Gazebo is a riverside pub in Kingston, located just off the Market Square, offering a relaxed atmosphere and cheap beer. On a nice day this bar is perfect for casual drinks by the river taking in the scenery and enjoying their Alpine lager.
Gazebo is a riverside pub with tables and chairs dotted around outside. The river-facing facade consists of a series of glass windows, and on the first floor there is a strip of balcony stretching the length of the building. The upper level cannot be accessed from within the pub and you need to go up some stairs on the side of Gazebo to reach this segregated section, complete with its own bar.
The decor inside isn’t particularly exciting and is disappointingly basic with a smattering of holes in the chairs and graffiti on the tables. In terms of entertainment there is a pool table, which is popular with patrons. The outside area offers a number of places to sit and there are two tables right by the river with a number set slightly further back alongside the pub. Wide stairs lead down to the river and tend to double as seating, especially on sunny days.
The atmosphere here is relaxed and the clientele are generally casually dressed. The patrons are mixed, including everyone from young professionals to older regulars and there are invariably some oddballs. Upstairs has a slightly more refined feel due to the relatively modern decor.
The bar staff are friendly and helpful and reflect the vibe of the venue. Gazebo is a very enjoyable place to be on a warm day when you can watch rowers, ducks and swans whilst enjoying the bar’s specialty Alpine lager. Across the river is a grassy bank where you can usually see people lying in the grass or fishing. Riverboats come by quite often, occasionally sharing a comical enthusiastic wave to drinkers on land.
Food is limited here, they have pies with vegetables, french fries or mashed potato for an average price of just £5.95. Nothing special, but it fills a hole if you’re desperate.
The most commonly ordered drink at Gazebo is the Alpine lager, which can be bought for £2.10 and they don’t sell any average lagers, which some might find disappointing. They also have a variety of Alpine beers and wide selection of flavored ciders for an average of £3.27 a pint.
The Last Word
All in all, Gazebo is a good place for casual drinks with friends or colleagues. In the summer it really shines, morphing into a social hub. In the winter, however, the indoor spaces are not particularly impressive and the pub instantly becomes a lot less appealing.