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East Londoner by origin. Moved from London/Essex borders to Northumberland coast in 2002.Guinness drinker, also like traditional "scrumpy" still cider, not the fizzy stuff!

Username: spittalo

Age: 76

Sex: male

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Leaping Salmon, Berwick upon Tweed

A number of previous reviewers have commented on slow service, tables not being cleared etc. I find this quite common in 'Spoons pubs because they are often understaffed - anyone who has drunk or tried to get a meal in the Ship of Fools in Croydon at lunchtime will know what I mean. It seems to be Company policy. On the other hand it keeps costs down so the drinks can be cheap.
THe lack of atmosphere is also endemic to 'Spoons pubs, but I suppose no atmosphere is better than a bad atmosphere. You pays yer money ......

21 Oct 2010 18:50

The Brewers Arms, Berwick Upon Tweed

The only pub in Berwick High Street (aka Marygate) Like the street, the Pub also has an alias- locals know it as the Battery, dating from the days when the squaddies from the Barracks round the corner used it as their local. Sky TV, several screens. Good menu. All the food is fresh ie not microwave and reasonably priced. Lunchtimes are busy in summer when there are a lot of tourists down from Scotland. Weekends busy esp. when Newcastle Utd / Celtic /Rangers /Man U etc matches are on. This is a long bar with pool table tucked away at the back. Past this is a small beer garden which is a sun-trap in summer as it's shielded from the wind.Bombardier usually on hand pump, sometimes other real ales.

21 Oct 2010 18:38

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

Lovely pub. Only problem - it's too popular! Gets very crowded esp. early evenings, including Saturdays.Partly due to proximity to Waverley Station, buses & Princes Street, but also because it is a fine traditional pub with a good selection of beers, decent food and professional staff.
If you are visiting Edinburgh don't miss this one.

21 Oct 2010 18:13

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