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This looks like it might have been the sort of pub I'd have liked. But sadly it is no more. The mural on the side is still impressive though.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Jul 2016 21:41
Sadly as of 30th May 2015 this great boozer is now closed.
griffly16 - 2 Jun 2015 11:12
This pub looked seriously unprepossessing from the outside near the culmination of a canal stroll from Long Itchington into Leamington but turned out to be convivial and enjoyable - Leamington FC paraphernalia festoons the walls while a pint of Oakham JHB was good. 4 or 5 other ales of good reputation were on tap while the barmaid sang Christmas tunes with a local drinker whose image is immortalised in paint and plaster behind the bar.
BoehmBawerk - 7 Dec 2014 13:34
Dingey backstreet boozer. Ale was adequate rather than exceptional.
anonymous - 18 May 2013 14:13
Nice little pub with a couple of rooms and very reliable, high quality beer. They have a board describing the ales and informing punters of what's coming up, which is a nice touch. There are a couple of screens, but these can be avoided in the larger side room. The locals are friendly and the landlord is too. There is a dartboard. Very good pub, accessible from the canal, or tucked off Radford Road.
Cheddar - 26 Dec 2011 21:12
Well I must have visited on a bad night, I thought the pub was awful. The landlord (I think it was he serving) was a foul mouthed yob (I'm not a prude and don't mind a little bit of swearing around the pub but he was just gobby and loud), the decor was very bland not helping the overall atmos and the locals looked at me as if I had walked in ringing a bell calling out "unclean, unclean". The one pint I had was lovely and there were three others on as well but I didn't want to hang around too long to try them. Went back to the much better Star & Garter via the Jug & Jester, both much better than I found this place.
Nigethebeer - 19 Jun 2011 17:54
Agree with other comments its a super pub with excellent beer choices. Try out the jalapeno flavoured crisps when visiting.
superseagulls - 19 Dec 2010 11:15
Friendly pub with fine range of real ales. Also have sun trap of a beer garden. Darts can be played here and there is a fantastic quiz held regularly
bigbeermonkey - 27 Sep 2010 18:08
Cannot recommend this pub enough for the solo drinker or those going out with friends. Tucked away down a backstreet by Leamington's canal you could almost walk past it by mistake. I went out armed with instructions of how to get there once and couldn't find it. Glad I did. Used to be called Hectors House after the old landlord and retains its front room style, cosy but not in an old fashioned or kitsch way. Landlord is a great chap and providing you are not a wall flower you can have some good banter with the regulars. Serves 3 ales at any one time, won CAMRA Pub of the Year for Heart of Warwickshire. Beer garden not fantastic but better than many. Locate it and go!
cls14 - 30 Jun 2010 01:17
Excellent trad back street local, very handy for the Grand Union Canal, which is how I got there. Wye Valley HPA and Butty Bach are regulars alongside 2 guests. All beers at 2.70 which I guess is reasonable value these days. Landlord is a good bloke as well.
ed.spbw - 29 May 2010 20:22
Has recently won CAMRA Heart of Warwickshire pub of the year - for good reasons.
griffly16 - 6 May 2009 14:06
This pub is real find not just in south leamington but in the whole area, if you like real ale the quality is hard to beat with 3 fine beers (2 changing guests ) and good hand pulled cider too. The atmosphere is a humourous and traditional style and the decor is tasteful with discrete tv for occasional sport, but there is a separate lounge for peace and tranquility while you sup your favourite pint. There also a patio style garden out the back to relax in in the sunshine. A mix of modern and tradition gives a great pub that will put a smile on most people's faces. Give it a go, its worth it.

sheepy - 21 Apr 2009 21:06
The Talbot Inn is a great back street pub, not too far off the beaten track and well worth the visit for those verturing to this contemporary freehouse with a pleasant atmosphere. It has quickly developed a reputation for becoming one of the best Alehouses in Leamington, since landlord Nick Ford took it over and revamped it a few years ago. Serving 3, very well kept real ales, with Wye Valleys Butty Bach as the regular and an excellent selection of 2 guest ales to keep any Ale connoisseur happy. Only a stones throw from the grand union canal near bridge 38, easily visible with a colourful mural on the side.
Frankendude - 19 Feb 2009 15:15
Usually serving Wye Valley Butty Back as a permanent ale, with two other quickly-rotated ales in excellent condition. Best beer pub in Leamington
griffly16 - 17 Feb 2009 11:04
Great pub and Nick is a very welcoming host. The pub has a nice atmosphere and has a good balance of new decor and welcoming charm. Well worth a visit and it can only grow as a place worth going to. Take time out to visit.
IFFLYNN - 14 Dec 2008 13:50
Another good canal stop. Basic but good ale house.
rogerT2 - 27 Sep 2008 15:23
Taken over by Nick Ford just under a year ago, he has turned it into a contemporary pub but retaining a great local pub atmposphere. 3 handpulled ales (top condition) and a good selection of ciders and lagers. No jukebox or pool table to detract from the basic need of a pub - drinking. Definitely worth searching out.
griffly16 - 5 Jul 2008 12:15
Rejuvenated backstreet local with a commitment to ale. Needs the edges knocking off it to make it a bit more lived in, but a worthy addition to the ranks of Leamington alehouses nevertheless. If you manage to find it, you'll be amply rewarded.
WebelMC - 4 Jul 2008 21:28

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