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Topic: Re:Re:Re:George IV
Posted by: Michael Brown
Date/Time: 27/09/14 21:06:00

The Mike Brown Report – The report Chiswick has been waiting for:

I visited last night. First impressions: The exterior looks good and, upon entering, I was very impressed. Having kept much of the original fixtures, it’s surprising just how much extra space has been created and how much more pleasant and warmer the environment feels. The lighting is very warm too; I would guess that a lot of thought has gone into the lighting alone.

However, the acoustics, as someone had told me about, are terrible. With just an average number of people in the bar, the noise created was piercing, which I found very uncomfortable. There was also a guitarist who’d been stuck in the corner, so barely viewable, but you couldn’t half hear him! He had speakers, which weren’t required at all; not in that resonating environment.

Time to buy a drink: The bar was relatively busy but not overly so. We must have waited about 20 minutes to get served. The bar staff were running up and down, all seemingly very busy, but busy doing what, I’m unsure of. They were all wearing butchers’ style pinnies, and I didn’t know if some of them were kitchen staff passing through or what. They didn’t seem to have any awareness of who had been waiting at the bar or care much either, other than a tallish guy with a beard who was very aware and attentive.

I asked what ciders were available and was told one, a draught, the brand of which I didn’t catch the name of, but tried it and didn’t think much of it at all – fizzy, empty tasting and dry. I always drank Bulmers in the George IV but that’s gone, as it seems have the other draught and bottled ciders they once held, which I, occasionally, drank.

I didn’t visit the ‘Games Room’ situated on the mezzanine floor, but a friend of mine did and said that there is a dartboard and TV up there. I did check out the garden, which looked good and was full of people. I also visited the area of the lavatories, which are new, and seem nice enough, although, upon entering the area, there is a bump/slope in the timber floor, and is not obviously visible. Some people will definitely hit the deck at this point, especially when they’ve had a few.

Fullers are quoted as saying that they were keeping the George IV very much as a pub, but they haven’t in my opinion; it’s been completely poncified to bring it in line with what I gather is their perception of the requirements of bullshit Chiswick, with the position of the dartboard and sole TV helping to confirm this, being high up on the naughty step, out of the general public view.

It goes without saying that I was generally disappointed with the place, and I was glad to get out of there, mainly because of the noise; but full marks for the general layout and décor. Could I do any better? Probably not – there may not be enough ‘pub’ people in Chiswick to make a traditional pub in that location a viable option nowadays. Whether there’s enough ‘gastro’ people in Chiswick to make it work, only time will tell. Maybe there are just too many pubs, bars and restaurants in Chiswick. I think Fullers have taken a gamble with this theme, but they have the figures, so they may know that leaving it as a traditional pub would also have been a gamble, and maybe a bigger one.

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George IV21/07/14 12:37:00 Mike Paterson
   Re:George IV21/07/14 12:40:00 Michael Brown
      Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 12:48:00 Pete Mayes
      Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 12:57:00 Mike Paterson
      Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:03:00 Richard Greenhough
   Re:George IV21/07/14 12:48:00 David Roberts
      Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 12:58:00 Mike Paterson
         Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:08:00 David Roberts
      Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 12:59:00 Huw Burford-Taylor
         Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:03:00 Julian Pavey
            Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 16:16:00 Thomas Barry
         Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:08:00 Pete Mayes
         Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:16:00 Mike Paterson
            Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 13:31:00 Andrew Cumming
               Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 14:31:00 Richard Greenhough
                  Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 15:31:00 Julian Pavey
                     Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 15:35:00 Richard Greenhough
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 15:42:00 Pete Mayes
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 15:57:00 Julian Pavey
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 16:21:00 Julian Pavey
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons21/07/14 17:32:00 Thomas Barry
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Wetherspoons22/07/14 10:25:00 Richard Greenhough
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 16:16:00 Mike Paterson
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 17:43:00 Pete Mayes
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV21/07/14 18:53:00 Richard Cathcart
   Re:George IV21/07/14 19:28:00 Mike Paterson
      Re:Re:George IV  (Mystery word above front door)21/08/14 01:28:00 Jim Lawes
         Re:Re:Re:George IV  (Mystery word above front door)21/08/14 08:59:00 Richard Jennings
            Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV  (Mystery word above front door)21/08/14 11:15:00 Jim Lawes
      Re:Re:George IV21/08/14 01:33:00 Jim Lawes
         Re:Re:Re:George IV21/08/14 11:31:00 Andrew Craig
   Re:George IV24/08/14 12:13:00 Andrew OSullivan
      Re:Re:George IV22/09/14 14:30:00 Michael Brown
         Re:Re:Re:George IV22/09/14 17:43:00 William Luckman
            Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV22/09/14 17:49:00 Roger Jones
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 13:36:00 David Marles
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 13:59:00 Andrew Cumming
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 14:07:00 Katy Boardman
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 14:10:00 Guy Lambert
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 15:36:00 William Luckman
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 16:59:00 David Roberts
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 20:36:00 Lynne Bruce
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 21:57:00 Mark Pattinson
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 22:09:00 bobby osborne
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 22:20:00 Julian Pavey
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 22:26:00 Lynne Bruce
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV24/09/14 09:24:00 Andrew Cumming
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV23/09/14 22:49:00 Stephen Foster
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV24/09/14 10:17:00 Guy Lambert
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV24/09/14 09:32:00 David Marles
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV24/09/14 09:42:00 Michael Robinson
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV24/09/14 12:16:00 Mark Pattinson
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV25/09/14 10:19:00 David Marles
                                                   Sports Bar25/09/14 11:22:00 Rob Reynolds
                                                   Re:George IV25/09/14 11:28:00 Ian Wylie
                                                      Re:Re:George IV25/09/14 13:23:00 Michael Brown
                                                      Re:Re:George IV25/09/14 15:43:00 Michael Robinson
                                                         Re:Re:Re:George IV25/09/14 15:48:00 Michael Robinson
                                                            Re:George IV25/09/14 17:34:00 Ian Wylie
                                                               Re:Re:George IV25/09/14 17:51:00 Ben Halloren
                                                                  Re:Re:Re:George IV27/09/14 21:06:00 Michael Brown
                                                                     Re:Re:Re:Re:George IV28/09/14 10:37:00 David Marles
                                                                        In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 11:39:00 Stuart Kerr
                                                                           Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 12:26:00 Guy Lambert
                                                                              Re:Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 12:39:00 David Roberts
                                                                                 Re:Re:Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 12:43:00 bobby osborne
                                                                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 17:16:00 Julian Pavey
                                                                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 17:23:00 Pete Mayes
                                                                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:In praise of Michael's review..28/09/14 17:29:00 Gervase Harson
                                                                                             Re:Re: George IV12/10/14 20:36:00 Michael Brown
                                                                                                Re:Re:Re: George IV12/10/14 20:46:00 David Roberts
                                                                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re: George IV12/10/14 21:04:00 Trevor Lloyd

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