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Trafford Arms, Norwich

Popped in on City of Ale tour. Locals pub, bit out the way but worth the detour. Greeted by a lovely barmaid and the beers were in good order. Tried an Oakham ale and a Woodfordes Wherry as a marker. Food was good - the chilli was full of chunks of beef.

30 May 2016 15:22

The Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe

Historic pub with charming old fashioned interior. Wherry and GK IPA on tap so the Wherry is the obvious choice. Appeared to have a limited menu on the Saturday lunchtime of my visit. I had a Lord Nelson burger (did not realise the Lord was fond of burgers) which was OK, average rather than brilliant. Staff were very friendly.

28 Jun 2015 19:06

The Crown Inn, Brandon

Closed - now Ashgar curry house (curries good by the way)

28 Jun 2015 18:31

The Crown Inn, Brandon

Closed - now Ashgar curry house (curries good by the way)

28 Jun 2015 18:31

The Coach and Horses, Shrewsbury

Well worth wandering away from the main drag to this quieter part of town to find this pub. Knowledgeable and friendly landlord and the Salopian Oracle and Divine Comedy both went down very well. Alas I was on a day trip and driving but would definitely return.

7 Jun 2015 20:40

The Six Bells, Bishops Castle

Good as ever, if not better. New landlady is such great fun - was always smiling or laughing when I was there at the weekend. Pub is such a friendly place - real gem. The Spikey Blonde ale was in very good condition too.

7 Jun 2015 20:36

Commercial Tavern, Shoreditch

Avoid - was today confronted by a camp looking 60's throwback in dungarees who asked me to leave the pub for no valid reason. Not knowing who this clown was I stayed put but the more rational barman confirmed he owned the buildling. I took a refund and left. Pub OK but 'owner' either high on drugs or serious mental issues.

6 May 2015 20:23

Sun Inn, Leintwardine

As others have said it is a well preserved parlour pub with the front two rooms untouched by time. Extension out the back is nice and light with a beer garden next door. Hobsons on tap plus Titanic Iceberg and Titanic Stout. Food was very reasonably priced and tasty - good old fashioned home cooking - and barmaid/landlady was lovely.

19 Apr 2015 16:51

The Garden Gate, Hampstead Heath

Popular pub with a mixed clientele including the odd hipster or two. Garden/yard out front and back were very popular on a warm evening. Fair range of beers including Doom Bar, Purity Mad Goose etc. Tried the Doom Bar with a burger (for a £10) and both went down well - the DB was very well kept. Service was good as pub is staffed up to deal with demand. Would recommend.

15 Apr 2015 21:52

The Victoria, Bayswater

Great character Victorian pub in relaxed Bayswater. Reliable Fullers range of ales and good food. Service efficient and friendly. Would definitely return.

14 Apr 2015 22:50

Castle, Farringdon

Fair range of beers, good food and nice barmaids.... heating and loud music. If they can sort out the last two I would be delighted to return.

6 Feb 2015 20:15

The Queens Head, Tebworth

Popped in luchtime today while on a winter walk. Small but friendly unpretentious pub with Wells Eagle, Burning Gold and Youngs Special. Tried an Eagle which was in good nick. Friendly landlord, Colin, introduced himself - proper gentleman.

30 Dec 2014 15:34

The Milburys, Cheriton

Great traditional old pub with three or so real ales and the Wadworth one I tried was in good order. Comfortable and cosy pub in old fashioned way with roaring fire. Would definitely return when passing through and pub open (as I understand it has limited opening hours - not unreasonable given location).

22 Dec 2014 20:27

The Wheatsheaf, West Bromwich

Thought I had accidentally tripped back in time with beer at £2.55 a pint, locals wearing 80's fashions and The O Jays on the jukebox. Pleasant pub with Holdens ales plus guest.

2 Oct 2014 21:51

The Old Hop Pole, West Bromwich

Can only echo comments by the unusually titled LickeyEndBooze and add that it is a friendly pub with ales £2.80 a pint.

2 Oct 2014 21:49

The Windmill Inn, Great Cressingham

Great little find - good range of Adnams Ales (plus GK sadly) with guests from Nethergate and Ringwood during my visit. Their house ale - Windy Miller - is very drinkable too and was told it was brewed by Purity.

Food was plentiful and tasty and service good from friendly bar staff despite being busy and popular pub. Plenty of dining tables tucked away and beer garden to enjoy the seasonal weather.

Would definitely return when in the area.

17 Sep 2014 22:15

The Old Bell, Saham Toney

Friendly pub - staff and locals alike - with Adnams Broadside, Woodfordes Wherry, GK Abbott and another I cannot recall. Wherry and Broadside were in good order but I don't drink GK so cannot comment on the Abbott. Food was OK with a broad menu and reasonable prices. Would definitely return when in area as long as I don't have to drink GK.

31 May 2014 17:56

The Wilkes Head, Eastergate

Friendly smallish pub tucked away behind Eastergate. Doing good things with the beer there are usually 5 or so real ales including Bowmans and Long Man beers. Beers well kept and very reasonably priced at £3.20. A local pub worth supporting (even for me now living 100 miles away) .

26 May 2014 15:15

The Royal Oak, Langstone

Nice location but sadly a GK pub....

26 May 2014 15:04

The Green Man, Methwold Hythe

Maybe not a good time to catch it on a Bank Holiday as only one real ale on tap - Holts IPA, which was fine if not a brewer I would go for. Food was very good - home made and tasty. Would definitely return to see what ales they have another time.

21 Apr 2014 19:12

The Great Eastern Hotel, Brandon

Beers on tap were GK IPA or Brandon Brewery "Rusty Bucket" and "Grumpy Bastard". Not being a GK fan I tried the Brandon beers - RB 'more popular with the locals' but the Grumpy Bastard suited me better. That said the beers reminded me somewhat of home brews.

Pub was OK otherwise and they show Sky football. Seemed more civilised than some other pubs in Brandon.

21 Apr 2014 19:08

Victoria, Birmingham

Popped in for a quick - impossible as the service was too slow, so hotfooted it to another pub instead. Noticed a couple of real ales on tap but sadly beyond reach.

13 Apr 2014 17:43

The Sudeley Arms, Cheltenham

Sudeley is very much open. Popped in during Cheltenham races. Tribute, Doom Bar and Hobgoblin on tap, friendly staff and very reasonably priced food with generous helpings.

15 Mar 2014 16:32

The Shakespeare, Birmingham

Perhaps not as grand as the Old Contemptibles but worth a visit nonetheless as around 4 real ales to choose from including the Nicholsons (St Austell) Pale Ale. Food was very good - would recommend the chicken and mushroom pie as definitely homemade and well filled.

2 Mar 2014 13:23

The Queens Arms, Birmingham

Back again and good as ever - 6 real ales and good local food. Friendly staff and attractive barmaids. Sky football too. Only downside is that it is a small pub and some tools hang around at the bar and get in the way of people but can't fault the pub for the occasional numpty visitor. Don't let it put you off though.

6 Feb 2014 20:03

The Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

Good little cellar pub always has an interesting choice of ales mostly from micros or smaller brewers. Can get busy as not that big but certainly worth a visit off peak. Staff friendly and service good.

21 Jan 2014 21:39

The Trocadero, Birmingham

Much maligned pub but serves a range of real ales and the food was surprisingly good too. Ales on offer were Red Squirrel Scottish Ale, Purity and a couple of others. Staff were OK if not welcoming but for reasonably priced food and a choice of real ales you could do much worse.

21 Jan 2014 21:34

Seven Stars, Dinton

Very friendly local village pub tucked away in little village of Dinton.

Had Vale Best, Doom Bar and Rebellion IPA on tap during my visit, tried the latter which was in good nick. Food very nice too.

5 Jan 2014 15:18

The Queens Head, St Pancras

Great pub retaining an old world charm within London. Only three real ales but they do pick some good ones (Whitstable East india Pale Ale, Decadence Stout and Redemption Trinity). All in good order, the latter is an excellent ale at only 3%. Think they also had a real cider too. Relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. Did not try the food but pork pies, cheese and meat platters on offer.

13 Oct 2013 19:36

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Looks nothing from the outside but looks can be deceptive. Bohemian interior without being pretentious. Excellent range of beers from smaller breweries and helpful friendly bar staff. Would definitely return.

3 Oct 2013 19:57

Woodins Shades, Liverpool Street

Although offering a good range of ales the quality can be variable. Was served a flat one today past its best but was told "that is what it tastes like". As a CAMRA member I shall take my business elsewhere. I think the problem lies with the surly barman who, on a previous visit, was annoyed that a barmaid served me a generous half when she could not get a full pint out of the barrel.

28 Aug 2013 21:28

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

Small and simply furnished but great beers - the Golden and Fruit (grapefruit) beers were in excellent condition. Handy for Farringdon.

6 Jun 2013 22:13

The Harp, Covent Garden

Very easy to understand why it has won so many awards - small but busy pub with around 10 ales including couple of Dark Star beers (satisfaction guaranteed) and friendly, hard working pretty barmaids who serve you with a smile.

31 May 2013 19:18

The Kings Arms, Waterloo

Very busy popular pub in delightful back street near Waterloo. Lots of different rooms inside and standing room outside in street. Changing range of ales - 8 or so - plenty of different styles for everyone. Quick, helpful and amusing bar staff. Definitely worth a wander away from Waterloo station for a beer or two.

31 May 2013 19:13

The Ship, Lambeth

Pleasant pub - found myself in Lambeth by accident but popped in here to find friendly community pub with Windsor & Eton beers and few others (Marstons, etc). Stripped down inside (the pub not me) and light and airy with wraparound bar in the middle. Staff friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

31 May 2013 19:08

Commercial Tavern, Shoreditch

Nice pub - choice of 4 real ales, bohemian style pub, bit dark downstairs but light and airy upstairs. Bit chintzy for blokes but by the same token a good place to take your lady so you can have a few beers.

26 Apr 2013 21:29

BrewDog, Shoreditch

Not much to add to previous posts in terms of character but worth popping in to try the stupendous Brew Dog beers. Not cheap but full of taste especially if you like your hops.

7 Apr 2013 17:07

The Queens Arms, Birmingham

Great street corner pub tucked away from the main city centre (but perfect if you are staying at nearby Travelodge). Had Doom Bar, Wye HPA and Purity Mad Goose. Free wifi and Sky footie. Food from locally sourced meat (if you want horsemeat go to a supermarket instead!) and good. Burger was a bit dry but faggots on a later visit were very tasty so maybe a one off with the burger and I should have mentioned it at the time.

Would definitely return if staying at Travelodge.

10 Feb 2013 09:50

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Amazing pub - the decor and charm immediately make you feel relaxed like a guest in a stately home. Good range of ales including the drinkable 'house' ale from St Austell's. Perfect place to unwind after work. Staff friendly too and food OK.

10 Feb 2013 09:40

The Wellington, Birmingham

Must be the 'go to' pub in Birmingham with choice of 16 real ales available and friendly efficient busy bar staff. Ales are shown on on a flat screen with gravity, colour code and price to help customers. Otherwise a traditional pub.

The Oakham Citra went down a treat on a number of occasions during my relatively short stay in Birmingham.

While there do pick up a Camra pub map showing all the Brummie pubs (if only to spread your support for real ale) before returning to The Wellington.

10 Feb 2013 09:34

The Bell Inn, Bristol

Now Green Man as many intrepid pub explorers before myself have noted with an emphasis on the green organic way of life. Good walk up steep hill from Haymarket area but well rewarded when you get there. Discreet appearance in residential area very wooden inside (in a nice traditional way) with hops hanging from the rafters. Dawkins ales, slightly smoky in terms of taste for my personal preference, but served in fine fettle. Other visitors, including a Moor Somerland Gold which was the real deal. Quiet (on a Sunday night) but nice relaxing chilled pub with friendly service.

22 Jan 2013 21:52

The Cornubia, Bristol

Well hidden away behind a fence opposite Fire Station but welcoming Dickensian front and bohemian/psychedelic vibe inside. Wall to wall beermats, chilling 80's light/mid rock music and choice of about 8 or so real ales including many locals. Great chillout pub and friendly too.

A must for a pub crawl around Bristol.

22 Jan 2013 21:42

The Seven Stars, Bristol

Tucked away in backstreets but worth seeking out. More of a boys pub as bit basic inside but good range of beers. The Cheddar 'Goats Leap' was a proper 5.5% IPA and full of flavour and Stroud Bunning was very nice too. Many local breweries including a Bristol Beer Factory representative.

Quiet on a Tuesday night but weather inclement so a night for diehardy fools maybe. Friendly and knowledgable barman.

22 Jan 2013 21:38

The Beckford Inn, Beckford

Popped in lunchtimes while working at the Vale Wildlife Hospital and sampled the Cottage Brewery beers (also had Butcombe on tap) to go with my lunchtime rolls. Beer and food was good and service friendly. Pleasant hotel bar with real fire in character building.

9 Dec 2012 20:05

Gardeners Arms, Alderton

Friendly community pub with three real ales; Hook Norton Lion, Wickwar Cotswold and Sharps Doom Bar on my recent visit. Young bar staff were very polite and friendly providing service with a smile.

Food was very good - if you dine between 6 and 7 you can get the early bird deal of two courses for around a tenner. Surprised to read previous comments about food but they do date from two years back. I appreciate good food and would recommend the meals here.

9 Dec 2012 19:59

The Royal Oak, Winchcombe

I was initially worried to learn that it had been refurbished in case it had lost its bohemian charm but upon revisiting am happy to report that it has retained its soul providing the same good food, good ales and warm welcome. The hostess welcomed me with a lovely smile and directed me to the excellent Wye HPA.

Sadly I will be going home soon to Bedfordshire but I would definitely return again.

4 Dec 2012 19:07

The Victoria, Dunstable

Popped in to sample some ales for their August Bank Holiday beerfest after a longish absence. Still mostly the same, very friendly pub and some very good beers in the beer festival.

Now showing footie again (Italian Sky - don't need to listen anyway and more attractive presenters).

Staff and customers very friendly.

They normally favour the Tring brewery beers (if that is your fancy) but do have guests otherwise. Probably nosed back in front of The Globe overall in my opinion.

26 Aug 2012 20:04

The Wheel Inn, Wisbech St Mary

P.S Was happy to rate this pub an 8 taking its 'score' from 1.2 up to 2.6.

Make what you will of that but a cautionary note to readers, it might be prudent to treat 'one post' posters with a little caution

12 Aug 2012 08:44

The Wheel Inn, Wisbech St Mary

Had a very enjoyable meal at the Wheel last night.

Massive plate of steak pie plus chips with fresh vegetables - limited menu (8 choices approximately) but something for everyone and food cooked to order.

Landlord and waitress were friendly - would return when in the area. Don't know how long they have been here but my experiences did not reflect those encountered in April by previous poster.

11 Aug 2012 22:41

The Red Lion, Wisbech

Excellent pub on the North Brink in Wisbech.

Had Elgoods Cambridge Bitter plus 'Paw x 4 100m' - the latter although an appalling pun was a great pint, light and hoppy and very easy to drink. As the name suggests, Olympics related so drink it while you can.

Landlady and team were very friendly and chatty to us on what was our first visit to the pub. Food was reasonably priced and presentable. Would definitely return when in Wisbech - it is worth making the short walk across the river from the town centre to the more attractive part of Wisbech to support this pub.

Beer garden area out the back too for summer drinking.

11 Aug 2012 22:20

The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley

Excellent community pub serving wide range of ales mostly local - likely to find Flower Pots, Goddards and Dark Star beers.

Bit of an old boys pub but friendly banter and good ale, dart board in corner and TV for Olympics.

3 Aug 2012 21:02

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

Popped in after Goodwood races - choice of Ballards, Fox Goes Free (Arundel Brewery), Wadworth Horizon and Otter.

Horizon and Otter tried - both good but �3.40 and �3.75 respectively.

3 Aug 2012 20:58

The Cricketers, Southampton

Excellent pub, small and dark inside but great chill out place offering good real ales (Dark Star and Cheritons tonight). Good relaxed chilled music and nice barmaids.

15 Jan 2012 20:46

The Tawny Owl, Swindon

Was almost put off coming here due to the low scores and comments but on balance it is not a bad pub for a modern estate pub.

Extensive menu, a little pricey perhaps but they do specials for the value hunters.

Staff were friendly - we were almost 'harrassed' by a constant stream of girls coming over to see if we were alright and wanted more drinks, so the service has improved.

Beers - slight downer for me as not an Arkells fan but the Wiltshire Gold was well kept and went down well.

Some might say lacking in ambience but it is a modern estate type pub so it will try to cater for all.

24 Oct 2011 19:58

The Pineapple, Kentish Town

An oasis of calm tucked away in back street parallel to the busy Kentish Town main road. Popped in for swift one or two before gig at the Forum and found Redemption Porter, Cottage Triumph Spitfire, Sharps Red, Bass plus another I cannot recall. Tried first two named and in good order.

Cosy feel to the pub - you walk straight in to the bar. Friendly staff, well manned and womaned and clientele friendly (probably mostly locals). Has a real fire on right hand side of bar. Interesting very old Newgate clock minding the time over the bar too.

Would definitely return and maybe try the food next time.

15 Oct 2011 12:25

The Old Bear, Cricklade

Popped in to watch football on Sky - rare to find a real ale pub with Sky these days. Pleasantly surprised as although it felt more like a club than a pub the locals were friendly, the barmaid was very pleasant and they had the full Arkells range including the Wiltshire Gold, which was in good order. I have to admit that I am not a mad Arkells fan (as been served some bad uns in another outlet in Cricklade) but the Gold is a decent pint and well kept at the OB.

13 Sep 2011 22:20

The Bridges, Ratlinghope

Just returned from Shropshire - not enough time to visit enough pubs but able to report that this pub has been taken over by Three Tuns Brewery and is OPEN again.

If anything like the Bishops Castle pub must be a good thing.

15 Aug 2011 21:51

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

Oh dear, things have taken a turn for the worse here judging by the food reports. Intrigued to read about 'servents' bringing the food out but the employees wore black T shirts with 'crew' emblazoned on the back.

That said I did not try the food and was there for a post Goodwood beer. Their own brew (produced by Arundel Brewery) at �2.75 was OK and an Otter (priced at �3.45 ouch) was absolutely fantastic. I do hanker slightly for the Harveys Sussex of old days but the Otter was really nice if pricy.

Despite the previous comments you can't do much to change the location which remains stunning. Would probably echo previous comments and say do pop in a for beer and enjoy the view and I do hope the catering/service will return to its former glory.

7 Aug 2011 12:27

The Horse and Jockey, Ashton Keynes

Beers on tap - Wadsworth 6X and Sharps Doom Bar. Old fashioned small front bar and restaurant with front and back gardens. Doom Bar was OK, 6X untried.

5 Jul 2011 20:23

The Tunnel House Inn and Barn, Coates

Beer update - Old Hooky, Uley and Wickwar 'Old Bob' on tap. Staff friendly as usual - great pub. Bit out of the way but worth the trip.

31 Mar 2011 19:40

Elm Tree, Cambridge

Cosy little pub buried away down back streets of Cambridge but certainly worth the short walk from the city centre. Range of 7 or 8 handpulls including Nethergate Old Growler (very good). Laid back, ideal for chilling and staff attentive and helpful.

21 Mar 2011 21:49

Greyhound, Besslesleigh

Attractive Cotswold Stone pub just off the A420 so will catch the passing trade. Well worth the stop for a refreshment break as well cared for inside as well as out. Pictures of racehorses and old country scenes dotted around giving a traditional look to a roomy pub. Probably aiming more at the food audience but to its credit serves a range of real ales, including local brews - Hooky Gold, White Horse Wayland Smithy plus three or so others were on tap. My pint was in good order as was my food. Visit topped off by good and friendly service - one of those places where the young staff appeared as if they "wanted to be there" rather than had to be there. Would definitely retun when passing by.

11 Mar 2011 18:11

The Magpies, Woburn

Now 'Longs' as opposed to Magpies. Beers on tap were Speckled Hen and Adnams (tried latter and was perfect). Voting taking place on next guest between Deuchars, Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Youngs Bitter. Friendly service - trying to make a good go of it. Would return as one of the few GK free options in the village.

19 Jan 2011 20:49

The Sportsman, Elm

Village pub with Greene King Abbot and Woodforde Wherry on cask. Latter was end of barrel but landlord came and whisked away our pints and replaced them. Food was OK - generous portions. Pop music a little intrusuve but trying to appeal to wide range of customers.

7 Nov 2010 21:18

Engineers Arms, Henlow

First (and long overdue) visit to the Engineers but well timed to coincide with beer festival. Beer Festival well organised with vast range of ales, many from smaller breweries too. Samosas were excellent and very friendly pub all around - Landlord and staff. Will definitely return when in the area.

21 Oct 2010 20:15

The Grove Lock, Grove

Seems this pub has attracted some negative feedback over the summer. However, popped in for a swift one on the way home and delighted to find Castle Rock Harvest Pale on tap in addition to Seafarers (plus usual Fullers ales). Pub not busy at that hour but bar service friendly. Situation might be different when busier but can only report my own experience.

11 Oct 2010 20:35

The Broad Leys, Aylesbury

Good ales including some local ones, very pleasant barmaids and relaxed surroundings. Food looked a bit pricy but could not fault the beers.

1 Sep 2010 20:55

The Hop Pole Inn, Aylesbury

Good as ever, wide range of ales including local Vale Brewery ales. TV in the quieter back room for sports fans. Even had a range of bottled foreign lagers for 'quality' lager drinkers if there is such a thing.

Staff friendly, prices tad above Aylesbury standards but the price is worth is paying faced with the alternative of drinking beer at �1.50 a pint in the company of zombies.

21 Aug 2010 14:42

The Daneway Inn, Sapperton

Very unusual experience visiting the Daneway. On arriving through the car park at the back you are greeted by chickens and chicks roaming the garden. The bold ones will even leap onto your bench seat to join you for lunch. Inside the pub is homely with lots of horse related prints and staff are relaxed and friendly. There was a couple playing a mandolin type instrument and singing. A piano was also spotted in one of the bars but was unplayed. Wadworth range of beers - tried the Summersault which was good (�3.10 - not cheap for Gloucestershire but well kept which is a big plus). Food was OK - plentiful portions of pub grub. Overall a very relaxing place where anything goes really, just go with the flow....

1 Jul 2010 11:23

The Tunnel House Inn and Barn, Coates

Great pub, well worth finding and also the rutted road over the old canal to get there. Has its own unique charm, quirky inside with lots of rooms leading into each other, outside patio and beer garden with country views. Staff were relaxed and friendly. Beers on tap were Old Hooky, Vale Ale and Festival Gold. Tried former and latter with no complaints whatsoever. Camp site in a field next to the pub and a sign indicating ducks, chickens and pigs out the back. Did not see any pigs but then I did have the pork escalope, which was very nice. Would definitely return for a chill out evening.

23 Jun 2010 20:51

The Flowerpots Inn, Cheriton

Great pub on a return visit from the 80s. The Perridge Pale was very good in particular although Flowerpots and Coodens were in good order too. Plenty of seating outside for the good weather and campsite through car park (not sure if connected to the pub). They do takeouts, which is useful as the beer is very tempting especially if you have driven there.

Minor criticism - if you are not local you might wait to be served!

30 May 2010 16:43

The Edmund Tylney, Leatherhead

Open till midnight on Sundays so popped in for a late one. Tried the Dorking Brewery Red India which was quite nice. They also had a few other stronger brews including a Russian Stout. Quietish but it was after normal hours on a Sunday evening so cannot comment on the clientele.

1 Mar 2010 18:54

The Salamander, Bath

Popped in to visit along with the Raven and preference would be for the latter. However, I should add that I am not a great fan of Bath ales. Both of the ales I tried did not seem quite right, not quite ready to serve I feel but they were drinkable. Pleasant clean pub, service was OK. If you like Bath ales then I would not put you off this pub.

5 Feb 2010 17:42

The Raven, Bath

NIce pub, busy on both occasions that I popped in. The Ravens Gold (brewed by Blindmans) was excellent and the Raven itself was very good too, a dark one but without the usual porter/stout characteristics. Was a bit unlucky as not all the beers were on during my second visit so had to abort to the OGT but otherwise a pleasant popular pub and the bar service was friendly too

5 Feb 2010 17:37

The Old Green Tree, Bath

Popped in for first and second time while in Bath recently. No 'unpleasant' barmaid to speak of as there were two different young chaps behind bar on consecutive nights. Unusual pub, small and with three different rooms/bars. Mostly a gents watering hole by the looks of things. The Old Green Tree bitter brewed by Blindmans was very good and they also had a Port Stout that was proving popular and Stonehenge Bustard amongst others. Could not fault the beer but mostly a gentlemans domain so had trouble getting my good lady into the pub with me. Not trouble with the pub mind you - ladies are welcome there.

5 Feb 2010 17:31

The Vale of the White Horse Inn, Minety

Further to my earlier post need to mention the �5 curries on Thursdays - they were fantastic the last two Thursdays. Beer very good as well - the English Rose from Cotswold Spring Brewery was excellent if you like them pleasantly hoppy as I do. Normally have four local real ales on the go. Should like to add I am not connnected with the pub in any way, just working in the area again but know a good pub when I see one.

18 Dec 2009 20:01

The Red Lion, Cricklade

Delighted to find that the Red Lion is as good as ever (and has not changed too much since I was last in Cricklade). Usual wide range of ales - even had one from the relatively obscure but very good Church End Brewery as well as some of the bigger names. They still have a small glass of ale in front of each pump so that you can immediately identify whether it is a golden, brown or dark variety. Beers were generally in good order. The roaring log fire is particularly welcome on these cold nights and it is a nice place to spend an evening. Have not tried the food yet but from the menu it seems they have aimed towards the upper end of the market.

28 Nov 2009 19:09

The Vale of the White Horse Inn, Minety

Returned to the Vale this week after working away for a while and pleased to note it appears as good as before. Not sure about previous posters experience but did not witness any of the reported problems. Had 4 different real ales on tap with a local bias, which is most welcome these days. Beers I tried were in good order. Food was very good and they are doing �5 specials for the thrifty. Atmosphere was OK - always locals putting the world to right but friendly pub overall.

28 Nov 2009 19:02

The Lobster Pot, West Malling

Now serving a varying range of local ales from Hopdaemon, Larkins, Westerham, Nelson, Whitstable Bay and Goachers among others. Beers generally in good order.

6 Oct 2009 12:23

The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle

Excellent pub - a must if you visit Bishops Castle. Extended out the back but has kept the old front to go with the new. Beers are excellent - the XXX from the brewery was my favourite, described as malty sweet but found the hops coming through quite strong. Tried a 1642 but not quite as good and the Clerics Cure was fine at the stronger end. Food was good too.

17 Sep 2009 13:56

The Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle

Bit like going back in time entering this hotel and when I was there there were playing old time music too. Beers on tap were Hobsons and Big Nev (from the Six Bells). Not a great Hobsons fan but appeared to be kept in good order. Staff friendly and food very good. Would definitely recommend eating here and probably popping over to the Three Tuns for a beer.

17 Sep 2009 13:51

The Bull, Horton Kirby

Marvellous little pub, popped in on the way home. Friendly staff and punters, knowledgeable about their beer and locality. Basic interior but relaxed feel about it. Pictish beer festival on at the moment but also some Dark Star beers to choose from - probably about 8 - 10 in total. Only wish I was not driving.

4 Sep 2009 20:49

The Fox and Hounds, Romney Street

A challenge to find down narrow lanes and high hedges but seems to overcome this as quite popular. Just popped in for a swift one and Harveys Best was in good order. Curry nights on Thursdays.

15 Aug 2009 17:40

The Kentish Rifleman, Dunks Green

Attractive pub with a nice country feel to it, garden out the back and also seating opposite on the green. Harveys Best, Westerhams Finchcocks, Adnams and a GK Summer ale on tap. Tried first two, which were in good order. Landlord was friendly and polite. Will return to try the food next time.

15 Aug 2009 17:34

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

Always look forward to popping in here after a day at the races. Views out the back garden into the downland are difficult to beat on a nice day. Usual suspects of Harveys Sussex and Ballards on tap, tried the former which was in fair condition. Pub does does not change much as the years go by which is welcome. Dined in restaurant this time - not very busy but food was excellent.

30 Jul 2009 17:50

The King and Queen, East Malling

Pub certainly popular with the locals - food good, Malling prices. Had Harveys Best, Ringwood Best, Sharps Doombar and another on tap all at �3.10. Tried the first two, which were in good enough order. Pleasant interior and garden. Staff were efficient, polite and friendly. All in all a pleasant pub - a safe bet

25 Jul 2009 18:39

Crown Point Inn, Seal

Ales on tap were Harveys Best (�2.80) and Adnams Best and Explorer. Vast open pub with big garden but sadly almost empty like in the 'land that time forgot'. Off the main road and probably struggling a bit in current climate like the rest of them. On plus side service was good and Harveys was looked after. Not try the food so no report there.

16 Jul 2009 07:46

George & Dragon, Wrotham

Local type pub but friendly all the same. Beer choice was Adnams, London Pride or Youngs Special. Tried the latter, which was just OK. Probably would not return as a beer tourist but pub does the job for the locals as appears quite popular.

15 Jul 2009 08:10

The Bull Hotel, Wrotham

Had Dark Star Hop Head and Best on when I visited. Hotel not that busy, appears to be appealing more to the food market, but Hop Head was OK. Good to see a local outlet for there fine beers. Hotel comfortable inside, plenty of tables and sofas.

15 Jul 2009 08:08

Queens Head, Mereworth

Small front bar and larger restaurant at the back. Clean and in good order - probably looks better inside than from outside. Locals type pub but barmaid friendly and welcomed me as a stranger. Harveys Sussex and Sharps Doombar on tap - tried the former and pleased to report clear and in good nick.

9 Jul 2009 12:09

Queens Head, Mereworth

Small front bar and larger restaurant at the back. Clean and in good order - probably looks better inside than from outside. Locals type pub but barmaid friendly and welcomed me as a stranger. Harveys Sussex and Sharps Doombar on tap - tried the former and pleased to report clear and in good nick.

9 Jul 2009 12:09

Duke of Wellington, Ryarsh

Marvellous pub. Not normally a welcoming sign with Fosters umbrellas outside but pleasantly surprised to find Harveys Sussex, Woodfordes Wherry, Sharps Doom Bar and Adnams. Tried the first two and were both enjoyable. Friendly local type pub with good food and landlord and staff are welcoming too.

3 Jul 2009 12:23

Mulberry Tree, Boughton Monchelsea

More of a restaurant than a pub but well worth a visit if thinking of dining. Takes a bit of finding but once there you shouldn't be disappointed. Nice interior and also courtyard garden outside. Keen to use local ingredients and thus found Harveys and Goachers on tap. Food was very good - lives up to the awards they have won. Set menus good value too.

So all in all, not really a pub, but if you want a nice meal and you like real ale to go with it, definitely recommended.

6 Jun 2009 16:56

The Golding Hop, Plaxtol

Popped in last night for a swift one - amazed at the prices �2.20 Fullers Chiswick up to �2.60 tops on the real ales. Also had Adnams, Moorhouses Black Cat and Everards Tiger. My Chiswick straight from the barrel was excellent - nice change from the frothy sparkled beer in town pubs. Nice setting with big beer garden. Landlord seemed OK.

20 May 2009 12:24

The Old House, Ightham

Turn up after 7 pm and you should be fine for a pint of Sharps Coaster, Gravesend Shrimper, RCH Pitchfork and fff Rat and Warthog (at the moment). Don't go expecting Axminster carpets here but do expect friendly welcome and chat with the locals. P.S I'm not a local either.

Easy to spot - there is an abandoned Range Rover parked outside!

15 May 2009 08:25

Kings Arms, Offham

Pleasant local, quiet on my early evening visit but offering Harveys Sussex in addition to Adnams and another. Loads of books piled up to read. Not sure how exciting it gets there but would return for the beer and the welcome. Did not try the food.

8 May 2009 12:26

The Oddfellows Arms, Toddington

Probably the best free house in Toddington - regular changing ales plus the occasional mini and full beer festivals. 'Locals' type pub but the locals are friendly and welcoming as is landlord and bar staff. Well worth supporting as I do whenever passing!

29 Mar 2009 11:56

The Joiners Arms, West Malling

Tried again - Master Brew handclip not turned around but barmaid informs me they have none. Too lazy to change a barrel or genuinely ran out, not sure. Second choice was Spitfire, oh dear...not so good. Methinks Shepherd Neame might have taken their eye off the ball a bit (remember Gales) which is disappointing but they are still better than a Greene King at the moment. Come on Shepherd Neame - where is that British Bulldog fighting spirit?

29 Mar 2009 11:46

The Bull Inn, West Malling

Tried again but same ales as before. Atmosphere still a bit lacking too. OK if you fancy a really quiet pint.

29 Mar 2009 11:40

The Spitfire, West Malling

Not an atmospheric pub but clean and comfortable if meeting friends for an after work drink. Shepherd Neame Early Bird was in good order and they also had Spitfire (untried - stay with the Early Bird anyway). Not tried the food as very good eateries in West Malling.

29 Mar 2009 11:38

The Joiners Arms, West Malling

Shouldn't knock it too much as it is a real ale pub with Sky TV - a rare combo these days. Clean, well kept pub with a quieter back bar if sport on TV is not your bag. Tried the Shepherd Neame Stout which was OK although not a real Stoutie myself. Some pump clips turned round on my visit so will return to see what I missed next time.

20 Mar 2009 22:06

The Scared Crow, West Malling

Two Adnams handpumps and one rotating guest (recently Exmoor Hound Dog). Tried the Hound Dog which was in good order. Interesting pub - Listed building - with good food reputation, mexican speciality. Food a little pricey but this is West Malling and the food is well presented. Bar service very friendly and well humoured.

20 Mar 2009 21:58

The Lobster Pot, West Malling

Probably the best pub in WM in my opinion - was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by St Austell Tribute, Ringwood Best and Harveys Sussex handpumps on my last visit. There were four others in addition to these too. Comfortable and friendly pub welcoming to all.

20 Mar 2009 21:51

The Bull Inn, West Malling

First time visit to West Malling (from Bedfordshire) hoping to try some Kent ales but 3 of the four ales on tap were from Bedfordshire from whence I came (and the other from Scotland). I put that down to bad luck but pub was OK, had a well worn look of a good pub to get away from the missus. Will return hopefully to try some local ale next time.

20 Mar 2009 21:48

The Royal Oak, Winchcombe

Brilliant pub - ales included Stanway, Goffs Jouster and Ringwood Fortyniner when I visited yesterday. Has a very relaxed feel to it and both staff and locals are friendly. Beer was in good order and the food was good and reasonably priced for the area. Watch out for the hyperactive dog - Cassie, who patrols the pub indoors and outdoors. She is no trouble at all and fun to watch doing her rounds.

25 Feb 2009 10:01

Whitelocks, Leeds

Charming, if cosy interior (when busy). At the risk of being churlish I feel they could be a little more adventurous in their selection of ales and would echo Mr Bonsers comments in this regard. That said, I would not put anyone off visiting to experience the character of the pub.

31 Jan 2009 10:35

The Scarbrough Hotel, Leeds

Pub seems in goor order still - although the ambience may change depending upon the timing of your visit. Am working in Leeds and tend to pop in after work when it is comfortably busy. Had a good range of beers on my visit this week including a few I had not tried before. Beers were in good order.

In my opinion, worth popping your head around the door to try a couple.

31 Jan 2009 10:28

The Church End Brewery Tap, Nuneaton

Well worth seeking out, serves 8 different ales on handpump from the Church End Brewery plus countless bottled foreign beers. Those I tried were in perfect order. Bit of a club rather than pub atmosphere but a beer connoisseurs paradise (excuse my spelling - should have used an easier word). Only open Thurs to Sat at present, so check before you visit. No food, only snacks - but what more do you want!

1 Dec 2008 17:04

The George Eliot Hotel, Nuneaton

Two real ales on tap - if you count Bass and Tetley. Bar staff friendly but customers rather odd. Wetherspoons sadly is the best pub in town in my humble opinion.

1 Dec 2008 16:59

Felix Holt, Nuneaton

Nuneaton is not blessed with good hostelries so by default I tried the Felix Holt. Still has that Wetherspoons 'pub for sad people' feel about it but was pleasantly surprised to find Altons Triple F (in good order too). Staff were helpful and friendly although it was another quiet midweek night in Nuneaton.

22 Nov 2008 10:37

The Three Legged Mare, York

Reliable pub serving the York brewery range plus a few interesting guests in addition. Bar staff knowledgeable and appear to know and love their beer. Always worth popping in to see whats on offer.

3 Nov 2008 18:26

The Maltings, York

Quirky pub with interesting interior - probably not as old as it might appear to be but well worth a visit. Had three guests on during my recent visit - not your mainstream guests too, so worth popping in and you might find something new.

Staff friendly and welcoming too.

13 Sep 2008 10:39

The Ackhorne, York

Excellent pub down sidestreet off the main Micklegate run.

Had a good range of local ales during my recent visit and the two that I tried were in good order. Quiet, traditional pub but well worth a visit for the range of ales and to escape the lagerboys in Mickelgate.

13 Sep 2008 10:35

The Minster Inn, York

Relaxed pub, quiet and friendly on my visit. Has the feel of an old house about it and a good place to go to relax.

Pint of Big Bertha (Batemans) was in good order too.

6 Sep 2008 16:04

The Yorkshire Terrier Inn, York

Standard bearer for the York brewery - had a nice taste of Golden Harvest when in there recently. Golden with a hint of wheat about it.

6 Sep 2008 15:58

Ye Olde Starre Inn, York

Great old pub tucked away in the innards of York down an alleyway. Good range of ales including local brews - barmaid seemed to know her stuff too.

Plenty of different rooms to retire to with your pint and unobtrusive background music - not heard 'Dancing Barefoot' by Patti Smith for a while.

Will definitely return even though there are 74 other real ale pubs to get through in York.

6 Sep 2008 15:54

The Tiger Inn, Haxby

Sam Smiths at �1.37 a pint attracts many a drinker but service can be slow at times and beer has not always been in best nick on every visit.

Still, at the price you can take your chance and return it if below par.

22 Aug 2008 17:10

Cottage Inn, Haxby

Friendly pub with a couple of guest beers on rotation. Beers have always been in good order on my visits. Have regular quizzes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Food is good and staff friendly and they have popular quizzes on Mondays and every other Wednesday.

22 Aug 2008 17:08

The Lord Collingwood Inn, Upper Poppleton

Not sure why this was only rated 4.5 as it had a choice of real ales from different parts of the country. Landlady informed me that they hoped to have more guest ales too. Made a pleasant change from pub after pub offering Tetleys or John Smiths!
I had to do a few u turns in pubs before I stopped to sup an ale.

Pub in nice setting with olde world feel about it. Food was tasty and staff were friendly and welcoming.

Will definitely return.... soon

9 Aug 2008 10:01

Red Lion, Haxby

Large, friendly two bar pub with two guests (beers) when I visited (Shepherd Neame Spitfire and Croptons 'Two Pints'). Tried the latter, which seemed in good order. Pub has regular quizzes - Monday and Wednesday. Appears to serve food but untried.

Best for beer choice in Haxby as Red Lion does NOT serve real ale and The Tiger only Sam Smiths.

4 Aug 2008 18:35

Old Bridge Inn, Kirkstall

Not sure how this pub was ranked 9 - I walked 3 miles along the canal in expectation of a top pub but was very disappointed.

No real ale for starters and little to justify a 9 rating. I turned around and walked back to Leeds.

26 Jul 2008 10:19

The Cross Keys, Holbeck

Excuse my earlier curmudgeonly comments regarding the salad..

Food is prepared with care and very tasty. Beers very good and change regularly.

Staff are very friendly and welcoming.

12 Jul 2008 10:27

The Victoria Hotel, Leeds

Part of Nicholsons chain (same as Scarborough Hotel) but Victoria is the sausage specialist whereas the Scarborough is the pie specialist. Not tried the food yet but beers were good - reasonable range of beers with helpful tasting notes on the pump clips for the unitiated.

Old fashioned interior where you can hide yourself away if you like.

Only criticism on my visit was the worrying music - it was loud and it sounded like Rolf Harris on speed. It disturbed me so much that I had to leave. However, I will put it down to a dodgy choice by the bar staff and will definitely return on a calmer evening.

5 Jul 2008 11:39

The Grove Inn, Holbeck

Gem of a pub, might be a bit 'working mans' for some tastes, but well worth a visit for the ales and character of the place. Has strong music links too so a good place to chill or rock depending upon your mood.

5 Jul 2008 11:26

The Midnight Bell, Leeds

Newish pub serving three ales from Leeds brewery - a pale, a golden and a ruby. Tried the first two - both good but former edges it.

Similar to the Cross Keys (its neighbour) in some respects and target market but definitely worth trying the local beers.

5 Jul 2008 11:22

The Cross Keys, Holbeck

Agree with Rich in terms of the target market of the pub but nonetheless difficult to fault on range of beers (had a very good 'Decade' last week but beers change regularly). Food was good quality although sometimes smallish portions. Prices generally acceptable but not �2.50 for a side salad.

Definitely return for the good beer but would shop around for the food.

5 Jul 2008 11:19

The Royal Oak, Rusper

Delighted to learn that my temporary local (while working in Surrey) has received the CAMRA award.
Proper pub with regular changing beers supporting local micros and good beers from further afield.
You will always get a friendly welcome and the food is good traditional pub food.

27 Jun 2008 17:26

The Cross House, Laugharne

Only Bass in terms of real ale, so did an about turn.
Apart from that pub was OK in terms of welsh pubs.

27 Jun 2008 17:18

The Brown's Hotel, Laugharne

Brown's was closed at time of visit (June 2008) with no signs of activity to suggest an early reopening.

27 Jun 2008 17:16

Scarlett Arms, Walliswood

Revisited the Scarlett post renovation (the pub not me) and still has the same relaxed atmosphere and beers. Food has gone from good generous home cooking to food served in tiny pots (ramekin type things). Food tasty but if you have a large appetite might be a tad disappointed.

25 Sep 2007 18:46

The Royal Oak, Rusper

Popped in again after a tip off regarding non Badger ales and was very pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a line up including Dark Star, Cottage and Oakleaf ales.

Only had legal capacity for one but will certainly return again to try the others and the food.

Well worth a visit!

14 Sep 2007 17:44

The J P Joule, Sale

Good rotation of real ales although sometimes back ends so check the quality first.

Do have annoying habit of serving them very cold, which is fine for lagerboys, but not for the rest of us. However, if left for a few minutes the taste returns.

Pub much the better for the smoking ban, the fall out hangs around outside the front looking sad for themselves.

Food variable although curry nights on Thursday generally OK.

21 Jul 2007 15:08

The King's Ransom, Sale

Good canalside location, choice of standard real ales - might benefit from a few rarer brews. Had Speckled Hen on where I was there.

Fairly pleasant pub and staff are OK. Would say one of the better pubs in Sale.

2 Jun 2007 10:28

The Bank At Sale, Sale

Noticed a Marstons Burton pump so asked for one.

Barmaid served me a pint of Banks without comment.

Told her that I asked for a Burton - response was "we don't have any of that". Would have been thoughtful to have explained that first.

Next visit, still no Burton.

Not much else to recommend the place so don't think I will rush back.

2 Jun 2007 10:22

The Mulberry Bush, Dunstable

No real ale, bland town pub with little character.

Only redeeming feature is that they have Sky and loads of screens throughout the pub.

4 Apr 2007 10:27

The Five Bells, West Chiltington

Proper old fashioned country pub with decent honest home cooked food and good choice of independent real ales to choose from.

Worth a visit if you can find it.

19 Oct 2006 13:00

The Black Swan, Martyr's Green

Currently receiving a (much needed) renovation - think it might be reopening later in September 2006.

8 Sep 2006 18:12

The King William IV, Mickleham

Nice pub to go for a drink and sit in the garden terrace and admire the view. A very attractive barmaid improved the view inside the pub too.

Normally have Adnams, Badger plus couple of others.

Have dined there a couple of times and while food has been fine I would agree that there may be better meals elsewhere at the price.

8 Sep 2006 18:06

The William IV, Albury

Popped in for a swift one or two as they sell the full range of Surrey Hills beers, plus others. The Ranmore Ale was in very good form.

Locals pub, all of a sudden after 5.30 opening time a steady stream of punters fill the car park. Barmaid pleasant so no problem with the previously reoprts of unfriendliness.

Did not try the food but may do so in the future as would return there with more time.

8 Sep 2006 18:01

The Kings Head, Holmbury St Mary

Have popped in a few times now. Well tucked away in Holmbury St Mary but well worth finding. Although appears to be a locals pub, the locals are nonetheless friendly as are the management. Good range of ales including Surrey Hills Shere Drop. Food was good based on my experience. One for my 'longlist' of pubs to return to.

29 Aug 2006 13:06

The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

Regular rotation of good ales especially local brews such as the excellent Ranmore and Shere Drop from the Surrey Hills but also features ales from other parts of the country so you may be likely to find something you might not have tried before.

Good pub food but the real ales are the main reason for visiting this pub.

17 Aug 2006 12:46

The Rising Sun, Nutbourne

Can wholeheartedly endorse the previous comments.

I used to go there regularly with my old cycling club in the 80's and 90's and it has hardly changed since then upon revisiting while working back in the area. Beer and food consistently good and a very relaxed pub to have a pint in.

Harveys pops up now and again - which is more than welcome particularly since the 'demise' of King & Barnes.

25 Jul 2006 12:56

Scarlett Arms, Walliswood

Still doing a top job at the Scarlett. Had a very good meal there last week.

A good old fashioned unpretensious pub in a quiet country setting.

22 Jul 2006 18:33

The Parrot Inn, Forest Green

Still one of my favourites - now serving an even better choice of ales; Landlord, Youngs, Spitfire, Huffkin and Batemans Valiant from the cask too.

Well done, top pub.

11 Nov 2005 17:18

The Parrot Inn, Forest Green

Fantastic location overlooking the green and with views of the North Downs.

Plenty of outside and inside seating.

Now serving a good range of ales -Youngs, Golden Zest, Fortyniner and TEA.

Food is improving and now serve specials based on locally produce meat.

Bar staff friendly and welcoming.

30 Jul 2005 18:48

The Hautboy Inn, Ockham

Popped in for the first time last week.

Fantastic buiding, old church style bar upstairs offering 4 real ales - TEA, Speckled Hen, Fortyniner and another I cannot quite recall.

Bar snacks upstairs and restaurant downstairs. Restaurant food very good and pleasant dining atmosphere.

Bit quiet but was a Tuesday night - would definitely return again though.

For those enquiring about the parrot I did spot a parrot in a cage on the way out - not sure if he was 'resting' (to use a Python description for his status).

23 Jul 2005 11:39

The Victoria, Dunstable

Top pub, good rotation of ales, well kept, excellent beer festivals. Staff very good, attentive and friendly. Food good value honest pub grub.

19 Jul 2005 17:42

The Drummond Arms, Albury

Went for a bar meal and a pint. Nice garden. However service was slow and food was nothing special. Would need convincing to return again.

17 Jul 2005 12:57

The Plough, Effingham

Had a very good meal on my one visit so far, staff very friendly. Youngs on tap. Would readily return again.

17 Jul 2005 12:33

The Abinger Arms, Abinger Hammer

True to say that the pub would benefit a makeover but you can be sure of a friendly welcome by the bar staff.
Wooly - presumably 'the barking dog' is inoffensive and fits in with the surroundings. Beers OK - serve Adnams, which will do for me. Show Sky football but 'buckmilligan' please have some respect - this is a 'Chelsea' pub.

1 Jul 2005 18:31

The Chequers Inn, Rowhook

Very good food and reasonably competitively priced given the area. Good choice of ales - Harveys a particular favourite. Staff very pleasant and friendly which helps to overcome being outnumbered by the 'regulars' hogging the place.

1 Jul 2005 18:23

The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

Good choice of well kept and varied ales. Wide range of menu but would regard as primarily a drinking pub rather than an eating pub.

1 Jul 2005 18:19

Scarlett Arms, Walliswood

Recently taken over by Frank and Karen - lovely couple.
Real ale choice limited to Fursty Ferret or Sussex ('Badgered' Sussex if you know what I mean).

Food, good honest home cooking, reasonably priced.

1 Jul 2005 18:17

The Punchbowl, Oakwoodhill

Good food and wide choice of menu. Ales on tap are Fursty Ferret and Tanglefoot (latter preferred). Could do with introducing more choice - minor critcism.

Reliable choice of pub for food and drink.

1 Jul 2005 18:14

Stephan Langton Inn, Abinger Common

Have dined there a couple of times and food has been very good.

Staff pleasant and attentive.

Well worth trying to find.

Minor criticism is lack of variety of real ale on tap but you can still get a good Adnams there.

1 Jul 2005 18:12

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