Pig’s Ears’ promise of ribs and craft beer is enough to draw drinkers away from the other riverside pubs of Richmond that prefer to champion plastic glasses and macro beers.
Descend the stairs from The Hill and you find what seems to be a small and cosy cellar bar with barrels for tables and comfy Chesterfields. As you venture in, a larger restaurant is located in an area at the rear and can accommodate large groups.
Even on the hottest of days when the riverbank is heaving, Pig’s Ears is busy with drinkers escaping the heat in this subterranean cellar. One can only imagine that as the weather draws in this place becomes even more appealing. Try the alternative pub quiz on Monday nights, which includes its very own beer tasting round for real connoisseurs, or indulge in the weekday happy hour between 5pm and 7pm, with 30% off the price of cask ales and wines by the bottle. Weekends are just as promising, with discounts across drinks and food options making this pub a popular choice.
A meat lover’s dream, the menu at Pig’s Ears is full of tasty whole baby back ribs served in a choice of cider or beer sauce (£16.95), burgers with chips, slaw and gherkin (£8.95) and rib eye steak (£17.95). There are also salads (from £6.75) and pots of mussels and fries (£12.95), perfect accompanied with a Belgian beer or two. Sharing plates are available (starting at £8.95) with Scotch eggs crusted with beer malt or wheat beer battered fish fingers continuing to reference the love of beer at the Pig’s Ear. Perhaps the only addition missing from the menu is real pig’s ears, but pork crackling is available, finely sliced, deep fried and served with aioli.
On draught there is a rotating choice of around 10 beers and ciders which include the excellent Williams Brothers Joker IPA and the ever-reliable Schneider Weisse Original. Where this place comes into its own is the bottled selection, with all bases covered - whether it be Wheat, Amber, Lambic, Stout or a hoppy American IPA, the selection runs to over 100 and includes a good range from across the world. Expect Goose Island and Anchor Steam (USA), Little Creatures (Australia), La Chouffe (Belgium) and Nogne O (Norway). A good selection of UK brewers is represented too, with the likes of the excellent Hardknot, Bristol Beer Factory, Saltaire and Brewdog all behind the bar.
The Last Word
A great alternative to the larger pubs of Richmond and the riverside hustle and bustle, it’s doubted that there is a better beer selection in the area.