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The Peter Tavy Inn, Peter Tavy

More of a food pub with a very small area for casual drinkers. Certainly not the place to relace, the staff were rushing everywhere and everywhere. Did not feel comfortable and went to the pub in Merrivale, not on this website that I can find but altogether a more relaxed and friendly pub with good pub food.

27 Jun 2012 17:15

Two Bridges Hotel, Two Bridges

Yup, agree with the latest review. This used to be a nice pub with a great public bar that welcomed muddy boots. All gone now more the pity.

27 Jun 2012 17:11

The Plough, Great Haseley

This pub has just been bought by the villagers and long may it thrive. Called by on a Saturday as we were in the area. Very pleasant, really nice gardens and three real ales on tap, (being that the pub is in the heart of Oxfordshire shame two of them came from cornwall). They had a BBQ going and what we had was really very nice and well presented by very friendly staff. The tenant was a nice chap - good to talk to. If you are in the area give this pub a visit.

28 May 2012 09:52

The Bull Inn, Great Milton

A pleasant country pub. Friendly landlord, cosy ambience. Eating area outside. Very limited menu but what we had was cooked fresh and very enjoyable. Shame about the beers Greene King IPA and Abbot - they are just not in my top 100 beers.

28 May 2012 09:44

The Railway Arms, Alton

Pretty decent pub for beer drinkers including stout and mild on draught The "Treacle stout" was quite superb. friendly staff, a real drinkers pub for the more discerning and knowledgable drinker. They had a small selection of Belgian beers, which I wished I hadn't had (they are 9%). Interesting that when the train from Farhham came in, just how many people headed straight for this pub after having been to the Farnham beer festival. Looking forward to a return visit sometime.

1 May 2012 11:50

The Eight Bells, Alton

Funny entrance - you wouldn't know it was a pub and when you go in people turn and stare. However, very nice place, good selection of real ales if a bit pricy. Would go again if in the area.

1 May 2012 11:44

The Nook, Holmfirth

Tucked away - you need to ask or you will never find it! Cosy little nook, warm and friendly good range of real ales including those brewed by themselves. Friendly and helpful staff.

23 Apr 2012 12:08

Chennell's, Barnsley

Blimey! A find for a sports fanatic - Tvs abound, good selection of real ales and fair grub at reasonable price - thats it in a nutshell. Ps a quiet pub it aint! Be back.

23 Apr 2012 12:04

The Raven, Bath

Called in here after a bad experience at the Saracens along the road. Saturday night and it was busy but the barman acknowledged our arrival and served us as soon as he could. A wide choice of real ales served at just the right temperature. Its a bit cosy but that makes for a warm and friendly atmosphere. I have been here before and no doubt I will be back again.

23 Apr 2012 11:58

The Saracens Head, Bath

Probably the worst pub i've been in in a long while. Saturday night, it was hot, smelly and uncomfortably noisy. It was quite busy (rugby crowd) and after I couldn't get served after a good half hour I left - staff were probably the most disinterested I have come across.

23 Apr 2012 11:54

Loggans Moor, Loggans

A pretty basic pub offering cheap meals, when I went in one lunchtime it was full of the local elderly making use of the "two meals for a tenner" offer.. Tribute was on offer and very drinkable. Food is very plain and uninspiring. It is an "order at the bar" type arrangement and you even have to get your own coffee from a machine. Imagine my surprise then when I was asked for a service charge!!

7 Apr 2012 20:35

Towan Blystra, Newquay

Had a four night stay in Newquay at the end of March 2012. This is a really nice pub for real ale and food at really cheap prices I made full use of their selection of real ales during their month long beer festival.

7 Apr 2012 20:25

The Plough Inn, Tiptoe

Stumbled on this pub after we could not get into the smugglers in Milford. Things must have changed a lot since the reviews of 2010 because we found it a wonderful place. Lots of atmosphere, well appointed, really tasty food (It has very much an Italian slant). Reasonable prices for both beer and food - Staff very obliging. Don't drive by.

7 Apr 2012 20:20

The Smugglers, Milford on Sea

Visited this pub on Maundy Thursday 2012. Staff all very helpful and pleasant. Good selection of beers at reasonable prices. Food a cut above the average for a pub. Five of us each had a splendid meal. Tried to get back in the next day but it was packed out.

7 Apr 2012 20:15

The Gun, Keyhaven

Went on Maundy Thursday 2012. Great little pub - bar staff were friendly enough but then I am a hardened old so and so. Four Real Ales - one only �2.00 a pint. The thing that did it for me was the number of single malts - I am told there is a list of 260. Will definately go back.

7 Apr 2012 20:10

The Royal Naval Reserve, Whitstable

Was taken here as I was told the food was good - it was - steak and kidney suet pudding served in a pudding cloth bt at a tad under a tenner was marginally on the high side. Only had Sheps best on together with their mild which was very nice. A bit of "a pub for the locals" and it would have been nice to have had a bit more atmosphere and perhaps a "thank you" when we took all the empties back to the bar

31 Jan 2012 22:37

The Dog and Partridge, Hazlehead

Not easy to get to without transport. The one hour bus ride from Barnsley plus a good half an hours walk in the teeth of a howling gale was well worth it when I stumbled through the door to me met by a wonderful open fire. Good range of beers. Food was a little upmarket and pricey for a pub (I remember the days when I could get a chunky cheese or ham roll) but this place is a small hotel as well. Will definately mark this pub as one to return to.

24 Jan 2012 08:22

The Silkstone Inn, Barnsley

Typical Wetherspoons - cheap ale, "get what you pay for" food but lacking in atmosphere.

24 Jan 2012 08:10

The George and Dragon, Barnsley

This pub has signs showing that it is for sale - I hope that someone gets it soon and makes a go of it. Didn't see George or a dragon, only a sourpuss in a surprisingly empty pub for a Saturday night. Only one ale - Greene king IPA.

24 Jan 2012 08:07

The Moulders Arms, Barnsley

Moulders by name, mouldy by nature - went in on a Saturday night, was overcome by cheap perfume - didn't stay. Might try again when next in town.

24 Jan 2012 08:03

Sheffield Tap, Sheffield

Nice Find - huge selection of beers - worth getting to the station early for a linger. Would rate higher but for the prices.

24 Jan 2012 08:00

The Old Green Tree, Bath

Fantastic little pub - always full to the ceiling but always friendly. We had round of four beers and two of us only drank half a pint. Nothing wrong with the beer but not to our taste. The barman gave us free replacements as he wanted his customers to be happy. been back several times since and never regretted it (except the following morning)

10 Jan 2012 13:20

The Salamander, Bath

Usually our meeting point and it is not unusual to stay put for the night.

10 Jan 2012 13:13

The Crystal Palace Tavern, Bath

Good pub to meet up in. Real ales a bit limited when I was there but the winter ale was a blinder!! Food average but does the job - as does the pub.

10 Jan 2012 13:10

The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham by Sea

A good pub with a great range of beers, always well kept. My mate had his pint nicked (a regular occurence in busy pubs I am told) but the governor gave him another one without batting an eyelid. The music is a great attraction with a wide range of styles. Go There.

10 Jan 2012 13:07

The Ship Inn, Southwick

Really nicy, cosy little place - made so by the owner, his staff anf the friendly customers. Don't come this way much so not tried the food but it certainly smells good. A range of 4 real ales - all on top form.

10 Jan 2012 13:02

The Crown Inn, Puncknowle

When in the area I visited this pub as itis adjacent to a tent site we "were" thinking of visiting in summer 2012. I can only concur with the other comments that the welcome was not what I would expect and if it wasn't for a pleasant elderly local the entire visit, short as it was would have been even shorter. We visited two other pubs on this trip - both in Burton Bradstock and on both occasions the staff were most welcoming and helpful - talk about chalk and cheese. If I just want to buy a beer I can go to Tescos - I expect more from a pub.

26 Dec 2011 21:04

The Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock

This pub has recently been taken over so disregard any comments before this. Very friendly owners and locals. Three real ales from 3 different breweries all very palatable. The menu board looked very tempting but we were just passing so cannot comment. Well worth a look in as we will do when next in the area.

26 Dec 2011 20:47

The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock

This pub is simply outstanding. If you are a loud lager fizz belly looking for tv, jukebox and fruit machines then pass on by. If you want a pub selling a full range of really well kept real ales in comfortable, dog friendly surroundings then be prepared to order a taxi home. Been here three times in last three days - each time there has been a different mix of locals and non villagers but on each occasion we were totally sucked into the friendly and vibrant atmosphere. I could fill pages of good things about this pub and in particular the landlady who went out of her way to make us feel welcome, but I think that its best that you try it yourself.

26 Dec 2011 20:42

The Chestfield Barn, Whitstable

Popped in on a Tuesday night - a bit on the quiet side. It is a lovely place inside but completely ruined by tacky Xmas decorations. I Believe that it is a Shepherd Neame pub and in my view their beers do not match the historic status of the brewery. I also find it intolerable to pay �3.65 for a pint. They had no orange juice and when it came to the whiskeys they had just about run out of their single malts, barely having a single left of the first three choices. Methinks this pub is in need of a bit of ooomph.

18 Dec 2011 16:49

The Blue Ball, Sandygate

I have been mulling over whether to give this pub my first ever 10 out of 10 and, yes it is worth it. Having a new owner of less than 2 months this pub is what an English pub should be complete with log fire, easy ambiance and food that will remain in the memory for a very long time (I had the locally caught Gurnard).
If I was to be ultra critical it would be to say that the food service was a little chaotic but when I pointed this out, (we had waited 45 minutes for coffees and liquers) these were delivered on the house. The staff also did not know much about the dishes on the menu but I am sure that this will come in time.
The real ales were Doom Bar �3.20 and a week Otter �3.10 - I hate paying over �3 but look - this is a fabulous place to visit just of the M5 services. It is an easy walk from the travelodge if you are staying there. I look forward to going back

18 Dec 2011 16:40

The Fir Tree Inn, Radstock

This pub is closed - and it looks permanently so.

5 Dec 2011 16:03

The Wheatsheaf, Swalecliffe

Busy chain pub but with friendly staff, wholesome food and a decent real ale, served well, I am certrainly not going to complain

7 Nov 2011 19:21

The Springhead, Sutton Poyntz

Found this remarkable pub by accident. Tucked away in a charming village it is one of the best finds I have come across in many a year. Friendly staff, good selection of ales in great condition, great vibrancy in the bar and fantastic food, all locally sourced. I will be taking B & B in Sutton Poyntz for a weekend just to go back, do some walking in the splendid countryside and to chill out. It narrowly missed 10 out of 10 because I find �3.40 for a pint a bit on the steep side.

6 Oct 2011 18:00

The Crown, Winterborne Stickland

Was about to drive past but decided to pop in for a quick one. For a Sunday lunchtime it was surprisingly empty. The menu looked good and smelled appetising but as we were en-route we opted for a quick pint - Ringwood - very pleasant. Nice village pub in a lovely olde English village. Pleasant beer garden and we spotted two plates of previous diners - one cleaned up, the other with the food hardly touched. Intrigued to want to go back next time we are in the vicinity.

26 Jun 2011 21:10

St Peters Finger, Lytchett Minster

Visited 25.6.2011 and again the following day for food. Slightly better than average menu but it does not come cheap - paying nearly �9 for what is basically a few lettuce leaves and a few slivers of chicken made me eat it slowly. They do a special where for a tad under a tenner you get a small portion of six desserts. I would not have it again as four of the six were basically the same whipped up cream with different bits added to it. Nice Badger beer and served at the correct temperature. A good experience and atmosphere all round though - hence the return visit to eat. What pushed the ratings up was the exceptional friendliness of all the staff we encountered and the knowledge about the food by the waiting staff. Will go back.

26 Jun 2011 21:02

The New Inn, Eype

Checked this pub out on a Sunday to see if they were open the next day as we would be passing by at the end of a walk. The board outside said that it was open from 6pm on Mondays. Got there on the Monday gagging for a pint or more at 6.40pm and it was closed with a sign outside (which wasn't there the day before) saying "closed on Mondays". Grrrrrrr There is a hotel just down the road which, although not yet open fully for the summer did have a bar open serving one real ale and was friendly.

29 Mar 2011 16:12

The Jolliffe Arms, Kilmersdon

Out for a Sunday walk we called in for a couple. Only one real ale - Butcombe which was a couple of days over its best. The pub was warm and welcoming for diners and the food looked ok from a distance, They had peanuts on the bar but no spoons so anyone who had gone to the loo and not washed their hands would have plunged right in - yuk. Only stayed for one then went to the Lamb at Clandown - look that one up.

13 Mar 2011 17:23

The Lamb Inn, Clandown

Came in after a disapointing experience at the Joliffe in Kilmersdon. A real "local" a childrens party was in the function room but it is essentially a drinkers pub. The owner is away looking after his other pub in Wellington and it is currently run by Jan and Adie who are trying to give the pub "a kiss of life". Good crowd and they deserve your support. Two real Ales (Wickware BOB and Sharpes Best) - both cracking quality as there is a good cellar. I will only score a "7" as ther is some way to go - but call in and give them your support..

13 Mar 2011 17:18

The Hop Pole, Bath

A bit quiet for a Friday night - that is until families with kids arrived including a crying baby - it became a playground - cue exit. Shame as the beer, particularly Skinners was very tasty.

12 Mar 2011 21:16

The Holcombe Inn, Holcombe

New owners, very welcoming and seem to know what its all about. Still mainly a foody pub but the food is really special if a bit pricy. The waitresses were very smart, friendly and knowledgable - two real Ales and draught local cider but at �3.10 a pint for the ales, again it was a bit pricy - but maybe that's what you have to pay for log fires, sofas and newspapers these days.

28 Feb 2011 09:59

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