The Eel Pie has been completely transformed following a £1.250m investment and now has 4 distinct areas each with their own character.
“The Bar” (the Twickenham home of Badger Beer) remains a shrine to rugby with old match day programmes, England Rugby Shirts and newspaper clippings adorning the walls.
The bar flows seamlessly into “The Common Room” which evokes the spirit of informal, ad-hoc loafing of a college (or Hogwarts) common room where different social groups form, merge and disperse throughout the day.
To the rear of the pub you will now find “The Pantry”, this new addition to the Eel Pie looks out onto the Courtyard, and is perfect for coffees, teas, cakes, light lunches and informal dinners. There are long pantry tables and benches really emphasising a group dining experience. There is a new menu as well; the food is straightforward, comforting and familiar, not elaborate and experimental, with an emphasis on British products, attention to detail and a touch of theatre.
At the back of the Eel Pie “The Courtyard” has been completely re modelled extending The Pantry outside. It is the perfect place for enjoying spring days and balmy evenings with friends, food and drink.
Everywhere you’ll find lots of interesting pictures and mementos. As well as the rugby memorabilia the pub showcases many photographs by Tim Walker – an eccentric English photographer of eccentric English things and places – who inspired much of the pub’s design.
Mike Goulden Regional Manager for the Eel Pie comments “We have been overwhelmed by the positive comments made by our guests new and old in the first few days of trading. It's so rewarding to watch the same guest enjoy the Eel Pie for so many different occasions, whether it's watching sport with a pint, meeting a colleague for coffee, or dining with their family and playing monopoly afterwards, it's clear they are enjoying all of the different trading areas."