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Twickenham – the home of England Rugby and more importantly than that, the birthplace of GUARDHOG. For as long as we’ve had an office, we’ve worked with our friends at Stasher to provide bag storage for those who want to explore the city or go to a rugby match without being weighed down.
Over the years we’ve played host to hundreds of peoples luggage while they’ve gone off and had their fun, and while we’ve since moved our main office to the rural county of Hampshire, our office in Twickenham still stands as a ‘stash point’ for anyone that needs it. If you’ve never been to Twickenham before, or you’re heading that way for a match and want to know the best spots to grab a beer and a bite before kick-off, then you’re in luck! Our ‘GUARDHOG guide to Twickenham’ is full of tips and recommendations from staff members that know all about the best places to check out.
Recommended by our Top Hog, Humphrey Bowles, Twickenham Brewery is a triple threat that fits the needs for almost any occasion and has an award-winning ale on tap. On match days at Twickenham Stadium, the brewery becomes a bar and you can drink amongst the brewing vessels. It’s a truly great atmosphere and if you’re not heading to the stadium for the match, you can watch it there on the big screen.
For those who are more interested in how the beers are made, there are tours available that take you through the whole brewing process… including the tasting of course! And finally, if you’re up for a laugh, the brewery is host to some of the best stand-up comedy acts around. So there you have it – Twickenham Brewery has all the ingredients for a great day out and a fun-packed night out! You can book tours, comedy night tickets and more via their website.
Home of the best pizza’s in Twickenham, Arthur’s is the recommendation from Andrew Boldt, GUARDHOG Tech’s other co-founder. Located on the green just a street up from GUARDHOG HQ, you can treat yourself to a wood-fired, sourdough crust topped with the finest Italian ingredients. Paired with a mouthwatering cocktail, a fine wine or one of their carefully selected beers, you’ll be sure to have a great time no matter the occasion.
In the summer the doors are opened up onto the green where you are able to dine al fresco with spectacular views, and in the winter the quaint venue provides a sanctuary of warmth where personal service is guaranteed. You can even pop in for breakfast on a Saturday and Sunday, the perfect remedy for the morning after a night at the brewery! You can check out their menu and get yourself booked in via their website!
The White Swan
Located on the banks of the River Thames, The White Swan is recommended by one of our Crowd Hog’s, Mia Martinussen, and it’s not hard to see why. The pub has stellar reviews from many of the UK’s top news outlets. It’s been named one of the 30 best pubs in Britain in The Times Weekend, it’s said to have one of the best beer gardens in London according to The Telegraph, The Londonist thinks it’s one of the top 10 pubs on the River Thames and the Evening Standard goes as far as to say it’s possibly the prettiest pub in London!
Again, it’s not hard to see why so many rate this pub so highly – dating back to the 17th century, there are gorgeous balcony and garden views in the summer, and a warm indoor area with open fires when winter comes around. The garden is so close to the Thames that during high tide, the garden is sometimes IN the river! While it doesn’t last long, the staff are all accustomed to wading through water with a few plates or glasses in hand!
The bar is full of well-loved, local and ‘new on the market’ beers, ciders & wines, curated by a team of experts in each field, and the menu is simple, short and seasonal… and very popular! You can check out some more about the history, the location and the food on their website, and if you want to see what all the fuss is about, book yourself a table to see if you love it as much as Mia does!
We couldn’t have a guide to Twickenham without quickly mentioning the main reason people are in the area… Twickenham Stadium! Primarily used for those world-famous England rugby matches, the stadium is also the home to many other rugby tournaments. You can even catch a concert there every now and then, with some of the top names in music taking to the stage for sell-out shows in front of tens of thousands of people.
If you’re in the area and don’t have anything booked it’s even worth just taking a look from the outside, or checking out the museum and going for a tour of the place! You can find out all you need to know about the stadium and its upcoming events on the website.