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The Dolphin Inn, Thetford

Again, closed I think...

14 Sep 2020 22:35

The Chase, Thetford

Modern, soulless Hungry Horse effort... Can someone tell me why they open these places..? Cheap nasty meals in a dirty unimaginative setting with sports on multiple TVs... Beers were GK IPA, something I can't remember and (thankfully) Speckled Hen which was okay. The staff tried, but more negatives than positives... I had the worst nachos I've ever had, and there hard to get wrong!

14 Sep 2020 22:32

The Bell Hotel, Thetford

We chose the Bell because it has dog friendly rooms, and we weren't dissapointed. The main building is a 15th Century coaching inn which has been expanded into a 'U' shape with a courtyard in the middle. The new building is opposite the old inn on the River side. It's true that it has a slightly faded elegance, a bit like the whole of Thetford which was obviously a much more prosperous town pre industrial revolution. We had a cracking couple of nights here.. The Staff are the stars, very helpful and friendly. Food in bar was really good and well priced. As you would expect, Green king IPA and Abbot, with Aspalls cider. We stayed in the old part which has creaking staircases, open beams and uneven floors. If you want a relatively cheap few nights away, give it a go...

14 Sep 2020 22:24

The Kings Head, Thetford

Closed...looks never to reopen... God knows what we are in for with Covid 19 closing everything!!

13 Sep 2020 21:53

The Ark, Thetford

Definitely closed.. still says Ark on side but half demolished... what is this country doing to try to help small business!!!!!!!!!!

13 Sep 2020 21:50

Albion, Thetford

Great drinking pub.. well run with a lovely sun trap front garden.. Green king IPA and wainwrights plus another I can't remember..

13 Sep 2020 21:48

The Black Horse, Thetford

Definitely the best pub in Thetford.. we stayed in the bell hotel which is also recommended. On initial inspection, Mr spoons Red Lion has killed a few Thetford pubs (The Kings head and Dolphin were closed, with the Ark almost demolished!) The Black Horse however was charming.. really knowledgeable staff, wide beer choice and great food. Sun trap front garden and manicured back with cabins trying to adjust to a post covid world.. The virus however couldn't contain Ringwood Razorback, Nethergate venture, Bombardier and more!!! Long live he revolution!!

13 Sep 2020 21:44

The Church House Inn, Stokenham

Sister pub to The Cricket @ Beesands... That was good, so would definitely visit next holiday...

19 Aug 2020 22:24

The White Hart Hotel, Uttoxeter

Only visited once on a brief stop in Uttoxeter. This is a smart hotel, and personally, I wouldn't mind being holed up for a few nights here.. Three real ales, but 61 deep and Doom bar aside (boring), the bar was saved by having 'Admiral Gardner First Lord' ale from the Uttoxeter brewery! Literally situated in the car park outside. I popped in and bought a few bottles... I can't comment on Uttoxeter pubs, as I haven't stayed here, but The White Hart is pleasant..

19 Aug 2020 22:20

The Farmers Arms, Frankby

Seemed a chain pub, but this was August 13th 2020.. in our 'new (shite) normal' world.. I'm always positive, and whilst the app appeared annoying, there were plenty of friendly staff taking orders. I had Wainwrights bitter, and my wife had food which was good with fast service..

13 Aug 2020 22:40

The Cross Foxes, Erbistock

There are some great pubs around here set on the River Dee.. Undoubtedly this is one of them. The views are stunning, and with Breakspear Oxford Gold flowing, a pleasant place to 'sink a few''. My review is posted Tuesday 11th August 2020, when everyone has forgotten common sense and thinks the world is ending... I don't post massively negative comments post Covid 19, but did think the way drinkers are treated at the cross Foxes was overly negative... (get the wrong way system wrong and you will be tarred and feathered)... I'm not sure if it's logged on Beer in the evening, but The boat at Erbastock is even more stunning and has the opportunity for wild swimming in the Dee.. I loved it, plus the Wrexham magic dragon Eyton beer..

13 Aug 2020 22:27

Red Lion Hotel, Malpas

Unfortunately closed, and permanently I think... Malpas is a lovely place, but a barren wasteland in drinking terms. The Crown was being refurbished on my week visit in August 2020... The Vaults looks like a refugee hostel! Your only two current places to drink are the Fire Station cafe bar or the sports club, both good at differing ends of the price scale.

9 Aug 2020 22:34

The Sportsmans Arms, Tattenhall

Solid local... good Thwaites pub set at the upper end of the high street with a crown green bowls club behind the beer garden. Thwaites original and a guest, plus the nice Kingstone press cider. Heart food.

8 Aug 2020 18:02

The Navigation Inn, Barrow upon Soar

On its way back to best pub in the village.. Really trying post lockdown, and delivering a proper pub experience... give it a go.! You won't be disappointed..

11 Jul 2020 22:32

The Ferry Inn, Salcombe

A view to remember... a hot sunny Tuesday in July 2020.. (yes, after the world ended...) The Palmers Dorset gold was first class, as was watching the Yatch set.. Drinks were expensive, but with this view what do you expect.. Coronavirus wise, I was allowed up to the bar, and staff were trying... I'm still not sure our lockdown measures were correct, and only time will tell, but I worry for the future...

11 Jul 2020 22:26

Dartmouth Arms, Dartmouth

Visited July 5th 2020. One day after lockdown ended... Salcombe seahorse in fine fettle and laid back atmosphere.. one way system in operation, but other than that, felt really good.. A lot of people drinking on the quay, and a really nice vibe... Sensible staff and definitely recommended...

11 Jul 2020 22:09

The Start Bay Inn, Torcross

Firstly, Dylarolla, the Cricket inn at Beesands must have been much renovated since this posting, as it is now a large pub with a lovely bar and real 'pubby' feel. I visited the Start bay inn on Wed 8th July 2020, so this post is 'post' Corona virus lockdown. I say this, as in these early days the ways pubs re-open need to be reported on this site. Whilst safety first, all reviews must state whether it is a nice experience and anything like the what we knew before.. We also climbed over the hill from Beesands, but timed it with low tide to clamber back over the rocks on the beach. I appreciate its early days, but on our visit The start bay inn was still effectively closed except for take out.. Only real ale was st.austell Tribute, and there was a nice cider called Sheppey.. I won't mark the pub down, because this is early days, and drinking beer on the sea wall on a nice day was still appreciated, but unlike the Cricket at Beesands which felt more 'normal'. I had to pay through a Perspex screen and the glass collector looked like he was prepared for a nerve agent attack, but hey, like I say, too early to judge... If you are in this area, do try the cricket at Beesands for beer and the Britannia on the beach (again Beesands) for seafood...

11 Jul 2020 19:48

The Ship Inn, Weybourne

Lovely pint of Moon gazer Triskele porter...

3 Feb 2020 22:38

Tyneside Club, Sheringham

Visited again on my latest holiday in Sheringham. Brilliant again, very busy on a Tuesday night and there were two real ales (think they were Rockin Rudolph and an IPA). Only downside was Villa scoring a last gasp winner in Caribou cup semi against Leicester!

3 Feb 2020 06:06

Robin Hood, Sheringham

Didn't feel comfortable... Even though our dog 🐶 is the smallest, cleanest canine ever (Miniture schnauzer) cleaner than most humans, the barman felt the need to instruct us she couldn't venture onto carpeted areas.. Had one drink and left.. Try The Lobster...

2 Feb 2020 21:40

Lobster, Sheringham

Still the best Sheringham pub..

2 Feb 2020 21:36

The Golden Fleece, Wells next the Sea

North Norfolk 'trendy' now.. Not unpleasant, but very light and (slightly cafe feel) inside. Had a pint of Wherry that was nicely served. Would have to visit evening on a session to fully review..

2 Feb 2020 21:35

The Hill House, Happisburgh

My favourite pub of a holiday to Norfolk in January 2020... stayed in Sheringham, but had a great day out in Happisburgh (watch the pronunciation - I was picked up on this by Norfolk folk). Walk along the beach to the cart gap and Sea Palling beyond.. lovely walking. The pub immediately feels good. Old, homely, nooks and crannies everywhere. Lots of locals. Apparently Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle stayed here. They also brew there own beer at the Dancing Men brewery behind. I had dancing men After the storm, but there was also Lacons St.Nick, Woodfords Tinsel toes, Green King IPA and more. Visit now, before coastal erosion denies you the privilege!

2 Feb 2020 21:29

The Ancient Mariner, Hunstanton

No comments for seven years...! BITE reviewers castigate yourselves! Okay, I've been around this area numerous times, but never ended up in the Ancient Mariner. I was pleasantly surprised. We walked from the cliff car park along the beach, then cut through to the RNLI lifeboat station and on to the pub.. Sunday lunchtime in January, but felt warm an welcoming. Didn't eat, but had a pint of Jennings Night Vision (long way from home), that was very pleasant. 6 real ales on including Ghost ship, Fullers London Pride and loads more.. lifeboat volunteers sitting about the bar after a practise.. felt the real deal and will return..

2 Feb 2020 21:11

The Rose and Crown, Ludlow

Totally agree with Martinsh.. I'm from Leicestershire, so haven't got any Joules pubs that near, but have been in them in Leek, Lichfield, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, and always found them good. The Rose and Crown is (as again pointed out by Martinsh) large, surrounding the courtyard on 3 sides. I can't remember all beers when I visited on Dec 30th 2019, but certainly pure blonde, pale, old no.6, slumbering monk from Joules, plus a Woods and another... so no complaining...

31 Dec 2019 22:38

The Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth

Blue Scrumpy.. perhaps not as busy on Dec 29th 2019, but the landlady let us take normal glasses outside. Inside very busy though... slightly 'train spotting' crowd (and I'm not talking Irvine Welsh), but quirky, and a second to none beer choice. I really can't remember them all... I certainly had a Bewdley Station porter..

29 Dec 2019 21:52

Shakespeare Inn, Bridgnorth

This is now a Joules pub, and very nice to! Two bars, one more food, one more beer.. Didn't eat, but food looked good. Lovely courtyard outside. All the Joules staples, Slumbering Monk, Pure blonde, pale plus Christmas old No.6.(and loads more). Interesting place Bridgnorth... definitely try the Cliff Railway and visit the SVR..

29 Dec 2019 21:44

The Crown Inn, Cleobury Mortimer

I understand this pub may have recently had a refurbishment? The Hopton Crown is a coaching inn, as British as you get. Set in a valley between Bewdley and Ludlow, in a wonderful, oft overlooked part of England. You have the old building which has a restaurant, two bars and some rooms, then more rooms in a newer building. We stayed for 3 nights between Christmas and New Year 2019, and have nothing but praise. Rooms are modern, well equipped and dog friendly. Bars had roaring fires and were busy... (first day we arrived there were about 30 guys toasting a pheasant shoot!). Food was good and well priced (around £12 for a main meal). Beers were a couple of Hobsons (twisted Spire and a darker beer), along with Wye valley golden ale. Founders reserve and Robinsons ciders. Nothing really at Hopton Wafers, although I imagine good walking in the summer months.. We used as a base to visit Wyre forest, Bridgnorth, Ludlow etc.. Definitely recommended..

29 Dec 2019 21:29

The Generous Briton, Costock

I would like to give this a higher mark... Its a lovely pub, friendly staff, comforting etc.. I just found the beer uninspiring... Mansfield cask and Marstons Pedigree and Wainwrights... Come on landlord/lady! You've got the Charnwood brewery an Moonface on your doorstep... just think bigger!

28 Dec 2019 22:23

Widow Cullens Well, Lincoln

Loved it... A Samuel Smiths traditional pub with great, really well priced beers in an amazing location... it's easy to miss, so keep your eye out.. mobiles, tablets are banned.. this is a real deal boozer... try the old brewery ale... to die for.., A few locals weren't so keen on this pub, but I enjoyed it...

23 Nov 2019 21:25

The Cardinals Hat, Lincoln

Wow... great beer, knowledgeable staff, good food/tasters... I can't fault this pub!

23 Nov 2019 21:19

The Barge on the Brayford, Lincoln

Now a cocktail bar.. however, as its Christmas, it has a second barge decked out as a ski lodge which was nice...

23 Nov 2019 21:13

The Cedars, Evington

The Cedars is a 'King Henrys Tavern' set in a large, quirky building in Evington. I've seen some comments that it looks 'estatey', but to me the building is quite grand, but I do take the point it feels like the suburbs, which is... I can't give it a great mark because out of the two real ales advertised, only Doom bar was on. I would go back if in the area though.. The beer was cheap, food looked okay, and there is a large garden with lots of seating areas and a massive Carp fish pond.

24 Sep 2019 21:08

The Brookside, Barkby

Look, I'm giving this pub 7/10. A high mark for a pub that only had 1 real ale (Harvest pale) on draft 12/9/19. So why? Well, everything felt right.. The Brookside is tucked away, off the beaten track in Barkby, and not somewhere you'll end up if your not trying to find it.. It's in a lovely location, very rural, and (not surprisingly) next to the brook. It's like going back 30 years.. two rooms, maybe in need of a lick of paint, but a lovely, friendly barmaid, great locals and dogs... Garden large, but again, needs tending.. if you sit outside, sit on the front, it's a lovely tranquil setting. I know the Malt shovel is popular, and rightly so, but do try this pub!

12 Sep 2019 19:44

The Norland, Hessle

Okay, may have the wrong pub... The Hace is on swinegate opposite church, but still recommended..

30 Aug 2019 21:30

Marine Hotel, Hornsea

Location is everything!! Green king pub on the promenade, with a beer garden overlooking both the beach and North promenade bowls club. I only had a few drinks here, but found nothing to complain about. Dog friendly, with Abbot, IPA, Black Sheep and Theakstons Old Peculiar. I had never visited Hornsea, but enjoyed its old world, East Riding charm..

30 Aug 2019 17:38

The Norland, Hessle

This pub is now called The Hace. A surprisingly large pub inside, which was pretty busy on a Thursday night in August 2019. If you want good food and beer I can seriously recommend this pub. Most meals are home cooked and hearty at reasonable prices. Beers were Osset Black Rat, Leeds pale and Timothy Taylor Boltmaker. Lovely staff and friendly locals who were all inquisitive as to why we were staying in Hessle.

29 Aug 2019 21:23

The Griffin Inn, Loughborough

The Griffin was always a popular pub, and I used to drink here with my mates in the late eighties and nineties… Back then it was always heaving with students drinking lager. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I ventured in last weekend with my other half and the dog. The pub is nicely decorated, with both large open areas and smaller nooks and crannies. The outside courtyard is a dream on a summer’s day, with a covered patio and a large screen TV. We had a fantastic meal and a few pints whilst watching the ashes... It’s a Marston’s pub, and I’m not going to suggest this will rival Loughborough’s real ale pubs, but that said, it’s still a decent pub. Beers were IPA and 61 Deep, along with a scrumpy on hand pull. I personally settled for 2 or 3 Hobgoblin chilled IPA’s which hit the mark. I will definitely return..

9 Aug 2019 13:52

The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh

Totally agree with fugglehops regarding the dry hopped lager. The Mill is a typical Adnams house, and very pleasant.. It is lifted by the fact you can take your drinks over the road and sit on the green... we bought some amazing smoked fish from one of the huts... all washed down with Southwold bitter..

25 Jul 2019 18:30

The Anchor, Walberswick

I liked The Anchor. Still only the staple Southwold, Ghost Ship and Broadside, but did have Blackshore stout, ease up chilled IPA, New England chilled IPA plus Meantime.. I always wonder why Adnams doesn't often offer guest real ales. The gardens and outdoor seating areas are large, and there was a BBQ going that seemed to have decent prices. walberswick is lucky to have these two pubs..

25 Jul 2019 18:24

Pier Bar, Southwold

Definitely aimed at food, and quite pricey.. That said, the food was top nosh, and while you aren't going to make this your local on a weeks holiday, it is a pleasant change to sit on this quirky pier overlooking the beach and enjoy the waitress service. Adnams beers plus other lagers etc.. The day we visited was 27 degrees, so the wind gained at this higher point was nice.

25 Jul 2019 18:17

Pier Bar, Southwold

Definitely aimed at food, and quite pricey.. That said, the food was top nosh, and while you aren't going to make this your local on a weeks holiday, it is a pleasant change to sit on this quirky pier overlooking the beach and enjoy the waitress service. Adnams beers plus other lagers etc.. The day we visited was 27 degrees, so the wind gained at this higher point was nice.

25 Jul 2019 18:16

The Railway Inn, Saxmundham

Long derelict... A shame because a craft brewery / pub would make killing here. Kids have vandalised the Railway station as well, so this area of Saxmundham isn't visually appealingl..

23 Jul 2019 23:32

Bell Hotel, Saxmundham

Definitely the best (and only) place to drink in Saxmundham, which is a beer wasteland and sorely missing a decent boozer.. on a positive note walk the lovely half hour cross the fields walk to The Poachers pocket at Carlton. A fantastic country inn with great food and beer and knowledgeable landlord/landlady. Adnams Ghost ship and Broadside plus Black Sheep when I visited.. Seriously, probably the best pub in Suffolk..!

23 Jul 2019 23:27

The Coopers Dip, Saxmundham

Now called The Railway tavern... Didn't go in so can't really comment. Looks a rough and ready drinking pub (no bad thing) in Adnamsville.. locals seemed happy..

23 Jul 2019 23:20

The Red Lion, Southwold

If I'm being totally honest, Adnams beers are not my favourite. I find Southwold bitter average, Ghost Ship not zesty enough and Broadside a little on the sweet side. That said, their pubs are fantastic, often lovely buildings in stunning locations with the prevailing nautical theme and with a good mix of clientele. The Red Lion is a fine example, catering for tourists and locals aside, with a lovely setting on the south green. Beers were Ghost Ship, Southwold, Broadside and Freewheel. For the cider drinker, Wild wave is a pretty decent Adnams cider. The landlord at The ship in Dunwich said it was on the sweet side, but I found it dry enough to refresh with a good 'apple' base. You can still drink on the green, but as stated below, only in plastic glasses.. Can we end the 'nanny state' when we finally achieve Brexit?

23 Jul 2019 17:38

The Ship Inn, Dunwich

The Ship has had the whole Adnams treatment, but I don't think many will complain. Firstly, a lot of visitors are going to be visiting the great beach (dog friendly all year and large FREE car park) along this fantastic stretch of coast. After a long day walking, swimming and generally enjoying the area, it's fair to say a pint or two in The Ship will be on most people's minds.. They will find a large atmospheric pub, with lots of nooks and crannies with a great garden. Beers on July 21st were Adnams Southwold, Woodford Wherry and (a really good beer) Lowestoft brewery Green Jacks Trawlerboys.. The cafe in the car park also serves great food..

21 Jul 2019 19:50

The Dolphin Inn, Thorpeness

I don't really have any history with this pub; my first visit was today, so can't comment on reviews below. Firstly, I loved Thorpeness... It has an 'other worldly' feel... part film set, part historical drama, but all with that ever changing light and great beach.. The Dolphin is an attractive pub with a lovely garden. The beers were the Suffolk/Norfolk staples; Woodford Wherry, Adnams Southwold, Green king IPA and Lacons Encore.. I had Wherry which was as Wherry is, light, crisp and easy drinking. Cider was Aspalls. The whole place was well kept, so I can't complain.. looking at the size of Thorpeness and amount of rentals, I don't find it surprising a few comments mention lack of locals...

20 Jul 2019 23:00

The Cross Keys, Aldeburgh

Really busy on a hot July Saturday... Adnams Freewheel as well as Ghost Ship, Mosaic, Broadside, Southwold etc.. We ate here and food was really nice.. Not cheap, but this is Aldeburgh.. you can sit on the wall next to the pebble beach with your drinks.. Aldeburgh has big skies with great light. If you have a camera there are thousand photo opportunities here...

20 Jul 2019 22:46

Bell Hotel, Saxmundham

As Tony Mitch states, its fair to say Saxmundham, whilst being a very pleasant town, isn't blessed with good pubs... I agree The Bell @ Sax, whilst being a hotel bar is definitely the place to drink. Seems the locals agree as well because it always seems busy. Lacons Legacy, Southwold bitter and, my favourite Cotleigh Sorachi on pump Friday 19th July, which is a pretty decent choice. Restaurant looked good, and you can also get bar snacks. Little courtyard to rear. Recommended....

20 Jul 2019 09:07

The Swordfish Inn, Newlyn

This pub has had a makeover since being purchased by local lad and England rugby star Jack Nowell... I loved the place; Proper locals pub, but friendly and welcoming... Within 5 minutes we were in deep conversation with Perry, Newlyns (self proclaimed) finest fisherman... I'm sure the reputation of hellraising is all true, and would have loved to have had a few nights in here if I had been born down this way, but on the other hand that's what makes a great pub... 3 beers, Tribute, London Pride and Doom bar, plus Rollling Apple cider... Definitely pop in and have a few if your down this way...

18 Apr 2019 20:30

The Surf Den, Sennen Cove

Now called the Surf beach bar.. A stunning location just above the beach with cafe / takeaway plus surf hire below and a bar with both indoor area and outdoor terraces above.. I haven't eaten there, but decent Skinners beers (Sennen and Porthleven, plus Lushingtons next month)..Not cheap, but no more expensive than The Old Success...

18 Apr 2019 20:14

The Grapes Inn, Falmouth

Recommended... You always know as soon as you walk in... Large pub with views over the harbour to rear, tables set out for food, but also I can imagine decent in the evening. Dog friendly as well. Staff were knowledgeable, immediately answering food allergy queries regarding my wife's gluten intolerance, and even having glutton free beer. Food was good, reasonably priced for central Falmouth, and great beer choice; Sharpes Coaster, along with Skinners Stoggs and Cornish knocker. Lots of ciders as well, Cornish orchards gold, Thatchers and Old Rosie. Love all the led lights, which I'm sure look great at night..

15 Apr 2019 20:26

Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage

Firstly, let's talk about the view... Any pub with tables outside and the fantastic views across the Helford River is going to have something going for it.. This pub is seriously tucked away, not easy to get to by road, and even then you need to park high above and walk down. We stopped around midday on a Monday morning, and only had coffees, but beer was Proper Job and Tribute. The coffee wasn't overly warm and 3 coffees and a Danish pastry were over £11. I would definitely return, although I do have a nagging doubt it would be ridiculously busy in summer and frequented by clientele I wouldn't necessarily like... (The London stockbroker / Range Rover brigade)..

15 Apr 2019 18:52

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Skinners Lushington very nice on last visit.. My wife was mortified at first, because no Rattler cider... However, if you are a cider drinker, try the Cornish orchards gold; very nice sparkling cider with a slight 'farmyard' taste.

15 Apr 2019 08:13

The Welloe Rock Inn / Sand Bar, Praa Sands

This place was absolutely packed on Sunday 14th April 2019. Live music, not a table to spare and Sunday lunches a plenty from what looked a great carvery. Fantastic setting even in the driving wind and rain (maybe more so) as this day was. Sharps Doom bar, St.Austell Tribute and Proper Job. £9 for 2 pints though, but I guess that's the setting..

15 Apr 2019 08:07

Crown Inn, Goldsithney

So much water under the bridge since my last visit... LCFC champions of England!! Never thought I'd say that! I've even been to Madrid to see my beloved Foxes in the Quarter finals of the champions league against Athletico.. (fairytale). This pub holds fond memories and I'm in Cornwall in a few weeks time, so will try and pop back... Keep the faith!

30 Mar 2019 22:35

The Sun Inn, Gotham

Sorry, pressed 'post review' too soon... I meant 6, not 1

25 Mar 2019 06:55

The Sun Inn, Gotham

Picturesque pub set in the square in Gotham. Everards ales, but a couple of guests as well; White Horse Village Idiot, a nice golden beer along with a Local Shardlow beer. Only stopped for one, so can't comment on food or some of the other posts.. Initial reaction was this seemed a nice pub, with bar to one side and lounge/restaurant to the other. Symonds Founders Reserve cider always a good sign... Take a minute to read the history of Gotham in the little covered 'bandstand' building near the church.

25 Mar 2019 06:54

White Lion, Rempstone

Fantastic little pub on the B6006 Melton road. Two small rooms that have been opened out giving a warm feel. I did hear this was a community pub, and certainly when I visited on a Saturday afternoon it was full of friendly locals. They don't serve food on a regular basis, but have themed nights. A fish and chip van visits every Tuesday @ 8.15pm, they have wood fired pizzas on special days and the odd Sunday lunch. There is a little courtyard to rear, along with two or three tables on the front. Darts is also well served with three boards. Beers were Ansells best, Charnwood vixen and Castle Rock Harvest pale. Cider was Thatchers. Everything a pub should be...

3 Mar 2019 09:39

The Bricklayers Arms, Ruddington

Firstly, this pub is now called 'The Frame Breakers' (a tribute to this areas 'Luddite' history). I understand it was bought and renovated a few years back by The Nottingham brewery.
Secondly, you must pay this pub a visit, as it is a cracking place with as many beers, lagers and ciders on offer as I have seen for a while (on par with a 'spoons' beer selection). Everything feels wright about this pub. It is a large pub with two main rooms and a central bar. Good mix of drinkers of all ages on a Saturday lunch when I visited with family. The bar staff are really knowledgeable and helpful, the chef obviously knows his stuff because he was very helpful regarding a gluten free option for my wife, it is dog friendly and food was great. Beers were Rock Bitter, Rock Mild, Legend, EPA and a Leigh on sea guest 'six little ships'. The craft lager selection on tap was also huge, but the cider wall is awesome... 4 guest ciders (from sweet, strong perry @ 7.5 strength to drier apple ciders...) Food was also reasonably priced at around £6.50 for most mains. If the portions were a little larger my rating may even have been a 10! Try out Ruddington country park and the northern end of the preserved GCR with a trip to this pub....

24 Feb 2019 08:00

The Two Lifeboats, Sheringham

Nice pub right on the seafront. It feels a bit 'chain pub', but I'm not sure who owns it. Food looked good, but maybe a couple of pounds per main overpriced. A roaring fire and four beers would definitely make me recommend this pub. George Gayle Seafairers, Doom bar, lighthouse ale and my favourite Sirius Dog Star, a red beer from the Wolf brewery at Attleborough.

5 Feb 2019 06:47

The Ark Royal, Wells next the Sea

Closed down now... last time I drank here was about 2005, when it was pack ed on a hot summers day...

5 Feb 2019 06:33

The Ship Inn, Weybourne

So many of these pubs on the Cromer to Hunstanton road have changed beyond recognition as the area has become more in vogue over the years. I'm sure they must get the 'duck egg' blue gloss and nautical ropes from the same supplier... That said, I didn't encounter the rude staff slurpy mentioned, and beers were pretty good.. two from the Grain brewery in Harleston, Best bitter, and a 6% porter called slate. I settled on woodeford wherry.. Also nice to see a Gluten free beer (reindeer) from the Norwich Redwell brewery. Didn't eat on this occasion. PS - massive gin selection (140!), and bar staff seemed knowledgeable regarding which tonics went with each as well..

4 Feb 2019 22:46

The Dunstable Arms, Sheringham

I was quite surprised by this pub. We visited on a Wednesday night in January 2019. Pub is split into 3 rooms - Restaurant to the right, then a central bar, with a games room to left. Whilst not overly busy, There was a smattering of locals in and out whilst we we there. The main bar is a little on the rustic side, but do not be put off.. There was a very welcome roaring fire, the landlady was very helpful, and food was excellent, with many home made dishes. Only seemed to be a couple of Greene King beers, however the Yardbird pale ale was just the job.. I would like to think the couple who run this will make a success of The Dunstable Arms..

4 Feb 2019 22:31

Windham Arms, Sheringham

Things have changed here I think.. apparently the old landlord now runs The Dunstable arms. From what I was told in other pubs this is now the lager pub for the younger clientele. I didn't go in, so can't comment, but it didn't look a real ale pub...

4 Feb 2019 06:50

Tyneside Club, Sheringham

After checking out a few other pubs, it became obvious The Tyneside club was the place to watch live football. We were in Sheringham for a few days whilst The blue boys (Leicester City FC) happened to be away at the Scousers.. 50p to be signed in, cheap beer and friendly locals, so we had a great night. I personally didn't see any real ales, only Tetley and Mild (Ansells?). I stuck to the mild which was very nice and cheap compared to pub prices. There was another large room, so possibly more beers in there.. Definitely recommended, and The Foxes got a point against a Liverpool team currently top of the league (29/1/2019)

4 Feb 2019 06:45

Lobster, Sheringham

Probably my favourite Sheringham pub... a bar to the right, with a lounge with open fire to left. It may not appear initially wow, but trust me, the amount of locals, beer and food quality will win over.. staff are attentive, food is great (and large), and evenings are a pleasure to spend here,in a real pub. Beers during Jan 2019 were the usual Doom bar and Abbot, but also a stargazer IPA and wherry. The Sheringham shantymen sing here, and there are always talkative locals..

3 Feb 2019 21:46

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth

Sorry, meant to score 5, not 1!

30 Dec 2018 21:31

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth

Doesn't have that 'local' feel. Amazing thatched building, but seems full of the prawn sandwich brigade, rather than drinkers. I think if I drank in here for a lot of years no one would throw a plate of mushy peas at me... (William Mcgonagall). Also agree with JonRambo, 3 or 4 average Butcombe ales on offer (can only remember Rare breed and Original). The pub also had a few hikers an ramblers, but all rather ordinary...

30 Dec 2018 21:30

Lulworth Cove Inn, West Lulworth

Slightly corporate feel, and clientele all appeared very 'down from London for the weekend in the Range rover', but having said that you can't ignore the location. Two Badger ales, including Tangle foot. We sat in the garden (which was packed) in late December (Global warming) and enjoyed the view.. Didn't eat, but food looked great. I can imagine how packed this place must be in summer. I'm not complaining about this pub, you just think there should be a second pub here with dark, small rooms, old wood, ships in bottles and the sound of sea shanties ringing out...

29 Dec 2018 17:54

The Royal Oak, Weymouth

Still as good as when Davewp reviewed in 2014.. we popped in because it looked more traditional than the pub next door, and certainly weren't disappointed.. 5 cask ales, can't remember them all, but 4 were from the Dorset brewing company, including Jurassic, Dorset knob and Durdle dor. Very busy on a Friday afternoon with a mixed, cheerful clientele. Dog friendly, a mixture of traditional and modern decor and friendly staff.

29 Dec 2018 17:43

The Countryman Inn, East Knighton

This pub is exactly as the name suggests.. A large inn with a rustic, hearty feel, perfect for few pints and a bite to eat after plenty of fresh air in Hardy country. The inn also has 10 bedrooms and is dog friendly (including accommodation). Beers were Ringwood Razor back, Rockin Rudolph, sharps Doom bar and a Countryman special brewed at a local brewery. Food is real pub grub, and be warned, large portions.. The full English breakfast is huge.. recommended

29 Dec 2018 09:54

White Lion, Rempstone

Watch this space.. I've a friend who lives in Hoton who raves about this pub, so it wont be long before I visit..

20 Dec 2018 14:48

The Boat House Barrow, Loughborough

Sadly closed for the last couple of months... Not sure about the future for this one.. Fantastic location, but needs a few quid spending on it... The front lounge (with the flat roof) seems so seventies... It needs real innovation and vision (plus huge wads) to turn it into a cosy local...

20 Dec 2018 14:39

The Navigation Inn, Barrow upon Soar

And so the calls for help were finally heard! Following on from my last post, the inevitable happened - The Navigation closed... So sad to walk past and see it empty... However I'm pleased to say it has now re-opened with new owners (The same people who own The Swan @ Mountsorrel). The Swan is a pub I like, and the owners also run the Quorn annual Beer festival, so these guys know how to run a pub! Purchasing the Navigation would seem like a match made in Heaven, and I'm sure it will be a great success. I've been in a few times and am pleased to report the pub has improved dramatically. A lick of paint, a change of decoration, no TV's, good beers (Hoegaarden a nice addition) have seen the regulars return. Initially no food, but the kitchen open as I post this. Very positive.

20 Dec 2018 14:34

White Hart, Loughborough

Just thought I would add that this pub is still great... actually probably getting better! The garden has been revamped again in the Summer of 2018, now having a patio, lawn and covered area. Lights everywhere add to the evening ambience, creating a real oasis in the town.. On another note, the pub always seems to cater for coeliac's, often having a Gluten free beer on hand pump. My wife was diagnosed with this disease 2-3 years ago, and whilst she likes cider, she does miss Bitters and lagers.. The White Hart usually has Happy People IPA from the Smiley brewery in Little Eaton, Derbyshire, who seem to have a few gluten free alternatives.. The staff are also very knowledgeable..

19 Dec 2018 14:58

The Eight Bells, Putney Bridge

Great Pub... I visited with other Leicester City fans on an away day @ Fulham FC. The pub looked great, but pretty small, so not great when absolutely rammed. We had a few beers in the Wadworth's Kings Head round the corner as well.. Not as atmospheric, but easier to get served and decent beer (6X, IPA etc....)

6 Dec 2018 15:06

The Queens Head, Belton

Lovely pub (which also has rooms) which has had a recent makeover. Always busy as the food is top notch. I used to visit years ago, and food was great then.
The bar to the right is not very big, but is nicely decorated, with a modern, airy feel, but which still feels snug in Winter. The Restaurant to the left is huge. Beers were TT Landlord, Charnwood Salvation and Batemans Salem Porter. Thatchers Apple and Haze ciders… Also Dog Friendly… Footy on in bar on Sunday late afternoon, but not in your face…

6 Dec 2018 14:35

Crown Inn, Haddiscoe

This pub is now shut, and although sad, looking at some of these posts it probably isn't surprising... The Haddiscoe Tavern is still open though..

28 Aug 2018 22:56

The Lion Inn, Thurne

I think this place may have changed hands a few times... I first visited in about 2003, and remember a decent village pub. I then went again on a day boat from Potters Heigham in August 2018. Most of the comments below seem to be in the middle of this period of time. Certainly on my last visit I couldn't complain. The pub has had a re-fit, was packed, food looked good and beer selection extensive. I can't remember them all, but certainly Oakham Scarlet Macaw, Lacons & Woodford Nelsons Revenge. It must have gone through a bad patch looking at other posts, but I suggest you try it and make your own mind up..

28 Aug 2018 22:48

The Bell Inn, Great Yarmouth

Stopped for a pint after a day on the beach at Winterton. Fantastic setting, and both Adnams and Woodefords (wherry, Ghost ship, Southwold best & Broadside). Hard to rate on one visit, but a busy pub and live singer in the bar suggests good things...

19 Aug 2018 21:56

The Cross Keys, Aldeburgh

Lovely small pub with nice nooks and crannies... The front opens to Crabbe street with a small courtyard at rear opening onto the Crag path... I popped in late afternoon with family, and had a nice pint of Ghost ship, but Broadside and Southwold were also on... We caught the pub at that 'in Between' time, but I would imagine this place is busy evenings and lunches... We bought Rock eel from one of the boats for a BBQ... Not many places left like Aldeburgh...

19 Aug 2018 08:56

The Ferry Inn, Reedham

Lovely pub on the River Yare next to the chain ferry. If you are approaching from Loddon you can park up and travel for free on the ferry if you are using the pub. We didn't eat, but there were 3 real ales (Woodefords Wherry, a Bellhaven and one I can't remember). Late afternoon / evening it's a perfect setting outside on the raised Riverside area, watching boats pass, and you get a real feel for the strength of the current here...

16 Aug 2018 07:39

Kings Head, Loddon

If you are staying in Loddon you have three choices} The Kings head, The Swan, or the White horse @ Chedgrave. You are really only going to choose the Kings head if you want to watch live sports or play darts, pool etc... That said, nothing wrong with that... Timmy Taylor ale plus another when I visited. If you want food the white horse down the road is probably the best (check out the bowling green), but the Swan is also okay. I also found the locals a little strange.. I wouldn't say unfriendly, but certainly not chatty...

15 Aug 2018 08:59

The Bell Inn, Walberswick

I haven't been in the Anchor, so can't comment on Little drummer boys comments, but totally agree The Bell is a great pub. Love the little snugs, and yes it does have a great beer garden. The 'sea view' might be stretching it a bit (you can see the sea if you walk to the fence and look 👀 over)... All the regular Adnams ales, including a tea inspired beer called T drop. This started nice but went flat pretty quickly. definitely recommended after a hard morning catching crabs...!

15 Aug 2018 08:49

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole

Still massively popular, and still great beer choice but be warned, it's expensive! It does showcase local brewers, including Padstow windjammer and a Penzance craft beer I cant remember... Screech owl scrumpy worth a go if you like a real farmyard cider. Certainly worth a visit if your on holiday in the area, just to sit in the lovely garden...

5 Jun 2018 08:56

Sandsifter, Gwithian

Still called the Rockpool. Always seems busy, but beer choice limited if you like real ale.. loads of trendy lagers and ciders... I had a pint of Dortmunder pilsner to make a change...

5 Jun 2018 08:45

Logan Rock Inn, St Levan

I suppose initial reactions and opinions change as to what sort of day you've had, expectations and the service/experience you receive. I have to say I enjoyed the Logan Rock. We visited on a Monday late afternoon, after a beautiful day at the Jubilee pool in Penzance, followed by a few hours on the beach @ Porthgwarra. The fact it was open and serves food all day was a good starter. Beer was excellent; Proper job, HSD, Tribute and its namesake Logan Rock IPA, along with Rattler cider and various lagers. Pub is quite snug inside, with a cricket theme. We sat on the little patio at the front which was well kept. Food was excellent, including a large gluten free choice for my wife who is a coeliac. I didn't find food or drink any more expensive than most other pubs in the area. Based on this I would definitely recommend...

5 Jun 2018 08:40

Kings Arms, Paul

The front bar has received a re-fit.. gone is the dark wood, replaced by a lighter green/cream nautical colour scheme favoured by pubs in coastal locations... Beer and food still good though...

3 Jun 2018 07:15

The Dolphin, Penzance

Not sure the latter comments regarding sizzling food dishes are still relevant... I only had a pint of Tribute and enjoyed the sun on the front, however the beer was good, the bar staff attentive, and whilst I didn't eat, the food looked good... Mostly fish dishes, priced around £12... Other beers were HSD and Best..

2 Jun 2018 17:00

The Royal Oak, West Bromwich

Not sure what it's like in the week, but this pub gets really lively on matchdays... (Although that may change with the baggies current form!!). I'm a Leicester City fan, and we visited on a Saturday about 1pm prior to a match. I would say the pub was about 80% away fans, but had a real good atmosphere, and the baggies fans are decent, genuine guys... On the beer front, mostly lagers, but a couple of Bitters... Banks I think. Hard to rate on one footy trip, but I liked it, and the Foxes won 4-1...

12 Mar 2018 14:20

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Happy Days... Two cracking beers on last visit; 'Titanic Black ice' a well hopped beer.. although a contradiction, almost a black IPA.. Then a real treat 'Exmoor Beast' a rich, complex and heady brew, and a real beast @ 6.6%.

2 Feb 2018 14:35

Bulls Head, Leicester Forest West

A nice Everards pub that whilst may come under a Desford postcode is actually quite isolated on the A47 between Leicester and Hinckley… What one might call a 'roadhouse'… Nothing to dislike really; Lovely staff, nice décor, great garden, the food looked good (didnt actually eat there) and the beer was good! Normal Everards fayre of Old Original, Tiger, Beacon & Sunchaser with a Christmas special called 'Sleighbell'. Very busy when we visisted, and I'm sure this gets a lot of passing trade for a quick 'pint after work'...

25 Jan 2018 16:10

Paget Arms, Loughborough

A lovely pub set in a quite grand building in among rows of terraced houses. Now part of the Steamin' Billy chain, the pub features a bar and lounge, whilst also boasting a quite large garden (not apparent at first glance). Usually has the Billy staples (Billy, Skydiver and Tipsy fisherman) as well as guests. Again, as with most Billy pubs in this area Charnwood Brewery beers Salvation and Vixen are usual guests. Backyard Brew Shed Head chilled IPA also a nice addition. The Paget also serves simple food, including a great range of burgers. When I have visited it has usually been on a Saturday afternoon, and pub has been pretty busy, but maybe not as much as my usual Billy pub The Horse and Trumpet @ Sileby... Both Recommended...

25 Jan 2018 15:49

Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow On Soar

Just had to mention a beer on draft during my last visit... Phipps NBC Bison Brown. I understand the bottle version was a best seller in days gone by, and I have to say if you like Brown ale this is a must. A smooth, malty brew with the creamy texture of a stout but the hoppy character of a strong ale. I love Newcastle Brown, but this is better...

18 Sep 2017 10:30

The Bulls Head, Thringstone

You really have to judge this pub on what you are expecting... It has built it''s name on cheap carveries - It used to be a Crown carvery, but is now a Stonehouse restaurant which also has ''build your own'' pizzas alongside the carvery. Beer choice very limited with only 61 Deep on tap, but in fairness 3 lovely meals & 3 drinks all for twenty quid...

5 Sep 2017 16:14

Richard III, Leicester

Wow, what a transformation! When I was growing up the King Richard III was a real boozer, but Everards has now cashed in on its location… As the High cross has engulfed this part of the city, the pub is now in the heart of the shopping and eating areas… From grimy carpets, tiled floors and fruit machine, it is now stripped wooden floorboards, candles, home-made crisps etc… I don''t like to see these old pubs go, but In all fairness to Everards, it has been very tastefully refurbished and you couldn’t argue with the fantastic ales and great food, all served by very knowledgeable staff in a great ambience. The front windows totally open onto the street, giving an open feeling, and there a smaller rooms to the back. There is even a nice courtyard to the side… I cant remember all the beers, but certainly Original, Sunchaser, Tiger, chilled Purity Longhorn IPA and a Saison farmhouse-style ale. Who would have thought it; You will be telling me next Leicester City will win the Premier League! Keep the faith…

15 Aug 2017 15:11

The Green Man, Ashbourne

Such a shame; Thanks for updating Blue Scrumpy... It's the world we live in...

5 Jun 2017 16:55

The Oakwood, Glossop

The owners here are seriously passionate about beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. Beers on 28th May 2017 were Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Titanic White Star and two from the Beartown brewery in Congleton, Man up and my favourite, a top notch Peach flavoured ale called Peach Melbear. The latter is seriously recommended and among the best I have tried (Even up there with my number one Cleopatra from the Derventio Brewery. Chic and trendy, but in a good pub way!

2 Jun 2017 16:54

Queens Arms, Glossop

I really cannot praise this pub enough… If you read my earlier review you will see I was already smitten, and after a further two night stay in May 2017 I can report it is just as good. 7 real ales as always; This time Thornbridge Jaipur & kipling, Morland Old Speckled Hen, The Poynton Brewery (Stockport) Hoppy Daze IPA, Thwaites Wainwright, Joseph Holt Bitter & Hobgoblin. The beer choice alone is worth a visit, but together with great staff, landlord and locals, location, food, rooms, entertainment and of course the amazing second floor indian Restaurant Queen Spice you get an amazing pub. On both visits we have spent at least one afternoon sat watching footy with the locals (this time play off final Huddersfield v Reading), and there is always good Banter. Most locals are Mancs (of either the Blue or Red persuasion), But as a Leicester City die-hard I can always hold my head up high!

2 Jun 2017 14:38

Norfolk Arms, Glossop

The Norfolk arms is a Joseph Holt pub set smack bang in the middle of Glossop in a lovely imposing building. Whilst feeling a bit 'chainy', it was overall pretty good. Wide beer and lager choice, friendly staff, decent food, and a good mix of drinkers. Part of the pub is given to diners, part bar (with plenty of space) and a row of tables with in-built TV's for the sport loving drinker. Also a large courtyard. Beers on offer were Two Hoots Golden ale, Joseph Holt Bitter & Joseph Holt IPA. Definitely worth dropping in for a tipple...

2 Jun 2017 14:09

The Horse and Trumpet, Sileby

Best pub in the village by miles... If you had said that to me growing up in Sileby years ago I would have laughed, but the Steamin Billy boys have done good. Great beers, usually Tipsy Fisherman, Billy Bitter, Skydiver, Charnwood brewery Salvation and Dark Horse Mild. Bad Apple cider (not as good as Founders reserve, but okay) along with loads of quality lagers. In an age where pub décor insists small rooms are knocked into one and opened out, The Horse and Trumpet has 3 small rooms, plus an even smaller one with a dartboard! Great function room with bar in the old skittle alley. Dog and children friendly, great locals. Clive the landlord know how to run a pub. Even has tasteful pictures of partly clad ladies of an equestrian theme in the gents... What's not to like...

8 May 2017 16:44

The Dominion, Glenfield

Long, long gone... Now a Tesco Express!
I had a workmate who used the Dominion as his local.. Had some good nights here in the nineties... Always had an edge to it, but I had no problems here.

8 May 2017 16:32

Boat Inn, Loughborough

Always busy in the Summer months. Could do with a re-fit though - looking a bit tired... Pedigree and two Wychwoods on hand pumps.

8 May 2017 09:22

The Three Nuns, Loughborough

The Three Nuns is a really solid Everards pub in a nice area of Loughborough. Knowledgeable & friendly staff, and always seems full. Good food at decent prices as well.
I think Everards have it just about spot on as a brewery. No guest ales I could see, but why would you feel the need when they were already offering 5 beers on hand pump. Beacon Hill, Tiger, Original, Sunchaser and Ascalon. There was also Mild on tap as well as various ciders and lagers. Large car park to rear that also has some outside seating. In fact the row of fixed tables along the wall are a real sun trap around lunch time. Along with The White Hart two doors down you have two top notch pubs next to each other run along very different lines. The Nuns brewery ran and The Hart very Independent. Both work though…

8 May 2017 09:16

The Old Crown Inn, Old Dalby

Lovely pub, a bit hard to find in the picturesque village of Old Dalby. We used to go here occasionally years back, when it was really rustic. It's had a total re-fit now, and is part of the same small chain as the Windmill @ Wymeswold, the Curzon arms @ Woodhouse eaves and the Bluebell @ Rothley. The pub caters for most needs; drinkers, diners, walkers, pets all accommodated. Three real ales - Charnwood Salvation, Belvoir Old Dalby and a beer called Monty Pythons holy grail from the black sheep brewery. A good lager called Whitstable bay from the Faversham brewery and the king of ciders Founders reserve. Excellent food and a great garden. Definitely recommended.

1 May 2017 16:40

The Harrow Inn, Thurmaston

Decent pub in the old village part of Thurmaston (The only one left now along with The Top House). The Harrow has a nice mix of regulars, and specialises in decent, well priced food. The Sunday carvery is exceptional. 3 beers, Bombardier IPA, Hooky and Adnams Ghost ship. Definitely recommended. Not a flash pub, but you will get a friendly welcome...

3 Apr 2017 10:55

The Navigation Inn, Barrow upon Soar

A collective cry to all those who have enjoyed The Navigation down the years; THIS PUB NEEDS YOU!! I can’t quite believe how one of the most popular pubs in the area, with a canal-side location has been allowed to get so run down. Subsequent landlords who either don’t know the business (or are being charged so much as tenants they can’t make a go of it) have allowed this pub to fade. My last visit in Feb 2017 found just a few drinkers even on a weekend lunch time. Beers seem to be being ran down as well… (just two Bitters). Interior is looking tired and needs a re-fit. Most regulars seem to have de-camped to the Soar Bridge… With the summer months coming I think this is crying out for one of the small chains to invest. Steamin’ Billy breweries would have this back as the best pub in the village again in no time…

27 Feb 2017 11:12

The Lifeboat, Thornham

I always try to visit when in the area. A Lovely pub just off the main road in Thornham, down near the muddy creek, marshes and staithe. Very old building (which also has rooms) with lots of nooks and crannies… The beer choice alone gives this a high overall rating (although, and this is a sign of the times, most beers were light coloured IPA’s, not that I’m complaining). Moon gazer Five candles (5%), an amber ale from the Norfolk Brewhouse, Adnams Lighthouse (3.4%) golden IPA, Adnams Prop Hop (4%), a six nations IPA, Lacons encore (3.8%) amber Ale from Great Yarmouth and (very pleased to report), Woodfordes Mardlers Mild (3.5%), a dark smooth easy drinking tipple. Food served in the bar and conservatory, which also has a quirky old vine which still fruits and flowers growing around the rafters, reportedly 200 years old!. As I have mentioned on this site already, the North Norfolk coast has a few pretentious establishments, but The Lifeboat gets the balance about right; A haven for walkers, diners, locals, holiday-makers and (!) second home owning Londoners alike!

22 Feb 2017 15:53

The Globe Inn, Wells next the Sea

The Globe is a popular, independently owned Wells pub set on the green at the top of Staithe street. It seems to have had a different re-fit every time I visit. The current look has a very light feel with really stripped pine everywhere, and the bar feels more like a deli counter / shop than a bar… 3 beers when I visited in Feb 2017, Woodfordes Nelson’s Revenge and Wherry, along with Adnams Ghost ship. It also has rooms in both the main building and converted courtyard buildings. I have no problems with the pub, and it is definitely in a lovely setting, but I didn’t hear many Norfolk accents on my last visit… It’s not a secret that this area of the North Norfolk coastline is exceptionally beautiful, and tourism is undoubtedly good for any area. However, not all is well; the locals in (the more down at heel) Downham Market where I stayed were certainly moaning about Londoners buying up houses as second homes…

20 Feb 2017 16:14

The Castle Hotel, Downham Market

The Crown Hotel is a little gem. Lovely family run hotel with nice rooms and friendly staff, plus a good restaurant serving great food, all set in a lovely building (The lobby really is stunning, which you also enter for the public bar). The car park has a family of free range chickens with the eggs used for the great breakfast. I stayed in a family room for a couple of nights in February 2017 and we all had a great time. It’s hard to rate on BITE, as there was only one real ale on in the bar, which was Adnams Southwold IPA, however I wouldn’t really expect more from a Hotel of this size. There was also Thatcher’s Cider, Stella, Guinness and another lager, plus a very well stocked array of spirits and wines. The bar is a real snug, but had a lovely atmosphere, and was busy on both nights we were there. There are also tables on small front outside, which I’m sure get busy in the summer months.

20 Feb 2017 15:23

The Crown Hotel, Downham Market

Lovely wood panelled bar that services the Crown Hotel, a large imposing white building near the market square. The bar is reached via a small passageway between buildings. We visited on a February afternoon and found it very snug. Friendly staff and plenty of locals, plus a roaring fire. Reasonable beer choice as well; Adnams Broadside, Abbot and Southwold IPA, along with Newby Wyke Orsino, a crisp blonde beer, very pale in colour, brewed in Grantham. I had 3 pints of the Orsino which was an easy drinking pint with a zesty taste.

20 Feb 2017 14:17

The Heckford Angel, Heckford Bridge

Sadly closed as of Dec 2016.... Call me an old romantic, but I hate to see pubs with the "for sale" sign hung on the wall... I had never visited this pub, just passed by my way to Colchester Zoo with my family, but it was in my diary... Alas, probably never to be now... I have no idea if this pub was any good, but like to think of the good times people have had there over the years....

1 Jan 2017 22:44

The Hare and Hounds, Layer Breton

Great country pub in a lovely rural village. There are several good pubs in this area, but this is right up near the top. We visited on a overcast New Year's Day 2017, and walked across the fields from Layer de la haye, a couple of miles away. Three or four good beers, my favourite being Pixie IPA, and a great cider called bad apple. We left our muddy boots outside and had a great meal in the Restaurant, but pub was also lively. Just like The Whalebone @ Fringringhoe, this seems to ramp up at Christmas, with amazing decorations giving a really welcoming atmosphere... Recommended!!!

1 Jan 2017 20:23

Montpellier, Harrogate

It's hard to give an accurate review from one visit.. We sat at one of the 3 or 4 small tables outside on a mild late autumn day, admiring the spectacular fall leaf colours. I think it is the stripped pine inside that accounts for the "canteen" feel. From the outside you expect dark panelling and nooks and crannies, when infact it is totally opposite... Beers + Ciders were 2 from Timothy Taylor (Landlord & another, possibly Golden Best), Sharps Doom Bar and Somersby Cider. I had the Landlord which was a nice, well kept pint... We were actually on our way to the pump house to taste the natural spring water, but that was actually quite dissapointing. I seem to remember Cheltenham having a very alkaline water you can taste in a beautiful building, and at Buxton it just flows continually from "The slopes" with locals filling up any available vessel. The Pump house at Harrogate was poorly signed, and was just a small museum with a putrid looking tap round the back and a sign saying "Do not drink - not fit for human consumption"!

21 Nov 2016 15:33

The Black Bull Inn, Boroughbridge

The Black Bull… A step back in time, possibly the seventies or eighties…? No bad thing though, this is a real traditional pub… Lots of small rooms, nooks and crannies and a small bar that feels like you are ordering through a hatch… Horse brasses, velvet topped chairs, copper topped tables etc etc.. A place where men go to talk greyhounds and allotments, and women drink gin... You get the picture; A friendly pub, lots of Camra awards with Springhead Outlawed, John Smith Cask and TT Boltmaker on my visit. I had the Boltmaker mistaking it for Landlord, but that's my fault... Definitely pop in if you are in the area... There are not enough pubs left like this...

17 Nov 2016 16:58

Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge

A classy, Best Western Hotel that seems to dominate Boroughbridge on a couple of approaches. I stayed with family in October 2016, primarily because of the lovely area and the bonus of a Health club, with swimming pool, sauna etc… It also has a nice public bar, hence this review... Two Black sheep ales on offer, Export and Bitter, along with Rudgate Viking (from York, so nice and local - 3.8%). Our room was in the newer part of the building, but the Hotel feels timeless in the older parts with lots of oak panneling. The public bar is also like this... A nice place to have a few beers whilst reading the papers... (Only the broadsheets of course!!)

17 Nov 2016 16:27

The Grantham Arms, Boroughbridge

A nice pub situated on the road island near the bridge on the edge of Boroughbridge. Lovely interior, although mostly given over to the consumption of food (which was excellent)… Three beers on offer, Comfortably numb (a Dry-hopped fruity pale ale @ 3.8%) from Bad Co., Theakstons Bitter & Wychwood Hobgoblin. Founders Reserve cider... Like I say, primarily an "eating joint", but also with a pleasant atmosphere for drinkers and a reasonable beer choice.

17 Nov 2016 15:48

Blacks Head, Wirksworth

Nice pub tucked away in the corner of the market place. Greene King Beers, of which I sampled Ale Fresco, a fruity IPA and Belhaven St.Andrews. Friendly atmoshpere, Sky TV, people chilling out reading the papers.... what more can I say... Worth sampling the "secret garden" at the back which is actually a large deck built up among the rooftops of Wirksworth. The actual picture of the "Blacks head" inside comes from a more colonial (and less PC!) time, but is part of the pubs history.

21 Jun 2016 15:41

The Malt Shovel, Barkby

This isnt a pub I visit that often, but i was in a couple of weeks ago and still found the beers top notch. It always has a nice atmosphere and I found landlord very helpful. Food is typical pub grub, just what you would expect... Blue Scrumpy's comments are usuallly well balanced, so guessing he hit on a bad day...

19 May 2016 14:51

The Plough Inn, Hickling

This is a pub that I had previously recommended, but my last visit wasn’t so good… It was a Bank Holiday Monday, so perhaps the previous day had taken it's toll… We were planning to eat, but the chef had a quite public moan in the bar listing everything that he hadnt got, which was most of the menu. The staff seemed generally unhappy at having to be there, and the atmosphere just wasnt good. We had a pint and moved on. I'm generally on the positive side with my posts (check for yourselves), and I will return to this pub, but the whole point of this site is to be honest...

9 May 2016 10:24

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

You cant knock sitting out front on a sunny day... The tables are packed tight and creates a great atmosphere... I don't have a great knowledge of St.Ives pubs, but it seems outdoor seating is at a premium. The locals were friendly, but the interior is dark and feels slightly out of keeping, having booths and TV screens. the beers were good. Dartmoor Jail ale, Adnams Ghost ship and Sharps Doom bar on the bitter front, with Thatchers cider and various lagers. Give it a go...

11 Apr 2016 21:51

Coach and Horses Inn, Kenneggy Downs

Long closed down...

11 Apr 2016 21:37

Old Sucess Inn, Sennen Cove

Still a good pub, and no complaint beer wise... Just one comment on food; staff were totally lost when my wife asked for an ingredients list to check for allergens (Gluten in this case)... Barman advised chips were gluten free, but were actually cooked in same oil as other things, and that batter was gluten free! Eventually a more knowledgeable member of staff set us right. I like the pub, and will definitely go back. The comment above is just a heads up if required.

11 Apr 2016 21:32

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole

This is the chic choice, and if you want a more traditional pub, head for the Ship, or The Kings Arms 5 mins walk up the hill in Paul. It is a very trendy bar, but very nice with it, and a beer choice second to none in this area. St.Austell Tribute, Skinners Betty Stoggs and The Rebel Brewing Co. 80 shilling scotch ale. Screech Owl flat cider and Cornish Orchards also on draught. If you are on Holiday in this area I would definitely recommend you visit here at least once.

11 Apr 2016 21:24

Kings Arms, Paul

Still a lovely pub. Nothing to add really. HSD, Tribute and Best, along with Rattler cider. Check out the gin collection...

11 Apr 2016 21:13

The Ship Inn, Porthleven

Whereas the Harbour attracts the tourists, The Ship has a more local feel, but still welcomes all... The pub is quirky, bordering on the "needs a lick of paint" side, but pleasant enough. A beer matt collection on the roof and other interesting relics around. Good Beer selection - Sharps Doom bar and Coaster IPA, Skinners Porthleven Untameable Pale ale and The Rebel brewing Companys IPA (surfbum I think). Tiered beer garden with great views.

11 Apr 2016 21:01

The Welloe Rock Inn / Sand Bar, Praa Sands

Very pleasant beach bar, with stunning views of Praa sands. It is split into two areas, a bar which has pool, air hockey, fruit machines and has a very family feel, and then a large restaurant with amazing views. Also has a patio with 8 or so tables outside. St.Austell Tribute, Sharps Doom bar (and Pilsner lager) and Healeys Rattler + Cornish Gold cider plus more continental lagers. Food was good, and we had a pleasant evening. Returned later in the week to Praa sands and caught some good surf, always nice on the South coast...

11 Apr 2016 20:46

Crown Inn, Goldsithney

I came across this pub in a round about way... Being a mad Leicester City fan on holiday in Cornwall, and with the foxes top of the league, I had to find a pub with Sky TV to watch Leicester versus Southampton April 3rd 2016... The Godolphin was to posh for footie, but did recommend the Fire Engine up the hill in Marazion... Disaster! there sky box was broken. They in turn recommended The Crown in Goldsithney, where the friendly bar maid put the match on. It is a St.Austell house, with Best, Tribute and HSD all on hand pump, and both Pear and Apple Rattlers on the cider front. The pub is a good looking building, with seats at the front perfect for sitting outside in the summer. Inside the pub has a homely feel, and there were lots of sunday lunches being served. As the afternoon progressed, I cheered LCFC to victory with another 15 or so converted locals who were all sound guys...

11 Apr 2016 20:33

The Stratford Haven, West Bridgford

Fantastic real ale pub in the heart of West Bridgford. I think it is owned by the Castle Rock brewery, and as such had a couple of Castle Rock ales on including Elsie Mo. Loads of other beers, but the ones I noted were Yamato from the Newby Wyke Brewery based in Grantham, Wadworths Horizon and my favourite Opal Wheat from The Beer studio in Salford, Manchester. This pub has a "U" shaped bar with the area very much given over to standing, but then another large room at the back with tables. Although I didn’t eat the food looked really good as well. With it's location it is a haunt of Forest and County football fans on match days, and I'm sure Cricket supporters in the summer months... On my last visit Forest were at home, so I nearly choked on my beer at all those Red scarves as I am an avid Leicester City fan... (Oh well, with Forest struggling in the championship and City at the lofty heights of topping the Premier league I guess I can allow them a few drinks on there way to another defeat!). Seriously though - A very good pub and highly recommended.

14 Mar 2016 12:20

Monkey Tree, West Bridgford

Aaaargh... As of my last visit on Saturday 12th March it has closed down... Does anyone know if this is just temporary? Sad to see it empty and forlorn...

14 Mar 2016 12:01

Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston

Visited again (see below), so can now review more thoroughly... Nice, Traditional Everards pub that has recently undergone a bit of a make-over. Lovely staff that can’t do enough for you and very reasonably priced food. Beer was the normal Everards with Tiger and Tighthead, along with Adnams bitter as guest. Could possibly have done with a stronger ale such as Original or pale beer such as Sunchaser, because I found the three beers on a bit "samey". The pub has small rooms with wood panelling and is very cosy on a cold day. Also has tradional Skittle alley and lots of nooks and crannies. This is a pub that I pass quite a bit as I only live 4 or 5 miles away, but for some reason I hadn’t been in for a while, but I will certainly visit again...

7 Mar 2016 11:42

Rest and Be Thankful Inn, Minehead

Average pub set in the small Exmoor village of Wheddon Cross. I visited during a howling gale and driving rain that had forced our attempt to do some walking around Dunkery Beacon into submission. There was something going on in the village regarding Snowdrop valley, but it was sustenance that we required. Beers were St.Austell Tribute, Exmoor Ale and Rugby Six nation’s special called Grubber from the Exeter Brewery. There was a nice scrumpy called Big Apple from Thatcher’s as well. The pub was pretty busy around 2pm on the Saturday we visited, with a mixture of drinkers and diners... I would need to have stayed longer to comment further...

22 Feb 2016 10:48

The Old Pack Horse, Loughborough

I dont want to talk to the monkey - get me the Organ Grinder...!!!!

18 Feb 2016 14:02

Maltings, Loughborough

Not that any of the below matters anymore... It's now a shop!

18 Feb 2016 13:54

The Three Crowns, Barrow Upon Soar

A great pub, still very popular both with drinkers and diners... Come on Carol! - Get a really good guest real ale on...

15 Feb 2016 16:41

Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow On Soar

Totally agree with Blue Scrumpy... By far the best beer choice in the village, and always kept well. Usually Original, Tiger, Sunchaser and three guests. Food is good and reasonably priced as well. I prefer to sit in the actual pub, as the Restaurant is a little out of the way and can lack atmosphere.

15 Feb 2016 16:38

Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston

Popped in around 15:00 on a Saturday afternoon, and the pub looked really nice. Small rooms and roaring fires… Unfortunately (for me) it keeps traditional hours and they were just closing…! I will definitely return though. I will mark it a 7 as I'm sure it wouldnt dissapoint, and then mark again when I actually visit.

15 Feb 2016 14:00

Bradgate, Newtown Linford

Not a pub I will return to in a hurry… I'm usually a fan of Everards pubs - They generally offer a good range of beers in a variety of settings, but this pub is very average. The back rooms are given over to families, not a bad thing, but staff need to clean up more after the kids have knocked everything over. The bar itself is massive, but only has a couple of actual serving areas due to massive structural pillars. The front area doesnt know whether it's a pub or restaurant, and to top it all I felt the staff were bored and the landlord, if that's who it was miserable and unfriendly. I cant imagine this being anybodys "local"...

15 Feb 2016 13:55

The Dog and Partridge, Thorpe

Lovely country pub situated a mile or so from Dovedale and the impressive peak of Thorpe Cloud. A haunt of walkers and ramblers, this pub has had a very classy makeover (used to be called "The Dog & Partridge) along almost puritanical lines… White walls, tile floor, solid wood tables with candles, roaring fires in winter and sheepskin throws everywhere. It all works though... If you are looking to attract walkers with muddy boots you need flooring that can be easily cleaned... Where the pub really stands out is beer, food and attention to detail. Three solid real ales when I visited; Thornbridge Jaipur, Marston’s Pedigree and Jennings Sneck lifter, along with a warming mulled cider. Lagers were also of the high quality continental variety. The food coming out of the kitchen looked great, but we settled for simple Pork pies with Branston pickle and a bowl of pistachio nuts, a perfect accompaniment to Beer, after a lovely walk in the Peak district.

10 Feb 2016 09:34

Bulls Head, Glossop

The Bulls Head is a pub with rooms housed in lovely looking building in Old Glossop, one of three pubs set in a triangle separated by only a hundred yards or so… Another Robinsons house with Wizard and Unicorn when we visited, along with Hartley’s Cumbria way. Nothing really to complain about; my only comment would be that the pub feels more like a pub ran by a brewery who have staffed the place, rather than the traditional caring landlord.. Go in the Queens arms down the road to see what I mean... If you fancy a pint, don’t let this put you off... This is only a minor comment on what was a nice enough pub.

8 Feb 2016 11:28

The Oakwood, Glossop

An impressive building on a corner on the main through-fare, The Oakwood catches the eye and oozes the charm of bygone days. The Front and side is nearly all floor to ceiling window, with traditional lamps hanging down on the inside. I don’t know the history of this place, but believe it has recently had a make-over, giving the interior a real period feel. You almost feel at times you are in a friend’s house than a pub. Now the important bit; the beer is excellent both in choice and quality, the staff polite and the whole pub friendly and welcoming. Robinsons Double Hop, Unicorn and the excellent Dizzy Blonde, along with there White label porter, with a rich, malty taste @ ABV 5.0%, along with many craft lagers, inc. Blue Moon. Give it a go...

5 Feb 2016 13:50

Queens Arms, Glossop

In an era when more pubs are shutting than opening, I was pleased to find on a recent visit to Glossop that the pubs that survive (and indeed flourish) can often be of the highest standards… The Queens arms gets 10/10 (only the second time I have scored a pub this highly). We stayed the night in one of the 6 rooms on the top floor. The room was beautifully decorated to a high standard, and whilst not cheap was good value for money. Breakfast is taken in the pub and full English was spot on, along with lots of cereals, fruits etc… The pub caters for all clientele; on our visit there were families, drinkers, couples, Sat afternoon footy watchers on a couple of TV's all very friendly and content. The Beer choice was second to none. I was immediately happy when I saw Thornbridge Jaipur, but even better they had two more Thornbridge beers, Jaywick IPA & the excellent Kipling. These along with Robinsons Unicorn, Joseph Holt Bitter, Speckled Hen & Thwaites Wainwright gave a "spoons" choice of beer. Now another really clever idea; The pub lets the second floor as an Indian restaurant called Queen Spice. You enter a beautiful restaurant through an innocuous looking door that (feels a bit like the tardis, as the restaurant can probably seat around 40 people).... The restaurant was packed and food to a really high standard. Live Groups some nights... Just an excellent pub in a nice part of the world...

3 Feb 2016 14:27

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Woodhouse Eaves

Lovely pub set in Charnwood forest, close to Bradgate Park, Beacon Hill, Bluebell woods and some seriously nice countryside. Whilst it has seen some improvements and extensions over the years, it still has a very traditional feel, and appeals to most types. 5 real ales when I visited; Vixen from the up and coming Charnwood brewery in Loughborough, TT Landlord, Adnams Broadside, George Gale & Co Ltd (Fuller's) Seafarers Ale and a really deep, rich beer called Embers winter warmer from the Big Lamp Brewery in Newcastle. It caters to both drinkers and diners, and also has an upstairs Restaurant. Food excellant, but on the pricier side (The Woodhouse smokies being a much loved favourite that has been on the menu for years!) - Recommended.

18 Jan 2016 16:18

The Whalebone, Fingringhoe

Still a 10! For me to mark so highly, a pub needs to do everything it offers well... It doesn't matter whether it's a spit and sawdust boozer or posh nosh venue, so long as it's does what it says on the can. This pub does; Roaring fire, helpful staff, friendly locals, nice menu, a landlady who obviously knows her stuff and of course, great beer. This time Woodefords Tinsel Toes and Wherry, along with an Adnams and another special called Sweet 2016. Don't know why score is as low, as it is certainly recommended.

3 Jan 2016 13:22

The Alma, Copford Green

Pub named after The Battle of the Alma (20 September 1854, Crimean War). Friendly locals and staff, but I thought beer choose was limited. It is Greene King house with the standard Abbot and IPA, Along with Fireside. The guest was Red Fox bitter from Coggleshall. I chose badly and had the Fireside, which was watery... Should have gone for Red Fox...

3 Jan 2016 13:14

The Lion, Langenhoe

Still closed and getting dilapidated...

30 Dec 2015 16:28

White Hart, West Mersea

Attractive building opposite the church, but been closed a couple of years... Still got the signs up and pub interior, but no plans of re-opening as far as I'm aware...

30 Dec 2015 16:26

The Coast Inn, West Mersea

Still great... Me and my son did the Boxing Day dip and then nipped in here with family for a few drinks (just to warm the body up of course!). Beers as my last post. We actually sat in the garden as this bizarre mild winter goes on... The place to drink on the island...

30 Dec 2015 16:22

The Playhouse, Colchester

Wow... Plain on the outside, but like stepping into the past inside... Tables on the stage and cardboard cut-out characters in the stalls. It's great how Mr J.D. Saves these old buildings... Great beer as always; I had Elgoods Hickathrift 4.3%, Hop Monster Co. Snake Oil Stout Dark 5% and a Wards strong xmas ale. I'm just down for a week, but as there are some footie posts on here - Leicester City - top of the premier league - Keep the faith!

30 Dec 2015 16:16

The Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

Still pretty much the same (don't think much changes in Frinton anyway), but no bad thing as this pub was good anyway... Late Red, Spitfire and Master Brew on the hand pumps. Food okay, but Cullin Skink dissapeared from the menu... Aargh...!

30 Dec 2015 15:36

The Layer Fox, Layer de la Haye

Wow... First visit in twelve months and the place has really changed... A total refit that has really smartened the place up... As I have mentioned before, I have always liked this pub, so pleased to report it is still the friendly, warm place it was before, just with better decor! The upper level now seems more open to the bar which helps... Beers good as always; Woodfordes Tinsel toes, St.Austell Proper job plus two Adnams - Ghost ship and Lighthouse. Food is slightly more expensive, but always seems busy, so probably justified. My eleven year old missed the pool table though!

30 Dec 2015 15:06

White Lion, Whissendine

Lovely Everards pub in the sleepy village of Whissendine. Usual Everards beers along with a couple of guests (Oakham ales “Bishops Farewell”) when I visited.
Interior is nicely decorated, and garden also very pleasant in summer. Menu looked good, but didn’t eat there. Pool table to rear of pub.

26 Oct 2015 15:26

White Hart, Hertford

Slightly harsh reviews I think… Yes, it’s a typical town centre affair, but I found the two real ales (McMullens AK & IPA) kept well and perfectly adequate. I watched the Rugby World cup semi-final (New Zealand v South Africa) here on a Saturday afternoon with my family and found it a very friendly pub with a varied clientele and nice staff. The landlord informed us at the beginning that the TV would go on to the Arsenal game at kick-off, and we all moved seats with about 5 minutes to go… I would try it yourself and ignore some of the other comments. Pub is clean and food also looked okay.

26 Oct 2015 15:10

The Halford Bridge, Halford

Popped in on a lousy August Bank Holiday Monday with rain all day... Beers were Purity Mad Goose and Hook Norton Old Hooky, both nice. Restaurant and bar looked nice, but were pretty empty. I think the business is up for sale, but dont let that put you off, beer was good, staff more than helpful and decor nice...

2 Sep 2015 14:02

The Red Lion, Avebury

Fantastic looking pub set within the famous stone circle (or henge). It is a Green King pub and had IPA, Speckled Hen and Avebury well water (nice bitter) on my visit. Food was good, but the guy in front of me complained about the half hour wait for food. He did have a point, as he was told that even if he ordered a starter, the mains would still be half an hour after the starter that doesnt really make sense... He just ordered mains and the pub lost the trade... This pub will always be busy...

1 Sep 2015 08:58

The Malt Shovel, Shardlow

Good Marstons Pub with Pedi, Hobgoblin & another ale called Painted Lady, which im guessing is brewed by Martsons. Lovely position against the Trent & Mersey Canal next to the New Inn. Interior looked smart and recently renovated . Very busy when I visited on a Sunday tea time...

19 Aug 2015 15:45

The Old Crown, Shardlow

A real traditional pub near (but with no direct access) to the River Trent set on the Cavendish bridge. The bars are full of 'ale' related memorabilia, and always seems very popular. It is a Marstons pub with the staples Pedi, Old Empire and New world IPA, but also had three guests; Wolverhampton Brewery 'Sunbeam', Ringwood 'Showmans Tipple' & Brakspear 'Oxford Gold'. Food is real pub grub, and reasonably priced. The garden is a bit of a hotch-potch, with chickens and goats, an old phone box and (to be honest) need a bit of gardening. But, The tables are new and if you have kids there is a climbing frame and (even better) a Trampoline! Recommended...

17 Aug 2015 14:41

The Black Swan, Melton Mowbray

Still pretty empty... The place has a 90's feel with Pool tables and wide open areas typical of town centre pubs, with seats around the edges. Was probably packed in about 1990 before the smoking ban, Mr Spoons, recessions and all that... Beer choice also limited. Hope it stays open... It did have around 4 dart boards, so maybe has a decent darts league or something.

26 Jul 2015 13:39

The Harboro Hotel, Melton Mowbray

This place has had a big re-fit, and bar area is really nice. 4 or so real ales including Black sheep, Doom bar and Proper Job. nice open feel with patio to rear. Pool table and big screens as well and pretty good for a Hotel bar.

26 Jul 2015 13:34

Sample Cellar, Old Dalby

Mock pub to the front which acts as the visitor centre of the attached Belvoir Brewery. Seven of us visited for the 14:00 brewery tour and sampling session on a Saturday afternoon, and I have nothing but praise... The brewery was formed by an ex Shipstones guy in 1995 and is celebrating it's 20th year. It is in a modern unit, but the pub makes up for this with some interesting artefacts. The tour is informative and you get to taste various barley's and hops. At the end you sample Whipling, Beaver and Old Dalby, which pretty much covers all tastes. Beer was excellent and we also got a cold platter on our £15 a head ticket. Food was great with beef, cheese and ham sandwiches, chicken drumsticks, quiche, scotch egg and of course Pork Pie! There is a £30 drink as much as you like option which we were going to do, but as we were going around Melton that night we thought it may get messy, so just bought a few pitchers of Old Dalby and Peacocks Glory. Recommended.

26 Jul 2015 13:30

Britannia Inn, Queniborough

Great pub with a traditional bar to right and large L shaped restaurant to left. Good beer choice; Marstons New World, Doom Bar, Golden Sheep, Harvest Pale, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Hobsons Town Crier. Excellent food with options of Mexican sizzlers and Pizza's as well as the standards. Small garden with two cherry trees. Friendly staff... Give it a go!

26 Jul 2015 13:17

Sugar Loaf, Market Harborough

Had a pint in here on a Friday night whilst staying at the Three Swans, and then made use of the cheap breakfast on the Saturday morning. The pub is okay, but beer choice disappointing (I'm used to The Moon and Bell in Loughborough which has about 4 times more beers!).

26 Jul 2015 13:09

Coach and Horses, Lubenham

Really good Everards pub on the main road. Beers were Original, Tiger, Sunchaser plus guest. Lovely bar area and restaurant looked nice to. There is a patio to rear with lots of well kept plants in summer, with a larger garden at back of car park. As with most pubs, it is the staff that make the place tick, and the landlady here was very friendly. I will certainly visit again next time i'm in the Market Harborough area

21 Jul 2015 14:06

The Top House, The Lizard

Don't know if it was because the Sun was shining, but The Lizard as a village seemed prettier and more welcoming than on my previous visits, admittedly 15 years ago or so... We parked at the NT car park at Kynanace cove and walked to Lizard point, surely one of the greatest walks in Britain... Stopped for a swift pint at The Top House; Pub was nice, beers were St.Austell Proper Job (excellent), Best and Tribute. Didn't eat, so cant comment on food. One footnote; There are a couple of tables in front of the pub, but if you visit midday/early afternoon there is an excellent little terrace which is a real sun trap at this time around the back.

10 Jun 2015 08:17

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Still the best. Great beers, relaxed atmosphere and lively surf as ever (Was Red flagged one day due to a sea fog obliterating everything - pretty eerie). Tribute, Doom bar, Kerov & Healeys Cornish Gold cider. Great sharing food menu with unusual twists - Try the "Dirty Chips". Think I've said everything else on my previous comments...

10 Jun 2015 08:09

Sandsifter, Gwithian

Used to be the Sandsifter, now the Rockpool. Nice bar and trendy interior, but remember that outside there is just a large deck next to the car park - whilst you can here the sea it is a few hundred yards away behind the dunes. I use this sometimes after surfing... The NT car park (just up the small road past the bar) is free to members making it pretty handy what with Cornwall car parking costs. On a surf note, just remember the area around the Red River mouth is often red flagged at high tides. Back to the Rockpool; A couple of really nice beers from The Wooden hand brewery in Grampound, Cornish Buccaneer and Black Pearl, along with a West country orchards cider. There were also plenty of continental lagers, but BE CAREFUL! Sharpes Pilsner was £5 a pint.... Aaaargh.... The only reason I am not giving this place a low mark is because the barmaid to her credit warned me when I ordered it and I rapidly changed my mind. Seriously, a nice place, but you just cant charge chose prices...

10 Jun 2015 08:04

Cornish Arms, Hayle

Popped in for a pint Sunday afternoon. More of a locals pub than tourists, with a big interior and pool table. Everybody friendly and the usual St.Austell range of beers... My Tribute was very nice.

10 Jun 2015 07:52

Bucket Of Blood, Phillack

What a name! The pub sign is pretty scary as well... I popped in for a pint around 16:30 on a Sunday evening, but unfortunately they have an hour and a half close between 16:00 + 17:30 on a Sunday between lunch and evening sessions. Found this a bit strange, as there seemed to be people around, but hey-ho... Pub looked okay though.

10 Jun 2015 07:47

The Red Lion Inn, Penzance

A real locals pub, in a fantastic setting overlooking Newlyn harbour and Mounts Bay, We visited on a sunny evening and sat outside on one of two benchs at the front, but I understand there is also a small beer garden at rear. The pool table is still in the front room. Only one real ale on when I visited, Ringwood Best bitter, which was very pleasant, and I think a couple of lagers. Menu looked good, but we visited Lewis's Fish and chips down in the centre - I had Battered John Dory and chips which was amazing, as good a fish and chips as I have had.

3 Jun 2015 17:15

Kings Arms, Paul

Still as good in 2015... When we arrived on Sat 23rd May they had a maypole and were crowing the May queen - What a fantastic place to watch this ancient ceremony. Beers were St. Austell Cornish Bitter, HSD & Tribute, with Kerov lager and Healy's Rattler cider. Food and drink is on the more expensive side, but it's just so nice to escape the Mousehole crowds...

3 Jun 2015 17:08

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole

I think you need to read all the comments below and settle on a middle ground... it is definitely geared up for eating, but in the summer at least that is not a problem when most will head for the amazing garden. Food was on the expensive side, but very good to boot... Staff were attentive. Beers were Skinners Betty Stoggs, Harbour Brewing Company IPA (I think from Tintagel) and another from the Cornish Crown brewery, so pretty good for real ale fans. Again, there was a real scrumpt cider called Screech Owl, from the River cider company. In the summer do access the beach via gate at bottom of garden. People pile up stones into some great stacks, which amuses the kids and parents alike

3 Jun 2015 17:04

The Fox Inn, Hallaton

This has always been a very scenic pub, in a lovely rural village setting and with a large duckpond in the garden. I stopped here on a Saturday tea time, and pub was pretty busy. I agree with "beerygasman", I'm not normally a Greene King IPA fan, but I was served a nice pint. Other beers were JHB (Jeffrey Hudson Bitter) from Oakham Ales and Sharpes Doom bar (I think). We didnt eat here, but Menu looked good...

19 May 2015 16:53

The Plough Inn, Hickling

I cannot speak highly enough of this pub. It is set in the lovely, rural village of Hickling, literally on the (now defunct) Grantham canal. If you visit, do allow time to walk the tow path (The canal is restored from the basin towards Grantham, but still overgrown towards Nottingham, which makes it almost more beautiful). The pub is an elegant building with two or three small rooms. It has a lovely sun-deck outside, as well as a lawned area and then a kids play area with bouncy castle and swings etc...very child friendly. Beers on offer were Everards Festiv Pale, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Adnams & Navigation Hickling Best Bitter. Ciders were Thatchers and Rekorderlig. Lager was Erdinger plus others… We had a meal which was also excellent and reasonably priced with mains around £8. Home made chips were lovely... A marquee also seems to being constructed further down the garden, so maybe weddings and parties will be on offer. We will be back...

27 Apr 2015 13:49

The Globe, Leicester

This pub never seems to change, but that's no bad thing. Solid Everards pub with small rooms and intimate corners. The full range of Everards Beers on offer (Tiger, Beacon, Original, Sunchaser and the monthly special Blue Boar). Also had Joseph Holt IPA from Manchester. Cider was Symonds Founders reserve. Food menu looked good, but we didnt eat here so cant really comment. Families welcome, and the kids board games always a nice touch. Central for most Leicester attractions including Cathedral area and all the Richard III stuff.

9 Apr 2015 14:03

The Rutland and Derby, Leicester

Lovely pub a couple of minutes walk away from Leicester Cathedral and The New King Richard III Visitor Centre. I seem to remember this being an Everards pub, but I'm not sure they own it even though Everards beers are still prevalent. It is now billed as a pub and kitchen. I used to use this pub occasionally whilst at college back in the 80's, and it was always at the higher end of our budget (Mind you, compared to the Angel, Nags head and some more of the long gone establishments around this area, that's not saying a lot!). We visited with friends and family on a Saturday afternoon; Beers were excellant and varied ( Shardlow Reverand Eatons, Evereards Sunchaser & Tiger, Batemans XXXB, Symonds reserve Cider and Pilsner Urquell lager). Food was great (lovely choice of smaller meze dishes), staff friendly... Highly recommended

9 Apr 2015 12:50

The Neville Arms, Kinoulton

The earlier comments are probably irrelevant now as this pub had a massive refurbishment in 2014. I visited with family for the first time since about 1990, and I have to say what a great job they've done! The front bar still has a good pub feel, with stools, pool table, part tile floor etc... The other rooms are given over to the Restaurant which has a lovely feel and an innovative menu which I understand changes regularly.

Beers were slightly limited with Sharps Doom Bar and Castle Rock Harvest Pale, but there were a couple of good lagers as well as Aspalls Cider.

The food is excellent, although with all main courses at £14 this would be expected. The two and three course options work out better value. Whist we were waiting we were served warmed fennel bread which was gorgeous and added a nice touch. I would definitely return.

23 Mar 2015 13:48

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Another fantastic Real ale festival going on as I post this... Runs 13th - 29th March 2015. Set up in a marquee in the garden. We sampled around 5 beers, with the two memorable ones being Rudgate Milk Stout (4.2% abv) and a really heft pale ale originally from South Africa (brewed as a guest by Batemans) Shongweni Durban Pale ale (5.7% abv). Get down there!

20 Mar 2015 13:47

Cotes Mill, Loughborough

Cant see you ever getting a pint here again.. Now deVOL Kitchens main showroom!

18 Mar 2015 14:02

Warwick Arms, Loughborough

Sadly gone... Was a modern estate pub - now McDonalds!

18 Mar 2015 14:00

Ye Olde Dog and Partridge Inn, Tutbury

Whilst some of the negative comments below are correct, I'm going to be positive in my review on Ye Olde Dog & Partridge in Tutbury, for reasons explained below;
Firstly, this is a Hotel with a nice bar area that has an excellent restaurant. It isnt a traditional pub as such with multiple real ales. On my visit they had the standards Pedigree and Hobgoblin, but with a good range of lagers and ciders, including Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Aspalls (That's the cider issue put to bed!) to name but a few. We hit the place around 13:00 Saturday lunchtime, and the place was very busy. We hadnt booked, and had to wait for a table... It was a bit disorganised, and we did have an instance where someone told us there was a free table next to them, but the waitress re-set it for someone else. However they may have booked beforehand. The food was excellant, but again we did have an instance where the two kids meals arrived in advance of our meals by quite a while. Whilst these comments would normally set the alarm bells ringing, the waitresses were very apolgetic and offered a complimentary round of drinks on the house. The fact they understood there had been a few delays and wanted to address the matter made all the difference, and I and my family left happy and will certainly return!

16 Mar 2015 14:08

Lindens, Mountsorrel

Used to be an Everards pub, and popular at times... I have fond memories of the garden when my son was young. Houses now mores the shame...

11 Mar 2015 13:57

Waterside, Mountsorrel

Seems to be getting the balance about spot-on. Always busy, great food and beer and will always be popular on summer days... Tried a very unusual beer the other day, Everards March 2015 special "Blue Boar" (4.0% ABV) which has a strong Honey taste and uses Boadicea, Saaz hops. Good to see this pub still popular as was the case in Michael's days...

11 Mar 2015 13:55

The Quorndon Fox, Loughborough

Visited again Feb 2015. Why oh why are you encouraged to order drinks from your table...? Overall the place is okay and food is half decent, but yet again my big complaint is that there was a 4 deep queue at the bar, one girl serving and yet when you order a round of drinks from a waitress it takes ages to arrive... Just have more bar staff and let people get there own drinks... Anyway, rant over. On a positive note, tried a refreshing blonde ale called Golden Pippin from the Copper Dragon brewery, Skipton, North Yorkshire which was very nice.

4 Mar 2015 13:35

The Plough Inn, Zouch

A bit of an anomaly this one... Firstly, as pointed out by dpaajones it isn't in Zouch, it's in neighbouring Normanton on Soar. It occupies a lovely building with a fantastic Riverside setting, but doesn't quite get it right. It's part of a small chain, one of which The Hunting lodge, is in my own village Barrow upon Soar. Whereas that has a lively bar area, The Plough is 95% food, and can feel a bit soul less. Beer is usually limited to a couple of real ales, but helped with the inclusion of Castle Rock Harvest Pale. Food is okay, but overpriced. Not sure they still operate the buzzer system, but agree with oxybrig, it's a bit impersonal.

2 Mar 2015 13:59

Stream Trumpet, Thornton

Previously called The Bulls Head, The Tipsy Fisherman and recently the Stream Trumpet, this is now The Reservoir... Nice pub that used to be from the Steamin Billy stable (Not sure if it is or not now, but they sell Steamin Billy Beers...Seems to be a sister pub of The Windmill @ Brascote near Newbold Verdon). Tastefully decorated, and whilst geared for food, also preserving plenty of bar area for drinkers only. Beers were the Steamin Billy house beers, Billy Bitter, Tipsy Fisherman and Skydiver, along with a Charnwood brewery guest called Try Hopper. Personally, I think the Billy Bitter and Tipsy Fishermen are good bets, as I think there are better full bodied beers than Skydiver. Always good Ciders and lagers as well; Symonds Founders Reserve, Sagres, San Miguel all on draught. Whilst Thornton is a pretty un-remarkable village, it is lifted by the reservoir, and it is definitely worth parking up and walking the 3 mile or so round trip, cutting back up to the village by the pretty church.

2 Mar 2015 09:01

Turks Head Hotel, Tynemouth

Traditional pub (certainly the only pub I've been in with a stuffed Border Collie on the wall!) with a decent range of beers.. Allendale Brewery Fermata and Golden Plover, along with a Tyne Bank February special Scotch ale (on the lines of 80 shilling, wee heavy etc...). Also Guiness West Indies Porter on draught and a couple of good ciders (Rosies Pig being one...). Friendly locals. I had never visited Tynemouth, but found it a really nice place... Go for a walk on Longsands beach as well...

23 Feb 2015 14:00

Windmill, Wymeswold

Attractive village pub with a stream running through the street in front.. This is now owned by the little Britain pubs company, who also own The Curzon arms in Woodhouse Eaves, The Bluebell in Rothley and (a little bird tells me) a new addition coming in Old Dalby. I think they have it pretty sorted (see my other posts)... Beers, lagers and ciders are always good, food is excellent and they seem to retain bars for locals, so the pubs still feel like pubs, not just eating houses... The garden here is also good with multiple tiers going uphill.

22 Jan 2015 13:58

Three Crowns, Wymeswold

Out of the three pubs in the village, this is the real "local"... A traditional pub that is usually busy, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Not sure what current beers are, but I seem to remember Doom Bar and TT landlord in past. Excellent value pie night on a Friday.

22 Jan 2015 13:45

The Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

Excellent food and beer as always from this Shepherd Neame pub. Christmas eve 2014 Beers were Master Brew, Spitfire and a Christmas ale, as well as two of the better lagers; Oranjeboom & Asahi Super Dry. Just one minor comment; When we arrived around 13:00, most of the tables were empty but reserved. When we explained we would only be around an hour or so we were immediately seated, but other people were getting quite annoyed because they kept sitting at tables and being told they were reserved. Me personally, I wouldn't let people book tables in pubs (restaurants okay...), but if you are going to, don't book them out for hours on end!

7 Jan 2015 13:30

The Coast Inn, West Mersea

Totally agree with both of the below posts... We visited Boxing day 2014 after watching the 'Mersea Dip'. Pub was very warm and snug on a cold day, and had a roaring fire. Very popular bar area, and a restaurant that also looked excellent. Lots of various pictures, jewellery etc. from local people for sale as well. Best beers on the Island; Yo Boy from Mersea Island Brewery, Mighty Oak Captain Bob + Sharps Doom Bar. I would also imagine very popular in summer with a deck at the front and outside bar...

6 Jan 2015 13:45

The Victory Hotel, West Mersea

I still think the Victory could be better... Beer still limited; Deuchars Caledonian 80/, Victory ale (?) and (best of the lot) Adnams Drey bells during a visit Dec 23rd 2014. Both bars always feel quite cold, maybe because of the large conservatory to the right. The Main bar also has a table the size of Essex placed right in front of it which obstructs the bar if anyone is sitting there. The setting is great, but The Coast (just up the road) steals the limelight...

30 Dec 2014 13:49

The Layer Fox, Layer de la Haye

Great as usual, visited twice over the Christmas period; First after a walk around Aberton reservoir, then again Christmas day. Great range of ale; Woodfordes Wherry, Woodfordes Tinsel Toes, Maldon Gold & ‘Nutcrackered’ from The Mighty Oak Brewing Co among others. Always busy and always a friendly welcome. Food was good pub fayre. This pub survives and prospers by doing the simple things well; It also turns it's hand to other things, for example B&B, shop, book swap, deli, café etc...

30 Dec 2014 13:41

The Moon and Starfish, Clacton On Sea

Average 'spoons set in an impressive building on the front opposite the pier... Beers on offer were Exmoor Gold, Bishops Finger, Lancaster Brewery Rum and raisin, Marstons Cinder’s Doppelganger and a pale ale, Minagof Beer, from Ishii Brewing Co., Tamuning, Guam. Interior a bit tatty, and could do with a lick of paint...

29 Dec 2014 13:39

The Whalebone, Fingringhoe

Still excellent... I wouldn't change much from my last post. Beers this time were Adnams Southwold Bitter, Greene King Abbot and a really good blonde beer;
No Man's Land from the Colchester Brewery.

29 Dec 2014 13:31

The Peaks Inn, Castleton

We visited Saturday afternoon in late November and I have to say I thought pub was very cosy... Roaring fire, Christmas decorations all up and very lively. 4 real ales, Martsons New World pale ale, English pale ale, Wychwood Piledriver and Adnams Bitter. Food was also excellent, and staff friendly. I haven't been in he other pubs, but all looked good. We also visited Peak Cavern which was excellent.

24 Nov 2014 13:55

The Organ Grinder, Loughborough

The Organ Grinder, along with the White Hart are trailblazing a path that shows there is a market for a good honest pub to succeed, and are probably in the top two or three pubs in Loughborough. The Swan in the rushes has long held the real ale crown, whilst Mr JD Witherspoon will always divide opinion with his amazing range of ale at low prices, but these pair have the balance spot on... I have to say this was a pub destined for closure prior to acquisition by The Blue Monkey Brewery, but is now a thriving, popular pub frequented by most age groups. The pub has a main bar with various nooks and crannies to settle into. Live music from time to time as well. Beers on offer last time I visited were Ape ale, 99 red baboons, Guerilla, Marmoset and a few more, as well as a couple of high quality continental lagers, plus Hogans & Symonds Founders reserve cider. Highly recommended...

27 Oct 2014 13:46

The George Inn, Ashby de la Zouch

Very nice country pub, which due to it's location aims at the food market... Set on the main Loughborough / Ashby road within the National Forest. Nice garden with great views of the rolling North west Leicestershire countryside. We visited during the Sunday Lunch melee and had a couple of pints in the garden. Beers were Black Sheep, Pedigree and Slaters Top Totty 4.0% (A nice blonde beer). Pub was packed and food looked good...

14 Oct 2014 13:44

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

I disagree with LowFlyer72... The bar is very old and traditional with knowledgeable staff and a couple of lovely cosy rooms. Great beer choice; Ludlow Best, Ludlow Stairway (excellent), Hobsons best, Wye Valley Butty Bach and a really good cider - Robinsons Flagon Cider. The terraces above the river are stunning, and must be packed in summer. We stayed over in one of the 9 or so rooms all named with a Shakespeare theme... I must also compliment the restaurant (which you can obviously take your beers from the bar into). I had a main course of Ox-cheek in a lovely rich gravy, and it was as good a meal as I've had... Attention to detail excellent throughout - Highly recommended.

13 Oct 2014 13:57

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Ludlow

Totally agree with Steamer1's comments below. Probably the most picturesque of all Ludlow pubs, and I really enjoyed sitting out front admiring the view down to Ludford Bridge, but why oh why such a poor beer choice... The place was empty on an October Sat afternoon when it should have been busy... Just Marstons Pedigree and Jennings Cocker Hoop to choose from. I like Cocker Hoop, but Marstons should let the licensee arrange at least one guest (maybe from a local micro brewery).

13 Oct 2014 13:48

The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow

More of a smart coffee shop / bar on the right hand side, but we took our beers through to the more atmospheric Hotel lounge which is very nice.

Still the 3 ales mentioned below, Hobsons Old Prickly 4.2% pale ale (5p out of every pint goes to the BHPS; British Hedgehog Preservation Society) along with Ludlow Brewing Co. (Best and Boiling Well).

Definitely recommended.

13 Oct 2014 13:41

The Church Inn, Ludlow

Difficult to rate on one visit... I popped in on a Saturday lunch in October 2014 during a weekend stay with my wife in Ludlow. The place was really busy and seemed friendly enough to me. Good mix of locals, dogs and tourists, many of who were tucking into the many pies on offer on the menu... (not the dogs!)Loads of real ales, the star of which was Hobsons Town crier, a 4.5% abv Golden ale. Also on offer was Wye Valley Bitter and many more. I had a Cotleigh New Harvest Golden Bitter ABV 4.0% but found it bland compared to the Town Crier... The pub was a little tatty, but I don't expect all pubs to be the same...

13 Oct 2014 13:34

The Swan In The Rushes, Loughborough

A Loughborough institution if real ales your thing... Almost like stepping back a few decades. The bar on the right has seating around the edges and a tile floor. Amazing range of beers, virtually all of the Castle Rock range when I visited Oct 2014 (Elsie Mo, Sheriffs tipple & Harvest Pale). Recommended...

6 Oct 2014 13:48

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Just tasted ‘Devils Backbone American IPA,’ a draft rather than cask ale served chilled... The die hard real ale lovers may not like it, but it's a really nice pint...

2 Oct 2014 11:30

Anne Of Cleves, Melton Mowbray

Tiger, Original, & Rocket (Brunswick brewing company) along with Kicking bottle cider "Fullback" on my last visit in late September. Pub was packed along with the garden as well. Give it a go, lovely setting in a 600 year old building originally built as a dwelling house for parsons in Melton...

29 Sep 2014 12:30

Waterside, Mountsorrel

Now had a total refit by Everards and is unrecognisable inside... Still has great beers (but a bit pricier) and with this setting it will always be popular. Some good touches like leaving the old bar (roadside) pretty much the same, extending the garden and creating a nice outside eating area. Food is good, but portions on the small side. Will miss those old models of ships and the "U bend" gents toilet entrance...!

5 Sep 2014 13:59

The Quorndon Fox, Loughborough

Has definitely upped it's game since my last post in 2012...

5 Sep 2014 13:54

The Blue Bell Inn, Rothley

Now been bought by the "Little Britain Pub Company Ltd" whose sister pubs are the Curzon arms at Woodhouse Eaves and the Windmill at Wymeswold.

Lots of money spent creating a nice mixture of restaurant / bar. Good beers and food so should do well... (Check out the Pizza oven!).

5 Sep 2014 13:51

London Inn, Shaldon

We only found this pub as we drove back from Teignmouth to Torquay around 7pm on a sunday evening, but what a find! Pub is tucked away through tiny roads on a green which has a bowling green in the middle, and is one street back from the Estuary. Contemporary interior with friendly staff and locals, and a very forward thinking landlord. Food was fantastic (and, unusually serves all day sunday). Beers were St.Austell Proper Job, Dartmoor Jail ale and Otter Bitter. Outdoor seating on front near bowling green. Give it a go..

2 Aug 2014 16:52

The White Hart, Dartington

Never visited this pub, but The Cott in @ Dartington (not on BITE) is recommended...

2 Aug 2014 16:37

Lamorna Wink, Penzance

I hadn't visited before the new owners took over, so cant really compare, but seems to have had a tasteful makeover. The Pub is in a very wooded valley on the dead end road to Lamorna Cove, and the name goes back to bygone days when a "wink" was the sign that illegal contraband was available. I visited at around 4pm on a friday, so pub was pretty quiet. Beers were Skinners River Cottage IPA & Betty Stoggs, along with Apple Slayer cider. The lady behind bar was friendly, and menu (serves from 6pm) lookede good. Sandwiches available all day. The ships plates are all still present, as is the Devenish' legend on an outbuilding wall... Nothing stays the same, but I would definitely visit again.

2 Aug 2014 16:34

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Get's better every time I visit! Spent a fantastic day on the beach with great surf again, then had a couple of pits and a bite to eat @ The Blue Bar. St.Austell Tribute bitter & Korev lager, Sharps Doom bar and Healeys Cornish Gold Cider all available. Staff are always attentive, and food good. We had a sharing nacho's that were lovely. The front terrace catches the full late afternoon / evening sun, and I have heard that this is one of the few North Cornwall beaches where you can catch a full sunset, although havent been there that late to try it out...

2 Aug 2014 16:23

The Apple Tree Inn, Minsterworth

Mixed feelings about this pub I'm afraid...

Firstly, my score will reflect the fact that on my visit 23rd July 14 there was no real ale on tap (not a good start to a BITE review). Only beer was Worthington Creamflow... The pub is slightly quirky, with the front dining room being very nice, but the back room and toilets not so impressive. I didn't find staff that friendly either. One guy was in a long, confused conversation about someone's bill, whilst the lady who took our order didn't seem to like the fact we only ordered one sandwich (two of us shared). We were only dropping off to break a long journey, and at £7 a throw, we felt one sandwich was enough.

Garden was good with some great kids play equipment and bouncy castle. We may have just caught them at a bad time...

28 Jul 2014 13:19

Hope and Anchor, Syston

Visited again in July 14, and have to say Greene King need to sort this place out... Bar area is dirty, tables sticky, staff looked unhappy and garden overgrown with old wooden tables. There are a few plus points; bouncy castle in garden popular with kids, and a very nice American craft beer (brewed by Greene King). I'm not kidding, at least two people complained about dirty glasses and one about the food whilst I was waiting to be served...

27 Jul 2014 09:40

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

I have visited the Godolphin a couple of times over the past 10 years or so, and thought it looked a bit tired on my last visit. I can now report that this pub has had a massive (and costly) make over, and is now very contemporary within. I have to say I did have initial reservations, because I didn't want it to have an "aloof" feel, but my wife loves the setting, and it's great kids can play on the beach if you sit on the large outer terrace. Happily i can thoroughly recommend The Godolphin, the staff were friendly and helpful & food was top notch and not really any pricier than other pubs (try the sharing shellfish platter). Real ales were Skinners Betty stoggs, St.Austell Tribute along with a chilled St.Austell "proper cool IPA", which was refreshing for a tap beer...

27 Jul 2014 09:28

The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe

Lovely pub a bit off the beaten track on the road to Gunwalloe / Church cove. This is a free house which was serving Exmoor ale, Otter, Skinners Betty Stoggs & Sharps Doom Bar, as well as Cornwall Cider Co Apple Slayer from Truro. We visited on a hot day after an afternoon at Church cove in July 14. If you sit on the benches at the front you get a fantastic vista of Mounts bay in full sun. Food was also excellent (try the home made soups & cheese board).Good mixture of locals / holiday makers as well... Definitely recommended.

27 Jul 2014 09:09

Old Sucess Inn, Sennen Cove

Forgot to mention, beers were Tribute, Proper Job and Trelawny... Food was excellant, but watch for seagulls if you eat up on the terrace!

26 Jul 2014 15:32

Old Sucess Inn, Sennen Cove

Whats not to like.. The view of Sennen Cove / Whitesand Bay from the wooden terrace is as good as any in England on a nice day. We got plenty of sun on 14th July 2014. My only complaint was lack of surf earlier in the day, which I cant really blame on the pub!

26 Jul 2014 15:30

The Ship Inn, Mousehole

St.Austell brewery pub on the quay in Mousehole (always pronounce "Mowzle" or you will upset the locals!). Excellant location, but suffers on nice hot days not having much outdoor seating (There is a small terrace at rear). We visited during the sea-salts-sail-festival‎ in July 2014, so was obviously rammed. Beer was Tribute, Trelawny and HSD. I have had the fish pie in the past, but opted for a shellfish platter to share which was very nice. Friendly staff, nice pub.

26 Jul 2014 15:20

Kings Arms, Paul

I stayed for a week with my family in Trungle cottage, 2 minutes or so from The Kings Arms, so frequented this pub a few times over the course of the week... It is a St.Austell brewery house, and was serving Dartmoor Best, Tribute and HSD, along with Apple and Pear Rattler and Korev Lager. Pub is split across two main rooms, both have bar areas, and both have dining, however children are only allowed in the room across from the church. Overall I would recommend this pub; It gets a mixture of locals and holidaymakers, a lot who walk up from Mousehole which is only 10 minutes or so walk down a steep hill. Strangely, Mousehole only has the one pub, The Ship inn, but feels like it should have more... Beer was good, food also good and both moderately priced. Check out the Dolly Pentreath monument in Paul churchyard, and also listen out for the Mousehole male voice choir who practise in the church monday evenings. If you sit out on the front you can take all this in with a nice pint of Tribute!

26 Jul 2014 14:57

The Last Post, Beeston

Agree with BrummieJohn, okay, but I've been In better Witherspoons...
The lack of any real garden other than a small scruffy patio full of smokers knocks my score down... A couple of pints of Black hole brewery Milky Way (A pale wheat beer) @ ABV 6.0% made up for this though!

27 Jun 2014 13:48

Barley Mow, Leicester

Visited @ 7pm on a Thursday in June 2014 on a works night out. Probably around 10 drinkers around bar, mostly locals and a few suits who had finished work. Décor is okay, and although there was only Everards ales on offer, they did have 5 choices (Original, Beacon, Tiger, Sunchaser & Scrum), so pretty good choice... Looked like a band was setting up, and overall I thought this was a decent city centre pub...

6 Jun 2014 13:39

Boat Inn, Loughborough

I agree with comments below regarding limited beer selection, but overall a very nice pub. Marstons Pedigree and Banks Best and Mild when I visited on a Sunday lunch in May 2014. Fantastic location on Grand Union Canal, with tables actually on the tow path. Friendly staff with good, reasonably priced food. The pub is nicely decorated inside and actually resembles a boat. Seems to have good locals as there was even a meat raffle...!

19 May 2014 13:55

The Adelphi, Swansea

No real ale... typical town centre pub. Would recommend The Smoke Haus over the road though... Great American Diner with Blue Moon craft beer on tap!

28 Apr 2014 13:56

The Star / Leake Pit House, West Leake

Don't really know the history about this pub, but I think it is pretty good... Both front and back gardens were full on a Bank Holiday Easter Monday, and food looked both interesting and well priced. Can't comment on the lager, but serves Belvoir brewery ales and also the king of ciders (Symonds Founders Reserve). Only around 5 or 6 miles from Barrow upon Soar, so definitely one I will return to... Not sure about Oxybrigs comments... Belvoir beers are certainly real ale and as for not being a locals pub, there cant be more than 50 people or so live in West Leake, so certainly don't blame landlord for aiming at food trade.

28 Apr 2014 13:54

The Pilot, Mumbles

A guy in the Dragon hotel in Swansea in which we were staying recommended The Pilot, and can I can honestly say I wasn't disappointed. The Pub houses a micro brewery in the back brewing beers under the "Mumbles Brewery" label. I sampled Mumbles Mile 3.8%, Mumbles Gold 4.3% & Lifesaver 5.1% whilst my wife tried and enjoyed Oystermouth Stout... It was pretty quiet at 4pm on a Wed afternoon, but friendly and seemed to encourage both locals and the tourists on the "Mumbles pier stroll". Give it a go...

28 Apr 2014 13:45

The Red Cow, Market Harborough

Lively high street pub (pretty small so it doesn't take many people to make it lively!). Abbott, IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Red Cow Bitter and a couple more... Filled with locals on a Saturday afternoon with a good atmosphere. Darts in back room along with a table skittles table! (one of the old ones with a net at the back and leather padding). Took me back a bit; reminded me of Sileby working mens club as a kid with a bottle of coke on Sunday dinners!

3 Mar 2014 10:19

The Malt Shovel, Barkby

Very nice "Proper" pub... This is a Thwaites pub (unusual in this area), that had Original, Lancaster Bomber, Wainwrights & Nutty Black on my last visit, plus Isle of Arran Red Squirrel beer.

Good pub grub, friendly landlord and locals. Has a cricket theme (not surprising as the quintessential Barkby CC's ground is around the corner).

Recommended

24 Feb 2014 13:52

White Hart, Loughborough

Question; Is this the best pub in Loughborough? Answer; Quite possibly... Lively pub with nice décor and friendly staff that seems to appeal to all (there were couples of all ages, groups, and a few rugby songs flying around when I visited in Feb 2014...) 5 or 6 real ales including Belvoir Beers Strong ale, Shipstones Bitter, Bass, Black Sheep plus a few more (inc Fruli fruit beer). Some of the other town center pub's needed the wake-up call and The White Hart is onto a winner me'thinks...

12 Feb 2014 13:48

The Otter, Derby

Not sure if the posters below just visited on bad days... This is a Vintage inn chain pub (used to be called both the Navigation / White House many years ago) on the A6 between Kegworth and Hathern. As far as these pubs go, this is a very decent one… Beer was Sharps Doom Bar, Fullers Jack Frost & Red Squirrel Scottish ale. Staff were polite, food was excellent, if slightly overpriced... I personally prefer a "proper" pub, but as we were eating @ 6pm Sunday evening this served the purpose very well.

21 Jan 2014 13:18

The White Horse, Quorn

My prayers are answered... Beers in Jan 14 were Beacon, Tiger, ORIGINAL & one of the Titanic brewery beers... Food excellent as always; try the sharing plates...

6 Jan 2014 13:46

The Plough Inn, Normanton-on-the-Wolds

Excellent country pub which caters for all customer needs; Lovely atmosphere, warm, welcoming feel that is just perfect… Roaring fires in Winter, great landscaped garden in summer (large garden, lots of tables with a great kids area). 5 real ales when I visited in Jan 14; Timothy Taylor Landlord, Charles Wells Bombardier, Black Sheep, Fullers London Pride and the "star" Castle Rock Harvest Pale. Various Lagers including Perroni on tap. I havent eaten here but food looked excellant (I think you can eat in the lounge, bar or a seperate room with set tables). Car parking is limited, so people tend to park along the lane that the pub is on (and the number of cars parked up here show the popularity of this pub!). Definately add this to your "must try" list

6 Jan 2014 13:43

The Lion, Langenhoe

Closed and with fencing around it in Dec 2013... Don't know if it's permanent or a re-fit? I only visit this area once a year or so, but hope to see it open next time...

31 Dec 2013 13:54

Duke of York, Sileby

The Thai food was good, if somewhat expensive... Unfortunately all shut down again now, so the 6 pubs I grew up with are now down to just 3... Sign o the times I'm afraid...

31 Dec 2013 13:44

The Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

Visited again Christmas Eve December 2013 after a walk along the beach from Walton. As always, good beers and friendly staff. Beers on offer on this occasion were Spitfire, Master Brew and Christmas Ale, a full-bodied cask beer @ 5.0% ABV. Food excellent. I know this is the only pub in genteel, well healed Frinton, but it is certainly a decent pub...

31 Dec 2013 13:35

The Victory Hotel, West Mersea

Good pub in a great setting... Have only visited in Winter, but would imagine packed in the summer months. Do try the Oyster shack over the road as well (Nothing slips down better than a local Colchester Oyster with a touch of tobasco!). Back to the Victory though; Bar is to the left and centre (food is very good), with a conservatory off to the right for dining. My score would be higher than the 6 I have given it if the beer was better... I'm not a fan of Deuchars, so the IPA ABV 3.8% & Golden XPA ABV 4.3% were not my favourite tipples (I think it would be better to have an Caledonian 80/- or a flying Scotsman with the IPA to liven things up...) There is also a Victory ale, but all seemed a bit watery for my liking.

30 Dec 2013 14:04

The Layer Fox, Layer de la Haye

Visited again a couple of times in Dec over the Christmas period. Still has that warm, welcoming feel...

Beers on offer were the old favourite Red Fox Bitter 3.8% from down the road in Coggeshall, Woodfordes Once Bittern 4.0%, Lacons St Nicks 4.2% from Great Yarmouth & Hop back's Elf and Hoppiness abv 3.9%. Food looked good as well...

30 Dec 2013 13:52

The Whalebone, Fingringhoe

Totally agree with RarinRob...(ZioMalia must be on a wind up) This place is amazing! I don't often give 10's (it's all a bit strictly come dancing!), but The Whalebone get's 10.

The building is lovely, the interior old world with a roaring fire when we visited just before Christmas, but with modern twists... The attention to detail in everything is great. The food is top notch, and reasonably priced. Even though catering for the dining market, pub had a good mix of eaters / drinkers. Beers on offer were Adnams Shingle Shells & Broadside along with a guest called Stour Gold. Even the dogs in front of the fire were contented! Highly recommended.

30 Dec 2013 12:00

The Plough, Wysall

Definitely agree with Deb... Blue Monkey Sanctuary, Sharpes Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord plus a couple more last time I was in (along with Aspalls Cider). Pub was packed with a good mix of people, nice friendly barmaid, roaring fire (Sunday lunch baps that looked great!). The garden is lovely both in summer & winter. Highly recommended.

9 Dec 2013 14:00

Royal Oak, Rothley

Back in the eighties this was a real drinking pub with pool table in the front etc... Since an Everards revamp a few years back it seems to have found a middle-ground... It still attracts drinkers whilst also catering for the food clientele. Beers are limited to Everards (could do with a guest!), and I'm not sure the food is great value. Okay...

4 Dec 2013 13:54

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Another great beer!!! Jack D’Or or Saison Americain... Lovely hoppy beer @
6.5 abv - very bitter... When I tried this on a Tuesday night in November 2013 every table was occupied... Don't fancy some of the other town center pubs chances, but hard to argue with beer this good at this price.

21 Nov 2013 14:08

The White Horse Inn, Seagrave

I would suggest twohalves gives it another go... Seagrave is a very sleepy village and before the current owners took over i'm guessing this was a pub on the verge of closure. I find the atmosphere warm & welcoming, with nice touches such as the games and newspapers. Beer choice has been Jennings Cumberland ale & Wychwood Hobgoblin for a while now with Thatchers Gold Cider and various lagers. Let's face it, although there are only two ales there both pretty good... You just have to live with the old fashioned opening hours, which I actually like, although do agree they should open and serve food all day on Bank holidays and probably Saturdays... Foodwise this pub is also pretty good; All home cooked and some theme nights (Pie, Fish & chip etc...). The two meals for a tenner Tuesday is certainly recommended.

15 Nov 2013 14:08

Griffin Inn, Swithland

Nice country pub. Excellant menu and good beers served in a pub which still has lots of wood panneling, small rooms and good atmosphere. On my last visit in November 2013 beers were the Everards staples of Beacon, Old Original & Tiger, with a Castle Rock Pumpkin porter and some excellant ciders (including a local Farmer fears thirsty farmer, which was one of the best Scrumpy's I have tried. Garden is very nice in summer and the Sunday lunch is one of the best. Definately give it a try if you are in the area.

11 Nov 2013 12:52

The Blue Bar and Grill, Liverpool

Only tap beers and lagers, but a great venue and lovely setting right next to the dock. We shared a couple of tapas/ribs platters which were very nice. Lots of continental lagers on offer. I chose Amstel which is always a nice crisp pint... Reccomended...

27 Oct 2013 11:05

The Pumphouse, Liverpool

Some slightly harsh comments below me thinks... I visited as a tourist visiting the Albert dock, and was surprised by how busy it was, and seemed to have a lot of scousers as well as tourists. Staff were friendly and atmosphere good. Beers on offer were Old Golden hen, Gangly ghoul, Pumphouse Landlords choice and Thwaites Lancaster Bomber. Yeah, it's a Greene King chain, and i do agree that the beer was (slightly) to cold, but okay overall... Worth a visit for the great location and wonderful building.

27 Oct 2013 10:52

Oak Tree Inn, Newton-le-Willows

Nice enough pub; Interior was pleasant and food looked good. We sat in the garden lunchtime on a warm late October day. Garden is well maintained and has play equipment for children. Beer choice is quite limited; Only Hobgoblin on draught hand pump, with the northern staples Tetley & Boddingtons on tap.

27 Oct 2013 10:29

The Wheatsheaf, Oakham

Oakham isnt blessed with numerous pubs, but the ones it has are all pretty good..

I agree with The Music man, it's very difficult to see past the Lord Nelson, which pretty much has everything you could want from a country pub; excellant ales, great food, wonderful location etc...

The Wheatsheaf is a charming Everards pub, with a nice atmosphere and a feeling that it is maybe 10 years behind the times (quite dark with horse brasses etc...). When I visited in October 13 on a saturday afternoon it was pretty quiet, and beer choice was limited (Beacon, Tiger & Green King). We did however play dominoes in front of a nice open fire and there is nothing wrong with the pub at all.

We stayed @ The Admiral Hornblower, which is also recommended, and has great food, beer and accomodation (The four poster room 4 was lovely).

At the time of this post, the new JD Witherspoon pub "The Captain Noel Newton" is due to open in Nov 13, and this is bound to impact on some of the longer standing establishments...

I'm guessing The Lord Nelson is pretty safe, but everybody else needs to watch out; It's the old debate - JD Witherspoon - Saint or sinner?

21 Oct 2013 13:40

The Cardinals Hat, Worcester

It was in it's Austrian phase when I visited a few years back, but even then it was the best pub we visited in Worcester. Will try to re-visit next time i'm in the area

15 Oct 2013 13:50

The Green Man, Ashbourne

Any further news Gristy? I stayed here for a weekend back in 2005, and whilst the place was obviously in decline, I have some good memories... Roaring log fire with good food and beer on a very cold Feb night... Even back then room was tatty though.

15 Oct 2013 13:47

Old Black Horse Inn, Houghton On The Hill

Nice Everards pub with a good locals feel... We have friends in Houghton and have visited several times. Food is excellant. Beer choice would be improved with a guest ale, but overall recommended.

8 Oct 2013 14:02

The Royal William IV, Lincoln

Pleasant enough pub inside, with fantastic outside seating overlooking Brayford wharf. Food was good, but beer choice limited; Ruddles Best and Directors only on tap, with no guest. Cider also dissapointing; Strongbow or bottled. Most pubs now seem to offer at least one from Thatchers, Stowford press, Aspalls etc..., where you can actually taste apples... I wouldnt dismiss this pub, but could be better.

30 Sep 2013 14:14

The Magna Carta, Lincoln

Marstons pub at the top of Steep Hill (You will be ready for a drink after the climb!) If you get a seat outside you have the castle to the left and Cathedral to the right. Marstons pedigree, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Jennings and Banks's Black Diamond Ruby beer. Slightly tired inside, but staff friendly and food seemed okay.

30 Sep 2013 14:07

Waterside, Mountsorrel

Needs to keep it's eye on the ball now... The landlord of many years Michael has retired and the new owners havent quite got it right yet. Still a great range of beers and (obviously) fantastic setting, but food is more expensive and service patchy. Might just be me, but I'm sure the Original is not quite as good...

26 Sep 2013 14:16

King William IV, Mountsorrel

Like a lot of Mountsorrel pubs... Long, long gone....

Try the Swan or Waterside

26 Sep 2013 14:12

The Blue Bell Inn, Rothley

Popped in a couple of weeks ago and it seemed a nice old pub.
Pool table in room on left, darts on right - very traditional locals pub. Cant remember the beers on offer

26 Sep 2013 14:07

The Crown, Earith

Give this pub a try... Bar area is very much given over to darts, sky sports etc... and may appear a bit "spit and sawdust" at first, but on my visit locals were all very friendly. Lounge is very nice and also boasts a great menu. Beers were Sharps Doom bar, Greene King & Elgoods Cambridge Bitter. Doesn't really make enough of the Riverside location; Garden is okay but is really just lawn with a few benches. Could be a really amazing garden...

27 Aug 2013 13:48

The Hammer and Pincers, Barrow upon Soar

Now renamed as "The Blacksmiths arms", apparently it's original name... This has had some serious investment, and the result is amazing. It is now a high class restaurant with a bar area at the front. Food is inventive and staff attentive. Always hard to score a venture such as this on a traditional pub website, but it does serve Sharps Doom bar & Stowford press cider along with a couple of lagers.

Give it a go; you wont be disappointed.

22 Aug 2013 08:59

Railway Hotel, Buxton

A large, bland Greene King chain pub geared for food, which I can't comment on because we didn't eat there... Some positives though; One of the beers was "Olde Trip" which is a lovely toffee-flavoured beer. There was also a small cider festival and the girl who served us was very nice and more than willing to let us taste any before buying. Also a free bouncy castle for patrons which is a great idea for families. My only complaint is that the bar area was very small in relation to size of pub which meant delays getting served...

5 Aug 2013 14:24

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Very busy pub opposite the Opera house which seemed to have a good mixture of clientele... Cant remember all the beers but I was very impressed with the 5.7% Smokeless beer from the Red Willow brewery in Macclesfield. Lovely smooth pint with just a hint of smoke...

5 Aug 2013 14:18

The Peacock, Bakewell

Attractive pub with central location. Food is excellent and inventive... Beers are Peak ales with a token Adnams. The Peak beers were excellent and included Swift Nick, Bakewell Best, Chatsworth Gold & a "summer special" Summer Sovereign... The pub has a large outside eating / drinking area which makes it hugely popular on sunny weekends... This is probably where the unfriendly staff comments come from. On my visit staff were fine.

5 Aug 2013 14:12

The Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head

This is the pub which sits just opposite the Hotel. Amazing location overlooking Monsal Dale and the viaduct, however not visible from the actual pub garden. You need to go to the car-parks to afford the best views. Very nice feel and obviously popular with Hotel guests and walkers alike. Serves very good beers from the Wincle Beer Company; When we visited on 4th Aug 13 you could choose from Wincle Waller & Butchered. Food looked fantastic but not cheap...

5 Aug 2013 14:05

The Malthouse, Sileby

Now a Thai restaurant called "Little Thai"... Food was excellent, though not cheap. Serves Carling and Singha Beer on draught, but with Singha @ £4.50 a pint you may not wish to get drunk here! I'm not sure about oriental/indian restaurants opening in closed pubs... If this place is to survive it needs more custom and more competitive prices.

9 Jul 2013 14:04

The Navigation Inn, Barrow upon Soar

Still no place better on a hot day... Barrow boating just along the canal also brings in a lot of Tourists, giving this pub an almost "holiday" feeling sometimes. One of the guest ales on July 7th 2013 was Theakstons River's answer; I normally like a good guest beer, but not this one - It is brewed with bitter hops and apparently blended with the character of smoked Lapsang Suchong china tea, but for me it didn't work. If you have never been to this pub, give it a go...

8 Jul 2013 09:45

The Time Bar, Leicester

This has been owned by The Steamin Billy Brewery for a couple of years now, and has been re-named THE PARCEL YARD... Still excellent with a great range of beers, Ciders and Lagers...

26 Jun 2013 10:48

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Just thought I'd mention a beer on tap Wed 25th June 2013... Cleopatra 5.0% from the Derventio Brewery in Derbyshire. One of the best beers I've ever tasted!

26 Jun 2013 10:44

The Kings Head, Napton on the Hill

We were recommended this pub by staff @ The Old Mint in Southam. It was around 4pm on a Saturday afternoon, and whilst they were not serving food, quite a few people suggested this place. First appearances are not great; It is not a particularly attractive building, and I thought from the outside it looked a bit of a chain pub. However, as soon as you walk through the door you get the impression this is a classy establishment. The whole pub area is pretty much given over to eating, however a few groups did come in and just drink. Beers are all from The Hook Norton brewery (Old Hooky, Hooky and Lion), and were all very nice. The Food was fantastic, with the lunch menu also being very reasonable @ £5.95 a head. Definitely recommended....

17 Jun 2013 14:21

Old Mint, Southam

The Beer was good when I visited in June 2013, so may have changed from Snarling Mallards last visit. Cotswold Lion and a couple of Hook Norton Beers available. I visited around 4.00pm on a Saturday and the place was pretty busy... The bar-staff were helpful (in fact, they even recommended The King's Head @ Napton-on-the-Hill because they currently weren't serving food, which was also great!), and the garden is also pleasant. The building must be one of the oldest in Southam and is fantastic inside.

17 Jun 2013 13:02

Carington Arms, Ashby Folville

It seems as if the problems mentioned by Blue Scrumpy have now been rectified. This is a lovely rural pub next to a very attractive, chocolate-box cricket field ringed by Oak trees. I visited around 5.45pm on a Saturday and enjoyed a good meal along with a few pints. Pub was reasonably busy and bar staff very friendly. Beers were Oakham ales JHB & Inferno, along with Greene King. Garden may need a bit of attention though...

10 Jun 2013 09:03

The White House, Scraptoft

One of the best JDW's I've been to... Very clean, large bar area in a stunning building. Garden is also lovely. As always, to many beers to mention, but I did notice Ruddles, Exmoor Stag and Abbot reserve.

10 Jun 2013 08:53

The Anchor Inn, Walton on the Wolds

Visited May 31st on a very warm evening. Pub and garden were packed. The front garden is very well tended and catches the evening sun... Beers were TT Landlord, Fullers London Pride & Adnams Southwold. A very nice pub... Give it a try!

3 Jun 2013 15:41

Ship Anson, Portsmouth

Greene King pub selling IPA & Speckled Hen. Occupies a prime position overlooking the harbour opposite the HMS Warrior. Has that chain feel, but nothing wrong with it and the bar maid when I was there was very helpful.

31 May 2013 14:06

The Marmion Tavern, Southsea

Good pub with a nice "local" feel. Lovely old bar with the drinking area going around in a U shape. Beer choice was London Pride, Speckled Hen and another guest.

31 May 2013 14:00

Duke of York, Sileby

Aaargh yes... Another Sileby gem. Rough and ready when the Duke of York, (Friday night fight night) then re-badged 6 or 7 years ago or so as The Malt house. Has had various landlords of differing standards, refits etc.. since then and is now a Thai Restaurant called Little Thai, that is also a bar... I honestly cant comment on the Little Thai; If I try it I will post a review score...

24 May 2013 14:22

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell

The new landlords seem to have kept everything in order... Brilliant beer and food again in May 2013... Numerous real ales including Barnsley Bitter, Wentworth School of Hops, Blue Monkey BG sips and many more! Food was also excellent.

20 May 2013 14:10

The Bramley Apple, Southwell

Decent pub with a very interesting arrangement of beers / lagers. At least 7 real ales on when we were there, including Harvest Pale & various Springhead brewery ales such as Willy's wheat beer, Maid Marian etc... Also a range of Freedom lagers and decent ciders. We turned up on a Sunday lunchtime and the carvery was busy and looked good.

20 May 2013 14:07

Mayze, Newark

Average chain fayre... Only one real ale (Sharps Doom bar). Why go here with The Prince Rupert around the corner!

20 May 2013 14:01

The Tobie Norris, Stamford

I Haven't been to this establishment (so will not put in a rating), but it's sister pub the Prince Rupert in Newark is one of the best pubs I have ever been in... High praise indeed, so give it a go!

20 May 2013 13:59

Castle Barge, Newark

Can't for the life of me remember the Bitter that was on, but there were two decent real ales and various other Lagers and Ciders. The place is slightly tired looking now, but still a novel place to go for a pint with a good feel.

20 May 2013 13:56

The Cheney Arms, Gaddesby

Very good Everards pub in a nice, sleepy location. Beer choice was Original, Tiger, Beacon & Mild, along with guest. Pub was really busy even on a midweek night. Lovely building, nice décor, food looked great; what more can I say? There was even a Petanque match progressing in the rain outside!

15 May 2013 11:42

The Horse and Groom, Queniborough

I only popped in for a pint the other night midweek, but looks okay. I used to drink here 20 years ago, and it hasn't changed much. Lively bar at front, with two rooms at rear, one acting as restaurant. I didn't eat on this occasion but menu / prices looked competitive, and I shall give it a go. Beer was limited (Everards Tiger), but I think a couple of others had just run out. I will post another review when I have been back.

15 May 2013 11:36

The Horse and Groom, Queniborough

I only popped in for a pint the other night midweek, but looks okay. I used to drink here 20 years ago, and it hasn't changed much. Lively bar at front, with two rooms at rear, one acting as restaurant. I didn't eat on this occasion but menu / prices looked competitive, and I shall give it a go. Beer was limited (Everards Tiger), but I think a couple of others had just run out. I will post another review when I have been back.

15 May 2013 11:36

The White Horse, Quorn

Very popular Everards pub in the centre of Quorn. Famous for having live groups on some nights. My family ate there recently with friends (4 adults / 2 kids) and it was excellent. Duty manager found us a lovely table even though pub was very busy, menu was extensive, food good and staff attentive. Beers are Tiger & Beacon along with Greene King IPA & a guest. My only criticism; Get Original on tap!

9 May 2013 14:06

The Swan Inn, Mountsorrel

Get's better every time I visit! Anybody in this area should try this pub. It is quite quirky; The bar area has a snug feel with the restaurant open enough to still get the atmosphere. What's great is that it hasnt been done out like some chain pubs. This is the real deal, slightly faded but welcoming to all. The food is fantastic; good food with interesting recipes at decent prices. Beers are always Theakstons with usually a guest (Black sheep last visit). Hoegaarden on tap as well...

29 Apr 2013 11:23

O'Neills, Solihull

Can't agree with SGA on this one... When I visited March 7th I had a couple of
Purity - Pure UBU - 4.5% which were very good. I can't remember what else was on, but I think it may have been Sharps Doom bar. Food was very good, staff helpful. I don't particulary like the over the top "Irishness" to everything, but, hey; It is a themed Irish bar! That's just personal preference. Overall very good...

9 Apr 2013 14:00

Anne Of Cleves, Melton Mowbray

I agree with 8100bob, nice pub selling good beers... I had a couple of pints (Everards Yakima - 4.0 & Castle Rock Elsie Mo @ 4.7%): Both really nice beers. Didnt eat because it was not serving Sat afternoon, but menu looked good. A good atmosphere as well.

3 Apr 2013 13:55

Monkey Tree, West Bridgford

Very good again on my last visit. Good mix of drinkers, with a fairly even split between beer / food. Now seems to have a contract with the Navigation brewery in Nottingham; Beer on offer was Traditional 3.8% , Golden 4.3% & Classic IPA 5.2%, all of which are very nice...

2 Apr 2013 13:55

The Greyhound Inn, Burton on the Wolds

Had a facelift in Feb/March 2013, not that it was really required... It has freed up more space though with the loss of the pool table. Guest ale was Okels Bitter @ 3.7% ABV which is very hoppy.

2 Apr 2013 13:49

The Curzon Arms, Woodhouse Eaves

Excellant pub serving good food & beers (Hook Norton, Sharps & Jennings on my last trip). Tends to sell itself as "Pub & Kitchen", which it achieves with a dark, warm, inviting atmosphere. Worth visiting...

2 Apr 2013 10:11

O'Neill's, Leicester

Good city centre pub... Caters for all really. Big screens, good cheap food, decent beer and live entertainment at night. Whenever I've been in there always seems to be a decent mix of people to.

17 Jan 2013 13:52

Star Inn, Thrussington

I'm not sold on this pub... The building has had huge investment creating an almost "wine bar" feel. Didnt feel that friendly and staff were a bit aloof. Our waitress wasnt capable of remembering two things at the same time which resulted in continual delays. Don't get me wrong, this isnt a bad pub, it just doesnt quite fit in to the very rural setting. Good selection of continental lagers, but real ale a bit limited; Just Timothy Taylor and a own brand beer called 1744 bitter...

14 Jan 2013 13:46

The Greyhound Inn, Burton on the Wolds

I ate here with my family on Christmas eve 2012 around lunchtime and food was spot on again.. Guest ale was York Brewery Three Kings which is a dark ruby ale @ ABV 4.5%. Very friendly, good beer, good food, darts, pool... What more can I say!

7 Jan 2013 13:44

The Ring of Bells, Ledbury

Looks ready for demolition...

3 Jan 2013 13:47

The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury

This is a difficult one to rate; We were staying at the Seven Stars, so only popped in for a pint in Dec 12. The place is huge, and was quite cold if you were not near the open fire. The Prescott Ales Hill Climbe was still on, as was another beer which I cant remember. Beer was good, but served slightly to cold for my liking. Again, the staff were a bit "corporate". I wouldnt dismiss this hotel, but you may prefer more friendly, smaller places such as the Seven Stars or Talbot.

3 Jan 2013 13:44

The Prince of Wales, Ledbury

Another great Ledbury pub tucked away on probably the prettiest street in England... Snug bars at front, restuarant at rear. Wye Valley standing favourites: Butcombe, Butty Bach, HPA and Wye Valley Bitter on offer as well as Otter beers. Good mix of locals / tourists. Highly recommended.

3 Jan 2013 13:34

The Olde Talbot Hotel, Ledbury

Totally agree with the other comments... We were actually staying at the Seven stars which is also recommended, but had a few lunchtime beers here. Wadworth Ales included Henry's Original IPA, Horizon and of course 6X. Bar is warm and friendly, Restaurant looked good too. Eccentric landlord... I will definately be back and may try the hotel this time.

3 Jan 2013 13:29

The Trinity Foot, Swavesey

Sadly all boarded up and for sale... Shame as it used to specialize in fish dishes back in the 90's... Then 7/10 - Now 0/10...

5 Oct 2012 16:50

The Rancliffe Arms, Bunny

Great pub; Very large, good looking building with a 50/50 split between bar & restaurant. The Bar area has a contemporary feel with leather sofas, and open areas. Restaurant is large and spacious but doesnt feel intrusive, there are plenty of nooks and crannies. Food is excellant, but at the higher price end. Beers on offer when I visited in Sept 12 were Banks (Martsons) Sunbeam @ 4.2% ABV (blonde beer, very good taste), Tunnel Fields of Gold 5% & Wychwood Jester Jack 4%. Give it a try...

2 Oct 2012 13:53

The Boat House Barrow, Loughborough

Don't be put off by the address on this pub; It is Barrow upon Soar, NOT Loughborough. Real ale fans watch out for the beer festivals that are held in the garden bar. 15 real ales during the Sept 28th - Oct 7th 2012 event, including; Sharps Doom Bar, Caledonian Flying Scotsman & 80 shilling, Brains Reverand James, Otter, Jennings Crag Rat, Hook Norton Hooky, Brewsters wicked women, Belvoir Star & Moorland Bitter...

1 Oct 2012 16:13

The Hammer and Pincers, Barrow upon Soar

Apparently opening up as a high class Bistro... There is certainly lots of building work going on. Will it work in Barrow? Maybe, if priced correctly it may challenge the "pub grub" establishments and take some trade from Quorn...

Will it serve real ales you ask? Well, that's a totally different proposition...

24 Sep 2012 13:50

White Hart Inn, Quorn

Great food again... also a new Everards pale ale called Whakatu (3.7% ABV) (pronounced fakatu) brewed using Nelson Sauvin hops (originally from New Zealand). Highly recommended pub...

24 Sep 2012 13:40

The Castle Inn, Dane in Shaw

Happy to say that steej's comments below still seem to ring true. I visited with family in Sept 12 after visiting the National Trust Biddulph Grange Gardens just down the road. The pub looked attractive from the road which initially caught our eye. There was steady trade even though it was only 6pm.

Beers are Greene King IPA, Marstons Pedigree & Tomothy Taylors. I didnt see any guest beers... They also had Old Rosie Scrumpy as well as other standard lagers / ciders. Food was also good and the landlord very attentive.

There is still a lot of boxing paraphernalia, so somebody has a huge interest...

Overall definately recommended.

17 Sep 2012 13:21

Doctor Johnson, Lichfield

A detached, modern (60's build) estate corner pub. The interior has two rooms, bar and lounge with a very "locals" feel, however friendly enough. I seem to remember beer being Banks... It's pretty off the beaten track, however i've used this a few times whilst staying in Netherstowe House Hotel (which is a real gem around 5 mins away). The walk into Lichfield (around 20 mins) is nice and goes alongside Stowe Pool.

13 Sep 2012 13:50

The Kings Arms, Arundel

Had a few pints here in July 2012... Very friendly pub, great locals. We sat in an undercover area in the tiny patio garden whilst it thrashed down with rain... Recommended...

11 Sep 2012 13:57

Waterside, Mountsorrel

I don't know a pub that keeps Original as well as this... Whilst Everards is obviously a large player (especially in these days of micro-breweries), I would put Original in my top 5 beers of all time. Don't know why they had to drop the "Old" though...

11 Sep 2012 13:54

The Almanack, Leicester

Occupies a prestigeous spot in the Highcross, and also benefits from quite a large outside drinking / dining area. It's always hard to judge very moderm bars on a website partly intended for real ale lovers, but in all fairness to the Almanack they had got Oakham Ales Endless Summer & Sharps Doom Bar on my last visit. Food is good, and quite inventive, but you could argue overpriced... Overall I think this is a good bar/pub...

10 Sep 2012 13:45

White Hart Inn, Quorn

In past years it is perhaps true that out of the numerous Quorn pubs, the White Hart could have been described as "always the bridesmaid, never the bride". Well, I can confirm it is definately the bride now... 5 real ales (Martsons Pedigree, Timmy Taylor landlord, Black Sheep, Greene King IPA & Castle Rock Harvest Pale) as well as Aspalls Cider and various lagers. The pub has still retained the 3 small rooms, but each is open enough to not feel isolated. Good mixture of drinkers / diners, and a very nice deck which opens off the back room for summer evenings. They also serve Tapas dishes (12 for 6 dishes, with different themes available). Overall a very good pub which seems to have the balance just about spot on.

10 Sep 2012 13:38

The Exhibition, Over

We used to drink here years ago in the 90's with a couple we knew from Over (Martin & Maxine)... Havent heard from them in years now... Pub was always nice back then, good beer, food in the restaurant out back. Hope it's still the same as I have some fond memories.

7 Sep 2012 13:50

The Anchor Inn, Walton on the Wolds

Very friendly, sleepy pub in a very quiet village. Black Sheep, Landlord and another bitter on tap on last visit. Very nice front garden overlooking the village. Also serves good, simple food.

5 Sep 2012 13:51

Red Lion, Birchover

This is definately more of a locals pub than the Druids, and I preferred it... I last visited in 2010, and both food and drink were great. The Belly pork was exceptional. Highly recommended

5 Sep 2012 13:46

The Lugger Inn, Fowey

Try a few St.Austell HSD's sat out on one of the 3 or 4 benches on the front... Always a nice way to wash down the excellant fish chowder or mussels in white wine...

You can watch the posh families passing by...

Great pub.

30 Aug 2012 13:57

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell

What an excellant pub... This is Beer wonderland!

The actual pub is an Everards house, but also had multiple guests on tap, including 3 or 4 from the Mallard Brewery in Carlton, Notts. They also had a cider menu featuring around 10 ciders / perrys; Everytime I ordered one the landlady dissapeared out back (presumably to a cellar) and returned with the chosen drink.

The one i remeber was Black Rat; apparently produced traditionally in a family Somerset cider farmhouse using a blend of locally grown apples. I had the traditional scrumpy @ 6.0%.

To add to this, the food was excellant too. I had a ploughmans served on a slate which also came with bowl of homemade soup. There is also a large garden and undercover area outside.

Nothing to fault really...

30 Aug 2012 13:50

The Woodmans Stroke, Rothley

Upmarket pub that has always had a Leicester Tigers connection. Always busy, but rightly so... Big garden and Petanque courts outside, Samuel Smiths old brewery ale on offer last time I visited, plus others... Nice patio with aviary. If you are driving you often have to park on the road.

24 Aug 2012 13:59

The Globe Inn, Wells next the Sea

Only had a few beers here sitting out in front next to the green, but overall impressions were good. Adnams beers and also a wheat beer called Spindrift...
I'm guessing food would also be very good.

24 Aug 2012 13:56

New Inn, North Thorsby

Good friendly pub catering for both locals and tourists. We ate in the bar, my wife had a fantastic lasagne that was well priced, but I ordered a cheese salad thinking it would be a Ploughmans @ around 9, but this was just literally a cheese salad and was overpriced. Banks & Marstons ales... Give it a try...

24 Aug 2012 13:45

The Orange Tree, Thornham

Snooty... Visited in July 12 around 4.00pm (between lunch & dinner service), and not sure staff were that bothered about serving us. Food and drink okay, but overly expensive. There are better pubs around this area (White Horse @ Brancaster Staithe, Lifeboat @ Thornham and my personal favorite, The Gin trap @ Ringstead). This is not a major moan; just an observation regarding a pub that needs to keep it's eye on the ball...

21 Aug 2012 14:58

The Midland, Matlock Bath

Visited with friends Sat 18th August 2012. Interior looking a bit "tired", but food and beer is excellant and view over the River from patio second to none. Peak Ales - Swift Nick 3.8% was our favourite, and Sheperd Neame Whitstable Bay a close second. There were also other guests available.

21 Aug 2012 14:52

The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

I think this is a great pub, and totally agree with the comments below. The view from the back deck / verandah is of the salt marshes, staithes and distant sea is amazing. The food was stunning, reasonably priced and the staff helpful and friendly. When we visited in July 12 it was around 25 degrees which always helps. Beers were the ever present Wherry and Adnams Ghost ship, both which are quite acceptable. Highly recommended...

10 Aug 2012 13:57

The Lifeboat, Thornham

Better than the Orange Tree in my opinion... Less snooty! I sampled a few Woodefordes Nelsons Revenge (4%, really hoppy bitter), but there was also Wherry. Food is good, staff friendly. Old pub is atmoshperic, with conservatory light and airy... Garden nice front and back.

I was here July 2012 during the hottest month of the year (to date) with family. If you are hereabouts and have children, try crab fishing down at the staithe (road opposite the pub on corner)

8 Aug 2012 13:55

The Black Horse Inn, Grainthorpe Louth

Really nice pub... (Probably as good as any in this area). Beers on offer were Black Sheep & Bombardier, and there was also a great (but strong!) Lincolnshire Cider (Skidbrooke Cyder Company). Landlady is an Aussie and they do really good food - Check the Aussie Burger... Recommended.

8 Aug 2012 13:49

The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead

I certainly don't agree with Big Robbo... We stayed for a week in Ringstead in July 12 and visited 3 times... Landlady was very friendly, food was excellant (try the gourmet burger) and had Woodfordes Wherry & Once Bittern as well as Adnams beers. The pub is a delight, having both a nice restaurant but rustic bar area. We were also lucky enough to see the ashdown forest morris men here on one leg of there 2012 Norfolk tour - A perfect quintissential English scene. Apparently this is the only pub in England called the "Gin Trap"...

1 Aug 2012 13:53

The Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

I dont agree with these comments. I have visited with my family 3 or 4 times over the past few christmas holidays and always found staff friendly, atmosphere good and food and beer excellant. Mussels in white wine sauce is to die for, and whilst no childrens menu, my 8 year old tried Cullin Skink (starter portion as a main meal) which he loved. Shepherd Neame regulars Whitstable Bay and Spitfire, as well as Late Red.... Oranjeboom lager also very nice.

22 Jun 2012 16:41

The Saracens Head, Daventry

Overall pretty good... Food and beer was excellant; sampled a few pints of a beer called einstein (lymestone brewery 5%) that was really good. We ate in the old assembly room part of the pub which was nice. One comment though; the barmaid did have an argument with her boyfriend (ex?) whilst serving me...

18 Jun 2012 13:37

Blue Bell, Hoby

Really good guest ale at present; Banks & Taylor "Black Dragon Mild". Anybody who likes mild will love this... Food great as always.

11 Jun 2012 14:51

Ship Inn, Mevagissey

Visited in April 2012, but only for beer, not food... Beer was good (St.Austell ales) and we got talking to a couple from Winchester who were camping. Lovely old "sea-dog" feel, and surely this is what a pub is all about. Food used to be okay, but cannot comment on this occasion

8 Jun 2012 13:54

Hope and Anchor, Syston

This is a Hungry Horse chain pub owned by Greene King. The place looks a bit tired, but the beer is okay and the food wholesome and reasonably priced. Kids love the garden, and you can sit next to the canal if you want a quieter drink. Does what it says on the can really...

29 May 2012 14:15

Waterside, Mountsorrel

Great canalside pub. Everards Brewery ales (Original is always kept nicely), as well as a special (York Brewery "Terrier") on my last vist. Reasonably simple "pub grub" as well. Gets really busy summer evenings...

29 May 2012 14:01

The Horse and Trumpet, Sileby

Real ale lovers must try this pub... Always 3 specials (had a nice pint of Blue Top IPA @ 4.8) last visit, as well as the Steamin Billy house Beers... Good range of Lagers and fruit beers (Timmermans) all on tap as well. Doesnt serve warm food but does serve pork pies, rolls, pickles etc...

29 May 2012 13:58

The Central, Newquay

I always like The Central... Yes it has a modern feel inside, but the St.Austell ales are well kept and there are plenty of tables out on the front to enjoy the summer.
Nice place for a coffee to in a morning...

17 May 2012 13:58

Hobby Horse, Syston

What you see is what you get... Average food and beer in modern dreary surroundings wedged between the A46 & a housing estate. Plus point is the kids indoor play area; plastic glasses (aaarrgh!) but the possibility of a pint for parents with very young kids.

16 May 2012 13:59

The Craster Arms, Beadnell Bay

Good pub overall. I agree with doctorpint, the pub has a modern feel within a lovely old building and certainly aims at food. Great garden which is safe for kids and a good range of beers to boot. The walk from here to Seahouses is breathtaking...

16 May 2012 13:51

The Packe Arms, Loughborough

Part of the vintage inns chain... Better than the Quorndon Fox, but it would be hard to be worse. All the usual annoying traits of these pubs are still here; wait to be seated (even though pub has 300 tables and is half empty), average, overpriced food, Bitter that is too cold, court marshalled if you actually want to go to the bar rather than order from the waitress (who will take 10 minutes and get it wrong anyway) etc.....

10 May 2012 14:00

Royal Oak, Cossington

This is a good country inn which serves Everards beers (including Mild) and good food in a nicely looked after pub. On my last visit (Cossington open gardens 7/5/12) they also had Oakham ales J.H.B. (Jeffrey Hudson Bitter) on tap. Food is good, they tend to have themed nights (Fish, steak, pie etc...). Skittle alley still in use too (can also be hired for functions).

9 May 2012 14:00

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Some really good ales last week... Jaipur IPA @ 5.9 volume is a lovely drink. Really nice Rock mild as well.

8 May 2012 13:52

Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

A very big pub, and could feel a bit souless if empty... Generally I have to agree with other comments though; Good food and friendly staff. Not sure St.Austell ales are the best, but HSD is a decent strong ale and Proper job is okay too...

5 May 2012 16:58

The Greyhound Inn, Burton on the Wolds

Good local pub. As with most Everards pubs the interior is lovely, and the staff very friendly. Last few times I have ate here the food has been great (both bar and restaurant). Usually a guest ale as well as Tiger, Beacon etc...

4 May 2012 14:04

The Moon And Bell, Loughborough

Great range of real ales and half decent food too... Gets a mix of older drinkers and students so balance is pretty good

4 May 2012 13:59

Cotes Mill, Loughborough

Sorry to say I think this is now closed... Let me know if i'm wrong.

4 May 2012 13:57

The Railway Inn, Sileby

Yeah... Will go down in Sileby folklore... I've had a few scrapes here myself. Already half turned into a block of flats...

3 May 2012 13:59

Monkey Tree, West Bridgford

I like it here... Always good beers and continental lagers and great food. Good decking on the front outside for al fresco dining & drinking. Last time I was here I sampled a few Blue Moons (craft American beer). Breakfast sunday morning is good too!

3 May 2012 13:54

The Test Match, West Bridgford

Cant comment on the food, but the art deco interior is nice... Decent range of beers when I visited early 2012

3 May 2012 13:51

The Donkey and Buskins, Layer de la Haye

The landlord was eccentric (but friendly enough) when I visited in 2010... Not sure he still owns it though.

2 May 2012 14:02

The Layer Fox, Layer de la Haye

Good local pub... Have spent a few christmas holidays @ Rye farm and can definately recommend The Layer Fox. Good local feel, nice warm open fire and good range of beers. Red Fox (Coggeshal), Rockin Rudolph etc... Good food as well

2 May 2012 14:00

The Hunting Lodge, Barrow upon Soar

Just realised - Actually Harvest Pale....

1 May 2012 14:03

Mulberry Tree, Leicester

Back to the White Horse now... 3 bitters, Jennings Cumberland Ale, McMullens Country Bitter & Landlord. Decent pint but didnt feel very 'local' inside. Food looked good though...

1 May 2012 14:01

The Boat House Barrow, Loughborough

This used to be really popular many years ago when called The Riverside, and I have to say the current owners are trying hard... Decent food, good beers (usually some Belvoir brewery ales) and good riverside events (boats for hire, duck races etc...). Watch out for the beer festivals too...

1 May 2012 13:57

Free Trade Inn, Sileby

It has always been a great pub... I met my wife in there 25 years ago so I've got to say that! Seriously though, great beer and atmoshphere.

29 Apr 2012 15:29

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan

One of the best places to enjoy a sundowner around... Heaven. And, it may just be luck but the surfs always been good to!

29 Apr 2012 15:24

Blue Bell, Hoby

I dont agree with some of these comments below... We have visited a few times in the last couple of years and always had good food and beer. Normal Everards beers, but I seem to remember a guest as well. Maybe not quite the pub it was when it had the various banknotes on the roof behind the bar but pretty good.

29 Apr 2012 15:20

The Shipwrights, Padstow

It's hard to comment on Padstow pubs without getting into the tourist debate... You can't park your car in summer because of 50 grand range rovers everywhere... The Ship is a good old pub with the usual St.Austell array of beers. Food is good plain fayre, and if you can get a table on the front you wont find a nicer setting. Seriously though, Padstow is a place better visited out of season now... It's not just a tourist thing; other places like Mevagissey, Porthleven etc.. are not like this. There ought to be a pub called The Stockbrokers arms....

29 Apr 2012 15:14

Fountain Inn, Mevagissey

Best Fish and Chips I've had for a while... Good pint of Tribute as well. Yeah, i'm an emmet, but at least Mevagissey still has what Padstow lost years ago...

29 Apr 2012 15:03

The Cellar Bar, Mevagissey

Yeah, the clientele can vary a bit, but it's friendly enough. I agree with Shiresdrinker, give it a go... I've always found everyone friendly enough.

29 Apr 2012 14:59

The Hunting Lodge, Barrow upon Soar

Part of a small chain (4 pubs I think). Very nice pub, geared for eating but with a lively bar as well. Beer choose pretty good for this type of establishment; Adnams Broadside & a nice golden ale (Golden Harvest I think) as well as good lagers. Recommended.

29 Apr 2012 14:38

The Red Lion Inn, Rothley

Standard chain fayre... Decently priced carvery midweek that shoots up in price weekends. Beer choose not really inspirational.

29 Apr 2012 14:33

The Olde Ship Hotel, Seahouses

I like this pub. People tend to either love or hate Seahouses, but I like the remote feel. This pub is a bit like this, you can imagine being holed up here in storm. Good beers, friendly staff.

29 Apr 2012 14:29

Harbour Tavern, Mevagissey

I've always found it okay... Decent food and friendly locals. Serves food at times when the Fountain & Ship don't, which is handy. I'd recommend it...

29 Apr 2012 10:35

The Three Crowns, Barrow Upon Soar

Another good Barrow pub... Possibly the best Sunday lunch! It's hard to get past The three crowns with kids if the bouncy castle is up. Last year it was in the garden which ruined the lawn. This year it's back in the car park and the garden has been re-done and looks great. My only criticism is it could do with another real ale (Pedigree & Greene King IPA at present).

29 Apr 2012 10:28

The Trap, Barrow upon Soar

Long gone... Day nursery now... Used to be good when Nigel owned it

29 Apr 2012 10:23

The Swan Inn, Mountsorrel

Lovely pub... Good beers (Black sheep and a Jennings last time i was here). Nice garden as well. Food looked good...

29 Apr 2012 10:20

The Quorndon Fox, Loughborough

Poor... Typical chain pub. Food is average at best. Last time i went we sat at a table and were asked to move because it was apparently "reserved" (even though place was half empty). Needless to say i didnt and got in an argument with staff (who are going through the motions anyway). Don't bother - plenty of better pubs in Quorn

29 Apr 2012 10:14

Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow On Soar

Nice pub... worth going for the ale. Everards original is a really good pint and plenty of guests as well. Some good food offers to...

29 Apr 2012 10:09

The Hammer and Pincers, Barrow upon Soar

Sadly now closed... Never been my favourite pub but i dont like to see it all shuttered up. It's such a nice building it would be good to think someone might spend some cash on it and re-open it, but don't hold your breath...

29 Apr 2012 10:05

Polgooth Inn, St Austell

I have been coming here for over 20 years on various holidays and it has always been good. Food is great but can be a bit expensive. Smaller portions are worth looking at because you do get a lot... Beer is the usual St.Austell ales... Could do with a guest ale...

29 Apr 2012 10:00

The White Horse Inn, Seagrave

Really good pub... Walked here over the fields from Barrow on Soar with the family a couple of weeks ago. Great food, great beer and good atmosphere. Warm welcome and children friendly too! I liked the idea of having traditional games like dominoes in a cupborad for the kids. There is also a deli now next to the pub.

29 Apr 2012 09:56

The Horse and Trumpet, Sileby

The Horse & Trumpet has re-opened! The name is the same but it is now branded Steamin Billy's which I think is the brewery. A lot of money has been spent on the inside and there is a good range of beers... Definately one to try..

29 Apr 2012 09:48

The Navigation Inn, Barrow upon Soar

Best pub in a village with quite a few decent pubs! Has got the mix of drinking / eating spot on. In the summer there is no better place to have a few pints than next to the canal.

29 Apr 2012 09:41

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