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Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage

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Pleasant if unremarkable GK pub. Beer OK but always have the impression that it is a local pub for locals only.
Aztecgoat - 11 Feb 2017 18:02
I once spent 15 minutes waiting to be served by the barman who served
all the regulars around me , even though I was at the bar first.

Finally I walked out and as I was leaving I heard a voice saying
" and close the door behind you " !

The staff and customers of this " pub" may think they are members
of a private club, but I will not be applying for membership.

I always thought one had to travel further away from London, to encounter
this sort of provincial attitude.
Leftinthepub44 - 19 Mar 2015 12:15
Pleasant staff and good service. Spoilt by the publican cheating when allocating prizes on quiz night and then being unapologetic and obnoxious when caught.
AlanG123 - 24 Feb 2015 00:11
Very pleasant old town pub. GK Fireside in very good condition. Well worth a visit if in Stevenage Old Town.
Aztecgoat - 10 Jan 2015 17:38
On our 10 pub crawl of Old Stevenage this was undoubtedly the best pub. There are two bars - the public bar being a spartan working man's bar as it should be, while the lounge bar was comfortable, busy and welcoming. Nice historical drinking environment, and the home-cooked specials of the day looked good value at £5.75. Staff and clientele were good-natured. The only real downside for this pub is that it's GK, so the choice of real ales is not great. I had a pint of the Xmas special, Fireside, which was flavoursome and nicely chilled to cellar temperature. If you want to visit a nice pub in Old stevenage go for this one, if it's the real ale you're looking for, go to the Chequers 50 yards down the road.
Number11 - 23 Dec 2014 18:07
Best kept Guinness in Stevenage and great staff
Hammyd67 - 12 Feb 2014 16:53
Greene King pub located in the old town area of Stevenage. There are 2 rooms and both are fairly cosy. There is also a courtyard at the rear, near to where the toilets are located. 4 ales were on. I won't repeat them, as they were already listed by the tenants in the previous review. We tried the Mild, which was fine. Although the Abbot was also in good condition. Nice pub, but could do with a more varied ale selection.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Jan 2014 18:25
Having taken over the tenancy last October, we have been using the past year to bring back the great qualities that this pub has to offer! With a full refurbishment that includes brand new fresh toilets, new interior decorating with brand new carpets, a quiet courtyard area at the back of the pub and new branding signs at the front, this traditional pub has been brought back to life.

We are a friendly pub that has many locals and many new faces that have become regulars. Being family run we bring that comfortable feel making all ages feel at home.

Real Pub Food is now being offered during the day (Mon- Sat), menu can be viewed on the website and many specials are added daily.

Real Ales are offered here (IPA, Mild, Abbott Ale &Speckled Hen)

We also offer a function room for meetings, birthdays and other celebrations. With its own private bar, offering cocktails, bottles beer and sprits and buffet menus this is a perfect place to celebrate. All information is again on our website.

Other additions we offer:
*Free Wifi
*Lavazza Coffee
*Quiz night (with a new quizmaster this is a fun Monday night)
*Meat Raffle on Sundays
*Disco night every last weekend of the month
*Dog Friendly
*Poker night every Wednesday
*Live Football

Territen - 15 Oct 2013 15:54
Excellent pub. Mainly unchanged in 40 years (that's a compliment by the way). The mild is superb (about the only GK beer that is superb).
Tewin - 30 Dec 2012 20:24
This pub used to be my local for many years and I think it is the best in the town, the ale is always kept well. Whever I am back in the town I always try and pay it a visit.
Anderson_Council - 26 Aug 2010 13:02
Still good, love this pub. I reckon this is still the best in the high street. Beers are good, landlord is cool and everything is fine. There is even a dog in the bar now that runs around. Not sure what type it is but it likes you if you buy nuts or crisps.
NeilA - 22 Dec 2007 00:40
An old fashioned pub at the entrance to Stevenage Old Town on the ancient Great North Road. Sit inside fireplace. Front seating area watching the world go by. Friendly landlord. Serves Greene King Mild XX from the cask.
SilkTork - 19 Nov 2007 19:26
Probably the grubbiest and smokiest pub in the area.
Flat beer and no sparklers on offer.
Friendly bar staff just don't make up for obvious neglect by the managers.
Be interesting to see what happens in the summer when the smoking ban kicks in.
DtheP47 - 28 Mar 2007 17:03
Used to be a very good pub this, in fact it was my local, and always had a good and varied selection of real ales. Sadly, is now a shadow of it's former self and has been completely ruined. Current owners have turned it into a "New Town" pub and is now frequented by a bunch of rough necks. As for the beer, don't bother, try the Red Lion up the road, it serves a far better pint.
foleyfeatures - 7 Mar 2007 17:11
I went here again last weekend. First thing I saw was a notice on the door about price increase on drinks. Didn't seem any more that usual though to be honest. Same old crowd at the bar, some a bit rowdy but they calmed down. The pub still has nice staff, people and beer!!

What was a shocker though was that we managed to get a table, in a small corner but it was ok. The Old Speckled Hen is still the best for miles. It tastes just as it should, they keep their beers well.

I still have not been in the left side of the pub though. For those who have been there you will not when you go in the entrance dorr you can turn left or go straight on. There is a small area on the left and one on the right. I've never been in the left side so might have to one day and I'll let you know.

This pub is by far still the best pub in the old town.
NeilA - 7 Apr 2006 18:22
Try the Greene King XX Dark Mild here while you still can. It's fantastic. Once GK shut the Ridleys brewery where it's made you might not see it again.
grahamperry45 - 28 Jul 2005 10:42
A nice little pub, a bit cramped in side but a nice outside area. Outside you can sit and drink your ales while watching the chavs go past in their novas and generally watch people go buy.

They have nice bar staff and it is a nice atmousphere, apart from the smoke. There are a variety of real ales including the standard Green King IPA, Abbott and Old Speckelled.

The best experience I had of the pub was on a St Georges Day when they decorated the whole pub with flags and there was someone dressed up as a dragon.

Apparently they do regular quiz nights which im sure a good. They also do food I believe but I have never eaten in there so can't comment there.

Recently they stuck a Over 21 Only sign on the door. Im not sure why but I guess they must have been having trouble with youngans thnking it was wetherspoons or something. However, I am 20, I look 15 but they did not question me. As long as you not causing trouble or being loud you will be ok.

Overall, lovely pub.
NeilA - 13 May 2005 21:22
A nice roped off people watching patio with pretty hanging baskets and flower tubs out of the front of this pub makes this a great spot to have an after work drink.
EM - 3 Sep 2004 14:52
A nice friendly local pub with good guest beers. They claim that if you have a favourite and they don't sell it, they will get it in. Would not make a special journey to it. But if you are in the area, worth calling in to.
Pub nights and the usual fun & games.
Laura - 27 Aug 2004 11:21

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