The Canbury Arms has been around since 2005 and is tucked away a stone throw away from the bustling suburban streets of Kingston town. So if you’re in the area and fancy a cheeky pint or two with genuine locally brewed ales, craft beer, front and rear gardens along with spacious dining areas then you’re in a safe pair of hands.
This is the area around the bar, it doesn’t look much to be fair but let’s be honest it’s a boozer and not a white table cloth Michelin affair so it really doesn’t matter. It’s a different story around the back of the pub though as the dining space there is more polished and akin to a restaurant’s.
You really can’t go wrong with a pint of Doom Bar.
We opt for the MEAT sharing platter £14.50.
The dips are yogurt based and the yellow hued variety tasted like Coronation chicken. They weren’t that remarkable but not worthy of a complaint at this price point. The softness and warmth of the bread made it ideal for scooping too.
The pork, thyme and sage scotch egg was a nice surprise with the crispy shell and herby pork. The seasoning was correct and I could have eaten a dozen of them!
The mini chorizo sausages may not feature in Barrafina’s menu but from a £14.50 sharing platter they contained enough flavour to please any palate in my opinion.
The spicy lamb meatballs were perhaps the weakest link as the spice they profess to have is non-existent but the tart tomato sauce seemed to have lifted the flavour somewhat.
When did I go? July 2016
The damage: Expect to pay £30-£40 per head with drinks
The good: We paid less than £15 for a sharing platter with some really fresh and enjoyable treats. At this price point it’s difficult to grumble. My experience was also lucid enough to convince me to come back here and have a full meal in their restaurant area once day.
The bad: It might be a tad far out for those who don’t want to venture to Surrey.
Address: 49 Canbury Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 6LQ
Phone: 020 8255 9129