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“An acceptable place to lay your head”
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The Red Cow
South Wales
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44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“An acceptable place to lay your head”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Nice clean well decorated rooms. Generally good beds but avoid the guest bed in the family room - maybe its ok for a child but my adult son managed to dislodge the loose slats in the base and end up with his bottom on the floor! A polite word with the proprietor saw the problem fixed before our second night, when we exchanged him for another relative! My husband - and cousin got his bed. On the subject of children - this place is not really suitable, take care with the windows these are sash windows, dont leave toddlers and small children unattended they could climb up and fall into the street if you open these windows and turn your back. Elderly people or those with mobility problems will find the stairs difficult. Not accessible for wheelchair users.
Very noisy on a Friday night, also traffic noise. Together with snoring family members. Take good quality earplugs - the wax ones you can drive right down your ear canals!!!
Wonderful power showers with copious supply of hot water, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner. NO HAIRDRYERS IN EVIDENCE
Breakfast. Cooked breakfast inc. at small cafe across the street. The 'continental' breakfast provided in your wardrobe is nothing more than a choice between cornflakes or weetabix, a cold bread roll jam and butter from the fridge in your wardrobe. A half litre of milk is provided there to. Sachets of tea, coffee and sugar with travel kettle are on the desk. Good sized
Plasma television is affixed to the wall.
Use the little deli. behind the pub. Lovely food - toasties, paninis, salads, cake, chips and home made pie and lasagne. Good coffee. Sit in or out. Pub also does food. If you like to drink water, keep bottled water in the fridge - London water tastes horrible - but then I am from Wales and used to drinking good mountain water.
Pub keeps strictly to licensing hours. No service after last orders and you are encouraged to drink up and leave or take your unfinished drinks up stairs to your room. Best to buy in your own supplies and use your fridge!!!
Very difficult to find staff outside opening hours but when you do they are kind and helpful. Access to pub lounge is locked ouside of opening hours also.
Well priced, acceptable accommodation in Richmond as the hotels are very expensive. Only 4 rooms which our extended family booked out for the weekend of my sons wedding. The Registry Office is just 5 minutes down the road.
Parking is on street behind the pub which is positioned on an arrowhead juction between Sheen Road and a minor road to the rear.. Single yellow lines. Ok for evenings or weekends. Can get a bit congested You can ask them to reserve parking at a small charge. Not sure how this works as these are public roads.. we werent offered any permits!!! There is no designated car park or car parking spaces.

All in all good value - best if you are a sound sleeper!

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the side road if you can. Number 3 is a nice room with a washroom which has a w...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Ilford, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Richmond is one of the prettiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, so it is very pricey. Basically, you're paying a 25% premium for the location, and taking that into account this is fairly good value.

Positives: The pub is well located, a 5 minute walk from Richmond town centre and Richmond Green. The welcome I received was friendly and professional. The bedroom was an adequate size, with tea and coffee facilities and freeview TV, and the bathroom was spacious and clean, with an impressive shower. Complimentary cooked breakfast is available from the cafe across the road, but I settled for the in-room continental option which was pretty good by the usual standards of such affairs.

Negatives: I stayed on pub quiz night (Tuesday), which involved the quizmaster bellowing into a microphone for over 90 minutes, rendering it impossible to sleep before 11pm. Still, I suppose the fact that I could clearly hear every question counts as bonus in-room entertainment! The pub is also located on a busy road, making it inadvisable to sleep with the windows open and if you happen to be there (as I was) on a humid night the room does turn into a bit of a sauna.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Would have give this hotel 3.5 if possible as it it better then average. Rooms are modern, compact and clean and the beds are comfortable enough. We stayed here in mid summer and the room was very hot at night but for £90 in London I guess you won't get air con!! The major let down for this hotel however is the noise from the pub below. If you want to go to sleep before kicking out time, you might want to take some ear plugs.

Didn't eat in the pub, but had a drink there. It seemed friendly enough and the atmosphere was good during the Olympics!

Overall, we were happy enough with this hotel. Good location close to Richmond centre (5 min walk) and it was much better value for money than another pricy hotel we stayed in down the road.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Atypical "Young's" pub in the heart of Richmond on Sheen road. Always a great place to stop in, it's one of our local favorites.
The bar staff is always accommodating and fast, and the pub is clean and well maintained. The food is quick and a good menu is available. If you are coming down the hidden walkway path behind the pub from Richmond Park, it's a great place to stop in and have a pint on the way to the train station. TVs are in the pub and it's a good place to watch football.
Warning- no kids in the pub after 8!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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North east. England
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Stayed 3 nights and had a great time. Staff friendly and helpful.
Room large, clean and well presented.
Great location for town, station and local visits - Kew Gardens easy walking distance.
Remember this is above a pub, which happens to serve good food and wine.
Will recommend and plan on returning.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Stockport, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Stayed here by myself when I needed west London accommodation to go to a friends birthday. Basically it's just rooms above a pub. It's a classic London pub with good beer! Initially I was a bit disappointed that breakfast was in a fridge in my wardrobe, however it was a comprehensive continental breakfast.

The room was a decent size; plenty of space for morning Pilates!

Overall good accommodation for west London if you are travelling by yourself.

Room Tip: Probably all the rooms will be noisy if you go to bed early as they are above the bar.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Michigan
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Stayed here one night with some friends, three rooms total. Two of the rooms were a bit larger than the other, but they were good size for the U.K. Even the smallest was a bit bigger than what you typically find. Very clean and well furnished. Didn't have any noise issues with the pub downstairs, was actually quite charming. Staff was very friendly. Will stay again, beats staying at an LHR hotel if you have an early flight the next morning.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: The Red Cow
Address: 59 Sheen Road, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1YJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Greater London > Richmond-upon-Thames
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Richmond-upon-Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Red Cow 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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