Below are just a few of the reviews we have had over the years.
The Good Pub Guide
“Extraordinary choice of sandwiches in popular refurbished pub with real ales and plenty of outside seating”
Nicely old-fashioned, this popular pub does get especially busy at weekend lunchtimes when it might be best to book a table in advance.
As well as shiny low Anaglypta ceilings, black-panelled dados and new leather chairs around sturdy country tables (one very long and another in a big bow window), there’ s a woodburning stove at one end and a pretty little fireplace in a second room.
China pineapples join other decorations on a set of shelves in one of three cottagey carpeted linked rooms on the left. It’s bare boards on the right where the bar counter has Black Sheep Bitter, Fullers London Pride and Marstons Pedigree on handpump and several wines (and champagne) by the glass; piped music and games machine.
A roadside verandah has some rustic tables and there are plenty of round picnic-sets out in the garden, some on fairy-lit decking under an oak tree; the nearby motorway can be heard out here.
The Telegraph (original article)
They call it the pub of a thousand sandwiches, where instead of balancing £17.99 worth of lamb shanks on your lap, you work your way through heroically-proportioned baps and baguettes that are positively groaning with ingredients (as you will be, if you take the with-chips option).
Yes, instead of using standard, unfeasibly wafer-thin slices of industrially processed meat and cheese, the Pineapple sandwich-makers carve irregular hunks and chunks from real, roast joints and rounds of brie. “The bread’s really thick, too,” says the barman proudly. “We only get eight slices per loaf.” There are all the usual fillings, plus scores of less conventional combinations, such as roast lamb with hummus, chicken tikka with mango chutney and even fried fish fingers with tartare sauce.
You can share your order and still feel full, but if you like to indulge a big appetite you’ll be in heaven with the super-sized roast beef or sausage offerings, the Sunday-lunch-in-a-bun (hot roast pork with sage and onion stuffing and apple sauce) also called Porky and Best. The other jokey sandwich names include Hamfull, Salad Daze and Wedge Ham United.
There are five options of bread (crusty white, wholegrain brown, bap, wrap and baguette) and an accompaniment choice of chips, salad or soup, which means the possible number of bread/filling/side-order permutations is 1,005 (or so the landlord tells us). It’s no wonder The Pineapple gets a pat on the back from The Good Pub Guide, amid grumbles of dissatisfaction over the soaring price of pub food (now £16.76 per person, on average).
The Pineapple sells three real ales – London Pride, Black Sheep and Greene King IPA – and offers extra helpings of history. Not only does it have the low-beamed look of a 15th-century roadside inn, it also owes its name to the fact that Britain’s first pineapple was grown 200 yards away in the village of Dorney (fine waterside walks) and presented to King Charles II in 1661 as an alternative to Nell Gwynn’s oranges.