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The Cross Keys Hotel, York

Re-opened yesterday following a major refurbishment. It looks a lot better than it was and here's the best's now a real aler !!!

Very kind of the new management to offer free main courses by application yesterday. The rump steak was excellent!! A decent selection of ales too, so this goes back at last on the ones to visit in York list.

23 Feb 2011 13:52

Leaping Salmon, Berwick upon Tweed

Called in last Saturday afternoon. The price of the beer on offer and the food are the obvious (but unfortunately the only) reasons to visit. I received a pint of Abbott but it was obviously off. Spoke to another female staff member who gladly pulled another, explaining it had just been changed. It still wasn't right, so I was offered an alternative, which was drinkable without being memorable.

The plate of chilli con carne nachos were cheap, cheerful and quick to arrive. Some of the male locals were loud if inoffensive and it wasn't overfull.....that said the weather was filthy!! The right side of okay for the visit but no more.

8 Feb 2011 12:28

The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick upon Tweed

Called in last Saturday afternoon. Plenty of regulars and visitors in to watch the France v Scotland rugby match. What a pub this is, a sure fire 10 rating!! A pity there aren't more like this around.

Sampled ESB and a 6.7%er called Old Jock Ale which was superb. A few more were also available, apart from a decent selection of bottled ales. The ambience and the general interior decor was something to behold! The best pub in Berwick by a country mile. If you're in the area, this is the one to visit.

8 Feb 2011 12:18

The Half Moon, Stepney Green

Called in with a couple of friends on Saturday afternoon, January 29th. I've seen worse interiors for Wetherspoons franchises but for beer, this experience was a complete joke. Out of a total of 6 guest real ales on the bar, a grand total of 0 were available to sample !!!

There was only one female member of staff serving (although another girl and a guy showed up 10 minutes later). How the hell is it possible to have half a dozen barrels unavailable at the same time please?

Amazingly, there were still a couple of dozen locals in. God only knows what rubbish they were on !!!

2 Feb 2011 14:04

The Corner Pin, York

Called in last night with fingers crossed as our last visit, albeit some time ago, was disappointing. Panic over, the beer was in fine form and the pub was busy enough at 6.45pm. Excellent Hobgoblin from Wychwood and a very good Christmas Pudding Ale on show, among others. Friendly bar staff too!! Keep up the good work. Back on the visiting menu.

10 Dec 2010 14:16

The Junction, York

Recently re-vamped and re-named the Junction Brewhouse. A good job done on the interior decor too. A micro-brewery is located on site, turning out a different beer every other week. None of that available last night but there was a Porter at 5.5% and Moorhouse's Pride of Pendle to sample.

Three of us opted for the latter, which was very drinkable and therefore no surprise as it is part of a reliable family of ales from "over the border"! Monday night is quiz night, where you can win a gallon of beer tokens. The Sunday Roast is coming soon...if it's not already there!!

10 Dec 2010 14:10

Thomas's Bar, York

This pub has now closed. The Phoenix from the flames has been given the name of Mojhito's (spelling to be conformed), which claims to be a bar / mexican restaurant. They had Leeds United's Johnny Howson to open it this week. Yet to visit myself.

9 Dec 2010 17:11

Thomas's Bar, York

Called in with 3 friends last night at 9.30pm. There was one other customer in! The only guest ale was Black Sheep. Had 3 halves and one of Kronenbourg but the unfortunate one of us was charged 7 !! Didn't find this out until we'd left and I tried to ring today to check on their bar prices, seeing as 7 is exceedingly expensive if correct. The number is presently unobtainable!!

A pity this, seeing as the interior is reasonably spacious (over two floors) and no without a certain appeal. Don't know if JOSIE 1969's family are still there but whoever is in charge needs to be somewhat more competative in a city packed full of popular bars and pubs.

29 Jan 2010 13:22

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Visited here on Saturday, January 23rd at 1.00pm with a couple of friends on a London 'area' crawl. Only found out about the Krays connection post visit. Wonder what it was like when they were hanging around the manor?

Two women were running the bar and there were about a dozen locals in. One other visitor was telling us that he always calls in when in London. He was staying to go across the bar, albeit in halves. Probably a good idea, given the generous selection of real ale on offer.

Worth another visit for sure and well worth seeking out for a first time too.

28 Jan 2010 16:44

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