Packhorse & Talbot Reopens After Makeover

New food and drink menu and a transformed beer garden

The staff of the Packhorse and Talbot in Chiswick
The staff of the Packhorse and Talbot in Chiswick

December 6, 2022

A Chiswick pub that can traces its antecedents back to the 17th Century, has finally reopened after a makeover. The new look also brings brand-new food and drink menus, just in time for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The current Packhorse and Talbot was built in the first half of the 20th century, but a pub with that name or similar on the site has served customers for more than 300 years. Afte, it is ready to welcome friends, families and work colleagues once again.

The Greene King pub still has a sports area and tables are fully booked for this Saturday’s World Cup Quarter Final between France and England.

Kazi Roomel Ahmed, General Manager of Packhorse and Talbot, said. “Our proper English pub has been serving the people of Chiswick for centuries, and we know that guests see it as a home away from home. We’re sure the revamp will be a huge hit with customers old and new, and we look forward to welcoming people back through the doors.”

Inside, the traditional pub can now sit up to 140 people. The beer garden has also been transformed, with heaters on every table and enough space for 50 people to enjoy their evening – whatever the weather.

New look for the interior at the Packhorse and Talbot
New look for the interior at the Packhorse and Talbot

As well as the brand new interior, they’ve created a new food menu which includes classics like Steak & Ale Pie and Beer Battered Cod and Chips. There are also new sharing dishes including Crispy Squid and Battered Halloumi.

The Packhorse and Talbot has also expanded its drinks menu with a wide range of wines, beers and spirits on offer such as Belvedere Vodka, Cotswolds Dry Gin and Monkey 47 Gin. On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be live music as well as monthly quizzes promising big prizes.

Upgraded beer garden at the rear of the pub
Upgraded beer garden at the rear of the pub

The refurbishment is doubly welcome for the establishment which was rocked earlier this year when a member of staff was seriously attacked by a customer.

While the Packhorse has survived over the centuries, other venues have not been so lucky after years of austerity, turbulent economics and the coronavirus pandemic. More than half of London’s pubs have closed since the early 2000s, according to data from Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Over the last two decades, 64 pubs across the borough of Hounslow have shut their doors for good. Even pubs near the popular Packhorse have been forced to close, just a five-minute walk away is the Duke of York, which has stood since 1926 shutting in 2018 but may be turned into flats if a recently submitted planning application is approved. The Crown which is across the road from the Packhorse and Talbot has recently been put on the market by its owners.

Megan Stanley - Local Democracy Reporter

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