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The Mitre, Holland Park

Service at the bar was slow when not many people were in but later when busier it was quicker - bizarre. An annoying barman did not comprehend that a half of coke was the same as a small glass of coke - even more bizarre! The two hand pumps, Bombardier and an unlabelled one were not in use. We had some of the chunky chips. They had a strange flavour as if the oil needed changing.

On the plus side, there were plenty of attractive young ladies - very pleasant indeed!!

31 Jul 2006 08:32

The Swan and Bottle, Uxbridge

Was great when run by the Churchill's and the canal bar still existed. Saw quite a few amateur bands in there, best of all was one that had fire eaters, who nearly set the whole place ablaze. Mr. Churchill was not best pleased!

13 Jul 2006 14:17

The Abrook Arms, Uxbridge

Strange pub, in strange location. OK enough though.

13 Jul 2006 14:11

The Soldiers Return, West Ruislip

Handy for West Ruislip tube, before heading to Loftus Road.

13 Jul 2006 14:08

The Vine, Hillingdon

The poor relation to the other nearby pubs. Generally, unfriendly bar staff and management. For use only in emergencies.

13 Jul 2006 14:07

The Red Lion Hotel, Hillingdon

Used to enjoy the odd pint of Pride or ESB here. I particularly recall spending the evening before a friend's sister's wedding talking to a music journalist about her recent interview and experiences with Motley Crue in the States!

Strangley low level and small bar.

13 Jul 2006 14:05

The Brushwood Inn, Hillingdon

A favourite from mid 80s to mid 90s. A strange but friendly mix of customers. Remembered for having extended hours on bank holidays. Bizarre when the next day was a working day!!

13 Jul 2006 13:59

Prince Of Wales, Uxbridge

Used to be THE pub to go to in the 80s, especially when frequented by the bikers and an aspirational heavy metal band and their friends. One of those people is now a high profile media type. Friday nights were often the livliest.

Not so sure about it now though. The first time we had all day drinking (August 1987?), I was at this pub from 11am until 11pm !!

13 Jul 2006 13:52

The Lamb, Bloomsbury

The classic Young's pub. Enjoy the Golden Zest in the summer.

13 Jul 2006 12:12

Queens Larder, Bloomsbury

Great place for a pint or two in the early evening. Best to stand outside and people watch. Inside is indeed very compact. Excellent bar staff and decent real ales.

13 Jul 2006 12:10

Black Horse Inn, Chester Le Street

Enjoyed many a pint of Trophy in here. One of the better pubs in C-L-S.

13 Jul 2006 12:01

Lambton Arms, Chester Le Street

Revamped yet again. Popular with sixth formers from local school at weekends. Never been the best, but very popular. No longer an S&N pub though.

13 Jul 2006 11:59

The White Hart, Waterloo

Odd location. Usually a choice of real ales. Had some very pleasant Summer Lightning there recently. Also recall an attractive barmaid working there! Good pub for a swift one at lunch-time.

13 Jul 2006 10:37

Fountain Harvester, Loughton

This is probably the best Harvester you will find. No surprises where the menu and salad cart are concerned, but what they do, they do very well. The recent refurbishment has been sympathetically done and eliminating the smoking area in the restaurant is another improvement. Waiting staff are usually very good. Large enclosed beer garden with a few bits of playground equipment is good for kids.
Recommended as a restaurant, but not as a pub - choice of beers is not great.

13 Jul 2006 09:13

The Carrington Arms, Moulsoe

Had been here before (and enjoyed it), but on recent trip found the service and food highly disappointing.
Firstly, the waitress tried to squeeze our party of 5 around a table for 4 (and the place was empty). The only tables big enough were in close proximity to the bar area, where later some smokers took up position. The food was very poor and the portions miserly. The garlic potatoes that I had enjoyed on a previous trip were sloppy and bland. The worst thing was that the price charged was excessively high. No tip & certainly no return trip.

13 Jul 2006 09:04

Ye Olde Swan, Woughton

Looks promising, but the Chef & Brewer sign outside gives a clue to the disappointing fare on offer inside. The menu is way to big. Quality, not quantity should be the theme here. Prices are on the high side for the standard of food. Beer was pretty good and staff tried hard to please. Little chance of a return trip however.

Interestingly, the pub stands on the border of the good part of Woughton on the Green and the not so good part. Go there and you'll see what I mean.

13 Jul 2006 08:54

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