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The Lamplighter, St Helier

I'm sure that it will be no surprise to pub goers in Jersey that I found the Lamplighter to be easily the best pub that I visited during my stay. Eight reals ales were on, always including one from Skinners and others from Randalls, White Rock, Ringwood, Upham and Revisionist breweries amongst others. All were in tip top condition. One of the very best pubs you'll find anywhere.

9 Sep 2015 15:54

Le Hocq Inn, St Clement

Nice friendly welcome with Liberation Ale, which was well kept.

9 Sep 2015 15:50

La Pulente, St Brelade

Nice pub in which to slake our thirst after a 10 mile walk. Bass was the only beer on which I declined opting for Anchor Steam beer instead. Stunning views over St Ouen's bay

9 Sep 2015 15:48

Joiners Arms, Gower

A popular local serving seven beers, three from its own brewery. The Three Cliffs Gold at 4.7% is a hoppy ale with a strong malty finish. The pub is not the poshest of venues bugloss nothing for that. Better a pub that is clean tidy and serves good beer a reasonable prices then somewhere where a pint of GK costs £4. Recommended.

23 Sep 2013 19:15

The Park Inn, Mumbles

Despite the efforts of the Pilot down the road the Park Inn is the best pub in Mumbles. Five beers available during the visits this weekend, mostly from Welsh breweries including Purple Moose, Evan Evans, Celt. English beers were also in evidence from Black Country and Dorset Piddle breweries. Superb beer served in a friendly pub where conversation is king.

23 Sep 2013 19:09

The Pilot, Mumbles

Paid several visits to this fine brewpub whilst enjoying a weekend's walking on the Gower coast. This is a friendly local pub that was serving seven ales on each of my three visits. Three were the standard ales from the Pilot's own brewery, Mumbles Mile beings particularly impressive. Bass is also a standard here win guests being Doombar, Gower Power ( another fine local offering) and Thornbridge Jaipur. However, the best beer of all was Pilot's Dark Ale, Lug Juice. A must visit along with the Park Inn when in Mumbles.

23 Sep 2013 19:03

Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, Derby

Beautiful old pub with lots of tiny rooms running off of the flagstoned main corridor in from the street. Range of beers are mostly regional and national brands such as Pedigree, Bass, Doombar and Tribute although two beers from Nottingham Brewery were also available. Beer quality was very good, and though we did not eat the food did look nice.

11 May 2013 13:02

The Peacock Inn, Derby

Visited for a swift one on the way back to our hotel. Found the landlord quiet but amiable enough when he served. A Marstons pub which serves various guests which when I popped included offerings from Whim and Oakham and the Phoenix St George's Flag which was nice but unexceptional. Worth a look.

10 May 2013 18:27

New Zealand Arms, Derby

The second Dancing Duck pub in Derby is situated just two minutes walk from Ashbourne Road, and serves up to eight ciders and eight ales. Guest ales were from Theakstons and Dark Star with all others from Dancing Duck Brewery. Two beers sampled were both from Dancing Duck namely 22 and Absolution which were fine and well looked after.

10 May 2013 18:23

Furnace Inn, Derby

First visit to the home of Shiny Brewery, which is in the near the Little Chester area of town. An open plan pub with a long bar which had about a dozen ales from mostly local breweries. Shiny Brewery Furnace 300 and Blue Monkey Infinity tried and enjoyed. A flying visit sadly, but will definitely be back.

10 May 2013 18:14

Five Lamps, Derby

Another visit found the Five Lamps thriving. 13 beers were on offer, and the two that I sampled, Kinver Buxton Blonde and Peak Ales Chatsworth Gold were beautifully kept. The food is delicious and comes in big portions. However, it is nice that though the pub has an emphasis on its food, the drinker that wonders in for a pint is just as welcome as those dining. A rare and welcome experience these days

10 May 2013 18:08

The Exeter Arms, Derby

Derby CAMRA pub of the year and deservedly so based on what I've seen. The pub is just five minuted brisk walk to the city centre. One bar services the whole pub that has a number of nooks and crannies in which to enjoy your beer, which are well lit by metal chandeliers and wall lamps. The fittings to the latter still have taps from when the lighting was gas driven.

As you'd expect being owned by the Dancing Duck brewery, with Marstons Pedigree and Raw Manic Mild providing the guests, amongst the seven hand pumps. If you try no other Dancing Duck beers, Dark Drake is an exceptional oatmeal stout with a strength of 4.5% and should be sampled if you pop in. A must visit in Derby

9 May 2013 18:22

Coach and Horses, Derby

Comfortable pub welcoming locals and strangers alike and full to the brim on Sunday when we visited. Four beers were available when we were there, the ubiquitous Bass, Exmoor Gold, Hooky Bitter and Caledonian Mild Mayhem which was served from the jug. The Hooky bitter was sampled and was In good form.

9 May 2013 18:14

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

Top pub. Beer quality top notch as usual. Best beer sampled Dark Star Six Hop which at 6.5% sounds strong but very tasty without being overpowering. Always a warm welcome and a wide selection here.

9 May 2013 18:11

The Griffin, Halstead

The Griffin has now been open again for 3 months, and is going from strength to strength. Both bars are now fully refurbished, and the beer range stands at six, two hand pumps and four from the barrel. All are in superb condition and come from local brewers such as Red Fox, Colchester and Brewshed, and other from farther afield. Particularly popular so far have Been Dark Star Hophead and Skinner's Cornish Knocker. cider is from Aspalls on draught and from Thatchers and Westons in bottles. grub is comprised of a fine selection of homemade pies and Scotch eggs. I cannot recommend the pub highly enough.

26 Mar 2013 19:15

The Griffin, Halstead

Big changes at the Griffin. This previously Greene King tied pub has now been taken over by the owners of the Five Bells in the nearby village of Colne Engaine, which is well renowned for both its food and ales. The refurb is still continuing but one of the two bars has been open since just before Christmas.

The result so far is a quite spacious bar complete with an enclosed real fire and wooden decking. The owners have stressed that this is to be a locals pub and there is plenty of seating and even a darts board, rare enough these days.

Five ales are on offer, Adnams Southwold on the sole hand pump whilst four guests are served straight from the barrels by the side of the bar. Most of the guests will be sourced from local breweries though there are plans for some to be sourced from further afar. My visit saw beers from Shalford, Red Fox and Nethergate as well as Bishop Nick's fine Heresy ale. All were well kept and not too cold. A fine and welcome addition to the ale scene in a town dominated in the main by GK.

12 Jan 2013 13:27

The Castle Inn, Cambridge

Although I was lucky enough to visit many fine pubs whilst in Cambridge, the Castle was easily the best with its friendly service, fine food and perfectly kept range of beers.

The Castle is an Adnams house offering eight ales from Southwold and from further afar, including Timothy Taylor's Landlord. The Broadside was the best I have had in a long time and it was a pleasure to meet John, the Landlord who was the drummer in the Rutles, a band who parodied the Beatles' story in a 1978 comedy 'documentary' which starred Eric Idle and Neil Innes.

The Castle has a nice sized bar as you walk in, with various little rooms branching off of it. here is also a first floor restaurant and a garden which backs onto the old castle mound and is a real sun trap in summer, when we actually have one.

A must do if you are in Cambridge.

1 Dec 2012 20:14

The Live and Let Live, Cambridge

A decent local in which wooden boards and pine dominate. Seven beers and Cassels Yarlington Mill cider were on offer. The beers included Oakham Citra and Nethergate Umbel Ale. I tried Tring's Sapper and Oakham's take on an American style IPA, Green Devil both of which were fine. The Live and Let Live also stock over 140 different rums for those who enjoy a nip of the strong stuff.

1 Dec 2012 20:02

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

A big pub owned by Charles Wells, the Salisbury Arms is close to the station. It offers half a dozen or so real ales from the Wells and Young stable, with guests including St Austell Tribute and Adnams Broadside when I visited. I plumped for the only beer from a micro, namely Long Blonde from the Sussex based Long Man Brewery which was well kept if somewhat cold.

The building comprises of one long bar with some nice frosted glass windows, and is pleasant enough. However in an area of fine pubs such as the Devonshire, Kingston Arms and Cambridge Blue the Salisbury suffers as though its beers are well kept the choice is not as good and could be found almost anywhere. Nevertheless, still worth a visit if you are in the area.

1 Dec 2012 19:54

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

Another fine pub owned and recently refurbished by the local Milton Brewery. Like the Cambridge Blue it looks quite small from the outside, but again has a spacious bar and opens up into a large room at the back which would doubtless be fine for live music. As it is the beer was superb, specialising in Milton's own ales such as Pegasus, Tiki, Sparta, and my wife's favourite, the strong Marcus Aurelius stout. Two or three guest beers were also on offer.

1 Dec 2012 19:43

The Kingston Arms, Cambridge

A fine local in an area of Cambridge that has a variety of top quality pubs. When I visited recently there were eight beers on offer including Hop Back Summer Lightning and Thornbridge Jaipur, which was a little bit too strong for me that early in the evening. the food is also excellent, but do make sure you book as the pub gets rammed very early on in the evening. My only quibble would be that it can get a bit cramped in there, but when a pub is as good as this it is only natural that it will be so popular.

1 Dec 2012 19:36

The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

Just off Mill Road, this pub looks small from the front. step inside however, and this impression is soon dispelled. Walking in you are greeted by several fridges containing an impressive selection of bottled beers from around the world.

The pub stretches back somewhat to the garden at the back, which has a large paved area with a multitude of benches and other covered seating. Back inside, there are plenty of seats in which you can enjoy a beer or indulge in the fine pub grub available, and look up at the array of drinks trays from breweries past and present which decorate the ceiling.

The ale on offer came from all over the country and all the ones that I sampled were in excellent fettle. These included Colchester's Old King Cole porter and Brewster's Hopticale Illusion. One of the best to be found in Cambridge.

1 Dec 2012 19:29

The Prince of Wales, Ledbury

Long been on my must visit list, the POW was worth the effort. 8 West Country beers on offer from the like of Butcombe, Wye Valley, Otter as well as a nice range of bottled world beers.... and try the pies............mmmmmmmmmm

28 Aug 2012 20:42

The Chase, Upper Colwall

Beautiful remote setting on the side of the Malvern Hills serving excellent beer. The garden offers breathtaking views. Beers from Woods, Thornbridge and Skinners when I called in for their Bank Holiday beer fest

28 Aug 2012 20:40

New Inn Malvern, Great Malvern

Nice pub overlooking the common. 8-10 beers on offer from St Georges, Isle of Purbeck amogst many others. Local ledbury cider available

28 Aug 2012 20:37

The Coalheavers Arms, Peterborough

All that a local should be. Great beers mostly from Milton, though others from Crouch Vale and Harwich Town were also on offer. Competitive prices, Milton Justinian at 2.60 a pint and the scotch eggs are legendary and huge. Balti with aubergine chutney were on when I called in. The best in Peterborough bar none

28 Aug 2012 20:30

The Brewery Tap, Peterborough

Compares well to Charters in regard to the beer range from Oakham and afar.

28 Aug 2012 20:27

Charters Bar, Peterborough

Arrived here prior to the Peterborough Beer festival and was not disappointed. Range of ales was excellent not surprisingly concentrating on the Oakham range which had a rather good porter, Black Hole as well as JHB, both of which were enthusiastically sampled. As mentioned in previous reviews, a big outdoor drinking area is available for those rare sunny summers days.

28 Aug 2012 20:24

The Red Lion, Islip

A swift but well enjoyed pint of Brakspear bitter was enjoyed here. Would have liked to have stayed longer and try the others available.

17 Apr 2012 19:47

Penny Black, Bicester

Not a bad 'spoons; i've been to a lot worse. Quiet on friday when i visited, i had a nice pint of North Cotswold Shagweaver. Pub serves up to 8 locally sourced ales in good condition

17 Apr 2012 19:45

The Rock of Gibraltar, Enslow

In a chocolate box location next to the canal, with a garden running to the waters edge. Must be a great place to sit with a pint reading the paper. However, it was quiet when we visited. Enjoyed a nice pint of Wye Valley Butty Bach and an excellent cheese ploughmans. A nice venue but rammed no doubt in the summer with passing canal boaters!

17 Apr 2012 19:42

The Old Silk Mill, Derby

A recent local Pub of the year, this big open plan pub serves up to ten ales including, on my visit, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA on gravity. Tried this and Oakham White Dwarf and both were beautifully kept. friendly locals were happy to chat as well.

17 Apr 2012 19:35

Mr Grundys Tavern, Derby

A pub packed full of film memorabilia also boasting its own brewery and red telephone box. Mr Grundy's beers were fine particularly the Lord Kitchener ale, and were complimented by three or four guests. The brewer was happy to show us around and is planning to expand the brewey in due course. Easily accessible by bus from the town centre

17 Apr 2012 19:32

The Greyhound, Derby

The better of Derby Brewing Company's two city pubs with a nice traditional bar opening up into a light, spacy area for people to sit and dine. As mentioned previously the beer is well kept but not always to my taste. However, the Double Mash was a nice pint and the food was excellent, try the club sandwich!

17 Apr 2012 19:27

The Flowerpot, Derby

Still a fine pub, that is one of Derby's best. Whim Hartington IPA was excellent, and a wide selction of guests including Hobgoblin and Burton Bridge Top Cat stout.

17 Apr 2012 19:22

Five Lamps, Derby

A lovely pub just outside the town centre serving 8 beers predominately from local breweries such as Buxton, Whim, and Peak Ales. all were in excellent nick, although there were no dark beers, which was my only tiny quibble. Food was superb and was properly prepared and cooked and was excellent value. Highly recommended

17 Apr 2012 19:15

The Falstaff, Derby

A little way out of the town but easily accessible by bus, this fine Pub serves three of its own beers plus real Derbyshire cider which my wife enjoyed. Staff are friendly and helpful.The beer was not entirely to my taste, but others have and no doubt will find it great,and well kept.

17 Apr 2012 19:09

The Exeter Arms, Derby

A flying visit to this one, though I wish I'd have been able to spend longer. the best beer here from any of the Derby breweries I tried with the Dark Drake being an absolutely excellent beer. Alas no time to try the others (three on offer plus a guest from Titanic).

17 Apr 2012 19:02

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Called in on a quiet Thursday and tried the Triple Hop and one other which i can't remember from the Brunswick as well as a guest from Wensleydale. Beers were in top nick. Triple hop was fine, but the guest beer was better. lovely pub with lots of drinking areas, and plenty of character.

17 Apr 2012 18:56

The Brewery Tap, Derby

A curious pub this one. A nice premises conversion, but I can understand how it would not appeal to many. Tried three of the various Derby beers on offer, but although they were well kept I did not find anything that appealed to me. guest beers were available but i did not try them. A nice pub but no beers took my fancy though others might find them nice. For the best beer from a Derby brewer try the Exeter Arms just 20 secons down the road

17 Apr 2012 18:53

The Babington Arms, Derby

Lives up to its reputation as being the best Wetherspoons for real ale in the country. Over a dozen on offer last thursday, with Thornbridge Kipling in fine form. In an area away from Derby's best free houses and near the shopping centres. Well worth a go.

17 Apr 2012 18:06

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

Paid a visit to this Pub for the first time in over six years last week and can honestly say that it was the best I visited in Derby. six beers served including Castle Rock Harvest Pale, and other offerings from Itchen Valley and Hard Knot breweries. no food apart from large filled 'Cobs' or rolls. The bar man, Murray was cheerful and helpful and made sure that everyone was served promptly and with a smile. A must do in Derby

17 Apr 2012 17:59

The White Lion, Norwich

Definitely one to visit. 8 beers on including 4 from the excellent Milton brewery and guests from Buffys and Leatherbritches amongst others. Two bars with tiled floors and lots of wooden tables and seating. Food is well priced and delicious and new Management also keen on real cider and Perry, both of local Orion and from further afar. About 10 were available today. All in all friendly welcome, excellent beer, cider and food. Definitely a must do!!

18 Feb 2012 15:09

The Royal Oak, Crockham Hill

A fine village Pub selling four Westerham beers and an above average range of wines by the glass. I was driving so only tried the Finchcocks which was in good form and drank well for its 3.5% strength. The Pub was full of ramblers when we called in on Wednesday lunch time, so I would advise booking if you want to try the offerings from the Royal Oak's extensive menu. If you are interested in visiting the Westerham Brewery itself, take the road opposite the Pub and follow for about half a mil until you come to a right hand bend, and the brewery is on the left. The shops sells bottled and beers in small five litre casks.

15 Oct 2011 19:23

The Evening Star, Brighton

A much anticipated first visit to this Dark Star pub was most enjoyable. Four Dark Star beers, namely Hophead, Original, American Pale Ale and a good strong IPA weighing in at 6.2% were all available and sampled. All were excellent. Three guest beers were available as well as an impressive bottle beer list including beers from Andechs in Bavaria. Just a short stroll from the station and worth missing the train for.

15 Oct 2011 19:10

The Pump House, Brighton

Nice Pub situated between the Lanes and the seafront. Good beer, with the Harveys Best and Doombar in fine fettle when I visited, whilst my wife enjoyed the Cropton Porter. Food was good value and the large windows enabled us to enjoy the many comings and goings in the area

15 Oct 2011 19:06

The Good Intent, Rochester

A fine friendly Pub serving four plus real ales from barrels behind the bar. Well worth a visit but bearing in mind that the Man of Kent is just 100 metres down the road, it will inevitably suffer by comparison. Do visit however, as it worth doing so for the non-local, well kept ales and friendly welcome

9 Oct 2011 17:10

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

Quite simply a Real Ale drinkers paradise. Looks a bit rough and ready inside but the owners know their beer and all are sourced from Kent, from brewers such as Goachers, Wantsum and Hopdaemon amongst menay others. Local Cider, perry and wine are also available, all from Kent. The Lagers hail from Germany and Belgium with no sign of Fosters, Carling etc. This has to rank as one of the best Pubs i have ever been too, and is the best in Rochester by a long chalk. Excellent.

9 Oct 2011 17:07

The Coopers Arms, Rochester

A nice weatherboarded Pub, not far from the Cathedral, serving six beers, amongst which offerings from Sharps and the more local Nelson Brewery were evident. food is plentiful and good value for money.

9 Oct 2011 17:03

The Crown, Coniston

A Robinson's Pub well used by locals and tourists alike. Beer was drinkable...just, with a choice of three Robinson's beers. Food looked okay with healthy portions.

6 Sep 2011 22:14

The Yewdale Hotel, Coniston

Opposite the Black Bull this no nonsense Inn does excellent food and a nice pint of Jennings Cumberland as well as a house beer from Hawkshead. I had the steak pie;, homemade, crammed with tender beef with plenty of veg for under 10. Would rate as 6/10 for beer and 8/10 for food so overall mark is inbetween. Worth trying

6 Sep 2011 22:11

The Sun Hotel, Coniston

Having highly lauded the Black Bull down the hill, I would like to say that the Sun too is an excellent Pub. The selection of beer totals eight from various Breweries, such as Copper Dragon, Barngates, Coniston and Hawkshead amongst others. all except the 'Sheep and 'dragon are Cumbrian with the Barngate Tag Lag been the pick of the bunch. I did not try the food but it looked and smelled fine. There is a fine slate floored bar where walkers and there boots are welcome, as well as a large Patio with fine views down the hill into the village. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and like the black Bull there is various Donald Campbell related photos on display; he stayed at both the sun and Black Bull when making his various record attempts on the nearby lake. Highly recommended

6 Sep 2011 22:06

The Black Bull Hotel, Coniston

This Pub seems to produce a range of opinions, and mine will no doubt raise a few more eyebrows. I have just returned from a short break where I stayed at the Black Bull. Very much a Pub for visitors than locals I found the service friendly and the food very good. It was expensive, but no more so than, say the Sun or the Churchouse Inn down the road in Torver. The beer is without doubt expensive compared to other Pubs but was superbly kept. I would even say that the Bluebird is one of the three best beers I've ever had and all their beers were beautifully kept. Others worth trying were Old Man and the tasty Oatmeal Stout. The accomodation was clean tidy and comfortable. In conclusion I feel that Coniston has an excellent Pub with award winning beers and i, for one would have no hesitation in returning and look forward to doing so.

6 Sep 2011 21:58

Ship Inn, Coniston

A bit of an enigma this one. About half a mile from Coniston on the road to Torver, it is a Robinsons house selling XB and Cumbrian Way. The latter was in good condition. The Pub offers a good selection of food, but unusually does not really seem to cater for the walker; no boots in the Pub and no dogs. Naturally this is up to the landlord, but as mentioned previously, they would be better served by being more walker friendly particularly when there are two excellent Pubs in Coniston who are just that. Also, be aware that they close at 2.30 in the afternoon, opening once more at 6pm.

6 Sep 2011 21:46

No 1, Edinburgh

A fine Pub catering for locals and tourists alike. four beers and real Cider (Thatchers). Stewarts No 3 and Cairngorm Tradewinds were in finr condition and my wife enjoyed the Cider. A fine Pub.

26 Jul 2011 19:22

The Worlds End, Edinburgh

Must agree with 'The Oxman' to a large extent. A great place to eat but the beer could be better. Dark Island was average but not unpleasant. Also two Belhaven beers (IPA and St Andrews Ale) which I was not able to try. 6 for the beer, and 7 overall for the excellent qulity of the food

26 Jul 2011 19:18

The Halfway House, Edinburgh

A nice cosy Pub, with four good ales. always packed out. Beers from Scottish Breweries prevail here as well as good plain food. A brisk walk from the Royal Mile, it is an oasis of sanity in a busy area.

26 Jul 2011 19:09

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

What can i say other than breathtaking decor, excellent beer and convenient location. My favourite Pub in Edinburgh

25 Jul 2011 22:04

Deacon Brodies, Edinburgh

Good selection of ales but very expensive. No surprise as on Royal Mile, but there are other Pubs just as good or better and cheaper a short walk away such as Tass and the Bow Bar

25 Jul 2011 22:02

The Canon's Gait, Edinburgh

Good beers served a room temperature rather than too bloody cold for a change. four on in total from Tryst and Stewart breweries. Tried and enjoyed the Stewarts 80/-

25 Jul 2011 21:59

The Caledonian Sample Room, Edinburgh

Visited with friends for a meal who told us that this was a fine Gastro-Pub which had me on my guard straight away. However, the food was very good, with robustly sized portions served. Six ales on including Arran AB and a fine selection of 20 plus bottled beers from which i also tried Black Isle Porter. A good time was had by all.

25 Jul 2011 21:56

The Bow Bar, Edinburgh

Still one of the best Pubs in Edinburgh...

25 Jul 2011 21:50

The Blue Blazer, Edinburgh

Eight beers on during my visit including the ubiquitous Tradewinds and Kelburn Carte Nir, a fine Coffee based beer. Two minutes walk from Grassmarket

25 Jul 2011 21:49

The Abbotsford, Edinburgh

A City centre pub 2 minutes from Princes Street, with superb decoration within and a fine 'Island Bar.' Four beers on which were well kept

25 Jul 2011 21:46

The Prince of Wales, Aberdeen

Too much GK on display when i visited though the Ossians was in fine form. Good Pub but nothing special.

25 Jul 2011 21:09

The Old Blackfriars, Aberdeen

A brief visit here allowed me to squeeze two beers in, namely the excellent Cairngorm Tradewinds, and a half of the new Belhaven IPA (3.8%) which is superior in every way to GK IPA and is to be encouraged as a more than satisfactory alternative in any Belhaven pub where GK IPa is served. that said the other three beers were GK brews which was a shame. Still, the beers appear to change frequently so go see what you can find

25 Jul 2011 21:07

The Moorings Bar, Aberdeen

The positives are many fold in this Pub. A fine music pub with excellent jike box, four beers when i visited plus Thatcher's cider as mentioned by 'BitterShurn.' Choices included the Inveralmond house beer which was superb (suspect the same brew as Inveralmond Dunnotar at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven). However, Hebridean Gold was off which was a shame. The barman persevered with the beer though and offered me a taste with no discernable improvement that I could see. Still, well worth seeking out and one of the better Pub's in Aberdeen.

25 Jul 2011 21:03

Carriages, Aberdeen

Much as previous reviews. Ten well kept ales but not many that could be considered out of the ordinary with Houston Killinean being the exception. A better selection of ales would be appreciated, but on the other hand aPub/Hotel with ten well kept beers should be applauded

23 Jul 2011 16:24

The Marine Hotel, Stonehaven

Once again has just won the Scottish CAMRA Pub of the year. Six ales were on including the very good house ale Inveralmond Dunnotar. Would have liked to have investigated further but alas ran out of time.

23 Jul 2011 15:52

The Ship Inn, Stonehaven

Hotel in a beautiful Harbour setting. Two ales on when I visited along with a huge selection of single Malts, but mainly geared up for the food which was excellent. Tried the Lia Fail ale which was well kept

23 Jul 2011 15:50

Plough, Norwich

Four Grain beers on when I visited including the excellent Oak and Blackwood Stout, as well as several botlled ales from Brew Dog. Has the feel of a "heldy weldy" old country Pub with its open fire. A worthy addition to Norwich's already burgeoning selection of excellent real ale pubs

22 Jan 2011 14:06

The King William IV, Braintree

A great little Pub and easily the best in Braintree. first time i'd been for a year. The range of ales now numbers four including offerings from Sharps and Batemans, as well as three real ciders. Beware though as the Pub is tiny and always seems rammed which bearing in mind the quality of the grog, is not surprising

13 Jan 2011 18:57

The Dog Inn, Halstead

Adrian has improved this Pub, and it is still be far the best in Halstead. Beer quality is always tip-top and the ales change regularly with many from East Anglian micro's such as Green Jack, Grain and Fat Cat. My local and could not wish for better.

14 Dec 2010 19:28

The Edinburgh Inn, Wells Next The Sea

basa nmakes a good point in that this is a drinkers Pub. I visited back in May, and had thebest pint that i've had all year, namely a Wherry. Nelson's Revenge and Bass were also both in fine condition. I look forward to goingback again next May.

14 Dec 2010 19:23

Old Nick, Holborn

Good renge of Badger beers, including a fine pint of Tanglefoot.

14 Dec 2010 19:19

The Melton Mowbray, Holborn

A great example of a Fullers owned Pub. Wide range of Fullers beers all in tip top nick. Chiswick was one of the best pints i've had for a while.

14 Dec 2010 19:17

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Beautiful Sam Smiths Pub, but with the usual problem; just the one ale, although it was very well kept and only 1.90 a pint.

14 Dec 2010 19:14

The Black Sheep Brewery, Masham

Having done the brewery tour on two previous occasions, we just popped in to sample the ale and have a bite to eat. Tried both the Ale and the superb Riggwelter, both of which were in tip-top condition. Food is well woth a try. I had the Riggwelter casserole whiulst my wife had the Draymans lunch. both were well under 10 and there was plenty of it. Casserole was hot and the Wensleydale cheese was excellent. On this evidence, REVERENDBAZ, would have to say that Riggwelter rules!!

19 Sep 2010 15:32

The White Bear, Masham

Echo of the above. I too was there on a quiet Monday afternoon and enjoyed a perfect pint of XB. Didn't try the food, but smelled and looked good.

19 Sep 2010 15:29

The Old Bell Tavern, Harrogate

Without a doubt the beat Pub I visited in Harrogate and one of the beat I've ever been to. Always Black Sheep and Theakstons Bets available and usually 4-6 others along with draught foreign beers from the likes of Bernards, Kaltenerg and Paulener. Add a decent bottled beer menu and you have as good a Pub as you will find. Do tend to agree about the food though; overpriced and nothing remarkable. Just go to have a few beers. A must visit.

19 Sep 2010 15:02

Hales Bar, Harrogate

Very well kept ales in a unique Pub. apparently the Pub was used for some scenes in chariots Of Fire back in the early eighties. Six beers on at alltimes and well worth a look

19 Sep 2010 14:58

Tap and Spile, Harrogate

Mixed experience here. Tend to agree that there were too many beers on . The Old Peculier that i had was on the turn, but the other two that i sampled were well kept. A bit of a shame as the Landlord clearly loves his ale. Would try again as everyone can have an off day.

19 Sep 2010 14:57

The Coach and Horses, Harrogate

A friendly Pub with a fine selection of Yorkshire beers including Landlord, Copper Dragon Pippin and Roosters Cream when I visited. Food was good including thick cut sandwiches.

19 Sep 2010 14:55

The West Gate, Bath

From what I can gather a relatively recent addition to the Bath ale scene, it has the premises the size of a 'Spoons, with lots of comfortable seating. The emphasis is on local ales inluding Abbey and Box Steam, and Ciders. There were three of each on when I viited. They also have a fine selction of draught and botlled bers from the likes of Paulaner, for example along with tasting notes. The staff are couteous helpfula nd polite and the food is well worth sampling. A lot of people might be put off looking inside thinking that it may be a Yates wannabe but do try it. I suspect we will soon see an entry in the Good Beer Guide if the high standard continues. Keep up the good work.

31 Jul 2010 11:56

The Star Inn, Bath

A marvelous building with its wood panelling and spacious seating areas. On the weekeend we visited they were holding their annual Cornish fest with Spingo, and coastal brewery beers available. Beer was excellent quality, with a fine choice available.

31 Jul 2010 11:52

The Salamander, Bath

Another friendly,busy and small City centre Pub. Bath ales available were Spa and Gem both of which were good quality. However, Spa was room temperature whilst Gem was very cold which seemed strange. Worth a visit but expensive.

31 Jul 2010 11:49

The Raven, Bath

A fine Pub with no faults apart from the fact that it was rammed!! Beer quality was spotles, as good a pint as any that I've had all year and the pies are excellent value and delicious. Fully deserves to be Bath's Pub of the year

31 Jul 2010 11:46

The Pig and Fiddle, Bath

Goos choice of ales and good value food when we visited at Lunchtime a few saturdays ago; the macaroni cheese was as good as homemade. Abbey, Hopback and Butcombe all availble and well looked after. Staff were very friendly.

31 Jul 2010 11:44

The Old Green Tree, Bath

A fine Pub with three ditinct drinking areas; a lounge as you go in, a 'Public bar' and what you could possibly desrcibe as a snug off of that. All beers were from Somerset and Wiltshire from RCH, Hop Back and Butcombe amongst others. Well kept beers but beware of the Mens loos. Down a fairly steep set of steps; not for the drunk of non-fleet of foot!

31 Jul 2010 11:42

The New Inn, Bath

A very welcoming Pub just outside the City centre, the Landlord was very friendly and this shows in the way that he spoke and interacted with regulars and tourists such as me alike. Three Wadworth beers on including 6X and Henrys which I tried and found to be excellent. Would definitely visit again

31 Jul 2010 11:39

The Coeur de Lion, Bath

A tiny Pub but full of locals and tourists. Beers from Abbey, Bellringer and White Friar were on offer when I called in and were superbly kept. Like a village local in the middle of Bath and very enjoyable

31 Jul 2010 11:36

The Seven Stars, Penryn

A pleasant Pub with a warm welcome. well kept beers including the inevitable but always welcome Skinners and Blue Anchor Spingo Middle for those who do not fancy the trip to Helston.

31 Jul 2010 11:34

The Bell, Bath

An excellent drinkers Pub with a wide range of West Country ales from RCH, Bath, Butcombe, Sharps and Stonehenge amongst others. Visited at Lunchtime, and services was fine. Exactly what a great Pub should be like.

19 Jul 2010 19:29

The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Stopped for food after visit to the Castle. I echo the comments about the 'Cornish Shag.' The beer was clear, but there was a hint of home brew about it where as the Betty Stogs was as good a pint as I have had in Cornwall. Food was good with the Pub's speciality being fish. If only they get the Cornish Shag right it would be perfect as it is nice to have something other than Skinners or Sharps all the time.

19 Jul 2010 19:26

The Blue Anchor, Helston

A bit of a mixed feel about this one. I've always wanted to visit, but did not feel comfortable for some reason. Not sure why; wasn't the people or the beer. Very intersting historic interior. Ale was well kept although strong. On the recommendation of the locals tried a couple of 'half and halfs'; half of 'Middle' and half of 'Special'. Very nice. Would definitely recommend a visit as i'm sure my thoughts/feelings would not extend to everyone!

19 Jul 2010 19:23

The Quayside Inn, Falmouth

Good Cornish beers served. Did not try the food as the smell of fat put me off a bit, but worth a look for the ales.

19 Jul 2010 19:17

The Oddfellows Arms, Falmouth

A locals Pub just off the main street in Falmouth, with superb Sharps beers; Own and Special, the Pub's best seller were on when I went in. Locals are friendly and made us welcome, which was not the case in some of the other Pubs we visited.

19 Jul 2010 19:16

The Front Bar, Falmouth

A bit of an odd one, the Front. Not your typical Pub but none the worse for that. Well kept local beers, direct from the cask rather than hand-pulled, Cornish Orchards Cider and the infamous Ginger Beer. No food but you can bring your own perhaps from the excellent fish and chip shop from Harbour Lights. A short walk from the Chainlocker, Quayside Inn and Oddfellowes, so the four best Pubs in Falmouth are within 100 yards of each other.Well worth a punt.

19 Jul 2010 19:14

The Chainlocker and Shipwrights, Falmouth

Without doubt the best Pub I visited in Falmouth. Five ales all from Skinners and Sharps and friendly service. Food is excellent, try the pork fillet in mustard sauce, and loads of fish! Cornish folk music on the night that I visited; not everyones cup of tea but all added to the ambiance

19 Jul 2010 19:10

The Galleon Inn, Fowey

My first visit in sometime and not disappointed. Several beers on offer along with Cornish Rattler cider and although we had eaten the food looked superb and well worth trying. The patio outside overlooks the Estuary which is always good viewing. The only freehouse in Fowey, it is well worth visiting

19 Jul 2010 19:07

The Old Ferry Inn, Bodinnick

A great Pub serving Sharps and its 'own' ale, brewed by coors, I believe. Food was nice and fresh and as not in the centre of Fowey it was easy to park and enjoy both the food and drink.

19 Jul 2010 19:04

The Castle Inn, St Ives

Very friendly Pub with lots of good ales at fair prices. Skinners present once again but beers from across the country available. Food was good if a little bit expensive, but from what I saw, better value than most in St Ives.

19 Jul 2010 19:02

The Old Ale House, Truro

A fine establishment serving ales from all over the place including Cornish beers that aren't Skinners, Sharps or St Austell. keltek had two beer son during my visit. Pub itself is somewhat dark inside, food is good and plentiful.

19 Jul 2010 18:59

Towan Blystra, Newquay

Dropped in for a quick pint. Tidy inside and beer reasonably well kept.

19 Jul 2010 18:57

The Red Lion, Newquay

The best Pub that I visited in Newquay. Like most of the Free houses though, totally dominated by Skinners ales; there was a skinners fest when I was there. I have no problem with this but if you don't happen to enjoy Skinners....

Beer was well kept and food was also good value. Service friendly.

19 Jul 2010 18:56

Lanherne Pub and Restaurant, Newquay

Out of town and very much for the locals. That said beer is good.

18 Jul 2010 18:10

The Fort Inn, Newquay

A fine St Austells house with a large interior and large patio. Food is good value and plentiful. Ales from St Austell are Tribute and Proper Job both of which appear to be kept well. Rattler cider is also avilable on draught. Seagulls are a menace if you are planning to eat outside though

18 Jul 2010 17:54

Leadbelly's, Newquay

Still a decent selection of Skinners and Sharps beers. Live music regularly on the menu and tends to miss out on a lot of the alco-pop crowd. well worth a look

18 Jul 2010 17:52

The Bowling Green Inn, Wells next the Sea

The best Pub that I visited whilst in Wells for both food and drink. The usual GK selection including St Edmunds and Abbot as well as the inevitable IPA, along with Wherry. Wherry was well kept as was the Abbot which is the only GK beer i will drink. Food was excellent, hot, plentiful and reasonably priced and I would recommend the Pub and its friendly staff to anyone visiting the area. Advisable to book a table for food and Tuesday' s have a 'two courses for 5 offer for Pensioners.

13 May 2010 17:00

Crown Hotel, Wells next the Sea

A nice location overlooking the Buttlands. Three ales, Adnams Bitter and Explorer and a 'Kiwi Beer' brewed especially for the Hotel, but I'm not sure who by and the Barman could not shed any light on this. Explorer was ok but nothing outstanding. Quite a nice Hotel, and a good place to eat it would seem.

13 May 2010 16:56

The Ark Royal, Wells next the Sea

A pub which, looking at it from the outside, is not the most attractive that you'll see in Wells. However, we wandered in and ahd apint of the ubiquitous woodforde Wherry which was very well kept. Atmosphere was fine with locals engaging in banter with the Landlady. Clean and tidy inside with many photos of the various incarnations of the Ark Royal.

13 May 2010 16:53

The Ship Inn, Weybourne

Stopped for a quick lunch and pint. The Landlord is quiet but was amiable enough once engaged in conversation. The food was good and plentiful, although we just had a snack. Four beers were on including Grain Oak, and offerings from Woodfordes and Wolf Breweries. The Grain Oak was well kept and I would certainly call in again

13 May 2010 16:50

The Three Horseshoes, Warham

Agree with Mothbag in terms of his comments about the building. Quite charming, but unfortunately I was unable to partake in the beer as I was driving. My wife seemd more than happy with the Whin Valley cider avilable which made in the nearby toen of Wells-Nect-The Sea

13 May 2010 16:47

Whalebone, Norwich

A fine alehouse with a well kept selection of ten beers

13 Feb 2010 17:34

The White Lion, Norwich

Repeat visit and found to my disappointment that it does not seem as good as before. Good choice of beers but some were not as well kept as before. Could just be an off night

13 Feb 2010 17:31

The Kings Arms, Norwich

First visit for nearly a year. Nothing changes; still excellent choice of ales, friendly staff. Recommended

13 Feb 2010 17:29

The Fat Cat, Norwich

The usual annual visit still found the Fat Cat in great health. Loads of different beers, a packed bar and excellent atmosphere still keep this as the best in Norwich against some veryy stiff competition. try the Fat Cat Marmalade!

13 Feb 2010 17:28

The Cottage Freehouse, Norwich

Recently taken over and refurbished by Mauldons Brewery this is another fine Pub to be found in Norwich, about a 15 minute walk from the City Centre. The Pub itself is a somehwat spartan place with no Fruit machines; just a good place to try any of the ten beers available which include 6 from Mauldons. As mentioned by thetapfan, food is served and the Baps and Sandwiches are excellent value. A must visit and also within ten minutes of the Whalebone and the Duke Of Wellington

13 Feb 2010 17:26

The Coach and Horses, Norwich

Home of the Chalk Hill Brewery, this a large Pub about 15 minutes walk from the City Centre. The beers are well kept and good value for money as is the food. Well worth a visit

13 Feb 2010 17:21

The Duke of Wellington, Norwich

First visit for a couple of years. Beer quality and choice excellent as always. One of the top four Pubs in norwich

13 Feb 2010 17:19

The Crown Inn, Churchill

Had the opportunity to visit a little while back. It is like someone has moved the Pub from the '30's and plonked it right in the middle of 2009. Unspoiled but would probably be a bit basic for some - all the better for it in my opinion. Beers was excellent, Bath Gem went down well, and the food was subtantial and delicious. A must visit as gives an idea of what a Country Pub in the area would have been like going back 50 years or more

28 Nov 2009 11:36

The Doric Arch, Euston

Visited last night for the first time since Fullers took the Pub over. from recent comments I was not expecting much, but it just shows how wrong you can be. The usual Fullers range was supplemented by 5 guest ales from Tim Taylor, Kelham, and York Breweries amongst others. The three beers that I sampled were all tip top and there was a nice atmosphere and the place was crammed full. No trouble with finding a decent Guest Beer here last night

28 Nov 2009 11:32

The Bree Louise, Euston

Where to start? Firstly, the commitment to Real Ale and Cider her is huge, with over 15 ales and about 8 ciders. As a result thr Pub was heaving with customers as you would hope. However, having visited last night with a friend we tried four different pints between us and all but one were on the way out, that is to say just drinkable which would seem to imply to me that there is too much beer available and that it is not turning over as quickly as it should, maybe. A shame as the Pub is friendly and if it was not for this I would be giving it a 9 out of 10. Will definitely return, in case this was just a one-off, as other comments would seem to suggest

28 Nov 2009 11:29

New Inn, Priddy

Had the good fortune to stay here ona walking weekend and was made most welcome by Des, his family and staff. The New Inn offers excellent value accomodation and usually six well kept beers. I was fortunate enough to catch the tail end of their Coirnish beer fest and in two days alone, sampled beers from Skinners, St Austell, Exmoor, and Bath breweries. The menu is huge and the portions substantial including the cooked breakfasts which kept me going as I walked the Mendips. Why is this pub not in the GBG?

8 Sep 2009 19:40

The Queen Victoria Inn, Priddy

A good Pub welcoming locals and strangers alike. Full butcombe range and one guest beer is served as well as the ubiquitous and violently orange Cheddar Valley cider. The logos and badges of various Caving clubs are shown above the Bar and the food is good.

8 Sep 2009 19:36

Hunters Lodge, Priddy

A superb Pub on the Wells road from Priddy, The Hunters Lodge Inn is a treat not to be missed. Three local beers and wilkins Cider straight from the barrel. Reading the previous comments about the Landlord, i have to say that he was perfectly civil and friendly to myself and my friend. The Pub has a garden which was packed with people of all ages from toddlers to pensioners and from locals to walkers and cyclists. Food is good value and substantial. Will definitely br going back

8 Sep 2009 19:33

The George, Shalford

Well renowned locally for its food and its beer, the George is what a decent Village Pub should be. Beers are sourced from Adnams and Woodfordes, but most notably from the local Shalford Brewery. I was able to try Shalford's Stonely Bitter and Levelly Stout on a recent visit and both were excellent. Food is also very good with a wide choice including and excellent mixed grill.

14 May 2009 14:45

The Bell Inn, Castle Hedingham

One of the best Pubs in the area. Food is home cooked, fresh and plentiful. the beer is generally from Adnams and Mighty Oak and not, thankfully, Greene King as is so often the case in this area.

14 May 2009 14:41

The White Lion, Norwich

Now fully refurbished with lots of bare wood and beams, this is an impressive addition to the already burgeoning Norwich Real Ale circuit. When we visited six Milton beers were available in cluding Sparta and Dionysus and the strong stout Marcus Aurelius. The Landlord was friendly and talkative about his Pub and beers. He is in the process of having a kitchen fitted and plans to offer plain Pub fare to compliment the beers. Will be calling in again when I next go to Norwich

14 May 2009 14:38

St. George's Tavern, Victoria

Visited on Tuesday and found a pleasant, tidy Pub with various ales from Black Sheep and Timothy Taylor all in good nick and under 3 per pint. Food is well worth the wait. Sausages are a house speciality and the Toad in the Holel is excellent.

14 May 2009 14:32

The Cove, Covent Garden

Despite various revies to the contrary, I visited the cove again yesteday lunchtime, and Enjoyed Skinners Betty Stogs, my favourite beer, which was kept in top condition. However, prices seem to have risen from the resonably modest 2.90 a pint to 3.50 in little over a year. Well worth a visit however, for the range of Skinners and St Austell brews available. Maybe a Sharps beer would improve it still further?

14 May 2009 14:29

Rose Valley Tavern, Norwich

What a change to this Pub since my last visit! Still an Adnams house the beer quality is much better band the food is excellent and plentiful. Well worth a visit nowadays

4 May 2009 14:35

The Kings Arms, Norwich

Arguably one of the top three Pubs in Norwich with a superbly kept selction ogf about 15 Real ales. The fact that this is a Batesmans owned Pub does not detract from the fact that two thirds of the ales are from breweries all over the country such as Hop Back, Castle Rock and Skinners when I visited. Staff are friendly and the Pub itself is spacious with a patio for smokers and outside drinkers as well as a conservatory. Highly recommended and if you fancy visiting another Pub afterwards, it only ten minutes from the Trafford Arms

4 May 2009 14:32

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Still maintains its excellent standard of beer quality and selection; 28 available on hand pump and gravity, as well as an awesome bottled beer selection. A must visit when in Norwich

4 May 2009 14:27

The Island Queen, Islington

A Victorian Pub with high tiled ceilings and embossed glass and mirrors evident throughout, mostly original Victorian fittings I would guess. Three ales available; Taylor Landlord and Shepherd Neame Spitfire amongst them as well as an above average selection of continental and world draught beers in eveidence. These included Sierra Nevada Pale, Paulaner Helles and Kuppers Kolsch, all of which I was happy to try. Will definitely visit again.

29 Mar 2009 16:57

The Charles Lamb, Angel, Islington

Visited Friday afternoon last. Quite elegant inside with friendly staff. Two ales available, namely Butcombe bitter and Brains Reverand James. Both were in tip top nick, and a third, Dark Star Hophead, is also usually served. Worth going back to. The sort of Pub you could settle down in with the Sunday papers and while away a couple of pleasant hours.

29 Mar 2009 16:53

The Victory, Hereford

This Pub has gone down hill since my previous visit which is a shame as they brew and provide several Ales here. Unfortunately, they do not seem to be very well kept and this lets the Pub doen in a major way as the welcome is friendly. Lets hope it improves again soon

27 Aug 2008 18:56

The Barrels, Hereford

Excellent Pub with its own Wye Valley and Dorothy Goodbody beers which were originally brewed at the Pub until a few years ago. Beer here is somewhat cheaper that you' expect and I visited during th August Bank Holiday Beer Festival which offered over sixty beers as well as cider and Perry. All in all, unmissable if you're ever in Hereford

27 Aug 2008 18:53

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Sod the carpet! What about the beer?! Excellent selection of beers available including Harveys and sharps amongst others. A good Pub where the welcome is warm. My mate reckons it is the best Pub in london. On this evidence I would say that he may be right

19 Jul 2008 16:04

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

Excellent beer as usual and very well kept, particularly the Organic Ale. Always worth a visit

19 Jul 2008 16:02

The Red Lion, Moorgate

Close to Liverpool Street, serving a selection of five ales from Brewers such as Fullers. Beer is well kept

19 Jul 2008 16:01

The Cross Keys Inn, Corsley

A little off the beaten track this Wadworth Pub places a large emphasis on its food with a fine menu including locally smoked trout. Staff seem polite and helpful and the atmosphere is good. Good range of Wadworth beers all well kept, and the food is very good, with big portions although a little pricey. There were children in the Bar, albeit of age 11 and over who were made perfectly welcome. Don't really feel to aggreived if A Pub is not family friendly as Pubs are not for children anyway, and if that is the policy of the owners then that is up to them

17 Jul 2008 11:50

The Crown Hotel, Wells

An odd place with mixed clientele to put it mildly. One of the locations for the film Hot Fuzz, the memorabilia is prominently displayed in the Bar. Staff were very friendly, and the food was good. Beer on offer was from Butcombe (Bitter) and Sharps (Cornish Coaster & Doombar) all of which were exceptionally well kept. Right in the centre of the City, worth a visit although, as mentioned, the clientele is somewhat eclectic

17 Jul 2008 11:45

City Arms, Wells

Where to start? Good points. Well kept beer including local Cheddar Brewery Potholer. Reasonable food, but not all its cracked up to be or so I thought. Bad points> Refurnb has given the appearance of a wine bar rather than a Pub and has taken away much of the character that used to thrive in this Pub. A shame but still worth a visit for the Ale

17 Jul 2008 11:40

The Lamb Hotel, Axbridge

Owned by Butcombe Brewery this is an impressive large Pub with an emphasis on good food and drink. The building itself stands right in the centre of axbridge, opposite the Historic King John's Hunting Lodge, and is full of old beams etc. Watch your head! Beer on offer s the full Butcombe range plus two guests; on the day these were Fullers London Pride and Dorset Brewery's JD 1742. Stuck to Butcombe which was superb and has the Beef and Butcombe Pie whilst my Wife had a huge filled Jacket Potato. Can not praise the food or drink highly enough. A must do if you are in the area

17 Jul 2008 11:37

The Ring O'Bells, Ashcott

Appears rather unfortunately to have gone downhill. stopped for food and a pint just after Midday. No staff evident though door was open. Eventually one of the Landlords appeared, a most sullen character who was not at all willing to talk. Ordered beer, which to be fair was in excellent condition and food which took over 45 mins to appear due to the fact that they had a function on, which I did not realise or was not informed of by mein host. If we had been in a hurry it could have made life awkward! That said food was good and freshly prepared. Hopefully just a one off blip

17 Jul 2008 11:31

Trafford Arms, Norwich

Still excellent elcomimg Pub with good food and fine ales. Real cider also served and a good selection of bottled beers available

1 Mar 2008 14:52

The Rumsey Wells, Norwich

This Pub has changed hands a couple of times in the last year. Despite this, the beers are still well kept and the welcome warm

1 Mar 2008 14:51

The Reindeer Pub & Kitchen, Norwich

A year on since my last visit and things just keep getting better. The full range of Elgoods beers are served along with three guests from Micros like Castle Rock. Food is still excellent value for money. the Staff are friendly and cheery too.

1 Mar 2008 14:49

The Fat Cat, Norwich

What else can you say about this Pub? Friendly relaxed atmos, superb choice of beers. The only downside is that it is too crowded, but that shows just how good it is.

1 Mar 2008 14:46

Eaton Cottage, Norwich

Friendly local with a choice of six ales including the house beer brewed by Winters Brewery

1 Mar 2008 14:45

The Duke of Wellington, Norwich

About a twenty minute walk from Norwich city Centre, the Duke is a fime local, with about twenty real ales on at a time, the majority being Gravity served. The Landlord could not have been more friendly, even letting us know when he'd just put onb three new beers. The quality of beers served was the best I had at any Pub in norwich, and that is up against some very stiff competition. Don't miss it if you are in Norwich

1 Mar 2008 14:43

The Sun Inn, Feering

New Manager is now in situ and the Pub is now a purely Shepherd Neame house. This said there are six beers on including Porter and Bishops Finger, and all are in top condition. The food looks as good as ever, and the Pubs is still packed solid. However, the lack of a Guest Beer is regrettable, but still a fine Pub provided you like Shepherd Neame. At least it's not owned by GK!

16 Feb 2008 14:20

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

My first visit in over two years. As usual a above average choice of beers available. I tried the Caledonian XPA and Bitter & Twisted and found both were well kept. A good mix of locals and tourists in as usual.

20 Jan 2008 18:16

The Bow Bar, Edinburgh

Escellent drinkers Pub just of Grassmarket and the Royal Mile with an excellent selection of Whiskies and Ales. Very quiet when we wwnt in. lots of mirrors, and a framed certificate naming the Pub as one of the top 50 Malt Whisky bars in Scotland

20 Jan 2008 18:13

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Return visit mae today. Top notch as normal with well over 20 real ales on. I was also informed that they are planning to expand their bottled beer menu to eighty beers in the next few weeks. another excellent reason for another return visit!!

14 Nov 2007 19:30

The Sun Inn, Feering

Still a fine Pub with courteous, friendly staff and a fine menu as well as some of the best kept beers you will find anywhere in Essex. Can't speak for those who've previously had problems or issues, but i've never had a problem here, and i'm not a regular or a Hurrah Henry!

4 Nov 2007 18:29

The Flitch Of Bacon, Little Dunmow

Used to be a regular haunt of mine in younger days. Have started visiting again recently Pub itself, has an open fire and plenty of low beams, so wathch your noggin! Welcome is always friendly, and beer is of a high standard. Three are available, Fuller London Pride, A guest from a micro such as Cottage or Mighty Oak, and inevitably, given the area, Greene King IPA. The food, lunchtime and evenings is excellent and gives a fine choice of grub, from Paninis, through to Gammon or Steak & Kidney Pud. Prices are good value too. The Pub is a little off of the beaten track, but is the type of village local that is worth supporting if it is not to be lost altogether in future. Little Dunmow is also the original home of the famous Flitch Trials, now held every four years just up the road in Great Dunmow.

28 Oct 2007 10:33

The Pheasant, Gestingthorpe

Restuarant with a bar, which is a shame as the character and furnishings are that of a good local. Beer isn't bad with one GK beer and house beer brewed by Mauldons. Food is ok, but is a little nouveau and disappointing. For example, steak and Kidney pud hasd virtually no meat

21 Oct 2007 15:34

The Carpenters Arms, Windsor

Visited this Pub a couple of weeks ago. Beer was under 3 a pint, which i'm told for Windsor is good value. It was also well kept. Food was nice as well. Worth a look.

21 Oct 2007 15:25

The Blue Cow Inn, South Witham

Had the pleasure of visiting and staying at the Blue Cow in July, on my way to North Yorkshire. The accomodation was, clean and tidy, if somewhat basic. The Landlord and staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The two beers, Best and Wobbler were good value and tasty, and are brewed on the premises and the food was good value with a wide choice and good portions forthcoming. Broen tourist signs on the A1 advertise the Pub. Go visit. far better that a Little Chef or McDonalds!

21 Oct 2007 15:20

The Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

Suffers from its position and is full of thirsty travellers all of the time. That said, the pint that was served was of a fine quality, and although I wouldn't want to spend an evening here, there are worse Pubs around.

21 Oct 2007 15:15

The Harp, Covent Garden

After going for my skinner's fix at the Cove, on to the best Pub in Covent Garden, and, as far as i'm concerned in London. Although the crowds frequenting the Harp spill out onto the pavement, you can usually go upstairs to the lounge and grab a seat even on a busy Friday night. Black Sheep Best, Taylor Landlord, and Harveys Best are the staples here, with a couple of guests and real cider. An excellent Pub.

21 Oct 2007 15:11

The Cove, Covent Garden

Paid my latest visit to this Pub on Friday, when it was absolutely packed solid. Music was exceptionally loud, but service seemed fine. Four or five staff all doing their best to make sure evryone got served quickly. Still five Cornish ales, from Skinners and St Austell Breweries. However, the latter Brewery's HSD has now been replaced with their 'Proper Job IPA, a good improvement in my opinion. One thing that would improve the cove still further would be to introduce a berrs from Sharps of Cornwall, such as Doombar or Own. Here's hoping!

21 Oct 2007 15:06

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

A must if you are in the area, a small range of St Peters beers are sold on tap, with the bottled beers also weel to the fore in this somewhat cramped Pub.

20 Oct 2007 18:55

The Harbour Inn, Southwold

A well located Pub full of character, beside the River. views across to Southwold also make the visit even more worthwhile. Within, a warm welcome awaited. Friendly staff, fine food, and reasonably well kept Adnams. However, this was spoilt by the fact that the Adnams Explorer, for example is somewhat over priced at 3.05 a pint. The Lasagne and Garlic Bread, whilst being delicious was 11+. Excellent pub, and well worth a visit, but watch the prices

25 Sep 2007 18:02

The Lord Nelson, Southwold

Following my earlier visit to the Harbour Inn, I called in to this adnams house on the way back. Like most Adnams Pubs it is traditional in the way it is laid out. Lots of Nelson memorabilia and the beer was absolutely in tip-top condition. Also at 2.55 a pint somewhat cheaper than the Harbour Inn. Well worth a look.

25 Sep 2007 17:59

The Scarborough Arms, Scarborough

Nice Pub with the best Pub food in the town. Try the Steak pie. Ale is not so good unfortunately, but well worth a visit if you're peckish

18 Jul 2007 18:52

Indigo Alley, Scarborough

Great Pub with an excellent, changing selction of ales as well as draft Belgian beeers. Live music is regularly played on sundays and throughout the week and all the Staff are friendly and helpful. So good that i went back four times. Decor is somewhat unusual but don't let that put you off. A rare outlet in the area to stock beers from Rooster/Outlaw breweries

18 Jul 2007 18:49

The Golden Ball, Scarborough

Best Pub on sea front with good cheap berr as mentioned in last review and a selection of good value food. well worth a look if in the area, but there are Pubs with a better selection of Beers

18 Jul 2007 18:46

The Alma Inn, Scarborough

Nice friendly local near town centre. Serves good quality selction of ales.

18 Jul 2007 18:44

Trafford Arms, Norwich

Ten Real ales and nice cosy atmous. football was on the night that we were in there, but this did not rule the roost as it so frequently does in other Pubs. Local Kingfisher Cider is also served and food is exceptional value. Try the Lowestoft Fish and chips

24 Feb 2007 16:21

St Andrews Tavern, Norwich

Friendly Adnams Pub serving full range plus Guest beers. Try the Oyster Stout. Friendly Staff. Did not sample the food but looked excellent.

24 Feb 2007 16:18

Rose Valley Tavern, Norwich

Nice local with range of Adnams ales. some were better kept than others. Food was very good and freshly prepared, which meant a wait of about 40 minutes. No real inkling of this been a student Pub, but they're probably still on Xmas Holiday

24 Feb 2007 16:16

The Ribs of Beef, Norwich

Good range of Ales, but nothing special. The sort of Pub where everyone stares when you walk in (knew I should have worn some Trousers). Nice spot next to the River. Local Cider is served

24 Feb 2007 16:14

The Reindeer Pub & Kitchen, Norwich

A welcoming friendly Pub with great staff, a full wel kept range of Elgoods Beers. Food is of top quality, reasonably priced and plentiful. For food and beer, the best Pub that I visited while in Norwich

24 Feb 2007 16:12

The Kings Head, Norwich

A Pub specialising in Beers from East Anglia, and the best selection of bottled beers to be found anywhere in Norwich. Very retro, with stone and wooden floors and basically decorated, but clean and tidy. Well worth a visit

24 Feb 2007 16:09

The Fat Cat, Norwich

What can I say about this gem that has not already been said? Superbly kept, large selection of Ales and continentals beers on draught and by the bottle. always seems to be busy, but this merely emphasises how good the Pub itself is. No food, but what you see is what you get.

24 Feb 2007 16:06

The Coachmakers Arms, Norwich

Fair range of beers available including Wolf and Woodfordes served on gravity.

24 Feb 2007 16:02

The Cidershed, Norwich

A friendly but odd Pub, filed with friendly locals and a large renage of Railway memorabilia. The Shed is an apt name. However, an excellent beautifuly kept selection of Ales from East Anglia and beyond, including the Fat Cat ales brewed on the premises. Food consists of rolls and delicious Pork pies. Also a fine range Belgian and continental beers are served on draught or from bottles.

24 Feb 2007 16:01

Champion, Norwich

Maybe it was an off night, but i found this Pub distinctly odd. Beer, although acceptable was nothing special, and I couldn't wait to finish mt pint and go. As i say, maybe it was a bad night...

24 Feb 2007 15:58

Bell Hotel, Norwich

Centrally located Wetherspoons with a good well-kept selection of Real Ales. Above the standard of most others of the chain, the staff are also friendly and helpful

24 Feb 2007 15:55

The Alexandra Tavern, Norwich

Lively but friendly back street local serving beesr from the Norwich Chalk Hill Brewery. Food available until 7pm

24 Feb 2007 15:53

The Cove, Covent Garden

A return visit for quality control purposes. Lack of control meant that I had to repeatedly check the quality just to make sure. Same excellent selection of beers with the Betty Stogs from skinners being absolutely top notch. Once of the best Pubs in Londom, and along with the Harp, the best in and around covent garden

1 Jan 2007 17:06

The Fat Cat, Colchester

Opposite another fine Real Ale Pub, namely The Dragoon, this recently opened establishment is a welcome addition to Colchester's real ale scene. Newly renovated, the owners have tried to go for thetraditional look with lots of wood and stone floors. The stillage room can be viewed from the bar, and a large blackboard shows a selction of fifteen plus real ales available. mine was a flying visit, but i will be making further liver-punishing investigations soon. It is also worth mentioning that this Fat Cat is the younger sister of the legendary two-times CAMRA National Pub of The Year in Norwich

23 Oct 2006 20:35

The Fat Cat, Colchester

The latest addition to the Fat Cat chain the others being in Ipswich and the twice CAMRA National Pub of the Year in Norwich, The Colchester vesion is located opposite another fine Pub, namely the Dragoon. On my recent visit fifteen ales were available, most of which canm from East Anglia and included four or five from the relatively new Fat Cat Brewery in Norwich. Beer was well priced and very well kept, but will go back for a recce in force soon. The Pub itself has been overhauled at some cost, i'd say, and they've gone for an 'old fashioned' Pub looke with views of some of the beers in a 'stillage room' and wooden floor and furniture. All in all, a promising addition to the Colchester Real Ale scene

5 Oct 2006 19:40

The Blue Raddle, Dorchester

Friendly local with staff and customers to match. Beer includes two from sharps in Cornwall and from Otter. Real Cider also served. A narrow open plan Pub, having plenty of tables on which to serve its good value selection of home made cuisine.

12 Aug 2006 14:28

The Swan, Great Easton

Situated in a charming village about equidistance between Gt Dunmow and Thaxted, a warm welcome awaits. Two ales are available, usually Adnams Bitter and a guest; Wychwood Wychcraft when I visited. All the food is home prepared and cooked from local ingredients. Try the Sausage and Mash...yum!

23 Jul 2006 12:44

The Sailors Return, East Chaldon

Hidden away in the glorious Dorset countryside, this Pub is a gem serving excellent food with an emphasis on spicy, oriental fare and steaks. Also serves 3-4 Real ales and Thatchers Cider. My only quibble would be that the beer is served a little too warm in temperature,but the glorious quiet of the surrounding hills makes up for that. Highly recommended and well worth stopping on your way back from Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door.

23 Jul 2006 12:40

The Queen's Hotel, Weymouth

A good friendly backstreet local serving 2-3 beers from the Dorset Brewing company, all of which are well kept. Accomodation is available

23 Jul 2006 12:36

Old Rooms Inn, Weymouth

A Pub which could do better with a little more effort from its ignorant bar staff. Food is good and Weymouth Harbourmaster ale is quite well kept. However staff do not seem intereted with the odd exception. No locals in the Pub which tells its own story

23 Jul 2006 12:32

The George Inn, Weymouth

Beautifully positioned Pub on harbourside serving very well kept selection of Badger Ales. However, prices are very high, 3 a pint! Food available at lunch and evenings. However, food in evening only available in seperate restaurant

23 Jul 2006 12:28

Excise House, Weymouth

Good pint of Weymouth JD 1742 from local Dorset Brewery based in Brewers Quay, so essentially the Brewery Tap. Pub smells of stale chip fat which is a shame, but there is an outside drinking area

23 Jul 2006 12:26

The Boot, Weymouth

Without doubt the best Pub in Weymouth. Friendly staff, and welcoming locals make this an escape from most of the rat runs in the local area. as mentioned a full range of Ringwood Beers including the excellent Boondoggle and Old Thumper plus a guest beer,and Cheddar Valley Cider which seemed to be the most popular drink on sale. One of the best Pubs I have ever been in

23 Jul 2006 12:23

The Blue Raddle, Dorchester

Located in the centre of Dorchester, the Blue Raddle is a friendly Pub with a mix of locals and tourists. Food is available at very reasonable prices, and excellent Real Ale available from Sharps of Cornwall and Otter Breweries. Thatchers ciders is also available including the ubiquitous, orange coloured, Cheddar Valley Gold. If you only go to one Pub in dorchester, make sure that it is this one.

23 Jul 2006 12:18

The Dog Inn, Halstead

Has recently changd hands, so a warmer welcome is now assured!! Thankfully five beers still sold in excellent condition; Adnams bitter, Broadside, Elgoods Black dog and two guests. Also local Real Cider from Delvin End Cidery at Sible Hedingham. Only slight criticism would be lack of Guest ales outside of East Anglia. Otherwise a fine Drinkers Pub

25 Jun 2006 12:00

The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye

Went to this Pub with some friends recently. Excellent menu selection at very reasonable prices plus a wide selection of real ales all in great condition make this rural gem well worth a visit. Aspalls cider also sold.

25 Jun 2006 11:58

The Swan, Little Totham

Visited this marvelous Pub again today. usual excellent selection of Ales plus Five real ciders. Beer in tip-top condition, friendly welcome. a Pub whose standards all others should strive to emulate.

16 May 2006 18:56

The Wyndham Arms, Salisbury

The Holy Grail for Hop Back lovers. The entire range is served in tip top condition in this lively bustling Pub

26 Jan 2006 21:38

The Winchester Gate, Salisbury

good ale pub with two beers, each, from Timothy Taylor and Hop Back when i visited

26 Jan 2006 21:36

The New Inn, Salisbury

We were recommended this Pub to eat in. fod was excellent with a plentiful selection, if a little pricey. That said, the Beer from Badger was very well kept. we went on monday, and couldn't understand why there was no-one else in there...until we heard the music (dodgy NWMOHM group Saxon) Well no-one's perfect!! best Pub food in Salisbury

26 Jan 2006 21:34

Wig and Quill, Salisbury

A warm welcome is assured at this fime Wadsworth establishment. Three Waddy's beers on tap - including 6x from the wood- plus one guest, currently Smiles Heritage with berrs from St Austell to follow. Paul, the owner has been there for 6 months and is planning to start doing food in February. Comfy chairs abound and an open fire too!

26 Jan 2006 21:31

The Cat Tavern, Salisbury

Very friendly, basic back street local. Good value grub with real ale from Ringwood and Shepherd Neame Spitfire. Two real ciders from Taunton and Black Rat from Moles (cloudy) Two friendly dogs and a well stocked juke box make this a place worth stopping.

26 Jan 2006 21:26

The Victoria and Albert, Netherhampton

Friendly welcoming Village Pub just outside of Salisbury. Four ales from local Breweries such as Gales, and others from further afield in the West Country such as Cottage. Food freshly prepared and can particularly recommend the beef baguette and Cheddar Ploughmans. Near to wilton Shopping Village, so once your wife ahs spent all your dosh, get her to drive you for a beer!

26 Jan 2006 21:23

The Sun Inn, Feering

Superb Pub with great food, friendly staff and an exceptionally well kept selection of Real Ale. No regular beers here, as all are regularly rotated, but Landlord's favourites will often include beers from Archers and Cottage breweries. Try the Steak & kidney Pud and the Chocolate Torte for excellent Pub grub

31 Aug 2005 10:24

The Swan, Little Totham

Superb village Pub with welcoming Landlord and Landlady. Can't voch for the food, but it is unlikely you'll taste beer as well kept anywhere in the area aprt from the Sun Inn at Feering. Up to ten beers and three to four real Ciders. Beers include Totham Parva brewed by Mighty Oak especially for the Pub and Brewers Gold, the CBoB 2005. A must for Real Ale lovers!

31 Aug 2005 10:19

The Old Ship Inn, Heybridge Basin

Pub in a great setting overlooking the Blackwater estuary. Ideal for watching the boats as thay travel between the estuary and into the Maldon canal at hightide. Good food in plentiful portions and six real ales from Adnams, Mighty Oak and shepherd Neame breweries all well kept. Well worth a visit

31 Aug 2005 10:15

Grog and Gruel, Fort William

Good selection of beers and whiskies and decent grub to boot.

18 Jul 2005 20:17

The Clachnaharry Inn, Clachnaharry

Superb Pub with exquisite views over the Beauly Firth. A fine choice of Ales, Single Malts and good home cooked food make this one of the best Pubs i've been to in a while. If you're staying in Inverness take the Canal side walk. It only takes 20 minutes and you'll be able to slake your thirst when you've finished!!

18 Jul 2005 20:16

Kings Highway, Inverness

People knock Wetherspoons but this Pub is an excellent example of how they can get things right. The usual good value meals, and a choice of six Scottish ales (no Greene King here thank goodness) and Westons Old Rosie Cider. All superbly kept

18 Jul 2005 20:13

The Blackfriars, Inverness

Excellent town Pub serving goofdfood and excellent quality Real Ale. always a dark beer available, from Cairgorm or Isle of Skye Breweries. Friendly staff as well

18 Jul 2005 20:11

The Moulin Inn, Moulin

Welcoming {ub with good value food and wide menu choice. Beers from own Moulin Brewery good & kept well, particularly "Braveheart."

18 Jul 2005 20:08

The Cock, Beazley End

A Country Pub which does superb food and beer with a warm welcome.
House beer is Woodfordes Wherry and two guests, typically from Exmoor, Ringwood or Archers. Restaurant does get busy, so best to book. There is also a Spacious Beer Garden

30 May 2005 14:13

The Kings Head, Pebmarsh

Exceptional Villgae local with thebest pint of Wherry i've ever had. Beer exquisitely well kept and food is great value for money with a huge menu available. The Mexican food is particularly recommended. Up to three Guest beers which recently have included Archers, Roosters and Theakstons Old Pec. Not to be missed. A lovely Landlord and lady add to the experience

30 May 2005 14:11

The Victory Inn, Wickham St Paul

Lovely pub overlooking a Village Green complete with Cricket Pitch. Food excellent and superb value for money. Try the Sunday Roast. Beer from Greene King and Adnams, usually a Guest Ale as well. Well worth a Visit

30 May 2005 14:04

The Dolphin, Stisted

Best pint of Ridleys in the area. Nice garden and good food. A local Pub for local people

30 May 2005 14:00

The Odd One Out, Colchester

Top ale Pub which does have a dated feel about it inside. However the beer is excellent and the welcome friendly. It's also far enough from the town centre to keep its character rather than been just another crummy town boozer.

30 May 2005 13:56

The Playhouse, Colchester

Shabby, cheap Wetherspoons. Ale not bad and cheap. Food is difficult to get hold of, as it is a speciality of the house that they have usually ran out of anything that you try to order. Needs redecorating.

30 May 2005 13:53

Dragoon, Colchester

A must for CUFC fans on match days, but excellent at any time. Good plain food served including a wicked Chilli. Beers mainly from Adnams, but with guests from Brewers such as Timothy Taylor's & Black Sheep. Friendly Landlord and staff and nice atmos all round.

30 May 2005 13:48

The Queen's Head, Chelmsford

As i sit in this Pub, supping a Pint of Fox's Old Felcher, contemplating my beer belly covered by a nice handknitted sweater and picking the crisp crumbs from my beard, I can honestly say that this is the best Real Ale Pub in Chelmsford stocking in the region of ten constantly changing beers, many of which are not easily found in the Essex area. A classic.

30 May 2005 13:42

The Railway Tavern, Chelmsford

Small but pleasant Pub with good selection of Real Ales available, with St Austell Tribute and Hook Norton Old Hooky. Cask Cider also available. Only snag is that it does get very smoky, so avoid if this bothers you. Opposite the Railway station, so ideal for a quick snifter before heading off

30 May 2005 13:37

The White Horse, Chelmsford

Back street local near railway station. Gets very busy. Huge selection of well kept real ales.

30 May 2005 11:43

The Riverside Inn, Chelmsford

EXcellent Youngs beers. However very expensive. food good butagain very expensive. Nice Pub

30 May 2005 11:42

The Original Plough, Chelmsford

A good drinkers pub, but food is not so good. Ales well kept with an excellent choice inclusding the rare Ind Coope Burton Ale

30 May 2005 11:40

Ivory Peg, Chelmsford

Good place to go for a lunchtime Drink. Food served quickly and with generous portions. Usually a good selection of guest beers from breweries such as Cotleigh. Does the best pint of Old Bob for miles!

30 May 2005 11:38

The Ring O'Bells, Ashcott

Superb Pub tucked away in Ashcott village but well signposted. Excellent selection of beers from local breweries such as Moor and Glastonbury and a superb reasonably priced selection of home cooked food.

30 May 2005 11:35

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden

Excellent selection of Stouts and bottled beers from around the world. That's the good bit. Very expensive and full of loud tourists and City types. Still owrth visiting for the Oyster stout.

30 May 2005 11:32

The Cove, Covent Garden

Hidden Pub with selection of well kept, if somewhat cold, Cornish ales from Skinners and St Austell. Extensive pasty menu available and balcony from where you can watch the street performers. One of the best Pubs i've visited in London and reasonably priced beer at 2.60 a pint

30 May 2005 11:28

The Victory, Hereford

Spacious Pub, home to the Spinning dog Brewery. A huge range of Spinning Dog ales plus guest beers available all in excellent condition. Cider lovers take note: Six to seven local ciders or perries available at all times. Best Pub in Hereford.

30 May 2005 11:25

The Kings Fee, Hereford

Wetherspoons with a better than usual beer choice. Clean & tidy with half decent food

30 May 2005 11:22

Towan Blystra, Newquay

Excellent Wetherspoons with above average food and cheap beer with the emphasis on local ales rather than the usual Greene King or Theakstons. Usually two or three Skinners beers on offer, cheaper and much better kept than their own Pub down the road. And close to the beach for the thirsty surfer or the father/husband who's just ' nipped off to buy a newspaper'!

30 May 2005 11:10

Leadbelly's, Newquay

A Pub that has great potential being the only Skinners Brwery Pub. However, beer was expensive and not as well kept as on previous visits. Excellent selection inclusing Ice Blonde, Cornish Knocker and ?Betty Stogs. Staff very friendly

30 May 2005 11:08

Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

Lovely St austell house on the Harbourfront. Good food menu, if a little expensive. However, theview more than compensates. St Austell HSD and Tribute available and well kept as well as local 'Legless But Smiling' scrumpy from Callestick near Perrenporth.

30 May 2005 11:04

The Castle Inn, St Ives

Charming St Ives Pub not far from the front and arguably the best selection of Real ales and Cider in St Ives inclusing Skinners and several guest beers.

30 May 2005 11:01

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