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The Akeman, Tring

I agree with davvac re the low rating for this pub being unfair, but what makes it more remarkable is the extremely high ratings for at least two other local pubs which I would consider (having visited recently and been shocked at the poor service, poor management and poor beer) as lower scorers than this place. Who knows why that is.
pub is far from my favourite but does have a good selection of beers, plenty of options as to where to sit in quite a well refurbished bar and has an acceptable beer garden. I agree with juwwi re the service which is similar to that Love Restaurant programme where desolate couples meet on blind dates while the staff regard them with disdain while canoodling with one another in the corner. But quite agreeable pub overall. I rate as 8 to try to restore the balance - otherwise a 7.

26 Jul 2018 14:02

The Kings Arms, Tring

Cheap, cheap pints in here and some well known brands but the experience as so often in these country RA pubs is soured by the sight of mournful publicans suspicious of anyone whom they haven't seen before - traditional British approach but somehow always surprises me.
A barman palmed off one of my young friends with a pint which I expect could only have consisted of "slops" as it tasted of vinegar and when I returned it, the morose governor regarded me with suspicion. He almost wretched when he tasted it: despite this, he didn't apologise but agreed that it should be replaced. When I asked if there was a price differential between this pint of cat's urine and the replacement pint he dismissed my concerns with a wave denoting largesse on his part. In fact, it turned out that the replacement pint was cheaper!

Other details: a large courtyard if you like a smoke, brightly lit interior somewhat retro. Difficult to get to and cramped parking.

I may have been a tad unlucky or caught them on a bad night, but I will not be returning.

30 Aug 2013 13:13

The Windmill, Chipperfield


26 Jun 2011 14:34

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