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Blue Boar, Colchester

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user reviews of the Blue Boar, Colchester

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please note that this pub is now called The New Town Tavern and has been for some time.
arduis - 24 Jan 2013 10:16
New Town Tavern, Pink Panther, Blue Boar....whatever this pub is called these days! Gave it a go again last week but the atmosphere and ambiance remains just the same. Its still a tired old street pub, located in the heart of our community and it continues to attract the same type of clientèle. Clientèle that prevents it becoming a pub for the local community to feel welcome in.
beemermike - 29 Aug 2010 08:01
Been in here a few times and like the place. Landlord is friendly (and a Colchester fan), the service is good and the beer are well kept. Tend to be 2-4 ales on, usually from localish breweries Adnams, Wolf and Woodfordes. It's smartly decorated and clean and pleasant place for a good pint. The pub is also frequented by the excellent local ska band New Town Kings.
Rod_Hariga - 12 Feb 2010 20:22
Several months after changing it's name, The New Town Tavern is still a work in progress - but progress there definitely is. The Landlord feely admits that he is still not selling enough real ales and consequently 2 of the 5 handpumps were not in use. However the 3 that were in use were dispensing excellent ales at very reasonable prices - from just £2 per pint! I think this is a pub that will get better and better as more real ale drinkers discover it - unfortunately that will probably mean the prices going up but for the time being the beer is excellent value. Recommended.
olderbutnotwiser - 7 Nov 2009 13:17
Thought I would give it a go now its reopened and changed hands. Not worth bothering! Same old tired out pub with some very shady characters frequenting it again. I Won't say what I really think about it because I'm conscious of the site's review policy, but the landlord does need to get a grip before it reverts to form.

beemermike - 26 Jul 2009 04:01
Tried this on the opening day. The Broadside was acceptable, but too cold, but apparently the chiller has been addressed. It was tidy - seems some of the original Blue Boar locals are coming back quickly though. Good luck to the new landlord - let's hope the pub doesn't turn back in to 'Fight Club'.
soulman79 - 6 Jul 2009 09:30
New Town Tavern opened earlier tonight (Fri 03 July) . A nice makeover back to a traditional back street local. It is quite a large pub with a nice outside drinking/smoking area. Five hand pumps with Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Explorer, Woodfordes Wherry and Wolf Golden Jackal in the guest spot tonight. A very reasonably priced Golden Jackal for £2.20, Bitter and Wherry at £2.50 Explorer £2.80 and Broadside at £3.00. I did not clock all the fizz but noticed Bitberger, Spindrift and Aspalls. Mike has done a good job here to a pub that we thought may never open again. I know Adnams have helped Mike hence the three hand pumps given over to their beers.
Love_good_ale - 4 Jul 2009 02:31
Signs are now up showing 'The New Town Tavern'. Good to see the Blue Boar lives on in the New Town Taverns insignia. Five hand pumps are in place although I would not expect all to be in use at the start. Hopefully not to long now until it opens.
Love_good_ale - 23 Jun 2009 20:30
Rumours are that this is to re-open as the New Town Tavern, an ale pub run by the former landlord of Ward 9 (Hospital Arms).
Rod_Hariga - 15 Mar 2009 12:16
Finally closing down at the end of August. To be honest it has been on the skids for a few years now but the current landlords tried to turn it into a gay bar for builders....not helped matters.
beemermike - 21 Aug 2008 12:03
this pub is a little strange,but thats a good thing not every one wants horse brass and pool.
they have a a well kept i.p.a and adnams,so if its ale you want....
also a bloody good sunday roast
i like the panther,even with blokes in skirts!
brownaleman - 17 Nov 2007 14:33
Proper strange, the couple who run it that is Nice decor, awful karaoke 8 days a week & full of blokes in skirts.
rosie_cheeks - 27 Oct 2007 09:58
has been taken over by the guy that ran the artilleryman into the ground. has changed the name to the pink panther but he will soon ruin another pub in colchester what a pity
anonymous - 12 Sep 2007 23:04
This pub is not my personal cup of tea. It does not serve real ale, there have been episodes of anti social behaviour in there in the past.
arduis - 10 Jul 2005 14:36

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