My son and I visited the Alexander Pope in order to enjoy an evening meal. We had thought that on a sunny Friday evening it might be busy so had booked a table, but on arrival found no-one was in the least bit interested and just sat ourselves down at an empty table in the conservatory area at the front of the pub. The menu looked simple but appetising and we decided on beer battered fish and chips, which I would never cook at home, and settled down to enjoy a drink while we waited for our food. We did not have long to wait - indeed, the alarm bells started ringing when the admittedly very charming and smiley waitress appeared at our table with our food less than five minutes after we placed the order. We were right to be worried - clearly both the fish and the chips had been cooked some time earlier and simply reheated. The batter was soggy, the chips greasy, the fish completely tasteless and the mushy peas which were advertised as accompanying the meal, were presented in a tiny ceramic pot which was so small that there was scarcely a mouthful. At £11.20, we felt like we had been ripped off. To add insult to injury, the house white wine which my son ordered proved to be so unpalatable that he ended up not drinking it. When a waitress (not the same one as delivered our food) came to clear the table and we told her she could take the wine as well as it was undrinkable, she did not even comment. It is a great shame, as the big glass conservatory and their flower bedecked outside seating area promise greater things. This is a pub/hotel that could do really well - it has a great location opposite a riverside garden, it is close enough to Twickenham Centre to attract rugby as well as local clientele and there is a shortage of pubs offering really good, simple English fare in the area, but I for one shan't be going back.
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