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The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell

Shepherd Neame 'flat iron' pub on a corner. Had Master Brew and Howling Wolf on handpump. The Howling Wolf was okay if a little bland. One of the few places in the vicinity that still resemble a proper pub. There was a band/musicians setting up that took up most of the bar area (and the tables etc) very little room left for punters (though I was the only one at that point)

18 Nov 2019 00:10

The Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard

Very busy well worn town centre pub with about 8 or 9 ales on. The Yeovil brew I had here was the best of the day. Definitely the best in town for choice and quality of ale in LB.

3 Nov 2019 09:40

The Park, Bletchley

Ale-free chav haunt with London prices (£4.50 a pint for lager).

3 Nov 2019 09:38

Wetherspoons, Milton Keynes

There is no such thing as a pub in downtown MK this industrial scale beer outlet in the ground floor of an office block is about the closest you will get. The ale was decent and (@ £1.99 a pint) cheap.

3 Nov 2019 09:36

A L'Imaige De Nostre-Dame, Brussels

incidentally the previous (previous) post mentioned about it being 'more local than a tourist trap' - it is (along with the neighbouring 'aux temps') among the most tourist trap bars in the whole of Brussels.

29 Oct 2019 23:05

A L'Imaige De Nostre-Dame, Brussels

Not as picturesque at the neighbouring 'Aux temps...' but more convivial and with draught beers (inc. Kwak)) a Kwak and a coffee for the missus set us back E8.50 which is ok for downtown Brussels.

Plenty of other places that could be added but some folk aren't too keen on them being listed under other bar/pub names and as the site no longer adds places then that is that.

29 Oct 2019 22:54

Au Bon Vieux Temps, Brussels

It's okay - a nice old style Belgian bar but not worth all the raving some folk attribute to the place - no draught only bottled. Six Euros for a bottle of Chimay is the current going rate. Yes it is worth a visit but if you're expecting something spectacular then you will be seriously disappointed - The Philharmonic or the Crown Saloon it most definitely ain't.

29 Oct 2019 22:48

Le Bier Circus, Brussels

Shuts during the afternoon a bit like the old fashioned English closing hours

29 Oct 2019 22:44

The Barley Mow, Marylebone

Kind of similar to last visit though ale was marginally more varied and better quality. They had Black Sheep, Pride, Harvey's and West Berkshire Good Old Boy (which was my choice and drinkable). Still a bit worn and needing some upgrading. The private boxes are still evident (probably because they're listed or something) but were all reserved and mainly occupied by public school 'ooray arseholes'. Okay though, in an area where pubs have been diminishing and/or been 'gentrified' into eateries.

26 Oct 2019 19:47

Heart of Northumberland, Hexham

A bit foodie but not at the expense of the drinker like many places. Right in the centre of town it's quite trim and tidy inside. Had a decent pint of Consett Ale Works Steeltown Bitter.

Not listed (and unlikely to be as new drinking establishments just don't seem to be added anymore) is the Station bar on the platform at Hexham. They sell High House Farm beers of which I sampled the Auld Hemp Bitter which was nice enough.

23 Oct 2019 23:32

The Milecastle Inn, Haltwhistle

A bit of a misnomer for anyone to say they visited this pub while 'in' Haltwhistle as it's a two mile mainly uphill walk from the town out at some bleak point on the moors. It is a pleasant place though with scenic views towards Hadrian's Wall. Just the two ales on Prince's Bishop and Sunny Daze. The Prince's Bishop was a decent pint and warranted a few more to quench the thirst.

23 Oct 2019 23:25

The Station, Gateshead

It's now called Station East. Three handpumps - all blonde beers. Chose the Northern IPA off the board but it was a keg "craft" which was drinkable I suppose. High ceilinged building that retains some character despite being done out in a 'hipster' kind of way. Nearly everyone in the place had a guitar or double bass kind of container with them. Realised this was due to it being 'open mic' night. The open mic night is good if you are keen on the sound of half a dozen mange ridden moggies chucked into a sack with a dozen spanners and swirled round your head - if that's your thing you'll love the place.

23 Oct 2019 23:20

The Harbour View, Roker

Modern looking (inside and out) with a range of ales on - the Reivers and King Rat were both decent pints though I think I occupied a spot that one of the regulars usually sits at judging by the kind of glare normally reserved for people who have murdered your family. Not cheap for a back of beyond part of Sunderland, probably to try and price out the riff-raff - though hasn't seemed to have worked.

23 Oct 2019 23:14

Dun Cow, Sunderland

Excellent Victorian alehouse that had four ales on - the Simcoe two by two was a decent brew. Intricate cornices to look up at - probably best pub in town

23 Oct 2019 23:08

The Ivy House, Sunderland

Nice enough pub which kind of has a curve to it that follows the alignment of the street. let down by poor quality ale though - the 3 piers 'Endeavour' was pretty rank. left it and went elsewhere.

23 Oct 2019 23:06

Corrour Station House, Corrour

One of the most remote spots in the country only accessible by train or a long walk for most folk. It's a small café/bar with no draught ale only bottles of local brews like Cairngorm and Ossian at a fiver a pop. The Venison Casserole is well worth a try if you're peckish (very peckish as it's quite a sizeable portion). In spite of only having bottles it is well worth a visit and there is even a train right through to London Euston just before it closes at nine.

18 Oct 2019 10:24

Stronlossit Inn, Roy Bridge

Okay for what it is - though doesn't feel too pub-like. At least it was open (unlike the other place here) and it's pretty handy for the station. The Cairngorm Stag they served was one of the few decent ales I had in the area.

18 Oct 2019 10:16

The Steam Inn, Mallaig

Was closed with a for lease sign outside - not sure if the closure is temporary or more long term

18 Oct 2019 10:12

Marine Hotel, Mallaig

Standard small one room locals bar with pool table. Tenents beers mainly - Stella was about as exotic as it gets on the beer front. Pleasant enough - the gents is labelled as 'Laddies' probably to heighten amusement when women mistake it for ladies (which happened twice while I was having a pint.

18 Oct 2019 10:08

The Lochy, Fort William

Estate style pub with lounge and public. The lounge half mainly for eating - the bar half for pool playing and watching the nags. They did have one ale on but it was Deuchars IPA so I swerved it for the Moretti.

18 Oct 2019 10:03

The Volunteer Arms, Fort William

Pretty standard Scottish High Street bar. Seems a bit tidier than the previous descriptions - maybe it's had a bit of a revamp. No ale though

18 Oct 2019 09:58

Grog and Gruel, Fort William

A fairly typical High Street shop conversion with four ales on. tried the Highbridge IPA which was pretty bland and insipid to the extent it put me off trying anything else.

18 Oct 2019 09:56

Tap East, Stratford

Beer still excellent even if it is a 'creche for men' - The Bristol Beer Factory's 'The Great North West was excellent and the best pint have had for a while.

13 Oct 2019 20:51

County Hotel, Ashford

A sad indictment on Ashford is that this Wetherspoon is pretty much your only offering for a (not so great) ale in the town. Not a bad building but the interior is indistinguishable from any other Wetherspoons. There used to be so many more pubs in the town but now they are pretty thin on the ground and of the few that are left (like the George or Tap Room) this is the only one listed on here.

9 Oct 2019 23:21

The Kent Arms, Ashford

hard to say what this place currently is - there is a bar inside but it was closed while outside a notice proclaims that it is soon to become a shisha lounge

9 Oct 2019 23:16

Stamps Too, Liverpool

A bit of a run down, rough round the edges shop conversion which has been renamed The Waterpudlian though it is pretty much unchanged from when it was Stamps Too. They had four ales on and the pint of fab Four was drinkable.

7 Oct 2019 23:52

Volunteer Canteen, Waterloo

Another classic local pub on an old style terraced street. There is a small narrow public bar and a larger lounge the other side of the bar. if you are in the lounge half drinks are brought to your table. Four ales on had a pint of the 'everyone's happy IPA' which was a nice enough drinkable brew.

7 Oct 2019 23:49

The Pilot Boat, New Brighton

One of those places where regulars come up and get served before any visiting folk who have been waiting - zero points

7 Oct 2019 23:41

The Stork Hotel, Birkenhead

Classic tiled interior - but empty and unloved. No ale, no customers (when me and the missus dropped by there was just one owlarse NI guy drinking bottles of lager). Seems to be some renovation work going on at one of the bays. This is a grade II listed building though so hopefully it won't fall foul of the developers.

7 Oct 2019 23:36

Old Colonial, Birkenhead

Quite a weird set up compared to it's Old Colonial days. As the Old Colonial it was a straightforward kind of pub. Now you enter to the right there is a covered patio area and beer garden to the right but the actual bar is downstairs in what was the cellar.
To reach the toilets you have to go back upstairs towards the left side of the pub - and going downstairs to the cellar bar area is the only means of access - so if you are using the garden area you have to go down two flights of stairs, through the bar then back up two flights of stairs to the same level you started at.
As mentioned there are handpulls but they aren't used. The have a few 'premium' lagers (like Warsteiner) and the trams do now run up from Woodside on Sats & Suns. Seems to have a very extensive menu and it is most definitely still called Molly's Chambers. Okay if you're visiting the museum over the road.

7 Oct 2019 23:31

The White Lion Inn, West Kirby

Much improved on the ale front - the Peerless Red IPA being the best of the four ales on. The pub is a mix of sandstone columns and beams and is a few minutes away from West Kirby station.

7 Oct 2019 23:20

Coach and Horses Inn, Greasby

One of those classic old school pubs with a few rooms and nooks/crannies away from the bar. They now have a few more ales on (four on this occasion) though only the Cameron Hopper was out of the ordinary. It's in a fairly non-descript back of beyond part of the Wirral that seems to take ages to get to whatever means you use to get to it.

7 Oct 2019 23:17

Essendine Hotel, Stamford

You can dislike and even whine about whatever you want - and that's your prerogative but other people have different views and are free to post what they see as being relative. If you want a site that reflects only those things that you feel are relevant than no one is stopping you creating one of your own.

7 Oct 2019 23:10

The Globe, Moorgate

Reasonable enough busy pub which did have a few unusual ales on including a quite nice stout.

29 Sep 2019 10:27

The Hoop and Grapes, City Of London

Nice enough mid row City boozer with a few ales on. The Lacon Charter was best pint of the day - though it was £5.20 for a pint of 3.5% mild.

29 Sep 2019 10:22

The Plough, Ipswich

Bog standard town pub - didn't like the look of ales so plumped for a San Miguel. Pretty undistinguished worn down kind of place.

29 Sep 2019 10:19

The Freston Boot, Freston

Large main road establishment primarily for dining though has a few stools at the bar for drinkers. They had plenty of ales on but the quality wasn't up to much. The red Mill was just about drinkable, the Lacon Affinity was dire and I had to have it changed (they still didn't stop serving it though) to Wherry - which was just a patch on what it should be. It also prides itself on being 'the first cashless pub' in the UK. Cards only - no cash

29 Sep 2019 10:16

The Rose Inn, Shotley

Pleasant local with small separate old school public bar. Had two ales on - a mild from Mauldons and Adnams Bitter which was decent pint @ £3 a pint.

29 Sep 2019 10:10

Bohemen Sportspub, Oslo

Football orientated bar with multiple screens showing differing European league games. Flags and scarves from all over Europe adorn the walls and ceiling. Also quite reasonable for downtown Oslo with a pint of Frydenlund (which I found far preferable to the Ringnes) at 'only' N-Kr 73 - which is a bout £6-50 or so. A 33cl of 'craft' beer down by the waterfront will set you back N-Kr 84 so this place is understandably popular and busy.

25 Sep 2019 04:38

The Belfry Pub, Oslo

No drinking establishment at 3 Lille Grensen so would assume this place has bit the dust.

25 Sep 2019 04:29

Oslo Mikrobryggeri, Oslo

Tried the Oslo Pils which was a hazy looking brew but palatable enough and then the Vienna Lager which is a darker beer resembling a 'premium' keg bitter of the day in both colour and taste. Both were N-Kr 96 for a pint (you get around 11 N-Kr to the £) which is about average for Norway. The place Is okay and quite pub-like if you are in the North Oslo envrirons it's worth a drop by.

25 Sep 2019 04:27

The Sir Richard Steele, Belsize Park

This place has gotten a lot worse. They've refurbed it into more of a dive than it was. No ale on at all now and £5.50 for a very iffy pint of Estrella. You get clientele in those plastic hospital shoes shuffling round by the bar. Seems to be in the running for Chalk Farm's top toilet and should win hands down based on this visit.

22 Sep 2019 21:44

The Enterprise, Chalk Farm

Pretty much unchanged from previous account - probably worse if anything. Chalk Farm used to have a number of reasonable pubs but now they're pretty thin on the ground. They had two ales on this time but with no one else drinking them I bottled out and had a pint of Amstel (@£4.50 a pint).

22 Sep 2019 21:40

Cafe Des Arts, Paris

Fairly typical café/ bar for the area with more places outside on tables than inside in the smallish bar area. Has 1664, La Chouffe, Carslberg, Karlsbad, Desperdo and Wit on draught. Two 25cl 1664's at the bar set us back 7 Euros which was about the going rate - this goes up to 12 if you are served at a table.

20 Sep 2019 10:34

Roscoe Arms, Liverpool

Was always an also ran kind of place but it is presently undergoing some kind of conversion into something not looking pub-like.

9 Sep 2019 20:34

The Bowring Park, Liverpool

Large interior space with a band/music on to help fortify the over fifties/sixties. Quite a raucous owlarse crowd in. They have a separate quieter room which is odd in having a row of windows as opposed to a wall to sperate it from the main "arena". Standard keg fare along with the dubious Dom Bar which I swerved as you just know it ain't going to be a good pint.

9 Sep 2019 20:29

The Stanley Arms, Huyton

Pretty much as per last visit apart from the fact they had an ale on in the guise of Doom Bar which I didn't like the looks of so stuck with Stella.

9 Sep 2019 20:25

The Masonic, Liverpool

Reasonable enough backstreet local. They had two ales on at £2.95 a pint or you could pay a tenner and drink as much of your chosen ale as you wanted. I declined the special offer and asked for a pint of the Mire which gave up the ghost as it was being poured so had to settle for the pale Westgate brew which was okay but not ok enough for me to drink any more of it. Probably your best bet if in the vicinity of Liverpool South Parkway station.

9 Sep 2019 20:20

The Lazy Landlord, Wallasey

Excellent shop conversion micropub. Had a very pleasant pale Ossett brew here.

9 Sep 2019 20:13

The Duke of Cambridge, St Helens

Concur with the previous poster on this place - it also exposes the continuing failings of the site. Further up the same street are The News Room (which was kind of okay) and the Talbot (which is probably St.Helen's 2nd best ale pub after the Circketers) neither of which are listed on here.

9 Sep 2019 20:10

Cricketers Arms, St Helens

Most definitely St.Helens best pub for ale and ambiance. Loads of ales, ciders, gins etc on. The Alsl Well was an excellent pint. The only slight downside is it being too successful making it a bit of a bind to get served at busy times.

9 Sep 2019 20:04

The Phoenix Inn, St Helens

Don't know what's happened to this pub but it is most definitely a zero rating. Three handpumps now redundant - asked for a pint of bitter and was offered keg John Smiths. Not a soul in the place (unlike the packed Cricketers up the road). Seems like it has changed hands and the new owners want to run it to the point of closure.

9 Sep 2019 20:01

Earl of Stafford, Hooton Roberts

Primarily one of those 'pub & dining' places (in other words not a pub and all dining'.

1 Sep 2019 00:03

The Fairway, Doncaster

Now closed and boarded up - quite an impressive looking 30's style roadhouse. Wouldn't be surprised if it has some kind of listing. Whether it survives as a pub though is something we we'll have to wait and see

1 Sep 2019 00:01

New York Tavern, Rotherham

Another good town pub though I think this one is the Chantry brewery tap as it has all of their brews on offer. The Steelos and the Mighty Millers were both good pints. Two decent pubs both on the same street in an erstwhile ale desert.

31 Aug 2019 23:55

The Cutlers Arms, Rotherham

Good solid town pub with mainly Chantry brews on. had a decent pint of Iron and Steel. Plenty of diligent staff made sure there was no waiting despite it being busy.

31 Aug 2019 23:53

Doncaster Brewery Tap, Doncaster

Relatively small shop conversion and home to the Doncaster Brewery. An impressive twelve handpumps on for such a small place - six ales and six ciders. Two of the ales were Doncaster brews - the pacific A1 was a decent pint of bitter. Would rate this as the best place for ale in Doncaster.

31 Aug 2019 23:50

The King Street Tavern, Southsea

Quite similar to the Eldon in having original exterior and done out (though not so corporate) interior. pretty much all Wadworth brews - albeit well kept versions.

11 Aug 2019 11:45

The Eldon Arms, Southsea

Old style exterior belies the corporate interior. Though not as bad a job as many. Ale (as noted) was not too adventurous a selection from Cornwall - The Proper Job was a nice pint though and warranted a refill. Okay for what it is.

11 Aug 2019 11:42

The Bell Inn, Chichester

Another pleasant enough place - though still mainly for diners (to the left as you go in) there is a cosy drinkers section (to the right as you go in). Weldons IPA went down well here.

11 Aug 2019 11:38

The Greyhound, Cocking Causeway

Pleasant enough place and the number 60 (Midhurst-Chichester) bus stops outside. They had three ales (Otter, Summer Lightning and another light one I can't recall). had a few pints of the Otter which was okay. Most of the (all empty) tables were 'reserved' for diners with only a few stools at the bar and one small table by the door free.

11 Aug 2019 11:36

The Albion, Barnet

I'll post what I feel I should post - if you don't like it then tough shit.

3 Aug 2019 21:56

The Rusty Bike, Exeter

hey - it's still closed, not re-opened or turned into something else. Nice to have an update. keep up the good work with the updates Trequites.

3 Aug 2019 21:54

Beerhouse, Market Harborough

As described it's a beer house for beer loons - can't say the ales I had (Hawkshead Bitter and the 'Experimental' one) were that good either. It's certainly not a pub - it's a kind of gathering room for people to talk beershit.

3 Jul 2019 22:11

The Red Cow, Market Harborough

Cluttered GK outlet - no non GK ales on. Nowhere to sit or perch even when empty. Either kids occupying tables or space elsewhere cluttered up with kids scooters, vacuum cleaners and other crap. Can't see how you can do this with a town centre pub. Anyone who goes in there once is highly unlikely to want to return (however friendly the staff may be)

3 Jul 2019 22:07

The Avon Mill Inn, Rugby

Boarded up, fenced off and approved for demolition - to be replaced by a 'drive through coffee shop'.

3 Jul 2019 22:02

The Fox Inn, Lutterworth

incidentally - though there are some who hate comments regarding unlisted pubs., the GBG listed Unicorn served up a pretty crap pint of Sharp's Atlantic (their only non GK offering). Would rate it at best a measly 2 but pubs can't be added anymore.

3 Jul 2019 22:00

The Fox Inn, Lutterworth

Okay for what it is - has that 'pub & dining ' interior though it's too small to be one of those. Four ales on but hey were all generic GK relatives so I went for a pint of Kozel instead (at £4.65 a pint). Kind of OK but not somewhere you'd go out of your way to.

3 Jul 2019 21:55

The Harlequin, City

Small pleasant enough Iberian run pub. Had Vedett on draught - with a £5.95 a pint price tag. Not another soul in the place, they're probably saving up or arranging a mortgage for their next visit.

29 Jun 2019 10:28

The Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market

Archetypal student/hip foodery with a couple of ales on (Cascade and Rooster - the cascade was quite nice). Open plan, bare boards, tables - many of which were reserved for the impending arrival of Henry and Jemimah at 1600 hours. Doesn't have a pub feel to it.

29 Jun 2019 10:23

The White Bear, Farringdon

Another closure - doesn't seem like it's future fate has been decided yet though.

29 Jun 2019 10:20

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

Quaint small pub with a Dickensian feel to it though apparently it is all repro. The St.Peter's best is the most popular brew here apparently - which is quite surprising given that most tourists want something chilled. As mentioned previously, when it's busy outside the interior tends to be pretty quiet. Fairly handy for Farringdon station.

29 Jun 2019 10:18

The Red Lion, Bletchley

Not a great change from last visit - had a decent pint of Exeter bitter, was served in turn by diligent staff. Inside area still had same 'local pub for local people' feel but the outside area by the canal was just right for a sunny day. There's a swing bridge to get you across to the tow path side of the canal which you may sometimes have to move back.

23 Jun 2019 15:11

The Chequers, Fenny Stratford

Smallish pub on a kind of terrace on a main road. Interior a bit fuax wine bar, exposed bricks etc but pleasant enough. Had three ales on - two vale brews and a porter. The Brill Gold and gravitas were both in decent form and went down well. Has a for sale sign outside so not sure how long it will still be around.

23 Jun 2019 15:07

The Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth

Not your classic pub nor really your classic shop conversion layout either. Toilets are up a narrow flight of stairs, Bar area is a bit through other and there is an area where you can look at the passing street traffic. The Church End SR was a pretty good pint though.

20 Jun 2019 01:31

The Bulls Head, Polesworth

Decent enough pub though it does have a clinical 'pub & dining' establishment feel - (there is a separate Indian restaurant on the roof)l. The ale is good - had a pint of Powerplay (a darker brew) which went down well.

20 Jun 2019 01:27

Old Isaacs, Atherstone

marked as closed but not sure if this is now the Angel Ale House which has bay windows overlooking the market square but no entrance at the front.. The site really needs a good sort out regards pubs that have closed or been renamed. (If it is the Angel then it is definitely worth a drop by decent ales Blythe bridge Palmers Poison was nice... complimentary cheese and biscuits)

20 Jun 2019 01:24

The Rising Sun, Shackerstone

Pleasant enough pub in a pleasant enough village - disappointing ale selection though (Landlord, Bass, Pedigree). Bass was drinkable but certainly nothing special.

20 Jun 2019 01:19

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

The convenience aspect of the place is the only thing going for it. Four staff behind the bar three 'doing stuff' behind the bar and one serving who was dealing with someone who had 'card issues' in trying to settle their bill. Once that was completed they then decided to have a natter to the other staff 'doing stuff'. Once eventually served then £5.20 for an iffy pint of Trumans. Okay for sitting out and watching the Eurostar arrive but if you have time and want a decent (and more reasonably priced) pint it's best avoided.

13 Jun 2019 11:38

Cambrinus, Bruges

very much the tourist haunt though the whole town is. Stuck with the house blonde and bruin though the others went for the assortment offers. Currently 3.5 euros for a 25cl glass which considering most of the brews are of the headbang variety (the 'lighter' house beer being 7%) isn't too bad.

13 Jun 2019 11:31

The Bridge House, Hertford

Closed since 2014 and now surrounded by hoardings but still basically intact. The local council rejected plans for some pretty hideous looking flats and a shop on the site. There is some support for retaining the building as some sort of 'gateway to Hertford'. Whether that will include some kind of hostelry or bar is unlikely but will just have to wait and see.

11 Jun 2019 20:28

The Old Cross Tavern, Hertford

Still Hertford's top pub. Stuck with a very quaffable Mighty Oak (Maldon) brew. A small but quite pub-like shop conversion well worth a drop by.

11 Jun 2019 20:19

The Standing Order, Stevenage

Marginally preferable to waiting in the rain at the bus station. The £1.99 guest ale tasted pretty much like you'd expect for that price. Seems to be a haven for the clinically obese. Am beginning to think that Wetherspoons should start chipping in a lot more to NHS coffers to cover the results their cheap junk food has on the health budget.

11 Jun 2019 20:14

The Half Moon, Hitchin

Still the main ale pub in Hitchin. Can be a bit parochial at times with a tendency for locals to sit at stools by the bar (with the rest of the pub - a dozen tables and 20 or 30 chairs unoccupied) making accessing the bar awkward. There were three in particular in a row like the three wise chimps who seemed miffed that someone should disturb the perching zone.

Close by on Bridge Street is BB's a shop conversion bar which does two Oakham brews and Pride and has plenty of screens for sports events. Maybe someday the site will start to add the many new, renamed and altered pubs. it's been a good few years since the last new pub was added.

11 Jun 2019 20:10

The Junction, Clapham Junction

Bog standard GK house - went for lager which, served in plastic at busy times.

11 Jun 2019 20:02

The Falcon, Clapham Junction

Large pun by Clapham Junction station. For a pub of it's size it's pretty poor coping at busy times. Gave up and went up the road.

11 Jun 2019 19:58

The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

Not really improved much since previous visits. A bit run down. the small bar is more pub-like but the larger bar is where to go to watch sports. had a lager here as the ale looed a bit iffy.

11 Jun 2019 19:56

The Railway Tavern, Mill Hill

Update on the Railway is that there is still no ale at all but it is the only place within a good few square miles that resembles a proper pub. The biker clientele are a good solid and relatively friendly crowd. No noticeable knobheads that used to frequent the place. Kind of your only pub in quite a wide area.

25 May 2019 22:14

Moranos, Canons Park

It is a friendly and decent local bar - no ale though. Handy for Canons Park tube (in fact your only option for miles around). Currently £4.50 for a pint of Morettis

25 May 2019 22:08

The Albion, Barnet

Seems like someone has made multiple identities to prove their continuing pointless point. It's pretty simple really - you put comments on here and you can either read them or you can ignore them. The world is quite a variable place with people who have differing outlooks and opinions. If you don't like those opinions then you can make your point as to why you disagree with them - - one thing you can't do is deny people an opinion that is different to yours - that is where fascism starts. I will not STOP putting comments on here because someone with a NAZI outlook on life tells me not to.

25 May 2019 22:04

The Albion, Barnet

A few people do have an historical interest in to what has become of their once favourite drinking haunts even if you don't.

People's views and opinions are not subject to your personal control. If you want a site that conforms to your outlook then why not set up one of your own.

23 May 2019 14:23

Kings Head, Barnet

Kind of gone the opposite to the last poster - used to be somewhere to drop by but now it's somewhere to avoid.

22 May 2019 23:26

The Black Horse, Barnet

Pretty much as previously - they try on the ale front but they fail miserably.

22 May 2019 23:25

The Albion, Barnet

There is now a catholic church built on the site

22 May 2019 23:22

The White Lion, Barnet

This has been closed and boarded up for some time now - another CLOSED pub still listed.

22 May 2019 23:20

The Green Dragon, Barnet

Scrolling down there is some lineage devoted to this place. It is a pretty bog standard "pub/dining" affair with the emphasis very much on the dining element. That said the area by the front entrance has more of a bar set up to it. They had two ales on (Tring Side Pocket and Sharp's Atlantic) with a third (St.Austell brew) coming soon but I swerved them and had a pint of San Miguel (or two) it being a warm day. Not as remote as it appears though - it's a 15 minute walk to/from Barnet and the 614 Queensbury - Hatfield bus stops near enough outside and runs till 11pm Mon to fri. Okay for what it is.

22 May 2019 23:17

The Grouse Inn, Oldham

Funny you should mention this as I've had some sad twat harassing me on here for mentioning that pubs are closed or that there are alternatives nearby not mentioned on here despite trying to add them to the site.

22 May 2019 23:07

The Lochavullin Bar, Oban

Those of you suffering withdrawal symptoms since the axe-ing of the Jeremy Kyle Show can always drop by here to see the real thing. May not be a good idea to go in if you are wearing anything green.

17 May 2019 15:15

Corryvreckan, Oban

Dreadful even by Wetherspoons low standards. Ordered a pint of nethergate Suffolk it was £2.09 a pint but undrinkable. Left it and went for the train. It's handy for the station but I would rather go without than go here again.

17 May 2019 15:10

The Oban Inn, Oban

it is open again and probably regained the best pub in Oban epithet. A touristy kind of place overlooking the harbour with a 'history dating back to 1790' they served a range of Fyne ales which were in reasonable nic'.

17 May 2019 15:08

The Commercial (the Comm), Lochgilphead

Characterful little public bar with friendly locals. Keg beers only. It has a strange wee Gents with a sliding door just behind the bar. Handy for the bus stops.

17 May 2019 15:05

The Argyll Hotel, Lochgilphead

Old school bar that is linked to the hotel. Keg beers on offer and your usual friendly locals at the bar.

17 May 2019 15:02

The Burnside Bar, Campbeltown

Standard town drinkers bar drink inside , smoke outside.

There were a couple of other places in town that were okay but not listed on here. The site doesn't seem to list any new places for inclusion anymore though.

17 May 2019 15:00

The Feathers Inn, Campbeltown

The place was empty at 10pm with loud music blaring out for no one's benefit. A swift lager and away from the place. It was at the centre of three pubs in a row the other two not being listed on here.

17 May 2019 14:55

McCuaigs, Rathlin Island

It is a choice between here or the small bar at the Manor as to where you can have a pint on the island. This is more the proper pub though and although all the draught beer was your usual keg stuff they did have some unusual bottled beers - I tried a Pint of the Donegal Atlantic which was a dark ruby ale which was probably the best pint so far. You can sit by the window and watch for your ferry to arrive.

17 May 2019 14:50

The Anglers Arms, Ballycastle

Had a decent pint of Guinness in this friendly waterfront bar. Though it is called the Anglers (has a small sign outside and another inside) the large sign above it says 'Bakewell'. Not sure if it's the current owner's name or a previous incarnation.

17 May 2019 14:43

The Central Bar, Ballycastle

Opposite O'Connors but with more of a pub feel to the front - though the rear seems more for diners. The window of the front bar opens out so you can look straight out on to the main street. Front area seems mainly for drinkers. Guinness was good here.

17 May 2019 14:40

The Harbour Bar, Ballycastle

Another standard bar down at the Waterfront - the Guinness was reasonable.

17 May 2019 14:38

The Glenshesk Bar, Ballycastle

Square roomed place with bar in the middle and a pool room to one side. Your standard keg fare on offer - went for Carlsberg here (as it's what the others were drinking).

17 May 2019 14:36

The Boyd Arms, Ballycastle

Proper classic atmospheric irish pub in the town. Quirky doors adjoining doors which seem to alternate as to which are open and which are locked to get in. The Guinness was good in here - would echo previous poster as it being the best pub in Ballycastle, certainly the most characterful.

17 May 2019 14:34

The Anzac Bar, Ballycastle

has the lounge area for loud music, a bar for sports and drinkers and a back area for food. Tried the Smithwicks here but it is just a poor keg bitter even when served well.

17 May 2019 14:32

OConnors Bar, Ballycastle

pretty standard town pub with tables for food and stools at the bar for drinkers. Usual array of keg lagers and stouts on offer..

17 May 2019 14:29

The Atlantic Bar, Portrush

Music bar on a side street. Went for the Rockshore lager here. It's okay for what it is.

17 May 2019 14:26

The Quays, Portrush

Typical Irish town bar opposite the station with multi-screens covering various live sporting events. Had probably the best pint of Guinness in Portrush here.

17 May 2019 14:24

The Harbour Bar, Portrush

very much a tourist haunt down at the harbour. Small rooms on ground floor with more a couple of larger rooms on first floor and an outside smoking room on top floor. barman was pretty professional in pouring the stout and serving people in order (despite potential queue jumpers). Pleasant enough place.

17 May 2019 14:21

The Unicorn Inn, Newton Solney

It may have escaped your attention but for some years now the site hasn't been properly maintained and updated resulting in pubs that exist not being added and pubs that are closed not being deleted. Not allowing open pubs to be added while retaining those that are closed is more meaningless and disjointed than mentioning that there are other pubs in a vicinity apart from what is listed on here.

Not sure what your idea about 'the point of the site is' but surely it is to inform people. If you think any post should be deleted then report it for removal.

12 May 2019 10:22

Edwards, Burton-Upon-Trent

This is now the Locomotive 'sports' bar which magically turns into 'grab-a-granny world' at 8pm (that's when Door operatives appear along with a gaggle of brooding hefferweight prime livestock)

11 May 2019 02:10

The Boot, Repton

..what is it they say about not revisiting your heroes ? - Still had a good pint but not quite up to the mark of the previous one - it was much busier this time though, but would expect better quality with a greater turnover.

11 May 2019 02:03

The Unicorn Inn, Newton Solney

The neighbouring Brickmakers "good beer guide" entry doesn't want to be on this site - probably due to it's very un PC clientele - though some are just downright ignoramuses. It does do a good pint though just plagued by 'iggos' who clog up the entrance and pretend to be deaf. ..and before any of you precious bitches out there soil your panties, yes this comment is about another pub than the one listed but the site has stopped adding anything new for some time now so it's the only way to add a comment about nearby places.

11 May 2019 02:01

Elms Inn, Burton-Upon-Trent

The barmaid did well under trying circumstances and the pub was kind of okay but was let down by a poor ale choice and a fairly duff pint of Bass (rare not for it to be duff these days though). Not worth the trek out from town.

11 May 2019 01:52

The Dog, Burton upon Trent

A good solid town pub with six ales on - the Black Country Fireside was on good form.

11 May 2019 01:49

The Gatehouse, Lichfield

It tries but when you are sitting round the stills whereas most breweries keep such areas clinically clean you can see why the beers turn out somewhat murky. They charge a pound a pint more than the Horse & Jockey round the corner for an inferior product - probably explains why it was pretty desolate on a Friday afternoon (wouldn't have dropped in myself if bolts of lightning weren't trying to make me jump to some unnatural dance moves while hailstones were desperately assaulting my bald patch)

11 May 2019 01:47

The Horse and Jockey, Lichfield

Good solid town pub with six ales on though the Bathams wasn't 100%.

11 May 2019 01:41

The Bitter Suite, Lichfield

Excellent little two roomed establishment - no bar but ale is served to you. Five different ales (and a few ciders). Had the Lionheart from Walsall's Backyard brewery. Close to the Lichfield City station and the bus station.

11 May 2019 01:39

The Horn, St Albans

Good for tribute bands, good for a late pint and also closest to the station. The ale can be a bit hit & miss though and I tend to stick to lager here.

9 May 2019 12:48

Sow and Pigs, Toddington

It used to be the best pub in the village and there was a hope it would re-open - am just confirming that as it is now occupied as a dentists that is now not likely to happen. Toddington was a good place to go for a crawl but half of it's pubs have now closed.

9 May 2019 12:46

The Great Northern, Luton

Only St.Austell Tribute on which was drinkable. Had the feel of a parochial irish pub, a tad cliquey with most of the space in the smallish bar occupied by the few locals spreading out to take it up.

8 May 2019 12:09

The Victoria, Dunstable

Not changed much since last visit - it's okay but only a couple of ales on. They had a Victoria brew from Tring that was nothing special.

8 May 2019 12:05

Crown, Dunstable

Still closed though the lease is advertised if you're interested.

8 May 2019 12:04

The Bird in Hand, Dunstable

Closed and boarded up - there is a battle on to retain it as a pub instead of knocking it down for flats

8 May 2019 12:03

Sow and Pigs, Toddington

Unlikely to return to being a pub a sit is now been converted into an NHS dentists.

Dropped into the nearby Griffin for a pint but it isn't listed on here

8 May 2019 12:00

The Cuckoo, Toddington

Closed with a bigger For Sale sign on the outside of it than the Angel

8 May 2019 11:55

The Angel Inn, Toddington

Closed with a For Sale sign on the outside of it.

8 May 2019 11:54

The Snooty Fox, Three Bridges

The whole point of the site is for people to express an opinion - some may disagree with mine but I am not changing my views because locals are not happy with it. I understand that people can get upset and become protective about their local but you can't describe the place as a cosy pub. It's a busy chain pub done out to Greene King's usual pub/eatery spec I only dived in because it started raining heavily. It's okay for what it is but it isn't anything remarkable and it ain't going to win any awards. If you think the comment is unfair then you can always report it for removal.

7 May 2019 09:56

The Garland, Redhill

There is some posting history for this place - I found it a decent old school boozer serving a decent pint of Harveys with a horseshoe type bar and a bar billiard table. Worth the additional walk from the station for a decent pint (the only other ale option being a Wetherspoon outlet)

4 May 2019 22:20

The Snooty Fox, Three Bridges

identikit GK pub - it's handy for a swift pint before a train and that's about it. Only GK ales so had a lager instead.

4 May 2019 22:17

The Half Moon Inn, Balcombe

Pleasant friendly community owned pub. There is an emphasis on food though not to the detriment of those wanting a pint like many places. The High Weald brew I had was a decent pint. Worth a drop by - though you don't have much choice in the village.

4 May 2019 22:15

The Railway, Radlett

It's now called the Broadwick and can be best described as a café serving alcohol.

28 Apr 2019 11:34

The Falcon, St Albans

Pretty standard locals pub with screens for watching sport. They had a couple of ales on including a Tring brew but it just didn't lend itself to being an ale drinkers pub so I went for the lager here. Nothing special but at least it is still a pub in an area where so many have closed.

28 Apr 2019 11:28

The White Hart Tap, St Albans

Not to be confused with the White Hart. Nice enough place with a good selection of ales. Had a pint of Almasty which was a pleasant enough Simcoe brew but it not one you'd have a second pint of. It's started the habit of reserving tables for Kevin and Jocasta at 7 - not something I'm a fan of in pubs. Surely you reward those who spend more time and money in your establishment by letting them sit where they want rather than shifting people for late coming interlopers.

28 Apr 2019 11:24

The Boot, St Albans

Busy due to it's location but the service is shit and the staff will serve whoever they feel like when they think they should. Can't be arsed with all that so went elsewhere.

28 Apr 2019 11:19

The White Hart, South Mimms

Still pretty much unchanged from previous reviews. Still a two bar set up, still a McMullens tied house, still a so-so pint of Country and still useful as a waiting room for the 84.

28 Apr 2019 11:15

The Liverpool, Liverpool

keg only pub on the ground floor of the office buildings that cover James Street. Every table in the place was occupied by an elderly couple - not sure if they were doing some Darby & Joan speed dating night.

26 Apr 2019 13:03

Crown, Liverpool

had the same Dark Isle beer I ordered at the Philharmonic yet here it was a nice drinkable pint. Always prefer it to Wetherspoon for a pre-train pint.

26 Apr 2019 13:01

Skew Bridge Alehouse, Rainhill

Nice little clean and tidy shop conversion in the small precinct a couple of minutes from the station. The ales (and crisps) were all fairly localish and on good form - even had a decent pint of stout from Speke.

26 Apr 2019 12:58

The Magazine Hotel, Wallasey

Still has a lot of bass paraphernalia at the front and still sells the stuff but I went for the Trappers Hat instead. Nice enough place with a snug to the right as you go in and bar to the left which narrows towards the window . Views out over the river. Worth a trek along the front.

26 Apr 2019 12:55

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

Had a decent pint of Formby Lion Pale on this visit. Still going strong and still under threat.

26 Apr 2019 12:52

The Palatine Hotel, Liverpool

Redcorated interior -has two halves, no ale bog standard locals pub nothing of note.

26 Apr 2019 12:45

The Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

The ale was okay on this visit but the interior sadly lacks the character it once possessed - a place that looks far better from the outside than it does on the inside.

26 Apr 2019 12:41

West Kirby Tap, West Kirby

Had another good pint of a Spitting Feathers brew here - didn't realise how barn like the place is on last visit.

26 Apr 2019 12:34

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

Going downhill again - service is fine but now the ale is poor. They only had one proper bitter on which I had and ended up leaving. I understand why this pub gained popularity when it was the only real ale pub in the city but there are far better about now.

26 Apr 2019 12:32

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

Probably one of the best pubs in the city. Bar area and three small rooms - convivial and never had a bad pint here. The sword of Damocles is still hanging over the place so might be an idea to get a visit in while you can.

26 Apr 2019 12:30

The Philharmonic, Liverpool

Treat as a tourist attraction as opposed to a pub - once again found service to be indifferent and the ale on this occasion (a Dark Isle brew) was undrinkable. I used to say just drop by for the one to have a look at the interior but now I'd say drop by to look at the interior and don't even bother having a drink here.

26 Apr 2019 12:26

The Cavern, Liverpool

The ales are gone and your keg stuff is served in plastic. Cheap beer for a tourist attraction but over priced for the city. Okay for a one off and sometimes the band on is reasonable enough to listen to. Has as been stated previously it isn't the original that was dug up/filled-in when the extension to the underground was done or for a car park depending on who you ask.

26 Apr 2019 12:23

The Waggon and Horses, Elstree

Bills itself as a 'traditional pub' but that couldn't be further from reality. Annoying loud music that seemed to be to no one's taste (neither staff or clientele - so why play it?) Original interior gutted to make it look like a cross between a coffee bar and the Gallery from Vision On. One ale on (Doom Bar -another one I swerve) Went for the highly recommended Italian lager they do at a fiver a pop - which turned out to be the Italian Carling Black.

20 Apr 2019 00:36

The Cat and Fiddle, Radlett

Pleasant and friendly enough but pretty empty for a Saturday night. Went for lager here as they only had taylors landlord on and I swerve that outside of Keighley. The only proper pub left in Radlett.

20 Apr 2019 00:31

Brooks, Radlett

renamed again - now called The Office. A sports bar populated by fake tans, fake eyebrows and fake lips (and that's just the blokes). Over priced lager - that's about it.

20 Apr 2019 00:28

The Newcastle Arms, Worksop

I beg to differ - wouldn't you want to know if you intend making a special journey somewhere whether or not a place you want to visit is still open?

12 Apr 2019 21:41

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

Still garbage for those who like a good pint of cask beer - fine for your keg and "craft" crowd but they just ain't got a clue when it comes to proper beer.

10 Apr 2019 23:51

O'Sullivans, Paris

Even boggier standard bog standard attempt of a pub on one of the main shopping drags - which you pay for, E6.70 for ordinary Kronenbourg, E7.80 for 1664. At least smoker can sit outside and watch the traffic go by.

10 Apr 2019 23:14

Hall's Beer Tavern, Paris

Bog standard kind of Parisienne attempt at an English pub that kind of gets half way there. Plenty of keg lager/Belgian headbang brews on tap (like the 9 per cent kwak Belgian headbang) and I ended up going for the Halls lager - which was probably as close to Carling Black as you'd get - at E6.50 a half litre. Okay for what it is I suppose - top end of the street has some pretty nasty looking hookers...if fat, tree trunk legs and ugly as a snub nosed pug is your thing then you're in for a treat

10 Apr 2019 23:10

Hanbury Arms, Caerleon

Button must have stuck and double posted. Would have made comment in relevant place but the St.Julians isn't listed and they don't seem to add any new entries anymore.

7 Apr 2019 11:29

Hanbury Arms, Caerleon

Actually found (surprise, surprise seeing how crap this site is descending to) that the St.Julians just on the edge of Caerleon had the best ale in the vicinity

6 Apr 2019 22:21

Hanbury Arms, Caerleon

Actually found (surprise, surprise seeing how crap this site is descending to) that the St.Julians just on the edge of Caerleon had the best ale in the vicinity

6 Apr 2019 22:21

Hanbury Arms, Caerleon

Made the mistake of going for San Miguel because of the crap I got from the White Hart but the Reverend James that was ordered just before I asked for a pint did look good. Okay pub with nice view over he river usk.

6 Apr 2019 22:17

White Hart Inn, Caerleon

could be a good pub but the beer is shit - should be SHIT in capitals because the Wadworth 6 x I got was undrinkable. Shows how crap the GBG can be on occasion.. If your looking for ale give this craphole a wide berth

6 Apr 2019 22:14

The Bell Inn, Caerleon

In the GBG but shouldn't be really. Looks good from the outside but faux interior and second rate beer served by staff who couldn't give a flying shite Not quite nil points but pretty close to it

6 Apr 2019 22:11

The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge

Still continuing to serve decent (if pricey) ales but like so many places in London it seems to miss out on proper bitters. There were plenty of pales and golden ales and a few stouts (the Barton macchiato stout was the one I tried) but no decent bitter on offer.

31 Mar 2019 02:08

The Olde Swan Hotel, Chertsey

Worn looking town pub with some shades of junk shop with the interior. The Thames Harrier Bitter was drinkable enough.

31 Mar 2019 02:03

The Town Hall Tavern, Chertsey

pretty much as it was before (name still isn't altered on here to reflect it is now called The Thyme at the Tavern). Four ales on - I treid a pleasant pale with some pig name I can't recall.

31 Mar 2019 02:02

The Barley Mow, Shepperton

very much a locals alehouse with a lived in feel to it. has a Joanna and a few other instruments and had four or five ales on. Had a dark brew which was very palatable. In proper working Shepperton as opposed to snotty Shepperton.

31 Mar 2019 02:00

The Albert Hotel, Tamworth

A once pleasant little boozer handy for the station has now been gutted and turned into some cheap and nasty café with a bar . Keg only - okay for a swift lager before the train and that's about it.

29 Mar 2019 10:22

The Market Vaults, Tamworth

Classic small town pub with front bar and step up to rear bar. Brass lions secure the handrail to the bar. Mainly Joules brews which were well kept and eminently drinkable.

29 Mar 2019 10:18

The Last Heretic, Burton on Trent

A kind of standard micropub - had a pint of mad Ruby which was okay if flat as a witches tit.(why are witches tits flat?). Okay for what it is and it is very popular with young folk which is good to see as they are the grizzling, moaning old ale drinking gits of the future.

29 Mar 2019 10:15

The Coopers Tavern, Burton-Upon-Trent

Always worth visit when in or around Burton station. Still as it was and still serving top rate ales (Joules mainly) - the Slumbering Monk was a very drinkable pint.

29 Mar 2019 10:12

Corner House, Burton-Upon-Trent

Believe this is now called Crossings. it's a big old town pub that has had a corporate makeover. A few ales on and the aye up duck was okay. Seems to attract refugees from the Jeremy Kyle audience.

29 Mar 2019 10:07

The Bulls Head, Repton

Creche come canteen. A child friendly eatery. had a pint of The Usual which was poorly kept and a struggle to drink. Complete contrast to the Boot.

29 Mar 2019 10:04

The Boot, Repton

Down a side road off the High Street. Has a bit of one of those refurbed 'Pub & Dining' interiors though the small size of the place still lends it a pub feel. They have a microbrewery on site and had five ales on - the Boot Bitter was excellent, would go as far to say it is the best pint I've had so far this year.

29 Mar 2019 10:02

The Sidings, Castletown

Largest selection of ales encountered on the island though all mainstream (as well as a couple of local brews). Found it more of a contrived place - lacks character and feels more like a shop conversion bar.

22 Mar 2019 00:05

The Glue Pot (Castle Arms Hotel), Castletown

Nice old town pub beside the harbour. Decent pint of Okells.

22 Mar 2019 00:02

Albert Hotel, Port St Mary

Standard size pub of two halves. Went in the 'posher' bit with a real (if contained - and unnecessary as it was quite warm) fire which overlooks the harbour. Went for the Bushys here which was nice and drinkable.

22 Mar 2019 00:01

The Bay, Port Erin

Another decent pint of Okells in a pub overlooking the bay. Another (as with many IoM pubs) rough and ready establishment -though none the worse for it. it's quite an impressive looking building as you approach it but when inside the pub seems quite small and underwhelming.

21 Mar 2019 23:58

The British Hotel, Douglas

Nice enough and the Okells was a decent enough pint but pretty much a muchness as in it could be a pub in a lot of other places.

21 Mar 2019 23:55

The Albert Hotel, Douglas

Another old school pub of two halves next door to the market. Not as rough and ready (though the pool table appears to be in the lounge or 'posh' half) as the market with a £2-95 price tag for a pint of Okells bitter probably keeping the riffier raff out.

21 Mar 2019 23:54

The Old Market Inn, Douglas

proper old school alehouse with bar and other half. Popular with smokers (though they have to go out front) and gamblers (slips from all local bookies available at bar). The quite reasonable pint of Bushy's bitter was only £2-50 though the locals seemed to prefer paying more for cans of Carling (there's a cup for the used ring pulls.)

21 Mar 2019 23:51

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

Just can't take to this place - the layout is too much like sitting in a series of corridors as opposed to being in a proper building. Staff are always disinterested and the (expensive) ale never really hits the mark.

19 Mar 2019 12:55

GNH Bar, Kings Cross

They aren't keen on serving you at the bar and (as mentioned above) still add a charge for service if you do. Designed to intimidate the riff-raff off elsewhere - it worked with me.

19 Mar 2019 12:53

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

Refurb seems to have been something behind the scenes as it hasn't changed in the main bar area. Quality of ale is still not great. One thing that has changed is the ever upward spiral of the price of a pint - now £5.25 for a mediocre pint of Mad Goose.

19 Mar 2019 12:50

The White Hart, Northolt

Closed and boarded up - not sure if it's permanent.

17 Mar 2019 00:48

The Castle, Acton

Pretty much unchanged for a decade (unlike the surrounding area which has been transformed into a mini-Manhattan skyline-wise). Not much more to say about it - had a pint of Toast Marmalade which was a struggle to drink, like trying to drink a pint of Marmalade so suppose I got what I asked for.

17 Mar 2019 00:39

The Kings Arms, Ealing

Not as good as when last visited and expensive - £5.25 for a bog standard pint of Kronenbourg. Like most of Ealing it's over priced and up it's own arse.

17 Mar 2019 00:34

The Forester, West Ealing

What is it with this area and the need to inflict pre-school children on the drinking public - they've got McDonalds FFS why inflict your brats on the rest of us ? At least they were well behaved here and not running round screeching and knocking things over like the last two establishments.

17 Mar 2019 00:31

The Dodo, Hanwell

Another toddler roaming around the floor - sorry but I go to a pub to have a quiet pint not to entertain someone's brats - ale etc doesn't come into it - another nil points.

17 Mar 2019 00:28

The Fox, Hanwell

Entered to be greeted by the hazard of three toddlers roaming around on the floor. The parents oblivious to the H & S implications for both the toddlers and anyone who could have tripped over them. The toddlers later continued running around the place maniacally unabated. Everything else is immaterial - a pub should not be a creche. Nil Points.

17 Mar 2019 00:26

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

Still poor with regard to serving proper ale (as the GBG acknowledges by dropping this dead donkey from the book). It's too hit & miss - handy for KX and St.P but certainly no beer destination. For a pub that serves four or five ales they really don't have a clue about keeping or serving them.

15 Mar 2019 23:12

The Stags Head, Fitzrovia

A proper working man's boozer. Drink, as opposed to food, orientated. Three ales on, two of which were Tring brews, went for the Tring Nosebag which was okay as opposed to good. One of the few real pubs left in Central London.

15 Mar 2019 23:08

The Midland Hotel, Hendon

Still around and undergoing a repaint. One New River brew on handpump but I swerved it and went for lager here. It's looking like West Hendon's sole remaining pub is safe for now.

15 Mar 2019 01:50

The Sir Colin Campbell, Kilburn

it is now in the GBG - only two ales on Taylor's (yuk) Landlord and a stout. The stout was a nice pint. It has a wine bar feel to it now though and the old style character pub it once was has now gone. Think I'd prefer keg beer and a proper pub to be honest.

15 Mar 2019 01:45

The Duck House, Ruislip

Not sure if this is now the HOP & VINE... 18 High Street.

If so it is a pleasant little micropub. had 4 ales on which were all on form.

15 Mar 2019 01:42

The North Star, Finchley Road

Seems a little more inviting than on past visits. They had some unusual brewery ales on but it didn't look too inspiring and not a soul in the place was drinking it so played safe and had a lager. No vagabonds about on this visit and the beware of pickpockets notices have gone.

12 Mar 2019 13:45

The Flask, Hampstead

Can be okay if you go to the old bar (more food less) half which has more character and feels more pub-like and less eatery. Had a pint of Proper Job which was quite nice - though should be at 5p short of a fiver.

12 Mar 2019 13:40

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

Re : The Barrel Vaults - this has now slipped into typical Wetherspoon mode. Has more of a through other feel to it as well. Now £3.65 for ales (Truman's Swift - which wasn't up to much) or £4.15 for Pride. How can they justify an extra ten bob for an inferior product ?

12 Mar 2019 13:37

Craft Beer Co., Islington

All Ilkley brews on . Seems an increasing thing with London ale pubs to keep all pale or golden beers and maybe a stout and omit to serve any classic English bitters.

12 Mar 2019 13:33

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Continues to be a good ale pub and handy for the station - it's one downside seems to be the lack of staff serving at busy times.

2 Mar 2019 22:16

The Old Bell, Derby

Worth a drop by and a look round the old Tudor bar. Different ales on offer in both main front bar and rear Tudor bar. Had a Drunken Duck brew (that had some stupid name I have now forgotten) which was quite a dark palatable beer. One of the better places in the main 'circuit' and shopping part of the town centre.

2 Mar 2019 22:13

The Thorn Tree, Matlock

It is without doubt a proper pub and has views over Matlock - proper old school two halves of bar and snug. Ale quality is good but it is still a GK house and limited to their 'list' - and not a solitary local brew among them. Taylors (yuk - when are people going to admit this is now a crap beer?) Landlord, Bass, Batemans and the Hogshead TEA (which I had). Beer was nice enough but a few unusual or local brews would really enhance this place and make it worth the trek up the hill.

2 Mar 2019 22:08

Moca Bar, Matlock

A bit similar to the 10 /20 but a bit more pub like (less cakes/food/brats though still evident). Suffers from anti-English bitter syndrome which seems quite common among the quasi-"real" beer brigade. Everything on offer bar one porter was a pale or golden.

2 Mar 2019 22:01

Twenty Ten, Matlock

More of a café/snack bar/creche/shop than pub. The Thronbridge Marples was a nice pint but the bar counter being mostly taken up with cake stands kind of epitomises the place.

2 Mar 2019 21:58

The Geldart, Cambridge

Another of those decent back street locals that Cambridge does so well. Has two separate rooms with the one bar. They had five ales on - the Exeter Avocet went down well.

It appears that new entries aren't accepted on here anymore - which is a pity with the constant changes of closures and new establishments. As they can't be added I though I'd comment on three that are in the vicinity of the geldart but aren't listed

CALVERLEY BREWERY TAP- Hooper Street. Basic small room in brewery with a couple of benches with a few more benches and outbuilding. Tried the porter and the pale both quite palatable. They have a food truck parked in the street outside. Only one single toilet so expect to queue for it.

STATION TAVERN - ground floor of new building outside station. A Youngs/Wells corporate house - bland in all respects.

THE OLD TICKET OFFICE - Part of the original station building with five ales on offer. Forgot the one I had but it was a decent pint. In another town this would probably make the GBG but there are too many other good pubs in this town. Worth a swift pint before catching your train though (and preferable to the bland Youngs pub opposite)

17 Feb 2019 10:57

Sheffield Tap, Sheffield

Couldn't fault the ale - (it was just called Best Bitter) and it was so much pleasanter on a quiet evening. It's good but there are better pubs in the city.

13 Feb 2019 00:37

The Anglers Rest, Bamford

Community run local serving decent ales. As mentioned they have put a lot of effort into retaining this pub for the local community and visitors alike (It could have ended up like the Derwent down the road). Four ales on those sampled were on good form. It is a bit of a hike (give yourself 15 minutes) up from or down to the station.

13 Feb 2019 00:33

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, Castleton

Another tourist orientated pub - ale was good (Abbeydale Moonshine) but not quite up to the Nags head.

13 Feb 2019 00:27

Ye Olde Nags Head, Castleton

Pleasant enough tourist pub in a pleasant enough tourist village. Ale was on good form and worth dropping by for - The Kelham Island Bitter in particular.

13 Feb 2019 00:25

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester

Give it another try on a quiet day. Still not impressed. Mainly for your "craft" keg afficienado - even the 4 casks on including a so called Yorkshire Bitter all resembled hazy craft brews. Leaning on the tables/shelves may find you sticking to them - not really a good advert for cleanliness in a place just opened for the day.

13 Feb 2019 00:23

The Railway Tavern, Hungerford

pretty much as per last entry - unremarkable, ale second rate (like pretty much every Fullers pub) with added hound sniffing about (spill some beer on it's head and it will go away). It's handy for the station full stop

10 Feb 2019 01:01

The Borough Arms, Hungerford

Okay Wadworth pub - the 6X was drinkable.

10 Feb 2019 00:58

The Plume of Feathers, Hungerford

This is now the GBG listed Hungerford Arms. One harassed member of staff on a busy Saturday afternoon with at least a dozen waiting to get served meant I gave up on this place. Definitely worth walking past.

10 Feb 2019 00:57

Cow and Cask, Newbury

pleasant little micropub among a twee set of shops. Indigenous brew I had was quite good though had to dash for a train so couldn't savour it more.

10 Feb 2019 00:54

The Catherine Wheel, Newbury

Reasonable enough town pub with a few ales on plus a fridge with a varied bottle selection. had the West berks Good Old Boy (a nice clear pint unlike the unadulterated filth masquerading as said same beer from the Scotch Stores at Kings Cross).

10 Feb 2019 00:53

The Frog and Rosbif, Paris

Chain pub on Rue St.Denis (that has some 'naughty' shops further along it). A few differing keg beers - the Polar bear winter ale was pretty dour - the Wham American IPA was drinkable. 7 Euros a pint these days. OK for what it is but there are plenty of decent corner local bars with decent lager to go to before making for this.

6 Feb 2019 00:00

The Buck Hotel, Langholm

Was closed though it was a very quiet Thursday afternoon.

Wandered down to the bar of the Crown Hotel not listed on here but it was open if empty - only Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow available there but could forgive them that for the classic old public bar with roaring open fire to help beat off the freezing fog outside.

25 Jan 2019 19:36

Mucky Mulligans, Perth

Think this may now be the Green Room. If so then it's a place where inhospitable neds with mange-ridden mutts crowd the bar (interchangeable - can be inhospitable mutts with mange-ridden neds) of an otherwise empty establishment. How the hell did that shithole win CAMRAs Tayside Pub of the year ? Ale was okay - albeit a good ten bob a pint more than other Perth pubs but certainly ain't worth the hassle of having to wade past a watered down muppet version of trainspotting to get served.

25 Jan 2019 19:28

The Agricultural, Penrith

Much improved (and seemingly much busier as a result) on the ale front - had a pretty good pint of Hawkshead here. Friendly enough place.

25 Jan 2019 13:46

The Griffin, Carlisle

Nothing really special - so we sauntered over to the station where the buffet on platform 4 now does decent ales and is a much better bet for a pre- train pint.

25 Jan 2019 11:31

The Glass House, Carlisle

Difficult to keep track of what is what on Devonshire Street as bars seem to come and go and change name at a frequent rate. Anyhow if this is now Fat Gadgie then it is a reasonable bar style ale house and the pint of Chop House Session pale was quite nice.

25 Jan 2019 11:28

The Exchange Bar, Hawick

Classic old bar with a plainer basic room to the back.Not really an 'ales' pub despite it's GBG inclusion. Just the one ale on which was a struggle to drink tbh - worth a drop by but would go for the lager next time.

25 Jan 2019 11:23

The Settle Inn, Stirling

Decent enough place with three ales on and ceilidh type music in the back room if you like the sort of stuff.

25 Jan 2019 11:20

The Greyfriars, Perth

pleasant friendly little bar where I was offered the local evening paper to read with my pint of Eden Mill red. Bogs are a bit of a trek up two steep flights though, There is also other rooms upstairs.

25 Jan 2019 11:11

No 2 Baker Street, Stirling

fairly unremarkable GK place opposite the Wetherspoons (which it tries to mimic on a small scale). Ossian was the only none corporate offering.

25 Jan 2019 11:04

Ye Cracke, Liverpool

They had a few ales on but I swerved them and had a pint of Stella. One of the 'institutions', 'John Lennon ate My Hamster in the toilets here' the rest is history kind of places. A pub of strong opinions so gear up for a good argument though Thatcherites and Sun readers would be well advised to steer clear.

18 Jan 2019 02:39

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

It's okay am grudgingly starting to go back to it. The old miserable red faced fella has long gone.

18 Jan 2019 02:18

The Augustus John, University of Liverpool

Had a pint of 'adequate' Purple Moose here. Sixties modernist pub in the middle of the University zone. Okay as opposed to good.

18 Jan 2019 02:15

Globe, Liverpool

Constant Beatles/Merseybeat music played with a clientele that were around when it first came out. Small but not quite perfectly formed - floor slopes. Brew I had was good.

18 Jan 2019 02:12

Pen Factory, Liverpool

Sub basement with primary school tables and seating - nice enough beer though.

18 Jan 2019 02:07

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

Thankfully still with us and still selling good ale. Still under threat which seems crazy given all the vacant plots that could be used for even more student accommodation..

18 Jan 2019 02:06

The Grapes, Liverpool

If it was somewhere else the new art and ecelectic drink mix would make it a rae for hipsters but this is mainly your average Joe Ragarse (albeit ragarses who wannabe David Baileys but are more Baileys No Ice) hangout. Some unusual brews on and in good nic too.

18 Jan 2019 02:02

Hard Times and Misery, Liverpool

Tried dropping by on three separate occasions when it was supposed to be open but wasn't open on any of those occasions. Will make a big effort NOT to bother with the place in future. If they can't be arsed letting people know when it is open then I can't be arsed giving them my custom. Big fat ZERO is all it deserves.

18 Jan 2019 01:57

Mackenzie's, Liverpool

Was "lucky" to get served at quarter to eleven. Ale seems to be on the back burner her and it is more a gin and whiskey bar.

18 Jan 2019 01:55

The Willowbank, Liverpool

Classic pub with separate sections - however the ale was pure garbage (Higsons Pale) which I left behind...the place was like the Marie Celeste and couldn't find anyone to change it.

18 Jan 2019 01:51

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Another pleasant visit though one slight criticism is the four bar stools they have at the main bar. Tonight two couples facing each other and sprawling out managed to take up 90% of the available bar space making it awkward for people to get served. Losing two of those stools would make life easier for all concerned (apart from the lardarses sitting in them that is)

11 Jan 2019 00:24

Craft Beer Co., Islington

Still a good beer pub - was busy but we discovered there is a seldom used upstairs room when it is a bit full downstairs. You do have to negotiate two flights of stairs to reach it though.

11 Jan 2019 00:20

The Queen Boadicea, Clerkenwell

Now as mentioned below the Blacksmith & Toffeemaker. describes itself as a vegan pub. Basically a second rate hipsters dive. Three handpumps but no ales so it's all keg and no unusual kegs (apart from Lagunitas). Overpriced pretentious hole - a scull up and move on kind of place.

11 Jan 2019 00:14

Hat and Feathers, Clerkenwell

No change from previous comment - drop in for a swift lager maybe then fekk off elsewhere.

11 Jan 2019 00:10

The Harp, Covent Garden

Seven years since I last commented on this place - it hasn't changed and is one of the few non food dominated pubs left in Central London. Plenty of ales on - went for the Hophead as a kind of benchmark and it was far better than the last pint of it I had. Probably one of literally a handful of decent true pubs left in Central London.

11 Jan 2019 00:04

The Imperial Arms, Chislehurst

Pleasant cosy pub up the hill from the caves. Missus enjoyed her tea while I had a pint of TEA (the Hogs back variety). Was it Paul or Simon who declared they smoked a pint of tea a day ?
Anyhow worth a visit when in the vicinity.

10 Jan 2019 23:59

The Robin Hood, St Albans

Continues to be best place for ale near to City station.

6 Jan 2019 12:26

The Fighting Cocks, St Albans

Trades on it's location and claims to be 'oldest pub in the city/ county/ country'. Quirky outside but bland corporate interior. An improvement on the ale front with a few Farr's and Purity brews on - which were drinkable. It's popular with younger folk and the dining didn't dominate. Still lacks atmosphere and although the ales were okay didn't fancy staying for another.

6 Jan 2019 12:21

The Farriers Arms, St Albans

Still a small backstreet old man's local. Ale selection was pretty bland though the Youngs Bitter was fairly good. Not everyone's barrel of biscuits but these old school small local pubs are dying off at a tremendous rate so nice to bale to have one to drop into.

6 Jan 2019 12:16

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

Although it is called a Jazz Club it still operates like a pub. Not keen on the refurb. They still sell Hophead and Pride on handpump but the ale quality here has taken a nosedive.

5 Jan 2019 02:47

The White Horse, Hampstead Heath

Now the Cork & Bottle primarily a wine bar.

5 Jan 2019 02:44

The Freemasons Arms, Hampstead

Suave looking bar with mainly waiter service populated by the 'up their own arses' Hampstead set. One handpump (Pride) hidden behind a bottle of lime juice. beers priced to keep out the riff-raff though any self respecting riff-raff wouldn't want to go in to this den of pretentious shit-bags.

5 Jan 2019 02:37

Paper Mill, Hemel Hempstead

A new build on a new development around the canal at Apsley. Wasn't exepcting a lot from it but for a large food orientated drinking barn it wasn't too bad and the Dark Star Crème Brulee (the ale that is not an after dinner dessert) was quite drinkable.

2 Jan 2019 13:22

The Leather Bottle, Hemel Hempstead

The most publike establishment in the vicinity. Four handpumps but only Speckled hen, GK IPA and Rocking Rudolph on. Ale was okay - at least it isn't another brat filled feeding hole like the others in these parts.

2 Jan 2019 13:19

The Green Man, Hemel Hempstead

More interesting from the outside than within with hexagonal annexe section but inside they have just made it look like a typical GK corporate eatery. Only Rocking Rudolph on the ale front but at least it was drinkable.

2 Jan 2019 13:17

Plough, Hemel Hempstead

cafeteria / feeding station - not a pub

2 Jan 2019 13:13

Dew Drop Inn, Hathern

Apologies to God for not complying - if you don't like posts don't fkkn well read them you prick

1 Jan 2019 02:37

Arnos Arms, New Southgate

A vast improvement on it's former incarnation though it is more of a bar/cafeteria style than a pub. A few Windsor & Eton brews on and some others - ale was drinkable. Pretty much the only pub near Arnos Grove tube.

31 Dec 2018 13:02

O'Neills, North Finchley

has the appearance of a small Wetherspoons but it has a better feel and better choice of ales and lagers on. A few LBC brews (their best bitter and 100 Oysters stout were nice) and Tyne Bank brews along with Stiegl lager. Not bad as drinking barns go but still far removed from being a cosy local. There is also a cellar bar area but it was closed off for a private party.

31 Dec 2018 12:59

The Elephant Inn, North Finchley

largely unchanged and still a standard old style Fuller's house. Only Pride and ESB on draught and both were pretty bland.

31 Dec 2018 12:53

The Malt Shovel, Coventry

So why did you post

"Acorn 30, Epsom
Closed - boarded up, with steel hoardings" ?

Smacks a little of hypocrisy.

27 Dec 2018 02:37

Case is Altered, Old Redding

Four ales on, two Watling and two Farr's brews. The Farr's Pale was ok, the Watling Red seemed far too pale to be a red ale, think it must have been on wrong tap - was about drinkable though whatever it was. The Watling Brown was a bit of a struggle to drink though. The decking area affords views across the Middlesex plains (sans wildebeeste) and it has serious potential. They still need a little work on the ales though.

14 Dec 2018 17:37

Brooks, Radlett

renamed as O'Sullivans but appears to be closed as it wasn't open on a Sat night.

9 Dec 2018 11:15

The Red Lion, Radlett

Awful pretentious chav wannabe haunt charging central London prices because there are no other pubs around. All the handpumps were turned round so had the Camden IPA (5.55 a pop)

9 Dec 2018 11:14

The Great Northern, St Albans

They had three ales on though only one out the ordinary which was drinkable as opposed to good. Not really a pub anymore. It may look like one but I was asked to move across (politely of course) from the 'reserved' table I was at (though still had 10 mins before time on card) so that a young pimple faced couple of teenage brats could have their two pints of coke and order their pizza.

9 Dec 2018 11:09

The Mermaid, St Albans

Remains a good drinker's pub. Had a pint of Oakham Red Ruby and Nethergate Black Pig stout and both were on good form. A favourite with visiting fans to SAFC.

9 Dec 2018 11:04

Micro Bar, Manchester

Pleasant enough bar just inside the Arndale centre. Three ales on at £3.10 a pint - had the Titanic Plum Porter which was best pint of the day in Manchester. Friendly enough little place. More sterile shopping centres could do with such places to drop into while the missus blows the gas bill money on tat.

2 Dec 2018 09:42

The Bulls Head, Manchester

Caught out again, pretty much as before £4.90 for a pint of Kronenbourg - London prices for a bog standard provincial alehouse.

1 Dec 2018 22:16

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester

Stupid queues for the toilets and even stupider queues to get served - the place can't cope couldn't be arsed and went elsewhere.

1 Dec 2018 22:12

The Circus Tavern, Manchester

Now has two ales on (Tetleys and Robinson Dizzy Blonde). Still worth a visit but can be difficult when busy (as in more than 10 people in the place)

1 Dec 2018 22:07

The Gas Lamp, Manchester

Cellar bar with loud cha cha cha music for ann unappreciative audience. Three draught ales on the of which the Entire brew was drinkable as opposed to good. Plenty of over priced (up to £9 a pint) keg "craft" brews if you want them - over priced pretentious bar … come on now this is Manchester a provincial backwater ffs.

1 Dec 2018 22:04

George & Dragon, Leigh

Yet another reasonable pint for under £2.50. Has a bit more of a chain feel to it though. Next to the bus station.

31 Oct 2018 00:15

The Pendle Witch, Atherton

Honest barman gave me back a pound from the £3.20 I proffered for a pint as it was only £2.40. Another ok as opposed to great pub but worth the slink off down a back jigger to find it.

31 Oct 2018 00:12

Atherton Arms, Atherton

Classic town local of old. Large front room with another back room housing a snooker and pool table. £2.40 for an excellent pint of Holt's Bitter.

31 Oct 2018 00:10

Union Arms, Tyldesley

Standard Lancashire town pub (a la Coronation Street circa 1974). Only two golden ales on (Wainwright and Acorn Gold) . Okay rather than good.

31 Oct 2018 00:08

Yard Bar and Kitchen, Cardiff

Not sure what to call this - a pub it certainly isn't. Drinking barn doesn't seem right either - Yard is probably a good name as it is some kind of open plan drinking space over two levels. It was desolate of a Sunday evening although will give them their due they did do a decent pint of Brains SA. The toilets are akin to some army barracks latrine (with mixed washing facilities - so the girls can't have a natter round the sinks without some hairy arse bloke earwigging.

29 Oct 2018 10:47

Mumbles Alehouse, Mumbles

Yes agree it is a nice little friendly micropub. Ales can be a bit hit & miss here though but they will change them if you're unhappy (and you can always try first of course).
Would disagree with Mumbles 1 though as I reckon there are three (inc Victoria) within 5 minutes walk that are all decent alehouses.

29 Oct 2018 10:41

The Park Inn, Mumbles

Good little mid-street local with four ales on. Had the heavier Mumbles brew which went down well. Though a good little pub found it a bit less of a 'local' than the Victoria.

29 Oct 2018 10:39

The Victoria Inn, Mumbles

A proper back street local, something very rare these days. They had Rev James and Bass on. The Rev James was as good as you'll get it.

29 Oct 2018 10:37

The Devonshire Arms, Bedford

Didn't mind this place - it's a proper locals pub in the middle of a residential street. Beer was drinkable if not great.

26 Oct 2018 00:00

The Castle Inn, Bedford

Concur with the previous poster... ale is second rate here and takes second place to 'reserved' tables for "gourmet" burgers. Had a very bland pint of black sheep (which was the most exotic brew on offer). Definitely worth swerving for the ale when a decent alehouse is a few yards up the road.

25 Oct 2018 23:56

Three Cups, Bedford

Quite probably the better of the ale pubs in Bedford - more of a local pub than a 'Camra Destination' (a la Wellington). Had the Ampthill Pale which was more of a bitter in style than a pale. There was a mini beer festival going on outside but it was a bit parky to go out. A nice pub in a nice (which is rare) part of Bedford

25 Oct 2018 23:54

The Kings Arms, Bedford

Second rate corporate GK house. No none GK beers, had the Ghastly Ghoul a 'seasonal' GK offering - was bland, tasteless ...GK = Garbage Kings

25 Oct 2018 23:49

The Guinea, Moggerhanger

Can't really call it a pub - five stools by the bar and a small table with two stools are the only spaces for drinkers. beer was okay but it just ain't a pub.

25 Oct 2018 23:47

Sir William Peel, Sandy

Good kind of pub feel to it - had a Nethergate brew which was a bit hard work to drink though.

25 Oct 2018 23:45

The Vines, Liverpool

Almost opposite the Vines on Lime Street is a new micropub called Sanctuary which does a few decent brews and is probably the best ale pub near to Lime Street station.

23 Oct 2018 23:29

Beer Station, Formby

Caught it open this time and it is well worth the drop by. Three ales on - a pale, a golden and a porter. Nice, convivial kind of place. Closes at 9pm. Handy for the station.

23 Oct 2018 23:26

The Three Swans Inn, Frome

An eclectic clientele and a pleasant pub serving a decent pint of Butcombe - about as good a pint of it as you'll get.

21 Oct 2018 11:10

The Griffin, Frome

Bit of a trek up to get to but well worth the effort. Plenty of well kept ales on and a good atmosphere. The Milk Street brews were all in good nic.

21 Oct 2018 11:08

The Butchers Arms, Yeovil

A proper pub without any pretentions - the ale (Butcombe) was quite drinkable too. One of the few places to have a decent pint in the town.

21 Oct 2018 11:06

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

£5.70 for a pint of Gamma Ray - seems to have been a relatively swift ascent from the five pound pint and am sure the £6 pint will be with us before the year is out.

19 Oct 2018 00:56

The Grafton Arms, Kentish Town

Made it on a quieter afternoon - wasn't worth the effort. A hipster joint with only two ales on... ELB Vanilla mild and Taylor Landlord. Give the Landlord a try but it is just a pale bland imitation of the beer it once was.

19 Oct 2018 00:53

The Royal George, Euston

Improved on the ale front - had two Portobello brews and two redemption brews as well as the GK dross. The Redemption brews were not bad though it's still somewhere to drop in for a swift pint before a train rather than a destination pub.

19 Oct 2018 00:50

The Midland Hotel, Hendon

Only one ale on (Oakham Citra) and not a soul was drinking it so I stuck to lager myself. This is yet another pub under threat as there are plans to demolish it and build flats on the site. London's NW postcodes are not only a real ale desert but will soon be devoid of pubs too at the current rate of closure.

14 Oct 2018 00:01

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

Okay for what it is but the actual cask ale selection is never anything special.

13 Oct 2018 23:57

The George IV, Kentish Town

Lots of greenery going on at the exterior walls but inside it is a standard London boozer. No ales on only keg but this once standard type of backstreet boozer is becoming an endangered species - especially in trendy NW5.

13 Oct 2018 23:56

The Grafton Arms, Kentish Town

gets too busy and manic and getting served becomes such a struggle that you give up.

13 Oct 2018 23:54

Farmers Inn, St Ouen

Nothing particularly special - average kind of pub. The Liberation Ale was drinkable and was the only option (the bass was off). Useful changing point if you're switching from the number 9 bus from Greve de Lecq on to the 8 for the War Tunnels.

11 Oct 2018 10:24

Le Moulin de Lecq, St Ouen

Moulin Wheel Ale was the only one on handpull and it was drinkable enough. There bar takes a definite second place to the restaurant area as it never had a member of staff dedicated to it - someone always had to come from somewhere else to serve.
bar has wooden waterwheel feature built into it. Also gave the Liberation keg pale a try which was okay. Not many people about though suppose not many expected the warmest October day on record. Number 9 bus to Greve de Lecq - worth the trip out for the beach and walks alone.

11 Oct 2018 10:21

The Bootlegger, High Wycombe

Had an 'Alchemy North' brew that was pleasant enough. Okay for what it is and handy for the station.

Seemed like the height of civilisation after Brackley and Banbury though.

7 Oct 2018 00:17

The Bell Inn, Banbury

degenerated further from the last visit - a scruff house with abominable ale. Long since dropped by the GBG and populated by wastrels and hobbledehoys.

7 Oct 2018 00:14

The Red Lion, Brackley

it doesn't get any better. it's the handiest pub for the bus stops out of the place. The corporate makeover is fading and the clientele incudes a HI-VI jacket clad Arthur Askey re-incarnation garnered for the Jeremy Kyle generation. Brackley is one of those 'one-horse' towns where the horse has been minced into Chappie sometime ago.

7 Oct 2018 00:10

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

This hasn't re-appeared as a pub/bar but within the station along the opposite end (towards Kings Cross) there is a new Wetherspoon (can't seem to add new pubs anymore - maybe they won't let me because I'm such a twat).

It's called the Barrel Vaults and was absolutely manic on a Wednesday afternoon. The pint of Darwin's Original was a good pint. Unlike many Wetherspoons they had 9 staff behind the bar working like demons and it was still a struggle to get served - you need all your barging and shouting skills to manage it. Pretty understandable why it was so busy though - even at £3.55 for your pint of ale it's still substantially less than the fiver plus most of the neighbouring establishments charge.

3 Oct 2018 22:06

The Old Kings Head, Borough

Kind of concur with BS - the approach (down an alleyway) leads you to expect more from this place. Though it is okay enough if you're in the area. Not an adventurous selection - the proper Job was about the best of them.

3 Oct 2018 21:48

Simon The Tanner, London

A bit faux hipster as opposed to pub but a decent enough place serving well kept ales. Had a pint of Hillfoot a darker looking bitter from Sheffield that was probably the best pint of the day and a sub £4 pint which is good value considering how many places are knocking you over a fiver for any pint. Though someone did come in after me and had a pint of some trendy sour keg brew that set him back £6.60 - we all have our own tastes and have to pay for them.

3 Oct 2018 21:45

The Royal Oak, Borough

Very much the old school boozer - yes very worn and tired (as befits a lot of the clientele) but a proper pub in the sense of the word. Seems to be a Harvey's tied house and no guest brews were on offer.

3 Oct 2018 21:39

Swan, Flitwick

Does seem to be a hangout for middle aged delinquents (bellowing along to 80s compilation albums). The ale is good though - so ok for a swift pint waiting on the next train

30 Sep 2018 09:32

The Albion, Ampthill

Still a class pub with plenty of differing ales on for around the £3.80 mark can now be reached from Milton Keynes by the 34 bus as well.

30 Sep 2018 09:29

The Old Ale House, Woburn

Clean modern interior with more of a standard bar than micropub feel to it. Plenty of ales on which were well kept - had a Leighton Buzzard brew and another localish one my addled brain has forgotten.

30 Sep 2018 09:23

The Station Hotel, Woburn Sands

Decent enough pub surprised to find they had two ales on - Doombar and Phipps but had ordered a lager before noticing them. Also has a dining area and an outdoor bit though retains a pub feel.

30 Sep 2018 09:20

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

A bit rich looking at the drivel you post

28 Sep 2018 00:50

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

Dying for a pee I ventured in here to use the toilets but just couldn't face the grief of trying to get served in a relatively empty pub - it's long been dead as a pub but still has some use as a public toilet.

27 Sep 2018 22:37

The Lion and Unicorn, Kentish Town

Hipsterish up it's own arse eatery with a fiver plus a pint to keep the oiks out - wouldn't so much mind if it was any good.

27 Sep 2018 22:30

The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town

Pretty poor on tonight's showing. The gastro half was empty. Ordered a pint of Wye Valley HPA which stuttered out of the pump - to be told "it's supposed to be like that" by a slip of a girl behind the bar who is unlikely to know the Wye Valley from San Fernando Valley. It isn't a bad building as a pub goes but the annoying drone they have as background music (which I found replicated elsewhere later on) and the poor ale quality make this a definite miss in an area with some reasonable pubs'

27 Sep 2018 22:28

The Bell House, Camden

More of a younger persons hangout though not in a Big Brother, Ibiza kind of young person type of establishment. Ale was okay not bad for the area.

27 Sep 2018 22:21

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

have to mark it down a bit as I feel they have used the trend of so called "craft" beers (i.e. basically over priced and marketed keg beers) to rack up the price of proper ales - they are not alone in London pubs in doing this but they pushing the £5.10 + for a pint as the norm for all pints.

27 Sep 2018 22:16

The Railway Bar, Antrim

Another keg only zone but opened out a bit and with a few booths. Empty apart from the Emmerdale addicted staff.

25 Sep 2018 02:03

Maddens Bar, Antrim

Standard Irish pub where men go to shout the odds at horse racing on the telly. A bar where men are men and horses are dog meat. All keg... had the Rockspider lager... or rock whatever it is.

25 Sep 2018 02:02

The Imperial Bar, Bangor

Old man's horse racing hangout (aren't they all) - has a bar and lounge. Not too friendly to outsiders.

25 Sep 2018 02:00

Spirit Merchant, Newtownards

Actually had a reasonable pint here - and for £1.35. They also advertised an Ulster Fry for £2.70 and coffee at 90p. For all the 'value' still didn't stop for a second but have to admit it was the only decent pint of ale (and cheapest by far) consumed in the six counties

25 Sep 2018 01:57

The John Hewitt, Belfast

A definite downgrade on this visit - only one Shepherd Neame brew on so went for the keg Yardsman Stout which was kind of ok but disappointing . Not the quality ale venue it was.

25 Sep 2018 01:53

The Bankers Draft, Bedford

They seem to have kept up the Wetherspoon tradition of understaffing the bar as I had a bit of a wait to get served but the barman was pretty diligent in serving people in the correct order. Went for the Braxator which was a nice enough pint. The have some shiny brewing equipment in the bar and even though it is basically unchanged from the Wetherspoon layout they manage to dispel the feel of a Wetherspoons. Was best beer of the night.

21 Sep 2018 11:55

Pig N Falcon, St Neots

A bit higgledy piggledy making it difficult to find somewhere to perch but there is plenty of covered outdoor space (more than there is actually in the pub. had the Facon Red which was one of the better brews on what was turning out to be a duff night for beer.

21 Sep 2018 11:49

Ye Olde Sun, St Neots

Olde Worlde interior. Went for a pint of Wherry which was just about drinkable. Not somewhere I'll be rushing back to.

21 Sep 2018 11:46

Golden Pheasant, Biggleswade

Standard locals town pub - nothing special but was badly let down by quality of the ale. Not much of a selection and I went for Marstons pedigree - which was dire and undrinkable, left half of it. Poor show for a GBG entry

21 Sep 2018 11:43

The New Inn, Biggleswade

Old pub on the market square with a GK corporate interior finish. Okay for what it is - though no great selection outside of GK offerings. Ale was okay here (I tried one of the GK seasonal brews forgotten it's name now).

21 Sep 2018 11:41

The Cock, Broom

As many have pointed out it is worth a visit to see an old fashioned multi-room layout and the lack of a bar along with decent ales (Tring Whirlwind was nice). It is a locals pub first though.

21 Sep 2018 11:39

The Sparkford Inn, Sparkford

Standard pub/dining type of place that's a but worn round the edges. They had three ales on but I didn't fancy risking them - think it was the right choice as people coming in after who bought ale (Hobgoblin) were sitting with a cloudy looking pint. had a pint of San Miguel.

Mutts are allowed by the bar area - where they are welcome to come and drag their arses along the floor.

9 Sep 2018 09:20

The Victoria, Lincoln

Another old school classic pub with a variety of ales on. Worth a drop by while in Lincoln's tourist zone.

4 Sep 2018 22:43

Strugglers Inn, Lincoln

While realising that it is one of the best outlets for real ale in the city it does have the feel of 'cosy' dog basket. A bit worn round the edges.

4 Sep 2018 22:41

The Morning Star, Lincoln

A kind of mid terrace local town pub that was once a part of British culture but is now quite rare. Ale was okay rather than good though.

4 Sep 2018 22:38

The Adam and Eve Tavern, Lincoln

Corporate feel (i.e. no character) in a pub that should have loads - ale, Harvest Pale was duff too. Not sure how this is in the GBG.

4 Sep 2018 22:36

The Malt Shovel, Northampton

The Albion - Phipps Brewery Tap is also on Bridge Street. Although it looks the part the ales (brewed on site) were not up to scratch though

2 Sep 2018 00:52

The Bull, Towcester

had ale on (Wells) but stuck to lager - it's painted white rather than yellow these days.

2 Sep 2018 00:49

Towcester Mill Brewery Tap Room, Towcester

okay for what it is - decent ale but the large groups and screaming brats make it feel more like a visitor attraction than a bar.

2 Sep 2018 00:47

Mount Vernon Hotel, Liverpool

Another old style landmark pub demolished in the name of progress. with it's corner location surely it's one that could have been incorporated into the new layout for the area?

27 Aug 2018 16:14

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

Seems to be resting on it's laurels a bit - sat with a duff second rate pint of Hophead while people around me were bitching about the wait and quality of their feedstuffs.

25 Aug 2018 22:59

Cock, Baldock

fairly disappointed with this one - it looks and feels the part as few proper pubs are left in this town but only a Sharps brew apart from the GK offerings and it wasn't that great a pint.

25 Aug 2018 22:54

Manor House, Royston

A poor Wetherspoon in a poor town for ale and pubs. It's the only GBG entry in the town but the ale I had (a Canadian IPA) was garbage which I ended up leaving. Like a kind of McDonalds/Creche/Cheesey Charlies. Maybe the bank holiday brought out the hordes of brats. There's a clown on here thinks I shouldn't criticise Wetherspoons and it's the same old same old comments - well maybe because I end up being misled (in this case by the GBG) and others because the company I'm with drags me into the places but still going to make my comment - if people don't like them then start your own 'pro-life Wetherspoons' comments - it is a "free" country after all - innit?

25 Aug 2018 22:44

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

It is now a reasonable option though you are often restricted to having the one ale on. There are 'craft' ales on - Camden Hells, Gamma Ray all at an enhanced price. Gave the Hells a go at £5.10 a pint and had it served in the new special Camden Hells glass which had more than a passing resemblance to a large jam jar with the Hells logo on it.

25 Aug 2018 11:21

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Can be one of the best when caught at right time - a Tuesday evening for instance (as opposed to a Saturday night when it's a fight to just get served) with an eclectic mix of patrons across all walks and a reasonable piano man. Still not too many bitters though. - and don't expect to pay by card

25 Aug 2018 11:15

The Old Oak, Arlesey

A typical faux GK style village pub interior and only GK ales on offer (IPA and Abbot) swerved them and had a Kronenbourg instead. Okay for what it is - closest pub to the station.

25 Aug 2018 11:10

Vicars Inn, Arlesey

Kind of echo the unchanging cosy village pub feel to this place. Not much in the way of ale (an Otter brew) but what they did have they served well.

25 Aug 2018 11:07

Engineers Arms, Henlow

Was pretty much going to echo my last comments - even inadvertently ordered another Leighton Buzzard brew to start with (Train Robber at 5%). They also had a Gin section (looked like a few bottles on a wallpaper paste table to me) out back. Has a good old school local pub feel to it and the locals were enjoying themselves. They do cobs (varying from Cheese & Onion etc) at a reasonable price to soak up the ale.

25 Aug 2018 11:05

The Admiral, Clifton

Friendly enough old fashioned village local. Ale selection not too adventurous but what I had (Brains Rev James) was well kept.

25 Aug 2018 11:00

Royal Oak, Pewsey

Standard Wadworth tied house - was okay.

19 Aug 2018 10:05

The Crown Inn, Pewsey

Tried the Gurt ale (Three Castles brewed on the premises) which was decent enough. Reasonable if a little tired looking interior.

19 Aug 2018 10:04

The Shed, Pewsey

Pretty much is what it says - a shed on the main street in Pewsey. Room for about a dozen inside at a pinch and four ales on. The ale was on top form and was in no doubt that it was the best pint in Pewsey.

19 Aug 2018 10:02

The Crown, Faringdon

Old building looks the part and buses to Swindon and Oxford stop right in front of it. They're the major selling points - everything else is downhill, ale rubbish, thugs hanging round by the door, dirty run down feel to the place.

19 Aug 2018 09:58

The Royal Oak, Wantage

Still a class act though think it has stiff competition from the Shoulder of Mutton and Kings Arms for best pub in Wantage.

19 Aug 2018 09:55

The Kings Arms, Wantage

Now related to the Cross Keys in Thame and will be surprised if it is not in the 2019 GBG. Six ales on and friendly staff another top alehouse in Wantage.

19 Aug 2018 09:53

The Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage

Still a classic alehouse makes the awkward journey to Wantage worthwhile.

19 Aug 2018 09:51

Metropolitan Bar, Baker Street

can be very hit & miss on the ale front - not that cheap and indifferent service too. Handy for the station though

17 Aug 2018 16:24

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

The Thai food is fairly simple but always very fresh and reasonably priced for the location. This is now probably one of the best in this part of London for decent ale. had a Bohemia Pale, a Tring brew and a Session IPA and all were eminently drinkable.

17 Aug 2018 16:22

The Queens Head, St Pancras

It does have a good feel to it - and can be a quiet oasis of calm of a mid-afternoon. The three handpumps consisted of the permanent Redemption 3, something per cent brew another 3.5 summer ale and a porter. There does seem to be a definite aversion to standard bitter here.

15 Aug 2018 11:28

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

Still carrying a lot of Thornbridge brews - getting a little weary of them to be honest. The Marples bitter wasn't that great.

15 Aug 2018 11:21

The Bloomsbury Tavern, Bloomsbury

It looks the part of a proper English pub but the ale quality (Whitstable IPA) lets it down. Mainly populated by tourists who opt for Guinness or lager and who can blame them with the second rate ale served.

15 Aug 2018 11:15

The Museum Tavern, Bloomsbury

Not as good ale wise as it used to be - had a poor pint of Wandle here. It's getting increasingly difficult to find a decent ale pub in London.

15 Aug 2018 11:13

The Garrick Bar, Belfast

Classic style Belfast pub with two halves. Supposedly does ale but I couldn't track it down - worth a punt when in downtown Belfast.

6 Aug 2018 01:06

The Robins Nest, Lisburn

Modern style bar (and 'modern' prices to match) opposite the station.

6 Aug 2018 01:04

The Tuesday Bell, Lisburn

As someone has pointed out - am not usually a 'spoons fan but in NI it is your best option. Not as big as you'd expect and relatively empty considering it costs half what some of the nearby dives charge.

For instance, the nearby Hertford Arms. The hertford isn't listed here and probably with good reason - wearing a Rangers top isn't enough, wearing a rangers top and sporting a Follow Follow tattoo isn't enough... you need to be wearing a Rangers top (preferably tattooed on) and sporting a Rangers tattoo, a King Billy tattoo and a FTP tattoo and you may just about be ok here.

6 Aug 2018 01:02

McConville's, Portadown

hard to say how attached the neighbouring Ma Berry's is to this place - there seems to be a through way from one bar to the other. It was okay 4.50 here for a pint of 'premium Belgian lager' I'd never heard of before (Hever Lee) though it weren't bad and I sculled it off easily enough.

6 Aug 2018 00:54

Talbot and Falcon, Wakefield

Rough house pub with karaoke and/or the ex member of Creme Brulee doing the Dj-ing. Pretty typical of Wak-oh though.

14 Jul 2018 17:41

The Black Rock, Wakefield

Still a decent ale house with an entrance from two sides. Ale was still quite reasonable. Locals get preference at the bar though.

14 Jul 2018 17:37

The Raven Hotel, Wigan

Went in but the pounding music was too much so went back out.

14 Jul 2018 17:35

Wigan Central, Wigan

The beers okay and it's handy for the station (underneath it in fact) but I wouldn't add to the accolades - found it pretty average really.

14 Jul 2018 17:34

The Crown, Chorley

Fairly ordinary town pub that does a reasonable pint

14 Jul 2018 17:31

Shepherds Hall Ale House, Chorley

Another decent ale no nonsense micropub in downtown Chorley. Ales from £2;90 to £3.20.

14 Jul 2018 17:24

The Market Ale House, Leyland

Pleasant micropub in downtown Leyland Vasey. decent ales at £2.90 a pint

14 Jul 2018 17:15

De Admiraal, Amsterdam

Has Heineken and Brand IPA on draught along with a sizeable selection of 'snaps. longish bar with stools and other perches inside and tables outside. Mainly populated by tourists. Okay for a swift one or two but more of a place for larger groups in the evening.

11 Jul 2018 11:49

Cafe 't Smalle, Amsterdam

Pleasant classic Dutch 'brown cafe' with an even mix of visitors and locals. Your standard 25cl was Eu2.75 so roughly around £5.50 a pint. There is a little gallery with some seats up pretty steep stairs towards the back. They do have other ales apart from the ubiquitous Heineken.

11 Jul 2018 11:45

The White Horse, Hertford

You have your opinion as I have mine - no one is making you read it. You can always ignore posts from people who's posts you don't like. I mainly use the site as a record to where I've been - if any of the of the posts annoy you that much then you can always report them for removal.

6 Jul 2018 22:28

The White Horse, Hertford

That is the whole purpose of a site like this - to inform people who are travelling about. Locals get used to changes and vote with their feet by either going to or not going to a particular establishment.
Some of us do like a change and to get out and about.
This is a national (in fact international ) website providing information for people in all areas. It is useful to have input from locals but also useful to see how places treat guests so pretty much all comments are valid.

6 Jul 2018 11:59

Woodland Tavern, Leamington Spa

Old school town pub serving decent ale

30 Jun 2018 00:32

The Nursery Tavern, Coventry

Bit of a timewarp pub from the 70s though not so bad for that. Not 70s prices though but the ale is drinkable.

30 Jun 2018 00:30

Old Colonial, Birkenhead

Does the tram still go up to it ?

29 Jun 2018 10:34

Panniers, Barnstaple

Garbage even by Wetherspoon standards (as in they can't even get the lager/craft ale kegs right).
Popular with people who wear HI-VI coats and jackets.

23 Jun 2018 01:33

Golden Lion Tap, Barnstaple

previous entry must be by the bum fluffed shaggy from scooby doo -a-like. It's a case of skip the last entry and look at the two prior to that - i.e. it's one of those town centre toilets. Building is a little unusual but it's one of those 'feet-stick-to-the-floor' kind of places. Mind you in a dead horse town like this it has to be an option.

23 Jun 2018 01:32

The Great Western Hotel, Exeter

Main change is the 'back door' entrance to the lower bar is now locked.… that's it.

23 Jun 2018 01:27

The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar, Rydal

Nice enough place - most if it is for gorgers of food but the area closer the bar was more drinker friendly though you do share it with a number of badgers (stuffed and otherwise) Beer was good and the buses to Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick stop near enough outside.

22 Jun 2018 07:57

The Bitter End, Cockermouth

More eatery with the seats for drinking around the bogs. Tried their own ale which was insipid and uninspiring. Would give it a miss on any future visits.

22 Jun 2018 07:53

The Swan Inn, Cockermouth

Another pleasant local town pub in a town that is still well endowed with hostelries unlike many of a similar size. Another with decent ale too.

22 Jun 2018 07:51

The Cock and Bull, Cockermouth

On a back street kind of parallel to the main street is this place. The main room isn't quite a straight four square walls. Does a few good ales and is worth scouting out.

22 Jun 2018 07:49

The Castle Bar, Cockermouth

Decent town pub serving a number of ales in good nic'. As stated before during 'happy' hour (which has been extended so is now 3pm to 7pm) ales are just £2.20 a pint - usually they are £2.80

22 Jun 2018 07:46

The Pheasant Inn, Keswick

Typical of most pubs in the lakes food is king with drinkers relegated at best to a space by the bar (usually, as in here, next to the toilets). The ale here was decent though and it is a pleasant little stroll out of town.

22 Jun 2018 07:43

Packhorse Inn, Keswick

Down an alley off the main street. A worn looking pub with a kind of mini gallery set up towards the op end. Didn't rate the ale. Mainly populated with visitors to the town but then so is everything else in Keswick.

22 Jun 2018 07:40

York Tap, York

As below but the ale quality has taken a bit of a dip

19 Jun 2018 01:00

The Black Bull Inn, Boroughbridge

It's more a step into a different world - Royston Vasey (or maybe Royston Vaseline) springs to mind. A local pub for local out patients. I suppose it's there while you're waiting for a bus out of the place.

19 Jun 2018 00:58

The Golden Lion, Ripon

Where you go because the One Eyed Rat isn't open. Has ale but not as we know it.

19 Jun 2018 00:54

Royal Oak, Ripon

Up it's own arse Taylor's pub where the pretentious and the wannabes of Ripon go to talk loudly to "impress" visitors. The ale wasn't really up to much either.

19 Jun 2018 00:52

The One Eyed Rat, Ripon

Never open when you nee a decent pint

19 Jun 2018 00:50

Little 3, Thirsk

Few places ever seem to be as good on a re-visit -alas the case here. Pub still okay but the ale (Moorhouse's Witchfinder) was a struggle to drink.

19 Jun 2018 00:48

Abercorn Arms, Stanmore

It's now unequivocally and Indian restaurant - though you can sit in the bar area at the front and have a swift pint when it isn't busy.

15 Jun 2018 10:51

The Vine, Stanmore

now private residences though pub sign is retained to fool people in to thinking it is still a pub.

15 Jun 2018 10:49

Case is Altered, Old Redding

Closed - not sure if it is permanent

15 Jun 2018 10:48

The Castle, Harrow On The Hill

A multi-roomed old fashioned looking pub only saved because of it's listing and being in a conservation area - otherwise Fullers would have knocked it in to one big trough swilling piggery like it does with most of it's establishments. They do try to deter drinkers though with reserved cards on most tables and charging a cool £5 a pint for average lager.

15 Jun 2018 10:43

The White Horse, Harrow

Bland soulless corporate eatery that couldn't sort out a pint of lager on a hot day - gave up waiting and went elsewhere. Needless to say it's a Fullers house.

15 Jun 2018 10:39

The Robin Hood, St Albans

Much improved. has been tidied up and the flies have been banished. Ale quality has improved. Harveys is a regular and was best pint of the day.

11 Jun 2018 10:27

The Harpenden Arms, Harpenden

Pretty much as per previous visit - only thing going for it is it is the nearest drinking hole to the station.

11 Jun 2018 10:23

The Slug and Lettuce, Harpenden

Was about to give it a try but the whole of the front area was populated with dozens of screeching infants mewling and puking over ice creams and milkshakes

11 Jun 2018 10:22

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

The Tring brew wasn't up to much on this visit. Was quiet on a busy day elsewhere. Maybe the 'Royston Vasey of the Home Counties' crew had gone on an outing.

11 Jun 2018 10:20

The Old Bell, Harpenden

Another foodery where drinkers are tolerated on a perch near the entrance (unless gorgers of food have to wait for a table then they take up that space while waiting).

11 Jun 2018 10:17

The Fox, Kinsbourne Green

An'Up It's Own Arse' establishment populated with 'Up Their Own Arses' clientelle. Basically an eatery for arseholes to stuff their gullets at.

11 Jun 2018 10:15

The Black Horse, Luton

It's had a bit of a"refurb" since the last visit - posh by Luton standards but still a bit of a rough house to the rest of the world. They have bands on. Ale was okay as opposed to good.

11 Jun 2018 10:12

The Mallard, Doncaster

A Hungry Horse establishment in a shopping centre - need I say more. Horses will like it. (well some horses will)

2 Jun 2018 22:47

The Tut 'N' Shive, Doncaster

It's okay I suppose and the Roaring Meg Leveller was a decent pint but it does feel a bit syndicated and without character.

2 Jun 2018 22:45

Corner Pin Inn, Doncaster

After the delights of the Corporation Brewery Tap but a few minutes walk away this became a beacon of humanity whereby it is really just a standard street corner local doing a decent ale (Barnsley Bitter). Handy for the station.

2 Jun 2018 22:44

Corporation Brewery Taps, Doncaster

One of those Sam Smiths 'museum pieces' only this one is more about the clientele than the building. As a building it does have some art deco-ish leanings but it's main 'attraction' is the 'people'. I chose the lounge over the bar but in spite of there being only five people in the lounge area I had to stand at the bar as the old school obese regulars (they being Classique obese as opposed to the fast food generation of nouveau obese) managed to sprawl out enough to occupy all the available seating space. Asked the barman for a pint of bitter and his retort was 'Do you want OBB or Mild ? ( I asked for bitter I isn't mild something not bitter ?). Across the bar in the public bar area some gaunt looking Victorian waif who looked about 10 years old scowled towards me as she sipped her G & T. The keg Sam Smiths bitter when it arrived cost £2 but was surprisingly drinkable - though I didn't fancy staying for another. Although close to the town centre the area around the pub is decidedly dodgy and if you wish to use the subway to cross the road back towards the station and some semblance of civilisation then a weapon of some sorts will enhance your chances of getting across without hindrance. Worth dropping in for the experience but I wouldn't plan on making a night of it.

2 Jun 2018 22:39

The Hole In The Wall, Scarborough

Nice old fashioned narrow town pub on two levels (it's on the slope of a hill so one half is lower than the other. A decent range of ales of which the Titanic Plum Porter went down nicely.

2 Jun 2018 09:33

Waiting Room, Whitby

Pleasant enough micropub in Whitby station. Locals are friendly enough though the ale was fair rather than good. Doesn't usually open till 4.

2 Jun 2018 09:30

The Cod and Lobster, Staithes

Pleasant tourist haunt in the harbour and food looked nice - ale wasn't though was garbage. Left half of it as I couldn't be bothered gaining the attention of busy food orientated staff to get it changed, Another bum steer from the GBG.

2 Jun 2018 09:27

The Doric Arch, Euston

I caught it on a particularly bad day last time as they had no non-Fullers beers. (Hence the snarl)

2 Jun 2018 09:20

The Philharmonic, Liverpool

Had an okay dark brew here another one of those Formby ones) but noticed the corner bar seems to be a bit frayed round the edges. Get the feel it kind of rests on it's laurels sometimes (especially the 'restaurant' upstairs).

26 May 2018 15:44

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

It's another of those pubs perenially under threat from redevelopment or modernisation. Always found it good for getting served and quality of ale. Those Formby brews seem to be growing and multiplying. Still have a hawkshead ale on but have gone off them.

26 May 2018 15:40

Navigator, Stoneycroft

Not listed but further up towards Old Swan there is a micropub/shop conversion called the Alehouse which is well worth a visit in the ale desert of East Liverpool.

26 May 2018 15:32

The Caledonia, Liverpool

Old fashioned city pub with old fashioned crowd - ale was drinkable rather than good.

26 May 2018 15:29

The Dispensary, Liverpool

Still find this a pleasant old school old man's alehouse with decent ale. maybe being an old get makes it more appealing to me.

26 May 2018 15:26

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

Still one of the city's best pubs and still under threat from redevelopment. Surely if they build around Zorba's Greek restaurant round the corner (which isn't the most aesthetically Victorian buildings) they can build round this one.

26 May 2018 15:24

The Freshfield Hotel, Formby

Large-ish pub which actually defines the eating and drinking areas (we sat on the boundary table). Not a bad pub for it's size/owner etc had a decent drop of one of those Formby brews.

26 May 2018 15:18

Beer Station, Formby

May close early if no one about

26 May 2018 15:17

Grasshopper, Southport

Excellent little micropub where the bloke behind the bar has an interest in the beers and whether the customers like them. Worth getting off the train at Hillside and with more of a proper local pub feel to it than the café/bar style of the Pines round the corner.

26 May 2018 15:15

The North Western, Liverpool

gave it a try but the poorly lit interior gives it a gloomy feel. They could do so much more with the main body of the building. Ale was ok and cheap - as per what you would expect from Wetherspoons . Won't be rushing back.

26 May 2018 15:11

West Kirby Tap, West Kirby

Nice enough pub-like feel and a good selection of ales on make it worth taking the trip out to West Kirby.

26 May 2018 15:08

The Excelsior, Liverpool

Continues to improve though it just doesn't seem to get the patronage it deserves.

26 May 2018 15:06

Doctor Duncans, Liverpool

It's okay for what it is - being another place that was not originally a pub. Ale selection was pretty limited and quality just about passed mustard.

26 May 2018 15:05

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

Was dragged back in as all the company wanted to come here. It hasn't changed at all regards décor or ale selection but it finally appears that the staff they now have actually want to do the job so I suppose it should be back on the map for me.

26 May 2018 15:04

Mackenzie's, Liverpool

Reasonable - one large open plan area. A few ales on that were okay as opposed to good. They do have a good selection of Scotch (including one that was £14 a shot). Worth a drop in to if in the vicinity.

26 May 2018 15:01

The Rockingham Arms, Elephant and Castle

Third rate Wetherspoons

30 Apr 2018 22:37

The Duke of York, Borough

Corporate interior with Central London prices - ale not up to much.

30 Apr 2018 22:36

The Royal Oak, River

Decent traditional pub - the hosts behind the bar should give lessons to other places on serving behind a busy bar. Swift and in order of arrival.

18 Apr 2018 12:13

The Lanes, Dover

Good town centre micropub that does have more of a pub than a shop feel to it. Good selection of ales all were at £3.20 a pint (I think)

18 Apr 2018 12:10

Furlongs Ale House, Faversham

Give it another try and found it pretty similar. It has it's clientele and there isn't room for anyone else.
Went up to the Corner tap another micropub at the other end of the street near the station and found it far more friendly - also had a better ale selection.

18 Apr 2018 12:07

Past and Present, Gillingham

Former shop micropub on the edge of town. Ale was decent but the locals seem to sprawl out over the limited space making it even more difficult to find a perch somewhere.

18 Apr 2018 12:05

The Victoria Inn, Rugby

Went in to the small public bar with pool table this visit and it was a bit like being in an episode of 'Shameless'. The Atomic brew was good though.

15 Apr 2018 12:35

The Squirrel Inn, Rugby

Still has music on (with the band taking up half the bar area) but the ale quality was much improved on this visit.

15 Apr 2018 12:34

London Calling, Rugby

'Clash' themed café bar opposite the Wetherspoons. Okay for what it is - plenty of punk memorabilia on the walls. has bands on. Plenty of tellys for watching matches etc. Only had one ale on - Youngs Bitter (ironically as a 'London' brew for the pub's theme) but it was as good a pint of it as you'll get.

15 Apr 2018 12:32

Seven Stars, Rugby

Good solid old school boozer with main bar and a few drinking area off it. Ale was good

15 Apr 2018 12:29

The Infant Hercules, Middlesbrough

Fairly typical of the genre 'micropub'. Pleasant and friendly enough and one of your very few options for a decent pint of ale in 'boro.

14 Apr 2018 12:43

The Station Inn, Whitby

Certainly not the pub it once was.

14 Apr 2018 12:41

The Dolphin, Whitby

Tourist pub overlooking the harbour and River Esk. Nice enough and had a decent pint of Tetley's (as decent as you get )

14 Apr 2018 12:40

The Endeavour, Whitby

A tripper's pub (as in daytrippers ) okay for what it is. Difference between a trippers and tourist pub is that they don't do food but you can bring your own fish and chips in to scoff. Ale was ok.

14 Apr 2018 12:39

The Black Horse Vaults, Whitby

Good old fashioned small town pub with bar and snug. Three ales on in good nic' though they also had two pages of gins.

14 Apr 2018 12:37

The Railway Tavern, Chelmsford

Proper old man's pub opposite the station

8 Apr 2018 10:20

The Ale House, Chelmsford

A tad hipsterish but okay as bars in railway arches go.

8 Apr 2018 10:19

The Doric Arch, Euston

Used to be a quirky independent pub now it's just a bland corporate Fullers waste of space.

5 Apr 2018 22:02

Carpenters Arms, Dunstable

Thomas Wainwright in garbage condition on this visit. It looked like Wilf Mannion's socks had been steeping in it and tasted worse. The 'mein host' disappeared and had to wait to get it changed - to Woodforde Wherry.... this was clearer but still tasted like it had been strained through a badger's bum. Had enough and decided to leave. South Beds CAMRA deemed this good enough to go in the GBG. God knows why the beer was rubbish and landlord obviously didn't give a shit.

1 Apr 2018 23:53

Swan, Flitwick

Not a particularly friendly place - populated with a few owlarse chavs with Cybil Fawlty laughs bragging about how many jags they own. Did have a decent pint here though - just didn't fancy staying in the place more than the time it took to scull it

1 Apr 2018 23:47

The Crown, Flitwick

Made the mistake of dropping in on quiz night. Beer selection was fairly bland (Doom Bar, some other ubiquitous one I can't recall and Caledonian Edinburgh Castle). The Edinburgh Castle was pretty tasteless.

1 Apr 2018 23:45

The Bricklayers Arms, Dover

Still boarded up and looks a bit of an eyesore. There is a fight to oppose plans to turn it in to flats by locals.

31 Mar 2018 10:32

Leading Light, Faversham


30 Mar 2018 21:11

Furlongs Ale House, Faversham

It's okay - beer was good but a bit too 'local' for outsiders to feel welcome

30 Mar 2018 21:11

The Railway Bell, Temple Ewell

Now re-opened - has a standard pubco feel to it. had ale on but no one was drinking it so went for the lager instead.

30 Mar 2018 21:09

The Fox Inn, Temple Ewell

Nice enough pub - not so food orientated as many in the vicinity. The Breakwater brew was nice as was the Cotleigh Fox. Landlord seemed diligent enough - I don't think many people the other side of the jump seem to realise how disarming saying ' I'll be with you in a minute' is when they are doing some other task they need to finish before serving.

30 Mar 2018 21:07

The Lydden Bell, Lydden

Only Doom Bar and Hellfire on (which was an excellent pint) but it is a reserve your table eatery as opposed to a drinker's establishment - and when jolly hubby and wifey and their 2.1 brats turned up 'for a spot of lunch' and hadn't booked meant the smaller drinking zone became smaller. A few minutes of 'Stop chewing your hair Jocasta or you won't get your fishcakes' and 'Jemima pleeeease stop screeching it isn't very clever' had me out walking to the next pub despite the torrential downpour outside.

30 Mar 2018 21:03

The Carpenters Arms, Dover

Wasn't open at quarter past twelve (says it opens 11 during the week and 12 on Sundays). Would normally chalk it down as I should have checked before walking to it but as it was pissin' down and I got a tad wet has to be a booo!

30 Mar 2018 20:57

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

The main bar is being refrubed at the moment and there is only a limited range of keg (lagers) available on the concourse area.

29 Mar 2018 16:13

Crate, Hackney Wick

Went through more of the range this time and all their ales were in decent nic. The pizzas were eatable (though served on some MFI offcuts), staff fairly good at serving. Some of the customers were a pain though - taking ages to decide what beer to buy doing a Jilly Goolding impersonation in the process (ooh there's hints of burnt eucalyptus leaves mingling with koala bear toenail clippings in that one) while you're stood behind with a mouth like Gandhi's flip flop. Okay if you like eating and drinking on canteen benches in a warehouse environment.

29 Mar 2018 08:30

O'Neills, Bridgend

This is now called the Kings head and although it does have a chainy-wetherspoony feel to it they do sell a decent pint.

20 Mar 2018 21:25

York Tap, York

Found it very similar to last visit - plenty of good ales on but can be a bit dog eat dog getting served (he or should I say they who barks loudest etc). Your best bet in the station vicinity though.

19 Mar 2018 21:58

The Mitre, Knaresborough

decent pint of Leeds Pale and a reasonable if a tad faux pub. As mentioned handy for the station.

19 Mar 2018 21:56

Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Sometimes it is little things that distinguish a place as being a decent alehouse. Apart from the fact the beer was good here the lady behind the bar serving me said the brew I chose was a bit lively and needed to settle and fair enough she served the next customer as it settled - once it was ready the guy I assumed to be the landlord stepped in and topped up and served me the pint as the lady was still serving. An indication that they actually value the customers as well as the beer.

19 Mar 2018 21:54

Market Tavern, Knaresborough

Main change from the last comment is that there is no ale on offer (ended up on the Amstel). Staff and clientele were quite friendly.

19 Mar 2018 21:48

The George, Easingwold

Has something of a hotel bar feel without really being a hotel bar - ale was good for what it was (Taylors Boltmaker). Anyone who is an aficionado of having someone splutter over their face will be pleased to learn that Freddy 'Parrotface' Davies is alive and well and will be performing in Easingwold next month.

19 Mar 2018 21:46

Little 3, Thirsk

Well worn old pub serving decent ale with staff who take an interest in the ale and customers. Only slight gripe is that all four ales on were blonde-ish.

19 Mar 2018 21:39

The Harpenden Arms, Harpenden

It's pretty bland Fullers corporate kind of place lacking any character.. As usual drank lager in the place.

2 Mar 2018 20:32

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

Still has Taylors Landlord and Marlow Rebellion and your only bet for ale in the town. The other ale establishments seem to have given up on trying to serve a decent pint. Is a locals pub for local people to some extent but still relatively friendly enough.

2 Mar 2018 20:30

The Bricklayers Arms, Luton

Still the only place in Luton for decent ale. Still a proper pub only criticism is that it isn't the warmest of places when it's parky outside.

2 Mar 2018 20:24

The Bree Louise, Euston

Indeed it is now boarded up and the site destined to be part of platform 22 at the new enlarged Euston.

1 Mar 2018 11:10

The Prince of Wales Ale House, Highgate

I gave up on this place when the cliquey rugby crowd just sat at stools on the bar making it damned difficult to get served - being at the bar the ignorant twats bar your access ensuring any of their clan gets served first regardless of what order they should be. Best to leave 'em to it - and when it closes hope they don't spawn off and ruin another establishment.

28 Feb 2018 16:19

am to pm, Berlin

I think this is now the Kilkenny Irish pub as it is in the arches under Hackescher Markt S-bahn station. If so then the bit you come in to first from the station does have a bit of a pub feel to it. The locals drink Guinness and the Irish drink lager. Guinness and Berliner Kindl were the main draughts on offer both at E5.80 for 500ml.

28 Feb 2018 16:14

The Chichester Inn, Chichester

While I had probably the best pint of the day here it all seemed a bit faux and twee and un pub-like. Felt more like I was in an issue of 'It's Grim Up North London' though I do realise I am a miserable old gnarled bastard - i.e. I do prefer a beermat to put my pint on as opposed to a shard of Vermont Structural slate.

25 Feb 2018 01:34

Eastgate, Chichester

Found this a pretty bland Fullers house with no great selection of ales - the Cousin Jack being the only unknown. Was drinkable. London prices again ( they are a London brewery I suppose)

25 Feb 2018 01:25

Hatters Inn, Bognor Regis

Below average Wetherspoons in a below average seaside resort - about the best you'll get in the town though. No real redeeming points about this town where the stress and emphasis definitely lies with the first syllable.

25 Feb 2018 01:23

The Jack Horner, Worthing

This is now called the Corner House. It's in the GBG and it looks the part from the outside but inside it is too food and family friendly to be a decent pub. There wasn't a great selection of ales - they did have a reasonable pint of Hophead but at a price.

25 Feb 2018 01:19

The Egremont Hotel, Worthing

Reasonable enough though does have a little bit of a wetherspoony feel to it. The previous poster commenting on the absence of a telly will be disappointed as they do now have them. Has some ornate glass windows and outside is adorned with Kemptown brewery ownership. The Kemptown Brown ale on draught was quite nice. It is pretty much London prices though.

25 Feb 2018 01:10

Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham by Sea

Micropub seems to be the modern term for the old street corner local pub before the breweries, pubcos etc decided that small pubs and bars weren't worth their effort and wanted us all to frequent their vast drinking barns and drink what they wanted us to.... anyhow this is a pleasant and friendly little local pub with ales served straight from the cask.

25 Feb 2018 01:06

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

Dropped by for a swift pint enroute to elsewhere. They always seem to do at least one Marlow brew and as I generally like them this is always a good port of call. Can't say I found the manager hostile - though we all have our bad days at times. Have ate here in the past and also not had a bad pint here so on the beer front is worth a visit. The parking and squatting front may be different but space is at a premium in these parts.

22 Feb 2018 20:40

The Chapel, Marylebone

Seems to be even less of a pub than it was. It did have Black Sheep and Portobello Star on draught but neither were up to much.

22 Feb 2018 20:31

The Railway, West Hampstead

Still having a serious gee-raff with it's prices £5.45. for a pint of Camden Pale in a fairly bog standard alehouse - even the Islington hipster bars give you industrial washing machines suspended from the ceiling for a bit less than that price.

22 Feb 2018 20:29

The Midland Hotel, Hendon

Dropped by this evening had a reasonable pint of Hophead. It is a bit rough and ready but relatively friendly with it. Would agree it isn't GBG material but if you're in Hendon there just isn't anything else (since the Greyhound went down the toilet)

22 Feb 2018 20:20

The Bridge, Mill Hill

I know I know it's my own fault - I shouldn't even bother with this shithole but just as exceptional service needs to be recognised so does the worse...


22 Feb 2018 20:06

Cuba Libre, Angel, Islington

No longer there

17 Feb 2018 11:36

Craft Beer Co., Islington

Good across the board selection of ales on from Stout to Bitters to Pales - albeit at a price.

17 Feb 2018 11:34

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

They do say you should never meet 'legends' as you'll only be disappointed - mind you nowhere as disappointed as I was with my pint in this place and the reaction from the ignorant and clueless barman on Friday afternoon. The other staff have always been pleasant and tend to change pints. The character in question obviously had no understanding of ale and was severely lacking any customer service skills. All most of us want is a decent pint in reasonable surroundings it just seems to becoming increasingly difficult to find that.

11 Feb 2018 13:30

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

They have found the obvious gap in the market for a proper pub but someone running the place seems to have an aversion to a proper bitter. Plenty of goldens, pales, stouts and ciders but no classic bitter. As commented on you do need to get in early - especially if you want a table to scoff your pork roll (very nice it was too). Good as it is the fact people are extolling how great a pub this is appears as more of an indictment on how poor London's pubs have become and particularly the NW postal districts with barely nothing of note outside NW1 and NW5.

11 Feb 2018 13:08

The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Was heaving with crowds watching the Arsenal Spurs game which they obviously hadn't anticipated judging by the staffing levels. Woefully inadequate for the crowd that was in so I gave up and went elsewhere.

11 Feb 2018 13:00

The Flag, Crouch Hill

Had a reasonable pint of a Kentish Town brew but it looks and feels more like a café than a bar/pub. Also didn't notice the table I sat at was reserved -though from 2pm and that was 20 minutes away. Didn't stop the a/h who reserved it having a whinge though. Only came in here because the Old Dairy was manic and the bar under staffed there. Staff were okay and friendly enough.

11 Feb 2018 12:58

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

Caught it on a bad day today - the barman was too engrossed in some Scotch a bloke at the bar was giving them to try to give a shit about customer issues. I bought a pint of West Berkshire's Good Old Boy which was murky as the Thames. All I got from the know it all barman was bullshit about it being an unfiltered barrel. Well why not tell people as I expected a nice clear pint (as do the people who brew it - West Berskhire brewery confirmed that Good Old Boy should be served clear).

No wonder this place is usually empty - if you like ale this this place a very wide berth.

9 Feb 2018 18:45

The Tomas O'Raida Bar, Dublin Airport

An airport bar no more or less - though once again Guinness seemed to be better quality and lower price than many city centre bars.

4 Feb 2018 16:30

Thomas Reads Bar 2, Dublin Airport

Actually had one of the better pints of Guinness here and cheaper than in central Dublin. Apart from that as stated though it's a standard soulless airport bar with large windows letting you view the arriving and departing buses outside.

4 Feb 2018 16:29

John Mulligan, Dublin

Good old school Dublin bar near Tara Street station. As with must city centre bars a bit pricey E 5.20 for a mediocre pint of Smithwicks. A selection of lagers and red 'ales' that all tasted the same. Plenty of old school character just need to find a Dublin pub that sells a decent pint as well.

4 Feb 2018 16:25

The Galway Hooker, Dublin

Average station bar at Dublin's Heuston station. Fiver for a pint of stout - which marked me as a visitor. Most Dubliners drink lager or cider.

4 Feb 2018 16:21

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

Was an institution that got to a point that the strippers had to use plastic 'glasses' (a la possible fight issues) instead of the traditional pint pot they used to use but now it is The Scottish Stores trying hard to be an ale pub. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it doesn't - have taken back or changed as many pints as I've drank in the place. Still you might catch it on a good day.

1 Feb 2018 18:21

Casey's Bar, West Hendon

@formworker123 - no, only zombies in here

1 Feb 2018 18:12

The Harp, West Hendon

It's a building site now - more flats.

1 Feb 2018 18:09

The Midland Hotel, Hendon

No great change from previous visits apart from them now doing a fairly decent pint of Dark Star Hophead - probably worth a drop by now (for the ale and the fact that apart from a toilet masquerading as a pub on West Hendon Broadway there is nowhere else in the area)

1 Feb 2018 18:07

The Feathers, Merstham

Standard kind of pub though you can feel a bit of a spare part if not at a table. The Harveys Bitter was surprisingly drinkable.

28 Jan 2018 15:03

The Railway, Merstham

Went in to be confronted by candle lit tables all occupied by couples and no one behind the bar - went in to the other (pub) half which was closed and in darkness. Not sure what was going on but it didn't look like a normal pub so decamped to across the road.

28 Jan 2018 15:01

Piries Bar, Horsham

Small old bar down an alley off street near the main bus stops. Ale was good.

28 Jan 2018 14:49

The New Inn, Littlehampton

Pleasant and friendly street corner local not too far from the front. Ale was ok though minor gripe is it all comes off the GK playlist.

28 Jan 2018 14:32

The Black Buoy, Wivenhoe

Old pub with decent ales on. Can get a bit crowded and larger bar is more food orientated.

21 Jan 2018 22:06

White Hart, Clacton on Sea

Average kind of pub with average ale nothing remarkable.

21 Jan 2018 22:04

The Victory, Walton on the Naze

Pleasant enough friendly locals pub that actually feels like a pub.

21 Jan 2018 22:03

The Old Lifeboat House, Clacton on Sea

Has more of a social club feel to it than a pub. Probably your best (if not only ) bet on finding a decent pint in Clacton.

21 Jan 2018 22:01

The Haymakers, Chesterton

Okay localish pub not far from Cambridge North station and the footlball ground. Can be a bit Jeremy and Jemima bringing little Jocasta and Julian out for lunchykins though. Ale was drinkable.

21 Jan 2018 21:54

Coach and Horses, Wellingborough

Dropped down a lot - a bit League of Gentlemen meets Straw Dogs on last visit. Couldn't get a seat as someone was saving them for people who hadn't turned up by the time I'd left. Couldn't get near the bar as some fat get was spread out along it. Landlord was loudly nattering about how he wasn't going to let riff raff from other pubs come in to is - can understand why has he already has enough of his own.

21 Jan 2018 21:47

Vivian Arms, Wellingborough

Been a pile of rubble for a while

21 Jan 2018 21:44

Old Bridge Hotel, Holmfirth

Soulless corporate eatery - ale was just about drinkable. handy for the bus station.

18 Jan 2018 18:17

The Old No. 7, Barnsley

One of Barnsley's better pubs - good selection of ales pretty central to town.

18 Jan 2018 18:10

The Bridge, Topsham

Quaint pub with separate rooms away from serving area (no bar as such) can get a bit too cosy when busy.

18 Jan 2018 18:07

The Bicton Inn, Exmouth

Very much a locals pub - a spread was laid on for someone's birthday of which one of the (many) local pooches in the place was helping itself to a few of the sandwiches.

18 Jan 2018 18:02

Parcel Yard, Leicester

Worthy addition to Leicester's ale scene though you wouldn't think so from the entrance which is more like that to a snack bar or baker's shop. Opens out to a proper pub proportions inside. Decent selection of ales on and very handy for the station.

18 Jan 2018 17:58

The Ale Wagon, Leicester

Still a good old school city centre boozer - a bit like a large version of the Rovers in Stan Ogden's day.

18 Jan 2018 17:56

Shinner and Sudtone, Sutton

Trendy section of old department store converted to pub. it's okay though and the ales are decent.

18 Jan 2018 17:47

The Bobbin, Lancaster

Reasonable selection of ales in decent nic' - handy for the bus station.

18 Jan 2018 17:41

The Engine Inn, Cark

Nice enough pub though the ale (the darker Lancaster one) wasn't up to much - maybe why it's been dropped from the GBG.

18 Jan 2018 17:38

Millers, Ulverston

had a bland corporate feel - ale was okay but more eatery really.

18 Jan 2018 17:34

Devonshire Arms, Ulverston

Good selection of ales on in this fairly open plan pub. usual sorts channels on tellys etc. Closest to the station for a decent pint.

18 Jan 2018 17:31

Old Court House Inn, Saint Aubin

More an eatery - popular because there are too many people on the island.

18 Jan 2018 17:29

The Peirson, St Helier

Old school boozer (they still sell cigs from behind the bar) ale was drinkable

18 Jan 2018 17:27

The Lamplighter, St Helier

reasonable enough pub - found the Liberation ales a bit insipid but think that is more down to the beer itself.

18 Jan 2018 17:25

Bar Bach, Caernarfon

As mentioned a small roomed bar just off the main square. Beer was average.

18 Jan 2018 17:18

Tafarn Y Porth, Caernarfon

Just another Wetherspoons

18 Jan 2018 17:16

The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

beer was okay but we didn't find it the most welcoming or hospitable of pubs. gave up on it after a pint.

18 Jan 2018 17:15

The Spooner's Bar, Porthmadog

Ale was okay but you do feel like it is the cafeteria of a tourist attraction rather than a pub.

18 Jan 2018 17:14

The Australia, Porthmadog

Difficult to find a space to perch as the seats get taken up quickly and table space is at a premium (especially if you want to eat). Ale was good (Purple Moose) but just didn't feel like staying there.

18 Jan 2018 17:13

The Hippodrome, Market Drayton

Typical Wetherspoons - it is handy for the bus station.

18 Jan 2018 17:10

The Sandbrook Vaults, Market Drayton

Another Joule's house - okay though expected more as the brewery isn't far away.

18 Jan 2018 17:09

The Kings Head, Market Drayton

can't say I was over impressed with the pub or the ale to be honest - though there was some work going on in the 'next door' bit.

18 Jan 2018 17:08

The Beat at Hodnet, Hodnet

As per previous reviews - more food orientated though it is okay to drop in for a pint

18 Jan 2018 17:06

Old Town Hall Vaults, Whitchurch

Fairly typical Joule's house (which isn't such a bad thing)

18 Jan 2018 17:04

Black Bear, Whitchurch

It's okay - beer reasonable but can be a bit more food orientated at times.

18 Jan 2018 17:03

The Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

More consistent for a decent pint than other pubs in town.

18 Jan 2018 17:01

The Three Fishes, Shrewsbury

beer not so good this time round found it a struggle to drink and they had sounded the (afternoon) bell for last orders.

18 Jan 2018 17:00

Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury

Still just okay and still suffering from obstructionist locals.

18 Jan 2018 16:57

The Black Boy, Bricket Wood

best pub in the area ? I thought it was the ONLY pub in the area

13 Sep 2017 18:12

The Vine, Maidenhead

Predominantly old school Irish boozer. They had ales on but no one was drinking them and didn''t fancy risking them so stuck to the lager here.

13 Sep 2017 18:11

The Old Swan Uppers, Cookham

Decent enough pub - now the closest to the station. Had a decent pint of Butcombe . I see what halo means about the pavements being small or non existant being a problem with ignorant and arrogant 4 x 4 drivers tearing along with no intention of stopping for anything or anyone.

13 Sep 2017 18:09

The Bounty, Bourne End

looked more like a tea room from the outside and a den on the inside. friendly and nice enough place though and the Grumpy Cow was a decent enough pint.

13 Sep 2017 18:06

The Bulls Head, Manchester

Opposite Piccadilly station and the closest thing that resembles a pub to the station. It's okay - somewhere for a swift pint before the train but that's about it. Someone started chatting and asked where I was heading - when I said I was getting the train to London he mentioned how expensive it was - I'd just paid £4.70 here for a mediocre pint of Urquell. There are decent Manchester boozers selling ale at £2.50 a pint

5 Aug 2017 14:11

The Fleece Inn, Mossley

Locals pub in downtown Mossley. Reasonable selection of ales. Side room was a bit cluttered (as in the kind of clutter you have in your spare room) but worth a drop by if in the vicinity.

5 Aug 2017 14:05

The Q Bar, Stalybridge

handy for the station and an alternative to waiting a lifetime to get served in the station bar. Hydes Ales kept in decent nic.

5 Aug 2017 14:02

Angel Inn, Dukinfield

it should tick the boxes - retains separate bar and lounge, sells a few ales but didn't find it too welcoming. Ale was okay as opposed to good.

5 Aug 2017 14:00

The Sportsman, Hyde

Good honest old school town local with public ad lounge bars. Bit rough round the edges but serves a decent Rossendale brew.

5 Aug 2017 13:57

The Enterprise, Chalk Farm

Standard open plan boozer with central bar area. Ale didn't look inspiring so went for one of the "craft" kegs which was drinkable (though so it should at a fiver a pint)

24 Jul 2017 14:02

The Hill, Primrose Hill

Faux microbreweery and scaffolding outside - went in at 10pm to be told it was closed despite opening hours being till 10.30pm. Can't be arsed giving it another try and has I got no beer will have to give it no marks.

24 Jul 2017 14:00

The Sir Richard Steele, Belsize Park

has a few old signs and stuff to give it a bit of character. Only one ale on (Sambrook's Junction) which was average.
Staff have that annoying habit of putting your change on a saucer - and giving coinage instead of notes in anticipation of a tip. This un-pub like behaviour should be banished back to the evil continent - isn't it why we voted out of the EU ?

24 Jul 2017 13:56

The George, Belsize Park

Pretty average GK offering - ale was about okay (Truman Scorcher). I suppose it's more a drinker's pub than another eatery though.

24 Jul 2017 13:50

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

Alas the Duke is now closed and with it has gone Hampstead's last proper pub.
it is supposedly re-opening in September as a Jazz Club

24 Jul 2017 13:47

The Wellington Arms, Bedford

Still nowhere in Bedford to come close to it for decent ales

31 May 2017 02:06

The Bedford Arms, Bedford

It's kind of okay - average kind of pub. had a pint of Young's Special which was okay by average standards but not a patch on the Wandsworth original

31 May 2017 02:02

The Stone Jug, Clophill

had a decent pint of GB (from some Bedfodrshire brewery) - was a nice enough pub in a well off village.

31 May 2017 02:00

The Brewery Tap, Shefford

Solid standard pub with decent ales (as you'd expect from a brewery tap)

31 May 2017 01:57

Engineers Arms, Henlow

Still a good alehouse - tried a Leighton Buzzard brew on this visit which was probably best pint of the day.

31 May 2017 01:55

The Old Transporter Ale House, Henlow

It's in Henlow Camp as opposed to the village (a good mile and a half away). Had five barrels behind the bar served by gravity along with some keg lagers.. Tried a Studland brew which was okay if a little sweet tasting for me

31 May 2017 01:53

The Vaults, Newark

Cellar bar where you have to climb up steps from the street to where the toilets are before going down a steeper flight to access the bar. Serves a few different ales in reasonable condition. worth a drop by.

29 May 2017 09:22

Just Beer, Newark

Small bar down an small road off Castlegate. had a few differing ales on. Boasts having sold over 3000 different ales since opening.

29 May 2017 09:18

The Flying Circus, Newark

Different but not completely different. A Monty Python themed pub complete with deceased blue parrot (toy) in a cage. Has a large selection of draught, keg and bottled beers. Tried a fairly tasty darker ale.

29 May 2017 09:15

The Organ Grinder, Newark

A Blue Monkey house with a good array of their brews on offer in good nic'.

29 May 2017 09:10

The Horse and Jockey, Newark

Now called Oscars In(n). Not too bad a place with a good selection of draught ales and ciders along with premium kegs. It's in the style of one of those large roadhouse pubs but seems smaller inside than what it appears from outside.

29 May 2017 09:08

Harvester, Edgware

Now re-opened - almost exactly as before (a bland archetypal harvester), the slight difference being the nominal pub name they gave it (The Jolly Badger) is now a bit more prominent on signage. It was originally called The Green Man.

26 May 2017 21:19

The Railway Engineer, Mill Hill

It was an update - it was CLOSED then, now it's demolished, there is a difference even if you're too thick to spot it.

26 May 2017 12:15

The Mill, Mill Hill

Not quite - it was CLOSED four years ago, it was only recently demolished and the flats built on the site.

26 May 2017 12:13

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

Service has improved unfortunately this seems to be at the expense of quality as even the lager was awful.

26 May 2017 12:09

The Sun, Stafford

One of the better pubs in Stafford - always had a decent pint in here (Iceberg on this occasion). They do all the titanic brews.

25 May 2017 16:50

The Lion, Runcorn

Old pub modern interior, old school locals. Had a Robinsons brew (Pint of Thones) which was a struggle to drink - noticed everyone else was drinking lager should have followed suit. Probably the nearest pub to the station

25 May 2017 16:49

The Norton Arms, Runcorn

Nicely located near to the castle of Halton and a pleasant enough pub. it is a GBG entry but the walk on a hot day made me go for the lager (the eyetie one) which wasn't cheap for the area.

25 May 2017 16:46

Railway Hotel, Doncaster

Standard blokes pub with pool table, darts etc... Something made me go for the lager inhere as although they had an ale on no one was drinking it and I had a sneaky feeling it wouldn't be up to much.

25 May 2017 16:44

The Cornerhouse, Beverley

Found it a bit bland and like a small chain pub - plenty of ales on but the one I chose was a struggle to drink.

25 May 2017 16:41

The Butchers Dog, Driffield

Decent adaption of shop into small pub. Pleasant and friendly enough with three ales on in good nic'.

25 May 2017 16:39

The Marine Bar, Bridlington

A bit of a walk along from the centre (there is a land train along the front that will take you most of the way). Had plenty of brews on and it appears an ever changing rotation of ales. More like a seafront hotel bar than a pub - overlooks the sea and you can sit outside. Worth the trek up from town for.

25 May 2017 16:36

The Star Inn, Filey

Another good solid open plan town pub with 4 ales on. had a Helmsley brew (legend) which was nice enough.

25 May 2017 16:32

The Angel Inn, Scarborough

A good solid town centre pub with three ales on. Tried the Taylors Gold ale -which was okay.

25 May 2017 16:31

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

It's a bit higgledy-piggledy and the ale is usually decent but the thing that grates me is the tendency of barstaff to leave your change on a little silver plate (expecting the change). Maybe okay if you are served at a table but not if you buy at the bar. It's one of those annoying 'foreign' things that should be outlawed in British pubs.

1 May 2017 19:34

The Who'd Ha Thought It, Rochester

Found it pretty average - ale was okay.

1 May 2017 19:31

White Rabbit, Maidstone

Reasonable for a chain pub - ale was drinkable.

1 May 2017 19:29

The Water Rats, St Pancras

Dreadfully overpriced for something not at all special - was charged £5.80 for a pint of "craft" keg that resembled Whitbread Tankard. Poor beer and mediocre surroundings at vastly inflated prices - there are far far better places in the vicinity.

21 Apr 2017 19:10

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

The area of the bar is currently under hoardings for refurbishment - not sure if it will be re-appearing. The Sourced market across the way is usually better for beer anyway though it doesn't open late.

21 Apr 2017 19:07

Navigator, Stoneycroft

Ale quality was a great improvement on my last visit here - still a typical Wetherspoons though but I suppose even I have to relent and give them their due for bringing proper beer to the ale desert of Old Swan and Knotty Ash.

21 Apr 2017 18:56

The Black Horse Hotel, Preston

Probably your must visit pub if stuck in Preston, Classic Victorian building, decent selection of ales on in good form, with a bar the perfect height for those people who like to lean on a bar.
I can't find a listing for the nearby Black Bull though judging by comments and from my own visit it's probably unsurprising they have had it removed.

17 Apr 2017 15:33

The Narrow Boat, Skipton

It was okay, a nice enough place and the ale was good but for the more purist it's more an ale selling business than a pub if you get the drift.

17 Apr 2017 15:28

Kings Arms, Kirkby Stephen

Small bar with other rooms for eaters and also has rooms. I missed the two handpumps and ended up ordering lager but was probably wise as I saw no one else drinking ale in the place.

17 Apr 2017 15:26

White Lion, Kirkby Stephen

No Jennings anymore - just Marston's Pedigree carling and Fosters - has the bare minimum offerings of beer a pub could get away with. Cheap but as mentioned previously disappointing for what looks like and inviting pub from outside.

17 Apr 2017 15:23

The Blue Bell, Preston

Old style pub Sam Smiths bitter at £2 a pint. found the locals a bit miserable on this visit though.

17 Apr 2017 15:19

Cask, West Derby

Paid another visit and sampled a few brews - all in good nic' - The 12, 13 and 15 buses from the city centre drop you less than a 10 minute walk away (get off at The Jolly Miller) Cross city routes 60 and 81 stop close by but don't serve the city centre.

17 Apr 2017 15:17

The Continental Pub, Preston

Not the most aesthetically pleasing interiors but location and ale make up for it. Good selection of ales, gins, craft kegs, bottles, cams etc and the staff were efficient and decent at their job. Not the easiest of places to find even though it's only a 10 minute walk from the station - it's by the river where the mainline railway crosses.

17 Apr 2017 15:11

The Taps, Lytham St Annes

Maybe I picked a bad night but this place was heaving with the o aye Oyston 'Fylde Coast Exective' set in twin set and pearls, golfing jumpers and a faux superior feeling - for all that trying to get served at the bar was worse than at one of the manic spoons in Blackpool. Gave up on it and left.

17 Apr 2017 15:06

Fifteen of St Annes, St Annes

average kind of pub with a bit of a pubchain feel. Ale was okay rather than good - the smaller number 10 round the corner was much better ambiance and ale wise but don't think it's listed here.

17 Apr 2017 15:00

Washington, Blackpool

Has the feel of a small chain pub replete with pushchairs and the idle poor imbibing with their benefit brats in tow. The beer though was on top form ( a dark Lytham brew - alas as good as it was I didn't fancy staying)

17 Apr 2017 14:58

The Thatched House, Poulton Le Fylde

Decent sized alehouse with one bar and a number of rooms serving a few decent ales. As mention it's a short bus or train ride out of Blackpool but a welcome oasis of calm in comparison.

17 Apr 2017 14:53

The Chequers, Hendon

Currently closed for a 'refurb'

12 Apr 2017 19:11

The Greyhound, Hendon

Drops further down the ratings - another duff pint them back and had to pay 80p for the privilege of changing it to a keg drink.
Was also deserted - even with the Chequers closed. Poor ale and no clientelle how does it survive ?

12 Apr 2017 19:10

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

Much improved on the ale front had a decent pint of a Twickenham brew and appeared a bit less foody on this visit.

12 Apr 2017 19:07

The Lord Nelson, Barnet

In a sea of dross I can see how this place comes across as characterful but it used to have decent ale too and it now hasn't for a while. I don't risk the ale here anymore and went for the lager instead this time.

9 Apr 2017 17:47

The Black Horse, Barnet

It's just too hit & miss here - you go one time and wait ages to get served but the beer is good, you go another get served straight away but the beer is poor - their own brews are seldom on. Some of the staff are good others lacklustre, some of the beers are on good form, others you have to take back and change. Maybe they'll get it right one day

9 Apr 2017 17:41

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

How anyone can even mention crap holes like The Arkley The Gate and The Rising Sun as being better than here? ...they are just sanitised feeding stations bereft of character.
This place is actually a pub where people go to socialise rather than pose and skull swill down - the Gate in particular, am surprised they haven't dispensed with tables as replacing them with troughs could double their turnover.

9 Apr 2017 17:37

The Builders Arms, New Barnet

Though still a back street local this has gone right down the grid as far as ale is concerned. Only GK brews on offer and the pint of London I had was undrinkable. No longer a haven for decent ale drinkers anymore.

9 Apr 2017 17:29

The Great Western, Wolverhampton

So far this place hasn't disappointed decent ales on all around £.260 to £2.80 a pint (even the bottles to take out for the train)
Most probably Wolves best alehouse.

3 Apr 2017 20:43

The Posada, Wolverhampton

Still unchanged and a pleasant little oasis of a pub but the beer selection was pretty poor (Adnams broadside being the most adventurous of three ales on)

3 Apr 2017 20:40

The William Withering, Telford

Pretty bog standard spoons (as in indiscriminate service, second rate ale, toilet location to dissuade people using them) though it was quite relaxing to sit by the window and watch the world (as in the odd mobility scooter) scurry past outside in the sea of charity shops.

3 Apr 2017 20:37

The Foresters Arms, Madeley

Reasonable kind of pub with live music (a band doing the heavy rock staples of deep Purple etc) . Quite friendly despite it being very busy. Ale was a struggle to drink though so I switched to lager.

3 Apr 2017 20:31

The All Nations, Madeley

it is a good old fashioned pub serving decent ales in a pleasant location etc etc I did find it just a touch 'League of Gentlemen' though.

3 Apr 2017 20:29

The Royal Oak, Shrewsbury

Sought refuge here after the screeching and squawking kindergarten across the road though had to settle for lager as they didn't have any (noticeable) ale on. It does feel like a proper pub here though.

3 Apr 2017 20:27

The Woodman, Shrewsbury

Made the mistake of going in to the lounge which was more like a children's playgroup or crèche where people's offspring were running wild and screeching their heads off - a sculled my pint and left, which was a shame as it was a decent pint.

3 Apr 2017 20:25

Royal Oak, Wrexham

The ale wasn't quite as good on this visit as last time - still about one your best bet in the town centre though. No bouncers this time as it was 2 in the afternoon - but other places on the High St did have them this early. maybe they need them to deal with Wrexham's current zombie problem.

3 Apr 2017 20:22

The Town Crier, Chester

A chain style pub but a little more pub like than a Wetherspoons. Quite busy for 10 in the morning with a lot of folk looking like they'd been in there a while. the ale wasn't up to much though (Marstons) would have lager if I drop by again. It is over the road from the station.

3 Apr 2017 20:18

The White Hart, Aylesbury

Service was abysmal the archetypal Wetherspoon model - 8 staff on duty, 7 faffing about with till rolls, dusting etc etc and the one person at the bar clueless as to who to serve next.

22 Mar 2017 17:30

The Farmer's Bar, Aylesbury

Still get a decent beer here but found it a bit too touristy this visit. The Chiltern brews are well kept though and there aren't a lot of options for a decent pint in Quack Town.

22 Mar 2017 17:26

The Elephant, Faversham

Ale was decent on this visit and friendly enough though only a few in the place - although those few were all sat on stools along the bar. At least they did make way for me to get served.

8 Mar 2017 19:20

The Twelve Taps, Whitstable

A little twee and trendy but better selection (and quality) than the other micropub. Lady who appears to run it knows her stuff.
Female friendly (as in somewhere the ladies can go for a hassle free ale)

8 Mar 2017 19:16

The Black Dog, Whitstable

Small shop now micropub. Layout is all one single line of table against the wall (a bit like your average tube train layout as in all longitudinal no transverse).

Ale was drinkable (there was a choice of 4 on). it was okay but one of those places you stop for a pint then move on (as in nothing to keep you there)

8 Mar 2017 19:12

White Bull, Bamber Bridge

Pretty much as previous poster. Okay if you want a quick pint of lager while waiting on a train

5 Mar 2017 10:01

Ye Olde Original Withy Tree, Bamber Bridge

Would have been a reasonable report but the usual blatant cronyism on serving people gets it a nought.

5 Mar 2017 09:59

The Crown Inn, Accrington

A few more ales on this time - though none really out of the ordinary. The Jennings Cumberland was okay.

5 Mar 2017 09:57

The Greyhound Inn, Accrington

Only one ale on and didn't fancy risking it so went for lager. has a pool table and big screen for showing football.

5 Mar 2017 09:55

Peel Park Hotel, Accrington

The ale quality was a bit better this time. It is probably one of your best bets for a decent pint in Accy.

5 Mar 2017 09:54

Olde Cottage, Chester

Good old school boozer, friendly enough and a good selection of ales on.

5 Mar 2017 09:50

Telfords Warehouse, Chester

A warehouse conversion that doesn't feel like 'just another warehouse conversion'. It is okay though rather than good - ale was drinkable (Weetwood) but they had bouncers on the door (and should have been £4 to get in for the band only I told them I was only having a swift pint and not staying for the band).

5 Mar 2017 09:49

The Larrik, Marylebone

two ales on - Hook Norton Hooky and Taylors Golden Best. The Hooky was drinkable. It's okay for what it is but nothing special.

2 Mar 2017 23:30

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

Range and quality of ales seems to have picked up here.

2 Mar 2017 23:28

The Lexington, Kings Cross

Looks like a dosshouse from the outside and feels like one on the inside. Entry is often barred by police crime scene tape.

21 Feb 2017 21:47

The Compass, Islington

Now called the Joker of Penton Street. It's a former pub re-hashed as a "trendy Islington bar" with 'industrial' lighting, bare boards and tables etc. No ales but plenty of designer keg brews (ranging from £4.85 to £7 a pint). Okay for what it is but there are plenty of pubs in the area that serve better ale at far cheaper prices and are less pretentious.

21 Feb 2017 21:44

The Star Inn, Romsey

Two ales on in this proper pub. The Hogs back TEA was fine and the ambience and people were genuine and much more publike than other places in the town.

18 Feb 2017 23:01

The Old House at Home, Romsey

A twee sanitised Fuller's Luncheon Club with a token non-Fuller's brew on offer. It looks like a pub from the outside it just doesn't feel like one and the ale wasn't too great.

18 Feb 2017 22:59

The Castle, Angel, Islington

Typical trendy Islington pub cum bar cum snackery with tables laid for food though only snacks on the menu. Only two handpulls and only one ale on - Young's Bitter. The ale was in good nick though, probably as good as the Bedford Young's gets.. Worth a drop by.

17 Feb 2017 19:34

Elbowroom, Islington

Not sure if this is now The Alma Brewery Tap (on the corner of Baron Street and Chapel market). the Alma brewery tap does One Mile End beers - if so had a decent pint of Docker's Delight here. They have tried to make it typical islingotn trendy but it still has a rough edge and a pub feel to it.

16 Feb 2017 19:38

Jay Cubed, Angel, Islington

this is now called The Three Johns and it is a fairly open plan old style looking place with some real ales on and numerous craft beers, it has a slight trendy Islington feel though not as marked as places on Upper Street. The ales (Grainstore) was fairly drinkable.

15 Feb 2017 20:15

The King of Denmark, Islington

Now called the Islington - not ventured in yet though

2 Feb 2017 17:07

Corner Bar, Crewe

It's okay - probably about as good as Crewe gets and handy for station and football ground.

1 Jan 2017 12:38

The Shrewsbury Arms, Stafford

Recently re-opened standard ale house with a few varying brews on. Worth a drop by.

1 Jan 2017 12:36

Bell Inn, Haughton

Very much an 'eatery' (wouldn't call it a restaurant though it probably calls itself one) with three small tables near the bar set aside for drinkers/people waiting for tables. Ale was okay but can imagine drinkers being very much relegated to being like a spare part when busy. The village likes it's Christmas lights.

1 Jan 2017 12:34

The Barley Mow, Newport

Seems to be shortened to just the Barley. Front half seemed to be more for diners. Bloke in front of me (who wasn't local) ordered a pint of Flying Scotsman which didn't look to healthy so I went for Kronenbourg - which tasted more like Carling.

1 Jan 2017 12:30

The Czech Bar, West Hampstead

Still pretty much unchanged for the past 20 years. Proper draft Czech beers for less than your pint of Carling up the road.

24 Dec 2016 10:10

The Railway, West Hampstead

Still not changed much inside but they now think that because they are in Pretend Hampstead they can charge Pretend Hampstead prices and match the Alice House (£5.20 for a pint of Samuel Adams).Clientelle still the same but seem to be happy at being fleeced to pay for the 'chnages'.
Pretend Hampstead is now more expensive and up it's own arse than the real version - at least proper Hampstead still has a decent pub.
It is worth strolling a little further down to the Czech bar..better atmosphere, better lager and far cheaper.

24 Dec 2016 10:07

The New Inn, Newport

Now a Joule's house - has their stamp on it. A bit more of a food emphasis than other branches. Ale was okay but people did tend to crowd round the bar making it awkward to get served in spite of there being plenty of space.

23 Dec 2016 23:43

The Great Western, Wolverhampton

Still your best bet when seeking a pint near to Wolves station. The pork baps seem to be supplemented with a few other varieties now. The Holden's ales were on top form and they also had Bathams. Although it is in close proximity to the station you need to give yourself a good 10 minutes to catch a train - longer if late on as they do sometimes lock the subway route late at night.

23 Dec 2016 12:39

Fighting Cocks, Oakengates

Another decent pub a few doors up from the Station Hotel but the pubco influence (Everard's version) is noticeable giving it a bit less character than the other two. Still a decent pint and pub. Rare to have three decent pubs within a beermat's throw of each other and all selling decent brews for under £3

23 Dec 2016 12:33

Station Hotel, Oakengates

Another decent old school, old man's boozer (many of whom were spread along the bar). Decent pint again (at £2.70 a pint) directly opposite the Crown. Seems to be a bit of rivalry with the Crown as the locals were pouring scorn on their big coup of getting Bernie Clifton to judge the town's mince pie contest in the Crown.

23 Dec 2016 12:29

The Crown, Oakengates

Good 'old man's' alehouse with good selection of brews available. Small room at back, large room at front and corridor area to perch in. I tried a Tring pale brew that was the best (and most expensive - at £2.95) of the day.

23 Dec 2016 12:26

The Pheasant Inn, Wellington

Good average kind of town pub - the two ales brewed on site (Echoes and Four Candles) were decent enough. Basic open plan layout

23 Dec 2016 12:23

Coach and Horses, Wellingborough

A definite improvement on last visit - it is the town's main ale pub nothing else to touch it bar the couple of micropubs.

20 Dec 2016 22:38

Coopers, Liverpool

Closed (along with the Burger King underneath it - maybe the two were related)

19 Dec 2016 18:37

The Excelsior, Liverpool

Nothing special as a pub but the ale quality has vastly improved over the past year or so. It is now a viable alternative when you get fed up waiting to get served before the staff's cronies at the S & the S & M

18 Dec 2016 14:45

Cask, West Derby

Very pleasant micropub in former shop on the Liverpool Ring Road (Queens Drive). It's quite small with limited opening hours but it is literally the only place to get a decent pint in the whole swathe of ale desert that are Liverpool's Eastern suburbs.

18 Dec 2016 14:41

The Abbey, Liverpool

Despite the ale quality being good it's more than passing resemblance to one of the chain drinking barns isn't conducive to having that second pint.

18 Dec 2016 14:38

The Philharmonic, Liverpool

Worth a drop by with new visitors to the city. The Organic 24 carat Gold was a nice enough pint. Service has always been crap in this place though. I managed to get served swift enough on this occasion but there were others waiting who gave up and left before getting served. Getting served at the bar is a bit dog eat dog and you need to wave notes and bark your order.

18 Dec 2016 14:36

Pi, Mossley Hill

Reasonable enough conversion of 2 shops in to a bar in one of Liverpool's posher suburbs. A decent selection of ales on in good nic'. handy for Mossley Hill station.

18 Dec 2016 14:32

Harvester, Edgware

Closed - not sure if permanent or for a refurb, either way it is an improvement.

5 Dec 2016 16:33

The Blackfriar, Blackfriars

Busy on a Saturday night with not too raucous younger crowd who seemed to be enjoying the ale. had a decent pint of a Thornbridge winter brew. Worth dropping by - ornate interior and a few ales on. Across the road from Blackfriars station.

4 Dec 2016 12:12

The Colonies, Westminster

It's okay for a GK pub but still didn't fancy risking the ale so went for a lager here. Plenty of screens for watching footy but it closes at 7pm on a Sat night.

4 Dec 2016 12:07

The Cask and Glass, Victoria

Still a proper street corner local but the ale (Whitstable IPA) was a bit insipid.

4 Dec 2016 12:05

The Agricultural, Penrith

Standard kind of pub - more pub with rooms than hotel bar style. Friendly enough but no ale - only concession to proper beer was bottles of Jennings,

1 Dec 2016 11:37

Moo Bar, Penrith

Small shop conversion right next door to another pub. Very friendly small bar with an 'udder' room on the first floor - and the toilets on the 2nd. Was let down by the ale though - had a fairly insipid Carlisle brew which left me not wanting anymore. Top marks for the bar but think the ale needs attention.

1 Dec 2016 11:33

The Wheatsheaf, Gateshead

This really is an old school locals pub - looks it from the outside and the inside. Real ales (from Big Lamp) and real fire (nice as it was a bit parky out). The ale wasn't top notch but was drinkable. Worth the short metro ride out to Felling though.

1 Dec 2016 11:25

The Head of Steam, Newcastle

Modern first floor bar across the road from the station. Good selection of beers that were well kept.

1 Dec 2016 11:22

The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle

Big open plan pub on higher ground by one of the bridges. has a good selection of ales from small independent brewers and a few of the heavier (in alcohol) more headbanging brews one of which I'd ordered before realising it was 7%.

1 Dec 2016 11:20

Crown Posada, Newcastle

Drops down a bit in estimation on this visit - the ale is still good but visiting at the start of a crawl you see it for what it is - a reasonable city pub but not somewhere that rates along with the Philharmonic in Liverpool or the Crown in Belfast. Add to that a tendency to get change of a fiver for a tenner (the third time that happened on this visit to Newcastle) and it has dropped a bit in my estimation.

1 Dec 2016 11:17

The Split Chimp, Newcastle

Nice little micro style bar in a railway arch a few minutes walk from Newcastle's main station. Good few ales on and those sampled were on form.

1 Dec 2016 11:12

The Old Market Inn, Kettering

What passes as a bog standard town pub these days. They had ale on but no one was drinking it and it didn't look too well kept so I went for lager. Your basic open plan kind of place. Probably just about the closest pub to the station.

27 Nov 2016 12:11

The Alexandra Arms, Kettering

Still the best selection of ales in Kettering though no longer in the GBG for some reason - maybe a dispute with the local camra people? By far the busiest of pubs visited in Kettering on Saturday night which must say something.

27 Nov 2016 12:08

The Piper, Kettering

Old school estate pub retaining bar and lounge (bar has pool table, shows football etc) a bit rough and ready but more real than the 'done up' versions. Has the added bonus of three decent ales on.

27 Nov 2016 12:06

The Three Cocks, Kettering

Would at one time have been an unremarkable town pub but such a beast is pretty thin on the ground these days. Standard pub with a few drinkable ales on worth dropping in if in town.

27 Nov 2016 12:02

The Alexandra Arms, Cambridge

Done out in Greene King's 'Pub & Dining' colours this place isn't big enough to be one of their proper 'pub restaurant' style establishments and ends up looking more like a street corner café. A middle class family came in to slum it on Sausage and Chips and Fishfinger and Chips - so very much a café serving beer. A shame really as the Mordue Workie Ticket wasn't a bad pint but let's face it this is no way a pub.

2 Oct 2016 09:55

The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

Nice enough if a bit 'Cambridge twee' and faux foodie. Ale (Woodforde's Wherry) was a bit disappointing and lifeless though.

2 Oct 2016 09:50

The Kingston Arms, Cambridge

Couldn't fault the ale here again but the gripe this time is a pretty general one - while gasping to have a first pint of the day I am kept waiting by the family in front pondering over their life changing decisions as to whether Jemima wants Stilton or Wensleydale on her cheeseburger. it's about time Camra done a 'Food & Family Free' pub guide.
The Nene Valley DXB was a good pint though.

2 Oct 2016 09:47

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

At least previous reviewers got to sample the beers - After waiting long enough only to be ignored for the locals I decided to go somewhere where the bar staff serve people in the order they arrive. I think I had similar problems last time I dropped by here and made a comment about it on here. Am wondering if the pub got it deleted. Won't forget to avoid it on future trips to Cambridge now though.

2 Oct 2016 09:40

The Railway Inn, Westbury

A bit worn round the edges mixed food and beer pub. Has pool table also one ale on but didn't fancy trying it so had lager which was pretty much as you'd expect anywhere. It's handy for the station but also didn't see any other pubs between the town centre and there - seems like the town is a bit of a pub desert.

21 Aug 2016 22:44

The Organ Inn, Warminster

Can understand the popularity of this place - it is a shop conversion that actually has the feel of a small pub. Found the ale quality a let down though. The Organ Bitter was pretty unpalatable and the Stonehenge brew was the wrong side of average.

21 Aug 2016 22:40

Moranos, Canons Park

Slightly better than your average shop conversion bar though no ale, a small selection of keg and the big downer was having it served in plastic. Only thing is there is literally nothing else in the vicinity.

13 Aug 2016 21:41

Craft Beer Co., Islington

Probably the only chain that actually does pubs properly. Has a pub feel and sells top notch ales.

13 Aug 2016 21:39

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

You need to be a fan of Thornbridge brews if going this week - all bar one of the cask brews and nearly all the keg are Thornbridge beers.

8 Aug 2016 19:16

Boadicea, Charing Cross Station

Basically somewhere you are going to have a swift pint while waiting on your train. A lot of the (Keg) beers are over a fiver a pint.

8 Aug 2016 19:13

New Inn, Hayes

Large 'done out' pub opposite the station. It's okay for a swift lager - that's it.

8 Aug 2016 19:08

The Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood

Bog standard Wetherspoons same as all the other bog standard Wetherspoons.

8 Aug 2016 19:06

One Inn the Wood, Petts Wood

Ticks all the micropub boxes - convivial enough, decent selection of ales all let down by being served in plastic.

8 Aug 2016 19:05

The Mill, Mill Hill

Demolished - to make way for more flats (or care home0

30 Jun 2016 20:01

The Railway Engineer, Mill Hill

Demolished apparently to make way for more flats.

30 Jun 2016 20:00

Globe, Liverpool

Sill a haunt for the rowdy senior delinquent crowd, especially on a Saturday afternoon/evening when it can be quite noisy. They're still a friendly enough bunch though.

21 Jun 2016 19:10

The Borough, Lancaster

It's okay and the ale was decent enough but not somewhere you'd want to hang about unless in a larger group.

21 Jun 2016 18:58

Last Orders, Kendal

Stamfordian has pretty much nailed it - no ale, TVs on every room/wall and your average Kyle-ites as clientele. There is a clock in the tower that plays a tune which is about the highlight of a visit to this place.

21 Jun 2016 18:56

Black Swan Hotel, Kendal

Reasonable pub only one ale on, Brakspears which I am not keen on so had a lager.

21 Jun 2016 18:52

The Priors Oven, Spalding

Quirky little place centred round a small circular bar. Worth a drop in though I found the ale set up a bit of an 'amateur beer festival' - though it was amateur beer festival prices (£3 a pint).

15 Jun 2016 23:48

Harpoon Louis, Taunton

The ale was okay but unfortunately although now called the Plough it's still in Taunton.

15 Jun 2016 11:36

Off The Rails, Weston Super Mare

The only had one ale on (Otter) which was just about drinkable. It feels more like a school tuck shop than a bar though.

15 Jun 2016 11:34

The Regency, Weston Super Mare

decent old school pub near to town centre. had a decent pint of something hart here.

15 Jun 2016 11:31

Royal Oak, Clevedon

Close to the front and pier though on a parallel back street. Is on two levels with front bar at a higher level to back bars. Ale was okay, one of your few options for ale in the town.

15 Jun 2016 11:29

The Poacher, Portishead

Worn looking bog standard chain pub with poor selection of ale. Does food, though is fine for people to have their pooches in around the dining tables.

15 Jun 2016 11:26

The City Vaults, Bradford

busy city centre pub, large-ish on a couple of levels, bouncers on door, poor quality of ale. Pretty unremarkable all round.

13 Jun 2016 20:17

The City Gent, Bradford

A former bank building housing a bit wetherspoon-like but a more down market chain. They had ale on (Saltaire Blonde) which was cheap £2.50 but not very nice.

13 Jun 2016 20:15

The George And Dragon Hotel, Dent

Average kind of pub serving a selection of Dent brews. Was okay rather than decent.

13 Jun 2016 20:12

The Sun Inn, Dent

The pub is okay and beer was drinkable. The place was plagued by flies but they are pretty much everywhere in Dent. I did sit in an area that seems to be for dog owners (water bowl on floor etc) which is worth avoiding as I think I picked up a few flea bites there.

13 Jun 2016 20:10

The Riflemans Arms, Kendal

It's a reasonable enough pub with drinkable beer. It's a little bit of a climb out of time though lardarses can catch a bus up.

13 Jun 2016 20:08

The Castle Inn, Kendal

Ale was okay but I did feel like I was intruding in the breakfast room of a B & B rather than having a pint in a pub.

13 Jun 2016 20:06

The Station Inn, Ribblehead

Grimey pub with two halves - one resembling the rundown lounge half of an estate pub while the other was like a greasy spoon caff. Ale was nothing special and London prices but if you are stuck here there are no other options.

13 Jun 2016 17:07

The Golden Lion, Settle

A hotel bar feel with a mixed clientele of tourists from 4 x 4 drivers to cyclists. Ale was okay.

13 Jun 2016 17:03

The Talbot Arms, Settle

It's okay and the ale was good but the open plan layout gave a bland pubco feel to it.

13 Jun 2016 17:01

The Fleece Inn, Haworth

Very much your tourist haunt with emphasis on food. The Taylors Boltmaker and Ram Tam were okay. Nice view out the window - that's about it.

13 Jun 2016 16:57

The Castle Hotel, Bradford

Flashing Christmas tree lights adorn the windows and there was too much horseflesh on display from the ample 'fillies' on the stools at the bar. It was friendly enough and the ale was okay but I felt a bit like I was on the set of a Tod Browning film at times.

13 Jun 2016 12:03

The Fighting Cock, Bradford

Probably the best ale pub in Bradford but it is a bit of a trek out from town in a pretty desolate area. It is your typical bare boards, wooden seats establishment though minus the flat hat and whippets.

13 Jun 2016 11:54

Woolly Sheep Inn, Skipton

Busy (mainly food) pub with the drinkers area having a bit of a through other feel. Taylors landlord was bland but that is more to do with it being a mass produced beer methinks.

13 Jun 2016 11:51

The Midland Hotel, Ilkley

A bit rough round the edges but okay and ale (Saltaire Blonde) was drinkable.

13 Jun 2016 11:48

The Crescent Hotel, Ilkley

Still a reasonable pub and better choice of brews on than the (as of yet) unlisted Flying Duck.

13 Jun 2016 11:47

New Penny Farthing, Liverpool

This place used to fulfil a function in keeping street drinkers off the streets - one wonders where they will be going now.

13 Jun 2016 11:43

The Leamington, Acton

Now a Polish shop

9 Jun 2016 00:24

The Castle, Acton

Clueless Spanish barman charged me £5.45 for a Butcombe 3.8% ale. I told him it was wrong, he said no so I said at that price no thanks, how much is the Pride, £3.75. He then had a go saying what's he now going to do with the pint he poured. I asked if there was a supervisor about , he refused to find one. Eventually another member of staff showed him he was wrong. He gave me back my original pint short measured for the £3.75 - with a very sour apology. The bloke has no customer service skills and was adamant he was right when he was wrong... even told me it was that expensive because it was imported. Someone ordering a round could well be out of pocket by a tenner or two. You have been warned.

9 Jun 2016 00:20

The Lamb and Flag, Oxford

fairly unchanged busy city centre pub with good selection of ales - had the Palmers bitter this visit.

8 May 2016 21:17

The Rose and Crown PH, Oxford

It's okay but although it is an original pub it did have a contrived feel to it. Ale was okay.

8 May 2016 21:15

The Gardeners Arms, Oxford

The ale (Wainwrights now by Marstons I believe) wasn't great but found this to be a genuine pub unlike the R & C across the road.

8 May 2016 21:14

The Rose and Crown, Charlbury

Still being a good village local with decent ales.

8 May 2016 21:12

The Misty Moon, Chesham

Though it is fitted out like a typical Wetherspoon it has a very run down look and feel to it. I swerved the ale here and had a lager. Also it was the emptiest Wetherspoons I've been in - no one about on a Saturday night. It's key selling point is it's proximity to the station.

1 May 2016 10:31

The Queens Head, Chesham

First evening visit and found it a lot different - much more a food venue than a pub. Those not stuffing their gullets with grub seemed out of place.

1 May 2016 10:28

The Bird In Hand, High Wycombe

had a pint of lager here - didn't fancy risking any ale they had (can't remember if there was any now). I didn't mind it here though as it is pretty much an unchanged locals pub of the sort that are rare these days.

1 May 2016 10:26

The Bootlegger, High Wycombe

Kind of concur with others - it's okay and better than other ale outlets in HW but ale was a bit hit & miss with some beers good and others a bit suspect.

1 May 2016 10:24

Free Trade Inn, Sileby

Quaint thatched pub from the outside with a central bar serving a few sections within. Ale quality decent - a bit too child-friendly though.

24 Apr 2016 08:59

The Horse and Trumpet, Sileby

Reasonable enough pub like refurb with a decent selection of ales on.

24 Apr 2016 08:57

Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow On Soar

Pub and ale okay though found it a bit Royston Vasey with one or two of the locals resembling escapees from 'Deliverance'.

24 Apr 2016 08:55

Wetherspoons, Edinburgh Airport

They seem to have a decent manager running the place as I found the service good and the ale on decent form. As you're a captive audience they don't really have to try but at least this is one Wetherspoons that seems to make an effort. Saying that it is still a Wetherspoons though.

17 Apr 2016 18:15

Teuchters, Edinburgh

Busy city pub with plenty of sports on the telly and a decent range of ales. Found it more pub like and a bit less snotty than some city centre bars.

17 Apr 2016 18:08

Volunteers Arms, Musselburgh

Good well patronised locals pub with a good selection of ales in good nick.

17 Apr 2016 18:06

The Levenhall Arms, Musselburgh

Busy locals pub. Was served fairly swiftly an in turn. Beer was decent. Worth dropping by if out this part of town.

17 Apr 2016 18:04

The Halfway House, Edinburgh

Small but decent pub halfway up the steps leading from the station to the old town. Managed to get a table here and found it friendly along with a good selection of well kept brews on offer. Probably your best bet for a swift ale before catching a train.

17 Apr 2016 18:03

The Old Chain Pier, Edinburgh

More a cafe bar than a pub. Most people were eating and we got the feeling that they weren't happy with us just having a drink at one of the sea view window tables nor with us buying at the bar as opposed to being waited on. Ale (an Alchemy brew) was okay as opposed to good. Leith (similar to London) prices apply. It's nice enough to take the missus I suppose.

17 Apr 2016 18:00

The Malt and Hops, Leith

Reasonable alehouse on a cobbled street adjacent to the river. fair selection of drinkable ales.

17 Apr 2016 17:55

The Three Crowns, Chippenham

Decent old school alehouse with good selection of well kept ales. Worth the slight trot out of town.

10 Apr 2016 16:14

The Four Seasons, Chippenham

Now called the Buttercross - was okay but did feel a bit like a smaller wetherspoons.

10 Apr 2016 16:13

The Whole Hog, Malmesbury

Nice to see eating area and bar totally separated with different entrances. The rough and ready bar was populated with older blokes who all seemed absorbed with the day's horse racing. Ale on offer was decent enough and well kept and it's probably your best bet for ales in the town.

10 Apr 2016 16:12

Crown, Liverpool

Choice and quality of ales has improved quite significantly though this pub will always be busy whatever they served. It is now by far the best bet for ale for anyone wanting somewhere close to Lime Street station.

3 Apr 2016 09:14

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

Hawkshead seems to be a resident bitter here - was a decent pint of it on this visit.

3 Apr 2016 09:10

Gallaghers, Birkenhead

The Trapper's Hat was on form also there were people actually getting their haircut there on this visit too.

3 Apr 2016 09:07

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Welcome addition to Birmingham's proper beer scene. Handy for New Street yet not as manic as the other options.

31 Mar 2016 22:57

Fountain, Walsall

Decent 'bar & lounge' type old style pub serving numerous ales including Backyard brews. Worth the shortish stroll out of the town centre.

31 Mar 2016 22:54

The Old Hop Pole, West Bromwich

Old school boozer with a few just about passable ales on. Wouldn't make a detour to visit.

31 Mar 2016 22:51

The Great Western, Bewdley

Smallish corner house pub which has an upper gallery type area to increase capacity. Was busy (standing room only) on this visit.

I also had the 2857 local brew which went down well. Probably the closest pub to the railway - is a bit of a climb up to the station though.

31 Mar 2016 22:48

The Mug House Inn, Bewdley

Nice riverside pub serving decent ales. The dining area is seperate. Was a bit busy but it was Duck race day.

31 Mar 2016 22:45

The Little Pack Horse, Bewdley

the beer is good quality (had one of the hobson's brews) but all tables were 'reserved' for diners (be they actual or imaginary).

31 Mar 2016 22:44

The Weavers Real Ale House, Kidderminster

Despite being in a modern shop type building this place had quite a pub feel to it and does a decent range of well kept ales.

31 Mar 2016 22:42

Swan, Kidderminster

Bit of a run down doss house kind of place. Only one ale was on and as no one else was drinking it I plumped for the lager. I never used to think that K'minster was such a run down, shabby kind of town. I suppose most visitors don't venture in to the town centre.

31 Mar 2016 22:40

Ye Olde Seven Stars, Kidderminster

Found this place pretty average. the ale was okay as opposed to good but there was something about the place that didn't make me feel like staying.

31 Mar 2016 22:38

The Station Inn, Kidderminster

Found this to be the best ale and and pub in Kidderminster. Maybe because it is far enough away from town and the other way from the station.

31 Mar 2016 22:36

The Cross, Old Swinford

Kind of okay to use as a waiting room for the nearby Junction station - ale was a struggle to drink wouldn't risk it on a return visit.

31 Mar 2016 22:34

The King and Castle, Kidderminster

The Bathams was okay on this visit - still not really a pub feel to it. It is more a bar at a visitor attraction populated mainly with visitors (not all drinkers) rather than locals. Okay for what it is.

31 Mar 2016 22:32

Duke's Cut, Oxford

Now called the Lighthouse and unsure as to whether it is a cafe or a bar - it fails miserably at both. Continental style 'leave your change on a dish' when served at a bar. I really hate that - it is a foreign, alien culture that should fkk off back to where it belongs.
£4.60 for a mediocre Czech lager, not many places for drinkers to inhabit. Probably the worse place I've had the misfortune to drop in for a drink for some time.

27 Mar 2016 00:16

Penny Black, Bicester

Fairly typical Wetherspoons though Bicester is bereft of reasonable drinking houses. The Acorn Barnsley Bitter was just about drinkable. Seems to be a high proportion of the clientelle on DLA judging by the number of sticks and scooters about the place.

27 Mar 2016 00:07

The Crown, Cricklewood

Despite the adjoining hotel it seems to have degenerated back down to old school Cricklewood albeit with a few sofas and armchairs chucked in for good measure. Ales were missing this time and the over priced "craft" keg bore an uncanny resemblance to coloured fizzy water. Both hotel and pub are popular for Traveller Weddings.

25 Mar 2016 15:31

The North London Tavern, Kilburn

Become pretty average (though that is good for Kilburn I suppose) but the ales were the big let down this time as they were between mediocre and dire.

25 Mar 2016 15:26

Castle, Farringdon

No discernible change from last visit apart from the ale (Purity UBU) being blander and with less taste.

20 Mar 2016 10:26

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

Still continuing to do decent ales (usually priced by alcohol content) and pork pies (the trendy, and therefore expensive, kinds). Was seats here on early Saturday evening.

20 Mar 2016 10:23

The Draft House, Tower Hill

Smaller kind of food and beer barn. Very busy even on a Saturday when the City is usually quieter. tried Pilsner Urquell which wasn't a patch on what it used to be. Not somewhere I'd rush back to.

20 Mar 2016 10:19

The Pipe Major, Dagenham

Brand new Marstons cafeteria over the road from Dagenham East tube station. Bland tasteless Marston brews on offer. Play areas both inside and outside, carvery etc etc etc.

20 Mar 2016 10:10

The Black Horse, Barnet

It is bad enough that we have to put up with the gimmickry of "celebrating" St.Patrick's day with Irish flags, shamrocks and leprechauns in an effort for businesses to persuade people to drink/buy more but considering there were no Irish customers and this is Barnet not Kilburn the playing of sectarian IRA music here is bang out of order and harks back to the bad old days that you don't even get in Belfast or Glasgow anymore. Irish music is one thing but sectarian bullshit extolling the virtues of murdering terrorists is another.

17 Mar 2016 18:53

The Railway Bell, Temple Ewell


16 Mar 2016 17:44

The Dolphin, Canterbury

Dropped by on my way to the station and dropped by forgetting to check my previous comments regarding the place. The small bit that seemed to be for non-diners was populated by people waiting for their tables and although I had a pleasant conversation with some of them this is a dining establishment where drinkers are tolerated and not a pub. Ale selection was pretty bland Doombar, Taylors etc. (Timothy Taylors must now be one the UKs blandest ales) as was quality with no local brews on offer.

13 Mar 2016 13:41

The Louis Armstrong, Dover

A bit rough round the edges but nonetheless a proper pub. Four ales on all local - The Old Dairy and Gadds brews were fine but the I had to change the Skrimshander. It isn't the first time I've had to change a Hopdaemon brew in a decent alehouse so begining to think maybe the issue is as much to do with the brew as the pubs serving it. Eas only person in on a Saturday afternoon though it does seem to be more for night venue. Definitely worth the stroll away from the rack up the aptly named Dour Street.

13 Mar 2016 13:31

Rack of Ale, Dover

Can't say i would enthuse about it as much as many others. Found the 'quirkiness' of the place to be a bit contrived and the ale selection on this visit was not that great and quality average. The layout was a bit through other and not really that comfortable. Not somewhere I'd fancy spending any length of time. I went off in search of a proper pub.

13 Mar 2016 13:23

The Mash Tun, Dover

Pleasant enough micropub - which is more like a pub than many. a wide range of ales on for such a small place and a much needed outlet for well kept decent ales in Dover.

13 Mar 2016 13:18

The Railway, Kew Gardens

Now called 'Tap on the Line' - it's okay but downside is it is a Fuller's house and on this visit the only non Fullers brew was unavailable. Handy while waiting on a train.

6 Mar 2016 10:51

Woody's, Kingston Upon Thames

Ale quality okay but feels more like a riverside cafeteria than a pub. Also has the increasing trend of waiter service (a ploy to pay staff even less and embarrass you in to paying a tip to supplement the meagre wages - US style).

6 Mar 2016 10:48

The Willoughby Arms, Kingston Upon Thames

Rough round the edges back street corner local serving decent ales. Very much an old school local working class boozer.

6 Mar 2016 10:45

The Roebuck, Richmond Hill

Top marks for the ale quality but after dodging the designer pushchairs to reach the bar if felt more like i was in a montesorri school or creche than a pub.

6 Mar 2016 10:41

The Market Arms Bar, Montrose

Has the set up of a Wetherspoon or chain pub but manages the feel of an average Scottish bar. Only one ale on (something Island brew) but it was well kept and worth drinking.

22 Feb 2016 23:34

Corn Exchange, Arbroath

Locals and staff seem to be able to enter through various fire escapes and hidden entrances but the rest of us mortals have to use the front door. Another bog standard Wetherspoons - but there ain't much in the way of an alternative.

22 Feb 2016 23:32

The Ship Inn, Broughty Ferry

Only one decent ale on but it was good. Nice view but not as exceptional as some seem to think (there are bars in the Kyle of Lochalsh with far finer views). Literally round the corner from the Fisherman's.

22 Feb 2016 23:29

The Fisherman's Tavern, Broughty Ferry

Classic pub split in to sections. Numerous unusual ales on, the ones of which i trued were all decent. Worth the bus ride out from the ale desert of Dundee.

22 Feb 2016 23:27

Capitol, Dundee

Bog standard Wetherspoons - ale just about drinkable.

22 Feb 2016 23:25

The Phoenix Bar, Dundee

Reasonable enough old school bar, apart from the wait to get a pint because people were dithering over their food orders, not a great choice of ale but the 'heavy' was drinkable.

22 Feb 2016 23:23

The Swan, Bushey

Traditional pub - ale was okay as opposed to good.

20 Feb 2016 22:48

The White Lion, Watford

One of the few establishments in Watford that still seems like a pub - unfortunately the ale (Wherry) was dire.

20 Feb 2016 22:44

The Flag, Watford

A wannabe Wetherspoons with absolutely piss poor staff

20 Feb 2016 22:43

The Queens Head, Chesham

Still one of the more reasonable pubs in Chesham but it's poor ale selection is easily outshone by the (as of yet) unlisted beer Shop at the Market Place.

20 Feb 2016 22:33

The Gardeners Arms, Liverpool

been closed some time - may even be demolished by now

16 Feb 2016 21:58

The Greyhound, Hendon

Had a dreadful pint in here, was a long day and had similar issues with poor ale earlier in Whetstone so just couldn't be arsed to take it back. This was the last place for a decent pint in the whole outer NW area. Probably won't write it off just yet but it was virtually empty on a Saturday night.

16 Feb 2016 20:28

The Griffin, Whetstone

Pleasant enough Dutch sounding bloke behind the bar but the house ale was undrinkable and so was the replacement. This place should give up on ale.

16 Feb 2016 20:20

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

Dropped by for a couple of pints. Still a decent enough pub though still somewhere for just a pint or two for me. This visit has confirmed how poor a beer Taylors Landlord now is - just seems bland now compared to the Tring Ridgeway.

16 Feb 2016 20:17

The Black Horse, Barnet

Pretty much same as last visit - staff were better but still had to change a dodgy pint. Their own stuff is usually okay when it's on though.

16 Feb 2016 20:07

The Three Horseshoes, Marlow

More restaurant then pub. Only a small drinker's area by the entrance. I didn't rate the beer much but I was comparing it to the brewery 'pull your own pint' offering from the open afternoon down the road so am probably being over critical.

7 Feb 2016 10:47

The Victoria and Albert, Marylebone Station

Can concur with previous poster - it's okay but not the pub it used to be. Ale I bought was murky though they did change it. Only a bland selection of brews. Okay for a swift one while waiting on a train but not worth missing any trains for.

5 Feb 2016 22:57

The Thornbury Castle, Marylebone

Good selection of ales all were in decent nic. Does Thai Food which is okay if nothing exceptional though it is relatively reasonably priced. Still feels like a pub unlike so many in the vicinity.

5 Feb 2016 22:55

Alice House, West Hampstead

Thinks it's Natasha when it looks like Elsie.
Why is west Hampstead now dearer than proper Hampstead ? No ale - a fiver a pint for trendy keg beers in a bar that is nothing special at all.
West Hampstead keeps trying but you can't make a silk purse from a rat's arse.

15 Jan 2016 19:05

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

Odd then how you manage to equate my description to a particular dog in question. Am not totally averse to dogs in pubs but any creature from dog to mongoose to refugee from the Jeremy Kyle show that sits next to you in a pub licking it's bollocks is going to be a bit off putting to anyone. Anyhow - even if it was the same dog it could well have been moulting or diseased in the Summer and have recouperated by the time of your visit. I described it as I saw it.

6 Jan 2016 16:17

The Victoria Inn, Rugby

Was back on form on this visit - decent pint here.

26 Dec 2015 19:00

The Squirrel Inn, Rugby

the sofas have gone and it more a traditional set up of chairs and tables - unfortunately the ale wasn't very nice and I left half of it.

26 Dec 2015 18:59

The Alexandra Arms, Rugby

Pretty much the same as on my last visit. Nice local pub in town with decent ale.

26 Dec 2015 18:58

Raglan Arms, Rugby

Nice enough pub and beer though staff seemed a bit slow serving - made up for by the customers who ensure people get served in turn.

26 Dec 2015 18:56

The Pestle and Mortar, Hinckley

Pleasant enough shop conversion bar in the town centre dealing in non-mainstream brews.

10 Dec 2015 00:08

The Punch and Judy, Liverpool

It was a toilet from the day it opened - even the bar across the road in the Ribble bus station was better.

7 Dec 2015 01:24

The North Western, Liverpool

Just another Wetherspoons - why bother with it when there are SO many better alternatives nearby.

7 Dec 2015 01:22

The Merton Inn, Bootle

Poor even by Wetherspoons standards. Crawling with brats until their 'guardians' were informed there was no mash, veg or children's meals available. It then became less like a McDonalds - the beer was drinkable but It was just a dosshouse not worth the effort. Bootle as a whole is just a world of zombie pubs. Bank Hall to Seaforth & Litherland inclusive - don't get off the train.

7 Dec 2015 01:18

White Hart, Mansfield

Looks like the building is to be let as offices. I did get to the difficult to find but unlisted Ye Olde White Lion further down Church Street through an alley by a Chinese takeaway but wish I hadn't. the place was populated by schoolkids (and I mean just otf from school in school uniform), the bar was untended so didn't get served and the locals unfriendly. The White Lion is in the GBG but will never know if the beer is any good as am unlikely to ever return.

1 Dec 2015 13:52

The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham

Still your best option if you want a decent ale before catching a train. All current Castle Rock brews were on offer and about 7 or 8 others.

1 Dec 2015 13:48

The Saracens Head, Southwell

Hotel bar which only had Old Speckled Hen and Abbot on. The Old Speckled hen was good though and shows it can be a nice pint if well kept and served.

1 Dec 2015 13:45

The Newcastle Arms, Southwell

Now called the Final Whistle (a railway as opposed to a football reference apparently). Decent pub with plenty of ales on worth the short trek from the town.

1 Dec 2015 13:43

The Railway Inn, Mansfield

Still a decent enough alehouse - had a pleasant quiet afternoon pint here.

1 Dec 2015 13:40

White Hart, Mansfield


1 Dec 2015 13:38

The Unicorn, Worksop

A bit of a rough and ready large-ish open plan town pub. Not so bad as it seems though as the ale (a Dukeries brew) was good and it does feel more like a pub than similar wetherspoon type establishments.

1 Dec 2015 13:38

The Carramore, Brent Park

Now closed

25 Nov 2015 22:37

The Crown, Horsell

The Thurstons 'Horsell Hooker' was a drinkable pint but the staring 'straw dogs' locals put me off having a second.

25 Nov 2015 21:44

The Red Lion Inn, Horsell

Typical chain style eatery with a few unadventurous brews. Ale was okay but a bland place full of bland people.

25 Nov 2015 21:42

The Plough Inn, Horsell

A local pub for local people. Okay in it's way but wasn't impressed with the Dartmoor Jail ale - mustn't travel well from the West Country.

25 Nov 2015 21:39

The Black Horse, Barnet

Down a notch on latest visit - you do get issues with staff doing 'more important things than serving customers' at times and I took a couple of ales back that were cloudy. Also it seems rare for any of their own brews to be on. Still okay and you can get a some decent brews on.

20 Nov 2015 21:27

The Crown, Borehamwood

Now a Sainsbury's local -there is a large than average shop conversion bat over the road called the Alfred - which is just your lagers etc.

18 Nov 2015 18:24

The New Chandos, Colindale

Not brilliant but the closest to a proper pub in the vicinity. Serves GK inspired ales which were okay as opposed to good. Pubs are thin on the ground in the outer North West London suburbs and ones serving ale even rarer so I suppose I should wish them well. Can't see me being a regular though.

14 Nov 2015 23:25

Head of Steam, Durham

Not over enamoured with this place - beer was okay but it felt more like I was drinking in a Student Union bar.

3 Nov 2015 16:07

Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham

Best of the pubs visited in Durham - good selection of ales well kept and the feel of a proper friendly locals pub.

3 Nov 2015 16:06

The Half Moon, Durham

A fairly good town pub with reasonable beer.

3 Nov 2015 16:04

The Court Inn, Durham

Fairly unremarkable pub with an emphasis on food (though no one was eating). Reasonable ale selection but not the greatest of pints.

3 Nov 2015 16:03

The Victoria Hotel, Durham

Old style unchanged town local. Worth a view although the Wylam Gold Tankard wasn't quite on top form.

3 Nov 2015 16:00

The Lansdown Arms, Lewes

I quite liked this place had a better feel to it than the others in the town and the Harvey's Bitter in here was better than the Harvey's places.

1 Nov 2015 21:41

Rights of Man, Lewes

It's okay but another place you wouldn't want to spend too much time in. The Harvey's Bonfire ale wasn't particularly nice.

1 Nov 2015 21:39

The Brewers Arms, Lewes

It's okay and the ale was decent enough but it you aren't one of the tribe then you're unlikely to linger long.

1 Nov 2015 21:38

The Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

Mozz is quite right... typical Wetherspoons apart from there being less tables to pack 'em in even more. Saying that the ale is usually credible and it is handy for platform 15.

1 Nov 2015 21:35

Leyton Technical, Leyton

Very busy on this visit (rugby was on and LOFC just tipped out) but served quite swiftly and ale was good, Decent selection of brews - not your archetypal pub but an oasis in the area for decent ale.

1 Nov 2015 21:31

The Bell, Bath

Nice enough If a bit rough round the edges, also a music venue. The stage doubles a s a place where people sit at tables when no band is on. Am surprised with the current 'claim culture' no one has fallen off and sued them. Ale was good and pub is only a short stroll from town and close to the Pulteney bridge.

25 Oct 2015 12:36

The Bath Brew House, Bath

Has some reasonable ales but with raucous gangs inside and bouncers on the door starting late afternoon, this is more a circuit pub than somewhere to drop in for a pint.

25 Oct 2015 12:32

The Rising Sun, Bradford on Avon

It is a genuine kind of old school pub but the ale was very poor. Was given a pint of cloudy murk that looked like Catweazle had been bathing in it to start with which was changed for a less murky one and finally a clearish one. Even the clearer pint was not up to much - and there wasn't a great choice either. Prices matched the nearby upmarket Castle too. Won't be dashing back in a hurry.

25 Oct 2015 12:29

The Castle, Bradford on Avon

Pleasant enough, if erring more towards a food venue. Ale was decent and there is a nice view. Those who aren't keen on the climb can always catch the bus up from town (the 265).

25 Oct 2015 12:24

The Ale House, Stroud

The building looks like it used to be something else but now it is simply an ale house. Plenty of decent brews on offer and the staff were friendly and convivial. Probably your best bet for an ale in Stroud town centre.

18 Oct 2015 10:35

The Village Inn, Nailsworth

The pub is okay but the ale (The Mayors brewed on site) was dreadful and I left it.

18 Oct 2015 10:29

The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill

About a 10 minute walk (half of it uphill) from the town centre. Probbaly what would be termed a 'community local'. Has live bands on and serves proper ale which was in reasonable nic.

18 Oct 2015 10:27

Cafe Waschsalon, Cologne

As the name suggests it is more café than bar. it's okay, nothing that special. There are some washing machine bits as features but feel you are paying a little over the odds for the gimmick as prices are more than similar bars/cafes in the area.

11 Oct 2015 12:53

The Rai D'Or, Salisbury

Reasonable enough, friendly kind of a place - though the ale was okay rather then good.

5 Oct 2015 17:30

The Bedford, Tunbridge Wells

Decent enough alehouse with well kept selection of beers. As mentioned handy for the station - can be a bit pricey.

20 Sep 2015 07:42

The William Camden, Bexleyheath

Bland soulless chain eatery (though not many were eating). Poor choice of ale not worth risking.

6 Sep 2015 09:33

The Door Hinge, Welling

Excellent small shop conversion that does have the feel of a pub rather than a small shop conversion. All the ales sampled were top notch. With traditional pubs closing and vast noisy drinking barns becoming the norm I hope this is the future for those just wanting a quiet pint and a natter. Prices are also reasonable for the area - £3 for a pint of decent ale (£3.75' next door' for an iffy Kronenbourg).

6 Sep 2015 09:31

The Rose And Crown, Welling

Your bog standard pub done out in identikit pubco fashion. Okay if nowhere else to go but I didn't fancy risking the ale on offer and went for a lager.

6 Sep 2015 09:26

The Magnet, Stockport

More classic 'public' and 'lounge' style than on last visit. Plenty of ales on in good nic'.

30 Aug 2015 13:18

Costellos, Altrincham

Bar in ground floor of a building in shopping area. Reasonable enough with decent ales from Dunham Massey brewery. Probably the best option for ales in the town.

30 Aug 2015 13:12

The Old Market Tavern, Altrincham

Still the same as on last visit. Open plan pub with area for bands with a few ales on. Appropriately had a pint of Old Git on this visit.

30 Aug 2015 13:09

The 5 Tuns, Heathrow Airport

Found it quite the opposite form the last comment - just one ale that wasn't up to much, very slow service from staff who expected to keep your change, £4.75 for a pint of ale. It is the only landside bar in terminal 5 and it shows.

23 Aug 2015 19:58

The Carpenters Arms, Windsor

it's behind the 'crazy house' on the High St. It's okay, does a few reasonable ales but not somewhere I'd rave about.

23 Aug 2015 19:53

The Acre, Windsor

Paid another visit - as before a good place to escape the good tourists and also to have a decent ale and keep up with the football results.

23 Aug 2015 19:52

The Town Hall Tavern, Chertsey

Dropped in again at opening time (which was a bit late - more like 20 past 12 than 12) and forgot to mention last time that it is now the Thyme At The Tavern. Ale was still good though.

23 Aug 2015 19:50

The Crown Hotel, Chertsey

Typical revamp of an old hotel bar. reasonable enough though and it did have a few ales. The Truman's Zephyr was just about drinkable.

23 Aug 2015 19:47

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

I found it more okay on this visit rather than exceptional. Had to share seating space with a mangy looking mutt shedding fur (or was it a pot bellied pig - difficult to be sure from some angles). Some seem to think there is a blurred distinction between character and hygiene - character is more' old faithful dog in basket by the fire', unhygienic is 'diseased looking pooch licking it's privates on seating used by the punters'.

19 Aug 2015 19:43

The Coopers Arms, Rochester

Still a pleasant enough pub with hanging baskets (as per the picture). There wasn't a very adventurous ale selection on this visit though.

19 Aug 2015 19:33

The Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddington

Fullers pub co outlet in Paddington station. Not somewhere I'd venture to again in the future unless there are no other options. Chain pub feel, medicore beer, indifferent service, through other feel to the place.

9 Aug 2015 11:34

The Acre, Windsor

Maybe not somewhere for your pub purists as it still has a bit of a 'social club' feel to it but the ale was local and drinkable and it is somewhere to escape the hoards of tourists.

9 Aug 2015 11:28

The Watermans Arms, Eton

More a haunt for your tourists - a bland selection of ales and the Cornish brew I had was insipid (and at 4 quid a pint) expensive. If you like your ale there are far better options in the area.

9 Aug 2015 11:24

The Town Hall Tavern, Chertsey

As mentioned below, it does look more food or wine bar in style but the range of ales dominate the bar and no one was eating or drinking wine on my visit. Ale was decent and worth a visit if in town.

9 Aug 2015 11:21

Brauhaus Schreckenskammer, Cologne

Reasonable enough though those 2cl Kölsch glasses get on your nerves. At least here they anticipate you need another before you finish the current one. The poor Euro makes it quire reasonable for a beer now too. As has been mentioned old school beer hall type place with small bar area for those who sit at the bar and handy for the main station.

26 Jul 2015 22:14

The Chequers, Sevenoaks

Good town pub that can be accessed from the High Street or London Road. A bit worn round the edges though that seems to be from being well patronised. Ale quality was good and there were a few local brews on offer.

19 Jul 2015 09:12

The Anchor, Sevenoaks

Doesn't seen to open on Saturday afternoons

19 Jul 2015 09:10

The Railway, West Hampstead

Now re-opened. the bar is exactly the same as before which leads one to believe that all the works were down to underpinning or some other structural problem. What has changed though is both the choice (now limited) and quality (now awful) of the ale. Needs to improve if it wants people coming back.

5 Jul 2015 01:49

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

The bar has been moved and the ale selection seems wider. The Sambrooks Junction was decent enough on this visit.

5 Jul 2015 01:45

The Havelock, Hastings

Okay kind of pub with an entrance to streets on both sides of it. Ale was a let down - Purity Mad Goose was not a patch on what it should be like.

5 Jul 2015 01:43

The Tower, Hastings

Reasonable enough pub with a decent pint of Hophead

5 Jul 2015 01:39

Station Hotel, Abergavenny

Reasonable pub with bar and snug serving a decent pint of ale. gets top marks though as the missus left her handbag behind and the bloke behind the bar came dashing down the road with it.

30 Jun 2015 23:02

Bar 28 (Merton Hotel), Hereford

Had a reasonable pint here - bar has a pretty much bog standard modern pub feel to it though.

30 Jun 2015 22:59

The Olde Tavern, Kington

Excellent old school small local pub with decent ale and convivial locals. There aren't too many like this left.

30 Jun 2015 22:56

Llanerch Inn, Llandrindod Wells

the ale was okay but I found it a bit too pub food and child friendly for my liking.

30 Jun 2015 22:54

Tap and Bottles, Southport

A small off licence cum bar in a shopping arcade. Nice ales on draught and plenty of bottles but a bit cramped and you can be a bit of a spare part if you don't bag one of the few seats or spaces.

15 Jun 2015 22:07

The Scarbrough Hotel, Leeds

Reasonable old school city pub serving a few ales - not so bad for a chain pub.

5 Jun 2015 18:41

The Station, Guiseley

Bog standard ale-free Jeremy Kyle zone.

5 Jun 2015 18:38

Coopers Bar and Brasserie, Guiseley

All interior tables were reserved (for non existent diners) so was relegated to quaffing my pint in the "beer garden" - a narrow strip of decking fenced off from the railway by a 7 foot high corrugated iron. Beer was okay but won't be rushing back anytime in the future.

5 Jun 2015 18:35

Bar t'at, Ilkley

Modern pub - feels like sitting out on decking in parts. Ale was okay.

5 Jun 2015 18:31

The Crescent Hotel, Ilkley

Fairly large pub style hotel bar which had a good selection of local brews (from Ilkley) on - all tried were in good nic. Preferred this to the other GBG pub in town.

5 Jun 2015 18:30

Hales Bar, Harrogate

Clean well presented pub serving a few decent ales though not a great choice - the Daleside brew was palatable enough. The kind of pub you could bring your missus to.

5 Jun 2015 18:27

Harrogate Tap, Harrogate

It's a good formula - real ales in old station buildings done out in old fashioned railway bar style. I do feel though that they are becoming a bit much of a muchness. As a one off you'd say it's good but this could be the one in .... well any other place they have a station tap. Couldn't fault the ales - maybe pricey for South Yorkshire but this is well to do North Yorkshire. As per usual all the ales tried were could and obviously handy for the station.

5 Jun 2015 18:22

The Snug, Carnforth

Still a convivial little bar - hopefully the march of the vast drinking barns will be arrested and proper little 'micropubs' like this will flourish.

4 Jun 2015 18:39

The Brook House Inn, Boot

You are a bit of a captive audience between here and the Boot Inn if in the vicinity. The food was okay (well let's say overpriced for what it was) but the ale was good quality and there was a decent selection so definitely worth popping in for a pint.

4 Jun 2015 18:34

The Boot Inn, Eskdale

Would concur that it is the poorer of the two pubs in Boot. Ale was oaky but we just didn't fancy eating here nor staying for another drink.

4 Jun 2015 18:32

The Ratty Arms, Ravenglass

Station pub, quite welcoming (especially from the harsh Cumbrian weather outside) with a reasonable selection of ales that went down well.

4 Jun 2015 18:28

Jefferson's, Barrow in Furness

Keg only - Shipyard ale only variant from the norm and that wasn't great. Does rooms and food - beer expensive for barra, you get plenty of food for your money but you leave most of it because it ain't too nice.

4 Jun 2015 18:26

The Hop Vine, Burscough

it was okay and had a reasonable ale here but had too much of a pubco/chain pub feel to it for my liking.

4 Jun 2015 18:19

Great Mogul, Maghull

Bland chain eatery with a drinking area. Handy for the station.

4 Jun 2015 18:17

Liverpool Pigeon, Crosby

Billed as a 'micropub' but would say it's really another shop conversion bar. Decent enough ale but can't really see what all the fuss is about.

4 Jun 2015 18:16

Stamps Bistro, Crosby

Okay for ale but still feels more like the shop conversion it is than a pub.

4 Jun 2015 18:12

Baron's Bar, Southport

An old style 'pub lounge' that is nominally a hotel bar. A bit worn round the edges but does a decent pint (and at £2.10 on this occasion). Worth dropping in to if in town.

4 Jun 2015 18:07

The Minories, Tower Hill

Awful well-worn drinking barn in railway arches. beer was undrinkable - leave it to the tourists/unwary...

26 May 2015 21:29

The Thirsty Bear, London

Have to concur with previous posters. Gimmicky , poor ale, over priced. Leave to the tourists, city drunk workers. Nil points. The

25 May 2015 17:30

The Rocket, Coventry

it's now closed -along with half of Coventry. The area in the vicinity of the station is one vast building site where everything is closed (curry house opposite the station, station buffet etc) Only retail outlet in station was a small Smith. Add to that there are diversions for cars and pedestrians that add 10 minutes to get the short distance from the station to the city centre means you need to do a bit of planning and add a bit of time if you want an ale before your train.

17 May 2015 21:42

The Punch Bowl, Warwick

Nice larger pub, though in the old school style as opposed to the modern drinking barn style. Decent ales on (the best bitter went sown well).

17 May 2015 21:37

Windsor Castle, Marylebone

Not bad - seems improved from previous posts. Good selection of ales and bottled beers, had three varied ales from Marlow and Windsor breweries and all were in decent nic

30 Apr 2015 22:25

Blarneys, Edgware

Now called the New Inn - still your archetypal shop conversion Irish bar only serving keg. The Kronenbourg was only £3 a pint but also tasted like it. Sadly this is now the only bar open to the general public left in Burnt Oak.

26 Apr 2015 13:44

The Bald Faced Stag, Burnt Oak

Still closed and untouched.

26 Apr 2015 13:41

The Prince of Wales, Burnt Oak

..not flats but an Indian restaurant

26 Apr 2015 13:40

The Lansdowne Bar, Burnt Oak

Burnt oak in Burnt Oak - closed due to fire not sure if it will re-open as a pub

26 Apr 2015 13:39

The Tavern, Cricklewood

Closed - rumoured to become a Tesco Metro

26 Apr 2015 13:37

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

Made the mistake of dropping by for a swift pint on a nice day. Apart from being populated with bling laden T.O.W.I.E. wannabes the Butcombe Bitter was disgusting and undrinkable. Would say that NW7 just isn't pub territory I suppose - in fact probably most of the NW suburbs. Decent pubs are VERY thin on the ground and decent ale even rarer.

26 Apr 2015 13:34

The Bald Faced Stag, East Finchley

This is a place that has really picked up alewise. Had a pint of Truman's Zephyr which was excellent. it's a bit gastro but still has something of a pub feel to it.

26 Apr 2015 13:29

The Vine Inn, Tenterden

Done out in a modern style which strips it pretty much of any character, The Whitstable Pale was okay - probably alright for a pint while waiting in the bus.

18 Apr 2015 22:38

The Castle, Bodiam

It's okay - ale was drinkable though nothing special for the Hampstead prices they charge. Pretty much a pub for visitors to the nearby castle.

18 Apr 2015 22:35

Tap East, Stratford

Never had a bad pint here though it is somewhere that you go while waiting for the other half to finish shopping or changing trains rather than a destination bar in it's own right.

12 Apr 2015 10:13

The Railway Tavern, Prittlewell

Didn't fancy trying the ale so went for a pint of Grolsch. It's okay for what and where it is.

12 Apr 2015 10:08

The Rum Puncheon, Gravesend

Still a decent alehouse. Seemed as bit more run down then when I was here last time (no access through front door, large window broken) but it kind of added to the character and made it feel more of a proper boozer.

12 Apr 2015 10:02

The Great Northern, Hatfield

They did have some non descript mainstream ale on but no one else was drinking it and I didn't fancy risking it so stuck to lager. Main point about it is that it is handy for the station.

5 Apr 2015 20:07

The Horse and Groom, Hatfield

Not so sure about the CAMRA type clientele was more lager drinking builder type boring the bolls of everyone on my visit. Reasonable enough pub though and probably your only bet for a reasonable pint of ale in Hatfield.

5 Apr 2015 20:05

The Radcliffe Arms, Hitchin

There is an advertising sign for Illy coffee on this place, which about sums it up - not a pub in the slightest.

5 Apr 2015 20:02

The Half Moon, Hitchin

Decent enough alehouse with a selection of brews - opposite the market. probably the best ale pub in Hitchin.

5 Apr 2015 20:00

The Gloucester Arms, Great Offley

I think that this is now a Chinese restaurant as couldn't see any pub on the Luton Road in Offley.

5 Apr 2015 19:58

The Lilley Arms, Lilley

Has an old school village public bar which is okay but am left wondering as to why a pub that only had Abbot and a 'guest' ale of Belhaven 30/,- neither of which were much cop, is in the GBG.

5 Apr 2015 19:53

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

Not sure what all the fuss is about this place. It does do decent ale but calling a series of disjointed rooms, corridors and hallways a good pub is stretching it a bit.

5 Apr 2015 19:49

The Eclipse Inn, Winchester

A charming old pub with classic interior and a reasonable pint let down by some snobby cow behind the bar .

30 Mar 2015 21:33

The Black Boy, Winchester

A good solid pub, plenty of well kept ales worth the short trek out from the centre.

30 Mar 2015 21:31

The Cellar Bar, Boscombe

Eclectic (whatever that means) cellar bar, no phone reception (good), a couple of decent ales on (good) all let down by being served in plastic (at 4 in the afternoon with only three people in the bar - why?) - gets a serious markdown from me for that.

30 Mar 2015 21:29

The Moon in the Square, Bournemouth

Bournemouth is so poor for proper ale I ventured in to this wetherspoon only to find that Ruddles was the only ale on. For those of you who watch the Jeremy Kyle show you can save on your annual TV licence and come here - a spell topped by a crowd on a stag do arriving in blue t-shirts with "witty" names on them (nearly all of which seemed to translate to as 'What a Tosser'). Still it makes a change from going somewhere pleasant.

30 Mar 2015 21:26

The Brewhouse, Poole

Still a decent basic boozer with a few decent ales on - not many of them about these parts.

30 Mar 2015 21:19

The Ship, Christchurch

Sterile refurb of an old pub done without class or character.Beer (Doombar) was dross and I ended up leaving it.

30 Mar 2015 21:16

Ye Olde George Inn, Christchurch

This should be a classic characterful pub but has a bland insipid feel to it with ale (Piddle) to match.

30 Mar 2015 21:13

The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch

Average kind of pub - the ale was okay. Tried to visit again but was packed and had all Romanian flags up. Not somewhere I'd rush back to.

30 Mar 2015 21:11

The White Swan, Digbeth

Hasn't changed much, still has it's old classic Victorian layout. The ale quality has improved (Jenning's Cockerhoop) though the selection wasn't very adventurous on this visit.

1 Mar 2015 09:16

Sandford Park Ale House, Cheltenham

It has a good selection of well kept ales. It is what is becoming your kind of standard niche beer kind of bar as opposed to a proper pub though. Nice enough I suppose.

1 Mar 2015 09:11

Sherbourne Arms, Northleach

Has a bit of a higgledy-piggledy layout. The ale (Butcombe) was okay not as good as the other place but at least this is a proper village pub with a less pretentious clientele.

1 Mar 2015 09:07

Wheatsheaf, Northleach

The beer (Bath's Barnsey) was well kept but this place has been turned over to food with only a small bar area as you go in for drinkers. The place seemed to be populated with UTOA types bragging about how well off they were.

1 Mar 2015 09:04

Red Lion, Northleach


1 Mar 2015 09:00

York Tap, York

Can be a bit manic and feels a bit through other (a bit like a railway station) does have a good selection of ales in good nic.

16 Feb 2015 21:07

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York

Café bar serving decent ales. Seems popular with large groups which can mean a bit of a wait to get served at times.

16 Feb 2015 21:05

The Golden Ball, York

Nice local pub with plenty of decent ales on and a selection of various topped pork pies to accompany them.

16 Feb 2015 21:03

The Slip Inn, York

Nice enough locals pub a stones throw from the Swan. Followed my mistake of going for Taylors Landlord by going for the Taylors Boltmaker here which was another insipid brew from Taylors. Would go again but Taylors I now definitely of my playlist.

16 Feb 2015 21:00

The Swan, York

An old style front and back room and a drinkers corridor make up this Victorian pub. I made the mistake of going for Taylors Landlord which either doesn't travel well beyond a 2 mile radius of Keighley or is no longer the top ale it used to be. Worth a re-visit but will go for a different ale.

16 Feb 2015 20:57

The Britannia Inn, Tadcaster

Basic Sam Smith's pub not far from their brewery. The pint of bitter I got was a bit iffy wouldn't have recognised it as Sam Smiths. Only plus side was the exit from the toilet corridor to the bus station.

16 Feb 2015 20:53

The Woodman, Birmingham

Excellent restoration of a Victorian pub serving decent ales and food. The old Curzon Street station is opposite.

16 Feb 2015 20:40

The Palatine, Morecambe

Reasonable pub with a view out to sea (or is it across the Bay?). Decent ale though maybe a slight emphasis on food over beer. The Lancaster red was a nice pint.

11 Jan 2015 21:54

The Snug, Carnforth

Small bar on the now unused Southbound mainline platform with decent brews and none of the frivolities of your modern pub offerings. Friendly and down to earth (not one for your Trevor Howards and Celia Johnsons.

11 Jan 2015 21:51

The White Hart, Aylesbury

Bog standard Wetherspoons though the ale is reasonable you get the Jeremy Kyle brats-in-tow acolytes and the one person serving behind a busy bar policy.

3 Jan 2015 22:12

The Farmer's Bar, Aylesbury

Pleasant National Trust run pub in the centre of Aylesbury with decent Chiltern Ales. Thankfully has a no children policy. There are plenty of McDonalds and other child free places for people to take their brats to instead of inflicting them on the oasis of a quiet pub.

3 Jan 2015 22:08

Cotes Mill, Loughborough

I only guessed at that because it was the only place on Nottingham Road in Loughborough on here. Surprised the Tap & mallet isn't listed - at least it got a mention now though.

25 Nov 2014 18:39

The Organ Grinder, Loughborough

A Blue Monkey alehouse - had 7 of their beers on and one guest. All I tried were good and it is a decent bar to while away a cold evening in.

25 Nov 2014 18:03

Cotes Mill, Loughborough

I think this is now the Tap & Mallet - if so then it is now a decent old school Bateman's house with proper old scholl miserable buggers and a reasonable pint of ale on offer.

25 Nov 2014 18:01

The Windmill, Loughborough

Had a duff pint of Dovedale. Claims to be a 'real pub' but is very much a fake. Worse pint and pub of the night.

25 Nov 2014 17:58

Barton Turns Inn, Barton under Needwood

Pedigree was dreadful ended up leaving it. Kind of got the feeling the landlord knew it as well.

25 Nov 2014 17:56

The Three Horseshoes, Barton under Needwood

Found this more hospitable than the other Barton hostelries but there was an extended all encompassing discussion about meat and butchering stuff. beer was reasonable (Oakham Inferno)

25 Nov 2014 17:53

The Shoulder of Mutton, Barton under Needwood

Tries to be a pub/restaurant but feels more like an airport catering outlet. They did have a drinkbale pint of Purity mad goose on but the place was empty apart from myself and an old 'character' at the bar.

25 Nov 2014 17:51

The Red Lion, Barton under Needwood

A local bar for local people. Swift pint of pedigree (not brilliant) and off elsewhere before they take umbrage and summon The Witchfinder General.

25 Nov 2014 17:48

Ned Kellys, Liverpool

Still a reasonable pint and still harbouring numerous senile delinquents.

25 Nov 2014 17:44

Ye Cracke, Liverpool

Always worth a drop by ale is generally good but you can get the odd iffy one which they usually change. Some rougher and quirkier elements to come in for an ale.

25 Nov 2014 17:39

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

Always on the 'drop in for a bevvy' list when in town. What a pub should be a small convivial local as opposed to the cavernous drinking barns we get all too often. Ale was good and as it is a old school alehouse they refused to serve someone too drunk to stand.

25 Nov 2014 17:38

John Laird, Birkenhead

Typical Wetherspoons - useful as there is a dearth of proper ale in Birkenhead.

25 Nov 2014 17:29

Rock Villa Hotel, Rockferry

No ale and only the poorer lagers but this place is like a time warp. it retains an atmosphere of about 40 years ago. Not somewhere for your beer afficienado but worth a a quick lager to remind one of what most pubs used to be like.

25 Nov 2014 17:27

Rock Station Hotel, Rock Ferry

Bit of a down market kind of pub. It had one 'house' ale on but I didn't fancy risking it. probably a wise move seeing as the lager wasn't too good.

25 Nov 2014 17:23

Rose And Crown Hotel, Lower Bebington

Average kind of pub still retaining two halves. Appears to be a Thwaite's tied house. Ale was okay if not top notch.

25 Nov 2014 17:21

The Chimneys, Ellesmere Port

Another eatery not really a pub - ale was worse than at the Hooton ended up leaving half of it.

25 Nov 2014 17:19

Hooton Hotel, Hooton

Run of the mill eatery that serves ale - was just about a drinkable pint.

25 Nov 2014 17:18

The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge

Changed a lot since my last visit but the ale is now more varied and was on excellent form. Would go as far as to say it is probably the best selection and quality of ales in the vicinity bounded by Richmond, Chiswick, brentford and Ealing.

26 Oct 2014 20:56

The Anchor and Horseshoes, Burpham

Reasonable enough pub - had a Surrey Hills brew on which was drinkable.

26 Oct 2014 20:52

The Anchor and Horseshoes, Burpham

Reasonable enough pub - had a Surrey Hills brew on which was drinkable.

26 Oct 2014 20:52

The Stoke, Guildford

It's okay - the ale was iffy (a local brew) so I had it changed and it was fine. It's a bit run down ish and likes to consider itself a 'community local' meaning there are board games, a toy area for people's offspring etc. fine if you are the type who take your kids to the pub but not my kind of pub.

26 Oct 2014 20:49

The Railway, West Hampstead

Currently closed for refurbishment and not due to open until next March. Rumoured to become an 'up and coming venue' for the new West Hampstead Square development - hoping that is just a rumour.

20 Oct 2014 19:03

The Plough Inn, Bicester

Bland GK pb slight emphasis on food but retains drinker's area to the front. Only one ale on - Thwaite's Wainwright, which was insipied and tasteless. left half of it.

20 Oct 2014 18:59

The Waterline, Newcastle

Would agree it's more tourist bar than pub. I'd give the ales a miss as they were undrinkable so I went for lager here.

5 Oct 2014 11:33

The Central Hotel, Gateshead

Good ale pub with decent selection of brews. Worth a visit.

5 Oct 2014 11:32

The Centurion, Newcastle

Still a decent enough pint pre or post a train journey.

5 Oct 2014 11:23

Queens Head, Newbiggin by the Sea

Proper old school .blokes boozer.. Only one ale on but it was well kept.

5 Oct 2014 11:21

Bridge Hotel, Newcastle

A bit of a contrived kind of place when it has no need to be. Once again - in an empty pub the few people that were in crowded round the bar obstructing a view of ales on offer and getting to the till. Found the ale in here a bit iffy.

5 Oct 2014 11:17

Crown Posada, Newcastle

Always worth a visit when in the Toon. Only gripe on this visit was that on an empty evening a small group decided to stand blocking the way to the rear and route to the toilets and moaning about people wanting to pass when they had a whole pub to stand (or sit) in.

5 Oct 2014 11:14

The Globe Inn, Dumfries

Nice pub but the ale was dreadful.

5 Oct 2014 11:10

The Howard Arms, Carlisle

It was okay - ale (Thwiats Wainwright) was about drinkable.

5 Oct 2014 11:04

Beehive, Carlisle

Standard kind of pub. Crowded on matchdays. the Hawkshead was anice enough pint.

5 Oct 2014 11:00

The Hope and Anchor Hotel, Alnmouth

At least here we could sit in for a while as the tables weren't reserved till later.

5 Oct 2014 10:58

The Red Lion, Alnmouth

Reading the rveiws am wondering if they are describing the same place. More like a restaurant and all the tables were reserved - only place for drinkers was outside where there were a crowd of screaming children running about. Gave it a miss.

5 Oct 2014 10:56

Fleece Inn, Alnwick

Was okay on this visit - ale was drinkable if not top knotch.

5 Oct 2014 10:53

The Anchor Inn, Coldingham

No ale here (went for a pint of keg Belhaven stout) but at least it is a proper locals bar and more what a pub is about as opposed to the place over the road.

5 Oct 2014 10:52

The New Inn, Coldingham

A bit too food orientated with staff adopting their custoner service course 'hosting' skills to be a genuine pub.

5 Oct 2014 10:50

The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick upon Tweed

decent alehouse with good selection of beers in a town with limited choice for ale. Wasn't as bright as the picture suggests seemed dark and gloomy inside. Still your best bet for a pin in the town.

5 Oct 2014 10:47

O'Neills, Ealing

Now kind of gentrified and called the Drapers Arms. Has leather sofas, food, ales etc. They had Doom Bar and Purity UBU on draught - neither was up to much but I suppose they are at least trying.

23 Aug 2014 16:25

The Grove, Ealing

Quite surprised by the ales on offer and the quality (Dark Star Hophead, Stroud Organic, Trumanns). It has your typical open plan quasi gastro look (as opposed to the multi roomed days when it was the Queen Vic) but not a bad place to try an ale or two.

23 Aug 2014 16:13

The Baum, Rochdale

It's okay and it serves a decent pint but can't really see what all the fuss is about. Wouldn't put it down as my pub of the year.

12 Aug 2014 18:43

The Ashton Arms, Oldham

Decent pub with good ales - one of the few reasons to bother getting off the tram at Oldham.

12 Aug 2014 18:41

The Prince Of Orange, Ashton Under Lyne

A well worn open plan pub. Nothing special and ale was poor. Handy for bus and tram stations but reckon there must be better around.

12 Aug 2014 18:34

The Bulls Head, Manchester

Average city boozer handy for the station - ale quality was a bit iffy.

12 Aug 2014 18:30

Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury

Still an okay pub apart from a few locals who hog the bar (when pub virtually empty) making it difficult to get served.

12 Aug 2014 18:26

The Three Fishes, Shrewsbury

Found this place better on this visit. A couple of decent ales to drink in a reasonably freindly pub.

12 Aug 2014 18:06

The Loggerheads, Shrewsbury

Would say it is still a must visit 'institution' to see in Shrewsbury but the poor selection and variable ale quality have me marking it down on this visit.

12 Aug 2014 18:03

The Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

Still a decent town pub with decent ale.

12 Aug 2014 18:00

The Old Hall, Sandbach

An old black and white timbered buidling resembling an old hall with set gardens to the front. Quite a large establishmnet with dining areas and a bar at the front. Ale was okay - just a little on the posh side.

12 Aug 2014 17:58

The Lodge Inn, Alsager

One side was full of locals having a natter (no telly, music, machines etc). Other side was quieter. The do a reasonable stew for £4 (cheaper than a packet of crisps in some London establishments). Still best pub in Alsager.

12 Aug 2014 17:55

George and Dragon, Sandwich

It scores lowly because it isn't really a pub, more of an eatery. beer was okay but there was only room at the bar area for about 5 or 6 drinkers, most of the place is laid out for diners.

5 Aug 2014 22:16

The Just Reproach, Deal

A pleasant concept of a small community bar - wouldn't really call it a pub as such. Decent ales served straight, 'Butchers Block' style of tables layout. Worth a drop by.

5 Aug 2014 22:13

Berry, Walmer

The sign outside calls it The Green Berry. It is a bit 'Forces' orientated (there is a barracks next door). Beer was okay - pub fairly standard.

5 Aug 2014 22:10

The Priory Hotel, Dover

It's basically the pub opposite the station. Somewhere to have a quick pint before the train. Wouldn't linger any longer than I would have to.

5 Aug 2014 22:08

East Cliff Tavern, Folkestone

Timewarp maybe - but had more of the feel of walking in to a junk shop than a pub. Wasn't the cleanest of places either - a dog was dragging it's bum across the carpet when I went in. The carpet itself was mainly held together by matted dog hairs. I had a pint of the Incubus which was drinkable as opposed to good and as I put it down on the table I noticed the trails left by slugs on the table. It does have character and the locals are friendly but it is a bit shabby and not the cleanest of places.

5 Aug 2014 22:04

The Punch Tavern, Fleet Street

Dropped in had a pint of Czech Budweiser. Decided to eat there big mistake. Steak & Ale pie was a re-heat, accompanied by some green nush and slime, lumpy mash and a film of brown water for gravy. The main 'meeter & greeter' asked what was wrong and I did say did it look appealing to him. At least they didn't charge me for it (but then I hardly ate any of it). Then I mistakenlly had a pint of Adnams Broadside - left half of it. Couldn't be bothered with a second complaint on quality. leave this one to the tourists..

19 Jul 2014 23:14

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

Still closest decent pub to the station. Despite being a Well's house there are usually other (and better) offerings)

19 Jul 2014 23:09

The Live and Let Live, Cambridge

beer quality was a bit poor on this visit

19 Jul 2014 23:07

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

Beer was excellent but does tend to feel a bit clinical (maybe because the brewhouse is in the bar) and a bit more bistro like than publike.

19 Jul 2014 23:04

The Beerhouse, Bury St Edmunds

A refurb of an old pub and while not quite pubco feel it is not an old fashioned pub. Saying that the service and ale were good - did get a duff end of barrel pint which they changed.

19 Jul 2014 23:03

The Kings Arms, Stowmarket

Nice pub with decnet ale across the road from the statin

19 Jul 2014 22:59

The Goat, St Albans

A tourist haunt were visitors expect to be able to bring in infants and babes in arms as if it were like any branch of McDonalds.

29 Jun 2014 22:02

White Horse, Harpenden

Mainly another 'eatery' but there is a drinker's area at the main entrance but this seems very cluttered with stools and armchairs. The tring brw they had was okay but as a pub not quite my bag of biscuits.

29 Jun 2014 21:57

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

Seems to be resting on it's past laurels a little. The Tring brew was drinkable rather than good and there appeared to be a preponderance of flies in the bar. Hopefully it's just a glitch but markdown based on this visit.

29 Jun 2014 21:53

The Cricketers, Redbourn

Small bar area on entering with the rear of the pub geared more towards dining. So why do some people insist on eating in the small drinking area when the dining area is empty leaving even less space for drinkers ? The Tring brew was okay but this is a pub that doesn't really feel like one. The only GBG entry in Redbourn - the ale may be okay but I wouldn't make a detour to visit.

29 Jun 2014 21:48

Castle, Farringdon

Would pretty much concur with the last reviewer - it's okay rather than good. Ale was drinkable not as pub like as it could be but it's handy for Farringdon station and has a tad more atmosphere than the Wetherspoons.

29 Jun 2014 21:41

Castle, Farringdon

Would pretty much concur with the last reviewer - it's okay rather than good. Ale was drinkable not as pub like as it could be but it's handy for Farringdon station and has a tad more atmosphere than the Wetherspoons.

29 Jun 2014 21:41

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

Like many of the alehouses in The CIty of London it is geared a bit more for 'vertical drinking' to allow more bodies in. If you catch it at quieter times though this place is excellent with regards to beer. Always a large array of handpumps along with unusual 'craft' kegs and bottled beers. Have made a bit of a regular detour to drop by here and never had a duff pint yet.

29 Jun 2014 21:37

The Seven Stars, Chancery Lane

Historical small alehouse in the heart of 'lawyer' territory. The ale (Harveys) was okay but am not too keen on sharing my barspace with a moggy even if it is wearing a ruff. Usually you would see food and water for pub pets on the floor - here it is in your face on the bar. Am surprised they get away with it - you would think one of the m''learned lot from across the road would have got round to suing them after suffering a bout of distemper/cat mange or whatever. Worth a looksee for the quaintness but not a place for ailurophobics - or people who like a bar to be hygenic for that matter.

29 Jun 2014 21:30

The Old Coffee House, Soho

Not a bad alehouse considering how poor the West End is for ale. Had a full selection of Brodies brews on offer both of those I sampled ( the plae IPA and Bethnal Green Bitter) were on good form.

22 Jun 2014 21:34

Marine Bar, Sidmouth

Sporting photos on the wall, beer was drinkable - okay for somewhere on the seafront I suppose.

20 Jun 2014 23:23

The Swan Inn, Sidmouth

It's okay but basically a bog standard Young's house with no guest ales on show.

20 Jun 2014 23:21

The Town House, Ely

It's okay and the ale was good but it is pretty soulless and has the feel of a chain pub.

24 May 2014 21:45

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

First time you go here you think it is something special mainly because of where it is but on subsequent visits it's okay, does a decent pit but there are better pubs (even in the City).

24 May 2014 21:42

The Castle, Holborn

Typical of city drinking establishments in being geared for standing more than sitting. Smallish pub a bit reminiscent of a street corner local (only a bit). Ale was okay and reasonably priced for the area.

24 May 2014 21:34

Old Red Lion, Holborn

Average kind of pub. Ale was okay as opposed to good and also your average central London £4 odd a pint. Would drop by if in the iciity for a pint but that's about it.

19 May 2014 17:34

The Rising Sun, Smithfield

Another Sam Smith's museum piece in the heart of Smithfield. How do they manage to maintain and run these often empty establishments and charge half the price of surrounding pubs ? Retains the character of a proper London boozer - the Sam Smith's stout on draught was quite drinkable.

19 May 2014 17:29

Ye Old Red Cow, Smithfield

Give it another go and actually managed to get a pint this time. Ale was okay and the place is reasonable though populated by the pretentious at times. Some may carp at the prices but it is a Central London pub charging Central London prices. You can always nip round the corner to the Sam Smiths pub for cheaper.

19 May 2014 17:23

The Hobgoblin, Maidenhead

Now called The Maiden's Head, a bog standard Marston's Pubco offering. Okay by their standards. The Proper Job had a chill haze but was drinkable. Maidenhead is pretty poor when it comes to pubs of any description so you could do a lot worse.

18 May 2014 11:23

Brunel, Liverpool

Relatively modern pub - no ale, pretty much a pensioners lunch club.

11 May 2014 11:03

The Snowdon, Llandudno

Beer was okay - standard seaside town pub frequented mainly by visitors. Too many sofas.

11 May 2014 10:59

The Albert, Llandudno

The beer was nice and the pub okay if a bit bland.

11 May 2014 10:56

The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno

Gets very busy though found service good along with the ale. Probbaly your best for ale in Llandudno.

11 May 2014 10:55

Royal Oak, Wrexham

Old school town centre boozer that is on the High Street narrow but runs back a bit. Ale was good - being In Wrexham town centre's 'War Zone' means it has to have bouncers on the door after 7pm.

11 May 2014 10:52

The Cross Keys Inn, Chester

Another Joules refurb and although it is in the style of agood old fashioned pub I feel the Joules houses are becoming a bit indentikit 'old school' pubs. The Jouiles Plae was okay rather than good but I suppose it isstill a proper looking pub with ales.

11 May 2014 10:46

The Albion Inn, Chester

As pubs go it has all the ingredients required to be a classic - proper old style interior split in to three rooms, serves proper ale, no music, or stag or hen parties. They do stipulate that groups are not allowed and for those wanting a quiet pint then that is a good thing. It is after all their pub and they can make their rules. It is a quiet 'community' local and the last thing you need in such an environment is a crowd of stag/hen/football/camra or other associated raucous groups imposing their din and racket on a quiet pub. Library atmosphere maybe but sometimes that is what you want to escape the madhouse that is Chester on a Friday or Saturday night.
What lets it down for me is that the ale quality wasn't so great.

11 May 2014 10:43

The Bell, Walthamstow

The previous poster has pretty much encapsulated all that needs to be said - the ale is good and it is a very family orienatated eatery on the whole although i did notice that the kids were pretty wellbehaved and not squawking and running about. It is pretty much a dining establishment though and not a pub.

27 Apr 2014 21:27

The Dukes Head, Walthamstow

Okay in it's own way - locals pub with sizeable band space. Was quite a mixed clientelle when I went in but the lcoals aren't the most endearing and the ale (a pint of Hotspur in this case) could have been better and was a struggle to drink.

27 Apr 2014 21:22

The Lord Raglan, Walthamstow

Medium sized open plan pub with white interior decor populated (exclusively on this visit) by middle aged lager drinking men. £3-50 for a premium lager I suppose isn't too bad fora London boozer these days. Plenty of screens for the football though place lacks atmosphere.

27 Apr 2014 21:18

Tap East, Stratford

Another visit confirmed that the ale here is good (The People's Pint and a couple of other brews went down well) and the ordinary proper ale is reasonably priced (3.60 a pint) it is the keg American style 'craft' brews that seem to come with a high price tag (up to £6 a pint). Your only really option for a pint if stuck in the retail cess hole of Westfield.

27 Apr 2014 21:15

Crate, Hackney Wick

Reasonable enough canalside warehouse housing Crate Brewery and Pizzeria. Not sure about their cloudy best Bitter though (is it really 'supposed tobe like that' ?). The full range of Crate brews available though unsurprisngly it does get busy - something to do with a severe lack of any decent ale alternatives.

27 Apr 2014 21:11

The Tudor Inn, Sheerness

Now a bookies

6 Apr 2014 07:59

Three Hats, Milton Regis

A decent locals pub with good ale - quite possibly the only one in the Swale District.

6 Apr 2014 07:56

The Sportsman, Eaglescliffe

Modernised pub retains two halves which are similar in style but different in character. One half has people on the palm tops or parading their pet daschhounds while the other has heavily tatooed men and women playing pool while awaiting the call from Jeremy Kyle. Didn't fancy risking the ale that was on so had a pint of Stella. next time I am askedif I fancy a pint while waiting on the train at Eaglescliffe the answer willbe no.

30 Mar 2014 18:21

The Sun Inn, Stockton On Tees

Proper old man's pub just by the High Street. Bass was the only ale on served with an extra large head.

30 Mar 2014 18:15

Resolution, Middlesbrough

Your typical Wetherspoon/Lloyds offering but about the best an ale drinker can expect in Middlesbrough which is a town devoid of proper old style pubs. The descriptions below pretty much tally - a noisy madhouse full of drunks. By Middlesbrough standards this pub is a 9 - which equates to a 4 in the rest of the world.

30 Mar 2014 18:12

Old West Quay, Hartlepool

Bog standard Brewer's Fayre chain eatery.

30 Mar 2014 18:06

The Fishermans Inn, Hartlepool

An old school local in the old or original Hartlepool, known now as The Headland. Didn't have much of a selection of ales on but what there was was drinkable. This area is about 10 years behind the rest of (West) Hartlepool. Make sure you have a shave before venturing to these parts lest they mistake you for a chimp.

30 Mar 2014 18:03

Rat Race Ale House, Hartlepool

Small room with limited opening hours (16:02 to 20:15 on a Wednesday evening). No bar as such your place your order with the bloke by the back door (or he comes round). Room for not much more than a dozen people. Good selection of ales on though can be a bit too cosy.You'll either get on or go elsewhere.

30 Mar 2014 17:59

The Isis, Sunderland

Large old style Victorian town pub with plenty of local aes on and a few others. Didn't come across a better pub in the town.

30 Mar 2014 17:55

The Standard Bearer, Stevenage

Ale was okay but this place was more like a McDonalds than any Wetherspoon I have been in so far with most of the clientelle munching on some form of food or other and a set of tabels upstairs near the toilets which was straight out of the fast food outlet guidebook for fitting out your premises. Was like being ina barn with grazing cattle (Moooo!). Got to give them the due on the beer though as it was a nice pint of Burton Bridge stout.

9 Mar 2014 17:22

The Chequers, Stevenage

What would be a reasonable pub elsewhere is quite easily best pub in Stevenage. Eight ales on including 2 each from Herts brewers (Tring and Buntingford).

9 Mar 2014 17:15

The Yorkshireman, Colton

Actually ate there with the missus this time. Both food and ale were good.

2 Mar 2014 14:56

The Greyhound, Lichfield

Reasonable enough pub that has bands on. As mentioned only one hand pump which was unusual for the are in being McMullens Country. Forced out to a pint of foam when it eventually settled it was drinkable.

2 Mar 2014 14:54

The Railway Inn, Newton Abbot

large screen sports orientated bar though does now have it's own ales. Okay as opposed to good.

25 Feb 2014 21:37

The George Inn, Torquay

Pretty much your bog standard refurb open plan pub with sky sports catering mainly for lager drinkers. They did have StAustell proper Job whcih I teid and found drinkable.

25 Feb 2014 21:35

The Royal Carvery and Hotel, Babbacombe

Had a decent pint here but it did feel more like a cross between a works canteen and a socia club.

25 Feb 2014 21:33

Bucaneer Inn, Babbacombe

St Austell Proper Job was nice enough and there was a nice view out the front but the bar itself was pretty unremarkable.

25 Feb 2014 21:32

The Hole in the Wall, Torquay

A reasonable place kind of what you would expect of a Torquay pub (olde world, faux smugglers, narrow backstreet etc) had a decent pint of ale and added bonus of them not allowing people to bring the brats in. Quite right too - there are loads of former pubs that are now McDonalds or 'eateries' take your brats there and don't inflict them on the rest of us.

25 Feb 2014 21:30

The Great Western Hotel, Exeter

Has a bit of a 'rough round the edges' feel (as in taped up cardboard repair to window in door to the back bar whcih looks like it has been that way some time) but it is friendly enough and does good ale. Pretty much your only option near StDavids station.

25 Feb 2014 21:26

Tap East, Stratford

It does have a good selection of brews and they will mention how much the 'speciality' beers will set you back before ordering them. Beer has always been good here but I can't help feeling it is a bit like having a pint in a deli or a bakers. It is handy to retreat to if your missus has bee draggig you round Westfield or if you are catching a train from Stratford International.

25 Feb 2014 21:22

Henry Addington, Canary Wharf

Had a reasonable pint in here. For a bar at the bottom of an office block and given the area it's okay. At least it doesn't have 'greeters' at the door waiting to show you to a table.

25 Feb 2014 21:18

The Coachmakers Arms, Hanley

Still going still serving decent ales - although this visit I was subjected to some utter dickhead nattering on his mobile phone for the duration of my visit. I had to leave otherwise my glass might have gone towards his face. Why do so many ignorant piles of shit think they have to inflict their inane boring phone calls on the rest of us ? totally spoilt an otherwise decent pub. A pub is not a fucking personal phone box - go outside or somewhere quiet so as not to inflict your shit on others. (and believe me it was boring shit).

15 Feb 2014 23:04

The Roebuck, Leek

A disppontment from Titanic. Although they had the full range of ales (the Capt Smiths were drinkable if not clear) This pub has the chain pub/eatery feel of a Marstons/Wetherspoons. There are plenty of McDonalds/Wetherspoons/Harvester etc etc etc for people to drag their screeching beneifit brats to. I thought Titanic dealt in proper pubs for proper drinkers

15 Feb 2014 22:56

The Cock Inn, Leek

Still one of your better bets for ale in Leek. Had the monk brew this time.

15 Feb 2014 22:51

The Unicorn, Leek

Old school alehouse with decent ale.

15 Feb 2014 22:49

Smiths Tavern, Ashbourne

Best pub in Ashbourne by a long chalk.

btw the Smiths were a Salford band and not Manchester - there is a difference.

Had an Abbeydale brew which was a decent drop.

15 Feb 2014 22:46

Black Dog, Grantham

Soulless Marston's chain pub -the Mansfield ale was like 70s keg. Kind of disappoining, though what should I expect from the town that gave us the original mad cow.

14 Feb 2014 18:50

Jolly Scotchman, Holdingham

Standard kind of edge of town pub. Pretty nondescript all round drank lager as no one else was drinking ale.

14 Feb 2014 18:49

The Shades, Skegness

Looks and feels like a chain pub - didn't risk the ale just had the lager (and that weren't anything special)

14 Feb 2014 18:47

Golden Lion, Boston

Town centre pub that was okay. Seemed to sell only Thwaites ales which is unusual for the area.

14 Feb 2014 18:45

The Eagle, Boston

A reasonable pub with decent ales near to the station. relatively freindly folk.

14 Feb 2014 18:43

The Viaduct, Leeds

A keg only venue but it does call itself a showbar so would expect no proper beer. Has an eclectic mix of people which I found unusual for Leeds (see previous neanderthal post above to quantify that comment).
It does have gay people among it's clientelle but also an awful lot of straight women which I would imagine a hand shandy merchant like Derek wouldn't be interested in.
It isn't an ale venue but it is Leeds trying to become less parochial and a bit more grown up.
... the main plus though is that you are unlikely to see Derek there.

14 Feb 2014 18:38

The Hop, Leeds

An Osset Brewery pub underneath the arches below Leeds station - not as easy to find as it could be. Pretty much what you would expect from a railway arch turned pub. Has the full range of Osset brews and a few guests ales all i sampled were in decent nic.

14 Feb 2014 18:27

Ned Kellys, Liverpool

Stil kind of okay but can see this not being too popular with many. Doesn't have a traditional feel to it and it is home to a number of piss taking owlarse types. The ale is usually pretty good though.

14 Feb 2014 18:24

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

I ain't surprised in the slightest. Having a decent selection of ale is one thing but too many casual visitors got fed up being blatantly ignored at the bar.
I did give it a try on this visit and it did seem okay now but will reserve judgement till have had a few more isits..

14 Feb 2014 18:22

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

I ain't surprised in the slightest. Having a decent selection of ale is one thing but too many casual visitors got fed up being blatantly ignored at the bar.
I did give it a try on this visit and it did seem okay now but will reserve judgement till have had a few more isits..

14 Feb 2014 18:22

The Dispensary, Liverpool

Dropped by and had a decent pint of the standard Titanic brew. can't say I've ever encountered the ladnlord. One day maybe I will and be able to judge the comments but so far I've found it a reasonable enough alehousae serving a good pint.

14 Feb 2014 17:58

Ye Cracke, Liverpool

Always worth a visit. Ale is generally good. A pub that hasn't altered significantly in 50 years.

14 Feb 2014 17:45

Gallaghers, Birkenhead

Top alehouse. Peerless ales were spot on and also has a place to get your mane trimmed.

14 Feb 2014 17:35

The Victoria, Dunstable

Wasn't a great choice of ale and all from major brewers. Was okay but not the ale destination some seem to think it is.

2 Feb 2014 12:33

The Bald Faced Stag, East Finchley

Found a great improvement in service and ale quality on this visit - The pint of Vale Metamorphosis was excellent and couldn't fault the service. Served swiftly when busy as opposed tyo not at all when empty on last visit.

2 Feb 2014 12:31

The Station House, Acton

Another establishment that thinks they are in Mayfair rather than Acton - A fiver (near enough) for a pint of iffy Kronenbourg in a backstreet pub in Acton ? Nothing about the place justifies what they charge.

25 Jan 2014 12:53

The Rocket, Acton

This place has an airs and graces attitude - thinks it's in some bohemian quarter of Greenwich village as opposed to the arse end of Acton. Think I preferred it when the ale wasn't much cop and it was fullof post office van drivers.

25 Jan 2014 12:49

The Red Lion and Pineapple, Acton

Your average Wetherspoons - i.e 4 people behind the bar busy with other tasks as opposed to serving people waiting. The 'manager' seems to think interrupting the staff who actually are serving so he can admonish them is perfectly acceptable rather than the ignorance it actually is. The customer certainly doesn't come first in this establishment which is a shame as the ale was okay.

25 Jan 2014 12:46

Fountain Inn, Gloucester

Nice enough old pub that has been refurbed down an alley off the main shopping street. Four or five ales on - had the Otter Amber whih made a good start to the day.

19 Jan 2014 12:31

Dick Whittington, Gloucester

chain style pub/eatery - three ales on Pride, Hobgoblin and another bog standard (probably GK IPA). Didn't look inspiring so I went elsewhere.

19 Jan 2014 12:30

Plough, Worcester

This is one of the few pubs I rate as a 10 - though admittedly based on only 4 visits.

4 Jan 2014 21:06

The Fat Cat, Colchester

Pub was okay, beer dinkable, staff reasonable but the ignorant talk across you for a short cut regulars mean it is NOT a pub for the casual visitor, If you aren't part of the local clique give it a wide berth (what a contrast to the pub directly over the road) - A definite NIL points.

4 Jan 2014 20:47

The Ale House, Colchester

Top Pub - a focus on ale without becoming toomuch of a 'destination' pub and retaining a friendly local feel. friendly staff and customers make it a top pub in Colchester.

4 Jan 2014 20:45

The North Star, Ealing

Seems to be a shift in emphasis towards food. Ale was barely drinkable. Only virtue is it is handy for the station.

3 Jan 2014 19:46

Sir Michael Balcon, Ealing

Like having a pint in the ground floor of an office block. Ale was cheap and just about drinkable

3 Jan 2014 19:43

Red Lion, Ealing

Another downward spiral for Fullers. No guest ales and the quality of the Pride was just about okay - certainly not a good pint of it. Service still an issue here with staff prefering to continue conversations with 'important' regulars rather than deal with the customers at the bar. Gone off this place totally - you can keep the ignorant staff and up their own arses regulars.

3 Jan 2014 19:41

The Rose and Crown, Ealing

Another Fullers House with a drop in ale quality - the Seafarers tasted like it was made with sea water.

3 Jan 2014 19:36

The Castle Inn, Ealing

The ale quality seems to have taken a bit of a dive here.

3 Jan 2014 19:35

The Ramsden Arms, Blackpool

Well worn and rough round the edges. In the GBG though the only ale on offer was a mediocre pint of Pedigree. Close to the station but not worth crossing the road to.

3 Jan 2014 19:33

Gillespies, Blackpool

Seems popular with bikers. Okay for a swift ale on the way to the station.

3 Jan 2014 19:30

Strawberry Gardens, Fleetwood

Large pub with a good selection of ales. Has a kind of old style lounge and bar layout with the bar side being to the right as you go in and housing a pool table. The best ale pub in Fleetwood by some margin.

3 Jan 2014 19:28

Thomas Drummond, Fleetwood

Average Wetherspoons though welcome in a twon berfet of decent ale. The Lytham IPA was quite drinkable.

3 Jan 2014 19:26

Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge

It's okay and ale was decent enough - not a lot more to add really.

26 Dec 2013 19:30

The Angel, Woodbridge

Looks like an olde worlde pub from the outside but doesn't have the feel of one. Ale was okay (third choice after first two had gorn ). The clientelle were a bit UTOAs. Wouldn't rush back.

26 Dec 2013 19:28

The Sun Inn, Waterbeach

Cosy locals pub with reasonable ales on.

15 Dec 2013 15:51

The Fountain, Ely

Had a pint of Milton Sparta here- it was okay.

15 Dec 2013 15:50

The Railway Tavern, Thetford

No ale - your standard sky sports and lager bar. Okay for a swift lager before the train though.

15 Dec 2013 15:48

The Black Horse, Thetford

Took the Wherry back as it was cloudy - and you always get one local who thinks it's okay don't you.
"That looks clear to me" - the kind who back up their local right or wrong and would say a pint of Guinness with an Oxo cube centrifuged in it was clear.
Too many of us put up with second rate stuff and think we are helping out the landlord by drinking the dregs. The barrell was on it's way out and they changed it for Tribute - which was drinkable.

15 Dec 2013 15:47

Albion, Thetford

Okay apart from it being GK.

15 Dec 2013 15:42

The Griffin Hotel, Attleborough

Apologies - comment was meant for London Tavern

15 Dec 2013 15:39

The Griffin Hotel, Attleborough

Ale was okay, drinkable rather then good but place spoiled by some of the tossers who drink in the place.

15 Dec 2013 15:37

The Feathers, Wymondham

Still as before - tried a quite malty brew which went down well enough.

15 Dec 2013 15:36

The Green Dragon, Wymondham

The Wherry was okay but this is a diners rather than a drinker's pub and if you aren't eating there isn't really any place for you.

15 Dec 2013 15:34

The Burton Bridge Inn, Burton-Upon-Trent

Still top of the league for ale in Burton. A pint of Bridge Bitter here is probably the epitome of what a decent pint of bitter should be.

10 Dec 2013 22:45

Old Cottage Tavern, Burton on Trent

it is good to see that proper old fashioned locals pubs with decent ale manage to survive like this. The oak brew I tried went down well.

10 Dec 2013 22:43

The Roebuck Inn, Burton-Upon-Trent

A new entry for Burton in the GBG but it isn't a patch on the others. Abit of a throughother kind of pub nothing particularly great about it and the ale I treid (a Wychwood seasonal brew) was a struggle to drink. Certainly not worth leaving the Devonshire or Coopers for.

10 Dec 2013 22:41

Gaffers Row, Crewe

Typical Wetherspoons - though the ale (tried a few Titanic brews) was as good if not better than other offerings in the town. Handy for the bus station.

10 Dec 2013 22:31

Travellers Rest, Alpraham

An unchanged pub with very freindly locals and decent ale (the Weetwood brew I tried was good) - can see that stepping back in to a 1956 episode of the Archers wouldn't be to everyone's taste though.

10 Dec 2013 22:26

The Red Lion, Northwich

Average pub - Marstons Pedigree was just about drinkable.

10 Dec 2013 22:21

The Lamp Tavern, Dudley

Welcome to 1973... thought I had gone back in time. Pub resembled a typical 70's pub with appropriate music from the DJ. Someone was off to hospital in the morning for an operation and some wag requested Rod Stewart 'First Cut is the Deepest' for them which started playing before the DJ relaised it was someone taking a rise. May be a bit rough and ready for some - if it isn't Noddy Holder's local it should be... oh and bathams Bitter on top form as well.

10 Dec 2013 22:18

The Fountain, Lower Gornal

Was very busy, the pub seemed okay but let down by poor service - staff not served in order which always takes the gloss off even of the best of ales. Also the locals seemed a bit 'League of Gentlemen' . Certainly not worth going out of the way to.

10 Dec 2013 22:12

Five Ways Inn, Dudley

Standard old school local with the added bonus of Bathams bitter.

10 Dec 2013 22:07

The Old Bulls Head, Lower Gornal

Had a just about okay pint of the Black Country pig brew. Was pretty empty. Average kind of pub.

10 Dec 2013 22:06

The Grape Vaults, Leominster

With so much bland corporate dross on offer it is nice to encounter a real pub with character and decent ale.

26 Nov 2013 21:51

The Queens, Ludlow

The beer was okay but itdidn't have that proper pub feel for me - not somewhere I'd want to linger.

26 Nov 2013 21:50

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

Excpet for a small bar to the left as you go in it is more restaurant than pub. We ate hete and it was standard pub fare. The beer was good though.

26 Nov 2013 21:48

The Victory, Hereford

Can be hit & miss - wasn't keen on the pint of Old Bull (kind of lived up to it's name a bit too literally) but it's worth a drop by to see the bar and you may catch the ale on a good day.

26 Nov 2013 21:46

The Barrels, Hereford

Still one of the few places inhereford you can get decent ale (maybe the only one)

26 Nov 2013 21:45

Honest Lawyer, Scunthorpe

Shop conversion which makes an effort at being a pub unlike many. Ale was okay on this visit.

26 Nov 2013 21:40

The Plough, Doncaster

Old fashioned local style pub with front and back room reminiscent of public bar and lounge of old. The Acorn Barnsley Bitter went down nicely. Close to bus and rail stations and shopping centre.

26 Nov 2013 21:39

The City Arms, Manchester

One of about three decent old school alehouses left in central Manchester. Somewhere that isn't a contrived pseudo alehouse or a drinking barn - a proper pub serving a decent selection of ales.

15 Nov 2013 22:01

The Crown Inn, Accrington

A lot of places could learn with how to deal with busy spells from here. Was served quickly despite it being three deep at the bar. They now have proper ales but only Bombardier and another 'standard' and as no one appeared to be drinking any I stuck to the Kronenbourg. Pie sales have now been moved to a doorway in the back room but at £2 are still value for money when you can pay more than that for a 'measure' of nuts from a jar behind the bar in a London pub.

10 Nov 2013 14:47

The Grey Horse Hotel, Accrington

A bog standard kind of Thwaite's house - only Thwaites Bitter on handpull but it was drinkable. Has pool room and screens for sport but still has a basic pub feel to it.

10 Nov 2013 14:42

Peel Park Hotel, Accrington

Pretty much as last time - reasonable pint though not exceptional in a pleasant proper pub with a Stanley memorabilia and Beatle's Sgt Pepper gold disc adorning the walls.. Can see how some may think it a bit 'League of Gentlemen' but you get that in a lot of places.

10 Nov 2013 14:39

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Fullers seem to be the new 'upmarket' wetherspoon - another former bank building conversion which feels every much a chain shop/store/bank conversion as any Wetherspoon. Can't think of when Fullers last opened a new conventional pub. Not a great deal between Wetherspoon and Fullers these days - all they do is race to open the next soul less drinking barn.

3 Nov 2013 18:17

The Forest, Dorridge

Nice enough place with decent ale but not really what you would call a pub.

3 Nov 2013 18:12

The Dolphin, Plymouth

The best of Plymouth's ale pubs. The Otter and a Dartmoor brew went down well. One of the few pubs retaining any character left in the city.

29 Sep 2013 16:03

Maritime Inn, Plymouth

Average kind of pub. The ale (Dartmoor Pale) was okay.

29 Sep 2013 16:01

The Goat Major, Cardiff

A retunr visit to reaffirm this as one of the few decent watering holes in the city centre. The Brains ales are as good as you'll get the stuff.

25 Sep 2013 22:44

The Mochyn Du, Cardiff

Pleasant enough place handy for the cricket ground serving Vale of Glamorgan brews that were in good nic. Worth the short riverside stroll from the centre.

25 Sep 2013 22:43

The Gatekeeper, Cardiff

Another large open plan drinking establishment typical of the brand although at least it was open after 10 whereas most of the surrounding pubs had shut. Ale was pretty good though and cheap (@ 2.29) but I wouldn't fancy being there when it's busy.

25 Sep 2013 22:41

Zerodegrees, Cardiff

Closed at 10 p.m.

25 Sep 2013 22:38

Rose and Crown, Goodwick

Dour damp smelling pub with no customers and a very limited choice. can't see this one lasting much longer.

25 Sep 2013 22:32

The Station Inn, Pembroke Dock

Pleasant enough conversion of station buildings into a pub and cafe. the Cwrw was drinkable enough and staff reasonably friendly on our visit. The limited opening hours do them no favours though. They could do a fair bit more trade if they worked it round certain train times.

25 Sep 2013 22:27

The Queens Hotel, Swansea

Probably the best in Swansea - it actually looks and feels like a pub and serves decent ale with a main road seperating it from the mad zone.

25 Sep 2013 22:24

The No Sign Wine Bar, Swansea

Reasonable enough if a little pretentious - it is on the Wind Street Battlezone after all (a street which has a couple of police riot vans patrolling even on a quiet Wednesday night). Staff friendly enough and the ale was good.

25 Sep 2013 22:21

The Worm's Head Hotel, Swansea

As mentioned worth going to for the view and also where else are you going to get a pint round here. The Worms head ale was okay and for a tourist trap pub it had a bit more character (as well as one or two local characters) than your average tourist haunt.

25 Sep 2013 22:17

Cross Keys, Swansea

Large open plan drinking barn that looks like it was a barn at one time - if there is any sport on with a local emphasis it also gets the animals in to match it. okay when empty though and the ale was drinkable and a local brew too.

25 Sep 2013 22:14

Westbourne Hotel, Swansea

They pride themsleves on their independence then make the place as much like a bog standard chain pub as they can. Another bland average affair with a food emphasis. Ale was once again okay but nothing special.

25 Sep 2013 22:10

The Uplands Tavern, Swansea

Bland open plan GK Identikit pub. Ale was okay as opposed to good i recall it being nunerous rooms with much more character back in the day now it's just another bog standard chain style pub.

25 Sep 2013 22:07

The Brunswick, Swansea

Pretty average street corner local. Poor ale selction - Courage best being the most unusual on offer. Beer was drinkable though nothing special but with a poor choice of alternatives for ale drinkers in Swansea can see why it is GBG listed.

25 Sep 2013 22:04

The Carramore, Brent Park

Bog standard shop conversion Irish bar - though one of the few places for a pint in the vicinity.

9 Sep 2013 18:48

The New Inn, Canterbury

Ale quality was better on this visit though the pub's main draw is that it is what a 'local' should be like.

9 Sep 2013 18:44

Ship Centurion Arminius, Whitstable

Still a reasonable enough pub - they have a 'Coffin Dodger's Corner' though would be more apt a name for the place as a whole.

9 Sep 2013 18:42

The Clipper, Weymouth

Bog standard chain pub with the emphasis more towards bog.

7 Sep 2013 15:12

The Dolphin, Weymouth

found it a decent enough pub - the crop circle and summer lightning were good and it is handy for the station.

7 Sep 2013 15:11

The Kings Head, Yarmouth

Busy tourist pub that serves a reasonable pint - about the best of them Yarmouth

26 Aug 2013 22:21

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Small old style city pub that serves a variety of decent ales and not just Robinsons. Probably one of the best in Manchester City Centre.

18 Aug 2013 18:10

The Staff of Life, Bury

Reasonable pint, although served in plastic on match days.

18 Aug 2013 18:07

The Rose and Crown, Bury

Found it to be a reasonable pub and the ale was okay.

18 Aug 2013 18:06

The Trackside, Bury

Concur with others on this place. Although the ale is good it has more a feel of a tourist attraction cafeteria than a pub

18 Aug 2013 18:03

First Chop, Ramsbottom

Nice enough small shop conversion that does decent ale. You need to be in there handy to get one of the few seats though.

18 Aug 2013 18:00

Tom Taya Lewis, Newport

Like the set of Jeremy Kyle only with poor beer. Although for Newport it is good.

6 Aug 2013 19:39

The Barley Mow, Bristol

Old pub refurbed in a part pub part bistro style amid some new social housing not far from the station. Decent selection of ales which went down well.

6 Aug 2013 19:35

The Bridge Inn, Bristol

Reasonable enough place though has a bit of a feel of a trying to be trendy sities cafe rather than a traditional pub (a la Warhol coolages on the wall). Smallish place with decent enough ale with tables outside if you like to watch heavy traffic pass by.

6 Aug 2013 19:31

Colston Yard, Bristol

Nice enough though a newish contrived feel rather than an original pub feel. The beer was good though had a nice pint of Butcombe Bitter.

6 Aug 2013 19:27

The Crown and Mitre, Kings Lynn

Trades pretty much on it's riverside location, which is pleasant enough but look tired (rather than characterful) on the inside and the ale was okay rather than good..

28 Jul 2013 19:17

The Swan Hotel, Downham Market

A small chavvy bar with pool table at front and a chav lounge towards the rear. London prices for beer. Didn't risk the ale and went for lager. Good place to have as long as it keeps the Jeremy Kyle-ites out of other places.

28 Jul 2013 19:11

The Live and Let Live, Downham Market

Okay kind of pub - two tellies with sport on in smaller upper bar area and pool table and garden on lower level. The pint of Doom bar was nothing special and would go for lager on a revisit.

28 Jul 2013 19:09

The Crown Hotel, Downham Market

Still serves a reasonable pint. Though busy was not as noisy as on my last visit - it seems like it has it's moments.

28 Jul 2013 19:07

Queens Arms, Basingstoke

First pint was cloudy which I had changed, second pint was insipid and I left half of it. Landlord didn't seem that bothered - all part of the 'game'.
A good beer guide entry sadly lacking in good beer certainly not worth leaving the station for.

25 Jul 2013 18:14

The Fur and Feathers, Herriard

Reasonable enough though edging more towards diners than drinkers

25 Jul 2013 18:10

The Railway Arms, Alton

Okay - have had better pints of Triple F brews though.

25 Jul 2013 18:05

The Ship, Alresford

Reasonable pub, though it did have a tired feel to it and the ale was okay rather than good.

25 Jul 2013 18:03

The Flowerpots Inn, Cheriton

Decent village local that doesn't give in to the urge to provide 'distractions'. Has it's own ale which went down quite well and staff coped well during a very busy period.
Some people weren't happy having to wait for food - should have gone to McDonalds then.

25 Jul 2013 18:02

Gordons Bar, Newbury

Is this now the Jack O'Newbury ? If so it might as well still be closed. Went in as Mr.Blue Sky by ELO started blaring out - no one in sight. mr Blue Sky came and went, still like the Marie Celeste - not a soul to be seen.
Between pointless queues, extortionate prices and ghost pubs is this Newbury's effort to bring in some kind of prohibition ?

16 Jul 2013 18:36

Hog's Head, Newbury

Not many people in but a queue to get served - might be acceptable if you are eating here (is the food that good?) but not for someone who wants apinton a hot day - couldn't be bothered and went elsewhere.

16 Jul 2013 18:31

The Lock Stock and Barrel, Newbury

Okay - but it is a bit steep £4.65 for a pint of premium lager in what is a pretty bog standard Fuller's food orientated pub.

16 Jul 2013 18:29

Red Lion, Sudbury

Nice to see a small out of the way pub not only surviving but serving a decent pint. Not easy to reach by public transport but not impossible - the driver's on the 331 will drop you close by if you ask them nicely.

10 Jul 2013 22:34

The Black Boy Hotel, Sudbury

Only GK stuff on offer so went for lager this time.

10 Jul 2013 22:31

The Brewery Tap, Sudbury

Still the best pub in Sudbury.

10 Jul 2013 22:30

The Jolly Brewer, Lincoln

A bit 'Pink Floyd' inside though non the wrose for that (would be nice to hear the wholeof DSotM some day though). Had four ales on which were in good nick.

23 Jun 2013 20:38

The Eight Jolly Brewers, Gainsborough

Small bar that has an older feel to it. Good selection of ales. Best bet for a decent ale in he town.

23 Jun 2013 20:35

The Rum Runner, Retford

Decent enough pub with a variety of ales on

23 Jun 2013 20:33

The Queens Head, Rye

Got a duff pint here which they duly changed and they replacement was okay. Very much a locals pub - half expected Scarecrow of Romney Marsh to drop by for a pint.

15 Jun 2013 22:11

London and County, Eastbourne

Pretty unremarkable Wetherspoons devoid of any character.

15 Jun 2013 22:09

The Cinque Ports, Seaford

Average kind of pub. The harveys was okay.

15 Jun 2013 22:07

Ned Kellys, Liverpool

Clean modern interior and a clean updated drinker's alehouse. Not a great deal of seating space but a good number of decent ales on. needs to be re-listed as the Victoria Cross.

31 May 2013 22:24

The Cholmondeley Arms, Frodsham

looks the aprt from outside but once inside it is just a bland Marston's chain type pub with bland Marston's beer. Closest pub to the station but it is only two minutes further to the Helter Skelter.

31 May 2013 22:14

The Helter Skelter, Frodsham

Smallish but lively pub for us older folk with plenty of excellent ale on - best pint of Weetwoods I've sampled. Easily the best pub for beer in Frodsham.

31 May 2013 22:12

The Lower Angel, Warrington

Still the best pub in Warrington - a bit like going in to that ' I Wish I Was in Greenall Whitley Land' ad (the chaingang one that is on You Tube) except you get a decent pint instead of Greenalls.

31 May 2013 22:10

The Black Horse, Barnet

Indeed quite a transformation. Only popped in because I had half an hour to wait on a bus. Not quite a purists re-incarnation of a pub but reasonable enough and nine ales on including their own brews. Tried the Brentwood brew which was decent enough. Hopefully will stop the rot in decline of barnet pubs.

18 May 2013 14:32

The Lord Nelson, Barnet

Would alter the description from 'quirky' to cliquey and dismal. Another poor pint (in the form of Bath Golden Hare) and had to dodge some locals' dogs 'playfighting ' on the way out. It's not really worth leaving the main road for - six people in on a Friday night. With the new revitalsied Black Horse nearer the bus stop doubt I will bother with here now.

18 May 2013 14:28

The Sebright Arms, Barnet

The lounge half is now described as a 'Bistro' but the public bar is still very much a locla brewer's old school public bar. The McMullen's 'Screaming Reels' went down well enough.

18 May 2013 14:23

The Victoria Inn, Rugby

Disappointed on this revisit. The Atomic brews were cloudy and one of our party even switched to lager. It was busy and would have expected more of a throughput of ales to result in better beer.

18 May 2013 14:20

The Merchants Inn, Rugby

probably agree on it being best pub in Rugby for ales. Plenty on and all in good nick.

18 May 2013 14:17

Old Mint, Southam

Nice enough old building but the ale wasn't really on form here.

18 May 2013 14:16

The Bowling Green Inn, Southam

Avergae pub with a reasonable pint.

18 May 2013 14:15

The Talbot, Leamington Spa

Dingey backstreet boozer. Ale was adequate rather than exceptional.

18 May 2013 14:13

The Benjamin Satchwell, Leamington Spa

Average kind of Wetherspoons. At least it had a few ales on unlike the other place. Ales were okay.

18 May 2013 14:10

The Jug and Jester, Leamington Spa

Reasonable enough Wetherspoons although only one ale on and that wasn't too great. We upped and left after one pintand headed to the other one.

18 May 2013 14:08

The Pilot, Maidstone

Okay kind of pub with a few ales on which were drinkable - nothing exceptional.

11 May 2013 09:05

The Alexandra Hotel, Chatham

On an island next to the station redcorated and open plan but retaining that Shep's pub style. The Sptifire was drinkable, worth dropping in to as there is precious little else nearby.

11 May 2013 09:03

The Old Vic, Preston

Has a rough and ready feel to it but it serves a reasonable pint and is handy for the station.

29 Apr 2013 22:39

The Old Black Bull, Preston

A busy town pub a bit frayed around the edges. Ale was reasonable but service tended to be based on how well you knew the barmaid rather than how long you'd been waiting.

29 Apr 2013 22:38

The Market Tavern, Preston

A well worn town centre pub with a few reasonable ales on.

29 Apr 2013 22:35

Gillespies, Blackpool

Reasonable enough chainstyle pub with a few drinkable ales on.

21 Apr 2013 11:51

The Pump and Truncheon, Blackpool

A bit run down and tatty looking. Ale was okay but route to bar was obstructed by dozey Jeremy Kyle-ites with beneift brats in baby buggies. Posh by Blackpool standards though.

21 Apr 2013 11:50

Turnhouse, Edinburgh Airport

Actually had a decent pint here.

18 Apr 2013 20:30

The Abbotsford, Edinburgh

All the main ale bars around Waverley are okay - much of a muchness and worth dropping in to but nothing that special.

18 Apr 2013 20:30

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

Reasonable enough pub - ale was good but was in a rush so just a fleeting visit.

18 Apr 2013 20:28

Cafe Royal, Edinburgh

Busy city centre bar. Found it okay as opposed to good. Ale was drinkable but nothing special.

18 Apr 2013 20:26

The Pot Still, Glasgow

fairly samll city centre bar with a small raised area towards the rear. reasonable ale worth a visit.

18 Apr 2013 20:23

The State Bar, Glasgow

A classic old style pub with a decent selection of ales from smaller breweries.

18 Apr 2013 20:22

The Dirty Duck, Holywood

It is a bit cramped and the seating a bit uncomfortable. Ale wasn't too greta either had a pint of Hilden No.4 here which was not a patch on the same brew served at the John Hewitt a bit later.

25 Mar 2013 14:43

Rex, Belfast

Friendly enough auld man's bar. No real ale but reasonable priced lager.

25 Mar 2013 14:41

The Morning Star, Belfast

Worth a visit but no ale served.

25 Mar 2013 14:40

McHughs, Belfast

dreadful undrinkable pint of Whitewater Belfast ale at £3.70 - not a very friendly and amenable place either.

25 Mar 2013 14:38

The John Hewitt, Belfast

Only Hilden No.4 on draught but in excellent condition. Still the best pub in Ireland for proper ale.

25 Mar 2013 14:36

The Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast

Expensive (£5.40 for a pint of Whitewater and a bag of nuts) tourist trap. They ale could be a lot better but they know they don;t have to try.

25 Mar 2013 14:34

The Digby Tap, Sherborne

Bit of a mark down on this visit as the pint of Woods Shropshire Lad wasn't brilliant.

25 Mar 2013 14:30

Airfield Tavern, Brympton

Typical modern chain pub - had a few ales on which were drinkable.

25 Mar 2013 14:28

The William Dampier, Yeovil

Maybe I caught them on an off day but they had just one ale on which was pure garbage ended up changing it for lager. Typical Wetherspoons but you are really limited for ale outlets in Yeovil pity this place was only masquerading as one.

25 Mar 2013 14:26

The Half Moon, Mildenhall

Part of the now ironically named 'Hungry Horse' chain. Basically a cafeteria that sells beer.

26 Feb 2013 17:11

Blue Boar, Eye

Community pub, as in it feels more like a community centre than a pub. Ale was just about drinkable. Open plan set up okay for the locals but nowhere for outsiders to roost.

26 Feb 2013 17:05

The Queens Head, Eye

Apologies as the last comment should apply to the Blue Boar Eye Cambs

26 Feb 2013 17:04

The Queens Head, Eye

Community pub, as in it feels more like a community centre than a pub. Ale was just about drinkable. Open plan set up okay for the locals but nowhere for outsiders to roost.

26 Feb 2013 17:02

The Horse and Jockey, Sutton Coldfield

Bland chain pub/restaurant affair although the ale was good.

26 Feb 2013 16:59

Goose At Spinning Jenny, Leigh

hada pint of Boondoggle - which was just about drinkable. Handy for the bus station - although the White Liuon is only a few minutes walk away.

26 Feb 2013 16:57

White Lion, Leigh

had a few decent ales here - probably the best place for decent beer in Leigh now.

26 Feb 2013 16:54

Boars Head, Leigh

Worth a visit to see what large multi roomed town centre pubs were like. The Moorhouses Bitter wasa drinkable not nothing great.

26 Feb 2013 16:48

The Three Tuns, Alcester

Nice enough small old school pub with decent beer. The bus to Redditch stops outside.

26 Feb 2013 16:37

The Turks Head, Alcester

Reasonable enough kind of place albeit slighlty food orientated (though not in a 'think's it's a restaurant kind of way). Decent enough beer and it's on the High Street.

26 Feb 2013 16:36

The Bear, Stratford

Probably the better of the two ale pubs if nothing more than it feels more like a pub (even if the plasma screen has an ornate frame around it). had the Bear ale which was okay.

26 Feb 2013 16:34

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

Now called the New Bulls Head. A bit open plan modern interior that doesn't really suit the building but the ales I had were okay. Worth a stroll down from the town centre to.

26 Feb 2013 16:31

The Old Shepherd, Rickmansworth

It's okay. Has a pool table. Ale was passable. They have extended it from when I was last here (some 20 odd years ago) and it seemed a bit further from the station than I thought. Average kind of pub though I suppose it still is a pub.

3 Feb 2013 00:09

The Elephant and Castle, Amersham

Took a while to get served though was more down to the clientelle than the barstaff (asin indecisive about what they wanted and paying with obscure cards). Ale slection was pretty avergae and the quality wasn't too great.

3 Feb 2013 00:04

Belle Vue, High Wycombe

It's okay. Has a bit of a run down feel to it. Beer was good but blokes go to a pub to get away from kids running abound. Close to the London bound station exit. Was also more expensive for an ale than the Bootleggers.

3 Feb 2013 00:02

The Bootlegger, High Wycombe

More beer bar than pub but still the best place for ale in HW. Very handy for the station (if you leave by the main town exit). Had a goodpint of Rebellion Roasted Nuts. Has about five or six ales on and also large selection of bottled foreign beers.

2 Feb 2013 23:59

The Victoria Inn, Rugby

Excellent pub for ales. Went in as it opened and was only one in there for a while. The three seperate ales I tried (two Atomic ales brewed on the premises and a Titanic brewed one) were all on top form which for the first ales out of the day is surely a good sign.

18 Jan 2013 17:33

The Old Windmill, Coventry

A number of seperate rooms with little nooks and crannies. Had a deent enough pint of Purity Gold here.

18 Jan 2013 17:30

The Gatehouse Tavern, Coventry

Okay kind of pub. Had a reasonable pint of abeer called Tank.

18 Jan 2013 17:27

The Town Wall Tavern, Coventry

Has one room more food orientated and another more barlike along with a tiny snug at the front. Ale was okay and drinkable.

18 Jan 2013 17:26

The Abbey Vaults, Selby

They inflict loud music on passers by to keep their screeching smokers happy. It is handy for Morrisons and one would be better going there instead as you can buy better beer and it is a pleasanter place to while away the time.

13 Jan 2013 10:06

The Cricketers Arms, Selby

Probably the only place to go for a quiet undisturbed pint in Selby. As mentioned it is a typical Sam Smiths house with their bitter on at £1.80 a pint.

13 Jan 2013 10:03

The New Inn, Selby

When they say 'really welcoming family pub' that means it is full of kids (as in the teenage glue sniffing variety). There was a main bar with music too loud to think for who's beneift I know not, a couple of kids talking about how glue effects them and an inordinate number of semi drunk people at the start of the eevning.. We went in to the small snug for some peace and quiet only to find we were sharing it with a couple of brats with empty glasses playing their ipads at full blast in competition with the music from the other bar.

13 Jan 2013 10:01

Coopers, York

The Coopers brand is synonymous with overpriced dross. Just yards away is the York Tap (not mentioned on here for some reason) which is infinitely better with a large range of ales surprisingly well kept.

13 Jan 2013 09:57

The Maltings, York

Not too far from the station and serving a number of decent ales. I felt this place lacked character though and it didn't really feel like a pub (more pseudo wine bar) despite it catering mainly to the ale crowd.

13 Jan 2013 09:54

The Blue Bell, York

A classic old style small two roomed pub with friendly staff and clientelle serving decent ales (they had a number of them on but I stuck to the Bradfield Farmers Bitter). Well worth seeking out a proper small pub as they should be.

13 Jan 2013 09:52

The Falstaff, Derby

A bit of a rough round the edges locals pub to the South of Derby city centre. Had a decent pint here and it is a bit of a time warp to what local pubs used to be like before the pressure to contimually make increasing profits destroyed most of them.

13 Jan 2013 09:45

Henry's, Sheffield

Okay for a decent pint in the city centre but more a drinking barn than a pub

30 Dec 2012 17:30

Nellie Dean's, Rotherham

Now an Old Mill tied house called the Bridge Inn. Ale was okay about the best you can expect in Rotherham and it is very handy for Rotherham station.

30 Dec 2012 17:29

The Riverside Cafe Bar, Sheffield

Dropped in again only this time the pint of Krakken was undrinkable

30 Dec 2012 17:21

The Ship Inn, Sheffield

Reasonable pub with a drinkable pint. Anywhere else would rate higher but there are a number of top pubs in the vicinity.

30 Dec 2012 17:20

The Wellington, Sheffield

Top rate pub for owlarse blokes. A pub like a pub should be and a decent selection of well kept ale. Quite close to Shalesmoor tram stop.

30 Dec 2012 17:18

The Rummer Tavern, Cardiff

Reasonable enough pub across the road from the castle. Had a selection of ales on had one of the Wye Valley brews which wa snice enough.

28 Dec 2012 21:56

The City Arms, Cardiff

Probably the best 'ale' house in Cardiff. A good selection on (I had a rsther nice pint of Gower Black). Amust for any aleheads visiting the Welsh capital

28 Dec 2012 21:55

The Cardiff Cottage, Cardiff

Pleasant, long narrowish old school city pub. The Brian's Captain Cat was a decent pint worth having a couple more of.

28 Dec 2012 21:53

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Funny - when I said that some time back all the 'regulars' said I was 'mistaken'. Wonder where they drink now ?

20 Dec 2012 23:22

The Gate, Arkley

This site is now past it's sell by... the top 100 used to have a few contentious occupants but when places like this are in the top 100 then you can no longer take it seriously as either a pub or beer guide.

20 Dec 2012 23:20

The Elleray Hotel, Windermere

A bit of a mix of hotel, food and bar but it does kind of work and the beer was good enough. Probably best place for a pint close to the station.

17 Dec 2012 21:02

John Peel Inn, Bowness on Windermere

Found it a reasonable pub with three ales on although they were all Christmas brews. Beer was okay and pub wasn't bad for a tourist haunt.

17 Dec 2012 21:00

Eric Bartholomew, Morecambe

Average Wetherspoons but probably about the best place to go inMorecambe for a pint.

17 Dec 2012 20:54

The Sun Hotel and Bar, Lancaster

Decent alehouse though it can get very busy. Okay for getting served despite being packed but don't expect a seat. Pretty good selection of ales with many local brews available.

17 Dec 2012 20:52

Merchants, Lancaster

A busy historical pub which is probably worth a visit and the ales are okay but service is based on he who shouts loudest/first rather than whoever has been waiting longest.

17 Dec 2012 20:49

The Ring O'Bells, Lancaster

Found it to be an honest straight up kind of pub with a few decent ales on. Worth dropping in to.

17 Dec 2012 20:45

Slow & Easy, Lostock Gralam

Only Bombardier on the ale front which I didn't fancy trying so had a lager. It's okay as a pub with plenty of screens to watch matches on and an area where they bands can play.

11 Dec 2012 21:36

The Old Harkers Arms, Chester

I had another very nice pint here on Sunday evening. Obscure football regalia does eem okay here though. It was a cold night and I borrowed an Ayr United scarf to wear and had no problem being served. This place was pretty busy for a Sunday night whereas the Canalside Inn (literally a little further under along under the bridge) was literally empty despite the ale there being quite good.

11 Dec 2012 21:33

The Stanley Arms, Huyton

Average medium sized chain pub a short walk from Roby station. No ale to speak of so had a pint of Stella. Okay for what it is.

11 Dec 2012 21:27

Railway Hotel, Ashton in Makerfield

Reasonable enough locals pub close to Garswood station with a few decent drinkable ales on.

11 Dec 2012 21:24

The King William IV, Braintree

The best ale in Braintree and probably the best pub in the town as well. (though it is a little bit of a trek out but worth it).

12 Nov 2012 20:19

The Picture Palace, Braintree

Still reasonable enough and can't fault the ale.

12 Nov 2012 20:12

O'Neills, Stansted Airport

It's had revamp and is now called Bridges. It serves Bridge Ale and GK IPA on handpump - expensive and undrinkable and you get your change on a little plate like they expect you toleave some of it. Still dire and worth avoidng if at all possible.

12 Nov 2012 20:10

The Snow Goose, Inverness

A chain dining establishment - food nothing special but the ale was dire. Like it had been flushed in to the glass via a power hose. Tried a different ale that too was undrinkable - GBG completely wrong on this place.

6 Nov 2012 18:14

Kings Highway, Inverness

Another dire Wetherspoons a complete contrast to the one in Wick. Ale was about drinkable but that's about it. A swift pint and off elsehwhere - leave it to the usual suspects who inhabit the second rate Wetherspoons.

6 Nov 2012 18:11

The Castle Tavern, Inverness

Probably the best pub in Inverness for ale though it is a bit of a victim of it's own success at times as it can be a bit TOO busy. A good selection of well kept ales and proper pub feel to the place.

6 Nov 2012 18:09

The Clachnaharry Inn, Clachnaharry

A nice enough old pub by the start of the Caledoniian Canal about a mile or two out of Inverness. They had a few local brews on - some were a bit on the sweet side for my taste. Although it isn't anything special as far as the interior is concerned it does have the kind of feel to it where you want to have another pint there.

6 Nov 2012 18:06

The Blackfriars, Inverness

Reasonable enough ale house with a number of decent ales on. A bit worn around the edges though beer was okay and the old bloke who seemed to run the place was pleasant enough.

6 Nov 2012 18:02

The Bannockburn Inn, Helmsdale

Pleasant enough place to stop off and they had one ale on which was reasonable enough.

5 Nov 2012 16:57

The Crown Bar, Wick

More of a proper bar than Wetherspoons but no ale. Nloke running it seemed okay but it was pretty desolate probably down to the Wethespoons across the flags.

5 Nov 2012 16:52

The Alexander Bain, Wick

Quite the hub of the local community from the Mother and Baby club in the mornings to various other groups meeting there during the day. The best ale in town and the food is eatable consideirng it is a Wetherspoons. It is also cheap compared to other places in the locality which are struggling to compete.

5 Nov 2012 16:50

The Ferry Inn, Stromness

One half ,by the telly, is like a poor bar, the other end would be stretching it to call 'restaurant'. Dining area for a B & B would be closer the mark. the place generally smells like a greasy spoon cafe. Had a seasonal dark ale from one of the Orkney breweries which was undrinkable and I changed it for a slightly more palatable brew which was still pretty insipid. One of those places in the GBG purely because it has handpumps.

3 Nov 2012 13:21

The Flattie Bar, Stromness

Reasonable bar that is to the right hand corner of the Stromness Hotel. Has a local bar feel to it and a few indecipherable locals do inhabit the place along with visitors. The Duke ale they had on (only one available) was drinkable if a bit hazy (maybe due to the cold).

3 Nov 2012 13:17

The Auld Motor Hoose, Kirkwall

Themed 'motor' pub (i.e. old Shell Oil signs on wall etc) a bit square and plain as a building (a bit like an old insdustrial unit or maybe even a garage). No ale on when we visited. Worth a drop by for the novlety of it (and for a change as there aren't too many watering holes in Kirkwall).

3 Nov 2012 13:12

The Queens Hotel, Kirkwall

The 'public bar' was more publike than other Kirkwall bars. The was a leak from the ceiling while we were here and they just put a bucket underneath and carried on. The Scapa Special was okay if a bit hazy.

3 Nov 2012 13:08

The Bothie Bar, Kirkwall

Went in the bar at the back which seems more lounge like. Was deserted and got a dreadful pint in here which I left. No atmosphere and rubbish ale.

3 Nov 2012 13:00

The Newmarket Bar, Thurso

Wanted to drop in for a quiet pint to this empty bar with the missus. Lad on door wanted 3 to go in for the 'Bon Jovi Tribute' band that was on later. We went elsewhere and passed by this still empty bar about 2 hours later. Obviously doesn't need the custom.

3 Nov 2012 12:58

The Commercial Bar, Thurso

Raucous bar (especially on a Saturday night) and no cask ale on when I visited so went for the lager. It is a drinker's bar and probably the best in Thurso - that that isn't saying a great deal.

3 Nov 2012 12:53

The Hen Hoose, Aberdeen

As hackett06 says rough and can be exciting if you consider the odd smoke grenade attack part of your evening's entertainment.

31 Oct 2012 21:28

Under the Hammer, Aberdeen

Cellar bar so called as it is under an auction house. Plenty of ales all in good nick. Was busy and quite lively and understanably so. A definite if you like your ales.

31 Oct 2012 21:23

Aitchie's Ale House, Aberdeen

Looks the part as you enter but sadly lacking in ales and the only one on offer, Orkney Dark Island wasn't particularly well kept. Could be so much better.

31 Oct 2012 21:20

The Old Blackfriars, Aberdeen

Pleasant enough though has a bit of a chain feel and is more food orientated though not oppressively so like some chain pubs. Ale was okay and probably worth a drop by if you're at the top end of Union Street.

31 Oct 2012 21:17

The Grill, Aberdeen

A classic auld man's pub with a fair preponderance of them on my visits. Can be accessed from main entrance on Union Street or the back door on Justice Mill Lane. Plenty of ales on all on good form.

31 Oct 2012 21:15

The Junction Inn, St Denys

Kind of half eating area and half pub. Plenty of ales on and the ones I sculled were all good.

16 Oct 2012 17:27

Queens Hotel, Gosport

A homely backstreet pub with a large room accessed from the side street dvided in to darts, telly and bar area. The local IPA from Gosport was excellent here by far the bset pit of the day.

16 Oct 2012 17:24

The Fifth Hants Volunteer Arms, Southsea

Am old school hard drinkers boozer. Only Fullers brews on, Seafarers was drinkable. I went in the public bar the, lounge might have been a bit tidier.

16 Oct 2012 17:21

Leopold Tavern, Southsea

Nice solid ale drinkers pub. Had a nice pint of a brew from Havant.

16 Oct 2012 17:19

Browarmia Krolewska, Warsaw

Can't say I was overly impressed. In a nice location and we watched a legalise cannabis march pass as we sat in the small area out the front. The service wasn't anything special - the usual, slow and like it is a privilege for them to serve you kind of service still prevalent in many parts of Eastern Europe coupled with a 20 minute wait if we wanted PIls while they changed the barrel The Pils was no better than the standard brews offered in other bars(had a much nicer pint of Warka in the next bar), the red ale was a bit keg bitter like and the stout wasn't up to a lot - in fact our Polish freind found it undrinkable. Add to the fact it charges 12 Z for a beer other places charge 8 for and it comes out an all round disappointment.

9 Oct 2012 18:19

The Riflemans Arms, Droitwich

Pleasanrt enough old school locals pub handy for the station. Had a reasonable pint of Boondoggle here.

9 Oct 2012 18:12

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

are you gonna make me Turd Boy ?

21 Sep 2012 18:10

High Cross, Leicester

As mentioned, an above average Wetherspoons, preferable to their other offerings in the city (though it was handy for the bus stop home).

21 Sep 2012 18:09

The Ale Wagon, Leicester

A good old school boozer with good ales. Doesn't open till late on a Sunday.

21 Sep 2012 18:06

The Shakespeare's Head, Leicester

Unusual etention of the sixties entrance with a circular theme leading to bar with pool table on left and what would have been the lounge to the left. Staff and clientelle were frindly and the barnsley ales drinkable and still cheap for a city centre pub.

21 Sep 2012 18:04

The Criterion, Leicester

Would rate this as the best alehouse in the city and I only wandered in by accident. Doesn't look grand from the outside but the interiror resembles a proper pub more than many these days. A good selection of ales well kept too.

21 Sep 2012 18:01

Swan and Rushes, Leicester

Nice old school pub with two rooms and a few angles to the walls/ceilings and decent ale.

21 Sep 2012 17:59

The Pub, Leicester

Not quite a traditionalists pub, more student bar than pub. The ale (Leatherbritches) was just about drinkbale. Wouldn't rave about the place there are much better alehouses in Leicester. Maybe I caught it on an off day.

21 Sep 2012 17:57

The Greyhound Inn, Bromsgrove

Pun and DIning kind of place. The ales were bland and uninspring.

21 Sep 2012 17:54

The Golden Cross Hotel, Bromsgrove

Typical town centre Wetherspoons requiring 'door operatives' on a Saturday night. The beer was okay but it wasn't somewhere I fancied hanging about as you got the feel something would kick off in the place before long.

21 Sep 2012 17:53

The Ladybird Inn, Aston Fields

Modern interior though retianing seperate sections. Ale was reasonable but was okay rather than great.

21 Sep 2012 17:50

The Hop Pole Inn, Droitwich

Pleasant enough soild town pub with decent ales on. Mainly Wye Valley ut also some Black Pear brews which were quite nice.

21 Sep 2012 17:48

The Alexandra, Barnet

It is permanent - flats are being built in it's place

3 Sep 2012 19:45

The Lord Nelson, Barnet

Each visit has me knock this place down a notch - the guest ale was awful and I had to have it changed and the Youngs Special was only just about drinkable. The quirky clientelle seemed more narky on this visit - refugees from the two nearby establishments that have closed maybe ?

3 Sep 2012 19:44

The Black Horse, Barnet

Currently boarded up.

3 Sep 2012 19:41

The Builders Arms, New Barnet

Still a proper old school pub and in spite of the GK tie had two non GK ales on a Vale Gravitas and Everards Equinox. The Equinox was drinkable but not great but the Vale brew was good.

3 Sep 2012 19:40

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

Dropped in at the mid food-serving aftenroon gap to try a pint. Butcombe bitter was awful - as murky as the Dead Sea (I might as well copy the Standard regarding references). Had it changed for a pint that was nice and clear but still undrinkable so changed that for a pint of Tribute which was just about drinkable and made my way to the garden - or should I say the woodchip and shale retail floorspace. They run a slick operation and respond well to their market (the Mill Hill market being you can sell them any old garbage as long as you overcharge for it). This is one I would actually prefer them to have turned in to flats. It has no redeeming features for me - they've even managed to turn the semi-rural garden in to something akin to what you would expect in a cramped courtyard in Pimlico. It is a world away from their other place in Camden although here they have no competition.

3 Sep 2012 19:30

The Railway Engineer, Mill Hill

They tried but they failed - it is now boarded up with rumours about a Tesco Metro which of course is absolutely necessary seeing the nearest big supermarket is at least 500 yds away.

3 Sep 2012 19:20

The Czech Bar, West Hampstead

Pretty much a large rambling house with the front rooms for dining (pretty much like a dining room in a big house) and a room to the back as a bar selling Urquell and Budvar on draught at a reasonable price. Also has a nice garden out the back. Doesn't open till 5pm most nights

3 Sep 2012 19:15

The Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury

Pleasant old pub in the style of the one's your Mum and Dad would go to on a Sunday afternoon back in the 50's. Popular with Shrewsbury Town fans wanting a pre and post match pint. The Salopian Golden Thread was excellent and was well worth the detour off the main road to find this place.

26 Aug 2012 11:34

The Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

It remains a nice pub and is on the way from the station to the football ground making it a nice first port of call on the walk. Had a reasonable pint of Landlord (though it is becoming a bit bland generally these days) and on the return had a good pint of Ludlow Gold.

26 Aug 2012 11:26

The Codsall Station, Codsall

Pleasant conversion of former station bulding in to a pub. Had a nice pint of Holden's Special while waiting on a train.

26 Aug 2012 11:23

The Bull, Codsall

Has a bit of a rough town pub feel to it (which seemed to backed up by the note to inform people barred under the old landlord were still barred and the chat of some rough locals about people being fined for breaking shop windows). Had a pint of Banks Bitter and wasn't expecting much but it was drinkable.

26 Aug 2012 11:22

The New Bell Inn, Harwich

Best pub in the vicinity by a wide margin. Don't open till 7 on a Sat though

19 Aug 2012 00:59

The Hanover, Harwich

Nice enough pub , dreadful ale - and this pub is in the good beer guide ?

19 Aug 2012 00:56

The Felsto Arms, Felixstowe

Beer in plastic for non-locals : nil points.

19 Aug 2012 00:55

The Half Moon, Walton

Bog standard Adnams house serving a reasonable pint.

19 Aug 2012 00:53

The Mops and Brooms, Borehamwood

Interior in the style of hotel reception or airport bar. Beer was drinkable but it's a place I'd rather sit outside with my pint.

9 Aug 2012 20:19

Ye Olde Three Horseshoes, Charlbury

Looks like it has been refurbed and is more of an 'eatery' these days.

8 Aug 2012 19:22

The Rose and Crown, Charlbury

Still an excellent 'community' local with decent ale.

8 Aug 2012 19:19

The Gate Inn, Honeybourne

An old building with a dreadful refurbed interior - not sure what it is supposed to be - bar, restaurant, gym reception area ?. They have a dining area but the staff seemed to want to put diners in amongst the drinkers nstead and left it empty. Nearest place to the station for a pint.

8 Aug 2012 19:17

Thatched Tavern, Honeybourne

Would say okay as opposed to great - had a nice enough pint here but kind of felt like I was taking up valuable table space for diners.

8 Aug 2012 19:14

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

Yes it is a quaint olde worlde place, yes they do some good ales but I wouldn't write home about the service and a pint in somewhere resembling a creche with screaming infants and other assmebled kids running round ain't my idea of a pub. If it were a proper NT proerty the curator would be telling them to stop running round and hush. Okay to drop by and see but wouldn't fancy having more than a pint here if it is like this most of the time.

8 Aug 2012 19:12

Ye Olde Red Horse, Evesham

It was okay and the Bew XI was drinkable but for me it had the feel of a chain pub.

8 Aug 2012 19:08

Plough, Worcester

Excellent old school town centre pub with plentyof decent ales on. Had a pint of Dark Edge and Black Pear Bitter which were both on top form.

8 Aug 2012 18:59

The Old Bull and Bush, North Hampstead

Some kind of pseudo-neo-krypto drinking/eating establishment. Had a nice (if pricey) pint of Urquel there but it ain't no pub.

24 Jul 2012 18:09

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

Epitomises all that is wrong with Mill Hill - people not only put up with but also argue against anyone who complains about the dismal service and offerings you get. If you don't like waiting more than 10 minutes for a pint on a relatively quiet afternoon give this place a wide berth.

24 Jul 2012 18:03

The Dalesman, Darlington

Quite close to the mark Dell - If they don't like serving visitors why not make it a private members club as opposed to a public house. Gave up trying to get served here and went to somewhere more amenable. Visitors to Darlo should just walk right by unless you want to waste 10 minutes of your life before realising they don't serve strangers.

22 Jul 2012 11:55

The Quaker Coffee House, Darlington

Down an alleyway with no signage of note outside it is easy to miss but is by far the best place for ale in Darlington. Had a good pint of York Red here in what is a smallish bar.

22 Jul 2012 11:51

Number 22 Alehouse and Canteen, Darlington

Nothing really special apart from the two little booth type bits by the front windows. Ale was okay as opposed to good (Collingham Artisan - which was just about drinkable). It is dog and child freindly to the extent of letting them i to the kitchen area though as I wans't eating there it didn't bother me so much.

22 Jul 2012 11:48

The Grand, Bishop Auckland

Was served a pint of pure murk which the lady behind the bar (although she admitted that she was only covering) thought was okay. Had two halves of other brews but neither were anythng good. More a music venue but if this is the best ale you'll get in BA then I'd give the whole town a miss.

22 Jul 2012 11:42

Black Bull, Bishop Aukland

A quaint looking kind of place though I did get the feeling that if you weren't a diner or a local then as a casual visiting drinker you weren't really too welcome (that table is reserved etc). It looks the part and the ale (Top Tup) was excellent but it feels more like a dining establishment than a pub.

22 Jul 2012 11:37

The Farmers Boy, St Albans

A bit rough round the edges but more publike than some of the others in the vicinity. Had an excellent pint of porter in here,

17 Jul 2012 20:35

The Garibaldi, St Albans

Dropped by on a quiet Sunday afternoon. You're either a regular or H.G.Well's 'Griffin' in this place. A locals pub best left to the locals.

17 Jul 2012 20:33

The Gate, Bricket Wood

Average kind of pub. Three ales on, Beacon - had to get it changed for Youngs, Youngs was okay though nothing special, Bombardier just about palatable. Would go for lager if there again. As mentioned not much else in the vicinity though not worth going out of the way for.

17 Jul 2012 20:26

The Newshouse, Nottingham

Excellent old school alehouse handy for the tram terminus and station. Top place for old bastards like meself.

9 Jul 2012 20:27

The Dragon, Nottingham

Reasonable ale though not a great selection (just Adnams brews) though it does feel like you are sititng in passageways or alcoves doesn't really have a proper pub feel to the place.

9 Jul 2012 20:26

Hog's Head, Nottingham

Had a reasonable pint in here but still feels pretty much like a chain pub.

9 Jul 2012 20:24

The Salutation Inn, Nottingham

An olde world pub that isn't your quaint tourist trap but more of a real pub. Good selection of ale I had the chocolate and chilli stout which was unusual but drinkable. One of the better pubs in downtown Nottingham.

9 Jul 2012 20:17

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham

One of the classic must visit pubs though not one I would spend all day in. Ales were nice enough I tried the Nottingham Pale and others tried a pint of Ye Olde Trip even though I pointed out it wasn't a locla brew any more.

9 Jul 2012 20:14

Canal House, Nottingham

Probably worth a drop by to cross the bridge inside the pub over the canal and barge to get to the bar. I tried a pint of Hemlock and the others had Nottingham Legend ale was okay but not what you would call brilliant. Worth a punt for the canal barge and canal in the bar novlety though.

9 Jul 2012 20:12

The Two Brewers, Ongar

A smallish 'country style' pub serving food but the small bar retains apub feel to it. Only two alws on - GK IPA and Adnams Broadside. The Broadside was well kept and drinkable. Vintage buses terminate outside the place at weekends during the Summer. Not a great pub but not a bad one either so can't understand the low rating.

1 Jul 2012 21:40

The North Eastern Hotel, Goole

Closest pub to the station and where the bare legged short skirted crowd (and that's just the men!) gather before heading for a night out in Doncaster. Had a pint of stella here as I saw no one drinking any ale.
I have never seen so many obese people on my travels as I noticed in the town of Goole - it has to be Britains' fattest town.
The pub was okay you can see the people who runit are making an effort.

24 Jun 2012 15:24

The Macintosh Arms, Goole

Genuine locals pub, bit rough and ready but quite friendly. They do a nice pint of Tetleys and also the Cottage Metropolitna was a nice enough pint.

24 Jun 2012 15:18

Hop and Vine, Hull

Bar in a cellar serving unusual ales and ciders. had a nice enough pint of Aerosol. It is a good one ofr the cider heads as there seemed to be as many draught ciders as ales.

24 Jun 2012 15:15

Ye Olde White Harte, Hull

Nice enough historical old pub down an alleyway. Ale seemed tobe all Caledonian and the Fkying Scotsman was drinkable but nothing special.

24 Jun 2012 15:11

Durty Nelly's, Hull

Dropped in quarter past two on a saturday afternoon. Nice newly refurbished bar with plenty of interesting ales on. However there was no one to serve me although the pub had a few people in the bar was unstaffed, Gave up at 20 past and went elsewhere. Can't mark it on the beer - can mark it on the (non existent) service

24 Jun 2012 15:07

Ye Olde Black Boy, Hull

Old pub with a bit of character serving a few ales. The Taylors Golden Best was okay. Worth a visit as one of Hull's historic pubs.

24 Jun 2012 15:03

The Whalebone, Hull

Behind a corner building in a run down industrial part of Hull near to the centre. I tried the Neck Oil but wasn't too impressed with it to be honest even at 1.60 a pint I didn't fancy another pint of it.

24 Jun 2012 15:00

The Sir Richard Steele, Belsize Park

Bit of a rough and ready local - fairly busy, reasonable ale. Not bad on this swift visit.

24 Jun 2012 14:56

The Marathon Restaurant, Chalk Farm

" apparently they were serving people alcohol even if they hadn't bought any food"
They've been doing that for the last 30 years. Over priced bottles of Keo at 3am in the monrng were it's speciality. Makes one wonder why the council are bothering now.

24 Jun 2012 14:52

Bartok, Chalk Farm

Now Joes Hotdog bar. They had Hophead Bitter on draught which although not top form was drinkable. Not bad for what it is.

24 Jun 2012 14:48

The King and Tinker, Enfield

Has two halves - one being the lounge/main diniing area the other slightly resembling a bar. They had ales on but no one was drinking them so I went for a lager. TheCarlsberg was dire - how can you get lager wrong ? Left half of it and glad I didn't risk the ales. It's no wonder pubs are closing at the rate they are.

10 Jun 2012 17:34

Joxer Bradys, Stafford

Not a bad town centre pub and the Marstons Sunbeam was okay. The staff seemed to be eyeing up any 'new' folk in to see if they were on the 'barred by Pubwatch' list that they were perusing.

28 May 2012 20:39

The Sun, Stafford

Another good job by Titanic. They just seem to be able to get it right with regards to refurbing pubs and knocking out decent ale. A few nice pints of Iceberg quaffed on a sunny day.

28 May 2012 20:37

Euston Tap, Euston

It is worth a visit for being an unusual location for a bar and it is worth a trip up the spiral stairs to the small seating area but the qulaity of ale on offer does vary quite significantly. The Thornbridge breew on this occasion was just about palatable.

25 May 2012 16:38

The Northumberland Arms, Goodge Street

Dreadful place to rip off the large passing trade. Lovely hot day fancied a nice cold lager. Choice of Heineken, San Miguel, Fosters. Asked for Heineken - "we don't have it"... went for (at 4.10 a pint) the San Miguel. Dire, tasteless and not cold enough. Even if you fancy a swift lager this place won't do it for you.

25 May 2012 16:34

Wetherspoons, Hampstead

Even less atmosphere than your average Wetherspoons. A bit like having a pint by the popcorn dispenser prior to going in to the cinema. Ale was just about drinkable and the window seats afford a view of the slow moving traffic on Finchley Road.

15 May 2012 21:58

The Railway, West Hampstead

Not as much of a creche as in the past andmore a hard drinker's pub. Not particularly great but pubs are thin on the ground in West Hampstead. They had Purity Mad Goos which was okay but not asnice as it should be.

15 May 2012 21:56

Metropolitan Bar, Baker Street

Better than average Wetherspoon above Baker Street station. Had a nice pint of Great Newsome 'Sleck Dust'.

15 May 2012 21:53

The Barley Mow, Marylebone

A bit frayed round the edges since it's more halcyon Nicholson days and it seems like the old 'back door' exit has been converted into a flat. Doombar, Pilsener and Seafarer on handpump. Tried the Seafarer which was okay (ond 50p a pint less than Hampstead). Better than some in the vicinity.

15 May 2012 21:51

The Holly Bush, Hampstead

Still reasonable enough as a pub inthe evenings. The Harveys was good (though at 'Standard Hampstead' prices of 4 a pint it should be)

10 May 2012 18:20

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

One of only three remaining proper pubs in Hampstead though the locals of Hampstead seem disinterested and there was only two other souls in when I ventured in. They had a few out of the usual ales on and both the Brakspears Marshmellow and Pendle Witches Brew were both good pints.

10 May 2012 18:18

The Flask, Hampstead

Pettymuch the same as it has been. The Sambrooks Wandle was fairly insipid. Now following the 'Hampstead Standard' of charging round the four quid mark for a pint of ordinary ale.

10 May 2012 18:12

The Boat Inn, Melton Mowbray

Pleasant enough and more of a real pub than the others. Closest pub to the station. I had a pint of Kronenbourg here rather than ale as I saw no one else on the ales - probably should have had a try but the two GBG entries for MM were poor so I didn't risk an ale here.

10 May 2012 18:11

Crown Inn, Melton Mowbray

More of a pub, with bar and lounge half, than the Anne of Cleves. The Tiger was much better in here though still not top form.

10 May 2012 18:08

Anne Of Cleves, Melton Mowbray

Bit of a chainy, school dining hall feel to it - not too pub like. The pint of Tiger was a bit soapy and not particularly nice.

10 May 2012 18:03

Congress Inn, Stoke on Trent

Old school drinkers pub with some folk in their Sunday best and others with facial bruises and grazed knuckles. Friendly enough though. Had a few decent pints of Gladstone Special IPA.

11 Apr 2012 22:11

The Blue Bell Inn, Kidsgrove

Found an easier route to this place from the stationalong the brown canal. Still a good pub with decent ales.

11 Apr 2012 22:08

The Coachmakers Arms, Hanley

Glad to see it's still here and though the beer range wasn't as wide as on my previous visits the pint of Adnams Ghost Ship was on top form. Still a freindly and amiable place and still the best pub in the six towns. It does look like it's days will be numbered once the old bus station next door closes - that's progress as they say.

11 Apr 2012 22:07

The Cock Inn, Leek

A reasonably refurbished town pub selling Joules ales. Had a mix of hen party and old farmers talking about bullocks on my visit. The Joules IPA I had was the best pint I had in Leek.

11 Apr 2012 22:02

The Quiet Woman, Leek

Part of a small pub chain. Bit of adownmarket Wetherspoon feel to it. ONly one ale on - Tether from Wahrfe something or other... wasn't particularly nice.

11 Apr 2012 22:00

The Wilkes Head, Leek

An unmodernised feel to both pub and customers. Found it relatively friendly although the locals do tend to hog the bar. The pint of Hartington bitter was quite nice.

11 Apr 2012 21:56

Den Engel, Leek

Pleasant enough Belgian style cafe bar on a shoppping street in the centre of town. The prices tend to be a bit on the Belgian side though, also the ale isn't up to much. Had a pretty dreary pint of Lord Lucan.

11 Apr 2012 21:54

The Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield

This and the as yet unlisted Baths Hotel the other side of the station are by far the best places for ale in Macc.

11 Apr 2012 21:50

The Swan, Buxton

Average kind of pub with okay ale - would have thought more of it if it hadn't been inhabited by some knobhead obsessed with Eric Cantona. I suppose every pub has it's dickhead.

11 Apr 2012 21:45

Cat and Fiddle Inn, Macclesfield

A bit of a rough & ready feel to the bar part which would be okay if the beer didn't match that feel. The pint of Robbo's Dizzy Blonde was more a Peroxide Murky Blonde and I left half of it. I've been here a few times across the eons of time and have not yet had a decent pint in the place. They bank on the fact that if you make it here you are bound to buy something.

11 Apr 2012 21:44

The Fordwich Arms, Fordwich

A pleasant enough looking building (a bit similar in style to George Bernard Shaw's house) in Britain's self proclaimed 'smallest town'. Interior is okay though food appears pricey and the ale is from a bog standard list of 'standards' - Doom Bar is what I opted for and it wasn't that great.

1 Apr 2012 10:23

The Butchers Arms, Herne

It certainly is different and I wonder how with the very limited opening hours and very limited space it can actually make any money (though a few locals do seem to drop in for a plastic lemonade bottle of takeout draught). It's different and the ale is good but if you don't get comfortable with the locals it isn't somewhere you'd dwell too long.

1 Apr 2012 10:19

Prince of Wales, Herne Bay

Reasonable enough Shepherd Neame, street corner, town local. The Master Brew was about as good as you'll get it.

1 Apr 2012 10:12

The King Ethelbert Inn, Reculver

Pleasant enough location next to the reculver Towers. A number of people were eating and a few locals were in. the Yellowsomething or other ale I had was just about okay but didn't fancy another.

1 Apr 2012 10:10

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

Dropped in again while waiting on a train. There was a crowd glued to a big screen in the lower part of the pub at the front. Was wondering what football, rugby or other sporting event it was but found out they were there for some interactive computer game. I retreated to the rear half of pub where I found the biggest change, which was in the selection of ales. A number of reasonable beers including Brains 'Milkwood' - not only the best ale from Brains I have tried but also the best pint of the day. Worth missing the odd train for on this offering.

25 Mar 2012 12:07

The Vine, Kentish Town

Dropped in here as I didn't fancy fighting my way to the bar to get served in the Southampton. It looked like one of those 'Pub & Dining' chain type places with a contrived refurb with upstairs toilets (to provide more 'sales' space on the ground). Most people appeared to be drinkers though and diners and those with children were outside on the front 'patio' area and the interior part of the pub was okay - got served sharply enough and a decent pint of Old Dairy Red Top.

25 Mar 2012 12:02

The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Dropped off the train for a pint here and am still not sure what this place is actually trying to be. It feels more like you are at a minor art exhibition or at a reception area for something else rather than a place in it's own right. Has a very through other feeling. The Old Dairy Up and Udders was a nice pint (and the prices seem to have gone down since my last visit) but I just didn't fancy staying for another.

25 Mar 2012 11:57

The Eastbrook, Dagenham

A lot better than expected for the area. The Ale (Brakspears) was actually quite drinkable. Found the staff and cleintelle reasonable enough and the place actually resembled a pub unlike many in the area.

25 Mar 2012 11:53

The Spotted Dog, Barking

Didn't risk the bitter after my last visit but a pint of Kronenbourg set me back 3.87 - don't even pay that for it in Cnetral London let alone a tired boozer in Barking.

25 Mar 2012 11:50

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Kind of a becoming a victim of it's own success. A tale of two halves yesterday - mid day stopped off for a couple of pints (Gadds No5 and some other brew I've forgot the name of) both were okay as opposed to good. Returned on the way back around 6pm and it was heaving... too manic to bother fighting to the bar just to get a pint so went down the road instead.

25 Mar 2012 11:47

The Station Arms, Southminster

Excellent old school pub clsoe to the station (as the name would suggest). The pint of Colchester No.1 was top form and worth sticking to for the duration.

13 Mar 2012 20:04

The Crooked Billet, Leigh on Sea

Reasonable enough pub (and there are so few in South Essex) with a beer patio across the narrow street by the side of the estuary. Ale was okay. Popular with 'Enders, though I suppose most of them live this way now.

13 Mar 2012 20:01

Crooked Spire, Chesterfield

A Marston's pubco place in the shadow of the spire. Didn't fancy risking the one ale on (Hobgoblin) so went for a lager here. Garish kind of place where people go to pretend they are still on holiday in Benidorm.

4 Mar 2012 15:05

The Royal Oak, Chesterfield

Ancient looking old pub, cosy and friendly with upper and smaller lower bar. Beer was good Brampton's Stout in particular was excellent

4 Mar 2012 15:04

Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield

Proper old pub with numerous ales on, mainly from Leatherbreeches. Had a nice enough pint of Scoundrel.

4 Mar 2012 15:02

The Derby Tup, Whittington Moor

Busy ale pub with various brews on.. Went for a pint of Piston which was nice enough.

4 Mar 2012 15:01

Old Sidings, Dronfield

They are making an effort and it is more of a pub than the more vaunted Coach & Horses but the pint of Loxley was never more than drinkable. Would give it another try when in the vicinity.

4 Mar 2012 14:59

Coach and Horses, Dronfield

Nice enough from the outside but one of those 'Pub & Dining' type interiors. The ales on were nice (mainly Thronbridge Brews though the pint of Ashford was a bit soapy) but the diners and plethora of pushchairs occupying a relatively small front bar area kind of place this in the ' family dining establishment ' corner rather than a traditional pub.

4 Mar 2012 14:57

The Rutland, Chesterfield

Reasonable kind of busy town pub with a number of mainly local ales. Had a few pints of the Brampton Tudor Royal.

4 Mar 2012 14:53

The Attleborough Arms, Nuneaton

The 'Arms' seemed to have been dropped as it is just the 'Attleborough'. An archetypal large-ish Marstons Pubco chainpub. Souless and mediocre. Only Marstons Pedigree on the ale front but it wasn't a bad pint.

29 Feb 2012 17:46

Royal Oak, Attleborough

An old style fron Public bar and rear Lounge set up. Plenty of ales on but nothing out of the ordinary - all 'mainstream' brews. Had a reasonable pint of Landlord.

29 Feb 2012 17:37

Albion, Warrington

Am probably being harsh on this place because of Jon90 and his laughably threatening e-mails, either way -

(a He is indicative of the clientelle which means the pub is a toilet worth avoiding

(b He is pathetic shabby local who is an embarrasment to the staff and regulars of the Albion and if they work out who he is they will bar him.

I would tend to go for the latter as I don't actually mind the pub. It IS loud and it is a venue for music so of course it isn't somewhere to go for a quiet pint and the beer is good .I have been back despite that pathetic creature threatening allsorts if I did.

29 Feb 2012 17:31

The Eldon Arms, Reading fact SO quiet on an early Saturday evenig that it was closed.

26 Feb 2012 22:40

The Retreat, Reading

A reasonable enough pint in this smallish bar though it does have a cliquey feel to it.

26 Feb 2012 22:39

The Glue Pot, Swindon

A square box of a place not the most aesthetic of places and a little run down but still one of a very few places that serve a proper pint in Swindon (possibly the only one in the "new" town). The Cotswold Wickwar Way was quite drinkable on this visit.

26 Feb 2012 22:29

The Alehouse, Reading

Quite surprised that a small reall ale pub like this manages to survuve on a main shopping street. Am sure one of the coffee outlet chains would love to get their hands on the space. Had an enjoyable pint of Hexter's Healing.

26 Feb 2012 22:26

Plaza, Rugeley

The Fortyniner was dinrkable just about and the place is worth a look I suppose. But once you have seen one corporate cineam refurb you've seen 'em all.. One day they may manage to make one of their places actually feel like a pub.

20 Feb 2012 22:24

Thatched House Tavern, Bloxwich

Am old style 'rough house' with no ale, only Carling on the lager front and populated by drunks discussing who the local hard men were and how many people they had 'banged'.

20 Feb 2012 22:22

The Romping Cat, Bloxwich

Unchanged pub on a corner with a few rooms and locals playing cards. Only Pedigree on draught which was okay but nothing brilliant.

20 Feb 2012 22:20

The Wharf, Walsall

What looks like a temporary buidling with tables and chairs from a school canteen. No proper ale and the pint of Staropramen wasn't cheap. Second closest pub to the station - closest when the Red Lion is closed as it was on Sunday night.

20 Feb 2012 22:18

The Whitefriars Olde Ale House, Coventry

An olde worlde kind of pub with excellent ale on offer. had a pit of Welton land of Hope and Glory which wa sspot in. What lets this pub down is a crowd that, in spite of there being loads of room elsewhere in the pub, insist on crowding at the bar and being deliberately awkward in obstucting people trying to get served.

20 Feb 2012 22:15

The Yorkshireman, Colton

Nipped in again for a swift pint while waiting for a train. Tried the Palmer's Poison this time which was an excellent pint. Still primarily an eating house though.

20 Feb 2012 22:12

The Royal Exchange, Stone

Collected another card after ordering my pint of Titanic 'All Aboard'. An excellent pint but I need to remember to bring the card with me next time (have got three with one stamp on in the house).

20 Feb 2012 22:10

The Riverside Cafe Bar, Sheffield

As it describes itself - cafe bar as opposed to pub. Was nice enough and the pint of Kraken was drinkable.

20 Feb 2012 22:00

The Bath Hotel, Sheffield

Still a top pub for me - evocative of a street corner local of times gone by only with an excellent pint (Idle's Idle Dog in this instance).

20 Feb 2012 21:58

Harlequin, Sheffield

Average kind of real ale establishment. The pint of 1832 was okay rather than good. There was a rather cryptic kind of quiz whihc very few of the particpants managed to get much of right while I was there.

20 Feb 2012 21:56

The Rutland Arms, Sheffield

Reasonable enough pub with plenty of ales on. Had a nice pint of Hilsborough Wentworth here.

20 Feb 2012 21:52

Carlton, Sheffield

An oasis in an otherwise very bleak part of Sheffield. Smallish locals pub with decent ale.

20 Feb 2012 21:51

The Red Lion, Walsall

Clsoest pub to the night entrance of the station. Not a bad town pub and was pleasantly surprised by the pint of Banks's.

14 Feb 2012 10:33

The Springhead Tavern, Darlaston

Raesonable enough pub with plenty of ales on. Downton brews seemed to dominate - had one which was nice enough. Not the friendliest of places for outsiders.

14 Feb 2012 10:32

The Olde White Rose, Bilston

Nice enough town cente pub with a few ales on. Had a pint of Greys Bitter but as pointed out, they do seem understaffed at times.

14 Feb 2012 10:30

The Great Western, Wolverhampton

Good old stlye pub with execellent ale. The Bathams was on form on this visit. Close to the station but as pointed out - you have to know the way.

14 Feb 2012 10:28

The Centurion, Newcastle

Interesting refrubed station bar in Central station. Last stop before getting the train. Busy with crowds watching the rugby. Ale was decent enough.

7 Feb 2012 16:27

The Bodega, Newcastle

Busy city centre pub with plenty of (necessary) standing room. They had the Stoke -Sunderland game on on live but not a soul seemed (or admitted to be) interested in it. Not many unusual ales on but had a decent pint of Black Sheep.

7 Feb 2012 16:26

The Boathouse Inn, Wylam

Nice enough place with bar/lounge set up with what looks like music in the lounge half at times. The Greys Best went down well.

7 Feb 2012 16:22

The Bacchus, Newcastle

A refurbished look gives it a kind of modern bar feel but it is still a decent place for a pint. The Jarrow Rivet Catcher was top notch.

7 Feb 2012 16:19

Crown Posada, Newcastle

Excellent old fashioned city pub with plenty of decent ales on. The Hadrian Legion was excellent as was other stuff I forget the name of.

7 Feb 2012 16:17

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

This is about the closest decent pub to the station. For a Well's pub it serves an excellent pint of Adnams.

29 Jan 2012 12:48

The Fox and Hounds, Thurston

Decent pub handy for the station with a few ales on. Had a pint of Woodforde's Nog and a maheer IPA both were good. Has a pool room (as opposed to Public bar) and Lounge area that has seating for diners in an area to the rear. A lot of Americans frequent the place (I'm guessing that is to do with USAAF bases in the area).

29 Jan 2012 12:44

The Railway Tavern, Elmswell

A GK pub with a railway theme though not that near to the railway. The beer here is well kept though and the Abbot tasted quite nice not the usual cloying aftertaste you usually get with it. Pleasant staff and clientelle too. One of the better GK pubs.

29 Jan 2012 12:40

Fox, Elmswell

Standard GK pub next to the station with Ruddles as a 'guest'. Somewhere to sit while waiting on a train.

29 Jan 2012 12:36

The Fat Cat, Ipswich

A nice and friendly locals pub in Ipswich's Eastern suburbs. The ale comes straight out of the barrel and the Wherry was very different to the handpump version but still an excellent pint. Not sure if it''s best on pump or from the barrel - pum, barrel, barrel, pump,,,only one way to find out....

29 Jan 2012 12:34

The Dove, Ipswich

A fairly square bar area and plenty of ales on. Picked a duff pint in the brew from over the road with the oil can on it though.

29 Jan 2012 12:28

Albion, Warrington

I ain't a camra fan meself but dickheads like Jon 90 are one reason to avoid this pub.

29 Jan 2012 12:20

The Rowditch Inn, Derby

A good solid locals pub in Derby's Inner Western suburbs. Had a pint of their own stuff brewed on the prmesies and it was nice enough.

16 Jan 2012 16:23

The Greyhound, Derby

Modernised bar with a welcoming coal effect gas fire to sit infornt of on a freezing evening. The Derby ales on were good - had a pint of 'Business as Usual' and could of had a few more of those but had ot push on as it was getting late.

16 Jan 2012 16:19

Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, Derby

A number of smallish rooms and a 'history' make this place worth the visit along with some decent beer as well of course. had a pint called Mandril not sure who brews it but it was a drinkable enough beer.

16 Jan 2012 16:15

The Old Silk Mill, Derby

A reasonable refurb although the outside of the pub has charhacter not reflected in the interior which is a pretty plain kind of set up. No food. only ales and decent ones at that. The Osset Voyager went down particularly well.

16 Jan 2012 16:13

The Brewery Tap, Derby

Nice enough modernisation of an old pub in a kind of old style. Plenty of ales on weel kept - the pint of This or That went down nicely.

16 Jan 2012 16:10

White Rose Bar, Leeds

Bog standard station bar okay for a swift lager before catching your train.

8 Jan 2012 11:25

Mr Foley's Cask Ale House, Leeds

Large city centre drinking house very much on the 'circuit'. Main bar area is for standees with upper gallery area frequented by large groups of raucous folk on a night out. Plenty of ales on and the pint I had here was good enough.

8 Jan 2012 11:23

The Brewery Tap, Leeds

Modern bar near the station . Has a range of Leeds ales on the Best was okay but have had better.

8 Jan 2012 11:21

The West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury

Have to echo the previous comments. Found this place pretty unremarkable and had a forgettable pint of an ale I have forgotten the name of. Was busy and am probabaly being unduly harsh on it as I was expecting more from it but certainly not worth getting off the train for.

8 Jan 2012 11:17

The Cellar Bar, Batley

Nice bar across the road from the station with pool table and popular with young and old alike. Had about 4 or 5 ales on. The Osset red was nice.

8 Jan 2012 11:13

The Victoria Hotel, Leeds

Classic large multi-roomed pub behind the town hall. Plenty of ales on and the Acorn Barnsley Bitter went down well.

8 Jan 2012 11:10

Templar Hotel, Leeds

An old style drinking man's pub on the fringes of the city centre reminiscent of those Tetely Bittermen ads of the late 70's. Seemed only appropriate to try a pint of Tetley's whcih was okay (though not sure where it is brewed these days).

8 Jan 2012 11:06

Whitelocks, Leeds

Down an alley off the main shopping street this long old style bar seemed pleasant enough. Started to fill up quite rapidly from openng. Had a decent pint of Ilkley Black.

8 Jan 2012 11:04

The Old Cross Tavern, Hertford

Small,cosy and still with a good selection of ales. Went in with a group of geriatric delinquents who were quaffing Kwak (too early in the day for me to drink headbang stuff). Had best ales of the day here, which I rounded off with a nice (if strong) Church End brew. It may not have the history but it still is the best pub in Hertford by a good margin.

1 Jan 2012 11:12

The Six Templars, Hertford

Get what you pay for here - cheap undrinkable beer and bad attitude from the primadonna bar manager. Took back two duff pints ony to be refused service for 'insulting' him by mentioning the FACT that the beer he served was no good. Someone who is extremely over sensitive to justifiable criticism shoud not be in a customer facing role.

1 Jan 2012 11:07

The Old Barge, Hertford

Had a nice pint of Triple F Alton's Pride and Hophead while with a party of geriatric delinquents who also sampled Tring Colleys Dog and other brews all in good nic. The ducks were a bit noisy at times.

1 Jan 2012 11:03

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

Long bar which has a high ceiling towards the end with something aeronautical hanging up in it. Think it is a Well's house - though I had a an Elgood's seasonal brew that was nice eough.

24 Dec 2011 23:54

The Live and Let Live, Cambridge

Had an execllent pint of Loddon Hocus Pocus here. Was very quiet and subdued atmosphere - maybe due to it being Christmas Eve. Ideal for a miserable old get like meself.

24 Dec 2011 23:51

The Free Press, Cambridge

Pleasant small street corner local. The St.Peters Bitter I had here was on top form - best pint of the day by a good measure.

24 Dec 2011 23:44

Elm Tree, Cambridge

A decent street corner alehouse with nine different brews on. The Shefford's Turkey Trauma was a nice enough brew. Bloke behind the bar seemed passionate enough about ale.

24 Dec 2011 23:41

The Boot Inn, Histon

Am old pub with a small bar to the front and larger one to the rear. Front bar has nice warming fire (although the seats by the fire seem to be made for Santa's elves). Had a nice enough pint of Woodfrorde's Wherry.

24 Dec 2011 23:37

The Red Lion, Histon

A place that is worthy of the top 100 (probably a lot higher considering some of the dross that is artificially in the top echelons here). A pub of two halves, the public seems a bit more raucous than the lounge. Nine ales in view in the lounge half, had a nice pint of Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde (Mild). Deserves it's accolades.

24 Dec 2011 23:34

The Corrib Rest, Queens Park

Original premises funded by the council tax payers of Brent. Medium sized Irish drinking barn converted from other premises. No ale, usual keg stuff, which is overpriced for what it is.

24 Dec 2011 13:16

The Salusbury, Kilburn

Once a shop conversion Irish bar now a place that is a bit up-it's-own-arse. Local hard drinkers sit outside in the smoking zone patronised by local pretentious folk who, although understanding, know they are so much better than them (and everyone else). Over priced second rate keg beer dominates the bar.

24 Dec 2011 13:13

Boadicea, Charing Cross Station

This place has been tastefully refurbed and transformed in to a specialist beer bar. However it is rather expensive (no bottles under 4 and no pints under 4.50) has no real ale (unless you count the keg Meantime Pale I tried at 4.75 a pint) and there isn't really anything special about the beer.

18 Dec 2011 21:25

The Alexandra, Barnet

Was closed on Saturday night (17/12/11) - not sure if it's temporary or permanent.

18 Dec 2011 21:17

The Lord Nelson, Barnet

A little quirky and beer not as palatable on this visit (Young's Special). Still okay if you are in the vicinity, especially as it seems the Alexandra is closed.

18 Dec 2011 21:14

Plough, Crews Hill

A McMullens eating establishment housed in the middle of 'Garden Centre City'. As you can gather from the reviews somewhere people go to eat as opposed to a social pub. At busy times drinkers can be relcoated to the odd shelf. The pint of McMullens IPA was quite an acquired taste - as in for those who like drinking the contents of mop buckets. Another place I could imagine to be like the restaurant from the original edition of 'Bedside Mad' when busy.

18 Dec 2011 21:11

Three Horseshoes, Watton at Stone

Yet another 'dining' experience. I think it is time that the site seperated places whcih are primarily 'restaurants' from proper pubs.

18 Dec 2011 21:05

George & Dragon, Watton at Stone

Primarily yet another eatery but it does have a bar area that at least resembles a pub bar. Four ales on... Lancaster Bomber was okay as was the headbanging Old Crafty Hen.

18 Dec 2011 21:03

The Bull, Watton at Stone

Yet another 'Pub & Dining' clone. It may try a little harder than some but it is still a characterless chain restaurant as opposed to a pub.

18 Dec 2011 20:58

The Chequers, Stevenage

A 'Pub & Dining' establishment which means basically it ISN'T a pub. They seem to expect that everyone who comes through the door wants to feed their faces rather than just have a drink. They did have three ales on - Pride, an Adnams X-mas brew (which then wern't ready) and Brakspears. The brakspears wa sno more than drinkable.

18 Dec 2011 20:56

The Grand Junction Arms, Harlesden

Reasonable Youngs house with the odd mainstream guest ale. The Young's Bitter was just about palatable though the Christmas brew was better. Has a pool table and canalside area and also a couple of pool tables. Is next door to a biscuit factory.

18 Dec 2011 20:52

The Red Cow, Richmond

Youngs house on the edge of the town centre. They had a few guests on - the twickenham Christmas Cheer was nice enough

11 Dec 2011 16:06

The Victoria Inn, Richmond

A nice little slightly quirky small square one -roomed bar. The pint of Elsie Mo was quite drinkable.

11 Dec 2011 16:04

The New Inn, Ham

Imposing looking pub in a pleasant location although it's pretty bland inside. Had a reasonable pint of Youngs though.

11 Dec 2011 16:01

The Wych Elm, Kingston Upon Thames

Friendly Fullers house serving a decent pint of Pride and with convivial staff and clientelle.

11 Dec 2011 16:00

The Pied Bull, Chester

Okay enough - ale was nice enough ( a pint of Cosmic at 6%) but can see where the 'bland' epithet comes from. Not somewhere you'd want to spend a great deal of time in.

10 Dec 2011 00:35

The Brewery Tap, Chester

Yes it's a nice building, yes the ale is good (an Otley brew on this occasion) but is also a bit of a victim of it's own success in it being a little too crowded to be comfortable at times.

10 Dec 2011 00:33

The Bear and Billet, Chester

Decent ale (Wibbly Wallaby) and a reasonable modernised old building. Quite busy and somewhere that isn't the greatest of places if you aren't in a group ( more than 4 or 5 of you that is ).

10 Dec 2011 00:31

Allerton Hall, Liverpool

Has as been mentioned - it is an imposing building and probably worth dropping in for a swift pint but the ale (Pedigree on this visit - though EPA and Courage were also on) weren't too great. The food was your bog standard pub fare but better than what you would get from Wetherspoons (which ain't saying a lot). It is somewhere a lot of people drop in to after either attending a funeral or visiting loved ones at the adjacent cemetery though that is only because it is the only place for a pint in the vicinty.

10 Dec 2011 00:26

The Borough Arms, Crewe

I notced the locals have rallied round and pushed this miserable hole in to the top ten. Just goes to show how easily the figures are manipulated. This is now most definitely a zero pub. Leave it to the brusque and obnoxious locals. This site is primarily an information point for visitors and this pub is unfriendly towards outsiders.

27 Nov 2011 15:16

The Mitre, Cambridge

Standard Nicholson's chain establishment - clean, tidy and busy on this visit. Okay but not somewhere you'd want to spend the evening. The pint of Ptarmigan was quite nice.

27 Nov 2011 00:32

Royal Oak, St Ives

Okay kind of pub on the main street with room and area by bar at front and other areas to the rear. Had a pint of Woodforde Wherry which was just about drinkable.

27 Nov 2011 00:30

Oliver Cromwell, St Ives

A pleasant enough old pub down by the river with average bar to front and refurbed area to rear. Had a pint of a seasonal Woodforde brew that was nice enough if nothing special.

27 Nov 2011 00:28

The George Hotel, Huntingdon

Hotel bar which has a cosy feel to it although a lack of decent ales (GK IPA and Abbot) so had a pint of Staropramen. ...and this is one of the better places to drink in the town.

27 Nov 2011 00:22

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

Actually bought a pint here today - it has been refurbed and doesn't have as much of a dour feel to it as it used to. Still only GK offerings - IPA, Abbot, Speckled Hen. The Speckled Hen was well kept and drinkable though it's still only somewhere to wait for a train.

25 Nov 2011 18:01

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Much more down to earth on this visit. It was like a proper old man's drinking pub this afternoon and the Welton brew (some harvest name) went down well. It actually looked and felt like an old school pub today.

25 Nov 2011 17:59

The Pembury Tavern, Hackney

A large open plan pub occupying a corner plot with 16 handpumps and also a few barrels on this visit. I had a pint of the West Berkshire 'Good Old Boy' which was ok then followed that up with a very mediocre pint of Tap House Kingdom. It is wtihout doubt the best pub in the vicinity but I think that they are going for quantity over quality as the first pint was drinkable but not exceptional and the second pint was pretty poor.
One of the top pubs in the country ? ...afraid far from it - the beer has to be exceptional for that.

25 Nov 2011 17:55

The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury

Seems to have 'waiters' as opposed to bar staff. All mainstreanm ales apart from Cropton Blackout which I had and wasn't too great. A busy town centre pub that knows it doesn't have to make the effort - and doesn't. In the 2012 GBG - why ?

5 Nov 2011 23:34

The Eight Bells, Canterbury

Very much a locals pub which was friendly enough on this visit. Ale choice was just Bombardier and Youngs Bitter. The Youngs Bitter was okay but nothing brilliant.

5 Nov 2011 23:31

The Dolphin, Canterbury

Very much a gastropub/bistro. Has Michelin men and Homepride Flourgradrers around the wall along with other periods kitsch. Three ales on and although the Gadds No 5 was drinkable I didn't feel at home in this place. It just doesn't have a pub feel to it.

5 Nov 2011 23:28

The New Inn, Canterbury

Nice enough small bar at the front with a more food orientated conservatory to the rear and a garden beyond that. Friendly enough 'off the main road local' though there wasa a limited 'mainstream' offering on the ale front and the Black Sheep wasn't particularly nice.

5 Nov 2011 23:25

The Kings Head, Canterbury

Medium sized one-roomed pub with the bar as it's central focus. Four ales on (GK IPA, Gadds Dark, Harveys Sussex and Westerham Kings Head). the westerham Kings Head was okay if nothign spectacular and the pub was pleasant enough.

5 Nov 2011 23:22

The Grapes, Mathew St, Liverpool

They seem to be pretty touchy about bad reviews judging by the gaps in comments for such a 'tourist haunt'. Let's keep it simple and to the facts then - the ale is dire, the food atrocious and service indifferent. The place has such potenital but just seems to feed off passing trade.

3 Nov 2011 22:50

The Prince of Wales, Pimlico

Nice enough pub with freindly enough folk and a reasonable pint of Brakspears Gold.

30 Oct 2011 00:45

The The White Ferry, Victoria

No ale on but it is a pub and not a poced up version of one.

30 Oct 2011 00:41

Flying Horse, Gatwick Airport

It's okay considering it is an airport Wetherspoons but it is landside and you have to ignore the 'greeters' who want to escort you to a table. (We are NOT the U.S. so why do we have their customs foisted upon us?)

30 Oct 2011 00:38

The Railway, Crawley

Benn refrubed since the above pic - looks like a typical Marstons Pubco job. Not bad but not great either and still a few of the past 'unsavoury' elements haunting the place. The Marstons EPA was 1.89 a pint.

30 Oct 2011 00:33

The Half Moon, Crawley

It's white as opposed to 'salmon' in colour these days. It's your archetypal 'sports' bar (as in pool table and multi-screen Sky sports). No ale and a whacking 3.75 for a Stella (only 2.50 for a pint in town),

30 Oct 2011 00:31

The BreweryShades, Crawley

On the High St. opposite the Wetherspoons and on entering it appeared like your average chain pub. It wasn't so bad though and I had a decent pint of dark Star Hophead and a pint of Milestone Crusdaer. It is probably your best bet for an ale in downtown Creepy.

30 Oct 2011 00:27

The Borough Arms, Crewe

(what a difference a year makes)

27 Oct 2011 16:56

The Kings Arms, Crewe

A rough and ready house but at least it is more friendly than the place over the road. Two ales on , both Beartown, both 5%. The Bruin's Ruin was drinakble though.

27 Oct 2011 16:55

The Borough Arms, Crewe

I would echo what the last reviewer says... staff and clientelle are unfriendly and ignorant. Best leave this place to the woollyback locals.

27 Oct 2011 16:53

Hops, Crewe

Feels like an old school building that has been turned in to a cafeteria/bar. Awash with council 'care' workers on this visit. Plenty of bottled Belgian beers and a few ales on. I tried a pint of Faithless V - a Macclesfield brew which wasn't particularly nice.

27 Oct 2011 16:51

Railway Inn, Shrewsbury

Nice, friendly locals rural pub serving decent ale. Close to the station, which is a request halt and has quite a good service till late on for somewhere so remote. Worth jumping off the train for though you have to tell the guard you're getting off there.

27 Oct 2011 16:46

The Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

Nice cosy little town pub which seems popular with young and old alike. The Wye Valley HPA was good

27 Oct 2011 16:43

The Three Fishes, Shrewsbury

Quaint old pub with sloping half timebered ceiling in the bar. The Stonehouse Station Bitter was okay but have had better pints of it. Can't say I can see what all the fuss is about this place, found it rather average.

27 Oct 2011 16:40

The Woodman, Shrewsbury

A pub in the style of how they used to be - with a basic public bar. I tried a pint of Salopian 'Oracle' whcih was very nice. It's away from the town centre as you leave the station.

27 Oct 2011 16:38

The Adelphi Hotel, Blackburn

Has a rough edge to it but it is handy for the bus & train stations. They also have some reasonable ales on. Not somewhere to spend the day mind.

27 Oct 2011 16:35

The Station Hotel, Cherry Tree

Refurbed Thwaites house that retains the original feel. They had a good slection of Thwaites brews and I had a couple of pints of the Original which was reasonable enough.

27 Oct 2011 16:32

The Railway, Accrington

Complete overkill with the plasma screens - there isn't an inch of wall without a telly screen on it. This used to be a pub with an eclectic mix of old & young, teds & spivs, mods & rockers, punks & skinheads - now it is somewhere to go and watch the telly.

27 Oct 2011 16:30

Peel Park Hotel, Accrington

I was expecting more of this place for some reason and although it was okay and the pint of Hop Star Pretty Witch was nice it struck me as being no more than average alehouse. Still somewhere to visit at least once due to the historical links with the Stanley.

27 Oct 2011 16:25

The Abbey Hotel, Accrington

Fairly average backstreet pub near to the town centre. Was a little disappointed with the 'London' ale selection of Youngs and Courage Best although the Youngs was drinkable. Very freindly staff and cleintelle, although Accy is quite a friendly place.

27 Oct 2011 16:19

The Swan Hotel, Whalley

Almost opposite the Dog, the Swan is a modernised old hotel bar. They had three ales on - two from Bowland. Tried the Hen Harrier which was okay but nothing special.

27 Oct 2011 16:17

The Dog Inn, Whalley

Old rambling open plan bar on Whalley's main drag near the junction of the Accrington Road. Pleasant enough staff thugh the locals were a bit old school Emmerdale. There were a few ales on (possibly too many for the custom). I tried a pint of Bank Top Red Beard which I tihnk is an acquired taste.

27 Oct 2011 16:15

The Hargreaves Arms, Accrington

Opposite the magistrates court and now called Grants. This is a 'modern' bar in an old building that serves a few ales and also has a pool table to attract te younger element. The Hop Vine Prospect I had was okay but this isn't my kind of drinking hole.

27 Oct 2011 16:11

The Horseshoe Inn, Clitheroe

Nice enough refurb of an old pub. Had a few ales on of which I tried the Bowland 'Sawley Tempted' which went down nicely. Friendly enough staff and clientelle.

27 Oct 2011 16:07

The New Inn, Clitheroe

Old pub with a worn feel to it. Has a bar, parlour and area by the bar. There were eight ales on - tried a pint of Pride of Pendle which was nice enough.

27 Oct 2011 16:06

The Engineers Arms, Darwen

What passes as your bog standard pub these days - multiple telly screens and no ale. Had a swift lager and headed onwards.

27 Oct 2011 16:03

The British Queen, Darwen

A friendly enough locals pub on the Blackburn Road. Only an average pint of Lancaster Bomber on draught though.

27 Oct 2011 16:02

The White Lion, Darwen

Downtown Darwen and it gets no better than this... Sunday night karaoke, no ale so ended up with a pint of lager served in a flower vase. A bit of a rough house though I wouldn't say it was unfriendly.

27 Oct 2011 15:58

The Park Hotel, Darwen

The GBG mentions that this pub is 'south of the town centre' - they omit to mention that it is a bus ride from town. A reasonable enough busy locals pub with main bar and a few areas. Two ales on - Rev James and Lancastrian Gold. The Lancastrian Gold was a nice enough pint.

27 Oct 2011 15:55

Boars Head, Middlewich

This is by far and away the best pub in Middlewich for beer and for pub ambience. It felt more like a pub than the other places and the pint of Black Beauty went down nicely. They also had Unicorn on.

27 Oct 2011 15:41

The Kings Lock, Middlewich

Handful of people in to hear the 'band' (thought it was karaoke at first). Only Deuchars on handpump and it came up as a pint of froth. Eventually settled but it wasn't anything to crow about when it did.

27 Oct 2011 15:38

Kings Arms, Middlewich

Somewhere for the Scalls to go.

27 Oct 2011 15:36

The White Bear, Middlewich

Was closed on a Saturday night - not sure if it's temporary or permanent.

27 Oct 2011 15:35

Newton Brewery Inn, Middlewich

Old man's pub with back bar and front room. Had a barely drinkable pint of Marston's Bitter.

27 Oct 2011 15:34

The Big Lock Inn, Middlewich

A chain pub (Marstons I think) which at least retains a few rooms and sections as opposed to being all open plan. Two ales on - Pedigree and Black Sheep. Tried the Black Sheep which was dire. Left half of it.

27 Oct 2011 15:33

The Crown Inn, Accrington

Swift service at busy times and no proper ale so had a pint of Kronenbourg. Handy for the Stanley. Pies looked nice but I'd already scoffed beforehand.

27 Oct 2011 15:30

Station Inn, Derby

Average old style town pub not far from the station (but not as close to it as the name would suggest). Had a pint of Pedigree which wa snice enough - forgot about the Bass from a jug thing here. Maybe give it a try when next in town,

8 Oct 2011 11:41

The Crown Hotel, Nantwich

An old hotel on (and leaning in to) the pedestrianised High Street. It is very much a hotel bar as you pass reception to get to it. Awful cheesy background music and dreadful pint of the 'house' Crown Ale, which I left most of, would not endear me to a return visit.

8 Oct 2011 11:37

The Black Lion, Nantwich

Old Tudor style building with small bar at front, step up to a middle are and step down to small bar area to rear. A bit like being on a Tudor warship or in that 'Krazy House' they used to have at Rhyl Funfair. Six ales were on (three from Weetwood). Had a pint of Weetwood Bitter which was okay if nothing spectacular. Worth a visit to see the place.

8 Oct 2011 11:33

The Crown Hotel, Tarporley

More a 'faux posh dining experience' than a pub. Someone 'in charge' was hovering round doing their 'Chef Ramsey' impersonation and the only concession to the ale front was a mediocre pint of Deuchars IPA.

8 Oct 2011 11:28

Stamford Bridge Inn, Chester

Reasonable kind of refurb of this roomy pub that backs on the canal. Proclaims it's inclusion in the GBG 2011. Was empty on this Friday afternoon visit. Three ales on - Blue Monkeys 99 Red Baboons being the only unusual one. Not sure I'm a fan of it though but it's probably more the beer itself rather than the condition.

8 Oct 2011 11:25

The Old Harkers Arms, Chester

Pleasant enough conversion of a canalside warehouse (has an unconnected Thai restaurant 'upstairs'). The pint of Brunning & Price Bitter was an excellent start to the day.

8 Oct 2011 11:21

Stanleys Cask, Wallasey

Nice pleasant local (do not get this Stanley confused with a pub of a similar name not so far away) had four generally mainstream ales. Had a pint of Rucking Mole which wa snice enough. They were having their quiz on while I was there and they seemed to be a freindly genial crowd.

8 Oct 2011 11:17

The Telegraph Inn, Wallasey

Didn't like this place - witnessed the croneyism I hate about a lot of Merseyside pubs, didn't like the clientelle and the ale Lotus IPA wasn't particualrly good.

8 Oct 2011 11:14

The Swan Inn, Liverpool

Deliberately serving friends/regulars in front of people who have been waiting always gets a zero from me.

8 Oct 2011 11:12

The Beehive, Liverpool

Very roomy (as in mainly standing room though it wasn't busy on this visit) for a smallish old pub. Has been done out in a kind of sympathetic style. Another old folks pub but has no proper ale so had a lager.

8 Oct 2011 11:09

Head of Steam, Liverpool

Still a disappointment on the whole. Had a pint of Icon on this visit which was okay. If you're meeting/seeing someone off on the train it is probably preferable to Coopers (and doesn't involve climbing stairs).

8 Oct 2011 10:58

Stag and Rainbow, West Derby

Bog standard Beefeater/Premier Inn. Only in the place beause I had to be. They did have one ale on - Jennings Cumberland but it was a dire pint.

8 Oct 2011 10:55

The Clarence, New Brighton

Bar to one side and a lounge the other that kind of telescopes out in to a bigger room and then an even bigger one behind it. A mix of clinetelle including a few old folk, some goths and the odd mid range person that frequents the 'Marley's' chain of stores (they have a few branhces on the Wirral). Three ales on, of which I had a pleasant enough pint of Copper Dragon.

8 Oct 2011 10:52

The Queens Royal, New Brighton

A hotel bar that does have a bit of a pub feel to it and has a few ales on (three on this occasion - Bombardier, Hawkshead Lakeland Pale and the local Brimstage Trappers hat). Beer was okay but it wasn't an inviting enough place to have a second in.

8 Oct 2011 10:48

Peggy Gadflys, Wallasey

Large town centre 'circuit' type pub (though not sure what other places in New Brighton are part of the 'circuit'). No ale so had to go for lager. Smokers can poke their head out the front of the building to indulge. Can't mark it down too far as the staff were friendly and it was somewhere to escape from the torrential rain outside.

8 Oct 2011 10:45

Doctor Duncans, Liverpool

Still reasonable enough for a 'down town' pub but we were a little less impresed with the beer quality. The pint of Liverbirds was okay but the Raisin beer wasn't so good. Also one of the party ordered a a pint of Dragon Heart and was given a bottle of it - they didn't mention to him that it wasn't on draught.

8 Oct 2011 10:42

Euston Tap, Euston

Housed in one of the old entrance portals to Euston which is now where buses pass to enter the bus station. An unusual location for this beer bar. Mainly keg on offer they did have a few ales on. I tried the Dark Star Partridge, which was nice to start with but kind of faded. Found it reasonablt priced at 3. The lower level is little more than the bar area with a few perches around the wall - very much akin to your average continental station bar. Had a train to catch so didn't navigate the steep spiral staircase to see what upstairs was like. Okay to drop in to for a swift beer (they had 27 different beers but not all were proper ale) but the lower bar is somewhere that lends itself more to that rather than staying for a session.

4 Oct 2011 18:51

The Old Bell, Harpenden

Bland dining 'pub' with an identikit pubco interior. Do people really prefer this corporate blandness over individuality and character ?
Nowhere really to sit if you just want a pint. Had a pint of Pride at the bar - which was drinakble though didn't taste like Pride (was an improvement on many pints of it though).

2 Oct 2011 11:27

The Railway, Stafford

A friendly old style locals pub not far from the station. Only a few mainstream ales on offer though the Pride was nice enough.

30 Sep 2011 11:03

Anvil, Wigan

Medium sized corner pub at the (buses) entrance to the bus station. A Hydes house with some guest ales on. Tried the Pheonix Arizona which was nice enough. Has had a realtively recent refurb internally but has as been mentioned previously it's a fairly unremarkable place.

30 Sep 2011 10:59

The Berkeley, Wigan

Large chain style drinking barn (with upper galleries) across the road from Wallgate station. A few ales on (all at 2 a pint). Tried the Butcombe Gold which was nice and gold and lager like - but it was a warm day and went down well.

30 Sep 2011 10:56

Porter's Ale House, Warrington

A rough and ready town pub that has pool table, live bands, quizzes etc. Brews were more mainstreamish and not memorable - to the point that I forgot what I had there.

30 Sep 2011 10:53

Tavern, Warrington

A Wires pub (still can't use the Murdochism 'wolves') with a corner devoted to the current RL champions. A token concession to the four big local premier league clubs is also in the sporting area near the tellies. A bit of a modern interior designed for busy periods (probably on Wires matchdays) and a few ales on including their own 4T's brews. I tried the Eye to Eye and Forever Laegue which were both pale brews. Pleasant enough but I find more and more real ales are tending to be pale and cold to attract the lager drinker.

30 Sep 2011 10:51

Albion, Warrington

More a ' Headbangers and Two-Wheeled Tappers Social Club ' than a pub. Has flashing green lights outside and a number of cluttered rooms inisde including a 'librabry' - although you would need to be the kind of person from the Vision On school of reading to be able to concentrate on reading with the loud headbang music which appears to be the main feature of the place. Not somewhere to go for a quiet pint - even if the pint of Hop I had was fairly good.

30 Sep 2011 10:45

Globe, Liverpool

Still a haunt for the raucous pensioner crowd. The ale selection wasn't as varied on this visit and had to settle for a pint of Doom Bar which was as reasonable a pint of it as you'll get. Still a classic little city pub and you can always nip in to the little back snug if the crowd in the main bar get too rowdy.

30 Sep 2011 10:38

The Baltic Fleet, Liverpool

Once again when a real ale pub in Liverpool gains that 'premier real ale venue' status they seem to think they can forget about service as mugs will just come and use the place regardless. Hapless barmaid took ages to serve and process the card of the bloke in front of me and then served the bloke who came in behind me (looked like a delegate from the labour party - a la Orwell they seem to think they are MORE equal than the rest of us these days). He wanted some unusual bottles to take out which she couldn't find entailing a trip to the cellar. Had I not been in company I would have left by now. The Stokers Mild was okay but nothing brilliant. Think I'll leave this one off the list from now on.

30 Sep 2011 10:33

Coopers, Liverpool

As can be seen from the picture it is a bog standard bog sitting over a Burger King on the concourse of Lime Street station. If you're desperate for a swift lager and to use the toliet prior to your train it's just about bearable.

30 Sep 2011 10:28

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

Still a classic pub and the pint of Osset Excelsior went down very nicely.
Eight ales on although none of them were local and two from Manc!.

30 Sep 2011 10:25

The Railway, Liverpool

Good solid old Victorian pub opposite what was formerly Exchange Staaion (hence the name). Has a number of rooms/areas. Worth dropping in to but not for the ale selection. They had four mediocre mainstream brews on and the pint of Black Sheep I had was just about drinkable.

30 Sep 2011 10:21

The Firefly, Bourne End

Populated by drunken young pricks. Best left to the feral scum regulars in the hope they don't infest other places.

25 Sep 2011 09:04

The Victoria, Henley-on-Thames

Average kind of refurbed town pub with pool table. Just Brakspears on the ale front which was okay but nothing of note.

25 Sep 2011 09:01

The Coachmakers Arms, Wallingford

A locals pub that doesn't really have a pub feel to it - the bit to the corner has more of a library feel to it. Had Pedigree and Brakspears on - the Brakspears was drinkable.Didn't fancy another though.

25 Sep 2011 08:59

The Turf Tavern, Oxford

A pleasant oldie-worldie pub down an alleyway off Holywell Street. It's probbaly worth a visit but it is a tourist trap and you can expect to queue at the bar for a pint the same way you'd be queuing to get in to a tourist attraction at busy times. The DBC Yachtsman was a nice enough pint but while I was drinking it and then paid a trip to the bogs in the place there were still people at the bar who hadn't been served. Nice old pub but avoid at busy times.

25 Sep 2011 08:55

Jimmy Figgs, Thame

Average kind of old pub refurbed in modernist style. Four ales on - tried the Mad Goose Pale which had a bit of a haze to it but was drinkable. There were a preponderance of flies around the bar and entrance which seemed a little discconcerting for the elderly couple sat by the window as they were munching on their (rather overpriced) toasties.

25 Sep 2011 08:51

The Cross Keys, Thame

Homely street (well more mini roundabout) corner local with a good selection of ales on including one which they made earlier (Thame Dark Medusa) which was a proper old style mild. Probably the best pub in Thame.

25 Sep 2011 08:47

The Anglers Retreat, Marsworth

Bit of a run down feel to it - they had a coiuple of brews on, I went for the Blindman's Route 66 which was okay if nothing special. Members of the local buidling fraternity/white van man's alliance tend to hog the bar and expect serving first but the staff are quite good at working out who really is next.

19 Sep 2011 17:17

The Folly Inn, Adstock

Nice enough place that does food though wasn't overtly a dining establishment and retains a certain pub feel to it. Also does B & B. They had two ales on Spitfire and Tring's Side Pocket - the latter was a quite nice pint.

19 Sep 2011 17:13

The Lord Eldon, Knutsford

Remains the best pub in Knutsford (though it doesn't have a great deal of competition). Has a nice pint of Tatton ale on this visit.

19 Sep 2011 17:08

The Railway, Hale

Robinson's pub near Hale station. Was populated with a few of the middle aged poser types. Robinson's ales - the Unicorn was okay but nothing special.

19 Sep 2011 17:06

The Old Market Tavern, Altrincham

Large old town centre pub opened out into one big area with a space for bands on. Had a few ales on and unusually Taylor's Ram Tam which was in pretty reasonable nic. Rubettes and BCR were providing the background ambience until the live band kicked in.

19 Sep 2011 17:04

Railway Inn, Broadheath

Classic old style Holt's pub with a brightly public bar, small serving bar area and a parlour. Holt's Bitter & Mild on handpump. Asked for a pint of bitter and was offered a choice of Holt's or Boddington's keg - bit of an affront even having Boddington's in a Holt's house really. The Holts was nice (and cheap) enough and the pub is one of those timewarp kind of pubs of old.

19 Sep 2011 17:01

The Pineapple, Stockport

Populated with extras from Shameless with infants in tow with Abba numbers blaring out for the duration of my brief visit. I tried a pint of the Hatters which was awful - I left it as I could see some kind of row ensuing if I took it back with the crowd that was in there. A complete hole with no redeeming features.

19 Sep 2011 16:51

The Magnet, Stockport

Nice enough place with plenty of ales on. Had a pint of the Dunham Massey Dark which was pretty good. Has two rooms one of which has high chairs while the other half a bit of a feel of a Vegan cafe as opposed to a pub. Nice enough to drop in to for a pint.

19 Sep 2011 16:46

The Crown Inn, Stockport

As can be seen from the picture, this pub sits in the shadow of the railway viaduct that spans the Mersey which is probably Stockport's main landmark, It is undoubtedly Stockport's main real ale pub with 12 on offer when I was there. I tried a very nice pint of Prospect Hopper. The area of the pub closer to the viaduct is pretty non descript but there are two snug type rooms away from that and a bit behind the bar that mkae it feel more pub-like.

19 Sep 2011 16:43

Colliers Arms, Kings Moss

A proper pub with a main bar serving two rooms with other rooms away from the bar. Used to cycle all the way up here manay moos ago with my brother before his sad demise so place holds a few memories. Four ales on of which the Ossian Supremely Golden webt down well.

19 Sep 2011 16:36

Memphis Belle, Westbrook

Part of Warrington's 'Brave New World'. Large modern dining hall / bar / social centre-in-one to serve the dynamic new retail / light industrial / housing sector in North-West Warrington. Three handpumps, which given the area and clientelle would always be over optimistic, only one of which was being used and that for Youngs Bitter chilled as if it were a lager.

19 Sep 2011 16:30

The Lower Angel, Warrington

Traditional public bar/lounge set up in a timeless (well more late 60's / early 70's as opposed to timeless) style. A number of ales on to slake the thirst of celebrating Wires fans and to drown the sorrows of visiting 'Udders. The White Rose Saracens IPA was particularly nice. Classic town centre pub as they used to be.

19 Sep 2011 16:23

Steamhouse, Urmston

Converted station building on the Liverpool bound platfrom of Urmston station. Nicely done out in a reasonable pub style. A slight gripe on the ale front though as the four beers on handpump were all light/golden brews to attract the lager drinkers and no traditional bitters were on offer. that said both the Allgate brews I treied (Pretoria and Valiant) were quite nice. They have a smoking area out on the platform with awnings to keep the rain off whereas the open platform of the station the other side of the picket fence is a no smoking area.

19 Sep 2011 16:18

The Crown and Thistle, Gravesend

It was open last night, though was near enough empty on a Saturday night. The pub has a run down feel to it and of the three ales on I tried the Wolf's 'Granny Wouldn't Like It', which was barely palatable. Not somewhere i'd fancy another. Maybe Longdog 1's knows something we don't but if it did close it wouldn't be a great loss on this offering.

11 Sep 2011 11:24

The Rum Puncheon, Gravesend

Best pub and best pint of the day. A nice old style high ceilinged pub which has been reasonably refurbed with 8 different ales on. The Kent Cobnutt was an excellent pint. Gravesend's best alehouse by far.

11 Sep 2011 11:19

The Sun, Maidstone

Saturday night in most town centre's usually means gnags of rowdy young people out getting smashed. This is were the rowdy old people go.
The front was almost totally fenced off as they digging up the street outisde - pity they didn't completely fence it off. Went for a pint of Kronenbourg as it seemed about the best bet.

11 Sep 2011 11:16

The Flower Pot, Maidstone

Your average Camra ale house which was hosting a festival on this visit. There were 14 ales on 'out back' but I had just got off the bus and wanted a pint without having to go through the rigmarole of buying a glass and going out back to get a beer so went for the one ale they had at the bar (would have gone for lager had that not been on) which was a nice enough pint of Plain's Innocence.

11 Sep 2011 11:09

The Napier Arms, Gillingham

I went in the 'back' refurbed bar which seemed geared toward blokes watching the football on the telly. The London Glory I had a pint of was reasonable but the 'comfy' chair layout ain't my idea of 'comfy'.

11 Sep 2011 11:03

The Hastings Arms, Rainham

Dark medium-sized pub with a run down feel to it. There were three ales on of which I tried the Marston Moor Cromwell IPA, which weren't anything to write home about.

11 Sep 2011 11:00

The Mackland Arms, Rainham

Small worn, old school, old man's SN pub. Had three Shep's brews on and the Kent Best was drinkable enough.

11 Sep 2011 10:58

The Cricketers, Rainham

Bland GK chain pub where loose bints can take their benefit brats. They had IPA, Abbot and Ruddles Best on. The Ruddles was tinny and not particularly nice.

11 Sep 2011 10:56

The Crown, Cricklewood

Not as bad or expensive as it was and more of an ale choice (Deuchars Autumn, Purity Gold and one of the mass produced chain ones I forgot). The Purity Gold (@3.20 a pint) wasn't too bad .Do watch your change though as on my short visit more than one person challenged the barstaff (apparently correctly too) over the change they had received from higher denomination notes.

9 Sep 2011 18:52

The North London Tavern, Kilburn

Haven't been here for a long time and it has quite drastically altered since my last visit. Last time I was here the bar was populated by a Kerry clique all eating boiled bacon and cabbage at the bar, nattering about how they saw a pig chase, catch and eat a hare while they denied anyone else access to the getting served at the bar. Now it's a semi-gastro establishment with a distinct dining room to the rear. They had three ales on (Adnams Lighthouse, Cornish Coaster and Nethergate Border). The Border was a nice enough pint and I do now actually think Kilburn does have a pub where one can get a drinkable pint of ale. Still nothing brilliant mind (some people are hard to please).

9 Sep 2011 18:44

The Sir Colin Campbell, Kilburn

A bit of a Doctor Who kind of experience - as in stepping from Mogadishu High Street into a bar in 1971 Ballyturbet. No proper ale, so I plumped for the lager (should have gone for Guinness really but only realised that afterwards). Nice friendly lady behind the bar and a very clean pub throughout. The one or two locals did seem to echo that 'I wouldn't talk to your pigs so why should I talk to you' unwelcoming kind of mentality but I quite liked the place based on this visit.

9 Sep 2011 18:36

The Grand Union, Westbourne Park

Fuller's gastro house close to the canal (canalside drinking involves going down spiral steps). Okay for a pint but not your archetypal pub - the Seafarer's was nice enough.

9 Sep 2011 18:26

The Metropolitan, Westbourne Park

Faded gastro-music type pub next to Westbourne Park tube station.
They had two ales on and the Trueman's Runner was a drinkable enough pint. Okay if you're in the vicinity.

9 Sep 2011 18:24

The Robin Hood, St Albans

This place has always seemed to challenge the Amityville Horror in terms of fly presence but their numbers were quite low this evening. I discovered they have a rather pleasant garden out the back - well pleasant until you realise you have to endure the hum of the fridge motors from Iceland. The Black Sheep on this occasion was dreadful. This place is too hit & miss to bother with anymore.

8 Sep 2011 21:25

The Blacksmiths Arms, St Albans

Okay for what it is - a town centre circuit pub with a chain feel to it. If it wasn't for the quality of the ale - Salopian Twister a very nice pint (and the offerings of live musical entertainment in the evenings) one would think one was in a Wetherspoons.

8 Sep 2011 21:19

The Six Bells, St Albans

Very much a locals pub - which is okay if you fit in with the locals. The pub is okay, the staff dilligent in knowing who's next - the ale (Black Country - Pig on the Wall) was okay but nothing special. I found the place uncomfortable though (as in the seating wasn't comfortable). Not somewhere I'd rant about nor trudge out to the Northern fringes of town for again in a hurry.

8 Sep 2011 21:16

The Bridge, Potters Bar

Pleasant enough refurbed locals pub retaining bar and lounge set up. They only had Pride on the ale front though so I went for lager.

4 Sep 2011 11:45

The Bull, London Colney

Nice old pub. Too many up-their-own-arses self righteous clientelle and the beer (Jennings Cumberland) was decidedly second rate. Not somewhere for a quiet (or a nice) pint.

4 Sep 2011 11:43

The White Hart, South Mimms

The Country wasn't as drinkable on this time. Still okay as a waiting room for the 84.

4 Sep 2011 11:40

The Strafford Arms, Potters Bar

In an area that seems to have mainly 30's semi's and a view from outside across rolling Hertfordshire countryside you enter here in to a different world of old style lager louts and chav girls with benefit brats in tow. Trying to get served in this chav hell hole is an effort in itself and after 5 minutes I thought it wasn't worth it. Good point - at least while the regulars of the this place are in here they aren't infesting anywhere esle.

4 Sep 2011 11:36

The Duke of York, Ganwick Corner

Very much an attempt at an all round 'dining experience' with 'comfortable' high backed chairs and plenty of cushions making it feel uncomfortable to drinkers. They had four ales on including two from Tring but the Brock bitter wasn't particularly nice.

4 Sep 2011 11:32

The Old Wheatsheaf, Enfield

An old style pub with Public Bar and Lounge set up close to Enfield Chase station. Thye had 3 mainstream ales on, of which I went for the Adnams. Pub was okay, ale wasn't.

4 Sep 2011 11:29

The Old Cross Tavern, Hertford

In the style of an old fashioned high street drinking establishment and I would not say 'arguably' as it IS Hertford's best real ale pub. Plenty of ales on. Had a Dark Star kind of morning as I went for their Old Chestnut here which was the best pint of the day. They also do a small range of pies to scoff. Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

4 Sep 2011 11:26

The Old Barge, Hertford

It's pleasant canalside lcation does lend itself more to a food & family kind of pub but it isn't too detrimental to a drinking pub feel. I tried the Dark Star Hophead (one of six ales on) which was drinkable enough. Ahndy for the bus station and also for those who like to feed ducks/geese.swans.

4 Sep 2011 11:22

The Oak Tree, Harpenden

An old man's Charles Well's house a little bit away from the main drag in Harpenden. Seems reasonable enough but the pint of Youngs wasn't up to a lot and the music selection appeared to be more for the staff than clientelle. Also looks like they have free cheeee for locals.

28 Aug 2011 17:02

The Crooked Chimney, Welwyn Garden City

It's a place where people who think the are too posh for Wetherspoons go to eat. None of us were impressed with the food (nor the dirty tables, preponderance of flies and indifferent staff) but the ale (Wanderer from Yorkshire) was okay. Wouldn't be a good idea just going for a pint as you could literally end up waiting 15/20 minutes to get served while people order food from the one person behind the jump. There isn't really a drinker's part to the place either. Some people seem to like it - but some people like McDonalds as well.

27 Aug 2011 20:30

The Flag, Watford

Large pub virtually next to Watford Junction station. This place has real potential with it's size and location. Alas I fear the way it is being run the potential the owners are looking at is as flats/offices.

21 Aug 2011 15:26

The Black Lion, Northampton

They seem to stick to just doing the one ale - Natterjack. Better they do one ale well than do more that they don't have a market for. Handy for a swift pint between trains though locals are freindly and you may end up missing the odd train.

21 Aug 2011 15:23

The Glebe, Stoke on Trent

Refurbed to an original Victorian style (high ceilings, tiled floors) with Joules ales on offer. Had a nice pint of their IPA. This is the closest pub to Stoke on Trent station for decent ale. They do need to 'clear the slate' on ratings when a pub is refurbed as this place is well worth more than it's 5.4 rating.

21 Aug 2011 15:19

The Albion, Newcastle under Lyme

Not bad for what is a chain type circuit pub - even had two ales on Pedigree and Jennings Cumberland. The Cumberland was even drinkable. Handy for the bus station.

21 Aug 2011 15:14

The Bulls Head, Burslem

A good solid town pub that was busy but not too crowded. Mainly Titanic beers but I went for a the specail guest beer which was aptly a Vale Porter. Good pub with decent ale.

21 Aug 2011 15:10

The Post Office Vaults, Burslem

Small old style cosy pub with four ales on. I had a pint of thee Jaipur which by my reckoning was the nearest they had to a local brew on offer. Think they overdo it with the tellys. Might be an idea if they took the one over the bar away as it would stop people standing at the bar watching it and would help keep the bar area free for people to get served

21 Aug 2011 15:08

The Leopard, Burslem

A bit worn round the edges with too manhy low sofa to sit in. Opinion not helped by getting duff pint of the Coachman's Toffee brew - which was changed for a fresh one. As noted the snacks were cheap (1 for chips in a bap) but I wasn't over enamoured with the place.

21 Aug 2011 15:04

The White Star, Stoke-on-Trent

Another pleasant enough Titanic house selling most of their wares along with a few guest brews. The pint of Anchor was as good as you'll get and the barstaf and cliemtelle were quite friendly.

21 Aug 2011 15:00

Smithy's Wine Bar, Kings Cross

An industrial space in one of KX's back jiggers that is now converted in to a 'trendy wine bar' type place. Dashed in to escape a heavy shower and was surprised to find a couple of ales on. Tried the Harveys Sussex - it was crap and I left half of it. The numerous black-shirted male staff seem to be a kind of waiter/bouncer cross. Am sure it has it's followers but I ain't one of them.

17 Aug 2011 20:45

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Marked it up a notch as they did have a nice pint of Whitstable IPA on this evening. It's good more because there are few decent drinkin gholes in the area rather than it being an exceptional alehouse though.

17 Aug 2011 20:39

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

For the record - it's a cafe bar type of place that serves keg lagers. At best it is somewhere to grab a swift pint before catching a train - it's nothing more than that and is hardly ever likely to be.
I have flagged the ridiculous reviews (obviously by staff or management) for deletion as they seem to do the same to any genuine reviews of the place.

17 Aug 2011 20:36

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

..incidentally 7.2 it most certainly AIN'T
3.5 would be more realistic.

17 Aug 2011 20:29

DesVins Cafe and Wine Bar, St Pancras International Station

Why are any negative revues of this place deleted ?

17 Aug 2011 20:28

The King Charles I, Kings Cross

Still as was... tried the Brodies Summer Ale which was the best of the offerings so far (quite a drinkable 'sherberty' pint).. others tried the 2.8% stout (as they were driving later) it looked a bit sarsparilla-like to me and their reaction seemed to confirm my suspicions. It's still one of the better pubs in the vicinity but having African masques on the wall doesn't necessarily require the tsetse tsetse flies to go with them .

17 Aug 2011 20:27

Vivian Arms, Wellingborough

Something isn't quite right about this place at the moment. The pub is the same as it was but we had to knock someone up to let us in at 8pm on a sat evening despite from the outside appearance with all the lights on inside that the place was open. When we did get let in the place was desolate for the duration we were in there and no ale was on and the lager substitute was crap. This was a nice little locals pub but I think it's not going to be a pub much longer - deliberately being run in to the ground maybe ?

7 Aug 2011 00:45

Coach and Horses, Wellingborough

An okay alehouse wouldn't rave about it too much. Has a good selection and a nice beer garden but the few pints I had here were average rather than exceptional.

7 Aug 2011 00:40

The Foundrymans Arms, Northampton

What passes as your bog standard pub these days. Mainly lager, token handpump with Courage Best on (ask for a taste - the whiff will put you off), sports on the telly. It's opposite the old Northampton Corporation bus depot and one of your few watering holes this side of the station. Only if you ain't got anywhere else in mind.

7 Aug 2011 00:37

Victoria Inn, Northampton

As always seems to be the case when you find a decent pub with good beer time constrains your ability to take advantage of it. Had a pint of the Vale IPA (other ales were available). Not one of the easiest pubs to find but it is only a 5 minute walk from the bus station (if you have a map).

7 Aug 2011 00:33

The Racehorse, Northampton

It's a bit of a rough & ready kind of town pub where the locals like to abuse cyclists (cyclist didn't seem to enter in to the spirit of things but I suppose I couldn't blame him). The Thornbridge Jaipur was okay but nothing special. A Jesus bus (double-deck) pulled up outside and blocked the light from the window. Apparantly Jesus buses are quite common in the vicinity ( I did see another two myself). Ale was bearable but it isn't something I'd specially trek to this side of town for.

7 Aug 2011 00:28

Bull Inn, Olney

A Wells/Young pubco refurb - i.e. a characterless hole. They did have Screech Owl on, along with the Wells/Young usual suspects but it wasn't up to much. Olney is somewhere to drive to - you certainly won't want to drink any alcohol here.

7 Aug 2011 00:21

The Swan Inn and Bistro, Olney

Not so much a bistro as the name implies. There is a set eating area to the left as you go in but the rest of it is pretty publike. That's where the good part ends - they have 5 ales on (and even the threat of the local MP working behind the bar - on expenses ?) I tried a pint of the guest ale, Wadworth's Farmers Glory which was garbage and I ended up leaving it.
Olney (pronounced as in a rhyming couplet of Olney the Lonely) has a decent off licence to make up for it's lack of decent ale establishments.

7 Aug 2011 00:18

Janets Bar, South Kensington

Quack Quack Quack (Great Ducks Think Alike)

31 Jul 2011 23:50

The Gibraltar Castle, Batford

A cluttered kitsch-ridden Fullers house. They had Wye Valley on as a guest but it was a pretty insipid pint of it. Twin concrete hounds guard the doors - more Essex than Herts.

31 Jul 2011 23:44

The Malta, Batford

An fairly unremarkable pub opposite the petrol station/Tesco but importantly it is first and foremost a pub. Three ales on (Spitfire, GK London & Tribute) of which I tried a pint of Tribute. Am not normally a fan of Tribute but this was a pretty decent drinkbale pint of it. I quite liked this place overall though as t still is a proper drinker's pub and they are a dying breed these days.

31 Jul 2011 23:41

The Red Cow, Harpenden

Quaint looking pub on the North Eastern fringes of Harpenden/Batford. Have drove up and down the Lower Luton Road numerous times but nver knew this pub was just off it. Friendly enough maroon walled, low ceiling kind of place. Had two ales on Pride and Cornish Coaster. The Cornish Coaster was okay if nothing special. Still somewhere that is mainly pub rather than food orientated.

31 Jul 2011 23:37

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

I should like this pub - it does a decent pint (though not too many unusual brews), the staff are pleasant and efficient, it has a slightly quirky layout but for some reason I never feel like staying for another pint. Can't quite fathom out why but something about the place just doesn't endear me to linger.

30 Jul 2011 21:55

Long Arm and Short Arm, Welwyn Garden City

A pub of two halves, not so much old style lounge and bar but drinkers and diners. Went in the wrong half and didn't really feel at home. It's a McMullens house and I have recently been surpised by a few of their offerings but this one was true to type and their 'Cask' wasn't a partiucalarly palatable pint. Nice village shame about the pubs.

30 Jul 2011 21:44

The Sun Inn, Welwyn Garden City

Courage Best & Directors, Pride and Adnams were on offer but I espied the dreaded 'Cask Marque'' and should have known better. After a bit of a trek on a warm day a pint of Adnams should have gone down sharpish (three or four in fact) but this one was a struggle to drink. I recall drinking in here in the past when they used ot have a few unusual brews on and served a decent pint. Cask Marque seems to be the kiss of death to decent ale for some reason. Would go for the lager if I drop by again.

30 Jul 2011 21:41

The Little House, Hendon

Still closed and boarded up - along also with Mannings. With the long standing closure of the Bell (Kerrigans) Downtown Hendon (Brent Street) has no pub/bar/drinking establishment.

20 Jul 2011 22:13

The Hendon, Hendon

Has no redeeming features. Those who wander through it's portals inadvertently may think they have perished in some calamity and are residing in purgatory.

20 Jul 2011 22:09

The Bodhran Bar, Hendon

Parochial Irish shop conversion bar. As one would expect no ale, emphasis on sports (even if it's the shove ha'penny championships from Buggleskelly) and your archetypal hard drinking crowd (those who drink more for effect than enjoyment). The lager wasn't as cold as it should be either. There are very few options for a pint in the vicinity of Hendon Central tube though and this is about your best option.

20 Jul 2011 22:07

Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd, Nottingham

The ale I had here was okay (kind of forgot what it was by this stage) but this is very much a 'circuit' pub. Okay if you are doing the circuit or want a swift pint before the train I suppose. Toilets are a bit of a trek upstairs.

17 Jul 2011 16:07

The Nelson and Railway, Kimberley

Nice enough pub and a nice enough pint of Hardy & Hanson but it is more noticeably a GK house as the H & H was the only non standard GK offering. Reasonable place but nothing special.

17 Jul 2011 16:04

The Dewdrop Inn, Ilkeston

An excellent high ceilinged Victorian establishment near to the site of the former Ilkeston railway station. Large rambling place with numerous rooms and a garden to sit out in. Friendly staff and clientele and seven ales on of which the Thornbridge Jaipur was spot-on - best pint of the day. A proper old school pub with excellent ale... there are so few of them left. Gets a straight 10 from me.

17 Jul 2011 15:55

The Sherwin Arms, Bramcote

Generic style Marston's 'Food & Family' type establishment a little reminiscent of the 'Family Restaurant' in the paperback edition of Bedside Mad. They did have Spitfire and Marston's EPA on draught and the EPA was unexepectedly a quite drinkable pint. Nowhere for drinkers to escape to for a quiet drink except outside.

17 Jul 2011 15:47

Crown Inn, Beeston

Doesn't look anything special from the outside but inside has plenty of small rooms, snugs, nooks & crannies along with 12 ales on (mainly from Leatherbritches) and 6 assorted ciders/perries. A little section to the right as you go in even has a mini-snug in it with room for about 4 people and it's own section of the bar. Staff were friendly and pleasant and the pint of Leatherbritches Cad and Burton Bridge Bitter were both on top form. Only slight niggle was the addition of a speaker to play music in the small bar.

17 Jul 2011 15:43

The Victoria Hotel, Beeston

Classic Victorian style building close to (but not straighforward to get from) the railway station. There is a locals bar to the right and a more dining oreintated room to the left as you go in. They have a large garden with music on. They had 16 ales on and a further 8 on in the garden. I tried a pint of the Blue Monkey bitter and to honest it was drinkable but i have had better pints of it. The garden was full with people there for the music but there was only one other person in the bar which makes me wonder if having 24 different beers at the same time wasn't stretching the limits of achieving top qulaity with all of them. Worth visiting but can be hit & miss on the ale front... will ask for a try of an ale on before ordering a pint on future visits.

17 Jul 2011 15:38

Brooks, Radlett

A very neat and tidy shop conversion which had a reasonable pint of Youngs on. A bit too airport bar like to be a proper pub but it's the closest you'll get to one in Radlett.

14 Jul 2011 20:33

The King William IV, Shenley

Average enough village local - in fact the only one left in Shenley (White Horse is a 'Pub & Dining' "experience", Queen Adelaide is closed and the Black Lion is an Indian Restaurant which has a bar but unless you are 'in the know' the staff ignore you). It's a GK house with only IPA and Abbot on, so I had a pint of Stella. Nothing brilliant but the best place for a pint in Shenley

14 Jul 2011 20:30

The Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield

Doesn't open till 7pm on a sat evening though am sure it has it's reasons. Pleasant enough pub with friendly bloke behind the bar and a selection of ales. Tried a pint of Thornhill's White Swan which is a very pale and light ale. Went down well enough though. The best pub in the vicinity of the station for ale.

10 Jul 2011 12:59

The Nag's Head, Macclesfield

One of your typical Saturday night out in Macc locals pubs. Poor ale, someone practising badly on the drums and a few characters from 'Shameless' floating about. The Robinsons Unicorn I had was bad enough to leave half behind.

10 Jul 2011 12:57

The Kings Head, Buxton

Average busy town pub with a few ales on. Tried a pint of Jennings Cocky Blonde which was reasonable enough.

10 Jul 2011 12:52

Rutland Arms, Bakewell

Basically a hotel bar, a bit plush for your average ale drinker but probably better than other offerings on the ale front in Bakewell. That said the pint of Thonbridge ale (one of their dark brews) wasn't up to much.

10 Jul 2011 12:51

The Rose and Crown, Chesterfield

Excellent corner house pub refurbed in a proper pub style. Plenty of ales on of which the Brampton Best was a top notch pint. Friednly staff and locals - worth the short trek out/bus ride from town.

10 Jul 2011 12:45

Peacock Inn, Chesterfield

Nice enough old style pub of two halves. Had a pint of Barlow Calendar which was just about palatable.

10 Jul 2011 12:42

The Market, Chesterfield

Busy market place bar with 7 differing ales on, 3 mainstream. Tried the Spire's Cole Porter which was a fairly decent pint. Does food but is still more of a pub than an eatery. Nice place to escape the bustle of a busy market town. Staff were quite frindly too.

10 Jul 2011 12:38

The Beaufort, Hendon

Le Corbusier's dream where people live, work and play in their own little boxes made of 'ticky-tacky' may have worked for lab rats but most people culdn't hack it. This development is having another go at Corbusier's plan for living complete with it's pub. A bar in the basement of a block of flats basically - though it does sell Youngs ale... didn't risk it though and went for a bottle of Chocolate Stout (at 3.75 a pop). If you're in the vicinity itis pretty much your only option.

6 Jul 2011 16:23

The Greyhound, Hendon

The only proper pub selling decent drinkable ale within the boundary of the historic Borough of Hendon. The Young's Special was on form on this visit.

6 Jul 2011 16:17

The Invincible, Portsmouth

On a back street behind close to Portsmouth Harbour station. A friendly enough locals pub that was a quite alternative to the packed Ships Anson. Doom Bar was the only ale on though - drinkable though no great shakes.

3 Jul 2011 13:14

The Steamer Inn, Shanklin

One of three bars in a row that try to emulate some kind of Marbella style beach front bar (except that there is a min road with buses running along it between them and the beach). It seemed okay for what it was and they had ale but it was pretty uninspiirng insipid brews. Strangely enough the best pub of the day at the end of the Esplanade in it's own little under cliff location (the inspiration for the Yates Undercliff ale which was best pint of the day) is not listed.

3 Jul 2011 13:11

The Chine Inn, Shanklin

Has a nice position perched at the top of the chine on the pathway down to the beach. Outside patio has nice views over the sea and inside it's a nice stone built pub with one main bar area. Three ales on - I tried the Goddards standard Bitter - which is far nicer than the heavy Fuggle De Dum.

3 Jul 2011 13:06

King Harry's Bar (Glenbrook Hotel), Shanklin

Probably the best of the three tourist trap thatched establishments. has some mock tudor elements and is more interesting a layout than the others. They had three ales on. We all had the Arundel Sussex Gold which was okay but nothing brilliant.

3 Jul 2011 13:02

The Falcon, Shanklin

Average street corner town centre local. The Goddards Fuggle de Dum was a bit cloying but the HSB was okay. Has a pool table to the rear.

3 Jul 2011 12:59

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Thought I was a little harsh last time so gave it another go as I was in the vicinity. It still proclaims itself as 'best pub in London', it still seems populated by (mainly male) thirtysomethings and it still has a limited draught choice. Today's offering on handpump were a Spring ale, a Summer ale and a cider. Still no discernable classic English bitters on offer. Although I have to concede that the pint of Twickenham Spring Ale was excellent. It is one of the few places around the King X / St.Pancras area worth bothering with.

28 Jun 2011 22:38

The Museum Tavern, Bloomsbury

Not so very long ago the choice here would have made this place a mecca for discerning ale drinkers. It is a testament to how things have improved that this tourist trap (across the road from the British Museum) is consdiered to have a poor selection (albeit six) of ales. It seems odd when one considers the likes of Taylor's Landlord and Doom Bar as bog standard brews but it is what they have now become and their quality has suffered accordingly. I had a very palatable pint of Old Peculiar here though. A guest beer (apart from Adnams) would'nt go astray. Though to be honest at least they sell ale - the location they are in means they could sell rat wee and get away with it.

28 Jun 2011 22:30

The Harp, Covent Garden

Eight ales on including a mild, a stout and a porter. They also had three Hophead brews and I tried the Hophead Festival which was excellent. A smallish place with a pleasant lady behind the bar. This is one of the very few decent alehouses you will find in Central London.

28 Jun 2011 22:22

The Ship and Shovell, Charing Cross

As preiviously mentioned it's a pub on an alleyway leading to a pedestrain tunnel underneath Charing Cross station. It has two halves, one each side of the alleyway although apart from busy times the half on the right hand side (if you approach from the Northumberland Ave/Craven Passage end) is usually closed. It's okay as a pub but nothing special. It's a Hall & Woodhouse place and only three of their wares were on offer. Had the 'Firkin Fox which was a pretty bland tastelss brew. Can't say I'd make much of an effort to revisit the place.

28 Jun 2011 22:18

The Cask and Glass, Victoria

It's a small pub but not tiny as some seem to suggest. It only seems small because it's in Central London and if something isn't "mega" size then it doesn't make enough money in these parts. It is a pleasant little place not far from Victoria - a Shepehrd Neame house but though I am not overkeen on thier ales this place serves Kent Best which is a very nice quaffable ale. A shame SN pubs don't sell it more widespread as it's the best ale they do.

28 Jun 2011 22:13

The Hind, Leicester

This used to be a reasonable alehouse but it's position as ' the pub over the road from the station' seems to have negated any effort nvolved regarding ale. They had 5 handpumps but only Director's was 'on' and that was pretty dismal. It's pretty rough and ready these days but the clientelle were quite friendly - shame the ales were garbage. Would say getting a bottle of ale from Tesco for your train journey would be a better option,

25 Jun 2011 22:47

Railway Hotel, Matlock

Not to be outdone by Sam Smiths Middle Age and Victorian museums GK have taken things a vast leap further back here by recreating Neanderthal World. As a token gesture to ale they had Abbot on but I wasn't fooled and had a pint of the 'Wop' lager. A garish interior populated by tatooed folk extolling the virtues of doing three short lines in succession over one hit. Some fat get talking complete Bollux on his mobile barred people's entry and exit and seemed upset (judging by the grunt effect) when people actually wanted to get round him. Kyle could easily do half a dozen of his shows from here.

25 Jun 2011 22:41

The Thorn Tree, Matlock

Ignore the 'don't ignore the Greene King sign' comment. A nice enough old style pub but although they had 5 ales on they were a limited 'mainstream' choice. Landlord, Hydes 1860 whatever, Rev James, Ruddles and Black Sheep. Tried a hazy, though palatable Black Sheep - didn't really fancy another. Pub may be okay but ale wasn't anything exceptional - wouldn't say it was worth the trek (uphill) from town to.

25 Jun 2011 22:29

Hope & Anchor, Wirksworth

Very deifinitive bar & lounge set up.The 'public' is naturally the lower street facing bar. A mix of the 'lower order' in the bar, (who am I to be such a patronising twat - but hey... we all see it as it is according to us ). Pool table and indigenous dog owners in the bar. Four ales on - Tribute, some Storm brew from Macclesfield and two local Wirksworth brews : Anchor Bitter & T owd Man. The T'owd Man was a nice pint but the general ambience of the place wasn't conducive to me having another.

25 Jun 2011 22:24

Pattern makers, Duffield

Pleasant enough backstreet local. Main bar on entering has a pool table and not much seating but the area behind the bar has tables and seats. Four ales on - Pedigree, Bass, Landlord and Salamander Whirlygig. Went for the latter which was okay... second pint of it was much better though. Food is pretty cheap - a crowd of pensioners payed less for a meal than one average joe would pay for a Cosat coffee and a few loose pistachio nuts.

25 Jun 2011 22:18

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

Still a reasonable enough stop for your real ale afficienado (not really a lot of options in downtown Harpenden mind). The selection these days is Landlord, Tring Jack o Legs and Marlow Rebellion. The Rebellion was drinkable enough but not quite as good as it used to be.

19 Jun 2011 22:35

The Inn on the Green, Harpenden

Your standard 'GK pubco emphasis on food ' outlet. Only GK IPA and Abbot on the ale front. The Abbot was just about durable. Wouldn't have gone here if not in company but have to admit the sizzling plates of food that passed were a bit more enticing than your standard GK offerings. Staff and clientelle were pleasant enough so I wouldn't write it off.

19 Jun 2011 22:29

The Stinging Nettle, Shepherds Bush

Your gastro/pubco/bareboard etc etc makeover identikit style pub. Music was on upstairs. Downstairs bar had three ales on - though I left half of what I had (can't recall what it was but one of your standard brews). Best used as a waiting room for Goldhawk Road station.

18 Jun 2011 10:20

The White Horse, Shepherds Bush

Only GK IPA so had a pint of Stella. Your average Joe's kind of pub with a pool table and sports on. Has QPR/Newcastle United/England/Celtic stuff on the walls (and ceiling). Got a bit more adventurous after a few games of pool and tried the GK IPA - wish I hadn't and reverted to lager. We only really stayed onhere because it was lashing down with rain. I suppose at least it's not crammed and standing room only like the pubs on the Green.

18 Jun 2011 10:17

The Uxbridge Arms, Notting Hill

Despite being busy and having locals sit round and clog up the bar was served swiftly by a pleasant enough lady who seems to know how to run a bar. It's a smallish pub with a small section to the right as you go in. Not a great or inspring ale selection but the Harveys I had was in excellent nik. Somewhere to escape the maelstrom of NHG.

18 Jun 2011 10:12

The Cock and Bottle, Notting Hill

A proper pub somewhere you wouldn't expect one. Three rooms/areas around a main bar. Old worn/lived-in pub feel to it. They had Pride, landlord and harveys on. The Harveys was fairly good.

18 Jun 2011 10:08

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Self proclaimed "best pub in London" popular with thirty somethings. Refurbed in a reasonable pub style with lots of weird and winderful bottled beers and lagers. However, the three handpulls consisted of a cider, a wheat beer and Adnams Mild - so no bitter. Tried a pint of the Adnam's Sarsaprilla and although it was only 3 still felt short changed. Could be so much better if they had some draught bitters on.

14 Jun 2011 20:39

Ye Old Red Cow, Smithfield

Was drawn in to this 'done up' gastro bar by the three unusual ales on the bar. However, my anticipation was short lived as after a 5 minute wait and then a scout aorund to find someone to serve me I gave up and went elsewhere. Can't comment on the quality of the ales but CAN mark it on quality of service (non-existent service = nil points)

14 Jun 2011 20:34

Prince Arthur, Old Street

Old school one roomed boozer that sticks out a bit from the surrounding flats/car parks/offices. A quiet oasis minutes from the bustle around Old Street. However it's a Shepherd Neame house only selling their wares and although the Whitstable IPA was as good as you'll get it I didn't fancy another pint of it.

14 Jun 2011 20:24

The Station Hotel, Ipswich

One thing I can never quite understand is why certain pubs, or more their staff, insist on inflicting loud and unnecessary "music" on people who obviously DON'T want to listen to their choice of shite. You have a large pub with plenty enough space to play music at those who want it (though on this case there was NO ONE who wanted it) and space to have a quiet area where people can have peace. Apart from that the ale was crap. This pub has always been a craphole but I have the feeing that the imminent changes have kind of made the staff even more oblivious to the plight of the people they are (allegedly) there to serve. If you have a train to catch from Ipswich station it is best to cut it fine and buy a can on the train and accept the fact that there is nowhere in the vicinity of the station to stop for an ale.

11 Jun 2011 23:34

Mannings, Ipswich

Scruffhouse pub on the marketplace with well worn seating/flooring/staff/clientelle. Suffered a barely drinkable pint of Adnams and find it quite hard to believe that this pub is in the GBG. It does serve a number of ales - badly.

11 Jun 2011 23:20

The Kings Head, Hadleigh

Your archetypal pubco refurb that wants to retain that 'character pub feel' but always dismally fails. They had Adnams Bitter, Broadside and GK IPA on along with Golden Sheep as a guest. The Golden Sheep was just about edible. It's handy for the bus stops I suppose.

11 Jun 2011 23:15

The Ram, Hadleigh

It's okay for a GK place, I suppose.... just about. A bar and lounge two part set up. Only GK IPA and Abbot on offer on the ale front - the IPA was about as good as you'll get.

11 Jun 2011 23:11

The Brewery Tap, Sudbury

Bright, bareboarded, street corner pub. Just a little way out of town (as in not visible from the church/Edinburgh Woollen Mill part of East St.). It is undoubetdly the best pub in the town, if a little 'clinical'. The Mauldons brews plus a couple of guest ales are on offer. The Mauldon Suffolk Pride and their Blackberry Porter were both excellent. If you like proper ale then it's your only real option in the town.

11 Jun 2011 23:07

The Black Boy Hotel, Sudbury

Nice enough GK outlet with leadlighted windows facing the market square (or hill in this case as it's known). Bar at the front and restaurant/lounge area to the rear. Staff were pleasant - though there was only GK fare on offer. GK IPA, Abbot and Duke's Cambridge Ale in this instance. I tried the Duke's Cambridge (might not have had I realised it was a brew specially for the --coo--coo--coo-- royal pair). It was drinkable (just about).

11 Jun 2011 23:02

The Mussel and Crab, Tuxford

This ain't a pub and it ain't in Tuxford. It happens to be a "quirky" fish restaurant 2 miles North of Tuxford. Though you are as well going here for your keg fix as the Sun in downtown Tuxford - that's a kind of lager and lardarse alehouse.

10 Jun 2011 23:33

The Mallard, Worksop

Small station bar on the Sheffield bound side of the station. Three ales on - St Austell tribute, Summer Lightning and Elland's 6.5% porter... not wishing to make my head bang more than necessary I gave the porter a miss though on hindsight maybe I should have tried it over the ubiquitous Tribute. The Tribure was drinkable enough but even at it's best I find it nothing more than a workaday pint.

10 Jun 2011 23:24

The Railway Inn, Mansfield

Nice enough little pub with main bar area and then two small seperate rooms towards the front. They had three Black Hole Brewery beers on today of which I tried the Titan which was a pretty good brew. Probably your best ale pub in the town. The pub's dog barks at chinamen.

10 Jun 2011 23:21

The Nell Gwyn, Mansfield

Relatively friendly locals bar serving two Copthorne brews - their own Nell Gwynne Bitter and Copthorne Gold. A little bit of a trek out form town though.

10 Jun 2011 23:17

The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham

Thirties buidling that is kind of art deco housing a decent city drinkers pub. A large array of Castle Rock ales on offer (I sampled the Arthur Bell VC on this occasion) with a few guest ales which always seem to include something from Batemans. They do large cobs which help to soak up the ale. It's a 2 minute walk from the station but is obscured by a screen of trees - if you come out of the station and the fromer Queens pub now a furniture shop is to your left then the V & F is behind the line of trees to the right.

10 Jun 2011 23:14

Royal Blenheim, Oxford

It's okay for a city centre pub - has a proper pub feel (not refurbed or contrived) and had 8 different ales on (though I did have to change my ropey first pint of Village Idiot - probably first pint of it drawn methinks).

29 May 2011 11:07

The Bear, Oxford

Small two-roomed street corner pub on a backstreet off the High St. Will probbaly be on many people's Oxford itinery of pubs. Has a classic old style small quirky pub feel to it. It's a Fuller's house and does have guest ales - both were from the Shotover brewey one was off and the other I ordered just went off as I ordered it (testimony to the popularity of guest ales against Fuller's offerings maybe?). The Fullers options were Chiswick, Pride, ESB and HSB. Went for the HSB which was a decent enough pint. It is worth dropping in to though wouldn't see it as being a 'destination' pub for most. Somewhere to drop in and see on the way to somewehre else.

29 May 2011 11:03

The Woodstock Arms, Woodstock

A bit less of a hotel bar feel than others in town. A GK tie somewhere as they only had St.Edmundsbury and Olde Trip on. The Olde Trip was nice enough though.

29 May 2011 10:54

The Punch Bowl, Woodstock

Cream coloured pool table and telly showing rugby at the front area and sofas and telly showing football (the Stevenage v Torquay play-off) to the rear. Other places in the town feel like hotel bars whereas this one feels more like a B & B's bar. Only Arkells 3B on which was drinkable but nothing great.

29 May 2011 10:51

The Marlborough Arms, Woodstock

Now back to being the Marlborough Arms again (but still describe as the Marlborough Grill on bus timetables). Wasn't open though and didn't look like it was going to be either.

29 May 2011 10:49

The Black Prince, Woodstock

Pleasant looking pub from the outside with a modernish refrubed bar that had a sunken feel to it (against the main road outside I supose). Candles on tables gives the impression it may serve food but none in evidence at this time. There were three ales on - Tribute, Brakspears and Vale's Brill Steam. Tried the Brill Steam whcih wasn't what I would describe as 'brill'. It had a kind of metallic, home brew taste. A little less day tripper tourist though that is because it is a short stroll from the centre.

29 May 2011 10:47

The Star Inn, Woodstock

More like a sympathetically restored National Trust property's cafeteria than a pub. A tourist haunt for food and families. A Wells/Youngs house with Directors as a a guest beer. The Youngs Gold was a nice pint though.

29 May 2011 10:42

The Duchess of Kent, Barnsbury

Ale (Redmeption IPA) was spot on but it's too much of a gastro/hooray/knobhead kind of place to warrant staying for more than a pint.

27 May 2011 23:07

The Nobody Inn, Newington Green

Pretty uninspiring selection of ales (Doombar, Tribute, Summer Lightning) served by a pleasant enough but clueless East European barmaid. She used the frisky Dutch Heineken method of topping up using a half pint glass. It didn't contribute to the condition of what was a poor pint of Tribute - yet another barely drinkable offering from a GBG entry. The place round the corner served me a far better pint.

27 May 2011 23:03

The Edinburgh Cellars, Newington Green

Bright and clear refurb in what one could call 'pub nouveau' style. The only vestiges of it's former Victorian opulence being the tiled entrance at the side. It is pleasant enough though and they had a few unusual brews on. The Hophead brew was good as was the pint of London Stone. Would say they were the best pints of the day and far better than nearby GBG listed places.

27 May 2011 22:59

The Alma, Newington Green

Another of those bare board, maroon wall 'refurb' pubs. This one also pretends to be a proper ale pub and even had a festival on. They had a section of the pub set up with barrels but I thought I'd go for something they had on draught at the bar. Tried a pint of Sambrook's Wandle which was dire - undrinkable to the extent that I left most of it. If they can;t get their stuff behind the jump on form it certainly doesn't bode well for the barrles lying round the pub - so on to elsewhere.

27 May 2011 22:54

Lord Clyde, Canonbury

Large-ish, mainly open plan pub with plenty of tables anbd chairs along with the odd sofa and armchair. They had two ales on Harveys and Redemption IPA. Am normally a fan of Redmeption ales but though it was just about drinkable this was the worse pint of their ales I've come across. Didn't fancy trying anything else as a result.

27 May 2011 22:49

The Charles Lamb, Angel, Islington

Nice enough pub with decent ales on. Although not busy the bar was hogged by folk munching ciabatta and linguini and an IT geek with two laptops (all of which were occupying barspace in a pub with a dozen empty tables). Was overlooked while waiting to be served in favour of some constituents of a 'Blair Babe' type entourage. Was then charged 5.10 for a pint of Redmeption Trinity (2 deposit on the glass as there was a festival on - could only see three of 4 handpumps on myself , the Redemption Trinity, their pale and Windsor Black IPA). The beer was good but it was all a bit too new labour for me.

27 May 2011 22:45

The Cardinal, Victoria

Aren't they just reverting it to the original name ?

Don't see why Sam Smith's should bow to the whims of the catholic church anyway.

Will look forward to dropping in to the Windsor Castle for a pint some time.

24 May 2011 16:53

The Red Lion, Southampton

Abit higgledy-piggledy with a kind of Tudor theme. They had soem unusual ales on. I had an Itchen Vallet bbrew (it was 4.2% can't recall it's name) and the others had some Block stuff. Found it a better pub than the Platform. Bit of a trek to go for a Johnny Cash though.

21 May 2011 23:42

The Platform Tavern, Southampton

Disappointigly few ales on. Hammperpot brews being the only non-standard alternative. the Sussex one and Medj whatever gold the others had were both poor pints. The decor was a bit ragarse pub versus Tunisienne brothel. Have absolutely no idea why this pub is so highly rated.

21 May 2011 23:38

The Fountain, Cowes

A hotel bar (loosely), close to where the fast boat to Southampton leaves. We all tried the Goddards brew (same one as the Anchor sold us) and it was a very nice pint. Anchor is in GBG and sold us a duff pint... this isn't and sold us a decent pint. None of us thought it was the same beer. More a hotel bar but better ambience and definietly better ale than the Anchor.

21 May 2011 23:33

The Union Inn, Cowes

One of those Fullers nee Gales houses. I went fot the HSB while the others tried the Seafarers. No complaints about the ale it was all drinkable enough. A bit of f dining orientated pub and the tables provide little 'gut rom' for tose nin dining folk. It's okay nothing briliant though.

21 May 2011 23:29

The Anchor Inn, Cowes

A kind of okay town pub, okay in the fact of it being on a touristy High St. They had five ales on, which sounds impressive but was a choice of Pride, Ringwood, Goddards Fuddle de whatever and two "guest" ales in the guise of Youngs and GK IPA. If you go for the Goddards stuff (as most people looking to try something local would) you would be disappointed in what was served up here and put it down at best as an 'acquired' taste. Ignore the GBG - this ISN'T a pub to go for a decent pint of local ale.

21 May 2011 23:25

The Ship and Castle, East Cowes

Nice enough street corner local on the unfashionable side of the river. They had a beer festival on and my pint of Yates Gold was drawn from the cellar. It was drinkable enough. My cohorts reckoned their drinks were nice enough (Banks Milds - no accounting for taste, and Hogs Back TEA) . One of the better alehouses around Mootown. The telly in the bar was a bit over powering though.

21 May 2011 23:19

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

Still as poor as it has been the Betlemam ale ( now from Sharps ) was insipid. ...but if you have 12 minutes wait on a train it is handy.

16 May 2011 00:21

The Roebuck Inn, Stevenage

Got drawn back in to here because 'there ain't much else around'. Got served a bit swifter this time (always give somewhere a 2nd chance). However there was only Pride on and it was watery and second rate. Tried it twice and not happy with it - won't be a third time.

16 May 2011 00:18

The Lytton Arms, Knebworth

Plenty of ales on but this isn't the beer destination it once was. Had a pint of Woodforde's Wherry which was not any great shakes. Okay if you're there or roundabouts.

16 May 2011 00:15

The Robin Hood and Little John, Rabley Heath

One of the better McMullens pubs of the day. Had a pint of Stokers Mate. I am not keen on the everyday McMullens brews but their one off and occasional beers tend to be quite nice, as the Stokers Mate was in this case. This is a pub of two halves, though mainly food orientated it is okay for soemone who just wants a swift ale. As you go in the bar to the left is more pub like while to the right is more food aligned.

16 May 2011 00:12

The Goat Inn, Codicote

Reasonable enough villlage local with 4 ales on (though nothing 'spectacular'). The St Austell Tribute was nice enough. Has a few little sections and is dog friendly. If you like dog friendly pubs fine - am not a fan of them myself which was pretty much exemplified by someone having to take their pooch outside while I was there because it was wiping it's arse on the floor. (Bear that in mind next time you pick up that 20p you dropped)

16 May 2011 00:07

The Globe, Codicote

Not too bad a village local. Another McMullens house (suppose it IS
Hertfordshire after all) but they had their original IPA which was a nice pint. The 'locals' mentality round these part still leaves a lot to be desired, as in - a near empty pub with five empty tables and then add at least 14 feet of unoccupied bar space yet the (literally) half a dozen locals still clog up the doorway in and out of the place. If you don't like 'outsider' folk why not just put a notice on the door telling the rest of us to fekk off.

16 May 2011 00:02

Tavern, Welwyn

An okay kind of mid street pub. A McMullens house and AK was the only ale on draught and was just about drinkable. Has a big cage with a parrot in it. Though not really somewhere to have that second pint.

15 May 2011 23:55

The Mortimer Arms, Bloomsbury

Was a Fuller's house a few years back and recall having a very late drink there when it was. Now a kind of pubco sort of place though it is at least split in to two halves rather than the ubiquitous one 'big' room set up. They had a few ales on but the pint of T.E.A. I had was not particularly nice.

13 May 2011 21:42

The Champion, Fitzrovia

Yet another Sam Smith's museum... though still your standard 2.11 a pint but they only had keg. Better than a lot of the alternatives in the vicinity though.

13 May 2011 21:39

The John Snow, Soho

Your archetypal Sam Smith's alehouse - as in a bit of a museum selling a limited (though cheap) range of their beer. As for snogging - there are plenty of places that cater for exhibitionist tastes and I reckon most folk going to a pub for a pint don't want someone else's intimate affection (of whatever persuasion) inflicted upon them. It puts one right off one's pint. If the pub rule is no pet lemurs in the pub then no pet lemurs and if it is no people shoviing their tongues down their partners throats while people are drinking/eating/lounging then those are the house rules - so go somewhere that people want that. Beer wasn't brilliant though... but @ 2.11 a pint better than a lot charging more.

13 May 2011 21:37

The Orange Brewery, Belgravia

Over rated when it brewed it's own poor CO 2'd ales and now - somewhere for pretentious twats who have (or think they have) a few bob to mill around outside.

13 May 2011 21:29

The Ebury Brasserie and Dining Room, Belgravia

I can remember when this used to be a pub (albeit not a particularly good one)

13 May 2011 21:26

The Rising Sun, Belgravia

A decent enough Wells/Youngs house. Looks older on the inside than it does from the outside. Had a pint of Youngs Bitter - choice was between that or Bombardier. Seems like there is a policy to kill off Young's Special by Wells/Youngs. Am increasingly finding that the mid range (4.something%) ale is the more marketed Bombardier and Special is being slowly dispensed with (although some may argue that these days it's virtually the same beer). I used to like Young's Special and Ram & Special was a popular half and half with many folk.

13 May 2011 21:25

CASK Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico

Would describe it as a 'real ale bar' as opposed to a pub. Can't fault the selection or quality though - thought the Hophead Bitter was a little sharp to start with but it kind of levelled out to being a good pint. The Acorn Barnsley Bitter was also on good form. Can see why it is popular as it has virtually no competition in the Victorai/Pimlico area.

13 May 2011 21:18

The Buckingham Arms, Westminster

Reasonable enough Wells/Youngs pub opposite Wellington Barracks. Your average pub though they did have Sambrooks Wandle on as a guest (which was the best ale they had).

13 May 2011 21:13

The Squirrel Inn, Rugby

A slightly 'alternative' interior to this historic old pub on one of Rugby's main streets. It's quite small inside and am not really a fan of sofas as a seating option in pubs (they are always too low and it's awkward to find somewhere to perch your pint) but apart from that this place is quite a friendly and amenable hostelry. Seem to have a Marston's tie and the pint of Merrie Monk I had was good. Has music on but not sure how a band would fit in to the space.

8 May 2011 11:16

The Alexandra Arms, Rugby

Lots of angles in the small bar of this pub which is sandwiched between new 'social' housing and a multi-story car park not far off the main street. You can also look through the window form the bar in to the pool room. Found the ale ( a dark Milehouse brew) to be good and the locals quite friendly. A pleasant 'community local' in the town centre.

8 May 2011 11:11

The Burton Bridge Inn, Burton-Upon-Trent

Burton Bridge's brewery tap and, as you would expect, their full range of ales availbale on top form. I stuck with the Bridge Bitter as I've developed a liking for it and it was another top pint of it. Pub refrubed again to the old style. It's nice to have pubs with rooms and sections in as opposed to one big drinking barn.

8 May 2011 11:06

Derby Inn, Burton-Upon-Trent

An old school pub of two halves. Was disapointed with the ale choice of Bass & Pedigree but the landlord who has relatively recently taken over (after being a regular for a long time) is intending to increase the range. Am usually a little dubious about trying Bass but this is as good a pint of it as you will get. Outside toilets but no worse than many other places. Found it to be a nice friendly old style local.

8 May 2011 11:02

Prince Alfred, Burton-Upon-Trent

A mid street refurbed Burton Bridge house recreating the bar/lounge style of old. A top form pint of Bridge Bitter and genial hosts in a decent alehouse.

8 May 2011 10:55

Old Cottage Tavern, Burton on Trent

Another excellent Burton alehouse with a room either side of the bar (one showing the football) and a small snug to the left as you go in. Numerous ales on (about 8 I think on this visit) sampled the Oak ale which was another excellent pint.

8 May 2011 10:52

Devonshire Arms, Burton-Upon-Trent

A proper old style pub with four Burton Bridge brews on offer. The Bridge Bitter was excellent. Sympathetically decorated to the way a small town pub should look.

8 May 2011 10:48

The Coopers Tavern, Burton-Upon-Trent

Excellent old style smallish street corner pub. Has a main room and snug at the front and the samll bar/serving area to rear. Plenty of ales on - mainly from Joules (the Joules Pale was spot on). Only slight niggle is the practice of pubs selling Joules to have some commercial radio station playing as 'background'.

8 May 2011 10:46

Hart & Spool, Borehamwood

Another dreadful Wetherspoons. No unusual ales on, tried the Ruddles, which was appalling. The place is also a complete dive - pretty much like the rest of B'wood.

5 May 2011 23:49

The Market Inn, Petersfield

Still closed and boarded up - that's coming on for three years.

2 May 2011 21:56

Square Brewery, Petersfield

The only pub in the centre of town - looks like a Fuller's house, relatively recently refurbed. A reasonable enough place that has regular music and some non regular gues ales (for Fullers that is). The Bowman's Swift One went down well enough on this visit.

2 May 2011 21:53

The Old Drum, Petersfield

..if your train is unfortunately delayed keep going a little further on and get some bottled local brews from the off licence and head back to the station with them - it is by far your better option.

2 May 2011 21:47

The Phoenix, Southsea

Had a very quaffable pint of Iriving Strong Island Hopper (am IOW brew). Has kind of two halves, one of which is festooned with signed photos of various acTORS (a la Melvyn Hayes, Clive Dunne, that bloke of Crossroads etc). Thought it rather strange for a back street boozer to have such an array of memorabilia - though that was because we walked up from the seafront. Heading back towards town we realised the Kings Theatre was just round the corner. An array of notices in one half ranging from what you should and shouldn't do regarding children and the resident animals to anecodtal smoking related notices. One of Southsea's better establishments.

2 May 2011 21:44

The Florence Arms, Southsea

Nice enough pub of two halves (public bar and the other half). Had a nice pint of an Oakley brew (which I didn't quite recall the name of). A few ales on but seemed to be a greater choice of ciders - one for your ciderheads as there were a few unuusal ones on offer.

2 May 2011 21:38

The Old Customs House, Portsmouth

Original building it may be but Fullers inc. corporate interior rules the roost. Primarily an eating house but plenty of space for drinkers (albeit on high chairs or sofas). Pleasant enough for what it is but the ale was sadly inadequate on this visit - the Gale's Spring Sprinter was not at all a nice pint. Pleasant enough surroundings but at the end of the day the beer is what it's all about (isn't it?).

2 May 2011 21:32

3 One 7, Hampstead

Currently closed and undergoing yet another transformation

21 Apr 2011 16:24

The Black Lion, Kilburn

Worth dropping in to view it's ornateness but once again another pub serving dreadful ales (the Royal London and Ruddles were both appaling and undrinkable). If you are waiting for a friend to turn up you could always amuse yourself by seeing how many mousebait boxes you can spot. ("Would you like to peruse our menu Sir ?" - "er, no thanks")

21 Apr 2011 16:19

The Queens Arms, Kilburn

One time, in the not too distant past, this was an old school bar/lounge Young's pub serving the best pint of proper beer in Kilburn. Now it's some kind of dark hole - not a pub, nor a restaurant but some kind of dismal mish mash bar with a few sofas and high chairs. I tried a pint of Young's Special which was diabolical. Even the lager was garbage.

21 Apr 2011 16:14

The Clifton Hotel, St John's Wood

Nice enough kind of place which you would never guess as being a short walk to the maelstrom that is downtown Kilburn. Didn't find it as pub like as many make out - has a kind of Canadian bar feel to it (too many 'high chairs'). Service was excellent and attentive but was not impressed with the ale at all. The Sambrooks Junction, though drinkable, was the worse pint of it I have sampled and had a bit of a tang to it. I then tried the Adnams American Style IPA which was slightly better but was also afflcicted with an underlying tang to it. Can understand why it is highly regarded as it just doesn't have any competition for miles but I wouldn't go out of my way to head to it.

21 Apr 2011 16:08

Royal Oak, Lewes

Reasonable enough pub where we watched the whistle go on City's FA Cup semi victory. An avergae kind of alehouse worth dropping in for a swift pint in.

17 Apr 2011 11:35

The Lansdown Arms, Lewes

2 out of 4 ales on. Reasonable enough pub that is handy for the station. The Doombar was nice enough. First pub you come to enroute from the station to the town.

17 Apr 2011 11:23

The Lansdown Arms, Lewes

2 out of 4 ales on. Reasonable enough pub that is handy for the station. The Doombar was nice enough.

17 Apr 2011 11:21

The Tiger Inn, East Dean

The bar was a bit faux 'old bar' with a few original beams about. Seems popular with wedding parties.The Beachy Head beers were excellent though... though one of my drinking companions didn't like their Original - no accounting for tastes I suppose. Also tried the Legless Rambler which was another excellent beer. A short stroll from the frequent no. 12 bus stop through the 'squeezegate' (does what it says especially if you are a lardarse).

17 Apr 2011 11:18

Victoria Hotel, Eastbourne

It does kind of resemble to the soap opera pub with a similar name. A bit away from the tourist haunts it's a pleasant back street local, A harveys house selling most of thier ales - I went for the Armada while the others went for the ordinary bitter. Beer was good and pub was a porper old style local, Worth the walk up to.

17 Apr 2011 11:13

The Marine, Eastbourne

Colourful exterior makes the pub stand out from the rest of the street. A bit dark red interior. Had the Harveys which was nice enough. Front area is lower bar area raised and rear dining area and garden goes back down again. Closes at 2:30 on a Saturday.

17 Apr 2011 11:09

Cafe Belge, Eastbourne

A cafe selling Belgian Beers (at continental prices). I tried a bog standard pils while the others tried more exotic chocolate and fruit beers.Three 275cl bottles came to over 15.

17 Apr 2011 11:05

Dewdrop Inn, Eastbourne

Nice enough mid street town pub. My pint of Harveys was nice and the others went for Doombar which they said was okay. Was also Pride and Hobgoblin on.

17 Apr 2011 11:00

Wetherspoons, Victoria Station

Opens early and probably your best option for a pre-train pint. My pint of Orkney Corncrake was drinkable if not on top form. It's a pretty uninspiring space on top of the WH Smiths but if you sit on one of the tables outside you can scan the departure boards for your train's platform.

17 Apr 2011 10:58

The Albion, Winchester

Welcome ? I entered and the bloke behind the bar disappeared down the cellar without as much as an 'I'm off to change a barrell will be a few minutes' or 'I'm off down the cellar to torture some animals'. Well , I did wait but got fed up and left - the place didn't seem particularly friendly or welcoming.

10 Apr 2011 11:41

The Wagon Works, Eastleigh

Two door staff on who sounded and acted like they used to work for one of the former Eastern Bloc security services. Couldn't be bothered with it.

10 Apr 2011 11:37

The South Western, St Denys

My first choice wasn't on... so as was in a bit of a rush asked the barmaid to give me something similar which turned out to be Botley Golden Gringo. This was not at all nice and a struggle to drink and as I had a train to catch or be stuck there an hour I left it. Noticed she had turned the pump clip round after serving me that pint of dross.

10 Apr 2011 11:33

The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley

A decent, honest back street boozer serving plenty of decent ales. I tried the Idle Black Abbot which was spot on. Probbaly the best pub in Southampton.

10 Apr 2011 11:30

Seabourne, Pokesdown

Now renamed... I think they should rename it again . 'The Jeremy Kyle' would be appropriate. If you like the Sun, Sky Sports, Stella, Pushchairs and Pitbulls you'll love this place.

10 Apr 2011 11:27

The Cricketers Arms, Springbourne

Large old style pub on a residential street. Three ales on - two of which were your usual suspects the third, Goffs White Knight, went down well.

10 Apr 2011 11:24

The Branksome Railway, Branksome

Large rambling old style hotel type of pub with a bit of a run down feel to it. Oly a few old souls in watching the football on the telly. Three ales on of which I tried the Plain Inntrigue which was nice enough.

10 Apr 2011 11:21

The Bermuda Triangle, Parkstone

Smaller on the inside than it appears on the outside. Has a nautical (and triangle) theme to it. Three ales on - had apint of the Trashy Blonde which was nice enough.

10 Apr 2011 11:18

The Brewhouse, Poole

Better than what you would expect from a shop conversion on a High Street as it does actually feel like a pub. Bar area at front and two pool tables to the rear. They had three Milk Street brews and a guest ale on - went for the Milk Street 'Usual' which was quite drinkable on this offering.

10 Apr 2011 11:14

The Railway, West Hampstead

The place was less of a playground for delinquent brats on this vist but the beer (StAustell Tribute) wasn't anything special.

4 Apr 2011 20:17

The Warwick Castle, Maida Vale

A decent old style pub with a few concessions to the food side of things. They had three ales on and the pint of Harveys I tried was excellent.

4 Apr 2011 20:14

The Noble, Crouch Hill

Just missed a train and with a 15 minute wait this is about your only option given that timespan. Pretty much as before... kind of wine bar only Pride and Deuchars IPA on... only the Pride went off as I was ordering it so switched to the Deuchars which was drinkable. Would look at this place as a waiting room where I canget a pint rather than somewhere I'd go out for a drink.

3 Apr 2011 04:26

The Harringay Arms, Crouch End

A proper old school pub 'on the High St', small longitudinal bar, An old pub for older people. Courage Best, Doom Bar and Adnams Broadside were on - the Doom Bar was okay. This would have been classed as an avergae boozer not long ago but now it's more of a rarity.

3 Apr 2011 04:22

The Nags Head, Walthamstow

Feels more like an ain't so quaint tea room. They had a few ales on and either they don't do them well or I went for the dud in trying Nethergate's RedPoll - a brew barely drinkable on this visit. Some may see the Cat Wedding as quirky but it's just a gimmick to try and enhance the image of a mediocre drinking establishment.

3 Apr 2011 04:18

The Castle, Walthamstow

A kind of hybrid place - like half arts centre bar, half creche. They did have three unadventurous ales on (Black Sheep, Youngs and Pride). Tried the Black Sheep which was murky and off, they changed it for Pride - which was insipid and lifeless. They also didn't turn the pump clip round on the Black Sheep and carried on selling the stuff despite it being obviously off. It seems to concentrate on trendy avant garde bottled fruit beers and lager. Okay if this kind of establishment suits you but I prefer a pub.

3 Apr 2011 04:13

The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Gave it another try (as someone mentioned that the ale mssing was a one off). Can't see this being everyone's bag of Bonios but I didn't mind it (even if it is a tad gastro and pretentious) on this visit. They had three ales on Betty Stoggs Ginger Tosser, Sambrooks Wandle and Truman's Runner. The Truman's Runner was excellent - though some may baulk at the 3:65 price tag, would rather pay more for something I enjoy than 3 for an ale I would struggle to drink (besides your average headbang lager costs around that).

29 Mar 2011 22:41

The Old Ale Emporium, Harringay

Larger than average shop conversion (well it looks like a shop conversion) bar selling three ales on this visit - Pride, Deuchars Wit and Hannibal Ale. Tried the Hannibal which was reasonable enough pint. Not somewhere I'd hurry back to but if you're in the vicinity there is little esle around.

29 Mar 2011 22:31

The Cock, Henham

I'd knock two points off - why do some people think it's okay to impose their hounds on the unsuspecting public ? It's only being freindly wanting to lick you ... after it's just been licking it's bollox. Would certainly not consider eating in a place that let dogs roam around.

27 Mar 2011 12:38

The Priory Tavern, Kilburn

Not too bad a refurb. Only the ubiquitous Adnams and Landlord on the ale front but they were both drinkable which is something in itself for a pub in NW6.

27 Mar 2011 12:20

The Blagrave Arms, Reading

Naked man at one end of the bar. It takes allsorts I suppose though the staff were around with a mop after him and some collie dog was sniffing round as well - each to their own as they say. Your standard refurb pub, had 2 ales on, tried the Ascot Pooch beer which was a nice pint. Handy for the station and a worthwhile alternative when something is on and the station pub is rammed.

26 Mar 2011 23:22

The Three Guineas, Reading

.. some people say avoid this place when an event is on (rugby/football/tax riot/) and they are right to say so. If you don't like fighting to reach the bar (both metaphorically and physically) avoid at busy times.

26 Mar 2011 23:17

The Foresters Arms, Reading

Local pub in the middle of a terraced street with a front and back bar and garden. Only two ales on (of which I went for the West Berkshire brew - that had some long name). I rate this pub higher than the much vaunted Nags Head because it is a small community local in the old style - a dying breed in the face of corporate greed dictating that only vast cavernous large bars can make enough profit.

26 Mar 2011 23:14

Nags Head, Reading

A large open bar which had a dozen or so ales on. Didn't realise the ales were lined up according to strength... ended up with a pint of Loddon Bamboozle, which was nice but more headbang than I wanted. This is reading's 'premier ale' pub and does indeed have a greater selection of well kept ales than anywhere else in the town. It is worth the trek out to.

26 Mar 2011 23:08

The Lion Brewery, Ash

A smallish bar and a lounge both of which were kitted out in some garish 70's disco style with carpets up the side of the bar. A bit worn and tired but this place gets a zero for it's appaling ale.. They had Pedigree and Black Sheep on, tried the Black Sheep which was undrinkable - no staff around although I supose it was a slack spell. This dreadful establishment was voted Pub of the Year by the local newspaper - Good God.... how BAD are other pubs in the vicinity ?

26 Mar 2011 22:58

The White Hart, Tongham

A little disappointed with it really... the ale ( St Austell Tribute) was okay and the pub had numerous rooms in the style f one of those 30's M & B houses. Was just a little perturbed by the ale choice - Hop Back Summer Lightning, Banks Mild, Youngs Bitter and St A Tribute would not be my choice of ales. Still better than other establishments in the environs.

26 Mar 2011 22:53

The White Lion, Aldershot

Standard street corner local (and there ain't too many of them around these days) serving decent Triple F ales and the odd guest beer. The Alton Pride was a good pint - a solid proper pub with decent ale.

26 Mar 2011 22:49

The Garden Gate, Aldershot

A cosy local with a 'lived-in' feel to it. A GK house but has real guest ales on. The Copper Dragon wasn't too great though but the Okells Olde Skipper was a nice pint.

26 Mar 2011 22:45

The Tavern, Cricklewood

A pub of two halves.... a snazzed up 'appeal to the younger element' half (empty on this visit) and a public bar style old fashioned boozer half (well occupied by older folk). No ale so had a lager - one of only two places left in Cricklewood that resemble (in part) a proper boozer. Not that i'd rush back in a hurry.

25 Mar 2011 00:21

The Queensbury, Willesden Green

A gastropub in Willesden - well no one was eating and it didn't feel much like a pub. Probably the best ale in Willesden (two were on Youngs banana bread beer and Batemans XXXB) but not particuallrly nice - the banana bread tasted like a keg bitter. You are routinely given your change on a little plate with the staff expecting you to leave a tip - for that bit of American style (introduced via Eastern Europe) crap alone this place deserves a nought. Relaxed atmosphere ? This is Willesden fer fecks sake... it's just a bit less edgy than the other establishments.

25 Mar 2011 00:18

The Albion, West Kensington

The place is okay for a pint and it does try on the ale front ( Youngs Banana Bread Beer and Thwaites Wainwright were both drinkable brews) but there is just something about the layout that isn't conducive to stay for more than a couple of pints.

25 Mar 2011 00:11

Ye Old Red Cow, Smithfield

Closed for some kind of refurbishment at the moment.

17 Mar 2011 21:52

The Hand and Shears, Barbican

Nice old fashioned small pub with four sections (and four entrances) as city pubs should be. Beer lets the place down a bit though - only 4 non-commital brews on and the pint of Adnams I had was a bit ropey. Great pub, pity the beer didn't quite match it.

17 Mar 2011 21:51

The Fox and Anchor, Smithfield

Good city pub with a good selection of well kept ales. Not sure about the tankard thing though. I was given one without requesting it. At first I thought , what the hell for the novelty value, but I think the pint of Mad Goose I had would have been far better in a glass. One of your better ale houses in the Smithfield vicinity.

17 Mar 2011 21:47

The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

Lives up to it's name in some respects as it kind of smells a bit (not somewhere I'd fancy having something to eat). It's basically a two bar pub in some railway arches opposite Waterloo station with a small bar to the left as you enter and a larger more open bar area to the rear. They had plenty of ales on but the pint of T.E.A. I had wasn't particualarly nice and certainly wouldn't warrant a second pint - in fact it put me off trying a pint of anything else they had and I cleared off elsewhere.

17 Mar 2011 21:42

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

Why is it some people equate dirt and filth with character ? In this day and age it isn't too much to expect reasonable facilites - although I could put up with the state of the toilets. My main gripe (as it always has been) is with the blatantly discriminatory service. People going there for 20 years may be happy with it, Camra groups may be happy but one of my pet hates (which I should imagine is many people's) is being deliberately ignored in favour of locals and cronies and this place excels at that - that is why it is Nul Points in my estimation. There are other (and now better) establishments in the city these days serving decent ale these days and plenty with much more character.

13 Mar 2011 17:06

The Tudor Rose, Upper Upnor

A deceptively large pub from the High Steet appraoch as the small front bar opens out to other areas behind. An SN pub with six ales, two of which were guests..... went against my better judgment and went for Taylors Golden Best (well you don't see it round that often), was a pretty insipid pint, drinkable just about but not something you'd want more of.

12 Mar 2011 23:43

Kings Arms, Upper Upnor

Five ales on of which I went for the Whitstable IPA - a good enough beer. The place has a public bar, lounge-come-dining area and a bar billiards room. The bar man came round and actually asked me if the music was too loud and would I like it turned down... what a differnece from the ratholes of Gillingham.

12 Mar 2011 23:39

The Britannia, Gillingham

Quite probably the worse pub in Kent - mainly old blokes either trying to talk or watch the (muted) football on the telly but blaring music just annoying. A shit hole of the first order - if you are waiting on a train buy a can from the off licence and drink it on the platform FAR better than this hole.

12 Mar 2011 23:32

The Barge, Gillingham

A bit of a 'tardis' kind of thing with this place - at the end of a dead end terraced street in Gillingham you find a weather-boarded East Kent coastal style of pub, with bare floorboards, underlying nautical theme and a minimalist feel. Thiis is a place that you need to seek out especially if you intend to visit but it is probably worth the while as it is the best pub in Gillingham. (White Horse Bitter was best pint of the day)

12 Mar 2011 23:29

The Will Adams, Gillingham

Not the best of 'ale' pubs one comes across. Thought it was a Chinese takeaway from outside and inside thought I was at a paintball registration point. Three ales on ranging in strength - tried the Empire Golden Warrior, whcih was nice enough. The takeaway/shop conversion theme definitely extended to the inadequate toilet facilities (real pubs were always built with proper facilities). If you're stuck in the centre of Gillingham it's probably your best bet.

12 Mar 2011 23:22

The Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone

If you like your pubs of an old fashioned style then this is a must visit if in Maidstone. No telly, no machines, no other associated garbage just a straightforward old style pub selling proper beer (Goachers in ths case). The pint of pale was drinkable if not top notch but the pub makes up for that. Not only do you feel like stepping back in time but the price of a pint was a clear 10/- less than what the nearest equivalent place charged for something similar. The previous duck related persons comment was about 20 years off the mark as I would say it's more like trip back to 1962.

12 Mar 2011 23:14

The Swan, Maidstone

Smallish Shepherd Neame street corner local. Unlike many SN houses they had 2 guest ales on. I chose one, Franklins Tea ( a Yorkshire Beer brewed in Sussex so the pumpclip proclaimed) which is something I would say is an 'acquired taste'. Still not a bad locals pub overall and worth dropping in to.

12 Mar 2011 23:04

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

I just missed one train and with 20 minutes before the next and fancying a pint I thought I would give the place another go..... and at the third time of asking at last a decent pint (Wandle Junction) and at 3.60 for a pint pretty much what you expect to pay in Central London these days (and certain outer parts of it as well). I actually wandered round where the other two rooms where and they are much better than the poorly designed main bar area. It still isn't really somewhere I'd want to spend much time but I will now keep it in mind as an option when I have a short wait on the train that precludes me form nipping to the King Charles.

9 Mar 2011 17:52

North Nineteen, Holloway

Modernised pub of two halves which kind of works, with a bar for the telly and a quieter lounge. Does have a 'gastro' edge to it though not as full on as most. Tried the Skinner's Betty Stoggs which wasn't the best pint of it I'd had. Can't say I'd hurry back although if you are in the vicinity there is very little else around worth bothering with.

9 Mar 2011 17:44

The Lord Palmerston, Dartmouth Park

Had an excellent pint of Redemption IPA here but the place is a little too 'gastro' for my liking. Even though no one was eating in the downstairs area it had what is almost becoming a standardised layout and feel which seems to epitomise the gastropub.

9 Mar 2011 17:41

The Gate Lodge, Golders Green

Bog standard Irish shop conversion bar - didn't notice any ale on and doubt I'd have risked it if I had. Handy for sheltering from the rain while waiting for a bus.

7 Mar 2011 16:28

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

So far so good. No major changes to the interior and decent ale (even a few guests). It was pretty busy last night with a youngish decent natured crowd.

7 Mar 2011 16:26

The Holly Bush, Hampstead

A lot better than the other Hampstead offerings. A few ales on, of which the Butcombe Bitter went down well ( though my acquaintances stuck with the Fuller's brews). I did try the Seafarers later which was also a nice pint. Can be manic and awkward to find a perch at times but worth a trek up the steps to.

6 Mar 2011 22:08

The Flask, Hampstead

Had a decent pint of Wandle (fellow drinkers were on Young's Gold (which they rated as well). It's stilll among the better Hampstead pubs but there is something that is lost compared to what it used to be like. Maybe someone more articulate than I can elaborate on just what that is as I have to admit to being to dense at this juncture.

6 Mar 2011 21:59

The White Bear, Knutsford

Despite it's open plan chain style it retains some small vestiges of character (like a small dart's room) but spoils it by inflicting high volume speakers blaring out crap music in every part of the place. They had Theakstons and Spitfire on but I didn't fancy risking it (another place where no one else was) so had a pint of lager instead.

6 Mar 2011 13:49

The Lord Eldon, Knutsford

A proper higgledy-piggledy layout of bar and snug and raised back room. numeorus ales on ( I tried the Cambirnus-Aspinall's offerings, Yardstick and Delvierance). Probably the best pub in Knutsford.

6 Mar 2011 13:46

The Angel Hotel, Knutsford

Holt's are usually known for their honest backstreet Manchester boozers. This soulless refurb of an old town pub is squarely aimed at the 'Cheshire Set'. More akin to having a pint in a trendy motorway service area cafe than a pub.

6 Mar 2011 13:44

The Cross Keys, Knutsford

Old style town hotel type pub with a lounge and smaller public bar housing pool table and locals. Had a reasonable pint of Jennings Cumberland here.

6 Mar 2011 13:41

The Bulls Head, Two Gates

A lounge and bar set up with a gloomy 70's kind of feel to it. Only had Pedigree and Hobgoblin on - the HG was reasonable enough.

6 Mar 2011 13:34

The Railway Inn, Two Gates

Now closed and on the verge of becoming rubble by the looks of it.

6 Mar 2011 13:32

The Globe Inn, Wilnecote

Traditional street corner style 'L' shaped pub that is relatively unspoilt. Only Marstons Pedigree on but it was a decent enough pint. Ominously there is a large 'pub to let' sign hanging over the place outside so it may not remain an unspoilt Midlands local fo rmuch longer.

6 Mar 2011 13:31

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Drinkers seem to be pretty thin on the ground here these days even in the small area allocated to them - especially in the evenings. A sign of the economic situation or just that the area isn't one for a pub type bar ? The beer quality (Doom Bar in the last couple of instances) isn't quite what it was either, though still far better than any alternatives locally. I suppose one can't blame them as there isn't the return in a standard pub bar these days. Wonder where the old 'late' drinkers go these days then ?

27 Feb 2011 16:38

The Black Lion, Northampton

They have converted the lower bit that used to house the pool table into a fish & chip shop so now it's half pub half fish & chip shop. In the pub half they still do a reasonable pint of Natterjack.

27 Feb 2011 13:25

The Malt Shovel, Northampton

Dropped in again for a pint of Great Oakley Gobble - still only really here and the Black Lion to drop in to for a quiet pint if you want to avoid the maelstrom that is downtown Northampton on a Saturday night.

27 Feb 2011 13:22

The Peacock, Long Buckby

Not a bad pub - had a few of the standard ales and also had Nobby's Best (which went down well enough). Seemed to be populated by the funny handshake, short trosuered brigade on this visit. Worth dropping in to for a pint.

27 Feb 2011 13:19

The Old Fox, Birmingham

Reasonable enough city centre pub kind of in two halves. Busy as you would expect given it's location. Reasonable enough for what it is - had 4 ales on (two regular, two guests) had the Oxfordshire Nations which went down well enough)

27 Feb 2011 13:03

The Yorkshireman, Colton

Primarily a restaurant, to the extent in fact that there were only two bar stools and an armchair near the toilet door for drinkers to inhabit. The beer was top notch though (Blythe's Bagot Bitter - they also had Palmer's Poison on). May consider it to eat at some time but for drinkers it is only really somewhere to nip for a quick pint while waiting on train (the station is just across the road).

27 Feb 2011 12:59

The Black Country Arms, Walsall

Can't see what all the ranting is about over this place - except maybe that there aren't too many decent ale pubs in Walsall. Yes, the ale was good (Black Country Pig on the Wall in this case) but the place reminded me of, and felt like a Wetherspoons, albeit one of the better ones.

27 Feb 2011 12:54

Lyndon House Hotel, Walsall

Old style square bar lay out with more of a pub feel to it than your average hotel bar. Five ales on - of which Kelham Pale Rider was the unusual suspect and the 'House' bitter an unknown one. I tried the house bitter which was a little insipid. (not sure who brews it) Would drop back in if in the vicinity.

27 Feb 2011 12:51

Butts Tavern, Walsall

Oldish building in an estate of flats etc near the edge of the town centre. Inside is modernised with plenty of screens showing sporting events and the two halves given an open plan feel. They had four ales on all at 2-50. I went for the Burton Bridge Dam Dog which was an excellent pint. Guinness is an abomination of stout in comparison.

27 Feb 2011 12:47

The Lamb, Broad Eye

A local's pub in town on a busy road opposite Sainsburys. Had a rugby themed feel to it (probably as the six nations is on at present). Four ales on with Hyde's Spalsh & Dash the only unusual one. It was reasonable enough though nothing special.

27 Feb 2011 12:42

The Hazel Pear Inn, Acton Bridge

No sings of life on a Saturday afternoon. Wandered round the other entrance where an A4 notice pinned to the door proclaimed BUSINESS CLOSED.

27 Feb 2011 12:38

The Stumble Inn, Bridgtown

Friendly enough place though it does look and feel a bit more like a social club than a pub. Beer was pretty good though - had a few pints of York Monteuka which was an excellent pint and a strong brown ale called Shut Thi Gob. It would probably average a 7 + from your normal ale drinkers.

21 Feb 2011 12:20

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

Flat capped working men, bicycle clips and whippets seem to have had their day and I'm afraid that cafe society is set to kill off all our pubs in time. Alas we can not halt the march of 'progress'.

12 Feb 2011 00:05

The Five Bells, East Finchley

A big house with a conservatory 'restaurant' tacked on to the side of it set off the road from East Finchley to Finchley. It's a Barras house you can be sure... as the signs and etched glass windows attest to. Pretty much your bog standard open plan pub though they did have three ales on (Abbot, Young's and Hydes Splash & Dash). Plumped for the Hyde's brew which weren't up to a lot but more than one would expect in the vicinity.

12 Feb 2011 00:00

The White Horse, Welwyn

Probably the best pub for beer in Old Welwyn (had a nice pint of Brew Dog Trashy Blonde) but the locals look at any 'outsiders' as an inconvenience - continuing to engage in conversation with barstaff while people are waiting to get served. The pub is okay, the beer is okay, staff okay (in difficult circumtances) - the ignorant punters are the only thing that make me mark it so low.

5 Feb 2011 22:01

The White Hart, Welwyn

Pretentious Wells house serving absolutely dire Youngs Bitter.

5 Feb 2011 21:54

The Station, Knebworth

Crappy GK pub next to the station. Old buidling modernised in to one open plan bar with sky sports etc. Didn't fancy risking the GK ales on offer (no one else in the place did) so settled for an ambiguous pint of lager. Not really worth the effort.

5 Feb 2011 21:51

Our Mutual Friend, Stevenage

A pub on a housing estate.. not only that but the closest one to a football league ground. Not normally a good recipe but this place is a proper pub serving decent ale. Had a pint of Church End (End Reg) and Harviestoun (Haggis Hunter). Snacks were reasonably priced.... would say it is probably the best 'estate' pub in the country.

5 Feb 2011 21:48

The Roebuck Inn, Stevenage

Going through a hotel foyer to a small bar does kind of put you off,,,,, but once you get through to the quaint little bar nothing puts you off eeven more thanit being unstaffed. The poor bloke before me hadbeen there long enough before I noticed a buzzer to press for service,,, I pressed it twice - the locals hthen chirped in sayin someone should pres the buzzer. It's a hotel and the bar doesn't seem to matter - got fed up with waiting so went elsewhere. Unless you have an afternoon to waste I wouldn't bother with the place.

5 Feb 2011 21:43

The Chequers Inn, Woolmer Green

Had a lovely pint of Castle Rock Elsie Mo here... surrounded by people treating thier brats to lunch. Camra rate this place... it's somewhere that serves good beer but it isn't somewhere beer drinkers feel at home. An eatery to take your offspring to NOT a pub. I suppose a large main road side place like this couldn't survive otherwise. Well that's the usual argument - needs to sell food otherwise it would close down. Would rather the latter meself. How can the CAMRA cronies say this is a good PUB ?

5 Feb 2011 21:37

Fox, Woolmer Green

It's a nice enough McMullens house - smallish pub, not food orientated. The pint of McMullens Country was drinkable (and I'm not a fan of the stuff). A least it is still a pub.

5 Feb 2011 21:32

The Rose and Crown, Welwyn

On the edge of the town/village centre, an old pub with beams etc and pool table, sky sports but no proper ale. A pretty unremarkable pub no real reason to come back.

5 Feb 2011 21:29

Steamer, Welwyn

Up the hill towards the 'council' end of Welwyn. A McMullens house of two halves (public bar/Lounge that is). Although the public bar was pretty much empty most of the seats had coats/pullovers on them to 'bagsy' them for locals. No staff behind the bar so one of the customers deigned to serve me. Only AK on draught which was pretty dire. Doubt I'll be making a return visit somehow.

5 Feb 2011 21:26

Sheffield Tap, Sheffield

Hectic long bar with fridges containing a vast amount various of bottled beers running the length of it ( at vast prices too - someone payed 6.35 for one while I was at the bar ). It's okay for a station bar but was too manic for my liking - it's never any fun when you have to fight to get served at the bar and the Thornbridge ale though drinkable but was the worse pint of the day.

30 Jan 2011 13:18

The Fat Cat, Sheffield

More of a pub than the place round the corner. Tried another Derby brew which was good and one of the pork pies which were reet nice. Has a seperate public bar and snug seating areas to the left as you go in. Busy and bustling on this visit (and more varied conversation than just beer and breweries).

30 Jan 2011 13:13

The Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield

Yes, it's a nice enough pub, yes the beer is good (a pint of Derby Triple Hop on this occassion) but the place was more like a CAMRA social club with talk and discussion limited to beer and breweries rather than a livng, breathing local pub.

30 Jan 2011 13:09

Nags Head, Sheffield

Another pub which was like walking in to a scene with Uncle Mort and Carter. Not the greatest of interior layouts (another snooker table - must be the Crucible/Len Ganley stance effect) but the beers and clentelle make up for that. Tried a pint of Bradfield Brown Cow and Belgian Blue both were excellent. It's actually on the road out of Loxley towards Bradfield. For a relatively remote location they have pretty lengthy opening hours (as in all day everyday till 23:30 and 'till late' fri & sat). Bus 61 & 62 Bradfield circulars run from Hilsborough bus station and MalinBridge tram terminus in a circular route serving here and the Plough at Bradfield - and other pubs along the way.

30 Jan 2011 13:03

Plough, Sheffield

Lounge one half and small public bar dominated by a snooker table the other. Pleasant village location at the bototm of a valley surrounded by hills and yet only 7 miles from the centre of Sheffield. had a pint of Plough bitter - a Bradfield ale brewed especially for the Plough. Was okay but not the best of Bradfield's offerings.

30 Jan 2011 12:56

The Bath Hotel, Sheffield

An excellent street corner local on the edge of the city centre where modern blocks end and old streets begin. Has old fashioned snug & parlour layout in classic style and proper locals populating the place. Ideal set if they wish to redo 'I Didn't Know You Cared'. Had a top rate pint of Abbeydale Deception. For me this is the best pub in Sheffield.

30 Jan 2011 12:52

The Bricklayers Arms, Luton

Dropped in while awaiting a connecting train and found the locals friendly enough on a busy Sat night and beer was good. This is probably your best bet for proper beer in Luton especially if you arrive by train as the other alternatives are a bit of a trek across town.

16 Jan 2011 16:53

Dolphin, Newport Pagnell

Nice enough pub with bar and lounge layout (pool table in bar half). Had a reasonable pint here and it is handy for the market Hill bus stop across the road.

16 Jan 2011 16:46

The Cannon, Newport Pagnell

Pleasant and popular High Street local full with a cross section of ages and outlooks. Four aleas on - of which I treid the Jennings 'Soggy Bottom'. Nice enough pint ina smalltownthat is close to but still seperate from MK.

16 Jan 2011 16:45

The Coachmakers Arms, Newport Pagnell


16 Jan 2011 15:07

The Cricketers, Milton Keynes

Archetypal MK estate pub on an archetypal MK estate. A contived kind of place lacking identity (typical of most of MK). Has the front area set out as a kind of restaurant while thepub area doesn't have a great deal of seating. Sky sports, lager etc reigh supreme here - they had an ale on but I didn't fancy risking it. Was served Stella in a Becks Vier glass (macho wifebeater lager served in a poncey lower alco glass - such lack of class!) The darke pic does give a true dismal reflection of the place.

16 Jan 2011 15:05

The Victoria Inn, Milton Keynes

Reasonable enough place (over the road from the Albert) and about 20 minutes walk from MK Central station. Had four ales on - tried the Tring offering (Fiddler Jack) which was okay. Quite a small pub with pool table to the right as you go in and some free pretzels on offer for customers.

16 Jan 2011 15:01

Prince Albert, Milton Keynes

Two pubs and the odd farm building are the only reminants of a village now wholly swallowed up by Milton Keynes. This wasn't a bad place, has sky and a cheerful enough couple hosting the place. Only Courage Best and Mombardier on the ale front (and the Bombardier wasn't on) it was dinkable if not brilliant . Probably the nearest proper pub to down town MK - it's about a 15/20 minute walk from the station.

16 Jan 2011 14:59

The Churchill Arms, Kensington

An old style pub (few of which remain in this area) with po's hanging from the ceiling and a jolly, genial mein host. Regulars and tourists inter-mingle well in this place which has a nice proper pub feel to it.

8 Jan 2011 23:37

The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick

Largely unspoilt corner Fuller's house with three distinct rooms/sections. Unusually for a Fullers house they had a non-affiliated guest beer in the guise of Butcombe Bitter, which was a nice pint on this occassion.

8 Jan 2011 23:34

Ye Hole in Ye Wall, Liverpool

An old school pub on a small street between Chapel and Dale Streets with different rooms and seating areas away from the bar. Had five ales on, of which we went for the St.Austell tribute - which was okay but nothing spectacular. Not a bad little pub on a corner that has 4 pubs all next to each other.

3 Jan 2011 15:52

Thomas Rigby's, Liverpool

Long bar to the right as you go in with dining area the other side of it and a few rooms to the back. Was quite busy when we went in. Tried the Okells IPA which was drinkable but nothing brilliant. the place has a thorughother feel to it and not somewhere to linger really.

3 Jan 2011 15:48

O'Reilly's, Kentish Town

Not as pretentious as some Kentish Town pubs though it does angle a bit towards a 'care in the community' end of the scale. Some of the clientelle may frighten the more sheltered of folk but they are generally harmless. Not too grotesque a rip out of a traditional pub. Also has a pool table and juke box. No ale though and even the keg (Kronenbourg in this instance) was a bit ropey. Relatively cheap for the area.

31 Dec 2010 23:47

The Royal George, Euston

Marginally better than what you would expect from a pub close to a mainline station (would have gone in to the Doric only it was closed). Open plan kind of place with some ales on. Tried the Young's Gold which weren't particularly nice. There are far better places around the vicinity of the station.

31 Dec 2010 23:42

The Kingston Arms, Cambridge

Had an excellent pint of Honey Stout.. so good you could drink it all night - however, when you get close to perfection a pigeon always come along to shite on your (ever balding) pate. Next to me was some slobbering ageing Irish lecturer (lecherer) with his latest geekish child conquest, intent on displaying his in(co)herent "manhood" by snogging said child at the bar. I will give the staff their due , they did try to encourage them to move to a corner, without success. Would be a top pub if they done more to discourage the paedos.

28 Dec 2010 01:04

The Empress, Cambridge

Six ales on - but all 'mainstream' (as in nothing out of the ordinary). Had a pint of Ringwood Bitter which weren't anything special, in fact pretty dour really. Pub was half populated by complete dickheads (and the staff too, seemed to be divided between being decent folk and complete twats). This place certainly ain't worth the trek out from town.

28 Dec 2010 00:53

The Kings Head, Dullingham

....doesn't seem to open much.

28 Dec 2010 00:39

The Boot, Dullingham

Excellent village local in the old school (as in beer first, food second). Tried the Adnams Spiced ( a Winter brew) and Elgoods Christmas ale, both of which were on form. A rarity among village locals in that beer is it's raison d'etre. A little bit of a trek from the station but when you reach the Kings Head you turn right.... it's unlikely you will drop in to the Kings Head as it doesn't sem to open much.

28 Dec 2010 00:39

McGlynns, Kings Cross

A nice glowing review of how well the CAMRA luvvies were looked after on their well planned little jolly. I can only go by my own personal experience though, the first time I had to switch to lager because the ale was dire and last week I found the ale hard going and went elsewhere. Seems like you need to organise an event to get a decent pint here.

22 Dec 2010 19:37

The Dispensary, Liverpool

Dropped in with the missus on a quieter evening (doubt we'd get a seat from Thurs to Sun). The Titanic Stout was excellent and the missus had a decent measure fo Baileys. The answer to what the place used to be called was staring at me above the bar.

22 Dec 2010 14:49

The Blob Shop, Liverpool

One of those kind of institutions that can cheer one up - however down and bad you feel when you come in here you think ' Life could be FAR worse - I could be a regular in this place'. It's worth a visit to experience what an old style 'Yates's' was all about. To gain an insight to that one needs to sample an Ozzie red or white - both guaranteed to remove all brands of varnish.

22 Dec 2010 14:46

Crown, Liverpool

A large front room houses the bar and behind is a similarly sized room where diners and drinkers mix. Most posters mention the ornate ceilings which can be useful to look at to avoid eye contact with the occassional scalls and characters who frequent the place. The Cains was pretty good on this visit and as has been pointed out, it's very handy for the station, in particular, the London and Midlands platforms.

22 Dec 2010 14:34

Carnarvon Castle, Liverpool

A wine bar style refurb to the frontage hides this old style bar with an small area behind it. Very old school with a number of (mainly mainstream) ales on. Had a pleasant enough pint of Pedigree here.

22 Dec 2010 14:28

The Beehive, Liverpool

Oldish small pub which now finds itself in the middle of a new shopping area. Had a decent pint of Hardy & Hanson's Rocking Rudolph. What spoils this place is the creation of an open plan kitchen and "restaurant" area towards the rear of it which makes the place look and feel like a snack bar rather than a pub.

22 Dec 2010 14:26

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

As a business they have found a perfect niche market in offering a well presented gastropub for the local 4 x 4 market. Financially it is bound to be a hit, however, they can not be all things to all people and although the beer (Doom Bar on the occassions I have visited) is drinkable it isn't as good as their Camden operation and it also feels less of a pub than the other place they run. It's fine if you don't mind going for a pint somewhere akin to Cafe Rouge but I am getting on in years and stuck in my ways and tend to prefer a traditional pub.

19 Dec 2010 12:47

McGlynns, Kings Cross

Give this place another try based on the glowing reviews since I had last been only to find it even more miserable than before. The ale (Robinson's Scrooge) was a struggle to drink, the manager was giving some of the clientelle a warning over their behaviour and then later inflcited his personal chirstmas Karoake selection (at a loud level) on the handful of customers. The favourable reviews must be from locals/freinds as I can't find anything to commend this place for the casual visitor.

19 Dec 2010 12:27

The Skinners Arms, Kings Cross

Where have all the guest ales gone ? Last time I was in here it was packed and they had 4 guest beers on..this time there was just GK IPA and Abbot and no customers. Do you think there may be some correlation between the two ?

19 Dec 2010 12:21

Mabel's Tavern, Euston

Street corner Shepherd Neame local just off (but visible from) the Euston Road. Has the full range of SN ales and the Master Brew was reasonable enough. Okay if in the vicinity.

19 Dec 2010 12:18

The Railway, Rainham

Has bar and lounge and is handy for the station. Couldn't see any ales so had a lager. Okay for a swift pint while waiting on a train.

17 Dec 2010 12:39

The Coach and Horses, Whitstable

A typical old school Shepherd Neame town pub. Near enough empty but had a welcoming feel to it. Only SN ales on... the Master Brew was quite a good pint.

17 Dec 2010 12:36

Ship Centurion Arminius, Whitstable

An old man's pub on the High Street serving decent ale. Had four on, the Cotleigh Reinbeer being the only unusual offering so I went for that and it was a nice enough pint. Somewhere to drop by for a pint but not a destination for the evening (unless you know folk in the place)

17 Dec 2010 12:33

Hare and Hounds, Blean

Relatively well refurbed one roomed roadside local. Tried a pint of Gadds Little Cracker which was an excellent pint - followed it with a pint of Gadds Dark Conspiracy (a porter) which was another good pint. There is a frequent bus service stopping outside (number 4 from Canterbury, number 6 to Canterbury).

17 Dec 2010 12:30

Unicorn Inn, Canterbury

A bit of a throwback in respect of the 70's style wood panelling, maroon(ish) carpets and shields and plaques on the walls which kind of attracts an older clientelle. Had a very good pint of Skrimshander IPA (other ales were available). Fairly handy for Canterbury West station (which is North of the city centre) though a bit of a trek from Canterbury East (which is South of the city centre.

17 Dec 2010 12:25

The Bell and Crown, Canterbury

A small city centre pub with a reverse L shaped bar. Four ales on - two regulars and two changeable ones. I tried the Old Dairy Red top and the Whitstable IPA both of which were well kept and in good nic. It is rumoured that the arch-bishop drops in for an odd quaff of ale now and then.

17 Dec 2010 12:20

Millers Arms, Canterbury

On a wet and sleety late afternoon this street corner Shepherd Neame house looked inviting enough. On crossing the threshold it was like boarding the Marie Celeste - no customers, no staff.... after drying off a little I wandered around and still no sign of life. Gave up and went elsewhere.

17 Dec 2010 12:17

Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath

A place you take visitors to rather than have as a local. The Sharps Abbey Christmas was drinkable. Has all the history etc blah blah blah.... but not really worth heading too especially.

12 Dec 2010 02:10

The Gatehouse, Highgate

Wetherspoons are usually a last resort for me but this one came 'recommended'.
Tried the Nethergate Frank Incense which was nothing brilliant. Still haven't found a Wetherspoon pub I'd want to have more than a pint in.

12 Dec 2010 02:03

The Griffin, Whetstone

Gave the place another try... a nice pleasant girl was behind the bar though the ale (Thwaites Wainwright) wasn't up to much. Seems like they have got rid of some of the obnoxious staff they had - now they only need to sort the ale out.

12 Dec 2010 01:59

The Cavalier, Whetstone

When you see Pub & Dining on the outside of the place one should instantly know that you are NOT about to enter a pub. A place where drinkers are ignored... to the extent that I couldn't be arsed waiting any longer and left for better pastures.

12 Dec 2010 01:56

The Prince of Wales, East Barnet

Humdrum chain pub which served up a very mediocre pint of Adnams. A very indifferent and undistinguished place. Can't actually believe this place has a GOOD beer guide listing.

12 Dec 2010 01:53

The Builders Arms, New Barnet

A very nice little two halved pub on a street off the main road behind the Railway Bell. Most of thge local dross are too idle to stagger the few yeards down the street to here. A GK house, however, the landlord does as many guests as he dare and there were four on when I visited - of which the Otter was probably the best pint of the night.

12 Dec 2010 01:49

The Dispensary, Liverpool

Very busy replica of an old style pub. Can't recall the original name for the place. Had a nice pint of Dark Star American Pale here though. A bit too manic at busy times - think I'd like it better on a quiet Tuesday afternoon.

12 Dec 2010 01:44

The Liffey Bar, Liverpool

Someone's idea of an Irish bar - god knows who but, to be sure, they certainly couldn't have been Irish.

12 Dec 2010 01:42

Renshaw's, Liverpool

Pretty average owl arse type of lager and keg bitter establishment with more standing space than seats. A bit too old style flock wallpaper for my liking.

12 Dec 2010 01:40

Doctor Duncans, Liverpool

A relatively recent conversion from offices which works better than many former shop/office/warehouse conversions. A Cain's house we tried the Cains Bitter which wasn't brillinat but then moved on to the Raisin beer which went down very nicely. Not as raucous and manic as other city centre pubs.

6 Dec 2010 16:42

The Fly in the Loaf, Liverpool

Not a bad Okells house though it does have a chain pub feel to it. Had a very nice pint of Nelson's Loose Cannon here. Alludes to it's former existence as a bakery but that was eons ago - don't think it is in anyone living's memory.

6 Dec 2010 16:38

The British Lion (the Pig), Crewe

Good old fashioned alehouse not so far from the station. Had a pint of some Darwin ale which was very nice to quaff in front of the open fire. Your best bet for a decent pint in the proximity of the station.

4 Dec 2010 00:55

The Borough Arms, Crewe

Probably your best place for real ales in Crewe but a little too many of the 'beer ticky' brigade for my liking. Had a nice pint of the Blue Monkey ordinary bitter. One thing though is that as well as bitters it has a good selection of unusual lagers - though the delights of Carolus or Erdinger would probably be lost on your average 'lager drinker'.

4 Dec 2010 00:53

The Pilgrim, Liverpool

very much your studenty (well suppose if I canget away with transmogrification then I can get away with 'studenty') kind of cellar bar. Beer was reasonable enough though it can be 'mob rule' at the bar. The pintof Pheonix Hopsack I had was nice enough though it is a lace to be when you're in a mob as opposed to going for a quiet pint.

4 Dec 2010 00:49

Belvedere, Liverpool

Reasonable enough mid street pub on the everges of the trendy part of town. Quaffed a nice enough pint of Copper Dragon Golden here. A few too many Camra cronies in for my liking though.

4 Dec 2010 00:46

The Richmond, Liverpool

Excellent, small well refurbed 'old fellas' boozer right in the heart of the city. Had a top form pint of Triple F's Moondance (for 2.40).

4 Dec 2010 00:44

The Gunmakers, Clerkenwell

Smallish modern bar with a few decent ales on. Had a nice pint of Wherry here - they also had Mad Goose and Dark Star Espresson on. Would return if in the vicinity.

2 Dec 2010 23:05

The Hope and Sirloin, Farringdon

Average small one roomed bar (though not many straight angles). Had a reasonable pint of Youngs. Not such a bad pub though then again nothing special either.

2 Dec 2010 23:02

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

Very busy - which is expected given it's Central location (even if it is down an alley by Holborn tube station). Had a pint of Caledonaina 80/- which was a bit musty but drinkable, A reasonable enough kind of place but nothing special and not worth making a special effort to find.

2 Dec 2010 22:59

The Gunmakers, Marylebone

Reasonable enough one roomed pub on a square behind Marylebone High Street. No great selection of ales just the usual suspects although they did do a nice pint of Taytlors Landlord which is pretty rare outside of Keighley.

1 Dec 2010 21:23

The Argyll Arms, Oxford Circus

A nice old style Victorian partitioned alehouse with numerous ales on. Had an excellent pint of Cropton Endeavour. This is probbaly your best bet for a pint of proper beer around Oxford Street. If you're coming out of Oxford Circus tube leave by exit 6.

1 Dec 2010 21:21

Globe, Liverpool

Small Victorian bar with another small room to the rear, four ales on (of which I had a good pint of Cains which is hard to find these days), clientelle all old folk and a sloping floor - another top flight alehouse.

28 Nov 2010 21:52

The Gardeners Arms, Liverpool

Actually better than I expected. Although there was no ale (had a pint of Stella) and the front area of the bar is focused on the great God "Satellite Football Screen" the rear area of the pub has some good features and a number of seperate rooms. People in the place were friendly enough and it's a far better option than the Rocket if you happen to be stuck in this vicinity.

28 Nov 2010 21:47

Three Hammers, St Albans

Cask Marque ain't worth the paper it's printed on and should really be rebranded as Cack Mark. Well over half the pubs I have visited with Cask Marque "accreditation" would have difficulty pouring you a glass of orange juice without spoiling it let alone have any idea about dealing with ale.

27 Nov 2010 13:38

Head of Steam, Liverpool

Another place of unfulfilled potetntial. The layout just doesn't make you feel comfortable in the place. The beer I had (a pint of Tiberius) was very nice and went down well which was good given the fact I just wanted to scull it off and go somewhere else. They also signpost a route to the station - "Station Entrance This Way" and make you walk down a corridor past the stinking bogs only to be greeted with shutters so you have to go back out through the bar and out the way you came in. Apparently that exit in to the station isn't opened at all so why not take down or cover up the notices instead of letting people traipse up past the toilets and back again like dickheads?

27 Nov 2010 13:24

Ma Egertons, Liverpool

Though it wasn't so busy I still had to negotiate my way through people sitting on chairs blocking a path from door to bar and while I was waiting for the slow bar staff to get round to serving me realised that there wasn't anything there I wanted and wasn't in the mood for compromise. It is a nice old historic interior but I couldn't be arsed navigating through people being purposefully awkward and dealing with staff who feel like they are doing a favour serving me so I buggered off over the road. Gets a one for the interior.

27 Nov 2010 13:16

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

Remains one of the better unspoilt city centre back street pubs with quality ale - though I wasn't too impressed with the pint of Kings Regiment but would say thta wa smore down to the taste of that particualr brew.

27 Nov 2010 13:10

The Grapes, Liverpool

Was at one time a street corner Higgo's house populated by old miseries but has been altered inside to give it a more continental bar feel to it. Plenty of ales on, mainly from the Liverpol Organic Brewery, and I tried their Autumn Gold. Found it a pleasant enough small street corner local which is a rarity these days when most small pubs tend to be shop conversion 'Irish' bars.

27 Nov 2010 13:07

Ye Cracke, Liverpool

A small bar to the left on enterting with a small room the other side of it and a few corners and areas to sit in. One of those 'institutions' one should try when visiting. . Plenty of ales on, of which, I tried Dark Arts - which wasn't as dark as it's name suggested but was a very nice pint.

27 Nov 2010 13:03

The Lord Warden, Liverpool

They had Taylors and Bass on - 2 pints of Taylor's for 4... though not brilliant it was more edible than a lot of offerings of Taylors I've had andmore than worth it at the price. This used to be a dark and dingey marron flock wallpaper kind of pub full of old drinkers. The old drinkers are still there but the white walled interiro with bars on the windows reminds one more of a pawn shop or a holding cell rather than a pub. Still handy enough for a swift (and cheap) pint before catching a train (as it is just a minute or two away from Lime Street station).

27 Nov 2010 12:56

The Hollybush, Elstree

Some would call the layout and pub 'quirky' though I would say more weird. Three sections, one housing a pool table and the others with an odd arrangement of seating amid SAS novels. No proper ale so went for the unusual keg Bass which tasted like a lager with colour. I was the only person apart from the friendly enough character behind the bar. Looks like both Radlett and Elstree will soon be without a pub.

22 Nov 2010 16:41

The Artichoke, Elstree

Old Tommy would be mighty upset to see a flag of one of the Axis powers defiantly fluttering over his once beloved local.

22 Nov 2010 16:36

The Waggon and Horses, Elstree

Changed from my last visit (some time ago) from somewhere more open plan back to a represention of a pub. Staff seemed friendly enough though the ale (Pride - it was either that or the usual GK suspects) wasn't particularly nice.

22 Nov 2010 16:34

The Cat and Fiddle, Radlett

Closed on a Sunday Evening - a regular thing or a one off ?

22 Nov 2010 16:31

The Red Lion, Radlett

A nice pint of Youngs (at a price) but this place feels less and less like a pub and more and more like a hotel bar on each visit. The large restaurant area was desolate - not a soul in the place. In a short space of time Radlett seems tohave lost all it's pubs.

22 Nov 2010 16:30

The Old Dog and Partridge, Nottingham

Busy city centre pub populated almost entirely by raucous over 50's. Didn't seem the kind of place for decent ale so I had a lager. This place was a bit of a throwback though it's good to see an old fashioned city centre boozer that hasn't been poncified, gastrified or turned in to a venue for brattish kids.

21 Nov 2010 16:02

The Keans Head, Nottingham

Smallish, squarish city centre pub selling a variety of decent ales. Ale I had was decent (Castel Rock Harvest Pale) and the ambience was pleasant enough.

21 Nov 2010 15:58

The Hand and Heart, Nottingham

Ordinary looking frontage leads in to front bar and further back is hewn in to the rock. Gents is in like a kind of cave. Loads of ales on, either local or from neighbouring counties. Plumped for a pint of Copper Penny which was a very nice pint. The gastro element does make the back half look more like a delicatessen than a pub though.

21 Nov 2010 15:52

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell

A little too food orientated and although full had quite a reserved kind of crowd in (actually resembled a pensioner's luncheon club). The pint of Brimstone I had was very nice but didn't fancy hanging on and the missus wanted a proper seat as she doesn't like perching on a bar stool so we just had the one and left.

21 Nov 2010 15:46

The Bramley Apple, Southwell

Two old style seated areas to left and right as you go in and bar over to the right with another area at the back. Seemed to be some work in progress on our visit. Had a very nice pint of Springhead's 'Bramley Apple' which didn't have much of an appley tinge but was quite a nice light pint to start the day with. They also had the full Springhead range and a few guest ales on as well.

21 Nov 2010 15:44

The White Hart Tap, St Albans

As reasonable as a refurbed pub can be I suppose. Nice range of ales including the Purity Mad Goose which went down well. The curry night seems like it may be worth a return for some time.

14 Nov 2010 11:52

The Garibaldi, St Albans

Busy side street local in St. A. A band was, of which some of the staff were members. Tried a pint of Seafarers - which was poor. There are times I'd take it back and others I wouldn't... I wasn't narked enough about it to cause a stir at a busy bar on a Saturday night so just left it and went round the corner. Worst pint of the night.

14 Nov 2010 11:47

The Plume Of Feathers, Markyate

Reasonable enough single bar local with Courage Best and Tring Jack O' Legs on draught. Tried the Jack O Legs which was nice enough. The kind of local you wouldn't mind nipping along to for a quiet pint and a chat with someone (no music, muzak, telly or other distractions).

14 Nov 2010 11:41

Rising Sun, Luton

A pleasant if loudish local with two halves which appeared to be based on age apartheid. Had Hobsons Bitter as a guest which was a nice pint. A bust bustling local and more of a pub than than the place next door. Good to see two place's next to each both offering a well kept and unusual guest ale, both of which were far better than the GBG entry's offering this evening.

14 Nov 2010 11:38

Frog and Rhubarb, Luton

When Matthew Corbett took over from Harry he tried to update Sooty - he retired Ramsbottom the Snake, introduced the insidious Scampi and in an effort to woo the younger generation and, copying Crackerjack to some extent, inflicted Sooty's Disco upon us. However, even he realised how naff Sooty's Disco was and before long he dropped it in favour of the old format. For those of you who lamented the passing of it though you can always come here. It's larger inside than it appears from the outside and to the rear is a lower dining area. The front bar doesn't really have any space for non-locals to occupy. It's what you would call a 'community local' in so much as it feels like having a pint in your local community centre as opposed to a pub. I do have to compliment the beer - the guest ale on was Brewdog's Trashy Blonde and was an excellent pint. Would have had another pint of it but I had to go before the disco really got going.

14 Nov 2010 11:33

The Globe, Luton

Pretty unremarkable street corner 'old blokes pub'. The beer (Vale's Grumpling Ale - named after the Perisher's character ?) was okay but nothing exceptional. Football on the telly (without sound), okay for a swift pint, not really somewhere for a night out.

14 Nov 2010 11:20

The Ranelagh, Bounds Green

The beer was decent enough (Sambrook's Wandle in this case) and the staff freindly enough but the complete pricks who seem to hero worship Harry Enfield's 'loadsamoney' character that clog up and infest the bar area tend to be off putting.

13 Nov 2010 12:16

The John Baird, Muswell Hill

Had an excellent pint of Dark Star Old Chestnut on my visit but the place is a little too 'open plan office' for my liking. It seems laid out for people in groups and not too many places for a couple or somoene on their own to inhabit which makes it not so sociable a venue (i.e. you're unlikely to interact with other punters). Has an area to the rear laid out for diners under the guise of Black Orchid Thai restaurant.

13 Nov 2010 12:09

The Railway, West Hampstead

Afraid I have to mark it down again. Unless you want to be surrounded by chav families and their multitude of brats running round unsupervised while the staff look idly on, then avoid this place around school chucking out time. If they don't get a grip this place will be back where it was a year ago.

8 Nov 2010 19:44

The Windmill Inn, Luton

Not far from Parkway station. They had Pride and Landlord on draught but saw no one drinking it so went for lager. Serves Thai food (served by Thai staff). Reasonable enough pub in an area where there aren't too many. Should have tried the Pride though as the bloke who came in after me ordered a pint and it looked quite healthy.

7 Nov 2010 12:23

The Black Horse, Luton

A rough house one roomed pub on the edge of the town centre. Has pool table and is a bit run down looking but did have four ales on. had a pint of Jennings Cock-a-Hoop which was nice enough. Not really somewhere I'd trek across town for though but if in the vicinity would drop in.

7 Nov 2010 12:19

The English Rose, Luton

Old style town local full of moaning old men (should be at home then shouldn't I). Nothing really remarkable but had four unusual ales on for the area. had a pint of Butcombe Bitter which was a nice enough ale.

7 Nov 2010 12:16

The Bat and Barrel, Luton

Had a barely drinkable pint of Eagle in this 70's throwback pub. The music (which must have come from a "Worse of the 70's" compilation with such astounding classics as 'My Ding-a-Ling') was too loud for the mostly coffin dodging clientelle to converse with each other. The whole place doesn't seem to have moved on from 1973 - decor, music and customers. Wouldn't be so bad if the beer was partially edible.

7 Nov 2010 12:14

The Black Horse, South Mimms

This used to be a decent pub for ale but only GK IPA was on offer so went for a lager instead. Still looks the part of a local but doesn't feel it. The main area is split in to a bar & lounge style set up. Not a friendly place if you ain't a local.

7 Nov 2010 12:09

The White Hart, South Mimms

Has a large-ish lounge and smaller old style public bar set up. Am not a great fan of McMullens but the Country was drinkable here. Doesn't have as unwelcoming and cliquey a feel to it as other pubs in the vicinity probably due to it being on the main road.

7 Nov 2010 12:06

The Mill, Mill Hill

Pride that was a struggle to drink, poor layout, slashed seats (and fares - a Paul Weller moment creeping in). A mistake to give it another try - will try to learn my lesson and not make a return visit.

1 Nov 2010 22:49

The Crown Inn, Nuneaton

A pub where they think that real ale should be murky. A pub where they refuse to change iffy beer. A pub where calling the landlord down is like issuing some kind of threat. A pub where they refuse to refund you when you don't want the substandard products they try to fob off on you. Out of all the pubs so far this is the WORSE. One place where the customer is never right even when they so obviously are.

1 Nov 2010 17:32

Coach & Horses, Stafford

What passes as your average pub these days - open plan, sky sports, blokes drinking (mainly lager). They did have some ales on and the Everard's Tiger was okay but not worth having another.

31 Oct 2010 15:47

The Wheatsheaf, Shrewsbury

Bit of a worn High Street pub though not too bad. Had a drinkable pint of Yorkshire Terrier. Pretty unremarkable otherwise.

31 Oct 2010 15:44

The Posada, Wolverhampton

Found it busy and one of the few old bars with character in Wolves. Was late in the day and the missus was badgering me to move on so had to scull up and make a move. Can't remember what I drank in here but it went down well.

31 Oct 2010 15:41

Salopian Bar, Shrewsbury

Modern interior and sports (as in watching) orientated bar. Had a decent pint of Stonehouse Station Bitter. Quite good for this genre of pub - usually expect them to be kids and all lager but was more older folk and proper ale.

31 Oct 2010 15:38

The Coach and Horses, Shrewsbury

More of a locals pub as others have pointed out. I bought a pint of Salop's Shropshire Gold and plonked myslef in the corner by the fire - which I then realsied was between Piltdown Man asleep nursing a third of a pint of lager and some old doll who was as still as a statue except for an odd manical cackle and stamping of her walking stick on the floor aimed towards the snoozing Piltdown Man. All of a sudden Piltdwon Man got up and staggered off across the bar and out off home. A good town local's pub with the odd character or two thrown in.

31 Oct 2010 15:34

The Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury

The 'premier ale house' in the town. Loads of ales on (with another 8 in the back room), very nice pint of Benbow IPA, excellent local pork pies on offer - so what's not to like ? Well i am finding more and more that a lot of these 'premier' ale houses attract the trainspotters of the beer world (a bit rich form someone like myself probably) and instead of people debating how crap the current government is or last night's match or how Barry got home last night all the talk is of the beers on offer and the breweries and other beer bore associated stuff. I know the site is called beer in the evening and I like to make a note of good ales and decent pints I get in my head but I often find that 'premier' ale houses are full of people who can bore for England on the fineries of a pint of Old Stoatweasel and are in fact killing off the very purpose of pubs as local hostelries and meeting places where locals socialise and turning them in to social clubs for trainspotters.

31 Oct 2010 15:29

The Loggerheads, Shrewsbury

A mutli-roomed kind of 'House That Jack Built' type of place with very few straight lines and door frames as crooked as a badger's bum. Small bar to the right as you go in and a 'Gents Only (till 1975) bar to the left. I was served a nice pint of Jennings Cocker Hoop by an efficient and diligent barman and the missus kept faith with old policies and decided not to go in to the Gents Only bar (not sure if it was the notice or the fact it seemed populated by sheep herder looking types nursing halves of mild). We went in the back room which had pictures of authors on the wall. If you're in Shrewsbury then it is one of those must visit pubs.

31 Oct 2010 15:20

The Alliance, Kilburn

Somewhere to go and watch sky sports with a lager. A pretty indifferent modernised place with laminate floors, pool table etc. They had ales on but no one was daring to try them. Can't say I'd go out of my way to go back, might just about drop in if I was in the vicinity and there was a match of interest on the telly.

31 Oct 2010 15:13

The Oxford Arms, Camden

Staff were good... offering me a taste before trying the Rock's Own, which was a good pint (though the barman knew it was good as he was virtually pouring me a pint before I'd said okay). So - good beer, dilligent staff.. half way there but... this place just doesn't work as a pub for me. It has potential and could be great but basically in Kentish Town if you have any kind of space you don't need to make much of an effort to make money out of it. It obviously was a 'proper' pub at one time but the mish-mash layout now gives a 'neither fish nor fowl' feel to the place. If you're pushed for time and want a swift pint before catching a train maybe okay but not a 'destination' pub for me.

29 Oct 2010 18:18

The Prince Albert, Camden

Good for what it is - that being a gastropub of the Camden Luvvies variety. Have to say the beer was top form (Redemption Pale) and it is better than many others of the genre. Not really a pub as such though. Nice enough and I would have an ale there again but wouldn't be a place I'd make a night of it.

29 Oct 2010 18:11

The King Charles I, Kings Cross

A musky kind of one roomed bar that's a pine nut salad's throw from Kings Cross station. Had a pint of Brodie's Special - was okay and a pint of Everard's Tiger which was drinkable. It does seem to have some genuine character which is non-existent in virtually every pub within a mile radius. Populated with real people as opposed to the pretentious and wannabes. Not sure if I'd fit in as a regular though, as the theorising on 'the pre-Raphaelites' had me thinking more of Desmond Dekker. Best pub (and that is pub as opposed to a beer ticking alehead's idea of one) in the Kings Cross/St.Pancras/Euston vicinity.

29 Oct 2010 18:06

The Estcourt Arms, Watford

Quite close to Watford Junction a nice street corner local though the beer can be a bit variable. The Black Sheep was drinkable on this occasion.

26 Oct 2010 13:22

The Black Lion, Northampton

Had a reasonable pint of Frog Island Natterjack in here. This is the first pub you come across enroute from the station to the town centre. A split level average kind of town pub with pool table etc. Handy for nipping infor a quick pint between trains.

26 Oct 2010 13:19

The Railway Tavern, Nuneaton

Nipped in here after getting a pint of crap next door. They had Adnams Broadside but was put off after the row I had next door and went for Stella. I asked the barman here what he would do if I bought back my pint - he said he'd just change it. Probably why the pub next door just had one gay biker in it and this one was fairly busy. Cosier, friendlier and no attitude probelm - no contest if you want a pint before getting the train.

26 Oct 2010 13:14

The Globe Inn, Tamworth

A large open style hotel bar which is more pub like than your average hotel bar. Tried a pint of Gangly Ghoul (not sure who the hell brews it) which was okay though nothing special. Another of those old school (with older folk) type of large town centre pubs that hasn't been modified to attract the brats or circuit crowd.

26 Oct 2010 13:01

The Swan Inn, Stone

A reasonable enough ale house. The Lymestone ST15 and the Joule's Pale, though drinkable, were not quite top form. Could do without having a commercial radio station being blared out at you as well. Rates as second best to the Exchange in my books.

26 Oct 2010 12:57

The Royal Exchange, Stone

Excellent Titanic alehouse with their full range of ales plus 4 guests. Had a decent pint of Engine Room and then had a pint of Capt Smiths on the way back to the station.Friendly staff and customers as well.

26 Oct 2010 12:52

The Express, Crewe

Run of the mill old blokes local. Old school , open plan well worn place with a pool table. No ale so went for a pint of Stella.. No great shkes but at least it was open unlike the rest of Crewe.

26 Oct 2010 12:48

The Hereford Arms, South Kensington

So one group of fascists berates another group of fascists. So what ? When I can open a pub in an Islamic country (my church, my religion) then I may cut some slack to the abhorent racist, sexist, homophobic, paedophilic views that most muslims hold. It makes me sick when people berate people as nazis while defending a religion that is more nazi and more of a threat to me and my lifestyle than a few tin pot BNP wannabes. If the muslims takeover then this site won't exist because there won't be any pubs and there won't be any beer.

22 Oct 2010 04:49

The Lillie Langtry, West Brompton

Dour looking old style pub with no ale. Seems to be a pre-match haunt for those who frequent Stamford Bridge. Not really worth the effort unless you are in need of a swift pint of lager before going on elsewhere.

18 Oct 2010 22:18

The Curtain's Up, West Kensington

Gastro/theatre bar which isn't as bad as many of the genre. Had Sharp's Doom Bar and Red on - tried the Red which wasn't much cop, certainly not worth having a second pint of.

18 Oct 2010 22:15

The Famous 3 Kings (F3K), West Kensington

Large drinking hall next to West Kensington tube station. Had a few ales on, tried the Brains SA which wasn't up to a lot as it's more a lager circuit style haunt. Most comments seem to concentrate on the service and the television sports - rather apt as the ale does seem to take second place.

18 Oct 2010 22:13

The Farmers Boy, St Albans

Not the ale destination it once was. Seems to be some Everard's link these days. Tried a pint of Dark Angel ( an Everard's brew). Was expecting somethng darker but got a reasonable enough bitter. It's okay but no longer a 'destination'.

9 Oct 2010 23:05

The White Lion, St Albans

Nice enough back street St.A boozer. Not brilliant but still has some resemblence of a a back street alehouse. Had a pint of Mr.Tod, which wasn't a great pint but drinkable.

9 Oct 2010 23:02

The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted

Very pleasant canal side alehouse. Tried a pint of Cheltenham's Natural Selection which though drinkable was no great shakes. Good place for cider heads as they had three different draught varieties. Looks like Berko's best ale pub,

9 Oct 2010 22:48

The Queens Head, Chesham

Nice part of Chesham and a nice pub to accompany it. Didn't let it being a Fuller's house put me off. Old fashioned pub with Public Bar and other parts (though the public bar is a little 'faux'). Had a decent enough pint of Seafarers. Not birlliant but it is one of Chesham's better pubs.

9 Oct 2010 22:45

Waggon and Horses, Chesham

Actually you could have left the comment, as it is almost as valid for the Waggon & Horses. An original pub carcass with awful mauve pervading the place. Every table set for eager diners yet not a soul prepared to sample the fare. What there was were a dozen or so well soaked locals around the bar which is fine if you are local. Didn't fancy trying the bitters on offer ( no one else was) so tried a pretty insiped Becks Vier (first time I've sampled the brew - and probably the last). A town pub that has potential though I doubt it wil ever be fulfilled.

9 Oct 2010 22:42

The Tudor Rose, Marylebone

Well worn pub with a wide range of clientelle (dossers, tourists,suits). A bit to run down on the interior but once again in this area the beer really let the place down. Had a pint of Adnams that was god awful. Will leave it to the dossers and tourists.

30 Sep 2010 17:00

Inn 1888, Marylebone

The place isn't too bad as it seemed more of a pub on my visit with plenty of the old features (tiling etc) still remianing. What lets it down is the beer - bog standard GK rubbish, so I went for the Stella - which was also poor, not chilled. If you can't get the lager right then you should really give up selling beer.

30 Sep 2010 16:57

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

Thought I'd give it another go and although the beer selection and quality are good the staff and clientelle make you want to go somewhere else. It's a place you'll either love or hate. Stays at nul points with me.

27 Sep 2010 20:51

Vernon Arms, Liverpool

They are trying of that there is no doubt but I think they may do better to stick to getting one or two ales spot on rather than do so many when the custom just doesn't seem to be there.

27 Sep 2010 20:45

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

Had the Grave Diggers Mild and the Crop Ciorcle from that list below both on excellent form in an excellent pub.

27 Sep 2010 20:42

Queens Head, Ormskirk

Busy town centre pub with a 'circuit' feel to it. Tried a pint of Dick Turpin - an aptly named beer as even at the relatively cheap price I didn't feel it was value for money and left half of it.

27 Sep 2010 20:39

The Greyhound, Ormskirk

Medium sized old school pub with front, side and rear bar areas. A choice of Tetleys and Reverend James on this visit. Not a bad pub but the ale didn't endear us to have another.

27 Sep 2010 20:36

The Dog and Gun Inn, Aughton

A pleasant 'local' a short stroll from Aughton Park station. It has the usual concessions to modernity in the shape of Sky Sports on the telly but essentially does the job of a proper local pub. The Jennings Bitter was okay if nothing special and the Ringwood Boondoggie was reasonable.

27 Sep 2010 20:31

The Ape and Apple, Manchester

I found the Holts Bitter on this visit drinkable (and only 2.02 for a pint) but not worthy of the 'Good' epithet. The pub itself was furnished in an identkit style like so many others and lacked any character. Not somewhere I'll be rushing back to.

27 Sep 2010 20:27

The Circus Tavern, Manchester

A Manchester institution with a tiny bar which just has enough room for one person to stand behind. As mentioned, only Tetleys on the ale front (there wouldn't be room for any more) which, as Tetleys goes, wasn't so bad. Worth a visit but don't expect to get a seat.

27 Sep 2010 20:23

The King's Head, Huddersfield

Far more of a pub than it's twin at the other end of the station. Largish room with tiled floor - there is a smaller room at the 'Leeds ' end which seemed like a laundry room (possibly to do with it smelling dam;p and having a washing machine in it).Tried the Church End Goats Milk and Hophead Bitter - both excellent and both cheap.

27 Sep 2010 20:18

Wentworth Arms, Penistone

On approaching I thought the place was closed but it was just dark and gloomy inside. Along with the old style high ceilings and lounge and tap room lay out this pub has a classic old fashioned South Yorkshire feel to it. I was half expecting to see Uncle Mort and Carter sitting amid the gloom supping on a pint. The beer (Royal Ryder) was drinkable but nothing brilliant. Although the beer wasn't brilliant to me this pub epitomises what South Riding pubs were (and still should be) like.

27 Sep 2010 20:13

The Head of Steam, Huddersfield

One of a set of twins buildings at each end of Huddersfield railway station. This his one has a chain pub feel (probably because it is). Had a pint of Consett Cast Iron which was nice enough but has as been pointed out the service can be unnecessarily slow considering the ratio of staff to customers.

27 Sep 2010 20:06

The Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

Has become a destination for many rather than somewhere to have a beer or two while awaiting an onward connection. In fact if you are one of those that does have a train to catch then it may not be advisable to drop in as you may end up missing your train while waiting to get served. I had a 30 minute wait between trains and still ended up having to scull my pint ( a nice drop of Dobcross Bitter ) in order to catch my intended train. The problem isn't so much with the staff as the clientelle - if you are unfortunate enough to get there just after a crowd of 15 bearded ramblers all umming and ahh-ing about what they want before ordering and then debating whether they are going to have the pickled walnuts or flambayed weasel chips then you are in for a petty long wait - in fact you would be away on the next train and served in the Kings Head at Huddersfield station before the clog happy ramblers have decided what genus of pork scratchings they are going to have. Still worth dropping in but make sure you have enough time.

27 Sep 2010 20:02

Navigator, Stoneycroft

A former gas (or was it lekky?) board show room which retains the general ambience of a gas board showroom. Cheap (1.85 for a pint of Navigator themed beer) but you get what you pay for and I left half of it as it was an awful pint. Some of the clientelle had dolled themsleves up just to visit the place.

27 Sep 2010 19:51

The Picture Palace, Braintree

I am not the greatest of Wetherspoon fans but in somewhere like Braintree it's about as good as you're going to get. That said this former cinema conversion is worth dropping in to for a pint just to see. They have cleverly arranged the lay out to include what you would call a real 'big screen' tv for watching sporting events. The Titanic Last Porter Call was quite drinkable and cheap (4 for a pint and a Baileys for the missus) but although some of their premises are worth a visit to see how they have changed old churches, cinemas, carpet warehouses etc into drinking barns, I have not yet come across a Wetherspons I would like to spend an evening drinking in.

11 Sep 2010 22:56

The Bricklayers, Colchester

A decent Adnams house selling pretty much their full range along with a couple of guests - of which the Nethergate Suffolk County on this occasion was a pretty good pint. Away from the town centre but near to the North (and main) station.

11 Sep 2010 22:50

Manningtree Station Buffet, Lawford

Now a sanitised GK outlet with only GK IPA, OSH and the Seasonal Bonkers Conkers on offer. The BC was drinkable but this place is nowhere near it's former self. Just about worth dropping in to for a pint while waiting on a train whereas in the past (in it's Mauldons and other associated brews days) you would miss trains and hang on for a few beers. It opens at 5 a.m. on weekdays but even then, as the train service is pretty good, would hardly be somewhere to stop for more than a swift pint. It is one of a handful of 'proper platform bars' left in the country but not a patch on your Stalybridge, Dewsbury and Downham Markets.

11 Sep 2010 22:46

The King and Queen, Fitzrovia

Average looking pub for the area but appaling ale. The Adnams was undrinkable and I just couldn't be arsed arguing the toss over it. Crap ale at 3.40 a pint, can't see me rushing back.

6 Sep 2010 19:46

The Ship, Fitzrovia

Dingey, gloomy corner house pub serving only a mediocre, medicinal tasting Bass on the ale front. Would not bother in future.

6 Sep 2010 19:44

The Dover Castle, Marylebone

Desolate Sam Smith's museum piece hidden down a mews near Harley Street. It seems that Sam Smith's have taken over the role of the National Trust and English Heritage. They seem to have so many historical or quirky landmark pubs that are usually empty despite selling cheap beer.
The only other people in on this visit were two actors, maybe ironically, from a Yorkshire soap. Yorkshire men seeking Yorkshire ale... except they were drinking the lager. The Sam Smith's OBB (as is so often the case, the only draught bitter the SS museums sell) was it's usual cheap and cheerful self, not something to drink all night in spite of the price. Worth popping in to though, as the area is pretty poor for decent alehouses

6 Sep 2010 19:41

The Royal Oak, Wantage

An old fashioned lay out of Public Bar and Lounge, friendly staff and clientelle and excellent beer (in the shape of DrHexters Wedding in this instance) what more would you want form a pub? A straight 10 from me... unusual in finding a town that has two pubs that I mark as a 10 - maybe I should move here !

5 Sep 2010 13:48

The Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage

A revisit to reaffirm this pub as a 10. Tried Butts Ordinary which went down well... has two bars and small cubby hole kind of snug area... small angular yard for smokers.... ale reigns here. A proper pub as they should be.

5 Sep 2010 13:45

The Wheatsheaf, Swindon

Large Wadworth house in the Old Town - has a bit of a 'circuit' feel to it though it does have a traditional look iwth front bar and rear area. Avoided the Wadworth offerings and tried the Ramsbury Gold which was a nice enough pint. Would revisit if in the vicinity.

5 Sep 2010 13:42

Steam Railway Co, Swindon

Large pub in Swindon's Old Town. A pub of two sections... one being the sports/lager/circuit part and the other being an old fashioned ale bar. Should imagine the 'circuit' half to get a bit frenzied in the evening. The ale bar is okay though and the pint of Derail I had was nice enough.

5 Sep 2010 13:40

The Glue Pot, Swindon

In the beginning there was Arkells and then Archers came and then Archers went. The Archers sign still hangs outside the Gluepot but it seems like there is some kind of link with Hop Back as four out of eight ales on were from them. This is s small, square, street corner local a little worn and run down but still a good pub serving excellent beer.
Tried the Downton Hip Hip Hooray and the Shefford Dunstable Gaint - both of which were spot on. We often go to an alehouse for differing reasons but the primary one is to get a decent pint and the Glue Pot certainly delivers on that front..... and for foodies - they had cheese and onion rolls.

5 Sep 2010 13:36

The Townhouse, Ealing

Needs to re-open so that it's clientelle aren't inflicted upon the rest of society.

30 Aug 2010 10:15

The North Star, Ealing

Don't waste your time queueing at the front bar, head straight to the middle. Think some of the staff may develop a nosebleed if they venture too far away from their hideyhole. This place has undergone numerous changes and it's always had some form of identity crisis as to who the place is for. People who were glad the Townhouse closed are now lamenting it's passing as other establishments (like the North Star) cope with refugees from the place. The St.Austell Tribute wasn't a bad pint but it isn't somewhere I'd like to linger over a beer.

30 Aug 2010 10:13

The Kings Arms, Ealing

The Kings Arms was always a quiet back street oasis and even with the refurb it still retains some of that 'escape from the Broadway' solitude one sometimes needs. Three ales on - Taylor's Landlord, Pride and Twickenham Summer Gold. Went for the Twickenham brew which was quite a drinkable beer. Has three sections - one for watching sport in. If you ask for nuts you get them in a bowl rather than a packet. It's nothing special and I am always a bit dubious of pubs that have candles on the tables but this is probably the only place I'd drop in for a pint when next in downtown Ealing.

30 Aug 2010 10:08

The Grove, Ealing

In old days was the Queens Head and was in the film ' A Kind of Loving' with Ralph Bates and Thora Hird. Doubt it will ever be a proper pub again.

30 Aug 2010 10:01

Red Lion, Ealing

Long known as an actor's pub the current landlord has driven out the old 'characters' that used to inhabit the place in the company pursuit of 'food being king'. I always thought the extending out of the place eroded some of the character of the place but increasingly pubs are becoming eating places as opposed to drinking establishments. Apart from the Fuller's range also had one guest on in the form of Okells Bitter - which was quite drinkable. Service was also quite slow but this was more down to waiting for people to ponce about ordering food and waiting for people's cards to be authorised. People paying by card should pay an additional amount based on the hourly rate of those waiting to be served who's time they waste.

30 Aug 2010 09:59

The Castle Inn, Ealing

Old established Fuller's house that has been refurbed and although the refurb looks okay they have taken out the small front bar to make it open plan just like anywhere else. Character loses out to corporate uniformity once again.

30 Aug 2010 09:52

The Rose and Crown, Ealing

Much more food orientated than it used to be. Usual Fuller's offerings - tried the Gale's Seafarers whcih was a tad insipid. They opened out the small cosy bar area to make it more a part of the pub which was the last bit you could escape for a quiet pint away from people stuffing their faces and brats charging round. Doesn't feel like a pub anymore.

30 Aug 2010 09:48

The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Pleasant enough on entering with eating and drinking areas seperated to the extent that they have their own toilets. Three hand pumps on the bar but no real ale so no thanks.

29 Aug 2010 10:33

The Noble, Crouch Hill

Not quite sure what this place is trying to be... not really a pub, nor a winebar. They only had Pride on and it wasn't up to much. Okay if you're stuck waiting on a train.

29 Aug 2010 10:29

The Goose, Walthamstow

Bit of a downmarket kind of chain pub but they do have a few of the usual suspects ales on. The place wasn't as bad as many of the same ilk and was good value for money (1.49 for a reasonable pint of Marston's EPA and no beers or lagers over 2.70). Would drop in again if in the vicinity.

29 Aug 2010 10:26

The Rose and Crown, Walthamstow

Easily the best pub in Walthamstow. Plenty of ales on in a spacious old style layout with a mixed clientelle. Worth the short stroll up from the station.

29 Aug 2010 10:22

The Waltham Oak, Walthamstow

Weary worn down chain pub with no ale. Just about worth sheltering out of the rain with a lager in.

29 Aug 2010 10:12

The Spotted Dog, Barking

One of a few remaining proper boozers in Barking. A few ales on - I tried the Old Wallop which was pretty insipid and uninspiring. It's okay but not really somewhere to make a special trip out to. Handy for Barking station and preferable (though a lot more expensive than) the Wetherspoon across the road).

29 Aug 2010 10:07

The The Fen, Fenchurch St station

Reasonable for a station bar though we were sharing the area by the windows with a pigeon. The staff seemed to treat it like a pet. Two ales on - Pride and Youngs.... the Youngs was drinkable the pride wasn't. It is however the only bar open on a Saturday afternoon in the Fenchurch Street vicinity.

29 Aug 2010 10:03

The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

Old fashioned, well-worn pub would be the cliched description.. and add desolate as only myself and an old codger were present this afternoon. Tried the Special which didn't really live up to it's name for such an illustrious GBG entry...drinkable but certainly nothing special - have had far better pints of it in non listed alehouses. Noticed that they had a good selection of the Youngs bottled ales and would probably have the stout if I were to venture in again.

18 Aug 2010 19:02

The Pakenham Arms, Clerkenwell

Maidenman does have it pretty wrapped up.. on my visit exactly the same beers (I went for the Coaster as well but wasn't overly impressed with it), cricket on all the tellies and leary postman from the adjacent sorting office doing their best as if audiitoning for a 'Lout of England' contest. Just about okay if desperate for a pint in the vicinity.

18 Aug 2010 18:57

The Harlequin, City

Pleasant enough small pub that actually is a pub and not some 'trendy wine bar/bistro/gastropub' a la the rest of Islington. Small pubs are getting more of a rarity with the relentless pursuit of profit margins. Downside was the only ale was Taylors Landlord and it wasn't decent enough to warrant a second pint.

18 Aug 2010 18:51

The Assembly House, Kentish Town

GK IPA and Abbot were the only ales on... was going to go for the lager but thought why the frig should I as i didn't fancy staying in the place anyway. Maybe it's an age thing but I seem to be walking out of pubs without buying stuff if I don't like what's on offer these days.

16 Aug 2010 19:20

The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town

A decent pint of Wandle and half of it does appear to be a pub but the rest is too gastro for my liking.

16 Aug 2010 19:17

The King of Denmark, Islington

Late afternoon and it was open.... alas no ale, no customers and no point staying.

16 Aug 2010 19:15

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

..where as the Old Cock across the road seem to have barred comments about it - too many negative reviews maybe ?

1 Aug 2010 18:42

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

..... forgot to add that it's still the best pub in Harpenden

1 Aug 2010 18:40

The Old Cock Inn, Harpenden

Dining orientated main bar which relegates drinkers to a 'stooled' area in front of a section of the bar. I wouldn't say it was gloomy as opposed to tired and lacklustre. It's main focus is on dinng but on entering the last thing you'd envisage is eating in the place. As for the ale - four beers on and the only 'out of the ordinary' brew was Waggle Dance - which I tried and wish I hadn't. A riposte to the garden area saw me sharing my smoking zone with a chav family who's brats were booting a ball around in the hope of knocking someone's pint over - much to the delight of the neandertahl who spawned them. Not my cup of Bovril but you make up your own minds.

1 Aug 2010 18:38

The Old Cock Inn, Harpenden

Food orientated pub that relegates drinkers to stools by the bar. Four mundane ales on of which I went for the Waggle Dance which was insipid and uninspring. The garden area seems pleasant but was populated by a chav family whose brats seemed intent on booting a ball over the tables with the intent of knocking someone's pint over to start a brawl with their knobhead of a father. Gloomy?, I could live with that - decrepit and tired are more apt.

1 Aug 2010 18:29

The Robin Hood, St Albans

This place does tend to be vary variable regarding ale quality and atmosphere, ambience etc or whatever. On this visit it was quiet but pleasant enough and of the three ales on the Black Sheep was quite a good pint (better than some of the camra luvvies recommended hostelries). Probably your best bet for a pint of proper ale close to the station. The fly quotient was a bit of downer though.

1 Aug 2010 18:21

The Mermaid, St Albans

Always liked this place even in it's Everard days but although the tie has gone it hasn't changed from being a proper pub (they do have cheese evenings though for those so besotted by enlarging their guts that they can't go outdoors without feeding thier faces). Unusual brews included Hophead stuff and a wheat beer but I went for the Steaming Billy mild - which I drank at a decent pace considering it was the arse end of my drinking day. Only problem is that this is the last pub towards the station from this end of the town. Handy for the football ground .

1 Aug 2010 18:16

The Verulam Arms, St Albans

It was a tad trendy but did serve a decent ale. Most definitely NOT open today.

1 Aug 2010 18:07

The Farriers Arms, St Albans

It is your small traditional street corner local no doubt. Ale was drinkable (even if it was McMullen's Cask). Smokers have a yard out back which they share with the quaint toilets. There was some woman serving food who was quite scary... and the those feasting looked more 'care home' than your regular diners. Snorbens is a funny old place.

1 Aug 2010 18:04

The Boot, St Albans

A busy town pub that is more of a bar than an eating place (even though they do serve food). Had four ales on but can only remember the one I had (which was StAustell Tribute and was a nice enough pint). Okay to drop in to but I do have bad memories of this place because I wanted to KILL the Man Utd supporters who infest the place. Okay on this visit though as they must hvae been hiding.

1 Aug 2010 18:00

The Engineer, Harpenden

A tradtional pub that has been done out in a 'trational style' but not too badly.Two halves - a dining half and a drinkers bar, both having outdoor areas for the smokers/natuirsts to inhabit. Three ales on and the Adnams was a decent drinking pint. Worth a drop by if down the SOuth end of Harpenden.

1 Aug 2010 17:56

The Crown, Borehamwood

From outiside I thought this was the local nightspot complete with a 'capable' team of door operatives ready to dissuade evil elements from entering.... through the windows I espied miserable looking pensioners gazing outwards possibly deep in thought about somewhere nicer they could be.... Nearest drinking establishment to the station but I'd rather walk a mile and a half down the road to Tescos and buy take out stuff and hang round the 'bus station' than venture in.

31 Jul 2010 00:28

The Wellington, Borehamwood

Cask ales in a geezer's pub ?.... you are 'av-vin' a serious gee-raff..haw haw. It does resemble a pub moreso than all the other holes in Borehamwood but even if I lived next door I'd still catch a train somewhere else to drink. No ale, as mentioned, but all this Kronenbourg is doing me 'ead in. .... I should give it more than a 2 but even at a 2 this is the best pub in Borehamwood.

31 Jul 2010 00:22

The Skew Bridge, Harpenden

Scafflding is still there... they seem to have seperated the two bars in to dinign to the right and drinking to the left. Pool table in the drinking bar along with access to the garden which in one breath encourages kids and in the other has notices telling them nt to play ball games (or is that for the older clientelle?). They had Youngs on and a hand pulled cider but you just know that it isn't worth the hassle of trying it and ten having to take it back... went for Kronenbourg to blend in with the crowd.

31 Jul 2010 00:15

The Carpenters Arms, Harpenden

I thought I was a little harsh on this place on my last visit.. after all I had drank some decent pints in the past there so should give it another go. Five ales on but all pretty much an insipide band - Abbot, Adnams, Courage Best, Deuchars and Hooky Dark as the stray. Tried a pint of the Hooky Dark (well you can get the others anywhere can't you) which was kind of okay but not a patch on the same brew served in the Reindeer in Banbury (which ain't in the "book"). It is a quaint kind of 'someone's front room' pub but the range and quality of beer on this visit didn't inspire me enough to up the rating.

31 Jul 2010 00:10

The Plough and Harrow, Harpenden

Large spacious bar on entering and four ales on. Tried the Wadworth's Farmers Glory which was a good pint. They have a kind of garden shed-cum-conservatory where the pool table lives and then an excellent covered smoking area with telly and dartboard beyond that followed by a large-ish garden. Definitely a top rating for smokers and the ale was pretty decent as well. Best beer in this part of town (yep - even though the Carpenters is over the road).

31 Jul 2010 00:03

Amble Inn, Harpenden

.. hand painted pub sign as you approach (hand painted as in 10 year old's effort to paint the letters on a chalk board) and am not sure what the aim is with the interior... not reminsicscent of a pub or a restaurant that's for sure. Quite a kids orientated garden yet has a notice in the bar stating that they are not welcome after a certain hour (down to the council - quite rightly so... take your bloody kids to McDonalds where they belong). Had four ales on - Doom Bar, Taylors Landlord, Hobgoblin and unusually Woodforde's Wherry. Went for the Wherry which seemed okay at first but soon became a struggle to drink ( and NO that isn't what it's supposed to be like I was drinking the stuff in Norfolk last Saturday and it was an eminently drinkable beer in it's homeland) . I'll give them marks for trying ..but what it is they're trying for I'm not quite sure - not a proper pub, not a proper is better than it's previous incarnation but then a bus shleter next to a chip shop could have done that.

30 Jul 2010 23:55

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

Indeed you are right and it is back but it must have had a holiday last time I was in. Was back last night along with Pride and Rebellion IPA - the Rebellion IPA ws a afar better pint fact probably the best ale you can get in Harpenden. Still rekon Landlord isn't great outside of it's home turf though - have never had a pint outside of Keighley that has come anywhere near the mark.

30 Jul 2010 23:39

The Ketts Tavern, Norwich

Good selection of ales though the Wherry was a bit too cold to actually taste. A reasonable enough place but a little too 'food & family' for my liking.

25 Jul 2010 12:33

The White Lion, Norwich

Another good basic alehouse selling it's owm ales (Milton brews). Tried a pint of their Sparta which was quite nice. They have a multitude of differing pump clips displayed but the on;y beer lsited under guest was Amphion (another Milton brew). ice pub and beer shame it'd so quiet

25 Jul 2010 00:44

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Last comment is pretty close to it..... a proper alehouse is this. Had a pint of their own bitter which went down well. Back room out of the way for sports, only grouse is the number of locals who let their small brats wander around the place.

25 Jul 2010 00:38

The Alexandra Tavern, Norwich

Excellent street corner local unchanged in years. Had the local Chalk Hill Bitter which was on form. Somewhere where you may have to converse with other people (apart asking the barstaff for a pint that is).

25 Jul 2010 00:35

The George, East Dereham

Probably the best choice of ale in Dereham.... but that ain't saying much. In the mid afternoon non-food serving lull most tables where layed out for prospective diners (some 4 hours away by their own reckoning) in the public bar kind of area. Rest of it is a hotel The Wherry I had was far too cold as to be difficult to discern from lager. Not somewhere I'd go back to.

25 Jul 2010 00:32

The Feathers, Wymondham

What a proper village local should be. Pleasnt staff. proper pub atmosphere and decent ale. They have a house beer brewed for them by Elgood's and it is a very nice quaffing kind of ale. Not far from the abbey and presrved railway.

25 Jul 2010 00:27

The Old Fountain, Old Street

It's okay and they had plenty of ales on but I was kind of expecting something more from this pub. With doors opened either side it had a bit of throughother feel to it - not a kind of place you'd want to linger. I didn't do well with the choice of ale either... tried a pint of Brodies Red Ale and I'm afraid it echoed the Irish style too well. Was like a pint of MacArdles (in it's time Dundalk's finest keg for those unfamiliar with it) and not something I'd fancy another pint of. Will give it another try when next in the vicinty.

22 Jul 2010 22:09

Nelson's Retreat, Old Street

Even the presence at the far end of the place of a Thai 'caff' hasn't altered the interior much of this place since it's old incarnarion as the Gluepot. Has an 'estate' feel to it (and indeed there is an estate behind the place) and accordingly, as everyone else in the place was drinking lager, I avoided the three ales that were on as I could only envisage myself embroiled in an argument about thier palatability. Wasn't many in but I don't thing it ever has been full (three of us doubled the numbers for their new year's eve party once in the Gluepot days). There is a Slush machine on the bar and notices say you can have your slush 'with or without alcohol'. In it's favour it is a place of calm away from the manic traffic hurtling round the Old Street roundabout and it does feel a bit like going back to a 70's pub - almost expect them to still be selling Tartan Bitter.

22 Jul 2010 22:02

The Magpie, Bishopsgate

A few minutes walk across the road from Liverpool Street station with a nice topped bar, reasonable service and decent ale. It's a bit 'tube train' style - as in mainly standing room and very few seats but as it gets a lot of transient customer it is probably right for this particualr place. Had a decent pint of Sambrooks Wandle. Best place by far in the Liverpool Street vicinity though not somewhere to go out of your way too much to visit.

22 Jul 2010 21:53

The Railway, Emsworth

7 P.M. on a Saturday night and this place in a sleepy South coast town requires THREE bouncers on the door ?

18 Jul 2010 10:17

The Coal Exchange, Emsworth

Reasonable enough busy pub had a decent pint in here but didn't find the locals particularly friendly - in a snobbish rather than rough house way.

18 Jul 2010 10:14

Lord Raglan, Emsworth

It looked like a proper drinkers pub but they were a small minority sat at the bar. The rest of the place was full of chattering diners who seemed to think they were characters from Howard's Way. Another ex Gales Fullers establishment. I went for the Seafarers which was a nice pint but not having a boat I felt out of place here.

18 Jul 2010 10:12

The Hole in The Wall, Southsea

It looks the part of the archetypal camra luvvies alehouse - decent looking pub, wide range of ales and Belgian beers etc... but the pint of Hole in the Head I had was yet another barely drinkable pint. Not quite bad enough to take back but not pleasant and a struggle to drink and it put me off having another pint here. Will give it another try next time I'm walking from the hovercraft back to town though.

18 Jul 2010 10:06

The Barley Mow, Southsea

Went in the bar half which is dominated by the pool table and other pub games (they even have a chess league). A number of ales on (chalked up on a board in the bar half) and fresh eggs on the bar in the other half. A nice enough local but was disappointed with the pint of Welton Heatwave I had as it was a bit cloudy and only just about drinkable.

18 Jul 2010 10:00

The Solent Inn, Ryde

Tired looking pub with tired tasting beers. They had Banks and three summer style ales on. I tried the Tether which was in poor form and was a struggle to drink. The pub dog seemed to having a fit on the carpet. Not really worth heading to this part of town for.

18 Jul 2010 09:56

Castle Inn, Ryde

Another Fullers formerly Gales pub. Had another decent pint of Gales HSB. A decent town pub though the music and accompaniment from the locals may have put some off. They seemed to be having a jolly time. A courtyard entitled 'Lepers Grotto' out back for smokers.. Somoene in the place appears to be a Liverpool fan.

18 Jul 2010 09:52

The Old House At Home, Havant

Quaint mock tudor looking Fullers (nee Gales) house. Reasonable kind of pub with a few low points for tall people to bash their heads on and an excellent smokers area out back. Not a bad pint of Gales HSB either.

18 Jul 2010 09:46

The Hand and Flower, Kensington

Has a a chain pub feel to it - probably whatever Marstons pubco is as it serves two of their ales regularly and Brakspears. Pleasant enough service (after the barman had finished his phonecall) and a drinkable enough pint of Marstons EPA. Handy for Olympia, though the Cumberland around the corner would be preferable for both ambience and beer.

15 Jul 2010 17:43

The Cumberland Arms, West Kensington

A pub refurbed in what the designers think an old pub should look like (stripped back to the wood floors tables etc) though it's a reasonable attempt. had three ales on - went for the Hogs back TEA which was vinegary and on the turn. Took it back and the barman pulled some and tried it himslef before agreeing and turning the pumpclip round and offering an alternative (Otter in this case) which was a decent pint. Would drop in againif in the vicinity.

15 Jul 2010 17:37

The Queen's Head, Wing

Primarily a restaurant which has a small bar for dirnkers at the front. Poor selection of ales...Youngs and Bombardier were on. The Youngs was drinkable. Pretty disappointing for a GBG entry. Better places in the village that CAMRA seemed to overlook.

13 Jul 2010 22:22

The Red Lion, Leighton Buzzard

Three ales on,of which I went for the Black Sheep which was okay but nothing special. Has fish tank, glow lamps and sofas but not of the trendy noveau bar style more as in pet fish with names, glow lamp from Wilkinsons and sofas that were rescued from a skip. The cliched description would be 'quirky local' but it ain't bad to drop in to for a pint.

11 Jul 2010 22:48

The Golden Bell, Leighton Buzzard

Reasonable town centre pub with two ales on ( Tribute and Hobgoblin ). Had the Tribute which was drinkable (if not particualarly on song). An okay pub if you're in town but would probably go for lager on a return visit.

11 Jul 2010 22:42

The White Horse, Leighton Buzzard

Your basic no frills town pub with five ales on. Had a reasonable pint of Cottage Silver Arrow. Friendly enough traditional boozer.

11 Jul 2010 22:39

The Priory Tavern, Kilburn

Seems to be closed.

11 Jul 2010 00:01

John Wallis Linton, Newport

Listing it twice doesn't stop it being a shitehole.

10 Jul 2010 23:58

John Wallace Linton, Newport

I was going to nip in here for a swift pint while waiting for my take out curry.... what stopped me ? Some obese slapper dragging her poor toddler in a set of reins only stopping to slag some other tart off while her offspring was playing with the discarded dog ends in front of the pub. She finished her slanging match and duly dragged the toddler inside. She wasn't the only bint/toddler combination in the place either. This Wetherspoons is a disgrace even by Wetherspoons standards.

10 Jul 2010 23:55

Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport

As good as Newport's pubs get (a 5). The usual Sam Smiths museum piece although unlike the others this one was packed and echoing to raucous shouts and maniacal laughter ( at 5pm). Looks the least likely pub in Newport centre that you will end up in a fight... well you will only end up in the one fight here as opposed to two or three in the others.

10 Jul 2010 23:49

Red Lion, Newport

A run down 'lived in' kind of place (lived in as it feels like someone does actually live in the bit by the piano). Worn down carpets and fittings and beer mats that have been doing sterling service since 2006 (well my pint was resting on a National Pub Week Feb 2006 beermat). Went for the Wickwar BOB but it was nastily off so had it replaced with a pint of Rev James...which was mediocre. Another duff GBG entry.

10 Jul 2010 23:44

The Railway Tavern, Risca

A bar and lounge set up. Only Adnams Broadside on the ale front... which was a mistake... this is lager and keg territory and I should remember that. Your average valleys local okay if you stick to lager.

10 Jul 2010 23:37

The Fox and Hounds, Risca

A bit of a throwback to the seventies though not a bad thing for an old bastard like me. They had Newman's Red Castle Cream on draught... on seeing what the place was like I should have stuck to lager as I would have enjoyed the experience more.

10 Jul 2010 23:35

Welcome Inn, Bridgend

This place is boarded up and appears closed (pretty much like the rest of the town).

10 Jul 2010 23:32

Old Swan Inn, Llantwit Major

It looks the part but after waiting an interminable time at the bar instead of jumping in to get served I let these two Yanks go before me and then endured a further wait while they dithered about what they wanted to drink before then deciding to order food. A full 10 minutes plus wait and then as I was about to get my long awaited pint someone came up to complain about the food being undercooked - which of course in a food orientated establishment as this takes precedence over someone who just wants a pint of beer. Managed to get my pint in before more people came up to complain about under cooked food (just). Not somewhere to go to if you want a pint at busy food times (actually judging on this visit - not somewhere to go forfood at busy food times either). The Thos Guest pint of Cobblers was nothing special - certainly not 'beer guide' material. Not somewhere I ever intending going back to.

10 Jul 2010 23:30

The Kings Head, Llantwit Major

Friendly old style pub with a bar and lounge set up. Pool table and darts in the (modern) stone floored bar. A Brain's house serving a decent pint of SA - found it more hospitable than other hostelries in the vicinity.

10 Jul 2010 23:22

The Goat Major, Cardiff

Good old style city pub a goat's throw from the castle. A Brain's house with Dark, Bitter and SA on draught. Had a decent pint of the bitter. Has an uptairs bit which I didn't venture to. A proper pub in a sea of dross.

10 Jul 2010 23:18

The Railway, West Hampstead

Used to live 'next door but one' to this place and always recall it as a shitehole but today it didn't seem so much of one. I thought I was in a Wetherspoon when I went in this time. All the same set up , menus , marketing. ..even down to the two ales on (the Harviestoun Schiehallion being a nice pint)... seems more like a pub (albeit a chain one) than it used to be and just about worth dropiing in if waiting for a train.

8 Jul 2010 21:09

3 One 7, Hampstead

Remember this place as it's first incarmation as the Carney Arms in the days when 'trendy' meant hanging a railway sleeper with weeds on it from the ceiling. Has undergone many 'transmogrifications' since then and the current one is just more a case of 'much of a muchness'.Bit of a dance area in the 'cellar' bit, a pool table at the front window.... no ales on show, 3-50 for Stella..... key selling point is.......... bus stop outside and next door to Finchley Road & Frognal station ( as in you can drop in for a swift pint before catching some form of transport to somrwhere better.

8 Jul 2010 21:04

Ye Olde Swiss Cottage, Swiss Cottage

It never was the best of places but it isn't as bad as it's 'halcyon'' drug days (the illicit kind that is). Doesn't seem to have changed interior wise since the 70's... and at 1.99 a pint for Sam Smiths the prces haven't moved too much further. Ouside it actually does look a bit Swiss cuckoo-clock like but once inside all that nonsense is soon dispelled with an interior which just espouses'Younger's Tartan' 1970. It is essentailly on a very bust traffic island which it shares with the local fleapit (fleapit as in local cinema which myself and the missus found out for real as we were both bitten by fleas in the place). The choice is sit inside with with the all the panache and gloom of a 70's funeral parlour or sit outside on one of London's busiest traffic islands (.. busy as in 'Swiss Cottage is the 4th most polluted place in London for air quality). The beer was quite dinkable though actually better than a lot of the museum pieces Sam Smiths own.

8 Jul 2010 20:56

The Windsor Castle, Maida Vale

No proper ale, 3-40 for a pint of 1664 served in a Stella glass (when they don't sell Stella), old fogies boring you with tales of their Benidorm timeshare and the odd local 'mong' around to pester newcomers..... yet I liked this place because in a sea of foreign bars and restaurants and an attempt to eliminate everything 'English' this is still an old fashioned 'How's yer Father' local English pub... almost extinct in London. You may not appreciate the local 'bigoted' views... but strange that if those 'local' bigoted views were espoused by people you encountered on holiday somewhere they would be 'understandale'. A locals pub for locals... too small to be anything else - nothing wrong with that.

8 Jul 2010 20:40

The Cleveland Arms, Bayswater

I forgot to mention that at 2-80 this was excellent value for a very drinkable pint of beer in Inner London. For proper beer drinkers probably you only option in the Paddington vicinity.

8 Jul 2010 20:27

The Prince Alfred, Maida Vale

A difficult one this... as a pub I entered and saw a classic Victorian style layout (though a red flock background would be more in keeping) and am sure that the H & S fraternity wouild be outraged about people ducking to go in to certain sections (though on request am sure the outside doors would be opened to allow you access, hence - banging your head = your own fault). A Young's outlet and increasingly I seem to find that Young's pubs just offer Young's Ordinary and Bombardier as a proper draught option. Here though they also had Chocolate Stout (on keg) which I went for. It was a nice drinkable pint but at 3.95 (when I'd paid 2.80 for an excellent pint at the Cleveland) then it is somewhere to drop in and marvel at the surroundings over a half before moving on to do your proper drinking elsewhere.

8 Jul 2010 20:22

The Cleveland Arms, Bayswater

One of the few real pubs left in the vicinity of Paddington station. A front half with a 'games' area at the back for pool, darts, card games,etc. Had a very pleasant pint of StAustell Proper Job. If you 'b'ain't be in a rush' and have time before your train from Paddington then this is your best option. That is if you like proper pubs and proper beer that is

8 Jul 2010 20:10

Feathers Hotel, Holt

Large multi area hotel bar with restaurant to the side. Another GK tie so limited choice of ales on - went for the world cup brew (in off the post, back of the net whatever have forgotten what it's called) which was a pretty insipid brew. Appeared that the corner by the telly had been adopted by Dutch supporters for the world cup.

4 Jul 2010 17:16

Robin Hood, Sheringham

On the main street from the station to the front. A GK house of two halves, the one I was in had old vending machines and assorted slot machines around. Only GK ales on (not sure if it's usual or whether the Morris Dancing fraternity had guzzled any guest beers) though the Old Speckled hen I had was reasonable enough. Has an outside patio/conservatory area which puts me in mind of some small town bus station waiting area. Pleasant enough and handy for the station.

4 Jul 2010 17:09

Windham Arms, Sheringham

A pub of two halves, of which, we entered what appeared to be the local lads bar complete with pool table, sports on telly and a selection of lagers on display. The other half seemed to be more where the ale drinkers went but we were comfortable enough in this half. A list on the wal displayed what ales were available I went for a pint of the Wolf's Royal Anglian. Beer was nice and the place is worth a visit - in fact was an oasis of calm from the rest of town which was engulfed in some kind of Morris Dancers convention.

4 Jul 2010 17:02

The Cross Keys, Gustard Wood

Kind of out of the way place that people drive to rather than walk to. It was okay, a bit of a hooray kind of crowd there on this visit. The choice of ales was
the usual GK and Adnams suspects on draught plus one out of the ordinary - Rooster's Leghorn, which I went for.... was okay but drinkable as opposed to good. Somewhere to drop by if you're in the vicinity bt not somewher I'd make an especial effort to get to.

27 Jun 2010 03:06

The Sebright Arms, Barnet

Another old fashioned bar and lounge style locals pub. A friendly enough place though it is a McMullens house and despite a wide variety of pump clipc only the three usual McMullens ales were on offer. Had about as reasonable pint of Country as I'll get though. WIll have to drop in when they have some alternative ales on.

24 Jun 2010 15:04

The White Lion, Barnet

A bit jaded and faded but still your archetypal pub lay out with front bar and rear lounge which doubles as a dining area at times - though for a change it does seem like the food takes second place to drinkers for a change. Clientelle and barman were friendly enough and the Pride was under three quid a pint which isn't steep for the Lonodn area these days. Saying that though the ale wasn't up to a lot (and it is a Fuller's house) and I'd probably go for the lager on a return visit.

24 Jun 2010 15:00

The Doric Arch, Euston

Basically a bar on the first floor of an office block that has an upper gallery area overlooking Euston Bus Station. Plenty of train paraphernalia adorns the walls including (apparently quite valuable) enamel station signs from old BR days. A reasonable selection of ales on, of which I plumped for the Butcombe, which was a nice enough pint. Most frequent request of the bar staff is the daily 'toilet code'. Bearing in mind that you are on the first floor, the toilets are in the basement and the ground floor entrance to the pub is on the same level as the bus station you can perhaps understand the reasoning behind it. ... oh and almost forgot - handy for the station.

21 Jun 2010 20:31

The Bree Louise, Euston

Not really changed interior wise since it was the Jolly Gardeners (wonder why the need to change the name?). The beer selection has improved with a lot more ales on than in the Jolly Gardener days. Had a nice pint of Wandle Junction (albeit a short measure by served by someone who's grasp of English didn't quite stretch to understanding the term short measure so I gave up on trying to get a full pint). Despite the wide and well kept ale selection there is something that has never really endeared me to this pub regardless of what they call it. Would drop in if heading to Euston from that side but wouldn't really make a special visit.

21 Jun 2010 20:18

The Square Tavern, Euston

In the middle of a (mainly former) council estate, this renamed bar in the ground floor of the surrounding flats will never make it on architectural merit. It's a Young's house offering only Bombardier and Ordinary on the handpumps. Tried the ordinary which was no great shakes. I would have gone for lager had I been inclined to stay, however at the end of the Chile v. Switzerland game the televison sound was turned off (that's okay good not to have all the cackle from the pundits) and some god awful lift style ambient music was put on loudly for my benefit. I say for my benefit as I was the only person in the bar (the one or two others wisely electing to sit outside). Beer was poor and the person in charge seemed miserable and intent on driving the only person in the place away - well she succeeded and I won't be back.

21 Jun 2010 20:07

The George And Dragon, Fitzrovia

Street corner local which adapts the modern ideology of food is king while retaining a pub ethos. Am trying to not hold a GK tie against a place but the pint of Royal London wasn't anything to write to Socrates about. Was empty on this Friday afternoon visit though probably more a time of day thing. Okay if int he vicinity as ther eisn't a great deal else.

21 Jun 2010 19:55

Holly Bush, St Albans

Pleasant enough old style pub, if a little twee, where diners and drinkers mix without compromising the pub feel of the place. A Fullers house with the usual suspects on tap. Tried the Chiswick which was on form. A nice garden for smokers. Hard to reach yet within earshot of the M1. Somewhere you really need to drive to as there is no public transport within miles of the place and the lanes leading to it are pretty dangerous to walk along as they are used as cut throughs by occasional fast moving vehicles.

16 Jun 2010 22:39

Lucky Seven, Cricklewood

Actually - I should elaborate a little on that comment... in the past I have been in the place only to be accosted by some 12 year old "gypsy" girl with tattoos demanding money with menaces (the menaces being her brothers were waiting outside to kill people who didn't give them money) but that was along time ago and surely things have changed.... with time to kill before a train was due I was half considering a swift pint there but the motley crowd who hang around outside would surely deter most everyday folk from considering going in to such an establishment. ..... if anyone on here has never scored a zero against a place come to Willesden/Cricklewood to break your duck as I am sure you would find at least 4 or 5 places that you would wish they had a minus element on here for.

12 Jun 2010 19:15

Lucky Seven, Cricklewood

Pikey Central

12 Jun 2010 19:06

The Cricklewood, Cricklewood

It;s re-opened as some kind of ethnic restaurant... didn't quite catch which nationality has taken over it as I passed by on the bus.

12 Jun 2010 19:05

Finbars, Cricklewood

Fight Central

12 Jun 2010 19:03

The Windmill, Cricklewood

I always remember this place as being a crap hole and was going to drop in to see if had changed - but the yee haaa stuff confirmed my beliefs that nothing has changed.

12 Jun 2010 19:02

The Beaten Docket, Cricklewood

It's a pretty poor state of affairs when a Wetherspoon house is the best pub in an area, not only for the beer but for the clientelle.

12 Jun 2010 19:00

The Crown, Cricklewood

You can try to take Cricklewood out of the pub but you can't take the pub out of Cricklewood. The pricing out the 'vermin' ploy has kind of priced out everyone. The 'lounge' bar at the back has kind of become the hotel bar for next door. The front bar is still reasonable but the iffy over priced Taylor's is not going to draw anyone from the Docket.

12 Jun 2010 18:57

Angies III, Willesden

marginally better than McGoverns - but a much pleasanter and cheaper experience would be enjoyed by most drinking folk by buying alcohol from an off licence and drinking in the street.

12 Jun 2010 18:53

McGoverns, Willesden

Pretty typical of Willesden bars (can't say pub as there aren't any in the area) a crap hole frequented by the local low life - add all the others in the area to the list ....Kitsch Inn, Angies III etc etc. The upper crust around these parts buy cider from Somerfield and drink on the benches opposite the police station. (who the fkkk give this place any mark above zero ?)

12 Jun 2010 18:50

The Wells Tavern, Hampstead

Er..... no thanks... will leave this place to the dickheads who think paying 170 for a pair of trainers makes them something ever so special.

6 Jun 2010 21:39

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

Somewhere that's actually a pub primarily there to serve people a pint of beer rather than somewhere to hang out and be seen in the latest designer shite. Had a couple of pints of the Gale's Seafrarer which went down quite nicely. It seems everywhere I go that I like is under threat these days. If this place does go, if it doesn't become flats it will end up another puke inducing hole like the Well.

6 Jun 2010 21:37

The Old Oak, Gospel Oak

A local boozer for older folk from the vicinity. Advertised Hobgoblin on draught for 2,90 but there wasn't available on my visit so plumped for Stella. Not a brilliant place but not a complete scumhole either. Handy for a quick lager while waiting for a train (Gospel Oak station is directly opposite)

6 Jun 2010 21:29

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Have to add my fourpence hapenny worth to the accolades though I did find the place just a little pretentious, maybe becuase it's trying a tad too hard. Loads of ales on (tried the White Horse Dragon Hill and it was spot on) and simple scoff in the form of pies and Scotch eggs. Can't really fault it otherwise.

6 Jun 2010 21:25

The Lodge Inn, Alsager

Agree with the last poster - this IS the best pub in Alsager. Decent range of ales, a pub of two halves, large outdoor area, good staff and friendly locals. Looks like it's been refurbed recently but in the style of a pub as opposed to a branch of Courts (like many places end up).

5 Jun 2010 23:11

Old Mill, Alsager

It's actually down a lane off the Crewe Road in quite a pleasant setting by a large pond/small lake kind of thing. More of a pretentious eating establishment as opposed to a pub. Jennings Cumberland was the only token ale on and it was a bit iffy. It's okay for a pint if you are in the vicinity I suppose.

5 Jun 2010 23:07

The Blue Bell Inn, Kidsgrove

Canalside pub down the end of a cul-de-sac. Almost walked past before realising it was a pub. They had five ales on - went for the Dark Star American Pale which was an excellent pint. Pleasnt place with a main bar and two areas along with a room at the back. Kidsgrove station isn't far away and the number 20 Crewe-Hanley bus stops close by.

5 Jun 2010 23:03

The Unicorn Inn, Hanley

It may be the best pub in Haley but it's the second best in Hanley. A decent smallish town centre locals pub which seems relatively unchanged over the years. Not a great ale selection - Pride and two guest summer ales. I tried the Midsummer Madness, the condition of which wasn't brilliant but it was drinkable. An alternative if you want a change from the Coachmakers.

5 Jun 2010 22:58

The Coachmakers Arms, Hanley

This is an excellent old style establishment close to Hanley Bus Station. A fairly small place with various rooms, a good selection of top form ales, convivial bar staff and decent clientelle. Had an excellent pint of Screech Owl from Castle Rock and returned later for an equally good pint of a 3 B's of Blackburn brew. There are so few unspoilt alehouses like this left and typically when you come across one you find it's under threat. Can't fault this place in any way as it is your quintessential English town centre pub which is very much an endangered species. Very much worth making the effort to get to.

5 Jun 2010 22:51

The Old White Lion, East Finchley

I did say before that timing appears to be the key here and on this visit I experienced an intermionable wait to be served. Considering there were not a great deal of people waiting and numerous staff behind the bar (up to five at one point) the time spent waiting was excessive. The mian causes are a mixture of inexperienced staff (about half of them seemed like they had only just started and needed assistance from the others) and some of the most dithering clientelle one could encounter. I marked it down only a notch because the pint of Purity UBU was good though I wasn't far from heading elsewhere had the wait been much longer. What is it with East Finchley and slow service - seems most of the area's drinking establishments are afflicted with it.

3 Jun 2010 20:48

The Clissold Arms, East Finchley

What the friggin' hell have they done to this place ! I done what what I would imagine most discerning pubgoers would do - walked in, noticed the complete abortion they have made of this place and walked out.

3 Jun 2010 20:37

The Alexandra, East Finchley

Abbot, Youngs and Tribute were available on the ale front. Tried the Tribute which was served up by a barmaid there for her looks as opposed to her bar skills. Was just about a drinkable (if short measure) pint. It 's a one roomed roadside pub with an old style feel and tables outside primarily for smokers. Probably the best pub for miles though that isn't saying a lot.

3 Jun 2010 20:34

The Somerset Arms, Gravesend

Desolate on this early Sunday evening vist though it's never a popular time for pubgoing. A central brick bar and good pub feel to the place. Plenty of ales on of which I tried the Cotleigh Honey Buzzard. The barman seemed unsure when pulling me a pint commenting on it being 'too dark' so let me try it first. I do believe it is supposed to be dark and it tasted fine. Worth dropping in as it does have proper beer (not common in Gravesend) and it is far more preferable to the other pub near the station.

30 May 2010 21:19

The Nags Head, Rochester

Lower bar at the front and up steps to higher level and pool table. Ambiguous toilet signs which seem to be designed to lure ladies in to the gents. Smoking area is a narrow strip not wide enough to be called a yard. Beer (London Pride - will I EVER learn!) a definite second rate. Gets marks for not being a trendy rathole and maybe for the pub sign (though the missus did not agree on that).

30 May 2010 21:12

The North Foreland, Rochester

A quirky lay out of up and down steps and mix of faux old and ultra modern kind of fox you in to what this place actually is. It does however feel more of a pub than the more vaunted bar over the road. Only one ale on (Hogs Back TEA) which the diligent girl behind the bar drew off a pint of before pulling one for me. It was more drinkable than previous offerings of the day. They have a lower yard for smokers and I noticed a small door with the sign 'children's toilet' above it - not sure if this was for real or some kind of ploy to entice small brats in to a devilish cellar. Can't see this place being to everyone's liking but was okay for me on this visit.

30 May 2010 21:06

Britannia Bar Cafe, Rochester

Three ales on and, yes it doesn't describe itself as a pub and it doesn't feel like one. The Indian restaurant feel other posters have likened the place to does seem more of an accurate description of the place than the Parisienne cafe one. The shape and layout look like it could lend itself to being a proper Victorian stye pub as opposed to what it is but then that's down to the the owners as to how they want to present the place. Tried the Goachers (like to try local stuff when I am in the vicinity) but can't say it was a great pint and wouldn't have had a second (if I felt like staying that is). I'm sure it has it's followers but I felt more at home over the road.

30 May 2010 20:57

The Two Brewers, Rochester

Small old fashioned Shepeherd Neame pub on the HIgh Street. Old doll behind the bar seemed like she would rather be having root canal work than serve though. The Master Brew just about reached the edible stakes. Preferable to most of the other High St drinking holes though(The Eagle excepted that is).

30 May 2010 20:47

The Malt Shovel, Northampton

I had a decent pint of Harpers Bitter here and while it was a nice pint in a nice busy pub I didn't think it was particularly extra special. Then I wandered back up through town and noticed that every single bar and pub had hi-vi clad door control operatives gearing up for that evening's Battleground Northampton operation. It's sad really when it's the first pub heading South out of town that doesn't feel the need to have bouncers.

30 May 2010 12:13

The Rocket, Coventry

Opened out in to one big room (from the original multi-roomed layout) with pool table, estate feel and clientelle to match. No ale and no likliehood of any .Had a pint of Stella while pondering on the "We Are a Responsible Drinks Retailer" as a trio of half sloshed middle aged bints with too much horse flesh on display wobbled past to go for a smoke in the 'garden' (garden being the path down the side of the pub affording a view of the railway). Old tiling under the bar was the only redeeming feature. If you are really desperate for an alcohol fix this is the only pub near the station.

30 May 2010 12:03

The Dragon Inn, Worcester

A good town pub with a good selection of ales (tried the Vale Mill on this visit) and not far from the Foregate Street station (you pass a couple of other pubs and a Wetherspoons on the way to it. Staff were functional as opposed to engaging though sometimes I suppose that's what you want.

30 May 2010 11:56

The Nags Head, Great Malvern

Pleasant enough rambling kind of pub with views from the beer garden at the front. Had a pint of St.George's Ale from the Worcester Brewery which was a pretty good pint. Seems a bit more family/dog/walker orientated than most. Another place with a no swearing policy (strictly applied apparently - at least that would keep Roy Chubby Brown out of the place).

30 May 2010 11:52

Talbot Hotel, Ledbury

Felt more hotel bar than local pub. Staff were cheerful enough but the clientelle appeared to be a bit snooty. A reasonable pint of Wadworths though.

30 May 2010 11:48

The Prince of Wales, Ledbury

In a picture postcard setting of cobbled street and black & white tudor style buildings you'd expect this to be your usual tourist orientated kind of place but this one came over as being very much a porper decent locals pub. Excellent variety of ales (have forgotten most of them including the ones I had), bottled beers and pretty much most kind of alcoholic beverages. Convivial locals (even if they do tend to hog the bar) though not the place to go in if you have just dropped an anvil on your big toe as they have a no swearing policy.

30 May 2010 11:45

The Barrels, Hereford

A decent alehouse of two rooms of the old style with a good selection of ales mainly from Wye Valley. Pleasant smoking yard/patio with water feature out back. The beer was reasonable, tried the Wye Valley Bitter and the HPA and at 2 and 2.25 a pint respectively were certainly value for money but considering this is the brewery tap for Wye Valley I have better pints of both in other pubs. Still rates highly - think it gets in the top ten here as Hereford is so bereft of proper boozers.

30 May 2010 11:38

The Victory, Hereford

Worth dropping in to see the bar in the shape of the a ship (presumably HMS Victory). A bit rough & ready alehouse and the area near the windows with cusions on the seats smelt a bit like dogs sleep on them (maybe appropriately as it is home of the Spinning Dog brewery). Seven ales on including four house ales - I tried the Original Bitter which was a good ale. They also had a Spinach Ale which was a light 2.9% brew and four handpulls for ciderheads. Good sized shelter to the side.front for the smoking fraternity.

30 May 2010 11:33

The Arkley Hotel, Barnet

If you ain't eating then you ain't welcome.

23 May 2010 12:07

The Alexandra, Barnet

Doesn't really look like a pub from the outside but the inside has the look of one of those rustic inns. Irish band on playing diddly music on this visit - okay if that's your thing. Only GK IPA on offer so went for the Stella. It's okay I suppose but nothing special. Only short stroll to the hospital should you require the A & E.

23 May 2010 12:05

The Lord Nelson, Barnet

Quirky old fashioned local populated mainly with older folk some of whom are self confessed 'nutters' (I should be at home then). Plenty of ornaments and ship associated things adorn the walls. The Young's Special was a decent pint and the locals were quite friendly (if a tad eccentric).

23 May 2010 12:00

The Black Horse, Barnet

GK IPA and Pride on which nobody else was drinking, a kind of disco cum Karaoke night and staring locals - let's go somewhere else.

23 May 2010 11:55

Ye Olde Monken Holt, Barnet

Disappointed on this visit. I recall having some decent unusual beers in here in the past but all that was on offer was an insipid trio - GK IPA, Bombardier, Directors. Tried the Directors which wasn't any great shakes. Usual Saturday night pub crowd. No longer worth trekking up from the High St on this showing.

23 May 2010 11:52

The Malt and Hops, North Finchley

Feels like an archetypal town pub on entering with pool table. Only a handful of people in while other drinking establishments on the High Road were quite busy on a warm Saturday evening. They had a 'Shelf of Shite' behind the bar which looked like an ideal place to offload the missus's collection of paperweights, thimbles and other associated junk. They had pride on but no one was drinking it so went for the Kronenbourg instead. 3.80 for Kronenbourg coupled with the ultra loud music (seemingly for no ones benefit as some of the few souls inside were trying to watch the Champion's League Final) and all of a sudden it's pretty obvious why this place is empty. There's a beer 'garden' of astrofturf out the back. Not the best of materials when the main occupants are smokers. It does have the potential to be a reasonable pub but not with those prices and that unnecessary racket.

23 May 2010 11:47

The Elephant Inn, North Finchley

Big Square pub with large sqarish bar serving two sections. Amiable enough Fuller's house with reasonable service and a drinkable pint of Pride. Probably the best pub in the vicinity, though as previously mentioned there ain't a lot of competition.

23 May 2010 11:35

White Lion, Newmarket

Pretty much somewhere catering towards crowds of racegoers. Only GK IPA on and I would normally have lager but have to admit they did serve a decent pint of it. Split into three bits - an 'are you dining - if not fekk off round to the scruffs part' bit, a middle part for people unsure of their true identity and a general dogfaces bar. Okay if you are in the vicinity... one place I would actually recommend the GK IPA.

15 May 2010 23:00

The White Horse Inn, Exning

The pub is reasonable enough and the beer (Woodforde's Wherry) drinkable enough but the staff behind the bar do seem to have an attitude problem concerning people who aren't locals. Carry on reading your magazine as opposed to tend to the customer, take the piss out of them while still in earshot... and wonder why your pub is empty on a Saturday afternoon and the Swan isn't.

15 May 2010 22:54

The White Swan, Exning

Exning has more of suburban feel to it than a villagey one and the Swan did have more of a town local feel to it. Pretty much an open plan bar and area where it looks like a pool table either was or should be lead over to the ways to the garden. Two uninspiring ales on offer - I went for the Bombardier and was pleasantly surprised as it was a very nice pint. Staff were freindly and clientelle pleasant enough. A nice enough down to earth everyday alehouse.

15 May 2010 22:49

The Dykes End, Reach

Very friendly and hospitable staff in this quaint village pub in a pleasant village. May be a little cramped inside with the tables etc but still has a pub feel. There's a tabled patio kind of area out front where tobacco fiends can indulge and the horsey fraternity can tie up their steeds. The Woddfordes Wherry was pretty much on form and the house beer on offer (a very pale 4.1% pale ale) was a very drinkable pint. Occasional number 10 buses from Cambridge and Newmarket stop across the green.

15 May 2010 22:43

The Dolphin, Kings Cross

No ale on when I visited .The layout of the bar (that being a pool table and the only available seating being stools facing towards a shelf along the walls) don't make it amenable to mixing or communicating. However, it did have a more genuine feel and was a quiet oasis just off the Euston Road. On my visit the locals appeared to be ordinary working folk (though not so sure about the staff) enjoying their lagers and guinness. There were coppers outside on my visit but they were dealing with some blokes who were sleeping in one of those industrial waste bins over the road. Even if there was ale on I'd probably stick to the Kronenbourg.... saying that would return here as opposed to the poncified Betjemen in the station.

11 May 2010 22:59

The Euston Flyer, Euston

Reasonable enough for a Fuller's house - though as usual the best ales on offer are the ones that they brew which aren't theirs. Had a very nice pint of Gale's Festival (though a bit beyond the mark at 3.80). The 'London Railway' theme is echoed throughout the place in there being far more standing room than seats. It's actually closer to St.Pancras than Euston and is a better bet than risking the ever variable beer quality (and prices) in the Betjemen.

11 May 2010 22:38

The Jeremy Bentham, Bloomsbury

Not a bad alehouse considering the area. Whereas many places look like a pub from the outside but bear no resemblence once inside, this one doesn't look too much like a traditional pub from the outside but does feel like one once inside. Four ales on - tried the SA and the Butcombe Gold which were both decent pints.

11 May 2010 22:31

The Sovereigns, Woking

I only snarl if there is a reason to. On my visit, albeit a busy Saturday evening, the staff did not serve people in order which frustrated many of those waiting at the bar and not just me - the beer wasn't up to much for somewhere that is listed in the Good Beer Guide and it felt more like being in a Harvester or McDonalds as opposed to a pub. If this is as good as Woking's pubs get am sure glad I don't live there. I do tend to prefer character over bland pub chains but then that's just my personal preference.

10 May 2010 16:30

The Elephant, Faversham

The 'other side of the tracks' from town and currently more awkward to get to as the subway under the railway is closed. Was busy and lively with conversation on this visit but the ale (Gadds No.7) wasn't anything special. Would tend to echo the last posters comments to some extent. It looks the part but something doesn't make you want to stay there.

9 May 2010 10:28

The Railway Hotel, Faversham

The Master Brew was okay and the pub is a proper 'over the road from the station' kind of Railway pub (as in a Victorian feel etc). Worth getting up to the station with a enough time to spare for a swift pint or two before your train.

9 May 2010 10:23

The Sondes Arms, Selling

A tatty Shepherd Neame pub that didn't have any of their beer - in fact no bitter at all. Had a pint of Holsten while waiting for the train (It's handy for the station).

9 May 2010 10:19

The Rose and Crown, Selling

In deepest darkest Kent woodland lies the Rose & Crown. Not the easiest of places to find and a mixture of narrow winding lanes and high hedges make it downright dangerous for those attemtpting to come on foot. It looks pleasant enough but it is somewhere people come more to eat than drink. Harveys and Adnams were the ales on and the Adnams was quite good. Can't say I'd be rushing back though.

9 May 2010 10:16

The Star, Old Wives Lees

If your a ciderhead with a liking for country music then you you will be happy here. It looks the part of your Kent village pub with weather boarding etc but felt more like a Middlesbrough sink estate pub - not that it would have been a problem but Master brew was the only ale on and it was a pretty poor pint of it. The only pub in the village and if I lived here I doubt I'd use it.

9 May 2010 10:11

The White Horse, Chilham

An 'olde worlde' looking pub in the centre of an 'olde worlde' village. Seems to have a reasonable set up balancing drinkers and diners (drinkers at the front area, diners at the rear). There's a pull cord handle on the door to the bar. Only Master Brew and Black Sheep available on the ale front. Went for the Sheep which was fairly average.

9 May 2010 10:07

The Woolpack Inn, Chilham

The castellated frontage makes the place more imposing as you approach than it actually is when you go in. A friendly enough village local with reasonable beer. The Spitfire was okay on this visit.

9 May 2010 10:03

The Kings head, Wye

From the outside looks like your typical village pub but not too sure about the interior decor. There's a ledge and stool set up as you come in more akin to a snack bar and then some sofas and a table in the front area while the rear bar looks like some kind of cafeteria. Staff and locals were pleasant and friendly enough and the Master Brew was as good a pint of it as you'll get anywhere.

9 May 2010 10:00

The Tickled Trout, Wye

A bit of a harvester feel to it. More a dining than a drinking establishment though there are a few unset tables for drinkers to occupy. Three ales on, two standards and Hopdaemon's Skrimshanker - which was a nice enough pint. On wet days smokers can shelter under one of the two (evil) gazebos in the garden and watch the swans on the river. Handy for the station.

9 May 2010 09:56

The Highway Inn, Burford

At first I thought this was a tea shop (probably because there is one next door and people were outside it having afternoon tea) but I spied a couple of handpumps and ventured in. Not so much of an emphasis on eating as other Burford establishments (though that may have been the time of day) and two ales on Hooky and Prescott's Track Record - which I went for and was quite reasonable. Lady behind the bar was friendly enough and it was a reasonable enough place to stop for a pint - better than the other options in the town.

5 May 2010 20:59

The Pineapple, Kentish Town

Used to really like this pub back in the days when John Snow and other 'meejah' types would rub shoulders with the local bin men. But now....... To start with was served a cloudy pint of Adnams May Day which was changed without any quibble by the efficient and pleasant barstaff. But those poor barstaff have my deepest sympathies in having to work with what I found to be the most horrible cleintelle so far up their own colons that they are licking their tonsils. The refurb is a bit here & there, the beer was okay (eventually) but to quote Max Bygraves.... "Oi ! Do Me a Favour........." Fings Certainly AIN'T what they used to be - give me them there 'Mahnkeys Flyin' Rahnd the Moon..' any day. - never thought I'd give this place a zero but it's fahckin' awful.

3 May 2010 23:04

Eagle Tavern, Rochester

Despite the raucous crowd and the music (hillbilly rock not being quite my cup of Bovril) and getting my beer in a plastic 'glass.... I didn't mind this place. It's unusual enough to find a music venue serving proper ale yet alone serving decent pints of it. The Reverend James was quite a nice pint. Of the multifarious drinking establishments on the High Street this is one of only two worth bothering with.

3 May 2010 22:56

The Good Intent, Rochester

Am not sure about this place.... so won't rate it on this visit, but there seems to be some kind of 'ale apartheid'. I went in to the lower 'loclals' bar with pool table and no proper beer in evidence so went for the lager. Apparently the upper bar had something or other on but you would never have guessed there even was another half from the lower half. Actually I will mark as I find... an everyday locals kind of place with lager and pool table.

3 May 2010 22:51

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

This is one of those must visit alehouses if you are in the vicinity. An original exterior, a well-worn 'lived-in' interior and nine different ales on when I dropped by. The Old Dairy Red Top was excellent - best pint of the day, while the Hopdaemon Incubus weren't bad. From some earlier comments I was expecting to encounter the Beirut of Kent with burnt out vehicles and wandering groups of ferral yobs. I found what I would consider an almost model former council estate and a pub full of friendly staff and amenable locals. A proper pub for proper people even...

3 May 2010 22:46

The Coopers Arms, Rochester

Quite busy on this visit - front and back area along with a garden where the 'garage' bar was serving 12 different ales (along with five others in the main Pub). The Goachers Ale (quite a dark but stl more bitter than mild) was a nice pint. The castle is within a stone's throw. A bit away from the centre and High Street but worth the trek out to.

3 May 2010 22:39

The Greyhound, Hendon

Still by far the best proper pub in such a large swathe of North-West London that it's frightening. It isn't a brilliant top-notch real ale pub but it does serve a decent pint of the Youngs/Wells range and one guest that is generally drinkable. There is nowhere else literally in miles where you can get a reasonable pint of ale.

3 May 2010 22:35

The Chequers, Hendon

Have increased my rating from 4 to 5 as it was okay for watching the match on the telly with a pint of lager (albeit the higher strength variety necessary to 'fit in'). The last poster obviously doesn't get out much though. I would have stayed in the Greyhound myself had they put the football on there. Would agree the Chequers isn't as 'uncomfortable' as it used to be but still not a pub I'd choose to drink in given decent alternatives and if you like proper beer then the Greyhound is most certainly that. We all have differing outlooks as to what we want from a pub but slating people who disagree with your choice (or maybe your pub) doesn't exactly do you or the establishment any favours.

3 May 2010 22:31

The Plough, Witney

Must have some kind of masochistic tendencies, as I give this place another go...... and guess what - tried a pint of the Butts Bulbus fish stuff beer ... and it was pure murk.... Unlike my unknowing American friends from last time I took it back and must admit I was given a decent pint afterwards (though there was some delay while the young lad behind the bar sought some kind of guidance). So many people take things on first impressions and this place needs to realise that. Doubt I'll be a regular though as there are SO many better pubs in this town. As the annoying old Cameron afficiendo git at the bar so rightly pointed out to me ' If you've had so many duff pints here why come back' - thanks for pointing out the obvious to me and I will not repeat the same mistake again.

2 May 2010 00:02

The Red Lion Hotel, Witney

Would say it is a bit more of a rough & ready establishment (clinetelle rather than apperance) as opposed to other pubs in the vicinity but reasonable enough - depends what you are used to. The Holden's Golden Glow was unexpected in such a place and quite drinkable.

1 May 2010 23:51

The Angel Inn, Witney

Ain't too bad - an honest everyday working man's boozer with the footy results etc. Had a decent enough pint of Brakspear Gold here.. at the top end of town and would drop by again when up here.

1 May 2010 23:47

The Royal Oak, Burford

In a town with few proper pubs this looks and feels like one - unfortunately the beer (on this occassion Henry's IPA) was undrinkable murk. Burford is such a pleasant picturesque little town but not somewhere a proper ale drinker should consider residing in

1 May 2010 23:42

The Angel, Burford

Am more than happy to give this place a zero - went in at ten to three as the genial 'mein host' was abruptly informing those just ahead of me that they were not serving any more food only for my self to be told the bar was closed just after. This being in spite of it being 10 minutes before their advertised bar closing time and the local clique so obviously set for the rest of the afternoon. Nasty little ' rip the tourists off joint'.

1 May 2010 23:37

The Mermaid, Burford

Would agree to some extent with the last poster..... unsympathetic refurb... too many empty 'reserved for diners' tables (in a virtually, sorry not virtually - an ACTUALLY empty pub) restricting drinkers to a small area at the front. The Olde Trip was nice pint (compared to the other GK garbage on offer). The missus found it pleasant to peer out across to the registry office and watch the wedding parties exude from there. She will be watching them on her own next time.

1 May 2010 23:27

The Red Horse, Shipton under Wychwood

Nice enough refurbed village local with numerous area including pool room, garden and public bar. The Hooky Bitter was reasonable enough but the place was empty on this Saturday afternoon.

1 May 2010 23:20

The Quart Pot, Milton under Wychwood

CLOSED....... Informed by local residents that the closure was due to the "greedy pubco wanting to double the rent". Apparently the couple who ran it have decamped to the local village club and intend to carry on thier good work there.

1 May 2010 23:18

The Merrymouth Inn, Fifield

It's pretty much a restaurant as opposed to a pub. No real drinking area and all availbale tables laid out for diners. You can drop on and just have a pint (Brakspears and Hooky Bitter available on this visit) and the ale is quite drinkable but don't expect a pub atmosphere. It's actually on the 'main road' and not in the village itself. I didn't eat there but the missus did and quite rated the food.

1 May 2010 23:13

The Albion, Ampthill

Recently re-opened and refurbished in Victorian style with framed prints of old beer ads etc on the walls. I believe it's pubco owned but run by B & T (Shefford). Average sized bar on a lower level at the front than towards the back. Thirteen handpumps (10 were 'on' on my visit) serving a varied selection of ales - tried the ordinary Shefford Bitter and their Golden Fox - both quite drinkable. May take a little time for the 'newness' to wear off and some more character to develop. Can see it becoming a favourite with the CAMRA 'luvvies'. The J4 and X42 bus routes (Bedford to Flitwick) stop outside - it's about two and half miles walk/cab from Flitwick station.

27 Apr 2010 17:37

The Prince Of Wales, Ampthill

Actually would revise the comment about the food after a subsequent visit as it does look pretty good but it ain't really a pub as more a restaurant. (and at least the Eagle IPA is a good pint here)

25 Apr 2010 00:27

The Queens Head, Ampthill

Nice old style pub (bar>lounge>pool room>garden)- awful beer though. The Eagle IPA was dreadful. Most defintiely my worse pint in the town. The missus had a fairly decent measure of Baileys though.

25 Apr 2010 00:22

The Harpenden Arms, Harpenden

Used to be your archetypal boozer but it's a kind of mxi n' match affair these days. A restauranty bit down to one end for the Thai menu and a laminate floor and barstool affair the at the business end. I tend to drink lage when I drop in here.

23 Apr 2010 23:15

The Cross Keys, Harpenden

They seem to be have a few more varying beers here these days. The Marlow Rebellion was on good form this time. NIce convivial locals pub on the High Street with a main area to the right as you go in and a smaller quieter bit to the left. Also has smoking/garden area out the back. Would say it's probably the best pub in Harpenden for ale at this moment in time. Am actually glad to see they have stopped selling Taylor's Landlord - has been the scurge of many a pub (It just doesn't travel well beyond the confines of Keighley)

23 Apr 2010 23:12

The Carpenters Arms, Harpenden

i recall my first visit to this pub and ( like many ) mistaking the Place over the road where someone has a pub sign with respective illumination outside their house. Used to quite like this place, had a good choice of beers and a good toy car collection. Alas, another place gone downhill resting on it's laurels. To start with the service was inadequate for such a busy spell (it being St. George's Day) and then the beer the St George's day offering) was piss poor to be honest. Would have taken it back only didn't want to go through the hassle at the bar again. Wasn't impressed on my last visit here either. No longer worth the trek out from down town Harpenden ( stay in the Cross Keys )

23 Apr 2010 23:05

The White Hart and Cellar Bar, Ampthill

There is a sign on the place describing it as an 'Ancient Coaching Inn' - the interior would suggest it is anything but. Very 'nouveau' with a 'young' clinetelle - although there were 3 ales on and the Youngs Special (Pride & Black Sheep being the others) was quite drinkable. Plenty of television screens but not much point having them when the only sound is the music that the bar staff want to listen to.

23 Apr 2010 22:58

The Old Sun, Ampthill

Two sectons to left and right as you go in. Five ales on - the Admans bitter was quite good. Would have agreed with the last poster about it being the best pub in town only before the B & T Albion appeared. If you're peckish you can buy food from the Ampthill Fish Bar next door and scoff it on the tables out the front of the pub.

23 Apr 2010 22:51

The Prince Of Wales, Ampthill

Somewhere describing itself as 'pub & dining' should always ring the alarm bells with your average pub goer. Does a drinkable pint on the Wells range but not somewhere I'd want to drink ( or eat either for that matter)

23 Apr 2010 22:45

The Engine and Tender, Ampthill

A reasonable enough one room 'community local' spoilt by it's GK tie. I thought the Tolly Cobbold Phoenix was a guest ale till I read the small print. WAS the best proper ale pub in the town. The Albion (nominally a Banks & Taylor house owned by one of the pub co.s) in a nouveau Victorian style has opened over the road with at least (on my count) 13 different handpumps). Much as the E & T seems a nice pub I hope GK either respond to the competition and allow more guest ales or else perish in the wake.

23 Apr 2010 22:40

The Sportsmans, Harlesden

Typical shop conversion Irish Bar - can be a bit like sharing a field with grazing sheep.

21 Apr 2010 18:35

The Castle, Acton

Large-ish Fuller's house with three kind of sections and a heated outdoor area for the smoking fraternity. The food is reasonable enough pub fare but the ales (the usual Fuller's suspects) can be a bit hit & miss and not always available. Apparently Lady GaGa dropped by for fish & chips while doing her Wembley concert not long back. They could also do with fixing the door out to the patio - it's been like that for years now. It's okay to drop in to if you're in the vicinity - though to be honest it is pretty much the ONLY pub in the vicinity. Can get a bit leary on Friday early evenings.

21 Apr 2010 18:33

The Griffin, Brentford

Looks the part from the outside but a very average kind of Fuller's house within. They only had Pride on which cost 1.35 a pint more and wasn't as good as the New Inn just a short walk away.

21 Apr 2010 18:23

The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge

A very agreeable old fashioned bar and lounge set up. The Chiswick Bar (though at the Chiswick end of the pub) is more down to earth 'Brentford' while the lounge on this occassion was very 'Chiswick' in it's occupants (I was the only one who paid cash while there). Tried the 'legendary' Bass -which although as probably good as it gets - just isn't the beer it once was. Man behind the bar not as miserable as the warning sign suggested (maybe a good day).

21 Apr 2010 18:20

The Brewery Tap, Brentford

The Brewery Tap of a long defunct brewery now a Fuller's house stocking pretty much their full range (in fact more of a Fuller's brewery tap than the Mawsons/Fox & Hounds). Three distinct areas - pool room to left as you go in, main bar area and quieter part at the back where there is also a patio for those of us who occassionally desire to poison our lungs. Had a top pint of Gale's HSB.

21 Apr 2010 18:12

The Magpie and Crown, Brentford

An unchanged kind of interior (with boat hanging from the ceiling) which harks back to the 70's - a theme continued with the television programmes which were on (George & Mildred in this instance). The telly tends to dominate the front area which tends to occupy the punter's attention as opposed to them conversing with one another. Four ales on - T.E.A., a Bath brew, a Twickenham ale and Cottage Concorde. Tried the Cootage and Twickenham beers which were fairly good. The place seemed to have a lethargic feel to it - somewhere to sit and stare at your pint rather than have a jolly old knees up or chinwag. There is a pool table toward the rear for the more energetic.

21 Apr 2010 18:06

The New Inn, Brentford

Pleasant enough two bar Fuller's house with a mainly older Irish clientelle inhabiting the bar. Pride was the only ale on though it was a reasonable (and comparitively cheap) pint. Nice shaded smoking area kind of sunk below the main road. Handy for Brentford FC.

21 Apr 2010 17:58

The Midland Hotel, Hendon

The repositioning of the bar gives this place less of a dour feel than it used to have. Three handpumps all displaying GK IPA - and no one around drinking it, so went for the Kronenbourg. It was relatively busy on this Saturday evening visit and although there was no proper ale (think I can GK IPA to the list of not proper) and the music (in particular the base) was unnecessarily loud in the front bar (if they just aimed it to the back where the pool tables are then people in the front could talk to each other without shouting) the different ethnic mix of this pub seemed to work where others fail. Still nowhere near the rating it has but it is the only pub in West Hendon.

18 Apr 2010 14:49

The Star Inn, Thaxted

Small town pub with bar and dining area where the emphasis seems to be more on the bar. More of a locals pub than others in the town. The Adnams wasn't at it's best though.

18 Apr 2010 14:42

Three Horseshoes, Dunmow

Proper old fashioned village local adorned with old enamel signage. Very friendly and jovial host and clientelle. Three ales on two from Mighty Oak and Uffington from the Pewsey brewery. All went down well. Not the most accessible of pubs but there are 3 buses a day stop outside the place mon to sat (the 313 Dunmow - Saffron Walden bus). Worth the trek out to, especially if you are stuck at Stansted with lots of time to kill.

18 Apr 2010 14:39

The Swan, Great Easton

On the corner of the turning from the main road to the village is a Rolls Royce showroom that looks like it may have been a large pub at one time - the lane wends it's way down through the village to the Star on the right. Quite a small pub with a public bar to the left and lounge to the right as you go in. Very quiet on this Saturday afternoon though staff seemed pleasant enough. Two ales on - Adnam's Explorer and Mighty Oak Bar King, which were both pale Summer beers. Tried the Bar King which went down pleasant enough.

18 Apr 2010 14:30

The Orange Tree, Totteridge

Not somewhere you feel wlecome unless you are eating. At least during the Summer you can take your pint outside.

11 Apr 2010 23:05

The Sovereigns, Woking

Typical Ember Inn - Crap Service, Mediocre Beer, Zero Atmosphere.

11 Apr 2010 11:42

The Shire Horse, Grateley

Pub with a good old fashioned feel to it. Four ales on - went for the unusual Netheravon Spring one and was advised that it was green. Tried some and found it quite drinkable so went for a pint of it. Friendly enough staff and patrons and very handy for the station.

11 Apr 2010 11:40

The Plough Inn, Grateley

Pleasant village local at the heart fo the village and open all day. Had Otter and Triple F's Alton Pride on. The Alton Pride was on excellent form. Quite large open plan place with a cross section of the village community in attendance.

11 Apr 2010 11:36

The Village, Salisbury

Smallish corner bar with a good selection of ales on offer. I plumped for a pint of Plain (Salisbury Plain I'm guessing) which was in good form. A decent enough bar and plenty of beers to try but I didn't feel like lingering there too long.

11 Apr 2010 11:32

Deacons, Salisbury

A rough & ready town bar with a front lower bar for drinking/conversing and an upper bar for football/racing on telly. They have a new pale blue sign which makes it look more like an estate agents from across the road. Hop Back Ligthning, GBG and Doom Bar on offer. Had a good pint of GBG. Handy for the station.

11 Apr 2010 11:29

The South Western, Salisbury

More of a pub feel to it than others in the village and also handy for the station. Large and airy Victorian building which has been recently done up without looking too modern. Courage Best,Young's and Ringwood on offer. Went for the Ringwood which was drinkable enough.

11 Apr 2010 11:24

The Crown Inn, Tisbury

Old building with modern interior and a courtyard for smokers. Had a dreadful pint of Bedrock which I had to leave. Sterile atmosphere - somewhere to bring your Granny for afternoon tea to.

11 Apr 2010 11:21

The Digby Tap, Sherborne

A mix of locals and visitors sat well together on my visit. This place is probably on many people's 'tourist trail' when visiting the town. Apparently Denholm Elliott frequented the place as there are photographs of him in a corner in the pub. Four ales on - Otter, Golden Hare and Taunton Ale were all eminently drinkable - didn't try the Amarillo the other ale on.

11 Apr 2010 11:18

The Great Western, Yeovil

Pleasant enough Wadworth house with pool table housed in the bar but kind of out of the way. Had 3 Wadworth ales and Butcombe Bitter on. Tried the Wadworth Strong-in-Arm which was a decent enough pint. As pointed out - very handy for Pen Mill Station.

11 Apr 2010 11:10

The Peacock, Market Harborough

Afraid I don't share any sadness at the closure of this place. I usually don't like to see a pub close but this one is an exception. On my midweek afternoon visit I couldn't get near the bar as the were half a dozen pushchairs complete with brat inside lined up facing the bar, each accompanied by an obese teenage mother sucking garish coloured drinks form a straw. When I eventually found a gap I ordered a pint of Brakspear's Gold which was pure vinegar. On returning it to the barman ( who looked liked he may have been one of the pushchair occupants not that long ago) he asked if I wanted my replacement pint in the same glass. After refusing his kind offer I tried the Pedigree which was also rubbish and had to be changed for lager - and now I'm just a moaning old git because I won't accept the crap on offer. Whatever happens to the place, whether it becomes a trendy wine bar, a Harvester, a block of flats or a crack den... it can only be an improvement.

9 Apr 2010 15:39

Weavers Bar, Barnet

Occupying a corner plot on a row of shops this place has more of a pub feel than your average similar Irish bar. They had Courage Best on handpull but didn't risk it as no one else was drinking it. Friendly enough locals and staff Fairly handy for Barnet FC.

5 Apr 2010 12:00

The Griffin, Whetstone

Immature, ignorant spoilt brat behind the bar. Enough said.

5 Apr 2010 11:56

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

I notice that it is only regulars and those who turn up mob handed on some Camra binge who come to the defence of this place - yes it serves good beer and I have no problem with rough & ready boozers (was bought up on them), as for 'last bastion of the working class' - in my day working class people were proud, clean folk and that was just not evident on my latest visit. It may be nirvana to many but it's purely and simply a dump, not a pleasant place to while away time however good the beer may be.

4 Apr 2010 18:36

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

This place just gets worse. 5.40 for a pint of Adnam's Stout and a cup of tea. The Stout was pretty dire and the missus even took the tea back. The ale choice was just the Betjeman and the stout. Compared to the rest of the station the layout and design of this place is just pure garbage - surely a Victorian edifice such as this deserves a proper Victorian style pub ? Doubt they care as there will always be sufficient passing trade regardless of how poor the quality of what is on offer or high the prices may be.

3 Apr 2010 23:19

O'Neills, Stansted Airport

If you are meeting someone who is arriving at the airport this is your only option..... well unless you catch a train for the 5 minute journey to Stansted Mountfitchet - the Kings Arms, a minute's walk from the station, although a GK house, is a traditional public bar & lounge set up and serves as good a pint of GK IPA as you can get. If you don't have the time then you can always buy a bottle of Pride from the Spar shop in the airport. In future if meeting someone at Stansted I will always cut it as fine as possible to avoid such a predicament.

3 Apr 2010 23:12

The Bell at Mill Hill, Mill Hill

Here's me thinking that the Dutch could at least recognise a good pint of their own beer.... (as for good food - any nation that has those warmed up vending machines as a main source of evening snacks cannot be trusted regarding comments on food)

3 Apr 2010 04:36

Harvester, Edgware

Nominally called the Jolly Badger, an archetypal Harvester establishment with no proper beer and no redeeming features. In future will prefer waiting at the wet and windswept bus stop to venturing in here.

3 Apr 2010 04:23

The Railway Tavern, Mill Hill

Have to concur with all of the previous reviews... this is a locals pub for locals only. Advertises real ale but all three handpumps where turned and not in use when I visited. A previous comment referred to damage to the toilets which surprises me as while I was having a smoke most of the locals couldn't be bothered with the 10 yard walk to them and just pissed in the garden. A rathole, am utterly amazed that this pub has a score as high as it has.

3 Apr 2010 04:20

Wheatsheaf, Flitwick

A proper pub with a bar and lounge a stones throw from the god awful Blackbirds, though where that was packed with chattering brats I was the only one in this place. The Wells Eagle was okay but nothing to write home about. A few years back I woukld have just had this down as an average boozer but it looks like it's one of the few remaining reral pubs in Flitwick and with me being their only patron during my visit can see it being another victim of the 'recession'.

1 Apr 2010 19:47

The Blackbirds, Flitwick

I think the 'Surf n' Turf' sign outside should have been a warning. I wouldn't even consider calling this a pub - another happy eater kind of establishment. They did serve real ale (GK stuff but it wouldn't be ready for another hour). Full of babbling brats who just broke up for Easter. Would rather do one of those Japanese insect eating challenges than set foot in here again.

1 Apr 2010 19:41

The Old Sun, Harlington

Quirky up and down lay out to parts of this pub and a reasonable pint ( tried the Adnams and the Cornish Tribute). Friendly enough and good to have two pubs in a village. Wouldn't rate this as highly as the Carpenters but it is still lower than it should be. Maybe one of the barred local folk has an axe to grind.

1 Apr 2010 19:37

Carpenters Arms, Dunstable

Along with the previous poster I am quite surprised at the low rating of this pub as I found it a very pleasant welcoming village local in the old style. A bar and lounge, four ales on ( I tried the White Horse Bitter and the Beijing Pig stuff - both were spot on), friendly locals and convivial bar staff. But for First Capital Connect's Sh*te train service would almost want to make me move out and commute.

1 Apr 2010 19:33

Drovers Arms, Steppingley

The old building has been supplemented with some add-ons (as in extensions and conservatory type things) but this place is basically an Indian restaurant. The interior is very bar nouveau and there is a bar like area where you can just go and have a drink or a snack. They do serve a reasonable pint of Youngs but it isn't somewhere I feel I can rate because it is really an Indian restaurant where they don't mind you having a pint but it isn't really a pub as such.

1 Apr 2010 19:26

French Horn, Steppingley

On entering there is a restaurant to the right and bar to the left. Very much old beams with modern interior. At least there is a seperate bar for the locals unlike many food orientated establishments. Only GK ales on offer (IPA and Morlands OSH). Had the Old Speckled Hen which was quite good considering it was the first pint served. Staff were quite friendly which does make a difference.

1 Apr 2010 19:22

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

Not the best of pubs but it was Mill Hill's last proper old fashioned boozer. The end of an era as I doubt the new incarnation (if it happens) will see a proper pub returning to Mill HIll.

31 Mar 2010 23:30

Swan, Flitwick

Average kind of bar and lounge set up. Only Eagle IPA on handpump, which was pretty insipid if just about drinkable. It's main selling point is it's handy for the station and that's about it. Staff & Punters seemed freindly enough though.

31 Mar 2010 23:27

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

The last two Sam Smiths pubs I've visited have both had the feel of an ancient National Trust property. This is also worth a visit for it's interior which is well documented by others and in photos here. The only downside is the Sam Smiths bitter which was the only ale available. It may be cheap for these parts but I had to switch to their bottled Brown Ale which was a far better drink.

24 Mar 2010 18:32

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

Another one of those 'olde' must visit establishments. The difference here as opposed to many tourist haunts is that it sells an excellent pint. Ancient pub with bar/lounge set up. Went in the smaller front 'lounge'. Also different was the fact it was a Fuller's pub selling guest beers. The Gales Seafarer and the Elgood Black Dog were both on top form.

24 Mar 2010 18:28

The Wellington, Strand

You miss the point... it wasn't the mistake it was the attitude that went with it. We all make genuine mistakes but it's part of life in a customer service environment that you don't take out your frustrations on the customers because they don't come back. It was THEIR mistake yet they were huffy toward me - doing the job properly means you take things like that in your stride. Maybe you like being treated like crap when you go to the pub or are even willing to pay more for that kind of service but I think that poor service should be highlighted. Check a few more previous comments and you'll see a recurring theme about this place and poor service.

21 Mar 2010 20:40

The Old Red Lion, Islington

It seems like they had decided to restore it to a partitioned Victorian alehouse and then stopped and changed their mind after doing the front bit. A reasonable kind of pub though and the Harvey's and O'Hanlon's Red were both drinkable ales. Apparently there's a theatre as well though I didn't really notice it.

16 Mar 2010 20:16

The King of Denmark, Islington

Wish I had the impression it was open and serving me this afternoon but it was shut. Is afternoon closing a regular thing ?

16 Mar 2010 20:11

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

London's best alehouse ? Someone somewhere is having a serious gee-raffe. I recall dropping in here a couple of years back on a Sunday afternoon when it was like a proper old fashioned, how's yer father, dodge the doodlebugs kind of boozer with locals having a knees up round the old joanna. Todays visit was light years from that. I think some people are looking at this place through rose (or maybe puce) tinted x-ray specs or may be so half cut from dropping in other places to get here that they mistake the lack of cleanliness for character. What struck me on entering was that the place was filthy - the floor appeared as though it hadn't seen a mop in months and the place stank. The beer (a pint of William Roscoe) was okay but nothing exceptional. I think this place has been resting on it's laurels a bit. The whole place needs a Spring clean. Can't say the staff and locals were particularly friendly either. Maybe okay if you turn up with a mob of Camra cronies already half sozzled ready to try out the beers.

15 Mar 2010 19:09

The Cornubia, Bristol

Last remaining old building in a sea of office blocks, sorting offices etc. Had a pint of stout here which was very nice and went down sharpish. Good selection of ales on this quite busy Saturday evening. Think it deserves to be back on the beer tourist trail - I'd drop in again if walking between City and Station (or vice versa)

14 Mar 2010 10:02

The Kings Head, Bristol

One of those anachronistic places which your average 'pub spotter' has to add to their 'must do' list. The missus thought I was taking her in to a tea shop when she saw the outside. Had a pint of Doom Bar which was quaffable, the missus had a Bailey's and was asked if she wanted ice in it for a change (instead of them just plonking it in and her telling them to take it out as they usually do). It is not advisable to come in if you are bursting to use the toilets as the gents is a one at a time affair and you may have a wait on your hands.

14 Mar 2010 09:55

The Bell, Bristol

Friendly enough "bare-floorboard" kind of establishment. Tried the Butcombe Bitter, which was served too cold but still nice enough. Would probably revisit if in the vicinity but not somewhere I'd make an detour to.

14 Mar 2010 09:46

The Wellington, Horfield

Large main road suburban pub serving Bath Ales. The Barnstormer went down well (even in a 'plastic' glass) and the service was pretty efficient seeing as it was packed prior to a football match at the nearby Bristol Rovers ground. Quite handy for a pre-match pint but wouldn't make the trip out of town just to visit.

14 Mar 2010 09:40

The Seven Stars, Bristol

Numerous ales on and I unwittingly went for the Butcombe Bitter - not that this was a bad pint, in fact it was excellent just that I didn't realise that Butomcbe would be my only choice in other establishments later in the day. Probably Bristol's 'premier real ale' pub with friendly staff and clentelle. It's nice to drop in to a pub where you can converse with the locals as well as having a decent pint.

14 Mar 2010 09:37

The Star Inn, Bath

Small multi-roomed pub which other posters have described in greater detail. Timing once again seems to be of the essence, as on my visit to this pub it just ticked all the boxes. Friendly and helpful barmaid, welcoming locals and a top form pint of Abbey Bellringer (unrecognisable from the one I just had at the Pig and Fiddle) all in a proper old fashioned pub.

14 Mar 2010 09:28

The Pig and Fiddle, Bath

A bit of a mish mash of buildings and add-ons. Was quiet at this time but can imagine it to be a bit raucous in the evenings. The Abbey Bellringer was okay but nothing special. More what you you would describe as a venue or meeting place as opposed to a traditional pub. Okay for younger folk but not moaning old gits like me.

14 Mar 2010 09:12

The Raven, Bath

A pleasant little street side bar with an upstairs part to it. Went in practically on opening time and tried the Raven's Gold which was a nice, if a tad too light (what do I expect if I ask for a pint of gold I suppose) for me. An oasis of calm from the busy shopping crowd (and traffic).

14 Mar 2010 09:06

The Skinners Arms, Kings Cross

Would normally hold being a GK house against a pub but this place had a good selection of none GK offerings. The Sambrook Wandle Ale in particular being a nice pint. Despite being busy the staff were quite efficient in serving. Another pub in the Kings Cross/St.Pancras vicinity worth dropping in to. Am glad poshpplhater doesn't like the kind of pubs I do as am not over keen on sharing barspace with people who have less of an attention span than the average hamster.

11 Mar 2010 20:54

The Wellington, Strand

Had the unfortunate experience of old fashioned Soviet style East European mentality regarding service here. I ordered a pint of Doom Bar Bitter and was served up a pint of Kronenbourg 1664. Now in any language DOOM BAR and KRONENBOURG not only sound different but even lip readers can see the difference. The surly response from someone obviously not cut out to be in a customer service role wouldn't endear me to returning to this place. The beer (what there was of it as it was a fairly short measure and I didn't fancy any further confrontation over what was THEIR MISTAKE) was quite drinkable. Nearly all the customers in the place were trying to converse yet the music was unduly loud (seemingly for the benefit of the staff). If they turned it down they might just understand what people are asking for and not make mistakes and then blame the customer for them. The beer was good but this kind of reverse of 'customer is always right' service only ever gets a zero in my book.

11 Mar 2010 20:41

The Cock, Colney Heath

Nice enough pub with a traditional seperate bar & lounge which is nice to see instead of the usual all knocked in to one affairs (Bar for the boys and lounge for the slightly more 'posh' folk). Three beers on - Tetleys, Wadworth 6X and a guest Green Mist. Not being a Tetley fan I went for the Mist which was drinkable enough. Somewhere I would drop in to again when in the vicinity.

10 Mar 2010 18:29

Everard Arms, Corby

Split between a bar for the lads to watch the footy and a kind of dining area. Had a pint of Tiger which was okay, though again nothing special - maybe it's just the beer these days. Didn't feel too pub like, though that may be because we were sat next to a rotating glass cake display.

7 Mar 2010 10:50

The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham

A very through other hotel bar with only GK ales on offer. Had a apint of Old Speckled Hen which was nothing to write home about. Plenty of staff on hand to attend to your needs but the it feels like you are drinking in a hotel lobby rather than a bar. The main entrance at one end and an exit at the other give it the feel of being in a corridor.

7 Mar 2010 10:45

Crown Hotel, Uppingham

Reasonable High Street pub in Rutland's 'second city'. Had a pint of Tiger which was a pretty standard kind of pint in a pretty standard kind of pub.

7 Mar 2010 10:42

The Griff Inn, Oakham

On a pleasant curving street with picturesque thatched cottages lies a haven for ageing 'hoodies'. 'Wanna buy some cheap baccy?'

7 Mar 2010 10:36

The Grainstore Brewery, Oakham

Literally in the station yard, so just a short stagger off the train. Have always had a decent pint in here and was served in turn and the conversion from goods yard warehouse to pub/brewery is done quite well. What lets this place down is it's 'regulars', a quite unfriendly crowd who hog the bar and have no time for any 'foreigners' in 'their' pub, expecting to be served in preference etc - though I think it extends pretty much to the whole town as well. Am wondering if the populace England's smallest county have minds to match. A great place when the locals aren't in. As usual the IPA I had on this visit was on top form.

7 Mar 2010 10:34

The Wortley Almshouses, Peterborough

You enter with the bar in front of you kind of straddling two rooms/sections and with further sections to the left and one to the right. Only Sam Smiths bitter on and it was okay though nothing special but it was only 1.56 for a pint. Settled in the furthest room along and looking out across the flagstoned floor through the lead lighted window it felt like I was having a pint in a National Trust property. Handy for the railway and bus stations (and also a contrast to the Brewery tap a little further down Westgate)

7 Mar 2010 10:26

The Brewery Tap, Peterborough

Large open beerhall type establishment that has an upper 'gallery style' area. Tends to be popular with visitng football supporters (discerning Coventry fans this time) probably due to it's proximity to the station and it being able to cope with large groups. The beer is generally good (Highway Robber on this occasion) but have found the service and food to be variable (this being my third visit). Some of the staff seem enthusiastic while others tend to be little more than ornaments, while the food tends to hit the spot more depending on how much you've had to drink while waiting for it. Overall worth a visit for the beer. There are plenty of underused and badly run pubs in this town but it seems the council would rather demolish a busy and well run establishment instead.

7 Mar 2010 10:18

The Railway Arms, Downham Market

Had best start the ball rolling on this one as I think it is here as I think it is here as my suggestion. Very small bar which I entered from the London bound platform of Downham Market station. The railway and other assorted memorabilia work well here. Of the two beers on I tried the Elgood's Ice which was a very nice pint. Am not normally a fan of jazz but it wasn't overpowering noise and fitted in well with the general atmosphere.Would have missed the train and had a few more beers here had it not been the last train I was waiting on. I think this is a realtively new venutre and hope it thrives as every deserted railway station throughout the land could do with something like this to while away the time spent waiting for a train.

26 Feb 2010 17:46

Olhallen 7:an, Gothenburg

To put things into a little perspective Gteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden's second largest city has probably got less bars/pubs than Melton Mowbray and the majority are 'themed' Irish/English etc. This is an exception and is probably the only old fashioned Swedish style drinking establishment around. If you like pubs and bars you will invariably end up here if you are in the city. The beer however isn't anything particularly special (no Pripps or Spendrups)... the local draught is Falcon (at SEK47 a pint which is around 4.30). It's bird name and taste were both reminiscent of Kestrel (green) lager (for those of you who remember). The Samuel Adams (at SEK 52 or 4.77) was, I assumed brewed under licence locally as it bore no resemblence to the foaming head pint served at Boston's main railway station. The Staropramen Dark (also at SEK 52) bore more than a passing resemblence to Ansell's keg mild. It is a friendly enough bar with atmosphere, which is sadly lacking in many of the city's other watering holes but I would probably go for the bottled beer on a return visit. Incidentally, l - pronounced url, which is pretty much the standard Scandinavian word for beer, is where the English word ale stems from.

26 Feb 2010 12:19

Ring o' Bells, Lower Stretton

Pleasant enough old fashioned 3 roomed pub. Three ales on, not a brilliant selection but the Black Sheep was quite drinkable. Be careful where you park in the car park as certain visitors tend to park in a manner which makes it difficult to get out.

22 Feb 2010 13:49

The Crown Hotel, Downham Market

An old fashioned looking (if refurbed) hotel bar that serves a decent pint of Adnams. The Friday night clientelle seemed to be a tad pretentious and too much up their own a/h's though. Much preferred the little bar on the station platform while waiting for the train - though it isn't listed - had a decent pint of Elgood's Ice there.

12 Feb 2010 23:35

The Riverside Bar and Restaurant, Sutton Bridge

Would say this is a 'cosy' bar more than a pub. Relatively friendly enough (for a hick town), no proper beers, the Stella was drinkable. It was okay but no more than a cosy bus shelter (handy for the bus stop and the chip shop).

12 Feb 2010 23:30

Dignity (Taylors of Finchley), Finchley

Bar on the ground floor of an office block on the busy High Road. No character or atmosphere and appears pretty much as it is ( i.e. ground floor of an office block). Smokers can occupy the terrace at the front and exchange glares with people in the bus queue. Three ales on (Pride, Brakspears, Doom Bar) I went for the Doom Bar which was dreadful. Would advise any prospective ale drinkers to stick to the lager here. Can't imagine anyone wanting to make an evening of staying at this place.

11 Feb 2010 19:52

The Joiners Arms, Finchley

Pretty bland, plain and characterless bar. Had a pint of Pride which had a tang to it. Only worth dropping in to if you are stuck in the Finchley Central area. Would drink lager here if I happen to be again.

10 Feb 2010 22:19

The North Star, Finchley Road

Not as welcoming a pub as it once was, though I suppose the area has gone a bit downhill too. Only a choice of Ringwood and Hobgoblin on the ale front. Went for the Ringwood which wasn't up to much. Service was efficient and diligent. Has notices warning people about thieves operating in the pub and you can well believe them. A place to be a little wary when in these days.

10 Feb 2010 22:15

The Bookbinders Ale House, Oxford

A bit disappoinitng to be honest..didn't realise it was a GK house until I saw the limited range of ale on offer. Had the sole guest beer on offer which was drinkable but can't say this pub deserves it's place in the GBG... there are far better places in Oxford that aren't in it than this.

6 Feb 2010 21:41

The White Lion, Fewcott

A friendly and welcoming pub with decent beers. Was asked if I'd like to sample before buying. The beers on offer were all on good form. Undoubtedly worth the effort to drop in to. If you come by bus be wary of the tendency for them to run a good 6 or 7 minutes early (miss the one on a Saturday and the next one isn't till Thursday).

6 Feb 2010 21:37

The Fox and Hounds, Ardley

Looks like a pub from the outside but inside is more of a creche/care home hybrid. Walked into be confronted with GK IPA or Abbot and then told by the girl behind the bar that I'd have to wait a while as she had to take a drink order from a table. There were only two occupied tables - one by an old couple and the other by a family with half a dozen kids. As she doted over the family I decided that it wasn't a good idea to hang around in a place that didn't feel pleasant for beer that I didn't really fancy trying.... Got to be a zero ...this place is AWFUL..... if you like beer a few minutes walk down the road is the White Lion.

6 Feb 2010 21:31

The Peyton Arms, Stoke Lyne

Has to get top marks because this place is actually a proper village pub in the true sense of the word. Not food orientated (though there are rolls if you fancy a snack), decent beer straight from the barrel (as all Southern beers sould be) and a friendly and congenial staff and clientelle. In an increasingly 'corporate' world it's nice to have a pint in a pub that is just there to be local pub.

6 Feb 2010 21:23

Queen Victoria Inn, Stroud

Not a bad town centre pub - handy for the curry houses. Tried Hertfordshire Hedgehog (a guest beer I would imagine) which was pleasant enough.

5 Feb 2010 22:09

The Whitesmiths Arms, Gloucester

Looks the part from the outside (genuine 1600 whatever refurb it says), inside looks more like some cheap hotel chain's attempt to recreate a 'John Bull for tourists' bar. I was faced with the same choice as the previous poster - Moonlight or 3B and opted for the 3B... was awful, left half of it. This pub promises so much from the outside but disappoints on every level once you go into the place.

5 Feb 2010 22:05

The Cross Keys Inn, Gloucester

Down an alleyway of the main street south (Southgate St.) with an 'olde worlde' look outside. A quite smallish town pub with just Doom Bar and Severn Vale's Severn Nations on handpump. The Severn Nations was nice and drinkable and it seems a pleasant oasis from the bustle of the nearby town centre.

5 Feb 2010 22:00

The Lower George Inn, Gloucester

A bit of a rough & ready establishment. Has front bar and a few alcoves along the side running to a pool room behind. The beer was okay (Severn Vale's Vale Bitter) and they have a lot of varying pump clips but I wouldn't add to the accoloades locals bestow on it as a great real ale pub. Beer was drinkable but nothing exceptional, ambience was a bit rougharse end of town (not somewhere to take the missus - unless your missus is Tracey Emin) and I'd just say it was your average town pub with a few beers on.

5 Feb 2010 21:56

The Old White Lion, East Finchley

Timing, as ever , appears to be of the essence with some establishments. I wasn't expecting a great deal based on previous comments but thought that the place can't be any worse than the Bald Faced Stag.... and indeed it wasn't. There were 6 handpumps at the bar, 3 not ready but the 3 on offer were Doom Bar, Adnams Wheat Beer (a new one on me but am not a Wheat Beer fan) and Purity UBU. I have developed a liking for the Puirty stuff so went for that and it was quite a reasonable pint (if a tadge too cold) and was served without delay. The place is not quite gastro pub (but tries with 'open plan' kitchen) and doesn't manage to evoke the feel of traditional pub either. For smokers the garden offers a good view of Northern Line trains rumbling across the bridge in to East Finchley station and has a chicken run with real live chickens clucking about, which (maybe alarmingly for them) is adjacent to a barbecue area. Although not a place I would go out of my way to visit, the beer and service was good on this visit and if you want a quick beer or two before catching the bus or train then it is worth a visit.

4 Feb 2010 20:57

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield

Very busy on this Sunday afternoon yet still plenty of space and nooks and crannies for most of the people there to disappear in to. Plenty of old features (stained glass, wood, odd angles, doorways etc) in the various rooms to amuse one. A good selection of ales and of Belgian beers on offer. Was almost going to go for the Kwak but thought better of it. Settled for the Chiltern Ale and although it was a nice pint was too cold and had a chill haze to it. Not the easiest place to drop into for a pint but worth the effort to see the place. Seemed to be mixed comments regarding food while we were there - some compliments, some complaints. May try some food on my next visit.

31 Jan 2010 17:38

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Decided I'd bite the bullet and see if the place was still a pub - silly me... Monday night it was closed.

30 Jan 2010 23:56

The Market Tavern, Atherstone

Nice enough pub overlooking the market square. The pint of Church Yard Bob was pleasant enough. A kind of average real ale pub worth dropping in to but not somewhere to make a special detour to visit.

30 Jan 2010 23:49

White Horse, Atherstone

Was quite surprised by this pub. It definitely looks the part of a proper town pub but these days you don't expect that to equate with a decent beer. Even more so when the beer is a choice of Bass or Brew XI. I plumped for the Brew XI and it was a decent drinking beer, in fact would go as far as to say the best pint of Brew XI I've ever had (I know that isn't usually a good selling point but it does show that even the worse of beers can be made palatable if served properly).

30 Jan 2010 23:45

The Church End Brewery Tap, Nuneaton

Relatively remote down a side alley on what one would expect to find the social club of an amateur football club. Once inside the similarities end. Maybe a bit too modern and 'tidy' for the purists but if you like decent beer then this place is a shrine you need to visit. Home to the Church End Brewery and there is a multitude of their wares on offer here. I only tried the Goats Milk and The Taming of the Brew but both were excellent and well worth this wayward detour. Lisitng it under Nuneaton is a bit of a misnomer as it is a fair way out from there (over half an hour on the 41 bus to be precise). Atherstone is the closest station though involves a walk of around 2 miles along a pretty dangerous lane so a cab would be advisable if coming from there.

30 Jan 2010 23:40

The Lord Nelson Inn, Ansley

Although kind of in the middle of nowhere on the edge of a village this pub has an estate look to it. The signs outside make it look like a kind of tacky takeaway. On entering the 70's regenerated nautical theme tends to add to that feel but the relatively friendly locals and excellent beer dispel that feel before long. Has about three or maybe four areas but the front bar area has a definite old fashioned public bar feel to it. The Tunnel beers are excellent and the Late OTT has edged into my current favourite top 10 of beers. Another pub near the 717 bus route and also the 17 from Nuneaton. Not somewhere to visit for it's architectural merits but definitely worth dropping in to for the beer.

30 Jan 2010 23:29

The Plough Inn, Shustoke

Four standard 'syndicated' beers on offer but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Black Sheep which was eminently drinkable. Emphasis on dining but plenty of corners for drinkers to inhabit. Staff were quite pleasant and friendly and the 717 bus stops right outside

30 Jan 2010 23:21

The Griffin Inn, Shustoke

On first approach one would not agree with a lot of the superlatives previous posters have used to describe this pub. It is a nice old fashioned kind of a place though nothing spectacular archictecturally and younger folk may be discoruaged by being surrounded by a clientelle who's average age appears to be around 70. However, if you like proper beer it is highly unlikely you would contain yourself to a pint or two (so not advisable to bring the car). The house brewery's "'ere it is" was exceptional as was the RCH Pitchfork. A total of 10 beers on offer along with local honey and eggs (which were being boxed on the bar as I was supping) and three varieties of scratchings (for those of that persuasion) make this place worth a visit. The 717 bus from Birmingham Airport to Nuneaton will drop you right outside but there isn't a recognised stop so let the driver know well beforehand as it is on a bit of a precarious bend.

30 Jan 2010 23:16

The Green Man, Lidlington

Nothing special... only one ale on and that was GK IPA and while it was probably as good a pint of it as you can get it doesn't really say much for the place. Two pubs in the village and the only ale on offer was a bog standard IPA. Anyone travelling on the Bletchley-Bedford line who is looking for decent real ale would be well advised NOT to get off at Lidlington.

23 Jan 2010 23:33

Royal Oak, Lidlington

Looks the part for your archetypal village local. Friendly enough but only one ale (Wells IPA) on and pretty insipid at that. Not really worth getting off the train for.

23 Jan 2010 23:26

The Red Lion, Bletchley

Two minutes walk from Fenny Stratford station and beside the canal. Reasonable kind of a pub, the Black Sheep was a decent pint and the girl behind the bar served people in order (despite the wishes of certain locals to get priority). It should be the kind of pub that would score highly but it just doesn't have an overall friendly feel to it and I doubt I will be making a return visit.

23 Jan 2010 23:21

Bruces Well, Troon

All the seats were empty as all the clientelle appear to line the bar to make it difficult for 'outsiders' to get served. A rather characterless dour decor in a kind of faded 70's style. Choice was between London Pride and Deuchars IPA. Went for the Deuchars and am becoming convinced that a labelling error occurred between barrels of Deuchars and Fosters. I am fairly sure that in this real ale desert area of South West Scotland the only criteria needed to get in the Good Beer Guide is to have a handpump regardless of the condition of the beer served.

23 Jan 2010 11:20

The Harbour Bar, Troon

Wondered if there is still a price difference between bar and lounge as the bar was crowded with locals and the lounge empty. Plain functional kind of bar that does the job but not worth the trek up from the station. The Stewart's 80 bob was the only thing on handpull and it was just about drinkable though not enough for us to have another.

23 Jan 2010 11:13

The Brodick Bar, Brodick

'Bistro' one half (caled Brodick Brasserie), functional square one roomed bar (called Brodick bar) the other. Unusual in being opposite a sorting office yet not full of postmen. Deuchars IPA (not handpulled) resembleg Foster's Lager. One of the few bars not attached to a hotel - though at least it was open.

23 Jan 2010 11:09

The Plough, Witney

Certainly not as you offer no explanation for blatantly poor beer.

14 Jan 2010 19:36

Windmill, Stansted Airport

What you'd expect from an aipport bar and a Wetherspoons. Beer was drinkable but nothing special ( but preferable to paying 4.50 for a small can on the plane). Has an open plan feel and they seem to want the tables kept for customers who are eating.

12 Jan 2010 18:06

Tennents Bar, Glasgow

Very busy large bar with a good selection of on form beers. Can be too busy so don't expect a seat. Also introduced to the quaint Glasgow custom of placing a beer mat over your pint to stop it being collected by the potman while you go out for a smoke. No smoking inside - no beer outside. How crazier will it get ? Hypothermia will kill off many before lung cancer does.

12 Jan 2010 17:09

The Three Judges, Partick Cross

This place has a real old fashioned feel to it along with excellent beer. What would make it a perfect recreation of an old city centre boozer would be a haze of cigarette smoke to go with the old men in caps writing out their betting slips.

12 Jan 2010 17:05

The Blackfriars, Glasgow

Probably the best Glasgow City Centre pub for it's selection of real ales. Not so sure about the kind of ambience and clientelle they are aiming at at times though and there also seems to be an eidct to staff to try and persuade everyone who comes in to eat in the place. Those little niggles are far outweighed by the beer selection available though.

12 Jan 2010 17:01

The Babbity Bowster, Glasgow

A pleasant enough place in the centre of Glasgow. Have always had a good pint here. The food looks good but have never had the time to try it. Beer is usually something local.

12 Jan 2010 16:58

Wellington's Bar, Ayr

A cellar bar in a square towards the South of the town centre. Had first pint out of some dark orcadian beer which I had to change. Replacement was okay. Reasonable enough bar to which I would return.

12 Jan 2010 16:53

West Kirk, Ayr

A Wetherspoon church conversion retaining a number of the original features (a trip to the Gents involves passing under the pulpit). The beer range could me more varied but the Deuchars was drinkable. Usually a trip to a Wetherspoons for me is because there is no alternative but this one is worth a look on it's own merit.

12 Jan 2010 16:47

Geordies Byre, Wallacetown

The best pub in the Ayr area both for it's feel and it's beer. Tends to have a better selection than the Wetherspoons in town. It's a bit of stroll out of town but worth the effort.

12 Jan 2010 16:42

The Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth

Very busy - am not sure if the volunteer element of the Severn Valley Railway extends to the staff behind this bar but it sure is an amateur affair. Good bar staff serve people in order. That isn't just to be fair to people, it also prevents frustration and potential aggrevation. I found I was not alone in being overlooked by the staff who seemed to favour those with big hair dos or cashmere sweaters..... actually am not sure what it was they looked for but I didn't seem to fit the bill. If the place didn't serve Bathams I'd give it a zero. Get your act together.... if you either ignore or don't notice people at your bar then you shouldn't be doing the job. Good beer is NOT enough... Good service is also a prerequisite of a good pub.

3 Jan 2010 00:15

The Swan Hotel, Bridgnorth

Not quite sure what this place is trying to be. The front area was full of pensioners and families eating but to the accompaniment of heavy bass to the music. Was interrupted as I was ordering by a young 'supervisor' castigating one of the barstaff over a missed food order. Now the said member of barstaff done her job diligently enough to ask if I'd like to try before buying... shame her 'superior' didn't have the courtesy to realise that the customer is supposed to come first. Waiting 30 seconds to let a someone be served would not make the gaffe to someone else be any less - barging in between a barstaff/customer transaction to prove one's 'weight' in the pecking order shows how important that person views the customer. In this case it meant that I told the missus not to bother coming in to see if she fancied eating here. A shame really, as the Wood's Shropshire Lad was a really nice pint.

3 Jan 2010 00:04

The Golden Lion Inn, Bridgnorth

Archetypal old fashioned public bar and lounge set up whcih the pubcos have viciously murdered over the years. Friendly enough locals and decent beer (in the shape of Wye Valley HPA on this occasion). Probably the best pub in the 'top' town.

2 Jan 2010 23:55

The King and Castle, Kidderminster

Could do with trying to let the place settle in to character rather than trying to create it. Apart from that it's pretty much what you would want from a station bar (even if it is a 'pretend' one). The Bathams was excellent. Bathams has to be one of the country's top bitters - akin to Taylor's before it became 'syndicated'. It seems to be that keep it small scale and keep it local is the key to excellent ale. Also tried the Milk Street Amarillo which was very good but had to go back to the Bathams... it's just one of those beers you could drink all day.

2 Jan 2010 23:52

The Crystal Palace, Berkhamsted

Maybe it was just one of those nights - I entered to find the locals tending to a gashed head of a man who had slipped on the ice. One of those tending to him looked like he had gone 5 rounds with Mike Tyson. There were two ales on GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen but as I couldn't see anyone drinking them I plumped for lager (actually if given that 'choice' in most pubs I think I'd plump for the lager). Then the bloke next to me starting talking to me in some hyper unintelligible fashion, punctuated with maniacal laughter. I suppose for entertainment value it beats waiting on a freezing cold platform for the next train (just).

28 Dec 2009 12:52

The Queens Head, Lichfield

Felt the landlady to be a little frosty on arrival maybe they bain't be keen on outsiders in these parts.
Nice enough pub though, but a limited selection of beers on (mostly the usual ubiquitous landlord, pedigree etc). Plumped for the one unusual one on offer which was the Crouch Vale Amarillo. It was reasonable enough but not the kind of beer to stick with for an evening.

28 Dec 2009 12:41

The Lord Clifden, Birmingham

Better on the inside than it appears from the outside. A few beers on offer. Went for the Urban bitter which was pleasant enough. The bar area very much a blokes watching the footy kind of place and felt pretty pub (as opposed to trendy bar) like. Worth a visit if in the vicinity.

28 Dec 2009 12:32

The Red Lion, Hockley,jewellry quarter

The problem with refurbs is however much one tries it is difficult to recreate an old fashioned kind of ambience. This place gets kind of close to it but the excellent beers on offer make up up for any slight loss of character. Add to that the fact it serves my current favourite beer on draught (Mad Goose) means it was well worth the tek out to the deserted jewellery quarter.

28 Dec 2009 12:26

The White Swan, Digbeth

A similar layout to the Anchor on the previous corner but unfortuantely not as good quality or selection wise. The Ringwood Bitter was drinkable but too cold. Okay to drop in for a pint if the you want a quiet drink.

28 Dec 2009 12:17

Old Moseley Arms, Balsall Heath

A proper old fashioned inner-city local with three cosy rooms and a yard for smokers. The Enville (a very pale beer who's name escapes me) and Wye Valley Butty Bach were both eminiently drinkable. Pretty much the only reason to come to this part of Birmingham.

28 Dec 2009 12:11

The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham

Small unassuming place in a desolate semi-industrial area just South of the city centre. Well worth finding for it's well kept range of beers including a proper dark mild (Church End, Gravediggers on this occasion) which was quaffed quite rapidly.

13 Dec 2009 15:03

, Digbeth

10 minutes walk form New Street and handy for the ultra all new coach station, this is another one of those rare breed of decent old fashioned city pubs with decent beer. I tried the heart of Wales Green Dragon which was a top notch pint. There was a good mix of clientelle on this busy Saturday evening.

13 Dec 2009 15:00

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Busy city centre pub with good beer. The kind of decent city centre alehouse that seems to be lacking in most cities. Went for Exmoor Antler - an excellent pint. Probably the closest decent pub to New Street.

13 Dec 2009 14:56

The Wellington, Birmingham

Becoming a victim of it's own success. Absolutley heaving on this early Saturday evening visit. After reaching the bar the service was excellent for such a busy place (a lot of places could learn how to cope with a busy bar from here) and I was served right away. There is a numbering system for beers and I went for No.3 which was the Purity UBU which was on top form. The main problem is that it is TOO popular. There was very little space, it was a little like being on an old fashioned football terrace. The pub, the beer and the service were all first class but it was just too crowded to feel comfortable.

13 Dec 2009 14:52

The Bull, Birmingham

In a quiet street close to the Inner Ring Road. Smallish old fashioned street corner local close to the City Centre. Wasn't over impressed with the 3 spires bitter though (a bit cloudy). The food looked appealing though. Would give it another chance if in the vicinity.

13 Dec 2009 14:45

The Artful Dodger, Mill Hill

There is now a pseudo-Indian restaurant which sells poor food at exhorbitant prices. Moan, moan, moan... I know it's supposed to be about pubs but it did used to be one.

12 Dec 2009 00:12

The Bridge, Mill Hill

Now re-opened and exactly the same as before but with a lick of paint. One occasion where another charity shop on the Broadway would have been welcomed had it opened here instead of resurrecting the premises' previous incarnation.

12 Dec 2009 00:07

Kings Head, Barnet

A cosy oasis of calm form the High Street outside. Like walking in to someone's front room. Unfortunately it's a McMullen's house.

9 Dec 2009 18:14

The Claddagh Ring, Hendon

Exterior : 30's English Roadhouse Style Pub with mock Irish adornments
Interior : Second Rate Tacky Airport Bar
Beer : All Keg and expensive (virtually 'club' prices)
Ambience : Fightclub
It gets a one because it's okay for watching live football (there's enough screens so you won't miss anything) but be careful not to get drawn in to the "ambience".

9 Dec 2009 18:09

The Queens Arms, New Barnet

Large roadside pub handy for Barnet F C. The atmosphere was somewhat livened by the presence of some of the Accrington Stanley Ultras, otherwise would have been a pretty dour place. Service was okay but the beer wasn't much cop... but as it was McMulens' I wasn't expecting it to be. Probably the best time to go is when it is populated with visiting football supporters as they usually seem in good spirits and the nearby police presence deters the local riff raff from causing any bother.

9 Dec 2009 18:02

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

Beer has improved recently (Wild Hop OPA was nice), staff are friendly and efficient, an old pub with character - it's just what some may call the quirky layout that I'm not keen on. One side of the bar is too high to stand at, the other too small and the three seating areas have a throughother feel to them which doesn't make me feel like this is somewhere I'd like to linger too long. Can't mark it down much for that though as it is well run and the beer is good.

9 Dec 2009 17:53

The Crooked Billet, Colney Heath

Pleasant enough kind of three roomed pub. The Frothingham Best ( I assume to be a guest beer) was very nice and went down well. If coming by car a 4 x 4 would be an advantage to negotiate entry to the car park.

6 Dec 2009 20:06

Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford

Not the most aesthetic of pubs but it serves a decent enough pint. The Evan Evans Winter Warmer went down well. Down an alley off Magdaeln Street (past thr Brazilian coffee shop/bar).

30 Nov 2009 22:23

The White Lion, Steeple Aston

Pleasant enough village local about 15 minutes walk from Heyford station. Two unusual points which set this pub apart are the fact it is open all day every day (rare to find a rural local open at 4pm on a Monday anywhere) and that it sells an eminently drinkable pint of Taylor's Landlord. A good pint of Landlord outside of Keighley is pretty rare but this place manages it, so it ISN'T an impossibility.

30 Nov 2009 22:19

The Horse and Groom, Caulcott

It's okay but not somewhere I'd rant & rave about as an archetypal village local. The York brewery Guzzler had a sharp taste to it (though I suspect that might be how it's supposed to be like), the Hooky Bitter was a nice pint though. It's on the 'main' road as opposed to being in the village and about a 20 minute walk from Heyford station. Just about worth the walk.

30 Nov 2009 22:13

The Bell Inn, Lower Heyford

Reasonable enough 'village local', though more what daytrippers are looking for from a village pub than actual locals. The badged Bell bitter was a nice enough pint (not sure where it comes from). Pleasant enough staff and locals and not far fromthe station.

30 Nov 2009 22:08

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

Pretty busy (as most central Oxford pubs seem to be) which makes for a good turnover of beer, which was good though not quite top form.

29 Nov 2009 11:09

The Plough, Witney

A return to this pub has me marking it a big fat zero. I went to meet some friends who aren't too au fait with real ale after me saying it was a reasonable place for a pint. I met them out back were they were drinking what I thought was some kind of cider but turned out to be Taylor's Landlord - it was pure murk. Not much chance of them changing their drinking habits to proper beer when they are fobbed off with that slop. A poor show from a good beer guide entry.

29 Nov 2009 11:04

The House Of Windsor, Witney

Nothing special, average kind of pub, the Tinners was drinkable but nothing special.

29 Nov 2009 10:56

The Romany Inn, Bampton

Has more of a hotel bar feel to it than a pub. The Brakspears was okay. At least (unlike the Morris Clown) it was open on a Saturday afternoon.

29 Nov 2009 10:54

The White Hart, Eynsham

Pleasant enough pub. The Osset Red was drinkable and the bar quite cosy.

29 Nov 2009 10:50

Metropolitan Bar, Baker Street

A slightly better than average Wetherspoons. I usually tend to avoid them but this place is handy for the station. A bit more ornate than the standard Wetherspoon drinking barn with, I think, railway company coats of arms adorning the ceilings. The Thornbridge beer I had was drinkable but nothing special. There were 9 different beers on though, which is pretty rare for Central London.

17 Nov 2009 21:19

The Chapel, Marylebone

I think this used to be the Prince of Wales before being 'gastrified'. It isn't an unpleasant place but lacks the character and atmosphere which is a trait that befalls most 'gastropubs'. Seems ot have a GK link as only their IPA and St.Edmunds were available. The St.Edmunds was just about drinkable but not enough to warrant staying for a second pint.

17 Nov 2009 21:11

The Beehive, Marylebone

Used to be a nice little pub (with Wendy Richards as a regular) but now has plain glass windows and blinds to make it resemble a continental style bar. With this look the beer quality has also nose dived - the Taylor's Landlord being undrinkable. Another place not to go to anymore.

17 Nov 2009 21:08

The Royal Exchange, Paddington

Old style street corner local not as pleasant as it once was. Used to have reasonable Brakspears but was unavilable and only insipid GK IPA on. Have gone off this place it no longer has a nice feel (or decent beer)

17 Nov 2009 21:05

McGlynns, Kings Cross

Ordinary kind of street corner local. A bit of a quiet haven from the bustle of the Euston Road. The ale (Deuchars IPA) was garbage though, had to switch to lager.. would have moved on had I not been in company.

16 Nov 2009 20:42

The Well House, Exeter

Looks more like a tea room frontage from outside. Don't be put off by that because this is an excellent pub. I asked ffor Exe Valley's Autumn Gold but was advised to try it beforehand as it wasn't to everyone's liking... and as I founnd mine meither so plumped for the Wellhouse Bitter from Otter instead. Beer was on top form and the staff knowledgeable and able to cope admirably with busy spells in this city centre pub. Not sure about the clear glass window frontage but it does afford a view of the cathedral.

7 Nov 2009 23:55

The One and All Inn, Penzance

One of the least Irish looking Irish bars I have encountered, though none the worse for that. They had Skinners Green Hop on, which was just about drinkable. It's fairly handy for the station as well and probably more advisable if you don't have much time while waiting for a train.

7 Nov 2009 23:50

The Crown Inn, Penzance

Had a pint of Otter (eventually). The beer and pub were good but some of the bar staff should really think about another occupation. I was at the bar when a 'local' pushed by complaining of his pint being 'on the turn', after a clear 5 minutes down the cellar sorting this out the same member of staff then serves another local who had just walked through the door. This kind of poor service is the sort of thing that can start brawls.

7 Nov 2009 23:46

The First and Last, Penzance

Very much a 'locals' pub. Disappointed with the beer, especially the Hidden ale, which was cloudy and unappealing.

7 Nov 2009 23:39

The Old Town Inn, St Mary's

Advertised as opening on a Friday lunch time... which on this occasion it didn't. If you are similarly caught out on the way to the airport you could try the Tolman cafe a few minutes walk away as it serves bottles of UBU bitter.

7 Nov 2009 23:37

Atlantic Inn, St Mary's

Proper pub filled with a crowd of pensioners having a raucous afternoon on my visit. The St.Austell Tribute was in fairly decent nick.

7 Nov 2009 23:33

The Mermaid Inn, St Mary's

Has a window to look out over the harbour. A nautical theme is found with many flags etc. Beer (Ales of Scilly Firebrand) was worse pint I had on the island and also found this pub to be the least friendly in what is generally a very friendly place.

7 Nov 2009 23:30

The Bishop and Wolf, St Marys

More rough and ready (and genuine) than the snotty Poole Harbour set in the Mermaid but much better for that (along with much better beer). The St.Austell Proper Job was good and the staff and clientelle very friendly. Opened nice and early too which was welcome on a wet morning in the Scillies.

7 Nov 2009 23:24

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

Very much a tourist haunt down by the harbour. Service was adequate but the beer (Doom Bar in this case) was medoicre and as the place was packed and one tunrover seemed high it should have been better.

7 Nov 2009 23:16

The Castle Inn, St Ives

Fairly bustling pub on one of the main streets in town. Nice pub feel to it and the Heligan's Honey was probably the best pint I'd drank in the town.

7 Nov 2009 23:14

Sheaf of Wheat, St Ives

Modern 'estate style' kind of two sectioned bar/lounge set up. Not your typical Cornish tourist haunt, though reasonable enough. The St.Austell Tribute wasn't a bad pint.

7 Nov 2009 23:11

The Golden Lion, St Ives

Slightly quirky eccentric locals bar at the front (quirky, eccentric as in having someone's pet labrador occupy threee seats as it sleeps complete with head under a pillow - locals as in the usual resident itinerant workforce from Scotland, Ireland, Tyneside, Merseyside etc). Has a bit of a run down feel to it and the Doom Bar Bitter, although drinkable, was not what you would call top form.

7 Nov 2009 23:06

The Rose and Crown, Charlbury

Another good friendly pub with good beer. The food is minimal but the rolls they had were only 1 and handy to 'soak up' the beer.

4 Nov 2009 09:44

Ye Olde Three Horseshoes, Charlbury

A pleasant locals pub that is still a pub. Another friendly host and good beer in the shape of a Wizard brew.

4 Nov 2009 09:40

The Plough Inn, Finstock

A bit gastro style but still quite welcoming and cosy. The Ramsbury Flintnapper was another top form pint. Can be easy to miss as the village is pretty dark at night.

4 Nov 2009 09:38

The Eagle Tavern, Witney

A proper pub with good beer. A dying breed these days. It appears to be a Hook Norton tied or owned establishment. The Old Hooky was as good as it gets.

4 Nov 2009 09:35

The New Inn, Witney

A place that actually feels like a pub with friendly host and decent beer. The Vale's 'Something Wicked' was an excellent pint on this visit.

4 Nov 2009 09:31

The Royal Oak, Witney

Half Pub, Half Conservatory. An odd kind of layout with the toilets out in a kind of courtyard area. Seemed friendly enough and the Brakspear's was drinkable.

4 Nov 2009 09:27

The Plough, Witney

Another gastro style refurb which, although pleasant enough, seems to diminish the pub feel of the place. The Loddon's Ferryman's Gold was on good form though.

4 Nov 2009 09:24

Eagle Vaults, Witney

Not to be confused with the Eagle Tavern round the corner. They had real ale on in the form of Greene King IPA... I wouldn't advise it. Seems to be the hangout of local reprobates and people who wouldn't get served anywhere else.

4 Nov 2009 09:21

The Three Horseshoes, Witney

Although it looks the part from the outside, the refurb tends to have lost that pub character feel. Still pleasant enough and the Everards Tiger was drinkable.

4 Nov 2009 09:19

The Red Lion, Brackley

Proudly pronounces itself as Charles Wells Pubco establishment. So many others prefer to hide that fact. Had a pint of Hobgoblin which set me back 3.20. Can't quite see how they can get away with plus London prices in a backwater town (paid fractionally more for a pint of far better beer, a bag of crisps and a soft drink for the missus in Banbury). Done out in a corporate 'we know better than people who drink there' kind of style. Beer was drinkable, staff friendly enough but ambience and price would tend to favour a trip to Waitrose for some home consumed takeouts than to bother with this place. Am glad I don't live in Brackley

31 Oct 2009 22:37

The Fox, Brackley

Super nev is right...if you like proper beer go for the lager (in my case I went for Stella). Saying that, as a pub it does have an old fashioned locals feel to it and was reasonably friendly. Another of those places where I wouldn't go out of my way to visit yet I wouldn't bypass if I fancied a drink (of some sort). You do tend to find most comments on here either praise or criticise - this is one of those 'neutral' kind of commnets where the place 'is what it is' - it's a pub where you wouldn't expect a pub and although it doesn't do my taste in beer it is a locals kind of local.

31 Oct 2009 22:29

New Inn, Middleton Cheney

Reasonable enough kind of pub. Nothing special but nothing brilliant either. The Hooky Bitter was palatable.

31 Oct 2009 22:21

The Dolphin, Middleton Cheney

Seems to be a Charles Wells pub these days. Am not a great fan of Wells beers but the Bombardier was quite drinkable. Someone in the place has a great fondness for Jack Daniels.

31 Oct 2009 22:19

The Lion Tavern, Liverpool

Another ornate pub though on a smaller more sociable scale. Hawkshead Bitter was nice and quaffable to start the day with.

30 Oct 2009 12:45

The Pig and Whistle, Liverpool

Not the pub it once was. Still found it reasonable though - the Landlord was drinkable though am not sure what 'sty'e' the upper room is supposed to be.

30 Oct 2009 12:41

The Punch and Judy, Liverpool

Would tend t agree with LM - even the two bars in the station are vastly superior to this hole. No proper beer - though it does sell everything your average wino buys to sit out in ther park with.

30 Oct 2009 12:39

The Vines, Liverpool

A high rating from me purely on architectural merit. Staff were okay but no proper beer and what was on offer wasn't up to much - had to plump for lager. Still worth dropping in to see it.

30 Oct 2009 12:36

The Philharmonic, Liverpool

Probably the most ornate pub in the country - solid marble urinals in the gents twin rooms called Brahms and Liszt - I'm a sure lots of others have given a far greater detailed description. Had the Cains and one from that small brewery where the blokes who own it are on the labels/pumpclips with a red nose on. Beer was an improvement on the past but still not quite top notch. It is however another one of those must visit establishments

30 Oct 2009 12:33

The Roscoe Head, Liverpool

What more can I add - friendly staff, excellent beer (tried a strong mild from the lakes) and a perfect multi-roomed small backstreet city centre local the like of which has almost disappeared. One of the very few pubs to have been in every edition of the good beer guide and on this visit rightly so. This place is a must for those who like proper pubs with real ale and real people behind the bar.

30 Oct 2009 12:28

The Queen's Head, Chelmsford

This is by far the best pub in Chelmsford (and quite probably the whole of Essex). When I went to the Chelmsford Beer festival I found this pub had a better selection and in far better condition than they had at the festival.

18 Oct 2009 20:56

Rising Sun, Haddenham

Good locals pub about 10 minute walk form the station (the first pub you come to). Had Vale beers on and a uest from the Nottinghma Brewery called Legend. The Legend was okay if a little cloying the Vale VPA was far better. Not a bad pub - not exceptional and not a dive, anm average kind of pub with a reasonable pint.

18 Oct 2009 20:49

The White Horse, Kings Sutton

If you can see past the modern 'old' decor it isn't too bad a pub. The Brakespears was drinkable and it was preferable to the Three Tuns. It seems that the pub's here have their own distinct following and people tend togo to one and not the others.

18 Oct 2009 20:46

The Three Tuns, Kings Sutton

A proper 'local' with the local 'lads' watching the match on the telly. I should have therefore knew not to go for proepr beer - had a pint of Spitfire (the only ale on) which was awful. Stick to lager if you go here.

18 Oct 2009 20:42

The Star, Sulgrave

In a deserted village I was surprised to find this place open of an afternoon. There is a dining area out back and a small front bar is divided between some dining tables and what appears to be a locals drinking area. Only a few staff there who seemed friendly enough. Had a swift pint of Hooky Bitter which was on very good form.

18 Oct 2009 20:39

Ye Olde Reindeer, Banbury

Oh by the way.... they're right - you have still got the wrong pic up.

18 Oct 2009 20:35

Ye Olde Reindeer, Banbury

A busy pub on a shopping street. Welcoming bar as you come in and quirky angles to the corners. Four Hook Norton Beers on - went for the Old Hooky which was a very nice pint. Food appeared to be the standard kind of pub fare. A good old fashioned town centre pub - wish I'd stayed for another here instead of following the Good Beer Guide's recomendation.

18 Oct 2009 20:35

The Bell Inn, Banbury

Empty when I went in on a Saturday afternoon. Went for the Black Sheep which was absolutely undrinkable - and this pub is in the Good Beer Guide ? Had a bus to catch and no one was around behind the bar so left pretty much a full pint which would have made me physically sick had I drank any more of it.

18 Oct 2009 20:29

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

I spotted Meantime Pale on draught - something I hadn't seen before... but was soon dismayed by the pint of murk being proffered towards me. They valiantly tried again but to no avail... there was no clear side to the Meantime - it was all murk. Had the Doom Bar stuff instead, which was drinkable. There does seem to be a sliding scale of prices as it seems to be different whenver I have been here. Although it appears pleasant enough there is no pub ambience and it isn't somewhere you would want to stay longer than the wait for your train (which is what most people are doing in the place).

11 Oct 2009 13:24

The White Horse, Oxford

Had a pint of Vale Bitter... which I had to ask to have topped up as it had a sizeable head of foam. While at the bar I noticed this was common practice among some of the staff as a few others also complained about the amount of froth they were being given. Apart from that it was a nice pint in a nice cosy bar. It is nice to see a small city centre pub thrive - could do with training some of their staff as to the art of serving ale though.

11 Oct 2009 13:15

The Lamb and Flag, Oxford

Multi-roomed pubs always get my vote over the soulless open plan style and this busy city centre one also had a good range of ales on. Plumped for the Palmers IPA which was good.

11 Oct 2009 13:10

The White Hart, Fyfield

Primarily a restaurant though it was empty during this mid-afternoon lull. Sharp's Doom Bar was drinkable but then I had the Maldon's 'Simply the Best' which lived up to the name as it was the best pint of the day. I could imagine the place not being particularly hospitable to drinkers during the evening or at busy eating times as even the small 'drinking' area to the left as you went in was being marked up as 'reserved for diners'. Despite the excellent beer it's not really a pub as more a restaurant that sells beer.

11 Oct 2009 13:02

The Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage

Old fashioned proper town pubs like this are few and far between. Tried two of the offerings from the Butts brewery - tradional and the one with the fish on the pumpclip, both of which were on good form. All that was needed to compete the timewarp thing was a few of those Capstan Full Strength tin ashtrays on the tables. The whole town seems to be have been bypassed by a few decades but the ominous mass building of new housing right in the town centre may change that (probably for the worse). Anyhow, this place shows that you don't need to serve food, attract brats, be 'family' friendly and cater to Vegans to run a successful drinking establishment.

11 Oct 2009 12:55

The King Charles Tavern, Newbury

Rough and ready town centre pub. I assume it's Greene King run, as their usual policy of IPA and Abbot being on and the guest beer being off applied here. The IPA was insipid bordering on undrinkable - ended up leaving half of it though not before being barged in the back by some buffoon carrying a pram in to the pub. If this is 'arguably the best pub in town' I'm so glad I don't live there.

11 Oct 2009 12:43

The Artillery Arms, Ramsgate

A proper old fashioned street corner local along with an excellent selection of decent ales.

5 Oct 2009 20:23

George Inn, Eccleshall

One can overlook the slight tattiness and odd layout of the place when faced with the full range of Slater's beers. Why Knot, Original, Top Totty and Premium were all on form (hic).

4 Oct 2009 11:11

The Star Inn, Copmere End

Having it listed under Eccleshall is a bit of a misnomer as it is actaully at Copmere End some 2 miles away. There is a bus once a week on a Saturday which literally drops you outside the door (literally as in three steps from bus in to pub). Excellent pint of Titanic Anchor. It seems to mix drinkers and diners without compromising the pub feel. A little parochial though in a nice (rather than cliquey) way.

4 Oct 2009 11:03

Greyhound, Stafford

Another good ale house - you have the Spittal Brook to the South of town and the Greyhound to the North of it - though not quite so far to walk to here.

4 Oct 2009 10:59

The Spittal Brook, Stafford

Multi roomed old fahioned pub which is well worth the trek out of town. A good selection of ales (including a good pint of Black Sheep which I find doesn't seem to 'travel' well out of Yorkshire). A proper pub with proper beer.

4 Oct 2009 10:56

Star and Garter, Stafford

Only one ale on when I went (on a sat morning), which was Wadworths 6X. It was a nice pint though and I found both staff and regulars very friendly and welcoming.

4 Oct 2009 10:52

The Bird In Hand, Stafford

Not bad for a town centre pub in the middle of 'circuit' territory. Still pretty much a 'local pub' in a town cnetre which is a rarity these days.

4 Oct 2009 10:49

The Catcher in the Rye, Finchley

A topsy turvey kind of pub where you go up to the bar area and then down to other parts. Ale was barely drinkable and the music was far too loud for the handful of people in the place (on a sat night) who were having dificulty in talking to each other. Not somewhere to make a special trip to.

4 Oct 2009 10:47

The Bald Faced Stag, East Finchley

I have to concur with the previous posting about the poor service at this pub. On a number of occasions it appears that cleaning the coffee machine of wiping tables takes precedence over serving customers. On one occasion I and three other customers were waiting for a full 10 minutes while the staff were fiddling around with various pieces of barside equipment. I got fed up and left. On the occasions I have been lucky enough to get served the ale is drinkable but nothing special.

4 Oct 2009 10:43

The Bricklayers Arms, Luton

Handy for the station (leave from the High Town side - not towards the town centre and you pass two other 'pubs' before you reach it), it is probably one of only two or three decent pubs in Luton. Beer is generally quite good but they do have the odd off day but even when they do it's a long trek to the Brewers or the Globe which are the only other alternatives.

8 Sep 2009 21:52

The Barking Dog, Barking

Beer was drinkable, clientelle what you'd expect from a rough house area Wetherspoons but it was okay to pop in to for a swift pint after finidng your train had been replaced by a bus.

8 Sep 2009 17:49

The Bridges, South Darenth

A drinkable pint of Harveys in the shadow of the railway viaduct. They have a fondness for brass things in here - horse brasses, brass shileds etc... every inch of space is adorned in some brass item or other.

8 Sep 2009 17:40

The Bull, Horton Kirby

Good selection of well kept beers, mainly from Dark Star. The Dark Star Best was nice - also tried Alchemists Ale which had a tinge of those Parma Violets that Swizzles used to do. Pleasant enough proper pub with nice views from the garden and a view warning notices to people with children (good). One word of warning if coming or going by bus - the bus drivers seem to make up their own route and timetable which doesn't match the bus companies one.

8 Sep 2009 17:37

The Bulls Head, Arthingworth

A little disappointed after the 4 mile trek along a disused railway line from Harborough. Only two ales on, both Thwaites (Bitter & Bomber). Plumped for the Bomber which wasn't anything special. The pub has a well worn look and feel to it. The cooking smells from the kitchen weren't what i would call enticing nor were the number of resident houseflies. For some reason (maybe the previous write ups and it's inclusion in the good beer guide) I was expecting better. Not worth the out of the way trek to based on this offering.

8 Sep 2009 17:29

The Tollemache Arms, Harrington

Had a pleasant pint of porter here. Hopefully, the brash "chuck my top of the range performance car keys on the bar" posers are not regulars that would deter me from returning and I'd leave them to brag and bore the arses off some other poor soul.

8 Sep 2009 17:25

George, Desborough

Nice multi-area pub serving a decent pint of Everards. Hnady for the bus stop and fish & chip shop.

8 Sep 2009 17:19

The Mill, Mill Hill

Nonedescript establishment rumoured to be going under a proposed residential development. I don't think anyone will notice.

29 Aug 2009 17:11

The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds

Another one on those list of 'must visit' pubs. Although in the centre of town it is an old fashioned friendly local (though that may be down to the intimate scale of the place). Only downside is that it's a Greene King pub. I wonder how it survives and if it actually makes money in these days of the relentless pursuit of ever increasing profits ?

29 Aug 2009 17:05

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

'Small is Beautiful' is certainly exemplified when you compare the quality and taste of the beer brewed here to that on offer at the end of the Greene King Brewery tour on the other side of town. Nice, neat clean and tidy brew pub with somepleasant fare on offer. It does close in the afternoons though.

29 Aug 2009 16:59

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

" some people say its lifeless as they prefer the more chav type of pub" - Er... boy racers coming out at closing time and racing side by side down Hammers Lane.. groups of inebriated brats spewing out their guts by the bus stop... to me this IS the local chav pub.

29 Aug 2009 16:45

The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill

The downsides for me with this place are it's badly thought out interior layout and the poor choice of real ales. This could be so much better a pub given a little thought and understanding to it's overall layout. However, having said that, it is now the ONLY place that remotely resembles a proper pub left in NW7.

29 Aug 2009 16:42

The Candlestick, West End

I often wonder how this place actually survives as it's as off the beaten track as somewhere this close to London can be. Although it's a McMullens house they do have a guest beer on. I dropped by one midweek evening to find an empty car park and a crowded bar - yet there are no houses in the vicinity. Had visions of a WIcker Man being constructed in an adjoining field. Beer is pretty good and it is a little more accesible to public transport than the Woodman ( a mile or so down the lane)

29 Aug 2009 16:13

The Woodman, Wild Hill

A pleasant little out of the way pub with a decent selection of beers. Another awkward place to access if you aren't in a car. It's probably a good 2 mile walk to the nearest (infrequent and not on Sundays or evenings) bus service.

29 Aug 2009 16:09

Bright Star, Luton

Dropped in for a swift pint. Am not normally a fan of McMullens but the pint of Googly was eminently drinkable. Good to see a pub retaining three distinct sections. Barstaff were friendly in a genuine kind of way. A nice village local though it isn't the easiest of places to access if you don't have a car.

29 Aug 2009 16:05

The Globe, Dunstable

As I have mentioned before it is pretty sad when you get to the point where a town really only has ONE pub in it that's worth going to. Well this is Dunstable's..again deservedly in the good beer guide and somewhere that feels like it's a pub and not a library of a furniture shop.

22 Aug 2009 20:05

The Spotted Dog, Flamstead

Is Scarecrow Festival the only time people come here ? The good point - there was a mini beer festival on... had a pint of Harveys that was nice even if it was in a plastic 'glass'. The bad - had some of the Paella that was supposedly cooking in a big pan outside... it was tepid and awful. Would expect better considering it was Scarecrow Festival and the turnover of food should be higher than normal. Doesn't bode well for anyone eating at less busy times.

22 Aug 2009 19:59

The Three Blackbirds, Flamstead

The beer here was quite good.. both the Tring Side Pocket and Brain's Reverend James were eminently drinkable. Service was a bit slow though it was Scarecrow Festival and a lot of fumbling families making their minds up while drinker's with throats like emery boards awaited their thirsts to be slaked. Will be interesting to see if the quality of beer is as a good during a period of low turnover though. Nice enough pub though and worth dropping in to.

22 Aug 2009 19:54

The Murrell Arms, Barnham

A proper two bar local (though if I remember rightly on my previous visit there was a third 'off sales' section dividing bar & snug). The beer is okay (as opposed to good or exceptional) and it's pretty handy for the station. It does have that proper pub feel to it though which is so lacking in many of the 'done up' establishments and mock Irish bars that adorn our country these days.

22 Aug 2009 19:46

The Maypole Inn, Yapton

Down the end of a lane going nowehere. The beer was decent but it didn't quite have that local feeling of a pub to it. It's the sort of place you feel you could take ultra sensitive people to in the knowledge that nothing there would offend them.

22 Aug 2009 19:42

The Alex, Bognor Regis

Desevedly in the Good Beer Guide, probably the only pub in Bognor worth bothering with. It's pretty handy for the station and not bad for a town centre pub. A collection of mugs hang from the rafters. The Arundel Gold went down particualarly well on a warm day.

22 Aug 2009 19:37

Sugar Loaf, Market Harborough

This isn't bad for a Wetherspoons. One that actually feels a bit like a pub and with reasonable beer. Can't really say a lot more in it's favour though.

22 Aug 2009 19:33

The Foxton Locks Inn, Market Harborough

Busy and mainly food orientated pub in a pleasing canalside location. The 'famous' Foxton Locks lie behind the pub. Beer is drinkable though nothing brilliant. Worth a visit.

22 Aug 2009 19:30

The Lordship Arms, Benington

Unusually for me I have to concur with everyone. This is an excellent pub for beer. Have never had even as much as indifferent pint here. On my last visit I had a pint of Mad Goose and a little way down the road was accosted by two mad geese along the lane. I will avoid any beers with rhino or grizzly bear connotations on any future visits. This is a pub that is also rermakably clean inside. Something pointed out to me by the other half that I never noticed. How do they keep a pub SO clean. A collection of telephones adorns the bar and the landlord knows about proper beer. Only downside is the relatively early finish to bus services to the village.. oh and the afternoon closing - though some may see that as retaining a quaint English custom.

22 Aug 2009 19:27

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Well in this fickle world we are all prone to occasional mistakes and differences. You have found your personal nirvana in your Italian bistro I have lost my traditional English pub. I know there are one or two people who can't accept that some of us have a different opinion to theirs about that. Much of the problem lies deeper with the pub companies and other vested interests making it impossible for a local drinkers pub to be viable especially in the London area. I just took umbrage to some of the untrue comments. Among the top 20 listed pubs every one I have a comment against is a positive one. A pub that is worthy of a place in the top 20 can weather the odd critical comment and has comments from established contributors around the country not a few locals trying to bounce it up the charts. Whenever that happens then somene (in this case me) is bound to highlight it. I may be wrong and the place may end up in the top of the charts on it's own merit but take a serious look at the list of pubs there... the Sun is nowhere in that league... it has drawn in regular diners but it has lost some of it's regular drinkers - and not just the odd angry duck. Pub ? - how many pubs do you have to ask if it's okay to sit at a table ? Sorry but that is one of the quintessential differences between a pub and a restaurant/diner. My comments about the place have been generally positive but however much the current encumbents wish to retain that 'pub' element in my mind and a few others 'it isn't a pub anymore'. Best of luck and enjoy your exalted status as the few who can hover round the bar.

31 Jul 2009 04:35

The Inn on the Marsh, Moreton in Marsh

Doesn't quite feel like a pub. The Marston's on offer was pretty poor on the verge of undrinkable.

26 Jul 2009 12:17

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Laughable really... but thanks for prooving my point. Incidentally what does your psyhciatrist reckon about the multiple personality thing... should the general public be worried about any of them ?

26 Jul 2009 12:14

The Queens Head, Stow on the Wold

A pleasant pub in the heart of the town. Found it a little mixed on the beers... the BB was just about drinkable though the SBA was quite a nice pint. A jolly freindly kind of pub where people do actaully talk to each other.

26 Jul 2009 12:11

The Queens Head, Stow on the Wold

A pleasant pub in the heart of the town. Found it a little mixed on the beers... the BB was just about drinkable though the SBA was quite a nice pint. A jolly freindly kind of pub where people do actaully talk to each other.

26 Jul 2009 12:11

The Eagle And Child, Stow On The Wold

Had a pint of Jouster which was pure vinegar... was readily changed (but no sign of them turning the clip round or stopping serving the stuff to unsuspecting customers) the replacement pint of Old Hooky was quite drinkable. A pleasant enough place to sit and have a pint the the poor first offering left a bitter taste both literally and metaphorically.

26 Jul 2009 12:07

The Mousetrap Inn, Bourton on the Water

Pleasant enough bar with a friendly patron. Does come across as a little too touristy for a traditional alehouse. The Agatha's ale was a little insipid for my liking but the Wickwar Cotswold Way was very drinkable.

26 Jul 2009 12:02

The Twelve Bells, Cirencester

Decent beers including one appropriately enough for me called Old Codger. A real pub with real people both sides of the bar.

26 Jul 2009 11:56

The Chequers, Hendon

Unlike the Greyhound a stones throw away I have never had a decent pint of beer here and would stick to lager. Also, where the Greyhound feels quite relaxed this place feels a little on edge. Such a difference in beer quality, clientelle, service and ambience is seperated by about a 3 minute wlak.

21 Jul 2009 22:18

The Greyhound, Hendon

Always had a reasonable pint in this place and it does feel like a proper pub with different areas to it even if they aren't different rooms. One of the very few outer LONDON NW postcode good beer guide entries.

21 Jul 2009 22:13

The Wellington Arms, Bedford

Bedford is pretty devoid of decent drinking establishments but this place is worth the lengthy and awkward trek from the station. This is easily the best pub in Bedford not only for the selection of ales on offer but because it is a proper pub where people meet and talk and socialise.

21 Jul 2009 22:06

The Evening Star, Brighton

Good Basic pub with good selection of decent beer that's very handy for the station. I'd say it was more of a place to end your crawl before catching the train (and pick up a decent bottled beer for the journey home).

21 Jul 2009 22:01

The Speaker, Westminster

This is what a typical small street corner alehouse shouild be like. No blaring music, no blaring brats, decent beer and reasonably human people populating both sides of the counter. You often find a porter or mild here on draught as well which is rare enough anywhere let alone in Central London. Only non traditional thing is the trudge upstairs to the toilets. Another pub in the top 20 that actually deserves to be there.

21 Jul 2009 21:57

Engineers Arms, Henlow

It's difficult to know when they have a beer festival on here because there are usually so many beers on normally. I think the hog roast they have outside is the only distinguishing feature between a festival and non-festival day. This has always been a decent pub with decent beer and is worth the 20 or 30 minute walk from Arlesey station.

21 Jul 2009 21:50

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

When I look through the comments again I actually wonder if the place does become more of a pub whether I'd actually like to share barspace with the Nouveau Clique that seems to have arisen. Woe betide anyone who has a different view of the new set up to them and the comment regarding 'true locals' is a bit Royston Vasey. With three new entities created especially to bump up the ratings I feel they are annoyed at my mark scuppering their brown nosing efforts to push this place into the top 20. What is the point of trying to attract drinkers to the place if there is nowhere for them to go?

21 Jul 2009 18:25

Golden Lion, Whitby

The quiet little corner bar can be an oasis from the crowds outside. The Black Sheep was quite drinkable - a noce cosy spot.

9 Jul 2009 18:57

The Station Inn, Whitby

Excellent pub with first class beers. The Copper Dragon IPA was spot on as was the Black Sheep Bitter.

9 Jul 2009 18:54

The Goathland Hotel, Whitby

Not bad as a pub though not somewhere you'd like to dwell too long unless you're a Heartbeat afficienado. The food is below par pub fare and the beers aren't brilliant.

9 Jul 2009 18:50

Station Hotel, Romanby

Rough and Ready boozer and as the name would imply quite handy for the station. Tried the Magnet on handpump which was quite drinkable. Any Johnny Bravo fans out there will think the whole town is on Ubermass - there are some huge people about.

9 Jul 2009 18:41

The Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole

An excellent time warp establishment with it's own sweetshop in the middle. The Black Sheep and Backwatter (if I rembered it right) were both excellent. The pub and the surrounding area seemed to be populated with a host of eccentric characters during a number of visits, from a Biggles lookalike in a 1936 Riley sports car to what looked like extras from Last of the Summer Wine trying to hare up a very steep hill in an ancient Rover towing a massive caravan.

9 Jul 2009 18:37

The Standing Order, Derby

Beer not as good as the Babington though the service is a lot better. It's one of those must see pubs though, as the building is a bit of a tourist attraction in it's own right (and Derby doesn't have too many).

9 Jul 2009 18:26

The Standing Order, Derby

Beer not as good as the Babington though the service is a lot better. It's one of those must see pubs though, as the building is a bit of a tourist attraction in it's own right (and Derby doesn't have too many).

9 Jul 2009 18:26

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

A proper old fashioned pub with a public bar, a lounge and decent beer. An ever increasing rarity these days. Handy for the station but then so is the Brunswick and the Station.... how spoilt for choice we are in Derby.

9 Jul 2009 18:21

The Babington Arms, Derby

Probably one of the better Wetherspoon establishments though some of the more inebriated Derby folk tend to congregate near to the front but the rear part is quieter. Getting served can be a bit dog eat dog at times but the beer selection is varied and the quality very good.

9 Jul 2009 18:16

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Oh Dear..seemed to have ruffled a few feathers over this one. Well for those looking for a positive comment here goes.... this place is now probably the best place to eat in Mill Hill - they undoubtedly serve the best real ale in the area - the people who run it are charming and friendly and take pride in what they do. However a place where every available table is RESERVED for DINERS can not really be classed as a pub. Those going for a drink have the choice of jostling at the bar with the afternoon clique or standing outside with the traffic and the smokers. Maybe there are occassions when it does resemble a pub but on six or seven visits it so far has been very definitely a dining establishment. The place is just TOO small to be a bistro AND a pub.

9 Jul 2009 17:52

McHughs, Belfast

Nothing special... large well-worn pub, beer was poor. Somewhere to sit out a shower.

30 Jun 2009 17:07

The John Hewitt, Belfast

This is the best pub in Ireland for proper beer. The Hilden Ale and Stout were both excellent. It's clean tidy, well run and has the look of one of those old fashioned gin palaces inside. If you like real ale this place has to be a must.

30 Jun 2009 17:04

The Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast

One of those places you have to visit because it's on the tourist map. Beer wasn't anything special and if you don't get one of the drinking booths you feel like you're hanging round in a railway station - kind of waiting around before you're off somewhere else. Still you have to drop in to see the 'ornate' features and say you've had a pint there.

30 Jun 2009 16:56

The Botanic Inn, Belfast

Not the best of places to drink.... okay if you're with a mob. The real beer was poor - can only think it's in the guide because there are so few outlets for proper beer in the province.

30 Jun 2009 16:53

The Waterfall, Derby

A drinking barn for the unwashed masses. A mistake for the discerning drinker coming out of the station when there are so many decent pubs in the vicinity. Went out for a smoke only to be joined by a group of youths drunk/stoned/imbalmed on something who were mooning at passing cars... this was a little after mid-day.... must be 'fun' in the evenings.

30 Jun 2009 16:50

George and Dragon, Belper

Decent enough pub with an above average selection of proper beer - though there was (unbeknown to me) a festival on. Smokers are treated to a covered, heated area populated with what look like seats from a coach. Nice and friendly enough staff and clientelle.

30 Jun 2009 16:45

Cross Keys, Belper

A nice pleasant enough pub with reasonable beer and friendly staff. Reasonable selection of proper beer.

30 Jun 2009 16:41

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

The interior has been pleasantly tidied, the food on offer looks good and the beer is in excellent condition. If you are looking for a cosy little Italian restaurant then this place is ideal. If, however, you are looking for an old fashioned local pub then I'm afraid you will have to look elsewhere. With the raison d'etre of the place firmly food orientated people 'just having a beer' tend to find themsleves 'in the way' and this rather slick and polished restaurant operation doesn't really lend itself to the 'old days' of people gathered round the bar for the evening. Another pub lost.

30 Jun 2009 16:30

The Railway Engineer, Mill Hill

It always looks empty when you pass it on the bus - and so it was when I ventured in one Saturday night. The few locals tend to inhabit the bar at the back. I can understand why because you feel llike you're in a goldfish bowl in the front bar with it's clear panoramic windows inviting all and sundry from the surrounding flats and the bus stop to gawk at you while you're having your pint. The decor and general cleanliness is a vast improvement on it's former incarnation. Unfortunately the real ale was awful.... to the extent of undrinkable even. Even with it's bright interior and pleasanter surroundings it's a pub where you won't feel at ease if you aren't a local.
I have to give them full marks for effort in difficult surroundings I give the place a try but doubt I'll be back in a hurry.

28 Apr 2009 21:30

Red Filly, Mill Hill

Now called The Red Filly. Quite neat and tidy inside. A local Paddy's pub for local Paddies (if it ain't politically incorrect to say so). No proper beer and the Guinness is pretty dire considering it is an Irish bar. Best stick to the lager. Unless you know people in here it's unlikley you'll be staying for more than the one pint.

28 Apr 2009 21:14

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Excellent beers, handy for the station and it's nice to see a pub refurb which creates more rooms instead of knocking the place into one big room. Good starting/finishing point for a tour of Derby's numerous decent alehouses.

9 Mar 2009 19:51

The Alexandra Arms, Kettering

Kettering's best pub by far. Increasingly it seems that there is only one pub in a town that not only serves a decent ale but is also a decent pub.- this one is Kettering's.

9 Mar 2009 18:50

The Ward Arms, Guilsborough

A pleasant village local in a relatively remote pleasant village. Would be nice for an afternoon session (no public transport in the evenings). Found Nobby's own beer to be quite drinkable.

9 Mar 2009 18:40

The Malt Shovel, Northampton

By far Northampton's best pub... never had a bad pint here. Staff always seem on the ball and genuinely friendly.

9 Mar 2009 18:34

The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool

This pub scores two ten out of tens - ten out of ten for beer and ten out of ten for ignorance. You can be sure of being blatantly ignored in favour of the CAMRA cronies. There ARE other pubs in the city that serve a decent pint.

9 Mar 2009 18:21

The Bridge, Mill Hill

It's best to pretend there ISN'T a pub by the station.

9 Mar 2009 18:09

The Bell at Mill Hill, Mill Hill

Darwin would have had difficulty in classifying the creatures that inhabit this place in the evenings. Unsure as to why there is a need for hefty bouncers as with the average age of the clientelle a couple of lollipop ladies would probably suffice.

9 Mar 2009 18:04

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

I was told this place had improved and dropped in one lunchtime .They had a rather nice guest beer from the York Brewery. I decided to return a few days later with the missus only to find there was no guest beer. The regular beers were dire and undrinkable enough for me to have to switch to bottled beer. We also made the mistake of ordering food - it was cheap but you get what you pay for and I have eaten better in Barnet General. I guess I've just turned in to a miserable moaning old git maybe I should stop moaning and accept that second rate quality and a lack of character are now the norm in this country.

9 Mar 2009 17:55

The Gate, Arkley

This place shouldn't even be rated as a pub as it's more a Happy Eater or Harvester kind of establishment. Don't know what the fuss about the food is - we found it second rate on our visit and the whole place seemed designed to get you in and out as quick as possible. Can't fault the service although looking at the poor hard pressed staff I'd hate to work there. Another place which has it's following but it's a restaurant that serves beer(and not too well at that) and NOT a pub.

18 Aug 2008 19:53

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

Still the best pint of real ale in NW7 but the pub is dying. Regulars are becoming thin on the ground and the old ambience is lacking.

18 Aug 2008 19:45

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

Thanks for the info Mad Matt but I prefer to read my reviews here rather than via an official pub company site. In the 8 years I have lived in the area I have never had a decent pint of real ale in the Three Hammers. The reviews here say it all. A dour soulless pub where groups of rich kids gather. It is always busy and has it's followers but I doubt that the average person who visits this site will be among your regular clientelle.

18 Aug 2008 19:39

The Three Hammers, Mill Hill

It is what it is. You should all know the pubco format by now. Occasionally you may get a drinkable pint but the emphasis is on food ( fresh from the freezer).

2 Sep 2007 01:28

The Rising Sun, Mill Hill

The ONLY pub in NW7 if you like real ale.

2 Sep 2007 01:15

Black Horse, Leicester

Made an out of the way detour to this pub to find a decent pint. BIG mistake. Was served a DREADFUL pint of Tiger which the surly barmaid was reluctant to change (the usual 'other people have been drinking it retort was the response). Well I was spitting feathers and this was my first pint so even a dodgy pint of lager would have been quaffed sharpish so this WAS a POOR pint. The eventual replacement of a pint Beacon wasn't really up to much either. How this pub is in the good beer guide is beyond me and the sarcastic remark on departure by the barmaid was noted. If you like good beer avoid this place like the plague as you're served dross and treated like an idiot. I'm sure locals will disagree but this is the comment of someone who just dropped by to have a reasonable pint of beer but was extremely disappointed by both beer and attitude.

2 Sep 2007 01:08

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