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The Head of Steam, Huddersfield

Fifth and final pub of the day, as very handy for train home. Good selection of beers, four rooms to choose to drink in as well as a small roped off area outside at the entrance. Only let down was that it was quite considerably the dearest of all the pubs we visited.

11 May 2018 20:24

The Corner, Huddersfield

4th pub of the day, recommended by the manager of the first! Finding it was hardest thing, but if walking along road from station then not far after Wetherspoons you reach market cross and you need to take far left corner by RBS to find market walk where this bar is of course on the first corner down. Up stairs to main bar, then a further bar on top. Very basic layout as obviously had a life previously as commercial premises but not a problem when you’re there for the beer and plenty of seating. Sadly got carried away with the novelty of Mallinsons Wagner’s Gold in honour of the towns manager and did not note the other beers on offer but there were plenty. But this 3.8% local beer did the trick anyway and thanks to the fore mentioned local hero will be able to visit again next year.

11 May 2018 20:21

The Rat and Ratchet, Huddersfield

3rd pub of the day, had been told that they pull White Rat constantly and they were doing that when we reached the bar, our 7 hands added to quite a few more when a barman checked we were all after it. Couldn’t go wrong £2.85 for a 4% beer. Plenty of other Rat beers too as well as Silver King and Yorkshire Blonde from Ossett Brewery to name a couple of the others. Excellent pub, look forward to a longer visit next time.

11 May 2018 20:09

The Grove Inn, Huddersfield

Second pub of the day, after earlier opening Sportsman. Found our own route of taking a right up the hill and then up some steps, along a footpath above station and through a few car parks. Well worth the journey, too many beers to mention, so all strengths covered, prices starting at £3.10 a pint. Quirky in parts and being five minute walk from centre either a good or bad thing depending on your preferences, did have quite a local feel to it.

11 May 2018 20:04

Sportsman, Huddersfield

Visited on same day as previous reviewer so no need to list beers available but can add that a blackboard is handily placed giving strengths which ranged from 3.9% to a 5.9% and prices from £2.90 up to £3.60 based on the strength. They also have the little jars out showing the colour of the beers and can confirm they must fill these daily as it was their first job as we entered bang on 11. Although web site does have this as a midday opener same as other Huddersfield pubs, google street view did show a sign outside saying 11 on a Saturday so always worth checking. Great pub and friendly manager.

11 May 2018 19:58

The Castle Bar, Cockermouth

Couldn’t believe the price then found out it was Happy Hour. This is £2.20 for a pint of all real ales Mon-Fri 4 to 7 and Sunday12 to 10:30pm according to notice board outside. Choices were two Jennings, Wainwright, Loweswater Gold and Titanic Plum Porter. Great pub with more room at the back if front bar crowded. Also has a beer garden that wasn’t checked out.

4 Apr 2018 20:56

The Bitter End, Cockermouth

Nice pub, away from the High Street but only a short walk away. Cheaper prices than Keswick for a cask ale selection of Coniston Bluebird, Jennings Bitter and Cumberland, Shipyard Pale Ale and Bitter End Lakeland Golden. Also had some stronger beers a bit pricier, Punk IPA 5.4%, Jaipur Indian Pale Ale 5.9% and Elvis Juice (grapefruit infused IPA) 6.5%! The latter comes I a schooner, which I believe is 2/3 a pint. For £3.90. Cockermouth was a good place to visit, just wish could have visited more than the 2 pubs as this one comes recommended though would be busy with diners at feeding time.

4 Apr 2018 20:48

The Oddfellows Arms, Keswick

Handy to have a lot of outdoor seating at the back if weather ok, but not for a session given the stone steps to go down to get there, a handrail is no good if you are carrying more than one drink! 4 ‘can’t go wrong’ Jennings going up in strength and in 10p increases from Bitter £3.30 to Sneck Lifter £3.60 with Cumberland and Cockerhoop being the others.

4 Apr 2018 20:35

The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick

Typical selection of beers and there was a world beer festival on. Worth a visit just to go sideways from the bar and try counting how many different rooms there are, pub seems to go on and on.

4 Apr 2018 20:30

The Pheasant Inn, Keswick

Friday tea time very busy with diners. Think we were only two in there not eating and struggled to find space by the bar. Good selection of cask ales at cheapest price for Keswick, though it is on outskirts of the town. Three Jennings, Bitter £3.25, Cumberland £3.35 and Cockerhoop £3.60. Their own Pheasant Ale £3.45 and Wainwright as a guest ale without the price up.

4 Apr 2018 20:28

Dog and Gun, Keswick

Always nice to see the cask ales chalked up on a board behind the bar. Took a photo that reminds me they had Old Peculiar (4.8%) Keswick KSB, same strength, Loweswater Gold (4.3) and Keswick Woof and Bang at a light 3.6%, so a nice varied selection and the Gold a decent option. Hang on just scrolled down on my photo, also had Loosehead from Kirkby Lonsdale brewery at 3.7% and a Gluten free pale ale (4.7) from Allendale brewery. Thursday night was quiz night, think most teams were tourists.
Prior to here had visited The Wainwright up the road (or was it down then up, very close though) wth a selection of at least five real ales.

4 Apr 2018 20:20

Ye Olde Golden Lion Inn, Keswick

Keswick Bitter, Greene King IPA and Coniston Bluebird that surprisingly cost £3.90 a pint. Quietest pub we visited in Keswick but it was Thursday evening.

4 Apr 2018 20:12

Kings Arms Hotel, Keswick

A familiar selection of real ales in Jennings Cumberland, Wainwright, Hobgoblin and Banks Sunbeam (blonde). Opted for the latter which was a good choice. Think all were approaching the £4 a pint mark but saved money on food using a taste card to get 2 for 1. Two fairly small areas on entering with additional restaurant area downstairs.

4 Apr 2018 20:09

Mabel's Tavern, Euston

Used to be a much better pub when quieter and cheaper maybe ten years back. Beer choice good but last two visits coincided with an fa cup semi final and a rugby international early evening meaning full of tourist sport watchers. Saving grace is having just come from a football match you can go outside to the plentiful seating to avoid having another attack you from numerous screens at every turn.

28 Mar 2018 16:31

The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross

More expensive than others visited on the day, but had returned for a second time as great selection of real ale session beers and plenty of alternatives for accommodating over ten of us from standing space to seating either indoors our half outdoors overlooking station concourse. Good venue for tube from Kings Cross especially up to Arsenal FC.

28 Mar 2018 16:20

The Flying Scotsman, Caledonian Road

A fine traditional pub still catering for drinkers as opposed to eaters with enough real ales on to suit everyone I would have thought. Handy for Kings Cross, nice decor though no memorabilia or photos on the wall of its previous life!

28 Mar 2018 16:15

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Real Ale selection fine when visited on a Saturday afternoon pub crawl. All seating taken as a few people eating and not the best pub for standing room unfortunately. Some tables outside at the front if weather ok. On google map you can see right inside if want to check it out first. Worth a visit, one of our group thought best of 7 visited that day.

28 Mar 2018 16:10

The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

Still Young’s pub no problem with quality beer there. Visited on a Saturday afternoon when full of welsh rugby shirts meaning had to awkwardly stand at bar assuming we would obscure their view of match just starting. Maybe we did because turned around after receiving beer and they’d gone! On leaving ourselves realised they had ventured across the road to London Welsh Club. Our stop off was for a pint during a pub crawl, would suggest probably more suited to this than a long stay.

28 Mar 2018 16:01

The Friend at Hand, Bloomsbury

Easy to find either by road or tube as next to Russell Square Underground. Busy of a Saturday lunchtime with sport on, plus many people eating A pub where one would feel more suited to be sitting than standing. Worth a visit.

28 Mar 2018 15:54

Euston Tap, Euston

Handy if heading south or west out of Euston especially with Bree Louise now gone. Also with it being more suited to the start rather than end of a session given the climb up the spiral staircase to toilets or even for the seating when carrying one or two pints as well. Luckily our visit when a reasonable choice of beer was not long after midday.

28 Mar 2018 15:43

Skew Bridge Alehouse, Rainhill

One of the first new pubs visited in 2018 (Feb) and first ever review on this site. Having never been to Rainhill before but travelling there for an evening curry, used beerintheevening to see if there was a nearby pub and was happy to find a review by the excellent contributor blue_scrumpy about this new establishment next door. Didn’t disappoint as a micro pub with maybe up to half a dozen real ales on of varying strengths, handy that a couple of the lighter ones could be enjoyed without being put off the forthcoming meal. Reasonably priced too, but as over a month ago cannot remember which beers they were. Very close to Rainhill station so would be handy for a stop off on a pub crawl by train, but as with all micros, check opening times first.

28 Mar 2018 09:31

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