The London Apprentice                       Overlooking the Thames (upstairs)                              Upstairs bar                               All Saint's Church 

I had to include Isleworth on this site because of The London Apprentice, 62 Church Street, Old Isleworth, TW7 6BG (020 8560 1915).  The London Apprentice dates to Tudor times, being rebuilt in the early 18th century.  Their website reports that it was patronised by a number of eminent people in the past, including Henry VIII, Charles I, Charles II and Nell Gwynne, Lady Jane Grey and Oliver Cromwell, all of whom had close links with nearby Syon House.  There is a tunnel that links the pub to All Saint's Church, which is believed to have been used by smugglers to bring their contraband from the church to the Inn.  


Downstairs is a quite large bar area, with plenty of old features that make it quite private, wherever you sit, and upstairs is a room with its own bar that can be booked for parties or special occasions.  Included in the period features is a pair of plaster ceiling reliefs that are over 300 years old.  There is also a spacious outside area with seating that overlooks the Thames.  Food is served every day from 12noon until 10.00pm, with the menu including ‘traditional’ pub fare, and there are more contemporary daily ‘specials’.  


There are 6 ales served by handpumps at the bar, regulars include Fullers London Pride, Adnams Broadside and Sharp's Doom Bar.  There are also 3 rotating guest ales, on my last visit these included Young’s London Gold, Brains SA and Purity Mad Goose, the last being in very good form and very much enjoyed!  Keg beers are served too, of course, and include Staropramen, Leffe and Hoegaarden, for people with more European tastes. 


We enjoyed ourselves immensely, the bar staff were very friendly, though it was early in the shift (before noon), so it did start getting busier whilst we were there, and investigating the building was a pleasure too.  We had only ever seen it from the south bank of the river on a significant number of occasions before our visit, when we kept agreeing we must cross the river sometime.  We were suitably shocked and impressed at its history and fine features, not to mention enjoying the beer.  One of the advantages of Isleworth is that it is also easy to get to Twickenham or Brentford, only a short distance away.  Enjoy!