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The Blackwood Arms, Littleworth Common

At one time this place was renowned as a centre of excellence for real ale, and rightly so. But the suddent departure of Sandy a few years ago (taking his permanently parked Winnebago) and the place went through hard times before being bought out by Brakspears. Gone went the wide choice of beers, the old fixtures and fittings and, yes, the character was ruined.

Returning for the first time in years, the character hasn't really returned, the inside is little better than a second rate Beaconsfield wine bar. But the soul remains. The beauty of the incredible wooded setting, the attentiveness of excellent staff and, although the choice was limited to Brakspears and Old Hooky (pleanty of flaming lagers though), they were well kept and enjoyable. There were 3 of us, 2 had their food and the third (me) was kept waiting for 20 minutes. Despite this, the food was excellent, competitively priced overall, and the attentive Manageress (Margo) simply shone in her work.

A wonderful Sunday afternoon, a treat to be there and a great place to enjoy the country at its best. I wish them well

3 Jun 2007 20:27

The Crown, Northolt

Agreed on the comments about an intimidating bunch of locals. This place is s dive

2 Jun 2007 21:54

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield

The RSOE certainly has many charms indeed, it is indeed beautifully located, the building oozes character and may even be almost as old as the management would have us believe the place to be. There was a fair selection of interesting ales available during my last visit, some interesting ciders and penty of lager for the Phillistines amongst our group.

I feel that people should be warned about their food prices, I have a serious issue being charged almost 9 for bangers and mash, and getting just two sausages and a solitary scoop of mash in return.

The sausages were good, but a price tag of 4 each can no more be justified than their equally horrendous charge of 1 per oyster. Whilst one or two other menu items seemed slightly better value for money, people really deserve to be warned beforehand.

The management are very keen to dispel any accusations of their becoming yet another "gastro pub" (the area is saturated with them) and they have plans in mind to include a wider ale selection, introduce live music and so forth. This community focus could encourage greater diversity of clientel.

An interesting pub, a good (if costly) experience, well worth at least the occasional visit

2 Jun 2007 21:22

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