The Hand and Racquet Pub

We had to run an errand in Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago. It was a frustrating errand that didn’t end all that well. As you can imagine, I was annoyed. So what did I do? If you guessed went to a pub, you know me very well.

Close to the Wimbledon Tube station you can find The Hand and Racquet Pub. Many of you know I’m a huge tennis nut and I thought the name was cute. The place is a lot bigger than most pubs. And it’s a little more posh than many I’ve been to.


The staff was super friendly and a couple of them cracked jokes. That always enhances the experience.

We decided to share the burger board, which included three mini BBQ pulled pork burgers, 20131005_133604 three Tickler Cheddar & Streaky Bacon burgers, and chips. Now, The Better Half, for some reason does not like pulled pork so I had all of those and they were quite tasty. I wasn’t a huge fan of the bacon burgers. They had salsa on them and I wasn’t expecting that when I bit into one. Normally I don’t mind salsa, but it didn’t work for me that day.

This pub is not near us at all and that’s a shame since I would like to go there more often. But if I happen to get tickets to Wimbledon this year, I now know a place to go to before, after, and during rain delays. I like to plan ahead. I give this pub four out of five stars.


Some friends are visiting us this weekend and I’m pretty excited. I’m thinking there will be some pub visits! Have a great weekend!

I like a pub that takes safety serious. You can never be too careful when surrounded by drunks.

I like a pub that takes safety serious. You can never be too careful when surrounded by drunks.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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31 Responses to The Hand and Racquet Pub

  1. bulldog says:

    Your hardest job of all… pub reviews… but this one sounds a goodie…

  2. Those “chips” look enormous!

  3. THOSE FRIES. yum! just discovered your blog, really cool stuff! cheers!

    • TBM says:

      I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to fries and I can say that they were indeed, yummy. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll pop by your blog soon, when the friend visit is over. Cheers!

  4. Vishy says:

    Love the name of the pub, TBM! It looks quite nice from your description too. Happy weekend to you too!

  5. Rorybore says:

    I think Pub Reviewer would have to be just about the Best Job Ever.
    If you love French Fries, you have to come to Canada and my neck of the woods for Wes Chips.
    seriously….so good.
    and then there’s a Fudge Factory just down the road from that.
    now…if only there was a brewery in the middle: perfect day right there 🙂

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Hahaha hope your friends enjoy a pub crawl with you!

  7. lynnsbooks says:

    Okay, I’m just going to say this and appear like a dumbo but what exactly is ‘pulled pork’? Sorry, probably not the right bit of the piece to focus on but I can’t get my head round what it is??
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      The pork is slow cooked and then “pulled” or shredded into bits. usually it is served with a tangy bbq sauce. It’s quite popular in the States.

  8. This bought back some memories for me – I used to live in Tooting Broadway and often headed “Up the road” to Wimbledon – it’s been years sicne I went to this pub, glad you had fun 🙂

  9. OMG, I want those french fries!!!! Have you ever tried them with mayo? That’s what they use instead of ketchup in the Netherlands, and I must admit, it’s really good! Have a great weekend :).

  10. Your burger board burgers/pulled pork look like sliders! The fries~I want them.. 🙂 No beer? Hope you had a great weekend!!

    • TBM says:

      I remember having a half pint of beer but I didn’t order it so I can’t remember the name unfortunately. When we arrived I was in dire need to use the loo so the Better Half ordered everything.

  11. Hahah! I felt like going to the pub a few times this weekend too. What an awesome pub. So true about safety too. i used to work in a bar – people are so dumb when they drink!

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    Of course…a pub visit! Sounds like a fabulous thing to do to unwind some tension!

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