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The Turners Arms, Mortimer

Brakspears pub, now read Marstons Pub so although beer range is limited to their portfolio the Ringwood - 49er and Jennings - Snecklifter were both kept and served very well. Food is focused on Thai (Landlord's wife is Thai) and food very good. Only gripes with this place is the Landlord never looks happy and on a Friday night the language can get a little more lively than you might expect. Worth a visit for the beer and food though. I will be back.

26 Nov 2012 15:25

The Volunteer, Theale

Went in one weekday lunchtime. Not very busy but quality of the ale (Fullers - Bengal Lancer) was fine and food very nice if a little expensive. Very nice environment. I would come back for a drink at least.

26 Nov 2012 15:21

The Gig House, Wokingham

Its a wetherspoons, so you've got to expect with cheap drinks you're going to get a 'mixed clientele'! Selection of beers not bad with a few guests being served on my visit. Food is ok and fine for popping in with young family to dine in the family area on a Saturday lunchtime.

26 Nov 2012 15:19

The Falcon, Theale

Definately no frills but Barman made you welcome. Had an ok pint of Wells - Bombardier and they were also serving Courage - Best.

26 Nov 2012 15:16

The New Entertainer, Gorleston

I agree with last comment. Great architectural building (see photos). Long narrow pub due to its wedge shape with comfortable seating at one end and pool table at the other with wall seating adjacent to bar too. Had Mauldons - Broomstick Bitter and Westgate(Greene King) - Ghastly Ghoul on my visit. Both well kept.

26 Nov 2012 15:15

Mariners Compass, Gorleston

Visited on the night of the Halloween party. Although not dressed for the occassion, the staff and locals were friendly and a great range of beers on offer. I had Brains- Rev. James which was well kept.

26 Nov 2012 15:12

The Stag, Flackwell Heath

Can't understand why this place doesn't get more reviews. It's always a full car park on a Friday lunchtime. On recent visit, had Adnams - Ghost Ship which was a nice change and a pleasant pint. Food always good and large portions too.

26 Nov 2012 15:10

The Bull, Theale

Had a nice pint of Wadworths - Bishops Tipple on last visit. Lunchtime food very nice and bar staff gave a warm welcome.

26 Nov 2012 15:08

The Crown Inn, Theale

Good selection of local brews as well as others. West Berks - Good Old Boy on last visit. Lunchtime food ok but nothing special. Well worth a visit for the beer though.

26 Nov 2012 15:06

The Dashwood Arms, Piddington

A nice place to visit just outside High Wycombe. Been in twice recently on a Friday lunchtime and not too busy but range and quality of beer is good (Windsor & Eton - Kahinoor IPA). Food also very nice and inexpensive.

26 Nov 2012 15:05

The Red Lion, Theale

Been in 3 times since it re-opened. Very warm welcome by the barmaid and chef. Great range of changing ales from Rebellion - Roasted Nuts and XT - XT4 on recent visits. Great deals on food at lunchtimes with Sandwich and soup for £5. Worth a visit.

26 Nov 2012 15:02

The Lamb, Theale

Looks like it's converted into a Hotel now but not sure if any real ales are on sale.

26 Nov 2012 14:56

The Bridge Inn, Acle

Good selection of local brews (Woodfordes and Adnams). I had Broadside which was well kept. Food was nice and the location is great for riverside views in the summer with large childrens play area outside.

26 Nov 2012 14:55

The Ferry Inn, Stokesby

If you want to find a nice country pub tucked out of the way and the bonus of a garden overlooking the Norfolk Broads then this is the place to be! Nicely kept Adnams beers, good food and a friendly welcome.

26 Nov 2012 14:52

The Courthouse, Dudley

On my visit, sadly missed the Beer Festival by 1 week but all the same there was a selection of 8+ ales to choose from. Large lounge area for comfort and conversation while bar area is busy on a Friday night. Well worth a visit.

26 Nov 2012 14:50

The Frog & Wicket, Eversley Cross

Visited at the end of March on a Sunday lunchtime and had a pleasant Sunday Roast. Chef/Landlord even came out afterwards to make sure everything was okay with the meal. Very friendly waiting staff and good selection of beers. After dinner we visited the garden with the kids and they enjoyed the play equipment while we enjoyed the sun. Well worth a visit.

30 Apr 2012 14:46

The Stag, Flackwell Heath

Visited on one of those freak days when the sun came out and was able to sit in the garden. Good wholesome food as always and very well served beer.

30 Apr 2012 14:39

The Bootlegger, High Wycombe

Visited early on a Friday night to find bar very busy but nice secluded garden out back. Nice selection of draught real ales as well as the copious bottled beers. Tried a nice draught ale from XT brewery.

30 Apr 2012 14:33

The Star Inn, Thaxted

Arrived the end of Day 1 of a charity cycle ride from Reading to Great Yarmouth. Nice pint of Adnams - Bitter and friendly landlord. Agree this is more a locals pub but all visitors welcome.

30 Apr 2012 14:30

The Gate, Arkley

Visited just before Easter as lunch stop on a charity cycle ride from Reading to Great Yarmouth. Great garden, food looked good and nice pint of Morland Original too.

30 Apr 2012 14:27

The White Horse Inn, Stoke Ash

Visited again just before Easter while on charity cycle ride from Reading to Great Yarmouth. Beer served well.

30 Apr 2012 14:21

The Bell Inn, Great Yarmouth

Great location with nice garden overlooking the broads. Beer served well too.

30 Apr 2012 14:20

The Ship, Reedham

Great location especially to sit in the garden on as sunny day and watch the boats go by. Went in on a Tuesday evening a the place was busy which is a good sign. Great food and friendly welcome. Beers available include Adnams - Broadside, Greene King - IPA Gold. All served well.

30 Apr 2012 14:18

The Fox and Hounds, Tilehurst

Always a warm welcome in this pub. And always good beers including some guest ales. On my visit there was Otter - Bitter which was nice.

30 Apr 2012 13:21

The Rose and Crown, Sandhurst

Sadly, the landlord will be moving on soon. Pub Company has different ideas on the pub which is a shame as Barry has done a cracking job here. Always a selection of at least 4 real ales plus the friendly welcome, large beer garden and walls adorned with old beer bottles and framed pumpclips.

30 Apr 2012 13:19

The Victoria Arms, Wokingham

Went in a week last Friday night about 10pm only to find they'd run out of real ale. Apart from this glitch the place is doing well. Worth another visit.

30 Apr 2012 13:15

The Ship Inn, Wokingham

Went in last Friday night to find the usual queue at the bar. Once served had a good pint of Gales HSB. Very popular place and hard to find a seat inside.

30 Apr 2012 13:14

The Crispin, Wokingham

Went in last Friday night to show a friend the delights of Wokingham's Real Ale scene. He was not disappointed. Mick's still doing a great job with this place. There was a West Berkshire seasonal ale on.

30 Apr 2012 13:12

Broad Street Tavern, Wokingham

Visited last Friday night. Need to get there at 11am to get a table or seat. Had to drink out in the garden which was fresh to say the least. Good atmosphere and very good Wadworth selection of beers.

30 Apr 2012 13:09

The Hope and Anchor, Wokingham

Hatie and Reid have done a good job, so much so they are the CAMRA branch runner up for Pub of the Year. Well done! They both make you feel welcome. Held society meeting to the left of the bar which did not hold up custom to the front bar or the garden. Beers available on my visit were Banks - Sunbeam, Ringwood - Boondoggle, Wychwood - Hobgoblin and one other. Beer served well too.

30 Apr 2012 13:06

The Square Bar, Wokingham

Outside not looking very good. Most of lettering now missing. However, very good interior. Visited last tuesday night for Ascot Ales brewer talk which was interesting despite the fact all TVs were on showing Football. Beers on were Ascot - Alleycat Ale & Rebellion IPA. Ascot served well. Oh and pickled onion monster munch available, you don't see that much in a pub!

30 Apr 2012 13:00

Spade Oak, Bourne End

Sadly another leaving lunch since my last set of comments. Food quality still good but hard to find a basic hot snack without it being fanciful and expensive. Good selection of beer and quality good; on at the time were Adnams - Lighthouse and 2 others

30 Apr 2012 12:56

The Magpie, Flackwell Heath

Pub demolished and new houses built on site

30 Apr 2012 12:33

The Old Bell, Grazeley Green

Place has a bit of a reputation with the local boy racers club in the car park but on my visit on Wednesday was pleasantly surprised to find it very quiet. Good bar service and beers available included Brains - SA and Marston - Single Hop.

21 Mar 2012 00:13

The Horse and Groom, Mortimer

Popped in on a Wednesday night and quite busy with the running club post workout drink. Comfortable place and good beer. Triple FFF - Alton Pride and Timothy Taylor - Landlord on my visit. Bar staff very friendly.

21 Mar 2012 00:10

Spade Oak, Bourne End

Went for colleagues leaving lunch and very impressed by the quality of the food. It is pricy but you definataly get good quality. I recommend the House platter. It's a meal in itself!!! Had a good pint of Adnams - Bitter too.

21 Mar 2012 00:08

The Robert William Loosley, High Wycombe

Popped in for a late lunch pint. Place is comfortable enough but clientele can be interesting. Had a pint of Russian Imperial Stout from an un-pronouncable Russian Brewery and it was good.

21 Mar 2012 00:06

Le De Spencers Arms, High Wycombe

Although this pub is tucked away it was surprisngly busy for a damp Friday lunchtime. Beer well kept. Had a pint of Fullers - Jack Frost. Landlady made us feel very welcome but food service a little slow and food in my case Chilli was average.

21 Mar 2012 00:01

The Rose, Maidenhead

Went in on Saturday afternoon to catch the football on TV. TVs all over the pub so nowhere to hide if you don't like footy. Sadly, only Fullers - London Pride on but served well. Staff made you feel welcome.

29 Jan 2012 19:50

The Hogget, Hook Common

Had a nice walk in the woods behind the pub before having a late afternoon meal with family. Service was very welcoming and food nice if a little overcooked. Tried the Marstons - Single Hop Wai-iti beer which was different but still served well.

29 Jan 2012 19:47

The Crispin, Wokingham

Went in again last Friday night. Mick's now got some nice eye-candy behind the bar and she's friendly too. She even offered to bring over our pints while she cleared up the glasses. Now that's what I call service with a smile! Tried the Tring - Colley's Dog and Tring - Percy's Toppler on my visit.

29 Jan 2012 19:44

Broad Street Tavern, Wokingham

Went in on Friday night. Busy as usual which is always a good sign. A good selection of ales on the bar including Wadworths - Swordfish that I had and was served well. The main problem I find about this place is the pricy drinks. Shame about the previous comments regarding the landlord. I've always found Clive to be friendly but a little nutty.

29 Jan 2012 19:40

The Queens Head, Wokingham

Great little pub. Went in on Friday night and tried the Green King - London's Glory which was nice as an alternative to the usual G.K. fayre. Atmosphere good and a place you feel welcome whether a local or a stranger.

29 Jan 2012 19:34

The Wheel Inn, Pennington

Popped in early Saturday evening after visiting Beauliea Motor Museum earlier. Pub is split into two distinct bars but one has been made into a Thai restaurant. The Thai food was excellent but a word of warning, if you can't point at the meal you want off the menu you'd best tel the Landlord your order so he can tell the chef-cum-waiter who speaks no english. While here I tried Nottingham - Legend and Milestone - American Pale guest ales and both were very good. The only downside was the locals in the other bar could be heard swearing which is not nice while having a family meal.

29 Jan 2012 19:32

The Fox and Hounds, Theale

Went in on a Tuesday evening. Friendly bar staff providing samples of the 5 beers on tap. Tried Wadworths- Old Timer & Wadworths - Dray Bells. The place has a good atmosphere and just the right balance between a pub and a restuarant.

29 Jan 2012 19:25

Jagz Bar, Ascot

Pub also has an upstairs music venue with bar at the back of the room serving Ascot - Posh Pooch & Fullers - London Pride. Went in last night for some blues music. Great place and Real Ale too! Only problem was beer was served very cold.

13 Jan 2012 19:04

Belle Vue, High Wycombe

Locals friendly enough. Good selection of beers and nice bay window to sit in and watch the trains go by! Tried Wharfbank - Cam Fell on my visit. Very nice!

13 Jan 2012 18:57

The White Horse Inn, Stoke Ash

Visited on Boxing Day and it was very busy showing it has a lot to offer. Very friendly bar and waiter service. There's seperate bar and restaurant areas. The restaurant was very comfortable and good quality food plus real ale with Adnams - Bitter and very local Cavors - Lager available.

2 Jan 2012 17:36

The Green Dragon, Barnet

If you're ever travelling along the M25 and have t stop at South Mimms services, simply ignore the services sign and instead take the A1081 Barnet sign. About half a mile down this road is The Green Dragon. Great country pub in a nice location that you would not know it was next to the M25. When my family and I entered we were met by the owner who welcomed us in and also made a point of making sure we had a nice meal when we left. Nice touch and really helps to make you feel welcome. There's a nice cosey fire to the left of the bar but we sat in the rear conservatory area for our meal with lovely country views but very wobbly tables, please sort them out. The waitress staff were all very friendly too. We had a nice quality meal but I would say it was a bit pricey for what we were served and my pie and veg didn't even come with potatoes! Good quality real ale and had Hop Back - Elf & Hoppiness on our visit. I would visit again.

2 Jan 2012 17:28

The Swan Inn, Reading

Went in on Wednesday evening in December, A pleasure as always. The landlandy made us feel very welcome and we again had a great pre-Xmas meal in their restaurant area. 5 Real Ales on tap including the very rarely seen, outside Yorkshire, Timothy Taylor - Best Bitter. I had Wadworths - 6X on my visit and it was of fine quality which is down to the care and attention of the bar staff. Keep up the good work.

2 Jan 2012 17:13

Nags Head, Reading

Went in on Wednesday early evening in December. Always a pleasure to visit this Real Ale mecca. Confused about the last comment about free of tie as they always have 12 real ales on and I know of no other pub that can boast this on a tied pub. Anyway, great atmosphere in this pub and knowledgable staff. Board games available to while away the time too. On my visit had Castle Rock - Sherrif's Tipple, Red Squirrel - RSX, Binghams - Old Ale & West Berks - Leggat.

2 Jan 2012 17:06

The Hop Leaf, Reading

Went in on Wednesday afternoon in December. Worth the 10 min walk from town centre to visit this place. Tried the Hop Back - Heracles & Hop - Back Winter Lightning. Also there were other Hop Back brews and draught Cider.

2 Jan 2012 17:02

The Alehouse, Reading

Went in on Wednesday afternoon in December. Always a pleasure to visit. Lots of local ales and nice cosy little alcoves to sit in. Shame the name has to change but hopefully that's all that will change for a very long time. On my visit had Plain Ales - Sheep Dip, West Berks - Holly Cutter, East London - Pale & Binghams - Hot Dog Chilli Stout.

2 Jan 2012 16:59

The Blagrave Arms, Reading

Went in on Wednesday afternoon in December. Agree about the dog. There were two on my visit expecting everyone either side of the bar to throw it a toy. Take them to the park! As for the pub, I thought I'd visit because it was recommended by CAMRA not so long ago. I'm afraid it looks very shabby on the inside. Had a local beer Ascot - Red IPA which was very, very hoppy. In the pub's current state I will not be returning.

2 Jan 2012 16:55

The Corn Stores, Reading

Went in on Wednesday afternoon in December. Agree it is a long thin bar but this means when there's more than one person standing or sitting near the bar it's hard to get served without having to throw your money at the barman! Seating away from bar is comfortable. Had new Fullers beer for me called Mighty Atom. Not bad for a low alcohol beer.

2 Jan 2012 16:53

The Three Guineas, Reading

Went in on Wednesday afternoon in December. Mixed clientele and friendly bar staff. Always a good selection of guest ales including this visit Wadworths - Drays Bells & Moles - Landloards Choice.

2 Jan 2012 16:50

The Grouse and Ale, Lane End

Went in on a Thursday evening after work in December. Nice comfartable seating by the fire. Had Caledonian - Double Stout which was nice. Also serving Adnams - Broadside & one other.

2 Jan 2012 16:46

The Vine (Bull & Bladder), Brierley Hill

Went in on Saturday afternoon in December and the place was busy showing how popular it is. The pub has a public bar on the right and comfortable lounge on the left as you enter. Further back behind the bar is a club room too. Tried the Bathams - Mild & Bitter on my visit. Recomend the Mild. My friend also had a homemade Pork Pie which he said was delicious.

2 Jan 2012 16:42

The Crispin, Wokingham

Mick still doing a good job in this place. Always busy on a Friday night and in no small part because of the ever changing range of Real Ale. On Friday night had a very good pint of Binghams - Twyford Tippe and Hammerpot - Shepherd's Warmer. The Itchen Valley - Fagins was okay.

6 Dec 2011 00:49

The Toby Carvery, Lower Earley

Very quiet for a Monday night. Always found meals to be good here. Adnams - Jolly Ale very nice and also had Brakspears - Bitter on draught.

6 Dec 2011 00:46

Seven Red Roses, Lower Earley

Went in on Monday night. Footy on the telly which although TV in one corner was output on speakers across whole pub. OK if you like Football but not if you want a quiet drink. Marston - EPA had run out but London Pride was drinkable. Not an inspiring place to go back to.

6 Dec 2011 00:41

The Earley Retreat, Lower Earley

Went in on Monday night to find Band playing in Pool table area. When they got going you couldn't hold a conversation in any part of the pub, and its a big pub. Most people in to watch the Monday night football and felt like the locals didn't like strangers in the bar. London Pride only Real Ale on and it was average quality. I won't be going back.

6 Dec 2011 00:34

The Lord Raglan, Wokingham

If you like beer, do not go here! Went in on early Friday night and yet again the Real Ale has run out! This is now the 3rd visit in the last few months on a Friday night where each time there is no Real Ale. The Bar staff said the beer was not delivered until Thursday and there in not enough time to serve it. Firstly, other pubs manage it and secondly, if Friday and Saturday nights are your busiest time SORT IT OUT or lose your custom.

26 Nov 2011 17:12

Falcon, High Wycombe

Not an inspiring place to visit. Clientel on my visit seemed to have had enough to drink already. Tried RCH - Sleigh Steam and Nelson - Powder Monkey on my visit. Both average.

26 Nov 2011 16:51

Fox and Hounds, Caversham

Went in last Thurday night to check out the Two Bridges beers but sadly noe on offer but the Landlord (Brewer of Two Bridges) told me one would be on later. Sadly it did not materialise. Having said that Kevin's done a great job to get 6 hamnpumps on serving all local ales such as White Horse - Blowing Stone (very good), White Horse - Bitter, Ascot - Alligator Ale. Also there were two draught ciders including local Tutts Clump cider. On our visit there was a pub quiz organised by Landlady and they supplied chicken bites and chips to all entrants after the quiz. Keep up the good work Kevin & Kerry and please get your beers n tap to entice more punters to visit.

26 Nov 2011 16:31

Ye Grapes, Mayfair

Nice location at the end of a footpath and cul-de-sac just off Mayfair and Green Park. Small seating area behind bar as well as large front bar area and outside standing room. Tried Brains - SA and Bitter on my visit, both served well.

26 Nov 2011 16:21

Nags Head, Reading

Great pub for locals or strangers. Had Sarah Hughes - Pale Amber & Frys - Haven on my visit. Both served well.

26 Nov 2011 16:17

The Waggon and Horses, Oxenhope

Great location high above Keighley. Nice interior split into 3 areas. Nice selection of local beers on tap. Tried Hawkshead Windermere Pale & Goose Eye - Gunpowder Treason. Definatley from different hand pumps but strangely tasted exactly the same! Food looked good and my wife had a great hot chocolate with marshmellow pieces on top.

26 Nov 2011 16:13

The Brown Cow, Bingley

Went in for family early evening meal on a Saturday. Full range of Timothy Taylor beers on draught and Dark Mild and Ram Tam seemed okay but nothing special in terms of quality. Food good and new menu was being introduced later that night. Pub very busy.

26 Nov 2011 16:08

The George, Cullingworth

Went in late afternoon after bumping into Old Spot Brewer at The Guide, Hainworth just up the road. Apparently, the Old Spot Brewery now own this pub. They did have a wide range of their beers on draught. Decoration looks good and pub very welcoming. Inside of pub split into Restuarant room, lounge with tables made out of old beer barrels. Tried Old Spot - OSB, Light But Dark & Spot O'Bother. All in good order.

26 Nov 2011 16:04

The Guide Inn, Hainworth

The place could do with more than a lick of paint, maybe some plaster, bricks and concrete to keep it standing. It's a real shame the owners have left it to crumble with plans to turn it into a gastro-pub. Great position with lovely views. Landlady made me and my family feel very welcome and she introduced me to the brewer of the Old Spot brewery while we were there. Nice Old Spot - Inn Spired on draught. I do hope this pub remains a traditional pub.

26 Nov 2011 15:57

The Old Tramshed, Saltaire

Went in for late morning coffee with family. I thought the building and seating was nice. Large bar serving Saltaire - Blonde, Copper Dragon - Black Gold, Copper Dragon - Scotts 1816 and a couple of others. Beer quality not bad.

26 Nov 2011 15:36

The Stag, Flackwell Heath

This is one of our locals for work lunchtimes. Car park can get very busy Thurs/Fri lunchtime. Good selection of beers including Rebellion IPA, Morland Old Spekled Hen & Shepherd Neame Spitfire. Spitfire in good order on last visit. Always worth ringing ahead to reseve a table and they welcome pre-ordered food by phone at busy times. Food portions are great and good quality. Large nachos, is very large, you have been warned! Also, good garden for the warm weather.

27 Oct 2011 01:11

The Bull, Barkham

New landlady in place for last 3 months and nice to see she welcomes families. One of my old gripes of this place was that it was not family friendly. Went in on Tuesday night for birthday meal and very impressed with the food. Chef did a cracking job with presentation & quality of food. Still nice to see 5 handpumps on the bar serving Wickwar B.O.B., Hopback HOP, Courage Best and two others. I will definately be going back again soon.

27 Oct 2011 00:58

The Crooked Billet, Little Marlow

Great place to sit outside. Floral displays could win awards with the effort the staff have put in to make it so attractive. Youngs Special and Brakspears on the pumps. Youngs Special still in good form. Also had a great ploughmans platter. Great place to start or end a walk in the surrounding hills.

22 Sep 2011 23:50

The Courthouse, Dudley

Great pub run by the ex-landlord of the Red Cow in Coseley. Always makes you feel welcome. Great Hot Pork & Stuffing baps on a Saturday. On my visit there was also a beer festival of 10 ales direct from the barrel with a further 7 on the bar plus draft ciders. Well worth a visit.

22 Sep 2011 23:34

The White Hart, Wargrave

I can confirm it is open but not sure why. No-one but staff in the place and although London Pride on the pumps Wells Bombardier had run out. London Pride was nothing special.

22 Sep 2011 23:31

The Bull Hotel, Wargrave

On the pumps were Wychwood Hobgoblin, Wychwood Bountiful & Brakspears Bitter. The place has nice olde-worlde decor but dining room empty and barmaid resorted to sitting on public side of bar reading the paper, it was that quiet. Wychwood Bountiful was well kept but not a place with atmosphere. Real shame.

22 Sep 2011 23:27

The Greyhound, Wargrave

Rebellion IPA & London Pride on the pumps. IPA was very drinkable. Friendly staff and great 80s rock tunes in the public bar on my visit. That was enough to make me stay all night but needs must. Nice little garden at the rear and cosy snug bar on the side for that quiet pint away from Dire Straits on the duke box.

22 Sep 2011 23:21

The Red Lion, Boldre

This was our 2nd visit to this lovely rural pub. With the good weather we decided to sit in the rear garden which was very nice and busy too. Beer available was Ringwood Fortyniner, Ringwood Best and Mansfield Cask Ale. Beer was served ok and friendly staff.

19 Apr 2011 19:46

Bankes Arms Hotel and Country Inn, Studland

Visited yesterday on a fine April sunny day. Enjoyed the large beer garden opposite overlooking Studland Bay. This was made all the more enjoyable by the local Blue cheese ploughmans and very local beer (Isle of Purbeck brewery adjacent to pub). I tried the Best Bitter, Solar Power and Studland Bay Wrecked which were ok. Also tried a guest Mordue IPA and there was Mordue Workie Ticket on too. Sadly, only 5 of the 9 handpumps were on but still a good selection. This is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather.

19 Apr 2011 19:42

The High Corner Inn, Linwood

I was on my way to The Red Shoot Inn but saw this sign on the road to Linwood and thought a change was due. Accessible down a very stoney track but worth the short journey to find this lovely remote location. It has a fantastic and large beer garden with childrens play area. I agree with the last review that the inside of the pub is a bit soulless but the staff were very friendly and they served Wadworths 6X, Henry's IPA & Horizon. 6X and Henry's IPA in good order. They also had a draught Scrumpy on too. The only disappointent was the food which wasn't very appetising. I would return even just for a drink as the location and the wild ponies running past the pub made it a great experience.

19 Apr 2011 19:35

The Spotted Dog, Digbeth

10th and final pub on Weekend pub crawl before curry in the Balti Triangle. Lovely smelling food coming from the BBQ in the garden even if it is November!
This pub had a great family feeling about it and a decent garden for more warmer days. Good selection of beers including Ansells - Mild.

22 Dec 2010 00:39

The White Swan, Digbeth

9th pub on Weekend pub crawl. Friendly landlady and good selection of local beers including Banks - Original. Very busy on Saturday night in both bars but rear lounge was more comfortable to watch the Rugby.

22 Dec 2010 00:36

, Digbeth

8th pub on Weekend pub crawl. Good selection of beers including Northumbria - Legends No.9 Micky Quinn & Magpie - Hedgehopper. A bit noisy in corner bar with two different football matches on the TVs. Nice little quiet snug to the left of the entrance. I don't entirely agree with Roy22. We came to the pub to sample a variey of brews in a classic boozer environment and that's exactly what we got. I'm half the age of the gents he complained about and if it weren't for the likes of us and the regulars there would be more pubs closing. Booze it or loose it!

22 Dec 2010 00:33

The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham

7th pub on Weekend pub crawl. A little hard to find but well worth a visit. Friendly landlord and great selection of local beers while watching the rugby including ABC - Aston Dark, Stanway - Bitter & Two Towers - Chamberlain Pale. This local is convienently situated for the Markets.

22 Dec 2010 00:22

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

6th pub on Weekend pub crawl. Visited this Nicholson pub on Saturday lunchtime and bar area was heaving with football supporters waiting to go to a local game. So busy we couldn't see the handpumps. Still got a table in the restaurant area and helpful waitress went to the bar to find out the Real Ales for us. Wide selection of beers including Salopian - Darwin Origin & Titanic - Tomohawk. Much quieter when the supporters left and interesting old War memorabilia on the walls.

22 Dec 2010 00:18

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

5th pub on Weekend pub crawl. Looked and smelt like they served good food. Good selection of mainly Fullers beers including Fullers - Bengal Lancer & Titanic Night To Remember. Would recomend grabbing a beer and heading upstairs to get a table over-looking the bar. Very busy on a Saturday lunchtime.

22 Dec 2010 00:13

The Wellington, Birmingham

4th pub on Weekend pub crawl. Great selection of 16 beers including Purity - Pure Gold, Sadlers - Full Moko, Black Country - BFG & Two Towers - Mild & Brazen. First time I've seen beers listed on digital TV above bar! Great to see so many local ales on offer. Nice relaxing place, very central and for this reason can get very busy with away Football supporters on their way to a game.

22 Dec 2010 00:10

Red Lion, Hockley

3rd pub on Weekend pub crawl. Good selection of beers includingWye Valey - Butty Bach, Wolf - Howler, Milestone - Home Wrecker & Hardy & Hanson - Mild (Keg). Sat in the rear bar which was comfortable and nice old Banks etched mirrors. Interesting art work in the toilet including the toilet seat!

22 Dec 2010 00:05

The Jewellers Arms, Hockley

2nd pub on Weekend pub crawl. Friendly landlord who worryingly asked us to be careful leaving the pub! Decor could do with a once over. Good selection of beers including Hobson - Best and Highgate - Dark Mild.

22 Dec 2010 00:02

The Lord Clifden, Birmingham

1st pub on Weekend pub crawl. Great food (recommend the burgers) and good selection of beers including Wye Valley - HPA, Enville - Ginger Ale, Salopian - Sienna & Freedom UAB Lager. Great artwork on the walls and decent patio garden.

21 Dec 2010 23:57

The Crispin, Wokingham

New Landlord, Mick, is doing a great job to turn this place around. He's trying to keep 6 beers on the go, 4 on handpump and 2 direct from the barrel under the bar!
I saw a notice inside that says you can bring in your own take-away food to eat in the pub so I guess the kitchen's out of order.
The internal decor could do with livening up a bit, it's looking a bit too well worn.
Still a good pub for beer and conversation.

21 Dec 2010 23:53

The Swan Inn, Reading

First visited this pub a couple of months ago and was so pleasantly surprised we've been back many times since. The pub has a main bar with 'Outriggers' room overlooking the front of the pub and another bar for the excellent restaurant. 5 beers have been on handpump each visit and are lovingly looked after by the landlady. Currently serving Loddon Hoppit, Ferrymans Gold, Wadworths 6X, Fuller London Pride & Timothy Taylor Landlord. You are always given a warm welcome and last night we had a fantastic gut-busting Xmas meal including some local sourced cheese. The patio area at the rear looks a great place to while away the summer nights too, can wait brrrr!

21 Dec 2010 22:51

The Bounty, Bourne End

After nice riverside walk from Cookham me and the family popped in for lunch today. Although in a nice secluded spot across the river from Bourne End, the pub was surprisingly busy. We sat in the childrens play area allowing our son to play on the slides and swings. Wooden benches have seen better days. Interior of pub was very interesting with artifact from all over the world. Food was good traditional pub grub and served promptly. The beer range was 3 handpumps from Rebellion (Grumpy Cow IPA, Mutiny & seasonal called Green Shoots). They also had Old Rosie cider on draught, my wife's favourite. Definitely worth another visit.

20 Jun 2010 18:32

The Queens Head, Little Marlow

Popped in one night after work for a swift half on a nice summers day. Tucked away down the bottom of the lane it's a nice little spot. I'm sure the Kings Head at the top of the road takes all the passing trade so unless you know this pub exists you'd never find it!

Didn't stay long enough to try the food but looking at the menu it had a good selection if a little pricey. The dining area inside the pub looked very nice. Beer range had 2 handpumps with a guest ale from UBU called Mad Goose. I'd recommend a visit even just to sit in the garden and have a quiet pint.

20 Jun 2010 18:24

The Crooked Billet, Little Marlow

Had lunch the other day. Nice old country pub. It has a lovely front garden for those sunny days. Food was good traditional pub grub and served promptly. Beer range included Youngs Special and I think the other one was Brakspear Bitter. Inside, theres a nice old serving area and separate seating areas for dining. I'll be coming back again soon.

20 Jun 2010 18:14

The Volunteer Riflemans Arms, Bath

Pub No.8 on our crawl of Bath. This was our final pub of the crawl and it was so good we came here twice, once more after our meal before returning home by train. A good selection of 4 ales including Otter - Bitter & Sharps - Doombar. The reason the place was so good was not just the beers but the atmosphere created by the two barman. Locals and Strangers are welcomed just the same. If you're looking for a quiet drik, this is not the place for you. Keep up the good work lads!

25 Apr 2010 12:44

The Bell, Bath

Pub No.7 on our crawl of Bath. It doesn't look much from the outside but when inside there's a large bar area serving 8 real ales and a large courtyard out the back. One of the ales was Stonehenge - Sign of Spring which is a 'green' beer. No, not carbon friendly but brewed with Spinnach. It tastes like a normal beer but looks strange. We also tried Weymouth - Durdle Door & Great Western - Edwin Ruby Porter.

25 Apr 2010 12:37

The Star Inn, Bath

Pub No.6 on our crawl of Bath. Only a 5 min walk from the city centre and well worth it. Very old pub c.1760 with 3 separate seating areas. We ventured here for the Bass served from the Wood but I think it looked more like a metal keg. Aswell as the Bass there were 4 other beers on draught including Abbey - Bellringer and Abbey - Mild which I'd recommend. The CAMRA beer guide also mentioned this place has complimentary snuff. Having never tried this before the barman was more than happy to show us how and it gave an interestingly menthol smell and tingly feeling in your nostrils!

25 Apr 2010 12:32

The Pig and Fiddle, Bath

Pub No.5 on our crawl of Bath. Quite noisy with the T.V blarring in all corners of the pub but a nice selection of beers from the region including Abbey - Bellringer, Glastonbury - Love Monkey. We had baguettes for lunch. Those with Chicken & Bacon faired better than those with Fish Fingers but still good. The pub consists of a long front area leading up to the bar with another area to the right of the bar and a rear outside stepped patio.

25 Apr 2010 12:23

The Raven, Bath

Pub No.4 on our crawl of Bath. This pub was our stop for lunch as it had been highly recommended. The Pie menu looked great but sadly we were only looking for a snack and there didn't seem to be any. Still, the selection of beers was good including Raven and Raven Gold both brewed by Blindmans for the pub plus another 3 beers including some from RCH & Saltaire.

25 Apr 2010 12:17

The King of Wessex, Bath

Pub No.1 on our crawl of Bath. Okay it's a Wetherspoons so it lacks any atmosphere but it more than makes up for it in it's selection of beers (especially as there's a beer festival on at the moment) and also the decently priced food. We partook in a hearty cooked breakfast to set ourselves up for today's crawl of Bath while sampling a Holdens - Burton Runner & Three B's - Oatmeal Stout.

25 Apr 2010 12:09

The Old Green Tree, Bath

Pub No.3 on our crawl of Bath. Nice looking old pub just off the main shopping streets. As you enter there's a nice quiet lounge on left and through the door you enter the main bar and back room. Food looked good on the table next to us. Good selection of draught beers which today included Green Tree Ale (brewed by Blindmans), Cottage - Concorde and a chalk board showing another 4 beers. I'd recommend the Cottage - Concorde.

25 Apr 2010 12:04

The Salamander, Bath

Pub No.2 on our crawl of Bath. A Bath Ales Brewery pub with friendly staff who knew their range of beers on offer. Today there were Gem, Barnstormer, SPA, Golden Hare on draught and Dark Side on keg. I'd recommend the Gem and Golden Hare.

25 Apr 2010 11:58

Mariners Tavern, Great Yarmouth

First found this pub last year in the Good Beer Guide and decided to visit again at the weekend after the Great Yarmouth Beer Festival session finished. To my surprise they were having their own Scottish Themed Beer festival with a descent rock band in the main bar. It's not the place to bring the family but great for a descent pint normally sourced from micros local and far away. Staff very friendly and collecting for childrens charity while festival was going on.

28 May 2008 22:50

New Leathern Bottle, Jealotts Hill

Found this pub recommended in the local CAMRA Berkshire South East newsletter and decided to give it a visit last week. Great selection of beer including Greene King - XX Mild and Strongs - Best Bitter. I'm not a fan of Greene King beer due to it's dominance in the South but I must say the XX Mild was a cracking pint. Landlord was welcoming and partial to a bit of fun with his customers. Outdoor has a grat sized garden for kids including tree slide and climbing frame all enclosed and with pub set back from the main road in an ideal safe area. Check out their website for many innovations that the Landlord has devised to keep his customers coming back including ... wait for it, driving them home after 9.30pm in the Bracknell Area. I for one will be returning with the family to sample the Sunday lunch.

28 May 2008 22:15

The Angel Inn, Larling

Just returned from my 2nd visit to this lovely country pub. First found it last Christmas in the Good Beer Guide 2008 and had a lovely meal in the restaurant at the rear of the pub. This visit the beer was Spectrum - 42, Wyre Piddle - Piddle In The Cellar & Batemans - Dark Mild on the hand pumps, all in great condition. Being a Friday night the pub was busy despite it's location with no room left in the restaurant but able to accomodate us in the pub garden where there appeared to be a meeting of the local MG sports car club which rovided the free entertainment. Landlord and staff very friendly and great place for good beer and quality food.

28 May 2008 22:08

The Gamekeeper, Old Buckenham

Choose this country pub from the CAMRA Beer Guide 2008 as it had a house brew produced by a local brewer. Sadly, the house brew (Wolf Brewery) was not on when I visited on 27/05/2008 but they did have Timothy Taylor - Landlord and Adnams - Broadside. The Broadside was in okay condition. Nice beer garden and eating area inside. Found the food menu to be very pricy and had many unusual dishes. Could have done with a few more traditional dishes to provide a good varied selection. Having said that the landlady was very welcoming and was able to accomodate our child with a variation from the menu at half-price.

28 May 2008 21:58

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