The Bishops Blaize, Romsey - pub details
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|A very friendly pub with a great atmosphere! Although I only stayed for a few Ales (which where in good shape) defiantly worth trying! It was busy for a weekday and the staff where friendly and I'm guessing all family? Defiantly the place to go if I lived closer it would be my local! Great job! |
Ale24 - 20 Jan 2013 21:49
|Quite busy for time of day, 17:30ish. Didn't try the beer as I was beered out after visiting all the other pubs in Romsey. Although friendly, I got the impression that it was very much a locals pub.|
Jules_B - 30 Apr 2012 15:46
|Much improved over the past couple of years, under landlord Wayne, as evidenced by its inclusion in the past two CAMRA Good Beer Guides. A good example of a town local, the likes of which are fast disappearing. If you liked the Tudor Rose as it was 10 years ago, then the 'Bishops' is its successor. |
smhdog - 4 Sep 2011 15:31
|Oh dear; previous visitors 2 years ago and beyond weren't always kind to the Bishops Blaize (which we concluded surely should be "Bishop" in the singular??!). Perhaps I can see why; it is a basic, unpretentious local community pub and some would read this as being unwelcoming to non-locals, and somehow downmarket by its very nature. |
However this is not quite the full story here, as we found on a recent visit a thoroughly friendly establishment, with a mixed clientele in terms of age, gender, and background, all tied up by a down-to-earth and affable cove of a licensee.
I can see this being a lifeline to some Romseyites now bereft of a Legion club or community centre, and I think that is often what pubs of this ilk need to be founded upon. On a Sunday lunchtime it was thriving - yes there were only 2 cask ales on (though the Hyde's guest beer was found in good shape), and yes there was a big screen showing the latest footie match. I suspect that a bag of scratchings would do you for food just as well as any roast. But none of these factors should mean drinkers and pubgoers should never set foot in the place, or indeed the many like it across the country. Indeed, there are other draws here, including live music, which appears to be a regular feature and I daresay brings folk forth all the more readily.
I may not beat a path to its door again in a while, but if I lived more locally, that may not necessarily be the case. When one tires of the fabricated themed trash in centres and self-important gastro-grottos in the country, pubs like the BB might just prove the perfect tonic.
TWG - 9 Feb 2011 17:26
|As soon as you go through the front door you are hit with the intense aroma of toilet disinfectant, and you are then charged through the nose for your pint of beer, despite the pub boasting of its membership of 'Finest Cask' whatever that is. I paid £2.95 for a pint of Inde Coope Burton Ale which had bits of yellow chunks swimming in it. I assume that this is not a geniune extra of ordering said pint and swiftly dispensed with my beer and exited. A hopelessly grim, charmless pub, and if you are ever in Romsey for god's sake avoid it and visit the Old House at Home, where at least they know how to keep and serve beer.|
ChrisP87 - 18 Jun 2009 19:16
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