The pubs around Craven Cottage and in Fulham itself are wonderful examples of upper scale ‘London pubs’, and as such visitors won’t be disappointed . Away fans are welcomed in at The Eight Bells, however that can get busy as early as 1pm. If you find it too busy for your tastes, both The Temperance (on Fulham high street) and The Crabtree on Rainville Road, a 10 minute walk to the stadium are welcoming to football fans, supporting both home and away teams. If you are after a Fulham fan’s typical experience try The Golden Lion which has been a Fulham stronghold for a long time.
If you’re an out-of-towner that’s finally been given the gift of visiting the Cottage in person, get into The Golden Lion, the busiest and best home fan pub in the area. Things get busy quickly, so get in early for reasonably priced drinks and a great atmosphere.
For away fans, there’s a good selection where you’d be better suited: the Zulu Bar and the Eight Bells are both favourites. South of the Thames you’ve got more variety, but it’s about a 20-minute walk. Prices are comparable throughout.
For those arriving via Hammersmith Station entrance, a local pub called the Crabtree is a favorite for a mixture of home and away supporters for pre or post-match drinks and is around a 10 minute walk away. This traditional “country pub” also provides food and have a garden which is perfect for the family in the summer pre-match and the relaxed lounge area makes it a useful meeting place before or after the game. You will be looking at around £3.50-£4.10 for a pint and £1.15 for a packet of crisps which although seems expensive it is fairly reasonable for London priced pubs.
Alternatively, 15 minutes in the opposite direction is The Eight Bells which is another popular watering hole for the home fans however it has a smaller capacity which means if you don’t get there early on match day, you won’t get in. It is considered a 17th-century tavern style that sells traditional English pub food which is why it is a favorite for the older fans and families.
Both of these venues have great atmospheres, particularly on match day, and are fairly friendly to locals and away fans so mingling shouldn’t be an option. For nice weather conditions, walking to the stadium from these will lead you along a scenic river walk which shouldn’t be missed either.
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