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Hobgoblin, Aylesbury

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This pub is now CLOSED.
NIMBUS - 22 Nov 2011 21:50
Never a favourite and never will be on based on recent visit, questionable service,clientele and cleaniness makes it one to avoid.
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 3 Sep 2010 08:28
I imagine this place was buzzing in days gone by but it is now completely irrelevant. Cheap pints of real ale but the clientele are genuinely quite unnerving. Don't bother.
redboy - 6 Jun 2010 13:34
I visited this pub on a Saturday afternoon and there was a strong smell of disinfectant. However, the beer was good, and £1.50 for a pin of Arkells is pretty unbeatable.
MrTooting - 10 Feb 2009 13:27
Looks like a good pub from the outside but was disappointed by poor service. I couldn't finish my drink fast enough as the p*ssed (and possibly stoned) clientele stared zombie like at me.
jlh22 - 24 Jan 2009 21:22
In the mid-nineties, the Hobgoblin, Aylesbury opened it's doors for business. In the same era, Michael Jackson released the album HIStory. Now although both subjects have a lot of this to offer, i feel that the word that has been more frequently used in association with both parties is 'Bad'. However, with regards to changing faces, the Hobgoblin has seen a lot more.

In days gone by, patrons gathered here for a late drink, witty conversation and hassle free beverage consumption, where the theme tune to Cheers would have accompanied such festivities with a perfect sense of togetherness, such as strawberries and cream, Morecambe and Wise, 118-118.

Gentlemen, Ladies, Creatures of the Night, i take you back to these times. Yes, the Hobgoblin is back on it's feet, like the recovering drunks who fell, were turned away, with the last power hungry 'man-at-the-top'.

With this charge in control, finding a late night drink and good inn-keeping was very much like trying to find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. But now, thanks to a recent regime change, the WMDs that we crave (Wanting More Drinks) are very welcomely obliged and served.

The mixture of characters are still on show, the flirting of personalities is still evident. But everybody in here is in here for the same reason. A good time, a good drink, a good night and thank-you.

The doors are open, the atmosphere is rife, the service is good, the beer tastes like...like beer. Combine this with the feel good factor of yesteryear and the conveniently adjacent pumpkin-like taxis floating people, who've had a ball, from this once disenchanted Neverland home to rest, and the Hobgoblin is back to how it is liked. Like a pub.

Reminiscent of a distant, ghostly howling on the moors, the resident music-maker can sometimes be heard chorusing it's way through 'The Way You Make Me Feel' and like the opinion of many of the Hobgoblin's frequent-flyers, this is a good thing, not 'Bad'.
InnCheck - 19 Aug 2008 17:23
formerly a great pub but sadly nolonger not many redeeming features. for me a husk of what was!
beergod - 28 May 2006 12:23
two and half years ago this was the best night out in town use to watch bands and dance all night i'm came up from tonbridge in kentto re-visit. i guess things change. shocking now avoid avoid avoid
tony29 - 15 Apr 2006 13:26
Well what can I say? The place should be renamed “The Creatures of the Night”, if you visit the place on a Friday and Saturday. However, you get a good friendly crowd in there most nights, which frequent the place when a nearby club shuts. The standard of the beer has dropped recently, and the landlord tends to shut the place before the times advertised, when things don’t go his way. Do not expect to build up a rapport with the staff, because they tend to be sacked “at the drop of a hat”. Most of the bouncers are fine; except for one who struts about if he owns the place. If you want an “experience” you must visit this place.
pubwatch - 25 Jan 2006 17:04
Had many good times in this pub, beer was OK and atmosphere was great..service was pretty good as well
nellie_uk - 3 Jan 2006 14:17
Beer OK but can be a bugger trying to get served. Tends to be open late which is useful. Bring your whaling gear if you're looking for action...
Mr_FRISKY - 21 Oct 2005 18:03
Despite being a Wychwood Brewery pub, the last time I've poked my head through the door, they had no real ales available.
herring - 10 May 2005 11:16
Much better than it used to be. Hit the headlines a few years ago following a shooting but thankfully, a much friendlier place now. They have some decent bands every so often and to the best of my recollection, the beer is pretty good too but I've usually had a skinful before I get there!
taz - 18 Jan 2005 12:36
I saw a rock band in the Hobgoblin Aylesbury last week, named "Evil Twin", and they were fantastic. Fast, hard punk rock, with a metal edge. Very exciting, very enjoyable.
Ray - 7 Nov 2004 23:26
Totally off the wallwhen I last went in there. We had a good evening, with the Wychwood Brewery ales all well served. Noisy? Yes. Crowded? Yes. But fun!!
Allan - 25 Aug 2004 11:52
One of the better venues now the violent element have moved to Chicagoes. My only quibble is the amount of time it takes to get served.
Mr Frisky - 11 Dec 2003 17:17
The best thing about this bar is that it seems to be free of the local kev and sharons who listen to music by black artists and who then expound racist comments in the other bars in aylesbury. This is nice laid back and kinda attracts the alternative crowd ok i dont mean the sisters of mercy exactly but close. Yep absinthe sold here too-the french way i believe or the czech way...czechs set light to it and then stir it -frenchmen like to pour it over sugar into ice water...
aah to dance with la fee verte! -its just a teeny bit culturally ahead of the rest of aylesbury-i love it so will you!
anonymous - 19 Sep 2003 17:19
Great Pub with a banging atmosphere and nice staff including Door staff.
Offers on Drinks from 5-8 most evenings.
And they sell Pina COlada's (Luuurrrvley)
Sian Stephens - 22 Aug 2003 15:59
i kniow this place sells abysynth...£4.50 a shot no bigger than a trixylixx dose. Well, i was a little dissappointed by these prices. Avery expensive place to drink-but the only alternative venue in aylesbury. The rest are all sad clones...
belgrave square boy - 15 Jul 2003 15:45

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