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Fir Tree Hotel, Woburn Sands

One of my local boozers. It has a nice layout, ale selection could be better. Normally two Charles Wells beers and then a guest which might be from the Wells portfolio.

I am surprised to see the poor review for food. I think there is a good selection on the menu. You can get pizza's to take away. Prices are reasonable.

There is a small covered smoking area outside. Could with a coat of paint outside and tidy up outside, maybe a different colour on the external walls as it looks a bit drab.

17 Apr 2013 16:18

The Barn, Milton Keynes

Been here a few times, mainly to dine in the Beefeater.

It usually serves 4 ales which seem to vary, no interesting micros but decent regional brewers. The bar area is separated from the restaurant so the food part doesn't impose.

This place is probably the nearest you will get to a traditional pub (apart from the various Wetherspoons outlets) Central Milton Keynes which I know doesn't say much. Worth a visit ecspecially if hungry.

2 Oct 2012 15:58

Bucks Head, Church Stretton

Nice large welcoming pub with friendly staff. Right in the centre of town, 8 mins walk from the station.

Good range of ales. All from the Marstons range; Banks, Ringwood, Jennings and of course good old Pedigree.

Had lunch here on Saturday afternoon. I had Lasagne and my Dad Scampi. Above average food serve with side dishes of vegetables.

Decent pub, worth a visit

10 Jun 2012 18:47

Crooked Billet, Hook

Stopped here for dinner on our way home from Devon. Nice pub on main road beside a small river (hreat for summer afternoons). Real fire which always goes down well with me.

Beer was great. Had a really nice brew from Darkstar called "Expresso", sounds disgusting but actually a very nice dark beer.

Food was very good. Proper home cooked. I would say it was slightly expensive as all starters were over 5 and most mains over 11.

Would definately go back if I was in the area again.

10 May 2012 23:57

Seven Stars, Shincliffe Village

Stayed here for two nights in mid April. Nice village pub. Does concentrate on food which is of a reasonable price (didn't eat here but looked good), but that doesn't leave too much space for just being a normal local pub.

Three real ales on offer. Two of the local variety. One was from the very local Durham Brewery. Easy to get to if you are staying in Durham as several buses pass outside. Or you can have a nice walk along the River Wear. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

28 Apr 2012 08:32

Teuchters Landing, Edinburgh

The venue is divided between what I'd say is a high end restaurant and a pub. We frank and ate in the pub part.

Good selection of 4 ales, mostly local. The food was very good, most of the main dishes are served in mugs of varying sizes. A first for me, never having eaten out of a mug before. For our mains we had stovies and macaroni cheese. Proper hearty food which was very filing. Also had some of the nicest chips I've had, proper homemade. They had a good looking cheeseboard for desert but we had to much grub from the mug.

The patio and seating area looks ideal for the summer months. Plenty of buses will take you into the city centre in under 15 mins

27 Mar 2012 16:54

The Lichfield Vaults, Hereford

Also went here Saturday lunchtime. Nice pub right in the centre of town. As reviewer below said a good amount of real ales were on offer but maybe not the most exciting selection.

Owner was very friendly. They do a Greek Platter which I had and it was very tasty, a nice change from the normal pub burger offering. A French Platter was also on the menu which sounded nice too.

There is a patio area at the back if you are of the nicotine persuasion.

7 Mar 2012 17:48

The Ship Inn, Burnham on Crouch

Had lunch in here on Thursday with a friend. Food was pretty decent good value stuff (I had BBQ ribs (8.95 I think) which you don't get everywhere.

Two beers from the Adnams collection were on, although there was a third unused handpump.

Good pub area inside and also a slightly more formal eating area. As you can see there are seats out the front.

A decent pub but nothing to get too excited about. Wanted to visit The Star but was closed at lunchtime.

3 Feb 2012 17:26

Farmer's Arms, Ulverston

Beer here many times for lunch.

The location is brilliant. The food here is excellent, at the top of the High Street. The outside area overlooks all the hustle and bustle in this busy market town.

I had mussels which were excellent. My wife a Chicken and Brie flatbread sandwich. We also had chessy chips. If you like real ale there are about 6 to choose from (including one brewed specificaly for the Farmers). Most are from local breweries.

Can be a little pricey for main meals but only been here once for dinner.

4 Jan 2012 04:36

The Plough, Simpson

Reopened recently with Italians running the place (first time I''ve heard Italians running a pub).

Pub is a good mixture of locals pub and restaurant. The menu now has an Italian slant but too many pasta dishes. Traditional pub grub is still on the menu. I would say the place is a little expensive but that seems to be the going rate with a lack of good competition in MK.

Two or 3 ales usually on but nothing too exciting, just from the Wells and Youngs list. Pub has 3 rooms, bar, restaurant and pool room. Also a back garden (with car park) which backs on to the canal.

Number 18 bus stops outside

4 Jan 2012 04:10

Ye Olde Swan, Woughton

Ate in here over the Christmas period. A good looking pub which is more of a restaurant, definately not a locals pub.

Food is pretty good but as another reviewer says below it a a "Chef and Brewer" pub so has a uniform menu. Slightly more expensive than you'd expect from a standard chain.

Four well kept ales were on offer but nothing exciting (no micros). Large garden, ideal for those long summer afternoon / evenings.

Large car park and number 18 bus stops outside.

4 Jan 2012 04:03

The Coopers Tavern, Burton-Upon-Trent

Superb pub.

Great range of ales, several off gravity. A very oldy worldy pub the doesn't really have a proper bar, but this adds to its charm. Doesn't serve food but they have great pub snacks. I had far too many homemade pork scratchings, then for desert some chilli chocolate. Nice!

About a 10 minute walk from the station.

4 Dec 2011 15:23

The Knott Bar, Deansgate

This is one of my favourite pubs in the country. In a nice setting next to Deansgate Station, the pub has an open terrace upstairs.

A great beer selection, usually at least 6 or 7 real ales on offer. Also a good selection of foreign beers which suits my wife as she is a fruit beer fan.

The food is second to none. Good value and really tasty. Had a pie last time I was there and it was one of the nicest I have had. They also do a great Sunday Roast.

The only downer was the state of the toilets. However last time I went it did seem they had refurished them. They could still do some work on the stairs as the carpet is extremley tired.

I won't detract though, it's a great pub!!!

18 Nov 2011 17:25

The Horseshoe, Olney

Had a Sunday lunch in here with family. Nice traditional pub inside, better than it looks on the outside. My only real complaint with this pub was the range of ales on offer. Only Bombarder, Eagle and Directors, so nothing to get excited about. Thought drinks were pricey for just a normal pub.

Food was pretty good and priced reasonably. Roast was nice but could have done with something else on plate or a smaller plate. Had whitebait for starter which was top drawer. Waitress and landlord very friendly. Plenty of deals to be had two. We took advantage of 2 roasts for under a tenner after 1600.

A nice put worth a visit. Got a big garden with decking too. Buses 1 and 41 stop in the village

20 Oct 2011 23:54

The Wavendon Arms, Wavendon

Nice pub with good decor. Mainly a food orientated pub I think. We ate off the early evening set menu (2 courses for 12.50). Food pretty good but nothing too memorable.

A couple of real ales were on. Nice pub to visit on a sunny day as a lot of outside seating available. Number 3 bus stops outside

27 Sep 2011 00:39

The Lamplighter, Northampton

Went to this pub on Wednesday lunchtime. Had lunch here, the menu was ok but limited. Did want fish and chips but one of the fryers not working.

Beer selection very good, 4 real ales on. I think they were all local ones too.

Nice patio beer garden out back, done a very good job with the limited space they have. About 5 mins walk from the bus station.

16 Sep 2011 23:47

The Croydon FC Clubhouse, South Norwood

A bit dingy but very cheap. Lager only 2.50 a pint. No real ales. Did notice they had London Pride in a bottle.

Obviously things have changed as bar maid looked like a bus had driven in to here. There is a picnic table outside looking over the Arena.

29 Aug 2011 11:55

The Dolphin Inn, Hastings

Went here a few weeks ago. Great put I thought. Had between 4 and 5 real ales on. Good chat at the bars from locals.

Also ate here and had a mixed fish platter which was nice and priced at under 8 which we thought was very good value.

Outside is a terrace with several benches, although was very busy on the day we were there.

29 Aug 2011 11:35

The Green Man, Eversholt

Ate and drank here a few weeks ago with a group of friends. We all had lunch, some had proper main meals, other just had sandwiches. I had mussels which were lovely, it came with bread and chips.

I think there were about 3 real ales on tap, not particularly exciting selection but kept well. It was a lovely day so we sat in the good beer garden.

We were walking, pub only really accessible by foot or car. Would agree with the other comments, not exactly a villagy feel to the pub but it is definitely worth a visit.

10 Aug 2011 11:58

The Prince Albert, Peckham

Went in here yesterday. Disappointed there were no ales on offer. Landlady/Barmaid said they can only have one ale on at a time as they only have the pipes for one (they did have 2 handpumps). However the Doom Bar on the pump clip was settling and wasn't ready. Fortunately they had a small selection of bottles ales. They were 3 each. A lot more than reviews on here from two years ago, a 33% increase!

Quite a good place if you just fancy a drink with mates. Also pool and darts to keep you entertained. No food served but there are a few benches outside if it's sunny.

1 Jun 2011 08:06

Le Gothique, Wandsworth

Went here a few weeks ago for a wedding reception. Three real ales on offer, 2 from Shepherd Neame and the other was Sambrooks Wandle which is always a good pint.

Quite a small place in a large building which makes it difficult to find. Best way to get in is from Trinity Road, not John Archer Way. There is a courtyard area where you can drink and smoke.

We had some nice cheeses but doubt this is on their normal menu.

24 May 2011 18:48

The Knott Bar, Deansgate

Went here on Sunday. Always a good selection of real ale, all seemed to be from micro's, and my wife even found a fruit beer she liked.

The food here is superb, I had a really nice Lamb roast which didn't hold back on portion size and good value at 8.50. My wife had a good facachio Club sandwich.

Agree with an ealrier post, the toilets leave a lot to be desired. If they were better it would get a higher rating from me.

24 May 2011 15:33

The Marble Arch, Manchester

Great pub with loads of ale on, most of it their own. A pint of Pint is great, not to be missed.

Had food on, menu we thought was quite gastro. I had a burger which was pretty good. My wife had a cheese and onion pasty with homemade chips, this cost over 9 which we thought was at least a pound more than it should have been.

Out the back there is a patio smoking area. Lovely tile work inside the main bar. Very accessable from the city centre, about 5 mins walk to Shudhill, and on several bus routes that stop outside on the Rochdale Road.

24 May 2011 15:20

The Robert Browning, Maida Vale

Had lunch here while at Lords a few weeks ago.

As per usual with a Sam Smiths pub, pricewise with the drinks you can't argue. My only problem is that they don't serve Old Brewary Bitter on handpump here. Is so much better served that way.

We also had lunch. Food provided by the Thai kitchen. It was about 7 for two courses. Had prawn toast and a Pad Thai (chicken noodles). Was really nice, good food which set us up for the remainder of the day at the cricket.

Nice patio out the back and a few seats and chairs on the street at the front for people watching.

9 May 2011 15:02

Patrick's, Beckenham

Very good as a sports pub, TV screen everywhere showing up to 3 different programmes at a time.

Not the sort of place you would go for a drink with your girlfriend during I don't think. However it is good for a late night boogey. Now I know it's an Irish pub but it would be nice if they could do proper beer or two. I know very few people that drink John Smiths Extra Smooth as all these sort of places seem to dispense. Also the fizzy stuff they do sell is quite pricey.

Decent outside smoking area and toilets pretty decent too.

27 Apr 2011 23:07

The George, Beckenham

One of the few proper pubs in Beckenham. Decent but nothing exciting range of ales. Marston EPA 1.99 a pint! Food fairly standard but as the price reflects this, it's fine. Decent outside smoking area / garden but as other comments says it could be better. Staff farly friendly.

27 Apr 2011 22:55

The Abington, Abington

I regularly visit this pub at lunchtimes when at the cricket. A few minutes walk from the Wantage Road entrance to the cricket ground. Buses 1 and 16 pass by frequently.

Large , imposing pub. Usually has 4 real ales on. Standard pub menu. Current food deal is 2 meals for 9.95.

There is an outside patio area for the hot summer months.

20 Apr 2011 09:08

The Chester Arms, Chicheley

Went here on Saturday evening for dinner. Food was nice if not a little pricey.

Staff friendly but beer choice was a little dissapointing. I know it is a Green King pub but only two cask ales on offer. These were IPA and Old Speckled Hen.
I did see there were some pub games in the pub if they tickle your fancy.

20 Apr 2011 08:32

The Hanover Arms, Kennington

Popped in here for during lunch while at the cricket. Had the best pint of Youngs Ordinary I've had in years, even if it was around 3.30 a pint. They also had Bombardier on.

Don't know if it serves food.

You can sit outside on a side street on garden furniture which is pleasant if the weather's good.

11 Apr 2011 19:35

Cross Keys, Milton Keynes

Lovely traditional pub in an old part of Milton Keynes very close to the centre (Buses 17/18 stop a few minutes away). Great beer on offer as current landlord seems to be a real ale fan. Was at his beer festival yesterday. Also has a large beer garden with playground.

Serves food each day except Monday (although believe they do pasties even then). Wouldn't say the food is anything to get excited about but does the job.

24 Mar 2011 02:35

The Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace

Great pub. One a like to call my local even though it is a couple of miles away.

Always a superb range of real ale (usually 7 on). All tend to be guest beers so it is like a constant beer festival.

There are regular specialist nights including my personal favourites; The Big Beer Band on a Monday and a quiz night on a Thursday.

Food also served. Although I have only eaten there once. Mussels I had were pretty good.

9 Mar 2011 17:50

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