: Rail: Kingston rail
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Lucy P

Food is always top notch, staff are friendly and atmospher great.
Plus it's my local, so I m very lucky

Guy C

Great pub with amazing food and some of the best live blues in London in their music venue at the back.

Matt L

The best pub in my opinion great staff great selection of drinks at very reasonable prices oh and that lovely man with the twirly moustache.. Just fabulous

Aimee W

Amazing food, great drink choices and lovely staff. One of my favourite places to eat.

Tim P

Great selection of Whiskeys, best burgers in town and at the Ram Jam Club, a really diverse selection of live music from bands from all over London and beyond.

Rachel S

Since their revamp, the atmosphere is cool and the food is delicious - best gastropub in town, no contest.

Austin B

Amazing pub, great staff so friendly and welcoming and the ribs are out of this world!

Pearl W

Went to the Grey Horse a few times when i was in London. Found the food beautiful and topped of with the entertainment in the Ram jam club made for a worthwhile trip.

Alka L

This place is too for pulled pork and the ribs are finger licking good! Great venue and atmosphere and if you are a whiskey lover, then you have a choice of 100 to select from... and to top it all, there the Ram Jam club if you fancy seeing live music or comedy, and least of all, Leigh and Pawel are fantastic at looking after you! Go and experience the best pub in Kingston. Oh, great value for money too!!

Alka L

This place is too for pulled pork and the ribs are finger licking good! Great venue and atmosphere and if you are a whiskey lover, then you have a choice of 100 to select from... and to top it all, there the Ram Jam club if you fancy seeing live music or comedy, and least of all, Leigh and Pawel are fantastic at looking after you! Go and experience the best pub in Kingston. Oh, great value for money too!!

Joanna S

Great atmosphere, great food, great live music/comedy, great array of whiskey, great staff - what more could you ask for?!!!

Daniel W

Love the range of whiskey... Great music and excellent food i highly recommend the grey horse

Scott W

Amazing food, magical vibe with low lighting and candle light throughout, very friendly staff, highly recommend. Great place to go for a date.

Pawel C

THEY HAVE GREAT BBQ, WHISKIES AND THE FINEST BLUES AND JAZZ IN RAM JAM CLUB

Hande T

It's everything you need from a venue, fab live music, extensive selection of drinks, amazing food and not to mention, dog friendly

matt E

Burgers are the best in London without a doubt, always a great ambience and fantastic staff

Rufus H

Great bands. Very good BBQ food (although their old, more elaborate menu was a /mile/ better). Faultless staff. Excellent booze. My pretty-much favourite pub.

Dan S

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

Daniel W

Between the range of the whisky, amazing food menu & live music me and my wife will certainly be back...highly recommended!

Davef

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.