Spring Grove13 Bloomfield Road
Although this pub is neither a listed building nor on any CAMRA inventory, it is an attractive late 19th-century building retaining stained glass windows (possibly inter-war) and although opened up, the pub has distinct areas, including a room labelled ‘Tap Room’ with a stained glass skylight. The original 1892 plan of the pub can be seen at the entrance to this area. Inside the ‘Tap Room’ there is also a good black-and-white photograph of the pub’s exterior showing Young’s livery. Gilt and etched mirrors have been incorporated into the modern tiled bar-back in the servery area. Cast iron and marble fireplaces can be seen in the main bar and ‘Tap Room’. Note also the dentilled cornices in the main bar. The rear of the pub appears to be a modern extension with a skylight. This area leads to an attractive modern garden. A trip to the loos affords glimpses of old photographs including one of sheep in Kingston town centre, a portrait of the young Terence Conran and a picture of Boots in the Market Place.
As mentioned before, this pub is the official lunch stop but the first and third pubs on the crawl also serve reasonably priced food.
The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Spring Grove
The Spring Grove featured on the Hostelries Along the Hogsmill: Daytime Pub Tour of Kingston and New Malden in February 2020.