I haven’t dont a post in a while. My camera broke and I was unsatisfied with the substitute I had. Finally I have my camera back and was eager to use it so the four of us plus one Canadian visitor headed out to The Greyhound pub in Thames Ditton.
An enthusiastic couple bought the pub two years ago. They removed the grim and uncovered some lovely original features – open fires, light wood panelling and a pretty set of doors. They’ve completely revamped the garden, turning it into a large al fresco seating area.
The inside is a bit of a reverse Tardis. I would recommend sitting near the bar to capture the ambiance, we were towards the back of the pub which was away from the action. Above all I’d recommend sitting in the charming ‘snug’ but this area is only open at peak business or for private groups.
Staff are super friendly. Food is prepared fresh onsite and menu options change seasonally. The menu is divided into small and big plates. Small plates are intended as appetisers and big as mains. There’s also a children’s menu, on which all options are £7.
From the small plate section we decided to share Camembert to Share with toasts and cranberry dip £7 as a starter. The pile of bread was enough to give everyone a nice amount. The cranberry dip was lovely.
For mains, Daughter two had the Buddy’s Beef Burger: Served in a bun with chips, salad crudites and ketchup £7. She ate it all, which is saying a lot for that child, she never finishes anything. It wasn’t a small portion either, a good sized burger and plenty of food on her plate.
Daughter one had Lana’s Chicken: Breast strips in breadcrumbs with chips and seasonal veg £7. It was good, she probably could have done with another piece of chicken but it was really nice to see a child’s menu item come with vegetables.
For mains, our Canadian guest had the British Sausages and Mash with onion chutney £11.50. We asked, British sausages are a pork based sausage from the local butcher. It was a good dish, nice and tasty.
For his main, Jman selected the Crispy Chicken Breast with minted peas and crushed potatoes £12. A fair sized portion, the herb crust was flavourful and the chicken juicy.
I naturally wanted everything on the small plates menu and nothing from the large, typical. I decided on one small plate with a side. I chose the Chicken skewer, celeriac & apple salad, coronation mayo £6. It was a bit on the small side, for a small but the chicken was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. The mayo was moreish and the apple coleslaw portion generous.
To turn my small plate selection into a meal I ordered a side of Triple Cooked Chips £3. They are Hand cut on site. I was dubious when they arrived, triple cooked chips are normally square not rectangular but one bite and I was sold. They were super yummy, more rectangular chips please.
It’s wonderful to find a pub run by such enthusiasm independent owners where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. I wish them best of luck with their venture.
Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0JP
Dog’s welcome throughout the inside