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Chiswick is a classic and cosmopolitan west London neighbourhood, an affluent and arty mix of upscale shops, bars and restaurants combined with historic homes and glorious green spaces.
Chiswick is the perfect place for a pint or cheeky cocktail with Chiswick High Road and the surrounding side streets home to some of the best pubs in west London. Given it’s location near to the River Thames, Chiswick is also home to some of the best riverside bars in London.
With the famous Fuller’s Brewery also nearby, you’ll almost be tasting the Chiswick’s most famous beer at the source.
Spoilt for choice, these are the best Chiswick pubs and bars in West London (cheers!)
Best pubs and bars in Chiswick
1. The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick
The Old Pack Horse is a Fuller’s pub that has old-time, traditional interiors, a fine line in craft beers on tap (with paddle tastings too) but most importantly, some of the best Thai food in London.
The beer taps change here quite often and it isn’t just restricted to Fuller’s beers so there is plenty of craft choice – seriously this could be the best choice of beer on Chiswick High Road.
Chiswick’s Old Pack Horse pub also has a great events schedule with regular pub quizzes (just £2 a peep), live music, open mic spots plus fun one-off events like drag bingo.
We aren’t sure why so many west London pubs serve Thai food (the same is true of Hammersmith pubs too) but we embrace it. At the Old Pack Horse, just across from Turnham Green, you can eat your Thai food in the main bar (closer to the beer – common sense innit!) or take a seat in the Thai restaurant area in the rear.
Tip – try the jungle curry at The Old Pack Horse, you will not be disappointed.
Address: 434 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5TF
2. The Tabard pub, Chiswick
What is better than a Chiswick pub? How about a Chiswick pub with a theatre!?
The Tabard pub in Chiswick is nice enough in itself, but the fact you can have a pint in the pub or little beer garden before catching a play or comedy performance is pretty unique.
Located on the first floor of the The Tabard pub, the Tabard Theatre has been packing them in for years (well, it is a tiny theatre – just 96 seats) showcasing local talent as well as professional productions.
The Tabard Theatre also benefits from many famous comedians who live in Chiswick trying out their material for a fraction of the usual price you’d pay in the West End or larger theatres. For instance, famous Chiswick residents Al ‘the Pub Landlord’ Green and Dara O Briain have hosted such shows, plus Lee Mack recently tested his latest episodes of ‘Not Going Out’ with a live audience here.
Back to the Tabard pub itself, the beer garden is usually adorned with bunting and has a bright beach hut type bar outdoor bar open in the summer months.
Address: 2 Bath Road, Chiswick, London W4 1LW
3. The Packhorse and Talbot pub, Chiswick
There are not one but two ‘Packhorse’ related pubs on Chiswick High Road and this one, The Packhorse and Talbot’ is renowned for its outdoor space. Some form of pub has been on this spot in various guises since the 17th century although you wouldn’t really be able to tell now.
One of Chiswick’s largest and most popular pubs (a Greene King Brewery bar), we particularly like the Packhorse and Talbot pub due to its massive beer garden with huge TV screens, so it is perfect for an alfresco ale with some sport (we’ve been here for World Cup games in the past and the atmosphere in the courtyard has been incredible). It is definitely one of the best bars in Chiswick to watch live sports.
The Packhorse and Talbot in Chiswick has also been recently renovated (late 2022, early 2023,) with brand new food and drink menus. The beer garden has also been transformed so that it is all suitable for all weathers, with heaters on every table.
Address: 145 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 2DT
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4. The Duke of Sussex pub, Chiswick
Chandeliers come as standard in Chiswick pubs (ish) and The Duke of Sussex is no different.
Easily one of Chiswick’s best pubs and a little away from the hustle and bustle of Chiswick High Road, Chiswick’s Duke of Sussex pub is a rather grand Victorian backstreet bar and boozer, oozing character (and lots of families) as well as craft beers on tap and a huge choice of gins and spirits.
The Duke of Sussex interiors are really something and really well lit and bright, due to the massive skylight dome. Look up – it really is a thing of beauty with gilded decorations and wouldn’t look out of place in a stately home.
Famous for its food menu (classic British and European fare with a Spanish influence), The Duke of Sussex is a popular pub with a real sense of community that has been around for years and knows what it takes to be one of the best pubs in Chiswick. The beer garden outside also acts as a nice overspill when the inside is crowded with happy diners.
Address: 75 South Parade, London W4 5LF
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5. The Swan pub, Chiswick
Possibly the smallest Chiswick Pub on this list but with bags of character, The Swan Chiswick is an adorable art deco bar and whilst it may not have bags of room inside, makes up for it with one of the best beer gardens in Chiswick, if not west London.
The green tiled exteriors give way to comfy red leather sofas and fireplaces inside – all you want in a neighbourhood pub and bar.
We haven’t eaten at The Swan yet but enjoyed a cold pint outside, with board games and activities available in the bar – it is also dog friendly which is nice to see in the summer months with various pups (Chiswick loves its cockapoos!) playing in the beer garden.
The Swan’s menu offers sublime Sunday roasts and a Mediterranean / antipasti inspired menu during the week.
Address: 119 Evershed Walk, Acton Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5HH
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6. The George IV,Chiswick
By George, this is a ‘Royally’ good Fuller’s pub in Chiswick renowned for its comedy evenings, courtyard garden and beautifully tiled entrance and etched windows.
As well as alfresco drinking and live sports, The George IV’s outdoor terrace has also been known to host a variety of live performances including Fuller’s touring Shakespeare performances (‘King Beer maybe or ‘Cym-beer-line?).
Full of ‘London Pride’ (literally, this is one of Fuller’s most popular ales), the George IV is a perfect for a pint and pie.
Address: 185 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 2DR
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7. The Roebuck, Chiswick
Another under the radar Chiswick High Road pub that mainly only locals go to, the Roebuck is our go to place for Sunday roasts in Chiswick. Always popular, particularly with families and students (due to the cheap lunch deals).
The Roebuck has a nice courtyard garden out back which is dreamy in summer months and transforms into an Alpine Lodge The Moose Hut during the winter; it is hard to believe you are are next door to busy Chiswick High Road.
The bar interior itself is nice and the tables by the front of the bar interior have sweet views overlooking Chiswick High Road with a few seats outside too – The Roebuck is recommended and a good gastropub.
Address: 122 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 1PU
8. The Lamb, Chiswick
Looking for things to do in Chiswick on a Sunday? If so, head to The Lamb in Chiswick (near Turnham Green) for a Sunday roast in the pretty beer garden out front, often bedecked with hanging baskets (we usually drink outside here as we find the Lamb interior a little dark).
Weirdly, they don’t do a Lamb Sunday roast (the marketing potential eh) but do offer a wide ranging menu, with the usual pub dishes (plus nourish bowls and bottomless brunches).
Situated at the Turnham Green end of Chiswick High Road, the view from the Lamb’s beer garden is a nice way to watch the world go by – you might even spot one of Chiswick’s celebs or famous residents.
The Lamb in Chiswick was also renovated in 2022 (a fresh lamb if you will).
Address: 9 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH
9. Crown & Anchor pub, Chiswick
Established in the 1830s and now managed by the same team as the nearby Lamb pub (also on Chiswick High Road), the Crown and Anchor in Chiswick is a cosy Victorian gastropub pub, popular for its events like a weekly quiz, live music and food specials (e.g. burger Wednesdays where a pint and burger is less than £15).
If you sign up to the Chiswick Crown & Anchor’s mailing list at present (spring 2023), they’ll also give you a free drink – so this is the ‘cheapest’ pint of beer in Chiswick.
Address: 374 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5TA
10. The Bell & Crown, Stand on the Green, Chiswick
We’ll say this quietly so as not to give away the secret but we think THE spot for the best riverside pubs in London has to be Chiswick’s Strand on the Green. Here, there are several London riverside bars all next to one another without a road in sight.
One of the best Chiswick riverside pubs at Strand on the Green has to be The Bell & Crown, a fine Fuller’s pub (possibly one of their best as it is close to Fuller’s new head office, so they probably try to keep it immaculate.
In the past, we’ve had a couple of sublime Sunday (roast) sessions at the Bell & Crown and it is highly recommended. The inside is nautical themed and outside, there is beer garden which acts as a nice sun terrace in the afternoons (a great spot for a pub lunch in Chiswick).
11. The City Barge, Strand on the Green, Chiswick
Originally dating back to the 14th century, this riverside pub has had its fair share of refurbishments over the years but still retains some of its historic charm, including open fire places and some Victorian wooden panelling.
As well as beer garden that has views of the River Thames plus a herb garden, Chiswick’s City Barge pub has an extensive food menu (hearty British pub grub fare like fish and chips, vegan burgers and sirloin steak) plus regular events like a monthly music night organised by Chiswick School’s Music Department.
12. Betty Chiswick
2023 UDATE: Betty Chiswick is temporarily closed as at February 2023
You had us at the £1 oysters and self pour wine dispensers. The newest Chiswick pub on this list, Betty Chiswick is hidden away behind the Lamb pub on Barley Mow passage and has a whole host of weekly offers to keep drinkers and diners coming back. From £10 ribs on Mondays and daily cocktail and champagne happy happy hours (how Chiswick!).
Betty Chiswick also has several screens showing all manner of sports – oooh, Betty!
Address: 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH
Bonus Chiswick Bar – Fill ‘em up at the Fullers Brewery Shop
OK, so this isn’t strictly a Chiswick pub but a fun way to end our best Chiswick pubs and bars Chiswick guide.
We’ve visited the historic Fuller’s Brewery a few times including a tour of the brewery that ended in a 30 minute free pour and also a beer festival, plus the occasional beer at their onsite pub, the Mawson Arms – this 17th century site is the real deal and you can smell the hops and brewing processes as you draw close.
Alas, both the Mawsons Arms and Fullers Brewery Tours are now closed but you can still sample Fullers beers or fill growlers at the Fullers Brewery shop in Chiswick. This is a beer lover’s wet dream and also really close to the riverside Hammersmith pubs, meaning you can combine this with a River Thames stroll and pub session – one of the nicer alfresco activities in Chiswick.
Like nearby Fulham Palace, Fuller’s Brewery is also renowned for its wonderful wisteria display every spring, reputedly one of the first sites in Europe to introduce wisteria from the Americas.
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