The Ram, Kingston Upon Thames
If you follow the London Loop path along the river, down from Kingston bridge, you might almost miss the back of the Ram. It's tucked away there, among the riverside apartments, and back by thirty feet or so from the river. Its patio area almost reaches the river walkway and you can sit there and watch the Thames traffic through the passers by. Inside, the Ram has suffered the de-characterization typical of so many older pubs. A few faux posters hint at a Victorian past, but they could have come from any pubco marketing department - and probably have. The Ram is geared for eating and drinking and it certainly appeared family friendly when we popped in on a very busy Bank Holiday Monday. What isn't user friendly is the POS system on the pub's tills, which seems to take forever for the staff to use. This results in customers standing around forgetting what they want by the time they get to the bar. There's a range of real ales and a comprehensive wine list, but our first pint was little iffy. It tasted as though someone had been a little enthusiastic with the line cleaner. Food service wasn't brilliant, but it was a very busy lunchtime. The food itself was bit unimaginative but well prepared and in generous portions. Prices too were quite reasonable.The Ram might be a bit of a canteen, but it bustles along and attracts a representative crown of Kingston folk and visitors. The staff all appear young and enthusiastic, and certainly try their best to stay cheerful however busy they are. We'll look in again on a less obviously busy day.
34 High Street, Hampton Wick, London, KT1 1HL
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