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Dark Horse, Camberwell

This has closed and turned into Le Petit Parisien, a French bistro.

1 Oct 2009 10:30

The Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham

The latest London Drinker confirms the Shepherd Neame purchase.

30 Jul 2009 16:27

The Bun Shop, Cambridge

Reopened now as an annexe to the Bun Shop across the road.

22 Dec 2008 10:39

The Glassy Junction, Southall

Well, I don't think there's anything wrong with this pub at all, apart from the lack of real ale. It's certainly the gaudiest pub I've ever been in, but I didn't notice any troublemakers,. Yes, the pool room was full of exciteable young men, but none of them seemed to be drunk or aggressive. I'd come back again if I happened to be in the area. There don't seem to be many places in Southall that do real ale, so even that isn't a huge strike against it.

12 Dec 2008 14:57

The Dacre Arms, Lee

Nice little locals' pub � quite small inside and filled with various bits of pub tat. Six handpumps, which last night had Harveys Sussex Best, Courage Best, and Greene King IPA. The Harveys ran out during our visit though. I'd have rated it higher if the beer had been more exciting.

17 Nov 2008 11:30

The Three Wishes, Edgware

No more real ale at the Three Wishes, unfortunately; the chap behind the bar told us last night that they couldn't sell enough of it so had to stop. There are still three handpumps on the bar, which holds out hope that one day they might be in use again.

26 Sep 2008 15:33

The Travellers Friend, Woodford Green

Re the comments about the friendliness/unfriendliness of this place: admittedly I've only been there once (Tuesday this week) but the young chap who served me was welcoming and friendly, as were the regulars perched around the bar. Beer was fine (Broadside, �2.80/pint).

6 Sep 2008 13:12

The Old Justice, Bermondsey

To get to the back bar, you need to go out of the pub and around the side to the door there. They now have proper Korean barbecue thingies set into the tables in the back, and they also have some form of Korean alcohol that I am yet to properly investigate.

I agree that the front bar can be a bit lairy.

2 Jul 2008 20:20

Rockys, Buckhurst Hill

Now known as the Player's Lounge. No real ale, but they did have Hoegaarden (�3/pint). Friendly and helpful service (a bit of a surprise, that, given the appearance of the place).

18 Mar 2008 13:08

The Three Colts, Buckhurst Hill

Tried to visit yesterday (Monday) lunchtime but it was closed (not permanently).

18 Mar 2008 13:06

The Crown And Two Chairmen, Soho

A couple of my friends went there for lunch today and they say it's definitely still a pub.

13 Mar 2008 18:16

The Fox @ Excel, ExCeL London

Visited at lunchtime yesterday; served by a friendly enough barman with perfect command of English. Strongbow �3/pint. Didn't seem too awful, aside from the lack of real ale.

18 Jan 2008 17:58

The Oakwood Tavern, Oakwood

Visited last weekend � only one hand pump now, Courage Best.

15 Jan 2008 10:07

Bunker, Covent Garden

Really noisy in here too. I was here for a drink with a friend a couple of months ago and we ended up practically shouting at each other to be heard.

2 Jan 2008 14:22

The Coborn Arms, Bow

Visited here on a Wednesday lunchtime; wasn't going to stay for more than a half, but liked it enough that I had lunch and another pint. I only had a tuna baguette with salad, but there was evidence that the kitchen do actually care about the food � fresh herbs used on the salad, attention paid to presentation. I'd happily come back here, for both the drinks and the food.

Re bowhammer's comment about the staff being unhappy about you eating a takeaway outside: if you mean you were sitting on their benches, using their tables, within their clearly fenced off front patio, and you didn't ask them for permission, then I can't really blame them. (Not mentioning this to have a go at you, but because before I visited the pub and saw it for myself I thought you just meant outside on the pavement.)

14 Dec 2007 16:21

Coach and Horses, Mayfair

Decent little pub in Mayfair; closed on the weekend though.

13 Dec 2007 11:46

The Coach and Horses, Rickmansworth

Sorry, fingers not connected to brain � I mean Abbot, not Adnams, of course.

10 Dec 2007 19:19

The Coach and Horses, Rickmansworth

Visited here this afternoon after a recommendation from Millay on the BITE forums. Greene King IPA, Rocking Rudolph, and Adnams (�2.80/pint) available. Also had some very good beef stew with mash and vegetables (�9.90 and worth every penny). Food is served all day.

10 Dec 2007 17:56

The Compton Arms, Islington

Lovely pub, very friendly, nice and cosy too. A much better pub than I would have expected to find in this area. You have to know it's there because you'd never stumble across it by accident!

9 Dec 2007 16:08

Prince Arthur, Euston

Decent enough pub near Euston station. The Thai food is sensibly priced and nothing to complain about (if also nothing to write home about). It is quite dimly lit, and the music is slightly louder than I would have preferred - both times I've been here, the music has interfered with conversation. Beers on last night included Black Sheep and Landlord. They're still doing table service.

7 Dec 2007 18:55

The Green Man, Fitzrovia

Several choices of real cider - Addlestone's Cloudy was �3.10/pint and pretty tasty. A long wait for food on a Friday lunchtime; might be best visited at non-peak times.

2 Dec 2007 22:48

The Northumberland Arms, Brentford

Visited here on a Friday afternoon - and really, I thought it was one of the friendliest pubs I've been in in quite some time (and I go to a lot of pubs). All the other customers knew each other, but I didn't feel at all out of place or unwelcome, and one of them even persuaded me to join in the conversation.

27 Oct 2007 17:52

The Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch

Visited here last night; only two real ales on (London Pride and Greene King IPA). The Pride was OK but not wonderfully well-kept. I note the comments about the grumpiness of the landlord; if this was the chap who served me then I'd say he's more disengaged than actively unpleasant, an important distinction I think.

17 Oct 2007 17:47

The Gregorian, Bermondsey

Thought I'd already posted this, but looks like it didn't go through. The Gregorian is open again.

24 Sep 2007 16:10

The Ferryboat Inn, Tottenham Hale

We visited this pub yesterday afternoon. We had actually planned to just have a pint here and give the food a miss, given the comments below, but by the time we got there we were hungry. We really had no trouble with the food service, the food quality, or the food prices.

I'm not sure why our experience was different from other people's; possible factors are (a) it was a very sunny bank holiday Monday and maybe they had extra staff on to cover the expected rush; (b) it was around 3pm rather than a peak time; (c) we ordered sandwiches rather than main meals; (d) we're not familiar with average prices for the area.

I had a bit more of a problem with the only beers being Marston's Pedigree and John Smith's! Pedigree was good enough for a sunny day though.

I did like this pub, and would go back if I was in the area and the weather was good. We sat outside, and I didn't do the going-to-the-bar part, so I don't really know what it's like inside. The garden was nice though � it even had an apple tree!

28 Aug 2007 13:36

Wine Lodge, Fenchurch Street

Yep, definitely closed. I have an email from Young's head office confirming that the lease expired and they didn't renew it.

8 May 2007 17:30

The Moon and Stars, Penge

Regarding Alph_river's comment about beer festivals, we were in here yesterday for the spring beer festival, and it looks like things have got better. Everything we wanted to try was on. Kudos to the staff for remaining cheerful even when asked to pour nine 1/3-pints per round!

28 Apr 2007 10:11

The Angel, Rotherhithe

I really don't think the landlord here is "surly"; he's always been perfectly pleasant to me. The food's not something I'd make a long trip for (not tried the Sunday roasts yet, though), but it's not awful either. I agree that it doesn't generally seem to be "heaving", but I don't actually _like_ overcrowded pubs, so that's a good thing.

30 Mar 2007 22:06

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