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The Bear, Alcester

Another pub in Alcester that goes back a long way (in time and in layout). Not particularly characterful; there is a bar to the left with tables/high stools where most of the middle-aged drinkers yesterday afternoon were congregating, a lounge with sofas (all facing one another) and a big screen to the right, a corridor with diner-style seating and a room with a pool table. The Wye Valley HPA and Camerons Strongarm pump clips were turned around leaving just the Vocation Bread and Butter which was going to be my choice in any event and which was in good condition. Based on one 30 minute visit, I'd say it was a decent enough watering hole.

16 May 2022 09:42

The Six Bells, Bishops Castle

The Six Bells Brewery closed in 2018 so the beers on sale last Friday evening were two from Ludlow Brewing Co. (Blonde and Gold), Three Tuns Best and Marston's/Ringwood Wainwright. I thought the Best was the pick of the town's offerings. Very busy in the public bar but we sat at the last of the tables in the quieter dining room/lounge where you can also just drink without having to buy a meal.

10 May 2022 10:32

The Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle

Three Tuns Solstice, Clun Pale Ale, Salopian Oracle and Hobsons Best on sale last weekend all at £4 per pint. I thought the ones I drank were in better condition than those I tried in the Tuns. Spectacular view from the superbly kept beer garden.

10 May 2022 10:23

The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle

Never go back they say. I tried all of the Three Tuns beers as well as the guest Wye Valley HPA over the course of last weekend and none were much better than average. Plus they served my wife a beef lasagne instead of a veggie one and didn't tell us when booking that they had a wedding reception upstairs.

10 May 2022 10:19

The Horse and Jockey, Churchstoke

Traditional pub which presumably derives much of its trade from the adjacent caravan park. As it wasn't holiday season, perhaps that's why there was just one real ale on sale in the basic bar area. However, my pint of Crafty Brewing's Loxhill Biscuit was in fine condition.

10 May 2022 10:06

Royal Blenheim, Oxford

Owned by Everards but leased to White Horse Brewery who run it with Titanic so 5 handpulls from those 3 breweries with Box Steam's Piston Broke, Mighty Oak's Gorgeous George and Welbeck Abbey Brewery's Cavendish also on sale. Maybe I should have been more imaginative and opted for something I hadn't tried before but I chose the Titanic Plum Porter which was in very good condition and cost £4.40 per pint. Even though it's just seconds away from the main thoroughfare of St Aldate's, there was hardly anyone inside on Sunday lunchtime.

3 May 2022 09:20

The Black Lion Inn, Hereford

Three handpulls, 2 of which were from the Three Tuns brewery in neighbouring Shropshire. The tiling, dado rails, horse brasses and cheap chairs all give the impression that not much has happened here since the 80s and, being almost devoid of female patrons last Friday night, it wasn't a place where my wife wanted us to linger long.

21 Apr 2022 18:57

Hereford Beer House, Hereford

Decent range of 6 keg beers of largely differing hues although Deya/Yonder beers seem to feature in every craft beer bar nowadays. At least half of the 4 ciders/perries on sale were from the local Bartestree Cider Company. Plenty of bottled beers also available for on- and off-sales.

21 Apr 2022 18:48

The Plough Inn, Hereford

My £3.55 pint of Butty Bach had a good head but never cleared properly and I should have thrown away more of it than I did.

21 Apr 2022 18:36

The Red Lion, Deddington

Wadworth Henry's IPA and St Austell Tribute were the 2 handpulls on sale yesterday afternoon - both pretty unusual for this part of the world. The Tribute was good enough for me to have a couple. It's a perfectly OK pub in a very small market town.

11 Apr 2022 09:29

Guy Fawkes Arms, Knaresborough

Very much geared up for diners last Sunday (my roast beef was on the table within 5 minutes of ordering). That didn't bother us because we had a long journey home afterwards but it was all too efficient to be truly enjoyable. Maybe it would be better another day. The York Guzzler was in decent condition but nothing special and cost £4.20 a pint.

11 Apr 2022 09:25

The Gardeners Arms, Bilton

The Old Brewery Bitter is now a whopping £3 a pint (cash only). We walked out from Knaresborough on a Friday afternoon and there were a dozen or so other customers. Can't see myself returning but, for a glimpse of how pubs might once have been, it was worth a visit.

11 Apr 2022 09:21

Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough

The Mother Shipton Inn is much more traditional than the Half Moon on the other side of the bridge and was possibly the busier of the two when we visited. Service was swift though with staff noticeably willing to find something to do. Both the Timothy Taylor Landlord and the Theakston's Best were in excellent condition (didn't try the Hobgoblin Gold or the John Smith's).

11 Apr 2022 09:15

The Half Moon, Knaresborough

Ignore the photo on this website which really doesn't do this pub justice! It's now a smart free house which attracts young mothers who talk about babies and nothing else :) The Rooster's YPA was changed especially for me and was in excellent condition; also on sale was Wensleydale Game Keeper and Kirkstall's Dissolution IPA on font.

11 Apr 2022 09:08

Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Good value pub with my pint of 5% Ossett Voodoo being the most expensive handpull on sale at £3.75 a pint. The main room is too open-plan for me but at least the stained glass screens between the tables give some privacy.

11 Apr 2022 08:59

World's End Hotel, Knaresborough

Faux Victorian pub and, whilst it has a nice outlook over the river Nidd, it didn't do it for me. The house Daleside Worlds End ale was in pretty good condition though.

11 Apr 2022 08:50

The Mitre, Knaresborough

More sterile and open-plan than the Track & Sleeper at the station but busier and served better beer. The Timothy Taylor Boltmaker was in fine condition and cost £4.15 a pint. Other handpulls were Ossett White Rat, Rooster's Thousand Yard Stare, Ilkley Blonde, and First Chop POW.

11 Apr 2022 08:46

Blind Jacks, Knaresborough

The first of the pubs we visited in Knaresborough last week and possibly the busiest so we offered to share our upstairs table with Ken and Wendy who are well known in the world of folk music. The Black Sheep Bitter was in excellent condition.

11 Apr 2022 08:40

Union, Stratford upon Avon

The Phoenix, as it is now known, describes itself as "A little touch of London in Stratford upon Avon" and has a much more urban, almost industrial, feel than anywhere else in Stratford (Veeno expected). It's essentially one square room but with glass walls and high tables/banquettes helping to divide up the room. A handpull for every taste last night - North Cotswold/Shakespeare Brewing Co. Falstaff's Folly (a touch too caramelly for me but in very good condition), Hook Norton Off the Hook and Goffs Cheltenham Gold.

26 Mar 2022 11:58

The Bakers Arms, Orleton

Has been refurbished properly since my last visit (rather than just spruced up) and has reverted to its former name of the Maidenhead. Maybe 2 pubs in Orleton are too many as it seemed pretty quiet for a Saturday lunchtime. My pint of Hobson's Best was simply superb (as was the price, a mere £3.40!); HPA and Butty Bach were also available as was a guest ale from Swan Brewery. Good to see the Robinsons Flagon still on sale. Comprehensive menu with traditional pub classics as well as slightly more adventurous offerings - I opted for a simple gammon steak which was delicious.

22 Mar 2022 18:23

The Merrie Lion, Fenny Compton

Only had a quick half of Purity UBU (served in a branded stemless glass for added effect) whilst on a walk from Northend to Farnborough and back. If the quality of the beer is anything to go by, then I'd say it's worth visiting, especially as they also sell Napton Red Devil cider on draught.

13 Mar 2022 20:35

The Mermaid Inn, Wolverhampton

M&B Vintage Inn which was refurbished a couple of years ago and which still looks pretty immaculate. My bœuf bourguignon was excellent and my first pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord was almost perfect (although the second didn't come with a head unlike the first). Didn't try the Doom Bar. Very handy for Wightwick Manor.

12 Mar 2022 22:57

CASK Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico

Only 5 people in here on Saturday lunchtime. Short walk from Tate Britain. Did enjoy my 2/3 pint of keg Yonder Upside Down even though it cost £9! 3 cask ales from Salopian, 2 from Fyne Ales and 1 from Burning Sky.

7 Mar 2022 09:51

The Archers, Whitechapel

Now known as "The Buxton", it feels more like a hotel bar than a pub and, if they served ale, then it wasn't readily visible so I had a Sidecar instead. A calmer vibe than some of the places nearby.

6 Mar 2022 19:07

The Ten Bells, Shoreditch

So busy last night that I could only catch a fleeting glimpse of what seemed to be a solitary handpull (and Hobgoblin Gold at that). Settled instead for a Camden Pale. As we couldn't hear ourselves speak, we admired the tiling instead.

6 Mar 2022 19:00

The Golden Heart, Shoreditch

In our hunt for a "proper pint" on Commercial Street last night, we dropped in for what was going to be a swift visit but then became a longer stay when what looked like a table from someone's garden became free. At £6.30 a pint, I expected the Timothy Taylor Landlord to be nectar - it wasn't quite but it was enjoyable.

6 Mar 2022 18:55

The Brook Inn, Redditch

Smart, rural gastropub whose licensees have been there since 2015. Food was imaginative, unusual and of excellent quality. The Brook Pale Ale (Marston's 61 Deep?) was in very good condition and the guest Brew 61 Bromsgove Dark Ale possibly even a tad better. Yes, it was pricey (£13 for my starter, £19 for my main course and £4.60 a pint) but I guess they've got to make some money after lockdowns and there wasn't anything to fault with the whole lunchtime experience.

27 Feb 2022 15:07

Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden

Small cosy bar accessed via the hotel's coffee shop. Didn't feel as upmarket as some of the town's other hostelries but cetrtainly not basic either. Almost every table was taken so we had to sit at one of the tables situated in the middle of the room. Old Hooky, North Cotswold Shagweaver and Clavell & Hind Blunderbuss Pale Ale were the 3 handpulls today - I tried the Blunderbuss simply because I hadn't heard of the brewery before and it was very good.

20 Feb 2022 16:57

The Wild Boar, Warwick

Food now limited to basic burgers and pork baps but the Slaughterhouse cask ales were again in excellent condition and there are now some keg lines which seem to have replaced the handpulls from other breweries. So not quite the hot spot of real ale it once was but still more than enough choice for most.

12 Feb 2022 18:49

The Shakespeare, Harbury

Harbury no longer has as many pubs as it once did (the Old New Inn has now closed) but the Grade II listed Shakespeare (some of which dates back to the C16) seemed from the outside to be the most characterful so in I went after my circular walk to Bishop's Itchington and Chesterton. Service was professional rather than friendly but my pint of Purity Pure UBU was very good indeed (and only £3.70) and I would have happily have stayed for several more had it not been for my car parked outside. Other handpulls were Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Sharp's Atlantic which I didn't try. Furnished in mostly a modern country style with a lot of steel blue paintwork (some of it getting shabby).

9 Jan 2022 16:30

The Red Lion, Horley

Traditional wet-led pub with occasional pop-up kitchens which might just be my new favourite in the area due to a terrific pint of Hook Norton's 12 Days, friendly welcome from landlord and fellow drinkers, and The The, The Killers and Faces on the laptop jukebox. As it was New Year's Eve, the pub was unusually open in the afternoon for a mid-walk pint (I was required to leave my muddy boots at the door for fear of ruining the carpet before the evening's celebrations which was fair enough).

2 Jan 2022 14:10

The Dun Cow, Hornton

Hooky, Hooky Gold and Doom Bar were the 3 ales available on New Year's Eve - I was there at 4pm and sat on one of the red leatherette banquettes in the bar where there were just 3 other people (and one small group in the dining room). My pint of Hooky was good enough but not a patch on the pint I had drunk an hour earlier in Horley. New licensees took over in May 2019.

2 Jan 2022 13:13

The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow

Refurbished at considerable cost since the last review and now looks much more like a classy hotel than the slightly shabby mishmash that it once was. The Ludlow Best was in fine order on Boxing Day and the restaurant food was equally as good.

29 Dec 2021 12:06

Beer in Hand, Hereford

Describes itself nowadays as a "pub" with no mention of its micro origins or influences. With no atmosphere inside on early Friday evening, the only real attraction is the wide range of beers - I tried a pint of Wild Weather Sleepy Joe's which I quite enjoyed.

29 Nov 2021 20:44

The Church Inn, Ludlow

Hobsons Best and Town Crier, Ludlow Red Dawn and Gold and Wood's Lad were the 5 handpulls on Friday and standards remain as they have been for a number of years.

29 Nov 2021 20:24

The Lichfield Vaults, Hereford

Looks good from the outside and inside with its wood panelling and church pews but my pint of Adnams Broadside was distinctly average and the London Pride, Wainwright and Rhymney Gold didn't tempt me.

29 Nov 2021 20:21

Fox & Hounds, Cotherstone

Busy pub in an otherwise quiet village. Décor is country rather than traditional. Good, interesting menu and they had 2 beers from Tirril Brewery last Friday night; I tried the Cotherstone Ale (Nut Brown Ale in disguise?) and A Pale Ale (which may also have another name) - both were above average without being overly distinctive.

18 Nov 2021 09:03

The Rose and Crown, Romaldkirk

Attractive 18th century coaching inn with oak-panelled dining room. The Black Sheep Bitter was very good indeed, the food decent.

18 Nov 2021 08:48

The Red Lion, Cotherstone

Describes itself as an "Eighteenth century (1738), grade II listed, stone built Coaching Inn set in the idyllic Teesdale village of Cotherstone. Within the walls of the Red you won’t find a T.V, jukebox or bandit. Just the crackle of the open fire, good beer and the pulse of conversation and laughter". Whilst it's like drinking in your grandmother's house in the 60s, it's ridiculously cheap and the Yorkshire Dales Brewery Rowantree and Aysgarth Falls were both quite good. Very different from its near neighbour The Fox and Hounds but well worth seeking out.

15 Nov 2021 21:01

The Blacksmiths Arms, Mickleton

Former blacksmith's shop which became a working men's club in the 50s and then a pub. One room divided by a stained glass partition wall. Tetley's Cask, Marston's 61 Deep and Wainwright were the 3 ales on sale on Friday afternoon; my Tetley's was in good condition. The young woman behind the bar could have been friendlier.

15 Nov 2021 20:53

The Three Horse Shoes, Barnard Castle

Modern, mostly open-plan Wetherspoon-like drinking hall with 90s piped music. Black Sheep Milk Stout, Wainwright and Jennings Cumberland were the 3 ales on sale on Saturday afternoon. Quite busy but too characterless for me.

15 Nov 2021 20:45

The Mill Inn, Withington

Finding a Samuel Smith's pub in the Cotswolds was surprising and the whole experience was all a little Royston Vasey-ish (one chap in the car park asked us which village he was in). The Old Brewery Bitter was a whopping £4.70 a pint but it was pretty good; we drank up quickly though and continued our walk back to the Roman villa at Chedworth.

24 Oct 2021 17:39

Lounge, Leamington Spa

Has been known as "House" for a few years now; looks more like a late-night establishment than a pub. Most pump clips were turned around so the only ale yesterday afternoon was Everards Tiger which was in decent condition. The house dachshund was very friendly.

18 Oct 2021 09:59

Hope and Anchor, Leamington Spa

Busy backstreet L-shaped pub even on a Sunday afternoon with free frankfurter rolls being passed around. In the 1980s Ansells rebranded it as a Heritage Inn as it has some nice stained glass windows and other historical features. Doom Bar and St Austell Trelawny were the 2 handpulled ales - I tried the Trelawny which was in good condition.

18 Oct 2021 09:49

The Swan Inn, Whittington

Banks's Sunbeam and Wychwood's Hobgoblin Ruby were the 2 ales yesterday, both charged at £4.40 a pint. A Sunday lunchtime visit so, like us, most people were eating and the food was pretty good in this smarter than average pub. Service was keen (perhaps even a little overzealous which I suppose is much better than apathetic) and the overall impression was of a well oiled machine.

11 Oct 2021 09:14

The Hero, Burnham Overy Staithe

A bizarre ordering system where you find a table, order outdoors then await (friendly) table service. This leads to lengthy delays even for drinks and was bemusing the London lads up for a wedding. If you pick the right outside table then you might get a view of the River Burn but otherwise it's just the main road to watch. My pint of Wherry was in good condition.

14 Sep 2021 10:23

The Lifeboat, Thornham

Full of character and an ideal place to stop for a couple of pints on a Monday afternoon. Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale, Woodforde's Wherry and Nelson Ale, and (Wolf's?) Lifeboat Ale were the 5 handpulls - I tried the Nelson which was in good order.

14 Sep 2021 10:11

Black Horse Inn, Castle Rising

We were the only visitors on a Friday afternoon earlier this month although the chap behind the bar told us that they had plenty of bookings for dinner. It's a pity that the only ale offerings are Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale but, to be fair, my Abbot was the best pint of its kind that I had ever had.

14 Sep 2021 10:01

The Crown, Woodbridge

We went to this "restuarant with rooms" on Saturday evening for a meal but I did manage a couple of pints of Adnams Southwold Bitter. Otherwise, if you like drinking in business hotel bars, then this might be the place for you!

9 Aug 2021 18:37

The Angel, Woodbridge

Inside the pub looks like a building site at present so there was only outdoor table service on Saturday afternoon. What seemed like a promising beer menu at first became more prosaic in the absence of a canned cherry sour and 2 of the 6 listed cask ales (although perhaps I should have checked the website in case the printed menu hadn't been updated). That still left Lacons Encore, Woodforde's Bure Gold and Headcracker and Mauldons Silver Adder (my choice). Would be willing to visit again another time as the service was particularly friendly.

9 Aug 2021 18:33

The Turks Head, Hasketon

A slight hiccup at the start of our visit with no trace of our booking although they managed to find us a good table. Much more of a high-quality restaurant than a pub with most people having left the building by 9pm. Ghost Ship, Earl Soham Victoria and Mauldons Pale Ale were the 3 cask ales and the 2 that I drank were decent but without distinction.

9 Aug 2021 18:24

The Red Lion, Woodbridge

Busy on Saturday lunchtime although most people had left by about 2pm. Ghost Ship, Landlord and London Pride were the 3 handpulls with the Pride being in decent condition. No blended whiskies though.

9 Aug 2021 09:11

The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

Being ensconced in a wood-panelled corner alcove in this historic posting inn gave us the feeling of sitting more in a pub than a hotel although most other seating areas were far more anodyne. Greene King IPA, East Coast IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Round Corner's Steeplechase IPA were on sale; the latter was in good condition.

9 Aug 2021 08:37

The Star, Sulgrave

It might be a nice-looking pub but, sadly, the Hooky Bitter was disappointingly poor/average yesterday afternoon. We weren't there to eat but a "Hooky Battered Mars Bar Duo" wouldn't have done it for me. The nearby Crown at Weston (not listed on this site) served a much better pint.

2 Aug 2021 10:45

Beerwolf Books, Falmouth

Not sure why I didn't take to this place when there was such a range of beers available; Penzance Trink/Mild, Beartown Lit, Cheddar Frozen Deep/Totty Pot on cask (all around £3.90 a pint) and Alpha State Smoked Marzen, Tempest Sleight of Hand, Fierce by Nature Dark Amber Sour (the most expensive by far at £8 a pint) on keg. Maybe it was the whiff of [email protected]*s that seemed to emanate from somewhere near my chair or maybe it was just bad timing on our part with the all-day drinkers dominating the ambience.

29 Jul 2021 19:08

The Tamar Inn, Calstock

Sparsely decorated inside with service a little sketchy. Busy last Sunday in the fine weather although the concreted area where we sat offered no view of the river. Having walked from Cotehele, it was disappointing to find the Salcombe Gold in only average condition; I didn't try the Salcombe Seahorse or the Doom Bar.

29 Jul 2021 18:45

Kings Arms, Luxulyan

After walking in the Luxulyan Valley, we sat in the small beer garden at the back of the pub as the Sunday afternoon drinkers at the roadside tables were just a little boisterous...I think I had a Proper Job but it must only have been average as it hasn't stuck in my mind!

29 Jul 2021 18:40

The Rising Sun Inn, Launceston

Quite why so many people were driving down the narrow country lanes to arrive here was a little beyond me - 10 cars must have turned up in the 30 minutes that we were there (although admittedly 6 of those were together). Outside tables are on the other side of the lane, the inside of the pub didn't look overly exciting. Sharp's Sea Fury, Firebrand Patchwork Rocket, Tintagel Cornwall's Pride and Skinner's Lushingtons Sunshine IPA were the 4 ales.

29 Jul 2021 18:35

Eliot Arms, Tregadillett

Walls and ceilings are covered in horse brasses, railway nick-nacks, old photos etc. which gives this friendly pub real character. We enjoyed it here and the Tribute was in good order (didn't try the Jail Ale). Close to the A30 which may explain why there was a steady number of customers.

29 Jul 2021 18:28

The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Seemed to be the drinker's pub in St Mawes but couldn't really judge based on just one visit; Doom Bar and Sharp's Atlantic were on sale.

29 Jul 2021 18:22

The Lamb and Lion, Hambridge

Visited a week ago last Saturday to find only a few people inside but still a very long wait for food service. Maybe members of staff are tasked with one job each because it took ages even to receive a menu. The Langport Bitter was quite good, I didn't try the Proper Job. Nicely refurbished building with a modern feel even though old features remain.

29 Jul 2021 18:18

The Ship Inn, Alnwick

A great place to have a drink at when walking from Beadnell to Craster as we did a week ago. I tried the house Ship Hop Ale and the Red Herring - the first was average to good, the second was better. At the moment, it is outdoor service only and they take your order at one window and you collect drinks/pay at another. Food is collected from a third. It all seemed to work quite well although queues did form during our hour there.

22 Jun 2021 19:00

The Three Horseshoes, Leyburn

Arrived on Saturday early afternoon to find a stressed landlord pouring 14 pints of Guinness for the imminent arrival of an all male party. Good views from the bench outside the front door over to the Middleham moors. My pint of Semer Water wasn't crystal clear but it tasted fine and kept its condition reasonably well; at least it was an alternative to the seemingly ubiquitous Black Sheep Bitter, Theakston Best and Wainwright.

21 Jun 2021 09:55

Jolly Fisherman, Craster

Didn't like this pub, probably because of their rude reluctance to admit us for drinks only. Presumably with so many people wanting to eat here (even at 4pm on a Monday) they aren't bothered about repeat custom. Whatever my £4+ pint of Jolly's Reward Ale really was, it was only average.

16 Jun 2021 19:01

Hermitage Inn, Morpeth

Had a nondescript pint of Cumberland Ale here on Saturday whilst sitting on one of the sun-drenched benches outside the front door breathing in the fumes from the passing cars.

16 Jun 2021 18:54

Masons Arms, Morpeth

Tried most of the beers here (Wainwright, Black Sheep, Masons Arms Pale Ale, Landlord) and none of them was any better than average. However, service was always excellent, the steak and ale pie was huge, the pub looks nice inside and the beer garden can be quite a sun trap.

16 Jun 2021 18:51

Crown and Anchor Inn, Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Doesn't look much from the outside but they do an excellent beetroot falafel salad and the beer garden has great views of the castle and the nearer priory. My pint of Muckle Tickle tasted good but lost its condition quickly.

16 Jun 2021 18:46

The Olde Ship Hotel, Seahouses

Loved the myriad of individual, characterful rooms (we sat in the Captain's Bar) and my pint of High House's Auld Hemp was probably the best of all the pints tried during my week in Northumberland. Also on sale were Black Sheep Bitter, Farne Island Bitter, Theakstons Best, Old Speckled Hen, Ruddles County and Firebrick's Pagan Queen. Entertainment was provided by the tea-and-scone brigade, especially one Moaning Minnie next to us who hadn't had a good cup of tea during her holiday and whose complimentary biscuit was more suitable for a dog.

16 Jun 2021 18:42

Craven Arms Inn, Cheltenham

Lovely beer garden to sit in and a proper drinks menu brought to the table along with a jug of water! I settled for a £4.90 pint of Otter Tarka Four lager last Saturday as it was too hot a day for the Stroud Tom Long, North Cotswold Shagweaver or Otter Bitter (all £4.35). BBF North Street Cider and Dunkertons Black Fox were the draught ciders (they said they like to avoid the mainstream here). Also a few bottles from Deya. No reason for me to venture inside the pub but it looked like somewhere we might consider returning to.

8 Jun 2021 09:48

The Wykham Arms, Sibford Gower

The gravity fed North Cotswold Windrush Ale (£3.80 per pint) was in fine form last night as were the service and food. And it was great to be back inside a pub with family! Not particularly busy inside from 7.30pm onwards even though many of the outdoor tables seemed to be occupied when we arrived.

6 Jun 2021 11:13

The White Hart, Winchcombe

Busy on Bank Holiday Monday; in fact so busy that drinks orders were being taken (illegally!) at the bar (although my pint of Staropramen was then brought to my outside table). It was too warm a day for the Goffs Cheltenham Gold or one of the other handpulled ales (I think I saw TT's Landlord as well).

4 Jun 2021 09:13

Admiral Rodney Inn, Martley

Dined here again yesterday lunchtime and wasn't quite as enamoured of this pub as last time. Same issue with service and the food standards may have dropped a notch. However, The Hop Shed Frizzle was good enough for me to have more than one pint of it and the afternoon was all about meeting up with a friend I hadn't seen since before the pandemic started.

24 May 2021 14:28

The Crown, Stanhoe

Now known as the Duck Inn, this has been a family-run business since 2013. I enjoyed a couple of good pints of Elgood's Cambridge Bitter with my equally good chilli lamb and chickpea flatbread on Friday lunchtime. Seemed like a more upmarket establishment than other pubs nearby.

18 May 2021 19:23

The Ancient Mariner, Hunstanton

Far too sunny on Sunday to bother with the 5 (6?) real ales so it was a Moretti for me. The most noticeable thing about my ham sandwich was that it came with two portions of chips when I had only ordered (and paid for) one.

18 May 2021 19:17

The Rose and Crown, Snettisham

Nice pub but the marquee should have been better ventilated on Saturday and the tables more spread out. I can understand the desire to get as many paying customers in as possible though. Enjoyed my pints of Wherry without bothering with the Pedigree or Broadside.

18 May 2021 19:12

Tap and Kitchen, Oundle

Set in a wharfside warehouse, the décor is a mixture of industrial and boudoir and the food, service and Nene Valley Bitter were all superb yesterday. Not a typical pub experience admittedly (although drinkers were welcome) but, as the first indoor eating/drinking experience for several months, it surpassed expectations.

18 May 2021 19:08

The Bakers Arms, Bugbrooke

Surprisingly busy at 5pm on Sunday afternoon as a women's football team arrived en masse in the partly covered beer garden and they were swiftly followed by a separate gathering seemingly celebrating someone's birthday. I should have opted for the Red Kite but, not knowing it was a Grainstore ale, I chose the Black Sheep over the Timothy Taylor Landlord and was pefectly happy with my selection.

11 May 2021 18:08

The Narrow Boat Inn, Weedon

Enjoyed a good pint of Charlie Wells DNA on Sunday in the lovely beer garden overlooking the canal. Waiting staff were cheerful and friendly, obviously not yet fed up of customers like us choosing distant tables to sit at. Couldn't find crisps though on their app!

11 May 2021 09:30

The Candlelight Inn, Chard

Excellent Sunday roast last weekend and the Brakspear Bitter (sorry "Gravity") was an unexpected and good find so I didn't bother trying the Wadworth 6X or the other ale option. Service was very efficient which was just as well as the rainclouds threatened our uncovered table outside the front door.

6 May 2021 19:58

Kings Arms, Honiton

Reopened apparently as a community-owned pub in 2020 after a seven-year closure. We were the only people there last Saturday late afternoon so it was a bit strange to hear 70s soul blaring out through the open doors in this quiet village. Looked quite modern inside. Must confess I can't remember what I drank other than it was a little too cold and slightly above average.

6 May 2021 19:51

The Tuckers Arms, Axminster

The Branscombe Branoc was pretty good last Saturday sitting outside in the front car park.

6 May 2021 19:46

The Brasenose Arms, Cropredy

Had the impression of a locals' local on Sunday afternoon and didn't feel particularly welcome. 4 handpulls - Landlord, Proper Job, Hooky and Phipps's Midsummer Meadow. As a Midsummer Meadow virgin I should have tried that but I opted for the Hooky which was in good condition.

3 Nov 2020 09:03

The Moon & Sixpence, Hanwell

The "Cherwell Chef of the Year 2003" trades on past glories perhaps, who has won this award in the years since? The sole handpull (Bombardier) was in good order on Sunday afternoon but drinking in a dining room wasn't quite the pub-feel we had been hoping for.

3 Nov 2020 08:49

The Sun, Pickering

Friendly pub that was busy this afternoon so we were directed into the extension (the "Garden Room") which is an oak-framed modern conversion of an outbuilding. They were quite apologetic only to be serving 3 real ciders; the 4 ales were Bradfield Farmers Blonde, Tetley's Cask, Rooster's Scrambler and Three Brothers Ruby Revolution - I tried the last of these which was very good. A nostalgic '80s soundtrack played throughout our visit.

7 Oct 2020 21:42

The Black Horse Vaults, Whitby

Service today was absolutely spot-on with plenty of explanation to those customers who weren't familiar with the COVID-safe environment (as they hadn't probably been inside a pub since they were on holiday last year). Slightly surprised not to see a loc-ale on handpull but the Titanic Plum Porter was very good (didn't try the Adnams Ghost Ship or Southwold Bitter) and the pork pie "yapas" from Barnards of Fylingthorpe was delicious. Loved the fact that they sell Mint Imperials at 20p a handful and Batchelors® Cup a Soup is a £1.95 menu option.

7 Oct 2020 20:09

The White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale Abbey

The views might be fantastic but the service wasn't. To be directed (ordered?) to a back room table when there were only 4 other people in the pub seemed a little anti-tourist to me whatever the COVID-19 precautions are. The Theakston Best was average - didn't try the Black Sheep or the Yorkshire Guzzler. Disappointing.

6 Oct 2020 18:29

The Feathers, Helmsley

They were turning people away last Friday, thank goodness we had pre-booked. Our table was just to the left as you walk in so unfortunately we couldn't see much of the rest of the pub with no wandering about allowed. The Black Sheep was drinking very well indeed and the service was faultless.

6 Oct 2020 18:23

The Moors Inn, Appleton-le-Moors

Late 18th century pub that is decorated in a smart country casual style. The Yorkshire Heart Ghost Porter was good, also on sale were Farmer's Blonde and Timothy Taylor Boltmaker. Would have been happy to spend more time here.

6 Oct 2020 18:12

The New Inn, Cropton

A couple of pints of Yorkshire Moors went down very well yesterday as did the very tasty ox cheek and Porter pie. Largely silent couples at the neighbouring tables didn't help the atmosphere in the bar though.

6 Oct 2020 18:06

Black Swan, Pickering

Handsome 18th century coaching inn that has been done out in an Art Deco style. The pint of Coal Porter that I had on Saturday was very good.

6 Oct 2020 18:01

The Royal Oak Inn, Kington

Now being run by Sue again (landlady from 2003-2011), we went last Saturday because they had live music (the band was called "Blind Alley") and a BBQ in the large beer garden. Table service only - the Wye Valley HPA and Timothy Taylor Landlord were both pretty good and we had a great evening.

26 Sep 2020 16:48

The Royal Oak Inn, Gladestry

Was taken over last year by a couple who used to run the Tavern in nearby Kington and has been refurbished inside to give it a more modern look. As a result it seems to be attracting many more customers than it used to. My pints of Ludlow Gold and Butty Bach on Saturday were good enough to wash down my delicious home made steak and ale pie. Service was exemplary.

21 Sep 2020 11:06

The Plough Inn, Upper Boddington

The rear car park has been astroturfed and furnished with pallet seating and gazebos (presumably temporarily) and this is where everyone was being directed to sit yesterday afternoon once they had ordered drinks at the perspex-protected bar. Premium lagers and gins seem to be order of the day here so I ignored the Doom Bar and Church End Goat's Milk handpulls in favour of the keg Redchurch Paradise IPA which was good enough (and cool) but wouldn't have won any prizes.

14 Sep 2020 10:47

The Carpenters Arms, Daventry

No Test and Trace system in operation but they freely admitted that they don't get many non-locals visiting (which I assume meant they already know who visits when). In fact, judging by the numbers there yesterday lunchtime, they don't get much custom at all. However, my pint of Hooky direct from the pin was in very good condition and it was a nice touch to be asked through the serving window whether I wanted a handled or straight glass. Some evidence of internal refurbishment taking place at present.

14 Sep 2020 10:13

The Hood Arms, Kilve

Gone is the hunting paraphernalia that I saw on my last visit and there seems to have been a move towards more of a gastropub look. The Bath Gem, Exmoor Gold and Tribute were all decent but immemorable last Friday evening. Food was plentiful and more imaginative than "ordinary" pub grub.

8 Sep 2020 18:24

The Plough Inn, Holford

The interior looked a little sparse but, as everyone was being directed via the one-way system to outdoor tables last Saturday afternoon, that didn't matter. Our server was run off his feet especuially when a horde of mountain bikers arrived. There only seemed to be one ale (Doom Bar) but it was in excellent condition.

8 Sep 2020 18:15

The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey

Last Thursday's Butty Bach was good enough but the emphasis here is really on the excellent food and the accommodation (which is why we were there).

8 Sep 2020 18:09

The Bell Inn, Yarpole

New licensees have taken over since my last visit and have upgraded the menu and the beer quality (last Thursday's pint of Hobsons Best was my pint of the year so far and the guest Reverend James was also decent). Hopefully the focus on quality will encourage visitors from afar (who may also wish to visit the belltower which stands separate from the church and has main timbers dating back to 1192 making it one of the oldest timber-framed structures in England).

8 Sep 2020 18:06

The Norman Knight, Whichford

Returned yesterday (again in walking gear) to sit in the front garden of this very busy, food-led pub. The hake risotto was excellent and the quality of the beer wasn't far behind. I stuck to the Hooky although Goff's "Norman Knight" and Prescott's Hill Climb were also on sale.

1 Sep 2020 11:14

The Plough Inn, Cold Aston

One of those Cotswold pubs where the locals reminisce loudly about ballooning in Bhutan and walking in the high Andes. The service was best described as efficient rather than friendly and my pint of Burning Sky Plateau direct from the pin was no more than workmanlike.

23 Aug 2020 19:06

Crown and Sandys Arms, Ombersley

Couldn't help feeling that this sprawling late 17th century inn could be so much better with a little investment. Dated (though not shabby) and lacks any real warmth. The Wye Valley HPA was good/very good but expensive at £4.10 a pint. The food was at the higher end of the pub grub category but definitely not in gastro territory.

22 Aug 2020 19:06

Swan Inn, Birlingham

Wasn't expecting to find New Bristol Brewery's Joy of Sesh (and Purity's Session IPA) on keg in a pastoral village local like this one! 2 handpulls too (Goffs Cheltenham Gold and Purity Mad Goose) so may well return to try the fish specials on the menu board one day. They even washed down our outside bench after we left which would please even the most coronavirus-conscious.

18 Aug 2020 15:52

The Bell Inn, Eckington

A suburban gastro pub in a village if that makes any sense. My pint of Wye Valley HPA was decent enough. Excellent table service and seemed very COVID-secure.

16 Aug 2020 22:14

Boot Inn, Orleton

Now under community ownership and the locals must have embraced this as Saturday evening was very busy. Excellent food and Hobsons Twisted Spire (£3.30 a pint). The only slight criticism was the preference to take drinks orders at the bar (leaving the table service for food) - this might be OK in a larger pub but probably shouldn't be encouraged in places like this at the moment as the inevitable queue soon formed due to there simply not being enough space to keep socially distanced.

10 Aug 2020 19:10

The Lampet Arms, Upper Tadmarton

Visited yesterday after walking from Tadmarton to Milcombe and back in an effort to support a rural pub which possibly had little custom pre-COVID and even less now. Whilst service was friendly and the Sunday roast plentiful and tasty (without being fancy), the limited menu and the fact that all drinks were bottled/canned (and pricey) gave me the general impression that this pub is struggling. The proliferation of baubles and other "interior design items" was eclectic and the antisemitic customer at a nearby 3 (or 4) household table (inside) would do better to stay in lockdown permanently and drink his cans of Carling at home.

3 Aug 2020 12:48

The Nook, Holmfirth

Like the last reviewer I thought that the pint of Choco Orange Stout that I had yesterday was excellent. Not very busy but at least that afforded the opportunity to ask the landlord (or whoever he was) about the microbrewery on site. We sat in the snug area by the bar counter which was the only room with anyone in it (and that was just one local slowly drinking his day away). Hopefully pubs will get busier now that lockdown has ended but, if our fellow tourists are anything to go by, that might not be any time soon.

26 Jul 2020 14:32

The Riverhead Brewery Tap, Marsden

Of the few pubs I've visited since lockdown eased, this was the one where they've taken coronavirus precautions the most seriously (temperature/contact details taken, staff wearing visors). Pub was heaving for a Friday lunchtime (no doubt due to its outlook over the river) but staff seemed to have the table service mostly under control. My pint of newly tapped Riverhead Happy Valley was good but still a slight disappointment (the Butterley Bitter on someone else's table looked in fine condition).

26 Jul 2020 13:32

The Diggle Hotel, Diggle

Quite open-plan and hardly any customers on Thursday lunchtime so the pub itself lacked atmosphere (perhaps unsurprising for a damp midweek day). We therefore chose to sit outside. My £3.60 pint of Millstone Tiger Rut was good.

26 Jul 2020 13:21

The Cross Keys Inn, Uppermill

Traditional but not dated pub which served a great pint of JW Lees Founder's on Thursday together with homemade pie, chips and mushy peas (which everyone seemed to be eating).

26 Jul 2020 13:11

The Bell Inn, Willersey

Excellent pint of Purity UBU and the Sunday roast beef was also very nice. Large attractive beer garden with 3 tables occupied but nobody inside the pub itself.

16 Jul 2020 23:28

Jekyll and Hyde, Birmingham

The "Gin and Cocktails" theme now seems a little outdated to me but the Friday 4pm brigade was arriving in full force as I drank my swift pint of excellent £4.25 Titanic Plum Porter. Two offerings from Purity also on sale.

15 Feb 2020 09:40

The Encore, Stratford upon Avon

Murky pint of Purity UBU was served to me yesterday at a cost of £4.60. The pub was smartly refurbished in November 2018 but there's far too much lighting in here to make the place cosy and a general sense that they aren't at all bothered about repeat business because of the continual influx of tourists.

2 Feb 2020 17:51

The Eagle and Sun, Droitwich

Mid 19th century roadside pub with conservatory overlooking the junction of the Birmingham to Worcester Canal and the Droitwich Canal. The pub itself lacks much character being basically an open-plan L shape. Renowned for its carvery, we had to pre-order food in almost minute detail but that didn't prevent us from enjoying what we had ordered after we had completed the Hanbury Circular Walk. The beers I tried were Purity Mad Goose and Bewdley Worcestershire Way, both quite good but neither deserving a repeat order (didn't try the Doom Bar).

26 Jan 2020 14:33

Blue Boar, Ludlow

Like I found on my last visit, the Clerics Cure was decent enough on Saturday night without being spectacular. Town Crier was also still on sale as were Wye Valley HPA and Black Sheep Bitter. Much busier this time around.

20 Jan 2020 11:44

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

Of several pubs visited in Ludlow on Saturday night, the beer in the Charlton Arms was in the best condition (my pint of Hobsons Best being very good indeed). Wye Valley Butty Bach and Bitter, Ludlow Gold and Wood's Take 5 were the other handpulls. Draughts/chess sets on the tables kept us busy for a short while and there was a much quieter clientele than in other pubs.

20 Jan 2020 11:24

Artisan Ales, Ludlow

Now reopened under new management (something to do with the Olive Branch restaurant?) and is known (imaginatively) as The Bar (although the old signage remains). Seating has now replaced the bottle shop downstairs. A "To Let" sign remains outside and there is talk of the next-door flower shop expanding into this part of the building. Maybe that explains why there was only one other customer when we were there - the locals know it might not remain open for long. Saturday's offerings were both from Three Tuns Brewery - Fruit & Nut and Rantipole - my pint of Fruit & Nut was the last pint from the barrel but was still OK.

20 Jan 2020 10:07

The Tally-Ho Inn, Broadheath

Has been in the same ownership for 30 years and the décor looks as old. The arm of my chair was held together by gaffer tape. How they manage to do a 3 course carvery for £12.50 is anyone's guess. After such a long tenure, they've obviously mastered the art of serving a good pint as my pint of the guest Butcombe Original was superb. Stunning views of Titterstone Clee Hill and the Teme Valley from the garden although yesterday was certainly not the day to be sitting outside.

19 Jan 2020 18:25

The Queens Head, Sedgeberrow

A somewhat shabby smallish village pub with a dining area (rather than a separate room) to the left as you walk in and the main drinking area to the right. We were the only customers at 3pm this afternoon. Landlord chef Matt offered us some free roast potatoes after hearing that we had just completed a long circular walk - these were washed down with a couple of very good pints of the seasonal Hook Norton Cold Turkey (unfortunately not free). Like the nearby Star Inn at Ashton under Hill, I wouldn't necessarily make a detour to come here again but it was decent enough.

5 Jan 2020 18:42

The Figure of Eight, Birmingham

This week was our annual trip to the NIA/B'ham Arena/whatever it is now called so again popped in for a quick meal and drink (forgot to review last December's visit). Slight dispute with one of the regulars about who was next to be served (the clue was me standing there as he walked up) which could/should have been resolved by the unoccupied bar staff (not untypical in Wetherspoons I gather as the most prolific poster on this website will testify). Anyway, minor quibble aside, the Elgood's "A Christmoose Carol" was in decent condition. Same time next year?

13 Dec 2019 18:56

The Ring o' Bells, Droitwich

Was converted to a private dwelling in 2017.

8 Dec 2019 21:04

The Butchers Arms, Eldersfield

Changed hands in early 2018 but remains a high-end dining pub (with a sirloin steak costing £22). Butty Bach served straight from the cask. Unspoilt (outside lavatories) and not the easiest place to find but worth seeking out.

8 Dec 2019 19:56

The Oxford Arms Hotel, Kington

Not much has changed from my previous visits except that it is now in the GBG (the only pub in Kington this year). Friday's solitary handpull was Wood's Beauty which was in fine order. If you've made it to Kington, then the run down charm won't bother you.

23 Sep 2019 13:20

The Rhydspence Inn, Whitney on Wye

I should have returned last Friday's pint of Hobsons Old Prickly as it was end-of-the-barrel quality. Fortunately the Butty Bach on the other handpull was pretty good. Food was nothing special but did the job. Decent place but not exceptional.

23 Sep 2019 13:15

The Driftwood Spars Hotel, St Agnes

Definitely a pub with accommodation rather than a hotel. Main bar is especially characterful with a mini-exhibition on the wall pictorially describing the history of the village and no children allowed! With the brewery literally over the road, most offerings are from the Driftwood Spars Brewery - I tried the £3.80 per pint "Spars" which is the pub's best-seller and enjoyed it. Other village beers were Alfie's Revenge and Bowden Rocks as well as Black Flag's Naughty Pilchard and Dancing Duck's Nice Weather and DCUK (which hadn't travelled as well as the Spars). Our first visit but we found it pretty hard to fault.

23 Sep 2019 13:11

The Halsetown Inn, Halsetown

Disappointing visit last Sunday afternoon. Yes, it's a characterful multi-roomed pub with an eclectic mixture of furniture but it's mainly laid out for dining (we were directed to sit at one table even though it was 4pm and the place was virtually empty) and the solitary Sharps Atlantic was poor enough for me to leave it unfinished.

23 Sep 2019 12:57

Artisan Ales, Ludlow

Closed down a couple of weeks ago.

23 Sep 2019 09:06

Ebrington Arms, Chipping Camden

When I last visited, it was a cosy country pub that did excellent food. Now it's been extended it still retains most of its ambience but it's a little more restaurant nowadays than pub. It remains seeking out though. The Yubby was slightly better than average for £3.80 a pint whereas the Stroud Tom Long was in better condition, tastier and more expensive. Even on a Tuesday evening, we couldn't get our preferred dining time - maybe everyone but us knew that the Flowers of Ilmington Women's Morris side would be there.

4 Sep 2019 08:32

The Duke William, Lincoln

At the top of Bailgate almost out of reach of the tourists, the Duke William was radically refurbished about 3 years ago and now describes itself (as does everywhere else) as a "pub and kitchen". Big enough to accommodate a range of customers, the inevitable party of lads on a day out hogged the bar but a quick barge-through and I was able to get close enough to order a £4 pint of Citradelic without being able to see who brewed it (possibly Melwood according to Google). Other ales were Doom Bar, Colchester's Metropolis and the house Duke William Ale brewed by Ferry Ales. Busy and lively in a good way, it was a pleasant hour for us.

6 Aug 2019 09:42

Kings Head, Stamford

The barman was pretty miserable and the family next to us was playing Scrabble (quietly fortunately) but the handpull range was diverse: Beartown's Polar Eclipse, Round Corner's Notorious Hooligan, Tiny Rebel's Moutere IPA and Black Sheep's Best Bitter. As I hadn't seen it before, I went for Farm Yard Ales Gulf IPA on font - only downside, £7.50 for a pint of that together with half a cider.

6 Aug 2019 09:11

The Plough Inn, Horbling

Victorian red brick village pub with what was once stabling in car park. Inside there is a traditional bar area fronting the street and a possible extension at the rear which houses the restaurant. The snug between the two might accommodate five drinkers, it is that small. Didn't try the Reverend James but the Grainstore Ten Fifty was in very good condition which admittedly surprised me as cask ale didn't seem the preferred choice of the few locals who were in on Friday late afternoon.

4 Aug 2019 20:57

Swan Hotel, Southwold

Refurbished completely in 2017, Adnams must now look at this as their flagship venue. It's really a hotel with a large "Tap Room" (that's how they describe it) and other seating areas dotted around for one to partake in afternoon tea (or beer). Modern display board behind the bar advertising 12 different choices; all the usual beers from Adnams including a never-to-be-seen-again Ease Up IPA. Whatever time we walked in last Monday (guessing around 5pm), we had the place largely to ourselves before the influx of families arrived for their 6pm feed.

29 Jul 2019 22:35

The Angel Inn, Wangford

Only reopened a couple of weeks ago after being bought and smartly refurbished by a local small pub company. From what I've seen of old photos, it's unrecognisable from its previous guise and is much more "gastropub" nowadays. Initially disappointed to find it closed after 7pm on a Sunday, we were staying within staggering distance so were able to try it again on subsequent nights when it was popular with destination diners (the food is more restaurant than pub). The Green Jack Summer Dream ran out mid-pour on my first visit (never to be replaced) so it was Adnams Ghost Ship, Broadside and Greene King IPA from then on. Won't appeal to those who like horse brasses and beer mats stuck on walls but we liked it, not least for its proximity!

29 Jul 2019 22:18

The Lord Nelson, Southwold

Crammed in a week ago for a lunchtime pint of Adnams So Many Different Worlds (in preference to the Southwold Bitter and Broadside which incidentally has only gone up 10p in price since 2015/16). Only time I saw this beer on sale in Southwold. By 2pm the pub had emptied. Preferred the Lord Nelson to the Sole Bay because it had better beer.

29 Jul 2019 21:05

The Sole Bay Inn, Southwold

I'd heard it was the (unofficial?) Adnams tap but my pint of Jack Brand Mosaic was distinctly average so it was hardly worth deviating from the High Street. Usual suspects on the other handpulls (Ghost Ship, Southwold Bitter, Broadside, Freewheel). Worst pint I had on our day in Southwold last week.

29 Jul 2019 19:18

Kings Head Hotel, Beccles

17th and 18th century former coaching inn which dominates the town centre. Just as well that it's an attractive building. Numerous rooms/seating areas off the main "hall" - we chose a window seat overlooking Sheepgate which was a much quieter part of the pub (for 5 minutes anyway).

Purple Moose Dark Side of the Moose, Ruddles Best, Abbot Ale, Beartown Atlas, Doom Bar and Prescott Season's Best were the ales that I saw on sale last Thursday priced at between £1.89 and £2.29. I had to return my pint of Atlas as it never cleared properly and, whilst the bar manager alluded to it being fine, it was changed for a pint of good Season's Best without quibbling.

Service was quick throughout our visit so nothing to dislike about this place.

29 Jul 2019 19:09

Angel Hotel, Halesworth

Historic coaching inn with some nice architectural features. On Sunday afternoon it was packed with mainly gentlefolk listening to live music - as unexpected as it was delightful. We sat in the central glazed-roof covered courtyard and the Adnams beer (can't remember if I had a Ghost Ship or a Southwold Bitter) was fine. If this pub is anything to go by, Halesworth seems worthy of a lengthier visit.

26 Jul 2019 14:09

Duke's Head, Somerleyton

Attractive country gastropub (their word not mine) which we visited after a tour of nearby Somerleyton Hall. Adnams Ghost Ship, Grain Best Bitter, Woodforde's Wherry and Mauldons Pickwick were the 4 ales on sale on Tuesday. Never having tried the Pickwick before, that was my choice and rather nice it was too.

Kitchen was closed (which we knew) but they did a fantastic sausage roll (at £3.80 this was more than it sounds).

Great beer garden.

26 Jul 2019 13:27

Fox, Shadingfield

Roadside pub with small garden at rear and Chris de Burgh's Lady in Red piped into the 1980s style cream conservatory.

Tuesday afternoon's 8 ales were Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, Lacons Highlight Ale, Nene Valley Simple Pleasures and Blond Session Ale, Tindall Mild, Green Jack Lurcher Stout, Mr Bees Apis and Bee Haf.

For the NE Suffolk Camra Pub of the Year 2018, I was dismayed by the distinctly average quality of the Bee Haf - maybe too much choice for a Tuesday?

Somewhat disappointing.

26 Jul 2019 12:41

The Rose and Crown, Stanton

Closed for housing.

26 Jul 2019 12:26

The Cock Inn, Stanton

Wouldn't describe this friendly pub as modern - it looks like it hasn't been decorated since the 80s. Lounge bar and public bar are equally basic - there is also a separate dining room that wasn't open last Saturday night due to limited trade. However, food was tasty, cheap and plentiful and beer was also in good condition. I didn't bother with the Greene King IPA but enjoyed the Pitchford Bullion Bronze and Morland Original.

26 Jul 2019 12:09

The Crown Inn, Hallow

Popped in this afternoon after the Hallow 12 Parish Challenge Walk for an excellent pint of Tribute. Butty Bach and HPA also on sale but no decent ciders. No longer a Chef and Brewer but a stylishly refurbished pub with an emphasis on higher-end food (the sort of place with an outside pizza oven and funk as the piped music). Some expensive food dishes (£15 for an omelette) and the beer didn't seem cheap either (£6.50 for my pint plus half a cider). The car park was full though.

13 Jul 2019 19:28

The Hunters Lodge, Worcester

Closed and looks run down.

13 Jul 2019 19:18

The Lord Nelson, Alcester


7 Jul 2019 11:43

The Holly Bush, Alcester

The Everards Beacon Hill was quite good yesterday. Reverend James was the guest with Everards Sunchaser & Old Original also on sale. Although there's plenty of separate rooms to sit in, most were empty yesterday early evening apart from what might be called the main bar (which would be a "snug" in most other pubs) and it seems as if the Holly Bush might be just limping along. I know own websites might be a little outmoded but I never like it when pubs just have FB pages (but I do like it when they have no TVs).

7 Jul 2019 11:37

The Stag, Red Hill

Reopened as a Wadworth's pub in 2017. Yesterday's Horizon was OK as was the food but there's nothing special about this place.

7 Jul 2019 11:24

The Anchor Inn, Welland

Admittedly a smart dining pub at the very least but no need to worry about that when you can sit outside enjoying glorious views of the Malvern Hills. The Ledbury Gold was in very good condition for £3.30 a pint with Butty Bach as the alternative untried ale.

30 Jun 2019 20:02

Dolau Inn, New Quay

Closed in 2016. Planning permission was granted last year for conversion into a hotel but nothing has happened yet.

24 Jun 2019 22:15

Harbourmaster, Aberaeron

We went there yesterday to eat (in the mostly empty restaurant) but the Purple Moose HM Best really was rather good and better than any pint that I had in nearby New Quay. The bar was so popular that drinkers were sitting outside on the harbour wall with their plastic glasses.

23 Jun 2019 17:46

The Hotel Penwig, New Quay

Looks better from the outside than it actually is (unless you like open-plan nondescript drinking halls). In a further attempt to match a Wetherspoons, the Reverend James was amazingly cheap at £2.50 a pint (and in good condition). On the plus side, the outside seats do have a good view of the sea. Brains SA Gold was also on sale. Next door is the Penlon Brewery Taproom which had just one poor cask ale.

23 Jun 2019 12:41

Sea Horse Inn, New Quay

Characterful one-roomed pub that's even further up the hill than the Black Lion and therefore much less popular with tourists. The "hole in the wall" that connects the bar to the outside seating is something I've never seen before. The Evans Evans WPA was good (I didn't try the Seahorse which is possibly something rebadged).

23 Jun 2019 12:34

The Black Lion, New Quay

Sparse interior but the real draw is the large beer garden. I ignored the Doom Bar in favour of the Purple Moose Elderflower Ale which was good.

23 Jun 2019 12:28

The Pheasant, Neenton

A smart 18th century roadside pub which has been owned for a number of years by the local community. It looks like there have been several extensions and the Oak Room in particular looks rather splendid. I believe that some land was also sold off for housing 4 or 5 years ago but there is still a beer garden and car park at the rear. Yesterday's beer offerings were Wye Valley HPA, Hobsons Town Crier and Hop & Stagger Golden Wander; I tried the last of these and, although it never cleared properly, it tasted fine.

2 Jun 2019 20:15

The Talbot Inn, Much Wenlock

Not as big as it first seems with the dining area at the front of the pub and a few solitary tables in the other part. Initially dismayed to find only Doom Bar and Black Sheep Special Ale on sale, the quality of the latter almost took me back to a weekend in Masham - an accolade indeed. Food was plentiful and well-priced at just £11.95 for a 2-course Sunday lunch. But how are they allowed to operate with the only handbasin/dryer in the Gents actually being inside the solitary cubicle?

2 Jun 2019 18:05

The Cherub Inn, Dartmouth

Not the oldest pub in the town but it is the oldest house and its Tudor history does give it an undeniably cosy ambience (although we probably wouldn't have stayed if we hadn't found a table). The 5 ales on sale on Friday were Black Tor Pride of Dartmouth, St Austell Proper Job & Cheeky Cherub, Exmoor Hound Dog and Exeter Tomahawk.

27 May 2019 22:02

The Windjammer, Dartmouth

As dead as a dodo on Friday evening. Cheap, torn furniture doesn't help. Windjammer Bitter, Dartmoor Legend and Red Rock Devon Coast were the 3 ales; my Devon Coast was thin but OK. My wife's wine was disgusting. In need of investment I would suggest in order to attract custom.

27 May 2019 13:28

Rumour, Totnes

Undoubtedly more of a place to eat but that's no reason for it not to be on this website as this isn't Pub in the Evening! Handpulls are still the same as they were in 2017; my IPA on Friday lunchtime was OK.

27 May 2019 13:04

The Bell Inn, Yarpole

Rescued by the local community earlier this year, this black-and-white pub with attached restaurant barn (complete with internal horse-mill) is situated in a small village near to the National Trust's Croft Castle. There has been much refurbishment giving the pub a light and airy feel but still retaining the extensive timber framing and other features (including a piano for anyone with the talent to play it). Friday's lunch was only £8.50 for 2 courses (too good value to miss we thought) and the 3 ales on sale were Hobsons Old Prickly, Wye Valley Butty Bach (both in good condition) and Swan Neck Oil (untried).

20 May 2019 22:43

Farmers Inn, Presteigne

Basic pub offering just one ale (Wood's Born & Bred). We sat in the bar area (rather than the lounge) on Friday afternoon because that's where the landlady was. Even though we were the only people inside the pub, she didn't seem particularly pleased to serve us (perhaps we were interrupting her watching of Premier League Best Goals 1994/95 which she might not have seen before). The beer was decent enough but there won't be a return visit from us.

20 May 2019 18:35

The Talbot, Knightwick

17th century building with many alterations and additions. The conservatory isn't up to much but the traditional lounge bar and tap room are more in keeping with this country inn. The Teme Valley Brewery is located on site and their This, That and T'other were on sale yesterday as well as their seasonal Jack in the Green which was good. Local draught ciders available too. The beer garden overlooks fields of cows and pigs adding to the general ambience. Home to one of the UK's oldest Farmers' Markets every 2nd Sunday of the month.

13 May 2019 08:27

The Baiting House, Upper Sapey

Something of a destination dining pub as the food has earnt 2 AA rosettes. Beers on sale today were Hobsons Twisted Spire, Ludlow Brewing's Stairway (in good condition), Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA. Set in beautiful countryside with luxury lodges in the neighbouring field, it's all rather splendid really.

12 May 2019 21:05

Crown Inn, Tewkesbury

Rather boisterous (my wife said rough) for a Sunday afternoon. Whilst the atmosphere wasn't threatening, it wasn't particularly welcoming either so whether they ever have anyone in other than locals is questionable. The pub is situated in a handsome village, is reasonably smart inside and looks like a cottage with a Victorian brick extension. Small courtyard outside seating area at the rear. Handpulls were Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA, one from North Cotswold Brewery (possibly Windrush) and Salopian Dr Picc. As the last of these was an unsual find, I tried it and it was good.

28 Apr 2019 19:49

The Knot Inn, Rushton Spencer

Pretty busy on Good Friday afternoon but I couldn't put my finger on why this place didn't quite fit the bill. Maybe it's because the village is little more than a collection of houses along a busy main road and lies just outside the more scenic Peak District National Park; maybe it was because we didn't see the beer garden behind the car park; or maybe it was because they were waiting for a Birra Moretti delivery so I had to settle for an Amstel to slake my mid-walk thirst. One of the locals was making his way through a barrel of Courage Directors and I thought I saw Black Sheep Bitter as well as one other ale but it was too warm for any of those.

26 Apr 2019 09:05

The Ship Inn, Wincle

Worth the short uphill hike from Danebridge especially if you can also manage to fit in a visit to the local brewery during the same trip. Admittedly they struggled with the food service on Friday night even though there were only 15 or so diners. However, the food was good (not in the same league as the Sutton Gamekeeper 4 miles away though) and we weren't in a hurry as we were staying within walking distance for the weekend. The JW Lees ales were Cosmic Brew, Founders and MPA - the ones I tried were in very good condition.

22 Apr 2019 22:20

The Lamb Inn, Sutton

The last reviewer said it all - outstanding menu with commensurate prices and highly efficient service. Specialises in game dishes (as its name suggests). TT Landlord, Wincle Poacher and Dunham Massey Deer Beer were the 3 ales on sale yesterday - I didn't try the Landlord but the others were in good condition. I guess at one point there were separate rooms but nowadays there are just partial divisions separating the restaurant from what is loosely a bar area. Very busy yesterday (as it was Easter Sunday) which meant the pub was quite cramped but I can totally understand their desire to serve as many customers as possible. We'd done some prior research using another website and left feeling that we couldn't have chosen better.

22 Apr 2019 20:32

The Winking Man, Upper Hulme

Large, roadside 1960/70s pub on the main route between Leek and Buxton. Rockers and men in vests seem to be the core clientele. Welcome was friendly but bemused at our desire to be walking miles in Saturday's baking hot weather. Forwent the Pedigree, Doom Bar and Bradfield Farmers Brown Cow in favour of a cold lager.

22 Apr 2019 20:15

The Snitterfield Arms, Snitterfield

Once again did a loop of the Welcombe Hills with this pub as the solitary "water stop". Yesterday's pint of Purity Gold was as good as anything I've had recently - disregard any fanciful attempts at getting Stratford town pubs into the GBG and come here instead. Doom Bar still also available but the clip for the Greene King IPA was turned around (a blessing). Under new management since autumn 2018.

15 Apr 2019 09:13

The Pump House, Shirley

More like drinking in a glass-fronted aircraft hangar than a pub. There was supposed to be a beer festival taking place but Shepherd Neame Hop County seemed to be the most unusual offering. The unlisted-on-this site Craft Inn opposite is a much better choice but, as the name might suggest, its a very different kettle of fish.

8 Apr 2019 18:59

The Old Corner Cupboard, Winchcombe

Doom Bar, Butty Bach, Mad Goose and Wickwar BOB were on sale today. I had a pint of BOB which was OK but I noticed that the beer was pulled through halfway through my pint so I guess I had just missed out on a fresh barrel. The pub has got some character but it looks like it needs a bit of TLC. Fine for an end of walk pint though.

7 Apr 2019 18:48

Apple Tree, Woodmancote

We sat outside as we were halfway through a walk from Winchcombe so I can't tell you much about this place other than it seemed quite smart and popular. Greene King pub so there were 5 of their ales - I had a pint of London Glory at a whopping £4.24 a pint. It certainly wasn't bad but it wasn't worth that money.

7 Apr 2019 18:43

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

We got served quickly on Saturday afternoon and must have got the last table as the place was heaving. Tony Hadley should perhaps stick to singing though as I didn't rate my pint of his brewing company's Moonstone IPA at all.

25 Mar 2019 20:34

The Wolf, Birmingham

It must have been the name of the beer that attracted me because my pint of New Bristol Brewery's Homebrew Loser Soup certainly didn't look too good in the glass! But that was just how it was supposed to be and it certainly tasted pretty good. If Saturday was anything to go by, then this venue seems to be thriving. If only I'd ordered one of their £7.50 pie meals rather than settling for a couple of packets of crisps much later in the evening...

25 Mar 2019 20:29

1000 Trades, Hockley

An independently owned small business which sits subtly amongst the industrial heritage of the JQ. Saturday night's memory is a bit hazy but I do remember having a couple of pints of VOG's Paradigm Shift. I didn't note what else was on sale but the choice has probably changed by now anyway!

25 Mar 2019 20:23

Admiral Rodney Inn, Martley

Has reopened as one of a small group of family owned inns clustered in the Teme Valley. The dining pub ambitions were evident throughout and that was the reason we were there (having walked the nearby Martley Circular Walk which is itself recommended). Food was very good (service a little slow though) and my pints of Ludlow Gold were also in fine condition (£3.40 a pint); so good in fact that I didn't bother trying the Wye Valley Butty Bach or HPA. It got a little cold in the cavernous restaurant barn towards the end of service but we'd rather have been eating there than on the tables in front of the small bar in the main pub.

25 Mar 2019 12:16

Hop Pole Inn, Leominster

It's been closed for a long time and has planning permission for housing.

20 Feb 2019 22:38

The Boars Head, Hampton Lucy

Not as good an experience as our last visit - almost empty; misogynist local braggart sounding off at the bar close to our allocated table; a pint of Pitchfork Double Header priced at a whopping £4.30 (TT Landlord £3.90 and Ringwood Razorback £3.60) and pretty ordinary food. As they always have been, the beers however were in excellent condition.

17 Feb 2019 14:05

The Kings Head, Abergavenney

Must be the equivalent of the town's nightclub and didn't really resemble a pub last night. Did spot Butty Bach on draught but the bar was almost impossible to get to through the throng of local Tony Maneros. The Indian restaurant next door is worth a visit and it was the live music that we could hear whilst eating there that drew us through the internal connecting doors into a scene that I thought had disappeared in the UK by the 1990s. Or maybe I don't get out enough.

27 Jan 2019 18:45

Monkland Arms, Monkland

Probably around 25-30 people in yesterday lunchtime with half of those drinking rather than eating. The Hobsons Best and Swan Neck Oil were both decent rather than excellent; I didn't try the Old Speckled Hen or the offering from Ludlow Brewery (think it was "Gold").

21 Jan 2019 10:09

The Rose and Crown, Ratley

Visiting another pub on our way home or a National Trust property was today's 3pm conundrum - Upton House lost and the Rose & Crown won. Others must have reached the same conclusion as the narrow village lanes were parked full of cars - the locals must love their transient guests. A 17th century coursed ironstone freehouse that was selling Tribute, Purity Mad Goose, Wye Valley Bitter/Butty Bach and Church End Goat's Milk today. Surprised at the range on offer, I tried the last named of these ales and it was worth the slight wait at the tiny bar as the diners paid their Sunday lunch bills.

13 Jan 2019 17:19

The Chandlers Arms, Epwell

Could easily have been a cottage that has been converted into a pub; it blends so well with the neighbouring houses. Small, two-roomed pub that has been smartly decorated in a modern style. Hooky and Hooky Gold were today's two handpulls and I tried the former which was very good (I can't remember ever having had a bad pint of this beer). Menu is one of traditional pub food. The current licensees moved down from Falkirk 8 weeks ago for their first ever pub venture - hope they do well but presumably they will need customers making an effort to travel to Epwell rather than just those who live in this tiny parish.

13 Jan 2019 16:56

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Still much the same as it was just over 4 years ago when I last visited (except it is now owned by Black Country Ales). I also think some external signage has been removed to reveal the original Holder's Brewery glazed tiles. BCA's Fireside, Pig on the Wall, BFG and Plum Pig were on sale last night (the last one being very good) as well as Grafton's Peanutter, Titanic's Chocolate & Vanilla Stout and Downton's Elderquad. Craft offerings were 3 from Salopian at well over £5 a pint. Whilst a pint of Plum Pig was a reasonable £3.40, a bottle of Hogan's Dry was £5.20 which seemed excessive (we should have ordered the draught Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon but opted for a more local cider). Easy to find a seat even on a Saturday night.

13 Jan 2019 16:45

The Dodford Inn, Dodford

Mid 19th century pub known locally as the "Pub in the Field". Quite why there's a pub here is anybody's guess but perhaps there's a connection to the village's Chartist history. The pub was refurbished in 2015 and now has a large restaurant extension. I'd say it's primarily now a dining rather than drinking pub because what remains of a bar area is dominated by large furniture that would suit the dining room better. In fact, the bar is arguably just a "holding area" while you wait for your table to be readied. That said, the food was fantastic yesterday lunchtime (as was the service) and, even though there were probably no more than 20 people in the whole pub and some of the dishes were not cheap, we enjoyed our visit immensely. The £3.40 a pint Dodford Pale Ale (Banks's Sunbeam?) was the best of the ales (it's their most popular) although we also tried the Wye Valley HPA (£3.60) and Butty Bach (£3.90). A bit of a journey for us but, if it were more local, we'd return without doubt.

13 Jan 2019 10:26

Victoria Works, Studley

Closed. Planning permission granted for demolition and (presumably) will therefore be replaced by housing.

13 Jan 2019 10:01

The Red Lion, Moreton in Marsh

A must for Bake Off fans as it's Prue Leith's local; and she was here this afternoon with her husband enjoying a soft drink and a packet of crisps - maybe she doesn't rate the chef :) . More interestingly, this is a Donnington's house which is cosy enough but I always get the impression that not much is spent on refurbishment in Donnington's pubs - the furniture and flooring look like they've been acquired via a pub catalogue and a cheap one at that. I had a pint of B.B. which was in decent enough condition (Cotswold Gold also on sale) but I just find this beer to be too caramelly as if it's been produced too quickly. We'd walked from Long Compton and the pub there is much better.

1 Jan 2019 18:19

The Bear, Stratford

A favourite of the local CAMRA brigade but I've never been sure that the best beer in town is to be found here. My pint of North Cotswold Blitzen was agreeable but I'd have tried something different had I been staying for a second pint. NC's Winter Solstice, Butty Bach, Purity Saddle Black and Old Hooky were also on sale yesterday afternoon.

1 Jan 2019 11:15

The Moorings, Leamington Spa

Tribute, Wye Valley HPA, Courage Directors and the seasonal Charles Wells/Adnams Red Robin Special Ale were on sale yesterday in this large, canalside dining pub. Service faded a little towards the end of our meal (I think we were the only ones upstairs) but the beer was served at a nice temperature and in decent condition.

27 Dec 2018 11:36

Cox's Yard, Stratford upon Avon

I've been in a couple of times in the last 6 weeks or so and Charles Wells keg beers now dominate with their Triple Hop IPA being the main draw. Young's London Stout as well but no handpulls (as far as I could tell).

17 Dec 2018 08:51

The Drum and Monkey, Dorridge

We were there last night to dine with family but I still managed a few pints. The local Silhill Brewery Twinkle Twinkle Little Star wasn't very good and nor was the Greene King IPA. Fortunately, the Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph was much better and the Tribute wasn't far behind (and they were all priced fairly at around £3.40 a pint). It's been many years since I was last in the Drum but I don't remember any exposed timber work from my last visit (has it been added to make this 1860s pub look older?). Whatever its date, the timber post in the middle of our table didn't exactly help conversation. Overall, a mixed bag and I can't see us rushing back too soon.

16 Dec 2018 10:06

Haworth Old Hall, Haworth

Over £4 for a pint of Jennings Sneck Lifter was a bit of a shock but not enough to put me off having more than one. Not everywhere serves food on a Sunday night in Haworth hence our visit here - have to say I wasn't expecting it to be quite so busy but that didn't affect the service which was spot on. Pub is big enough to accommodate drinkers and diners.

12 Dec 2018 12:12

Kings Arms, Haworth

Lively pub that was busy when we went in around 5pm (Christmas torchlight procession) and even busier when we left 6 hours later (karaoke). The beers from Bridgehouse Brewery were excellent - my favourite was Emily. And the food was pretty good too. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here.

12 Dec 2018 12:07

Dragon Inn, Birmingham

A couple of pints of Burton Bridge Santi-Freeze this lunchtime whilst out with work colleagues. Doom Bar and Abbott Ale were the unexciting alternatives. Nothing admirable about the pub itself but at least my beer was good.

6 Dec 2018 17:45

The Bacon Arms, Newbury

Has been refurbished recently and almost looks like a continuation of the Oxford Street Kitchen next door. Perhaps they've had to do it up to compete. Something of a locals pub (no bad thing) with a very nice pint of Pedigree on sale. Brakspears Oxford Gold was the other ale option (the Youngs Bitter having gone).

2 Dec 2018 19:44

The Five Bells, Wickham

Plenty of good things to be said about this pub. Lovely 17th century thatched building with internal timber framing, brewery on site and tasty food (huge portions). Beers on sale today were the own-brewed INN Deep, HopINNMad and INNhouse as well as BBF's Sugar Plum Shake, Kirkstall's Pale Ale, White Horse's Show Pony RPA, Vale's Brill Gold, Three Daggers Black and Wild Weather's King Street IPA. 6 real ciders as well. We tried pints of INN Deep for £3.90 and Tutts Clump Reading Gold (cider) for £4 - both were very good.

2 Dec 2018 19:36

The Swan, Ironbridge

Guessing I'm not part of their target market as the solitary ale was a pretty average Thwaites Wainwright, their "smokehouse" food didn't appeal to me and I don't own a bulldog. Not that they'll be in the least bit bothered by my future absence as all their tables were booked until 9pm on Friday night and people continued to flood in throughout the weekend as far as we could see.

19 Nov 2018 11:01

The Black Swan, Telford

Not a bad way to start our weekend in the Ironbridge Gorge area with a quick pint of good Hobsons Old Prickly after visiting the nearby Jackfield Tile Museum. Food menu looked reasonably priced although only drinkers present when we visited (including the locals sitting at the bar). Nice setting overlooking the river.

19 Nov 2018 10:52

The Woodbridge Inn, Telford

I always think of Brunning & Price pubs as slightly upmarket restaurants which sell beer, but maybe that's because I've visited at popular eating times. The B&P Original Bitter was very nice (and the cheapest at £3.70) so I didn't try the other beer offerings (which included one from Three Tuns). Slightly annoyed to find that the bill included a £8.30 glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc rather than the requested cheaper French version.

19 Nov 2018 10:41

The All Nations, Madeley

A short walk from Blists Hill Victorian Town, it doesn't look much initially from the outside but then you see the keystone dated 1789 and the blue plaque on the wall and you know you're going to be transported back many years to a time when pubs weren't identikit drinking halls or sophisticated restaurants. In advance of the afternoon's rugby, the television was perched precariously on two stacked firkins and the (male) locals were streaming in for their halves of bitter and a good chat. I had a pint of sublime All Nations Bitter for an equally sublime £2.60 a pint - I didn't hear anyone ask for the Hobsons Old Prickly, Town Crier or Goffs White Knight (although no doubt they would also have been in excellent condition). If only we could have stayed longer...

19 Nov 2018 09:11

Tontine Hotel, Telford

Large, cavernous Georgian hotel that once was visited by royalty but would be better suited nowadays as a Wetherspoon pub. At least if Mr Martin did get his hands on this place, there might be more than a dozen people inside. The Three Tuns XXX wasn't on so it was a pint of Timothy Taylor Boltmaker for me (which was reasonable) rather than the Butty Bach. Overall verdict - could be much better.

19 Nov 2018 08:51

The Horse and Jockey, Freeford

A 19th century roadside pub that offers a friendly welcome in traditional surroundings. My pint of Pedigree was excellent yesterday as was the homemade pie.

11 Nov 2018 16:56

The Wheelbarrow Castle, Radford

Large carvery restaurant with not much of a bar area and not much character either. Quick customer turnover is the name of the game here. That said, my pints of Wye Valley HPA were surprisingly good as was the friendliness and efficiency of the service.

29 Oct 2018 15:34

Blue Boar, Ludlow

My last visit here was one Christmas Eve (last year?) when I forgot to review it (or couldn't remember how). Saturday's experience was much more sedate when we had the large upstairs room to ourselves for a family get-together and enjoyed good food and drink. Three Tuns Clerics Cure and Hobsons Town Crier were the 2 ales I tried of the 4 on offer - both were good but no better than that. Pretty quiet when we left around 9pm. A pub still worth visiting though.

1 Oct 2018 14:21

The Royal George Inn, Kington

Closed in 2012 but plans have been approved for a major development on the site (including a new play barn and the retention of the pub).

24 Sep 2018 12:56

The Swan, Huntington

One of those of-a-different-era pubs that almost defies description. The log fire seems to burn continuously whatever the weather. Bottled beer only but a good selection of local ales and ciders. Remote and only open in the evening - however, well worth visiting if you know what to expect.

24 Sep 2018 12:47

The Royal Oak Inn, Gladestry

Only open at weekends and then maybe not at lunchtime. Open fire and stone-flagged main bar so very traditional. Main trade is from walkers and ramblers. Solitary beer was from 3D (Pitchfork) near Weston-super-Mare - the landlord didn't know much more about it but at least it was in decent order.

24 Sep 2018 12:41

The Lock Inn Cafe (Canal Side Cafe), Bradford on Avon

Its website advertises "Fun with Dick & Jane Since 1990" and promotes the breakfasts over anything else. If it is a pub then it's nothing special. Beers were from the St Austell stable - Bath Ales' Gem and St Austell Barracuda as well as Mena Dhu stout on font. I couldn't work out why they needed garish plastic tablecloths on the outside tables unless it's evidence of their "quirkiness". We had one drink here and moved on.

20 Aug 2018 21:20

Timbrells Yard, Bradford on Avon

The restaurant proper is well away from the bar so don't be put off visiting for just a drink. It's not an old-fashioned boozer though by any means. It wouldn't make it into my personal GBG (my best pint in town was in the Stumble Inn which is not yet listed on this site) but the beer was OK - I'm not the biggest fan of Otter Bitter so I went for a pint of Maverick (Brightside Brewing?) instead. Other options were available. FWIW, food was quite expensive but was very good as was our room.

20 Aug 2018 21:08

The Canal Tavern, Bradford on Avon

Recently reopened, possibly only for the summer. We went in here because they were queuing three deep at the Lock Inn opposite. It wasn't too inspired a choice. Wadworth IPA for £3.50 was average, 6X also on sale. No view of the canal either. Has poor recent reviews on other websites and little to commend it at present.

20 Aug 2018 20:08

The Inn at Freshford, Freshford

As pretty as a picture inside and out and set in a beautiful valley of the River Avon. Even on a Monday, the car park was virtually full. The £3.70 Keystone Gold Hill was average; Pennine Best was also on sale but I decided this might be best drunk in Yorkshire. Ciders from Box Clever. Sells cakes at the bar which is a step up from pickled eggs I suppose.

20 Aug 2018 19:23

The Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon

Nice location with tables on the canalside as well as a separate, slightly untidy garden. But the Box Steam's Tunnel Vision wasn't very good (fortunately I had only ordered a half); didn't try the Otter Bright or Sharps Atlantic.

20 Aug 2018 19:11

The Manor Arms Hotel, Abberley Village

Unrecognisable from my previous visit as it is now a high-class dining venue. However, either nobody is willing to pay £25 for a superb 3-course Sunday lunch in these parts or they all go to the nearby Elms Hotel for something even better as there were many vacant tables today. Beers were Hobsons 25, Bewdley's Worcestershire Way and Wye Valley's Butty Bach and HPA all priced around £3.30 a pint. I tried the Hobsons which was very good. Cider was Robinsons Flagon.

12 Aug 2018 20:27

The Bell, Pensax

Classic country pub which has been in the Good Beer Guide since time immemorial. All of the Sunday diners had left so we sat in the narrow snug with its Victorian fireplace and internal sash window that opens into a corridor. £3 a pint beers were Swan on the Wye, Purity Longhorn IPA, Bewdley Sunshine, Hobsons Best, Exmoor Gold and Campbell's Flintlock so the range was skewed towards golden ales.

12 Aug 2018 18:45

The Navigation Inn, Wootton Wawen

Fortunately we managed to complete our 8 mile circular walk before the heavens opened. So no drying out required before going into the pub. Good pint of Hooky for £3.65 (Eagle IPA also on sale) and chicken, ham and leek pie was £8.45. Traditional, no frills hostelry with reasonably priced pub grub - a rarity around these parts.

28 Jul 2018 17:34

The Crumplehorn Inn, Polperro

We had walked from Pelynt so it was time for our first pit stop after just over 2 miles! Ridiculously busy on Sunday (including an almost constant flow of taxis arriving) but still managed to get served quickly. St Austell's Proper Job, Trelawny and Proper Black as well as Rebel's Bal Maiden were the 4 different handpulls (maybe there were more) and although the cider was predictably from Cornish Orchards at least it was their 7.2% Vintage. We ended up here again later in the afternoon after completing our walk via Talland Bay. I'll venture to suggest that it's better than any pub in Polperro itself.

25 Jul 2018 20:32

The Three Pilchards, Polperro

Steep climb up the steps to the beer garden might put off a few people but there is a decent view over the village. I think I had a Betty Stogs but can't really remember as the visit wasn't particularly memorable. Average.

25 Jul 2018 19:03

Jubilee Inn, Pelynt

Service hasn't particularly improved since the last reviewer's visit. Friendly enough but they seemed overwhelmed until just 3 tables remained (15 minutes to get a menu). My pint of Tribute was expensive for this type of place at £3.95. Proper Job is £4.05. Still, my gammon steak was nice (and arrrived quickly once ordered). Patio has a view of an old garage (or similar) and you might be better sitting inside. At the other end of the village in the old school is the Pelynt Social Club which anyone can join for £1 and which sells much cheaper drinks.

25 Jul 2018 18:58

The Ship, Lerryn

We sat outside in the beer garden which just has a view of the back of the pub but others seemed to have taken their glasses down to the picnic tables by the river which I assume have some connection to the pub. If you do that, then you've got a fantastic view, otherwise the pub isn't anything special. Sharp's Cornish Coaster & Atlantic, Doom Bar and Exeter's Avocet Ale were the 4 handpulls last Saturday. My pint of Coaster was rather good.

25 Jul 2018 18:49

The Globe Inn, Lostwithiel

Sharps Atlantic & Original and Skinners Betty Stogs were the three ales on sale on an unbelievably quiet Saturday lunchtime. Courtyard rather than a garden and doesn't seem to get much natural light inside. Didn't see the need to try anywhere else in the town though.

25 Jul 2018 18:42

King William IV, Totnes

We were drawn in by cod and chips for two people for £12 but then had to pay £4 for a pint of Dartmoor's Jail Ale which was decent enough. Doom Bar also on sale. Nicely decorated but a little staid. Service was very good.

25 Jul 2018 18:36

Totnes Brewing Company, Totnes

A better experience than the other brewery tap in the town but you pay for the characterful surroundings. The Totnes Brewing Company's Prism had sold out on draught by the time I went for a refill so others must have found it as enjoyable as me. Craft beer menu was a little mainstream (Beavertown, Wild Beer, Moor etc.) but nothing to dislike here.

25 Jul 2018 18:32

New Lion Brewery, Totnes

£2.80 for a pint of Pandit IPA was excellent value but there wasn't anywhere to sit and standing outside in a car park wasn't exactly my definition of a Friday night out. So we just had the one drink here and moved on. Didn't find it particulary welcoming either.

25 Jul 2018 18:15

The White Hart, Dartington

Not really a pub but a converted wing of Dartington Hall. Beer was OK and it was pleasant enough to sit outside but it's no better an experience than buying an alcoholic drink at a National Trust café and sitting outside.

25 Jul 2018 18:12

The Sea Trout Inn, Staverton

Walked here from the Dartington Hall estate last Friday. Palmers Dorset Gold was very good. On a day to sit outside, the patio was disappointingly without a view but the hanging baskets were resplendent. Has won gold medals in the Taste of the West awards for its use of local produce but food didn't look anything out of the ordinary. A decent country pub.

25 Jul 2018 18:07

Monkland Arms, Monkland

Reopened earlier this year following several changes of ownership in recent years. Stunning food (£21 for my 3 courses) and a choice of 4 real ales all priced at £3 a pint (I chose the Ludlow Blonde). 5 real ciders too (£2.80 per pint, Newton Court or Gwatkin). Yet I get the feeling that the current licensees may also not last long here as there weren't many in on a Saturday lunchtime and they can't be making much money on the victuals. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong.

14 Jul 2018 21:17

The Royal Hotel, St Leonards on Sea

Not only was it £5 for a pint of Moretti (here?) but I had to wait about 10 minutes to get served because there was only one person serving when it was a baking hot Saturday afternoon and there was a street market outside. On the plus side, it looks quite nice inside following a refurbishment last year. London Pride and Doom Bar were the unappealing ales. The pub next door was much busier if that signifies anything.

3 Jul 2018 14:48

Bo-peep, St Leonards on Sea

To my uneducated eye, it looks a bit like a 1920s hotel inside although it is clearly a much older building. Greene King IPA, Doom Bar and Harvey's Best were on sale last weekend although I opted for a foreign lager because of the hot weather. Plenty of room and not overrun with diners although we were there too briefly to form much of an opinion of the place.

3 Jul 2018 14:41

Fat Cat and Canary, Norwich

The last of the pubs we visited on our day in Norwich last Saturday and it proved quite a schlep on foot from the city centre. Next time we'll call in at the Coach and Horses first for a breather. Fortuitously, it was "Catfest" with 120 ales on sale simultaneously in the 4 Fat Cat pubs across the city (and a bus looping around between them). Rather than get on the fun bus to end up in another mystery part of Norwich, we chose to stay and listen to a "semi pro singer musician" belt out a few songs instead. Can't say I was overwhelmed by the pub's own brews but at least there was plenty of other choice. Decent pub but somehow not as good as I was expecting.

20 Jun 2018 19:07

The White Horse Inn, Neatishead

Box's Brolly, Muirhouse's Wolf, Nene Valley's Manhattan Project, Great Newsome's Holderness Dark, Wolf's Granny Wouldn't Like It and Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge were the 6 ales on sale last Wednesday. A couple of days later 2 (or was it 3?) of them had disappeared to be replaced by something else (including one from their own brewery). The beers I tried were better than average and even good but I kept switching as I tried to find euphoria in a glass. I didn't bother with the craft keg offerings as they seemed to be lagers e.g. Redwell Steam, Spitfire (yes, that name confused me too). The pub itself is multi-roomed and welcoming to everyone - drinkers in the quarry-tiled beermat and hop decorated bar, diners in the mezzanined wooden-windowed extension and folk singers in the front parlour.

20 Jun 2018 18:41

The Three Horseshoes, Warham

If I owned a pub, I'd want it to be much like this. I understand that there was a refurbishment last year but it seems to have been done very tastefully. The building oozes character, the food is tasty and plentiful (the Warham Plough Pudding almost defeated me but I wouldn't give in) and the beer (Woodforde's Wherry, Barsham Brewery's Bitter Old Bustard and Stout Robin) is dispensed straight from the cask (Whin Hill Cider also on sale). Add the friendly efficient service and our Sunday lunchtime visit was a delight.

19 Jun 2018 10:54

The Adam and Eve, Norwich

Not too difficult to find but you're unlikely to stumble upon it accidentally. Claims to be Norwich's oldest pub with the current building being 17th century. Adnams Southwold Bitter, Woodfordes Reedlighter, Theakstons Old Peculier and Wolf's Golden Jackal were on sale last Saturday. If only the view across the river was as good as the inside of the pub....

18 Jun 2018 22:52

The Nelson Head, Horsey

Fantastic pub with not so much as a beer garden as a beer field. The 12 cask ales all priced at £3.60 a pint were Woodforde's Wherry and Nelsons Revenge, Norfolk Brewhouse's Pacific IPA (these 3 were dispensed via handpull), Colchester's Metropolis, Newby Wyke's Kingston Topaz, 8 Sail's Live & Kicking, Wild Craft's Wild Summer and Wild Bill Hiccup, Tombstone's Marshals. Raw's JR Best, Green Jack's Lurcher Stout and Billericay's Vanilla Mild (these 9 guests came straight from the cask). There were also 15 real ciders priced at £4 a pint (including Cockeyed's Copper Beech, Snails Bank's Rhubarb, Very Perry and Pig Squeal, Farmer Jims Medium and Dry, Tombstone's Snake Oil and Westons Old Rosie).

18 Jun 2018 22:38

The Red Lion, Norwich

Little I can add to previous reviews except to say that Saturday's cask ales were Greene King's Bo66y, Woodforde's Bure Gold, Adnams Ghost Ship, Beer Monkey's Blonde and Elmtree's Burston's Cuckoo. A great start to our afternoon.

18 Jun 2018 22:19

The Swan, Horning

Another Broads pub with a superb setting overlooking the river. The sailing club was out on the water adding to the charm. It's one of the Vintage Inn chain so you can expect it to look a little generic but that doesn't detract from its appeal. A few extra staff serving (food and drink) might have improved our experience slightly but there was very little to complain about. Only cask ales were Adnams Ghost Ship and Doom Bar so I suppose it could be argued that that's a slightly underwhelming range.

18 Jun 2018 21:08

Lighthouse Inn, Walcott

Taken over by the current licensees in 1989, it looks like it was decorated then but not since. Old fashioned but not shabby. The welcome was the friendliest we received in Norfolk and the sheer number of diners (of a certain age) shows that they must be doing something correctly here. I had a pint of perfectly chilled Lighthouse Bitter (whatever it really is) rather the Greene King IPA. The landlord is obviously very proud of his Cask Marque certificates as one of the walls is festooned with them.

18 Jun 2018 19:44

The Kings Arms, Ludham

It can't help its setting but the view in pretty much every direction is one of tarmac. Adnams Ghost Ship, Woodforde's Wherry, Doom Bar and Greene King IPA were the 4 slightly unadventurous cask offerings - I quite enjoyed my pint of Wherry for £3.70 a pint.

18 Jun 2018 19:24

The Rising Sun, Coltishall

You'd be hard pressed to find a better situation for a pub and almost everyone was outside enjoying the sun and the views of the Bure when we went last Thursday. Doom Bar, Lacons Encore, Adnams Lighthouse and Woodforde's Reedlighter were the 4 cask ales on sale (my Reedlighter was good enough).

18 Jun 2018 19:17

The Vine, Norwich

Upstairs is the Thai restaurant although you can also eat at the tables in the downstairs bar. I fancied a pint of draught Leffe but that wasn't on so it then became a question of what did they have (their world beer list on the blackboard needed updating). Eventually I settled on a bottle of Orval which didn't really pair that well with my excellent Moo Pad Prik Gang (no smirking). Cask ales were Oakham's Tranquility and JHB, Lacons Patriot and Black Panther (the local one not the Cambodian version). Small and somewhat quirky but worth a visit.

18 Jun 2018 19:10

The Rumsey Wells, Norwich

Still popular with students, Saturday's cask offerings were Adnams Ghost Ship and Southwold Bitter, Purity's Mad Goose and Black Sheep's Square 1. Maybe I should have tried the latter (as I'd never seen it before) but instead I opted for a can of Adnams Bicycle Kick Kölner (as I'd never seen that before either). Our last reviewer would have been pleased to have seen Crone's Cider on handpull also.

18 Jun 2018 18:53

The Cosy Club, Bristol

Beautiful ornate building but the only memory fom Saturday night was the dreadful stench (from the sewers?) which caused most people to drink up and leave.

4 Jun 2018 09:51

Grain Barge, Bristol

BBF's Fortitude, Nova, Independence and Holler were on sale on cask on Saturday with Moor's Italia'Hop as a guest. 6 keg beers as well (with 3 of them priced in excess of £5 a pint), again all from the Bristol area (apart from the Siren Craft Yu Lu). Although nobody has posted a review on this site for nearly 5 years, I can reassure readers that the views across the water are still the same!

4 Jun 2018 09:47

The Old Fountain, Old Street

14 keg beers on sale last Friday mostly priced around the £6-£7 per pint mark (although the Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning was £9) and 6 cask ales all priced around £4.20 per pint (three of which were also on sale when Blue Scrumpy visited). I tried the keg Chorlton Lemon Brett Sour which looked disgusting but tasted sublime. The planters on the roof terrace could easily have graced the concurrent Chelsea show.

29 May 2018 11:31

Mason and Company, Hackney Wick

There were some pretty extortionate prices at Friday's Signature Brew tap takeover with some beers the equivalent of £15+ per pint. I went for a pint of their cheapest IPA at £5.50 which was good enough but probably not a place I'll rush back to.

28 May 2018 14:48

The Eagle, Hoxton

It was seemingly the only place near to our hotel that was open late on Friday night (they served until 12.30am) and I needed a few pints after not bothering to queue for beer at the Stones concert. They'd "run out" of North Brewing's Transmission on the tower font (really? on the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend?) so I opted for the £4.70 a pint cask Skyline from London Brewing Company in preference to the boring Proper Job and Doom Bar. Fortunately, it was very good - job done.

27 May 2018 11:15

Stockton Cross Inn, Kimbolton

Recently refurbished by a small local pub group and now one of the smartest pubs in the locality albeit with some inflated food prices (£17.95 for a rump steak which admittedly was cooked excellently). Pleasing to find 4 ales for sale - Hobsons Twisted Spire, Wye Valley HPA/Butty Bach and Ludlow's Stairway - as well as Robinsons Flagon cider. The beers I tried were good. Pretty quiet but there was apparently a wedding on TV.....

21 May 2018 19:09

The Live and Let Live, Whitbourne

It's been a few years since I visited this pub's namesake nearby but I think that the Live and Let Live at Whitbourne is the slightly shabbier of the two. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with it as it looked quite cosy inside although we sat outside enjoying the view. Wye Valley HPA and Butty Bach were on sale - I tried the HPA which was good. Robinsons Flagon was the preferred cider. Food didn't look cheap but we weren't there to eat.

20 May 2018 10:23

The Hen and Chickens, Birmingham

Recently refurbished and extended with their strapline being "Cask and Curry", we visited yesterday just before 7pm to finally give the legendary menu a try. And, as others have said, the food was superb! There were only two real ales available in the back bar (Fuller's Southern Star and I think it was Doom Bar) but the beer wasn't that important so I tried the keg Maltsmiths IPA instead. Definitely worth visiting.

29 Apr 2018 22:38

The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote

Finally returned here today after about a 10 year absence. Very much a dining pub (2 AA rosettes) but the North Cotswold Best was very good for £3.80 a pint. Mad Goose also still on sale. Couldn't fault our lunchtime visit.

15 Apr 2018 17:11

The Falcon Inn, Poulton

If the last reviewer was referring to a chap named Dave then I'm pleased to report that he's still at the Falcon. Wins plaudits on other review sites for its food offerings which I would describe as very good for the price. Hooky and the guest beer from Butcombe were both served slightly chilled but that didn't put me off them as they were in good condition and just £3.30/£3.50 respectively per pint. A good find and fortunately without the pretentious types who can frequent other Cotswold dining pubs.

1 Apr 2018 20:38

The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill

The pop-up Jamaican kitchen on Friday night meant that it was a no-brainer to walk the 3 minutes up the hill from our weekend accommodation to the Prince Albert. One-roomed community pub that was very busy when we visited. Timothy Taylor Landlord, Otter Bitter and Jennings Cocker Hoop were the more mainstream offerings so I stuck to the Stroud Brewery Budding and the Bristol Beer Factory Fortitude. £3.80 for the Budding seemed a bit steep though although it was good.

1 Apr 2018 20:25

Curio Lounge, Stroud

Bath Ales Dark Side and Cruiser Atlantic Pale Ale were on sale yesterday. Obviously not a pub in the traditional sense but these lounges do offer something a little bit different and I quite like them. 45 minute wait for food though at 3pm on a Saturday - not good.

1 Apr 2018 20:17

The Ale House, Stroud

Headed here because it looked the most appealing of Stroud's town centre pubs from the outside. Fortunately, our decision proved inspired. Salopian Super Collider, Vibrant Forest Kick-Start/Summit, Tiley's Amarillo Centennial Pale Ale, Artisan Ales PA01, Burning Sky Plateau, Lincoln Green Spring Green, Electric Bear NZ Pale and Crouch Vale Brewers Gold were on sale as well as Olivers Gold Rush cider. Not quite full marks as too many pale ales but the beers I tried were all in very good condition.

1 Apr 2018 20:12

The Field House, Solihull

Last Friday's cask offerings were Black Sheep Best Bitter and Ember Inns Pale Ale , Purity Mad Goose, Shipyard Island Time Session IPA, By the Horns Stiff Upper Lip and Brakspear Bitter. All priced at £3.40 but you can get 20p off a pint with a CAMRA card. The ones I tried were worthy of their Cask Marque status. My pub grub was good but I chose wisely according to the rest of my table.

29 Mar 2018 21:14

Oak and Saw, Taplow

The last remaining "proper" pub in Taplow, the Oak and Saw is named after devices in the Earl of Orkney's coat of arms and was converted into a pub in the 1850s from three 18th century cottages. Nicely situated by the church and village green, it was busy on Saturday lunchtime with diners at the tables nearest the front door and drinkers towards the back of the pub settling in for an afternoon of TV rugby. Ales were all from Marlow Brewery - Relativity, Rebellion IPA and Roasted Nuts. I had a pint of the last named of these which was decent enough but I'd have tried something else if I'd been stopping for a second.

19 Mar 2018 10:43

The Bulls Head, Earlswood

Now looks very different internally to the photos on this site with the pine and traditional furniture having made way for a much more modern gastropub feel (although there is still an area for drinkers at one end of the pub). Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, Wainwright & Lil' Bewdy and Backyard's Blonde were the 4 ales on sale - I stuck to the Lil' Bewdy at £3.60 a pint which was very good. Food was excellent.

10 Mar 2018 19:04

The Dragon Hotel, Montgomery

Conwy Brewery's Welsh Pride, Lacons Legacy, Salopian's Firkin Freezin and Monty's Ding Dong were on sale when we visited on 9/12/17. The ones I tried were in good condition. Food was well worth waiting for. Very popular and service faltered a little as a consequence.

12 Jan 2018 11:20

The Squirrel, Ludlow

Speedy service even though it was very busy on Christmas Eve. Fortunately a group left just as we walked in freeing up a table to sit at. Pedigree was in good order.

12 Jan 2018 11:11

The Alma, Linton

Spent NYE here and received a friendly welcome from the locals. Marquee outside hosting a mini beer festival with 8 cask ales plus the ones in the bar. All very good and a great place to spend the evening.

12 Jan 2018 11:08

The Shipwright Arms, Helford Village

I thought the pub across the water was good but it pales into insignificance compared to the Shipwrights. At first this thatched pub doesn''t seem much upon entering from the road with quite a small bar with a nautical theme but then you see the the terraced patio and verandah overlooking the river and you start to realise how characterful this pub is. The full-width doors of the verandah were open to the rain but the tables are next to radiators so it wasn''t cold sitting there. There are also 2 further rooms off the verandah (one may be a private function room) again with spectacular views over the water. St Austell Tribute and Skinners Porthleven were the ales on sale - not very adventurous but I forgave them. Almost impossible to get close to by car so leave yours in the village car park and walk 500m down the hill and over the little bridge.

19 Sep 2017 18:14

Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage

Large open-plan pub where it''s impossible to ignore the views of the river Helford. Fortunately, there are plenty of tables outside. Quite a smart clientele many of whom seemed to be on their way to/from the nearby gardens. Had a little wait at the bar as the pub was busy. St Austell''s Tribute, Proper Job and Cornish Best were on sale - I tried the last-named as I haven''t seen it anywhere else. Rather nice place I thought but then I went to the pub over the water...

19 Sep 2017 17:52

Prince of Wales, Helston

A lesson to be learnt here by many other pubs - install smart new flooring throughout (here black slate) and it transforms a traditional pub into something that looks instantly well cared for. The bar area is mainly old-fashioned tables and chairs but they didn''t have place settings on them so drinkers obviously welcomed as well as diners. I should have gone for Penzance Brewing''s Potion No. 9 (didn''t see it anywhere else nearby afterwards) but instead chose a Skinners Porthleven at £3.80 a pint. St Austell Proper Job and Tribute completed the ale line-up. Very quiet on a Monday lunchtime but this pub is a little off the beaten track.

19 Sep 2017 12:58

The White Hart, St Keverne

Quite large double-fronted traditional pub dominated inside by the 3-sided bar. Not particularly busy whenever we visited apart from a few older gents sitting having a chinwag at the bar. Dartmoor Jail Ale, Tribute (£3.60) and Doom Bar were on sale although the range seemed to have diminished to just Doom Bar by midweek. Beer quality remained decent without ever being exceptional.

19 Sep 2017 12:37

The Top House, The Lizard

A little smarter than the other pub in the village and the clientele was more restrained. Quite big inside but still cosy with interesting pictures on the walls. St Austell HSD was in good order.

18 Sep 2017 13:04

The Three Tuns, St Keverne

First pub of our Lizard peninsula holiday and left reeling by having to pay £8.45 for a pint of Tribute and a bottle of Thatchers Katy''s cider. I blame myself for having no idea that supermarket cider cost that much in pubs. Otter Bitter, Sharps Sea Fury and Skinners Lushingtons completed the beer range. As the only other customers were foul-mouthed locals, it wasn''t a great experience (it was raining as well) so we chose the White Hart as our preferred St Keverne pub from then on.

18 Sep 2017 12:49

Firehouse Bar and Grill, St Ives

It''s OK but the Firehouse Bitter was pretty nondescript at £3.50 a pint. Doom Bar was £4 a pint I seem to recall which perhaps says it all.

18 Sep 2017 12:38

Beer and Bird, St Ives

My new favourite place in St Ives with 5 handpulls and something like 100 craft beers from all over the world in bottles and cans. Among the craft offerings I tried were Black Flag''s Ekuanot IPA and Tripel Karmeliet. As to be expected, prices were high for these (£4.75 for the 330ml Ekuanot IPA). Steady flow of customers but I suspect St Ives might not be quite ready for a venue like this. Time will tell.

18 Sep 2017 12:35

The Western Hotel/Kettle and Wick, St Ives

Better than I was expecting but I like the old-fashioned look of pine-clad bars. Proper Job and Tribute on sale. TV with subtitles (minus point).

18 Sep 2017 12:20

Paris Hotel, Coverack

Went to Coverack hoping to buy takeaway fish and chips at the nearby Lifeboat House which was unexpectedly closed so ended up getting the same meal from the Paris Hotel with the added bonus of a decent pint while we waited! Trelawny, Proper Job and Tribute were the beers on sale in this St Austell house. The dining room overlooking the sea was very busy, everyone no doubt enchanted by the Edwardian appeal of the place. Will add Coverack to the list of destinations to visit again one day.

18 Sep 2017 12:14

The Tinners Arms, Zennor

No changes since my last visit (thank goodness) except that the range of beers last Saturday was Tinners Ale (aka St Austell''s Trelawny), Sharp''s Zennor Mermaid (aka Special), Skinners Porthleven and Bays Devon Dumpling on handpull with Cornish Crown''s Helter Skelter on font. Bar staff can be a little uninterested but probably because of so many tourists passing through the doors (many of whom seem to get caught out by there being no all-day food).

18 Sep 2017 11:41

The Pilchard Press, St Ives

Located up a dustbin-festooned side alley (look for the advertising A-board near the Lifeboat Inn), this is the town''s first micropub and it looks like it''s been there forever. About 12 different (mainly Cornish) beers a week, 6 at a time. Various pub games available to play - we sat at what seemed to be an ordinary table before we realised it opened up revealing the baize and a deck of cards. Good atmosphere but I thought the beers lacked a little something - could it be that the casks were getting too warm behind the bar?

18 Sep 2017 11:22

The Witchball, The Lizard

Disappointingly average. Slight plus was Rebel Surfbum at just £3 a pint, also on sale were Skinners Lushingtons, Sharps Sea Fury and one from Cornish Chough. Not a pub for the tall.

11 Sep 2017 22:21

The Five Pilchards, St Keverne

Not very exciting unfortunately. Dated inside and lacking atmosphere at 3pm today. Presumably the fact that it''s not open all day on a Saturday is because of the limited trade at this time of year. Exmoor gold, Bays Devon dumpling and Tribute were the unimaginative ales, Five pilchards cider was 5.4% and £3.30 and at least was something out of the ordinary. To be fair the Tribute was good but couldn''t really recommend a significant detour here.

9 Sep 2017 20:25

The Hole in the Wall, Bodmin

We''d not planned to visit this traditional pub at all but then we read about it being one of Cornwall''s Top 50 pubs in a paper we read in a local café. So it seemed churlish not to pop in. Being greeted by "Welcome to the Hole in the Wall" was an indication of the friendliness we encountered and we soon engaged in conversation with a chap who was passing the time as his wife had her hair done. Sharps special was £3.80 and very good; also on sale were Butcombe bitter, Sharps Atlantic, Gales seafarers, Dartmoor Jail ale, Doom bar and Thatchers Stan''s cider in a box behind the bar. Has won several Camra awards.

9 Sep 2017 11:09

The Blue Anchor, Helston

Friendly, quite busy, oozes character & history and traditionally shabby. In other words, a must-visit. Perhaps I shouldn''t have been so surprised but I thought my pint of Special was superb.

9 Sep 2017 10:34

The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa

Predominantly younger people on Friday night and the walls are decorated with comic books so perhaps that is the market they are trying to attract. It''s a decent place to visit with a good selection of beers and other drinks. Cask ales were Five Points XPA, Purity Bunny Hop and Old Pie Factory Humble Pie, cask cider was Gwynt y Ddraig''s Black Dragon and keg craft beers were Deya''s Steady Rolling Man and Wiper & True''s Kaleidoscope (which was my choice and very enjoyable). Shortlisted to final six in next month''s Great British Pub Awards in the Best Beer Pub/Bar category and, whilst I know nothing about the significance of these particular awards, I can see how they might be deserving of some type of recognition soon. Would have no hesitation in returning one day.

28 Aug 2017 12:53

The Forest at Feckenham, Feckenham

A modern gastro-pub serving excellent food. Ales yesterday were Wye Valley''s HPA & Butty Bach and Purity''s Pure UBU but I drank the craft keg Purity Longhorn IPA at a whopping £4.95 a pint.

28 Aug 2017 09:56

The Pig and Pallet, Topsham

If you''re not bothered about sitting on rustic furniture made of old wood, then this makes a change from the traditional pubs in Topsham. My pint of cask Topsham Bitter was barely drinkable though and I should have returned it (I didn''t for fear of upsetting the local co-operative). This was a few months ago and I''ll give them the benefit of the doubt in the absence of other reviews but, if there''s a next time, then I might opt for the keg beer instead. The rest of my party enjoyed this place immensely but they weren''t concerned about beer...

22 Aug 2017 10:33

The Railway Inn, Dinmore

Visited last November when I had a pint of Gloucester Brewery''s Priory Pale. Split-level, no-frills pub with good views to Dinmore Hill and the River Lugg and I seem to remember that our lunch was quite nice. Signposted off the A49 on the road to Bodenham but not on all maps.

22 Aug 2017 09:41

The Crown Inn, Tiddington

Doom Bar, Mad Goose, Butty Bach and Shakespeare Brewing Co "The Bard''s Best" were on sale yesterday. I tried a pint of the Bard''s Best which was not as golden as I thought it might be but it still tasted good, perhaps a 7/10. Very family-orientated on Sunday afternoon.

21 Aug 2017 08:54

The Ferry, Alveston

Has changed hands since my last review. My pint of Wye Valley Bitter yesterday was as good as anything I''ve had locally. No guest beers now.

21 Aug 2017 08:39

The Wolf, Birmingham

Small but vibrant corner bar that's not far from the back of Snow Hill station. Specialises in keg beers so may not suit dyed-in-the-wool-real-alers. Pirate Life Stout, Blackjack Megastreak & Red Rye Saison, Salopian Automaton, Gun Brewery How’s The Serenity?, Mad Hatter Say Hello Wave Goodbye & Tzatziki Sour and Twisted Barrel In Amber Clad Rye IPA were all on sale last weekend but no doubt will have changed by now. I had to try the Tzatziki Sour which I enjoyed immensely.

14 Aug 2017 14:52

Burning Soul Brewery, Hockley

Qualifies for a listing on this website by virtue of having a laid-back brewery tap that opens Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 1-8. Good range of 8 or so own-brewed keg beers that changes regularly, each priced around £4 a pint. I tried the Mount Olympus IPA and a couple of other offerings last Saturday, all in excellent condition. Whilst it's is a bit of a walk from Snow Hill station to a rather neglected area of the city, there are a few other well-established pubs nearby to include in your trip.

14 Aug 2017 14:33

The Oat Hill, Market Harborough

Visited in April when Doom Bar, Sharps Sea Fury/Atlantic and Landlord were on sale. Too long ago for me to review properly (new listing on this site) but we enjoyed ourselves here.

14 Aug 2017 14:22

The Bugle Inn, Yarmouth

Characterful late 16th century coaching inn which serves good food at decent prices. When we visited 3 months ago, there were several ales to choose from although they were all better-known brands, namely Theakstons XB, Doom Bar, Bombardier, Landlord, Bass and Sharps Atlantic (which was my choice for £3.90 a pint and very good). Recommended.

14 Aug 2017 14:19

The White Hart, Whitechapel

One of the homes of the One Mile End brewery so plenty of their beers on tap. They hosted a Bavarian Breakfast on Saturday as part of the London Beer City event so I chose a wheat beer which was OK. Pity they hadn't updated the blackboard on the wall as my original choices from that list weren't available and I then felt under pressure to decide what I wanted quickly as people queued around me. Too many wheat beers and pilsners on sale for me so perhaps one to try again when they aren't serving to a theme.

14 Aug 2017 10:53

The Water Poet, Shoreditch

Sprawling pub with plenty of interesting rooms to sit in and artwork obviously their thing. Too warm for a real ale today so Beavertown Neck Oil was my chosen keg tipple.

13 Aug 2017 19:44

Tap East, Stratford

Very nice pint of their own well-priced 6% IPA yesterday on our way to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Packed to the rafters but service was almost still instant amazingly. It still wouldn't be a place that I'd particularly seek out though.

13 Aug 2017 19:29

The Blind Beggar, Whitechapel

My pint of "Beggars Belief" was nice and cool yesterday and in decent condition. Ideal for drinking in the sunny courtyard garden. London Pride and Doom Bar were the other ales; 2 "real" ciders from Thatchers in boxes behind the bar including Stan's Big Apple. Not cheap at £7.50 for a pint and a half but we only ever intended to stay for one drink. Certainly nowhere near as bad as we might have thought.

13 Aug 2017 19:22

The Ravenscroft, Shoreditch

Closed in 2013. Now a fried chicken restaurant.

12 Aug 2017 08:41

The Rope Walk, Birmingham

Much improved although it's essentially a typical large open-plan, industrial urban bar which looks nice but lacks something. My pint of Butty Bach was above average but nothing special.

11 Aug 2017 09:24

The Corners Inn, Kingsland

Bigger and better than the other pub in the village (although there's not a lot in it). My initial disappointment at seeing Doom Bar at one end of the bar was assuaged by seeing Wye Valley HPA and Hobsons Best at the other. At £3 for the Hobsons (did they charge us correctly?), it was a good value pint but perhaps not quite as clear as ones I've had down the road.

31 Jul 2017 22:05

Bruce Arms, Ripon

Seemed to be a more gastro-style menu than the pub opposite (where we went next) but there were a few people just drinking including us (although we did sit outside in the area next to the car park/road). I had a pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord which was good although choice was limited to 2 ales as far as I recall. I understand that both village pubs are in the same ownership and, if they are, then the owners are clearly trying to provide a different offering in each pub.

25 Jul 2017 20:38

Royal Oak, Ripon

Smartly decorated pub which looked the nicest of the ones we saw in the city centre and it was popular on Saturday afternoon (race day but the meeting had already started). Big enough to accommodate drinkers and diners alike. After a couple of evenings enjoying the beers of the Masham breweries, it was nice to find that this is a Timothy Taylor house and the Ram Tam was in great condition. I can see why the last reviewer is/was a regular visitor.

25 Jul 2017 19:41

The Water Rat, Ripon

Nice views over the river to the cathedral but pub does look a bit shabby. Theakston's Best, Adnams Broadside and Rudgate's Viking and Jorvik were on sale - I tried the two Rudgate beers which were both decent enough but not as good as the beers in Masham. From looking at some other pubs in Ripon, we probably didn't do too badly here though.

25 Jul 2017 19:21

The White Bear, Masham

Live folk music in the taproom last Thursday meant that we spent most of our evening in Masham here. I stuck to the Black Bull Bitter which I don't recall ever having tried before. As expected, it was in excellent condition. A fine way to end our Masham night out.

25 Jul 2017 19:13

The Black Sheep Brewery, Masham

Our 4th pub of the evening and a must-do in Masham. Largely empty though which meant there was little atmosphere. Still the cask beer (choice of 5) was in excellent condition (and cheap too) although the keg offering (Glug M'Glug) was pretty tasteless. Perhaps the brewery should stick to what it knows best.

25 Jul 2017 19:03

The Kings Head Hotel, Masham

After fish and chips in the market square, we moved to the Kings Arms where Theakston's Best, Old Peculier and a couple of offerings from Black Sheep were on sale. So the range was typically Masham and the Best was the best pint of the evening thus far. It's a Greene King Chef and Brewer so arguably more food-orientated but there's no reason not to have just a drink here. The local bingo ladies offered us the chance to join in but we had to move on.....

25 Jul 2017 18:57

Bruce Arms, Masham

Second pint of the evening and Old Peculier was my choice here. And I don't mean the strange conversation we had with one of the inebriated locals who appeared later on at the White Bear. Also on sale were Theakston's Lightfoot & Best and Black Sheep. Strongbow was the only cider unfortunately. The Old Peculier was excellent and was belatedly recommended to me by someone else in the White Bear. But if there has to be one pub in Masham which wasn't quite as good as the others then the Bruce Arms was it.

25 Jul 2017 18:52

The Bay Horse, Masham

We stayed here last Thursday night so the first pint of the evening's pub crawl was drunk here. Old Speckled Hen, Theakston's Best, Bay Horse Bitter (a Hardys and Hansons brew and the same ABV as their Kimberley Bitter) and Yorkshire Heart's Pedal Pusher and Get Pithed were on sale - I tried the Get Pithed which was in good condition. There was a slight wait at the bar as a group of students paid for their drinks individually but the pub itself is nicely decorated and the plan was to come back here later in the evening for another drink (which didn't happen due to live music elsewhere).

25 Jul 2017 18:44

The Bull Inn, Ripon

A little surprised that this was the local tourism agency's Yorkshire's Favourite Pub of the Year in 2016 - in an area with many good hostelries this was not particularly exceptional I felt but the large contingent of customers suggested others may disagree with me. The beer garden running down to the River Ure is perhaps worthy of a prize and they did have 2 guest beers (Settle's Golden Fleece and Rooster's Mr Turner's Palette) in addition to the ubiquitous Black Sheep Best and Theakston Best. Do go and look at Marmion Tower and the church 30 seconds walk away.

24 Jul 2017 17:51

The Milbank Arms, Well

Only tried the 2 beers named by the last reviewer (both of which were very good) but the food menu looked more adventurous than others locally which might explain why most dining tables seemed to have been reserved in advance. Although we stayed in the village for 3 nights, we only managed to visit this pub on one occasion which is shameful I know.

24 Jul 2017 17:38

Three Pigs, Edgefield

Sunday lunchtime visit so didn't see any casual drinkers and not sure it is that type of place anyway. We enjoyed our food very much (although the beef was too well-cooked for my liking) and it's worth signing up for a Norfolk Passport to get a 10% discount. Adnams Bitter and Broadside on sale as well as the house Wolf's Edgefield Old Spot, Woodfordes Wherry and Moon Gazer Gold IPA. Not cheap at either £4.20 or £4.50 a pint (depending on your choice) but I doubt anyone comes here for a session. The beer was more in the "decent" category than exceptional.

17 Jul 2017 13:05

The Red Lion Hotel, Cromer

Enjoyed a nice pint of Buffy's Mucky Duck on Saturday evening while sitting in a window seat and watching the world go by. Can be a bit busy with pre-dinner drinkers but does get quieter later.

17 Jul 2017 12:38

The Pavilion Theatre Bar, Cromer

The Woodfordes Wherry wasn't bad on Saturday for a theatre bar's offering. Take a pint into the end-of-the-pier show and enjoy a great afternoon's entertainment.

17 Jul 2017 12:32

Norwich Tap House, Norwich

A fair few of the beers weren't on when we visited last Friday evening (including some of the Redwell ones) but there were still about 10 on sale and I had a pint of Thornbridge AM:PM for £5. If there is such a thing as mainstream in the craft beer world, then I felt this bar leant towards it with its choice of guest breweries. Perhaps I'll give it another try one day in the hope that the beer range is slightly more adventurous.

17 Jul 2017 12:27

The Belgian Monk, Norwich

Dozens of Belgian beers, a few on draught but most in 33cl bottles. I tried a bottle of Maredsous Blonde at £4.65 mainly because it was "only" 6% (and therefore one of the weaker offerings). Service was a little dismissive last Friday afternoon but I blame the individual rather than the establishment. Worth visiting.

17 Jul 2017 12:17

The Red Lion, Norwich

Now known as the Dog House, it doesn't sell anything resembling ale although that didn't stop it being pretty busy early Friday evening. So I guess that two cocktails for £8 is the real selling point.

16 Jul 2017 19:12

The Vernon Arms, Hanbury

Very modern inside and has "boutique accommodation". Think more of a restaurant with rooms than a traditional pub. Food was good and reasonably priced although menu wasn't that imaginative and the chef didn't know the meaning of "medium rare". The pints of Purity Mad Goose that I had were in very good condition - I didn't try the Reverend James or the Bewdley Brewery's William Mucklow's Dark Mild.

9 Jul 2017 18:23

The Brewery Tap, Burton-Upon-Trent

As might be expected, the beers on offer yesterday were in excellent condition. The two of us were able to try all of the offerings with the 6x 1/3rd pint vouchers that were included with our two museum entry tickets. Our favourite was the on-site brewed Charrington IPA; also available were Offilers’ Best Bitter (again brewed on site), Magpie's Five for Silver and 3 from Nottingham Brewery.

26 Jun 2017 16:53

The Ship Inn, Tenbury Wells

Purple décor in a pub just looks wrong I think. Solitary handpull was Butty Bach but, fortunately, they had Robinsons Flagon cider for yesterday's heat. Nice beer garden.

18 Jun 2017 18:20

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Permanently closed. Being converted into housing.

11 Jun 2017 11:08

Kings Arms, Langton Matravers

As busy on Friday night as it was 3 years ago but that's half-term for you I suppose. At least we had been there earlier in the afternoon for a cider (Orchard Pig Reveller and Ashton Press) as our evening visit was limited to a quick steak and kidney suet pudding (again) and a pint of Dark Star Festival before we decided it was far too crowded for us (if they offer you a table in "Room 1" then it's not one of the front rooms but the corridor that runs outside from the bar). Range of ales had improved since my last visit (still Ringwood Fortyniner and Best but also the Festival, Arbor Pocket Rocket and one from Plain Ales). Furthermore, they had just finished fitting out a burger shack in the beer garden which was offering its own different drinks options including Butcombe Goram IPA, Thatchers Stan's Big Apple and Butcombe Bohemia.

5 Jun 2017 22:09

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

After a 3 year absence, we revisited last night when it was delightfully quiet and we were thus able to enjoy the views and then the indoor spaces in relative peace. 3 beers from Hattie Brown's Brewery in nearby Swanage were on sale (I tried the £3.50 3.8% HBA and the £3.80 4.3% Mustang Sally preferring the latter) as well as Green Jack's Rising Sun. The home-produced ciders were as they were in March 2015 and cost £3.60 a pint. How come I don't remember the "porthole" on the wall in the Gents? Is it new(ish)?

5 Jun 2017 21:55

The Black Swan Inn, Swanage

Worth the walk up the hill from the quay, this cosy pub is Grade II listed and suitably appointed with large fireplace, ceiling beams, wooden floor etc. We weren't there to eat but the Sunday menu offered more enticing and adventurous dishes than other pubs we came across in the area. Slightly disappointing range of beers (Sharp's Sea Fury, Adnams Ghost Ship and Ringwood Best) and only Thatchers cider. But at least the Sea Fury was pretty good.

5 Jun 2017 21:40

Kings Arms, Wareham

One of the better pubs in the town and its claim to fame is that it survived the great fire of 1762. Traditional interior, spacious attractive beer garden and some interesting characters present. I tried a pint of Holy Grail (didn't realise it was from Black Sheep) and the other choices were Exmoor Ale and Fox, St Austell Proper Job and Ringwood Fortyniner. No local ales lose it a mark which is then regained by there being 4 real ciders.

5 Jun 2017 21:15

The Duke Of Wellington, Wareham

Possibly our favourite pub in Wareham and one of the busiest. Quite dark inside with the beamed low ceiling but it has character. The Purbeck Brewery Fossil Fuel was a no-brainer choice for me when the only other options were Sharp's Atlantic, Pedigree, Abbot Ale and Doom Bar. Pleasingly one of the handpulls was given over to Purbeck Cider's Dorset Dabinett. I'm still to find the pint that beats all others in Wareham but, with numerous CAMRA awards, this pub has a head start. Oh, and they had just watered the pavement hanging baskets which looked pretty and gave a good impression of the place.

5 Jun 2017 20:28

The Red Lion Hotel, Wareham

Surprised to find it so quiet upon entering but perhaps it's because it doesn't offer a view of anything other than a road. Or maybe it's because the Morland Original lost its condition very quickly, the beer range is uninspiring (Tribute, OSH and London Glory also on sale), the cider choice is almost non-existent (someone tell them that bottled Rekorderlig doesn't count as a cider) and its quite expensive. Nice looking inside and out though.

5 Jun 2017 19:36

The Black Bear Hotel, Wareham

Ringwood Razorback was the only ale and the only other customers were some sweary youths. Beer was drinkable but there are better pubs in Wareham.

5 Jun 2017 19:27

The Quay, Wareham

Popular due to its location by the river. Purbeck IPA, TT Landlord and Ringwood Razorback were on sale as well as 2 local ciders in boxes. Decent enough start to a pub crawl in the town.

5 Jun 2017 19:22

The Old Granary, Wareham

Gastropub for people who don't really do pubs. However, the building has been done out nicely and there are plenty of rooms to sit in (and just drink). Spotted the Badger on tap but I chose something else (and noted it down seemingly incorrectly as C & C). Whatever it was, it was fine.

5 Jun 2017 19:19

The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

Always like some live music so the Spasm Band last Friday night drew us in (along with most of the island it seemed). With very little competition along the Esplanade (and even fewer that appealed to us), it wouldn't have been too difficult a decision to make even without the music. Plenty of rooms/nooks and crannies to sit in although tables were packed closely together. I had one of the local brews (Goddards I think) which was reasonable but, like so many pints on the island, not memorable.

25 May 2017 19:19

The Crab and Lobster Tap, Ventnor

Thought at first that it must be a recent conversion of a former smithy but it's actually been a pub for well over a hundred years. The stone-walled Stables Restaurant at the rear of the pub used to be the stables of the neighbouring Crab & Lobster Hotel (opened in 1879 but since converted into flats). Although its pretty much one room, it does have some character and the welcome was particularly friendly. I had a pint of Goddards Starboard for £3.60 which was decent enough with Doom Bar and Spitfire being the other choices. We didn't eat but the limited menu seemed to be priced quite cheaply. Only a minute or two's walk from the High Street and a car park and just round the corner from the Heritage Centre.

24 May 2017 18:50

Perks of Ventnor, Ventnor

Not sure how to describe this place - micropub or 80s wine bar spring to mind. Bass and Longman American Pale Ale were on sale at £3.30 each - I tried the latter which was the best pint I had on the island.

24 May 2017 11:39

The Buddle Inn, Niton

Reputedly a former smugglers' inn and I can well believe it. All the character and charm you can want. Doom Bar, Bombardier and Yates' Buddle Brew were on sale - I tried the latter which was decent but probably not helped by the hot weather which caused it to lose its condition pretty quickly.

24 May 2017 11:34

The Old Chequers Inn, Crowle

Not much to look at from the outside, this pub is now known as just The Chequers. The "Old" must have been discarded deliberately as it doesn't really suit the bright, modern interior. Owned since last year by a small Warwickshire-based pub company, this is perhaps more of a restaurant than a pub but Sunday lunchtime is never the best time to decide this. The Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA were both in good condition (priced at £3.70 and £3.50 per pint respectively), the roast beef was very good and the service exceptional.

7 May 2017 17:52

Richard III, Leicester

Visited on Good Friday less than a week after it had reopened following its makeover. No longer is it a traditional local but it's now a smart, bright, modern-looking pub with some original features retained (go to the top of the stairs to see a superb example of Victoriana). Food menu looked so imaginative that we cancelled our lunch booking next door and glad we did so. The Framework Pale Ale was excellent too. Whilst it may now have joined the nearby café culture experience so decried by a previous reviewer, that didn't concern me given the quality of the food/beer/service.

5 May 2017 19:13

The Kangaroo, Aston-on-Clun

Had a pint of Purple Moose's Elderflower Ale on Saturday which was OK. Ludlow Gold and Butty Bach also on sale. Food menu was pretty basic so we decided to drive elsewhere to eat.

2 May 2017 16:06

White Horse Inn, Clun

Beer here was better than in Clun's other pub and there is also a wider choice. The on-site brewed Green Man was apposite yesterday and excellent it was too. Residents of Clun are lucky to have 2 proper pubs in their town.

2 May 2017 15:42

The Sun Inn, Clun

Of the 2 pubs in Clun, we preferred the Sun with its many rooms and general ambience but yesterday's visit was only fleeting so will have to revisit another day and spend a lot more time in the town undertaking further research. Beer wasn't quite as good as in the other pub so what you gain with one hand you lose from the other....(ales on sale were Three Tuns Solstice, XXX and Stout).

2 May 2017 15:06

The Crown Inn, Clunton

Blue Scrumpy forgot to mention the dining room which was packed full on Saturday evening. So was the front bar but, luckily, we had arrived early enough to nab the last vacant table. And there we stayed for most of the evening as the food was delicious (duck wasn't cheap but was worth every penny) and the beer was in excellent condition. I tried the Hobsons Best and the guest GWB Hambrook Ale. Didn't bother with the Ludlow Gold. Would definitely revisit.

2 May 2017 14:50

Hundred House Inn, Purslow

It looks nicer from the outside than it does inside - essentially it's just one big room with 3 separate areas which doesn't make it very cosy. Even on the last Saturday in April, it would have been better if the fire had been lit. Ludlow Gold and Greene King IPA were the 2 ales - I chose the Gold which was above average.

2 May 2017 14:37

The Plough Inn, Wistanstow

The snug bar isn't very snug or characterful and the modern extension would suit a garden centre better. So little to commend it as a building. As might be expected, my pint of Shropshire Lad was as good a pint of Wood's ale as any I have ever had. Shropshire Lass and Hopping Mad completed the line-up.

2 May 2017 14:29

The Globe, Warwick

I'm sure the red and black fittings were present in this pub's previous incarnation (Lazy Cow) and they don't seem quite right for a Grade II listed 18th century inn. There's just too much of a look of a wine bar for me. But the Church Farm Harry's Heifer was in good condition.

23 Apr 2017 13:21

The Tilted Wig, Warwick

Sat outside yesterday evening and enjoyed the sun and a couple of pre-prandial pints of Wadworth 6X which were in very good condition. Purity Pure UBU, Doom Bar and Courage Directors were also on sale so nothing under 4% ABV. Minor shouting matches inside and out suggested a few customers had overdone it on their days out but I suppose this pub's central location will always mean it attracts all types. As the last reviewer commented, a round of drinks wasn't cheap.

23 Apr 2017 12:56

The Lamb and Flag, Longworth

Closed and planning permission granted to convert into a private dwelling.

17 Apr 2017 13:36

The Rose and Crown, Charlbury

A proper old-school "wet" pub with no food offering. Yes, it's a tad dated and shabby but so what when there's such a good selection of beer for sale? Regular ales are Ramsbury's Bitter and one from Wye Valley (Golden Ale yesterday). I tried pints of Keystone's VPA (£3.60 per pint) and Hook Norton's Playing Hooky (£3) which were both in very good condition - also on sale were Church Hanbrewery's Bluenette, White Horse's Village Idiot, Vale of Glamorgan's Dark Matter and Colchester's Red Diesel (last 3 all £3.50). Great place for a drink after doing the outstanding 9 mile Wychwood Forest circular walk.

17 Apr 2017 12:42

The Railway, Wheatley

Has been sold for redevelopment as retirement flats.

17 Apr 2017 11:53

The Chequers, Oxford

Closed and converted into serviced apartments (I suspect the last reviewer meant to comment on the Chequers at 131 High Street).

17 Apr 2017 11:50

The Plough Inn, Finstock

18th century thatched building with bar in front of you as you walk in and a dining room to the right. We sat in a small seating area with inglenook fireplace as this seemed to be the only area that was not laid out for dining. Further tables in another room to the left of the bar. Nice to see a bar billiards table in yet another room but it makes getting to the toilets very difficult. Overall there is a slight air of shabbiness to the place. My pint of Flying Monk Birdman at £3.80 was nice enough; Adnams Broadside, Marston's New World Pale Ale and at least one other ale were also on sale but untried. Pub was OK, I wouldn't rush back necessarily but I may have just timed my visit badly as it was a busy Easter Sunday lunchtime.

17 Apr 2017 10:38

The Angel, Kingsland

17th century pub with timber framed interior which has smart-looking modern furniture inside which suits the building well. Most tables look as if they would suit diners better although there are a couple of leather sofas to the left-hand side of the bar. We sat outside yesterday lunchtime on the picnic tables enjoying the midday sun and the excellent value £6.50 main courses. Add pints of excellent Butty Bach and very good Hobsons Twisted Spire at £3.20 each and this was an experience to hopefully be repeated soon.

9 Apr 2017 17:18

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

Closed and now being converted into a private dwelling.

3 Apr 2017 13:49

The Baron at Bucknell, Bucknell

Characterfully converted into spacious licensed premises in the mid 1980s from farm buildings, this out-of-the-way pub seems to be primarily food-led from what we saw during our overnight stay. Indeed, apart from our party having a pre-dinner drink in the Stable Bar, we saw nobody else in this separate drinking room with everyone being either in the Cider Mill restaurant (complete with original 18th century cider press and mill stone) or conservatory (with a few younger locals sitting in the lounge bar). We couldn't really fault any aspect of our stay - food and accommodation were both top-class (although restaurant service was a tad slow but probably only because they were so busy) and the £3.20 a pint Wye Valley Bitter was also in fine order. I didn't try the Clun Loophole but was told that it wasn't as good as my choice of beer. Pleasingly, the cider on offer was Robinsons Flagon.

26 Mar 2017 18:11

The Abbey Inn, Byland

It's now a B&B/tearoom.

8 Mar 2017 18:41

The Coventry Arms, Upton Snodsbury

Closed and for sale. With the Oak seemingly doing so well, will it ever reopen?

5 Mar 2017 11:08

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Whitbourne

Closed. Planning appeal in progress for "Change of use and residential development at The Wheatsheaf Inn to convert Wheatsheaf Inn into 2 dwellings and erection of further three dwellings".

5 Mar 2017 10:56

Bear Inn, Berkswell

16th century timber framed building which has the potential to be something quite special but, as part of the Chef and Brewer chain, its a bit tatty in places. Everyone (including the 9 of us) seemed to be on voucher deals and, although the service was pleasant, it was a little slow. Sunday roast beef was nothing special (no surprise given the price charged) but the Cask Marque beer wasn't bad at all. I tried the Ruddles County and the Greene King IPA which were both in good condition (and you get 10% discount as a CAMRA member meaning the IPA was only £3 a pint). Didn't try the Purity Pure UBU.

19 Feb 2017 18:59

The White Lion Inn, Leominster

The nearest pub to the train station, this traditional pub benefits from a car park and the best food in Leominster according to another website so we visited on Saturday lunchtime just after noon. The dining room was virtually empty but there were quite a few watching the football in the bar - fortunately, there is a door between the bar and the dining room which shut out the sound of the TV. As the beer had only travelled half a mile, I tried a couple of pints of Swan Brewery's Lily Little Legs which were good. Also on sale were Ludlow Gold and Wye Valley Butty Bach. Food was perfectly OK as far as traditional pub food goes although we had to wait a little for it to arrive.

13 Feb 2017 17:21

The Rickety Press, Oxford

Does the décor look a bit old hat now? Or maybe I have just been inside too many pubs which have metal chairs and bookshelves. The Arkell's Hoperation IPA was better than average but nothing exceptional and the choice of cider was limited to bottles only. As a previous reviewer said, it's "pleasant".

12 Feb 2017 18:17

Gracies, Leominster

Closed - now Nori’s Café.

6 Feb 2017 11:38

The Green Dragon, Little Stretton

Cosy, welcoming pub which is very popular with walkers. Food was well above average overall but my roast beef wasn't anything better than standard. Cask ales were Butty Bach, Ludlow Gold, Salopian Oracle, Station Porter, Hobsons Best and Bass - I tried pints of the last two and both were in excellent condition (may well struggle to get a better pint all year).

23 Jan 2017 08:43

Tilt, Birmingham

Unassuming bar (and I'd go so far as saying it was grotty downstairs) where the USP is 14 pinball machines over the two floors. If you don't fancy any of the 8 craft beers, then coffee and cake are also on sale. The coffee was only OK so, rather than have another, I went for half of Wiper and True's Small Beer No. 19 which, for a 2.7% brew, was pretty amazing even if it was £4.50 a pint (and the Left Handed Giant Pale was £5.20 a pint). But they were cheap in comparison to the Cloudwater DIPA v11 which was £5 a half. Interesting enough place but could probably do a bit better.

22 Jan 2017 19:59

The Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham

Basic pub with not a lot going for it other than the fact that it is the taphouse for Two Towers Brewery so I was at last able to have a pint of "Bhacker Ackhams" as well as "Complete Muppetry". As one might expect when the beers are brewed on the premises, they were in good condition - but neither pint was that distinctive in taste. The lack of customers made me worry about the future of this place though.

22 Jan 2017 19:14

The Swan Inn, Wedmore

Upmarket gastropub visited about a month ago although it seemed less pub more restaurant as it was an extremely busy Sunday lunchtime. Roast beef was very good as was service, beer was fine although I've forgotten what I drank (I do remember that they seemed all to be local brews rather than national brands).

14 Jan 2017 10:01

The Famous Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth

Kenilworth's oldest pub dating back 450 years apparently although there was substantial repair in the early 19th century. As befits an old building, there are plenty of nooks and crannies, a snug and parlour and it's generally nice to look at. Ales were all from the Everards Brewery - Sunchaser, Beacon Hill, Tiger and Old Original. I tried a pint of Old Original which was in very good condition although I found it to be rather bland in taste. Bar service was instant despite there being plenty of customers last night and, if this were my local, I imagine I'd be spending a fair bit of time in there too.

14 Jan 2017 09:33

Artisan Ales, Ludlow

Revisited on Christmas Eve about 7pm when we made up half of the number present. Gary the owner was, as usual, in good form but my Salopian Oracle was a bit lifeless considering he had been busy all afternoon. Ludlow Gold also on sale. There are some new tables and stools but I would get some pictures on the walls and other knick-knacks to make it look a bit more welcoming.

3 Jan 2017 10:08

Beer Emporium, Bristol

The Beer Emporium was probably my favourite bar in King Street last Thursday night. For a start, I liked the underground tunnel setting which makes it much more characterful than some of the other "urban" bars that craft beer seems to rely on for its sales outlets. Secondly, they sell great pizzas which you can either eat in a roped-off dining area or at your table. Thirdly, the prices were reasonable for King Street - £3.80 for a pint of Bristol Beer Factory's Bristletoe 4.7% and £4 for a pint of Crane's LIFT IPA 5%, both of which were very good. Other beers on sale were BBF's Milk Stout, Arbor's Blue Sky Drinking, Gloucester's Red 100, Wild Beer's Bibble, Troubadour's Magma, Vibrant Forest's Cydonia and Wold Top's Against the Grain. The steady influx of customers and the fact that all seats were taken suggested that others also find this place to be worth visiting.

2 Jan 2017 11:20

The Llandoger, Bristol

Did exactly the same as Cellarbuoy last Thursday afternoon.

1 Jan 2017 14:19

Small Bar, Bristol

Small Bar seems to have decided that drinkers can't be trusted to have a full pint so it was a half of 6.5% "Axles of Evel" from Heavy Industry Brewing for me which was a very nice brown ale. At the equivalent of £6 a pint however, it meant that this was the most expensive bar in King Street and it was all too slick and professional to make it a truly memorable experience. Surprisingly, the toilets were really shabby (although the beer font taps look good). As all of the bars/pubs in King Street seem to serve numerous different beers, Small Bar is well worth a visit but it was probably only 3rd best of the places we tried.

1 Jan 2017 13:36

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol

The Volley (the local name by which it seems to prefer itself to be called) was the first of several pubs/bars we visited in King Street last Thursday and it made a good impression. 18 beers from several different breweries (including Wylam, Siren Craft, Wild Card, Partizan, Lost & Grounded and Hunter's) and 6 ciders all listed on a board to the right of the bar with full tasting notes - do other people not read these notes before ordering to save us all queuing time at the bar?! Prices vary depending on beer strength and glass size - for instance a pint of 8% something was £5.60 whereas the 3.8% Bristol Beer Factory Independence was £4.30 per pint but you can also have 2/3, 1/2 or 1/3 of a pint. A burger (without fries) was £5 and the food was clearly very popular as staff were always in and out of the kitchen (to the slight detriment of the bar service). Being from the provinces, I had never seen urinals made from beer kegs before Christmas Eve and yet here they were again! Not one for dyed-in-the-wool CAMRA members perhaps with its tendency towards keg beers but a cracking start to 24 hours in Bristol for us.

1 Jan 2017 13:07

King Street Brew House, Bristol

Describes itself as "An urban style city centre pub with its very own micro-brewery" and it was certainly very busy on Thursday night. I had a pint of their "Shaft" porter which was enjoyable. Bigger than some of the other craft beer venues on King Street, it only opened in March this year so everything inside is pretty much immaculate. Their own brews help distinguish it from, for instance, the nearby Volley and, for that reason, it's as good a place to visit as any in the immediate locality.

31 Dec 2016 20:30

The Old Duke, Bristol

A traditional pub in a street full of craft beer places. That said, it's too open plan, brightly lit and noisy to make it that traditional. The Hook Norton Greedy Goose wasn't bad; also on sale were Doom Bar, Otter Ale, Bath Ales Gem, Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Courage Best. Walls adorned with music posters give uninformed visitors like me an insight into why this pub is famous.

31 Dec 2016 18:25

The Orchard Inn, Bristol

Unassuming one-room backstreet pub which looks like it hasn't changed since the 1980s. Neither has the piped music although it was good to hear The Mission's "Tower of Strength" again! Regular live jazz/blues. 15+ ciders are the main attraction here as the beer wasn't anything special (at least when I visited on Thursday). I tried the Theakston's Christmas Ale for £3.50 a pint; also on sale were St Austell's Proper Job & Cornish Best, Bath's Gem and Box Steam's Tunnel Vision. I might be out on a limb here but it doesn't seem quite deserving of its Top 20 place on BITE to me.

31 Dec 2016 10:58

The Rummer, Bristol

As others have said, it's basically a hotel bar with an impressive choice of spirits admittedly but (in an attempt to relive a Peruvian holiday) I ordered a Pisco Sour which they made with part Poire William when they didn't have enough Pisco. Politely refusing their offering, I opted for a rum-based cocktail instead (which I probably should have selected at the start). As a destination for a beer-based evening, this venue is a non-starter (and Bristol must be poorly off for cocktail bars if this is the best) but at least it afforded the opportunity to try somewhere different.

30 Dec 2016 21:20

The Queens, Ludlow

Christmas Eve is definitely when the Queens has much more of a pub feel than one of a wine bar or restaurant. As usual, it was full to the gunwales. Does tend to be more locals there than tourists (if that is important to you). The Butty Bach was decent enough but it was probably too late in the evening for me to appreciate it properly :)

28 Dec 2016 10:46

The Rose and Crown, Ludlow

Joule's Brewery have refurbished the Rose & Crown superbly, opening up some of the spaces previously used for other purposes to drinkers. As a consequence, there's a lot more room and even more of the building's character is on show. I tried the Pale Ale on Christmas Eve which was in good condition. Well done Joule's - an improvement on many levels.

28 Dec 2016 10:17

The Church Inn, Ludlow

Recently reopened after a smart refurbishment. The bar has been moved meaning it's easier to get served. 3 regular beers from the Ludlow Brewery, Hobsons Best and Salopian Darwin's Origin (which I tried on Christmas Eve and which was in good order). Interesting use of old beer kegs in the gents!

28 Dec 2016 10:09

Kings Head Bar and Grill, Worcester

The last reviewer is probably correct as all the tables were reserved last night (which we took to be Christmas parties). But they still squeezed us in for a £12.50 burger and a couple of pints. I tried the Jennings Red Breast, my brother the Brakspear Oxford Gold, can't remember the third option. Everything was good but no better than that.

15 Dec 2016 19:12

Samuel Jones, Exeter

Great location in a former bonded warehouse overlooking the quayside. Having imbibed too heavily the night before, I got the ball rolling with 2/3rd of a pint of something dark and wintery which revived me considerably (although perhaps not sufficiently for me to remember the name of this or the next pint). Plenty of choice on the beer front, guests as well as regular St Austell ales. Tasty food and good service meant we enjoyed ourselves here (actually there was too much slow-cooked beef brisket but who complains about having too much?).

13 Dec 2016 17:12

The Lighter Inn, Topsham

Cosy and festive atmosphere albeit getting busy when we were there at 5pm on Friday. The Pickled Partridge ale was perfectly decent without being prize-winning.

13 Dec 2016 16:51

The Princess Louise, Holborn

Wonderfully opulent pub but £5.50 for a bottle of Chocolate Stout? Very busy at 4pm on Saturday but service was quick.

5 Dec 2016 22:31

Old Red Lion, Holborn

Not very busy late last night is about as much as I remember. Think I had a Batemans XB which I suppose would have been a guest ale.

4 Dec 2016 18:34

Bar Polska, Holborn

More vodkas on sale than beers it seemed but I did have a bottle of some dark Polish beer which was OK. I don't think I'd visit again for the beer alone.

4 Dec 2016 17:54

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

Spent far too long in here last night after arriving at about 5pm. Several pints of Old Peculier and Young's Winter Warmer were perhaps not the wisest choices that early on. Good atmosphere and quick bar service but did seem expensive - however, as I'm not a Londoner I assumed prices were fairly normal for the location.

4 Dec 2016 17:48

The Sanctuary House, Westminster

A typical Fullers pub which is attractive to the eye and which serves decent food and drink. The seasonal Gales Firecracker was my choice of beer today and I could easily have had another if there had been time. My sandwich was a little underwhelming for the price, I knew I should have had a pie....

4 Dec 2016 17:41

The Turks Head, Alcester

Finally managed to revisit yesterday after threatening to do so over 4 years ago. If anything, this pub has improved since our last visit. Whilst the front bar is still pretty much given over to locals (and there's nothing wrong with that), there's a smallish recently-refurbished dining room at the back where they serve a terrific Sunday lunch. And the TT Landlord and Salopian Oracle were excellent too (didn't try the Wye Valley HPA or the Skinner's Betty Stogs). Wasn't too sure about the Día de Muertos decorations but they had obviously had a good party the previous night!

31 Oct 2016 11:23

Clifton Hotel Buttery Bar, Cromer

The Cliftonville Hotel is an Edwardian hotel with views over to the sea which still has much of its original character, so much so that you think you are an extra in an Agatha Christie whodunnit when sipping your pint of Woodforde's Wherry in the genteel Major's Snug Bar (open to non-residents). Unfortunately this pint set me back £4.05...fortunately it was one of the best pints of Wherry I have had. Adnams Broadside was also on sale.

11 Oct 2016 09:29

The Red Lion Hotel, Cromer

We found this to be the best pub overall in Cromer during our few days there earlier this month. 5 handpulls with a rotating choice of ales all priced around £3.60 a pint (Woodforde's Boudicca's Revolt, Grain 3.1.6, Buffy's Mild, Lacons Falcon and Green Jack's Gone Fishing on one visit). Many original features including a flint-walled restaurant (imaginative menu there but food and service perhaps lacked the extra finesse to make it really top-class) and beautifully patinated wooden floor in the bar. With its views of the pier and the sea, no wonder it was always busy when we were there.

11 Oct 2016 09:20

The Chequers, Cutnall Green

Popular food-led pub (at least on a Sunday anyway) which serves a good roast lunch. Service was excellent (almost too quick) and the Wye Valley HPA was in very good condition for £3.80 a pint. Also on sale were Boondoggle and Sharp's Atlantic.

9 Oct 2016 17:09

Kings Head, Cromer

Rather uninteresting pub with a paved outdoor area overlooking the back streets of Cromer. The beer range was the same as it was in 2012 - the Broadside was £3.90 and OK. Service was apathetic at best.

3 Oct 2016 22:41

Land Oak, Kidderminster

No problems with the service today, food was fine (apart from the breaded plaice) and the Banks's Bitter at £2.75 was also perfectly OK.

25 Sep 2016 17:42

The Royal Albert, Southsea

Open plan pub painted bluey grey with a lounge bar feel rather than a cosy pub (nice Victorian tiled open fireplace though). Paved enclosed courtyard area to the rear where we sat with our 2-4-1 cocktails (which weren't that good). On one of the hottest days in August, I couldn't face a pint of either the Doom Bar or the Sharp's Coaster. There were just two other drinkers there when we visited on a Friday lunchtime.

22 Sep 2016 22:57

The Swan Inn, Kington

Reopened shortly after my last "review" having been smartly refurbished in a modern style with brown leather sofas, grey/green paint scheme and wooden floors. Restaurant at one end with bar at the other and now known as "The Swan on the Square". I tried pints of Tiny Rebel's Cwtch and Swan Brewery's Cygneture on Saturday, both were priced around the £3 mark and in good condition (not the best pints in town though). Otter Bright is the regular handpulled ale but I stuck with the guests. Live music here on a Saturday night every so often - there was a band belting out (murdering) "Stand and Deliver " when we were walking back to our B&B later on in the evening. It's now back on our "worth visiting when in Kington" list.

19 Sep 2016 11:27

The Slip Tavern, Much Marcle

The conversion to a private dwelling never got off the ground and it has reopened as a pub which is good news.

16 Sep 2016 09:03

The Burton Hotel, Kington

The Butty Bach wasn't that good tonight but the guest Greene King Doosra was better. Service was perfunctory. A few local characters smelled of weed and were playing some sort of hoopla game. Perhaps a Thursday night is not the best time to visit.

15 Sep 2016 22:42

The Wine Vaults, Kington

Dark almost dingy locals' pub which looks like it hasn't been decorated for a good many years. Only handpull is the on site brewed Arrow Bitter which was distinctly average but at least it was cheap enough. Welcome was friendly but there are better pubs in Kington. Still, I'm glad to have tried it.

15 Sep 2016 22:34

The Avon, Southam

I reviewed this pub in 2012 but my comments seem to have been deleted. I remarked at the time how the licensee had had to stop a local making off with a cardboard cutout of the Queen - obviously during Diamond Jubilee Year this was too scandalous a happening to report on this website.

What hasn't been deleted is my score which was a 6. That hasn't proved high enough to make me revisit and there is every chance that I will never be able to do so - the pub reopened after a 15 month closure in February this year but the new owners are already looking to turn the pub into a private dwelling.

14 Sep 2016 20:33

The Barbourne Inn, Worcester

Now converted into apartments.

6 Sep 2016 09:53

The Unicorn Inn, Ludlow

Really good Sunday lunch here yesterday - huge portions, well presented, tasty and very reasonably priced (£11.95 for the roast pork). The Ludlow Best at £3.10 a pint was in very good condition. The whole experience was top notch so, when they omitted a couple of drinks from the bill, we were more than happy to correct their error.

5 Sep 2016 10:31

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

The beer after Saturday's race meeting wasn't that special, perhaps 6 or maybe 7/10. In other towns, the NBH wouldn't get into the GBG but Stratford serves poor beer in a lot of places. I settled for the TT Boltmaker after the guest golden ale proved disappointing. Plate of local faggots and mash filled a gap and was well-priced. Service was good.

5 Sep 2016 10:09

The Rope Walk, Birmingham

Now a boutique hotel and bar known as Saint Pauls House.

4 Sep 2016 22:25

Meat and Barrel, Southsea

Large, open-plan, urban bar with very little to look at except the passers-by. But they do sell a wide range of interesting beers - I tried a 5.5% saison from somewhere pretty local.

9 Aug 2016 12:15

The Wave Maiden, Southsea

Visited on a couple of occasions this weekend mainly because it is handily situated for various restaurants. On both visits, we only stayed for one drink largely because of the inflated prices but at least the beers on offer were varied and interesting. £5+ for a can is ridiculous though for some not-that-unusual craft beers; the handpulled ales were fortunately cheaper and the Vibrant Forest one that I tried was really good. On the wrong side of the street for any sunshine so it wasn't at all busy in contrast to the Irish pub opposite.

7 Aug 2016 21:17

The Wine Vaults, Southsea

Nice Fullers pub with some characterful pine panelling. Fantastic value when you can sign up online for a free pint! Rather than drink the usual Fullers suspects, I had a couple of beers from Gosport's Oakleaf Brewery which were good pints - shame the brewery went into administration last week.

7 Aug 2016 21:06

Fizzy Moon Brewhouse, Leamington Spa

Brewhouse/kitchen with ubiquitous semi-industrial décor. Purity's Mad Goose, Theakston's Masham Four & Twenty, Slaughterhouse's Saddleback, Church Farm's Harry's Heifer and house-brewed Sadhu Singh IPA and Rocket Fuel were the 6 handpulls on sale today together with numerous font beers and craft bottles. The Rocket Fuel wasn't up to much and the place was just too anodyne even though popular.

30 Jul 2016 18:48

The Old Tramway Inn, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Went a couple of weeks ago to their outdoor Folk and Beer festival which persuaded us to go back tonight for their Race Night. 4 ales on which ranged from OK to reasonable - London Pride, Doom Bar, Cumberland Ale and New World Pale Ale. All around the £3.50 mark. Food was quite nice traditional pub food but we had to remind them that we had ordered. All in all, a solid local pub. About 5-10 minutes walk from the town centre.

30 Jul 2016 00:43

The Rose and Crown, Huish Episcopi

One of only ten or so pubs without a bar counter. Teignworthy Reel Ale seemed to be the drink of the regulars but I had a Quantock Nightjar thinking it must be more local. Tanners TA Gold was also on sale. Classic pub that must be visited.

27 Jul 2016 18:25

The Rusty Axe Inn, Martock

All change here again with a landlord from Chipping Norton and his Black Country wife now running the place and we had a good chat with them on a quiet evening last week. Apparently, they were told that the pub was doing better than it actually was, so hopefully they will be able to make a go of things. However, this pub is in the middle of nowhere so local trade is probably vital. Tribute is the regular beer with 2 guests (Glamorgan's Thunderbird and Bays Summer Ale when we went) - the landlord tries to have 3 beers on with differing colours and strengths. I would say that the beers merited a 7 out of 10. A two-pint takeout of one of the guest beers was a bargain £5.20. The pub itself is a bit of an L-shape inside and has had much of the character knocked out of it at some point.

27 Jul 2016 18:16

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Fareham

A training course in Fareham is nobody's idea of fun so a couple of quick drinks afterwards in the GBG-listed Wheatsheaf was a pretty easy decision. Unfortunately under threat from developers, my visit was timed perfectly as a beer and sausage festival had just started. So, although there are normally 3 guest beers and 2 regular ones (Flower Pots Bitter and Palmers Best), I chose from the 15 guest ales on sale in the walled beer garden. Interesting building too with different rooms and extensions. Friendly service and popular.

27 Jul 2016 18:03

The Anchor, Seatown

Just returned from 3 nights in Seatown. The fish (hake) and chips was fantastic on Sunday night and, in my view, worth every penny (everyone entitled to his own etc). The Palmers Dorset Gold was also good and cost £3.80 a pint which I thought was a pretty reasonable price for what is undoubtedly a gastro-pub. Can be hard to get a table inside (they don't take reservations apparently) but there is plenty of seating outside with great views over the beach and up to Ridge Cliff. Large car park opposite which I think costs £3 (we didn't need to use it).

27 Jul 2016 17:27

The Osborne View, Fareham

Great views across the beach to the Isle of Wight and a good pub albeit more of a restaurant pub where drinkers are welcome rather than a traditional boozer. We just didn't have the same experience of previous reviewers. The First Call was in good order and was £3.50 a pint whereas the Fursty Ferret was equally good and £3.90. Service was quick and friendly and the food tasty. Busy on a Monday night suggesting they are doing something right.

25 Jul 2016 20:54

Poulett Arms, South Petherton

Not just closed but converted into an Indian restaurant.

24 Jul 2016 16:44

The George Inn, Chideock

Perfectly OK traditional village local on a noisy main road. Extra point for serving us at 3.20 when they had apparently closed at 3. Five ales from the Palmers range, I tried the Copper Ale for the first time at £3.30 which was fine for one but I am not the biggest fan of Palmers (sorry Ian Mapp!) as they always seem to lack a little life. If I was holidaying very nearby then I would probably return.

24 Jul 2016 16:38

The New Inn, Eype

Nice enough pub which was not very busy just after midday today. Like most others, we sat in the terraced garden with its outlook to Thorncombe Beacon. Perhaps not the cheapest place around with a decent pint of Palmers Colmer's costing £3.90. Service was friendly enough but the chap serving didn't seem to have much experience behind a bar. Car park attendant at the beach had said it was very busy for food last night.

24 Jul 2016 16:28

The Old Post Office, Warwick

Larger micropub with 2 distinct drinking areas, front and back with the bar area inbetween. Unlike some converted shops, this looks like it has been a pub forever with the sort of paraphernalia that adorns the walls in traditional establishments. Very quiet this lunchtime as many regulars were appearing with the local Slaughterhouse Players at nearby Guy's Cliffe apparently but at least that gave me the opportunity to pop in for a quick pint unlike previous late night visits when it has been to busy to get in. I tried a new beer for me - Gollop With Zest from The Froth Blowers Brewing Co. at the seemingly normal for this type of place price of £3 a pint. There were 5 or 6 other beers including a couple from breweries in Warwickshire, one from Shropshire and one from Young's.

10 Jul 2016 14:42

The Manchester Inn, Romsley

Closed to become a private dwelling.

4 Jul 2016 08:57

Ox Row, Salisbury

Had tried earlier in the day but service was too slow so we revisited as our last port of call on Saturday night. Chatted to a friendly Scot who was in exactly the same position at the bar as he had been 6 hours earlier. Popular, market square Fullers pub so you know what you are going to get in terms of standards, punters and beers; Stonehenge's Eye-Opener was the guest ale but I went for a Fullers Oliver's Island.

27 Jun 2016 10:39

The Salisbury Arms, Salisbury

Nothing to add to previous reviews - this really shouldn't be known as "Craft Bar @ The Salisbury Arms". An uninspiring font range and a choice of 2 canned beers (one of which was an American IPA for £3 brewed by Thwaites in Blackburn) is poor for somewhere trying to pretend it's "craft". Suggest they go to Islington and see how it should be done. Voted with our feet and left pretty swiftly and the lack of other customers suggested we might not have been the first to reach a negative conclusion about this place.

27 Jun 2016 10:29

Conran's, Salisbury

Now known as Danny's Craft Bar and Kitchen, we visited to see what craft beers they had (needed a change from the real ale and cider). I tried a pale ale from the local Twenty/15 Brewery which looked disgusting but tasted OK. Other offerings seemed to be mainly from Sharp's so Salisbury isn't going to be rivalling Bristol (say) in the craft beer stakes any time soon. Mainly full of twenty-somethings watching football.

27 Jun 2016 10:20

The New Inn, Salisbury

As Odbod said, better than the Cloisters which had we also just visited. Worth visiting for the garden alone if it's sunny but there are also numerous cosy, beamed seating areas and a couple of bars. Busier than most of the other pubs we visited with a range of ages but service was still instant. At just £3.30, my pint of Badger First Call was pretty good, Bouncing Bounder and Tanglefoot (£3.90) were also on sale.

27 Jun 2016 10:09

The Avon Brewery Inn, Salisbury

Another of Salisbury's pubs that was pretty quiet on Saturday night. The Portuguese food that we ate in the bar was simple but tasty, the Thwaites Lancaster Bomber that I chose to accompany it was also good. Also on sale was Ringwood Best.

27 Jun 2016 10:02

Cloisters, Salisbury

Not too far to walk from the centre of Salisbury and near some other pubs so handy for a pub crawl. Although effectively one large room, it's quite dark inside because of all the wooden beams and panels as befitting for a 17th century pub. My Butcombe Best was perfectly drinkable but nothing special; Hop Back Summer Lightning and Doom Bar were also on sale. Not particularly busy and all a little staid.

27 Jun 2016 09:54

The Peacock Inn, Tenbury Wells

Apparently one of the oldest pubs around and it's certainly an interesting building with plenty to look at inside. We dined in the traditional restaurant side with its wooden panelling and enjoyed our roast Sunday lunch. Beers on offer were Hobsons Best/Town Crier and Wye Valley HPA. I tried the Best which was very good. The other half of the building is much more of a bar so go back outside and try the other door if you think you're in the wrong half!

20 Jun 2016 08:50

The Fox Inn, Loxley

Has changed hands several times over the last few years but new lessees arrived last November and there is definitely a more upmarket feel than that of a few years ago. Perhaps they are trying to compete with the nearby Bell at Alderminster for dining customers - the prices seem to indicate so with my scallop starter at £10.95 and the braised shoulder of lamb at £18.95 (the menu is on the website so I knew what to expect). That said, the food yesterday lunchtime was terrific and the Cask Masque beer was also very good indeed even if the range was unimaginative. I tried the Black Sheep and Doom Bar at £3.70 each - didn't bother with the Exmoor Fox. Left impressed.

13 Jun 2016 08:52

The Dog Hangs Well, Ludlow

We managed to get in just before closing time on Saturday night (the lamp was lit!) after a long day at the beer festival in the castle. This is quite different from any other pub in Ludlow - an elegant parlour pub in an attractive Georgian building. Sadly the parlour itself had closed for the day but the tastefully-decorated kitchen bar was still busy. Two handpulls on sale - I had a pint of Glamorgan Brewing's Jemima's Pitchfork.

16 May 2016 11:23

Temeside Inn, Little Hereford

A traditional looking country pub but without the shabbiness that this sometimes means. Good well-presented Sunday lunch which we were able to enjoy in the large beer garden (which has some traffic noise being close to the A456 but not enough to bother us). Beers were Wye Valley's Butty Bach and HPA. Would have no problem visiting again.

15 May 2016 17:06

The Gun, Keyhaven

The sandwiches weren't overly special on Saturday lunchtime but they filled a gap, they weren't at all expensive and the beer garden is nice. After a heavy Friday night, I am ashamed to say that I wan't up to sampling the beer but they had Flack Manor Flack's Double Drop at just £2.90 a pint, Doom Bar, AN Other (might have been Ringwood Best) and TT Landlord at £4 (why would anyone want to pay this much for something from miles away). Very handy for visiting Hurst Castle (the pub is opposite the pay and display car park where you can park for the castle ferry). Pleasingly ungentrified with plenty of knick-knacks and things to look at on the walls. Good service and friendly.

9 May 2016 16:06

The Oak Inn, Lyndhurst

Very good speedy service yesterday and the doorstep sandwiches proved too much for us (they needed to be a sizeable portion at nearly £9 each). We hadn't been able to reserve a table (you can't book between 12-4 on a Sunday apparently) but fortunately there were a couple of tables vacant outside even though the sun was belting down. A very handy pitstop for the many cyclists there (which included us). Can't comment on the ales as it was Cornish Orchards Gold Cider all round on our table.

9 May 2016 15:50

The Six Bells, Lymington

Didn't find the lukewarm breakfast that good at all this morning but, hey ho, what can you expect for a fiver....

8 May 2016 21:11

The Angel Inn, Lymington

Sat outside in the rear patio area early last night with a pint of Ringwood Razorback which went down pretty easily. The patio is a little strange in that it is basically part of a shopping courtyard but it offers a fascinating architectural view of the rear of what is apparently the oldest pub in Lymington with its numerous extensions and additions. Another pub in Lymington that warrants a revisit some day.

8 May 2016 21:07

The Kings Head Inn, Lymington

Good ambience last night in this characterful pub and the subdued lighting (including candles on the tables) adds to the atmosphere. My pints of Gales HSB and Timothy Taylor Landlord were above average but not exceptional.

8 May 2016 20:54

The Great Western, Warwick

Has been closed since last June and a planning application has now been submitted to convert it into a residential development containing four town houses and a block of five flats.

23 Mar 2016 14:55

The Norman Knight, Whichford

Now the outlet for the Stratford upon Avon Brewery, this seems to be one of those pubs where you may have to time your visit carefully - many of the tables were "reserved" and there is very little space given over for vertical drinking. Fortunately, Harry, Freddie and their exceptionally loud mother were just leaving as we arrived at 4pm today dog in tow and it was an ideal time to visit for just a drink whilst dressed in walking gear. 3 beers from the SUA Brewery (I tried the Dark Star Porter and Malty Pig Bitter which were both good) as well as guest Hooky and Gun Dog's Chilly Dog. Cider was Wyld Wood Organic.

19 Mar 2016 22:40

Ye Olde New Inn, Arley

Did a circular walk today with some friends who live nearby and rewarded ourselves with the £8.45 Sunday carvery and a pint or two afterwards. The pub itself has some character with various different seating and dining areas although there is an overall feeling of shabbiness (and no soap in the Gents). Service was friendly although rather inefficient. Very busy today (presumably the carvery is well regarded) and, whilst this is no high end dining establishment (soup was just £1.95!), the food was good value so no complaints from us (even if they only had 3 choices of pudding left, none of which appealed). Two handpulls, Teme Valley's That and Bewdley Brewery's Severn Valley Aleway, the better of which was the Teme Valley which I thought was very good indeed. They probably sell plenty of ale on a Sunday as the Teme Valley was soon replaced by Hobsons Twisted Spire. As a no frills pub, it certainly did the job for the eight of us today (although I don't suppose we will ever go back).

28 Feb 2016 18:46

The Crown Inn, Ironbridge

Converted to housing.

10 Feb 2016 16:34

The Harrow Inn, Enstone

Still a freehouse apparently but now known as Artyard Café.

7 Feb 2016 19:00

The Red Lion, Kidlington

Uninspiring beer (Deuchars IPA and Doom Bar) in average condition in an uninspiring pub.

7 Feb 2016 07:37

The Snitterfield Arms, Snitterfield

Well, the licensee who was there when I visited 4 years ago didn't last long and new tenants have been there since 2013 apparently. Refurbishment in progress today so not sure how it will end up looking. Doom Bar still on sale as was Greene King IPA and Moorhouse's Pride of Pendle (which was in good condition).

31 Jan 2016 00:28

The Tam O' Shanter, York

Plans to convert this pub into student accommodation have been approved this week.

22 Jan 2016 18:33

The Plough, Clifton Hampden

Has been closed for more than a year and an application has been submitted to change its use to a B&B.

13 Jan 2016 12:03

The Grange, Wyken

Now a supermarket.

13 Jan 2016 08:22

The Punch Bowl, Nuneaton

Closed - now a pizza takeaway.

7 Jan 2016 08:57

Church Inn, Chelmorton

Classic 18th century Peak District pub with one room split loosely into two with dining tables more to the right as you walk in. Cask Marque and GBG listed with the three regular handpulls being Adnam's Broadside, Abbeydale's Moonshine and Pedigree. I tried the guest Leatherbritches Spiced Berry Mild and Whim's Black Christmas which were both excellent. Roast beef was just £8.95 for a large plate of traditional no frills food. Service was also spot on. Definitely worth visiting.

1 Jan 2016 17:05

The Buxton Tap House, Buxton

Obviously one of the places to be seen in judging by its popularity yesterday afternoon. Very different from other pubs in Buxton with its modern look, pulled pork burgers and multiple craft beers. With a long night ahead, it was a wise choice to just have a half of the 8% saison!

1 Jan 2016 11:09

The 19th Hole, Buxton

Unsurprisingly busy on New Year's Eve so we had to stand. Marston's Best Bitter and their Revisionist Sardinian Bock were the two handpulls on offer. It wasn't worth staying for a second drink.

1 Jan 2016 10:22

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

Had a good lunch at the Charlie on Boxing Day washed down by a couple of very good pints of Wood's Ebony. Service was excellent throughout our visit.

29 Dec 2015 16:46

Cox's Yard, Stratford upon Avon

Changed hands in September although it still looks like its predecessor pending an apparent refurbishment in 2016. We were there on Christmas Eve about 6.30pm before visiting the on-site Attic Theatre so there wasn't time to try anything other than a pint of Courage Directors which was in pretty good order although quite pricey. I can never quite put my finger on why I am never massively keen on this place - perhaps it's just always been too on-trend for me.

29 Dec 2015 16:43

The Church Inn, Ludlow

Had pretty much the same experience yesterday as I did earlier in the year. Enjoyed my pint of Wood's Christmas Cracker.

27 Dec 2015 09:34

Artisan Ales, Ludlow

The upstairs seating area opened about a week ago although there is still work to be done before the micropub look is finished so perhaps it is a little unfair to rate it at this stage. Anyway, beers yesterday were Ludlow Gold and Hobson's Old Prickly for just £2.60 a pint and Mud City Stout for £3.10. They are aiming for 8 handpulls in the summer. Apparently all tables had been occupied earlier in the day after the hunt had finished but we were the only ones there at 4pm so we had a good chat with the owner. Open noon until 8pm apart from Sundays when they close earlier.

27 Dec 2015 09:17

The Brown Cow Inn, Lincoln

Closed in July and plans now submitted for its demolition and replacement by houses.

23 Dec 2015 11:15

Kings Head Inn, Norton

This pub has been closed for a long time.

14 Dec 2015 20:19

The Red Lion, Powick

Refurbished in the last couple of years but not over modernised, the Red Lion was cosy, festive and welcoming late this afternoon although the music was far too loud. Fortunately, the speakers were in the empty dining area rather than in the front bar where everyone was sitting and the music later stopped completely. Whilst I was initially disappointed to see only Thwaites Wainwright and Marston's New World Pale Ale on handpull, the former proved to be in very good condition for £3.10. We were only passing by so didn't eat.

According to the local Council's village appraisal, the building itself is "timber framed and dates back to the 17th century but was much altered and extended in the early 19th and 20th century. Little evidence of the timber frame now remains following its refacing in brick. However, it is still possible to imagine how it would have looked in its original form by comparing it with its neighbours". Occupies an elevated position within the village looking down on the road that passes through the village conservation area and was apparently a hospital in the Civil War.

From a quick visit, this seemed to be a pretty reasonable pub.

13 Dec 2015 17:30

The Dirty Duck, Stratford Upon Avon

Obviously busy last night with its pre-theatre crowd but service was quick and efficient and at least the pub has some character in contrast to the pub on Sheep Street we had visited before. I had a pint of the house brew, the 3.9% Mucky Duck which was good.

12 Dec 2015 10:30

The Golden Bee, Stratford Upon Avon

Far too brightly lit and cavernous to make it a pub experience to really enjoy. Not having looked closely enough at the full range on offer, I went for a pint of 4.8% Sudwerk Inbetween last night for £2.75 - it was in good condition but rather thin and bland for its ABV so not a brew I would try again. But at least JDW gave me the opportunity to try something new.

12 Dec 2015 10:21

Wetherspoons, Birmingham

A pint of Pedigree was something like £3.70 last night with one other equally unimaginative handpulled ale on sale. To be fair, it wasn't a bad pint at all. You won't want to stay too long though.

5 Dec 2015 09:14

Pitcher and Piano, Birmingham

Not my choice of place yesterday but it was a Christmas outing with work colleagues. Service was good; food and beer were OK. Handpulls were obviously all from Marston's - Jennings Cumberland, Cocker Hoop and Ringwood Boondoggle.

4 Dec 2015 13:50

The Peacock Bar, Battersea


4 Dec 2015 13:35

The Devonshire Arms, Fairfield

Was converted into flats a couple of years ago.

30 Nov 2015 11:55

The Craven Arms, Walsgrave

Planning permission has been granted for it to be turned into flats.

28 Nov 2015 08:56

Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford

The last reviewer was spot on with his prediction - the premises reopened last month as a chain Caribbean restaurant.

24 Nov 2015 15:03

The Howard Arms, Ilmington

No noticeable changes since my last visit despite new owners this June. If it ain't broke, don't fix it I suppose (although I have read elsewhere that there may be a refurbishment in the New Year). Purity Gold and Old Hooky still available on Friday evening as were TT Landlord and Doom Bar. I tried a couple of pints of the Old Hooky this time. Food was good with plenty of game & red meat options although not so much variety for pollo-pescetarians.

23 Nov 2015 09:42

Bull Inn, Southam

Council's planning officers are recommending a conversion into 6 flats - see

18 Nov 2015 17:55

Craft, Lincoln

Belatedly listed on this website despite opening in 2013, nobody will ever get the chance to rate this bar as it has now closed to be replaced by a Côte Restaurant.

15 Nov 2015 22:25

The Victoria, Lincoln

I had no idea that you could get a good ham roll with a small side salad and a bowl of superb chips for just £4. Add a choice of 6 well-kept handpulls (Landlord, Batemans XB/Gold, White Horse's Champion the Wonder Horse, Maxim's MXM Triple Hop and one from Clarks) and a traditional bar with benches along the wall, part quarry tiled/part wooden floor and Victorian majolica fireplace and this is a must visit pub.

15 Nov 2015 21:04

The Wig and Mitre, Lincoln

Admittedly we went in primarily to eat but I'm not sure that I would call it a restaurant rather than a pub. But then again, today's clientele hardly seemed to be beer afficionados. The Wentworth's Lincoln Imperial Ale wasn't bad and nor was the Black Sheep - I didn't try the other 2 handpulls one of which was Adnams Broadside. Solid rather than spectacular.

15 Nov 2015 20:10

The Ivy, Wragby

Having been in my 20s when it was released, I quite like "Show me love" by Robin S but it was far too loud when we arrived after our 6 mile circular walk on Friday afternoon, especially as there was only one other couple in the pub. Fortunately, the music got turned down as more people arrived later on. Recently renovated apparently so the interior is quite smart. I had excellent pints of Batemans XB and Castle Rock's Black Gold (10% discount for CAMRA members) - I didn't try the Batemans Yella Belly, Bass or Pennine Brewing's Hair of the Dog. Featured in the 2015 GBG (don't know about the latest edition) so not too surprising that the beer was as good as any I had this weekend in Lincolnshire. And good beer deserves good marks.

15 Nov 2015 20:01

Strait and Narrow, Lincoln

Whiled away a couple of hours here yesterday with a few bottles of Belgian and UK craft beer. Cocktails also feature heavily and there are 5 real ales too. Just as good as the traditional pubs we had tried earlier but in a different way.

15 Nov 2015 19:51

Strugglers Inn, Lincoln

This small pub was very busy yesterday lunchtime but the barman still had time for a little banter and the group of friends on a beer day out from Nottingham were also friendly. Three regular handpulls (Greene King Abbot, St Austell Tribute & Timothy Taylor Landlord) plus six rotating guest ales - I had a superb pint of Acorn's Gorlovka Imperial Stout. Well worth visiting.

15 Nov 2015 19:45

St Andrews Brew House, Norwich

I hadn't spotted that this place was listed on BITE so hence a late review from July this year.

3 handpulls selling their own brews (10% discount on these for CAMRA members) - I tried a half of Wensum Ale following a heavy night the night before. In addition, there were 7 or 8 keg "craft" beers and dozens of cans of other craft beers.

Through a perspex wall, you can watch when the brewer is at work (which he was when we were there).

The place has a distressed, industrial feel and was very popular with all walks of life hence it took a little while to get served but probably no longer than many a city bar.

If it weren't for the dozens of other pubs that I still have yet to try in Norwich (and the fact that I have only ever been to Norwich once in my life so I probably won't be back there soon), I would visit again.

30 Oct 2015 17:08

The Brown Lion, Birmingham

My father used to be the M&B brewery surveyor for this area so I took him back to the Brown Lion yesterday after a 49 year absence to see what it was like now. As the last reviewer said, it's difficult to know whether this is a crèche or a pub - it could easily have been a walk in and walk straight out visit had we not spotted some proper seating underneath the stained glass windows at the rear of the pub and this is where we sat to drink our disappointing pints of Hook Norton Lion. There was no other handpull available yesterday afternoon so perhaps this means that there is no demand for ale here. Overall - poor.

25 Oct 2015 17:15

The White Horse, Aberystwyth

Re-opened as the White Horse earlier this year having had a spell as Varsity. Owned by Stonegate, it made me think of a slightly superior JDW but, not being too familiar with either chain, I may be doing one or other a disservice. Anyway, August Bank Holiday handpulls were Fuller's Summer Ale, Brains SA and Mantle's Cwrw (which was my choice for £3.25 and good it was too). We just used it as a place for a quick drink before our restaurant booking elsewhere and, in that respect, it suited us fine.

13 Oct 2015 08:46

Ocean Bar, Leamington Spa

Should be marked as CLOSED on this site - now an art gallery.

12 Oct 2015 09:48

Albatros, Wells-next-the-Sea

£3 for a pint of Woodfordes Wherry (or Nelson's Revenge) sitting on deck underneath an umbrella in the July rain. What better way to spend a summer's day?!

8 Oct 2015 23:07

The Oddfellows Arms, Evesham

Don't suppose anyone will miss this greatly given the lack of reviews here but just in case you do go looking for due to close this month as local planning officer has recommended approval for "Demolition of existing Oddfellows Arms public house & clearance of site, to be replaced with 14 one-bed residential flats for adults with learning disabilities, plus attached office space".

1 Oct 2015 16:42

Y Ffarmers, Llanfihangel y Creuddyn

A destination food pub with a large restaurant to the left as you walk in. We only strayed into that room to access the toilets and sat instead in the quarry-tiled small bar to the right. There is only one table in here and a few bar stools but there was nobody else just drinking (everyone else was dining) so we were able to throw a few darts at the board without anyone noticing how bad we were. Handpulls were Mantle's MOHO and one from Felinfoel (can't remember which as it was a month ago). Whatever I had, it was a little cold but otherwise in good order and cost £3.20 which I thought was very reasonable.

28 Sep 2015 21:22

Hewitts, Wadebridge

One of the new breed of licensed premises that describes itself as a "bar and kitchen". We shared a table to watch the rugby on Saturday night on the (temporary?) big screen and the Sharp's Wolf Rock was good as was the atmosphere. Apparently one of the classier places in Wadebridge according to the chap we sat next to.

28 Sep 2015 21:11

The Falcon, Wadebridge

Marston's two-for-one pub where you can sit outside with a nice view of the Camel estuary (shame the busy A39 is only yards away in the foreground). My pint of Pedigree was absolutely fine and there were 4 or 5 other choices (although a couple of clips said "coming soon").

28 Sep 2015 21:06

The Rum and Crab Shack, St Ives

As the name suggests, it specialises in rum (and cocktails) but there are a couple of local handpulls priced at £3.80 which included Cornish Chough's Kilcobben IPA and Cornish Crown's One Hop One Grain last week (although they had been replaced by other offerings by the weekend). Also sells about 20 world beers in bottles - I tried the Erdinger Dunkel for £5.90 which I enjoyed (I would have made myself enjoy it regardless at that price). The ale wasn't quite the best in town but was heavily outweighed by the relaxed vibe and Captain Jack Sparrow-ness of the place.

28 Sep 2015 11:35

Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

Obviously of some interest to Du Maurier fans and well exploited by the pub owners. Handpulls today were Dartmoor's Jail Ale, Sharps Original, Bude Brewery's Black Rock and St Austell's Jamaica Inn Ale (re-badged Trelawny). Its historical connections mean it has to be worth a visit (even if the pub now seems to be a rather small part of the overall enterprise).

27 Sep 2015 18:49

Studio Bar, Wadebridge

Closed down a couple of years ago.

26 Sep 2015 22:21

The Ship Inn, Mousehole

Physically described well by JohnBonser 5 years ago, I enjoyed a good pint of St Austell Cornish Best yesterday in this characterful pub. However, I guess this place could be a nightmare experience when the crowds are here.

26 Sep 2015 21:27

The Castle Inn, St Ives

Live music here frequently which is why we visited tonight. Single-roomed pub with plenty of pitch pine on the walls and ceiling giving it an atmospheric nautical feel. Real ales on offer tonight were Caledonian Autumn Red, Bombardier, Sharps Original, Sharps Special, Hobgoblin, Cottage's Blindside and Skinners Porthleven (which was good). A pub worth trying.

25 Sep 2015 23:41

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

I can't understand why this pub is so popular at night-time when the harbour views have faded - once the booths have filled, the narrow lounge bar means it is always cramped in here (although the public bar to the right is often less busy). Yes, the pub has some character but so do other pubs in St Ives. The Doom Bar was in pretty good order tonight (cf. my last pint here 3 years ago).

25 Sep 2015 23:23

Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

Good late night pint of Tribute tonight and even better covers set from "High Voltage"!

25 Sep 2015 01:08

Pedn-Olva Hotel, St Ives

They've revamped the terrace bar to enable guests to make the most of the view but I should have returned my pint of Tribute the other day due to its cloudiness (although everyone else's looked fine). The ale was also far too cold so might not rush back next time we are here.

24 Sep 2015 18:56

White Hart Inn, Penzance

Very handy stopping off point while walking St Michael's Way today. Porcelain tiles in the entrance soon give way to more appropriate bare boards and the overall feel is one of cosiness with two one-tabled dining areas with open framing to the left of the entrance having particular appeal. There is a further dining area past these two tiny snugs with a larger more open-plan room to the right which is where the main bar is also situated. The Betty Stogs was good although not of exceptional clarity, also on sale were Doom Bar and Proper Job. Cider was Thatchers Gold unfortunately. We sat outside by the front door admiring the church although there is also a beer garden. Opening hours are all day Friday to Sunday and 11.30-3, 5-10.30 for the rest of the week (contrary to what the underwhelming website states). We were the only people there so maybe it suffers from its rural location but it's certainly worth a short detour off the A30.

24 Sep 2015 18:25

The Golden Lion Inn, Padstow

Took a punt and booked in for lunch yesterday without knowing anything about this pub. Glad we had reserved a table for six people as it was very busy even though they had told us on the phone that a Tuesday would probably be quiet! Ciabattas were excellent, no doubt reflecting the quality that has become the norm in this town. Also excellent was the Padstow Brewing's Windjammer, other handpulls were Doom Bar and Tintagel Brewery's Castle Gold. Good choice of pub.

23 Sep 2015 21:14

The Druid Inn, Goginan

Has been listed in the GBG for 40 consecutive years and has won many local CAMRA awards so surprising that this pub is newly listed on this site. Visited about 3 weeks ago and tried Celt Experience's The Afanc which was good. Also on sale were Three Tuns XXX and Wye Valley Bitter, cider was Gwynt Y Ddraig's Celtic Warrior. The pub itself is a bit of a throwback to the 70s or 80s with its profusion of shabby pine within bare stone walls.

23 Sep 2015 20:55

Rock Inn Bar and Bistro, Rock

Surely the Rock Café Bar would be a more appropriate name? Great views, Tribute only on font, next door is a separate bar and grill not listed on this site.

23 Sep 2015 10:48

The Gurnards Head, Zennor

Middle-class gastropub where we had to sit on stools at the bar but this was hardly surprising given it was prime time for dining. Regular ale is Tribute at £3.40 with today's guest ales at £3.60 being Rebel Brewing's Bal Maiden and Cornish Crown's One Hop One Grain. I tried the former which was good. A few craft beers in bottles too which may say something about the clientele or may just reflect current tastes. Agree with JockStrap's review of 2010 that this pub probably deserves higher than its current score on this site (which seems to be the same as it was 5 years ago).

20 Sep 2015 18:56

The Balnoon Inn, Balnoon

Not your traditional Cornish inn but a sterile looking whitewashed open plan restaurant that specialises in carvery meals. There isn't really anywhere for a casual drinker to sit other than at one of the rattan-style dining tables so we stayed for a quick drink then moved on. The Rebel Brewing Balnoon Ale was good, also on sale was Rebel Bal Maiden. Cider was from Cornish Orchards so plus points for local products. Service was friendly but I think they were really hoping for us to eat there.

20 Sep 2015 18:05

The Golden Lion, St Ives

Ordinary pub in the town centre with an uninspiring large back bar where you can watch the football on 2 large TVs. The front bar is better and more characterful but what drew us in was the advertised "beer garden" which is really no more than 5 tables packed in on some decking. To be fair, the Wentworth Brewers Blonde wasn't bad but the Wells Try Time had just run out. Other handpulls were London Pride, Skinners Betty Stogs and Thwaites Wainwright. Ciders were Orchard Pig Philosopher, Westons Old Rosie and Westons Rosie's Pig. It was OK but probably won't go again.

20 Sep 2015 10:26

The Honey Pot, Oxford

According to the Oxford Mail: "Linea OX1 Ltd has proposed knocking down The Adventurer – formerly The Honey Pot – in Hollybush Row, so it can build seven flats, two of which would be two-bed and the rest one-bed".

18 Sep 2015 17:42

The Georgian Townhouse, Norwich

Modernised hotel which has a stylish bar open to all. Handpulls in late July were Adnams Ghost Ship, Grain 3.1.6, Humpty Dumpty Swallowtail and Woodfordes Wherry and I seem to remember some decent keg stuff too. Yes, it's the sort of place where a lot of people will be drinking wine (heaven forbid) but we spent a very comfortable hour in the leather chairs.

16 Sep 2015 22:27

New Crown, Whittlesey

Dates back to the late C18 or early C19 with a 1840s house attached to the rear according to its Grade II listing and situated in one of the older parts of the town. Backstreet locals pub which we stayed in overnight in July as the Bed Only rate is very reasonable. Friendly welcome from Tracey. Beers were Bombardier and Doom Bar which were both pretty good. The local darts team were playing a match on the Tuesday night we visited so it was quite busy.

15 Sep 2015 08:36

Anchor Inn, Morston

We visited in late July whilst walking from Weybourne to Stiffkey and sat outside one midweek afternoon in the gravelled seating area which is partly screened from sight of the main road. The interior of the pub has a nautical feel with driftwood pieces of art and the restaurant is well-regarded according to local information we received. But we were only there for a quick drink before resuming our walk - Woodfordes Wherry, Adnams Jester & Winter's Golden were definitely on sale (I think Woodfordes Summer Dew may have been too) so I tried the Wherry which was pretty good.

14 Sep 2015 08:53

The Antelope, Lighthorne

Good pints of Hooky for £3.55 this lunchtime so didn't try the Doom Bar or Purity Gold. Lighthorne lamb is pretty well-known in this part of South Warwickshire so that was a must for our £12.50 Sunday roasts which we ate in the flagstoned bar rather than the restaurant (our choice). Originally a farmhouse, this early 18th century building can be a bit dark inside maybe because it is in a valley (which also limits your mobile signal) but it is quite cosy, friendly and attracts locals and visitors alike.

13 Sep 2015 16:05

Horans Tavern, Digbeth

Should be marked as CLOSED on this site - now a juice bar called Bennie Blancos.

8 Sep 2015 18:30

Waggon and Horses, Audley

Should be marked as CLOSED on this site- damaged by fire in 2011 and never reopened.

8 Sep 2015 10:42

The Marches, Ludlow

Closed down in June - going to be a Pizza Express.

1 Sep 2015 14:12

Salt, Aberystwyth

Now part of the Coffee#1 chain.

1 Sep 2015 08:37

The Horse and Jockey, Knighton

Had a nice lunch today washed down with a pint of Three Tuns XXX in the restaurant which is the old stable block. The separate bar area looked pretty cosy and Butty Bach and a 3.6% Molson Coors brewed house ale were also being served here. Cider was Robinson's Flagon which is always good to see. The group of buildings at this location are of late medieval origin and have architectural interest.

31 Aug 2015 20:22

The Half Way Inn, Aberystwyth

Surprisingly busy on Saturday night for a pub that is in the middle of nowhere (albeit on an A road). Traditionally furnished (some nice settles) stone-walled pub that was serving just the one handpull (Doom Bar had been replaced with Cardigan Bay's Sunshine which was in good condition but I can't find any details of it so I hope I've remembered the name correctly).

31 Aug 2015 19:27

Bamboodle, Stratford upon Avon

Turns itself from an "asian fusion" restaurant into a dedicated late night bar at weekends and don't be surprised to find a lack of real ale here (you may find they have a couple of bottles of Purity in the fridge at best). This end of Union Street is pretty much as city-like as it gets on a Saturday night in Stratford if places with loud music and door staff are your thing.

24 Aug 2015 14:17

Rugby Tavern, Rugby

Ceased being a pub in 2010.

4 Aug 2015 21:22

The Ivy Cottage, Catshill

Going to be a Co-op any day now instead.

4 Aug 2015 17:25

Gardeners Arms, Norwich

Also known as the Murderer's, this historic (1696) building has various nooks, crannies and split levels to sit in. It also has a larger area at the back which hosts live music and we spent a couple of hours there on Saturday night listening to a local bluegrass band. London Pride, Doom Bar, Wolf's Edith Cavell and Woodfordes Wherry are the regular ales, also on sale were Burton Bridge's Burton Ale, Woodfordes Sundew, Borough Brewery's Full Blast, North Yorkshire Brewing's Dizzy Dick, Lacons Falcoln Ale, Winter's Geniuss and Grain's Blackwood Stout. Cider was from Farmer Jims. The beers I tried were all good so add in the history and this is a place worth visiting.

27 Jul 2015 14:45

The Murderers, Norwich

Also known as the Gardeners Arms, this historic (1696) building has various nooks, crannies and split levels to sit in. It also has a larger area at the back which hosts live music and we spent a couple of hours there on Saturday night listening to a local bluegrass band. London Pride, Doom Bar, Wolf's Edith Cavell and Woodfordes Wherry are the regular ales, also on sale were Burton Bridge's Burton Ale, Woodfordes Sundew, Borough Brewery's Full Blast, North Yorkshire Brewing's Dizzy Dick, Lacons Falcoln Ale, Winter's Geniuss and Grain's Blackwood Stout. Cider was from Farmer Jims. The beers I tried were all good so add in the history and this is a place worth visiting.

27 Jul 2015 14:44

The Unthank Arms, Norwich

Definitely agree with the last reviewer - Woodfordes Wherry, Doom Bar and Adnams Broadside were the 3 handpulls on sale on Friday night which is hardly an inspiring range. I tried the Doom Bar which was acceptable. Music was turned up too loud in a half empty pub. Nice (what I presume are) fly screens on the sash windows for those who admire the design of Victorian pubs.

27 Jul 2015 14:23

Eaton Cottage, Norwich

My favourite of the few pubs we visited in our mini-crawl of the Unthank Road area on Friday night (although not my partner's as the only wine offering comes in 187ml bottles of Stowells). Friendly backstreet pub in a traditional style whose walls are decorated with hundreds of beer mats. There was a TV showing some football but this was unobtrusive as the sound was turned down and replaced by 1960s music instead. Handpulls were similar to the ones on sale when Blue Scrumpy visited in 2013: London Pride (£3.30), Wolf's Golden Jackal (£3.20), Tipples Moonrocket (£3.50) and my choice, Derby Brewing's Quintessential for £3.60.

27 Jul 2015 14:13

The Rose Tavern, Norwich

Large, relaxed pub that wasn't very busy on Friday night but not totally devoid of atmosphere even if pretty empty. Clientele seemed to be mainly students. Ales on sale were TT Landlord, Purity Gold, Doom Bar, Sharps Atlantic and Oakham's Robber (which was good enough for me to stick with). The May 2008 reviewer was correct in that this is one to include on a pub crawl around the area without necessarily staying here for hours (which is what we did).

26 Jul 2015 20:03

Mad Moose, Norwich

Popular, frenetic pub with good atmosphere where we enjoyed our food in the bare brick-walled snug bar on Friday night. Beers on sale were Adnams Lighthouse, Bullards Number 1, Belhaven St Andrews Ale, Lacons Legacy, Greene King's The Rumrunner as well as Napa Smith Pale Ale. The ones I tried were perfectly drinkable without being spectacular.

26 Jul 2015 19:33

The Ship Inn, Weybourne

Only time for a quick pint of Beeston's The Dry Road yesterday in the back garden but immediately felt it was the best pub we visited yesterday. Woodfordes Wherry, Ship Ale and one of Norfolk Brewhouse's Moon Gazer Ales were also on handpull.

24 Jul 2015 17:32

The George, Cley-next-the-Sea

One of the best sausage sandwiches with home cut fries that I have ever had and the Winter's Golden was a good pint too at £3.70 a pint. Greene King St Edmunds, Abbot Ale and Woodfordes Wherry were also on sale on handpull as well as keg GK Yardbird Pale Ale, a cider from Aspalls and 52 (yes 52) different whiskeys.

24 Jul 2015 17:11

The King's Arms, Blakeney

Thought this might suit us best as we were in walking boots and the other pubs in Blakeney looked rather smart. Sadly the Belhaven St Andrews Ale poured straight from the cask proved to be cloudy and disappointing and I left about a third whereas the chap sitting on the neighbouring outside table poured his into the bushes. Hopefully the Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Woodfordes Wherry were in better condition but the GBG listing seemed questionable. Cider was Aspalls Harry Sparrow.

24 Jul 2015 16:59

The Vine Inn, Kinver

The Vine does have some traditional elements but purple coloured walls and half white painted pine tables do tend to imply that it sees itself as more of a destination dining pub (although to be fair there are plenty of other areas for drinking). Whilst the location is certainly pretty good, make sure you only look down the canal rather than back towards the industrial units. Good Sunday roast although other food options were disappointing. A definite plus was the beer; regulars are one handpull from Enville Ales and one from Kinver Brewery whereas I started with the guest Salopian Lemon Dream (also on sale were Tribute and Otter Bitter). The Salopian offering was good but the Kinver Edge was very good indeed. Staff seemed to be struggling a little with the number of visitors which is perhaps why you order all food at the bar.

19 Jul 2015 19:10

The Fir Tree Inn, Oddingley

Looks as if it may have been refurbished in the last few years as it is all very modern and smart without being gaudy. I don't think they are still doing the previously mentioned chinese buffet - we had a 3 course Sunday lunch today for £16.95 which was good. 3 handpulls were Otter Bitter, Otter Amber and Tribute for either £3.15 or £3.20. I stuck to the Otters which were both decent pints. Service was very friendly. Not a bad country pub at all in quite a nice setting 150m from the canal although there is noise in the garden from the M5.

12 Jul 2015 17:43

St Govans Country Inn, Bosherston

Newly listed on this site so a review from 20/5/15. Visted after walking along the coastal path from Stackpole Quay to St Govan's chapel then headed back via the lily ponds at Bosherston. I don't know why but the name of this pub suggested to me beforehand that there was going to be something smart here, along the lines of the nearby Stackpole Inn. However, it is just an ordinary pub, more open plan than perhaps it once was and welcoming to walkers. We sat outside as did the only other people there. I had a pint of Evans Evans Crwr for £3.40 which was a 6 or 7 out of 10; other handpulls were Adnams Broadside and Box Steam Chuffin' Ale. Cider was Somersby sadly. Double check the opening hours - I was told it is open all day after Easter.

8 Jul 2015 08:30

GNH Bar, Kings Cross

An art deco styled cocktail bar really but you can buy a bottle of Curious Brew for a fiver as well as a few other bottled beers (Negra Modelo, Meantime, Punk IPA). Beware the discretionary 10% service charge which still gets added to your bill even if you order at the brushed metal bar counter.

5 Jul 2015 11:46

Green Dragon, Worcester

I knew of its previous GBG entries and local CAMRA awards but hadn't realised that they were hosting a beer festival last Saturday so there were 8 guest ales in the side room (I tried the Wobbly Welder for £3.10) as well as TT Golden Best, Wye Valley Butty Bach, Theakston's Best, Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale, Otter Amber and Hillside's Pinnacle on sale in the main pub. Ciders were Abrahalls Lily the Pink, Bartestree's First Cuckoo, Westons Rosie's Pig and also their Country Perry. Whether it was because of the legions of families (also the day of the village fete) or because of the scrapyard of old lorries parked opposite and near to the pub but it wasn't quite the experience I was expecting. Perhaps one to try again another time.

29 Jun 2015 09:04

The New Strand, Eardisley

Very different to the Tram opposite. This is a Victorian mock Gothic building which houses old-fashioned café, local produce store, bookshop, post office and pub bar in the same building. We were actually there to have a sandwich in the café when I got distracted by the station hotel-like bar at the opposite end. Two handpulls from Wood's - I had the Parish for just £3 a pint which I took back to the café to have with my sandwich! There was a handful of older locals in the bar and the Tram seems a lot more popular but, if you're after a quiet pint and a read of the paper, then this might be the place for you.

28 Jun 2015 21:19

The Swan Hotel, Alcester

Recently taken over by new owners, refurbished in a modern style and now largely a mediterranean restaurant known as the Rustic Kitchen. However, as befits a former hotel, there are plenty of separate rooms so there is still a bar area where you can enjoy a drink without having to buy food. I was drinking Kozel here last night - Wye Valley HPA was on handpull.

28 Jun 2015 21:04

Roebuck, Warwick

Flatters to deceive a little. Stylish enough with its farmhouse-style tables, green/grey colour scheme, part terracotta floors and trompe l'oeil wall art but the food was nothing exciting and neither was the beer. Good enough for a night out but not for repeat business necessarily. Ales were Greene King IPA, Deuchars IPA, Bombardier, Old Speckled Hen and Roebuck Ale (which I think is Caledonian Edinburgh Castle in disguise). All were priced between £3.75-£3.85.

27 Jun 2015 09:18

The Pembroke House, Tenbury Wells

16th century traditional pub with a blue plaque explaining its history. We only visited one other pub in Tenbury so can't say whether it's the best pub in the town - but it served a very nice pint of Wood's (at just £2.90) so it was worth the short walk from the main street. The other handpull was Hobson's Best which is the regular ale. Small outside seating area which is adjacent to the car park and main road but still has plenty of greenery.

21 Jun 2015 17:04

The Crow, Tenbury Wells

Reopened on 13th June after a refurbishment. I am not sure whether the largely white interior with wall murals suits a building of this age but it has a modern, fresh, open-plan feel which perhaps sets it apart from Tenbury's other pubs. My pint of Otter Amber yesterday was good but nothing exceptional; Otter Bright was the other handpull. Cider was Weston's Old Rosie with Rhubarb.

21 Jun 2015 16:44

The Tamworth Arms, Croydon

Closed for good apparently - see

21 Jun 2015 16:23

The Steps House, Stourport on Severn

Now an Indian restaurant.

15 Jun 2015 10:43

The Red Lion, Stratford Upon Avon

Finally returned to try this pub again last night but the Bombardier on handpull wasn't much cop. My friend's Golden Sheep was no better apparently. Not worth visiting if you're after a pint of good ale.

13 Jun 2015 09:10

The Priory Hotel, Cartmel

Boutique hotel with a small quiet public bar which was selling Unsworth Yard's Land of Cartmel and Cumbrian Legendary's Loweswater Gold last weekend. I tried a pint of the former which was in decent enough condition but I would really have preferred a darker ale to have been on sale. Still, I could have had something different just 30 seconds walk away so at least the variety in Cartmel is to be applauded.

12 Jun 2015 12:03

Plantagenet House, Tenby

Mainly a restaurant but on the ground floor is the quiet Quay Room Bar with its stripped wooden floor, bamboo furniture, open fire and beamed ceiling. I had a pint of Templeton Rebecca Riot Ale for £3.65 which was very good. Do go upstairs to look at the impressive Medieval Flemish chimney, which is one of the largest and oldest in Wales, at approximately 40ft tall.

12 Jun 2015 11:54

The Cross Inn, Penally

Visited on 19/5/15 for a pint of Penally Old Codgers, a Molson Coors brew for £3 which I think is Hancocks HB re-badged if the entry in GBG 2015 is to be believed (the landlady didn't seem to know). Doom Bar and Reverend James also on sale. One open plan large room with a bar area to the left (with TV and some rugby memorabilia) and modern dining tables up a small step to the right. Good views from the seats outside over the quiet lane at the front. A functional rather than stylish mid 19th century pub which is presumably Grade II listed because of its exterior rather than its interior. Architecture/design aside, good beer though and that's what it's all about!

11 Jun 2015 16:03

The Cavendish Arms, Cartmel

Stayed here for a couple of nights at the weekend and found it to be a hospitable, cosy, characterful pub with very good food. The bedrooms are clean and functional rather than special but the pub itself is a 450 year old coaching inn with all the usual open fires, antique furniture, beams, bench seats, window shutters etc. Outdoor seating is on the fringes of the rear car park but does overlook the river. What distinguished this pub in our eyes was the food menu (not cheap admittedly: £8 for the game ballotine starter and £18 for the lamb shank main) and the respectable clientele - this seems to be a pub for enjoying yourself in a quieter manner than some of the village's other pubs. Ales on sale were Theakston's Lightfoot, Caledonian's XPA and First Dawn and Cumberland's Corby Ale which alternated with a 4.4% house beer called "Cavendish Fox" (which I think was another Caledonian offering). I kept to the "Fox" which was very good and £3.85 a pint (by now I had got used to the fact that Cartmel is not a particularly cheap place to eat and drink). Pity there were no local ales but you can get those in the other village pubs.

9 Jun 2015 20:11

The Kings Arms, Cartmel

Our first visit on Friday lunchtime made me think this was a nice cosy pub with its open fire, leather chairs, beamed ceilings and quietness. Saturday evening's visit was a different experience - chock-full of diners with a Rat Pack tribute act whose start was delayed for over an hour because the pub was so busy serving food. 4 beers from Hawkshead Brewery with Old School Brewery's Textbook as the guest (replaced by Doom Bar the next night). Immaculate lavatories for those who judge such things. The pubs in Cartmel are so close together that a mini crawl was obviously de rigeur (we kept seeing the same people as we moved from pub to pub). Another decent hostelry in this lovely village.

8 Jun 2015 21:16

The Royal Oak Inn, Cartmel

More open plan than the other pubs in Cartmel but still has a traditional feel. Seemed to attract a livelier crowd (perhaps because larger groups can congregate easier here). Unsworth Yard's Crusader Gold and Sir Edgar Harrington's Last Wolf were on sale on Saturday as well as Cross Bay's Sunset and Old School Brewery's Detention and Textbook so a good choice of local (or pretty local) ales. Wine is poor though. Worth a visit.

8 Jun 2015 19:30

The Engine Inn, Cark

The layout of this pub was well-described by the last reviewer. I can only add that the front room to the left also has an open fire whereas the room on the right has framed album covers on the walls and a nice old range. Some of the outside seating overlooks the River Eea.

The pub is GBG 2015 listed and yesterday's offerings were Fell Brewery's YOLO (my choice and it was good), Robinsons Wizard, Moorhouses Pride of Pendle and (the very local) Unsworth's Yard Sir Edgar Harrington's Last Wolf.

7 Jun 2015 21:21

The Snug, Carnforth

A popular micropub with some character and I did like the custom-made glazed wooden cabinet in which the cask stillages are housed. The Townhouse Barney's Stout was in very good condition yesterday.

7 Jun 2015 20:59

Arco Lounge, Harborne

True, it's not a pub in the traditional sense and these ubiquitous lounges seem more for eating in - but many pubs nowadays are also focused on food so perhaps the distinction is getting blurred. Anyway, there are a few draught beers on sale (including ales) and it's open until 11pm so it seems to me to have a justified listing on this site. Last time I was there, the ale was pretty good as was the food.

4 Jun 2015 18:21

The Radnor Arms, Llowes

Closed - planning permission granted last year to convert to private residence.

2 Jun 2015 17:22

The New Inn, Staunton-on-Wye

Visited last Saturday at about 5pm and only one other couple in there. Many other pubs close by don't open until 6pm. Typical look for this part of the country with its black-and-white interior, traditional décor and furniture. Good pint of Cottage DB4 (albeit slightly cold) - didn't try the Butty Bach. Nice beer garden with views over the Wye Valley.

26 May 2015 10:05

The Foley Arms, Great Malvern

19th century coaching inn in the Georgian style with plenty of separate areas/rooms for drinking and eating. Still has some feel of a cosy (if busy) hotel rather than the plain cavernous halls that I have experienced at other Wetherspoons pubs. Good views over the Malvern Hills. I enjoyed Beartown's Black Bear yesterday as well as Purity's Warlord - both cost £2.60. Service was quick and efficient.

26 May 2015 09:38

The Castle Inn, Manorbier

5 minute walk from the beach and the castle but no views of either as it's situated on the main road running through the village. You enter through the pool room on the left to get to the bar at the rear of the pub which is a large open plan room (with poor natural lighting) decorated in a sort of beach shack style. On the right of the pub is a separate small room which I presume is the dining room (never saw anyone in there). Solitary ale is Pembrokeshire Brewing's Castle Ale which was perfectly drinkable but not exceptional by any means. It's an OK pub which attracts all types of people but it's nothing special.

22 May 2015 22:09

Hope and Anchor, Tenby

I had heard that the beer was amongst the best in Tenby but my pint of Merrie City's Cascadian was nothing special today and the overall spit-and-sawdust feel of this pub did nothing to persuade me to revisit. However, it is close to the harbour and beach and, after a long walk along the coastal path, I wasn't going to worry too much if the beer didn't match up to the pint I had yesterday elsewhere. Other beers on sale were Arkell's Tinge of Ginge, Sharp's Atlantic, two from Boss Brewing (their Brave and Blonde) and Felinfoel's Double Dragon. Cider was Orchard Pig's Hog Father.

22 May 2015 18:56

The Cresselly Arms, Cresswell Quay

There is a slight error in the last review - they actually serve 5 real ales but only one (Worthington's Cask) dispensed via gravity into a jug and then your glass. The others (Doom Bar, Caffle Quay Ale & 2 guests) are dispensed via handpull. The Quay Ale was 4/5 but the Worthington's was superb. No idea if this is a regular occurrence but today there was also a real cider on sale (Gwynt Y Ddraig's Happy Daze). Stunning views as other reviewers have indicated. The historic pub interior is of regional importance according to CAMRA. Wonderful.

21 May 2015 20:52

The Stackpole Inn, Stackpole

Very much a dining pub - if you're there for a drink only then you'll probably be invited to sit on one of the few seats near to the bar. But it does look nice inside, the service is very professional and the Felinfoel Best Bitter was very good. They are still selling Double Dragon, Reverend James and a guest ale (today's was Tiny Rebel's Beat Box) and they also had a couple of real ciders (Gwynt Y Ddraig's Black Dragon and Happy Daze) as well as the standard Stowford Press.

19 May 2015 21:45

The Swanlake Inn, Jameston

16th century pub which looks from the new pub sign and smart looking menus displayed on the wall outside as if it may have been gastropubbed - but nothing could be further from the truth. The interior looks as if it hasn't been touched since the 60s and the whole look is one of gradual decline. But the locals were friendly and the Reverend James was very good (perhaps the best pint I have had so far in Pembrokeshire this week). The benches by the front door were in a little sun trap this afternoon sheltered by the old stone walls (try not to look at the very non-16th century housing close by) so it was difficult leaving...

19 May 2015 21:32

Crown Inn, Penally

The references in the last review to SA Brain's and the town wall/beach suggest it may have been intended for the Crown in Tenby which is not listed on BITE.

To further confuse readers, the Crown in Penally closed a few years ago and was converted to residential use so I suspect that Pat Bateman's October 2013 review was also intended for another pub - the Cross Inn in Penally which I visited today and which sells Penally Old Codgers (a Molson Coors brew for £3) and Doom Bar (and Reverend James).

Guess what, the Cross is not listed on BITE either. If it was, I would have awarded it 8/10 on the strength of its GBG beer.

19 May 2015 20:49

The Golden Grove Inn, Llanarthney

No longer a pub but a café/food shop known as Wright's Food Emporium.

15 May 2015 16:38

The Cricketers, Sarratt

Walked through this attractive village yesterday morning so decided to return later for a quick pint. Busy on Sunday lunchtime with diners but this is a large pub with plenty of seating and service was pretty speedy. Several local brews on sale - Red Squirrel's Hopfest, Tring's Kotuku, 3 Brewers Golden English Ale & Vale's Red Kite (my selection for £3.90 was one of the worst for "beer miles" being 36 according to the blackboard I spotted later!) as well as Brunning & Price's Original Bitter (from Greater Manchester). Cider was Old Rosie. Maybe it is a destination pub but I detected no snootiness contrary to what a previous reviewer on this site inferred quite a few years ago.

11 May 2015 10:13

The Rose and Crown, Chorleywood

Highest rating on this website of all pubs in Chorleywood so sought it out on Saturday afternoon as staying nearby. The bar area (etched "Tap Room" on the window) only seats about 10 people but there are tables outside overlooking the common. Other tables in the front of the pub were reserved for diners and there is a further restaurant to the rear. London Pride (£4) and Youngs Bitter (£3.70) are regular ales - I tried one of the £4 guests - Loose Cannon's English Brown Ale (didn't try the 3 Brewers English Golden Ale) - perfectly good enough condition but I couldn't make my mind up about whether or not I liked the taste. The landlord was quite chatty and friendly but did slip in the F-word when loudly discussing football with his regulars (for those who might be offended by such things....). Worth a visit.

11 May 2015 09:58

The Crown, Pishill

Drove past this pub yesterday on the way to Stonor Park so decided to make an impromptu stop. Describes itself as 15th century but Grade II listing says it is 17th & 18th century building of brick and flint rubble with characterful interior including wooden benches/settles, flagstone floor, half pine-panelled, half red-painted walls (decorated with old photos and advertising posters) and beamed ceilings. Listed in the 2015 GBG and the Brakspear Bitter was in fine condition. Also on sale was Rebellion's IPA. We didn't stay long but it was a worthwhile visit. Doesn't stay open past 3 or 3.30pm (or Sunday evenings) so check opening hours first.

11 May 2015 09:47

The Four Horseshoes, Reading

No longer a pub.

11 May 2015 08:32

The Horse and Groom, Henley-On-Thames

Became a private residence in 2013.

11 May 2015 08:23

The Queens Arms, Goring

Closed last year with Tesco hoping to convert it into an Express store.

11 May 2015 08:21

The White Lion, Radford Semele

Chef & Brewer chain pub in a 16th century, thatched, beamed, black and white building. Food was OK considering the formulaic menu (very large plate of food if you have the trio of roasts!) and the Courage Directors was much better than average too (didn't try the Wadworth 6X). Whilst nothing extraordinary, perfectly reasonable place overall.

10 May 2015 19:49

The Slip Tavern, Much Marcle

Closed - now a private house.

4 May 2015 18:24

Butchers Arms, Woolhope

Cannot agree with the previous reviewer that this is a gastro-pub. Yes, the food may be more adventurous than ordinary pub grub but there is plenty of room for drinkers in this low-beamed black-and-white two-bar pub which was originally the village butcher's shop and mill. Dogs and walkers are very welcome. We sat outside in the late afternoon sun overlooking the stream. The Ledbury Gold was in fine condition; other regular handpulls are Butty Bach & Wye Valley Bitter whereas today's guest was Goff's Lancer. Handpulled cider is Once Upon A Tree's Tumpy Ground with Weston's Mortimer's Orchard on keg.

3 May 2015 19:20

The Bell Inn, Welford on Avon

Not much I can add to the previous review. All tables have "reserved" signs on them but, at nearly 9pm tonight, we were allowed to sit at one for drinks only - the Hobsons Best was in excellent condition. The pub itself is 17th century, low beams, terracotta colour walls, open fires and congenial. The beer garden with its breeze house looked as if it could be spectacular in the summer.

24 Apr 2015 21:58

The Wild Boar, Warwick

The Slaughterhouse beers were even better than I remembered so I didn't bother to try the other offerings (Everards Ascalon, Hobgoblin, Old Pie Factory Bitter and XT's 2 & 13). Did manage to eat the 3 course Sunday lunch which is now £16.95 - I thought the food scored 7 or 8/10 but the excellent beers result in a higher overall score. For those who are interested this is CAMRA Heart of Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2015.

19 Apr 2015 17:16

The Lamb Inn, Great Rissington

The sign outside describes this pub as a freehouse but the beers were both from the Marston's stable - Brakspear Bitter & Ringwood Best. Served too cold for my liking, the former was average whereas the Ringwood was slightly better (I think this is the regular ale). Neither of these brews are very strong so £3.40 per pint was a reasonable price to pay for them. However, this isn't really a pub for drinkers (save for two locals playing cards at one end of the bar) - it is essentially given over to dining and seems to be a destination pub too and I have to say that the food was excellent albeit somewhat pricey (as are all gastropubs in the Cotswolds). It's a nicely furnished pub in a modern Cotswold style and the restaurant staff were all friendly and very professional. In conclusion, if you are going at the weekend in the evening, then go to eat and I think you'll enjoy it - we did.

18 Apr 2015 11:20

The Unicorn Inn, Ludlow

Still serving Salopian Gold and Wye Valley HPA as I found last year but the clip for the Ludlow Boiling Well was turned around.

3 Apr 2015 22:38

The Rose and Crown, Ludlow

Uninspiring range of beers last night including Doom Bar, TT Landlord and Castle Rock's Harvest Pale. Couldn't see anything from Joule's. No seats available (must have been one of the busier pubs in a quiet Ludlow last night) so we decided to go elsewhere and try again another time.

3 Apr 2015 22:30

The Marches, Ludlow

Hobson's Best, Tribute and Butty Bach on sale last night. Good live folk music too but nobody really listening. Being run by those who run the Compasses at the moment but suspect this will only prove to be temporary as the lease is up for sale.

3 Apr 2015 22:17

Ego's, Ludlow

The clip for the Ludlow Gold was turned round last night so it was a bottle of Boiling Well for me. Cider from Robinsons and Shipyard American Pale Ale on font. Quiet when we were there but then again so was the rest of Ludlow.

3 Apr 2015 22:10

The Fox Inn, Bransford

Not a gastro pub but a Chef & Brewer chain pub. Abbot Ale, Tribute and John Smith's Cask on sale today - the latter rather disappointing. But its quite nicely done out inside (albeit formulaic) and the food was good value too.

3 Apr 2015 21:51

The Angel, Bewdley

Now a Tesco store.

3 Apr 2015 21:45

The Three Horseshoes, Batcombe

Food-led pub which seems to attract exiles from London pontificating loudly about drivel. Fortunately, they didn't stop long so were we able to enjoy the good food and drink - Sunday lunch costs about £25 for 3 courses and was worth every penny (I think the roast lamb was possibly the best I have ever eaten). No local Wild Beer brews on handpull unfortunately but on sale yesterday were Butcombe Bitter, Exmoor Fox, Dorset Brewing's Tom Browns and Plain Ales' Innocence - these were charged to our tab at £3.40 a pint. Cider was Rich's Farmhouse for just £3 a pint. Toilets were in need of desperate updating and cleaning which was a bit surprising given the publications in which this pub features.

23 Mar 2015 18:00

The Bell Inn, Evercreech

We had hoped to eat here last Friday night but all their 7 dining tables were booked so we had to settle for bowls of cheesy chips to soak up the alcohol later on. Busy locals pub which sells decent Butcombe Bitter and untasted Doom Bar. Cider was Hecks Kingston Black. There was live music when we were there and there was going to be a quiz night the following night in the skittle alley.

23 Mar 2015 17:28

The Shapway Inn, Evercreech

Now being run by Christina and Bridget, this pub is open Tuesday to Friday from 5pm, all day Saturday and Sunday 12 noon until 3pm.

23 Mar 2015 09:21

The Sun Inn, Bruton

Sandwiches have definitely improved since the last reviewer visited. Proper ham on a sourdough type bread with salad for just £3.95. Persian main courses also available as cooked by Akbar the chef. Handpulls were a good Box Steam Piston Broke and Sharp's Atlantic but only Thatchers Gold cider unfortunately. Rugby and football on the televisions in the bar.

21 Mar 2015 20:02

The Castle Inn, Bruton

They don't sell sandwiches at lunchtime despite the website suggesting otherwise so we moved on elsewhere. Noticed Bath Ales Gem was the handpull.

21 Mar 2015 19:47

The Seymour Arms, Witham Friary

Arrived yesterday just after 3.30pm as the landlady was locking the front door but she was happy to serve us as long as we sat outside (in the sun) after we had taken a few photos of the classic interior. The Cheddar Potholer was excellent as was Rich's Cider - not sure how 3 pints totalled £6.30! Worth finding for a glimpse of the past.

21 Mar 2015 09:13

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Closed down again last August. Pub signage now removed and building being marketed for sale at £250K. Planning permission was granted in January this year for change of use to a dwelling. So I don't suppose I will be reviewing this one again....

12 Mar 2015 11:52

The Cat Inn, Enville

Excellent beer here so understandably has won several awards from the local CAMRA branch. I tried the Enville Ale for £2.80, the Enville Blizzard for £3.40 and the Enville Old Porter. Also on sale were Enville Ginger, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker, Three Tuns XXX and Worcester Sorcerer. Cider was from Hairy Ferret. Nothing under 4.1% so be careful! Food is keenly priced but, overall, average in quality (nice soup though) - the vegetarian Sunday lunch is a joke however, being a traditional Sunday roast with the meat taken off it i.e. a plate of vegetables for the same price as a roast beef meal. Good service throughout our visit.

8 Mar 2015 18:56

Van Dyke, Fishponds

Poor range of handpulls for a Wetherspoons. Most of them were devoted to Doom Bar, London Pride, Ruddles Best and Abbot Ale with one handpull each for Brains SA and Reverend James. But they did have a new beer for me, Great Western Brewing's Bristol Belle for just £2.20 which was OK if not my preferred style (being an IPA). Pedants like me may want to know that, like this website, even the Wetherspoons website incorrectly refers to this pub being "the former Van Dyke cinema" when it is actually named the Van Dyck Forum.

7 Mar 2015 11:48

Full Moon, Fishponds

Nice pint of Rucking Mole last night. Other handpulls were Caledonian Golden XPA and Theakston's Old Peculier. The pub was half full and the music was turned up just a little too loud.

7 Mar 2015 11:32

The Old Post Office, Fishponds

Courage Best, Otter Bright, Box Steam's Piston Broke and Butcombe Gold were on sale last night. Other than that, there's nothing else worth commenting on, it's just a very ordinary pub.

7 Mar 2015 11:27

The Cross Hands, Fishponds

Went in last night but the smell put us off so we didn't stay. Can't say that happens too often but it was as if a clowder of cats had misused the place. With only two handpulls on (one of which was Tribute) I didn't feel as if I was missing out on anything special.

7 Mar 2015 11:23

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

Still GBG listed and Cask Marque and the TT Landlord was again good tonight. But too many golden beers this time with the other choices being Exmoor Gold, Oxford Gold and Fortyniner.

27 Feb 2015 22:32

Craft Beer Co., Islington

Noisy, busy, young, expensive, late - all adjectives that you couldn't apply to the pubs I normally visit but you can here. But this is London and you've got to embrace it! I started off with cask pints of Five Points Derailed Porter at £4.25 and Clouded Minds Black Pike at £4.95 (other cask ales were £3.75) before moving on to some of the numerous keg beers which started at £3.40 for a half, ending up with something super-strong (but not the 13% stuff which was over £8 for a pint!). We were amongst the last to leave at 1am which says it all I think..

23 Feb 2015 10:18

Ye Old Red Cow, Smithfield

As oldtimer1955 said back in 2010, this pub is close to the Museum of London and open on Saturday afternoon - which is a good job because we were in desperate need of some liquid refreshment yesterday after several (interesting) hours in the museum. Now just known as the Old Red Cow, this pub's handpulls were Brockley's Red Ale and Wild Beer's Bibble with a further 11 "craft" beers costing up to £8.20 a pint. As such beers are not found in the provincial pubs in my part of the world, I thought it was time to move out of my real ale comfort zone so I went for a half of Siren Craft Brew's Smoke Signals at £2.90 - a "dry-hopped smoked sour Wheat Ale". I didn't really get any smokiness but I did enjoy the beer (as well as the real Orchard Pig Maverick Chilli and Ginger Cider) and the bar staff were very friendly and helpful too so a big thumbs-up from me.

22 Feb 2015 19:30

The Peacock Inn, Tenbury Wells

Check the opening hours before visiting - it is still trading but wasn't open last Saturday afternoon.

19 Feb 2015 11:07

The Rose and Crown, Burford

No bucolic setting here as the pub is surrounded by a food ingredients factory but the inside is worth seeking out with its timber framing, wooden beams and several characterful rooms (the dining room has modern furniture which is incongruous but also a superb ancient oak door behind which is situated the most cosy of two-person tables). Hobsons Best was on sale on Saturday for just £2.75 with the other regular ales being Butty Bach and Otter Bright for £3. I tried the guest "England's Best" which was very good indeed but sadly I have no idea who brews it as the landlord could only say that he thought it came from Nottingham. A TV showing the rugby was tucked away at the rear of the pub with a good crowd watching it; some others were sitting near the bar but we sat instead on the leather sofas near the blazing-hot logburner where there were some books to dip into.

18 Feb 2015 13:53

The Church Inn, Ludlow

Not having visited for a while, I wasn't expecting much having read the last few reviews but I have to say that the service last night was pretty good considering how busy it was (clearly there are still many people who think the Church is worth patronising). And the Three Tuns Clerics Cure was good too.

15 Feb 2015 17:36

The Crown and Anchor, Manchester

Couldn't get in the Port Street Beer House after visiting the Manchester Arena so came in here instead. A more prosaic range of ales - I had the Hobgoblin for £3.55 (on the good side of average) with Timothy Taylor Landlord, Robinsons Trooper and Deuchars IPA also on sale. Its the sort of pub where you have one in then move on.

8 Feb 2015 20:54

Dry Bar, Manchester

Northern Quarter bar where there is no ale so time to move onto the craft beers. The drinks menu listed 20-30 different world beers so I had bottles of Alhambra Reserva and then Grimbergen Ambrée which were £4.50 each. Liked the music in here but the midges buzzing round our table suggested something wasn't right with the cleanliness of the place and the overhaul needed in the toilets added to this thought. But overall, didn't think it was too bad (but the Mojitos are not the greatest apparently).

8 Feb 2015 20:47

The City Arms, Manchester

Almost walked past this GBG-listed and cask marque 200 year-old pub which won Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Branch's Pub Of The Year 2014 (but no discount for members). 8 handpulls for sale - yesterday's offerings included Moorhouses Black Cat, Premier Bitter and Pride of Pendle, Red Willow Seamless, Brightside's The Mancunian and Titanic's White Star and Plum Porter. I had a pint of the porter for £3.60 and very good it was too. Some nice green majolica tiles, green leather bench seats and stained glass. Cider was Symonds Founders Reserve. Another busy pub but easily got a seat. Only my second ever pub in Manchester and two good choices thus far.

8 Feb 2015 20:38

The Circus Tavern, Manchester

We were fortunate enough to get a seat in the front room as soon as we arrived and the Tetley's Cask was very good. Didn't try the Dizzy Blonde. The handpainted modern canvases for sale don't quite sit with the open coal fires and the nationally-important historic interior. Because it is such a small place, drinks are brought to your table and it is quite easy to get into conversation with other drinkers. Horse racing and football on the prominent TVs yesterday lunchtime. Liked it here.

8 Feb 2015 20:23

Billie Rox, Manchester

Now a restaurant.

8 Feb 2015 00:28

The Stagg Inn, Titley

The last reviewer had exactly the same experience as we did yesterday lunchtime. 3 course Sunday lunch was £21.50, the still-too-cold-but-otherwise-good Butty Bach £3.40. Draught cider was Dunkertons.

2 Feb 2015 09:56

Thatched Tavern, Honeybourne

Traditional village pub that describes itself as 13th century but is probably 16th century according to its Grade II listing detail. Whatever it is, they serve a good Sunday roast served in the separate dining rooms and Cask Marque ales - I tried the Hobgoblin at £3.20 and it was very good (didn't try the Abbot Ale). Locals seated in the flagstoned bar were quite friendly as were the efficient staff. Nothing too fancy here but they do what they do very well.

25 Jan 2015 18:40

Andersons, Birmingham

Supposedly open at noon yesterday according to the door except that it wasn't......

18 Jan 2015 11:16

The Drop Forge, Birmingham

A former manufacturing building which has been converted into a clean and tidy bar yet still retains a sense of its previous identity (especially the drop forge machinery behind a glass screen). I toyed with the idea of trying one of Marston's Revisionist beers from keg but in the end stuck with the real ale - handpulls on sale yesterday were Banks's Bitter, Wood's Shropshire Lass, Malvern Hills Brewery's Feel Good and Jennings Sneck Lifter. I tried the last two of these and both were very good so it made for a very pleasant hour's drinking whilst sitting on the leather Chesterfield. House white wine was the best we found in the JQ apparently.

18 Jan 2015 11:09

The Brown Lion, Birmingham

Under offer apparently and there was somebody inside yesterday when we walked past but we didn't go inside to check out whether they were open for trading as we had to be elsewhere.

18 Jan 2015 10:22

Stirlings, Birmingham

No hand pulled ales, keg beer or bottled craft beers so it was a draught Birra Moretti tonight. Great tapas and cocktails though. Much more of a late night or party venue than a daytime drinking establishment and seems only to open at 5pm on Saturdays according to the door (although chef had been there since 1.30pm apparently so check opening hours).

17 Jan 2015 22:20

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Nice pint of Itchen Valley Russian Winter tonight with a 10% discount for Camra members. Should anyone else read this review and decide to visit, then at least I can confirm that standards are being maintained.

17 Jan 2015 22:09

Rose Villa Tavern, Birmingham

The last reviewer forgot to mention the superb stained glass windows but there is not much more I can add. Slightly boho place with a varied clientele where the range of hand pulls doesn't suggest much (Black Sheep Bitter, Doom Bar and the guest Wadworth's The Usual) but the £3.40 guest proved to be very good indeed and the cheap cocktails were also as good apparently. Busy at lunchtime on Saturday and it might be difficult to find a seat but it is worth persevering. Was a little cold later on but probably more to do with the high ceilings and the open plan layout rather than a lack of heating.

17 Jan 2015 21:58

The Rope Walk, Birmingham

I can only think that this place has deteriorated over the last few years. Only one hand pull (Pedigree) which was as lifeless as a cold tea and a dirty wine glass, toilet doors with no locks and unemptied bins outweighed the wooden panelling and Victorian fireplace. Add the wholly disinterested service and this was not a Saturday lunchtime experience to repeat.

17 Jan 2015 21:41

The Bell Inn, Hook Norton

Sadly the mystery is now solved - planning permission granted last month to convert this pub into a private residence.

16 Jan 2015 13:47

The Porch House, Stow on the Wold

Claims to be England's oldest inn dating back to c.947AD and, whilst, I know this will be hotly disputed by other hostelries, the Porch House certainly exudes character and charm with its medieval witch mark etched into the restaurant's fireplace, a frieze in one of the bedrooms said to date to the time of the Crusades and two leper holes at the entrance to the hotel. Distinctly separated into hotel and pub (although you can walk between the two), the latter has the usual features found in Cotswold pubs - stone floor, woodburning stove, low beamed ceilings, smart furnishings and soft lighting. Beers on sale were from the Marston's stable being Brakspear Bitter/Oxford Gold, Jennings Snecklifter and Ringwood Boondoggle. I had a pint of the Brakspear Bitter and it was good enough for me to have had a second (or third) had I not been driving. Customers seemed to be a mixture of tourists and locals.

13 Jan 2015 09:18

Cotteridge Wines, Cotteridge

A misnomer if there has ever been one because the selection of wines for sale in this off-licence is actually very small. Instead, there are something like 1200 craft beers for sale and, since last September, they've had a licence to sell beers ON the premises too. As a result, they’ve created a bar made of pallets with a kitchen worktop surface and are offering up to 14 different drinks dispensed from the "Draught Craft Growler Filling Station" in third of a pint glasses in the shop’s back room. This "snug" has whitewashed walls, beams, no window, bar stools, two cosy arm chairs, pub tables and beer-mats. I've visited a couple of times since recently finding out about this place and the Siren Craft Liquid Mistress (£1.75 for a third) was superb.

12 Jan 2015 09:44

The Falcon Inn, Shipston on Stour

Visited 5 weeks ago after the town's Victorian evening. It's a sort of square C shape with dining tables at the top. Looks as if it may have had an attempt at a gastro makeover a few years ago with its big map mural, wooden flooring, stylised lettering and paint scheme but the pool table, TVs and fruit machine are clearly more valued by the clientèle. Solitary handpull was M&B Brew XI (a very rare find in these parts) which I anticipated eagerly but, like the pub itself, it proved to be just average.

9 Jan 2015 08:28

Pub du Vin, Birmingham

Very rare for me to walk out of a pub without buying anything but this is what I did nearly 7 weeks ago one Saturday lunchtime. All the available tables still had their dining detritus on them which was not a good start and things didn't improve when I only spotted a blonde ale and Purity Longhorn IPA on font. When the barman carried on with his work as I stood at the bar (its only about 4' long and he definitely saw me), I decided to move on elsewhere.

9 Jan 2015 08:14

Ludlow Brewery, Ludlow

Brewery tap so there are always 5 (or is it 6?) handpulls dispensing top quality ale from the Ludlow Brewing Company. More of a Beer in the Afternoon place (restricted opening hours) but they have quite a few music nights and extended hours during the town's various festivals when it is often busy with visitors travelling by train (railway station is next door). Outside seating area is not that scenic (overlooking a supermarket car park) but you can't have everything. Out on a limb if you're not using the train so possibly overlooked by many.

6 Jan 2015 10:17

Bond No 9, Leith

A late review from last summer made possible by the recent listing on BITE. In the shadow of the Scottish Goverment building, this lounge bar/pub is part of the Victoria Quay development where there are numerous other bars and restaurants. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was not that busy - its a large former bonded warehouse so there's plenty of space. I tried the McEwan's IPA on handpull; on keg/font were Charles Wells DNA New World IPA, Estrella, Kiron Ichiban, Schneider Weisse, Barney's Volcano IPA, William Bros Black Ball Stout and their Draught craft lager and Aspall's cider. It was one of those places to sit comfortably and quietly for half an hour and watch the world go by.

6 Jan 2015 09:01

Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan

Visited here last summer but a new listing on BITE hence the late review. Characterful tap house for the Tinpot Brewery where 8 of their brews were on sale for £3 as well as a couple of ciders. The beers are distinctive - I tried the Bramble Pot, Chilli Pot (no prizes for guessing the special ingredients in these!) and the Nut Brown 80', all of which were an acquired taste. It seems most popular with students although there were all ages in there - it won't appeal to all but worth a visit if in the town for any length of time.

6 Jan 2015 08:33

The Cottage of Content, Barton

Not very busy today but not unsurprising for the first Sunday of the year. I think they wondered why we were there out of caravanning season - perhaps they only usually get holidaymakers or locals from the village. Anyway the pub was perfectly friendly and served very good Black Sheep and Bass. Cider was Thatchers Gold. We weren't there to eat but they serve traditional pub food with most main courses around £8-9 and 3 courses for £9.95 on a Sunday! Open all day every day from noon.

4 Jan 2015 16:34

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

After another period of closure, it reopened just before Christmas as "The Rustic Kitchen" with the improvements I identified as being necessary in early 2013 having now been carried out. We visited on 23rd December but the Purity wasn't quite ready to serve so had to settle for a Peroni. Handmade pizza and tapas were superb. Not sure whether this is going to be a pub that serves food, a restaurant that serves beer or a mixture of both - at present, like any new business, they just want custom!

2 Jan 2015 13:34

The Greedy Goose, Moreton in Marsh

Looks as if it had a gastropub makeover a few years ago but is now in need of further maintenance in places. Whilst overall the pub isn't shabby, the toilets especially need repainting and cleaning up and fake fur around the mirror in the Gents and cubicle doors with letterboxes are just ridiculous in my view (contrast with the Asda own brand handwash). Three handpulls from the North Cotswold Brewery - the Cotswold Best was OK but not worth staying for a second pint. Cider was Thatchers Gold.

1 Jan 2015 19:41

The Black Horse, Salford

The landlord of 35 years died a few months ago and, according to a local resident today, the pub has been closed for a few months now whilst his daughter decides whether to reopen or sell. If the outside of the building is anything to go by, some investment is probably needed.

1 Jan 2015 19:30

The Bull Hotel, Ludlow

Busy today for the Boxing Day tug of war between teams from this pub and one from the Feathers opposite. Cumberland Ale was good, Pedigree and Cockerhoop were also on sale. More of a locals pub than the Feathers so perhaps not as appealing for tourists but the interior has some character and I consider that it is worth a try if you accept what it is.

26 Dec 2014 13:14

The Cross Keys, Stratford Upon Avon

Now known as The Keys and Kitchen following a refurbishment a month or so ago. Therefore all previous reviews are arguably invalid. We tried to visit a week ago but it was so busy that we decided not to bother when we couldn't get near the bar. Will try again soon.

26 Dec 2014 13:05

The Field House, Solihull

Not much to add to previous reviews....still as popular as ever as last night was very busy but the service throughout the evening was very efficient. Ales were Speckled Hen, Brakspear Bitter, Reverend James, Black Sheep and Adnams Shingle Shells - they were all perfectly acceptable without being earth-shatteringly good. Some live music last night and, all in all, a good night out.

21 Dec 2014 17:28

The Holly Bush, Alcester

Reopened yesterday and now managed by Everards.

18 Dec 2014 18:38

Maison, Stratford Upon Avon

Closed down a couple of months ago.

10 Dec 2014 13:19

The Queens, Stoke Pound

30+ years ago I vaguely remember being brought here for a carvery but, since summer 2013, this has been part of the Lovely Pubs stable and, as such, is little more nowadays than an open-plan canalside restaurant that happens to serve beer. Anywhere that has a dining teepee in the beer garden clearly isn't really aiming for much of the wet trade market. Inside it has a slight industrial feel which seems odd for a pub of this age and location. Regular ales are Doom Bar, Purity's Pure UBU and Wye Valley's HPA - I tried the last two which I have to confess were pretty good and retailed for £3.50 a pint I think. Very popular with the great and the good of Bromsgrove - so much so that we had to wait a while for our pre-booked table (at least we got a free round of drinks to compensate for our wait).

7 Dec 2014 18:14

The Bird In Hand, Newbold on Stour

Demolished now for housing.

1 Dec 2014 19:02

The Harrow Inn, Enstone

Re-opened again a couple of months ago so I thought I ought to pop in this time when passing by. It has been nicely refurbished with a lot of attention to detail and ticks all the boxes visually - some will say that it looks a lot like a gastro-pub but the locals can definitely be found in the bar which is a good sign. I had a pint of Pride of Enstone (brewed by the Cats Brewing Co in Shenington about 20 miles away) which was decent enough but wouldn't win any prizes (I'm still undecided about this brewery) - Hooky and Old Hooky completed the ale line-up as might be expected in this part of the world. For wine in the evening readers, the Rioja was very good apparently. Wouldn't rule out visiting again.

30 Nov 2014 19:16

Cotes Mill, Loughborough

Cotes Mill is an old water mill which used to be a pub but is now the design offices and showrooms of a kitchen furniture manufacturer. It should really be marked as "closed" on this site. The Tap & Mallet is much nearer the town centre on the other side of the railway station to Cotes Mill and doesn't seem to have ever been listed on BITE despite its GBG listing.

25 Nov 2014 18:26

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Worth the slight walk out of the city centre (10 minutes from New Street station) to this Grade 2 listed Edwardian pub with its majolica tiled exterior, etched glass, stained glass windows, green tiled fireplace and a superb range of ales. Last night's offerings were Glentworth's Thousand Stars, Wiper & True's Milk Shake, Cwrw Iâl's Kia Kaha, Siren Craft's Liquid Mistress and Ryseing Tides, Durham Brewery's White Amarillo, Black Country's Fireside and BFG and Church End's Boston Fat Boy. The two I tried were both very good indeed. If real ale pubs are your thing, then this is a must.

23 Nov 2014 17:01

The Shakespeare, Birmingham

This used to be a lunchtime haunt of mine 20 years ago when I worked just round the corner but I had to say I had forgotten it (although I suspect it has changed a bit since then). Very busy last night (standing room only) so I just had the one Saltaire American Nut Brown which was pretty good. Also on sale were Hilden's Irish Stout, Brains Café Phoenix, St Austell Nicholsons Pale Ale and Nicholsons Porter and Doom Bar.

23 Nov 2014 16:00

The Old Royal, Birmingham

Spent an hour or so in here yesterday lunchtime with a friend because he wanted to watch the horseracing on one of the 3 TVs (as did quite a few of the other drinkers). Cask Marque pub but the beers were not much above average I felt - I had the Sadler's JPA and the Sharps Atlantic (both the Doom Bar and Greene King IPA were not being sold). The pub itself was quite clean and tidy with some nice stained glass leaded windows and was pretty busy with all age groups who were no doubt attracted by the low prices here (£2.65 for the JPA and £4.49 for a decent burger & pint). Service was fairly miserable and monosyllabic.

23 Nov 2014 15:50

Pure Bar and Kitchen, Birmingham

It's the type of place where you'll never get a seat because people will sit there for hours nursing a single pint because they have paid well over a fiver for some exotic pilsner and it's fashionable to be there. I stuck to the Pure UBU last night - mainly because I like it but partly because it wasn't a ridiculous price. City kitchen bars aren't really my thing but, for what it was, it was fine.

23 Nov 2014 15:41

Clearys, Digbeth

Has been Cleary’s Irish Music Bar for some years now.

19 Nov 2014 19:01

The Boathouse, Parkgate

Seems to be a popular place for diners but there are plenty of nooks and crannies for drinkers and a sunny patio (at least it was on Saturday lunchtime) overlooking the Dee estuary. I had a pint of Balderdash for £3.25 which is brewed by Conwy Brewery for Woodward & Falconer pubs - it kept its condition down the glass and was pretty decent, I found it slightly thin but this is probably the brew itself. Also on offer were Piffle at £3.15 (another one brewed by Conwy), Monty's MPA and their seasonal Maple and two from Woodlands Brewing Company in Nantwich (Oak Beauty and Old Faithful). Solitary cider was Strongbow. Service was slightly offhand but nothing to worry about and I think the current score of just over 4 is too low for this pub.

17 Nov 2014 10:09

Wheatsheaf, Ness

The Inn at Ness is a large, spacious open plan pub (1930s?) that is largely given over to a rather good Italian restaurant although there is still a drinking-only area in one of the bays. Thwaites ales were in decent condition (fine for drinking with a meal) and cost a very reasonable £2.80. Very popular place this evening.

15 Nov 2014 22:50

The Red Lion, Parkgate

Good traditional GBG listed pub which offers typical pub food and good Cask Marque beers at reasonable prices. Tetleys Cask was £3.15, Courage Best £3.17 and a rather nice Brimstage Oystercatcher a mere £2.99. There were two small TVs by the bar showing the rugby but these were well separated from the tables. Some might have said that the food service was a little slow but it was Saturday lunchtime. Perfectly welcoming staff so I suspect that the unfriendliness experienced by a reviewer a few years ago has long since vanished.

15 Nov 2014 20:28

Harp Inn, Little Neston

Nothing at all attractive about the inside of this basic pub but there are good views over the Dee estuary from the tables outside (although the pubs in Parkgate have much the same view but without the factory chimneys in Queensferry being quite so visible). The Holts bitter was very good, I might even say excellent - other ales available this afternoon were Hobgoblin, Peerless Triple Blonde, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Caledonian Autumn Red. Very suitable for walkers and cyclists (but don't bring a credit card because they are not accepted).

15 Nov 2014 19:42

The Holly Bush, Alcester

Closed last month. A shame but HMRC sought a winding-up petition against Holbush Inns Ltd of which the pub owner was a director.

12 Nov 2014 14:11

The White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi

Traditionally furnished dining pub which has 2 AA rosettes and an entry in the 2014 Michelin Pub Guide. Today's service was exemplary and the roast beef equalled the best I have ever eaten. Ales were Butty Bach at £3.35 and Wychwood's Pumpking which was my choice and a very good pint indeed (and made even more special by the ridiculously cheap price of £2.50 per pint). Ciders included Thatchers Gold.

2 Nov 2014 18:53

The Fox, Oddington

The photos on this site are of the Fox Inn at nearby Broadwell, not the Fox at Lower Oddington.

27 Oct 2014 18:32

Coach and Horses, Bourton-on-the-Water

Quite busy this lunchtime although not so busy as to justify the fairly lengthy wait for our sandwiches. The Hook Norton Lion wasn't on so it was just Doom Bar which was above average but didn't seem to hold its condition down the glass. Quite smart inside and an alternative to the far too busy pubs in the village centre although admittedly nowhere near as picturesque a setting (main road rather than village green).

27 Oct 2014 17:31

The White Lion, Tredington


27 Oct 2014 09:35

The Manor Arms Hotel, Abberley Village

This place had a makeover earlier this year and it seems to have lost some of its country pub cosiness. It's now a pretty smart gastropub so some of the previous reviews (including my own) are now no longer relevant. I understand that HPA is still the regular ale with up to 3 guest ales (e.g. Otter, Tribute, Manor Arms Ale).

27 Oct 2014 09:33

Hundred House Hotel, Great Witley

Currently closed. Was sold at the end of 2013 so perhaps someone has a long-term plan for this place.

27 Oct 2014 09:15

The Bridge Hotel, Stanford Bridge

Looks like Victorian mock Tudor from the outside with the interior being a traditionally furnished standard pub. GBG 2014 and a well-appreciated selection of real ales and ciders - today's ale offerings were Doom Bar, Hobsons Twisted Spire and Green Hop, Wye Valley HPA, Wood's Holy Cow and Pope's Worcester Gold (£2.90 and in great condition) with the real ciders being Hairy Ferret's Traditional Scrumpy and Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon (and also their Two Trees Perry). Standard ciders were Robinsons, Strongbow, Thatchers Gold and Stowford Press all between £3.20-£3.40. I had a good roast beef lunch for £8.95 (two dishes of veg for me alone) and, while the service was a tad slow, this didn't matter in the slightest as we were all enjoying ourselves. A good place to find after our walk around Great Witley.

26 Oct 2014 17:46

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Pretty busy last night with a decent atmosphere and the Stewart Brewing's Dakota was enjoyable (and new to me).

26 Oct 2014 09:07

The George, Shipston on Stour

Another visit tonight and again enjoyable overall but have to say that the Tribute, Whale Ale's Premium Amber and Marston's Pedigree New World Pale Ale were all only 6 or 7 out of 10. We were dining so didn't feel the need to seek a better pint elsewhere. No rating from me this time as I don't want to skew the overall rating (not that anyone else will ever post a review on BITE!).

25 Oct 2014 00:39

The New Inn, Wroxton Heath

No longer a pub but an Indian restaurant.

8 Oct 2014 13:53

The Coach and Horses, Harvington

Welcoming, convivial pub that was busy last night in the lounge bar with many locals eating the (admittedly ordinary looking) pub grub. The public bar, however, was almost empty. I don't know anything about pub architecture but the interior looks vaguely 1940s to me with a couple of glazed serving hatches and a period front door. Cask Marque and GBG2015 listed, the Mordue Killswitch 51 was in good condition and a new beer to me (which is always a good thing). Robinsons Trooper and Greene King's IPA and Abbot Ale were also on sale. Would certainly give it another try if in the area.

4 Oct 2014 09:25

The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

Farrow & Ball type pub that sells Marstons EPA. Brakspear Oxford Gold, Ringwood Best and (my choice) Stanway's Stanney Bitter - this was in pretty good nick and decent value at something like £3.30. Nice place.

28 Sep 2014 09:38

The Feathers at Brockton, Brockton


22 Sep 2014 22:27

The Swan Inn, Kington

Under new ownership and currently undergoing refurbishment.

22 Sep 2014 16:50

The Royal Oak Inn, Kington

I tried the Ringwood Best this year which was OK but nothing special. Greene King IPA and Golden Hen were also available so I felt the choices available had deteriorated from our last visit. Ad-hoc dancing and singing started in the back lounge which one local explained was due to Kington being "The Wild West" but it didn't bother us. The restaurant is now Jake's Bistro (which seems to move around the pubs of Kington every few years). Worth a visit but not our favourite.

21 Sep 2014 19:33

The Oxford Arms Hotel, Kington

Nothing to add to my review from a year ago apart from the fact that the toilets seem to have been spruced up and we tried the food for the first time on Friday evening which was good, plentiful pub grub. Beers on offer were the same as last year and Fred was on fine form again. Noticed it was very busy on Saturday night with the local youth in the left hand bar and plenty of diners to the right.

21 Sep 2014 19:26

The Olde Tavern, Kington

Another great visit on Friday evening with the usual friendly welcome from Debbie behind the bar (ask her about the Tart and Slapper!) and Colonel Gareth and his eggs on the other side. The Thornbridge Jaipur was in excellent condition.

21 Sep 2014 19:22

The Three Horse Shoes, Norton Canon

No reviews for 10 years on BITE show how little this website is used, especially for more out-of-the-way places. However, in case anyone reads this, this is a cracking traditional Victorian redbrick drinker's pub that is home to the Shoes Brewery and it was no surprise to find the 3.6% Norton Ale and 6% Peploes Tipple in excellent order. I have to confess I lacked the capability to try a pint of the 15% Farriers! You can walk 10 minutes to catch the last 461 Hereford-Kington-Llandrindod bus which we couldn't afford to miss!

21 Sep 2014 19:10

The Bell Inn, Almeley

The Bells (not The Bell!) was our first pub of the day yesterday when out for a day's walking and it was nice to find an excellent Three Tuns Rantipole as a not too strong opener although the Mulberry Duck Golden Sparkle was not quite ready. We sat outside so didn't take too much notice of the interior although I wrote down "bright inside but slightly dated". They had just finished a fundraising coffee morning and the local shop is based here so this is clearly a pub that is at the heart of the community which has to be a good thing. Can see no reason why I wouldn't want to try it again if passing by and a current BITE rating of 5.4 seems too low to me.

21 Sep 2014 18:58

The Tram Inn, Eardisley

Recommended for food by virtually everyone we spoke to in nearby Kington, this was our lunch stop on a day's walking yesterday. We were part of a large group so an excellent buffet lunch had been laid out for us and this was washed down with equally excellent Butty Bach, Dorothy Goodbody's Autumn Sunrise and Hobson's Best all for £2.90 a pint. A characterful pub that is listed in 2014's Good Pub Guide and Good Beer Guide and it even won The Good Pub Guide Outdoor Loo of the Year 2013! Would certainly like to visit again.

21 Sep 2014 18:46

The Crown Inn, Presteigne

Closed and for sale.

20 Sep 2014 09:55

The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

It certainly looks like an inn with its open fires, low beamed ceilings and rustic furniture but it lacked a certain something. Perhaps it was just the knowledge that this is essentially a converted country house hotel. Anyway, Marstons EPA and Brakspear Bitter were on sale today, the latter rather bland, cold and an excessive £4 a pint. The cheapest bottle of white wine was £19 and basic fish and chips £13 so there is nothing for me to recommend here.

30 Aug 2014 23:22

Red Lion, Cirencester

A must for any self-respecting pub lover. Exactly the same as when first reviewed on this site and hopefully no changes in the foreseeable future. The TT Landlord was in superb condition for £3.30 (TT Golden Best also still on sale) and there is no lager here! John the licensee is 86 years old tomorrow and was not feeling so well today but his daughter was running things smoothly. Opens at 6pm so time your visit wisely.

30 Aug 2014 20:43

The Black Venus, Challacombe

Went today for a family lunch and the menu was pub food done in a slightly more sophisticated (but not haute cuisine) way - think granular sea salt and peppercorns, ketchup in a dish not a sachet and (for my £9.50) thickly-sliced proper ham with runny eggs and homemade chips. Have to agree that the Golden Seahawk did look a little cloudy but my brother didn't complain and I stuck to the Dartmoor Best anyway which was fine (and only £2.90 compared to the expensive £3.50 for the Seahawk) - Tribute was also available. We all had a good time so no criticisms from us.

26 Aug 2014 21:17

The Hood Arms, Kilve

Only stopped for a soft drink before the long drive home so can't comment on the quality of the ales but this pub is in GBG 2014 so somebody must think they are good. Had I been able to imbibe, then my choice would have been Otter, Cottage's Hercules or Exmoor Gold. They are obviously very keen here on their horses and hunting with all the red coats, saddles and bits on display. Nice to see some old wormy ceiling beams that haven't been painted black and there were also some comfy looking armchairs in front of the woodburner and hops hanging from the bar - seemed a decent place to us and, if today's landlord is the same as the one in February 2012, then he hasn't driven the locals away meaning there was a mixture of people here.

26 Aug 2014 20:59

The Village Inn, Lynmouth

Thought about popping in this afternoon but it was closed, seemingly for a private party. Espied Butcombe Bitter as the solitary handpull with another clip turned around when passing by yesterday so perhaps I didn't miss out on too much.

25 Aug 2014 22:09

The Rising Sun, Lynmouth

Not as cheap as the Crown in Lynton but then again the stone seats outside give a fantastic view over the bay so its worth paying a bit extra. 3 handpulls from Exmoor Ales as well as Doom Bar and Sharp's Special. The beers I tried were good but not quite in the excellent category.

25 Aug 2014 21:31

The Crown Hotel, Lynton

We paid 3 visits to this pub over the last couple of days because it is the only proper pub in Lynton. Previous reviewers have described this place well; a mixture of locals and tourists in a shabby, convivial pub. The £3.30 Tribute had run out by our last visit today but the HSD was in fine form last night as we listened to a great female singer until midnight. Loved the wall murals, certainly more interesting than your usual nondescript prints.

25 Aug 2014 21:20

The Queens, Lynton

Long and narrow and felt more like a sports bar with its over loud televisions and equally loud heavy metal. When we saw that all the handpulls were turned around this evening as well, we didn't stay.

25 Aug 2014 21:05

The Bridge Inn, Lynton

Closed and freehold for sale.

25 Aug 2014 15:42

The New Binswood Tavern, Leamington Spa

Demolished for housing.

4 Aug 2014 12:50

No 1, Edinburgh

Still known as No.1 and another pub with some character and slightly reminscent I felt of a Nicholson's pub (but perhaps it was because I had just been in one of theirs). I had a pint of Loch Ness's eponymous 80' which was better than the pint in the previous pub and may have had something to do with the Cask marque status here. Stewarts 80' was again on sale as was Doom Bar, Orkney's Atlas Range Wayfarer and a "Number 1 Ale". Cider was Weston's Rosie's Pig. There was going to be live music at 8.15pm but we had moved on by then.

3 Aug 2014 20:55

Mitre, Edinburgh

Nicholson's pub so the building has some character. Handpulls on sale last night were Deuchars IPA, Everards Xingu Gold, Butcombe's Adam Henson's Rare Breed, Amarillo from Artisan Craft Beers (Evan Evans) and (my choice) Stewarts 80' which was good enough but rather sweet for my taste. Standing room only so we had one and moved on as many others seemed to be doing. Not a bad introduction to pubs in Edinburgh although I am sure there are better (and probably much worse)...

3 Aug 2014 20:41

The Waverley Hotel, Callander

As the last reviewer stated, not the easiest place to drink in because the bar is basically one to stand at - tables seemed part of the restaurant. I had a pint of Inveralmond's Independence which was good; also on sale were Old Speckled Hen, Waverley Best (something rebadged?), Belhaven Black and Greene King IPA on font. There seemed to be a lot of tourist golfers present and I would have liked to have had time to try some other pubs in the town.

1 Aug 2014 22:25

The Settle Inn, Stirling

Admittedly we were drawn in by "the oldest pub in Stirling" tag but this was no tourist trap. The room as you enter has a pine planked back bar with beamed ceiling and a small TV whereas the room at the back has a very unusual stone barrel vaulted ceiling with benches around the walls and a large TV. Beers were Skye's Red and IPA (the former in good condition) and ciders were Somersby and Addlestones Cloudy. Landlord seemed dour at first but wished us a nice day when we left.

31 Jul 2014 21:22

The Byre Inn, Brig O'Turk

Not much to add to the previous review. Nice stone walls and wooden beams open to the rafters make it very characterful and the Belhaven IPA was in good order. Also on sale was Fallen Brewing Company's Just the Ticket with a 6.6% IPA from the same brewery almost ready to be served. In addition to the books, the bar tables have Trivial Pursuit quiz cards which kept us busy for half an hour although the neighbouring table was having its own discussion about asteroids so we made sure we kept our own quiz ignorance to ourselves.....

29 Jul 2014 17:43

The Lake of Menteith Hotel, Port of Menteith

The superb view across the lake from the beer garden makes this place deserving of a good score even if it is really a hotel bar/restaurant that is open to non-residents. No surprise then to find only keg McEwan's 70' - I had a bottled Black Wolf William Wallace instead.

28 Jul 2014 19:16

The Coach House, Aberfoyle

The "To Let" sign is still lying in the car park so I guess this has been taken over fairly recently and the interior with its leather tub chairs and high stools and potted plants etc is also suggestive of recent investment. The exterior is not as appealing as there is a large car park which the outside tables overlook and an ugly 3-sided UPVC conservatory attached to the pub which serves as the restaurant. Back inside and the pub is open-plan and largely carpeted although there are flagstone style floors at both ends with TVs, one of which was roped off with rows of chairs which I have never seen before - perhaps they have film nights?! Beer was keg Caledonian 80' at £3.30 which I personally found fairly disgusting but it is a long time since I have had chemical beer and my tastes are not universally shared I know. But because of the lack of real ale (and the poor Rosé apparently), this is not a pub I will revisit even if it was a lot quieter than the nearby Forth Inn

28 Jul 2014 18:53

Bar Ten, Glasgow

You won't find any real ales here but they have a keg bitter and some bottled world beers for £3.70. I tried a Williams Bros Joker IPA. Nice vibe today during the Commonwealth Games.

27 Jul 2014 21:07

Forth Inn, Aberfoyle

I asked BITE to list this place earlier in the year in the hope that someone might give me some advice. I suppose I should have guessed that our well travelled friend Blue Scrumpy would get here before me! As usual his review is accurate although some of the beers have changed. In addition to the Harviestoun ales and the apple juice like Thirsty Cross cider, Belhavens 80', Inveralmond's Ossian and Thrappledouser, Cairngorm's Trade Winds and Loch Lomond's Maid of the Loch were on sale today- I had the Maid which was in good condition and £3.30. As this is a tourist town, it was busy this evening and hard to find a seat. Service was good unlike the weather.

26 Jul 2014 20:51

The Kings Head Inn, Carlisle

Hadn't read previous reviews but was pleased to find this pub yesterday with its good selection of ales. Eden's Ruswarp, Yates Bitter, Anarchy's Quiet Riot and Tiny Rebel's Full Nelson were on sale yesterday as well as Gwynt y Ddraig Fiery Fox and Farmhouse Scrumpy and bottled Old Mout cider. We sat outside in the enclosed courtyard rather than the wooden beamed pub. Service was slightly sullen, I will blame the hot weather.......

26 Jul 2014 19:55

The Oddfellows Arms, Brampton

Closed and for sale.

26 Jul 2014 18:31

The Drovers Rest Inn, Monkhill

Stayed at the campsite 5 minutes walk away last night so spent an hour or so in their beer garden/field enjoying the last of the day's sun. The three ales rotate regularly and I tried the Allendale Pennine Pale and Eden Dynamite for £3. Both were very good. Nine Standards Drover was also on sale, I think Strongbow was the sole cider. Friendly landlady and popular with the local villagers who were attending a birthday celebration there. Décor is 90s so arguably could benefit from a slight refurb in the next couple of years but don't let that put you off if you happen to be nearby.

26 Jul 2014 18:30

Dockers, Leamington Spa

Another Leamington venue that is long since closed so don't bother looking for this one either as it is now a tanning studio.

22 Jul 2014 13:58

Ocean Reef, Leamington Spa

Closed. Now a French bistro.

22 Jul 2014 13:50

The Whale Bar and Restaurant, Leamington Spa

Closed. Now a deli/café.

22 Jul 2014 13:49

The Queens Arms Inn, Warwick on Eden

Re-opened after refurbishment 12 months ago and now known as "The Queens". Sells Thwaites beers.

22 Jul 2014 13:19

The Coventry Arms, Upton Snodsbury

Not as sophisticated (or as busy) as the nearby Oak but clearly refurbished fairly recently and all we wanted today after a 9 mile walk (via North Piddle, Flyford Flavell & Grafton Flyford) was a good roast and decent ale and we got both together with a friendly welcome from all the staff. The Sunday lunch is a bargain £5.95 for one roast meat (add another £ if you want two meats) and the Gold and Attwood's Pale Ale from the Worcestershire Brewing Company were just £3 and in good condition. Hobgoblin was also available as were Wychwood's Full Brazilian and Ringwood's Fortyniner, the latter two at an even more remarkable £2 a pint. You pays your money and you takes your choice but, for our group of 7 walkers today, this was a good solid pub and one we would happily try again.

20 Jul 2014 20:21

The Church Street Townhouse, Stratford Upon Avon

Having been here a few times, I couldn't believe I hadn't spotted before that it wasn't listed on BITE. Anyway, a quick email to Admin and a week or so later here we are....
Not a traditional pub but a mixture of smart hotel/restaurant and two bars. The latter (to the left of the building as you walk in) are invariably busy, probably because the Townhouse offers something a little different to other places in Stratford (and I don't just mean the piano players). Only one ale but, as I didn't fancy an Old Hooky this time, I went for a Birra Poretti.

14 Jul 2014 15:05

Browns Cafe Bar, Coventry

For some reason, my previous update about this place has disappeared from BITE....
As of 19th December 2013 Browns has been under new ownership and management. The Brown family have no part in the running of this new business.
The new owners are the Higgs Trust and the name is now "Drapers".

7 Jul 2014 19:15

The Bear, Stratford

Service was slightly apathetic last night, 5 people behind the bar all faffing around and just one actually doing any visible serving. Fortunately, the queue to be served was virtually non-existent. Only the Bird's Nightjar and Greene King Brasilia were new to me, the others were a little mainstream (e.g. 2 from Wye Valley, Marstons EPA etc). I tried the Nightjar which was £3.30 (standard Bear price) and in very good condition.

6 Jul 2014 10:31

The Trouble House, Tetbury

Not gone but now calling itself a café bar rather than a pub. Sells Uley Bitter.

1 Jul 2014 18:20

The Little Owl, Charlton Kings

Cheltenham Borough Council's Planning Committee recently rubber stamped the application from Enterprise Inns to demolish the Little Owl in Charlton Kings and replace it with housing.

1 Jul 2014 18:11

The Rose and Crown, Burford

Not to be confused with the Rose and Crown that is near the more well-known Burford in Oxon, this Rose and Crown is actually in Burford, Shropshire (not Worcs as its proximity to Tenbury and the BITE postcode database would have you believe). Anyway, as this isn't a geography site, any reader of this posting would hopefully prefer to know that their 4th annual Beer Festival takes place between 11th and 13th July when there will 20+ real ales and ciders and music everyday.

30 Jun 2014 19:01

Tawnys Wine Bar, Swanage

The name says it all really and there is no draught beer but you can buy a bottle of Fursty Ferret for £3.95 and sit on the sofas enjoying the chilled vibe without having to eat. OK, so a 1980s wine bar is never going to win any beer prizes but sometimes its all about making compromises, isn't it? :)

30 Jun 2014 18:28

The Pig on the Beach, Studland

Although this is really a £200 per night hotel, it qualifies for a listing on this site (just) because curious (i.e. nosy) non-residents like us can use the outside bar where they can pay £6 (+12.5% service charge) for a 500ml bottle of local ale (or one of Dorset Nectar's ciders) and admire the sea views. My other half loved it and wanted to stay for another but I managed to drag her away before too much damage was done to my wallet....

30 Jun 2014 18:21

Six Degrees of Separation, Cheltenham

Now known as "Six Degrees Of Separation".

30 Jun 2014 17:25

One Inn the Wood, Petts Wood

This former wine bar reopened last month as a micropub selling ales from Kent's small breweries.

30 Jun 2014 13:03

The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey

A return visit after a 2 or 3 year absence but this time only for a quick pitstop pint of good Hobsons Best as we walked the Mortimer Trail. Hobson Twisted Spire also available and the draught ciders were Robinsons Flagon and Stowford Press. The menu looked as good as I remembered (although prices can reflect this) and by all accounts this pub is usually popular with diners although not so much yesterday lunchtime. Even so, only our table (and the one next to us) seemed to be not laid out for dining. I suspect this pub doesn't usually get 2 pairs of soaking wet walking boots deposited temporarily in the hallway but they were quite happy with our limited custom.

29 Jun 2014 17:55

Bateman Arms, Shobdon

We stayed here last night after walking the second leg of the Mortimer Trail. This is an 18th century pub with public bar with TV etc, quieter lounge bar on the other side of the serving bar and a further room across a corridor which I think would normally be the restaurant (no food available last night just a pig roast). It looks as if it has been refurbished since new owners took over last year although it retains its period features. Friendly and lively (at least it was last night with a band playing in a marquee and a stag party of local farmers), I was persuaded to stay up well into the early hours and have far too many pints of Three Tuns' Solstice at £3.30 knowing that our nicely-refurbished stone-walled room was only across the other side of the car park. Other beers were Doom Bar and Butty Bach with Stowford Press and Robinsons Flagon as the draught ciders. Recommended.

29 Jun 2014 17:42

The Three Crowns, Nottingham

Now known as The Three Crowns.

24 Jun 2014 18:05

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

Palmers Copper and Wessex Moonlite were both £3.30 and the Wessex Warrior and Rudgate American IPA were £3.50 but it was so hot on Friday afternoon that it was cider weather for me. I can't remember which one I had but the only "conventional" one was Stowford Press. No need to queue outside when we were there. Glad I have visited.

23 Jun 2014 22:37

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth

The permanent cider festival has expanded to over 40, many of them known to the friendly South African barman who was very helpful in describing three 1/3 pint choices for my "tray" (£3.60). As I was so blown away by the choice of ciders, I forgot to note which ales were for sale although I recall being told that Palmer's Best was pretty much the only regular offering with others being guests. At 5.30pm on Friday the Lulworth Cove beachgoers seemed to have mainly gone home so it was not too busy even on a beautiful day.

23 Jun 2014 21:55

The Red Lion, Swanage

Only 40 ciders chalked up on Saturday (10 had sold out) and 6 real ales (Wandle, TT Golden Best, Ringwood Best, Doom Bar, Otter and Batemans England Expects). We sat outside on the large patio, amused by a dog who went from table to table dropping his stick for people to throw (you had to be there...)

23 Jun 2014 21:26

Bankes Arms Hotel, Corfe Castle

I didn't find the beer garden to be a patch on the one at the Fox even with its view of the castle (and Station Road). Nor was my pint of Tribute as good as offerings elsewhere although, to be fair, there was nothing wrong with it. Ringwood Best (the cheapest at £3.20) and Adnams Broadside completed the line-up of ales with Stowford Press as the cider. Didn't really have a proper look at the inside of the pub although there is a nice-looking wood-panelled room on the way out to the garden.

23 Jun 2014 21:13

The Fox, Corfe Castle

I had a shock initially as I didn't immediately spy the gravity-fed Abbot Ale, London Pride and TT Landlord (£3.30) behind the bar. Fortunately my powers of observation returned soon enough and the TT Landlord proved to be an excellent pint. Addlestones Cloudy seemed to be the only draught cider with no local offerings (draught or bottled) which was disappointing. Superb beer garden in the true sense (i.e. it has lots of flowers and plants which looked lovely on Saturday) but not really a view of the castle from it unless you are standing up. The inside of the pub is dated and some would argue in need of a bit of a deep-clean but authentic-pub aficionados don't worry about such things! The Ploughman's lunch for £6 was really quite good especially the home-pickled onion and local bread.

23 Jun 2014 21:07

The Greyhound, Corfe Castle

Palmers Copper Ale and Doom Bar were on sale on Saturday but the beer garden was not the best in the village so we didn't stay.

23 Jun 2014 20:52

Kings Arms, Langton Matravers

As other reviewers seem to have preferred this village's other pub (which is now closed), I wasn't expecting too much but was pleasantly surprised. It's a straightforward village pub with two quiet rooms at the front (i.e. no music or TV), another room at the back which was showing the World Cup and a further area in front of the bar counter at the back of the pub. Not the most inspring range of beer (Ringwood's Best & Fortyniner, Sharp's Atlantic and one from Cottage Brewing) but my choice (Sharp's) was fine and the steak and kidney suet pudding, chips and veg was plentiful and good value.

23 Jun 2014 20:21

The Scott Arms, Kingston

The last review is 100% accurate especially regarding the service. I wondered if it was because we were hot and sweaty walkers only seeking a pint and crisps - but obviously not. Beers on offer were Sixpenny IPA, Dorset Brewing's Jurassic, Ringwood Best and Downton Quadhop and the ciders/perry were the local Lulworth Skipper, Cider by Rosie and Joe's Cider as well as Weston's Stowford Press/Twist/Country Perry/Old Rosie. As the views of Corfe Castle from the beer garden are so fantastic, I forgave the indifferent welcome in this rabbit warren of a pub.

23 Jun 2014 20:02

The Ship Inn, Langton Matravers


21 Jun 2014 17:11

The Oddfellows Arms, Stratford Upon Avon

This has reopened once more as The Oddfellows Arms and sells Doom Bar.

17 Jun 2014 08:39

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

An Enterprise Inns free of tie 19th century pub that still has Timothy Taylor's Landlord as a permanent ale with Hooky as a semi-permanent. Also on sale last night were Old Hooky and Brakspear's Oxford Gold with the clip for Timothy Taylor's Le Champion turned around. Listed in GBG 2014.

1 Jun 2014 12:28

The Swan Inn, Inkpen

Shabby and dated but perfect for walkers who are most welcome (providing you take your boots off). The £3.50 Butts Traditional was probably the best pint I had all weekend in the Hungerford area; also on sale were Butts Jester and Cheddar's Mild (both £3.35). The friendly landlord even opened up the farm shop so that I could buy some of his organic beef and more Butts (in bottles).

29 May 2014 18:48

The Crown and Garter, Inkpen Common

Currently closed as it is being turned into a "boutique hotel and restaurant" apparently. According to one of the locals in the nearby Swan, it is even going to have a stainless steel bar (which will make it very different from the Swan).

25 May 2014 20:55

The Railway Tavern, Hungerford

As we walked back from the Downgate on a Sunday evening, we heard live acoustic music coming from the Railway Tavern so we popped in. I can't say that it was friendly but the atmosphere wasn't hostile even though everyone else seemed to know each other. There is no feeling of cosiness here, it all seemed slightly devoid of furniture and more of a place where you go with a few (male) mates to stand and drink. There was only London Pride available at £3.50 which was fine. The last sentence from our April 2010 reviewer remains accurate.

25 May 2014 20:48

The Downgate, Hungerford

Characterful, small pub with great views over the common. Tasty good food at value-for-money prices with decent Arkell's beers. I had the 3B and the Ginger IPA, both justifying their Cask Marque status. It was a shame that the Donnington's Life Sentence ran out as we walked in and was not replaced. Ciders are Strongbow and Stowford Press. I can't say I have ever commented on urinals before but this was the first time I have seen urinal goal posts (you will have to visit to see what I mean!).

25 May 2014 20:39

Five Bells, Woodspeen

There is going to be a pub, restaurant and cookery school called "The Woodspeen" at this location.

25 May 2014 11:20

The Blue Ball, Newbury

Has been demolished now.

25 May 2014 11:16

The Tally Ho, Newtown

Re-opened as a community-owned freehouse a few months ago after an excellent refurbishment. The 4 handpulls available yeterday were Ramsbury Gold, West Berkshire Brewery's Good Old Boy, Hooky and Wild Weather's Big Muddy (which was my choice and very good it was too). Regular ciders are Stowford Press and Thatchers Green Goblin with a box of Lambourn Valley's Shefford Gold also on sale. We had a good chat with the landlord Monty and regular customer Nigel (whom we also came across later in the John O'Gaunt!). Menu looked good but we were just passing through. Recommended.

25 May 2014 10:56

The John O'Gaunt Inn, Hungerford

Certainly plenty of diners today so we sat on our own in the beer garden which at least had a bit of greenery and didn't seem quite as close to the High Street as it actually is. Had it not been for the garden, then I think we would have been limited to a few bar stools. I was rather impressed by the range of ales - Two Cocks Brewery's 1643 Cavalier, Milk Street's Funky Monkey, Reedley Hallows' New Laund Dark, Loddon's Flight of Fancy, Great Oakley's Tiffield Thunderbolt and London Fields' Love Not War (my choice and which tasted like it was being poured straight from the wood - beautiful). Draught Leffe, a wheat beer and 4 real ciders were also available so good marks overall from me (perhaps we were lucky being able to sit outside).

24 May 2014 23:36

The Plume of Feathers, Hungerford

I think the reason why this doesn't seem to be a place for drinkers is that the bar to the left as you walk in just isn't designed to sit in. It's all just too narrow with slippery, black leather sofas that aren't conducive to comfortable sitting. The 3.9% "Plume Ale" was £3.40 and not too bad; other handpulls were Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Old Speckled Hen. The room to the right is a restaurant which we didn't venture into. MarlingSnallard got this correct - perfectly friendly welcome but a pub to have one in and then move on.

24 May 2014 23:21

Three Swans Hotel, Hungerford

The "Town Bar" to the right as you walk in had the Champions League football on TV tonight so this meant there were no seats available. That was fine (wrong shaped ball for me) so we sat in the room to the left. Not sure how I would describe this - golf club bar maybe? The most disinterested staff we encountered in Hungerford but rather a tasty pint of Ramsbury's Cob On for £3.40. St Austell's Proper Job and London Pride (£3.60) were the other handpulls. Some slightly strange hotel guests we thought but this place was OK for a pint.

24 May 2014 23:08

Dundas Arms, Kintbury

The weather put us off walking along the canal from Hungerford which was a shame because of one the major attractions of this pub has to be its setting and its beautiful beer garden. As a pub, it clearly attracts a certain type - think burgers at £13.45, children called Gabriel, Willem and Beattie running around (but with pretentious rather than über-posh parents), Louis Roederer parasols, cars which have to take up 2 spaces in the car park and £4 for 2 halves. The Arkells Moonlight was very good; their Wiltshire Gold, Wild Weather's Sundown and Ringwood Best were the other 3 handpulled ales, Orchard Pig's Reveller was the regular cider with the very local Cidernik's 6.5% Combe Raider also on a handpull. Not that I tried them all, but every one of these beers/ciders was new to me so that made it a worthwhile visit.

24 May 2014 19:25

Nelson Inn, Ludlow

I wasn't as impressed as others have been when I visited - yes, the Hobson's beer was good, real cider was being served from boxes and the welcoming landlord may or may not be slightly eccentric (he was nursing a wine hangover when we visited) but, as the previous reviewer beautifully described it, the lounge bar resembles more of a grubby junk shop than being plain characterful and it all needs one heck of a spruce up (I know a lot of pubs do but this one is top of the list). That might be the attraction to some but not for me, sorry! The pub has been for sale for several months now.

17 May 2014 20:27

The Fountain, Telford

Closed, now bedsits.

14 May 2014 19:00

The Fox Inn, Bayston Hill

Demolished in August 2012.

14 May 2014 18:53

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

And re-opened again last month under new management.

14 May 2014 15:30

Wentworth Arms, Penistone

Closed permanently.

14 May 2014 13:59

Dards, Cudworth

Demolition and replacement housing approved by local planners.

14 May 2014 13:58

Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge

An attractive red brick 19th century coaching inn that has been smartly refurbished and which now offers accommodation, dining and good beer and merits an entry in Sawday's guide. There are a series of rooms inside, all of which have been refurbished in a sympathetic manner with their maroon-coloured walls, woodburners, church furniture, old books and quarry tile or wooden floors. As so often with country pubs, the emphasis has to be on food (we enjoyed a delicious £20-for-3-courses Sunday lunch today) but the casual drinker is welcome and can enjoy either Hobson's Best (only £2.80 a pint!) or Wye Valley's HPA. Ciders are Stowford Press and Robinson's Flagon. The service was exceptional throughout our visit. We will return!

11 May 2014 17:03

The Chandlers Arms, Epwell

Former Hook Norton village local, sold in 2013 and reopened as a free house in early 2014 following a renovation. Current licensees previously ran the Horse and Groom at Oddington and then the Chequers at Churchill.

3 May 2014 09:25

The Harrow Inn, Enstone

Re-opened in November 2013 but closed again this February.

3 May 2014 09:19

The Rose and Crown, Chipping Warden

Closed this lunchtime and confirmed as closed until further notice according to the Hook Norton website.

1 May 2014 14:31

The Fox and Hounds, Daventry

Re-opened a couple of months ago following a community buy-out. Has been gutted and refurbished albeit too antiseptically for me - it needs some colour as the off-white walls and black faux-flagstone floor don't make it very homely. That said, I guess the character of this 19th century ironstone pub was knocked out a long time ago and the local shareholders have done what they can with a limited budget. At 12.30 this lunchtime I was the only customer present when I enjoyed a friendly welcome and a swift half of decent Batemans XB (£3.20 a pint). Other handpulls on sale were St Austell's Trelawny & Proper Job and Bass (I wonder if these 4 ales change regularly as I know that previously they had Hobgoblin, Tribute, Black Sheep Bitter & Ringwood Best). They also sell Tetley's Smoothflow, Stella 4%, Peroni, Krusovice, Guinness and Symonds Founder's Reserve is the cider. To the right as you walk in is a large open-plan restaurant where the menu is Italian and keenly priced (most pasta/risotto/pizza dished priced at £8). I don't know if this is the most picturesque pub along this stretch of the A361 as there are some pretty villages nearby but, as it is community-owned, it gets good marks from me.

1 May 2014 13:56

The Ragged Cot, Minchinhampton

Smart country inn with matching menu where there is still some character left if you sit in the older part. Marston's "Ragged Cot" (a 4% offering), Stroud Brewery's Tom Long (my choice and very nice it was too) and Ringwood Best were the handpulls on sale. OK, so it might not be a drinker's paradise but it seemed pretty decent to me and I am scoring it a lot higher than previous reviewers have. Service was friendly and efficient (we weren't here to eat).

27 Apr 2014 19:41

The Pheasant Inn, Wellington

Re-opens next month after refurbishment as the new home of the Ironbridge Brewery.

23 Apr 2014 17:49

The Dun Cow, Hornton

Welcoming, characterful village pub with a good selection of ales and ciders. Hooky, Bombardier, XT's 3 and the extremely local Cat's Brewing Company's Tabby were the ales on sale today - I tried the Tabby (which was in excellent condition) in the small flagstoned "Quarry Bar". Orchard Pig's Explorer and XT's Long Crendon were the real ciders on offer in addition to Stowford Press. The current licensees have been there since April 2011. A brief but very enjoyable visit.

21 Apr 2014 20:08

No. 1 Shakespeare St, Stratford Upon Avon

The downstairs bar was very quiet yesterday evening as we ate our tapas and there were not many more upstairs to watch the covers band either. Later on, when the DJ replaced the band, there was more of a nightclub feel and it then got busy. Unsurprisingly, there is no handpulled ale and Tetley's keg didn't appeal so it was bottles of Purity UBU for me. It was a good enough evening - we were just a bit too old!

19 Apr 2014 17:44

The Nightingale, Worcester

An M&B Vintage Inn so there is obviously a formula here but it works well enough and the service and food were both very good. We sat in the cosier, darker end of the pub surrounded by wooden beams and framing whereas there is a brighter, more open plan dining area to your right as you walk in. As you might expect, the emphasis is on eating but the beers are Cask Marque and my Oakham's Citra was in good condition at £3.50 a pint with Doom Bar and Purity UBU also available. Would go again.

19 Apr 2014 17:31

The Wellington Inn, Moreton-In-Marsh

Now converted into housing.

18 Apr 2014 09:13

The Royal Oak, Lechlade

Demolished and now replaced by houses.

18 Apr 2014 09:09

Royal British Legion, Stratford Upon Avon

A large club often with virtually nobody in it (at least not when I have been there during the week). There is only one handpull and this is not guaranteed to be on (as it wasn't last week) but my previous two visits had seen an enjoyable couple of offerings from Byatt's priced at a very reasonable £2.70 if I recall correctly. Previously there had been Old Speckled Hen. Other than that it is keg beer, Belhaven or Brew XI, again priced very cheaply for Stratford (the prices alone mean you will soon get the cost of membership back!).

15 Apr 2014 20:20

The George, Shipston on Stour

Shipston is a small market town and, although is it handily placed for Stratford and the northern Cotswolds, it doesn't seem to attract many visitors as there is virtually nothing to see or do in the town itself. However, for those that do find themselves in Shipston, there are a number of pubs and The George is recommended. A tasty, plentiful Sunday lunch was enjoyed today washed down today by very good pints of North Cotswold Shagweaver and St Austell's Tribute (I didn't try the Castle Rock Harvest Pale). A slight gripe is that the ales were £3.60 and £3.55 respectively which seemed a tad expensive for this part of the world but that didn't put me off. This pub is far better than its current rating of 4.

13 Apr 2014 15:29

The Willowbank Bar at Riverside, Tiddington

Although it is supposed to more than just a clubhouse for the caravan park where it is situated, this new build seemed to us to be exactly that when we visited a few weeks ago - a sauna-like wooden building with blaring TV screens and not too appealing. The handpull was yet to be connected (Hook Norton coming soon I was told) and the keg bitter was either Worthingtons or Boddingtons (something like that) so I had half a (Somersby?) cider instead. Can't say we will return but it will probably prove popular with holidaymakers as it saves having to walk to Tiddington village.

13 Apr 2014 15:12

The Unicorn, Great Malvern

Looked very closed today unless they keep all the curtains closed during daylight hours.

12 Apr 2014 23:32

The Red Lion, Great Malvern

Ringwood's Best and Boondoggle available today - the clip for the Jennings Red Rascal was turned around. Again the beer was in pretty decent condition.

12 Apr 2014 23:30

The Cardinals Hat, Worcester

I haven't visited since its Austrian days and that was probably 10 years ago. This time I was able to appreciate the wood panelling and the fact that it is Worcester's oldest pub. Purity's Mad Goose, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Marston's SMASH , Revisionist Saison and Malvern Hills Black Pear were available today - I chose the latter which was in good condition. There were also some craft beers and real ciders including a local one from Barkers. Beth the Blonde Bombshell (the pub's words not mine) could have been more cheerful behind the bar but service was efficient so nothing to worry about there. Worth a visit.

12 Apr 2014 23:27

The Bell Inn, Alderminster

A return visit for a delicious Sunday lunch again. Would recommend eating here as the beer is not too exciting on its own (though perfectly drinkable and Cask Marque). Alscot Ale now £3.35 and one from JW Lees at £3.50 (which I noted as 3.8% and an IPA but I can't seem to find one similar on the brewer's website).

6 Apr 2014 16:00

Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton

An extended village pub which was exceptionally busy on Mother's Day. Hopefully that alone explains the barman's curtness which was not mirrored by his colleagues who were exemplary. The restaurant is basically one large room but the older parts of the pub appeared to have some quaintness although it was difficult to see properly because it was so crowded! The old newspapers on the bar ceiling were quirky, the toilet windows in the Gents disgustingly black with mould. Food was very good and well worth the £20 for 3 courses. The handpulled ales were also very good even if they tasted much the same (Black Sheep, Wharfe Bank Slingers Gold, Rudgate's Viking and Great Yorkshire Brewery's Classic). Wine was overpriced at £20 for a bottle of Pinot Grigio. So some good points and some bad points but overall pretty decent.

1 Apr 2014 15:14

The Crown Inn, Leeds

Smartly decorated but a little too open-plan eatery for me. The Collingham Journeyman was in very good order, also available were Landlord and a Marston's "Monkfryston Ale" which was 3.6% so possibly their EPA re-badged. Solitary cider was Strongbow.

31 Mar 2014 21:50

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Burn

Previous positive comments are stil valid for the York CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014. John Smiths Cask and one from Timothy Taylor's (Boltmaker) are still the regular ales with Theakston's Cresset, Caledonian's Flying Dutchman, Daleside's Blonde and Goose Eye's Blackmoor the guest ales on Friday (although the last three had been changed for different offerings by Saturday evening). All the pints I tried over my two visits were in excellent condition. Food was excellent with large portions at good prices and the welcome was very friendly. An excellent pub.

31 Mar 2014 21:08

The Fat Badger, Harrogate

Part of the White Hart Hotel which has been converted reasonably well into a bar (although, booths aside, it still has a little bit of an open-plan function room feel). Handpulls today included Tetleys Cask, Timothy Taylor's Landlord, York Brewery's Guzzler, Black Sheep and one from Copper Dragon.

31 Mar 2014 20:30

The Ivy Cottage, Catshill

Planning permission granted to demolish it and replace it with flats.

26 Mar 2014 16:46

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

We had not eaten here before today and the food was quite decent although perhaps a little expensive in places for what is really no more than good pub grub. But then again, I guess the whole point of visiting the Fleece is to drink the ales and savour the historic atmosphere and this is where the Fleece does really well. Only 4 handpulls on offer today- Wye Valley Bitter, Uley Pigs Ear, Marston's Pedigree New World Pale and Dorothy Goodbody's Glorious IPA - but the 2 I tried were in excellent condition. 2 ciders from Thatchers and their own Ark Cider as well. You may need to wrap up warm because sometimes it is a little draughty in here even with the open fires.

23 Mar 2014 16:44

The Ascott, Eastcote

Now known as The Ascott.

22 Mar 2014 21:39

The Queens Arms, South Kensington

Foolishly arrived this lunchtime without having reserved a table so we could only sit side-by-side tucked up in a corner and, because of this, we decided to move on elsewhere to eat. However, the beer range was excellent with 8 handpulls including London Pride, Doom Bar, Woodfordes Flagondry, Navigation's Icebreaker, Sambrooks Junction, a milk stout and, my choice, a very good Wadworth's Orange Peel. Never having heard of some of these offerings, I would certainly revisit to see what they have in the future. The Aspall's Perronelle's Blush seemingly on tap was only actually available today in bottles but that didn't matter.

22 Mar 2014 20:17

The Builders Arms, Kensington

Has been repainted in the last couple of months apparently and upstairs is now a second bar. Football on one screen this lunchtime and, even though Chelsea were playing, it was not obtrusive. Doom Bar, Purity's UBU, Ilkley's Mary Jane and Windsor & Eton's Knights of the Garter were the 4 handpulls - the latter at £3.85 was a little cloudy but perfectly drinkable (although I could not describe it as the best pint I have ever had). Rather a long wait for food but, when it arrived, it proved very tasty. Overall, quite a decent pub.

22 Mar 2014 20:04

The Orchard, Ruislip

Very busy yesterday evening at 7pm as families took advantage of the early bird offers but we found a table easily enough for a quick drink. London Pride is still available but I chose the Marston's Sweet Chariot which seemed a little thin but tasted OK. There is nothing exciting about this large pub but it did a job.

22 Mar 2014 19:56

The Ferry, Alveston

Courage Directors and Wye Valley Bitter remain the permanent ales; I enjoyed a very good pint of the guest Whale Ales Ruby Moby. Food is good quality pub grub rather than higher-end gastro; I had the chicken & chorizo pie, chips and veg (leeks and green beans rather than peas and carrots). Busy by the time we left, clientele seems always to be solidly middle-class.

28 Feb 2014 20:18

The Grape Vaults, Leominster

Oh dear. After several good experiences here, I was completely ignored by the barmaid yesterday in favour of a local who was standing behind me at the bar. So I decided to forego the Clun Loophole and went elsewhere.

23 Feb 2014 16:58

The Bakers Arms, Orleton

Traditional pub layout insomuch as there is a public bar through the door to the right as you walk in and a lounge bar to the left. We chose the former just because the rugby was being shown on a small TV in the corner. Flooring is a mixture of terracotta tile and carpet with traditional tables, leather-effect seating and a woodburner. At the rear of the building at the back of the public bar is a pool table area with laminated wooden floor where half-a-dozen local lads were having a game and chatting amiably with the landlord. Other than them, there were no other customers at 5pm yesterday. The lounge bar seemed to be a mirror image of the public bar except that there is a dining area instead of a pool room. I enjoyed a very good pint of Otter Amber; Hobsons Twisted Spire and Best Bitter also available, cider was Robinsons Flagon. I suppose I might agree that this pub isn't as characterful as the nearby Boot Inn but I certainly wouldn't rule out revisiting.

23 Feb 2014 15:16

The Stratford Alehouse, Stratford Upon Avon

The Uley Brewery beers are still there but they seem to be concentrating now on more local brews - I had the Old Pie Factory's Bitter and Long Itch's Darkside tonight - all ales are discounted to £2.80 for CAMRA members. Again a decent number of people there.

21 Feb 2014 19:37

Chichester Arms, Bishops Tawton

Newly listed on BITE so this is a review of a visit on 1/3/13 (for what it is worth). We were the only customers on a Friday afternoon but we liked this pub with its slate floors, church chairs, rustic furniture and 3 separate bars (function room looked excellent). Too long ago to remember what I drank but it was a good pint. Worth a visit.

18 Feb 2014 14:41

The Oddfellows Arms, Stratford Upon Avon

To Let again and no customers at 10pm tonight so we walked on. Once again, this location looks doomed to fail.....

15 Feb 2014 00:25

The One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon

Still a decent pub with good food and a very well-kept pint of Purity UBU at £3.50.

15 Feb 2014 00:23

Childswickham Inn, Childswickham

Not having the picture postcard location or fabric of some of its near neighbours, the Childswickham Inn really needs to do what it does very well indeed in order to keep up with them. Sadly, attention to detail was lacking this lunchtime from front-of-house (landlady didn't bother with Hello or Goodbye), waitress service (frenetic at first as she struggled to cope without assistance then absent), décor (grubby paintwork and tired Artexed walls) and cleanliness (tables not wiped/crumbs on chairs). On the plus side, the food was imaginative and good and the Old Hooky was very good (but £3.70 was too expensive for this pub and the food wasn't cheap either) - I avoided the alternative Doom Bar. With such stiff competition in the Cotswolds, this pub was average.

8 Feb 2014 16:32

The Sun Inn, Barnes

Lezford, I don't know The Sun but the fourth beer sounds like it was Roosters 41 Degrees South from a microbrewery in Knaresborough.

4 Feb 2014 16:40

The Hungry Fox, Broadcylst

Planning application currently being considered for "Change of use from Class A4 (public house) to D1 (childrens day nursery) use including construction of two storey replacement building and provision of 3no. parking spaces".

3 Feb 2014 20:14

The Burton Hotel, Kington

Visited late September 2013 but a new listing on this website hence the late review. The bar reminded me of a golf club (the hotel offers golf breaks so maybe that explains it) but it was all clean and tidy, the service was friendly and the beer was decent enough (I think I chose a Wye Valley one; there wasn't anything on that was unusual for this area). Other pubs had more atmosphere but it is certainly a place to try if you're spending time in the town.

3 Feb 2014 17:40

Aikmans / The Cellar Bar, St Andrews

Re-opened at the beginning of 2011 and celebrated 26 years in the Good Beer Guide last year.

31 Jan 2014 15:41

The Castle Inn, Highley


30 Jan 2014 15:46

The Salwey Arms, Woofferton

Visited a couple of months ago one Sunday lunchtime (new listing on BITE). Obviously this is a prime time for diners and so it proved - we walked through one of the dining areas into the bar to find nobody there and then on into the snug (again nobody there). Having re-opened in August 2013, the furnishings and fittings are all immaculate (and the leather sofa was very comfortable) but it all seemed very sterile to us and, with no drinkers apart from us, there was no atmosphere where we sat. On the way out, we took a peek at the other dining areas and, again, these were full of people even if the menu didn't look anything super special. The usual range of ale suspects from this part of the world (Hobsons/Ludlow Brewery/Wye Valley). I guess we will have to try again at a better time although I fear that this place might prove to be just a (smart) main road eatery.

30 Jan 2014 12:33

The Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow

Stopped off here for a quick pint of the seasonal Bradfield's Farmers Belgian Blue whilst walking from Ecclesall (and back) last November (pub newly listed on BITE). There was a sofa and some bar stools; all of the other tables were being used by diners (I felt a bit sorry for the ones who had tables in front of the bar counter - it looked like they were eating in a corridor). It served a purpose and I wondered what it would be like when there were more drinkers there....

29 Jan 2014 15:08

The Masons Arms, Ingleton

We visited a couple of weeks before Christmas (this pub is newly listed on BITE) and, although there was nobody else in apart from someone sitting at the bar, the welcome from the girl behind the bar was perfunctory to say the least. There was evidence of refurbishment in the bar (laminated wooden floor, leather bar stools, new wooden bar counter) although still some work in progress in other areas. It would seem though as if the pub is now for sale. I had a decent pint of Original from the Nine Standards Brewery.

29 Jan 2014 15:00

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Hambleton

Closed for over a year and Enterprise Inns have submitted an outline planning application to Selby District Council to demolish it and build seven new houses on the site.

29 Jan 2014 11:59

The Red House, Leamington Spa

Now has change of use planning permission to be converted into living accommodation.

28 Jan 2014 14:36

The Mother Huff Cap, Great Alne

The sign outside describes it as a "country pub, kitchen and smokehouse" so, unsurprisingly for a smart rural pub, dining customers are probably preferred. But this is a large multi-roomed building (part old brick, part new oak) so it was no problem for us to just have a drink. The bar counter is faced with old front doors which looks quite good. Weatheroak's Victoria Works, Hook Norton's Lion and Hobsons Best were the ales available (I tried the VW which was in good condition); Stowford Press and Hogan's were the ciders. Surprisingly no Purity ales considering their brewery is a couple of miles up the lane (and where I visited next to buy a couple of mini-casks).

28 Jan 2014 13:12

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

From their FB page: "Cedric & Amy Bosi are delighted to be taking over The Charlton Arms From Monday 20th January. We will be closing for one week and re-opening on Monday 27th January".

28 Jan 2014 10:32

The Bridge, Ludlow

A locals' pub which sells Pedigree and a good Ludlow Gold. Large Butlins red coat and boxing memorabilia on the walls (which was a bit different).

28 Jan 2014 08:45

The Stratford Alehouse, Stratford Upon Avon

We visited in the first week of opening between Christmas and New Year. This is a micro-pub converted from a former (modern) shop so there is no olde-worlde Stratford here, just conversation and 3 or 4 real ales and a cider at £3 direct from the cask (including Uley Pigs Ear). Only seats 50 people and had a steady flow of customers when we were there. Run by a local postman so good luck to him.

28 Jan 2014 08:41

The Queens Hotel, Belbroughton

Every room is laid out for dining so it is pretty clear that selling food is the main aim here even though there is a small area where you can sit and have a drink. I am sure the food is delicious but it wasn't somewhere that did it for us - it just seemed to be pretending to be something that it isn't but ours was a flying visit so maybe we got it wrong.....The guest Jennings Cockle Warmer at £3.30 was fine to be fair; the regular Boondoggle and Pedigree at £3.40 completed the line-up from the Marston's stable.

25 Jan 2014 18:45

The Crooked House, Gornal Wood

A fascinating building where one end is 4 feet higher than the other and is famous for being able to roll a marble up a table. For that reason alone it is worth a visit. Service and food in the restaurant were excellent this lunchtime and the guest Wychwood's Toasty Oasty at £3.30 was in very good condition. Banks's Bitter also available at £2.85, cider was Thatchers Gold. A few reviewers have obviously had a bad experience here but we couldn't fault it.

25 Jan 2014 18:33

The Beacon Hotel, Dudley

Friendly heritage pub where I enjoyed the Sarah Hughes Pale Amber in the snug early this afternoon. As previous reviewers have found, the pub was very full but, if I lived nearby, then I would be a frequent visitor too! In addition to the 4 regular ales, the two guests were from Mallinsons in Huddersfield (one being their Amarillo). A wonderful place to while away an afternoon.

25 Jan 2014 18:22

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Has been under new management since November (although many of the former staff remain) and has had a coat of paint and some new tables and chairs. Everards Tiger, Purity's Saddle Black and Gold and Hook Norton Lion were the four ales available today - the latter in excellent condition. Still a good value, down-to-earth pub which was busy this lunchtime.

19 Jan 2014 15:45

Cross Keys, Heanor

Demolished in 2011.

19 Jan 2014 10:12

The Unicorn Inn, Ludlow

Despite many visits to Ludlow previously, this was my first time here yesterday late afternoon in the partly wood panelled bar which also had an open fire, dried hops hanging from the wooden beams and table candles in wine bottles. The Ludlow Best was good; Salopian Gold and Wye Valley HPA were also available. The two smart dining rooms (the Oak and Slate Rooms) are down a passageway so formal dining is well away from the bar area. Fairly quiet with a respectable looking clientele while we were there, perhaps quiet because it is away from the town centre. Will revisit. P.S. Within walking distance is the Bridge (not on BITE) which sells Pedigree and a good Ludlow Gold and which is a more basic, locals' pub.

12 Jan 2014 19:25

Lion Hotel, Leintwardine

Although there are a few bar stools, this is definitely a dining pub with its AA rosette. The Butty Bach was a little flat and not as good an offering as could be found in the nearby much less sophisticated Sun Inn. Ludlow Gold was the other ale on offer. Very good Sunday lunch with good service too (for what it is worth).

12 Jan 2014 19:09

Sun Inn, Leintwardine

Cracking heritage parlour pub and so very different from the nearby Lion. Not for the first time, we sat in the front brick-floored room and the guest Three Tuns Stout was in fine condition.

12 Jan 2014 19:03

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

Closed down again this week.

8 Jan 2014 12:05

The Roebuck, Newall With Clifton

Smartly renovated and re-opened in 2012 as The Roebuck.

3 Jan 2014 14:34

The Country Girl, Sharpway Gate

Re-opened several months ago.

28 Dec 2013 20:56

The Bunch of Grapes, Warwick

Demolished in 2012 and replaced by town houses.

23 Dec 2013 12:19

The Oak, Upton Snodsbury

Having driven along this road many times over the last couple of years, we finally had time to stop off in Upton Snodsbury and chose the Oak over the Coventry Arms as there was only one car in the latter's car park. Advertised as a Steakhouse & Grill, I suspect the emphasis is on food but they were happy to serve us drinks only this afternoon. Colourfully decorated with plum and sage-coloured walls, wine bottle ceilings, a large raised open fire, some timber framing and various seating areas in the bar area to the left as you walk in with a dedicated restaurant to the right of the main entrance. Only a small beer garden for a building of this size with open fields behind the garden. Two beers from Wye Valley Brewery - HPA and a very good Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Cracker Ale. Cider was Thatchers Gold. Smartly dressed clientele who knew how to look after their young children too! An information pack of local walks is available from behind the bar so may well revisit.

22 Dec 2013 17:30

The Royal Oak, Alcester

We were looking for something to eat late this afternoon and went in here because it was quiet and there was no football on TV. One of those Alcester pubs that extends out forever at the back but not quite as smart as the Hollybush or The Turks Head (but still pretty decent). The Theakstons Christmas Ale was excellent and just £2.80; Caledonian Golden XPA was also available. Live music tonight.

21 Dec 2013 19:45

Chicago Rock Cafe, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Nightclub that is closing down this weekend.

19 Dec 2013 12:40

The Royal Oak Hotel, Settle

One of CAMRA's Real Heritage Pubs but the attraction of a revolving door and wood panelling wasn't enough to keep us inside when we smelt the disinfectant and learnt that there was no food being served on a Saturday lunchtime. Maybe that was why there were only 4 people in there. Theakstons Best, Black Sheep Bitter and Timothy Taylor's Landlord on sale.

15 Dec 2013 21:03

The Talbot Arms, Settle

Keighley & Craven CAMRA Pub of the Season Autumn 2013. As you walk in, there is a large wooden bar in front of you with a large stone fireplace surrounded by bench seating to the left of this open-plan pub with an uncarpeted area to the rear left with pool table/TV. More seating in the right-hand side of the pub. Nice soft furnishings for the traditional furniture. The one regular ale is Theakstons Best at £2.80 and there are 5 regularly rotating guests. I tried the Bridgehouse Brewery's Rudolph's Ruin at £3.10 which was very good; Settle Brewing Company's Signal Classic, Three Peaks Whernside and Saltaire's Triple Chocoholic were also available. Cider was Pure North's Deanhouse Dry. Very popular yesterday lunchtime and deservedly so. I would certainly re-visit. I can only imagine the current low scores date back to before this pub became a family-owned freehouse in September 2011.

15 Dec 2013 20:57

Thirteen Wine Bar, Settle

The Dark Horse Best Bitter was probably the best pint I had all weekend. Didn't try the Goose Eye Chinook. A very good wine/café/ale bar that appealed to all of our party. Definitely worth visiting if in the town.

15 Dec 2013 20:18

The Sun Hotel, Kirkby Lonsdale

I'm not really going to argue with the previous reviewers as we took family there for lunch and went for the food. The Thwaites Wainwright and one from Hawkshead Brewery were both very good. I didn't try the Kirkby Lonsdale Singletrack.

15 Dec 2013 20:14

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Ingleton

I actually thought that the Theakstons Best was the worst of the pints I had in Ingleton but then again the beer quality in the village was of a high quality so this was still a good pint by most people's standards. Hobgoblin and Marston's EPA also available. A former hotel with nice etched glass in the door, a long wooden bar counter, central woodburner and pool table/TV at one end with a restaurant quite a distance away at the other end. The pub with the friendliest welcome which meant it got more visits from us than the others. Decent food too.

15 Dec 2013 19:57

Three Horseshoes, Ingleton

Another very good pint in Ingleton, namely the Thwaites Good Elf. Wainwright and Original also available. Decorated extremely festively and the red-painted walls made us think we were in Santa's Grotto. Sadly they weren't doing food yesterday at 8.15pm. Landlady was chatty enough. Overall perfectly decent but nothing to write home about.

15 Dec 2013 19:44

Craven Heifer, Ingleton

The most old-fashioned of the pubs we visited in Ingleton. Split into distinct bar and restaurant areas, the former had a quiz machine and TV football and Thwaites Lancaster Bomber (very good), Good Elf and Original whereas the restaurant side of the counter had (slightly annoyingly) the Original as well but also Old Hooky and Wainwright. Cider was Kingstone Press. It was OK and worth trying perhaps if you fancy a change if staying in the village.

15 Dec 2013 19:38

The White Swan, Solihull

Typical cavernous Wetherspoons that was half empty last night but livened up by the presence of one chap who walked in with his face fully covered by what seemed to be a woollen tea cosy wearing a tubular backpack device that looked as if it might be used for spraying weeds. Needless to say, he walked in unnoticed and proceeded to drink at the bar. The regular Abbot Ale and Ruddles Best were available as was the guest "The Hoard" from Walsall's Backyard Brewhouse but I tried Backyard's 6.8% Bad Santa, Purity's new Saddle Black, Jennings' Red Breast and the Old Hooky all of which were in good order and great value for their strengths at between £2.15-£2.30 per pint albeit a fraction cold for my taste.

12 Dec 2013 09:34

The Stocks Bar (Crown and Thistle Hotel), Abingdon

Purchased last year by Oakman Inns and refurbished at a cost of £1.8 million apparently.

8 Dec 2013 16:36

The Red Lion Inn, Arlingham

Re-opened last month as a community-owned freehouse.

8 Dec 2013 16:32

The Royal Oak, Earlsdon

A very busy pub offering table service with a smart, modern, antiseptic interior. Mostly well-dressed clientele aged 30+. As the previous reviewer stated, an uninspired range of ales - Greene King IPA, Doom Bar and Bass (the latter in such good condition that I didn't try the others). Ciders were Strongbow and Westons Family Reserve. £16 for a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

7 Dec 2013 14:20

The Star Inn, Ashton under Hill

Traditional village pub that is a mixture of old and new. 3 separate areas in the homely older part of the pub, one with open fire and flagstones and the others with slightly dated carpets. All seating appears to be new but in keeping with the traditional tables. Exposed stone walls and some sash windows add more period charm although the jukebox and quiz machine take a little away. Black Sheep and Greene King IPA are the regular ales but I tried the guest Ossett’s Silver King which was a little cold for me but in decent order. Although in a small village, there were a fair few customers present yesterday late afternoon so that was good to see. Wouldn’t rule out revisiting if passing by.

1 Dec 2013 17:56

Sandringham, Downend

Decent enough Ember Inn and last night's Butcombe Bitter was just fine as was my other pint of a seasonal Everard's brew.

1 Dec 2013 14:12

The Grape Vaults, Leominster

Yet another visit while in Leominster shopping for antiques. We thought they might have stopped serving food as it was just after 2pm but they were accommodating and the roast beef Sunday lunch for £6.95 washed down by an excellent pint of Mulberry Duck's Amber Sparkle was just what was needed. Ludlow Brewery's Best & Gold also still being sold. Cider is Stowford Press. Live music there today at 3pm.

24 Nov 2013 20:54

The Kings Arms Hotel, Cleobury Mortimer

Decent pub split into two separate areas (not rooms) at the front of the building by a large fireplace. Leather furniture in the "lounge" with more traditional bar furniture in the other side, both with wide dark floorboards and painted walls. TV screen in each half, one showing silent rugby with Michael Bublé as a musical accompaniment. Further room at rear of pub. 5 handpulls from Hobsons (the Old Prickly was very good), cider was Westons Mortimers Orchard. Aspiring to be middle class as were some of the clientele with their overly loud conversation, rosés with ice (in November?) and dogs on chairs for the purposes of Facebooking.... but that wouldn't put us off from visiting again and I can understand why previous reviewers have thought this to be the best pub in Cleobury (which may have a Kidderminster postcode but is in Shropshire).

24 Nov 2013 19:54

The Wig and Pen by Milestone, Sheffield

Certainly has more of a bar than a traditional pub feel and the menu looked high-end but, as drinkers on a late Saturday afternoon, we were made very welcome. After-work special offers suggest that this place might struggle to attract customers during the week but it was pretty busy yesterday so there was a good atmosphere. Available were two traditional ales from Dukeries (Baronet and Blonde) as well as Wentworth's Wig and Pen Tawny Ale and several "craft" offerings from around the world such as Moa Pale Ale, one from Brooklyn Brewery and something from Japan (I think) as well as further world beers in bottles. Solitary draught cider was Aspalls.

17 Nov 2013 19:05

The York, Sheffield

Excellent pub that was very busy on Friday night so it is obviously doing something right. Handpulls were Saltaire's Challenger Special, Abseil IPA from Black Iris Brewery, Abbeydale's Speculation and Horrable Skellington and Springhead's Drop O' the Black Stuff with ciders being Addlestones Cloudy, Westons Old Rosie and Pure North's Fusion. Smart décor, quick accurate service and attracts both sexes and all ages.

17 Nov 2013 18:48

The Forest Lodge Hotel, Edwinstowe

The restaurant was full at lunchtime today so we ate from the same menu in the equally busy, cosy, traditional bar next to the open fire. The regular ales are Bombardier (£3.15) and their "own" Welbeck Abbey Pale Ale (£2.90) whilst today's guests were all from the Crouch Vale Brewery in Essex - Essex Boys Best Bitter, Yakima Gold & Punch (£2.90-£2.95). All 4 pints I tried were in very good order, befitting a pub that is the local CAMRA branch's Nottinghamshire Pub of the Year 2013. Food was equally good.

9 Nov 2013 19:35

The Willoughby, Leamington Spa

Now permanently closed and changed to other use (house in multiple occupation).

5 Nov 2013 11:31

The Red Lion, Northend


5 Nov 2013 11:27

The Kings, Chipping Campden

Lunch in the 2 AA rosette restaurant was superb but that is a matter for another site......the pint of Hooky was good although a little cold. The website suggests that they have at least 2 real ales on at any one time but this was not the case - at first I was told that it was bottled ale only until another staff member said that there was indeed a barrel ready. As we didn't use the bar, I am unsure whether The Kings really qualifies as a destination for a beer in the evening as the focus seemed to be on food.

2 Nov 2013 18:32

Horse and Groom Inn, Bourton On The Hill

Lacks some of the cosiness that other Cotswolds pubs have as it is a Georgian building so is pretty "open plan" with bright lighting, a new bar counter and a modern-looking wooden floor. Nice duck-egg window seats and shutters and plenty of hunting pictures. Our visit this afternoon was enjoyable because this seemed like a real pub rather than some pretentious gastro place. The £3 Cotswold Cask from the local Cotswold Brewing Co. was good with Hook Norton's Lion and Goff's Jouster also available. Cider was from Hogan's and the lagers were also from CBC with Becks Vier in addition. A small glass of Merlot was £4.70. Note that this pub is not open all day - we arrived just before the 3pm closing time and only realised that they might want to close when the barmaid left 30 minutes later!

2 Nov 2013 18:01

The Bull Inn, Great Milton

Now a freehouse owned by the local community.

1 Nov 2013 09:42

The Harrow Inn, Enstone

There is a sign outside stating it will re-open soon as a pub and restaurant.

27 Oct 2013 19:06

The Red Lion, Long Compton

Smart, cosy gastropub in the Farrow & Ball style. Regular ales are Hooky and Wickwar's Cotswold Way and I had the guest ale, Growler Bitter from Essex which was in good/very good condition. Wickwar Smooth was also available. Cider was Symonds Founders Reserve with Amstel, 1664 and Fosters for the lager drinkers. We did not eat but main courses were generally £14-£15 with extra to pay for necessary side dishes so, although the menu looked interesting, it is clearly not cheap. Not too many people inside but then it was 5pm on a Sunday. Friendly welcome and a nice place to visit overall.

27 Oct 2013 19:04

The New Inn, Wroxton Heath

Closed and for sale.

7 Oct 2013 17:33

The Plough, Kelmscott

Given its location, I would imagine most people visiting this pub are either walking the Thames Path or visiting Kelmscott Manor which is a 5 minute walk away. This is a pretty pub that perhaps struggles when it is busy - the kitchen had closed by 1.45pm today despite people continuing to ask for food. Upon entering there is a smallish bar with flagstone floor, wooden beams and 4 or so tables with a larger, plusher restaurant leading off the bar. Outside there is a nice garden which was full with diners - in fact everyone in the place seemed to be eating or trying to order, with the Scotch Egg and Chips seemingly very popular. The Wickwar Cotswold Way was good but not exceptional and Hooky and Tribute were also available. All ales are priced between £3 and £3.20. The cider was Thatcher's Gold. Overall quite pleasant.

28 Sep 2013 19:29

The Fox Inn, Loxley

I haven't been yet to the newly re-opened Fox but photos on another site show that it has been refurbished in a wine-bar/gastro style and sells Wye Valley Bitter, Bombardier and Old Hooky.

23 Sep 2013 21:57

The Royal Oak Inn, Kington

With dining options somewhat limited in Kington, we chose to eat here last night and were glad we did. Enjoyed a superb homemade (including the pastry) pie for £9.25 washed down by Wye Valley HPA which was very good but not quite as good as some truly excellent offerings elsewhere. Doom Bar and Ringwood Best were also available. Because there was nobody in the restaurant, we ate in the bar where the very friendly locals (which was typical of Kington) and Casey the manager kept us amused!

22 Sep 2013 17:33

The Olde Tavern, Kington

To my mind, the best pub in Kington. Only a 5 minute walk from the town centre and down the road from the Oxford Arms. Has an entry in CAMRA's Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs (although sadly no discount for members!). The 3 regular ales are Hobson's Twisted Spire, Ludlow Best and Butty Bach with yesterday's guest being the superb 6.6% Three Tuns No Doctors. Draft ciders are Hereford Dry/Sweet with others in bottles. The landlady was very friendly - ask her about the "naked pub" marginalia in the pub's copy of the above CAMRA book! Can be quiet apparently, even at the weekend but this is deliberate with younger drinkers preferring to go elsewhere. Would definitely re-visit.

22 Sep 2013 17:19

The Oxford Arms Hotel, Kington

3 excellent ales - Mayfield's Auntie Myrtle's & Priory Pale Ale and Wood's Beauty at £2.50 a pint. Large glass of Jack Rabbit Pinot Grigio was £3.40. Cider was Robinson's. Two large rooms split right and left with stained glass doors and the feel of a faded, musty hotel. Desperate need for refurbishment in places, especially the toilets which were grim. Fred is a very friendly landlord. Good gypsy jazz trio on Friday night as part of the annual walking festival.

22 Sep 2013 16:54

The Swan Inn, Kington

Now a B&B/tea room that closes at 5pm but you can buy real ales here during the day. I wouldn't recommend staying here but that is a matter for another site.........

22 Sep 2013 16:38

The Rectory, Birmingham

Visited after midnight on Friday and have forgotten the choice of beers - I think the ale was Butty Bach. A pint of Aspall's was £4 so not cheap but a good bar overall.

15 Sep 2013 18:36

The Butchers Arms, Balscote

Fantastic little pub with very friendly hosts. Well described by previous reviewers and there is also "Eileen's Garden" at the front. Only open all day on Sundays. The Stowford Press had run out due to heavy demand but that sometimes has to be expected in a village pub. My pint of Lion was impeccable.

1 Sep 2013 20:56

The Sun at Norbury, Norbury

Now a B&B/restaurant known as The Coach House.

24 Aug 2013 19:15

The Red Lion, Knowle

Had a swift pint of Greene King IPA last night. Also available was Exmoor Gold. Busy midweek but it always seems to be. For an Ember pub it is quite good.

22 Aug 2013 08:07

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Delicious rare beef Sunday carvery today at just £6.95 washed down by excellent pints of Wickwar's Coopers' WPA and Everards Elixir. (they had run out of Whale Ales' Ruby Moby). Not many people inside so I hope they are making a living. Quiz nights every Monday and live music on the last Sunday evening of the month.

18 Aug 2013 17:41

The Crown Inn, Tiddington

A sadly disappointing pint of flat Windrush last night. My first choice, Hook Norton's Lion, was not on and Doom Bar and Purity's Mad Goose are just too predictable. Very quiet just before last orders.

10 Aug 2013 10:40

The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote

Open again and now known as The Fuzzy Duck. From the website it looks as if it is very gastropub. Purity's Mad Goose and one other guest ale understood to be available.

25 Jul 2013 11:35

The New Inn, Coleford

We were greeted by a noisy parrot before the landlord offered to let us drink in the pretty beer garden on Sunday afternoon even though I think he had actually closed for a few hours. He made sure to lock the door as we moved outside! Handpulls were Otter Ale and Doom Bar, ciders were Winkleigh's Sam's Medium Cider and Carlsberg's Somersby. Nice-looking place so worth a visit even if the beer range is uninspiring.

24 Jul 2013 13:28

The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh

Re-opened late last year as a community-owned pub rather than its previous incarnation as a gastro-pub (someone else's description as this was my first visit). Upon entering you walk into a flagstoned bar with settles and pine furniture with two dining areas to the left and rear (both with more pine furniture and inexpensive-looking plain carpets). There is also a pool table in a back room. Quiet on Sunday lunchtime with a few people in the sloped beer garden (nice flower beds and views). Ales on offer were Gales Seafarer, Dartmoor Legend and St Austell Tribute but my choice this time was a good pint of Sunnybrook from the village cidery. Great care was taken over a Pimms which was excellent. Under £10 for most main courses but we were only stopping for a quick drink. Friendly welcome. Pubs in Bickleigh were too busy so this was a perfectly acceptable alternative and we would re-visit if nearby.

24 Jul 2013 12:51

The Tom Cobley, Spreyton

Like everyone else we found this pub to be simply superb. We visited on 2 occasions at the weekend and found 14 ciders at £3 and 10 ales at £2.90 (Holsworthy's Muck 'n Straw, Forge's Ascension, Hunter's Devon Dreamer, St Austell's Proper Job, Trelawney and Gold Rush, Doom Bar, Skinners Betty Stogs, Teignworthy's Devonshire Dark and Cottage's Boundary). There is a proper beer garden (i.e. it has a rockery, plants and trees) and the food was excellent (especially the chickpea and spinach pie). We had booked tables for both Saturday and Sunday evenings but the large restaurant in the rearmost extension remained unused throughout (everyone at Chagstock according to the locals). If the beer and food weren't enough, what makes this pub even more special are the landlord and his family - thanks Roger for showing me the cellar and telling me your rugby tales! Full marks from me.

24 Jul 2013 11:27

The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres

Arrived yesterday at 7pm via the train (watch the step down to the platform!) to find an extremely busy pub (although virtually everyone had left by 9pm). Good beer (I tried the Silver Bullet and Piston Bitter) and lovely haddock and chips followed by a wonderful lemon posset. Slight downside was the attitude of the landlady who tried to say that we weren't allowed to move inside to one of 6 empty tables to eat our puddings.

23 Jul 2013 21:32

The White Hart Hotel, Exeter

Well described by previous reviewers, notably JohnBonser. The Ringwood Best was decent enough but not exceptional, Pedigree, Ringwood's Old Wallop (house beer) and Banks's Bitter were also available. Worth visiting for the historical charm but not perhaps the beer.

23 Jul 2013 20:35

The Prospect Inn, Exeter

Heavitree pub offering Exmoor Gold, Otter, Dartmoor's Jail Ale and St Austell's Tribute. Nice place to sit outside yesterday in the sun.

23 Jul 2013 20:26

The Kilkeney Inn, Cheltenham

Charles Wells pub refurbished last year so plenty of nice cushions and carpets etc. The Youngs Gold was quite good, Bombardier was also available but the clip for the Eagle IPA was turned round today. No fruit for a Pimms either. There is a large patio area at the rear which is functional but does not offer any great views. Was happy enough here and wouldn't rule out revisiting if passing by.

23 Jul 2013 20:23

The Fingle Bridge Inn, Drewsteignton

Now known as The Fingle Bridge Inn. Superb setting and delightful to walk to and sit outside in Saturday's sun but I wouldn't bother visiting if it was raining or I was driving as the pub lacks any architectural character, the barmaid was quite sullen (although probably as a result of the constant influx of customers) and the food looked nothing special. Teignworthy's Reel Ale at £3.20 and St Austell's Tribute were the cask ales with Thatchers Gold as the cider.

23 Jul 2013 20:14

The Reform Inn, Pilton

Not a pub that can in any way be described as smart with the 60s decor masked largely by bright yellow-painted walls in the lounge which also had just 3 tables, some bar stools and a fruit machine. Just Barum's Original and EPA available yesterday lunchtime, the latter was good enough and just £2.90 but not exceptional.

23 Jul 2013 20:04

The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead

Has been nicely refurbished and well worth a visit if in the town. Dartmoor's Jail Ale, Otter Bitter and Hunter's Devon Dreamer were the cask ales on Saturday with Thatchers Gold and Sheppy's Oakwood as the ciders. We didn't stay to eat but the menu looked like the higher end of pub grub without being too gastro. We enjoyed the sun in the small courtyard (not a garden) but I have to confess that I can't rate the beer on this occasion as it was just a soft drink for me (but I hope I have given someone an idea of what they have to offer).

23 Jul 2013 19:59

The White Swan Hotel / Good Companions bar, Stratford Upon Avon

In this evening's hot weather I didn't fancy one of the ales I had last time so sat outside with a £4.65 pint of Peroni. There are just 7 tables out front crammed into a tiny space and they were all busy with people watching the traffic go by. If you are sitting outside the front of a town centre Stratford pub, then I guess the Dirty Duck has the best "view".

18 Jul 2013 22:22

Ye Olde Black Bear, Tewkesbury

The last 2 reviewers described this pub accurately. Cask ales on sale today were Prescott's Hill Climb, Brains SA and Gold, Adnams Broadside and Bespoke Brewing's Black Bear Battle Beer which was a nice pint and just £2.49. Ciders were Thatchers Gold and Strongbow, lagers were Stella, San Miguel, Carlsberg Extra Cold and Foster's. There is a large beer garden overlooking the river.

14 Jul 2013 19:35

The Leigham Arms, Streatham

We walked in on Friday night to find a small, three-roomed locals' pub and it didn't take long for someone to start talking to us which was welcomed. Doom Bar and Tribute at £3.50 were the cask ales, the latter was so good that we stuck with it on Friday and again on Saturday morning when we returned to watch the Lions rugby on one of 3 TV screens. Sorry to the locals whose snug we sat in to watch the match but we had a seat and it was next to the bar. At least we didn't eat your sausage rolls and baps! Danielle provided good service all morning while the landlord seemed to be trying to match us in the drinking stakes....2 enjoyable visits and recommended.

30 Jun 2013 18:29

The Holland Tringham, Streatham

I don't often frequent Wetherspoons pubs but this was a change of scene on Saturday lunchtime. Ruddles County was an amazing £1.64 a pint and the tasty steak and kidney pudding was also ridiculously cheap. No problems with the service even though I had to ask for a taster when the lack of proper style descriptions clearly wasn't helping me choose.

30 Jun 2013 17:46

The Manor Arms, Streatham

Large open-plan pub in what is almost a colonial club style that was strangely quiet late on Friday. Perhaps it had been full of diners earlier as the kitchen area is prevalent. The Belleville Northcote Blonde at £3.90 seemed a bit cloudy but I let it go as it tasted OK and I was only there for one (and it was a new beer for me). Also available were Purity's Mad Goose, Doom Bar and Sambrook's Wandle Ale. Obviously aiming for the mums and toddlers market (whatever that might be) as they are clearly proud of their Giles Coren review in The Times. This was a slightly above average experience overall.

30 Jun 2013 16:25

The Greswolde Arms Hotel, Knowle

A Chef and Brewer pub in a wine bar style with overly loud piped music. 6X, Purity's UBU and Thwaites' Wainwright were the cask ales, Aspall's was the cider. Absolutely fine but nothing special.

22 Jun 2013 23:48

The Lamplighters, Stratford Upon Avon

Closed for refurbishment and will be re-opening at the end of the week according to the notice in the window.

18 Jun 2013 22:53

The Oak, Hockley Heath

Now known as The Oak.

17 Jun 2013 15:21

The Black Horse Inn, Walcote

Has been closed for a long time. There is one other pub in Walcote (The Tavern - not listed on BITE) which did not sell at auction last month but has planning permission for houses.

14 Jun 2013 10:28

The Dog Inn, Harbury

Has been closed for months and plans have been submitted to turn it into a nursery.

11 Jun 2013 14:20

The Marches, Ludlow

We visited on Saturday evening to find that The Marches is definitely more of a bar than a pub but there were all ages in here, mostly well-dressed. We hadn't expected to find a man on the door and not too sure why he was there when the first people we saw were an elderly couple reading the Telegraph and sharing a pizza! I enjoyed a swift, good pint of Hobsons Town Crier; Ludlow Brewery's Black Knight and Purity's Mad Goose were also available so nothing under 4.2%. Nice, relaxed vibe so will definitely re-visit for something a bit different in the Castle Square area.

4 Jun 2013 09:37

The George, Shipston on Stour

I can only think that things have improved greatly since 2009 as there was plenty of custom yesterday afternoon. Everard's Tiger, Black Sheep and one from North Cotswold available as well as Stowford Press and Thatcher's Gold ciders. Some nice soft furnishings to accompany the wooden floors, open timber framing and shabby chic furniture in the area where we sat in this predominately Georgian building.

3 Jun 2013 15:02

The Red Hart, Kington

400 years old but lacking the real character from a pub of this age. The building has been opened up a little too much leaving several rooms with some nice features such as open timber framing, old quarry floor tiles in one room, floorboards in another but then the tiled room had a red-painted feature wall and the conservatory-like extension had a large TV, modern art and a couple of Chesterfields. All-in-all a little too modernised décor for me. The welcome was a little abrasive (the very first thing that was said was "We aren't doing food" - fine, we didn't want any), the ale was quite good (Jennings Cocker Hoop, Bank's Bitter & new-to-me-so-deserves-an-extra-point Whale Ale's Pale Whale on cask, Thatchers Gold & Stowford Press as the ciders and 1664 & Fosters as the lagers) and the untested food looked better than pub grub with prices to match (venison burger for £11 and Bouillabaisse for £19). The type of place that probably needs a second visit to get the correct impression but we will probably try somewhere nearby instead next time.

27 May 2013 19:42

The Coventry Arms, Upton Snodsbury

Has reverted to its former name of The Coventry Arms.

27 May 2013 19:22

Berkeley Arms, Tewkesbury

15th century Wadworth's pub that, like a previous reviewer, we found OK for a swift one before we moved on elsewhere. But the sunny weather and lack of a beer garden here meant moving on was virtually inevitable. I had a pint of St George and the Dragon which needed the landlord to fiddle profusely with the sparkler before anything like a head appeared on the beer. Stowford Press was one of the ciders.

26 May 2013 17:41

The Beckford Inn, Beckford

Sat outside yesterday afternoon on the pleasant front lawn in the late sun and enjoyed a decent pint of Goff's Jouster at £3.10. London Pride is a regular and Butcombe Bitter and Wye Valley Bitter were also available. Didn't have a proper look around inside but it seemed a nice place so will probably re-visit at some point.

26 May 2013 11:55

The Shoulder of Mutton, Stretton On Dunsmore

New licensees took over last November and it looks like they have refurbished. Upon entering from the car park, we walked through a small corridor into a large, smart dining room painted grey and dark blue which had curtains to match and a dark-stained laminated floor with nice pine tables and modern leather chairs. The next room was a small snug with bench seats (where the Sunday Evening Pork Pie Club meets!) with yet another smaller, more traditional dining room leading off the snug which had part-parquet floor and an open fire. The Sunday roast was standard fare but just £7.95 followed by a lovely homemade trifle for £3.95. I had good pints of Tribute (£3.25) and Bombardier (£3.20) - the clip for the Wells Eagle IPA was turned around but would have been £3. The welcome was very friendly and the service throughout was spot-on, even though most of the tables were busy. We were very pleased to find this pub after our cycle ride and would try it again if nearby.

19 May 2013 17:54

The Marches, Ludlow

Now known as The Marches Bar and Kitchen.

18 May 2013 22:22

The Broom Tavern, Broom

Renovated and re-opened. Ales have travelled 8 miles from Purity Brewing (although there is also Doom Bar) and the cider 5 miles from Hogan's.

13 May 2013 11:43

The Queens Head, Wolverley

We visited here today after a local walk with friends but first impressions were not good as we walked from the car park into a cold and lifeless back room. Fortunately, we didn't need to remain in this room as we moved into the restaurant where there was a jazz trio who played solidly for the 2 hours we were there - good that they have regular live music here but, if this is Robert Plant's local, then I suspect he would have left in a hurry. The volume also made conversation rather difficult. The Sunday roast was no more than average but well-priced at £6.95 with good puddings for £3.50. Strangely, after the lamb ran out, beef then miraculously appeared on the menu - why not list all three from the beginning? Service was friendly and efficient and the pub had a good atmosphere. The Banks's Bitter was very decent and just £2.90 per pint. Also available were Banks's Mild and Wychwood's Battleaxe. Not a good wine choice - just Stowell's from what looked like a dispenser! As we left, we exited through the bar which was strangely empty, so I guess everyone was in the restaurant enjoying the music.....

12 May 2013 18:14

The Fox and Hounds, Great Wolford

Aaargh, disappointingly closed between 3-5 on a Saturday afternoon.

11 May 2013 18:15

The George, Lower Brailes

From looking at the sign outside, we were expecting a smart gastropub but found, like the last reviewer, a traditional coaching inn serving Hook Norton's Hooky, Old Hooky, Mild and Lion. Having just come from the Hook Norton Brewery tour, the Hooky was never going to match theirs, but it was still in good condition although the sparkler was a touch loose for me. The bar reminded me a little of a station hotel bar but with beams, flagstones and open fire. The pine tables were a bit shabby without being characterful and would benefit from upgrading in the not too distant future. The separate restaurant was smarter and had nice features including an internal fenestrated timber-framed wall (somebody can describe this better than me). we did not eat but the food menu was traditional pub fare with all main courses for £10 and sandwiches for £5. They also do takeaways. The locals seemed a pretty friendly bunch and, whilst not excellent, it was overall an above average experience that we would possibly repeat if driving or walking through.

11 May 2013 18:14

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

With such a high rating, I'm not sure why this pub doesn't feature in BITE's Top Ten...anyway The Shakespeare Branch of CAMRA has awarded the title of “Shakespeare Pub of the Year 2013 (Branch Worcestershire region)” to the “Fleece Inn” Bretforton.

9 May 2013 20:05

The Oddfellows Arms, Stratford Upon Avon

Yet another change of identity and now known as Kiss Bar.

6 May 2013 21:21

The Castle Hotel, Conwy

When a hotel bar offers fleecy blankets if you are cold but then wants a £5 deposit for them, then that sums up the clientele as far as I am concerned! Cask ales were a quite decent Conwy Rampart (although the brew itself seems to lack a little in the finish), Welsh Pride and Clogwyn Gold. The cider was Gwynt y Ddraig's Farmhouse Scrumpy. Certainly worth a visit if choosing to visit the smarter pubs in town.

6 May 2013 18:09

The Albion Vaults, Conwy

Possibly one of the best pubs I have ever visited. I rehearse here the description to be found in the pub’s own literature: “Built within the walled town and World Heritage site of Conwy, the Albion is recognised as one of the finest examples of a 1920s public house in Britain. The building successfully combines a number of artistic styles including the art nouveau tiling in the main lobby, the art deco fireplace in the main lounge with a much larger example in the rear snug. There is an exquisite 1920s back bar in the main bar room with a rare hatch linking it to the rear snug. Of the ten hand-pulls on the bar today, four are originals from the 1920s. The lounge and snug retain the original fixed seating with push bells along the dado rail, used to summon bar tenders from a bygone era”.

Cask ales are £3.10 per pint – Friday’s offerings were Titanic’s Lifeboat, White Horse’s Giant, Village Idiot and Wayland Smithy, Purple Moose’s Snowdonia Ale, West Coast Brewing’s Riptide and Rwster from Nant brewery in LLanrwst. As soon as one runs dry, it is replaced by something completely different so I sampled various superb ales this weekend.

Ciders on offer included Gwynt y Ddraig’s Black Dragon and Haymaker and Thatchers Gold whereas the lagers included Freedom’s Four and Pilsner and Great Orme’s 1085.

The pub was always busy this weekend (and sometimes very busy) but the knowledgeable bar staff had it all under control and there was no lengthy waiting. There atmosphere at all times was friendly and there was nothing to dislike!

6 May 2013 18:00

The Bridge Inn, Conwy

This seemed to be the place where everyone was taking full advantage of the (very good) Banks's Bitter at £2.29 and the Pedigree at £2.49 a pint. Despite being busy, we found the pub to be soulless but it served a purpose late on Saturday afternoon before we continued our walk around the town walls.

6 May 2013 09:15

The Rising Sun, Tarporley

The home of the local Rotary Club apparently and it was little surprise to learn that. Nice multi-roomed pub with various period features including a superb range in the snug-like area immediately to your left as you walk in. A traditional, well-kept pub if slightly dated. I enjoyed the Robinsons Unicorn on Friday, their Dizzy Blonde as well as Hartleys Cumbria Way were also available.

6 May 2013 09:05

The Inn at Fossebridge, Fossebridge

Lovely building with wonderful flagstones, wooden beams and typical paraphernalia on the walls including a stag's head, hunting pictures, a wagon wheel and copper pans. With a blackboard behind the bar offering us the Wine of the Month at £48.95 a bottle and a glorified cheeseburger for £14.50, the beer was not going to be cheap and the Bath Ales Gem and Hook Norton's Hooky were both a Cotswoldian £3.80 per pint, the Otter Ale was £3.60 with the Stowford Press and the Bath Ales Bounders ciders at the same price. The cask ales were too cold, looked a little flat but were quite tasty. Still, every cloud has a silver lining - if I were a lager drinker, then the Grolsch Blond would have been £4, the Birra Moretti £4.15 and the Staropramen a staggering £4.85! The piped music was not too loud but Peter André's Mysterious Girl and other faux reggae tracks didn't seem quite appropriate. Would re-visit but would try other pubs along the Fosse Way first.

28 Apr 2013 20:01

The Seven Tuns, Chedworth

Closed at present. A local resident told us that a new licensee is currently being sought.

28 Apr 2013 19:44

The Spread Eagle Inn, Stourton

Not sure I understand the previous reviewer who said that this was "more interesting than the near by Trust owned Spread Eagle" - as this IS the Spread Eagle, did JoWard25 mean to review a different pub? Anyway, they offered 2 ales from the Wessex Brewery and their Kilmington Ale was a good pint. Ashton Press was a nice change on the cider front. Very busy with National Trust visitors (us included).

21 Apr 2013 17:33

The White Hart Inn, Trudoxhill

My first pint of Cheddar's Potholer needed changing but the fresh barrel gave me a very good pint for £3.20. Also available was Plain Ales Arty Farty at £3.10. Open all day Wednesday-Sunday, lunchtimes and evenings on other days. I probably wouldn't make a significant detour for this pub but it was a pleasant enough 30 minutes there late yesterday afternoon.

21 Apr 2013 16:47

The Beehive, Bristol

Nice food in a nice 1930s building with 2 separate rooms, one for dining and one for drinking. The Butcombe Bitter and Doom Bar were both reasonably decent at £3.30 a pint. Worth a visit if intending to eat.

21 Apr 2013 16:41

Old Station Inn, Hallatrow

Nice and quirky and we enjoyed a good meal in the carriage restaurant with good service. But the Reverend James (£3.10) and the Butcombe Bitter (£3.30) were average and too cold.

21 Apr 2013 16:36

The Bear, Stratford

The Shakespeare Branch of CAMRA has awarded the title of “Shakespeare Pub of the Year 2013 (Warwickshire region)” to the Bear.

15 Apr 2013 12:12

The Blue Boar Inn, Temple Grafton

Nice Sunday roast washed down by a £3 pint of Banks's Bitter. The Hobgoblin was £3.30 and the Marston's EPA £3.20.

14 Apr 2013 19:57

The Brown Lion, Birmingham

I was speaking to the brewery's owner a few months back who told me that this pub's connection with the Two Towers Brewery had ended (so maybe TTB need to update their website).

14 Apr 2013 16:22

The Boars Head, Hampton Lucy

I was glad to see the local Church Farm Old Pal on sale today which was in fine order albeit a bit bland in taste for me. Doom Bar, Ringwood Best and Church End's What the Fox's Hat completed the cask ale line-up.

14 Apr 2013 16:13

The Crown Inn, Tiddington

I think this pub must get busy from visitors to the nearby caravan park because, once again, we had to sit in the large back restaurant this evening which, to be fair, seems to have had a bit of a makeover making it more welcoming than last time. Hooky, North Cotswold's Windrush, Hobgoblin and Doom Bar were the ales on offer, Stowford Press was the cider and Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Stella 4% were the lagers.

13 Apr 2013 19:04

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

A new name, a change of décor and some new red leather bucket seats but otherwise still the same as before. The cask ales on offer today were Reverend James, Doom Bar, Hook Norton's Cotswold Lion, Wye Valley HPA and Timothy Taylor's Landlord. Stowford Press and Thatchers Gold for the cider drinkers and Becks Vier, Carlsberg Gold and Grolsch were the lagers.

13 Apr 2013 18:59

The Granville, Barford

Popped in for a quick pint on the way home from work tonight. Nobody else was there until we were about to leave then a few people started drifting in. Virtually all of the tables had cutlery on, so perhaps they prefer diners. The Purity UBU was nice (brewery is only 14 miles away), also on offer were London Pride and Hooky (another local brew at 23 miles away). The open fire was too hot to sit next to - nice to think the weather is finally getting warmer! Décor is modern, the other pub in the village is more traditional.

12 Apr 2013 21:17

The White Lion, Cambridge


9 Apr 2013 14:27

The Coach and Horses Inn, Fenny Bentley

Black Hole's Cosmic and Marston's Pedigree were the cask ales on offer on Friday. The pub itself has a flagstoned front bar with pine furniture, aubergine-coloured walls, wooden posts and beams and a woodburner and two even smarter dining areas, one a continuation of the bar but at the rear of the pub and the other seemed to be a smaller, possibly private, separate dining room. Somewhat incongruous Massive Attack coming out of the speakers but perhaps laid-back is the aim. No dogs according to people we spoke to the next day. Better than the Bentley Brook Inn and one to re-visit.

7 Apr 2013 17:45

The George, Alstonefield

Not cheap (£10 for the starter and £18 for the main course) but excellent food and excellent beer to wash it down. £3.30 per pint for the Brakspear's Bitter (which had been Brakspear's Special the previous day), Pedigree, Burton Bitter and Jennings Cumberland Ale (which had replaced Banks's Sunbeam). Definitely upmarket dining but there is room to sit and drink a beer without feeling that you are unwelcome as a non-diner. Dogs welcome and we sat chatting to a couple on holiday from Leeds (do locals come here?) as we ate next to the open fire in the bar area. Booking a table still seems essential. Much nicer than the nearby Watts Russell Arms in Hopedale.

7 Apr 2013 17:36

Smiths Tavern, Ashbourne

An excellent pint of Pedigree at £3.20 was served to me on Friday. Other cask ales available were Brakspear's Oxford Gold, Marston's Old Empire and Single Hop Pacific Gem and Ringwood's Fortyniner. No surprise to learn that the pub has won numerous CAMRA awards. No food. Quiet piped jazz. Would definitely re-visit.

7 Apr 2013 17:07

The Bentley Brook Inn, Fenny Bentley

Shenstone Brew Company's Hop Easter Beer and Doom Bar were on offer yesterday, the former rather thin and not at all moreish. I wasn't sure what this pub was trying to be - Laura Ashley-style floral wallpaper feature walls in places but pistachio green-painted embossed 1980's wallpaper on other walls. When I looked at their old photos, it was easy to understand how this used to be called a hotel rather an inn with the difference in atmosphere that the two types of establishment offer.

7 Apr 2013 16:09

Red Lion, Birchover

This pub is nearer to the campsite than the Druids and had more people in it on Saturday late afternoon. Food is a £ or so cheaper per course than the other pub. I did not find the Peakstone's Nine Ladies Ale to be as good an offering as the pint I had in the Druids although it was cheaper at £2.90. Lincoln Green's Hood and Longbow were the other cask ales on offer as well as Weston's Old Rosie, a house Perry and a house strawberry cider.

7 Apr 2013 15:53

The Druid Inn, Birchover

The new landlord has been there a week (he lives in Youlgreave) and was offering a very good pint of Oakwell's Barnsley Bitter as well as Oakham's Inferno and Bishops Farewell. Stowford Press was the cider. The pub itself is more or less one room with a quarry-tiled bar on the right-hand side as you enter and a carpeted dining area (with a further snug dining room off it) on the other side. Open coal fires on both sides. All but one of the dining tables were reserved for the Saturday evening. We preferred it to the nearby Red Lion.

7 Apr 2013 15:47

Bowling Green, Winster

Disappointingly closed at 5.20pm on a Saturday. We looked round the free National Trust's Market House and drove on.

7 Apr 2013 15:41

Watts Russel Arms, Alstonefield

After leaving this pub on Friday afternoon, we got talking to some fellow visitors and our general consensus was that this pub is slightly weird (or maybe it is just quirky). It is still in need of a lick of paint (the gents was pretty disgusting) and has an open fire with piped classical music, Thornbridge's Lord Marples (slightly cold) and Jaipur as well as Black Sheep on cask with Freedom's Four and Pilsner as the lagers.

7 Apr 2013 15:39

Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street

We found today's food service to be perfectly reasonable. The Redwillow Wreckless was new to me and tasted good (if a little hoppy for me but then I knew all along that it was a pale ale) but £4.04 per pint?! Still that wasn't as bad as £4.02 for a 330ml bottle of Aspall's cider! But with a lot of the nearby pubs shut on a Saturday lunchtime, maybe they have the tourist market to themselves.....

30 Mar 2013 21:58

The Seven Stars, Chancery Lane

Nicely quirky (definitely a French café feel) and the Southwold Bitter was very good this lunchtime. A friendly welcome and worth a visit for one or two.

30 Mar 2013 21:36

The Ferry, Alveston

Much better than the nearby Baraset Barn in my view, mainly because it is a pub rather than a restaurant. Courage Directors, Hook Norton's Cotswold Lion and Wye Valley Bitter were last night's offerings. I only tried the Courage which was excellent.

30 Mar 2013 21:27

The Baraset Barn, Alveston

A smart gastropub that is not really suited for the drinker. Purity UBU was the sole cask ale at £3.55 per pint.

30 Mar 2013 21:24

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

I enjoyed very good pints of Everards Tiger and Holden's Black Country Bitter today, the former is likely to be a regular ale whereas the latter was one of 3 ever-rotating guest ales (the others today were Old Hooky and Wadworth's Happy Daze). The pub itself is nicely and quirkily decorated with suits of armour on the walls and cannons outside. The food prices looked cheap with main courses seemingly not exceeding £7 but we arrived too late to eat. Not a gastropub like so many others nearby but one with a different bohemian feel...time will tell whether this impression proves to be correct.

10 Mar 2013 18:56

The Throckmorton Arms, Coughton

Visited last night and found that the Hobson's had been replaced with Hook Norton's Cotswold Lion which seemed rather watery at first but was in decent enough condition. Tribute is still the other cask ale. We were disappointed with our food so we will stick with the Hollybush in Alcester next time we are in the area.

9 Mar 2013 12:14

Kings Arms, Bideford

The smell of disinfectant was noticeable this afternoon but the pint of Otter was very tasty albeit slightly cold. Tribute also available. The welcome was neutral.

3 Mar 2013 19:16

The White Hart Inn, Bideford

Friendly, no frills, backstreet local serving a good pint of Dartmoor Legend today which had replaced Friday's Butcombe Gold. The Doom Bar pump clip was turned round but also available were London Pride and one other cask ale.

3 Mar 2013 19:07

The Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle

A nice place to watch yesterday's rugby quietly and read the papers. Big Nev's was on offer from the town's Six Bells Brewery, Stirling from the Three Tuns Brewery (which was not on sale in the Tuns itself) and Hobson's Best. Robinson's Flagon was the cider. A different experience from the town's pubs but still very enjoyable.

24 Feb 2013 19:58

The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle

According to our landlady, the only pub in town that is not a freehouse apparently even though the same-named brewery is next door. That might explain why the brewery tap is in nearby Ratlinghope. The food and beer were excellent and this was our pick of all the town's pubs.

24 Feb 2013 19:55

The Six Bells, Bishops Castle

The most intimate of the town's pubs so were were soon talking to the locals in front of the woodburner. The Ow Do! was possibly the best pint in town (although the competition is fierce) and also on offer were Big Nev's, Cloud Nine and the seasonal Pisces.

24 Feb 2013 19:49

The Boars Head, Bishops Castle

Having already discovered a few good pubs in the town, we weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised. Friendly and cosy with a good atmosphere, it seemed to be most popular with decently-dressed 40 year olds. Theakston's Best, Batemans Hooker and Joules Pale Ale were on offer which brought the total of different ales on offer in the town as a whole to well over 15.

24 Feb 2013 19:41

The Crown Country Inn, Munslow

Sunday lunch today was very good (but not quite as good as other AA 2-rosette restaurants I have eaten in) and perhaps a shade expensive at £20 for 2 courses. Ales on offer were Three Tuns Rantipole, Ludlow Best and Cottage MGA at £3.10 per pint. Definitely worth visiting.

24 Feb 2013 19:35

The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote


15 Feb 2013 23:15

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Due to re-open on 2nd March as The Armouries Arms.

15 Feb 2013 23:15

The Fox Inn, Loxley


15 Feb 2013 23:14

The Cherington Arms, Cherington

Now open again.

15 Feb 2013 23:13

The Bear, Stratford

Byatt's Bag o’ Weasels (new to me) was one of the 4 guest ales on offer tonight (in addition to the 4 "resident" ales) and I think I might have been a bit harsh last time when assessing the range on offer. After all, there is nowhere else in Stratford where you will find anywhere near as many cask ales.

15 Feb 2013 22:23

The Red Lion, Stratford Upon Avon

No cask ale tonight and as I didn't fancy the Tetley's Smoothflow we didn't stay.

15 Feb 2013 22:14

The Forest, Dorridge

Sunday lunch today was well-deserving of its AA 2* rosette. The Weatheroak Brewery St Udley Mild was excellent, Wye Valley HPA and Hooky were also available (but I did not try either), the latter at £3 per pint. There is a dedicated bar area decorated in a wine bar style which was showing the Ireland v. England rugby quietly when we were leaving. One to re-visit.

10 Feb 2013 17:06

The Royal Pug, Leamington Spa

Felt about 20 years too old for this place last night as the clientele seemed to be mainly students. The sausage and mash was good value and the Purity Mad Goose was nice albeit a bit expensive at £3.40. Definitely more of a bar feel than a pub. Not bad but just not my cup of tea.

2 Feb 2013 22:36

Ship Inn, Shaftesbury

We were there yesterday at about 4pm and were the only people in there apart from one lad talking to the not particularly cheerful girl behind the bar. We sat in a cosy "snug" which had an open Victorian coal fire, wood panelling, modern slate floor and black leather chairs. The Sixpenny Brewery IPA was slightly cold but tasted good, also available were Sixpenny Black and Butcombe on the ale front and Stowford Press, Thatcher's Cheddar Valley and Ashton Press ciders so quite a decent range all round.

26 Jan 2013 17:24

The Mitre, Shaftesbury

We had a pleasant visit yesterday early evening and ended up staying long than we should have. Young's Special, Bitter, Bombardier and Winter Warmer available, my choice was the latter which was in good order. Very busy when we left, I would say most drinkers in their 30s but all ages there.

26 Jan 2013 17:09

The Bridge at Napton, Napton

For sale. Not boarded up so I do not know whether it is still trading or not.

21 Jan 2013 14:56

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Open again on a "Tenancy at Will".

21 Jan 2013 14:52

The Figure of Eight, Birmingham

It served a purpose last night as we needed something to eat quickly. Service was quick and efficient. Conwy Welsh Pride, Old Speckled Hen, Bishops Finger and Lymestone's Stone the Crows were available and, at just over £11 for 2 meals and 2 drinks, we could not go wrong.

20 Jan 2013 09:29

The White Hart Inn, Newbold On Stour

Sunday lunch yesterday was £14 for 2 courses (whitebait followed by roast beef). Decent portion size and tasty although the service was initially non-existent until one of the waiters took the bull by the horns and then things improved. Although the restaurant seats about 40, they seemed to struggle a little with 20 or so diners. Like the Adnams, the restaurant was a little cold although it was much warmer in the bar with its open fires. Still a solid, traditional, characterful pub that is worth a visit.

14 Jan 2013 20:52

The New Inn, Clifford Chambers

North Cotswold Brewery's Shagweaver is now the partner for the Doom Bar. It was slightly cloudy but tasted fine. Nobody else in when we left at 3.45pm today.

12 Jan 2013 23:08

The Navigation Inn, Lapworth

Now very cream in colour with stripped pine floors in places and smart soft furnishings. A little of the olde-worlde character has been lost to a slight feeling of sterility but this is a decent smart place to visit and popular and I recommend it. Both the Holden's (at £3.40) and Timothy Taylor's Landlord were a little cold for me. What I believe was an American-style pale ale called Lapworth Gold is also available on handpull. Aspall's and Thatcher's Gold were the ciders on offer.

6 Jan 2013 18:11

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

Recent efforts to improve this pub have clearly been made as there are some new curtains, leather sofas, Shakespeare-themed wall prints, new bar taps and pub sign. There are also 2 period open fires, some black-painted old ceiling beams and a nice herringbone brick bar. However, most tables and chairs are cheap worn pine, there is still a dodgy carpet in the front dining room and part of the entrance hall and the ceramic floor tiles look a little out of place. Let's hope these are next on the improvements list. The menu is competitively (if not cheaply) priced with 2 main courses of usual pub fayre for £10.99 after 6pm and desserts no more than £3.90. A nice pint of Old Hooky was £3.20 (but no other handpull) and Tetley's Extra Cold was on keg. Open from 9am for breakfast (11am on Sundays) which might be useful to some. Overall, not bad at all but not quite up to the standard of the nearby Snitterfield Arms (but then not as expensive). The service was efficient and friendly and they are clearly having a good go at making this place work so I wish them the very best.

5 Jan 2013 20:13

The Howard Arms, Ilmington

This is an upmarket pub which always seems to be busy. It is good walking country around here (you can walk to the highest point in Warwickshire which offers a great view even at a mere 261 metres!) and the pub was perfectly welcoming to us walkers this afternoon even if we weren't as dressed to impress as the other patrons (although we had changed our boots first). The Wye Valley Christmas Whiskers was very good, also available were Old Hooky and Purity Gold. P.S. Although it is not listed on this site there is another pub in the village within walking distance, Hook Norton's Red Lion which looks less gastrofied.

1 Jan 2013 16:51

The Blue Boar Inn, Temple Grafton

As I have found before elsewhere on my travels, RogerB gave an accurate description of this pub in 2007. Parts of the pub date back to the 1600s apparently and we sat near the covered well and enjoyed a Winter Afternoon Tea which consisted of good pea soup, sandwiches, a cream tea and cakes. The Jennings Redbreast was in excellent condition at £3.10 per pint and there were other pump clips for Hobgoblin, Banks's Bitter and Cumberland Ale. The food menu consists of ordinary pub food at usual prices although there are also a few Greek dishes to choose. Friendly, efficient service and, overall, a nice traditional pub which I found preferable to the nearby GreeneKingified Stag at Redhill P.S. The pub has its own website with good photos on it.

30 Dec 2012 16:20

The Boars Head, Hampton Lucy

Has been CAMRA's Warwickshire Pub of the Year and the quality of the beer was evident today. Warwickshire Beer Company's Berry Nice Beer, Vale Brewery's Black Swan & also their Special, Old Pie Factory's Pale Ale and Church End Grave Digger's Ale were available today at £3 per pint and all were excellent. We sat in front of the open fire after a good walk over the sodden fields and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

22 Dec 2012 18:49

Duck Inn, Edgbaston

I went here today solely because of a Christmas meal with work colleagues. The keg bitter was Tetley's Smoothflow, the handpull was the seasonal Wychwood's Bah Humbug which was distinctly average. I shan't be adding this to my list of places to re-visit.......

20 Dec 2012 18:17

The White Horse, Daventry

Traditional pub under new ownership with no frills that was serving a good pint of Black Sheep on handpull at £3.10 when I visited tonight. Bombardier on keg. It would seem that the guest ales rotate as there was a poster advertising ones that are "coming soon" (all from big breweries I'm afraid).

19 Dec 2012 23:57

The Judges Lodgings, York

Cellar bar is closed but intention is for place to become one of Thwaites's "Inns of Character" apparently now that they have taken over ownership.

17 Dec 2012 18:26

The Bell Inn, Harborne

Very busy last night as there was a 60s band playing. As you walk in, there is a corridor running from front to rear and here is where you will find the tiny serving area. Butty Bach, Bombardier and Jennings Cumberland Ale were the handpulls available, the latter at £2.85 and well-kept but rather bland in taste. There is a large room to the right and a nice snug at the back but we had to sit outside given the number of people there....fortunately it was mild enough!

16 Dec 2012 20:28

The Red Lion, Bradenham

Re-opened selling a selection of 4 ales from Rebellion Brewery.

9 Dec 2012 16:48

The Shepherds Crook, Crowell

Closed and yours for £300K from Fields Commercial.

9 Dec 2012 16:44

The Three Crowns Inn, Ullingswick

Has received planning consent to be converted into a graphic design business.

9 Dec 2012 13:55

The Rhydspence Inn, Whitney on Wye

Has reopened under new tenants and sells Otter.

9 Dec 2012 10:37

The Farmers Arms, Wellington Heath


9 Dec 2012 10:27

The Foresters Arms, Nether Heyford

Has been bought by the former landlord of the Yew Tree, Preston on Wye, Herefordshire where he served cask ale for 26 years.

9 Dec 2012 10:25

The White Swan Hotel / Good Companions bar, Stratford Upon Avon

I tried all 4 of the Fullers beers last night which were Seafarers Ale, London Pride, ESB and Bengal Lancer ranging from £3.50 to £3.80. Also had a super meal which was not overly priced although perhaps a little pretentious in places (e.g. a 62 degree celcius hen's egg and mashed potato served in a tiny saucepan). My potted mackerel starter was £6 and pork chop was £12.95 to give an idea of the prices although there was also a fixed price menu. The pub itself is attractive with wood panelling, timber framing, wooden floors, open fires etc. One of the better pubs in Stratford and preferable to the comparable Falcon.

8 Dec 2012 22:25

The Grape Vaults, Leominster

Enjoyed a new beer to me today, Wood's Quaff. Ludlow Best and Gold also available as well as Otter.

8 Dec 2012 22:08

Live and Let Live, Bromyard

Super pub dating back to the 17th century with plenty of timber framing, nogging and flagstones. Good steak and kidney pie (shortcrust not puff pastry fortunately!) washed down by decent Butty Bach. Otter Bright and Twisted Spire also available - I personally prefer darker ales but you can't have everything! We definitely plan to re-visit.

8 Dec 2012 22:01

The Windmill, Stratford Upon Avon

Traditional pub serving a decent enough pint of Purity UBU. It was nicely busy last Friday with a good, friendly atmosphere but the pub is large enough for us to have found a vacant table (which had a metal plate on it saying it had been presented to Alfred Fowler Smith of Twyford in 1896). My partner thought it was her favourite pub of the evening despite no sparkling wine by the glass!

5 Dec 2012 18:43

The Cherington Arms, Cherington

Closed according to the latest Shakespeare CAMRA newsletter.

3 Dec 2012 14:42

Sandys Arms, Wickhamford

Closed with plans to turn it into an antiques shop according to the latest Shakespeare CAMRA newsletter.

3 Dec 2012 14:35

The Frog, Skirmett

Has a good reputation for food (which is why we stayed here) and the restaurant was busy on Saturday night three weekends ago and even busier the following lunchtime. Gastro-quality dishes although the place still retains its pub feel rather than that of a restaurant. Rebellion IPA, Wadworth's "Leaping Frog" and Sharp's Red Ale available - all good. Nice open fire in the central bar area. Recommended definitely.

3 Dec 2012 14:16

The Yew Tree, Frieth

We visited on Sunday morning three weekends ago halfway through our walk. Modern interior so we felt obliged to sit outside with our muddy boots! Rebellion IPA and Hornpipe which was a tad cold (I noted down Hornblower but Rebellion don't seem to brew one by this name). Fuller's Honey Dew on keg and Aspalls cider.

3 Dec 2012 13:51

The Wyche Inn, Malvern

Good views but I was disappointed overall. Two large open rooms with very little character and in need of some money spending on the place. The Beowulf Swordsman was new to me and eagerly anticipated but it was too cold. At £3.10 it was more expensive than the hardly-adventurous Wye Valley HPA and Hobson's Best. My liver and bacon casserole was extremely plentiful, tasty and reasonably priced which was a plus.

3 Dec 2012 13:39

The Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford Upon Avon

Very busy on Friday night (magnet for visitors to the town and understandably so), we managed to get the last table in the small front bar area (the back part is for diners and was equally full). Had we not done so, we would probably have left as there is nowhere really to stand and drink. The HSB was £3.60 and very enjoyable, also available were London Pride and Seafarers Ale.

3 Dec 2012 13:30

The Falcon Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon

We sat in the front part by the door on Friday night because of the darts being shown on the two screens in the much larger bar. The Purity UBU was £3.90 which was the most expensive pint I drank in Stratford that night. No more than a dozen people drinking.

3 Dec 2012 13:17

The Bull and Butcher, Turville

Smashing little characterful pub - the Brakspear's Bitter and Oxford Gold were still available as they were in August but the Wychwood offering this time was Dog's Boll*cks. Friendly, helpful chap behind the bar.

3 Dec 2012 13:11

The Albion, Clifton

Visited on 24/11/12 before moving on to a nearby restaurant with friends and was pleased I did. Good, friendly atmosphere although it was exceptionally busy (despite the appalling weather) and you literally had to squeeze your way through to the bar. I only had the Dartmoor Best which I enjoyed.

3 Dec 2012 13:06

March Hare, Broughton Hackett

As the last reviewer found, this was not the pub for a quiet pint. Clearly a place aimed at diners, there is a huge restaurant with a carvery and this is where we sat on late Saturday night as the bar had the local youths playing pool, loud music, I'm a Celebrity blaring out of the TV and no seats left apart from bar stools. The Wychwood Dog's Boll*cks was an expensive £3.75, Hobgoblin and Bank's Mild were also available.

3 Dec 2012 11:41

The Manor Arms Hotel, Abberley Village

Visited here three weekends ago and sat in the front restaurant near to the open fire because the bar looked grotty. The Salopian Shropshire Gold was good, Wye Valley's Hereford HPA was also available but the pump clip for the Otter was turned round. There were about 3 other customers (Saturday 5.30pm) and the place needs a bit of money spending on it.

3 Dec 2012 11:27

The Bird In Hand, Newbold on Stour


3 Dec 2012 11:14

The Lazy Cow, Stratford Upon Avon

Re-opened at the weekend. Courage Best, Young's London Gold, Bombardier and Wells Eagle IPA available.

3 Dec 2012 09:59

Hobsons Choice, Warwick

Closed and derelict.

2 Dec 2012 14:34

The Swan Inn, Worcester

Lots of builders on site and due to re-open on 3/12/12.

8 Nov 2012 16:11

The Broom Tavern, Broom

An Elizabethan country pub that is now closed and for sale at 395K. The similarly-ancient Broom Hall Inn is in the same village (but not listed on BITE).

6 Nov 2012 16:28

The Lazy Cow, Stratford Upon Avon

Currently closed as it is being turned into one of Urban & Country Leisure's Lazy Cows as found in Warwick. Expected to re-open next month and no doubt will be a restaurant like its namesake. The live music venue upstairs will be missed.

5 Nov 2012 18:01

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, Warwick

Went again tonight after the town bonfire so it was noisy and busy once more but in a good way. The RCH Pitchfork was in fine order, also available were Purity UBU, Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale, Hobson's Mild and their own Paul Pry Fourpenny Brew. Strongbow and Thatcher's Gold for the cider drinkers in our party. A short but enjoyable visit.

3 Nov 2012 21:56

Seagrave Arms, Weston sub Edge

Definitely more of a restaurant with rooms but they were happy to serve us drinks only late this afternoon. The table service was welcomed as was the serving of Purity UBU in a jug rather than a straight glass. Hooky was also available. For once, I noticed the lagers or rather the distinct lack of the usual suspects - I did note that "Freedom Four" was one that was on sale. The same applied to cider - whilst I know a lot more about cider, I again failed to recognise their offering. All of this comes at a price though, 3.80 for the UBU and 7 for a large glass of wine but I guess we were starting to wander nearer to the heart of the Cotswolds......

28 Oct 2012 17:02

The Kings Arms, Mickleton

As a Sunday lunch destination, we could not fault the food and we quite liked the distressed French antique shop look. The Hooky was served too cold (although it soon warmed up) and the only other option of Doom Bar didn't appeal. Would consider visiting again though and would give the bar a try next time perhaps.

28 Oct 2012 16:49

The Butchers Arms, Mickleton

Seemed to be very much a local working man's pub rather than the more well-to-do Kings Arms but, like its near neighbour, there was some character (and characters) inside with a nice part-flagstoned floor, some timber framing and an open fire. Having just had roast beef for twice the price elsewhere, we did not try the food from the essentially 2-for-10 menu but the SIBA-supplied Downton's Honey Blonde was a surprise find and well-deserving of the Cask Marque status. Also available was Abbot Ale and Purity's Mad Goose. The wine list was not extensive but that was not a problem. Regular entertainment here including skittles, live music and a DJ.

28 Oct 2012 16:42

The Zetland Arms Hotel, Warwick

The front bar looked cosy with wooden panelling but we couldn't get a seat because it is only small. The back bar was too open plan for my taste and seemed to be full of students drinking blue WKD tonight (maybe I am just too old for this place). I was disappointed with the selection of ales which were Hooky, Adnam's Broadside, Doom Bar and Pedigree. Also 7.75 for 2 pints seemed very expensive indeed. OK but nothing worth rushing back for as there are better pubs in Warwick.

27 Oct 2012 00:32

The Bakers Arms, Orleton

Currently closed and boarded up although there is a sign outside stating that it is under new ownership and will be refurbished.

21 Oct 2012 15:04

The Queens, Ludlow

Another pleasant visit yesterday. Butty Bach was 2.95, Ludlow Gold 2.70, Hobsons Best 2.65 and Hobsons Twisted Spire just 2.25. Very busy at 5.30pm but had quietened down an hour later as the day trippers/shoppers disappeared home.

21 Oct 2012 14:14

Boot Inn, Orleton

Having walked the first leg of the Mortimer Trail yesterday, we spent an hour here before catching the 5.09pm bus back to Ludlow. A quintessential 17th century Grade II listed black-and-white timber framed country pub with a bar area with quarry-tiled floor and large open fire and, going up two steps, more tables in a carpeted dining area (although it is no way a formal restaurant). Butty Bach was 2.95 with Hobsons Best and Six Bells "Big Nev's" at 2.80, pub is rightfully in the GBG. We had Sunday lunch here last year although did not stay for food this time but would recommend the menu on the strength of our previous visit. Open until 3pm weekdays and all day at the weekend.

21 Oct 2012 14:10

The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold

All change at this place, with a village family now owning it and having extensive building works done.

13 Oct 2012 20:51

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

No beer festival this weekend so just the regular Millwards Musket (just 3.05), Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor's on the handpumps. Again not very busy (maybe 20/30 people) and that was with the "attraction" of the England football on the big screen at the far end of the pub. If local history is more your thing, then there are some fascinating old photos of Stratford's Old Town on the walls and, if you talk nicely to the landlord, he will sell you his walking tour pamphlet which accompanies the photos.

13 Oct 2012 09:39

The Red Castle Inn, Harmer Hill

For sale at 375K.

11 Oct 2012 08:39

The Robin Hood, Drayton

Now part of the local Katy O'Ryan's "chain" and sells Attwood Ales from nearby Hartlebury.

10 Oct 2012 22:00

The Coventry Arms, Upton Snodsbury

The pub has now been sold to the local Katy O'Ryan's "chain" and is known as Attwood's.

10 Oct 2012 21:24

Hare and Hounds, Shenstone

Now re-opened as part of the local Katy O'Ryan's "chain" serving local Attwoods Ales.

10 Oct 2012 21:12

Kukui Cheltenham, Cheltenham

Has long since ceased to be Dakota.

10 Oct 2012 16:40

Varsity, Cheltenham

Used to be the Restoration, then the Varsity, now the Old Restoration.

10 Oct 2012 16:26

The Spectre, Cheltenham

Now known as The Spectre. A Stonegate pub.

10 Oct 2012 16:23

The Reservoir, Charlton Kings

Now the Koloshi Indian restaurant!

10 Oct 2012 15:43

The Aqueduct Inn, Froncysyllte

Closed and up for sale for 150K.

8 Oct 2012 21:51

Corn Mill, Llangollen

I echo previous comments that this is a nice place but expensive although I confess that we did not eat. Exposed stone walls covered with old prints and photos, pine or flagstone floors and various rooms to sit in at different levels but the beer ranged from 3.40-3.60 which I thought was expensive for the town. Hawkshead NZPA, Slater's Golden, Monty's Maple and Brunning & Price's Original Bitter (brewed by Phoenix Brewery in the borough of Rochdale) all available. Very popular on Saturday afternoon.

7 Oct 2012 20:57

The Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llangollen

We didn't stay here but, if the Sunday lunches are anything to go by, then this pub has dramatically improved over the last few years although some TLC is still needed to really smarten it up. There are several rooms on the ground floor, including a small bar (with card players), a pool table room popular with the youngsters, a dining area with football on Sky TV and a dedicated dining room complete with tablecloths which is where we sat. Choice of 3 roasts for 7.95 and these were excellent value (loved the parsnip shavings as the decoration as they suggested the chef cared about what he was serving). The Offa's Dyke Thirst Brew was in very good order, Black Sheep was also available although the Doom Bar had run out. Would certainly consider re-visiting and its current rating of just over 4/10 seems way too low to me.

7 Oct 2012 20:34

Hand Hotel, Llangollen

Visited twice this weekend, once for coffee and once in the evening to watch a good 60s/70s cover band when the bar seemed more like a social club than a hotel. Only Plessey Bitter on handpull (can't find anything out about this ale) which was perfectly drinkable although not very exciting. Many famous people have visited this hotel in the past but there is a definite air of past glories.

7 Oct 2012 20:24

Bensons, Llangollen

Looks more like a shop from the outside and an antiques shop in particular when you go inside in with all sorts of thing (including a bicycle) hanging from the ceiling. That initial semblance of character was as promising as it got though with only cold Llangollen Bitter available on handpull. There was no running water in the Ladies apparently.

7 Oct 2012 20:12

The Jewellers Arms, Hockley

Seemed like the Rover's Return from the 1960s to me (thought flock wallpaper had long disappeared). Hobson's Best was fine but the only handpull. We were the only ones not interested in the big screen football.....Can't say I would rush back.

29 Sep 2012 22:51

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

It must be nearly 20 years since I first drank here and it still seems the same place. Now a Nicholson's pub with Doom Bar, Purity UBU, Jaipur Lord Marples, Milestone's American Pale Ale, Adnams Topaz Gold and Nicholson's Pale Ale (brewed by St Austell) available. You might expect this pub to have been quiet on Saturday lunchtime being located in the business quarter but it soon filled up including a hen party from Watford! Had a quick starter snack of excellent calamari at 4.45. As it is located next to Snow Hill station, I will always try to pop in whenever I visit Birmingham.

29 Sep 2012 22:45

The Lord Clifden, Birmingham

Nice pub. Salopian Oracle & Inquisition, Kelham Island Back to Black and Wentworth Lemonale available. Popular even late afternoon.

29 Sep 2012 22:37

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Another Enterprise pub that was seemingly doing well but has now closed and is available at a rent of 32K pa.

26 Sep 2012 19:44

The Golden Lion, Port Isaac

We sat on one of the outside tables overlooking the harbour. The pub had character - plenty of old pine, Victorian fireplace, internal corridor, serving hatches etc. No problems with the service or beer. We didn't eat but found it better than previous reviewers seem to have......

22 Sep 2012 21:19

The Queens Head, Salford Priors

Has been open again for a while.

22 Sep 2012 09:51

The Mill House Inn, Trebarwith

Despite the website suggesting that there was an evening bar menu, this was not the case as there was just a restaurant menu available this evening. We walked straight back out again after reading that the cheapest main dish was about 16. Noticed Doom Bar, Sharp's Cornish Coaster and Tintagel's 2012 were the ales on offer.

21 Sep 2012 21:15

The Port William Inn, Tintagel

Good pub grub at reasonable prices (8.75 for a cheeseburger and chips, 9.50 for fish and chips) and good beer to wash it down (3.15 for Tribute, 3.25 for Proper Job). Service was efficient and friendly despite it being very busy. Great view over the beach either from the terrace or the conservatory. The pub itself has character with exposed stone walls, wooden beams and posts and various nautical knick-knacks. We will be visiting again tomorrow!

21 Sep 2012 21:08

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

Whilst it was pleasant sitting in one of the rear booths last night listening to a blues duo, my first pint of Doom Bar (3.50!) had to be returned. They obviously didn't take too much notice that one of the handpulls needed a good clean because the chap sitting next to me later had to return his for the same reason. Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles County also available. A tourist trap basically.

21 Sep 2012 08:37

Watermill Inn, Lelant

Enjoyed a superb Ploughman's lunch (6.95) sitting outside in the large rear garden reading their newspapers and looking at the watermill turn round while the sun was beating down. Good Dartmoor Jail Ale and Betty Stogs. Did not try the Doom Bar. Well worth visiting.

19 Sep 2012 21:40

The Cornish Arms, Carbis Bay

Now under new ownership. A fairly large pub which retains some exposed stonework, open fireplaces and Georgian/Victorian windows combined with internal brick arches (1980s?) which form "rooms", a new slate-style floor and new upholstery. I thought the Sharps Own was expensive at 3.30, did not try the Betty Stogs. Wine does not seem to be served in anything smaller than 175ml glasses. There is a pool table in the upper part of the pub and just 2 tables in an outside yard. No car park which makes it difficult for those who are not staying locally. Pretty decent place overall and have been there more than once for a drink.

19 Sep 2012 21:34

St. Buryan Inn, Penzance

Not much to add to previous reviews. The pooI table was, strangely, in the lounge rather than the bar which itself was a spartan affair albeit with new slate flooring. The beers are still Tribute (which was OK) and Betty Stogs. Cider was Bulmers. Standard pub fare on the menu. Overall, in need of some TLC.

19 Sep 2012 10:10

Pedn-Olva Hotel, St Ives

A decent pint of Tribute and a glass of wine was under 7 so not massively expensive by any means. Nice view out of the window. Not a pub but a hotel bar that welcomes the general drinker.

17 Sep 2012 19:51

Queens Hotel, St Ives

Recent reviewers have been accurate - this is now a pretty upmarket establishment serving a good pint of Tribute at 3.20. Good selection of papers to read - think Sunday Telegraph rather than the Sun on Sunday.

17 Sep 2012 19:47

The Star Inn, Crowlas

I can't add much to blue scrumpy's review from January this year (echo his comment about the cider). The interior is spartan perhaps, but not shabby. Indeed. some money has clearly been spent on a new slate-style floor and red leather sofa/bucket seats away from the bar. The Crowlas Bitter was just 2.60, the Brisons 2.80. Both very drinkable. Didn't try the Mello or the Potion No. 9. A good selection of CAMRA magazines from around the country available to read.

16 Sep 2012 20:12

The Tinners Arms, Zennor

Having done a strenuous coastal path walk, I enjoyed good pints of Sharp's Own and Zennor Mermaid (aka Sharp's Special). The Tinner's Best sadly ran out as they started to pull a pint for me. Maybe the Sunday lunch brigade who were starting to arrive as we started walking had drunk it all.....As the local CAMRA website describes it, an ancient and timeless granite village pubs close to the cliffs and, as previous reviewers have said, difficult to imagine what more I would want from a pub. Loved the tables made out of old barrels! The nearby church and museum are also well worth visiting.

16 Sep 2012 19:10

The Blisland Inn, Blisland

Essentially shabby and dated but with a wide range of excellent beers and a friendly welcome. Today's offerings were Bass, Black Sheep, Cottage's Invincible, Sharp's King Buddha Blisland Ale and Blisland Bulldog, Greene King IPA, Harbour Brewing's Porter & Tintagel Castle Gold - all priced around the 3 mark with some not even that much. If you think you know your ales, see how many of the ceiling's beermats you remember!

14 Sep 2012 18:49

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Sold prior to the auction so I wonder what will happen to it now......

10 Sep 2012 14:14

The Red Lion, Hunningham

A large country eatery that was physically well described by willaskin in December 2008. It is certainly more of a place for a bite rather than a BITE but I wouldn't want to mark it down for that reason alone because the food was quite delicious. I enjoyed a black pudding, bacon and pecan salad at 5.95 followed by a swordfish steak at 13.95. Guest ales were Everards' Equinox and Wadworth's Boundary (a tad expensive at 3.50 a pint) and also available were Greene King IPA and Abbot. Strange that they will give you a number of a taxi in Leamington but won't book one for you......fearing that we could end up stranded we decided that we wouldn't leave the car overnight after all and drank sensibly.

8 Sep 2012 12:24

The Encore, Stratford upon Avon

No longer a Beefeater as suggested by the photos on this site but a smart, fairly well-heeled establishment that sits somewhere between a pub and a bar. We visited quite late last night after dining nearby and immediately got a table surrounded by other couples and groups who looked as if they may have just come out of the theatre. Elsewhere there were plenty of respectable youngsters who looked as if they were going to be moving on to somewhere more lively. The Purity Mad Goose and Doom Bar were both perfectly satisfactory but nothing extraordinary. Service was a little dismissive but certainly not bad enough to prevent a re-visit one day.

2 Sep 2012 11:30

The Bell, Shottery

Being so close to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, you might be mistaken in thinking that this pub would exude old-fashioned charm. Instead you'll find a typical Greene King establishment largely devoid of any character. Pity there is nowhere else to go in Shottery. Beers were Abbot, Old Golden Hen (which was fine) and IPA. Not that I expected much from a plate of nachos with chicken pieces but they were bland and corporately grey. The rest of the menu at least looked as if it was priced reasonably.

1 Sep 2012 15:29

The Joseph Arch Inn, Barford

Decided to visit for the first time on Saturday after shopping and got lucky and found that it was their 2nd Beer and Cider Festival this weekend! 12 casks of ale on stillages in a marquee in the car park (no "garden" here just a street patio) together with 4 real ciders as well as London Pride, Hooky, Doom Bar and Adnams Southwold in the main pub. The pub itself is a small two-room place, split by a central "island" bar. On the one side is a definite bar area with some bench seats, dartboard, quiz machine, plum and teal-coloured walls and teal curtains (but a rather dirty carpet) whereas the other side is a similarly decorated dining room (with clean carpet). Usual pub grub on offer. An extra point for the Beer Festival! Will certainly consider re-visiting.

27 Aug 2012 11:00

The Stag, Red Hill

A rambling roadside Greene King pub on the busy A46 that still has its flagstone floors, wooden beams and some comfortable Chesterfield chairs. Clearly they prefer diners rather than drinkers as our first words of welcome were "Are you eating tonight?" ("Yes, but not here"). The menu looked a or two over the odds for standard fare. Beer was Old Speckled Hen, IPA and Abbot Ale. The sort of place you might return to if asked out by friends.

27 Aug 2012 10:05

The Red Hart, Kington

Saw a banner outside saying it is under new management.

27 Aug 2012 09:53

The Queens, Ludlow

Family run freehouse and restaurant. Front bar area with modern, country feel (e.g. dried hops above the bar) serving 4 local real ales inc. Hobsons Best, Butty Bach and (my choice) Three Tuns' 1642.
Charming vaulted ceiling restaurant down internal steps with views over Ludford serving a varied menu using locally sourced ingredients apparently (I did not try the food).
Large enclosed patio style garden.
P.S. The map link this pub is ever so slightly wrong it is actually on the junction of Lower Galdeford and Tower Street. Only a 5 minute walk from Castle Square.

27 Aug 2012 09:51

The Queens, Ludlow

Family run freehouse and restaurant. Front bar area with modern, country feel (e.g. dried hops above the bar) serving 4 local real ales inc. Hobsons Best, Butty Bach and (my choice) Three Tuns' 1642.
Charming vaulted ceiling restaurant down internal steps with views over Ludford serving a varied menu using locally sourced ingredients apparently (I did not try the food).
Large enclosed patio style garden.
P.S. The map link this pub is ever so slightly wrong it is actually on the junction of Lower Galdeford and Tower Street. Only a 5 minute walk from Castle Square.

27 Aug 2012 09:51

The Oak Inn, Leamington Spa

Closed and subject to a planning application to convert it into a Sainsbury's Local.

26 Aug 2012 08:50

The Boat Inn, Birdingbury

I read the latest CAMRA Heart of Warwickshire Newsletter today and it is closed apparently.

25 Aug 2012 22:02

The Rustic Kitchen at the Golden Cross, Henley in Arden

Now open again following a Farrow and Ball style makeover outside. No idea whether it is any different inside.

19 Aug 2012 20:53

The Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth

Had a quick half of superb Pardoe's Entire before getting on the Severn Valley Railway. Also available were Pardoe's Bumblehole, Batham's Best, a Hobson's, 2 Thatcher's ciders and a Sheppy's cider, a mild, a perry and probably some other ales I missed. The range is certainly much better at this end of the Severn Valley railway than at Kidderminster station's King and Castle. Two halves came to 2.71 so good value too. I thought it was great, pity I had to get on the train!

19 Aug 2012 20:46

The Harbour Inn, Bewdley

Has seen better days. Is there any excuse for chairs with badly torn upholstery, faded bunting (probably from the 1977 jubilee) and banners advertising September 2011's beer festival? Only Hobson's Best available (which was in good order admittedly) served by a sullen barmaid who spoke as few words as necessary to get the job done (even a "Yes please?" would be a bit of welcome). The cider is Stowford Press. If you get off the Severn Valley Railway and don't want to visit the tearoom in Arley then this is an alternative and it has a good beer garden for summer days but I wouldn't make a detour otherwise.

19 Aug 2012 20:06

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

We ate here for the first time tonight. By 8pm they had run out of "Specials" (seemingly just a 15oz T-bone) which was surprising as there are only about two dozen covers. There were other steaks on the menu but I chose a decent enough 1/2lb lamb burger with chunky chips and onion rings (9.95) and my partner had a fairly bland butternut squash risotto (8.95). For pudding, we both had the Panna cotta (way too much gelatin) with chocolate truffle (more like a chunk of chocolate) at 4.75 each. The bill totalled 45 and that included good pints of Patriot Morris (3.20) and Old Hooky (3.50) and 2 glasses of wine. The menu is not really much more than decent pub grub we felt but the pub was heaving and there was a good atmosphere. Plenty of people sitting in the nice rear beer garden too. 7/10 overall.

17 Aug 2012 21:43

The Luttrell Arms, Dunster

If you want it, then Colliers are selling it for 1.5 million.

14 Aug 2012 21:22

Miller and Carter, Hockley Heath

Rebranded in December 2011 as one of M&B's Miller & Carter Steakhouses.

12 Aug 2012 13:38

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

Will be auctioned by CP Bigwood on 6/9/12. Previously for sale at 220K.

12 Aug 2012 10:08

Castle Green Gastropub, Gorey

P.S. If you want more of a pub, try the Dolphin down the hill in Gorey Harbour 5 minutes walk away (not listed on this site) although that has no handpulled ale, just Mary Ann, Theakstons and John Smiths on keg.

6 Aug 2012 14:55

Les Fontaines Tavern, St John

Extremely busy with families on early Saturday evening. We grabbed some of the few bar stools and watched the Olympics whilst enjoying the Bass which was in good order. Bombardier also available. Aimed more at diners I think.

6 Aug 2012 14:49

Castle Green Gastropub, Gorey

Not what I would call a pub by any means but the food was enjoyable.

6 Aug 2012 14:45

The Three Horseshoes, Alveley

Visited after doing a good 9 mile walk nearby. A no-nonsense country pub with an old-fashioned feel (unsurprising as it is reputedly the oldest pub in Shropshire dating back to 1406 although its Grade 2 listing describes it as having been largely rebuilt in the 19th century). An excellent value Sunday roast at just 6.95 for possibly the largest plate of turkey I have ever enjoyed. Banks's Bitter and Ringwood Fortyniner available. The proprietors are moving to the Squirrel nearby next weekend.

29 Jul 2012 19:36

The Red Lion Inn, Shatterford

Has been closed a long time and burnt down almost completely in April 2012.

29 Jul 2012 19:28

The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich

It may well be more for the tourists but you can sit outside looking at the Cutty Sark which is a better view than most places. Although it was an Olympic Saturday afternoon, the bar service was immediate and there was a good selection of beers namely London Pride, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Purity Mad Goose, Sunny Republic Beach Blonde and Doom Bar (which was not on).

28 Jul 2012 22:17

The Antelope, Belgravia

Definitely felt like a pub rather than a bar with a varied mixture of people inside from the paint-covered workmen to the marketing guys with their expensive briefcases. Butcombe Bitter, Fullers Wild River, London Pride and Discovery and an essentially pub grub menu jazzed up a little e.g. cod with gazpacho dressing.

28 Jul 2012 22:13

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Shakespeare CAMRA's Pub of the Season for Summer 2012.

25 Jul 2012 08:17

The Anchor Hotel and Ship Inn, Porlock Weir

I am reviewing the Bottom Ship which is completely different to Miller's at the Anchor (formerly the Anchor Hotel). Busy on Sunday lunchtime (hardly surprising) but the food came quickly enough (fairly standard sandwich) and we got an outside table immediately. Decent selection of ales namely Exmoor's Ale & Stag, Wills Neck, Tribute & Doom Bar. Big screen showing the England cricketers capitulate.

24 Jul 2012 19:52

The Plough Inn, Bidford On Avon


23 Jul 2012 21:29

The Stags Head Inn, Dunster

A great pub which was serving Cotleigh's Owlzatt! and Exmoor Ale. We sat at the top of the long inclined beer garden in a couple of reclining chairs enjoying the sun. The restaurant looked as if it was worth trying.

23 Jul 2012 21:28

Royal Huntsman, Williton


23 Jul 2012 21:24

The Royal Oak, Porlock

An average sort of place with Exmoor Ale, Courage Best, Doom Bar and Hopback's Summer Lightning. There is a dedicated family area to the rear of the pub and a pool table.

23 Jul 2012 21:24

The Ship Inn Hotel, Porlock

We went in a couple of times over the weekend and enjoyed our visits. About 6 good ales on offer including Proper Job, Exmoor's Ale & Beast and Wills Neck. The pub was busy both nights but our food was served quickly enough although the English veal was too overcooked which was disappointing. A better pub than the Royal Oak.

23 Jul 2012 21:21

The Ancient Mariner, Nether Stowey

A mixture of styles here with an old-fashioned flagstoned, wooden beamed/posted front bar and a modern restaurant at the back. Not much of a beer garden as it is essentially the car park. Two ales from the St Austell Brewery - Dartmoor Best & Tribute.

23 Jul 2012 21:14

The Foresters Arms, Nether Heyford

For Sale. Didn't sell at auction in March. The Olde Sun round the corner is open (but seemingly not listed on this site).

16 Jul 2012 17:11

The Boot Inn, Flyford Flavell

RogerB gave a fairly good description of this pub in 2007- we sat in the inglenook fireplace on a comfy bench seat, the front bar is a decent size and clearly aimed for drinkers only (a good thing) as there are not any dining tables. The seats are mainly brown leather bucket chairs or brown leather sofas - overall it looks as if they are making an effort (at least on the furnishings side). The London Pride was recommended by the friendly locals and was in very good order, also available was Doom Bar and Stowford Press for the cider drinkers.

14 Jul 2012 21:03

The Oak, Hockley Heath

Re-opened in May as The Warwick.

8 Jul 2012 22:39

The Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon

The Bass was fine as we sat on the comfy sofa watching the tennis. If only they would get rid of the bookend wallpaper......

8 Jul 2012 22:25

The Rhydspence Inn, Whitney on Wye

No sign of life when we drove up on Friday lunchtime so we got no further than the car park thinking that, if there did happen to be anyone inside, then there would not be a lot of atmosphere.

8 Jul 2012 10:11

The Lounge Cafe Bar, Brecon

They were showing the tennis so we gave it a try. Not my type of place with no real ale just Tetley's Smoothflow.

7 Jul 2012 22:10

The Red Lion, Stiffords Bridge

Was up for sale at auction a couple of months ago and looks closed as we drove past with Heras fencing outside and a skip in the car park. Perhaps being refurbished?

7 Jul 2012 18:26

Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Weobley

A lovely looking pub with nice wooden framing inside and 2 separate bars, one seemingly showing sports for the locals and not very enticing and the other with a restaurant attached. I can't comment on the food but the St George's Friar Tuck was in good order and there was also Wye Valley Flower Power and Butty Bach. The barman was somewhat surly (although we did merit a thank-you when we left) but seemed more friendly towards his regulars. I would revisit (and try the food) because the village is one of the most attractive black-and-white villages of the area (in 2008 it appeared in the top fifty of the Times Newspapers best places to live in England). Unless the food/accommodation is dire, then this pub deserves a better rating than its current rating of 4/5.

7 Jul 2012 18:17

The Radnor Arms, Llowes

Cosy interior with nice new cushions and soft furnishings although also the ubiquitous dated wall pictures of hunting scenes etc. Also a little dark inside but it was also a horrible wet day so perhaps that didn't help. I have had better pints of Butty Bach (although to be fair it was one of those pints that improved as it went down) and Otter Ale was also available. We did not eat but there was a nice selection of fish on the menu although it seemed a little pricey with main courses going up to 16.95. Sunday roasts from 7.50. Beware the opening hours, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and if you want to visit at lunchtime then it will have to be on Fri/Sat/Sun before 2.30pm. Only 2 other drinkers when we visited on Friday lunchtime so not much atmosphere. Would visit again possibly if passing by.

7 Jul 2012 18:04

The Boars Head, Brecon

Sparse front bar with dartboard and TV (no jukebox) and rear function room. Breconshire Brewery's Ramblers Ruin, Golden Valley and Welsh Pale Ale.

7 Jul 2012 17:56

The Fir Tree Inn, Bromyard


7 Jul 2012 17:52

The Harrow Inn, Enstone

Closed again and up for sale.

5 Jul 2012 21:24

The Bell Inn, Alderminster

Enjoyed a very nice Sunday lunch yesterday in a very busy pub and then stood outside to watch the Olympic Torch go through the village. Expensive food at just over 20 for 2 courses but it was delicious and there was plenty of it. I think the Alscot Ale is now 3.10.

2 Jul 2012 19:47

The Kentish Hare, Bidborough

Closed at the beginning of March according to its website and still closed today when I drove through this village.

2 Jul 2012 19:22

The Wild Boar, Warwick

A joint venture between the local Slaughterhouse brewery and Everards, there are 9 real ales available, I stuck to Slaughterhouse's own which were all in excellent condition. The only evidence of Everard's that I saw was their Tiger, I also saw a Hobson's and Wadworth's The Usual. Did not eat but picked up a menu for this weekend's Sunday lunch which includes Smoked breast of duck, roast beetroot, apple and thyme compote and dressed leaves followed by beef/pork/nut roast with roast potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower cheese, chantenay carrots, saute savoy cabbage, honey roasted parsnips and Yorkshire pudding with warm marmalade bread and butter pudding to conclude - all for 12.95! Highly recommended.

30 Jun 2012 08:35

Aboard Inn, Appleby in Westmorland

A friendly welcome but dated inside with green velour seating and ceramic tankards hanging from the ceiling. Essentially one room divided by a couple of steps and an open hatch, the top level with four or five closely packed dining tables. Pan pipe music playing to just one other customer apart than us and this was on a Saturday late lunchtime. The Hesket Newmarket "Skiddaw" was the only handpull and this was fine if a little bland for me. Surely though a paper towel dispenser can be fitted in the Gents rather than just a soggy handtowel hanging from the washbasin?

24 Jun 2012 19:17

The One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon

I forgot to add that the other ales available were Doombar, Marston's EPA and Purity Gold - so not a particularly inspiring range.

21 Jun 2012 10:07

The One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon

I preferred it the way it used to be (before the recent refurbishment) but the Purity UBU was in fine form last night.

16 Jun 2012 14:25

The Pen and Parchment, Stratford Upon Avon

Very ordinary Greene King pub with their usual range of keg beers and no hand-pulled real ale.

16 Jun 2012 14:24

The Bear, Stratford

8 ales available, like previous reviewers I didn't find the range that exciting, included their "own" Best Bitter, 2 from local North Cotswold Brewery, Butty Bach, Marston's EPA, Hooky Diamond Reserve and Church End Grave Digger which was rather nice (and one of the cheapest at 2.95). Still, at least there were some local brews to enjoy. More people there to watch the England rugby rather than Holland v. Denmark it seemed.

9 Jun 2012 19:34

The Golden Ball Inn, Stow on the Wold

Visited on 24/3/12 just before lunch. This was my first ever pint of Donningtons and I found it a bit caramelly for my taste but it was perfectly drinkable. Slightly shabby inside (without being chic) but it was OK. Fine if you are walking the Heart of England Way and need a refreshment stop but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit here again.

8 Jun 2012 12:49

Hotel du Vin and Bistro, Brighton

Had a break from the ales and popped in here for a cocktail which cost just 8.50. Plenty of foreign lager-style beers on offer here (and a superb range of whiskies etc) but did not see anything resembling a real ale. Do not confuse with Pub du Vin which is next door (I suspect previous reviewers have)!

6 Jun 2012 11:33

The Market Inn, Brighton

Perhaps not the best selection of ales in Brighton but the Bateman's Jewel in the Crown was delicious at just 2.50 per pint! Also saw Harveys Best available. This is a one-roomed old-fashioned place with a central wood-panelled bar that seemed to attract a varied crowd.

5 Jun 2012 18:33

The Victory Inn, Brighton

A discount for CAMRA members so that was a good start! Yes, it attracts tourists being in The Lanes but we didn't wait too long to get served and we found an upstairs table immediately. The Anchor Spring's Hornblower was yet another pint that I had never tried before. I would certainly visit again.

5 Jun 2012 18:29

Pub du Vin, Brighton

I'm not sure about the wall paper painted to look like bricks but otherwise there is a nice look to the place with wooden seats and floor and olive coloured walls. Dark Star Festival, Arundel Special Bitter and Welton's Busy Lizzie all available. An extra point for playing Black Sabbath's NIB on a Sunday afternoon!

5 Jun 2012 18:23

The Earth and Stars, Brighton

It's expensive if you are just drinking (even for Brighton) but the Hepworth Prospect was very nice. Dark Star Revelation also available. Rustic wooden furniture and floors. The food looked like a step up from ordinary pub grub but we did not try it.

5 Jun 2012 18:13

The Plough, Pyecombe

We stopped here on the way down to Brighton and we obviously were the first people in there as they drew off the last of the cleaning fluid as we waited! Still, that meant that the beer was in excellent order; Dark Star Original and Hophead were available. Everything is modern wooden here, from the panelled walls and floor to the seating (although there was some green leather on the window seats) and it may well be more for diners than drinkers. I agree with previous posters about the noise of the nearby A23 but, of course, that's not too much of a worry if you are inside.

5 Jun 2012 18:09

The Robin Hood, Brighton

We visited on Sunday when they were holding their 8th birthday party. The street outside was closed and local bands were playing. A definite local party atmosphere with just a few fellow tourists present. The pub was extremely busy but the service was prompt and South Downs Ruskin's Ram and Long Man Best were two excellent pints of the several offered during what seemed to be a weekend beer festival.

5 Jun 2012 17:57

The Houndshill, Ettington

The Houndshill is a big old place with plenty of rooms/tables that has probably seen better days. With 12 acres of gardens and an adjacent camping/caravanning site, you would think that the pub would be extremely busy - however, we were the only people in there until 4 others came in for a meal. Perhaps the lack of electric hook-ups does not help the caravanning/camping brigade..... The pine furniture is straight out of the 80s and the menu is a little dated too - prawn cocktail and ham, egg & chips being typical. Still, it is just 9.95 for 2 courses and 12.95 for 3 courses. I can't comment on the quality because I didn't eat. The Purity UBU at 3.10 was in exceptional order but that was because the barrel had just been changed, the landlady informed us that a previous lunchtime punter had complained of yeast & vinegar when the previous barrel was still on! There are better pubs close by in my view but for a bit of old-fashioned peace and quiet then this might be the place for you. I quite like it.

1 Jun 2012 19:50

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

I'm surprised nobody has reviewed this pub for 2 years! It was Asparagus Festival Day today and there was also a small beer festival with I think 8 guest ales being served outside in addition to the 5 inside the pub. Some nice classic Triumph cars, Henry Sandon from the Antiques Roadshow, morris dancing, local Spot Loggins ice cream, quintessentially English!

27 May 2012 21:52

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Badsey

We sat outside in the baking sun after a short walk nearby. Bombardier, Cannon Royall Millwards Musket and one from Battledown (think it was the SPA). Stowford Press and Strongbow ciders available too. We left shortly before the Sunday 4pm BBQ started up, the prices looked reasonable. Liked the look of the inside of the pub with stone floors and a proper lounge bar on one side and a drinker's bar on the other.

27 May 2012 21:48

The Throckmorton Arms, Coughton

Tribute and Hobson's "Throckmorton Arms" (Best Bitter re-badged?) available and we spent a nice hour here on the comfy sofa reading the Saturday papers. National Trust's Coughton Court is opposite which drew us in, might re-visit if nearby.

19 May 2012 16:29

The Turks Head, Alcester

Some nice stone floors, old fireplaces and exposed timber framing inside this 17th century building. Furnishings have improved since RogerB visited in 2006 but the music choice had not, even though most of the visitors looked retired. Busy on a Saturday lunchtime but it was the town's food festival. Bewdley Brewery's Worcestershire Way, Hooky and Wye Valley HPA available as well as several foreign beers. Would re-visit.

19 May 2012 16:23

The Crown Inn, Tiddington

3 1/2 years later and I cannot add much more to steve2905's review. Bombardier, Doom Bar, Hobgoblin and Pedigree on draught - the Bombardier was fine but not exceptional. Did not eat but the menu seemed cheap at 8.95 for most main courses. Very busy on an early Friday evening, we had to sit in the back room which was cold and lacking in atmosphere.

18 May 2012 21:41

The Rose and Crown, Ludlow

Busy yesterday but it was Spring Festival day. The Hobsons Town Crier was nice. Hobsons Best and Wye Valley HPA also available. We didn't try the food as there was a 30 minute wait. Chris from the hire shop seemed a nice chap but was slightly the worse for wear!

13 May 2012 19:01

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Popped in yesterday for a quick Bank Holiday pint. The Patriot offering this time was "Kiwi".

8 May 2012 17:53

The Cock Horse, Rowington

For sale....this time with planning permission for conversion to a residential dwelling. RIP soon, I would say.

7 May 2012 18:09

The Bird in Hand, Beaudesert

Looks like it is going to be some sort of fish and chip restaurant.....

7 May 2012 18:07

The Bell Inn, Alderminster

Extremely Laura Ashley/shabby chic. The Warwickshire Beer Company's Alscot Ale was very nice at just 2.95 per pint. Doom Bar & Robinson's Flagon cider also available.

7 May 2012 17:45

The Navigation Inn, Lapworth

There is a notice on the door saying it will re-open soon. The outside has been painted off-white and green/grey and the inside looks as if it might be going the same way.

7 May 2012 11:14

Hare and Hounds, Shenstone

CLOSED as of 1/5/12.

7 May 2012 10:21

The Dog Inn, Harvington

A typical Marston's eatery where every table is pre-laid with cutlery and there is no
real bar area. 2 for 1 reigns here. Pedigree, Old Empire and Boondoggle available. Not my sort of place but it was very popular.

7 May 2012 10:20

The Cross Keys, Stratford Upon Avon

A friendly enough welcome but the Theakston's was only just drinkable and there was no other choice. Maybe I was too old for the place but I don't see any reason to return (although I did remember the mid 90s music that was blaring out in the back room!).

5 May 2012 09:28

The New Bulls Head, Stratford Upon Avon

I would echo what ROBCamra said in 2009. It lacks a little atmosphere (too open plan for me) but the ales were excellent and helpful service from behind the bar. Timothy Taylor's "Golden Best" and "Landlord", Concrete Cow "Black Monk", Inveralmond "Thrappledouser", Cannon Royall "Millward's Musket" and Doom Bar.

5 May 2012 09:20

The Rose And Crown, Stratford Upon Avon

A 16th century hostelry described as being Tudor in style (it certainly isn't clean lines, Farrow & Ball and halogen lighting!) which is big inside although there were only a handful of people there last night. An uninspiring range of ales including Marston's EPA, Young's Bitter and Bombardier (which was in good order). Nothing to write home about but I have been in worse. Did not eat there but it looked like they served typical pub grub.

5 May 2012 09:13

The Holly Bush, Alcester

A must when visiting Alcester. This 17th century (with later additions), Grade 2 listed pub has won numerous CAMRA awards and rightly so. Today there were Blindmans Funny Farm, Doom Bar, Black Sheep, the local Purity Gold, Wye Valley St George's, Hobsons Town Crier and Elgood Mustang available as well as the local Hogan's Cider. Members of the Alcester Court Leet were there following their attendance of the Annual Chapter of the L'Order of Chevalier Bretvins when the Low Bailiff was intranised (no idea what any of that means!) and the Town's official Ale Taster kindly offered me a sip of his beer to try (although they would do the same from the other side of the bar too). We sat in the bar area, drying off in front of the woodburner although there are numerous rooms to sit in. The clientele was largely middle-aged and respectable, the decor is well-kept, flagstoned floors, immaculate lavatories, all in all highly recommended.

29 Apr 2012 16:49

The Case is Altered, Five Ways

I wish I had read whiteryano's review from Oct 2009 before we visited at 5.40pm a couple of Saturdays ago. Then I would have realised that there is no all-day opening here!

25 Apr 2012 22:02

The Golden Fleece, York

We visited Sunday evening after completing the York Terror Trail which starts and finishes at this pub. Enjoyed a good pint of Caledonian "Flying Scotsman", noticed Theakston's Old Peculier was also available. We would have liked to spend more time in what seemed a nice, cosy, quirky place but we had a dinner booking to honour elsewhere.

23 Apr 2012 20:30

The Biltmore, York

We visited on Sunday afternoon for the happy hour cocktails (we had to ask for the happy hour menu card as it wasn't offered to us). Had a very chilled afternoon on the comfy leather sofas. There seemed to be nobody under 35 in there, although there were probably a couple of dozen people inside. Only downside was that there was no ale but the Peroni Rossa was decent enough in bottles.

23 Apr 2012 20:19

The Three Legged Mare, York

Enjoyed a couple of good pints here last Saturday about 5pm, Centurions Ghost was my favourite. Already quite busy when we left an hour later.

23 Apr 2012 20:14

Lamb and Lion, York

I booked a table for dinner by phone 2 weeks ago because we were visiting York with family for the weekend. On the day of our visit, I popped in at lunchtime to check that they were still expecting us at 7.30pm. "No problem" I was told "You will be on Table 9". When we arrived on time, people were sitting at our table drinking and we were told that the table would be cleared as soon as possible. At 8pm there was still no sign of any table becoming free so we left. The service was atrocious, the free pint given as compensation was nice.

23 Apr 2012 20:12

The White Horse Inn, Ettington

Visited this evening at about 6pm. A pleasant crowd of locals at the bar but there is plenty of room elsewhere in this roomy pub, we chose some leather seats near a few tables which might be taken to be the dining area (although there are other less formal tables in the "bar" area). Enjoyed superb Old Hooky and Patriot "Morris", Wye Valley HPA also available. Did not eat but the menu included 3.25 "grazing and sharing" starters (e.g. herb sausage sauteed in honey & mustard or tiger prawn skewers with lemongrass) and a good grill choice along with classic mains (inc. sage marinated pork tenderloin with fricassee of wild mushrooms, jersey royals and asparagus @ 10.75). Nice exposed stonework and brickwork gave the place a homely feel. Our current favourite in the area, we will definitely be returning.

20 Apr 2012 21:09

The Bird in Hand, Beaudesert

No longer a pub. Has been The Spice Room Indian Restaurant but the builders were there again when I went past yesterday!

20 Apr 2012 12:47

The Queens Arms, Birmingham

Visited yesterday after a tour around the Assay Office opposite. Quiet at lunchtime, only about a dozen office workers. TV screens were showing the BBC News Channel. Perhaps not the best pint of Butty Bach I have had (still perfectly drinkable), the Landlord was in good order, Doombar also available. Food was good and ample, we had 4 "grazing plates" for 14 between 3 of us. Pub has its own accurate, informative website. I would visit again.

20 Apr 2012 08:46

The New Inn, Clifford Chambers

A throwback to the 80s with a carvery (8.95 for one course and an average 3.95 extra for a pudding), dark wood pub furniture and dark blue carpet/walls in the bar and most dining tables in the large basically furnished conservatory. A good pint of Silhill Brewery 3.7% at 3.10 and the seemingly currently ubiquitous Doom Bar also on cask as well as Brew XI and Worthington Creamflow on keg. A friendly welcome from behind the bar.

15 Apr 2012 18:53

The Durham Ox, Shrewley

A Greene King pub/restaurant serving the usual selection of keg IPA, Speckled Hen and Abbot. Nothing to recommend it on the ale front. The large bar area is smart with comfy sofas and high stools and the separate dining area looked equally smart. Has it own website at

15 Apr 2012 09:38

The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, Warwick

Visited on New Year's Eve after the horse racing. Good crowd there (we were lucky to get a seat because it soon filled up) and enjoyed a good pint from the local Old Pie Factory Brewery.

10 Apr 2012 18:52

The Snitterfield Arms, Snitterfield

Just re-opened after a change of licensee and is now substantially different although I confess I had not visited for perhaps 4 years. The pool table has gone and has been replaced by a modern interior, tastefully decorated including French-style wall prints and bucket bar stools. Our limited custom was rewarded with free roast potatoes and gravy (a nice touch!) and the beer included Landlord, Doom Bar, Old Hooky at 3.40 per pint and Eagle IPA as well as keg Boddingtons. The kitchen is only just up and running but the previous day's Sunday Lunch menu included a full choice of roasts at 10.95 (but no veggie option listed) with the usual pub favourites for starters and desserts (e.g. prawn cocktail, soup, pate, chocolate brownies, treacle sponge) in addition. Felt slightly underdressed having just been for a walk to the Welcombe Hills and back...but were made to feel welcome. Would re-visit.

9 Apr 2012 17:34

The Armouries Arms, Pathlow

CLOSED again.

2 Apr 2012 12:08

The Plough Inn, Lower Broadheath

Had a quick pint of Wye Valley HPA before visiting the Elgar Museum next door. Beer was in fine order but place seemed soulless to me (1 other drinker), not helped by the open plan layout. Maybe Saturday lunchtime is not the time to visit.

2 Apr 2012 12:00

The Red Lion, Great Malvern

I would echo what Downsview said nearly 2 yrs ago, especially about the clientele. Beer choice hasn't changed since then, Burton Bitter was in good order. Lots of Thai food on the menu (not surprising as Thai Connection restaurant next door) as well as usual pub grub.

2 Apr 2012 11:55

The Old Bull Inn, Inkberrow

Went for a great walk in the surrounding countryside and returned for Sunday lunch at about 2.30 (they serve food until 3pm apparently). A crowd of locals seated at stools at the bar (not much room inside!) and a few other tables for diners, some reserved. It was warm enough to eat outside (see tables on photo above). Wye Valley HPA, London Pride and Doom Bar on sale at 3.10. It is an Enterprise Inns Free House. Enjoyed good amount of venison haunch but only the tiniest serving of mashed potato and just 3 small roast potatoes! Other options included roast beef/pork, chicken&leek/steak&ale pie and some others which I can't remember. Only starter available seemed to be soup. The dish of veg shared between the 6 of us was good - dauphinoise potatoes, spinach, peas, white/red cabbage, carrots. Good helping of spiced apple crumble & custard afterwards from a varied pudding menu, total 9.95 for 2 courses. Would visit again.

2 Apr 2012 11:49

The Fox Inn, Loxley

Doom Bar, Wadworth 6X and Wye Valley Bitter on sale. Beef or pork Sunday lunch is 10.95, Specials board looked interesting, especially the "ox's cheek in its own jus". Popped in after a short walk nearby and glad to see that, if anything, it has improved in the last couple of years.

26 Feb 2012 20:40

The Bird In Hand, Newbold on Stour

Pub is up for sale (new manager arriving soon apparently) although there was a decent number of people when we visited on Friday at about 6.30pm. An effort has been made to smarten up the place. Mainly a younger (and more agricultural?) clientele than the nearby White Hart. My partner felt as if it might get a bit rowdy later on but we have no evidence to suggest this would have been the case........Hook Norton beer was in good order and we had a takeaway chip supper which was average although the Chicken & leek pie (Rightons?) was superb.

26 Feb 2012 14:20

The White Hart Inn, Newbold On Stour

Visited at about 6pm last Friday evening and there were locals at the bar, all perfectly respectable. Enjoyed an Adnams although the more local Purity Mad Goose was also available. Restaurant is a separate area, nobody in there. I wouldn't want to eat in the bar myself because the bar is rather narrow and you could end up rather close to the standing drinkers. But as they all seemed perfectly friendly, that is just a personal choice of mine. Pub has its own website with accurate photos. Not the first time I have visited and it won't be the last. A step up from the Bird In Hand.

26 Feb 2012 14:12

The Grape Vaults, Leominster

A week after "djw" and I couldn't stay long enough! There were 2 beers from Ludlow Brewery, a pale ale from Mayfields and the one I enjoyed at 2.60 per pint but, embarrasingly, I can't remember its name! We visited on a Saturday lunchtime and it was quiet, there were a couple of people eating plus a few locals in the back room watching rugby on a small TV (although I think they were going to show the England match on a bigger projector screen in the front room at 3pm - we had set off on our travels before then). I think they stopped serving meals at 2pm but it looked as if someone was able to buy a ham roll after that time. I would definitely try it again.

26 Feb 2012 14:02

Royal Oak, Fritham

I'm not going to enter the debate about "children or no children" and "debit cards or no debit cards". The pub is what it is and you either like it or not. I envy "Spuddles" and I would go back tomorrow if only to try more of their superb ales.

29 May 2011 22:48

St Leonards Hotel, St Leonards

I would echo everything that the last reviewer "southfields" said about the staff and the beer. Food is fairly standard chain pub fare but was fine. Toilet seat was disgusting and windows needed a lick of paint but we didn't think that it justified a complaint given the friendly welcome we had received all weekend.

29 May 2011 22:43

Buck and Bell, Long Itchington

Visited at the beginning of this month whilst the village Beer Festival was on. Cycled along the disused railway nearby and then back along the towpath to the village. Well worth a visit.

29 May 2011 22:38

Horse and Jockey, Rutland

The Grainstore Brewery "Cooking" ale was in good order as was the house special "Fall at the First". Greene King IPA also available. Food and drink is somewhat expensive but the food is good and plentiful and overall it is a nice pub and very popular. Would visit again.

29 May 2011 22:31

The Bell, Shenington

Didn't try food but Hooky was in good order. Only other bitter was Flowers Best on keg. Very busy on Sunday lunchtime.

29 May 2011 22:23

The Swan Hotel, Kineton

Just re-opened. Modern decor inc. wooden flooring and large bar for drinking at. Hobgoblin on draught as well as a bespoke Brakspear ale "Swan for the Road" at 3.4%. Open daily from noon.

7 Dec 2010 16:48

Ebrington Arms, Chipping Camden

Superb. Fantastic Sunday lunchtime menu (I had trio of duck for a starter and partridge for mains) with well-kept Uley Bitter and Tom Long. Cannot fault it.

15 Nov 2010 18:21

The Peacock, Oxhill

Excellent Butty Bach on draught last night along with Timothy Taylor's and "Peacock Ale". Row of pheasants hanging outside the back door for those choosing off the Specials blackboard.

15 Nov 2009 09:56

The Foxhunter, Snitterfield

Burnt down in 2007. Never reopened. Planning application submitted for houses.

27 Oct 2009 20:45

The Rose and Crown, Warwick

Black Sheep decent enough but too cold for me. Not a cheap round of drinks. Service efficient and friendly enough. Still a popular place.

27 Oct 2009 19:56

The Boot Inn, Lapworth

Rustic-looking (but expensive) terracotta tiled floor, wooden pews, tables and chairs and modern furnishings all combine to make this a pub that is renowned for being upmarket. Multi-roomed with bar service on all sides so it is possible to enjoy a drink without necessarily being surrounded by diners. Wide range of beers inc. excellent Hobgoblin on draught (3.10 a pint) as well as London Pride (2.90) plus the usual suspects and foreign niceties (think I saw Leffe). Open all day, quietish on Sunday at 5pm although still enough people to give an atmosphere. Did not visit to eat.

12 Oct 2009 13:01

The Swan Hotel, Kineton


8 Oct 2009 14:27

The Fox Inn, Loxley

Solid traditional pub with well priced Sunday lunch and good beer.

7 Oct 2009 13:19

The Halford Bridge, Halford

I like this pub a lot. Often pop in for a good pint of Hooky and to read their newspapers if driving past. Restaurant looks worth a visit. This is a smart place but has not lost its pub feeling.

7 Oct 2009 13:12

The Bell, Tanworth in Arden

Went for Sunday lunch 2 weeks ago. 10.95 for one course but a delicious roast beef meal. Possibly the best I have had. Timothy Taylor's Landlord was 6.5/10 (too cold). This is an upmarket dining pub with nowhere satisfactory if you are just drinking and is well-known for attracting people from all over. Our table for 4 should really have sat 2 but this is a busy pub with little room spare. But the table service was excellent -if anything too quick! This might be an old building but it has lost its cosiness/charm in favour of smartness - see the photos on their website.

7 Oct 2009 13:07

The Gaydon Inn, Gaydon

Had a good lunch here in July. We went here instead of the Malt Shovel because the beer garden round the side has a good enclosed grassy play area. Ignore the scruffy car park area when you arrive (unless you want to sit outside the front door). This is not a gastropub by any means but it is a good honest pub.

7 Oct 2009 12:59

The White Horse, Edwardstone

We went camping at this pub in June. There was a troop of Morris men and a big group of ex Scout masters camping too (why did they have to get up to chop wood for their fire at 5am??!!). Spent Friday night in the bar getting pie-eyed on the superb ales and enjoying the Morris men singing. Ended up in the local's only lock-in until 2am with some lads from the nearby villages. Everything a pub should be.

7 Oct 2009 12:53

The Castle Inn, Edgehill

I have heard that this pub has recently been taken over and there was evidence of some refurbishment when I visited a couple of months back (pub looking a little "tired"). The Hooky Bitter is always good. Nice garden with good views.

7 Oct 2009 12:31

The Peacock, Oxhill

Must have changed hands since the last review because it is now run by Yvonne and Pam. Food is great (would recommend booking on Friday nights) and the beers excellent. They often run beer/cider festivals with lots of choice which makes for a tricky cycle home. This is a quality village pub which I cannot recommend too highly. It is our preferred choice when eating out locally.

The Peacock in Oxhill was named Champion Regional Pub for the East and West Midlands and the National Newcomer of the Year at a glittering awards evening held in Londons Hilton Hotel by the Great British Pub Awards 2009.

7 Oct 2009 12:26

The Trout and Tipple, Tavistock

Would love to have stopped for longer to test the good range of beers. The bar area cries out as an old-fashioned cosy pub well-suited to real ale drinkers.

7 Oct 2009 12:18

The Fortescue Inn, Salcombe

Went one Friday night a few weeks ago and it was heaving (live band playing). Always worth a visit for a few beers when in Salcombe.

7 Oct 2009 12:15

The Kings Arms, Salcombe

I would echo the last comment. In-laws said food was good in the restaurant when they went after us. The Bass was OK but not the beer I would hope to find in Devon.

7 Oct 2009 12:12

The Ferry Inn, Salcombe

Great views from the beer garden but there is nothing special about the Palmers beer. But then again there is nothing wrong with it either - just not my first choice.

7 Oct 2009 12:08

Victoria Inn, Salcombe

Went a couple of weeks ago and were able to sit in the garden in the good weather. Enjoyed the beer (IPA was 2.10 a pint!!!) and this is the best pub in Salcombe in my view although they all have their attractions.

7 Oct 2009 12:06

The Dog and Gun, High Malsis

We went last Saturday afternoon for a quick drink. I had a pint of Timothy Taylor Best Bitter which was fine. The pub was reasonably busy although we found a table easily. Bar service was good. Menu looked excellent (partridge, venison) but we weren't stopping. The pub looked cosy and welcoming to all and we would go again if in the area.

7 Oct 2009 11:48

The Narrow Boat, Skipton

Visited Skipton last Saturday afternoon and went to this pub before going on the canal trip nearby. Had a lovely pint of Copper Dragon at what seemed a very reasonable price (although I was unable to compare the prices at other Skipton pubs!). The selection of ales was fantastic and we would have loved to have spent more time here.

7 Oct 2009 11:37

The Railway Inn, Droitwich

Never had a bad pint there. I often wish there were more people in to give it more of an atmosphere. Good place to have a pint and a chat though.

23 Jul 2008 17:52

The Gardeners Arms, Droitwich

Worth visiting if you are on a pub crawl in Droitwich but seldom anyone in there so you probably will only stop for one.

23 Jul 2008 17:50

The Winged Spur, Ullenhall

Tables are often kept for locals but the beer selection is pretty good although expensive. There have often been brews from all over the country and some small breweries. If busy (eg Saturday night)then you will be standing or in the smoking shelter (itself a construction feature of its own).

23 Jul 2008 17:48

The Black Swan, Henley In Arden

Food much cheaper than the Bluebell and much more pub grub than gastropub. No way the poshest place in town but at the right end of the High Street and it is normally a lot quieter than the pubs further along. Worth a visit for anyone over 21 (tends to attract an older clientele). Only place in town to get a pint of Mild..

23 Jul 2008 17:43

The Bird in Hand, Beaudesert

If you are looking for a drink only then don't bother because the bar is about the size of a matchbox and you will have to stand probably. Place is aimed at diners.

23 Jul 2008 17:39

The Nags Head, Henley In Arden

Frequented by locals only at the weekend, most of them from "off the High Street". If you are looking to eat/drink at lunchtime then it is worth a go but avoid it on Saturday night if you don't wear a football shirt.

23 Jul 2008 17:37

The Bluebell, Henley In Arden

Is probably the most upmarket place in Henley and can get extremely busy. Attracts a lot of non-locals. Not one for the football brigade (unless some of the locals are going up and down the High Street). There are better pubs in town if you are only concerned with variety and quality of beer. But nowhere better for taking the wife out..

23 Jul 2008 17:35

The Three Tuns, Henley In Arden

Beer in this pub has always been top notch. It is definitely a drinker's pub only (no food). If you want fancy then go next door to the Bluebell. Landlord will deal with any cat that steps on his turf if he has been on the wrong side of the bar all night...

23 Jul 2008 17:30

The Malt Shovel Inn, Gaydon

Went one lunchtime on a beautiful day. Quite busy with people from nearby Land Rover so we had to sit on one of the car park tables rather than the patio but that was our choice. Good range of bitters, Flowers Best (too cold for me), Hooky, Fullers ESB, Pedigree and I think Boddies and one other. I know they have had Tim Taylor's Landlord in the past. No draught cider. Excellent mixed ham/cheese Ploughmans for 6.95 - really could not fault it. The same for the cheaper granary bread sandwiches. The service was fast and efficient. There may be a little curtness at times (not rudeness though) but that in no way detracts - go there! This is a good honest pub not a fancy gastropub (thankfully).

23 Jul 2008 17:19

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