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The Crabtree is a riverside gastro pub that offers a food menu of freshly prepared meals and light bites. The Crabtree is also home to rotating choice of cask conditioned ales, fine wines and freshly made Bloody Mary's.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 10.00-23:00
Sun 10:00-22:30

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The Crabtree reviews

By Andrew M.

The Crabtree is a nice riverside pub. They had a recent remodel so it is nice and new on the inside. The Crabtree is a good place to watch the footy just make sure you support Chelsea.

By Stephen F.

The Crabtree is quite nice with a lovely outdoor area. I've been there twice and on both occasions the service and food was appalling. The bar was understaffed, the service slow and the food was perhaps the worst pub meal I have eaten. We ordered a burger which used the pre frozen burger meat which you buy out of a supermarket. A Mcdonalds burger was 100 per cent better than the burger we ate! It's appalling that a chef can't even make fresh burgers!

Go to The Crabtree for a drink, not for food.

By Duncan M.

Went for a friends birthday lunch on a Sunday. Stood at the bar for 20 minutes trying to get a drink, no acknowledgement by the bar staff. Eventually got our table and they tried to squeeze 8 of us on to a table which clearly wasn't big enough. They took our food and drink orders. Drinks took about 25minutes to turn up and we had to chase them. They came back on the food order and said they'd run out of 2 options on the limited Sunday lunch menu! The food eventually turned up after an hours wait in dribs and drabs and they forgot my wife's order which she then had to eat on her own as it took so long to turn up. We risked desert which also took a while to arrive, they weren't even that busy! To be fair the food was ok but the service was dreadful. I think you may die of malnutrition before your food arrived if you were there and it was busy! Won't be rushing back. They weren't overly apologetic and expected a lot more to have been taken off the bill. They didn't really seem to care. Sort your kitchen out Crabtree!

By Jean G.

This is one of our favourite places to go on a summers evening. I am surprised at the complaints about the quality of the service and food. Maybe there has been a change in management but we've being going for a few months now and have found everything to be fantastic. Cannot comment about the beer garden but the restaurant part is excellent and the staff cannot do enough for you.

By Mark O.

The beer trail along the Thames in west London provides particularly rich pickings between Hammersmith Bridge and Corney Reach. Here you’ll find historical throwbacks like the much-cherished Dove. Beat a path in the other direction towards Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage and pubs are decidedly thin on the ground. Luckily, along this stretch you will find The Crabtree: one of the capital’s finest riverside pubs.

The Venue
The Crabtree is a Victoria-era pub that’s been spruced up to provide ample room for drinking in its front section and a dining area to the rear. Vintage lampshades, black and white photos of olden times in W6 and traditional wooden fixtures and fittings give it a sturdy, dependable feel and it caters for all seaons with a huge decked area to the side and rear giving hundreds of punters a money shot of the Thames when the sun shines, and heaters and shelter for smokers during colder months.

The Atmosphere
With so few pubs nearby well-to-do locals and young professionals create a real buzz once the working day is done. It’s also worth noting that its close proximity to Craven Cottage makes it a must-visit for well-behaved footie fans en route to the game. On match days expect plastic cups, snaking queues for the gent’s and deep lines at the bar. Even at these times staff largely maintain the professionalism and courtesy they extend to their regulars.

The Food
The Crabtree is a food-focused pub with a menu that specialises in seafood and meat dishes. Prices are pitched at restaurant level but the quality is good; you can find food as good as this at plenty of pubs in London but the surroundings make it stand out from the rest.

From the starter menu (£6-£8) the foie gras with toasted granary bread and a sweet chutney makes for perfect cold weather food, while a plump seared scallop served on top of a rich risotto is also enjoyable. Other options like the duck leg with its crispy five spice seasoning coating is another wintery winner. The little bit of heat from the spices gives an extra dimension to the oily duck meat and the bed of warm beans it's served with provide a lovely foil. For dessert there are variations on classics, like the white chocolate cheesecake or the rum crème brulee, but the British cheese board (£8.50) is more than enough to share between two, with a nice selection of cheddar and blue varieties complemented by grapes, chutney and sweet and savoury crackers.

The Drink
Real ales are on rotation and are chalked up on the big blackboard behind the bar. Tippes are sourced from all over and include brews from Windsor and Eton and Sharp’s among more obscure breweries. Pints cost around £3.50 and head upwards, not cheap but pretty standard these days. Bottles of house wine have an entry level of around £15 and are divided into section on the menu based on intensity of flavour. The rich and robust section offers a 2005 Chateau Deville Bordeaux (around £23), a silky and smooth red that takes a while to open up before rewarding your patience.

The Last Word
From east to west, London has many outstanding riverside pubs. The Crabtree is up there with the very best of ‘em.

By Becca A.

really hate this place. staff are rude and obnoxious - the icing on the cake being during the world cup, when we were told aggressively by staff we couldn't get up and go through the door to get to the toilet / bar AT ALL because we'd 'block the view'!! food is overpriced and also takes really long to arrive, at different times to everyone else - 45 minutes for a sandwich, seriously! everyone else had finished by the time it arrived, bar staff again rude when you politely ask what's happening. it's a lovely location and garden, so we've given it many second chances, but are continually let down and disappointed. very sad.

By Dragon D.

Love this pub. I've been here quite a few times since it was done up and can't recommend it enough.

Yeah, you sometimes have to wait a bit for your food but considering how busy it gets that's understandable.

Totally disagree with the previous review. There are plenty of budget options to offset the more expensive dishes and i've always had great food.

And it's great for us Fulham fans on home games as they put up a simple bar in the garden and fire out hot dogs, pies and burgers from the bbq for no more than £5 a pop.

Well done guys. It's good to have a decent pub in my back yard!

By I D.

Great beer garden but thats it! DON'T EAT HERE, unless you have 2 hours to spare and are not to bothered about paying over the odds for very average food.

Terrible service and very dim staff. Also a lot of local kids come down to the river and pelt the swans with bricks.

Not a very relaxing experience on the whole!

By Nicholas H.

The Crabtree is a wonderful old Victorian building - one of the oldest in the area in existence long before the surrounding houses.

It sits on the edge of the river away from roads, and indeed away from the crowds that throng on the towpath north of the bridge.

It faces due west into the setting sun, overlooking the river and wetland centre.

However, it has had a long history of dismal food. And this has been enough to put a lot of people off it and is re-enforced by previous reviews.

Previous owners have put much effort into buying food frozen and wholesale, churning out the same rubbish as every other underwhelming pub.

Finally, after a long wait, things have changed and are really looking up. New owners have a number of similar pubs around town and come with pedigree.

They spent 16 days ripping out the old rubbish, sanitising the kitchen, decking the river-front terrace and garden, where they created an outdoor kitchen, and made good use of the shelter under the veranda - it can get nippy with a westerly wind, before reopening last weekend.

The interior is more focused towards eating, creating a relaxed restaurant feel, balanced with ample areas to sit, drink and chat.

And, fresh food! I came with some discerning (gastronomically spoilt) friends and concluded that The Crabtree finally passed muster.

Belly port was crisp as caramel on top but beautifully tender within. Smoked eel was luxuriously buttery. Irish steak done to perfection.

The menu isn't huge but it's imaginative, fresh and changes according to what is in the market that day.

I believe (second hand info) that the chef has Smiths of Smithfield on his CV.Booze is booze, but it does have a respectable wine list, and they switch the beers around regularly. And you don't have to wait forever to be served.

If you have been put off The Crabtree in the past, I'm not surpr

By Bob D.

I feel differently to all the other reviews. It was my first time going to the pub but I felt it had a relaxing and nice feel and mood to it. The staff were kind and I felt the service was of a good standard. They must have changed their menu since someone made the review about the burgers. They were home-made, tasted excellent and could never be compared to a McDonalds burger! With their new layout, modern design and the huge outside area this is a pub that everyone should go to during these summer months. Also the biggest plus of all has to be the looking out to the river Thames. To conclude the food was great the beer was NOT flat and the service and experience as a whole was a really good afternoon and night out! I am defiantly going again and I highly recommend this to anyone in the area!

By Emma K.

Decided to go to the Crabtree a couple of weeks ago when the sun was shining to make use of the lovely beer garden.

Had to wait over half an hour at the bar to be served. Then had to wait for an hour and a half to recieve our meals.

The kitchen was in chaos and the staff had no idea what they were doing.

When we were half way through our meals we were asked if we had actually ordered them by an obnoxious staff member.

When I asked to speak to the manager to complain about they way we had been spoken to I was told that he was too busy to come and speak to me.

I will NEVER go back!

By Fred D.

Went recently after a meating near by.

Poor quality overpriced food that was probably only reheated premises.

Long wait for food which all came at different times.

Flat Beer.

Unsmypathic manager when I suggested a discount/free drink. In fact quite rude.

Get the impression that customer service is not a priority.

I suggest you dont go.

By Mark H.

We used to come here for dinner and a drink, but after several very disappointing nights have decided to take our custom elsewhere. We were told one time that most of the menu was unavailable due to them running out of supplies, but went back again another time as we used to get good food there. But again they had run out of supplies, and were unapologetic. And the food they did serve gone downhill too. Until they get a new system in place we're avoiding it, which is a shame as its a nice place in a great spot. Get your act together.

By Mel B.

Utterly disappointing. What was once a great local has now turned into a complete disaster - not able to fulfil a simple order. Staff seemed very complacent and do not realise that there are plenty of other pubs locally offering a superior service.

Would highly recommend avoiding until management have resolved the diabolical situation. This is the fourth time that we have experienced problems and nothing has improved or been rectified.

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