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Bat and Barrel, Luton

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Had a barely drinkable pint of Eagle in this 70's throwback pub. The music (which must have come from a "Worse of the 70's" compilation with such astounding classics as 'My Ding-a-Ling') was too loud for the mostly coffin dodging clientelle to converse with each other. The whole place doesn't seem to have moved on from 1973 - decor, music and customers. Wouldn't be so bad if the beer was partially edible.
Snarling_Mallard - 7 Nov 2010 12:14
Visited this pub again on Thursday. The beer was still very poor and i was shocked to see the landlord closing the pub at 20:30. Make up your own minds!!
multiplexor - 11 Sep 2010 22:37
beer ok but atmosphere horrible
davidsheep - 8 Jul 2009 15:42
I tend to be very critical of pubs, and on approaching the Bat & Barrel last week, a feeling of dread surged through me. That feeling wasn't allayed when the rather angry-looking skinhead landlord sauntered up to us to take our order. In fact, he was extremely polite and courteous and seemed to know his stuff. Appearances can be deceiving!

The board outside the pub advertises it as 'the worst pub in Luton' and jokes about its terrible reputation. I get the feeling that it's a sort of 'in joke'!
adamcroft - 30 Jun 2009 10:08
A couple of weeks ago the charming Landlord persuaded me to try a pint of his real beer. It was surprisingly good-I may try another some time as it is slightly cheaper than the bottles and not so tooth crackingly cold. After the ongoing redecoration it is much nicer, pity about him.
bonzoid0 - 6 May 2009 00:23
Charming incident some months ago where one of the regulars, who describes himself as a legend, was sat at the bar on a stool, pushed himself away from the bar and vomited violently downwards 4 times in the space of 30 seconds. He then kindly moved his stool to the right to enable the barmaid to clean up the contents of his stomach with a mop. Not even asked to leave. Sums this place up. Won't go in there again. Shame as the pool table and jukebox are quite good.
alan_latchley - 9 Feb 2009 13:47
I agree with previous views that the beer is regularly in a poor state. The pub desperately needs a re-fit but is fortunate to have a few loyal customers
multiplexor - 29 Sep 2007 21:30
I'm sorry to say that I agree with the last comments. After a recent visit the beer was un-drinkable, I got nothing but abuse from the boss who refused to even smell it or change it. I thnk it is now a pub best avoided.
bonzoid0 - 12 Apr 2007 23:07
What's Charlie Wells' cellar management course coming to, when the tenant can't tell when the ale is fit for chips !!!!!!!! Because he doesn't drink or understand it.
Fleck - 9 Dec 2005 19:42
9/10 for the "scruffiest pub on this planet". No hot water, hardly ever any hand towels and often no toilet paper, along with dirty glasses.
10/10 for the "scruffiest publican" who is a plastic Pole and hates Brits. (Don't mention the war!)
The regulars deserve better.
anonymous - 15 Sep 2005 16:03
A sporty pub with big and little screens. Most live sports covered: PPV too. Never TOO busy. Canny pint. Good selection of shorts (malt whisky, spiced rum) Shame about the guvnor (only joking)
magthelad - 19 Jul 2005 10:43
this was always my family's local while i was growin up and they lived in luton. i never really liked coming here. then again i never liked pubs. still, people know my name :)
matty_the_man - 7 Jul 2005 22:37
One of the best real ale pubs in the area, a bit to far to walk for the old crappers of CAMRA. Advertised by Chris as the worst pub in the world, these nice words should get under his skin.
bonzoid0 - 9 Mar 2005 12:34
it was always my local while i was growing up. its advertised as the worst pub in britain with the crappest beer.. i wouldnt disagree.. not that i drink beer or anything..
mr pink - 12 Jan 2005 21:18

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