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Tap Room 19, South Woodham Ferrers

Whilst this place does not have the character of a nice cosy pub, or even some other brewery taps I've visited it's still worth a visit for the fantastic ale. Friendly staff and a very good range of beer.

7 Nov 2018 11:16

Fountain, Walsall

Excellent choice of beers and ciders at this traditional boozer on the outskirts of Walsall. Bit of a walk to the centre of town from here but worth a visit. On the Friday evening we visited half of the pub was a disco - we stuck to the quiet side, but definitely an interesting place.

2 Oct 2018 14:34

The Kings Arms, Elham

Elham looks to have several nice pubs - we just tried one and were treated to a wonderful pint of Harvey''s, plus they had a couple of other ales on as well. Food was quite pricey - though good. Traditional dark wood interior, very friendly staff.

5 Sep 2017 15:39

Woodies Ale House, Headingley

Had a fantastic pint of Leeds Pale in here last night. Excellent, large selection of ales on offer as well. Nicely decked out pub with a large(ish) and attractive beer garden. Apparently gets very busy during term time with all the students.

23 Aug 2017 09:36

The Crosse Keys, Bank

I had to give this place a very high rating as it has -
- stunning building
- enormous range of fantastic ales, in great nick (based on what I had)
- good food (again based on my meal)
There are some amazing places to go in London but it is easy to spend a fortune so it's nice to go to a place like this that is still really nice but not so heavy on the wallet.

14 Aug 2017 14:16

The Scarbrough Hotel, Leeds

I only had moderate expectations for this pub and was very pleasantly surprised, by the quality of the food and also by the range of quality of the cask ale. To eat I had a beetroot and goats cheese tartlet which was out of this world. To drink there seemed to be a very large range of cask ales, including a mild, which I had and was on good form. The place itself is a typical Nicholsan affair, smart, traditional, and the location is very close the train station.

14 Aug 2017 14:11

The Anchor Tap, Tower Bridge

I'm always happy to visit a Sam Smiths pub, nice traditional boozers where the beer is always sold at a good price. This one was very quiet for early Saturday evening, though pleasant enough with a small outside seating area. You know what you are getting with a Sam Smiths - though I have had better Old Brewery Bitter at other London pubs.

8 Aug 2017 12:33

The George, London Bridge

As you approach this square, with the pub on your right, as shown in the photo, the setting is very attractive - it reminded me of Shambles Square in Manchester. But then if you turn to your right it's all quite ugly - though there is a decent view of one of the large new City constructions. It's a nice traditional boozer though and the house "George" Ale, was excellent. Seating outside was very pleasant though not enough of the area was catching the sun for my liking.

8 Aug 2017 12:29

The Town Hall Tavern, Leeds

What can I say, this place had two milds one, one light, one dark, both fantastic. What more could anyone want - fantastic fish and chips, yes they had that too and I hear great things about the pies though I haven't sampled those yet.

2 Aug 2017 20:34

Tapped, Leeds

Enormous range of bottled and keg beers - though at a very high price. They did have a good number of real ales on and the ones I tried (from Marble Brewery and Oakham) were in very good condition. I also sampled a pizza which was very nice.

2 Aug 2017 20:29

Whitelocks, Leeds

Nearly missed this place as it is tucked discreetly down a side alley off a main pedestrian thoroughfare in Leeds. There is a small sign pointing the way on the street and luckily the sun was managed to find it's way there as well. Lovely old-fashioned decor inside with lots of shiny metal furnishings. Seemed to be mostly patronised by students and the after-work crowd. Great selection of ales, the Ilkley beer I had was lovely. Decent selection of food - I had Fish & Chips which were fantastic.

27 Jul 2017 10:24

Becketts Bank, Leeds

This place has a lot of potential but needs to decide what it wants to be. It is a nice old building with some attractive features, especially the upstairs area which curves round the edge of the building on the 1st floor. There are some tastefully selected pictures, especially upstairs, though the ceiling could do with a bit of imagination and decoration to really bring the place to life. The priority must be to get rid of all the TV screens and flashing game machines - what are they doing in there? They completely ruin the atmosphere of the place.
Beer wise it's fantastic though - 11 real ales on when I was in, good selection too. The Melba from Thornbridge was on great form.

24 Jul 2017 22:09

The Chequers, Ticknall

Old fashioned boozer with draught bass. Traditionally decked out, has a bit of character, probably the best pub in Ticknall.

19 Jun 2017 13:28

The Grove Inn, Holbeck

Fantastic traditional boozer with dart board, real ale, multiple rooms and regular live music. I only popped my head round some of the rooms but they looked cosy enough for those not interested in the band. I was luck enough to see Paul Middleton's Angst Band which apparently play there every third Thursday of the month - and what a treat that was, amazing stuff.
As well as the great music, the staff were very friendly and accommodating,and were happy to charge my phone when it ran out of juice. Great selection of ales (I think I counted 8 on), including Moorhouse Black Cat, Rooster's Yankee, and a pale beer from a brewery called "Ilkley" which i had not heard of before but the beer ("Mary Jane" I think) was wonderful.

22 May 2017 13:37

The White Hart, Ashby de la Zouch

Really enjoyed my first visit to this place last week, tastefully decked out in a modern "hip" manner with extremely friendly staff. Menu was a bit large (too much choice really) but the Thursday "Street Food" I had (Mexican) was extremely good. Sampled the beer, also good and I think I counted 5 cask ales on.

15 May 2017 13:02

The Dove, Bethnal Green

Fantastic selection of English ales and Belgium beers in this place. They had a Maldon Gold - or something wonderful like that, which I went for and was in great condition.
Busy area at the front but then some nice snug areas round the back with board games a-plenty.
Lovely wooden pub decor, great place.

25 Apr 2017 14:19

The Cat and Mutton, Hackney

Fantastic selection of English ales and Belgium beers in this place. They had a Maldon Gold - or something wonderful like that, which I went for and was in great condition.
Busy area at the front but then some nice snug areas round the back with board games a-plenty.
Lovely wooden pub decor, great place.

25 Apr 2017 10:41

The Warrington Hotel, Maida Vale

Worth a visit for the interesting decor & comfy seats.
Was mostly on the coffee so not sure what the beers were like but the selection wasn't great. Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere in there though.

24 Apr 2017 18:28

Wilmot Arms, Derby

Nice, friendly, food orientated pub in Borrowash with a pool table. Kids play area at the back and there was also a bouncy castle there during our visit.
Food was nice, pretty good value and they had a Castle Rock ale on (Screech Owl I think) which was in good form.
Short drive from Elvaston Castle.

24 Apr 2017 18:16

The Jolly Sailor, Hemington

Popped into this place after walking across from Castle Donington and was pleasantly surprised to see if was serving a decent selection of ales, including Blue Monkey. The bar area is split into a nice snug at the front with a real fire and then another area behind the bar with a TV screen (showing rugby when we were there). I didn't explore the rest but it looked like it might be more of an eating place. Nautical theme throughout as befits the name!

10 Feb 2017 15:19

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Pleasant pub with nice comfy seats. Had the "Trooper" beer which Iron Maiden got involved with making - a lovely pint. Had some good porter on amongst a good choice of beer, mostly Robinsons.

10 Feb 2017 15:14

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester

Ahhh, so many excellent places to go in Manchester these days. More great beer at this place. I like the clarity of the chalk boards -
Brewery - Beer - Style - ABV - £
For a station bar this is very very good.

3 Feb 2017 17:48

57 Thomas Street, Manchester

Nice place selling the wonderful Marble beers plus many more. Very different to their other pub - the Marble Arch. Perhaps more of a "daytime" vibe. Perhaps a place to come immediately after work.

3 Feb 2017 17:43

Bar Fringe, Manchester

Great beer, Great place.

3 Feb 2017 17:38

The Smithfield Hotel, Manchester

Excellent pub with great selection of beers. I like the way they have a row of cask out front and then a row of Keg at the back - all visible from the bar. Nice "hip" vibe, lovely place.

3 Feb 2017 17:36

The Angel, Manchester

Great pub, great beers. The beer garden is a bit grim outside with bins, concrete and a view of a busy junction. We went on a rainy day and it was great. Though we still sat outside as my mate wanted to smoke!

3 Feb 2017 17:06

The Crown and Kettle, Ancoats

Interesting place - definitely worth a visit. Good selection of beers and they had 5 real ciders being served from a little side-bar - from polypins by the looks of it.
Character place, looks like it might have been a theatre or something at one point in it's past.

2 Feb 2017 12:45

The Marble Arch, Manchester

Wonderful place - worth a visit just to check out the building, it's impressive high ceiling, colourful brick walls, real fire and overall charm. It's brewery tap for the Marble brewery and the beers are fantastic. Very expensive though, but you can't grumble at the quality.
It's located in a grim part of town but great pubs abound. When we were in this place a chap came in wanting to use someone's mobile and was accused of being a junkie by someone at the bar and there was nearly some fighting but other than that it was great. Got chatting to some of the clientele, all very friendly as they seemed to be in all the pubs in the area.

2 Feb 2017 12:41

The New Inn, Shardlow

Been into this place a couple of times recently and enjoyed it immensely. Went in on a Wednesday (rammed - Quiz night) and also on a Monday (very very quiet), different ales on each time but a good selection and good condition both times. They seem to always offer a Derby Brewery beer or two and then I've seen others from Otter, Dancing Duck and Marstons on those two visits.
Excellent location, friendly staff, pleasant pub with nice traditional decor and comfy seats. Some areas look more suitable for eating than drinking but other areas retain a nice 'pub' feel.

25 Jan 2017 12:15

The Wellington, Waterloo

Not sure what this pub is trying to be. It's actually a nice looking traditional boozer, nicely decked out and has lots of promise but then they've stuck in large screens and quiz machines which give it a confused feel.
We tried the Malbec in there and I think it has to be the worst wine I've ever tasted, I don't think it was off as it wasn't sour - just revolting.

16 Jan 2017 11:59

The Kings Arms, Waterloo

Lovely traditional boozer that had real fires burning on both sides of the bar when we went in last week. Didn't try the Thai food but there was a very good selection of ales, most of which were very good. I couldn't see a list of ales anywhere though so you have to have a wander round to the other side to see what is available on the hand-pumps there.
Was very busy when we were there but the bar staff were still managing to serve everyone quickly with little waiting. Very nice place.

16 Jan 2017 11:54

Denby Lodge, Ripley

A restaurant rather than a pub but very pleasant with good food and beer. Pentrich ale was on when I was in recently - in great nick and I was even given the option to have it flat (without the sparkler) which I thought was considerate.
Extremely friendly staff - we enjoyed it.

11 Dec 2016 11:26

Devonshire Arms, Burton-Upon-Trent

Nice friendly boozer with Burton Bridge Ale starting at £2.90 for the Golden. Popped in on a Monday (Quiz night) and found the place nice enough, very friendly staff and great beer - the Golden, Draught and Plum Porter were particularly good.
Parking available outside though it was full when we got there, street parking is available, I think it was fine after 6pm though you should definitely check that!

15 Nov 2016 12:03

The Broadway, Derby

Popped in for a couple on a weekday and pleasantly surprised at the choice and quality of the ale. Several local beers, though I went for the Oakham's JHB which was on good form. Pleasant enough place - friendly staff, would go back.

16 Oct 2016 20:07

The Green Dragon, Willington

Now just called "The Dragon", this pub offers similar beers to it's sister pubs the Boot in Repton and Harpur's in Melbourne. We went in the other day and there were several Boot beers on offer, and although the Tuffer's Old had unfortunately just gone the Clod-Hoppers was in excellent condition.
Lovely location by the canal with outside seating at the back that adjoins the canal and additional seating at the front in front of the car-park/road with a small children's play area.
The Dragon is more of a restaurant than a pub and the food we had was pricey but very nice.

15 Sep 2016 12:03

The Ferrers Arms, Lount

Large restaurant/pub situated by a fairly busy road on the way to Ashby. The beer garden is pleasant enough though and there's playground for the kids. Hobgoblin beers.

27 Jun 2016 16:56

The Chequered Flag, Castle Donington

Really enjoyed our visit to this motor-racing themed micro-pub. The Flag bitter was lovely and the pork pies delicious.

27 Jun 2016 16:53

The Trent Lock, Nottingham

Nice looking pub in a great location at the joining of the Erewash canal with the Trent & Mersey canal. Not right on the canal as some of the other pubs nearby but it boasts a large and pleasant beer garden.
Probably one for the lager drinker though, not a great selection of ales and all the ones we tried were below par. They never settled and stayed murky. I did mention one particularly muddy/vinegary beer to the barman but he said it was fine.

27 Jun 2016 16:51

The Victoria Hotel, Beeston

Lovely old building, just a short walk from the canal. Easily accessible by bike from Nottingham. Enormous range of ales. Noticed a mobile phone nailed to the wall near where we were sat so presumably they are not too keen on them! Can't wait to go back.

27 Jun 2016 16:46

The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham

Brewery tap for the fantastic Castle Rock brewery and a stones throw from the station. Nothing special inside - just a traditional boozer, but the range and quality (and price) of the beers is what makes this place so good. Would strongly recommend the Castle Rock milds - they're always wonderful.

27 Jun 2016 16:41

The Coopers Tavern, Burton-Upon-Trent

Lovely place with bags of character and an excellent choice of beers and ciders. I had the Oakham Bishop's Farewell which was in excellent condition. There was also an array of bottle-beers available from the "bar" which is tucked in a corner at the back and reminded me of a tuck shop.
There are three rooms at the Coopers, a snug to your right as you walk in - a nice little room with a fire. There's the room you walk through to get to the bar and then the room where the bar is. This final room is my favourite - especially the raised seating at the back. There's not a lot of space so it must get pretty cosy when it's busy. Interesting paraphernalia abounds and the staff were very friendly. Looking forward to visiting again.

24 Mar 2016 10:04

Malt Shovel Inn, Aston Upon Trent

Very pleasant local pub that looks to be set up for food trade but still had a good selection real ales on and the Rooster I had was excellent. There was also Bass, JPA and one or two others. The decor all looked pretty new to me and it's very well done and in a traditional style, with some wooden beams, books on the wall etc.

8 Mar 2016 09:36

The Black Buoy, Wivenhoe

Really enjoyed this pub. The community has got together to take ownership and they've done a great job with the renovation, and it retains bags of character. Think I saw a load of board games available to play. They've added a small garden area at the back, it's not huge - but nicely done. Good range of ales when I was there, some dark, some light, some strong, some weak which is great as often pubs have a load of beers that are basically the same. The pint I had was in great nick and the food was excellent too. Recommended.

2 Nov 2015 16:53

Ye Olde Crown, Waterhouses

Nice friendly local. There was a darts game going on when I went in which had quite a bit of interest. The bar is located in the centre of the pub and you can get served from either side.
There's some nice dark-wood panelling and the place has a nice character about it. There were a couple of ales on when I went in, both from Nottingham I believe. Unfortunately the one I had was pretty awful, my fault though, I should have taken it back as beer should never be that rancid.

9 Sep 2015 12:28

The Standing Order, Derby

I think might also be the best Wetherspoon's I've been in, and I've been in a lot! Lovely building and great range of beers. They had the Slater's on when I was there and it was fantastic. Excellent service too.

14 Aug 2015 14:37

The Brewery Tap, Derby

Amazing range of beers, I was on the real ale which was also good. The tap has more of a "bar" than "pub" feel to it but is still good. The downside is the beer garden which is small, dark and a bit grotty.

14 Aug 2015 14:35

The Exeter Arms, Derby

Fantastic pub in central Derby with a great choice of Dancing Duck beers (& guests). I didn't eat when I visited but a friend tells me the food is very good too. The pub is divided into lots of little snugs and has bags of character and charm. The only problem we had was that it was a glorious summer evening and the beer garden gets no sun at all in the evening.

14 Aug 2015 14:29

The Forest Tavern, Nottingham

At the back is "The Maze", a small, intimate music venue. There's comfortable seating along one side which is great, especially as you could probably only squeeze about 200 people in so I imagine you would still be able to see ok. There's a bar in the room at the front and another one in the music venue itself, both selling the same beers - a good range of Castle Rock beers (including a fantastic mild) and Cider/Perry. The bar at the front is adorned with photo's of famous musicians and the place is definitely for the gig-goer, however, I'd go back there for a pint - just for the quality of the beer.

20 May 2015 13:30

The Rose of England, Nottingham

Very handsome building though the setting is a bit grotty near to Vic Centre. Traditional pub interior - nothing fancy/new but comfortable. Friendly staff, TV screens showing some sports thing. There wasn't a huge choice of ale when I went in - though they did have Harvest Pale. However, they were serving real ciders and perries from what looked like polypins - great stuff!

20 May 2015 13:21

Hardinge Arms, Kings Newton

Lovely looking 16th century pub, much smaller than it looks from the outside. Attractive interior; modern but retaining bags of character (stone floors, wooden beams etc).

The food is good quality but pricey. The beer was a bit of a let-down but afterwards I realised they were using a sparkler which I'm not used to so maybe it was just that. I'll see if they'll take that off for me next time.

3 Apr 2015 23:34

The Chip and Pin, Melbourne

New "Micropub" that was eagerly anticipated here in Melbourne and so far seems to be doing a good trade. They always have 4 ales and two ciders on, there is no bar so these are dispensed by gravity from the cask. Your presence is noted when you enter and the staff come and ask what you want and bring you your drink. The appeal of this place is the ale, which is varied, good quality and constantly changing. Other drinks are very limited. As you'd expect from a "micro" pub it is very small - just a single room, but it does lack a cosy/pub feel -the decor is a bit stark for my taste. Also, there is seating round the edge of the room so when you are stood up in the middle you do feel a bit surrounded. That said, the staff are great and it's always worth a visit for the ale.

3 Apr 2015 23:21

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

Loved the ambiance and atmosphere of this place. It's smart and fits in with the new Kings Cross station but still feels like a proper pub. There are lots of different areas to sit, some along the wide corridors which is where I ended up as it was busy, even on a Tuesday night, with no tables free. There's a wide range of ales to try and I had some nice guest ales but the Fullers beers weren't on top form, presumably because they were being served too cold.
People have commented on the prices, but if you stick to the cask ale, and avoid say draft Chimay (£4.80 for 2/3 pint) then it isn't so bad.

3 Apr 2015 23:03

The Kings Head, Monmouth

Enjoyed a nice meal and stayed the night in this pleasant pub. The accommodation was great value, though it was a bit tricky navigating around the labyrinthine corridors and passageways from room to pub. Standard but decent food. Good range of regional ales. Great place to stop to explore Monmouth - which is definitely worth doing. No parking - though there is a cheap place just round the corner.

15 Feb 2015 21:40

The Bedford, Balham

Very large, interesting pub, with a nice feel to it. The clientelle was varied which also adds to a nice atmosphere. There was a few ales on, including a local London beer, which was ok, but served way too cold.

2 Feb 2015 09:55

Staff of Life, Ticknall

Sat outside in the small beer garden, was ok, bit drab and next to the car park. It looked nice inside, maybe more of a diners pub. The beer we had wasn't great - maybe we got it on an off day.

15 Jan 2015 12:12

The Swann Inn, Milton

Cosy old-fashioned locals pub with excellent local beer (Leatherbritches). Beer garden out the back is pleasant and backs onto some fields.

6 Jan 2015 12:56

Eaton Farm, Long Eaton

More of a restaurant than a pub, in the Harvester/Beefeator tradition. Nice enough though , with friendly staff. Had three ales on, a couple of Marstons and a very nice Wychwood beer.

30 Aug 2014 19:39

The Orange Tree, Chelmsford

Very good selection of beers on in here. Probably just because it was a Tuesday night but it was very quiet.

25 Aug 2014 22:50

The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye

Seemed like more of a restaurant that a pub, though it has Mighty Oak beers which are excellent. Quite expensive but very good food.

25 Aug 2014 22:45

The Viper, Mill Green

Read somewhere that this is a bike friendly place but we couldn't find anywhere to park the bikes. Went down the left side of the pub but it turns out this is where the landlady lives and she was not happy - make sure you don't do that!

25 Aug 2014 22:41

The Wheatsheaf, Writtle

Absolutely fantastic Mighty Oak beers in here, in perfect condition. Great place, small but with bags of character.

25 Aug 2014 22:36

The White Hart, Chelmsford

Lots of interesting ales at this place but recommend you try before you buy. Tried one I didn't know and it was like vinegar but the barman insisted it "definitely wasn't off".

25 Aug 2014 22:33

The Compasses, Great Totham

Lovely little place, bags of character. GK beers were on apart from one guest ale which unfortunately had already run out. Could do with more local ale on.

25 Aug 2014 22:26

The Bell Inn, Sawley

Decent sized boozer. Couple of ales on, Landlord and Wainwright, I tried the Landlord - in good nick but perhaps a bit cold.
Lots of screens everywhere, but there is one or two places you can sit to avoid that.

10 Aug 2014 20:14

The Tap House, Smisby

"Tap House" beers brewed on-premises here. Very nice.
Plenty of space outside to enjoy the location and a play area for kids.

3 Aug 2014 22:27

The Mill Wheel, Hartshorne

Had a lovely pint of Castle Rock Screech Owl in here last week. It's a nicely decked out place and the restored water wheel looks great. Very friendly service.

3 Aug 2014 22:25

John Thompson Inn, Derby

Nice place. XXX is a very mild beer, but very nice.
Decor/ambience of this place is very different from room to room. Friendly staff, nice location - would recommend.

3 Aug 2014 22:14

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Masses of choice when we went in last week, the one we tried was very nice (perhaps a bit thin? - but then it was one of the weaker ones). Nice character to the place, would definitely return.

3 Aug 2014 22:05

Harpurs, Melbourne

Melbourne has a real mix of pubs and this looks much more like a bar/restaurant than a local boozer, with nice furnishings inside. Having said that, it has a proper pub feel and there is often a great atmosphere on a Friday night when there is live music playing. I've been in a few times and the quality of the music tends to be excellent, with an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd adding to the occasion.
Beers are more expensive than other places in Melbourne but they normally have 2 or 3 real ales on.

8 May 2014 15:55

Lamb Inn, St Melbourne

Been in a few times recently, seems to stop open later than everywhere else in Melbourne. Not a huge range of ale but they often have one interesting guest ale on. Tend to have a DJ on a Friday. Can't put my finger on why - but I do like this place a lot.

28 Apr 2014 15:42

The Melbourne Arms, Melbourne

The Melbourne Arms at the moment is still trading, though there are plans for it to change use in the future. It would be a shame as it's a nice old pub with a pleasant, traditional interior and a nice, large beer garden to the rear/side with play equipment for kids. It's next to a couple of (fairly) busy roads but when we went the other day we noticed that you can't actually see the cars because of the hedge.
Not as trendy as, say, Harpurs, and not as central in Melbourne but a nice pub so I hope it can be made viable. The ale I tried wasn't in great nick, I guess that is due to low turnover.
ps. They do curries, but I didn't sample that.

28 Apr 2014 15:31

Bulls Head, Wilson

Nice pint of Timothy Taylor's but why no local beer? Nice place though.

24 Apr 2014 16:46

Ryans Bar, Derby

A handsome city bar with a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Pretty poor choice of ale though, nothing local, just Doom Bar which was not in great nick.

18 Mar 2014 11:13

Hollybush Inn, Breedon on the Hill

Charming little traditional pub at the foot of Breedon Hill. Real fire, low ceilings and very friendly staff. A couple of ales on but unfortunately nothing local (ubiquitous Doom Bar), though they did have a really nice cider on tap. They do food and have a separate dining area out the back.

24 Feb 2014 14:54

Talbot Taphouse, Ripley

Great choice of ales on tap and I think I spied some interesting bottled ale as well. Decor a bit sparse inside for my tastes but still probably the best pub in Ripley at the moment due to the great beer.

9 Dec 2013 12:55

Lamb Inn, St Melbourne

Nice local. Has a pool table and the dart board is located out of the way so that you can have a game without disturbing people.

11 Nov 2013 11:03

Blue Bell, Melbourne

Fantastic range of beers at this place, I also liked the ambiance of the place, the many horse-brasses etc.

23 Oct 2013 14:14

Alma Inn, Melbourne

Basic boozer with friendly staff and a dart board. No local ale when I went in recently, just Wychwood and Jennings.

23 Oct 2013 14:04

Ye Olde Packhorse Inn, Derby

Nice local with really friendly people behing the bar. Been in a couple of times, they normally seem to have a guest ale on, as well as the house ale, which I think was Marston's Pedigree. At lunchtime a lot of the menu didn't seem to be on but I went for a burger and that was fantastic!

In the evening it does seem to be very very quiet, or maybe I just picked a bad night?

7 Oct 2013 11:45

The Three Horseshoes Inn, Breedon-on-the-Hill

Nicely decked out pub, very handy for the path up the Priory.
Marston’s Pedigree and a Shardlow ale on when I visited the other day.
It also has a small shop and pleasant outside seating area. Didn’t sample the food but would certainly make a pleasant environment for a meal.

7 Oct 2013 11:40

Admiral Rodney, Swadlincote

Paid a visit during the week and there were a couple of real ales on, including a fantastic Welsh pale ale. By the look of the chalk board and the paraphernalia they obviously serve quite a variety of beers.

Very quiet on the night I visited but friendly staff and probably worth a visit when they have something on, e.g the “Cheese Night”.

7 Oct 2013 11:36

The Watchfield Inn, Watchfield

Went in here for the Sunday roast and it wasn't too bad at all. It's pretty large inside and if it gets too busy there is a large (though soulless) room you can spill into, where the carvery is. Didn't seem particularly scruffy to me, seemed fine, had a couple of ales on though I don't remember what.

16 Aug 2013 16:04

The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted

Visited again for the first time in a couple of years. Still a great pub, still doing fantastic ales and ciders. Very obliging staff - top place.

1 Jul 2013 17:33

The Three Horseshoes, Bourne End

Cracking location next to the canal. Pretty bridge near to it makes it a lovely setting. Beer was OK, nothing fantastic. Definitely worth a quick stop/half on the way to Berko.

1 Jul 2013 17:30

The Cock and Dragon, Cockfosters

More of an eating pub than a drinking pub, especially at the back which is very restaurant-like. Having said that it's interestingly decked out and a nice place for a pint. The Thai food theme seems to have extended to some of the fixtures and fittings. They had GK and Doom Bar on but also a fantastic guest beer which I forget the name of now....

13 May 2013 13:57

The Mermaid, St Albans

Vastly improved from a few years ago. Very different feel to the place. Great selection of ales & bottled beers.

6 May 2013 00:04

The Horn, St Albans

Saw the Smyths play there the other week - absolutely fantastic. Had a couple of decent beers but not a fantastic choice compared to some places nearby. Seemed a good place for a gig though.

6 May 2013 00:00

Moor Mill, Bricket Wood

Not really a drinking pub, it's a family restaurant but I'd definitely recommend it on that score. Interesting mill conversion, kids play area, pond. The burgers are absolutely fantastic. Only had Black Sheep on when I went in but was in good nick. Good place to take the kids. Located right next to the M25 but still manages to have a tranquil air about it.

5 May 2013 23:57

The Gate, Bricket Wood

This pub is split into a tap room on the right and an eating area on the left as you go in. Young's bitter was on and was in good condition. Was very quiet for a Saturday night, literally about three other people, but received a friendly welcome. Dart board had a nice electronic scoring system.

27 Jan 2013 23:44

The Old Fox, Bricket Wood

Walked through the woods of school lane to get to this hidden away pub and we were glad we did. Lovely friendly welcome and some local Tring beers in excellent condition. Real fire, dog-friendly, very chilled out atmosphere. Very small inside, though in the summer I imagine it would be a great place to site outside and have a few.

27 Jan 2013 23:40

The Wishing Well, Watford

Lived just round the corner from this place for six years and went in for the first time last night as it has recently started serving real ale. For some reason they are selling the increasingly ubiquitous Doom Bar rather than any of the excellent local Hertfordshire beers that are available these days; it wasn't great. Inside the bar it's TV screens galore, your typical Watford boozer.

27 Jan 2013 23:35

The Old Fountain, Old Street

Fantastic selection of real and craft bottled beers in here. Good service, loved it. There is an upstairs balcony which doesn't enjoy the best views but still nice to get out for some air.

24 Aug 2012 23:19

The White Horse, Welwyn

Nice boozer, outside area a bit scruffy but clientele friendly and there was a nice atmosphere. The member of staff I dealt with a bit lacking in awareness and not very welcoming but otherwise a nice place.

21 Aug 2012 22:22

The Grandison, Bramfield

Nice place to stop if you are passing this way. Food was pricey but nice. Large outside area - perfect for a sunny day.

21 Aug 2012 22:18

The Old Cross Tavern, Hertford

Excellent pub with a great selection of beers, though I didn't think much of the one they brew on site. Landlord was great, very friendly and helpful. Not much of an outside by the looks of it but inside it has plenty of character - great place, wish I had tried the scotch eggs - they looked great.

21 Aug 2012 22:17

The Woodman, Wild Hill

Tried the Buntingford Polar Star on Saturday and it was lovely. Normally seem to have a good range of beers in here.

21 Aug 2012 22:13

The Mermaid, St Albans

This place has changed a lot and for the better. It seems bigger to me now, though it still retains the dart board etc. Very good choice of ales & ciders, plus bottled Belgian ales. The outside seating at the back is pretty basic but nice enough when the sun is shining.

1 Aug 2012 20:07

The Old Mill, Salisbury

Forgot to mention, the garden area has some nice logs that the kids had great fun clambering over. Careful though as it isn't really that safe and one of the seats has a great big nail-head sticking out of it

20 Jul 2012 16:41

The Old Mill, Salisbury

Nice setting amongst the waterways, plenty to see. Food wasn't great though.

20 Jul 2012 16:38

The Three Stags Heads, Wardlow Mires

Very small pub, located on quite a main road, you could easily miss it if you weren't looking for it. That would be a shame as this place is worth a visit. The first room is very cosy with the small bar and real fire. The room to the right gives a bit more space but is quite dark.
There's a canine "theme" going round the pub and dogs are clearly welcome in the pub as well.
Great choice of ales, all in great condition.

21 Jun 2012 17:03

Ramsay's Real Ale Bar (at the Buckingham Hotel), Buxton

Heard about this place from BITE and glad I checked as I would never have stumbled across it otherwise. Tucked away in the Buckingham Hotel we walked through a couple of corridors until we got to the bar which was surprisingly modern in decor and character. The range of beers though is truly fantastic, worth a visit just for that. What a shame I drank the house wine with the meal - it was rank!
The food, like the beer, is great, and not expensive at all. There is a large dining area at the back which is more suited to large groups. The (pink) decor in that room is...interesting.
Really friendly staff - really good place.

21 Jun 2012 16:41

The Sun Inn, Buxton

Spent several night in here whilst visiting Buxton as it is the best of the pubs along this road. Quite dark, but full of character and a couple of nice little snugs to sit in.
Always got a few good ales on, though there isn't a huge selection of drinks behind the bar; for example there is no Sambuca, and if you don't get there early enough they often seem to run out of Malibu!!!!!!!
Other than that, great place, the staff are excellent and they do a great quiz on Sunday night.

21 Jun 2012 16:34

Ship Ashore, Milton Keynes

More of a restuarant than a pub (think Toby Carvery or Harvester) but quite nicely done. Staff were friendly and my fish and chips were lovely. Decent selection of ales - the TT Landlord was tip-top.

21 Jun 2012 16:25

The Old Orchard, Harefield

Only discovered this place last night and what a find! Worth visiting just for the fantastic views. The elevated location, wide expanse and lakes really make for a lovely setting.
Looks like a lot of people come here to dine and the food looked a bit on the pricey side but it would be worth it because of the location. There's a large grassed outside area so I didn't take a good look round the inside but from what I did see it looked to be nicely decked out with a lot of interesting memorabilia adorning the walls on the way to the loo.
They had several ales on, including Tring; the beer I had was in perfect nick.
Staff were also welcoming and I'll certainly be back.

21 Jun 2012 10:54

Royal Oak, Bushey

Nice location for Watford. Small green in front of the pub puts some nice distance between it and the road. Just GK IPA & London Pride on when I went in but it's a nice little pub, though it doesn't seem to do food, there was certainly none available when we went at lunchtime on Tuesday.

2 May 2012 15:51

The Queens Head, Maldon

This pub is in a great location, and maybe that's why the food is a little pricey but it was good quality stuff. Good selection of ales, friendly staff. Probably more of an eating place that a drinking pub but the tap side looked inviting enough. Would go back.

9 Apr 2012 22:45

The Tame Otter, Tamworth

Went along for lunch and was very impressed with the location and also the food. Canalside, with plenty of outside seating, ideal for a nice summers day. Food (I went for the belly pork) was absolutely fantastic. Three ales on, the Marston's was fine but I would have preferred some other local ales rather than Shepherd Neame and Sharpe's that they also had on.

30 Mar 2012 13:13

The White Lion, St Albans

I love this place. They have great beer and that often includes Harvest Pale from the Castle Rock brewery which is a big selling point for me. The atmosphere, people and location are great, though so far I have only been in the main room and not the smaller room the other side of the bar; I'm not sure if you have to be a wizard to use that bar.

19 Mar 2012 23:45

White Hart Hotel, St Albans

I would never have thought to go in this place looking at it from the outside, especially as there are so many great pubs in St Albans but a friend took me in and I would definitely recommend it.
Don't be fooled by the outside, once indoors there is a real traditional pub feel to the place and not the hotel-bar type atmosphere I thought it might have. My friend and I sat in those two golden thrones, excellent place to enjoy a nice pint.

19 Mar 2012 23:39

The Lower Red Lion, St Albans

Great pub this one. The beer selection was fantastic and they even had a Perry on tap which was lovely. Word of warning though, if you enter via the right you might think the pump clips at the bar are the beers on offer (which would suffice) but check out the ones over the other side (you can see them from where you are).
Been a few times, always found the staff and clientele very friendly, love it.

19 Mar 2012 23:33

The Six Bells, St Albans

Tried one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had in this pub the other day - fantastic it was too! There a few other interesting beers that were worth a try but I only popped in for one. Looked like nice place though.

19 Mar 2012 23:30

The Hare and Hounds, St Albans

Lovely pub, we sat near a nice (though unlit) open fire and enjoyed ourselves very much. Local beers (Tring and Red squirrel), pool table, dart board and also, when we were there, the worlds biggest dog. Friendly folk in there, nice place.

19 Mar 2012 23:26

The Mermaid, St Albans

Not as homely as many of the pubs in St Albans put the Oakham ales I had were superb.

17 Dec 2011 22:03

The Angelic, Islington

Quite a trendy sort of a place but with a nice atmosphere and interesting clientele. Nicely decked out. Couple of ales on when I went in.

28 Nov 2011 13:23

The Harlequin, City

Nice friendly back street boozer with a nice atmosphere and real fire. Only a couple of ales on when I went in but the TT Landlord was great and they also had mulled wine on which was good to see. Pricey, but that's to be expected round this area I guess.

28 Nov 2011 13:09

Hope & Anchor, Wirksworth

Two distinct halves to this pub, one half full of families and the other full of youths who seemed to be either very drunk or high on something; -seemed a bit early in the afternoon for that to me. Anyway the front bar seemed to attract a rum bunch but the pub's own ale is very nice and the pool table only costs 50p so I had a lovely time. Also, the sozzled youngsters were putting some excellent tunes on the clearly fantastic juke box so we were glad they were there.

25 Oct 2011 20:50

The Pear Tree, Ripley

I'm never too fussed with the main area of this pub but the snug at the back is a lovely little place to enjoy a few beers. I went for the first time in a long time recently and was very pleased with the selection of ales, I had a guest mild called "Howl at the Moon", which was a real find, if I see it again I shall certainly have some more! Pity the house mild was keg though...

25 Oct 2011 20:40

The Sitwell Arms, Morton

Fantastic little pub down Wood Lane just outside of Horsley Woodhouse with welcoming staff. The menu looked expensive so I went for the fish and chips which were on a 5.99 offer, or something like that and I have to say they were the nicest fish and chips I have ever had. Absolutely fantastic. Was very quaint how they took us into a side room where it was a bit posher for us to have our snap after we'd had a few beers. Speaking of beers, they were very nice, I think it was Landlord that I was drinking, lovely, though it would have been nice to have seen some local Derbyshire beers - there are some good ones.

25 Oct 2011 20:31

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

Great great selection of beer. I didn't try any of the keg but the real ales I had were very nice. Quite small but with a bit of an upstairs that is worth a look if it crowded, plus there's always the option to stand outside. You could say it is "characterless" but I think it's simple layout works well, I certainly didn't find it pretentious in any way. Great to see a beer being sold at 3% alcohol too, it was a lovely Pale Ale - if they have it on give it a try, you'll be surprised how good it is!

24 Sep 2011 22:50

The Murrell Arms, Barnham

This pub is definitely worth a visit, just to take a look around the fixtures and fittings. It has retained many interesting features and I could have spent all afternoon looking over the photo's and other bits and bobs. Nice old bar serving good ale with nice service. Food took a while but was nice apart from some awful pickled cabbage thing that needn't have been on the plate.

24 Aug 2011 13:59

The Feathers Public House and Kitchen, Rickmansworth

Lovely pub, bit expensive (I think it was 3.60 for my pint) but still worth a visit. Decked out nicely and the staff were very helpful. I only tried one beer but it was Castle Rock Harvest Pale which is a fantastic brew, if they are getting beers like that in then they are a good pub as far I am concerned.

8 Aug 2011 21:32

The Cricketers, Sarratt

Nice country pub, but perhaps a bit more of a restaurant than a pub. Decor nicely done in a cricketing theme and it was a very pleasant place to visit. Good selection of beers, I had the Hydes which was fantastic, though I had to pay a hefty price for it (3.60 if I remember correctly). Very nice though and there were some local Tring beers as well. Had some nice chips, also eye-wateringly expensive.

2 Aug 2011 22:03

The Three Blackbirds, Flamstead

Nice boozer, but why do so many pubs around south Hertfordshire only want to sell you beer from Cornwall. How about some Tring, or even better - Marlow beers? Staff were cracking though and the food spicy and delicious, excellent value. Ale was full of yeast though.

23 Jun 2011 19:34

The Three Horseshoes, Harpenden

Popped in while on a long bike ride, though made it a half as it was not really the rough & ready place we were looking for, seems more set up for fine dining. Having said they had ale and it was in decent nick.

23 Jun 2011 19:31

The Black Horse, Chorleywood

Lovely setting for a pub, with nice views of the valley out front. There were a few ales on but only the Adnams seemed in tip-top condition. Despite that we had a great night as the clientele and staff were great fun and the place had a very nice atmosphere.

23 Jun 2011 19:27

The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted

Fantastic boozer in a fantastic location on the canal. They were selling snuff, if you're into that, and also had a range of confectionery on the left of the bar for those with a sweet tooth (like me).

19 Jun 2011 23:28

The Cricketers, Redbourn

Great setting on the green and this pub didn't disappoint. Good selection of ales (not just GK) and friendly staff. There was a beer called 3.9 which I had never had and the barman poured me a taster which is always appreciated. Was lovely too ...

19 Jun 2011 23:21

The Green Man, Sandridge

Nice pub serving local Tring beers, the Colley's Dog I had was lovely (though strong!). Great location with a large cow's field at the back but they didn't seem to be making the most of it as the marque they had up conceals the view which is a shame. Mind you, they have an interesting little aviary out the back which is unusual and nicely done.

19 Jun 2011 23:15

The Plough, Tyttenhanger

Fabulous pub with great selection of ales. Beer memorabilia adorns the place and despite the large amount of catering going on it still maintains a good pub atmosphere. Food was great and not at all expensive, I had the lamb burger (locally sourced meat) and it came to under a fiver; the chips were lovely. Beer garden at the back and a small children's play area.

19 Jun 2011 23:09

The Black Boy, Bricket Wood

Nice little pub with large terraced beer garden at the rear. Plenty of space, would be great on a nice day. Friendly staff, nice ale.

19 Jun 2011 23:02

Royal Oak, Bovingdon

When I got to this place it looked very much like a dining place, but I was pleasantly surprised that it works well as a drinking hole as well. Nice staff and there was one particular ale...one of the bath ales I think... that was fantastic

14 Jun 2011 15:17

The White Horse, Hedgerley

I was in at the Easter weekend and they had a cracking beer festival on. We found the staff very friendly and the locals very chatty. Bigger than it looks from the front; quality pub.

26 Apr 2011 17:11

The Lord John Russell, Russell Square

Very simple and tasteful interior. Wooden floor seats etc. Small place but a fair bit of outside seating so one for a sunny day (though you don't get the sun directly on you). As well as the regulars (see below) there was another Deuchars which was nice and a witbier which was also good. Excellent surroundings for sapid conversation.

13 Apr 2011 22:06

The Crown, Crown Square

Great pub for ale. There was a large selection of interesting, mostly local beers and the Jaipur I had was in fantastic condition. We also had food, which was ok, typical JD stuff. Staff were nice but it was a bit irritating that the baby-changing facilities are only available if you get the staffs attention so they can let you in. If there is a queue at the bar it gets a bit frustrating.

14 Mar 2011 14:03

The Star Inn, Steeple

Beer garden, large TV screens, pool etc. Pool excellently priced at 50p. The first ale I tried (Ellgoods) was very badly off, but thankfully it was changed without too much fuss. The second (Woodfords) was nice enough but still a bit murky ... enough to give you a good bout of wind!

23 Sep 2010 22:39

Cap and Feathers, Tillingham

Although this place is just as much a restaurant as a pub the bar area retains a cosy traditional feel. It's a very handsome looking bar indeed. There are some comfy seats and the whole place has a very comfortable feel. They do "Wibbles" local ales which weren't to my taste but they also had Wherry on as well when I went in. Small outside seating area too.

23 Sep 2010 22:32

The Station Arms, Southminster

Beware - the pub doesn't open until 2pm on Saturday.
Other than that it's just about perfect. Excellent local ales (the Maldon Gold we had was stupendous), nicely decked out interior with lots of breweriana. The outside area is very pleasant and the staff are nice too.

23 Sep 2010 22:27

Queens Head, Burnham On Crouch

Back street boozer with dart board, pool table and magnificent selection of ales. I went for the Hophead which was excellent (in an oversized glass too). Very accommodating and helpful landlord. Huffer was great (if I remembered the word correctly) and the cooked food looked very good indeed. The outside area was a bit dingy but still a great pub.

23 Sep 2010 22:23

The Round Bush, Roundbush

This pub sits on the corner of two roads and the beer garden overlooks the road but it is still very pleasant, especially as the beer is kept so fantastically well and the staff/clientele are all so friendly. Seemed quite small/snug inside, though there might have been a bit more that I didn't see.

23 Sep 2010 22:18

The Pitcher and Piano, Reading

Shiney, plastic, loud - this place is pretty grim.

13 Sep 2010 14:26

The Peacock, Bakewell

This pub is located near the main Bakewell car park so is ideal for tourists and so the food prices are a bit inflated, though still looks to be popular with the locals. The mains are around 10 which is probably a bit much for standard pub fair, though having said that it was nice enough.
Good range of ales on including a few Peak ales and an Adnams. The bitter I had was in great condition. Lady behind the bar was very helpful, the bloke seemed to be in a very bad mood, customer service not really his strong point.

1 Sep 2010 13:09

Golden Lion, Watford

Handy central location, though you'd have to know it was there to find it. Just GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen on when I visited, IPA had the new North/South gizmo with it and it was in good nick. The homemade burger was awful, and burnt, but the other food being served looked nice so maybe I was just unlucky. TV screens seem to on all the time, and fruit machines flashing away so a bit grim inside. Some outside seating but I didn't get chance to check that out.

12 Aug 2010 16:50

The Horns, Watford

Slightly run-down traditional boozer in a strange location next to a large roundabout but very central. I would definitely recommend the Wednesday night live music evening, was excellent last night. The beer is quite pricey as people have noted (2.95 for GK IPA, 3.15 for London Pride), but it was in good condition and worth it for the entertainment.
I didn't get charged for entry as the previous poster suggested, maybe they charge on other nights. It was very busy, great atmosphere but there was still seats available as plenty of people preferred to stand to get a better view.
They're an interesting crowd in there.

5 Aug 2010 11:16

The Estcourt Tavern, Watford

Greene King beers but in decent condition. There is a nice outside seating area. There's also a pool table and dart board; it's is a nicely set out pub, an unusual shape.

29 Jul 2010 10:40

The Jolly Cricketers, Seer Green

I can't comment on the food as we didn't eat here but as a place to drink this place was excellent. There was a good selection of local ales and a hand-pull scrumpy which was wonderful. All the staff were extremely friendly and the place had a great atmosphere. There is a beer garden and the place is obviously very popular as it was very busy last night (a Wednesday) and they can't all have been there for the Morris dancers! not a huge car park so that could be a problem but a great local.

22 Jul 2010 08:27

Robin Hood and Little John, Cherry Hinton

This place is for eating, not really for drinking, family-friendly with a small outside area that has a slide & climbing frame. There is a good menu though and we enjoyed our meals. The service was also excellent. There are TVs at many of the tables now, which is a bit bizarre but if you don't like it you can always just turn it off (as we did). Greene King beers and the IPA has that new contraption where you choose whether to have it "Northern" (creamy) or "Southern" style. Interesting, I preferred the Southern.

19 Jul 2010 11:50

The Lytton Arms, Knebworth

Good range of beers, had a very enjoyable evening here.

15 Jul 2010 17:28

The Brocket Arms, Ayot St. Lawrence

Nice old pub. Brocket Bitter very good too. Very enjoyable.

15 Jul 2010 17:26

The Cock, Colney Heath

Very nice country pub, seemed popular with cyclists. I forget what beers were on but the guest beer I had was very nice. Locals very friendly.

15 Jul 2010 17:21

The Swan, Bushey

Excellent little boozer. Very small inside with a small seating area at the back (which feels like someones back garden). There are a few seats out the front as well which are a nice touch. There's a very friendly atmosphere in this place, not a huge range of beers but I had a very nice pint of Ordinary. Has a dartboard. Recommended.

15 Jul 2010 17:13

The Full Moon, Hawridge Common

Had a lovely pint of Landlord in this nice little country pub. Chips were great too and friendly staff.

15 Jul 2010 17:10

The Fighting Cocks, St Albans

Went along for a Sunday lunch, mainly because of its location near the park and really enjoyed it. The pub has a lot of character and was very busy when we were there - though we were still able to get a seat. The food was quite pricey and the veg was a bit lacking but the meat was lovely. I was more impressed with the ale which was top notch.

18 Jan 2010 09:12

Inn the Middle, Langley Mill

It was a shame to lose the "Erewash" and I wasn't sure about changing the layout and losing the 2-room set-up but it seems to have worked very well. It's been decked out nicely and is certainly much smarter than the Erewash ever was. They've got involved with some local brewers and so there is normally some great ale available as well. There's normally a good atmosphere in there and there's a decent sized beer garden as well.

24 Dec 2009 13:52

The Gunmakers, Clerkenwell

Looks small from the outside but this narrow pub extends quite a way back. Had some really excellent food and some top-notch ales as well. Jeff - you've done well here!

15 Dec 2009 12:14

The Wild Man, Norwich

Had a couple of great pints (Wherry) in this long thin pub that also was selling Adnams. Definitely not a trendy-bar. Recommended.

15 Dec 2009 12:11

The Bedford Arms, Watford

They do B&B at a decent rate here (though I don't know what the rooms are like) and it's very handy for Watford Junction station.
It does seem a bit dark and dingy and to be fair the beer is rank

30 Apr 2009 18:06

The Boathouse, Wallingford

Probably one for the whippersnappers the Boathouse but our brief visit was pleasant enough. Pool table and ale etc so I was happy.

30 Apr 2009 17:56

The Old Post Office, Wallingford

Made the mistake of going to this place on a Sunday when it was absolutely dead. Might be ok on other nights, is nicely decked out if a bit soulless, but then that might be the lack of people in there when we went along.
To there credit they had a nice ale on which you wouldn't always expect in a trendy bar. Staff very helpful too.

30 Apr 2009 17:53

The Dolphin, Wallingford

Excellent boozer. Was very glad to run into this place when visiting the area. Nothing fancy but a friendly welcome, dartboard and on heck of duke box.
GK, but the beer was still pretty good.

30 Apr 2009 17:49

The Bricklayers Arms, Flaunden

Lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon this, nice outside area where you can sit and watch the world go by. The place has a lot of charm and character, more of a restaurant than a pub but still with a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Food is superb though not cheap, excellent local produce. Can be busy if you are wanting to eat inside. The London Pride I sampled was in excellent condition, other beers were Green King.

20 Apr 2009 12:44

The Horse and Groom, Writtle

Attractive old-style pub with lovely dark wood furniture and finish. The pictures dotted around the place give it a nice character.
Couldn't really recommend it though, we were "greeted" by a barman who basically said "what do YOU want?" when we walked in and I thought for a second that it was for diners only. I tried an ale but it was freezing/tasteless so moved onto Leffe but the glass it came with was so filthy I drank from the bottle.
I did better than someone nearby who's glass of water stank of curry ... think they might have a problem with their dishwasher.

23 Mar 2009 16:54

The Bugle Inn Hotel, Botley

Spent a very pleasant Sunday lunchtime in here. Lovely food, the menu is great. Live music was playing whilst we were there, creating a really nice atmosphere.

They had Doom Bar on tap as well, though it wasn't in good condition, that was the only thing letting the place down - otherwise excellent.

17 Feb 2009 17:12

The Earl Ferrers, Streatham

Great music (including live music when we were there), pool table, dart board, lovely beer, friendly staff, great atmosphere. Everything you could want in a pub I reckon.

26 Jan 2009 14:56

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

Excellent for a Station bar, decent selection of drinks and a handsome set-up. Waited an age to get served at the first bar, staff even took our order and then disappeared never to return. Was much better with the casks of ale at the beer festival, good selection of beers and excelletn staff.
Hope they have another one of those soon!

14 Nov 2008 15:35

The Compasses at Pattiswick, Pattiswick

Handsome looking pub in a nice setting. Orientated more to food than beer but the bar was still welcoming. Food not cheap but excellent quality - our meal was excellent. Two real ales, the one I had (Woodforde's Wherry) was quite sour, but I didn't take it back so I can't really complain.

4 Nov 2008 14:21

The Sportsman, Croxley Green

Great ale was certainly flowing this weekend at the Beer Festival at the Sportsman. Live band too.

31 Aug 2008 18:26

The Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty, Heronsgate

Great pub with bags of character. The collection of old bottled beers above the bar look to be originals. Good selection of ales, mostly local, in perfect condition. Large outside area at the back, partly covered. Nice location, excellent pub.

31 Aug 2008 18:21

Cock Inn, Church End

Excellent food and Badger beers in excellent nick. Noticed they had other ales but didn't get chance to try them. Outside seating, though currently some area taped off for some reason (flooding?).

31 Aug 2008 18:17

The Doric Arch, Euston

I agree. We used to go here especially for the Harvest Pale and/or the Dark Star Hophead. Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy the Fullers beers in there but without the choice they used to offer it loses a lot of it's appeal. Will stick to the Bree Louise round the corner...

27 Jul 2008 14:54

The Station Arms, Southminster

Popped in for a couple and was happy to get some live music from a kiwi chap who coping well with the ribbing he was getting from the locals. Good ale.

27 Jul 2008 14:45

The Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon

Lovely pub, nice seating area outside. Good range of Farmers Ales which were very good but still reckon the Mighty Oak beers of Maldon are nicer.

27 Jul 2008 12:35

The Chequers Inn, Goldhanger

Lovely pub, deceptively large inside but cosily put together. Only had one beer while in there, a Mancunian effort which was very nice indeed.

27 Jul 2008 12:27

The Swan, Little Totham

My experience of the Swan has been of excellent beer, including last weekend. Great service as always, a gem of a place.

27 Jul 2008 12:23

The Castle, Holborn

Very nice pub, though if you're stood outside there seems to be some roadworks going on that gives off the smell of an open sewer.
Otherwise great - very good ales indeed.

6 Jun 2008 13:47

The Rose and Crown, Hemel Hempstead

Decent pool table but can be a bit cramped at the sides. Also does a couple of good ales and decent food. Likeable pub with friendly staff.

6 Jun 2008 13:44

The Royal Children, Nottingham

Visited on a Friday night and there was a real mix of locals/goths and who knows who! I always liked the "feel" of this place, these days it is selling excellent Deuchars.

15 Feb 2008 17:09

The Roebuck Inn, Nottingham

The Roebuck is tucked away down St James Street just a short walk away from the Bell. It's a handy pub to go to on a Friday/Saturday as the beer is cheap and the place so massive that you stand a good chance of getting a seat.
Not much atmosphere, because of it's size, but a nice enough pub in the Wetherspoons style.
The best thing about the place is the beer; they do excellent local beer from the "Nottingham Brewery", if they have 'EPA' then I would recommend several of those!

15 Feb 2008 17:06

The Roebuck, Nottingham

The Roebuck is tucked away down St James Street just a short walk away from the Bell. It's a handy pub to go to on a Friday/Saturday as the beer is cheap and the place so massive that you stand a good chance of getting a seat.
Not much atmosphere, because of it's size, but a nice enough pub in the Wetherspoons style.
The best thing about the place is the beer; they do excellent local beer from the "Nottingham Brewery", if they have 'EPA' then I would recommend several of those!

15 Feb 2008 16:56

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

Excellent pub. We were drinking the wonderful "Brewers Gold" until it ran out and whatever we had after was good too - an excellent choice of beers.
Friendly staff and an outside area that was unusually comfortable. Strongly recommended.

13 Feb 2008 17:45

The Live and Let Live, Cambridge

Excellent pub. Nice large wooden tables and benches. Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. I only sampled the one beer (it was early so I was on mild) but it was very good indeed.

13 Feb 2008 17:39

The Angel Hotel, Lavenham

An excellent menu on offer hear and we weren't disappointed with the Partridge.
Excellent wine as well, didn't get chance to try the beer unfortunately. Seemed more of a restaurant than a pub, though one side is much less formal than the other.

18 Oct 2007 16:31

The Cock and Hoop, Nottingham

This place may be trendy but they had a real ale on (Nottingham Brewery) and the layout is very interesting with nice hide-away spots and other larger, more open areas. Worth a look around.

8 Oct 2007 13:53

The Keans Head, Nottingham

Very good food and even better ale.

8 Oct 2007 13:45

The Punch Bowl, Mayfair

Nice out of the way pub with a decent range of beers, though the Bombardier I had wasn't good at all.
The food I had (Pizza) was excellent, though I did get it just as every one else in my group was finishing their meal!

Disintinterested staff and dirty glasses; but worth a try if you're in the area.

26 Sep 2007 13:59

The Sportsman, Croxley Green

"Sports" themed pub with old sets of Ski's and golf clubs and all-sorts of sporting paraphenalia adorning the walls.
Friendly clientelle and good staff made for an excellent atmosphere.
Very good selection of beers, including ales from Sharp's and Tring when we visited.

16 Aug 2007 11:31

The Artichoke, Croxley Green

Nice pub, just the IPA and Bombardier on when we went but looks like they might have more sometimes.
Friendly staff

16 Aug 2007 11:25

The Pembury Tavern, Hackney

Beer festival was superb. Those beers from Jarrow and Saltaire were especialy good. Typical of the Pembury to have truly excellent beer.
Nibbles were very pricey/small though....

2 Aug 2007 17:39

George Hotel, Orton

Excellent range of Jennings beers in top-top condition and very good food at a decent price. We were in on a (lively) Saturday night and it seemed to stay open quite late, well past midnight. Friendly staff and even a dartboard which was most welcome.

1 Aug 2007 16:54

Thomas Mildmay, Chelmsford

Friendly staff, superbly cheap breakfasts....mushrooms very oily though

2 Jul 2007 16:51

Metropolitan Bar, Baker Street

Large JDW, massive long bar, attentive staff and a good range of beers. On Friday they had a good many of the excellent Grand Union Brewery beers, they were worth the trip alone.
Typically large, atypically expensive for a Wetherspoons, even for London.

25 Jun 2007 12:40

The Windmill, Mayfair

We're regular lunchtime visitors to this place and the pies are excellent. Haven't tried the "posh" room yet with the pricey menu but the pub grub in the main bar area has always been good. A good place to drink Young's beers (always in good nick) if you're still drinking them after they sold out.

20 Jun 2007 15:07

The Cross Keys, Hatfield Peverel

Small local, with friendly landlord and stuffed animals all over the walls and what looked to be a stuffed bat hanging from behind the bar! Woodfords Wherry (excellent) was on while we were in.
We were also lucky enough to be in at the time when the banjo players were doing their thing, which I believe is normally the last Friday of the month.

19 Jun 2007 11:29

The Doric Arch, Euston

As far as station pubs go this is very good. There are a few fruit machines and other annoyances [you need a code from the barman to use the loo downstairs], but there's an excellent range of beers and all the ones we had were very good. The "Harvest Pale" was worth the visit all by itself...

11 Jun 2007 09:57

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Beer was nice enough (Bonbardier, Abbot) and the place was very lively. Room to the left is a bit more comfy/quiet which makes for a nice contrast.
Think I spotted some Keg Tetley but all the real ale was southern ... not sure why?

29 May 2007 12:18

Case is Altered, Old Redding

There's a very large beer garden, a play area for the kids and on this lovely sunny day there was bbq food outside.
Inside there are decent beers and the food we had (new menu) was expensive but excellent. The place was rammed and we had to wait a long time to eat, though from all the commotion and arguing going on all around it looked like other people were waiting much longer - well over an hour in some cases.
The staff did manage to stay warm and friendly even as the punters got quite tense and hostile.
There are some great views to be had nearby but if this place looks busy you mighy be safer to look elsewhere.

21 May 2007 19:36

The One Tun, Goodge Street

Has a square bar in the American style and they never seem to make for a good atmosphere. Youngs was ok though and the staff were accommodating with the footy we were desperate to watch.

21 May 2007 19:30

The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn

Large, with an interesting layout seeemd pretty atypical for a Wetherspoons. Seemed unusually modern and clean for JDW, maybe they have had a refurb since the previous reviews. Anyroad we thought it was very good indeed, the mild was excellent.

21 May 2007 19:27

The Jack Horner, Tottenham Court Road

Interior is a mixture of traditional london boozer and trendy stlye pub with plush seats.
Barman seemed to have difficulty getting the orders right and the Discovery was pretty awful. I'm a Fullers fan normally...maybe it was just having an off night.

21 May 2007 19:23

The Tottenham, Soho

I find the interior design quite stunning in here. It's traditional london boozer style but goes a little bit over the top and with some style.
The bar seems to have been modernised since I last visited; it's quite sleek now but it doesn't clash with the dark decor. More importantly the TT Landlord was in excellent condition.
It's location means that it is very pricey and get rammed at times (it's not that big), but it's a lovely pub to visit if it's not too busy and you're feeling flush.

21 May 2007 19:18

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Gloriously decked out Sam Smiths pub. OBB was spot on (inc temperature) when I was in there. Great beer at great prices. I checked out the little side room on Friday; different to the main bar but still excellent.
Also does decent food.

21 May 2007 19:09

Kings Head, Mayfair

Pleasant London boozer. Get's very busy at times as the local office workers (like me) stream out of an evening to quench their thirst. Good ales, Tribute and Landlord are in fine form at the moment. Cider on tap.
Upstairs there is a very comfortable dining area & the food is excellent. There's another bar downstairs that has a different, "hipper" atmosphere, also often rammed though.

9 May 2007 11:18

The Uxbridge Arms, Notting Hill

Really enjoyed this pub which has oodles of character.
Lovely pint of Landlord.

9 May 2007 10:46

The One Crown, Watford

Still just the Jack O'Legs for the beer drinker but it's a nice pint and they keep it well. Decent pub.

25 Apr 2007 14:33

The Moon Under Water, Watford

Typical Wetherspoons. Large, with smoking/non-smoking areas and an outside area which catches the sun quite nicely.
Large range of ales on show but most of it was off, including the London Pride. The Spitfire was on good form though.
I ordered the soup of the day which I was told was "mixed vegetable" and when it arrived it was actually chicken soup, quite nice, but not pipng hot.
There's a beer festical advertised for the end of April and I'd probably give it another try.

17 Apr 2007 14:40

The White Lion, Watford

Nice traditional local. Had London Pride, Courage Best, Abbat Ale and the 'guest' was GK IPA when I visited. Ale probably not as good as in the nearby Southern Cross, but not bad.

Food served from a hatch in the left corner, fairly good, decent value.

Pool tables, friendly service, my only problem was that it was ver smokey ..... roll on the ban!

16 Apr 2007 15:36

Southern Cross, Watford

This place doesn't have the atmosphere of a normal boozer but is a pleasant, modern pub with decent food and excellent beer. There are comfy seats and a cash machine.
The last couple of days they have been selling Theakston's Mild, Deuchar's IPA and Barbadier and I can vouch for the fact that the first two were lovely - the best ale I've found in Watford.
Staff have been friendly and I'm tempted to pop down on a quiz night (Thursday & Sunday if I remember correctly).

12 Apr 2007 17:40

The Three Horseshoes, Ripley

yes, this used to be the best pub in Rips. Always rammed. Not sure why they had to change it as it always got the punters in. Still rammed these days but the decent beer and the character are long gone.

30 Mar 2007 17:41

The Moss Cottage Hotel, Ripley

There's a pool table here and a great selection of perfectly kept ales & very friendly staff. It's worth the trip just for the beer.
Sunday roast was nothing to right home about but it was ok, seems to be very popular though.

30 Mar 2007 17:38

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Excellent beers to be had here. Would have liked to try a beef "sandwedge" but they stopped serving food earlier than planned - bit annoying. Ah well, they do have very good pork scratchings.
Top music & overall a great pub. Not the nicest area (one of our group had the wheel of his bike nicked outside) but other than that excellent.

30 Mar 2007 14:22

McGlynns, Kings Cross

Nice pub, though bit smokey for me (roll on the ban!!)
Beer wasn't brilliant but at least they did have some proper beer, which is unusual for an Irish pub.

29 Mar 2007 17:18

Mabel's Tavern, Euston

Don't let this place put you off Shepherd Neame beers. I've had some wonderful Shep beers elsewhere, but here they are pretty tasteless.

29 Mar 2007 17:14

Lowlander, Covent Garden

Excellent and very wide choice of European beers, the Belgium abbey beers are especially nice. Decor of the place is also beer orientated.
Not cheap - little change from a 5 per beer, though you do get service at the tables.

We went in nice and early (4.30pm) on a Saturday and it was busy but we still managed to get good seats.

28 Mar 2007 17:47

Moon On The Hill, Harrow

Quite small for a Weatherspoons. Very varied clientele - which is a good thing to my mind.
Staff were terribly overstretched last time I was in which I've not experienced here before - hopefully not a sign of things to come.
Good selection of beers, normally in good nick.

14 Mar 2007 14:22

The Hog in the Pound, Bond Street

Bit smokey inside but nice to sit outside and watch the world go by. Ale was in good nick.

23 Feb 2007 19:10

The Harp, Covent Garden

Excellent boozer but very busy on a Friday.
Recommend anyone to go and try their Harvey's Best, absolutely stunning beer.
Had a quick look upstairs, seems quite drab and lifeless, better to be downstairs fighting for a table...great pub & great staff.

19 Feb 2007 13:18

The Dunnings Bar and Restaurant, Watford

Fruit machines and TV screens galore, can confirm they still aren't selling ale here.
Pleasant enough though.

19 Feb 2007 11:43

The Golden Lion, St James's

Excellent traditional London boozer.
The "T.E.A" (Traditional English Ale) was in fine form when we went for a Friday lunchtime birthday bash.
Superb, friendly service and good pub food.
Wholly recommend this place.

16 Feb 2007 14:32

The Red Lion, Bushey

Rough and ready place but we found it a nice spot for a quick pint.
Looked like they have 3 hand-pumps but only Pride was on when we were there on a Thursday. Great pint though - in tip-top condition.

16 Feb 2007 12:19

The Flag, Watford

Nice pub, we went in on a Thursday and there was some excellent live music. Nice chilled out atmosphere in there.
Major Bad Point: Ale-free zone :-(
Absolutely no ale at all..... shame

16 Feb 2007 12:14

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

All the beers I've had in here have been excellent, especially the "old-style Porter" and the Organic ales.
Really like the wooden benches. One day I intend to get to the little 2-seater table on the tiny upstairs bit but It's never been free when I've been in there yet.
A little gem of a pub.
Seems to be closed on the weekend though???

3 Feb 2007 12:22

The Nascot Arms, Watford

Greene King pub but still very enjoyable.

There's not a hole of real ale in Watford so this place is very nice to have. Quite a few real ales when we went in there, the normal GK IPA and Ruddles along with a quite a few others - all in excellent condition.

TV was showing Watford, when we went in there. Staff friendly enough. Decent local.

3 Feb 2007 11:34

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