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The Falcon, Chester

Lovely historic pub selling Samuel Smith brews, nice interior.

28 Oct 2019 20:56

Ye Olde Kings Head, Chester

Very hansom timber framed pub, lovely interior and great choices of beers on.

28 Oct 2019 20:54

The Albion Inn, Chester

Nice corner terrace pub with two rooms, large bar and quiet lounge. I had a nice pint of real ale.

28 Oct 2019 20:53

The Melbourne Arms, Melbourne

Just visited the Melbourne Arms today for a soft drink and some lunch on a walk along Pocklington Canal. Seems like a lovely place, busy and popular on a Sunday for lunches, and serving a couple of real ales. Our food was very nice, we sat out the front and enjoyed the sun. I would recommend a visit.

4 Jun 2017 19:15

The Greyhound Inn, Stogursey

Very nice pleasant village pub, with a couple of real ales, and a nice selection of cider as well. Popped in for a couple of pints a use of their WiFi. We were made to feel very welcome.
Sadly the landlord & landlady were in their last week in the pub before moving on, so hopefully it is still being well looked after.

26 Dec 2014 14:37

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

A very nice, back lane, narrow, city centre pub. Well worth seeking out if you are in the area. Busy and bustling after work, but still friendly to strangers. They had a nice selection of ales to choose from.
I'll definitely return when I can.

12 Aug 2013 17:59

Square and Compasses, North Rigton

I visited in early August, on a beautiful sunny day, just as lunch time meal service was winding down.
The building is very nice with a large car park and generous sun terrace. Lunch appears to have been popular with a number of couples and small groups finishing off their meals.
Inside the decoration is a neutral modern, with an open lay-out, muted colours, exposed beams and stone floors. It felt like it had been fairly recently refurbished and it looked good.

They had 3-4 real ales on draft, a selection of lagers, ciders and wines as well. The serving staff were friendly and helpful. Having already eaten I just enjoyed a couple of soft drinks, and some quiet relaxation with a book.

Before leaving I gave the menu a look over, it seems very promising, with moderate-high prices for pub food, but a very nice selection of things to choose from. The food I saw being brought out and enjoyed appeared very nice.

I will certainly return.

12 Aug 2013 17:49

The Red Lion Inn, Knapton

Excellent place, well worth a visit, from any distance for either food of drinks.

I am fortunate enough to live within walking distance of this village (edge of town) gem. The building is hansom and pleasantly decorated inside, with room for drinkers and lots of dinning tables too. Also there is a very nice open fire.

Two to three real ales are served and seem to be well kept. Most people however will visit for the excellent food menu, a cut above the norm. The regular menu is good and well done, with the usual pub favourites served to a high standard at less than £10 for an excellent main course. I am usually drawn to something from the specials board, which for once, is truly something a bit special: more substantial meat dishes, game and fish. Last time I visited I enjoyed venison with wild mushrooms, excellent.
I'll say it again, well worth a visit.

2 Jan 2013 12:52

The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell

Jolly nice pub with lots of beer and lots of live music. A nice corner London pub, with a little bit more to offer than most. In the main room there is a single large central bar, with a fantastic beer choice. Four real ales, including some from the Camden Brewery alongside a great selection of draught beers, lagers and European imports. There is a range of seating, tables, benches, sofas etc.
Food is served, simple and pleasant pub classics like bangers and mash and fish and chips.
Downstairs there is a second smaller room, with a little stage for live music. Music seems to be a regular feature with a few gigs every week.
Overall a great place to spend an evening.

6 Sep 2012 10:39

The Ship, Croydon

Nice dark little metal pub. Served a decent pint of ale. Not my usual sort of place, a bit dark, a bit loud. But it was still good, and if that's your thing, I'm sure this is the place for you in Croydon.

22 May 2011 23:58

The Green Dragon, Croydon

Visited this weekend for a friends birthday. A large and popular pub serving plenty of ales, a few real ciders and with what looked like a nice food menu. Big place with plenty of room in it, over 2 floors, with a little stage for gigs upstairs. Staff were nice, friendly and helpful. I would certainly recommend it!

22 May 2011 23:50

Horse and Farrier Inn, Threlkeld

What a lovely pub to end a walk at. Friendly and welcoming even to the slightly muddy. Great choice of beers and good food. Beer was well kept and the food was reasonably priced. Inside is large and yet cosy and comfortable, with separated spaces. Well worth the trip, and great if you're waiting for a bus, or at the end of a walk.

7 Jan 2011 14:02

The Shore Hotel, Laxey

Great pub, near the harbour in Laxey. Sells its own beer, lovely riverside beer garden, friendly and welcoming, what more could you ask for.

15 Apr 2010 21:14

The Bay View, Port St Mary

Has been closed down for over a year, but is recently re-opened. It looks better for some fresh paint, but I haven't had a chance to visit yet.

15 Apr 2010 21:08

The Sidings, Castletown

I can onle agree with everything writen below, a lovely pub, some great beers, Lovely location, and great, friendly regulars.

15 Apr 2010 21:03

Tan Hill Inn, Keld

A cracking pub. As stated below it occcupies the special honour of being the highest pub in Britain. Its gloriously remote and surrounded by a wide expanse of moorland. Its very popular with tourists for these reasons, and also popular with walkers and cyclists, as several trails cross here. What a place.
I just wanted to add that along with the B&B there is also a very cheap bunkhouse attached to the pub, and if you fancy some independance they are happy for people to camp around the pub... Walk in, enjoy the beer, food, atmosphere, and collapse for an evening under the stars!
Wonderful

12 Feb 2010 11:47

The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater

Another fantastic visit to this cracking remote pub. Place was quiet, fires lit, and weather outside snowy. A couple of pints of Mellbreak were very well recieved.

26 Dec 2009 20:24

The Crown and Thistle Inn, Carlisle

Lovely traditional back street pub, selling a couple a proper beers. Friendly local crowd, darts and pool.

26 Dec 2009 20:17

The Crown, Carlisle

Nice larger corner pub. Beer was decent, place was very quiet but pleasant enough. Food menu looked like high quality pub grub, but I didn't try it and it was a bi pricey.

26 Dec 2009 20:12

The Turf Tavern, Carlisle

A pretty moderate boozer. Very large, and looks a bit like a family pub, serves food and has outside seating. Also has large screen sports. However, not much to really recommend it, beers fine, but not a great place at all.

26 Dec 2009 19:56

Beehive, Carlisle

Not a bad chain pub, decent size, and a few decent beers on tap. They serve food, and were pretty friendly behind the bar. A little bit loud and generic to be a favourite, but well worth stopping into.

26 Dec 2009 19:52

The Star Inn, Netherton

What a cracking little place. The pub building is the station house, for a railway that was never built, thank goodness! A beautiful part of the world, and a fitting pub to relax in after a days walking or playing tourist. No food, a choice of one real ale (always served straight from the barrel) and as said before, conversation and watching the fire, the only entertainments! Such a lovely and unchanged building, it certainly deserves its place on CAMRA's national inventory of historic pub interiors.. and it is one of few pubs in the UK to have been in every single year's good beer guide since the 1970s. Go visit, its worth the drive (or the walk).

20 Sep 2009 19:29

The Kirkstone Pass Inn, Kirkstone Pass

A cracking Lake District pub. It claims to be the third highest pub in England, but no matter whether its true or false, its brilliant. There's usually a selection of 3 real ales on in the summer, and 1 in the winter. There are open fires on the cool days, and amazing views (cloud depending) all year round.
They also have a nice little bunk house available for £8 p.p.
The food is simple but filling and satisfying. And the staff were friendly and chatty.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

17 Jul 2009 20:23

The Guy Fawkes Hotel, York

A much improved pub. Its current incantation seems to be making a really successful go of it. The real ale selections is very broad, with lots of emphasis on Yorkshire beers. The gas lighting and simple dark funiture is excellent. And the food seems very nice as well.

12 Jul 2009 17:15

The Bay Hotel, Whitby

A lovely little place right on the sea front in the lovely village of Robin Hoods Bay. There's nice outdoor seats for the view in fine weather, and inside 2 pleasant and cosy bars. The wainright bar is used by many people as the end of their coast-to-caost walks and so is particularly hospitable to walkers, and has lots of parephenalia and maps on the walls.
They have three real ales on, Director's Courage and Theakstons Best Bitter being regulars.

11 Jul 2009 22:07

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield

Good to see a pub that has been attracting a lot of comments. I can only comment from my experience of one visit so far, but I'll b e returning to review again.
Started of by sitting in the large beer garden outside enjoying a couple of pints in the afternoon sun. When it got a touch chilly we moved inside and were quite luck to find a table before the evening rush. The beer choice was excellent, British micro-brews, European draughts, and plenty of bottles to choose from. We weren't disapointed. Fancied a spot of food, so we shared 2 starters between the three of us, and it was lovely.
The interior is gorgeous, with fascinating little areas, nooks and crannies and plenty of interesting stuff on the wall.
I personnaly thought the prices for food were quite high, but I was there for a few drinks with friends, and the little bits of food that we did have were certainly of the sort of quality that could justify the price tag.
Overall a great afternoon had, and we'll be returning

29 Apr 2009 19:41

The Central Bistro, Restaurant and Bar, Peel

What a great little place, with such an unexpected name. "The Central Bistro" conjures images of modern stylish restaurants on Paris street corners. This place is much better than that. Traditional exterior and interior, with comfortable booths and settles in both the restaurant and the bar. 3 hand pulled beers served, and served well and a lovely fire place to sit and savour them beside. I didn't get a chance to try their food but the menu was certainly impressive and caused my mouth to water! Will be visiting in the future.

29 Apr 2009 19:16

The Creek Inn, Peel

I had a very happy visit here yesterday. Some nice beers both from Mann, and from England, and some great sea food too. The food isn't cheap, but nor would I say it was over priced. The place had plenty of hussle and bussle, lending it a nice atmosphere, as it was obviously being frequented by both locals and tourists. I look forward to visiting again and trying the Manx Queenies.

29 Apr 2009 19:08

The Terminus Tavern, Douglas

I had a lovely visit here this week. The location is nice, on the promenade, sitting watching the trams pull up. On the bar there was three hand pulled beers, I tried a couple of pints of Okells Mild, very good. The couple behind the bar were relief managers, but were friendly and quick. Also had some really decent value, simple pub grub here.

29 Apr 2009 19:03

The Wellington, Birmingham

I recently visited the Wellington for the first time. It was a grey, miserable afternoon, and although the pub wasn't empty, it was certainly quite quiet. I was incredibly impressed with the range of beers on the bar, and certainly the one I tried was very good. I also tried a half of a very good real perry. There must be very few places that can match 15 hand pulled beers and then 3 extra pumps set aside for ciders and perries.
Having read that it was in the good beer guide, the drinks were everything I anticipated, amazing choice, and well looked after.
However, I was a touch disapointed by the slight lack of atmosphere I felt. Even when a few of the tables filled up, it was still subdued, and there was no background music, to lift the mood slightly. (I know piped music is contencious, but when done properly, it really does work).
Also, in terms of the decor / interior of the Wellington. Everything was clean and neat and fresh as one would hope, but alas I was left feeling, that for an obviously popular real ale mecca, it really lacked a bit of character.
I would certainly return... so please don't let my seemingly harsh words put you off.. its still a good pub.

21 Nov 2007 22:16

The Prince of Wales, Birmingham

I have to agree with the other reviewers... A very pleasant, quite traditional little pub. It was good an busy when I visited (about 7:00pm on a Tuesday eve), with a friendly busseling crowd of regulars and the obvious after work drinkers. However, there were still seats to be had, and we were quickly served at the bar. They have a nice choice of beers on, and the two I tried were well kept. A very enjoyable place to visit, and if i lived more locally I'm sure I'd make it a regular calling in point.

21 Nov 2007 22:04

O'Neill's, Birmingham

One of the better O'neill's I've been in. Not quite the most amazing compliment.. but I do mean it. The bar is large, pleasantly decorated and very welcoming. Not to mention alot cleaner and generally fresher than a number of other O'neills I've been in. The staff were pleasant, polite and helpful, and the drinks and food we had were fine. All in all, fine to pop into, but certainly doesn't have enough real character to make me want to call it my local

21 Nov 2007 21:56

The Crystal Palace, York

Recently visited. Very pleasant indeed, lovely pint of Samuel Smiths Old Brewery. Served with a smile, and thoroughly enjoyed. I sat in the lounge, fresh, clean and very comfortable. The bar was busy with plenty of people enjoying the beer, playing pool, chatting etc. Will definately take myself back as soon as possible.. Not to mention the great value of £2 for a pint and a half!

16 Oct 2007 21:42

The Waterguard, Cardiff

Recently visited, and certainly enjoyed the experience. A very unusual place, being an mix of old, and stunningly modern. The pub is based around the old harbour master's building, beautiful, crennelated structure. Connected to which, is a modern stone, steel and glass extension... I works!!
Inside, wood, bold colours combine to suggest almost an art-deco design.
Plenty of outside space for looking over the stunning Cardiff Bay, and enjoying a great pint of Samuel Smiths.
The food was also really enjoyable, I had mussels cooked in their wheat beer, very tasty!! And my friends had Lamb burgers, really really good!
Pay the place a visit!

26 Aug 2007 09:47

The Lyceum, Strand

Was really pleased with my visit to this Sam Smiths pub. While it doesn't have the stunning building, or original features of some of the other city pubs, what it lacks in tradition, it makes up for in comfort. Very pleasant interior on two floors. Lovely booths downstairs and good space upstairs. Full range of the usual Samuel smiths brews, very pleasant indeed.

23 Jun 2007 20:10

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street

Another brilliant central London, Sam Smith's pub. Sat in one of the two back rooms. Not as atmospheric or traditional as the front rooms, cellar or upper floors, but plenty of room and perfectly pleasant. A couple of very nice pints of OBB, and some food. My friends had sandwiches, which looked pleasant and good value for money...
I had the Steak and Kidney Pie.... EXCELLENT. Meat wonderful, gravey excellent, veg supereb... but best of all, the suet and herb top on the pie. outstanding, I'll be trying to recreate this at home... but might have to visit a few more times first.
The rest of the pub is beautiful, traditional, amazing. Also, the extra menu for the front Chop room, looks good.
So plenty of reasons for me to visit again!

28 May 2007 08:23

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Similar experience to joegreen below. Went in while quiet, plenty of room for me and my friends in a booth, stunning interior and good beers. I know Sam Smith's isn't to everyone's taste, but these days they do have a pretty good variety on offer, draught, bottles etc!
Had a couple of great pints, and a good wander around the pub, down into the cellar bar etc. Most enjoyable, a must visit place!

28 May 2007 08:17

The Chandos, Trafalgar Square

Really quite liked this place. Very large, and very busy when I visited, so obviously popular. Not doubt, Samuel Smith prices help with that!
Interior is pleasant and interesting enough to provide amusement, booths look good, and second room upstairs is enormous and quite comfortable looking.
I had a good pint of Old brewery, and they have the rest of the Sam's range on offer.
Over all, pretty good!

28 May 2007 08:01

The Agar Arms, Warthill

Very nice place indeed. Inside seems mostly to be dedicated to food service, from what looks like a good menu. However, you can grab a seat, and sit enjoying a beer, inside or out. Great place.

22 Apr 2007 14:55

The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater

What a place.
I arrived, early afternoon, after having been guided on a beautiful, winding drive there by a friend who had previously visited...
Jumped out of the car, and straight into this marvellous place. Enjoyed some pints of Melbreak bitter, and some wonderful home-cooked food, which set us up just perfectly for a few hours of walking. The weather was great, and the view from the top of Melbreak...awesome!
We descended back to the pup, having worked up both an apatite and a thirst, so went back in... Just in time in many ways...
The heavens opened, just as we changed our shoes at the door... making us glad to be infront of the fire and off the hillside...
Also, the place was rammed, and getting busier all the time.
We grabbed a table and settled in for a few hours of pub perfection.
What else can be said...
Location, nestled by Loweswater, and Crummock Water, under some of the best walking in the lakes...
The inn itself, beautiful, historic, having been serving food and drink for over 300 years...
The beers, marvellous, their own brews, super, and the local guests, marvellous. They've been in the Good beer Guide for over 25yrs!!
Staff friendly...beer garden for warm days, fire place for cold ones, and so welcoming to all (even scruffy tired walkers..)
What more can be said... wonderful... I'll just have to rate it 10/10.

4 Mar 2007 16:33

The Slug and Lettuce, York

Another Slug and Lettuce in York... not really neccessary or wanted...

25 Feb 2007 09:35

The Terrace, York

Closed, refurbed, re-opened with a different name... Anybody seeing a pattern repeating itself...
This place is now called the Terrace. I wonder whether it'll have anymore success this time.

25 Feb 2007 09:31

The Golden Lion, York

The Golden Lion is having a Australian Beer festival apparently from 25th till the 28th of January, with great beers, and oz themed foods...

21 Jan 2007 15:17

The Old Three Crowns, Bolton

I called in yesterday, on my first visit to Bolton. The place has a beautiful exterior...Stained glass, moulded cornices.. Filled with the promise of an interesting interior, good beers, and a bit of history...
How disapointing. Obviously, as the comment below suggests it has been recently been "refurbished". Gutted of all interest would perhaps be more fitting. I think they might have borrowed the decorators and their new furniture from the nearest Whetherspoon's... Most disapointing and bland.
But on the other-hand, it was busy on a dull grey afternoon, so it is obviously not damaging their business. But I was still very disapointed...

21 Jan 2007 10:43

The Man and Scythe Inn, Bolton

I have to agree with the previous comments about this pub. A rough diamond!!
Beautiful exterior and historic interior... Lovely front room, cosy with locals, and very welcoming... Beers very nice indeed, had a pint of Flowers, was very tasty indeed.
Pub very busy even though it was a rainy afternoon, with many interesting and mixed characters... and I'm sure the pub is all the better for it. I would have loved to spend the rest of the afternoon there.. Maybe next time...

21 Jan 2007 10:33

The Black Swan, York

Love the pub, as I've commented before, and I rate it highly...Great setting, and usually good beers. But recently I've had some really miserable service from the girls / ladies behind the bar. Itís a shame. I've bar tended a lot, and I know that you can be miserable and hassled at work, but at the same time, you treat customers with respect, and courtesy, so they don't know how unhappy you are... itís a shame...

24 Dec 2006 16:42

York Beer and Wine Shop, York

Fantastic shop. I'm surprised, and glad that it has been suggested onto this website...should have done it myself if I'd thought. Is deffinately not a bar or pub, as they only have an off-license. But well worth visiting. A fantastic selection of bottle ales, from all over the UK, but with obvious Yorkshire bias, bottled ciders and perries, and a good choice of wine as well. Then they also have a cracking deli-counter, with some super cheeses at very reasonable prices.
Best of all is the draught service. Pick up a cheap carry-home sealed bottle for orders up to 4 pints of anything on draught. They have tim taylors Landlord on as a regular, along with usually at least one real cider. Last time I visited they also had a real perry on. All priced abou £1.40 a pint. What a deal.
This is the perfect place to prepare for a night in...as just the other night, bought a selection of bottled ales (all less than £2.00 a bottle, where else has such good prices), loads of cheeses, and some crackers, then a 4 pint carry-out, all less than £15. I was shocked and pleased...
Visit this place...

24 Dec 2006 10:38

The Locomotive Inn, York

Nice funny little bar. Visited recently, with some friends and had a nice pint. Possibly not a fair representation of the pub, as there was a wedding reception on at the same time in two of the larger rooms. Despite this they were still welcoming and the regulars at the bar were chatty, if a little bit drunk for 4 on a saturday afternoon...
Beer fine, couple of choices so can't complain.

11 Dec 2006 18:14

The Volunteer Arms, York

Recently visited this place with a few friends, very pleasant and welcoming. Quite busy for the time of day of our visit, food being served and a nice large drinking crowd. Plenty of people having quite a few beers watching sport and playing pool. Deffinately an incrowd of probably local lads, but none the worse for that. Not very original beer selection, but what we had was fine.

11 Dec 2006 18:12

The Dyffryn Arms, Pontfaen

I have to agree with Mr. No-Mild-Walkout, below. A fantastic place, that is incredible to visit.
Small local pub, with such honest, and real traditional character. The sort that is not produced by a pub group.
Good beer, beautiful surroundings, wonderful conversations. If the evening is nice, sit on some of the benches outside, stare over the quiet, isolated valley, sup beer. Wonderful.
If the evening is grim, sit close to the open fire, and engage the wonderful Bessie in conversation, or chat to the couple of locals who are probably in and out...
This pub is amazing, go there, and just one last thing... Its been in every single Good Beer Guide, except the very first one... now that is a pedigree!!

29 Sep 2006 09:18

The Wellington Arms, Bedford

Wonderful place. Was visiting Bedford, checked out the GBG (Good Beer Buide), and this place appealed most. Has the possibility of 16, repeat 16 hand pulled beers of ciders, although a few were off on my visit.
There was a good, scrumpy cider, a perry, two draught ciders, a couple of european beers on draugh, a couple of european lagers, and a fruit beer. along with some great beers from British micro / regional breweries. And then.... in 3, 6ft fridges, there was a selection of bottled beers, like i've never seen.
Visit this place for beers!!
Also the environs were very nice, surrounded by old beer bottles, beer signs, fantastic...
Also serve a good pork pie.
Super place, try it.

26 Sep 2006 00:08

The Plough and Harrow, Drakes Broughton

Visited this pub last night. Very enjoyably experience. Is a large place with a decently sized bar area, and a lot of space turned over to diners. They had three Handpulls on, Bass and Wadworths 6X, as regulars and Jack the whippet as a guest, all very pleasant.
The food was all very nice, the menu being upper class pub food, of the lamb shank, venison stew variety (both lovely). The service was also friendly.
The building itself is an old barn, extenisvely modernised, but with some lovely beams. Everywhere is decorated in very light colours, which make it very welcoming, but less of a traditional pub, and obviously aimed at family dining. Outside there is a large beer garden.
All in all, not a classic boozer, but a great place to visit, and have a drink and some food.

20 Sep 2006 11:01

The Swan and Three Cygnets, Durham

A Samuel Smiths Pub

23 Aug 2006 11:59

The Boot and Shoe, Ackworth

Not a samuel smith pub

21 Aug 2006 22:46

The Three Cranes Inn, York

Funny little local's bar in the centre of town. Can be pleasant enough for a stranger like me to pop in, but you'll end up keeping yourself to yourself, in a bar where most people seem to know each other. Not that that is always a bad thing. Can be smokey, and older gents playing dominos in corner kind of sums up this place nicely. Good pint of John Smith's if that;s what you fancy...

21 Aug 2006 16:52

Vudu Lounge, York

Another new bar in Yorks trendy back streets. Is mostly upstairs with small cafe bar downstairs open during the day but closed in the evenings.
Upstairs the decor is trendy, dark reds and blacks, with cool booth seating, and other smaller tables.
Plenty of drinks choice, lots of cocktails, wines, and bottles, but light on the drafts.
The food menu is simple, themed and pleasant, try the spicey burger, its HOT.
Overall, quite nice, worth popping in for a late drink (as they are open till 2ish with a fairly strict door policy). However, despite the positives it's never going to be a local, too intimidatingly stylish, and lacking in simple friendly atmosphere.

30 Jul 2006 15:14

The Habit, York

They have also just had a mini-refurb. New food menu, was very nice. Try the mussels!!
Downstairs the bar has had a bit of a rearrange so there is more seating space, and a long bar to drink at comfortably.
Upstairs, they have created a tiny but incredibly beautiful terrace. You have to go up a couple of steps and then crawl through an old large sash window. Once ouside you realise its worth crawling on hands and knees for, nice seats and decking, absolute little sun trap, and superb view of the Minster, up-close.
The perfect place for a cool summer pint, or a jug of pimms between friends!!

30 Jul 2006 15:00

The Maltings, York

Revisited today for lunch with a friend... What can I say place was packed, great beers on, and the food...!!
Superb!! Both of us absolutely full, beautiful home made chips, great portions, good friendly service from all the crew!!
So impressed wanted to write another review, and increase my rating. This pub should be rated higher!!
Come on people, visite and rate!!

29 Jul 2006 18:41

The Biltmore, York

Very new bar, stylish and lavish interior. Built inside an old Friends Meeting Hall.
Ceiling is double height, with a mezzenine seating area running around the outside. To the right as you enter there are an array of tables set-up more for dinners, to the left, space for people having a less formal drink. In the centre is a square bar area, with some seating.
There is a very small but pleasant terrace, and some large sofa's in a soft seating area.
They have a good choice of bottled beers, but a lesser selection on draught. The wine list is long as is the spirit list.
They serve food which looks pretty good, and the menu is very readable.
All in all, a very pleasant place. Its still busy with people visiting for the first time, as it is newly open, it'll be interesting to see how it develops with time.

25 Jul 2006 11:52

The Punchbowl, York

This pub isn't the wetherspoon's, thats the punch bowl on blossom Street. This place is distinctly un-wetherspoon's-like...

18 Jul 2006 17:40

The Age Bar and Kitchen, Durham

A very nice bar occupies the downstairs of this old woodbeamed building. While they serve the upstairs restaurant, drinks are more than welcome, and well accompidated. They have the usual range of lagers, and at least one real ale on, as well as draught Newcastle Brown Ale.
Truely pleasant surroundings, nice drinks and good company, can often lead to one of their beautiful meals. Well worth a try.

18 Jun 2006 14:29

The Victoria Hotel, Durham

Finally got to visit the Victoria, after several recommendations.
It didn't disappoint, a very pleasant pub, where I enjoyed a great pint, in beautiful, surroundings.
While the greeting as I walked into the bar might have been walmer, I couldn't expect different being a stranger in a bar full of locals. However, after taking a seat the chatter and atmosphere soon returned.
Well worth a visit indeed. (when I was in they had a choice of four ales on, 3 fairly light summer beers, and a dark rich stout).

18 Jun 2006 14:19

Seven Stars, Shincliffe Village

Its been a while since I've visited this pub (unfortunately), but when I last visited it was split into bar and restaurant. The food was superb, excellent surroundings and atmosphere.

17 Jun 2006 18:29

The Golden Ball, York

Popped into the ball again last night. Had another great pint, and sat in the room next to the main bar. This room now appears to be no smoking, which is nice (not sure if this is a new thing or has always been?).
Also there was some good live music on, and the outside seating was packed. It just made me think that I don't visit this place enough, because its off the beaten track.

9 Jun 2006 14:37

The Phoenix, York

Good choice of at least three real ales usually, has never disapointed so far

8 Jun 2006 18:00

The Ackhorne, York

Has a very nice new out door patio, which has heaters for the winter, but at this time of year is a pleasant sun trap!!

8 Jun 2006 17:55

The Terrace, York

This place has closed down. Obviously comments below, and feelings were pretty widely held, and the place didn't survive. I wonder what the next remodelling will bring...

10 May 2006 11:56

The Waggon and Horses, York

I appreciate what Dave's says, but everytime I went in, both the regulars and landlady were extremly kind to me and my studenty friends. Most welcoming, chatty, and invited to get couple of beers in before time. They also used to put on live accoustic music evenings, when a couple of friends would go down, and play a few tunes and requests. Great nights.
Is good to hear that someone has taken on the lease and has plans for the place!

23 Apr 2006 11:14

The Wellington, York

Nice little edge of town pub. Small three room layout, friendly bar staff and chatty regulars. Possibly the cheapest pints close to the city centre, can't beat it really.

23 Apr 2006 11:11

The Victoria Vaults, York

Decently sized place, just outside the city walls. Seems friendly and welcoming, couple of beers on, plenty of seating when quiet. I imagine that it might be quite local based when busy, but I am sure it would be just as welcoming.

23 Apr 2006 11:09

Varsity, York

If you like the other varsity bars you have been in then you'll like this one. (In fact, if you like Yate's or Scream pubs, you'll probably like this place).
They go for the cheaper end of the drinks range with discount cards, and a reasonable variety on the bar, (smooth bitters, lots of lagers and alcopops). They also serve food which is reasonable and looks decent. As mentioned the outside seating is certainly a bonus, however this is never going to be a regular calling point of mine.

23 Apr 2006 11:06

The Tam O' Shanter, York

I have only been into this pub once...
I went in throught the double doored porch to be greeted by a large angry german shepard dog, barking, growling and bearing its teeth at me from about a foot away. As if this wasn't enough to terrify me and my friends, a loud husky voice screamed..."Shut Up Prince!!!". The dog was cowed, tail between legs and returned to its corner. The owner of the voice (and the dog) turned out to be the bar lady, and upon seeing her, I understood the dogs immediate obedience. We ordered drinks, and sat. On the pubs TV, at full volume, the "Life of Grime" was playing, describing the correct method for cleaning out sewers, a fitting backdrop to our pub experience. At this point, it was noticed, that up, down and along the bar, there was a procession of ants crawling and busying themselves.
We drank our drinks in record time, made our excuses, and have since (2 years) not returned.
Although recently the outsid of the pub has had a refurb, whether the situation has improved I don't know.

22 Apr 2006 15:53

The Nag's Head, Heworth

A nice enough local pub. Popped in and enjoyed visit. They had nice beers on, large screen football and a pool table that we made use of. Was nice mix of regulars and some York St. John students from nearby residences. Worth another visit, but a bit smokey.

22 Apr 2006 15:09

The Walnut Tree, Heworth

Seems a pleasant pub, only visited once. Pleasant edge of village location, beautiful large building. Inside seems nice enough, large front bar, and smaller back bar, with big screen football when i was there. Had a couple of nice beers on, service was friendly and regulars were cheerful enough "rough-dimond" locals.

22 Apr 2006 15:07

The Snickleway Inn, York

As below, I agree, a wonderful, comfortable, friendly pub. great beer and food, good service, nice interior, pleasant little outdoor yard for summer.

20 Apr 2006 12:35

The Royal Oak, York

One of Yorks best traditional, town, beer pubs. Plenty of beers, food, interesting interior. What more can you want... A great place to pop in, or make your local.

20 Apr 2006 12:31

The Roman Bath, York

A local / tourist based city centre pub. Can have the feeling of a bit of a boozer, but ok in the evenings, and occasionally very good live music.

20 Apr 2006 12:26

The Punchbowl, York

A pleasant enough city centre, traditional pub. Low ceilings, exposed beams, and pleasant nooks and cranies to sit in. The serve a couple of hand-pulled beers, and food during the days.
Currently undergoing a renovation, so wait to see how it turns out!

20 Apr 2006 12:19

Priory Marina, Bedford

Sorry, forgot to mention is a Beefeater brand pub, says alot.

6 Apr 2006 23:44

Priory Marina, Bedford

Yer... not too bad, not too amazing. Very standard, modern pub. Restaurant side for diners, and bar which is smokey, busy and boozy. Drinks selection was also pretty standard.

6 Apr 2006 23:43

The White Horse, Bedford

Happened to be in the area this weekend, popped in for a couple of pints late in the evening, and really enjoyed it.
Beer was good, is a Wells Brewery pub, with Bombadier, eagle and another hand pulled on, so pleasant choice. In terms of decor, was modern and fairly nice. Plenty of seating options from tall stools, deep leather sofas and regular seated tables.

Sunday night quiz was on, and although we arrived half way through, landlord (quizmaster) was friendly and chatty from behind bar. Place was packed, and finding a seat was a bit tough, but to be expected and even wanted on that sort of night.
All-in-all, very pleasant and would happily visit again and recommend.

6 Apr 2006 23:38

Rumours, York

Pretty similar to the Nag's Head next door. It is designed to serve sheap spirits to the masses, so that they can be drunk when they go clubbing. Pretty unispiring if you are in the mood for a proper drink, or if you don't want to get wasted, but if you are going out in York you can do worse.

10 Mar 2006 11:25

The Punchbowl, York

Certainly the better of the two Whetherspoons houses in York. Very much more traditional format. Is still large with lots of seating and a long bar.
Upside- fairly cheap, wide but predictable range of drinks, cheap (basic) food, and good place to start a night out.
Downside- Mixed customers including those just there for CHEAP BOOZE, not always great service, and everytime I have been in, dining area smelt a bit of vomit.
On balence, its a Whetherspoons, and a pretty midrange one. Says it all

10 Mar 2006 11:21

The Windmill, York

Really very large place, with multiple little areas and bars. Serves food and there seems to be plenty of seating. However, the real pull of the place is the capacity for groups on pub crawls, good location near station and other bars and plenty of TVs for sports.
Because of these factors can get busy and naff on weekend nights.

10 Mar 2006 11:16

The Stone Roses Bar, York

A nice enough bar, obviously themed at an indie / ninties bands idea. Often puts on live music, and band evenings so pretty good. Is also a thwaites house, so beer is fairly good.
However, it can end up a bit takcy + sticky on a busy evening, piped music far too loud, (very) young crowd looking super indie, and waiting on the door.
Has a late license.

10 Mar 2006 11:11

The Red Lion, York

A very beautiful building, with a pleasant traditional pub inside. As mentioned below, can be a touch expensive, but beers are generally fairly good. Also if you do get in for quiz night, watch out for the between rounds free sandwiches!!!

10 Mar 2006 11:03

The Phoenix, York

Further to comment below, phoenix has had a retouch outside, so it now looks much improved, and still a good place for nice pint.

10 Mar 2006 10:52

The Railway Tavern, Flixton

A Samuel Smiths Pub

8 Mar 2006 01:01

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York

A new bar / pub that is aimed at the real ale market. 6+ hand pulled on tap. Beers were nice, and surroundsings fairly pleasant. It had the feeling of an irish theme bar, because of dark wooden flooring, and chairs, tables etc. But nice. Decorated with beer labels all over the walls.
One to visit for the beers for sure, will be interesting to see how it stands test-of-time.

26 Feb 2006 20:10

The Masons Arms, York

Recently revisited (three times in a fortnight!!). Excellent place, choice of beers on hand pull, friendly, welcoming and traditional, and possibly the best pub food in York. Portions of wonderful size, home-cooked classics, and reasonably priced too.
Well worth a visit for drinks or food.

26 Feb 2006 18:30

The Parish, York

Interesting place as stated below. The building itself, both inside and out is beautiful, and that means that the place warrents a visit just on that score. A really gorgeous church conversion. Where it is let down is a few of the details, such as rather naff coloured lighting decorating the walls, and making the place seem cheap, and as stated below, "whetherspoon-like". A nowmal range of drinks, for a bar type environment, and they serve food during the day, which looks pleasant. On the evening there are usually bouncers on the door, and it tends to attract the alcopop, ladish crowd. On that score it deffinately lets itself down. But nice for a day time visit.

18 Feb 2006 18:25

The Slip Inn, York

Seems a pleasant little booser, quiet, and friendly serving couple of ales. Very small inside, but comfy enough. They do keep rather strange hours (not open at all during day I think). But worth a visit

17 Feb 2006 10:35

The Habit, York

A really nice, different little place. Great fo coffes or glass of wine during the day, or a beer or food with friends in the evening. How they manage it in such a small place, who knows?

11 Feb 2006 08:34

The White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale Abbey

Georgian Inn, set on a hillside with panoramic views over Rosedale Abbey Village and surrounding Moors. Great beer + food, outside seating, and think they do rooms too.

6 Feb 2006 11:16

The Blacksmiths Country Inn, Hartoft End

Really nice pub. Catering to the younger crowd in the village, and people from the campsite across the road. But don't let this put you off, is still a great place. They have nice beers on, a strangely brilliant spirit collection, a pool table and outside seating. worth a try for sure.

6 Feb 2006 11:13

The Milburn Arms, Rosedale Abbey

A really nice place, in the centre of the village. They serve good beers, and great food. Inside is nice, old and cosy. Outside they have beautiful seating, on lawn, under large mature trees, looking over village. Great place to call in, or spend an evening.

6 Feb 2006 11:09

Varsity, Durham

When ever back in Durham, I often find myself in here, meeting friends etc. Its large, noisy, smokey, and not too well priced unless you drink the one cheap bitter or one cheap lager. Its very standard in terms of decor, as you'd expect from a chain. In can also get absolutely rammed with the sort of lad groups that I don't really enjoy drinking alongside. But still I keep going back...

6 Feb 2006 11:04

The Priory, York

Not too good, unimpressively dull infact. Same old drinks offers, music, surly staff. Has a pool table, and cheap drinks, so its surviving, but little to recommend it.

5 Feb 2006 19:10

The Pitcher and Piano, York

A one of the chain, so quite like all the others if you've been to one, you will find it familiar. Not too bad, one of the better "bars" in York. Yes prices are high, but surroundings are good (nice view over river) drinks are well looked after + served, and I have been impressed by the food in the past.

5 Feb 2006 19:06

Oscars Wine Bar, York

Very good place to eat and drink in the centre of York. Go into the place via a passageway, into a walled courtyard with heaters, and cover for the worst of the weather, and plenty on seats. Inside, tables on two floors, for eating and drinking. Good choice of beer, wine, + spirits, and great food. Can be hard to find a seat because it is so popular, but you can't blame them for that. Great indeed.

5 Feb 2006 19:02

Orgasmic Cafť, York

Another one of York's attempts at a posh bar. That means, expensive drinks, load "cool" music, weekend crowds / rest of the time empty and atmosphere-less, and is often filled with pretty scummy clientel wearing their best jeans + shirts, flashing dole cash.
Sorry to be so harsh, but I really don't like. They do serve some reasonably good pizzas during the day, but again, over priced.

5 Feb 2006 18:55

O'Neills, York

Sorry to be predicatable, but have to agree with comments below. Is a sub standard, fresh from the mold "Irish Pub" from the O'neills chain. They serve an ok pint of guinness most of the time, food that looks alright, and it can be comfortable when quiet. But when busy its impossible to find a seat, bar waiting is inevitable (staff seem uninterested in helping) and place can be hot + smokey. Only reason I find for going in these days is good rugby coverage on multiple TVs.

5 Feb 2006 18:50

The Edinburgh Arms, York

A nice enough, local's pub. You can wander in, get a drink, and play pool, but at the same time you are aware that this isn't your local. All the regulars are chatting to each other around the bar, and you are certainly on the outside. But by no means the worst place in York. And pretty cheap.

5 Feb 2006 18:44

The Minster Inn, York

As below, a great pub, traditional format, 4 small rooms, small bar, loads of ales. Good bar snacks (you know its important). Also they have loads of puzzles around the place for customers to play with, and in one of the back rooms there is bar skittles & bagatelle. Brilliant

4 Feb 2006 11:55

The Nags Head, York

People get very, very drunk here, that is the places main pull. Good for those off to Toffs or Ziggy's (York's Superclubs) but has little else going for it. But I still occasionally go there... go figure??

4 Feb 2006 11:53

The Melbourne, York

Only been in a few times, but seemed ok. They have reasonable amount of booze choice, and events most evenings including-live music, darts, pool etc. only problem is that it isn't that large, and can be very loud on music nights, and it can be a bit dark and in-crowdy.

4 Feb 2006 11:50

McMillans, York

I have to agree with dave below, has been much improved by revamp. last year. Inside is still very sticky floor & loud music, but is one of the better of its kind in York. Strict door policy has gotten rid of all the 16 year olds, and the worst of the scum, and the drinks are pretty reasonable. can either be ver busy or very quiet.

4 Feb 2006 11:46

The Living Room, York

A large, smart and reasonably exclusive city centre bar. Strict door policy on weekend evenings, means no trainers, t-shirts, or scum (or perhaps just rich scum allowed). Overall, fairly nice, good food, good drinks choice, & pleasant surroundings. High Prices!!!!
Try it, at the very least for the view from the outside terrace balconies, over the River Ouse to the Kings Arms.

4 Feb 2006 11:41

The Little John Inn, York

Another one of York's funny little places. Pleasant enough, but not one of my regular haunts. Has a kareoke night, and serves decent array of booze.

4 Feb 2006 11:38

The Light Horseman, York

A pleasant enough Thwaites pub, on the edge of the city centre. has local crowd, but not off putting, usually friendly bar staff, and is generally pretty ok...

4 Feb 2006 11:36

The Judges Lodgings, York

A funny mixed up place. Very large building, which is mostly given over to a fairly smart city centre style hotel. Then on the ground floor, quite a nice restaurant.
But in the basement, and out the back, is a large bar, open to public, serving its own (basic) food. Drinks ok, surroundings alright, but can be very hot & smokey, and loud on the nights when they have DJs on. Also it does seem to be a bit of a goth hangout on occasions.

4 Feb 2006 11:33

The Independent, York

A bit weird, I sat in the back room, where the furniture was comprised of seats from old coaches right around the room. Beer was ok, but large room, little atmosphere (but was quiet night) and really quite smokey.

4 Feb 2006 11:30

The Guy Fawkes Hotel, York

Further to comment below, I went for food, and was very impressed. Is very smart looking, but not intimidatingly, and good food. Try it

4 Feb 2006 11:28

The Woolpack, York

A local pub, not too bad to pop into, but never going to be one of my favourites. Has a pool table, couple of beers on tap, and of course, the essential 3 ash trays on every table, tells you alot. Try it, but don't go expecting too much!!!

31 Jan 2006 00:31

Yates's, York

Everyone knows what Yates' are like, they are the epitome of "love it or hate it",this one is no exception. I personally am not a fan in the slightest. They sell booze, not drinks, cheap, on deals and what immediatly springs to mind is sickly sweet, syropy, alco-pops. This probably explains the sticky floor, but what explains the bad music, far to loud for any thinking, escapes me. I don't bother with it.

31 Jan 2006 00:29

Ye Olde Starre Inn, York

A very nice little city centre pub. Plenty of good beer on, and interesting surroundings all add to the experience. It claims to be the oldest, continually licensed premisise in York, having been used as a pub since the early 1500s. Down points are that it can feel a little unwelcoming with an "in-crowd", but the place is large enough to avoid that. It is also quite expensive as one might expect from a litrally city centre pub. They serve lunch time food too, but I think it is pretty basic pub grub.

31 Jan 2006 00:24

The Terrace, York

I have to agree with the points below. I have been in a couple of times, but only because it is near where I live, and I was interested in trying it out. It looks pleasant enought, has a very standard range of drinks, and is very much trying to be a trendy bar. It pretty much fails, while it has the prices and appearance, it doesn't have the clientle, or the atmosphere of a more exclusive place. Unimpressive all over is all I can say.

31 Jan 2006 00:17

The York Arms, York

I have drank in here quiet a few times, and always found it quite pleasant and generally a nice place to drink. Its Samuel Smiths, so very cheap, and they do serve food during the day.
Yes you do get some very interesting characters in there, and I think there is a gay bar man, but shouldn't put you off too much.

31 Jan 2006 00:14

The Yorkshire Terrier Inn, York

An excellent little pub. I must agree with steve below, and say, I have always enjoyed my visits. Great choice of beer (6+ on hand-pulled) and a few lagers and ciders. They do nice food, in nice surroundings, and have a great no smoking room upstairs. In response to the thought that its an expensive place, yes there are cheaper places in town, but it is right in the city centre, and there are bars with less going for them that are considerably more expensive.

31 Jan 2006 00:12

The Walkabout, Durham

Not really my sort of place, but have been dragged in a few times. Its loud, unimpressive and occasionally full of drunkards. The drinks have a bit of choice in the way of lager (based on the aussie theme), but limited beer indeed. Few saving graces in my opion, but if you want to dance, or stand like sardines listening to live music... go here.

23 Jan 2006 17:38

Market Tavern, Durham

Fairly decent, very central pub, done out in traditional style with "old" decor. Pleasant beers, and surroundings, some interesting characters, and can get rammed on occasion, and there is relatively little seating. Not bad for an occasional beer.

23 Jan 2006 17:32

The Postgate Inn, Egton Bridge

Beautiful pub. Stunning, superb, food outstanding, drinks refreshing, a bar man who seemed happy, and pleased to be of help! Beautiful location, welcoming to walkers, close by North York Moors steam railway. Please visit this place.

23 Jan 2006 11:00

The Arncliffe Arms, Glaisdale

A nice village pub, welcoming to walkers serving good beers.

23 Jan 2006 10:55

The Board Inn, Lealholm

A beautiful pub, 1700s, in a beautiful setting, close beside a rolling stream and in the heart of a quiet village. A walkers pub, very welcoming, good beers and food for all. Not to mention a large outside seating area. Cracking

23 Jan 2006 10:53

The Honest Lawyer, Durham

Used to be called the Bridge Inn, this pub was then refurbed to be a "Gastro pub" with plenty of rooms for staying overnight. As below, it is somewhat over priced, and the food & drink leaves something to be desired.

23 Jan 2006 10:15

Hogshead, Durham

Somewhere between the two comments below, is how I feel. Yes this is a chain pub in the most banal sense, not original, same furniture as you would expect, and same drinks and food. Yes the music can be turned up too loud, often by the staff who then chat about the music rather than serving. However, there is usually 3+ ales on (pretty well-kept), and they serve food and drink that is reasonably priced. Certainly not for all, and never on a weekend night!!

23 Jan 2006 10:13

The Half Moon, Durham

A lovely pub, good beers on usually, and well kept and served. Is actually the oldest still serving pub in Durham city (according to my sources), and it certainly shows it with one room design, dark wood and pleasant stained glass. Try it.

23 Jan 2006 10:10

Duke of Wellington, Durham

This pub alas has had its ups and downs, while the beer and surroundings are constantly fairly pleasant, it is really the food that people visit the place for. On occasion it can be superb, large generous portions of traditional, well cooked pub-grub. And then occasionally you go in and get served a very small, cheap portion, which is over cooked beyond belief. If you want to try it out go for the quiz on Tuesday nights, that is usually a great evening. It is an Embers Inn Pub

23 Jan 2006 10:08

The City, Durham

A pleasant, near city centre pub, that is quite welcoming most of the time. Pleasant beers and staff, make this a good place to visit despite archetypal "irish pub" surroundings.

23 Jan 2006 10:02

Angel Inn, Durham

Can only agree with comments below, never been one of my regular haunts. A bit rocky & a bit rough by reputation, the clientel are certainly alternative / goth. However, despite loud music and bare interior, it isn't too bad during the day, and nice outside area.

22 Jan 2006 18:46

The Old White Swan, York

A nice city centre pub, offering lots to all. Firstly its a large place, with 3 indoor rooms or areas and an outside patio as well. Secondly they show sports on big screens, and have music evenings, they serve good lunches and have a reasonable selection of beers. It also now has a later license, closing at 12.
Only downside can be that despite its size it can be crowded, and smokey.
Nice place, check it out.

19 Jan 2006 20:54

The Castle, Sheriff Hutton

A Pleasant family pub. Samuel Smiths brewery owned, and serving nice food. Also has a pool table.

18 Jan 2006 12:43

The Jolly Sailors Inn, Whitby

A nice local Samuel Smith house, on the quay front. Quite local based, but none the worse for that.

18 Jan 2006 12:35

Kingfisher, Amsterdam

A very pleasant bar, with stylish crowd from local arty advertising companies. Busy and welcoming, with beers and spirits being the order of the day, and food served at lunches.

18 Jan 2006 10:51

Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

A second cafe (bar) run and owned by the same people as the original Cafe Gollem, (already in BITE, closer to city centre). Again has over 200 beers on offer, mostly of Dutch, Belgian and German origin. A pleasant, easy going place to drink, with more room that the other cafe, so more chance of grabbing a seat.

18 Jan 2006 10:49

Flares, York

Agree with comments below, very standard and basic, un impressive, hence the low rating it is getting. Not my sort of place alas.

17 Jan 2006 01:33

Reflex, York

Is now a Reflex of that chain, not my sort of place alas, sticky floor, load music trying to replace atmoshpere and sickly sweet bottled drinks instead of anything of interest. But then again it does have a revolving dance floor.....

17 Jan 2006 01:30

The Old White Hart, Lyddington

One of the finest pubs I have ever visited (and only been twice, sniff, sniff). Beautiful setting in the heart of the small village, across from the church. The building itself is of an age, and very nice inside. They have a fantastic restaurant, serving delicious food, good beers and wines, a beautiful garden to sit in during the good weather and I think they do rooms. You must visit this pub if you get the chance!!

12 Jan 2006 15:41

The Llwyngwair Arms, Newport

Nice little pub, one of my favourites in Newport. Has good beers on hand-pulled, comfy little snugs, and outside terrace at the back and a pool table for those quiet nights...

12 Jan 2006 15:35

The Royal Oak, Newport

Nice big pub and hotel. Great place to pop into if you are in the area, they do food, have loads of good beers on pulls, have a pool table, and great outside seating. Well worth a visit

12 Jan 2006 15:34

The Castle Hotel, Newport

Pleasant place, split into restaurant and bar, both with plenty of room. The food is nice and so are the beers in the bar. Pop in for a game of bar skittles or pool.

12 Jan 2006 15:32

Salutation Inn, Felindre Farchog

Nice pub, in small hamlet, in fairly rural Wales. Is split into bar and restaurant, and they also have rooms. The food is nice, and fairly reasonable, the locals friendly and chatty, and the beer brilliant (4 hand pulls). They also have a pool table.

12 Jan 2006 15:29

The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge

Another good pub on the North Yorks. Moors. Very friendly and welcoming, nothing better when the weather is miserable outside. See if you can sit next to the fire. They serve really nice home made food, decent portions as I recall.
Agree with comment below, very remote, but beautiful location.

12 Jan 2006 15:23

The New Inn, Cropton

Forgot to mention that the beer goes by the name of Cropton Brewery.

12 Jan 2006 15:19

The New Inn, Cropton

Excellent place. First visited a few years ago while walking on the Moors, beautiful area, and fantastic pub. They serve wonderful food, home cooked, delicious and fantastic portions.
Add to this their fantastic Micro-brew beers and you have a winning formula. Brews own beer!!! The Brewery used to be in the cellar, but now as production has increased it is in a new building at the bottom of the garden. Try any of their beers and I am sure you will enjoy.
Also has pool table.

12 Jan 2006 15:18

De Admiraal, Amsterdam

A really great place. Welcoming and open despite the fact that they also run functions (trays of nibbles were willingly passed to me as well). Beer selection good, and plenty of dutch spirits on sale, and wines from all over too. Decor sticks to pub + ship theme, with large brewing barrels decorating the walls and roof of the boothes, cabin style furniture, and hanging tables.
Also while I was there a cat was stalking along between bottles and barrels on the top of the bar.
Good place.

11 Jan 2006 11:31

Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

Yup, as stated below, a great place. Beer selection second to none, with about 8 drafts on, and around 200 beers in total, all served correctly, mostly in their own branded glasses.
Is very small and can understand it might be packed out on weekend, but sure this would only make it more interesting, staff friendly, and regulars fairly welcoming.
Nothing more to say, except its a bu%g*r to find, but worth the effort.

11 Jan 2006 11:23

Europub, Amsterdam

I can understand the comments below, suggesting that this place has great atmosphere, however, it was quiet when I visited and disapointing. Staff behind bar attempted to be cheery, but came of as a touch forced, and beer certainly over priced, compared to other bars / cafes in Amsterdam centre. Also the beer selection is unimpressive.
Try this place if you are looking for Brits and brit beers, but not if you are after a taste of Dutch culture

11 Jan 2006 11:15

The Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam

One of the chain, all the same really. Pleasant enought, good music played but menu and decor obviously unoriginal! Burger was good, beer over priced.

10 Jan 2006 16:32

The Barley Corn, Scholes

A Samuel Smiths Pub

6 Jan 2006 17:56

The Bridgewater Hotel, Farnworth

A Samuel Smiths Pub

6 Jan 2006 17:37

Old Orleans, York

A fairly reasonable bar / restaurant. They serve cocktails and have drinks deals on often, and in the restaurant at the back they have reasonably priced american / mexican food. Not too bad but can get filled with groups of drunken LADS, on weekends.

28 Dec 2005 17:30

The Artful Dodger, York

This bar has been through various name changes and refits in recent times (previously known as Bar W, and Walkers Bar). It does not seem to have changed much despite this and is still atmoshpere-less and uninspiring.

27 Dec 2005 17:34

The White Horse, York

A pleasant city based Thwaites pub, with TVs for sports and a few locals. However, very welcoming.

27 Dec 2005 17:31

Williams Cafe Bar, York

A pleasant licensed cafe bar, serving food and having a good drinks selection.

27 Dec 2005 17:27

Jacks Tapas Bar, York

This is a small bar that specializes in wine, coffee and tapas dishes. It is fully licensed, so you can just pop in for a beer (I think Boddingtons may be the only bitter).

24 Dec 2005 15:59

All Bar One, York

A very pleasant bar / cafe restaurant. Modern to the extreme, and can sometimes suffer from the loud music, full to the rafters + pretentious label, but during the day is brilliant. Serve great food and nice drinks, and cocktails.

24 Dec 2005 15:55

The Fox and Roman, York

Part of vintage inns chain, not yet visited it though.

24 Dec 2005 15:52

The Fossway, York

Only been once, seemed very local indeed. I believe it is currently closed for renovation, or perhaps they'll just knock it down and turn it into flats like everywhere else in york

24 Dec 2005 15:50

The Dormouse, Clifton

Quite a bit out on the way out of town to the North-West. Part of the Vintage Inns chain, this large pub lies to the North of York city centre in Clifton. The pub is obviously aimed at selling food rather than beer. Hop bines stuck around the ceiling and stacks of chopped wood are obviously there to create the feeling of an old, homely pub.

24 Dec 2005 13:53

The City Screen Bar, York

Fairly nice, modern bar, located in the centre of town in the City Screen cinema. Pleasant surroundings, with giant glass windows looking out onto the River Oose, serving nice beers, wine and cocktails.

24 Dec 2005 13:38

The Bootham Tavern, York

Large pub, open to anyone, but with a small crowd of regulars, but nice enough.

24 Dec 2005 13:21

The Blue Fly Cafe Bar, York

Nice funny little pavement cafe. Does great alcoholic warming coffees, and smoothies both alcoholic and non. Pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by.

24 Dec 2005 13:19

The Agar Arms, Warthill

A samuel smiths pub in the small village of Wathill, right next to a beautifull duck pond. not visited yet, but is on list

24 Dec 2005 13:03

Montey's Rock Cafe, York

Has now been redone, is called Montey's Rock Cafe, although what is rock or cafe about it Idon't know. Very standard and unimpressive.

23 Dec 2005 19:46

The Bedroom, York

Is closed at the momment, renamed "the Room" briefly, but not closed full time, probably to re-open after christmas as a new bar

23 Dec 2005 19:42

The Old Ebor, York

A fairly nice, local's pub, not in the sense that you are intimidated upon entering. Welcoming enough and serving good beers.

17 Dec 2005 16:08

The Crown and Anchor, Manchester

Cheap House Champagne! £15 A Bottle - Need I Say More!

16 Dec 2005 18:09

Henry J Beans, York

I think this is a chain of places? But still fairly pleasant, is themed on the idea of American "TGI Fridays" kind of place, serving cocktails, beer and simple meals. Not too bad, and sometimes has deals on the drinks.

15 Dec 2005 23:12

Victor J's Art Bar, York

A pleasant little place, don't be put off by the idea of an "Art Bar". The art is on the walls, and great drinks including Budvar on draft, and good food (try their burgers) are available.

15 Dec 2005 23:08

The Slug and Lettuce, York

A one of the chain bars, but despite provides a pleasant place to drink. The food is nice and surroundings great, not to mention the location in the centre of town. The only downside is the slightly expensive drinks and the habit of playing music far too loud.

15 Dec 2005 23:07

Kennedy's, York

A very modern, "trendy" bar. Although can be pleasant at times, I struggle with the over priced drinks and pretty unoriginal selection. Another down fall sometimes is staff chatting not serving

15 Dec 2005 23:04

The Guy Fawkes Hotel, York

A recently re-done, bar / restaurant / hotel. Nice place to stop off for a quick-one, however, too much is now given over to diners to make it a drinkers pub.

15 Dec 2005 23:03

Buzz Japanese Restaurant and Bar, York

An ultra cool, but very welcoming japanese sushi restaurant and bar. Great food, but they are justs as welcoming for a pint of John Smiths or cup of saki.

15 Dec 2005 23:01

Bobo Lobo, York

A very stylish Latin bar, in the centre of York city. Reasonable prices, great choice of spirits, cocktails and wines and most of all great South American food.

15 Dec 2005 23:00

Alleycats, York

Very small bar come restaurant, with pleasant surroundings and nice outside seating. This place benefits from its very tucked-out-the-way surroundings so is never too busy even in the centre of town

15 Dec 2005 22:58

1331, York

Previously called Kites, this is a nice, fairly stylish bar and restaurant

15 Dec 2005 22:55

The Victoria, York

Nice pub, owned by Old mill brewery (from Snaith) so they serve all their hand-pulls. Pleasant atmosphere, but can get crowded on quiz nights and when large groups of students pass through on way to town

15 Dec 2005 22:50

The Three Tuns, York

A pleasant old pub, serving good beers and handily in the centre of town. The atmosphere is pleasant and all round pretty good.

13 Dec 2005 19:18

The Brown Cow, York

A very local boozer. Fine and friendly most of the time, but certainly has its own crowd. When quiet a pleasant, CHEAP, place to play pool, but a touch risky when busy.

13 Dec 2005 19:02

The Brigadier Gerard, York

A nice big Smauel Smiths pub just outside the centre of York, pleasant enough, cheap as always, and easy to walk to from town

13 Dec 2005 18:59

The Trafalgar Bay, York

I pleasant local based Samuel Smith pub. They have the usually range behind the bar, and the pub is set out in two rooms, bar and snug, very pleasant.

13 Dec 2005 18:50

The Crystal Palace, York

A local based Samuel Smiths pub, not visited yet but on my list, will let you know....

13 Dec 2005 18:47

The Seahorse Hotel, York

A very pleasant Samuel Smiths pub, multi-roomed and friendly to all.

13 Dec 2005 18:39

Plonkers Wine Bar, York

A really nice little bar, with great drinks selection, good food on the menu, and great city centre location. Recently refurbed and expanded, and I think it has a late license.

13 Dec 2005 18:33

The Masons Arms, York

I haven't been in for a while, but for a long time this pub had a reputation for huge portions of really great food. As I recall inside is split into rooms, and the serve some good beers...can't be bad.

13 Dec 2005 18:31

The Edward VII, York

A faily local boozer, but pleasant enough in my experience.

13 Dec 2005 18:29

The Cross Keys Hotel, York

Pleasant enough city centre pub, doing the usual drink deals, reasonable food, and has football on usually.

13 Dec 2005 18:27

The Five Lions, York

A fairly local pub, but pleasant enough for visitors. Often has the football on large screens in my experience, which can be off putting, but great if that is what you like!! They also do rooms and have hand pulled ales as I recall.

13 Dec 2005 18:24

The York Brewery, York

The home of the York Brewery, the first brewery within the city walls for over 100 years. Not only can you tour the brew plant, there is also a very pleasant upstairs bar, open to all. Obviously the serve their own beer, and they offer very pleasant surroundings to enjoy it in. Call in and enjoy.

11 Jul 2005 12:38

Keystones, York

Quite a pleasant, studenty pub, one of the Scream pubs chain, so very similar in decor and drinks to all the others. But still nice, a pleasant, fairly cheap place to drink, play pool and chill with friends. Often frequented by large groups, often of sporting teams so perhaps not to everybody's taste....

11 Jul 2005 12:19

The Phoenix, York

Reputation has it that this is a bit of a rough pub, and certainly the exterior of the pub might confirm this, as it is tatty to say the least. Inside however, is a different story, I have never had any trouble there, and the beer is always brill. Out the back there is a pleasant little yard behind the city walls, that is a great sun trap in summer. Don't let the outside put you off, give it a try.

7 Jul 2005 15:47

The Three Legged Mare, York

A great pub, one of the York Brewery fold, that also offers a fantastic variety of beers both guests on the bar and continentals in bottles. You really can't go wrong in here, simple pleasant interior, friendly staff, and a range of drinks to shame other pubs!!!!

7 Jul 2005 15:40

The Deramore Arms, Heslington

A pleasant pub with a nice mix of locals from the village and students from the nearby university. They usually have a couple of nice ales on, and always have cheap deals on for lager or bitter. The food is also pretty good.

7 Jul 2005 15:30

The Maltings, York

A truely excellent city pub. A place that serves a massive, and intelligent choice of beers, ciders, wines etc. always well kept and pleasantly served. The food is excellent, giant portions, all home made, and home cooked individually. In terms of setting it is really pleasant, dark interior might pub off some but it shouldn't as the bar is brilliant.
In fact thinking of criticisms is difficult, it is small and can be very busy, but that only really adds to the atmosphere in my opinion. There is however, one bar man who can be really quite cocky when talking to customers, almost to the point of rudeness, and he is the only thing stopping this place getting a 10/10 rating... Go to this Pub

8 Jun 2005 13:15

The Lowther Hotel, York

This pub does tend to get a pretty hard press when you speak to alot of people in York. Yes it can be very busy with students and "alternative" type people, and I understand this sometimes puts people off. However, for late license pubs in York, it is bound to be busy, and the drinks are reasonable, and it is pretty large. I would imagine even people who rate it quite poorly still go there. However, it does serve a purpose, and typically on not too busy days, it is a pleasant friendly place to drink, despite the imperfections of the settings.

8 Jun 2005 13:09

The Lendal Cellars, York

A pretty good, city centre pub. As can be expected the prices can be a bit steep, but the choice is pretty good (up to 6 ales, few lagers and the usual aray of bottles) and the drinks are well kept. Likewise the food is good pub grub, and not too wildly priced. The setting is also pretty good, downstairs into the main bar, and further down to a semi-circular roofed celler, very nice.
However, in terms of limitations, it can be either very dead (as it is quite large) or really busy (especially as the bar area is quite small).

8 Jun 2005 13:04

The Last Drop Inn, York

A nice little place, relatively new, without being characterless inside. They do stock their own beers (Yor Brewery) but also have a guest ale or two, and choice of bottled beers. Very well located in town, and can be short on seating on afternoons / evenings, although I agree with what Simon said, on lunch times it is usually quiet.
A very nice place to call in for a relaxed, quiet, beer.

8 Jun 2005 12:59

The Postern Gate, York

One of the Whetherspoon's pub chain, so it is quite predictable. There is a pretty good choice of ales, usually well kept and the usual choice of mainstream lagers and bottles. The food is pretty poor, mostly reheated, and un-impressive, but cheap (you get what you pay for). Inside it is large, and modern in a pretty bland way, with little atmosphere. It is often busy on an evening, particularly weekends, (not entirely sure why), so queuing at the bar is possible. All in all, fairly unimpressive.

7 Jun 2005 14:39

The Shakespeare Tavern, Durham

As can be read in the comments below, this is really one of the best, most pleasant and traditional, welcoming pubs in the very centre of Durham. Is quite small and intimate, with great beers, good setting, and really friendly staff and regulars. Recomend to all.

7 Jun 2005 14:34

The Swan and Three Cygnets, Durham

A very pleasant, well situated city pub. Is a Samuel Smiths house, with everything that entails (cheap draughts and all own brand), with a really pleasant out door seating area over looking Elvet bridge and the River Wear. Inside it can be a bit dark and smokey, but for the most part, very pleasant.

7 Jun 2005 14:31

New Inn, Durham

This pub is a one of the Scream/ Yellow card affliated pubs, and as such it is decorated in the very standard manner. However, don't let that put you off, it is still nice, and fairly friendly, although it can get very busy and filled with students from across the road (Durham University). There is a pool table and an aray of bar games, a pleasant laid-back place to spend an evening, or start a night out.

7 Jun 2005 14:28

Dun Cow, Durham

A really great, welcoming pub. One of my regular haunts while back in Durham, this is a really nice little place, split into from snug and back bar, connected by a corridor. There is a brilliant range of beers on, usually atleast 2-3 handpulled, and all the staff have always been very friendly. Worth hunting down if you are visiting durham, even though it is a short walk from the centre.

7 Jun 2005 14:24

The Colpitts Hotel, Durham

Really nice, pleasant traditional local. The regulars a nice mix of quiet old people, and young student crowd from the terrace housing around about. But everyone enjoys the simple layout and great low prices. They are a Samuel Smiths pub, so limited drinks choice, but still very nice, and good value.

7 Jun 2005 14:18

The Hole in the Wall, York

This is certainly a really well located pub, but not one of my favourites in town. Has nice beer on hand-pulled but is brewery run so they are the same all the time, and I found the atmosphere to be somewhat lacking. (Although I must admit that I haven't been in that many times on their theme nights, quiz and curry nights). Perhaps it is time to give this pub another try.

31 May 2005 14:13

Harkers, York

Nice bar / pub, near the city centre. Housed in an old bank building this bar has a very pleasant exterior, and it is great to sit outside on the rare occasions when they pub out their few tables and chairs. Inside it is large, with quite alot of seating, a pool table, and pretty good, if standard bar offers. The crowd tends to be 30+ aged drinkers most evenings and I haven't visited on a Saturday night as it is especially busy. During the day it can be a bit empty and lacking atmosphere. Overall, not too bad, good place to call in, but not a favourite.

31 May 2005 13:57

The Hansom Cab, York

A really pleasant, city centre (literally!) pub that has recently undergone a refurbishment. The interior is nice, traditional but not too "olde worlde", with high-backed leather chairs, little seating corners and a nice, slightly local, atmosphere. Is a Samuel Smith pub, so they serve all their beers, with Old Brewery Bitter on handpulled. A really great stop-off in town.

31 May 2005 13:47

The Grapes, York

This pub has now changed to The Stone Roses Inn. Is a pleasant Thwaites pub, with good beers on. Although the interior is a bit plain, it still gets busy (sometimes too busy. They often have live music or dj on and the make use of a late licence some nights. Because of this it can be too loud and not everyone's first choice, especially as there is sometimes a queue after 11 in the evening.

31 May 2005 13:43

The Golden Slipper, York

Wonderful pub. Really great, hard to find a fault, except that not enough people know about it, so can be quiet sometimes. Good ales on, always nice, brilliant interior, wooden floors, traditional seating areas, and a funny, (tiny) out-door yard. Recommend to all.

31 May 2005 13:40

The Golden Lion, York

A really nice city centre pub, that is popular, pleasantly busy at all the right times, does nice beers and buts on live music. What more can I say, rarely quiet, and not as traditional inside as the outside might suggest, but still a really great pub to call in.

31 May 2005 13:38

The Golden Fleece, York

This city centre historic pub is really fairly nice. They have a good range of beers on, fruit wines and they sell Lindisfarne mead too. They also do quite nice meals and food into the evening.
The setting is wonderful, one of a few pubs claiming to be the oldest in York. There is a small from bar, connected to the larger back bar by a long sloping corridor. Upstairs there are more old-world function rooms, and outback there is a pleasant wooden deck.
However, the bar prices can be a little steep, probably due to its location at the bottom of the shambles, and the regular tourist trade.

31 May 2005 13:34

The Golden Ball, York

This is a really nice, small but friendly local pub, on the outskirts of the city centre. Has a nice choice of 3-4 real ales on usually, and also has its own beer festival once a year. This together with a pleasant outside seeting area, and a quiet, comfortable inside make it a really pleasant place for a drink.

31 May 2005 13:28

The First Hussar, York

A very pleasant pub, with front and back rooms, a very pleasant setting. Also on offer were at least three real ales, and a good seletion of offers on spirit based drinks. A great place to have a drink, sit in the no-smoking room and chat. Also a very hady place to stop into on a night out as is often over-looked by many due to its central, but hidden, location.

31 May 2005 13:22

Fibbers, York

A funny little place, quite unusual, but pleasant. The main attraction of this bar / venue is that they put on live music every night. If you are looking for music then this is certainly the centre of the York scene.
They are very willing to let under-age people in, but you need to have your hand stamped on the door to prove that you can drink. Because of this there is certainly a mixed crowd, young and old. The drinks on offer and the setting are somewhat unsophisticated, and basic, but this still doesn't detract from the fun that can be had. Although the loud live music are not for all, I recommend it to all.

31 May 2005 13:12

The Evil Eye Lounge, York

This bar is certainly an interesting place. I really enjoy the drinks and often the atmosphere, but I can also understand why many people criticise it. It can certainly get very busy, and is popular with the alternative trendy sorts. But don't let this put you off at all, the bar staff are all really friendly, they sell a truely outstanding range of cocktails, spirits and have a reasonable wine selection. This place is certainly well worth a visit so that you can make up your own mind (and check you emails while you are there).

31 May 2005 13:05

Dusk, York

A recently opened bar, that I have visited a few times. I visited just after it had opened and was very unimpressed at the service I was given, to the point that I almost didn't go back. However, it appears to have improved. Centraly located in town, it has a pretty good wine list and the menu looks pleasant. Has an upstairs, more restuarant-like area, and is available to hire for private parties. Is frequented by a mixed crowd of tourists, profesionals and students, making it a fairly nice place for a drink.
Despite all this I still have reservations...

31 May 2005 12:45

The Corner Pin, York

I was pleasantly surprised by this pub, not at all what I was expecting. The main bar is very traditional in appearence with some nice ales on and pretty good prices. While connected to it is a fairly obvious extension into a nice, more modern conservatory. While this was a bit strange it is still a nice pub, relaxed and friendly.

31 May 2005 12:39

Coopers, York

I can entirely agree with everything Simon said below. It is very much a stereotypical train station pub, with some reasonable beers, and some ridiculous prices. The atmosphere is naturally a bit lacking, and I don't think many people would visit it for any other reason than waiting for a train. But it is certainly better than some other train station bars I have been to.

31 May 2005 12:35

The Cock and Bottle, York

A really pretty pleasant pub. Fairly central to town, with a nearly riverside setting. Has a reasonable choice of beer, at fairly good prices. It also hosts live music nights, and has a big screen for sporting fixtures.

31 May 2005 12:30

The Capital, York

This bar has now changed its name to The Capital, however, there have been (as far as I can see) few other changes. It is fairly pleasant centre of town bar, one of the better "up-market wine bar types", and is nice for a quite drink. While the prices tend to be a touch higher than nearby pubs, the drinks are fairly good, if somewhat predictable, and the surroundings fairly comfortable.

31 May 2005 12:27

The Blue Bell, York

An excellent little pub in the middle of town. I find it very difficult to fault this pub at all, the beers are great, nice hand-pulled range, the staff have alway been friendly, and the traditional setting is really pleasant. On some evenings it can get busy, and you might struggle to find a seat, but otherwise brilliant. Also they have an annual beer festival where they close the road outside, put out tents and seating, and have a BBQ. Great fun had.

31 May 2005 12:22

The Black Swan, York

This is a really wonderful, traditional pub, with good beers on, a fantastic setting and great live music nights. If you are going out with a small group of friends, want a great place to drink and chat, or a bit of entertainment you can't really go wrong here.

31 May 2005 12:18

The Bedroom, York

Not really my sort of place, although I have spent a pleasurable evening here in the past. Is one of those very loud, brand name drink serving places. Is great if you are in a group, looking for somewhere to drink cheap and dance, but if you are looking for a nice drink not really for you. I haven't been in during the day so am not too familiar with the food or day time atmosphere.

31 May 2005 12:16

Bar 38, York

One of York's chain bars. I am not really a great fan of them and this is no exception really. Although the inside is quite pleasant, and stylish, and they do serve a reasonable range of drinks, it just isn't for me. Often on an evening, particularly weekends, it is really full, and the music is way too loud (how old do I sound!!). During the day it is usually empty and seems to lack atmosphere a bit.

31 May 2005 12:13

The Ackhorne, York

A really nice pub, near the centre of town, that serves a good choice of ale and beers for all tastes. Pleasant seating, inside with plenty of little nooks, but still some large tables, and an outside patio. A favourite pub, that I always recommend to friends.

31 May 2005 12:08

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