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The Horatio Todds, Belfast

Apologies, this isn't a pub review but I wanted to record thanks to snarling mallard, blue scrumpy, mappiman and boehm (and a few others, sorry not to name you) for the volume and quality of your posts that keep this site going. Where do you find the time and money to visit so many places?!

I also liked it that it seems 'blue' and 'snarling' may have been in the same pub at the same time :-)

Keep up the good work.


6 Aug 2018 22:56

The Lamb and Flag, Oxford

Also came in here on 24th July.

Just across the road from the Eagle and Child but much brighter, bigger and open inside but still an old pub from the 1600s. Owned by St John's College (as apparently is the Eagle and Child although that looks like its managed by Nicholsons).

Some tourists but locals and regulars too, chatting happily with the bar staff.

Had a good pint of Butts Barbus Barbus. Not tried this before but have heard of the brewery as its one of the few true organic brewers in the country. Very enjoyable pint but possibly too much body for such a warm day; should have looked more closely at the other three or four real ales that were on! They had two real ciders on, one at around 5% and the other nudging 8% - unfortunately can't remember what they were.

Liked the place and would go back. As others have noted, its cash only.


31 Jul 2018 19:00

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

Came in here on 24th July.

Undoubtedly an historic pub and the place has good feel about it. Small serving area and only one staff member appeared on duty so service was a bit slow at times - mostly though as many of the punters didn't know what they wanted to eat or drink and groups ordering individually rather than rounds. Somewhat an inevitable consequence of being an international tourist destination. Indeed, while I was a tourist, so far as I could see almost all the visitors were overseas. Nothing at all wrong with that but doesn't make for much atmosphere.

Had two very nice pints of Old Hooky and served in a jug which I've not seen in years - probably an anachronism for the tourists :-)

Anyway, fascinating old pub, beer was good but not much atmosphere.


31 Jul 2018 18:48

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