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The Victoria Inn, Milton Keynes

A regular outlet for the local Concrete Cow brewery (in the industrial estate just the other side of the railway) whose beers are actually very good, the Victoria is a friendly and well run place. It's a proper pub so don't expect too many airs and graces. One of the best pubs in MK currently.

17 May 2011 16:53

Prince Albert, Milton Keynes

The tennancy is up for offer on this place and it has the feel of somewhere waiting to be given a bit of investment and care it needs.

The basics are there. Decent sized car park, kiddies play area, reasonable size with a nice look and feel. But the beer range is overshadowed by the Victoria opposite and everything looks just a bit tired.

Toilets were clean and smelt nice though.

Worth a shout but could really do with someone to take it up a level.

17 May 2011 16:47

The Crown, Stowupland

I would give this place the steer for the moment. It's in a poor state and badly in need of a revamp.

3 May 2011 15:10

The Trowel and Hammer, Lowestoft

A pretty decent pub overall without being "a must". The beer choice is nothing to write home about. But was in good condition. Personally didn't like the look of the conservatory restaurant. "Traditionally" low ceiling bar area. Garden quite big and views of the sea about 50 metres away. Worth a visit if in locality though for me The Ship Inn is better.

3 May 2011 15:08

The Ship Inn, Lowestoft

Recently renovated. Open plan but 3 areas. Bar to left, lounge to right and "Galley" restaurant to rear. Staff friendly and helpful. On my visit there were 4 beers available. Mostly unusual ones. Served at room temperature so maybe not popular with those who like their ale chilled. Bar and lounge both very pleasant and bright with wooden floors. Restaurant tables spread out almost to the point of sparse but good thing if you don't like being too snug! Food not particular cheap given the location - Sunday lunch 9.50, desserts 4.50. However, it is very nicely presented and tastes great too. Desserts where very good also. Chef said hello as he passed through and asked if the food was OK. Also they are child friendly. I would say the only niggles we had is they wouldn't serve a glass of milk and we had problems paying by card because of a faulty terminal. And rather than trying to sort it out or using a back up system we had to pay cash. No idea what would have happened if we hadn't the cash!! Highly recommended though.

3 May 2011 15:02

The Castle Inn, St Ives

It's a bit dull and dreary inside to be honest. But it is a proper pub with a good range of beers. Landlord and lady friendly and efficient. Had beer and cider straight from the cask when I was there which is a bit special.

11 Aug 2010 14:55

Bucket Of Blood, Phillack

Excellent pub on my visit recently. Friendly staff and locals. Good beer. Nice patio area to sit outside and interior has lots of character. They do keep old pub hours closing in the afternoon. Recommended.

11 Aug 2010 14:50

The Bird In Hand, Hayle

Went in during the early afternoon as part of a visit to Paradise Park. I think maybe people aren't aware that you can leave the Park and return. Anyway it was dead as a doornail. There were a couple of other punters in the garden with us and that was it. And this was high season. Still the beers and service were pretty decent. The interior and garden are both pleasant. Hope they are busier in the evenings and at weekends than when I went in.

11 Aug 2010 14:47

The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford

Used to be a classy place but it isn't up to much these days. Greene King beers dominate. Staff are hit and miss. Cleanliness leaves a bit to be desired. May be worth a stop off if you are on a crawl.

16 Jun 2010 14:14

Plough, Stony Stratford

Best pub to watch football in Stony. Gaffer is in a suit and seems to be on patrol at busy times which is always a good sign. Some quite nice seating areas. Worth a visit.

16 Jun 2010 14:09

The Moon Under Water, Watford

Typically large, some might say soulless Wetherspoons. Long large main bar on two levels. A smaller connected room that is brighter and perhaps more foody. Small patio area at the back which is OK if it's sunny. Ales are generally well kept. Staff a bit hit and miss.

3 Jun 2010 16:43

Golden Lion, Watford

It's a nice pub to look at and be in. With nice decor and seating. I find the real ale range limited and it isn't always in the best of condition. Hence I tend to use the Wellington and Estcourt Arms nearer the station or Wetherspoons if in town. But it's worth a visit, especially if you aren't drinking ale and don't mind paying a bit more for nice surroundings.

3 Jun 2010 16:41

Wetherspoon House, Watford

Typically large, some might say soulless Wetherspoons. Long large main bar on two levels. A smaller connected room that is brighter and perhaps more foody. Small patio area at the back which is OK if it's sunny. Ales are generally well kept. Staff a bit hit and miss.

3 Jun 2010 16:37

The Estcourt Arms, Watford

Very much a traditional pub. As another reviewer said, nothing fancy. Food seems to go down well. I've always found the real ale to be in good condition and staff welcoming.

3 Jun 2010 16:34

The Wellington Arms, Watford

This is a pretty decent pub these days. I have been in maybe ten times over the last couple of years, usually lunchtime or early evenings. Gets a good mix of people. Small range of real ales but kept well and often one from smaller localish breweries such as Tring. The interior is clean and tidy. There is a nice patio area out front that is a bit of a sun trap and has sturdy tables and chairs. I would recommend this pub.

3 Jun 2010 16:31

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