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Username: SilkTork

Age: 62

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Old Farmhouse, Southampton

Friendly pub with great potential. Under new owners. The two pumps were off on our visit, but new owners are planning to extend the cask range. This used to be a student pub with bands playing in the back garden, though the quality and character of the building suggests a better use as a pub restaurant. The building dates from 1611, and has wood panelling, low ceilings, and a concealed minstrels gallery. The area is a little run down, and the pub is just outside the multi-ethnic St Mary's residential area, and just by the semi-industrial units of Imperial Road, so is not that attractive or inviting.

Be interesting to see how the new owners develop it.

9 Aug 2017 10:44

The Bridge, Southampton

Marston's have given the pub a make over. The back room is now closed to the public, but can be hired for functions. The name has been changed to The Cricketers Arms. After the refurbishment it did food. Then struggled with the kitchen so the food was on and off. They have now given up on food. Constant problems with the electrics have now led the company to decide to give the bar area another make over.

Mettricks in Centenary Wharf do local cask beers all day, plus food, and there's a great view and great ambiance, and everything works.

21 Jul 2017 11:13

The Frog and Frigate, Southampton

I love this place - but you have to go on the right night. I've been on a Friday with my son, and the band was playing golden oldies, and everyone was having a right ol' time. Good mix of ages. Good mix of men and women. Brilliant atmosphere. This is how all pubs should be.

I been here with Ian on a Saturday on the November Beer Crawl, and it was again a good atmosphere, though it was more crowded than on the Friday, and the average age of the customers was probably nearing 50. A woman asked me to give her a lift up onto a table, and I was somewhat concerned because of her size as I have a back injury, but we somehow managed it. Phew.

I have been here on a Thursday with my wife. And it was pretty dead and dull. All students. All listening earnestly to someone playing original folk music. Eyes all looked at us as we came in. Nobody smiled. And there was some sense of perplexity and irritation at our interruption.

I recommend going on a Friday or Saturday.

18 Jul 2017 18:17

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