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Survives off custom from the chain hotel behind it. GK pub by a main road, TBH I have 1,600 pubs on my visited list and would rather have been in most of the others than this one.
rainlight - 10 Jul 2019 18:25
Went to anevent in the function room yesteray and was pleasantly surprised by the beer quality here. Greene King IPA in excellent condition. However, unless I was going to an event here, I wouldn't bother with visiting this pub.
Aztecgoat - 15 May 2016 09:40
Service is really bad and so slow. Some staff are ok and are really friendly and helpful. Basically a cheap food place that sells beer. Full of kids and chavs.
nickthefish - 26 Dec 2013 11:01
Really grim. My wife booked a table for 12noon for father's day, so we toddled along with our two year old and got there at 11.50 (the website and the sign on the door both said open at 11.30am).
Tried to get in, shouted at "we're closed, we're closed, come back at 12."
So, back to the car, return to the pub at 12.05pm.
Staff meeting is going on, we stand by the sign that says 'please wait here to be seated.' And wait.
Get bored, so ask a barmaid, can we sit down? Yes, she says, looking surprised.
Wander over to the tables, wife stands on something squidgy - it's a buttered bread roll on the floor.
At this point we think, 'stuff it'. We went to the Pope in Twickenham instead. I'd advise anyone else to do the same.
twicsteve - 27 Jun 2013 10:57
Would stear well clear of this place! Full of coked up 50 year old gangsters just looking for a row! Pathetic! Spoiled a perfectly good evening! Police should take note!!!!
Giacomo10 - 27 Feb 2012 10:57
Only worth going to if you are going to the fabulous rock and Roll club in the adjoining hall. In order to get real ale you have to buy it in the pub then take it next door.
trueglory - 1 Jun 2011 11:09
the quiz night on a wed is rubbish same boring format same 6 players dj tries to be funny but is not
but good to see the quality of bar staff is excellent now and place seems a lot cleaner
ambience 8
value for money 8
house keeping 8
service 8

well done but get rid of quiz and put big screen in for a football corner, as wed night big game night
ivorbeer - 10 Oct 2010 12:42
Went here with a couple of mates for a friday night out. They had no ales so we left. The place seemed full of mutton dressed as lamb and smelled like the perfume counter in a pound shop. apparently there was a grab a granny disco next door. Maybe on another night I'd have a better time.
Sodalltodo - 28 May 2010 17:31
The Wednesday night music quiz is still a fun night to take part in with a chance to win dosh well into 3 figures .... very handy cash and a fun night to take part in as well. One of those well thought out quizzes that gives everyone a fair chance to win without being too "over the top difficult", would make a real midweek distraction instead of flicking the sky remote and arguing over what to watch .... starts around 8.30pm , why not try it out ??
big_funkyman - 30 Mar 2010 17:56
I've been to The Winning Post on and of for about 10 years now and it seems to have been run into the ground due to cost cutting. I feel quite sorry for the staff who have to bare the brunt of us customer's frustration at the fact that there's 1 or 2 behind the bar even on busy days. On rugby days the car park's packed full of cars all paying a premium, it would be nice to see these thousands going to charity rather than the Landlord's pocket.
cheesenonion - 1 Feb 2010 22:48
Used to drink here all the time a few years ago, it was very convenient, but the main issues were the staff. Such a high turnover meant that none of the staff seemed trained at all, service was very slow, they were a bunch of kids who didnt have a clue how to serve in a pub, god forbid you should ask them to fill your glass of coke up to the brim! I once asked for a Kronenberg and received a fosters, I politely told the barmaid who disagreed with me.

"Nah hun you said fosters"

After a strop, multiple sighs, and rude behaviour I got the pint I asked for. What ever happened to the customer's always right? Or at least treating them with a bit of respect.

All that being said I have not been in there in a while and was wandering what the service is like nowadays.
justaquickpint - 27 Jan 2010 16:52
It's about the Club Classics and Tamla Motown nights I have something to say. They're both very good nights out because of the good atmosphere and the great crowd. However, and I'm sure many people will agree with me, the music is a bit loud. I want the DJ to know this and have him turn down the volume a bit. I regurlarly go to KIngstonians for a similar night out, who have a meter on the wall to inform the DJ when the music is too loud. This is a very good idea. Everybody should enjoy themselves whilst not worrying about going deaf. Please pass this suggestion to the DJ.

Thanks,
Alexander
beetle44 - 29 Aug 2009 16:54
New pub music quiz starts wed aug 19th at 8.30 loads of fun over 4 rounds and win up to £400 ! by getting ten questions correct out of ten ! not rocket science and a real chance of winning some handy cash with radio dj Terry Peters.
So you know your music eh ? come and test yourself and have a laugh trying.
Thats the 10/10 challenge every wednesday night from aug 19th. £1.00 per person per round. Small outlay for Fairsize return. Give it a go.
big_funkyman - 12 Aug 2009 18:32
Had a decent pint in here at 9pm one Sunday evening.

Quiet mind. Only two 40-something, middle-class punters.
The tables were set for the next day & the hoover was out.

A clean pub but nearly pitch dark away from the bar counter

Despite its size, it seemed poky. Recollect a silly amount of pillars & posts, maybe fake, to break the space.

On the Whitton side of the divided A316 with a bit of a motorway pub feel

threeravensmoor - 21 Jan 2009 22:27
I am not sure what to make of this pub, because I donít think it can make up its mind about what type of establishment it wants to be. A pub, a family restaurant or a hotel, God knows. Anyway, the bar staff who served me was very friendly and the one real ale on sale was pleasant enough, and reasonably priced. I cannot comment on the price of the lager though. Nothing in this place made me feel that I should visit it again in a hurry.
LennyBanter - 31 Aug 2008 12:31
Myself and a friend used this bar on a business trip to London 3rd Feb 2008 The staff were excellent and food was extremely good and good value for this area Cant say good enough i would recommend to anyone without hesitation....
NATIONALGUARD - 8 Feb 2008 20:39
Went here last Sunday having been once previously to the carvery, which I was very impressed with.
However, the carvery has now been replaced with a run-of-the-mill Harvester/Wetherspoons type system, whereby you choose your meal from a menu and go to the bar and order your food stating your table number - although the staff did allow me to order my drinks with my meal I got the distinct impression that this was an exception to the norm and that I would normally have been told to go to another part of the bar to order my drinks (that's one up to Wetherspoons then, where at least you can order food and drink together). I'm afraid the food wasn't up to much either - my mash potato tasted supiciously like Smash and my wife's roast beef was cut so thin you could almost see straight through it!!!
Ok, ok, I know this is a site about pubs and not restaurants, as I was driving I didn't have a beer and so I can't comment on this, but I will agree with previous posts in that this place has no atmosphere. I don't really think it can be classed either as a pub or a restaurant - it may as well be a social club for all the character it has!!!
I won't be returning. Whitton may not be known for great pubs but there are plenty better than here.
Andrewatwork - 24 Jul 2007 16:23
Went there recently after their refurb and they've made a total horlicks of it losing cosy seating inside and installing too much bench-seating outside.

Where you were once able to sit outside & enjoy a relatively quiet family lunch you are now unable to fit a wheelchair (or even a buggy) between the seats. Guess they've tried to cram in more outside seating because of the smoking ban - at the expense of accessibility.

No point going back I suppose, oh well.
issas - 13 Jul 2007 15:40
Winning Post - Arrived Sunday evening 11th December realising we could not researve a table to eat and was informed that we had to wait approx 40 minutes. Went to the bar to order a few drinks, the bar person looked like something from a horror movie with rings protuding from his mouth/lips (something to be said about customer relations). Order two pints of Youngs beer the barrel then ran out and they had no stock.(Pub with no beer comes to mind)

Unable to get a decent drink, not really knowing if we were to get a table an attenpt at being served by I am not sure what, used the mobile phones to book a table at the county arms with decent beer, excellent service and good value

Winning Post wake up
ksaunders - 11 Dec 2006 09:15
well emma i think you must work here, as i have had the carvery and wasn't that impressed & have been told by friends some sunday lunch horror stories that would turn yer stomach.

how this place survives is easy - business functions/coach trip stops plus a small hotel on the backend of building supplying captive punters and a passing trade of people/reps travelling down the busy A316 duel carrigeway.

in my view, stay away from this cold faceless unfriendly motorway sevice station style pub. the beer is poor & overpriced, the staff are chavy arrogant gits etc. the only plus side is you wont get bashed up in here! i personally will take my chances in a rougher pub with some atmosphere......

3.5/10
TheAreaManager - 2 Dec 2006 16:34
Do an excellent carvery, full marks, and excellent value for money!! Well worth a visit!
emma_pearson - 6 Sep 2006 19:03
dreadful dreadful Pub - On a par with the Nelson for chavness, with the added bonus that they employ young chavs behind the bar as well who clearly have no idea what they are doing and would rather be somewhere else.

Glass collecting - none existent. Plus I had a load of girly blokes at the bar going on about their tinted eyebrows - Ponces.
TheGP - 3 Sep 2006 20:25
Had a drink here recently and sat outside, never had any problems personally and the carvery is good value. The barmaid made a fuss of our toddler and gave him a St Georges Day baloon which we thought was nice.

Unfortunately some other parents turned up who seemed to think it was ok for us to mind their kids for them so we left. Apart from that no problems, wouldn't make it my regular though.
issas - 8 May 2006 16:04
Nicky, I think you'd have a bad attitude if you had Christmas day at the Winning Post.

This pub is possibly the worst located pub in Twickenham/Whitton. Its like when you build a train station in 'Railroad Tycoon' and you forget to connect it up to the train track.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 21:53
This pub is poor.I went in their Christmas day and the service was appalling 30 mins to get served.I appreciate it was Christmas Day but to have 2 surly lazy staff on was very bad.
I went back in their in March on a quiet evening, again the staff were very rude and the toilets absolutely stunk.
Overall a rank pub.
nickyetti - 3 Apr 2006 15:13
unfortunately, this is the closest pub to home for me but in no way would i call it my local. absolutely zero atmosphere. unfriendly locals. passable beer. carvery is ok though. 2/10.
swatto - 6 Jan 2006 14:44
This pub could be anywhere, it looks just like all the other generic eateries that attract young chav families, it has no atmosphere and quite frankly, it's a bit scary.
Cleversaz - 2 May 2005 15:28
Strange pub - seems to be in competiton with the Beefeater chain although, when I was there on Sunday night they had a very loud and very bad Karaoke night.
mike2004 - 31 Aug 2004 10:49
The Winning Post is a weird pub, with a hotel and restaurant bolted on to the side. Plus it is on the A316, so you risk Carbon Monoxide poisoning if you sit outside.
Having said that, it is not so bad inside, and the restaurant is reasonable. The staff are clueless though and is full of Whitton "Hard" men.
TheGP - 9 Aug 2004 15:40

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