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The Green Dragon, Liphook

Recently under new management (Again!), now having a policy of no children under 10 years old.
I did not eat there, but there is now Thai food being served.
The beer was well kept and served with a smile. Overall a more pleasant experience than my first (and last until recently) visit some time ago.

6 Jul 2016 14:07

The King Rufus, Eling

Recently re-opened under the stewardship of new owners Ray & Philipa Goold, as a pub,tea room and gallery. The decor is light and airy and decorated with the landlady's paintings. She also painted the new pub sign.
Hours are Thursday to Sunday 11am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm, closed Monday to Wednesday.
Serving Shepherd Neame beers with Whitstable Bay and Spitfire Gold on hand pump.
When I visited there was only tea and cakes offered in the way of food, but as the venture progresses the plan is to sell a wider range.
The garden, in the rear, is currently a 'work in progress' , with recently constructed raised beds.

6 Jul 2016 14:00

The Half Moon Hotel, Sheet

I have been here for the monthly jazz on a Friday evening, twice recently.
This pub does not seem to know wether it is trying to be a restaurant or a pub!
Staff are efficient in serving food, but the bar service is slower.
I do not know if I would go here if it was not for the music..

11 Jun 2012 12:15

The Windmill Inn, Four Marks

This pub has changed hands/ managers frequently recently.
It used to be reasonable, but the last time I was there, the kitchen was 'out of action' for a refit.
A quick half of Alton Pride from fff brewery was ok, but the pub had no atmosphere.

11 Jun 2012 12:09

Cormorant, Portchester

I had lunch here this Spring, the portions were huge and the bitter (Ringwood Best) well kept. The food was standard 'pub grub' and not very inspiring.
The service on a Tuesday was very slow, despite the pub being nearly empty. However the staff were friendly and helpful.

11 Jun 2012 12:05

John Russell Fox, Andover

Went in for an early lunch (breakfast menu) the other day. The meal was cooked as I asked for it.
I had a pint of "Sign Of Spring" from Netheravon Brewery (Stonehenge Ales), This was green in colour. Top marks for the barmaid for telling me about this before serving it. Despite its colour this was a good pint, well kept and presented.

12 Mar 2012 14:56

The Mill Tavern, Haslemere

Pleasant friendly pub that now does jazz on the first Sunday evening in the month.

12 Mar 2012 14:52

The Parchment Makers, Havant

When I had half an hour to wait for a bus, I popped in here for a quick half of Ruddles. This was quickly served with a smile from the bar staff.
Otherwis I would say that it is typical for this chain.

12 Mar 2012 14:50

The Diamond Tap, Newbury

Typical pub for this chain. Friendly service, but tha card machine was not working, when I visited, so I had to sign for my meal!
I had a pint of Ramsbury brewery "Festival Ale", which went down well, on a cold day.

12 Mar 2012 14:47

The King William IV, Horsley

A party of us had lunch here, about a month ago. It is a pleasant rural pub which concentrates on the food.
I found the food well cooked, with generous portions. Some of the menu choices were, however, not available.
Service was efficient and friendly.

12 Mar 2012 14:44

Square Brewery, Petersfield

On a recent visit, I had a pint of Elgoods "Black Dog", which was sold to me as a dark mild, but was nicely bitter. When this 'ran out' I switched to the Square Brewery bitter.
I also had Sunday lunch on this visit, and was served a very good stilton and mushroom starter, followed by a well cooked piece of baked cod.

12 Mar 2012 14:40

The Bell, Alresford

I called in to this pub for lunch.
Ther are a range of real ales served, mainly from local breweries, which is a good sign.
The fixed price menu gave plenty of choice, at two courses for 10.

The old sign for the"Market Inn" is still prominent on the front, why?

3 Feb 2012 15:01

The Maidenhead Inn, Basingstoke

Quite usual for a JDW pub, tables slightly grubby. Service a little slow, but that could have been because there was only one barman serving.
A pint of "Veto" ale from Batemans was tasty and went well with a late breakfast. The kitchen did know how to serve eggs 'well done', which is not always the case with this chain!

3 Feb 2012 14:57

The Fox, North Waltham

At the outset this is a pleasant friendly pub with a good selection of real ales.

A friend of mine was "short changed" by the barman, who then tried to brazen it out by insisting that "he had a system" to prevent this. Eventually, after being confronted again, when he again insisted on his "system" being right, he finally gave the correct change.

9 Dec 2011 15:17

The Wheatsheaf, North Waltham

I called in on a lunchtime to find no one behind the bar, and customers waiting. This included a party of six with a reserved table. When eventually a person emerged from the back, the reservation could not be found.
When all had been served, a I finished my drink, six further staff then emerged as I was leaving!

9 Dec 2011 15:05

The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton

I ate here for the first time recently. The food was well cooked and presented. Good honest cooking with nothing pretentious about it.
All washed down by a pint of Hook Norton Hooky bitter.

9 Dec 2011 15:02

Lord Hood, Greenwich

Still having good jazz sessions.
I am glad that the developers were not able to pull this pub down, a few years ago.

9 Dec 2011 14:58

The Globe on Morning Lane, Hackney

Sunday lunchtime jazz still going strong!
I had apint of Adnams Lighthouse.

9 Dec 2011 14:57

The Gate Clock, Greenwich

Typical Wetherspoons pub. Staff friendly and more efficient than as in some of the chain.
I had a pint of Adnams Southwold, which makes a change from the usual beers I drink.

9 Dec 2011 14:56

The Flying Bull, Rake

Good pub with a roaring log fire. Mainly local trade.
Three real ales, from Ringwood on handpump.

9 Dec 2011 14:51

The Tobie Norris, Stamford

Good interesting pub, serving mainly Ufford beers. I had a pint of the weakest bitter, which was very tasty.
Very welcoming staff, but quiet on a Thursday afternoon.

25 Nov 2011 15:36

The Crown Hotel, Stamford

The hotel bar was crowded the evening that I drank there.
A pint of Adnams bitter was very welcome.

25 Nov 2011 15:33

The Blyth and Tyne, Blyth

This pub has an impressive exterior, but is looking a bit run down inside. There is a large bar and a back room and they run music gigs. From the posters it is probably hard rock.
No real ale, but bar staff were friendly.

25 Nov 2011 15:26

Cairn Hotel, Carrbridge

Good food and well kept beers.
I had a pint of Cairngorm "Dark Gold", which was very tasty.
Friendly service and hospitable locals.

23 Nov 2011 10:17

The Olive Tree, Jacobs Well

More of a resturant than a pub.
Food was well cooked, but the service was slow.
Family parties were the norm at lunchtime.

23 Nov 2011 10:08

The Bishop On The Bridge, Winchester

Good location witha riverside terrace, where we ate.
Food was well cooked and served quickly. Unlike the bar service, when on a busy lunchtime there was nobody behind the bar and a queue waiting.
Fullers beers, of which I had a pint of Discovery.

15 Aug 2011 14:35

Good Intent, Petersfield

Visited recently, for the first time under the current ownership.
Service was excellent, and the food portions were large. I had a small portion of chowder and sausages and mash with a pint of Butcombe Bitter.
A good meal. Unfortunately my first choice of main course was 'off', which spoilt an otherwise pleasant experience.

15 Aug 2011 14:32

The Assembly Rooms, Epsom

Better this visit than as on my previous posting, but my eggs "well done", were slightly under cooked, leaving one in a runny state.
A pint of Keloway Island Brewery Pale Rider, from Sheffield, was good on a hot sticky day.

12 Aug 2011 14:55

The Woolpack, Banstead

Went there again for the Tuesday afternoon jazz.
Good, well served Shepherd Neame beer.

12 Aug 2011 14:51

The White Swan, Portsmouth

Good friendly pub, with far better service than many in the Wetherspoons group.
Breakfast was served quickly and as ordered. A pint of Wychwood Hobgoblin was well kept and served properly.

12 Aug 2011 14:49

The Onslow Arms, West Clandon

The last time I passed this pub, it was closed and up for sale!

22 Jun 2011 10:03

The Scott Arms, Kingston

Great views across the valley to Corfe Castle.
Range of beers limited on a midweek lunchtime. I had one from the local "Jurassic Coast". Food overpriced, and slightly over cooked.
Worth it for the views and ambience.

22 Jun 2011 09:58

Square Brewery, Petersfield

Good friendly pub in the centre of town.
They have jazz on Sunday afternoon/early evening.
Fullers pub with standard range plus a "Square Brewery" bitter, also from Fullers.

22 Jun 2011 09:55

The Assembly Rooms, Epsom

We went in there for breakfast. They know how to properly cook eggs 'well done'.
Service was initially good, but when my friend wanted a second coffee, service was so slow, that we eventually left, before being served!

22 Jun 2011 09:51

The White Horse Inn, Priors Dean

I went to their "Longest Day Beer Festival" last weekend. Over 100 beers, and live music.
Good atmosphere, despite the weather.
This was the ninth year, long may it continue.

22 Jun 2011 09:47

The Mill at Elstead, Elstead

Friendly bar staff, but only a selection of the stronger Fullers beers available. As I was driving I had to limit myself to one pint. What has happened to the weaker 'session' ales?
Salmon fishcakes were tasty, but the crust was overcooked and 'crunchy' enough to shatter on cutting. The side salad and sauce were excellent.

4 Mar 2011 10:22

Sir Timothy Shelley, Worthing

Typical JDW pub, with a selection of real ales which included some from the 'local' Arundel Brewery. A pint of their Black Beastie was refreshing on a blustery afternoon.

4 Mar 2011 10:16

The County Arms, Wandsworth Common

Busy pub for a lunchtime visit. It seemed to cater more for food than drinking.
A pint of Youngs Bitter was well presented. Only one of the bar staff was efficient, the others appeared to be much less so!

11 Feb 2011 15:08

The Railway Inn, Liphook

New roof, new windows, converted! The developers are still trying to get planning permission for the change of use. Meanwhile it is still fenced of by the unsuightly hording

11 Feb 2011 15:02

The Royal Anchor, Liphook

Greene King have a planning application in to change this pub into "Hungry Horse" format. As its local advertising is for "Hungry Horse" fare anyway, why? Is it that they want to change it ito a restaurant, rather than continue to serve 'pub' customers?

11 Feb 2011 14:59

The Ship, Farnborough

A small pub with a local following.
It has jazz on the third Sunday of the month, but I would not go there for any thing else.

11 Feb 2011 14:55

The Inn on the Beach, Hayling Island

We went in this pub for a coffee on a windy morning over the holiday season.
It was a warm welcoming place, with excelent service. They had Hogs Bacy brewery T.E.A. an a couple of other beers on handpumps.

14 Jan 2011 10:37

Rodboro Buildings, Guildford

I went in here for a quick pint whilst shopping in Guildford.
None too clean pub, with too few staff.
A lack of choice in the real ale selectiion, but a pint of "fff" Alton Pride bitter quenched my thirst.

10 Dec 2010 15:01

George and Falcon, Warnford

This pub is pleasant, and much enlarged, with many small rooms opening off a long bar. The selection of drinks is reasonable.
The local Alfa Romeo owners' club meet here, and the prices reflect this!
A friend of mine ate hhere, and said that the food was also overpriced, for what it was.
They have started having a jazz quartet playing once a month, on a Thursday evening.

10 Nov 2010 09:50

The White Swan, Portsmouth

A far quieter pub than the other Wetherspoons, at the other end of the same block.
A pint of Oakleaf "Hole Hearted" in a pleasant atmosphere.

3 Nov 2010 09:41

The Crown and Tuns, Deddington

The Hook Norton ales are well kept and served.
Pies dominate the food menu. The prices for these are at the upper end of 'pub food' range. However, the portion size is larger than usual, and they are served with good helpings od vegetables and gravy. All in all, well worth the money.
Bar service was friendly and swift.

1 Nov 2010 15:28

Post Of Stone, Stone

A typical JDW pub, with the usual understaffing.

1 Nov 2010 15:24

The Shakespeare Inn, Kendal

A good selection of real ales on offer on the six hand pumps. Unusually, for an English pub, ther were 20 malt whiskies onoffer.
The landlord and bar staff knew their stock, and could discuss the drinks.

1 Nov 2010 15:22

The Failford Inn, Failford

We revisited this pub, while in the area.
The new owners are still welcoming walkers.
Although still friendly, the atmosphere is less homely than before.
The food and drink are still good.

1 Nov 2010 15:17

The Burnett Arms, Banchory

Pleasant hotel in the Best Western chain. Good selection of malt whiskies behind the bar. A pint of Deuchars IPA was well kept and served.

1 Nov 2010 15:14

Spiers Bar, Edinburgh

Functional bar in an area that is otherwise 'dry'.
Service was swift and pleasant.
The regulars all seemed to be waiting for the sport to begin!

1 Nov 2010 15:11

Baxter's Court, Hackney

Typical JDW pub. It is cleaner than some, but a bit lacking in atmosphere.
Service was swift on a Sunday morning.

1 Nov 2010 15:06

The Red Lion, Petersfield

Good for this chain, but as usual, it seems to be chronicaly under staffed.
The Farmers' Market day ( first Sunday in the month ) seems to overload the kitchen at breakfast time.
Ruddles Best and Rooster Bang tail were well kept beers.

29 Oct 2010 15:08

The Woolpack, Banstead

Good pints of Shepherd Neame beers.
They have jazz on the first Tuesday of the month, with the bands changing on a four month rotation.

29 Oct 2010 15:00

Bat and Ball, Broad Half Penny Down

Good jazz on the second Wednesday of the month from Harry Strutters Quartet.
A welcoming atmosphere, but you have to eat if you want to be in the same room as the musicians.

29 Oct 2010 14:52

The Rising Sun, Milland

A party of us went there for lunch, a month or so ago. We had a good friendly welcome, which was at varience to the unfriendly telephone manner, when we booked.
The food and beer were excellent.

29 Oct 2010 14:47

Gamecock, Worcester Park

Swanee Jazz Quartet entrance now 6.

29 Oct 2010 14:43

The George, Finchdean

Since my last posting, they seem to have changed the chef!
The food seems to be of a far better quality. The welcome is still as friendly.
It's amazing what a change a good kitchen can do.
Jazz on a Wednesday is still going strong.

29 Oct 2010 14:39

The Poole Arms, Poole

Great pub with a fine selection of seafood, and serving Ringwood Brewery ales.
I was made most welcome and the service was smooth and efficient.
However I had to ask three time for an "espresso coffee", after my meal, as the landlord did not seem to understand me the first two times!
It is nice to find a traditional pub (un 'improved') in a predominately tourist area.

21 Apr 2010 10:25

The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton

Still a good night for jazz in a friendly well run pub. For its small bar size it offers a good range of drinks and a limited food menu. Always fully booked for the jazz evenings.

31 Mar 2010 09:55

The Barley Mow, Tilford

Two of us went here for lunch the other day. It was a good experience.
The sandwiches, though expensive, had a generous amount of filling. A pint of Sharp's Doombar was well kept. Prices were about average for Surrey. In general, landlords put about 20p. a pint on beer to reflect the Surrey address! This pub is no exception.

31 Mar 2010 09:53

The Failford Inn, Failford

R.I.P. Windie Goat is no more. Michelle and Chris are moving away from this pub, and the new owners are not interested in retaining the brewery.

Our concern is that the new regieme will take the pub "upmarket" and not wish to provide refreshment for people walking the River Ayr Way in muddy boots etc. Time will tell.

We wish Michelle and Chris all the best for the future, with thanks for a well run pleasant pub.

31 Mar 2010 09:48

The Jolly Drover, Hill Brow

I had lunch and a pint of Alton fff bitter there the other day.
This pub has improved since I was last there. Very welcoming friendly atmosphere. It was full, for a midweek lunchtime, and deservedly so.
The food and the beer were served well and nicely presented.

26 Feb 2010 14:25

The Failford Inn, Failford

I paid my usual visit to this great pub, while I was in the area.
Food and beer was up to their usual standard. A couple of pints of the Priest's Wheel (brewed on site) washed lunch down very well.
Welcoming atmosphere on a cold frosty day.

22 Jan 2010 10:08

Counting House, Glasgow

For a Wetherspoons, not too bad. I had lunch there before Christmas.
Good food, despite slow service. A glass of Steaming Santa from RCH was tasty.
Later the place got crowded with office festive lunches and shoppers, with their families.

22 Jan 2010 10:05

The Railway Inn, Liphook

Now closed, with a builders' hoarding round it. Arumour in the village is that it is to be converted into flats. Another is that iti s to be made into a hotel!
Any thing could be true.

22 Jan 2010 10:01

The Robin Hood, Standford

Has had a refurbishment and trades as Whitelys Family Resturant.
The prices are such that a family could not afford to eat there!
The food was good, despite the cost, but the whole experience was let down by poor service.
Not the pub it was as the Robin Hood.

14 Dec 2009 14:47

The George, Finchdean

I am not suprised at some of the previous comments. Despite a friendly welcome and a roaring fire. While I was there, three people complained about the quality of the food on offer. A portion of fish served at a table, two away from where I was sitting, smelt so "off" that if it had been served to me, it would have been sent straight back to the kitchen!

14 Dec 2009 14:42

Gamecock, Worcester Park

Good value food and beer. Plenty of special offers.
Pleasant friendly staff.
Swanee Jazz Quartet play in the afternoon of the second Tuesday of every month. Entrance 5.

14 Dec 2009 14:37

The Dornoch Inn, Dornoch

This pub has reopened after a refurbishment, last September.

A friend of mine from Inverness was charged 3 for a half of 80/- !
So Beware of the prices.

7 Oct 2009 09:50

The Garth Hotel, Grantown on Spey

Good quality small hotel.
Despite a change in ownership, since I first went and stayed, it is still good value and comfortable. The bar stocks a wide range of whiskys.

7 Oct 2009 09:44

The Taybank, Dunkeld

Advertised as "Scotland's Music Pub".
Moderately cooked food served in a pleasant atmosphere. Beer and food not overpriced.
Friendly efficient barman.

5 Oct 2009 14:49

The Fox and Hounds, Houston

Great soup and sandwich deals for bar meals.
The micro brewery produces good tasting beers. On this trip I tasted the Killellan Ale and Marylin's Delight.

5 Oct 2009 14:46

Ship Inn, York

The landlord, formerly of the Fenwick Arms, near Lancaster, has retunned to his native Yorkshire.
The Campaign for Real Gravey continues, as does the superb beef cooking.
I had a glass of Theakstons Bitter which was well kept and presented.

5 Oct 2009 14:43

Grannie's Heilan' Hame, Dornoch

Bar serving the nearby caravan site, with a limited selectiion of food and drinks available.
The local Embo residents use it in order to avoid the two miles journey to Dornoch, and back.

5 Oct 2009 14:39

The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch

Good food, well prepared in a pleasant atmosphere. Great venison, far better than that served at the Dornoch Castle.

5 Oct 2009 14:36

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch

Very dear hotel catering for American tourists, judging by the menu. Anyone wanting decently hung venison should go to the Eagle down the road.
A good eclectic wine list, from a few years ago, has been replaced by a more bland commercial list.

5 Oct 2009 14:34

Glen Mhor, Inverness

Great bar with a ggod atmosphere. Usually one real ale on handpump, most times two.
Hotel prices for the booze.
The best thing is that The Ness River Rhythm Kings play jazz there on Tuesday evenings to packed houses.
The place to be in Inverness on a Tuesday!

5 Oct 2009 14:31

The Fenwick Arms, Claughton

My contact in the Lancaster area, tells me that this pub is closed.
Is this temporary?

4 Sep 2009 16:13

The Railway Inn, Honiton

Please note that this is closed on Sundays and Mondays!
The pub seems to have been turned into a restuarant.
A banner outside advertised a pizza deal, during the week.

28 Aug 2009 14:37

The Europa, East Molesey

This pub, despite it rundown exterior, is well run.
On Sunday evenings they have a very modern/mainstream jazz session.

28 Aug 2009 14:34

The Kings Head, Salisbury

On a busy Saturday morning here did not seem to be a sufficient number of staff on duty to serve the customers at all swiftly.
A pint of Stonehenge Ales Danish Dynasty was eventually served.

28 Aug 2009 14:32

The Old Customs House, Portsmouth

This pub is very busy at weekends. They do not inspect the toilets as often as the chart in them would suggest, that they should.
Service in the bars was swift and cheerful. A pint of Gales (Fullers) Seafarer was satisfying.

28 Aug 2009 14:28

The Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Portsmouth

A pint of Ringwood Old Thumper was tasty and refreshing.
The breakfast was less so, as they still do not seem to understand the meaning of, "eggs well done"!

28 Aug 2009 14:25

The William Henry, Weymouth

Generally well run pub, despite being very crowded on a Saturday afternoon.
A pint of Jurassic from DBC at nearby Upwey was well served, and tasted good, despite being expensive for a Wetherspoons pub.

28 Aug 2009 14:22

The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton

Good friendly service, with three real ales on handpump.
I went there for the jazz night, when they were fully booked for food.
The regulars were friendly and made us feel wanted. There were people from Farnham who used it as a "local" and it must be at least six miles away. A good venue, if a little small.

17 Jul 2009 10:16

George Inn, Mere

Stopped in for a break getting away from a traffic jam on the A303.
This pub looked like the best in the centre.
Very friendly welcome, with nothing too much trouble.
As I was driving, I did not sample the beers, but most of the locals were drinking lager. A dish of "Catch of the Day" (Plaice) was well cooked and presented.
I will try to visit when I am not driving.

1 Jul 2009 10:17

New Inn, Priddy

A good pub in the heart of the Mendips. Helpful friendly bar staff making us feel most welcome.
Locally sourced food and beers. A range of Thatchers ciders on offer.
A pint of Cheddar Potholer was well kept and thirst quenching.

1 Jul 2009 10:11

The White Horse Inn, Priors Dean

I went there for the 7th Longest Day Beer Festival, last weekend, and was not disappointed!
There was a jazzband on the Sunday afternoon session went down well despite the intermittant drizzle and cloudiness.

22 Jun 2009 15:16

Red Lion, Chalton

We went there for a Sunday lunch with a party of 14. Service was friendly and efficient. The lunch menue had a larger proportion of vegetarian dishes than is usual on pub menus.
Beer choice is limited but well kept.
I remember that under a previous landlord they had a large (for England) selection of malt whiskies. These have now gone to be peplaced by a range of imported bottled lagers.

22 Jun 2009 15:12

The Castle of Comfort, Medstead

A good village local pub. The locals made me feel most welcome when I went there for the jazz BBQ evening.
A pint of Black Sheep was in fine form. They keep their cellar well.

22 Jun 2009 15:03

The Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington

Service very slow. One couple walked out in disgust, after waiting 20 minutes for a food order to be taken!
Staff seemed to go missing for long periods during the lunchtime service.
The standard of housekeeping leaves much to be desired, with floors unswept and dtrty.
The food was good, but aimed at the tourist trade.

22 Jun 2009 15:01

The Barley Mow, Walderton

Good jazz on the third Tuesday of the month. Food seemed to be not overpriced, drinks definately not so.

17 Jun 2009 10:21

The Royal Anchor, Liphook

It was quiet on a late afternoon on a Monday. A pint of Greene King IPA was very enjoyable on a warm day. The pub seemed to have no life in it, probably due to too few customers for the space available.

17 Jun 2009 10:19

The Railway Inn, Liphook

It has recently had a 'makeover' and has a sign outside saying "Under New Management". It still appears to be dingy inside nd doing a roaring trade.

17 Jun 2009 10:02

The Talking Heads, Portswood

The good news is that the Tuesday jazz is continuing, the bad news is that it is now only going to be monthly.

17 Jun 2009 09:59

The Cricketers, Horsell

I recently visited this pub for the Monday jazz, for the first time in many months. It has improved, in that the unfriendly manager was not there. Has he left?
The jazz was well supported.
Drinks in this pub still seem to be overpriced, compared with other Woking area places.

17 Jun 2009 09:56

The Mill Arms, Dunbridge

This pub is mainly concerned with the food trade. However it had a range of four real ales on sale.
Lunch was good and not over priced for Hampshire. The food was well cooked and presented.
A good stop for when visiting the nearby National Trust gardens at Mottisfont Abbey.

17 Jun 2009 09:52

Star, Gosport

Typical JDW pub, that was quiet on a Sunday morning. Busier by far in the afternoon.
The staff were pleasant, if overworked in the afternoon.
Two beers from the local Oakleaf Brewery were on sale, 'Pompey Royal' and 'Quercus Folium'. They were both served well.

17 Jun 2009 09:48

The Westminster Arms, Westminster

Went in there for a lunchtime meal. Upstairs room was full, and being staffed by only one girl. She was coping, but having to work very hard!
Despite it being only 1pm., the specials were all 'off'! A pint of Bishop's Finger was well kept and this washed a barely adequately presented meal down well.

8 May 2009 14:34

The Green Dragon, Liphook

Now no longer staying open to 2am, following vandalism in their garden and in the nearby square!

31 Oct 2008 15:03

The Railway Inn, Liphook

Recently reported in the local paper for selling to a person under age in a local council "sting".

31 Oct 2008 15:02

The Cramond Inn, Cramond

Sam Smiths the only brands in the pub. Several people walked out when they were told this!

15 Sep 2008 16:21

The Kings Arms, York

Closed due to the recent flooding! I have no information on the reopening date.

15 Sep 2008 16:18

Reverie, Edinburgh

Good jazz from the Diplomats of Jazz on a Sunday evening from 8pm.
Deuchars IPA was very 'lively' and served too cold! The price charged was 10% higher than that charged in the Queens Arms, earlier in the evening.
A very enjoyable evenings entertainment.

15 Sep 2008 16:15

Reverie, Edinburgh

Good jazz from the Diplomats of Jazz on a Sunday evening from 8pm.
Deuchars IPA was very 'lively' and served too cold! The price charged was 10% higher than that charged in the Queens Arms, earlier in the evening.
A very enjoyable evenings entertainment.

15 Sep 2008 16:15

Reverie, Edinburgh

Good jazz from the Diplomats of Jazz on a Sunday evening from 8pm.
Deuchars IPA was very 'lively' and served too cold! The price charged was 10% higher than that charged in the Queens Arms, earlier in the evening.
A very enjoyable evenings entertainment.

15 Sep 2008 16:15

Queens Arms, Edinburgh

Good service from a friendly barman.
Food is typical pub grub, well presented and not too highly pricrd for the City centre.
A pint of Deuchars IPA was well kept and also reasonably priced for the location.

15 Sep 2008 16:11

The Porcupine, Mottingham

This pub is featured as a "Family Pub". The beer garden has a lot of child friedly features - cages of birds and rabbits, safe fountains, and was mostly grassed.
Several real ales on handpumps are available.
I went there for the Sunday jazz, and was not disappointed with the quartet and singer.
The only drawback was the 'plastic glasses'.

27 Aug 2008 10:13

The Mill at Elstead, Elstead

This pub has a good setting, but is let down by the poor service. Long waits at the bar, poor staff training and gross overcharging on the already high prices. Food prices also seem to be high for what is being served!
The only reason I go there is for the Summer jazz evenings, which are very enjoyable.

13 Aug 2008 10:06

Deers Hut, Griggs Green

I have recently visited this pub for the first time in many years. It has improved beyond recognition, with the new landlord. The last one would not serve a non-regular, if he could help it.
Three beers on handpump, all from the Greene King group.

13 Aug 2008 10:00

The Railway Inn, Liphook

A pub with plenty of scope for development, right beside the railway station.
No real ale available, and only bottled lagers or Newcastle Brown.
Landlord is a very friendly Irishman, and made me welcome, despite the poor range of beers.

13 Aug 2008 09:57

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

A "real gem", tucked away behind Holborn station.
Good atmosphere and a selection of five real ales on handpump. I had a pint of Robinsons Olympic Gold, as it is currently available (I presume until late August).
Landlord is friendly and a ready conversationalist. He made me welcome, as a chance visitor driven in by a heavy shower of rain, on a dim evening.

13 Aug 2008 09:52

The Onslow Arms, West Clandon

I spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden, listening to the jazz quartet, playing there.
The barman did not seen to be very good at English, as he tried to serve me sparkling water rather than tonic water, lemon rather than a slice of lime, and white rather than black coffee. Otherwise the service was friendly.
The jazz band will be back there on the evening of 12th. July.

18 Jun 2008 10:16

The White House, Guildford

Good location near to the river. Well kept beers from Fullers. Friendly staff with a helpful atitude to their customers.

6 Jun 2008 10:42

Park Tavern, Chichester

Good location with views across Priory Park. Former Gales pub, now owned by Fullers. I had a good, well kept pint of Cambridge bitter, brewed in Wisbech.
The landlord and locals were friendly towards a visitor. I found the landlord a bit laconic, with a dry sense of humour, which some people probably take as rude. Hence the comments in other postings of his rudeness.

6 Jun 2008 10:39

The Globe on Morning Lane, Hackney

Still one of the best places for jazz on a Sunday lunchtime. I have always been made to feel welcome, and the bands like playing there, because of the responsive crowd.

19 May 2008 14:57

The Cricketers, Horsell

Good pub for jazz, but spoiled by the surly attitude of the manager, who does not seem to like the music.
Bring back Joyce!
Very expensive drinks, even for Woking.

19 May 2008 14:48

The Moon in the Square, Bournemouth

Went in this pub at the end of the Spring Beer Festival.
The usual Wetherspoons lack of staff, with little or no supervision. It is probably not the fault of the staff on duty, but down to the management, or lack of it!
Otherwise, it was a good visit, with the three beers tasted in excellent condition.

19 May 2008 14:44

The Loch Fyne Bar, Henley-On-Thames

Not realy a pub, but a restuarant. The wine list is good, but the staff did not seem to know much about the wines listed, or their availability. I was tod that one was not there, but later I saw it on the rack in the glass fronted 'cellar' area!
The food was well presented and cooked to a high standard. Their fresh fish is good to eat, and apart from the wine, service was excellent.

9 Apr 2008 10:43

The Catherine Wheel, Henley-On-Thames

Typical J D Wetherspoon pub, with staff that were wandering about, doing very little, while customers waited!
As part of their Beer Festival, I had three sample one third pints: Harvistoun "Old Engine Oil", Hyde brewery "Trojan Horse" and Yo-Ho "Tokyo Black". These being the only beers available on the day I went.
A mixed experience, some good with some bad.

9 Apr 2008 10:37

The Swan Hotel, Haslemere

Service int this pub does not seem to have improved since my last visit!

13 Feb 2008 09:57

The Rose and Crown, Upper Farringdon

A very good pub, with helpful friendly staff.
I went there for the jazz (on the last Monday of the month). It was a great evening of interesting tunes from the Riverside Jazz Band.

13 Feb 2008 09:56

West Kirk, Ayr

Typical "Spoons" pub with an interesting walk past the old pulpit to the toilets. The gents. needs more than one hand dryer, as a queue quickly forms!

A pint of Deuchars IPA was served quickly and efficiently. There was not much other real ale on offer!

9 Jan 2008 10:18

The Failford Inn, Failford

I had a good pint of their Windie Goat Priest's Wheel on a recent visit. Unfortunately the Christmas beer Windie Red Red Robin had sold out. I was told that the Red Red Robin was still improving right up to the last sales.
A good pub with a well deserved reputation.

9 Jan 2008 10:14

The Crown, Badshot Lea

Good friendly pub with the full range of Fullers Brewery beers, (until one runs out!).
I went there for the first time for the jazz on Sunday afternoon, and was made to feel very welcome.
The range of meals on offer seemed to be small, but all cooked on the premises, so should be OK.

12 Nov 2007 16:39

The Punchbowl, York

Good friendly service, with quick food delivery.
A pint of York Brewery "Guzzler" went very well with my meal.

10 Oct 2007 10:18

The Kings Arms, York

A good pub with cheap beer, if you want only Sam Smiths products. I had a pint of "Olld Brewery Bitter".
The worst part of the evening was the smell coming from the toilets! In todays climate it should be possible to fix this!!

10 Oct 2007 10:16

The Spread Eagle Hotel, Jedburgh

A good pub with friendly staff.
A pint of Hadrian and Borders "Farne Island" was fetched from the cellar with no complaint, both for me and another customer in quick sucession.

10 Oct 2007 10:13

Capital Asset, Perth

One of the best JDW outlets I have visited!
Good service, great range of drinks, even if the young bar staff did not seem to be very knowelgeable about them.
I had a pint of Bridge of Allan "Sporran Warmer".

10 Oct 2007 10:10

The Moulin Inn, Moulin

I han a pint of their own brew "Moulin Light" which was a nice hoppy bitter.

Service was very slow on a Saturday afternoon, which seem to have followed a busy lunchtime. Glases were in short supply and a couple of coffees were placed on the bar for delivery to a table and left to get cold!

10 Oct 2007 10:05

The Alexander Bain, Wick

Good service on a Thursday lunchtime.
The guest ale waas Boston Bridge "Silver Medal Ale", which quenched the thirst nicely.

10 Oct 2007 10:01

Dan McKays, Troon

Very cheap 'Special' two course lunch during the week.
A pint of Bellhaven "Fly Half", went well with this.
A very friendly pub with hard working bar staff, as it appeared to be popular and rightly so.

10 Oct 2007 09:56

The Failford Inn, Failford

I had a good pint of the Windie Goat "Big Wonky Wheel" on a recent visit.
The food was well served in a pleasant atmosphere.

10 Oct 2007 09:49

The Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Portsmouth

Good service, last Sunday, unlike on a previous visit.
A pint of "Thirsty Moon" bitter from Phoenix Brewery was refreshing and sufficiently 'bitter'.

3 Aug 2007 10:01

The Stag Inn, Petworth

This pub is greatly improved, now that there is no smoking inside, as it is quite small.
Good selection of drinks at very reasonable prices!
Well worth a visit, if you can find it.

25 Jul 2007 09:57

The Hope Tap, Reading

Went in there for a quick pint, but waited for an age while the only girl behind the bar, that appeared to be serving, chatted to her mates.
Tables covered with empty glasses and plates, even the clearer places badly needed a wipe clean. Do they ever clear and clean the tables?
The manager was more concerned with the installation of new cooling equipment, than the service being offered.
However, a pint of Marlow Brewery "Rebellion Smugglers" bitter was acceptable.

4 Jul 2007 09:53

The Morpeth Arms, Pimlico

Popped in for lunch, whilst waiting for our time to visit the Hogarth Exhibition at the Tate.
Good food and a well kept pint of Youngs Bitter.
The upstairs non-smoking eating area has good views of the Thames and the river traffic.

27 Apr 2007 09:45

The Mount, York

Overloud 'piped music', or was it the "juke box"?
A pint of Shepherd Neame "Spitfire" was the only good thing about my visit. I left as quickly as I could drink it, to protect my ears!!!

16 Oct 2006 15:58

The Kings Arms, York

Sam Smith's ales at cheap prices, but not realy a real ale pub! River level lowest I have seen, no danger of flooding this trip.

16 Oct 2006 15:55

The Saddlers Arms, Ripley

No More Sunday night jazz! Not now worth a visit!!

3 Jul 2006 14:46

The Sheeps Heid Inn, Duddingston

A good pint of their own "Sheeps Heid ale", to wash down a welcome meal after the exertion of climbing Arthur's Seat. In common with all pubs in Scotland, it it now mercifully "SMOKE Free".

3 Jul 2006 14:45

Kay's Bar, Edinburgh

Good pint of "the Reverend James" on my last visit.
In common with all pubs in Scotland, it it now mercifully "SMOKE Free".

3 Jul 2006 14:43

The Standing Order, Edinburgh

Good pint of bitter in a good atmosphere as in common with all pubs in Scotland, it it now mercifully "SMOKE Free".

3 Jul 2006 14:41

The Cramond Inn, Cramond

This used to be a good pub, that had locals and tourists frequenting it. It now only serves Sam Smiths beers, plus their own brands of spirits and soft drinks. The people on the next table were complaining about the quality of the food. After a pint of the bitter, we left. The one good point is, that in common with all pubs in Scotland, it it now mercifully "SMOKE Free".

3 Jul 2006 14:39

The Fenwick Arms, Claughton

Good find on the road from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale, about 7 miles from the M6.
From conversations in the bar, it would seem to be more food based at the weekends. No food on Mondays, should you want a meal!
I had a good pint of Black Sheep.

3 Jul 2006 14:33

The Three Horseshoes, Thursley

Great food, even if a little pricy! A very good pint of Triple f "Dazed & Confused". Other beers on offer were, Fullers "London Pride" and Hogs Back "T.E.A.".
Sunday lunchtime was crowded, and the noise level became unbearable, so we had our sweets and coffees in the garden. Some of the markups on the wine list, made one of our party, who recently retired from working for a wine merchant, wince.

10 May 2006 11:22

The Fairmile Inn, Edinburgh

The place to be on a Friday night. The "Jazz n' Jive" traditiona jazz club meet there. Two or even Three bands, moderate sized dance floor. Well worth the small admission charge.

22 Mar 2006 11:30

The Partridge Inn, Singleton

Very friendly pub, with ( my friends assure me ) good food. I went there for the jazz, performed by Harry Strutters Hot Four, which was enjoyable and entertaining. They play there every third Tuesday of the month, ensuring a large crowd.

22 Mar 2006 11:15

The Wagon and Horses, Lancaster

Good traditional jazz on two Thursdays a month. (It once was every week, but alas no more!).

17 Mar 2006 14:36

Lord Hood, Greenwich

A good jazz pub session on a Thursday lunchtime with the Brunch Bunch. Beer price is certainly one of the cheapest I have encountered in the area.
I hope it does not close before I can get there again!

17 Mar 2006 14:31

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