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Alfies, Winchester

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Decent traditional pub in Winchester at the King Alfred statue end of the high street. Original The Old Coach House - renamed after the town's most famous resident. Allows children, and does food, though few people were eating on our Saturday afternoon visit. Four local cask beers. A little lacking in genuine atmosphere and character (appears to have been refurbished just a tad too much), but a decent place to stop for a pint.
SilkTork - 8 Dec 2019 13:20
Pretty unremarkable pub but had an excellent pint of Mr M's Porter. It's Winchester so prices are high.
baxterfish - 7 Jul 2018 13:31
Nice looking traditional pub with a range of real ales. Back yard looks a bit boring and smoky, but there's a pleasant inside area with large screen TVs (on silent) showing sports, and a good view over the Guildhall. Though named for King Alfred there are lots of other 'Alfie' pictures around the bar, e.g. Alfie Boe and Alf Garnett.
Trev - 2 Jun 2017 19:45
Alfie's is situated just opposite the Guildhall in Winchester. It was the one Good Beer Guide pub I hadn't previously visited in the city. The pub has a fairly dark interior. But there is quite a large outdoor area to the rear, including a pool table. Food is served in this area at times. The pub has 4 real ales. Yesterday, these were Upham Last Suspect, West Berkshire Good Old Boy, Flack Manor Flack's Double Drop & Flowerpots Goodens Gold. Sadly there was no real cider. Nice enough pub. But there are better in Winchester.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Mar 2017 17:54
After reading the earlier reviews I entered Alfies with a lot of trepidation but was surprised to find a busy,friendly pub with four local real ales in decent nick,the service was good,the locals were friendly,an old fella with a British Legion badge came in and within a few minutes he was sitting with about eight students having a good chat,obviosly a local character. 8/10.
slerpy - 10 Jul 2016 17:28
Only popped in briefly on Saturday lunchtime whilst waiting for a bus, has obviously been refurbished and is a lot more upmarket. Decent enough half of a local brew.
ellisref - 16 Nov 2015 21:21
Not complete;y in agreement with 'thesaintsfan' - but I can see his point. However, i visited on Saturday and the Ringwood best was in great condition. The place was friendly and the staff polite and attentive (and I aint no student!!). It's not a bad little pub. 5/10
wolvesfan - 12 Dec 2010 16:09
Just because a bar is aimed at the student clientèle doesn't mean that it has to be a pit, only suitable for lary youngsters. The bar area is just about OK; from there everything goes downhill. The 'smoking area' seems to be a screaming and swearing area as well, with the odd fight thrown in. It is, however, when you visit the toilets that you really reach the Winchester equivalent of Dante's inferno, only without the heat, actually without any heat at all. If you could imagine a pub toilet twinned with downtown Basra following a spate of insurgent bombings then you get the idea. The management started updating the facilities a few years ago and then seemingly thought 'f*** it why bother?'. The gents is an absolute disgrace, with broken tiles, unfinished ceilings and god-knows what else as I have never dared to enter the cubicles for fear of catching something incurable. With this attitude towards their customers this place deserves to be closed down, sorry burnt to the ground and rebuilt by someone more sympathetic and less greedy.
thesaintsfan - 11 Dec 2010 00:31
I only popped in here to use the toilet really.

My half pint of Staropramen was awful as was the music.

Noticed another customer screwing his face up in disgust after tasting his pint.

One to be avoided.
Pat_Bateman - 6 Sep 2010 11:23
Incongruous mixture of an old building unsympathetically furnished with those very fashionable light wood tables and chairs of various heights. A side alcove is furnished as a leather pervert's front room with low leather sofas in black and some even lower tables, some messy artwork adorns the walls. Wide eyed and confused staff, the only customers were a sparce group of youngsters in the garden, myself and a middle aged canoodling couple. You are now thinking the beer can only be a dreary range of kegs and perhaps a badly kept guest ale on a solitary hand pump; well almost right: the choice of Deuchars or London Pride might have disappointed but the Pride was very, very good. The moral being don't judge a book by its cover or a beer by its pump clip. This is very possibly a good venue for the under 25s at the weekend but then I'm just going by its looks there, being as I'm over 50.

oldboots - 12 Jul 2009 20:01
i may differ from my peers in this case, ie writing on blogs, however i agree with them about the places we like to drink in winchester and i feel that the people that have commented on a STUDENT pub will not be as interested as people from a different generation.
Alfie's does need a clean i don't disagree however the atmosphere of the place and being so friendly is what is so attractive about the place.
friendly staff who are attentive and do try their best to cover its imperfections makes up for a lot of the problems it has.
i think when critisizing this place you have to understand it is a huge step up from when it used to be the Old Coach House which was unbelievable!
Quality86 - 21 May 2009 17:07
Terrible roast
Monkeyman06 - 29 Sep 2008 18:00
Recently visited this pub about 4 weeks ago - possibly the worst pub i have ever drunk in. The stench from sick and beer not cleaned up made us stand outside in the pouring rain to drink our drink. The drink was also warm. It seems to be the "IN" place to be, which i cant understand as it not cheap either. ONE TO AVOID.
beermonster1984 - 16 Sep 2008 14:13
the only thing alfies has got going for it is cheap beer. the place is disgusting. i presume they dont have a cleaner? as for the ladies toilets, well it put me off eating there.
helenbonne - 15 Sep 2008 18:55
Decent atmosphere - usually more of a student crowd, but far from being the worst place for a drink in Winchester.
bazza9 - 7 Aug 2008 15:32
dorsetknob - 1 Apr 2008 20:26

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