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Jacobs Well, Bradford

Great pub using a simple formula. Great real ale at a great price in genuine traditional circumstances. The pub is five minutes from Bradford Interchange and sticks out like an oasis amongst a concrete jungle of 1960s architecture.

Visited on a Saturday night and it was comfortably busy. Five/Six great real ales, bar snacks and rolls. Background music but not distracting from conversation.

Well worth a visit.

8 Jun 2015 15:29

The Crown Inn, Stockport

If Carlsberg did proper pubs and didnt brew crap lager ...........

Great pub, great ale, great, great, great.

Just seen a TripAdvisor review saying the place was slowly going downhill. Just found the person with the bolt in their head Martinsh

15 Mar 2015 18:09

The Horse and Groom, Great Warley

And now burnt down

7 Oct 2014 09:51

The Original Plough, Chelmsford

Maria. Not sure your review is for the OP. Popped in on Saturday before the cricket and everything was as I remembered from my previous visit in February. Good range of ales at just over £3.00 a pint and an extensive reasonably priced food. No obvious signs of Nicholsonisation.

5 Aug 2014 01:00

The Evening Star, Brighton

Back Street pub located 200 yds from the main station.

Excellent range of ales from Dark Star Brewery plus a wide range of guests. Certainly something for everyone's taste and kept in excellent order.

The pub is very popular so seating is limited. However, table sharing is common so don't be afraid to perch yourself at the end of someone elses.

Recommended if in town

23 Feb 2014 19:44

The Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street

Recently refurbished and much improved Spoons right outside Liverpool Street Station. Great range of ales as you'd expect and at a good price - especially for the City. My pint of Springhead Leveller was top notch.

One word of warning. On a Saturday lunchtime this place is usually full of football fans. No sign of trouble but downstairs is packed. Pop upstairs for a slightly quieter time.

22 Jan 2014 20:57

The Bell, Cannon Street

Proper old fashioned boozer just around the back of Cannon Street station. A bit of a local institution and also an acquired taste. In my view a simple proper pub, wooden floors, wooden furniture and top ales. My pint of Sharps Cornish Coaster was excellent.

22 Jan 2014 20:50

The Pelt trader, Cannon Street

Great new (ish) pub underneath the arches of Cannon Street station. A little bit clinical in the décor and a bit light on seating but that is made up for with excellent beers - 6 Real Ales and various craft beers plus global bottles galore. A wee bit pricey but it is in the City. Well worth a visit - you won't be disappointed.

22 Jan 2014 20:41

Crumpled Horn, Upminster

A post New Year drink found the CH surprisingly quiet.

Three real ales were on sale (Marstons EPA & Pedigree and Banks Bitter). Tried a pint of each and was not disappointed.

Good natured staff made for a pleasant evening.

4 Jan 2014 18:13

The White Horse, Brentwood

Still the best pub in the area by far. The three pints supped were excellent (Brentwood, Chestnut Stout; Woodfordes Nog and Greene King, IPA Reserve).

Visited on 1 January when they were only open till 22.00. Even though my wife (the driver) asked for a coffee at 21.50 and the machine had been switched off the lady behind the bar was more than happy to start it up again and produce the required hot beverage. We didn't leave until 22.30 but the same lady did not rush us at all and engaged in conversation whilst drinks were consumed.

My resolution for 2014 - visit the WH more often.

4 Jan 2014 18:10

The Viaduct Tavern, St Pauls

Not the best Fullers pub in the city but it's hard to find a complaint as this is a proper old fashioned boozer.. What you get is a decent pint, although pricey at £4 for a real ale. Ideally located for the Old Bailey (opposite), St Pauls (10 mins walk) and City Thameslink (5 mins walk).

23 Oct 2013 22:10

The Wellington, Birmingham

Had the pleasure of visiting the Welly on Friday night - my first visit of 2013 and since the refurbishment. Have to say that the character of the place is unchanged and the roof terrace is a great addition.

Whilst the pub was busy there was still room for all and the various conversations going on add to the atmosphere. Add to that a knowledgeable, friendly and attentive staff and you are heading towards perfection.

As always the beer was top notch and 16 available. My two - Titanic Plum Porter& Pig on the Wall - were delicious.

22 Sep 2013 22:04

The Lyceum, Strand

Typical Sams London pub. A bit quaint, not too touristy, conversation driven and a damned good pint. Add to that at 2.80 a pint it's 30% cheaper than the Nicholsons rip off joint next door.

5 Sep 2013 19:31

The Lyceum, Strand

Typical Sams London pub. A bit quaint, not too touristy, conversation driven and a damned good pint. Add to that at 2.80 a pint it's 30% cheaper than the Nicholsons rip off joint next door.

5 Sep 2013 19:31

The Lyceum, Strand

Typical Sams London pub. A bit quaint, not too touristy, conversation driven and a damned good pint. Add to that at 2.80 a pint it's 30% cheaper than the Nicholsons rip off joint next door.

5 Sep 2013 19:31

The Prestleigh Inn, Prestleigh

Visited again last week. Still a friendly local serving good real ale, Blindmans and Abbot. Also a real cider on tap. Looks a bit tired from the front but don't be fooled. Great beer garden at the rear and watch out for the red settee by the loos

4 Aug 2013 22:02

Spruce Goose (Beefeater), Basingstoke

Typical out of town Beefeater primarily catering for the Premier Inn next door.

Not a bad pint of 6x though

4 Aug 2013 21:59

The Little Driver, Bow

Popped in for a quick pint yesterday. Never been here before and I have to say that I've found pubs in this area to be a bit hit and miss, usually miss.

On this occasion I was pleasantly surprised. A good pint of Green King IPA (London Pride too) at a respectable £2.80, mixed clientele and attentive staff.

10 Jul 2013 03:46

The, Gants Hill

Seems to have closed sadly. Drove past at 19.45 and the security shutters were down

16 Mar 2013 19:04

The Halfway House, Edinburgh

When visiting Edinburgh a trip to the superb HH is almost a pilgrammage. Nothing posh, just a small backstreet pub (or back alley to be more correct) serving 4 excellent real ales.

Miss it at your peril.

13 Mar 2013 22:20

The Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

Can't remember when I last visited the Hole so a spare 30 minutes at Waterloo gave a good excuse. Glad to see the decor and furniture hasn't changed a bit.

This 2room pub is situated in the Railway Arches next to the main station. The front bar has the feel of a quite snug, the bigger back room is more public bar.

Posh it's not, a romantic setting for a pre theatre drink its not, but what it does do is serve well kept ale in a proper pub atmosphere at a reasonable price for the area. My pint of Oxfordshire was top notch and I clocked at least 7 others.

Even welcomed my well behaved 11 year old.

Note to self. Don't leave it so long next time.

2 Mar 2013 20:58

The Fountains Abbey, Paddington

Visited on Monday night. Not a bad pub from the Taylor Walker chain. Five ales and a real cider. Personally had a pint of Red Squirrell Redwood IPA which was very good. They also give a discount to CAMRA members. Will be back.

27 Feb 2013 18:41

The Tottenham, Soho

Visited for the first time last night and was pleasently suprised. Fairly empty, generally quiet (apart from 2 Becks swilling Chavs on the fruit machine) and an excellent pint of Sambrooks Wandle. Will visit again.

22 Jan 2013 22:37

The Market Porter, Borough

Great pub tucked away in Borough Market, nr London Bridge. Always busy but always worth it. A dozen top notch real ales from all over the place. Beer is superbly kept.

My one small whinge is that if you sit at the top of the stairs to the loos (at the back of the pub) the delicate aroma of WC is an occasional distraction.

20 Jan 2013 15:12

The Viper, Mill Green

Made the annual January pilgrammage. Nothings changed, great pub, great beer. GREAT!!

20 Jan 2013 15:08

The Angel, Angel, Islington

Typical Spoons. Visited last night at 9pm - good range of ales (although I get frustrated with gimicky Christmas specials) and one of the better mixed grills. Clientele is mixed, a few office workers, a few locals, a few guys who seemed to have been there since opening. That said the atmosphere was OK and certainly not "rough" as others have suggested.

21 Dec 2012 20:26

Brave Nelson, Warley

Nice enough back street pub. Well kept ales, mine was a pint of Growler Bitter (ex Nethergate). Pool table at one end of the bar. Seating at the other

Nothing special but nothing wrong

14 Nov 2012 18:39

The Bell, Horndon-on-the-Hill

Everything a pub should be. Great beer, excellent food and steeped in history.

3 Nov 2012 19:49

The Roebuck, Bilsborrow

Visited whilst staying at the adjacent Premier Inn. A good pub serving a variety of ales (Lancaster Blonde was my tipple of choice) and a wide range of reasonably priced food.

If I was local this is the sort of venue I would choose for a relaxed night out

3 Nov 2012 19:47

Delph Tavern, Orrell

Made the mistake of turning up towards the end of the quiz evening. As a result the placed was packed, which is a great sign for a true local pub.

That said Mrs T & I found a seat and sat down to enjoy a couple of excellent local brews.

I would recommend this pub for anyone in the local area. A proper locals boozer that welcomes visitors and serves a darned good pint

3 Nov 2012 19:44

The Moon Under Water, Balham

A small Spoons right next door to Balham station. Popped in for a quick pint tonight. The Arundel Old was excellent.

Didnt experience any of the staffing issues mentioned previously. Both staff serving were attentive and I only waited a couple of minutes to be served.

22 Oct 2012 22:16

Founders Arms, Bankside

Great location, nice decor (but who forgot the loos) and a good range of beers apart from the ubiquitous Youngs. The Bath Forest Hare was excellent although 2 pints plus a bottle of Peroni at �12 for the round was a bit steep.

17 Oct 2012 23:10

The Lamb, Romford

Now closed

16 Oct 2012 10:27

The Bell, Hounslow

Not often I walk in a place and walk straight out. No Real Ale (seems to be Irish themed) which is a problem to start with. The biggest problem was the drunk by the door asking for change and the general unwelcoming atmosphere that seemed to be on the face of every client who, I felt, did not want me entering their territory.

Won't be back ......... ever

7 Oct 2012 21:21

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

A beer heaven set in the middle of Leather Lane market (near Hatton Garden).

Supped a couple (well three actually) of excellent ales (Crouch Vale, Blue Monkey and Kent) of the dozen or so available last Thursday. The place is fairly small but seems to soak up folk pretty well. Staff were welcoming and knew enough about the beer to help the less knowledgable customer. Food is Pork Pie or Scotch Egg only.

My one complaint (and its minor) is that a number of tables were reserved although an hour after the alloted time these had not been occupied. If you book space, turn up please.

7 Oct 2012 21:14

The Wellington, Birmingham

Beer Heaven in the centre of Birmingham. No food (although youre welcome to take your own), no telly, no chavs, no gimmicks just top notch beer (and 14 pumps worth (plus 3 ciders) and filled with intelligent people drinking good beer.

I visited last Saturday when 4 football team fans had coverged for local games (WBA, QPR, Huddersfield and Birmingham City). But don't be put off. The atmosphere was convivial, conversational and down right friendly.

Why would you drink anywhere else in Brum if ale is your prime reason.

7 Oct 2012 21:05

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Now I confess that the OJS caught me out. Like jarofporter I thought this was a typical Fullers pub as a journey in a clockwise direction around the central bar showed the usual ubiquitous range of ales (Chiswick Pide, HSB etc).

However, the Good Beer Guide entry said guest beers and as I arrived at the last set of pumps there, like an Oasis, were 5 guest beers. The Beowulf Porter was superb and whilst I only had time for a solitary pint I would go back.

The moral of my tale - go anti clockwise next time

7 Oct 2012 20:58

The Square Peg, Birmingham

Not a particularly good Spoons which on a Sautrday linchtime is heavily populated with shoppers, football fans and local low life (of all ages, shapes and sizes). My part of Jennings Crag Rat was cloudier than the Birmingham sky (actually it was sunny outside) and whilst it tasted OK ish I decided to move on elsewhere.

Birmingham has plenty of good pubs nearby so give this a miss unless Spoons is your chain of choice

7 Oct 2012 20:52

Kings Arms, Victoria

More ordinary than the nearby Bag o Nails. The sole real ale (Youngs London Gold) was off - although they didn't charge us - but with 4 empty pumps and one serving cider I was soon off without parting with cash.

No reason to go back as there are better ordinary pubs nearby

19 Sep 2012 22:21

The Bag O' Nails, Victoria

At best ordinary. The sole real ale (Old Golden Hen) was OK but two empty pumps and two taken with Cider Festival offereings was a bit disappointed. Pie and Mash for 50p shy of a tenner was also a bit OTT.

Not the worst pub in the area but could have had better beers and equal food in one of the local Spoons

19 Sep 2012 22:18

The White Horse, Brentwood

Over two years since I last posted about the WH. In that time the pub has been largely refurbished with the best feature being a huge covered beer patio with comfy chairs. Now boasts as the brewery tap for the Brentwood Brewery Company (based just down the road) and today 6/10 of the pumps had BDC beers plus 3 others (Crouch Vale, Tring & Fullers London Pride). I had the Crouch Vale Boys Bitter and a BDC Summer Virgin, both of which were superb.

I recommend this pub to any discerning ale drinker. The only downside is that its in the middle of nowhere so I have to share the driving with the wife (I drive there, she drives back).

2 Sep 2012 23:19

The Walrus and Carpenter, Monument

Sorry, Billinsgate

18 Jul 2012 23:39

The Walrus and Carpenter, Monument

Not one of my favourite Nicholsons. Average range of beer by comparison and actually a bit of a bland choice.

That said the chain is pretty good so I may have just picked an average day.

Really handy for the Monument and overlooks the old Bishopsgate building.

18 Jul 2012 23:38

The Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Tower Hill

Fullers house in a converted Nat West Bank. Handy for Tower of London.

Usual full rage of Fullers Ale available. Discovery was good.

Only downside was I stood outside and was accosted by tourists (which i dont mind) and beggars (which I do)

18 Jul 2012 23:36

The Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill

One of the better spoons around. Great location for the Tower of London which does mean its inclined to be overrun with tourists, especially early.

Supped a good pint of Cotswold Spring, Stunner at �2.99 is no bad deal in this part of the City.

18 Jul 2012 23:33

The Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus

A rare McMullens outlet in these parts. Beer well kept (I had Country) with a full range of Macs on pump. Quite when I went but right next to the Palace Theatre so I would imaging this place gets mobbed near show time.

Small al fresco drinking area.

3 Jul 2012 23:31

The Marquis of Granby, Cambridge Circus

Popped in last night for a quick afre work pint. the place was not busy, the bar staff were pleasant and the Cornish Knocker was in good nick (two other real ales available). Was able to sit undisturbed to read the paper.

Can't really understand earlier posters but it was a Monday and yes, the West End is known for it's criminal elemant (bag nickers). �3.60 a pint in keeping with the area.

3 Jul 2012 23:28

The Kings Arms, Acton

Popped in for a quick pint last week. Nothing fancy but the London Pride was OK (only one real ale depite 3 pumps). Place was quiet but it was a Monday afternoon.

3 Jul 2012 23:24

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Proper ale drinkers pub, just 100 yds from the station - great choice of about 15 real ales including a number brewed on site. Tried 3 pints all in top nick (2 of their own and Batemans XXXB). Understand this in an Everards pub now but you wouldnt know it.

Remarkably quiet (read on) for a Saturday night with spare tables in the bar right up to closing.

The only downside on this occasion was a very loud rock band playing upstairs. Even the lights were virating in the bar downstairs.

Don't let the last sentance put you off tryng this excellent pub.

3 Jul 2012 23:20

The Yorkshire Grey , Holborn

Something of a cross between a gastro pub and an IKEA furniture showroom. That aside I had a well kept if rather pricey pint of Ringwood Best (Boondoggle and Brakspears also available).

Also ate a Gourmet Burger and Chips which was just short of �10. This was served on what can only be described as a bread board. Add a bit of vinegar and you need to take evasive action to miss a Tsunami of acid. Now I stand at 5ft 10" but the chairs against the high tables meant that I was having to push myself up to get a decent cutting angle.

I remember 20 years ago when this pub had it's own brewery. How times change.

9 Jun 2012 22:44

The George, Wanstead

Not a bad Spoons. Right next to Wanstead tube station. Good pint of Nethergate Old Growler kept me occupied and satisfied for 40 minutes.

23 Apr 2012 22:09

The Duchess of Cambridge, Stamford Brook

Popped in after a Fullers brewery trip last week. A Titanic Brewery festival was on and a number of excellent beers were on offer. Beer was a good price for the area and the quality was superb. The only downer was that the kitchen closed between 3 and 5 - annoying as we ordered at 3.10. Will be back.

23 Apr 2012 22:06

The Bree Louise, Euston

Sorry, CAN

2 Feb 2012 21:56

The Bree Louise, Euston

Beer heaven. Visit while you cab

2 Feb 2012 21:56

The Wellington, Strand

OK. This is a Nicholsons pub (M&B) located in West End theatre land, serving a great range of well kept real ales (6 when I visited).

Whilst I can accept �3.50/�4.00 a pint because of where it is situated I object to paying �12 for Pie, Mash and Veg, and fairly average portions and quality at that.

Whether that's down to local management or M & B this reeks of rip off Britain and is inexuseable.

Stop exploiting tourists because of your privileged plot and alienating any unsuspecting mug who dared to be hungry in the Strand.

2 Feb 2012 21:45

The Defector's Weld, Shepherds Bush

Popped in for a quick pint before football (only QPR fans are allowed in on match day). Whilst the pub gets crowded the service is OK. Good range of real ales, my pint of Ringwood 49er was very good.

I would imagine this is a very good pub when not full of fans but have marked based on experience but also potential.

26 Jan 2012 21:40

The Eel Pie, Twickenham

On a quiet Monday evening I popped in for a couple of jars. Seemed like a nice enough pub - served quickly by a pleasant barman. Two good pints (Badger and Tanglefoot).

As I have no experience of the previous, and clearly well thought of managers, I cant compare like for like. However, I have no complaints and would recommend this pub for anyone seeking a good quality and quiet pint.

24 Jan 2012 22:22

The White Hart, Hornchurch

Long closed

5 Jan 2012 21:55

The Viper, Mill Green

Just completed the annual 1st January pilgrimage. Like taxes and death one certainty is that The Viper will always rate 10/10. The Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde and Woodfordes, Once Bittern were both excellent. Thanks to the wife for sharing the driving.

1 Jan 2012 21:21

Wheatsheaf, Southwark

Unlike the Market Porter this basement pub is less crowded but with a great range of real ale it has to be recommened. Not flash but wll worth a visit.

9 May 2011 23:25

The Market Porter, Borough

A classic pub in the heart of the Borough market. Packed most evenings but the quality of the numerous beers outweighs this. If you dont mind a plastic glass you are welcome to drink in the street/maket outside. Well worth checking out if youre in the London Bridge area.

9 May 2011 23:23

The Bankers Draft, Eltham

Must be the smallest spoons in the world. Very much a locals pub, most of whom seemed blitzed at 6pm on a monday. That said I was left to my own devices and enjoyed an excellent pint. There will be worse pubs in town I'm sure.

29 Mar 2011 23:20

Corner Pin Inn, Doncaster

Great little back street boozer only 10 minutes away from the transport interchange and the shops. Visited on a saturday after football when the pub was busy (but not uncomfortable so) with a largely local clientele watching the Rugby. Serving a range of Great Newsome beers, the Pricky Back was excellent. The landlord was happy to chat and clearly a lover of the pub and beer. I understand that the pub was nearly closed recently, that would have been a disaster. If you're in Donny well worth checking out - I will be back one day.

29 Mar 2011 23:17

The Plough, Doncaster

Quirky little two room pub only 5 minutes walk from the railway station and the town centre. On the Saturday I visited the back room was full of football fans and the front was filled with racing types. All in all made for a good atmosphere. Add to that an excellent pint of Barnsley Acorn and you have the recipe for a top boozer. Well worth looking out and a better choice (for me) than the Tut next door.

29 Mar 2011 23:10

The Tut 'N' Shive, Doncaster

Visited before the recent QPR vs Doncaster game and I have to say the place was lively, mainly because the QPR fans had taken possession. That said the overall view of the pub was that whilst the decor appeared a bit tired the Kelham Island Riders of the Storm and the Everards Sundancer were both in good nick. If I'm honest the Plough next door is more my cup of tea but the Tut is not a bad boozer.

29 Mar 2011 23:07

The Furze Wren, Bexleyheath

One of the best Spoons I know of. Large, open plan and bang in the middle of town. Usual fayre and usaul prices. Pint I has was excellent - Titanic Stout.

20 Feb 2011 17:03

The Saqqara, Brighton

Think this is now called the Post & Telgraph. Still a spoons but on my visiy yesterday was nicely laid out, clean and with a good range of ales. I expect it gets bombed as the week progresses. I can only assume that previous comments are a reflection of its former life.

2 Feb 2011 17:09

The Masons Arms, Upminster

Closed forever on New Years Eve. Now being demolished. Sad to say goodbye to the pub where I had both my 1st illegal and legal pint some 30+ years ago. It's been good, bad and downright ugly throughout the years. A piece of personal history passes into oblivion.

22 Jan 2011 19:03

The Viper, Mill Green

Visited again on the 1st Jan - one of the few pubs in the area open - and supped a perfect pint of Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde followed by an equally perfect Nethergate Augustian. Years may come and years may go but some things, including The Vipe rstay the same - in simple terms perfect.

My News Years resolution is to visit The Viper more in 2011 - wife kindly driving me back 10 miles permitting.

2 Jan 2011 20:29

The Wellington, Strand

Traditional Nicholsons pub located right next to the Lyceum (Hint, avoid pre/post show times because it gets manic) in the Strand/Aldwych area. Had an excellent Sharps Cornish Stout out of the 7 real ales on offer. Has a seperate dining area upstairs, a large partly covered outdoor drinking area and a long thin bar which is deceptively bigger than it looks.

A bit if a tourist magnet but well worth popping in for a pint or more. (Also serves lager)

30 Dec 2010 21:14

The Falcon, Clapham Junction

Can't get here as often as I would like but this pub, right next to Clapham Junction is very good indeed. Always a great range of beer, always plenty of staff and always somewhere to find space (not necessarily sitting though).

One whinge - please put locks on the loo doors as there are some things that should remain a) private and b) uninterrupted

26 Dec 2010 22:02

The Tyburn, Marble Arch

First visit since February. Nothing much has changed especially, and annoyingly, the amount of beers still "coming soon". As I was in on 23rd December I wonder when "soon" is.

What was particularly disappointing was the was the Duty Manager ejected a young lady who had clearly had one too many. Mr Whateveryourname is - treat people with respect and you will be treated likewise.

And the loos are looking a bit tired also.

26 Dec 2010 21:58

The Marble Hill, St Margarets

Not a bad llittle pub albeit a little bit overdoing it on the comfy chairs. That said a decent pint of Youngs Special at a good price. Was suprised that the place was almost empty at 6.30 on a Friday.

12 Dec 2010 22:07

The Thatched House, Upminster

Very much my local and now back in the Good Beer Guide after a good few years due to restaurant conversion.

Still predominantely a foodie pub but during the week when quieter there is no problem sitting at a table simply for a jar. When tables are booked there is a small bar area with a couple of tables only so be aware.

A fair range of "usual" ales - Fullers LP, Adnams Broadside (Regulars with GK IPA) and GK Abbot as a guest!!. Excellent quality but a bit more imagination from the brewery on guests might be nice.

If you're eating I recommend the steaks - grilled to perfection and reasonably priced.

Best pub in Upminster/Cranham for a quiet pint

2 Dec 2010 22:03

The Crosse Keys, Bank

By far the best London City spoons (IMHO). Visited twice last week and found 10 different ales on each visit. For thouse not familiar the pub is a cavernous former bank with a central bar, a fews side rooms and a mixture of high and low tables. A good mix of clientele but raraely frequented by the usual 10am spoons regulars. Well worth a visit if youre in the area,

24 Oct 2010 21:55

The Harp, Covent Garden

One of those beer heaven pubs. Centrally located, superb choice of ales and unspoilt. This small west end pub is the perfect place for a quality pint in an area much taken over by tourists, chains and gastros. A proper boozer and well worth top marks

24 Oct 2010 21:50

Mr Foley's Cask Ale House, Leeds

A good ale pub with a wide range of strenths and styles. Also a good selection of odd lagers (draft and bottled) if thats your thing. Well worth tracking down if in this part of town.

10 Oct 2010 21:31

Whitelocks, Leeds

Awesome pub tucked away in the back streets off the main drags - well worth searching out. Very well kept range of local beers - the Leeds Midnight Bell was 10/10

10 Oct 2010 21:26

The Drum and Monkey, Glasgow

By central Glasgow standards this is one of the better pubs. Decent pint of Caledonian 80/- and a good mix of clientele in the early evening. Travelling on business alone - not a bad pub for a suited singleton looking for a place to quietly read a paper

10 Oct 2010 21:23

Crystal Palace, Glasgow

Better of the two spoons near Central. Large two story bar with the usual range of food and good real ale. Large screens show football.

10 Oct 2010 21:18

Sir John Moore, Glasgow

Its a Spoons. Good beer and well located for Central. prefer the Jamaica if I'm honest

10 Oct 2010 21:15

Sanderling, Glasgow Airport

Typical airport pub. Full of Easy Jetters getting lashed before flying to Ibiza. Beer was OK (Strathaven Midnight).

10 Oct 2010 21:13

The Hand and Shears, Barbican

A little gem tucked away in the back alleys behind Barts hospital. Best pint of Directors since Wells took over. So glad I found this place.

10 Oct 2010 21:10

Crumpled Horn, Upminster

Visited on a Saturday night (8.30pm) for a quick beer before a meal. I have to say that whilst the pub was packed with Upminsters finest of all ages and dress code the overall experience was good. Plenty of staff, a very pleasant pint of Jennings Cocker Hoop and not too pricey.

As someone who lives a mile from this place I don't use it enough these days but will be back.

25 Apr 2010 19:28

The Seven Stars, Bristol

Complete and absolute beer heaven. Huge range of beer of all colours, styles and tastes. 10/10 for knowledgeable staff who looked after my wifes "only drink Porter or Barley Wine" tastes. My pint of Yeovil Ruby was superb. My one slight gripe is the furniture - or lack of it - but its a standing up (whilst you still can) sort of pub.

Interested to read Articums post. I didn't disclose my membership (nor was I spotted) so missed out on any discounts offered. Better go back and try my luck albeit a long way from Essex for a short hop.

Will be back one day, promise.

12 Apr 2010 22:50

The Kings Head, Bristol

Best way to describe this pub is Quirky. Nothing special as a pub if I'm honest although the unspoilt interior is well worth a visit. Quiet at 6pm on a Friday evening but its so small I guess it gets crowded quckly.

Same four beers as previous posters -the Cornish Coaster was well kept and reasonably priced.

Worth looking up if in town but not where you'd want to spend a long night. For that look out for the 7 Stars nearby

12 Apr 2010 22:42

The Portcullis Inn, Bristol

Absolute beer heaven. A great little pub on two levels (the bar is downstairs). Unbelievable range, superbly served by good staff. My only fault is that I only had time for one.

Guaranteed to go back if in Clifton.

12 Apr 2010 22:37

Grain Barge, Bristol

Bit like Marmite if I'm honest. Excellent beer, nice location but not partuclarly well furnished and food was very pricey. Staff also didn't seem to give a monkies.

That said, worth a visit if you're in Bristol but there are better pubs not that far away.

12 Apr 2010 22:34

The Golden Crane, Cranham

Gone right down hill and if you're in Cranham go to the Jobbers, Masons or Thatched instead.

8 Apr 2010 21:57

The Elephant, Fenchurch Street

Utterly disappointing and why this place is in the GBG I do not know. Only beers on were Bombardier (that you can get anywhere in London) and Youngs (very) Ordinary (which you can also get anywhere). There are at least 5 other better pubs in crawling distance (Ship, Lamb, Wine Lodge, EI Arms, Counting House).

8 Apr 2010 21:56

The White Horse, Brentwood

First visit this year (why have I been so stupid) and as always the place was Prrrfect. Made even better by the fact that as it was National Cask Ale week there were 16 different ales on .... and the wife was driving. If you live within a million mile radius of Coxtie Green then make the trip.

8 Apr 2010 21:51

The Flitch Of Bacon, Little Dunmow

One of those near perfect village pubs that you only normally find on biscuit tins.

Visited on Bank Holiday Monday following a bike ride on the nearby Flitch Way. The pub had a good range of ales including a guest (Nethergate Bar Fly), was child friendly and had a varied menu to cater for all tastes.

Can't agree with JTB as I found all the staff very pleasant and helpful. Guess you just picked a bad day.

8 Apr 2010 21:45

The Eel Pie, Twickenham

Nicely appointed but with a local feel, sitting just behind the High Street. Full range of Hall & Woodhouse Beers - the Sussex and Badger were both excellent.

18 Mar 2010 22:17

The Golden Crane, Cranham

Seems to be closed at the moment

27 Feb 2010 17:24

The Tyburn, Marble Arch

Not so typical Spoons because of the stainless steel and pine fittings but usual ale and fayre otherwise.

I have to say this pub annoys me as they always have a couple of really interesting beers "coming soon" although the two I did enjoy were excellent.

To cap it all this pub provides evening entertainment. Yes - three small mice spent most of the time I was there eating crumbs off the floor and licking out a discarded butter carton. I did highlight this to one of the bar staff who said "they come in from the outside". I suppose a number of other spoons are criticised for the vermin that frequent them. The Tyburn seems to take this literally.

18 Feb 2010 13:08

The Doric Arch, Euston

Agree with everything everyone else has said. Excellent range of beer - recommend the Batemans XXXB and Kelham Island Pale Rider.

Seem to have a new menu too - excellent burger.

Only downside was that barman tried to convince me that Keg London Porter was the same as Cask - apart from added fizz, dead in the barrel and slightly chilled of course.

10 Feb 2010 23:29

The Botwell Inn, Hayes

One of the best Spoons outside central London. Awesome pints of Cotleighs Buzzard and Marstons Old Empire, a perfectly cooked mixed grill and on a Tuesday night the place was lacking all of the reasons why people criticise (Poor staff, ropey clientele etc.). By far the best pub in Hayes and well worth a visit.

10 Feb 2010 23:24

The Barrowboy and Banker, London Bridge

Roger B - This was formerly a Nat West (converted into a trendy Wine Bar - ish). Have used this pub a number of times over the 10 years or so of its existence yet never posted. In short a typical Fullers Pie & Ale House with the usual excellent Fullers Ales and wide ranging menu. Really handy for London Bridge station.

A couple of downsides

- a bit pricey (but it is located in a central area)
- gets very busy at 5pm with City types (like me). Not a problem but be prepared
- occasionally gets overrun by tourists not used to British beer - too warm, too dark, too flat etc. etc
- staff - high on turnover, low on personality

Don't let that put you off though. The pubs in Borough Market and beyond are better but I'll be back - so should you

23 Jan 2010 14:14

The Old Bell, Kilburn

Visited last week for the first time. Slightly interesting clientelle but not threatening. Had a reasonable pint of Hobgoblin (less than �3 per pint) so went back for another.

My colleague and I ordered a Chilli (two meals for a fiver) - this is where things went a bit amiss. Firstly the flavour was akin to one of those Vesta meals you used to get in the 80s. Secondly, the temperature was akin to the weather outside (0 degrees). Only reason I didn't complain was time was against me. That said my other companion had an all day brekkie which he said was OK.

In summary I would visit again but would eat elsewhere.

16 Jan 2010 19:23

J J Moons, Hornchurch

Really don't understand the low rating with this pub. One of the better Spoons and certainly one of the best pubs in Hornchurch.

Excellent range of real ale, usual menu and plenty of seating. Visited yesterday (Friday) and whilst it was busy with a mixed clientele the atmosphere was good, the service sharp (at least 6 bar staff and 20 minutes for a mixed grill) and all in all a positive experience.

16 Jan 2010 19:10

Orange Tree, Richmond

Nice Youngs pub with the usual range of ale. Price of food is scary - tenner for a burger and chips. Good job there's a Golden Arches down the road. Best pub near the station but visit the cash point if you're eating

21 Oct 2009 23:58

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Why add a comment at all cos other posters have it covered. Ale Heaven.

21 Oct 2009 23:55

The Orange Tree, Chelmsford

Real Ale Heaven. What I'd give to live in Lower Anchor Street - both the QH and the Orange Tree on your doorstep.

13 Oct 2009 20:09

The Queen's Head, Chelmsford

Real Ale Heaven. What I'd give to live in Lower Anchor Street - both the QH and the Orange Tree on your doorstep. And a superb All Day Brekkie to Boot

13 Oct 2009 20:08

The Jamaica Wine House, Bank

First visit since Sheps took over. Not much has changed at all, still the same old Jam Pot, just a different range of beers.

12 Oct 2009 23:03

The Fox Inn, Bury St Edmunds

Nice pub but more Costa Coffee than a beer establishment. Clearly been refurbished tastefully but the prices of the beer seem to be upped to cover the cost of paints. Usual range of GK beers, the H&H Olde Trippe was good but no Abbot - how can you not have Abbot in BSE. I would have preferred to go to the Old Cannon - better a poncy pint of OC than a poncy pint of GK.

4 Oct 2009 15:47

The Swan, Little Totham

Absolute top boozer. Took a pilgrimmage last weekend and was not disappointed. A classic Choccy Box pub serving a superb range of beer, perry and cider. On the day we went (BH Monday) they were'nt officially serving food but the landlord, John, managed to rustle up sandwiches for my hungry brood - not many pubs would do the same. Can't wait to go back - next time I'll let the wife drive so I can snooze on the way back.

6 Sep 2009 16:45

The Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth

Typical Youngs pub. Slightly upmarket with plush seats and a big decked garden. Slightly pricey. Beer OK, Staff OK. Visited with a mate but wouldn't bust a gut to go again, especially as I live in Essex

5 Sep 2009 11:18

The Red Lion, Greenford

Visited a couple of Tuesdays ago and it wasn't as awful as it used to be. At least someone's painted the ceiling from tobacco yellow to non-tobacco yellow. Pint of pride was just average. Service was garbage - the one girly was too busy chatting to her mates to try and earn her boss a few bob. Would only visit if you had to.

16 Aug 2009 21:08

The Magpie and Crown, Brentford

One of those tatty pubs you know you just have to visit. Four superb ales, a fine range of bar snacks and filled with beer loving characters. Can't say a bad word apart from the fact it gets used by Brentford fans on match days - oh well it is in Brentford I suppose.

16 Aug 2009 21:03

The Golden Fleece, Bank

Fast becoming a regular Friday haunt. A good summer pub as you can stand in the service road outside and enjoy the sunshine. I expect that a wet Friday in December will be less exciting.

Usual range of GK beers with a guest - like Gann it was Evs Tiger this week.

16 Aug 2009 20:57

The Dog and Duck, Soho

Nice Nicholsons pub in the middle of Soho. As others have said it is tiny but that adds to the character. Good range of ales as you would expect.

One of the few "normal" pubs in the area.

16 Aug 2009 20:54

The Bishopsdown, Salisbury

Now called something else (can't remember what). Situated next to the Premier Inn on the outskirsts of town. Usual pub fayre (A la Brewers) but a decent enough steak and chips. Nice range of real ales (Wadworth 6x, Butcombe Bitter & St Austell Tribute). Whilst wouldnt bust a gut to drink here it's not bad if you're staying next door and don't want to drive into Salisbury

2 Aug 2009 23:15

The White Horse, Brentwood

Another awesome festival weekend. Great food, great beer, rather to great a hangover (must pop up and see the landlord to complain). Only downside was the boys football pitch doubled as a Car Park. For that you're not getting 11/10.

Seriously this place is the best pub within a 10 mile radius of my home, always serving superb ale in a really nice environment. Shame you don't do B&B cos someone's always got to drive.

16 Jul 2009 00:26

The Green Man, Bank

Cant believe I've never posted this pub before even though it's my office local. Typical city Spoons so ignore the anti-spoons fan club comments. It does what it says on the tin. If it's so bad whys it always packed with intelligent city types enjoying reasonable priced food, decent real ale and reasonable surroundings. I'm not a member of the Spoons fan club and will criticise where criticisms due but I do feel that some BITE folk smell a 99p pint and become a bit paranoid. The GM is safe to visit - honest

17 Jun 2009 01:00

The Chequers Inn, Hornchurch

Sneaked an early evening pint of Black Sheep before going to the Queens Theatre (which sells GK IPA & Abbot). First time since new management and if I'm honest I couldn't tell the difference. Still a bit tired but I think it always was and always will be - kinda makes the place homely. A few locals in but no one took any notice of me. Service was OK as was the pint.

17 Jun 2009 00:53

J J Moons, Hornchurch

Everyone seems to have forgotten this is a spoons. You get what you pay for. IMO the ale is good , the service is OK and if you avoid Friday and Sat night the clientelle is not a problem. Popped in last week to watch the England game - didn't get accosted by Chavs or lynched by 99p a pint alkies. Knockers get over it - if you want real crap go to the Spoons in Romford.

17 Jun 2009 00:47

Bell Hotel, Norwich

Usual spoons - absolutely bombed with kids on a Saturday evening but don't be put off. Atmosphere was lively but not threatening. Beer was good quality and the mixed grill was properly cooked and totally edible. Some like spoons, some don't - The Bell is OK.

17 Jun 2009 00:37

The Ribs of Beef, Norwich

Popped in Saturday evening before last. Just a 5 mins walk from the cattle market that is Prince of Wales Street. Excellent range of Real Ale, nice clientelle. Nice decor. Nice staff. Nice

17 Jun 2009 00:32

The Custom House, Romford

As Romford goes this place is OK but that is only as Romford goes. Reasonable pint of Marstons Ped, food usual pub grub. Service (now there's a word). Told by male bar oik that there was waitress service so went to sit down. 15 mins later went and spoke to female bar opo who took my order at the bar. Confused??

17 Jun 2009 00:28

The Prince Regent, Sutton

Visited at lunchtime today. Five handpumps, no real ale. Didn't stay.

16 May 2009 22:40

The Harrow Inn, Cheam

Typical Ember Inn. Not a bad pint, not a bad price (�2.60 for bitter). Five real ales on. Only downside was having to ask for a top up and still having room left over for more in the glass.

16 May 2009 22:34

The Blackfriar, Blackfriars

Visited today, a grey and overcast lunchtime. Found the pub half empty so none of the service issues referred to previously. Two well kept pints of Thwaites Lancaster Bomber (glasses topped up without question) - 7 different real ales on - washed down with a tuna melt and chips Mate had steak which was not bad. Only slight downside is the price, even by Nicholsons standards.

8 May 2009 00:12

The Back of Beyond, Reading

As spoons go this is def one of the better. As the title says its away from the main drag and all the better for it - not populated by pond life even though it backs on to the river. Nice touch as that the JDW beer festival was on and whilst the pumps advertised the ales they were actually drawn on gravity away from the bar. Darned good mixed grill as well - cooked to perfection. Avoid the two spoons in the town centre and venture here - you're less likely to catch something.

3 May 2009 20:14

The Retreat, Reading

Popped in last Friday evening because the festivals bogs were blocked (or something like that). A bit off the beaten trach but well worth the effort. Small, yes, cluttered yes, superb beers - oh indeed. The only downside is that they don't do any food so after one excellent pint of Banks original had to move on.

3 May 2009 20:10

The Lord Aberconway, Liverpool Street

OK but not the best Nicholsons pub in the area - usual fayre and good beer. Timmy Taylors was top notch but the "guest" was Bombardier - wow. Next week it's Adnams - double wow. Why when other Nichs are being a bit adventurous with their guests does the LA get in beers I can buy in almost any other pub in the City. That said well worth a visit if you're stuck at Liverpool St and much better than Chav City (Railway) or Chav City 2 (Hamilton Hall)

28 Apr 2009 23:15

The Star, Bishops Stortford

Visited at lunchtime today. Two regular ales (incl Bombadier) and an excellent guest (Manns St Georges). Reasonable pub grub. Reasonable prices. Nice staff. Sat in beer garden in the sun - perfect. Will go back next time in BS.

21 Apr 2009 23:11

Great Harry, Woolwich

As spoons go this one is not one of the worst. Excellent guest beer and a very well cooked mixed grill. OK it has the usual cosmopolitan range of punters but that goes with the territory - if you're a snob then go to a wine bar instead. Was there on a tuesday with footie on the telly. Yes it was lively but never oppressive and wouldn't shy away from visiting again. As with all spoons you get what you pay for.

9 Apr 2009 23:25

The Royal Oak, Borough

Drank here last night and quaffed five awesome pints Harveys Mild, Armada, Old and Porter along with Fullers Hock. Also had a superb S&K Pudding. The perfect night.

I love this place - that's why I keep coming back every 3/4 months.

26 Mar 2009 22:27

The Old Dog, Herongate

I echo eveything that everyone else has said. Total ale heaven and awesome food to boot.

One word of warning - shuts at 9pm on Sundays

25 Mar 2009 00:49

The Green Man, Ingrave

Visited Sunday evening (as the Old Dog closes at 9pm). Had a sound pint of Hooky Gold in a convivial environment. Can't comment much more but inclined to go with West rather than Lord Essex,

Honestly, prefer the OD but a safe alternative.

25 Mar 2009 00:47

The Thatchers Arms, Great Warley

Visited for the first time (and the second time) in 15 years even though I only live 3 miles away. In short I'm glad I rediscovered the pub. As an ale drinker I found a good selction of local ales (Brentwood) and guests (Sharps Doom Bar, Adnams Broadside). Will def do a third visit soon. In short a good country pub on the outskirts of Brentwood. Does home cooked food (not tried). One word of warning - the pub is on a lethal bend, be warned.

25 Mar 2009 00:44

The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick

Good location for Chiswick Park. Enjoyed a couple of pints of Pride and a pint of ESB. Usual Fullers quality. Would visit again

18 Mar 2009 20:27

The Doric Arch, Euston

Not quite as good as it was as the Head of Steam however still well worth a visit. Good choice of ale from the Fullers Range and 3 guests (Hopback SL, Timmy Taylors Landlord and Dark Star Hophead). Food seems to have improved of old and new furniture adds to the comfort. Just miss 10 guest ales and the beer festivals

4 Mar 2009 23:40

The Bree Louise, Euston

A real ale pub of immense quality. A wide selection on both pump and gravity all kept superbly. Went in last evening at 7pm and the place was buzzing. Best pub in Euston by far.

4 Mar 2009 23:37

The Vat and Fiddle, Nottingham

Surely beer heaven. Visited on Saturday before footie and also for another after. Beer superb - 2 of Castle Rocks own (Sheriffs Tipple and Blackbird) and a Burton Bridge XL Mild. About 8 other to chose from. Service unhurried but efficient. Nearly got too comfy and missed my train. Can't agree with Moderate Nige - you need at least 20 mins to enjoy you pint and 5 mins to get to the station. Next time I'll allow an hour.

9 Feb 2009 22:22

Wine Lodge, Fenchurch Street

First visit since re-opening and its hard to spot the difference apart from characters behind the bar. Good range of Real Ale (Youngs, Sheps & Harveys). Worth a visit but wouldn't go out of my way to find when there's better pubs nearby.

3 Dec 2008 00:11

The Windmill, Upminster

Reopened now as The Windmill after an extensive refurbishment. Locals tell me its a very different place with good food and a range of GK Ales.

Will visit soon

20 Nov 2008 23:07

The Marble Arch, Manchester

Absolute Ale heaven, a beer festival in it's own right. Also did an excellent Steak & Ale pie with fresh veg and chunky chips ... yum. Bit tough to find as it's tucked away in yuppie-ville but well worth the ten minute walk up from Victoria Station. In short much nicer than Manchester's plethora of poncy wine bars and fizz holes.

16 Nov 2008 17:43

The Beaten Docket, Cricklewood

As "Spoons" go this one is not bad for away from Central London. Guest beers available was a nice treat two days before a festival rather than the usual "not available". Food came quickly and was good, chef even noticed an error on his part which was quickly rectified without question. If in Cricklewood well worth a visit.

29 Oct 2008 17:16

The Queens Arms, Kilburn

Visited yesterday at lunchtime. Had the spacious lounge to myself albeit there were a dozen locals in the public watching footie. First impressions were not bad, a good pint of special and a friendly barmaid. Ordered a BLT and sat down - almost falling through the spring shot bench seat in the process. At least the uprights had a bit of substance. Had to wait 30 minutes for the sandwich which I had to chase. When this finally arrived it was two slices of sunblest, a couple of uninspiring rashers and some poncy salad from Waitrose. To add to the flavour both slices of bread had large finger indents...nice. That said, whilst it won't win any Egon Ronay awards or Pub of the Year if you want a decent pint of Real Ale near Kilburn Park then it's worth popping in.

19 Oct 2008 18:30

The Spread Eagle, Croydon

Typical Fullers Ale & Pie House but that's a good thing in my book. Excellent beer as you would expect, substantial portions as you would expect, un Chavy as you would expect, bit pricey as you would expect. Well worth a visit .

7 Oct 2008 22:52

The Three Guineas, Reading

Popped in on a Friday night when it was surprisingly quiet (although it was lashing down outside). For a pub by a busy station this place ain't too bad. Great range of ales well kept. Perhaps a bit pricey but Reading isn't exactly the worlds cheapest town. If you just want a drink this place isn't a bad bet.

11 Sep 2008 21:29

The Falkland Arms, Great Tew

Pricey yes a little, a tourist trap yes .... but heh this is the great Bristish thatched picture postcard pub. Visited last weekend for the first time in 10 years and nothing has changed. Superb range of ale, good food and as quaint as ever. If you're ever in the area look this place up, it's a must.

11 Sep 2008 21:22

Maritime Inn, Plymouth

Went on a Saturday lunchtime. A very safe bet, reasonable food, excellent ale and a good location. Worth a visit

11 Sep 2008 21:18

The Great Western Hotel, Exeter

Truly a great beer drinkers pub situated right next to St Davids station. The range of ales is second to none. Also the 24oz mixed grill was awesome - far better than the boil in a bag rubbish at the Spoons next door(and only �6 more expensive). If you're in Exeter and like ale then this is a must.

11 Sep 2008 21:15

The Bell Inn, Evercreech

Visited on a Sunday at the end of July. Excellent pint of Butcombe Bitter, friendly staff and a very pleasant location at the end of the village. If I wasn't on my bike I could have stayed here for a while

14 Aug 2008 21:38

The Prestleigh Inn, Prestleigh

Visited a couple of times during the last week in July. Despite a rather precarious location on a bend and looking a bit tatty from the front I was pleasantly surprised on going inside. Two Greene King beers well served, a reasonable menu and a garden with excellent views over the nearby showground and the countryside beyond. Building a kids play area outside which will be an asset. Only downside was the loos. Give it a try.

14 Aug 2008 21:35

The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye

The perfect country pub. Excellent Beer (6 Real Ales at any one time), good food reasonably priced, large outside drinking areas, childrens play park, big field and small animal area. Even the weather was perfect. Only downside was that there was a 40 minute wait for food which mean't I had to drink three superb pints... shame but I managed (good job the missus drives). Can't wait till the beer festival in mid-June

6 May 2008 23:06

The Swan, Bank

Visited last Tuesday for the first time in ages and have to say it was excellent. The Butcombe Bitter was 10/10, service good and at 20.30 was comfortable.

27 Apr 2008 21:03

The Jamaica Wine House, Bank

The "JamPot" is OK if you like history. However the beer is only average (and pricey) and people seem to hog the bar making ordering a bit of a pain

27 Apr 2008 21:01

The Counting House, Bank

Visited on a crawl last week. Beer excellent as always but does lack personality.

27 Apr 2008 20:59

The Cock and Woolpack, City Of London

Visited last week for the first time in ages. Beer excellent and service very good. Will revisit soon.

27 Apr 2008 20:57

Williamson's Tavern, Mansion House

Having recently found the pub I have to say it is fast becoming my City Local. I can't agree with the last posting as beer quality and choice has always been excellent. Usual Nicholsons fare served in 15 minutes - very good for a Thursday lunchtime.

Only downside will be in the summer when Al Fresco drinking will become impossible due to the number of smokers in the small entrance alley

31 Mar 2008 23:15

The Bridge House, Tower Bridge

Excellent Beer, Excellent Service, Excellent food. Only thing stopping getting higher marks is the price and the fact that you have to push to get from the front door to the food area as there is an assault course of chairs and people to negotiate

31 Mar 2008 23:10

The Jobbers Rest, Cranham

Closed for refurbishment

20 Feb 2008 22:19

The Viper, Mill Green

Visited on New Years Day in the evening, the only pub open in the immediate are. Been here many times but never posted before. Great location, fantastic beer, food is great too (except not available on this visit). The place is 10/10....always.

18 Jan 2008 23:16

Red Lion, Sheffield

Visited on Saturday 12 Jan. Place was heaving with Sheff Utd fans ahead of the game. As a QPR fan the atmosphere was a bit intimidating but the excellent pint of Sheffield Vulcan made up for this. Staff kept the queue moving well so only had a 5 minute wait.

Well worth a visit but perhaps avoid game days if you want a quiet pint

18 Jan 2008 23:13

The Museum, Sheffield

Went in at 5.45 on Saturday 12/1 after the football. Pub bust but was able to sit downstairs in peace and quiet. Usual range of GK beers plus a number of guests. York Terrier excellent

18 Jan 2008 23:08

The Kitchen Bar, Belfast

Following Real Ale starvation at
McHughs on Friday we ventured to the Kitchen remebering a packed boozer with live music and real Belfast character. To say we were shocked is an understatement. Whilst the live music remains and the trio in situ were brilliant we shared the pub from 22.15 to 23.30 with no more than two dozen others.

The only saving grace was that the Titanic Lifeboat was good and we still managed to attract a couple of characters.

The basic issue is that the place is now impossible to find for the visitor without GPS having been sandwiched between roadworks and a near complete but huge building development.

Not sure how it will survive without punters so please visit.

18 Nov 2007 19:43

McHughs, Belfast

Went there early Friday evening (about 20.00)on a w/end visit to Belfast. Have to say that food was excellent but v. disappointed that two hand pumps were not available.

Seemed to be live music earlier but atmosphere by about 22.00 was a bit tired so went to the Kitchen instead

18 Nov 2007 19:32

The Queens Head Hotel, Troutbeck

Food was excellent, although the portion sizes were not exactly huge (good in the City, not so if you've walked for 10 miles earlier), and beautifully presented. Did think that �6.50 for Cheese and Biscuits was a bit steep. That said three courses plus a bottle of wine for �80 wasn't too bad. Hawkshead Bitter was well kept and the overall ambience was superb. Recommended by a former boss, we're still talking.

27 Oct 2007 12:54

The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Langdale

Basic, but excellent, walkers pub in a superb location. Excellent beer range. The perfect end to a strenuos walk up Crinkle Crags. 6 real ales and a cider on at time of visit. The Yates Bitter was great.

27 Oct 2007 12:47

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater

Agree with everything posted previously. Fortunately the weather was good so sitting outside was a good option. The inside does indeed get crowded at lunchtime.

One tip Gents. If you feel called to "take a seat� don't leave this until the last minute. There is only one throne available which is unisex.

27 Oct 2007 12:43

The Glen Rothay Hotel and Badger Bar, Rydal

Just spent three nights in this hotel. Now under new management and 2006 comments seem a thing of the past. Beer was excellent with three real ales always on (incl. Hawkshead, Coniston, Black Sheep, Barngates), food was fresh cooked and reasonably priced, rooms still quirky which is nice, Badger feeding is fascinating. Only downside is the main road location.

27 Oct 2007 12:37

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