We would be lying if we said we were surprised by what we found behind the doors of the Fest, an "Octoberfest pub" on the Fulham Road, partly from the name and partly from the floor to ceiling glass windows on the front of the place. It's a strange mix of Bavarian Bierkellar and sports bar, with all the seating comprised of a type of picnic tables we vaguely remember from trips to Germany. We can't criticise the beer selection - it is quite impressive with loads of Paulaner beers on the taps and an extensive menu of German beers available in bottles as well. But, and it's a big one, when the thing's in full swing, it's our idea of hell - lots of pissed people waving their beers along to oompah music performed by the "Oompah Brass Band". A recent trip down Fulham Road nearly got us killed by a bus as we attempted to walk around the shouters outside smoking and taking up the pavement; the inside was just as heaving, sweaty and shouty. It's fine when the full experience isn't going, i.e. anytime out of hours; we even managed to get on the pool table. But to be honest, the Saturday night festivities are rather more than we fancy - and you have to pay £5 door charge for the privilege! Not one for us.
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Reviewed by septic
15 Dec 2009