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The Aleksander is a busy pub located close to Marble Hill Park. The pub has a wide choice of drinks and a varied food offering including Italian dishes and a traditional Sunday roast.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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By Michael C.

We have lived in the area for a couple of years, and this pub was never anything to write home about - in fact the previous owners let the side down really badly by having their chef resign the day before fathers day last year! We ended up being very pleased that we gave it another try after it re-branded as the Aleksander. We have popped in there a lot (Mainly after the Alpha course at St Stephens Church) and found it to be welcoming with good service and a decent beer range (They had Anchor Porter on draft when i first went back - a real winner). The food is better than The Royal Oak or the White Swan - but may be a smidge behind the St Margarets among the local competitors. It definitely has the best service and the best atmosphere. Overall it is our local of choice these days and i would reccomend it highly.


By J R.

We came across this pub enroute to a restaurant in Twickenham, and decided to try it for lunch. Great find. The service was fantastic, the staff actually seem to enjoy being there. The selection of beers / ciders was impressive, and the wine list was limited but to good, decent wines, and all at very reasonable prices. The food was not only of exceptional quality, but generous portions with a varied menu. The atmosphere was relaxed and pleasing. It felt like a happy mix of a pub and a family restaurant. There is little doubt that we will be returning , a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.


By ANNABELLE G.

We have just celebrated a family "mother's day" long lazy lunch at this pub, which is not exactly local, as we live in Richmond , so it was a 20minute walk. What a treat in every sense of the word. The ambience was wonderful, families filled the pub, toddlers , dogs, happy staff, everyone weaving in and out of this ultra large space. The take on service was exemplary - friendly, accomodating and genuine. The food was amazing - our rather large family gathering managed to order nearly everything on the menu. Pizzas - astonishingly good , roast lunches - mouthwateringly good, pasta - good enough to satisfy to most difficult to please children. The wine list was selective and adventurously good. The special touches, just made the day, we didn't have to ask for jugs of water - it was offered. The staff assistance in helping to children to order, was so helpful (they must have their own children). The staff were there if needed, and seemed invisible when not needed. The word "child friendly" is used often, but this is the first dining establishment, I have ever seen it in reality. The open kitchen is a stunning feature, and the wood pizza oven must contribute to such fabulous pizzas. Plans for Easter have been changed today, since our entire extended family, all wish to have our next gathering at this pub. I have the feeling that this pub means many things to many people - the overall view is that the owners have found a magical formula for which they deserve praise. I am really looking forward to the next visit.


By Simon S.

Great pub. We live in twickenham and it's not blessed with great pubs and certainly not blessed with pubs with good food. This is a great pub with excellent food. Quite rare in this area. The pizza and pasta was top draw and my steak was very good. The wine by the glass is particularly good. General feel is a bit Rahh! But nonetheless the service was knowledgeable and personal. Prices are about right for the area and it's independently owned so you know they care. We will be going again soon for sure!


By Lauri R.

Guess I'll start with the enthusiastic answer to my telephone as to whether they allowed dogs anywhere in the pub, "dogs? Everywhere!" and guess I could finish with the bottles of Sambuca and and Limoncello that were brought to and left on our table, to refill the ones we ordered, with the instruction to "help yourselves". In between was a cozy, convivial candlelit room, delicious moderately priced pizzas, pastas, salads and appetisers. Special requests that were greeting with a cheery "no problem" Great wine in proper wine glasses and an equally good selection of beers. We spoke to most of the staff including the guys in the open kitchen and the owner and everyone was just lovely to us. This is the kind of first visit that guarantees it will only be the first of many more. Can't wait!


By Andy M.

A great local family friendly pub! Roger and Magdalena have done a wonderful job of quickly turning a once ignored establishment into the friendliest pub in the area. The open kitchen is a delight and whether you want a sensibly priced lunch, a stack of home made pizza's for energy zapped little ones or some good quality, always interesting adult fair in the evening...this place is worth a try! Service is attentive and friendly. I don't know anyone who hasn't fallen for this place in their first visit!


By Asdgadsfgafsd A.

Lovely atmosphere, ideal to chill out, good selection of beers. The best thing is however the food - try the pizza margherita, it is the traditional Neapolitan pizza, it is absolutely delicious, so much better than the ones offered by many other restaurants in London claiming to be 'pizza places'. If you are a true pizza lover, this pub is a must-go.


By Mark B.

A superb addition to the local pub scene. Great food, relaxing atmosphere and very child friendly. Also a fantastic range of beers on tap which make a trip to the Aleksander a pleasure.


By Des D.

Recently rescued from redevelopment, this smart pub is perfectly placed for a lazy Sunday exploring one of south west London’s most picturesque areas, and a good find at other times, too.

The Venue
The north bank of the Thames immediately upstream of Twickenham is an idyll of rural lanes, riverside green spaces and swathes of parkland commanded by historic mansions. Of these, none is finer than the splendid Palladian villa of Marble Hill House, built for a mistress of George II when he was Prince of Wales and now under the management of English Heritage. Immediately opposite the surrounding park and commanding a fine view of the house, the pub formerly known as the Marble Hill is a much more modest building but striking enough in its way, strategically placed on a bend of Richmond Road near St Stephen’s church. Long a slightly neglected Young’s pub, it was sold on in summer 2012 and narrowly escaped conversion into a Sainsbury’s Local. But in August it was reopened as a free house by new independent landlords Roger and Magdalena Davy, who have renamed it after their young son Aleksander.

The rustic surrounds are underlined by a generously proportioned and very leafy beer garden at the front. Indoors, a moderately sized single space was clearly once divided into two. It’s been elegantly done out with an unusual but pleasing mix of conventional dining tables and chairs, big armchairs, long padded benches and small low tables with pouffes. An open plan kitchen is being added next to the bar.

The Atmosphere
This is a civilised pub in a generally well-heeled area, but it’s also relaxed and easy going with polite but welcoming staff. It particularly sets out to be family-friendly, understandably so given the attractions of the park and riverside, with games and toys, and a small outdoor playground shortly to be added. Though there’s decent food on offer, the venue isn’t dominated by dining. The TV springs to life only if there’s a big rugby match or some other major sporting event on terrestrial channels. Other entertainment includes live music on Fridays and alternate Sundays, and an outdoor food market should soon be running on Sunday daytimes. When the sun shines, it’s idyllic.

The Food
Food has an Italian flavour, with fresh pasta, wood-fired pizzas and salads, alongside lighter choices (buffalo mozzarella and pesto panini £6.95, chicken satay with mixed leaves £8.95) and popular Sunday roasts (£9.95-£12.95). Local artisanal ice creams from Danieli of Richmond provide both sit-down desserts and warm weather takeaways.

The Drink
Beer is a particular interest, with the current very respectable range likely to expand. Three handpumps usually dispense Naked Ladies or another beer from excellent local microbrewery Twickenham, Sharp’s Doom Bar and a guest that might be from Dark Star, Sambrook’s or Surrey Hills. Ten keg lines include offerings from Affligem, Anchor, O’Hara’s, Paulaner and Thornbridge, while the bottles mix Belgian delights from Dolle Brouwers with Australia’s Little Creatures and Iceland’s Einstöck. 12 white and 12 red wines are mainly well chosen varietals, with half each available by the glass (from £3.40). Decent whiskies and rums, and gin and vodka from Sipsmith in Hammersmith also illustrate what landlord Roger describes as a ‘focus on quality’.

The Last Word
It’s unbelievable that anyone ever thought of turning such a potential treasure into a convenience store. Thankfully, this fine old pub survives and under the current ownership looks set to achieve its true potential.

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