The Crabtree

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A pleasingly posh Victorian boozer between Hammersmith and Putney bridges offering some of the best riverside drinking in London.

Situated on a fine stretch of the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this vast Victorian venue is within shouting distance of Craven Cottage, the homely home of Fulham Football Club.

It's been given a grandiose, gastro-tastic going over, and is the latest feather in the bow of posh boozer specialist Realpubs. We've also been mightily impressed by two of their other venues recently, The Queen Adelaide in Shepherd's Bush and The Pembroke in Earl's Court.

Housed beneath the huge high-vaulted ceiling is the big lounge bar framed by deep, maroon leather banquettes, weighty wooden tables, a smattering of stools, paintings, old photos and all the ornate accoutrements you’d expect.

The locals approve, and on a sunny day can be found in their droves enjoying some of the nicest waterside drinking in the city. The seats under the weeping willow deserve especial mention.

As well as a restaurant bathed in white linen at the rear, there’s a gorgeous, gigantic beer garden, bedecked in wood and stylish shrubbery, which flows down to the riverfront. It’s really rather lovely, if truth be told.

As befits a chalk-board clad boozer, the wine list is extensive, with bottles beginning at £13.50. Ales available include Doom Bar, Theakston Best (a little lacklustre on this occasion), Spitfire and Deuchars IPA, the often-seen Scottish session sip. There’s cider from Aspall or Symonds, Duvel lurks in the chiller while lager drinkers can opt for Sagres, Birra Moretti and Bitburger.

Food-wise, in addition to a barbecue menu (burger, gherkin, aïoli and chips) and a rotisserie option offering informal eating, diners can tuck their napkins in tighter for the slightly dearer dinner menu showcasing pan-fried calves liver, Coq au Vin, or chilli and garlic prawns.

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Venue name: The Crabtree
Contact:
Address: Rainville Road
London
W6 9HA
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm.
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith/Barons Court

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Frank G

Write a review...Write a review...The Crabtree has really lucked out on it's location. Not only is it right on the river but it sits in a very residential area and lacks any real local competition. Go on a pub quiz night (Tuesdays) when it's raining and the place will be rammed.


It has a huge and beautifully kept beer garden which serves BBQ food during the summer but there are only a few tables right by the river. It's food is perfectly acceptable if slightly over priced. It caters well for ale drinkers with constantly chaining brews on offer but falls short on its wine list. Bar staff have always been very friendly but I have had awful service in the restaurant before. 


Best enjoyed with a cold beer in their garden in the summer.

Alex B
Staff Writer

This is my local and I love it! The pub has been transformed since I first started going over 10 years ago. It has always had a great location right on the river between Hammersmith and Putney but the food used to be disgusting. The Crabtree is now a great place to go for a drink in the sunshine (there is a fantastic beer garden) but is equally good for Sunday lunch or evening dinner. On Sundays there are often a lot of families who have booked out big tables so if you mind children roaming about this is not the time to go. On match days, (the pub is less than 5 minutes walk from Craven Cottage) there is often a football crowd but the pub accommodates but putting on a different menu and the atmosphere still feels friendly. They also do a quiz night on a Tuesday which is fun but one to avoid if you want a quiet dinner with a mate which is what I tried to do.

The staff are all really friendly and food is good, serving typical gastro dishes. I will continue to go back regularly.

Herb

This place was great when it was owned by the guys who set it up - they were responsible for some great pubs across west London. Sadly, it seems they have sold them to a big brewery chain which explains why it's lost its way. Nice place for a pint and a burger though.

vicki

we arrived mid afternoon on a busy day. 3 staff walked passed us without acknowledging us while we waited to be seated at a table. The service throughout the meal was mediocre and the staff were quite disinterested. When we asked if we could move into the sun for desert, they were unhelpful. We all ordered roasts. Which for the price were disappointing. I have certainly tasted better. I cannot believe this pub rates in the top 10 waterside pubs in London. I certainly won't be going back.

Nayla

My family and I went today to try this pub for Sunday lunch.we didn't have a reservation. They gave us a table in the back patio as we requested even though they were quite busy.. The staff was very welcoming. Our waitress was new and didn't know what comes with the roast. she kept having to ask someone else. All 4 of us chose Sunday roast beef. No starters. The food took a long time to come. My food was cold, really cold. So I told the waitress and she offered to Chang my plate. The rest of my family were really hungry and didn't want to wait longer for another plate. But their food was cold also. The roast beef was not bad but I've had much better ones. Then it started to rain so we asked to be moved in for desert. Since we did not have a reservation we were told that we will not be given priority for a table. But in fact they did find us a table and accommodated us nicely. Th staff may not all be very professional but they were all nice, The sticky toffee was great. In general it was a pleasant experience and I would repeat it although it was not the best of everything.

James

Out of date review. The restaurant side of this business suffers from staff who are not trained, food cooked poorly and a distinct sense of resting on its laurels thanks to location. Fine for a burger off the bbq and a few drinks but a waste of money to eat from the more expensive restaurant menu. Reviews seem consistently bad on here and on Trip Advisor...Time Out needs to update more frequently as 'best of' lists are not what they used to be.

S not happy

Very very bad reservation system! Totally unfaithful I have called 3 times to book a table, they've told me they would call me back 3 times as it was too early to book and then because the manager was just back from holiday At the 4th time, they just told me there was no place left!!!!!

Diego-London

Great Pub, Great Sunday Roast, Great Barbecue!! Sun downer in the beer garden is a must on a sunny day!!

Alex

Dined at The Crabtree last night. Food is definitely overpriced for both quality and quantity! Staff are slow, unhelpful and rude. The location on the other hand is great. It's a pity it's managed in such a way...