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The other day, I asked myself how many pubs I've been in - as a regular - over the years. I decided to make a list and consider them. More than that, I wondered how many of them I still visit from time to time, and how many I've known for decades. An interesting exercise: exploring the archaeology of my drinking history

Then there are a few pubs I've only known in recent times, but I judge them by the standards acquired over years. So it may be I have something to contribute here. Let's give it a go...!

There seem to be a few amateurs out there who just know half a dozen pubs and start moaning about the furniture. Get some beer down you, pal, and get a life. Start finding out about the way pubs used to be, before they started looking like mini supermarkets! If there's stuffing coming out of the sofa, that's a sign the landlord is worth talking to. And in the end, it's about the beer and the atmosphere.

Username: RAFsprog

Age: 66

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The Villagers Inn, Blackheath

This is a jolly nice little pub. The beer is well kept and the atmosphere is pleasant. On a good day the garden is filled with people, and it is a really lovely setting. There is a regular trail of people on the food pilgrimage! (Word seems to spread somehow!) You can walk your meal and your drink off in the extensive woods nearby. I've seen a few pubs around this country (and reviewed a few of them here) but the Villagers is one nice little corner of England I can certainly recommend.

15 Nov 2007 20:42

The White House, Guildford

The beer is very good. Three different Fullers beers. The food: forget it. Very expensive and small portions. Take the cheap option of a baked potato and they won't take the trouble to cook it through. Still, the beer is that good you won't notice you're eating raw potato... Internet connection 6 an hour. Why?

15 Nov 2007 20:29

The Lamb, Bloomsbury

The Lamb is one of those iconic Young's pubs whose days are clearly numbered, like all the rest of these pubs under the new regime (look what they did to the Flask in Hampstead!) One of the pubs I have known and loved for decades. The Young's Special is just about recognizable - but is it my imagination or has it lost its edge?
The food is over priced. I remember we used to eat here when we were students at the Central School of Art around the corner. You would not do that now!

15 Nov 2007 20:25

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