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Hermitage Inn, Morpeth

Jennings outlet, so no surprises with the ale. Best Bitter, Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale and Snecklifter and all in fine form. Friendly staff. Didn't eat here but food looked good and the menu seemed interesting.

24 Oct 2014 11:17

Masons Arms, Morpeth

Stayed in Warkworth recently (what a beautiful village, by the way) and came in here most days. Beer decent and a good choice of ales, though not very adventuroius. A couple of Theakston pumps rotating between Old Peculier, Lightfoot and XB, Deuchars IPA, Caledonian Flying Scotsman, and probably another I can't remember. I would have liked to see some local brews though. Food alternated between excellent and average. Speaking to a local lady it depends on which chef is on duty. I found the best food was on Fri/Sat/Sun if it helps. Excellent bar and waiting staff, all friendly and helpful.

24 Oct 2014 11:13

The Airport Pub, Manchester Airport

Called here on Spring Bank holiday Monday after hearing about it from friends. Firstly, it's not really my type of pub - large beer garden full of kids, bouncy castle, afternoon DJ etc. However, I thoroughly enjoyed myself here. The beer was good (and not overpriced) and the staff were friendly and attentive, especially the car park attendant.But we went to watch the planes, and they didn't let us down. A fantastic experience and I'll definatey be going again, though maybe on a quieter day. I have no kids, but if I had I'd bring them here every week, they would love it!

29 May 2014 09:22

Huntsman Inn, Chidswell

To say this place is just a few hundred yards from a housing estate, you couldn't get a more countryside setting. Located at the top of fields next to the iconic water tower, the view towards Leeds is beautiful. Once inside they have Taylors Landlord and their own Chidswell Bitter (brewed by Tom Woods I believe) plus two rotating guests, always well kept. Though I don't live that close to it, me and Mrs Clods call in once a week just because (as Mrs Clods says) "It's nice".

16 Jul 2012 16:15

Whistler, Dewsbury

Closed. Now a Tesco Express.

16 Jul 2012 16:11

The Travellers Rest, Grasmere

We have stayed at this place a few times and really love it. Yes, it's Jennings, but all beers I tried (in fact all of the range) were very good. Food is ok too. Rooms lovely with great views. The staff are probably the most polite people I've ever met and can't do enough for you. Worth staying here, walking into Grasmere (on the back roads) to Tweedies Bar, then coming back here to finish off.

21 Jun 2012 14:26

Tweedies Bar at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere

What a nice surprise! Had read the reviews on BITE so on my next visit to Grasmere this was a must visit place. Doesn't look much from outside (indeed Mrs Clods felt we were going into the hotel itself) but once inside it is brilliant. Good range of ales, I tried a couple of Yates brews and very good they were too. Will come back again next time I'm up here.

21 Jun 2012 14:21

The Grove Inn, Huddersfield

Huddersfield is a Mecca for Real Ale drinkers, and after a few visits to the town I have come to the conclusion that this is the best pub in the area. I can't add much to previous posts as it has already been said. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, the beers are always well kept and even Mrs Clods likes it! Fortunately Mrs Clods now has a job in Huddersfield so I may have to visit more often now.
One small gripe. I prefer dark ales, but most of the dark ones here are really strong, I mean 6% plus strong. It means I can't have a proper session without getting hammered, which means I have to move on somewhere else. If anyone from the Grove reads this, please put on some dark beer of a sensible strength. Thanks!

22 May 2012 16:18

Grey's Inn, Embleton

Called in a couple of times recently whilst on holiday in Northumberland. Ate both times and the fod was really good on both occasions. Tried a couple of the local real ales, of which they had 4 or 5 of. Both were exceptional. I'm crap at remembering names but one was from the Alnwick Brewery, the other calle Old Nellies (or something). Dog friendly too, which helps when you have two retrievers in tow. Friendly staff who actually made more fuss of the dogs than us! A great place

15 May 2012 15:44

Yorkshire Volunteer, Mirfield

Closed. Now a shop (Londis I think)

4 Jul 2011 16:32

Yeaton Cask, Huddersfield

Sorry, that should have said 'strangely'.

4 Jul 2011 16:25

Yeaton Cask, Huddersfield

Called in here on a recomendation from a friend. Very welcoming place. Looks newly done out, but in an old fashioned, basic style. Permanent beers were Yeaton Cask Ale, Thwaites Wainwright and Hawkshead Red. There were 4 (I think) guests on (some of the names elude me but they were all microbreweries, strangley from Lancashire!) Tried a Dark Mild from Bank Top Brewery in Bolton which was perfect. Will definately return as its only 15 minutes from home. Bonus!

4 Jul 2011 16:24

The Racehorses, Kettlewell

Tried to stay overnight in Grassington, but there were no vacancies anywhere, so we decided to try Kettlewell. The Racehorses looked to be the nicest of the three pubs, so we booked in for the night. I think we made the right choice. Timmy Taylors beer superb (Landlord, Best Bitter, Golden Best) and the meal I had was possibly the best pub meal I've ever had (and I've had loads!). Steak and Ale pudding since you ask. Room comfortable, landlord & staff friendly, we will definately come here again.

5 Mar 2011 14:31

Alma Inn, Thornhill

Hmmm. As a person who was around and about on the night in question (see comments from 'coupleofpublovers' below) I'll say the following:
Most pub landlords take exception when people bring their own drinks into the pub.
Most pub landlords take exception when people change babies on tables, leaving dirty nappies on the floor (possible cause of stomach upsets perhaps?)
Most pub landlords probably take exception to quoting a price for a quiet family do, then having loads of drunken southern chavs turning up.
Most pub landlords take exception to slanderous comments made by a rude, fat slapper on a publicly accessible website. I know who you are, by the way.
If I was the landlord (which I'm not) I'd bar you for these comments.
I walked out of the pub due to the antics of you and your party.

2 Dec 2009 15:47

The Black Bull Hotel, Coniston

Used to be one of my favourite pubs anywhere in the country, and if it had normal prices it probably still would be. Fair enough, 3 quid a pint I would expect from somewhere like this (seems to be the norm in Coniston and surrounding area), but 4.25 for a 175ml glass of bog standard wine is a rip off. Therefore a round of bitter & wine for me & Mrs Clods came to 7.25. You can buy a whole bottle of wine in the Co-Op next door for 3.99 for christ's sake. Anyway, back to the beer. All well kept as you'd expect. I tried the Blacksmith's Stout (3.40 a pint by the way) and it was fantastic, and of course the Bluebird Bitter was spot on. Unfortunately, I am now back home, skint and living on Asda's Own Best Bitter whilst Mrs Clods is on Lambrini until payday!

12 Nov 2009 15:55

The Crown, Coniston

Not bad. Hartleys XB that I tried was a bit tired, but drinkable. Didn't try the Cumbrian Way as I had it last year and it was nasty. Food is a plus point though. I got scampi and I got loads-not a bit of scampi and loads of chips, but loads of scampi and a few chips. Great value. Mrs Clods enjoyed her lasagne. A much better experience than the last few years in The Crown. Maybe someone reads theses reviews????

12 Nov 2009 15:47

The Sun Hotel, Coniston

Well worth tthe walk up from the main centre of Coniston. I read on here that they had renovated the place and hoped they hadn't ruined it. I can honestly say they haven't. It's just as good as before. Beer well kept. Tried 2 Moorhouses (Black Cat & Witches Brew), Hobgoblin and a couple I can't remember, but they were all very good. Landlord seemed a friendly chap. Only downside was a customer from somewhere 'down south' who had been there, done it and bought the t-shirt about every subject anyone brought up. If you said you'd been to the moon last week, he'd have been there twice. You know the sort!! Anyway, I'm sure he won't be there if you visit, but if he is you can hit him from me!

12 Nov 2009 15:41

Pivo Cafe Bar, York

Although I visit York at least once a year, I'd never come across this place before. Mrs Clodsthecat spotted it first as it adverised Ossett Silver King (our local brewery). We went in and what a pleasant surprise. A small bar area on the ground floor that probably gets busy, but was fine when we went. There is an upstairs room as well, but I didn't see it. At least 3 real ales and more lagers/wheat beers etc than you can shake a stick at. I ventured for a Hambleton Silver Link (I think) and can honestly say it was the best pint I had all day. The missus plumped for a Bernard Czech lager and really enjoyed it. Will definately visit here again next time I'm in York.

14 Oct 2009 16:01

Coopers, York

Spent a great day in York for my birthday last week, however it was somewhat spoilt by accidentally coming in here. Normally we stay in a decent pub and make a last minute dash for the train, but this time we thought we'd be sensible and have a leisurely stroll back and grab a drink here. They did have real ale (Black Sheep and something from Birmingham), so I tried the Brummie beer. Uninterested barmaid served it in a plastic glass, then charged me 3.15 for the pleasure! Mrs Clodsthecat decided not to have a drink at all. Beer was average I suppose. Best bit was I went to the Gents and there was a bloke in there eating a burger. He put it on the side whilst he buttoned himself up, then picked up said burger and carried on eating it. Oh, and there was someone else in there smoking. I thought it was one of those electronic cigarettes at first, but on closer inspection it was the real deal! In future I'll be making that mad dash for the train from the Yorkshire Terrier or somewhere better than this dive. Avoid!

14 Oct 2009 15:51

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

Great character but always struggled to get a table inside. Doom Bar was always spot on. Best thing about it was the bloke who plays guitar on (I think) Sundays and Wednesdays. He was brilliant!

26 Sep 2008 15:46

The Union Inn, St Ives

Really like this pub. Doom Bar and Betty Stogs both well kept. Went in here virtually every night this time on holiday. Nice atmosphere, friendly locals and staff. Didn't eat here but the food looked good.

26 Sep 2008 15:43

The Castle Inn, St Ives

My favourite St Ives pub. Turned up this year on the first day of a 2 week long beer festival. Beer always well kept, and there is always a good selection on offer. When I drive down to St Ives (390 miles from home) the first thing I do when I get there is to have a pint or three at the Castle. It's what my holiday is all about!

26 Sep 2008 14:34

Sheaf of Wheat, St Ives

Bit of a locals pub. Went there for food and I have to say it was very nice. The carvery is especially good value. Beer was good (St Austell Tribute & IPA). Best place in town to watch the football on telly. Probably not as tourist focussed as some of the other pubs, but a friendly place none the less.

26 Sep 2008 14:30

Alma Inn, Thornhill

There has been yet another change of management, but this time the couple who have taken it over are a decent local couple. They have hired a proper chef and have just started to do meals again, after a gap of a few months. They have TT Landlord and Black Sheep as permanent beers and a decent selection of lagers etc. And the Monday night quiz is still good!

16 May 2007 16:15

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