||26th December 2003
||With five punters including us and
the barman you have to wonder how long this venue will remain.
While it does we may as well enjoy the good beer and facilities
provided. Just don't mention the score.
||Adnams, London Pride, IPA, Royal Oak
||19th December 2003
||More proof if it was needed that the
less you play the better you become at darts. When the husband
and wife team beat the champions of last week all the practice
is shown to be a waste of time.
||Adnams Broadside, London Pride, IPA
||12th December 2003
||2 down with 3 to play and the steel
of the century was on the cards. Some highly erratic darts from
Dave backed up by some sensational finishing from Brian in all
the close games should have been enough to win. It could have
been so different in the tension filled last leg. Despite Dave's
truly awful darts throughout the evening it was set up for a
flamboyant finish. The remaining punters don't know how lucky
there were as K2 nailed it. The huge sigh of relief was almost
tangible. Onto the next round of this endless competition. Did I
mention that K2 had a puncture?
||5th December 2003
||There is always something strange
about a Young's Pub with music and the Black Lion simply proves
the point. So over the road to the Lamb were the toilet must be
more interesting that the bar as the entire pub seemed obsessed
with taking a leak. Still Rob proved what we have all known for
years. The less you practice at some sports the better you
become. Darts, snooker, golf, tennis...
||28th November 2003
||Too many Rottweilers guarding the
dart board forced an early exit from the Grove and resulted in
another pool, table
football and darts
evening at the Kelly's. As always the two K's failed to excel on
the dart board and Brian's bull finish killed off any sign of a
revival. Still they'll remind us that they won the pool.
||21st November 2003
should have been in the Wych Elm to see how to a finish a game.
It may have saved a lot of finger nails early on Saturday in the
RWC final. The tension was there alright but our finishing was
spot on. I guess Clive
is surfing in the wrong places.
||14th November 2003
||The competition started early with
pool followed by table football and darts. At the end of the
evening honors were even despite some sensational goal
scoring in the table football and unbelievable 2 dart
finishes. How can anyone write this pub off when all
this was accompanied by some classic 70's and 80's music
featuring the Stranglers, the Stones and the original
||Youngs, Guinness, White Wine, Coke?
||7th November 2003
||The smell from the new English
restaurant and the site of a busy darts board nearly drove the
early arrivals to a more accommodating hostelry but a table away
from the kitchen and an unusually large turn out made for some
noisy if unmemorable conversation.
||Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted,
Archer Rite Spooky, Shepherd Neame Late Red, Archers Sky Rocket,
Cain’s Traditional Bitter, Battersea Power Station Porter ...
||31st October 2003
||The sound of the band
blended into the background as the evening progressed and the
beer flowed. Was Bitter and Twisted better than Battersea Power
Station? Did Head Banger live up to its name? Can you spot the
difference between Shepherd Neame Late Red and Archer Rite
Spooky? You've got to try them to know I'm afraid.
||Jennings, Broadside, Pride
||24th October 2003
||After discussing the merits of the
15km individual time trial up the L'Alpe d'Huez in the 2004
tour some stunning finishing saw John and Dave win 6 games
of darts on the trot to take the match 8-4. Who would have
predicted that? It must have been longer odds than a double of
Wales beating Italy at football and Italy beating Wales at
||17th October 2003
||The dart board was occupied by a
couple of easy chairs after refurbishment so we had no
alternative but to discuss bike lights. This was
followed by a traditional Indian curry
subsidised by Walkers.
||10th October 2003
||Team spirit and a little beer allowed
us to stumble over the finishing line for a historic 9-7
victory. Unlike the English football team who could only manage
a goalless draw in Turkey. Maybe they should spend more time
with Rick and Lysa at www.thewilloughbyarms.com
where they may meet the victorious English rugby team.
||Fullers London Pride, Chiswick
||3rd October 2003
||A humiliating trashing at darts
again. From 5-2 up, the drink and distraction of visitors
got the better of us and we ended up deflated and defeated 7-11.
A switch to lemonade next week may be the only answer.
||26th September 2003
||Televised football followed by darts.
Two games up and a chance of a 180 turned to a 4-2 defeat. More
finishing practice needed.
||Youngs, Guinness, Spritzers
||19th September 2003
||A evening outside the toilets doesn't
sound too attractive and even less so when you find a spritzer
cost £3.40 but we endured all this and the lack of a game of
arrows to finalise plans for the forthcoming cycling trip. That
done we still had time to discuss bike lights and other less
|Swan (Hampton Wick)
Shepherd Neame Spitfire and Best
‘new’ pub after all these years.
The Swan is designed to intercept those young punters
unwilling to walk over the bridge to Kingston. However,
following an outdoor traffic census some reasonable darts were
played in very gloomy conditions – England cricketers would
definitely have retired to the pavilion.
Strangely the light improved markedly as the pub prepared
to shut! Worth
another visit? (KS)
||Youngs, Guinness, Spritzers
||5th September 2003
||Could this be the last al fresco
evening of the year or will we have an Indian summer? No one
cared much as we recounted stories of holiday's past, present
||Adnams, IPA, Fullers, Sprizters
||29th August 2003
||An evening of two halves. A sensible
half were we sat and discussed current affairs and a bizarre
half which revolved around the dart board. Forget Keith's bull
finish of last week. Struggling back from a 1-4 deficit to Brian
and Sheila (yes her with the doggy elbow who could only manage
to hit the lower half of the board), Keith managed a 126 finish
and followed this by finishing with a borrowed dart. Don't ask
why he borrowed my dart.
||22ng August 2003
||A traditional darts evening with
plenty of noise a meat raffle and no reason to go home early.
||15th August 2003
||While the tattoos enjoyed a party
inside we drank the night away in the garden before settling
down for a smelly curry.
||London Pride, Courage Best, Cold
||8th August 2003
||An evening of two halves. A pleasant
drink in the garden was followed by a game of darts in which
neither side seemed to have the skill (or inclination) to
||1st August 2003
||The Kelly's is back. It didn't close
before 11, the darts, pool and table football were ready for
action and the locals even chipped in the make up the numbers.
What else could you want? Free beer?
||25th July 2003
||A unexpectedly good turn out sat down
to discuss the weeks events. Would Jan Ulrich beat Lance
Armstrong in the final time trial of le tour? How dark is it in
Gomshall at night?
||18th July 2003
||Another night in the fresh air away
from the dart board so why did I wake up with such a hang over?
Will Ulrich catch Armstrong? We'll all be watching to find out.
That's for sure.
||11th July 2003
||A perfect summers evening bore
witness to the Gomshall Pentathlon. The first event, a 15 mile
cycle was soon forgotten as the contestants thrashed out the
competition. This was quickly followed by the beer drinking and
darts events and the evening was capped with the now legendary Gomshall
curry. Despite opting out of the cycling and finishing well
down in the backward swimming the winner of the event has to be
Evan for his outstanding performance in the darts in which he
finished a game for the first time in over 3 months. Those
present bore witness to a finish which will live long in the
memory. Having set up a double one to win the first dart bounced
off the wire around the bullseye while the second landed
precisely in the double one.
Pride, unknown but tasty fruity beer
select few for a pleasant garden beer and a lively game of
arrows, although this didn’t carry on till the early hours due
to lack of players. Didn’t
win the meat raffle and discovered a very tasty fruit beer too
late in the evening to really benefit from a sufficient
|Guinness, Youngs, (white wine spritzers)
pub crawl IN a pub. For
starters, we settled in the public bar but this was so noisy we
quickly moved to the garden.
Initially the garden was pleasant and quiet, but we were
soon surrounded by a noisy mob necessitating a move to the
lounge. This was
quiet and comfortable but when the conversation became
repetitious we moved back to the public bar, which had quietened
down, and finished the evening with a few games of arrows.
A tiring evening! (KS)
||20th June 2003
||Since the professional dart player
frightening us off the dartboard we spent a very pleasant
evening under the stars. Unfortunately the beer must have been a
little too good as Saturday morning was accompanied by a
mild hang over.
||13th June 2003
||An alfresco night away from the dart
board for a change.
||Battersea, IPA, Pride
||6th June 2003
||A embarrassing run of wins by Brian
and John was finally broken by the two Keith's which is just as
well as the dart board was about to go out the door.
||30th May 2003
||Once the talk of recent endeavours
had been exhausted the serious business began. With the crowd on
the edge of their seats (at least until until the meat
raffle began) the heavy weight darts contest took place. As
with snooker the duel continued late into the night but unlike
snooker the noise from a famous victory could be heard over most
of North Kingston.
||23rd May 2003
||The beer leaves a lot to be desired
and must be one of the reasons so many refuges pass through
France on their way to the UK. Why else would they choose to
leave the weather and scenery of Provence?
||16th May 2003
||A treble birthday celebration swelled
numbers but the topic of conversation continued to revolve
around bikes, bike routes and bike bits. At the first sign of
repetition the darts came out but the ladies had to endure the
usual poor standard and raucous behaviour as the effect of
excessive beer consumption began to kick in. All this was
followed by the traditional curry.
||9th May 2003
||Some unbelievable finishing, a couple
of close attempts at the 180 and some of the most
appalling darts I've ever seen for a long time kept us amused
around the dart board. More practice required I'm afraid.
||2nd May 2003
||Once all those intending to attend had
found the pub and all the punters arriving straight from the
office parties had left the evening settled down to some
unmemorable conversation and serious drinking.
Round 32 Start Here
||25th April 2003
||The St. George Day beer festival was a
great success with many of the North Kinston residents staggering
home in the early hours. The darts however were appalling until we
got near a finish when for some unknown reason the lads came good
(at least until the beer kicked in late on).
|Waggon & Horses
||17th April 2003
||The transfer to a Thursday night and
early start was an unprecedented success with a record turn out
(which included Tony) and fully attended curry.
Some local even saved us from an embarrassing show at the dart
board! The only cloud on
the horizon seems to appear after a few beers when you reach
50. Thank god it only happens once.
||11th April 2003
||Despite the the old man of 50 spilling
beer all over the floor the darts seemed to fly straighter than
normal especially for Brian who won 10 games on the trot.
||Fullers London Pride
||4th April 2003
||What have darts, snooker, tennis and
golf got in common? The answer was there for all to see in the
Wych Elm on this Friday night. The answer of course is the more
you play the worst you get as our welcome
guests will no doubt confirm.
||28th March 2003
was kind of the management to open the pub especially for us. The
locals must have deserted due to early closing but we were
unaffected as an early curry
was on the agenda.
Cares / Waggon and Horses
hyperspaced rapidly from the ‘Who Cares’ ‘cos the Phuknose
Special Ale was rank. However,
the Waggon was solid as usual where John gave a demonstration of
how to finish some rather tired and apathetic games of arrows –
suggest next week we row down the ‘Shock and Awe’ – a Henley
||14th March 2003
||It may be a little too far for some but
some amazing finishing at the latter part of the evening by K2
meant all went home happy.
Rocking Thunder, etc...
|7th March 2003
||A last visit to this restaurant come
pub before its refurbished in an effort to find an identity. A
beer festival seems to have failed to get the passing trade to
stop for a drink on the way into Kingston so what's next? A dart
competition maybe, but they'll need to install a dart board first
and I bet that's not in the refurbishment plans.
||28th February 2003
||How are we supposed to put in a decent
show at the next darts world championships if we can't get any
practice? I'm not sure talking about it will help that much
although we can always enjoy trying. Particularly after
hours even if we do get a bit tired..
||Tangle Foot, IPA
||21st February 2003
||A evening understanding the boat
insurance business www.craftinsure.com
and the rewards which come from such activities www.caterham.co.uk
kept us away from the dart board to the relief of us all.
||14th February 2003
||The old river may have dried up but the
darts just kept on going and going and going. It's just a pity
that everyone decided to play well against me!
The finishing was so good we even managed to win
the meat raffle.
||7th February 2003
||No sooner had we arrived that we had to
leave. Too old and a busy dart board being the excuse. So where
did we end up? A pub that closed before last orders. Can you
believe it? Well its not surprising looking at this bunch
of over aged drinkers.
||31st January 2003
||How can the darts be so good one minute
and so bad the next? Local knowledge may come in to it as the home
team who arrived on foot triumphed over the away
team who had to resort to their bikes.
||24th January 2003
||The lure of a birthday curry was
obviously sufficient to ease a few from their armchairs on a
Friday night. Any worry about not having practiced at darts was
quickly dispelled as we collectively struggled to hit the double
||17th January 2003
||More beer, more pool, more darts but no
table football. Shame on us.
||10th January 2003
||Take a railway station waiting room,
add a few television screens and a couple of tables and chairs and
you could be in the Surbiton Flyer. But don't bother to stay as
there much better taverns a few yards down
the street even if one or two of the clientele are a little
the worst for wear.
||London Pride, Greene King IPA
||3rd January 2003
||With 3 sets of darts ready and one
stuck in quarantine at Heathrow we seemed the cope quiet well
considering the multi coloured chalk and a crater in the 13.
Encouraged by the TV coverage of the world darts championships
there was no hanging around finishing and treble 20's were in
abundance after reaching the "3 pint zone". Just
remember "You're only as good as your last game" and who
was it who won that?