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a nice old building in the corner of the kingsbury sqaure, with a nice traditional interior.

nice selection of beers, didn't eat but those who did seemed happy. good service, and footbal shown on skysports and Bt sports.

all in all its a good pub
CHELSEA_on_tour - 10 Oct 2013 15:22
Popped in a couple of times in the past month and on both occassions the beer was excellent, well kept London Pride and Brakspear Ordinary. The second time was for food and it was excellent. Home cooked using fresh ingredients, well presented and a great price at £21 for three main courses. There are pubs nearby charging more for mass produced stuff from a microwave. Two minus points: there aren't very many tables to sit at to eat and the music was a tad loud, but nevertheless highly recommended.
Mike_McCabe - 22 Jun 2011 13:41
Strayed in there a while ago on the advice of a local CAMRA member and was pleasantly surprised.

Today they had Castle Rock Harvest Pale ale and Sharps Doombar both in excellent condition. This seems exemplary for their choice of ales, a lighter one and a more amber-ish one, and a lower alcohol and a medium alcohol one, nothing too extreme, always established ales, so no silly unbalanced experiments here.
In short, perfect if you are in a more 'conservative' mood and just want pure quality without surprises.

Also one of a few pubs that I am aware of that serve a 'dry' pint by design and not by accident. Dry on the outside that is
Strange that others still expect me to put on an overall before drinking an overflowing pint, or risk soiling my white shirts
The only other pub that I am aware of standard serving a clean dry pint is the Farmers' Bar, though they occasionally need some tissue for the same result.

And of course squeaky clean glasses, leaving a nice lace pattern after every sip.

This is one of the pubs I'll miss when going back to the Northern lands where they serve the real 'real ale'.
A shame Doombar isn't originating from my home too (probably a Northern defector stuck among the Celts; may need to organise a rescue mission one day)

Cheers

EnnioD

EnnioD - 21 Jun 2011 20:38
Surprised to read such a poor review as has been excellent on my previous visits, couldn't comment on food but had a lovely pint of Doombar and large wine (£3.20 and £4.05), maybe cheaper places but not what I would consider to be "through the roof".
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 14 Feb 2011 10:17
Went there again when in Aylesbury, has it changed hands? We were disapointed this time. Some food blew your head off and some was too bland. The cask beer seemed to have a bit of the finings still suspended as well. Drink prices have gone through the roof £9 for a large wine and a pint? I have paid £6 for a large Chablis in a posh pub in South Bucks, seemed dear for glass of plonk in this homely place.
Brucie55 - 6 Feb 2011 21:59
Recently named Bucks Herald pub of the year, well deserved I'd say.
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 12 Nov 2010 09:47
A real diamond in the rough and after a recent refurb even more polished,not in the area that often but would always try and make a visit.
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 3 Sep 2010 08:21
Really nice traditional pub with clean toilets which is lacking in most pubs in town. Only popped in for one but stayed most of the evening. Friendly bar staff and a nice pint. One of the only decent pubs left in town. Will definetly be back. Start your evening here before you move onto one of the bars later on.
mrspub - 15 Jul 2010 21:10
Empty Thursday lunchtime. Friendly staff. Very ordinary pint of Youngs ordinary. Everything ok but nothing special
southfields - 23 Oct 2009 17:26
Have visited twice in the last month and enjoyed both times. Seems able to combine modern look with best of traditional things about British pub - particularly the beer. On my second visit had an excellent pint of Black Sheep which is not always the case with this well-travelled brew. Recommened if you're visiting the town centre.
davewat - 13 Sep 2009 19:20
7th Aug 09. Keen young couple running it. Doing food all day home made and cooked to order, we have done as lot worse. Not expensive £30 for 2 off us 2 courses and 2 large wines and 2 pints. i had scrumpy on draught but st 6% went onto to the guest real ale (Flowers) both well kept, again often more than todays kids can be bothered with. Surpisingly good and would recommend
Brucie55 - 8 Aug 2009 19:42
Nice tables.
DeepThought - 25 May 2009 20:00
Come on board the Rockwood on a Friday and Saturday night as you will find the best seat in town at this venue. I suggest you purchase a bottle of wine, find a chair by a window, then sit back, relax and watch the comings and goings of people at the Victoria Club. Sheer escapism, it is a real life soap opera , you will find all sorts of characters which could be from an Ealing comedy, the loveable rogue, the tart with a heart, the put-upon wife, the selfish skirt-chaser, the fussy widow, the beer-quaffing macho, the stroppy (and prematurely pregnant) teenager... need I go on? However, as midnight approaches’ watching this enjoyable farce becomes the worst seat in town, as a considerable number of these characters enter the Rockwood often drunk and dangerous. You then need the services of Steve McQueen to help you plan the “the great escape” as there is only one door out!
pubwatch - 4 Dec 2008 16:00
Pleasant enough place. Beer OK. Food OK. Everything sort of... OK.
Mr_FRISKY - 8 Dec 2007 16:22
The Rockwood changed hands this year with Colin selling up before the smoking ban came in. The management now seems much younger but they've done nothing too drastic to the pub (thankfully) other than pipe music in more regularly though it's nowhere near as loud or intrusive as at The Harrow, for example. The bar staff are friendly and efficient and it's still by far the best town centre pub either for a swift pint or somewhere to spend an evening. Thankfully the chavs appear to have decamped wholesale to the newly refurbished but still god-awful Chicagos. Always good news.
HelenC - 21 Oct 2007 14:37
My local and definitely the best pub in Aylesbury town centre! Lots of character, good service and friendly regulars. Its location can mean that Aylesbury's chav population occasionally stumble in on Friday and Saturday evenings, but they generally clear off to the Litten Tree fairly swiftly (best place for them!). Lovely beer garden which is well tucked away so those in the know generally get a seat. Highly recommended.
HelenC - 8 Apr 2007 19:06
Food was excellent but unfortunately thats the only thing you could say that was. The service was poor and the cutlery was dirty when it arrived. A vodka and lemoade for the sunny day I went seemed appropriate but the lemonade was flat and when i mentioned this I was told 'seems fine to me'. Not the best approach to a new customer. Was quiet and clearly one for a select few locals the landlord chooses to talk to. Rated as a 3 and all those points are for the meal !
mkylem - 27 Jul 2006 11:50
Good freindly pub Colin the landlord is great
Dafftd - 4 May 2006 20:48

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