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The Bag O' Nails, Bristol

Just spent a week in Bristol and visited a number of pubs, but this was far in font of any that we visited. The beer range was fantastic, with seven ales on, all in fantastic condition. We went back in on New Years Eve and were made very welcome by Paul & Amanda. The locals were great too, we certainly didn't feel like strangers. It's a pub I will visit again when in the area.
Thanks to you all at the Bag O Nails, and all the best for the coming year.

5 Jan 2009 18:07

The Black Horse, Bridgnorth

Not a place for a quiet drink. Great if you are into TV screens and horse racing, cricket or other sports blasting out. Personally I prefer conversation and leaving TV at home.
The beer was ok, I had Blackhorse Bitter, brewed by Bridgnorth Brewery.

23 Jun 2008 09:31

The Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth

Quite a busy pub on the Severn Valley Railway with a good range of ever changing beers. The quality of the ales was very good.

23 Jun 2008 09:23

The Turf Tavern, Oxford

I was a customer at the Turf on Friday 10th August and was served with a drink topped up from a glass on the drip tray. I challenged the barmaid who claimed it was freshly drawn and never stands long. In the past I have thought highly of the Turf but not any longer. It will be a long time before I go back.

16 Aug 2007 10:08

Anchor Inn, Eckington

Had a great Saturday lunch time at this pub. Good food and excellent ale available, served by a friendly staff. There were 2 regular ales on, namely Pedigree and Bass, which I avoided. However the 2 guests were superb:- Northumberland Brewery, Cranky Flanmen and Wyre Piddle Brewery, Piddle in the Wind. It's a pub I'll visit again when caravanning in the Eckington area.

23 May 2007 19:37

The Plough Inn, Far Forest

There were 2 ales available when we visited:- Wye Valley Herefordshire Pale Ale and Woods Shropshire Lad. Both in excellent condition and well presented in pubs own badged glass. My only criticism was that the beer price seems to be creeping up compared to othe pubs in the area. Didn't eat here this time, but I've had the carvery in the past. The carvery is superb and excellent value, (hence, probably, the beer prices)the pub is well worth a visit. If you are a caravanner or camper visiting the Bewdley area theres a great site next door to this pub at Yew Tree Farm.

14 May 2007 09:16

The Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llangollen

Disappointing pub. Visited there 2 years ago and was impressed, but how it's changed. Tried the Ind Coop Burton Ale-it looked ok, but had a slight taste of vinegar. Wanted Sunday lunch, but waitress said unable to take orders right then, she'd be back after 5mins. Gave her half hour, still not returned to take our order or other customers waiting. We left and found a better pub.

8 May 2007 13:14

The Sun Trevor, Llangollen

Superb views from the beer garden, popular with people on the canal. Didn't eat there but food looked good. They had 2 reasonable ales on.

8 May 2007 13:06

Defford Arms, Defford

Spent the weekend here on a caravan rally. Not a bad site, a level clean field but no electric.
I didn't eat here but others on the rally did and seemed quite happy about the meals.
They had only one real ale on-Bombardier which was acceptible. However being St Patricks Day I went on to the Guinness

21 Mar 2007 09:57

The Brandy Cask, Pershore

Not been since last summer, but still a great pub. A superb range of ales from their own brewery and guests. Food very good. Best pub in Pershore.

12 Mar 2007 22:05

The Millers Arms, Pershore

Called in to try Wadworths Bishops Tipple. While my pint was being pulled it ran out so barman nipped to cellar to change barrel. He came back and tried to pull the pint again. Nothing! He ran back to the cellar, came back, tried again. Nothing! Again he went to the cellar, returned and this time pulled the pint. He announced he'd put an empty barrel on. A disappointing pint after all that, hazy, not worth the wait.

12 Mar 2007 21:59

The Swan In The Rushes, Loughborough

Went in here after the Loughborough Beer Festival for a meal. Had the all day breakfast which was very good. Beer in top condition and quite a range available. Visited a couple pubs in and around the town the same day but this one is streets ahead of them.

7 Mar 2007 13:47

Plough Inn, Loughborough

The beer might have made 'The Good Beer Guide', but the pub itself will never make a good pub guide.

6 Mar 2007 14:54

The Hobgoblin, Loughborough

A disappointing pub. Noise and no atmosphere. The Wychwood 'Dirty Tackle' was a reasonable drink.

6 Mar 2007 14:49

Duncan Edwards, Dudley

This pub has been demolished and site is to be redeveloped for housing/shops.

10 Jan 2007 21:35

The Flowerpot, Derby

I have not been to Derby for 30 years and with pubs like the Flowerpot I have been missing out. This is a fantastic venue for anyone who enjoys real ale. Derby is a place to visit again. The staff here are doing a great job.

9 Jan 2007 18:08

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

Payed a flying visit after the Derby Beer festival on way back to railway station. With its range of beers it was like a mini beer festival. The beers I tried were excellent and staff friendly. A pub to go back to.

9 Jan 2007 17:51

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Called in after visiting Derby Beer Festival. Excellent choice of ales with own beers and guests on. Friendly atmosphere. Didn't spend much time there-had a train to catch. Hope to get back sometime.

9 Jan 2007 17:47

The Babington Arms, Derby

Visited Saturday morning on way to Derby beer festival and found this to be a great pub. I'm not normally a fan of Wetherspoons, but this is an exception, the best I've been in. An excellent range of beers, well kept and quick, efficient service from the staff.

8 Jan 2007 09:46

The Maltings, York

I have called in here several times now. In my opinion judging on ale alone, this is the best real ale pub I have visited to date in York. I still have quite a few to visit though. Never been disappointed with what is on offer. Always something new to try. never eaten here, but friends have said food is good. My last visit was New Year's Eve when I expected it to be heaving, (it's normally very busy) but our group got a table easily. The atmosphere like the ale was great.

4 Jan 2007 10:22

The Tap and Spile, York

An interesting pub with a good beer range. I feel it could get smokey but seems quieter than the city pubs being just outside the town walls at Monks Bar.

4 Jan 2007 10:04

The Rook and Gaskill, York

Well worth seeking out, lying just outside the walls. It serves an extensive range of ales all in first class condition. A friendly staff who invited us to sample before buying, which I always feel shows confidence by them in their ale. The pub is named after two felons executed for sheep stealing which I believe was the last hanging at Lawrence Street. Have not though eaten here though, time did not allow.

4 Jan 2007 09:58

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York

I look forward to all pubs having such a clean atmosphere. No smoking throughout-great. It's quite a busy pub so we reserved a table for 6 to have an evening meal a couple of nights after Christmas and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. It serves a good range of changing ales and Belgium beers.

4 Jan 2007 09:45

The Golden Lion, York

A very busy city pub serving good ales from York brewery plus guest beers. It does have a no smoking area which I appreciated.

4 Jan 2007 09:34

The Three Legged Mare, York

A town centre pub serving excellent York brewery ales plus guest beers. It can get busy with its location but you can get some reasonable priced food here. Well worth a visit.

4 Jan 2007 09:28

The Yorkshire Terrier Inn, York

Situated in the city serving excellent ales and not expensive for its location. Very quiet for a lunchtime but no food on owing to fire recently in the kitchen. It had a good range of ales from York brewery plus guests. My only concern was bar staff smoking in front of bar but I can accept a lot of customers would not be troubled by that. There is a no smoking area upstairs apparently which I did not investigate.

4 Jan 2007 09:19

The Swan, York

Good Beer Guide pub having a great range of beers all served in top condition. Very crowded when I first visited (full of young smokers). I felt then it was worth visiting after the smoking ban comes into operation. However I did go back a couple of days later with the York CAMRA pub crawl. Glad I did, it was a much better atmosphere- proper drinkers with money to spend-us wrinkles and hardly any smokers. Certainly a pub to go and look up when visiting the city.

4 Jan 2007 09:07

The Hilly House, Dudley

A disappointing meal. Reasonable drink of Marstons Pedigree. Not a pub to rush back to.

23 Dec 2006 15:28

The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden

A Cotswold stone building dating from 1724. Once a bakery and grain store but now a pub serving Stanway Stanney Bitter, Donnington BB or SBA, Hook Norton, Wells Bombardier and guest beers.Look out for the handwoven rug hung on the wall showing the pub. It's been the local CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2005. There is a very varied menu available and the food is wonderful. Prices for this part of the world are reasonable. Certainly a pub worthy of further visits.

17 Dec 2006 18:48

The Horse and Hound, Broadway

Visited late Saturday afternoon and found it unusually quiet.Tried the Youngs Christmas Ale and found it to be quite good. A comfortable pub with a welcoming fire.

17 Dec 2006 18:32

The Crown and Trumpet Inn, Broadway

This pub is about 15-20 mins walk from the Caravan Club Site in Broadway so popped in on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. On both occasions it was busy with locals and tourists but we had a very pleasant time. We didn't eat there but the beer was in excellent condition. There were four beers on with a Christmas theme from Bear Town, RCH, Phoenix and Stanway breweries. Will certainly be visiting again.

17 Dec 2006 18:27

The Black Bear, Lower Gornal

Called in here a couple of times recently and each time it gets better with a terrific range of changing beers. The Black Bear IPA 5.8%, brewed by the Kinver Brewery is superb, quite a statement from me who normally favours darker ales. On last visit tried Phoenix Brewery- Flash Flood 4.1%,Downton Brewery- Golden Delight 5.1% and Springhead Brewery- Charlies Angel 4.5%, all in top condition. The display of pump clips behind the bar for beers coming on in the near future look most promising. I'll be visiting this Black Country gem again over the Christmas period

7 Dec 2006 10:20

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

It was very much a flying visit in here after leaving the Wellington to catch the bus. The interior was very impressive and reminded me of the Abbotsford Bar in Edinburgh. Had a quick half of Gales Winter Warmer which was quite good. I did not experience any problems getting served and fancy eating here the next time in Birmingham.

4 Dec 2006 17:37

The Wellington, Birmingham

Had a great Saturday afternoon in this pub. A friendly atmosphere, not too smokey and prices reasonable for a city pub. Even though busy the staff had time to talk about the ales. I tried seven different ales, all of which were in top condition. It was like being at a beer festival. Hopefully my travels will take me back there at a future date.

3 Dec 2006 17:48

The Tap and Spile, Birmingham

This is a narrow, multi roomed pub looking out onto the gas street basin. Ground floor opens on to tow path and first floor onto the road. The floors are a mixture of quarry tiles and floor boards. The wooden chairs are creaky and care is needed with one or two of them because chair backs are broken. It is in need of a coat of paint but this would probably spoil its atmosphere.
I visited Saturday lunchtime and found it unusually quiet (other than a large TV screen, in my view not needed). Enjoyed a good drink of Davenports while looking out the windows onto the canal.

3 Dec 2006 17:36

The Millwright Arms, Warwick

A 16th century coaching inn about 10 mins walk from the centre of Warwick.It has a number of rooms including a dining room. It serves Adnams Broadside, Black Sheep Bitter, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Green King IPA and guest beers. When I called in no guest on. Only sampled the Deuchars which was very acceptible.

26 Nov 2006 18:27

The Simple Simon, Warwick

Visited Saturday lunchtime. Too smokey for my liking, but a good drink of Deuchars IPA. The Slaughterhouse brewery-Saddleback Bitter was particularly good.

26 Nov 2006 18:11

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, Warwick

Ideal situation for us caravanners. Couple of minutes walk from the Caravan Club Site on the racecourse. Very busy on Friday night with a good range of beers. The Pitchfork from RCH was excellent. The other good quality ales I sampled included Pig On The Wall from Black Country, Stonewall from York and UXB from White Star.

26 Nov 2006 18:05

The Plough Inn, Trysull

Pleasantly surprised by this pub. Went in Saturday lunchtime with a group of friends after walking. Friends dog made welcome. However the pub was empty which always sets alarm bells ringing. We ordered food which was good and reasonably priced and a number of other people-locals went in. The girl serving behind the bar was pleasant and friendly. Did not try the Banks's but had the guest from Red Brick- Snowy Peak ABV 4.2. A good tasty beer. After a few pints and a lazy couple of hours by a real fire we made our way back to where our caravans were sited, just out side the village. Will call again when caravanning in the area.

19 Nov 2006 17:57

The Bell Inn, Trysull

Called in Saturday lunchtime. Went in bar because walking with friends with a dog. Pub busy. Staff friendly and locals quite chatty. Tried the guest beer from Hoggley's Brewery-Reservoir Hogs, ABV 4.3. Quite an acceptible drink.

19 Nov 2006 17:22

The Cap 'n' Gown, Worcester

Friendly town pub serving Hook Norton Ales. Tried the Dark and Flagship, both excellent. Friendly staff and locals.

12 Nov 2006 18:04

The Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester

Fascinating building with a warren of rooms of different styles. Bar area great with low ceilings and beams. Tried Sharps Own and Sharps Cornish Jack, both beers good quality. Staff very friendly.

12 Nov 2006 17:58

The Dragon Inn, Worcester

Interesting beer range, well kept. Staff and locals friendly. Food very good with reasonable prices. Will visit again when in Worcester.

12 Nov 2006 17:50

The George and Dragon, Much Wenlock

Market Town pub with a village feel. Good atmosphere with friendly staff. Ales excellent quality with Green King IPA, Landlord, Hobson's Town Crier and Hobgoblin on tap. Busy Saturday lunchtime. Could get smokey. Menu a little pretentious for my personal taste, with too many fancy sauces. Ordered a ploughman's and received a cheese sandwich with salad and pickle onion. Food though very good.

5 Nov 2006 17:45

The Plymouth Inn, Okehampton

Visited 28/10/06, Saturday afternoon. Two good ales on direct from the cask-South Hams XSB and St Austells Proper Job. Food reasonably priced but too smokey for my liking.

30 Oct 2006 20:55

The Taw River Inn, Sticklepath

Visited 28/10/06, Saturday Lunchtime. Only a fleeting visit, would have liked more time there. Quite busy and menu looked good. A very satisfactory half of Doom Bar.

30 Oct 2006 20:43

The Trout and Tipple, Tavistock

Visited 27/10/06, Friday Lunchtime. About 15 min walk out of Tavistock this pub is worth seeking out. We had travelled by bus (hence the walk) for a 'Beer and Banger Beer' Festival. The landlord had put on a good selection of ales; unfortunately they were not all available. At any one time there must have been 7 or 8 beers on the hand pumps. It's a shame he couldn't have them all available, perhaps serving straight from the cask. A great atmosphere, with friendly locals and bar staff. The 'bangers' were tasty and went down a treat. My favourite beer of all that were available was the Jail Ale-a regular ale at the pub. I look forward to visiting again at future date. Hopefully when there's a festival on.

30 Oct 2006 15:20

The Grapes Inn, Falmouth

Visited 25/10/06, Wednesday afternoon. Spent some time on a very wet afternoon in this pub situated in the middle of town. Superb views from the back windows across the estuary and towards the castle. Unfortunately as with so many youngsters working behind the bar there seems to be a need to play music too loud making conversation difficult. Sharps beers not on, only Skinner's Heligan Honey (other than lagers or cream flow varieties) available, which was fair.

30 Oct 2006 15:01

The Blue Anchor, Helston

Visited 24/10/06, Tuesday lunchtime. Situated in the middle of town, this is a fantastic pub. The architecture alone is worthy of a visit. Step into any of the rooms and you half expect to be greeted by a National Trust guide. The building is a gem. More importantly though this is a brew pub and they certainly do that well. The Jubilee IPA and Springo Middle are spot on. Unfortunately because of having to drive I never got to try the Springo Bragget. It's an excuse to go back though, but I certainly don't need an excuse when in the area again. Incidentally the food's pretty good too.

30 Oct 2006 14:41

The City Inn (Tavern An Dre), Truro

Visited 23/10/06. Monday Lunchtime. Pub is a short walk up hill out of town centre. Friendly atmosphere with half a dozen locals around bar, bur a little too smokey for my liking. Sandwiches were good value. Tried the Betty Stoggs and Knocker which both tasted ok but were hazy. The bar man did not give a fresh glass when ordering a new drink-something which annoys me when trying different beers.

30 Oct 2006 09:22

The Seven Stars, Falmouth

Visited 23/10/06 Monday evening. This pub is almost a film set. All that's missing are the cameras. Step through the door and you are are going back in time 50 years or so. It's worn and shabby but to try and do anything to it would be criminal. It's atmosphere is great, customers friendly and the landlord (a Reverand) a character. Beers (Skinners, Sharps and Bass)were first rate. If you are into pub architect this is a must-but remember to turn off your mobile.

29 Oct 2006 23:17

The Masons Arms, Falmouth

Visited 22/10/06, Sunday Lunchtime. A slightly smokey atmosphere but not unpleasant. Fairly quiet, but the locals and bar staff were all friendly. A superb pint of Tribute. Went back the following evening, pub busier but great atmosphere and beer good.

29 Oct 2006 22:56

The Quayside Inn, Falmouth

Visited 21/10/06 late afternoon. A picturesque setting with outside seating by the waterfront. Skinners was a reasonable drink but not up to the standard of other pubs in the area. Ordered a couple of meals which were the poorest I have ever been served in any pub I have visited on my travels around the country. If they had been slightly warm it would have helped. The appearance of a dishevelled chef(he was wearing the checked trousers) scratching his head did not help. I did not send the meal back having heard from chefs before about what happens to them when returned to kitchen.I will not use this pub again.

29 Oct 2006 22:03

The Dudley Arms, Himley

Called in for the carvery about 8pm. Not up to usual standard, a little on the cool side. Obviously need to get there earlier. Banks's bitter fair, but no other ales on other than smooth flow and lager.

16 Oct 2006 21:43

The Gate Hangs Well, Stoke Prior

An excellent range of real ales on last Saturday lunch. Had a sandwich which did look expensive but came with a bowl of soup or chips. Restaurant looks good though pricey.Pub seemed unusually quiet for the time of day. Quite comfortable, though with the sofas and armchairs does remind one of a hotel. Will visit again.

15 Oct 2006 18:47

The Navigation Inn, Stoke Prior

Like walking into a fog with the smoke last Friday Lunch time. Didn't eat but prices looked reasonable. Quite a good guest ale on from York Brewery-Ebor.

15 Oct 2006 18:33

The Boat and Railway Inn, Stoke Prior

A pleasant location if weather good enough to sit outside by canal. Inside smokey and crowded Friday afternoon. Beer Banks's with the guest Jennings-Crag Rat. Why they call this a guest now that W&D own Jennings beats me. Furthermore it does not taste the same to me. Perhaps they are using Wolverhampton water and not Cumbria water!

15 Oct 2006 18:27

The Bowling Green Inn, Stoke Prior

Nothing to get excited about. A Banks's pub serving bitter and original. Needed to ask for drinks to be topped up. A little on the smokey side.

15 Oct 2006 18:18

The Red Lion, Wellow

Atmospheric pub with friendly landlord. Food good value. Winner of CAMRA awards, serving a good pint.

12 Oct 2006 18:13

The Dreel Tavern, Anstruther

Superb pub, great atmosphere. First class pint. Food excellent and great value. A must do if in the area. Could have spent the day there, unfortunately driving.

3 Oct 2006 14:45

The Great Malvern Hotel, Great Malvern

Good pint, but expensive. Smokey atmosphere. Landlord/barman? rude to elderly lady in my opinion. Needs a course on customer relations.

3 Oct 2006 14:38

The Hop Pole Inn, Bromsgrove

Good real ale available. Lunch time menu good and reasonable prices, but were running out of some food items on menu. Friendly pub, worthy of visit if a real ale fan.

14 Aug 2006 10:33

The Red Lion, Bromsgrove

A superb range of real ales. A town centre pub worthy of a visit. It gets smokey, but undercover seating outside. Friendly atmosphere.

14 Aug 2006 10:27

The Dodford Inn, Dodford

Spent the weekend at pub. Friendly atmosphere. Group on Friday night and pub very busy. Didn't eat but meals looked good. Saturday night very quiet. Good range of real ale on eg. Caledonian-Deuchars IPA, Everards-Sun Chaser and St. Austell-Tribute. All beers looked good but for some reason taste not quite what I'd expect especially Deuchars which lacked that sharp, refreshing fruit taste.
Pub under threat of closure, owner wants to change use, but landlord and locals fighting it. Good luck to them.
Good camping site (Camping & Caravanning Certificated Site), for tenters and caravanners, but no electric, next to car park.

14 Aug 2006 10:19

The Black Bear, Lower Gornal

A friendly local. Been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for a number of years. Used to get smokey but better since the introduction of a non-smoking area, though only a small area in front of bar. A good everchanging variety of guest beers.

8 Aug 2006 15:32

The Brandy Cask, Pershore

Superb pub with a fantastic beer garden. Own beers great and always a couple of interesting guests on tap. Food is good also.

8 Aug 2006 12:32

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