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The Basset Hound, Thingwall - pub details

Address: 107 Barnston Road, Thingwall, Wirral, Merseyside, CH61 1AS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 37815) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Heswall (1.9 miles), Upton (2.4 miles), Rock Ferry (3 miles)

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Pensby Hotel, Thingwall (0.7 miles), Cherry Orchard, Arrowe Park (0.8 miles), Fox and Hounds, Barnston (0.9 miles), Arrowe Park Hotel, Woodchurch (1.0 miles), Dell, Prenton (1.4 miles) - see more nearby pubs


user reviews of the Basset Hound, Thingwall

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I couldn't really warm to this place. maybe its because my visit getting off to a bad start when the barmaid told me that "You shouldn't serve real ale to the top of the glass" & proceeded to hand me a pint of Abbot Ale with a 3cm gap! I think Trading Standards would be interested to hear that one! Luckily this only happened once as I wasn't served by her again. Other pumps included GK IPA & their own Basset Brew which is a 3.9% bitter. The pub itself is faux country inn style very much geared up for food . Pleasant enough I suppose, but it all felt a bit sterile & corporate to me.
happytyskie - 19 Jan 2013 18:00
It's changed utterly since 1977. But even then it was considered a place to miss because of the fizzy keg beer. "Whitbread. Trophy Bitter. The Pint That Thinks It's a. . . .Pint."

I agree with wirraldrinker, the ale is bland and the food, though not expensive is unremarkable.

I don't visit the Wirral much any more and am astounded at the spread of these dreadful Greene King pubs where you are supposed to memorise your table number because its easier for their record keeping system. The "Landlord's Choice" ale is actually the Brewery's choice - an unremarkable 3.5% bland bitter and the same as in other Greene King pubs tried in the area.

The Basset is popular with retired folk and local oldies clubs who want a cheap but acceptable set meal. Everyone else is better off going to half mile along the road to the Fox and Hounds (food service ceases promptly at 2pm when the deep fryer gets switched of).
mpage - 22 Apr 2012 19:02
Not a bad pub. Certainly seems popular enough. But as Wirraldrinker says you've got to love Greene King (which I don't) to get a buzz off visiting here. Was probably built in the 50's/60's. In the 70's it's rooms were cheesily called "The Dog House" & "The Kennel" etc. & probably had a framed cartoon of those dogs playing snooker - you know the one!
founddrunkinyourgarden - 16 Aug 2009 21:21
True enough about the limited beer range, but limited is better than none. My Old Speckled Hen was in good nick anyway. It's a Vintage Inn place I think, and I would rate it slightly above most food chain pubs. It genuinely feels historic, unlike most similar pubs. with wood panelling etc, although it's open plan. No pictures of basset hounds funnily enough, just old pictures of the Wirral. The standard of food is pretty good for the price too. For a classic pub you'd want to head down the road to the Fox and Hounds, but in view of the latter's limited food serving hours, you could do worse than to visit here too.
Carlurmston - 2 Jun 2009 12:58
A Greene King pub so you know the ale choice will be limited. Large car park. Outside seating area.
I've never understood the popularity of this place but the locals seem to like it! Typical pub food. Reasonably priced food and beer. Nothing special. Often caters for funeral parties during the day!
wirraldrinker - 2 Jun 2009 12:33

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