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I'm unconvinced by this pub,we tried many of the beers but none were up to scratch,the food on offer was very poor and under cooked. Why have eight crap beers? Just sell four well kept ales 1/10.
slerpy - 10 Jul 2016 17:37
Very attractive and well-managed pub. Ignore the fact it's owned by Green King - only their IPA was available and was supplemented by 6 ales from good local breweries such as Weltons & Red Cat. Very good & well worth the trek from the centre.
baxterfish - 28 Feb 2016 12:37
Sadly the micro brewery appears to be no more. But there was a very good selection of 8 ales on only 2 of which were from Greene King. Red Cat, Upham Andwell, Rusty Prop, Hook Norton were present as well as a superb old from Weltons.
Steamer1 - 24 Jan 2015 18:39
Yep still great despite changes to staff / management. Shame the Itchen Valley Godfathers is no longer on.
Not 100% certain about the bright red leather armchairs though!
Unusually, they have a loyalty card scheme. Me and mate managed to get the necessary nine stamps and get 10th free in the one visit.
Old_King_Cole - 11 Nov 2014 21:24
Two recent visits and two different experiences- it certainly is a tidy little pub, with space outdoors if weather permits front and back- little nooks and crannies- unpretentious and decent staff- first visit early midweek was great- they have about 4 ales on and easily corrected an over-charging problem- second visit was in the evening on a saturday and was packed with babies and kids and must have been something on- so we pulled the ripcord immediately- with 33 pubs closing a week in Britain, and no cafe culture we are short-changed when it comes to public spaces and renders pubs useless or tedious for much of their time. 6 from AZ until a further visit is possible if we can squeeze in...
alezilla - 30 Nov 2013 17:40
Visited last month for a quick two pints during a crawl. It was the best tasting beer by far. Had the pots and the own brewed. Slightly bizarre experience as suddenly the pub was inundated with a school netball or hockey team eating burgers. Friendly and will return
wrecker - 18 Apr 2013 20:40
Went on a quiet Sunday lunchtime - only a few others there who were all regulars I think. Made to feel very welcome. They have their own micro-brewery downstairs - tried the two that we on from there and they were both really good. Will be going again.
grimbo - 7 Oct 2012 19:34
Nice comfy pub with a good selection of ales and friendly staff, pretty much how a pub should be in my book.

It is slightly hard to find though, it took me two attempts as I was given very vague directions that failed to mention the all important fact that it is on the "wrong side" of the railway station!
FLO - 20 Aug 2011 13:10
Weeke is the first parish on leaving the city to the north west beyond where the original Roman wall was located. The parish is approximately bounded by the Roman road to Cirencester (the modern Andover Road) and the Roman Road to Salisbury (the modern Sarum Road). The Fulflood Arms is at the end of a terrace of houses. It is on the corner of Cheriton Road and Western Road. It does not appear in the 1871 census but was completed probably late in that year. The fascia of the pub consists of glazed dark green tiles with the words "Winchester Brewery Co. Ltd" and "The Fulflood Arms" embossed on it, but today it is Greene King pub. This boozer has been part of the Winchester community for over 130 years and is one of the best kept secrets of Winchester. A real locals pub it has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere upon entry. Inside the victorian ambience is continued with many prints of that period and the decor is tastefully re-furbished complimenting the architecture. I take it that at one time it was two bars, but now one room surrounds the central bar. This was the first stop of a mini pub crawl my brother and I did and we were a little bit spoilt by this excellent boozer. It's not easy to find but the effort is worth it. 5 real ales on hand pump and a recent posting has St Austell Brewery - Tribute 4.2%, Itchen Valley Brewery - Godfathers 3.8% (Local), Upham Brewery - Stakes Ale 4.6% (Local), Springhead Brewery - Leveller 4.8%, Westons - Old Rosie (cider) 7.3%. I had a pint of Pots ale and it was in excellent form. There is a bar billiards table (the only one left in Winchester) and also a dart board where three teams play their home matches. A rather nice Wurlitzer juke box (not working on our visit) was hidden behind two of the many comfy Chesterfield sofas you can lounge in. The toilets are clean and wooden paneled (of course) and there's a small beer garden. If I could afford to live in Winchester I'd never leave this pub and I only give this a 9 because one day I may find a better pub.
BARRY2771 - 3 Jul 2011 16:22
Remains a decent pub but it is becoming one of the most expensive... Glass of ale and wine almost 8 which to a londoner isnt maybe insane but its potent for this area. House wine not an option (white) as it was really poor - so it seems the affluent area is making for affluent prices - a shame as it will affect my regularity...
parmantom - 7 Mar 2011 09:35
Had a very nice lunch here, and found the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Husband loved beer & pie. Good to see the good pubs doing well.
Agree the chairs were comfy!!
ladymiss - 22 Dec 2010 12:53
You will need to make some effort to find this pub, unless of course you are local.
Nice clean pub, comfy chairs, bar stools and table and chair options, so you can enjoy a pint whichever way it best suits you.
Feels like a locals pub - in a nice way, there was no 'alien' atmoshere, just that it advertised community events.
Real ale, real cider - a real pub!
ed_hodge - 24 Oct 2010 20:11
Top Pub, surprising really, but its tucked away location makes it all the more relaxing. No pretenses here, local ales (IPA the only obvious GK sign) open plan chatty local - nicely
parmantom - 19 Oct 2010 10:54
Agree with what Maldenman has said. This is a nice friendly community local which is nicely decorated inside, has some fanciful original tilework on the outside, and has a good range of beers and even a real cider. Yet, there is something about it that meant I didn't feel fully at home. Real ales were Okells Old Skipper, Itchen Valley Godfathers, Triple fff Moondance and Greene King IPA. The cider was Weston's Old Rosie. Perhaps if I lived locally, I could get to really like this place. There seems to be plenty of events organised for customers and I believe it was part of a group of 3 pubs, which included the Bell (separate review to be posted). All of them appear to have a good recipe for success and are popular with locals.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Apr 2010 19:11
From being one of the worst this is now one of the very best in the city and ranks in my top ten favourite in the country. Good beer (and the young barman doesn't look at you in an odd way when you order a pint; as so many still to towards the younger lady beer-drinker), well kept from Greene King and from more local breweries. Good also to see Old Rosie Cider - although I'd only have one pint of that a night!

This should be on the Southern England Pub Crawl!
trixymiss - 15 Jan 2010 16:44
Pleasing to see the attractive green tiled exterior has been preserved in this community pub in a residential part of town. The interior has been updated, the bar is central and the (now) one room wraps around either side. Light coloured pine type chairs and tables plus a few sofas, light coloured wooden floors with rugs. Pot plants, candles and flowers on the tables, functional modern bar with a tiled frieze. There are framed adverts of probably long gone local businesses, old maps and the odd tin sign. There is also a bar billiards table in the "Smoking Room" to the left of the bar. A selection of board games is available.
A good range on, Everards Tiger, Triple fff Brewery Moondance, Itchen Valley Godfathers, and GK IPA. Well kept and brimfull measures too.
I personally prefer a more careworn feel to a pub, but this was still a pleasant relaxing spot.
Maldenman - 3 Aug 2009 11:36
Cracking pub, good lively atmosphere...muffins and jelly beans too. Its a lovely place for an evening drink
xfrancescax - 25 Jun 2009 14:09
Don't be put off by the Greene King livery it really is the excellent pub its rating here and long GBG record would suggest. Good range of beers from smaller breweries, Triple -fff, Batemans, Itchen Valley, Flowerpots as well as GK IPA. Amstel and Henekin rather than the ubiquitous Fosters, Carlsberg, Carli......... Modern or poncy decor depending on your taste with lots of small square tables with candles and flowers. Friendly efficient staff, good atmosphere with plenty of banter among the locals.

anonymous - 16 Feb 2009 11:19
Haven't really ventured to pubs on this side of the railway before but I'm glad I did as the Fulflood Arms is a real gem.

5 different real ales were on last night from Itchen Vally, Triple FFF, Bateman's and Greene King. The selection is doubly amazing when you consider that this is a Greene King pub!

The pub is trying hard to attract people in with regular quizzes, occasional live music and other special events.

I'd definitely go back when in the area.
GrahamA - 29 Jan 2009 13:18
Great building with nice original tiles, in a smart residential area. This was my first visit so don't know how it compares to b4 - but a good range of beers in good condition.

The place has that feel that it has had a bit of a makeover . It seems to be generally aiming for the smart local residents though not exclusively so. Well worth a visit - 8/10.
Old_King_Cole - 19 Jan 2009 20:55
Good ol' Fully! What a transformation. No longer an ugly duckling. At last it appears to have an owner who can see the locals want more than sticky floors and outside toilets.
trebles_all_round - 6 Dec 2008 19:47
Very impressive. I'll certainly be going back.
BinBagBob - 1 Dec 2008 11:35
An amazingly friendly pub where you are always greeted with a warm welcome. A fantastic selection of ales and wine and the menu is great. I love the feel of the new look...fresh and yet really cosy with a comfy sofa in every corner. Well worth a visit.
kitty_kat - 7 Nov 2008 17:32
One of the most friendly pubs in Winchester and well worth the walk out to find.

Very comfortable since its referbishment, a great place to chat and enjoy a drink from the regulaly changing guest beers.

Well done.
Ekohawk - 31 Oct 2008 15:30
If you are visiting Winchester I would suggest that you consider adding this to your itinerary. It may be a greedy king pub but there were 3 guests on when I visited so you're not obliged to drink gk.

Recently refurbished in a style that combines modern and old I'd say this pub is worth a visit. A decent addition to any crawl around ye olde capital of England (Wessex!).
danbert - 21 Jun 2008 19:54
Much improved since the recent refurbishment. Sofas, newspapers and flowers a nice touch but although the regular chairs could be more comfortable. Nice selection of well kept beers with regular guest ales. Entertaining newsletter too with info on the guest beers. Glad my local is now worthy of stepping into.
KtJ - 16 May 2008 10:40
Well another pub with a much hyped opening!! Advertised as a pub without pretentions it actually looks more like a wine bar. Beers ok but small and doesn't seem to know what it wants to be.
madmax66 - 10 Mar 2008 19:42
Charming local, a bit out of the way but well worth the walk. A Greedy King house, but had a guest on (St Austell Tribute) which was served fairly well.

Locals were friendly, and a bar billiards table is to be found unusual in a tied house these days.

Comedy entertainment was provided by the three massive St Bernards, who were roaming round the bar, pushing the 16 year old-looking camp barman off balance.

All in all, pretty good.
Quinno - 23 Jul 2007 21:59
A pleasure to visit on Saturday - only a few people in, but all friendly. Good beer, despite being from the GK stable. I had very tasty LBW for the firt time. They're giving food a try now and it was fresh and delicious, in addition to being VERY cheap. Hope this keeps up, together with he good supply of newspapers and polite bar staff.
michaelb - 15 May 2007 15:19
Not quite as rustic as earlier revies suggest, but still an essential visit. Looked to be up for sale (?), so may change. Very relaxing atmosphere, and (again) excellent quality Greene King range.
mtaylor40 - 26 Aug 2006 08:29
As one of the most desirable areas to live in Winchester - Fulflood boasts streets with fabulous views, lovely open spaces and a nice mix of well kept houses. The same, however, canot be said of the Fulflood Arms.

Before the CAMRA folk get their knickers in a twist - I do not advocate the loss of the local boozer to another 'trendy wine bar' however what puzzles me is why such a wonderful little pub, set in a beautiful residential area with heaps of potential, persists in offering a smokey bar area, loud music and gambling machines. That authentic grubbiness of an old boozer is no longer a redeeming feature for local pubs and is certainly out of kilter for this area of Winchester and rarely seems exactly buzzing with trade.

Can someone please take advantage of this great little local and clean it up, perhaps serve some (healthy) food and give your well-kept ales the platform they deserve.
anonymous - 26 Jul 2006 14:18
Great place - just like the Rovers Return, only Southern. Took part in the Pub Quiz on many a weekday evening and was welcomed as an Outsider. Jokes posted above the urinals and good beers just added to the character. Beautiful building architecturally.
cidered - 27 Feb 2006 17:04
A great looking pub - still has original brewery tiles on exterior of building. Beer kept well. relativelty expensive for the City. However, the management are not the most welcoming in the area and the loud music/tv sports are an unwelcome distraction in a community pub.
anonymous - 22 Sep 2005 14:22
I like this pub. It's nice. The outside gents is an interesting post-war feature. One of Winchester's best kept secrets. Pretty normal people in there, unusual for a town where the genetic equivalent of the cyclops tends to prevail.
anonymous - 14 Jul 2005 17:57
This is an extremely friendly pub with good quality ales always available. It is like being in the comfort of you own home! Take time out to visit.
Stoney - 2 Dec 2004 12:56
A community local, good ale (in 2004 CAMRA Good Beer Guide), good atmosphere with quiz nights and monthly live music.
Tony Dawes - 13 Feb 2004 21:08

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