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Worth a visit if on the trek from the station up into the town. A couple of decent ales on (memory is again hazy) and friendly staff. Quite a quaint place so can keep yourself to your self
yamyampublover - 21 Jul 2014 20:20
Mixed reviews below but I found it ok on my visit Saturdayjust after 11.00.
Bit dark inside but enough light for me to read the paper.
Some quite loud piped music was playing.
4 hand pulls but only two in use.
1 for Caladonian American IPA and 1 for Buttcombe Bitter.
I had a pint of the latter which was OK and cost £3.00
bjbrummiejohn - 29 Jul 2013 12:59
Ye Shakespeare? Ye Gods! Soulless waste of a proper old building, fake beamery, multiple fizzy bland brands, dull ales and fruities.
curioushistory - 26 Jan 2012 11:48
This looks a suitable olde worlde pub from the outside as you would expect from itís name. It doesnít seem quite as authentic inside though. Nothing particularly wrong with it, thereís a wood beamed ceiling and an ornate carved wooden bar, but it doesnít have quite the quaintness that you might expect from the outside. A collection of about four fruit/quiz machines, a modern juke box and shiny metal lager fonts all conspire to remind you that this is the 21st century.

There is also a rear bar with a large pool table, although this was in darkness. Apparently there are pool tournaments on a Monday night, and poker tournaments on Wednesdays, although there was no evidence of that on our visit.

There were four beer pumps on the bar, although only two of these were in use serving Tribute and Gem. Good choice of ciders though, with Blackthorn, Stowford Press, Addlestones, Olde English and Gaymerís Pear (if you count that as a cider).
Blackthorn - 26 Aug 2010 10:03
a pub that never fails to disapoint me , no real ales on , walked in walked out again
beatles38 - 1 Oct 2009 21:25
Nice to be able to sit outside. Bloke behind the bar didn't seem really interested in what he was doing. Couldn't see much of the pub inside as we'd all be dazzled by the sun outside!
leicester_pubster - 24 Feb 2009 15:53
customers , who either seem to be revenue or firemen in the main , a bit on the boorish side , bar staff reasonable ,food quite nice , but sorry if I lived in the area it would'nt be my local .
beatles38 - 2 Nov 2008 21:20
Quaint pub, nice to sit outside in good weather and watch the hustle and bustle of the main road.
scrumpyred - 11 Jul 2008 00:24
Lazily run, although being a Punch (Spirit Group) managed house the poor devils in charge don't stand much chance. Proving that a PubCo's heart is really more into twisting those thumbscrews on its hapless tenants rather than paid employees.
curioushistory - 8 Jul 2008 16:55
A bit dark inside, ale uninspiring though not terrible. Wouldn't recommend sitting outside either. The paint on the sign is peeling. This place just doesn't inspire.

Given that the Kings Head (a superior pub in every aspect) is next door, I couldn't recommend here.
Quinno - 14 May 2008 18:32
Haven't been in there since posting my last comment but it's the only pub near my office that has a telly and I wanted to monitor my modest each-way investment on the Gold Cup, so any port in a storm. I had a pint of Greene King IPA and I have to agree with "an ecumenical matter"; it was pure vinegar. Overpriced vinegar too.
My horse came third though, so it wasn't all bad.
mousefan - 14 Mar 2008 21:20
In actual fact the landlord and landlady,and family,here are quite nice. But why do they employ such neandarthals?? Fri eve last 6pm,GK Abbot and IPA the only ales on,IPA vinegar.


Have I said it enough times........
an_ecunemical_matter - 19 Nov 2007 11:01
Nice old pub with decent choice of ales,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 12 Mar 2007 12:45
Used to go to the shakespeare when I lived in the student flats opposite. Its not bad, but too expensive to go to all the time. Slection of ales was good and the pool table round the back is neat. Jukebox selection is rubbish.
tanglewood - 3 Nov 2006 21:21
If you can stand the mock tudor decor then it's a good boozer. Good beer, food is good and locals are ok. Used to work across the road and enjoyed many lunchtimes and afterwork sessions here.
JockStrap - 3 Sep 2005 18:11
I think it's a great pub but i guess its all about...........................................timing
I often meet up after work about 5. 30 6 and the beer's good, quality old pub, no students at that time, no techno or loud music, just mor and full of the more mature types and they did a good breakfast for the first Lions midweek game last Wed. Works for me.
hockles - 12 Jun 2005 20:07
Please don't even think about going to this pub. It's full of students and drunken union reps from the local Inland Revenue office. The beer's awful and your feet stick to the carpet. Go to the Cornubia or the King's Head instead.
mousefan - 12 Mar 2005 20:05
What a let-down! This pub is supposedly very old and historic but inside it's a dump. It's uncomfortable and seems to cater strictly for the students who occupy the student flats opposite. The "outside seating" is on the front pavement where you get the pong of the buses, lorries and cars that use this busy road. We made a trip there specially but had one drink and left, we know where we like and this wasn't it. We did however end up in the Kings Head, on the next block, which is a charming little pub, so the evening wasn't a complete bust.
Bob - 15 Mar 2004 18:13
Nice old-fashioned pub with three draught bitters at any time.
Vindaloo - 4 Sep 2003 09:01

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