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Southern Cross
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Address: 41-43 Langley Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 4PP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12615) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station Watford (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Watford Junction (0.4 miles), Watford High Street (1.1 miles), Watford North (1.1 miles)

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I wasn't sure what a Flaming Grill pub would actually be like. But it did feel more like a pub than a restaurant. There is a large amount of seating around a central bar. The bar staff were talkative and after they finally opened around 5 minutes late I could understand why, as they didn't have any of the normal keg offerings due to some kind of fault. That was no problem for me, as I was after the real ale. There was a better selection than I had anticipated - Windsor & Eton Guardsman, Tring Bring Me Sunshine, Moongazing & Side Pocket For A Toad & Vale Black Swan. The other people waiting had to settle for ales too - a good way of promoting ale. They also offer a CAMRA discount to those with a card or on this day to those who couldn't order keg! This was possibly the best range of real ales anywhere in the town. A board advertised events for every night of the week. Although I'm not sure that Monday Night Football really qualified. There are several TVs for sports fans and a cash machine for those who aren't prepared. Far better than I thought.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2016 19:17
Now a "Flaming Grill" pub. I wouldn't recommend the food, but it gets very busy so some folks like it.

Beer-wise they have a decent selection of real ales, quite often featuring a local brewer such as Tring.

For the most part well kept.

There's not much choice in Watford so we can't be too choosy.
Watford_Alehound - 6 Nov 2014 17:47
Hard not to comment on the food as it's quite a large place with lots of seating. I would add though this place seems a pub first, that does food. I've eaten here a couple of times, but it's not the Savoy grill. However, you can order something digestible to throw down your neck while you're drinking a lot. Large selection of booze, bottles, alcopops, even tea and coffee, as I recall. Only a couple of ales though. I could be wrong.
In short, booze yes, food, sort of. Just don't expect to see the Cross in the Michelin guide.
Ruby - 1 Aug 2012 15:14
Now reopened as a Flaming Grill. Food now very Harvester like but seems to do some twists that are better than Harvester but not as much choice. Don't like the orange decor or the need for a tab to bring food/drinks to your table. Beer has always been good but don't seem to rotate as much as they used to. Always an Adnams plus 3 or 4 others. Still a CAMRA haunt but Nascot is better for beer in my book.
busker999 - 6 Jun 2012 20:20
Seems the reviews are more about the food than the beer...

We couldn't try the food, because we visited during a power cut - and anyway, the kitchen would have been shut by the time we arrived.

Looked like decent and well-priced pub grub according to the menu.

According to what we read, new managers had taken over a couple of weeks back. Certainly the staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Three ales on tap - I tried the Old Bob and Black Sheep, both of which tasted pretty decent.

Wine selection was a bit uninspiring but nice enough.

A pint, a glass of wine and two packets of crisps was 9.62, so not cheap but not horrendous compared to some places.

There was a decent quiz not long started when we arrived. Apparently it takes place twice weekly (Thursday and Sunday), so may pop in to tax the grey matter and have a curry one Thursday.

Other people drinking there seemed friendly and happy to chat.

Did feel a bit like a chain pub in terms of the decor etc. Don't mean that as a criticism, just an observation.

If I were going out purely for a few pints, would go to the Nascot Arms, but if I wanted some food and/or entertainment, would happily choose the Southern Cross.
duchyjim - 20 Dec 2011 22:37

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