I know that pillar well :0))) Ouch!
The White Cross
Water Lane, London TW9 1TJ
- Richmond Station (0.7 km)
- St Margarets Station (0.9 km)
- North Sheen Station (1.5 km)
- Contact us:
020 8940 6844
- Opening hours:
Open until 2300 every night.
13-15 Bollo Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5LR
“Welcome to The Bollo House! Located just a stones throw from Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Park, on the sleepy Bollo Lane, West London, The Bollo is a community centred gastro pub. Our aim is to provide excellent seasonal food, homemade puddings...” more...
24 reviews of The White Cross in English
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The best place for beers by the river in Richmond - that's not saying much as the other places are mainly big corporate chains - but is also a good pub in its own right, friendly inside and good quick service
Great pub, extensive menu and good atmosphere. Last time I was there the tide came in and trapped us inside, meaning we had to pay the boatman to carry us across the river. Fun experience!
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I won't add much to what's been said previously, but I have discovered that during winter high tides, the White Cross actually gets cut off from the street. So bring your wellies or a full wallet to allow you to keep drinking until the river subsides again :)
I can only rate the briefest of trips indoors and the friendly atmosphere by the curb for now! It was such a beautiful day and my friends and I parked off on the street. The cider was cold, the beer was bubble, the interior seemed nice enough, but the general vibe here was one of relaxed satisfaction. For that reason alone I would go back and try some of this renowned food!
The pub to check out in Richmond. It has the premier location just off the main street, near enough to the beautiful bridge.
Youngs beer and reasonably good pub grub. The bar staff tend to rotate quite a bit and can be a little variable, but the beer is drinkable. There’s plenty of seating to hang out with groups of friends, and the outdoor bar in the summer is a real bonus.
If you’re really lucky the tide will come up and prevent you leaving. If you’ve really had enough you can tip the local boatman to carry you ashore.
If you’re even luckier you can watch a mad man swim across the river and back again. Ok, I only saw this once but it was really funny. Good to see the pub crowd cheering him on.
Been here a couple of times and it’s a pretty good pub. Loads of room - especially upstairs where tables can be pushed together to make room for big groups of friends. Staff friendly and plenty of food on the menu - lots of hearty dishes and not too pricey for the portion sizes of food which was mixed quality. Pub is right on the Thames and the nicest bit is upstairs on the tiny balcony area where you can look out at the river - especially when it’s high tide and the bank floods and you get trapped in the pub! Would have been four stars cos of the exciting river thing, but gets a point knocked off for not selling chips.
UPDATE: The food here was brilliant! Really stunning! i had a wonderful steak, but despite this I actually had food envy over my boyfriend’s fish and chips.The fish was so big it didn’t fit on the plate - judging by the other plates we saw, this wasn’t a one off.
Although, I do wish when he squeezed lemon juice onto his dinner, he hadn’t managed to squirt straight into my eye. Ouch! UPDATE
I love this pub. I came here on Saturday after a very romantic picnic by the river. Despite it being the weekend, the cool breeze meant that there was enough space for us to sit in the garden. The garden has its own bar which is handy.
I think we got here pretty early - 5 ish. Somehow, we didn’t look at our watches again until gone 9! It’s very easy to lose track of time here and watch the river and just chat and well, get drunk.
I don’t spend much time in Richmond and it’s very easy to get to (especially from Waterloo) - I’ll be spending much more time here over the summer and I’ll definately come back.
I just don’t understand why there is a pillar in front of the doorway as soon as you walk into the ladies. Yes, it’s probably stopping the building from falling down, but it really hurts when you walk into it. Every time.
A great place on the Thames and is always busy. I find that this place is great on a summer evening as i always enjoy the walk home along the Thames from here. Even if you dont like this place, then there are plenty of other pubs and bars in the area for you to go to. You wont really find a better place. Great friendly staff and some great seating areas, if you are lucky to get one, this is a fantastic place to go to after work. The food is great aswell. Im always getting the bangers and mash. Some really good gravy on it too.
Whilte the previous reviews are about the White Cross as an evening boozer, I have experienced it as a lovely place to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch / afternoon tea. There just aren’t enough places like this left in London!
I usually avoid the row of prominent pubs/bars at this stretch of the Thames in Richmond. It can all get rather crowded in Summer, especially at the weekends.
However, I have now completely changed my mind about the White Cross.
We visited yesterday on an overcast Sunday afternoon, looking for a place to have coffee. Here we found just what we needed and ended up sharing a selection of delicious desserts and snacks.
I can’t wait to go back for a traditional Sunday lunch - the selection visible on the food counter looked and smelled delicious!
My favourite pub in Richmond, and many other people’s too, by the crowds.
Right by the river with lots of space inside, outside, and upstairs (with some balconies). It’s a super spot to grab a full pint glass, sit outside and watch people feed the geese. Watch the tide, though: it can come right up around the feet of those sitting outside. Forget the lame chain pubs just a stone’s throw away.
Food is good, but ordinary. There’s a little kitchen are where you can lace your order (and pick up your hot food if you’re getting what they’re cooking).
Plenty of ales and ciders on offer. It’s genuine inside, nice old tables and a couple of rooms, nothing too modern. There’s a very friendly feeling from staff. It can get very busy, though.
The White Cross is a lovely and friendly pub right on the river in Richmond. My girlfriend lives in Richmond and we alway visit at least once every 2 weeks. Is nice to have a nice evening drinking and looking at the view. It’s a great pub and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
The White Cross is right on the river which is its biggest advantage. In spring and summer, you can easily while away time in the front of the pub watching people on the river, families out for a walk, birdlife swimming and diving, and just enjoy the village feel of Richmond.
The pub itself has many small rooms that connect via stairs and different corridors, and it can get very busy so you may find it hard to get a table.
This riverside pub, in Richmond, attract all age-groups and has real ale (Young’s) as well as the usual alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is a pretty old style pub with trendy beer garden that overlooks the river (although walled off). There is an additional bar in the beer garden. Also serves food which is a little pricey. Inside during the winter there is a real log fire!
It was a rainy Monday (I think…) when I frequented the White Cross. Considering the name, I did not notice any religious affiliations with this pub. Anyways, I did enjoy the vast array of mirrors…and most importantly, the good food. For a picky (read: very) vegan, I did not complain. Not even a peep.
I don’t think I’ve met an ‘adult beverage’ I didn’t like in the uk, and was surely not disappointed at this fine establishment.
However, I think I got slightly lost trying to find the women’s lavatory…Be wary of the signs! Friendly advice from the staff ensured a success story on my part.
The White Cross has possibly the best location of any pub in the UK. Richmond riverside in the summer is lovely, and you can sit out in the beer garden as the water laps up over your feet at high tide.
This place used to be blighted by a terrible landlord, but the recent change of management has really sorted out the decor and the service, and the food is excellent now.
Young's ales always on tap - not the cheapest pub around, but worth paying for. Try to get a seat on the tiny balcony upstairs!
Comment 2 comments on this review
AnnieMole, 30 November 2007: Excellent - never knew the food was different - will give it a try as the food really let the place down
ukjamesscott, 16 March 2008:
Great to know the landlord has changed. I was about to write a review about how grumpy the landlord was both times I’d been there so I swore never to go again - but your review will make me give it another chance. Thanks!
It was pretty busy last night but the bar staff were excellent and worked really hard to make sure everyone got served quickly and in turn, which made it such a pleasant place to be that what was supposed to be one drink before going somewhere else for a meal turned into a whole evening in the White Cross. That's the thing about this place, it's not cheap, but the location, atmosphere and service make it hard to leave once you get started.
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