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The George, Great Portland Street

The George closed on July 2nd 2016. The Crown Estate has planning consent for a major re-development of this and the adjacent building:

15/01327/FULL. "Amalgamation of 55 and 57 Great Portland Street to provide a dual/alternative use of the basement, ground and first floors as either a public house or a restaurant (Class A4/A3) and use of the second to fourth floors as three flats (Class C3).

5 Jul 2016 09:30

The Essex Serpent, Covent Garden

Closed as of Feb 3rd 2014 and now a boutique. Planning consent was Dec 18th 2013: replacement of bay window and renovation works associated with use as a shop

4 Feb 2014 10:00

Boadicea, Charing Cross Station

Oh, and with SSP's Bite Card (free) the 20% discount (at many of SSP's food and drink operations at UK railway stations) makes prices a bit more competitive.

27 Dec 2013 06:25

Boadicea, Charing Cross Station

Much improved this year with the introduction of cask ale - usually at least two on: Fuller's London Pride, Greene King IPA, and on occasion Greene King IPA Gold.

27 Dec 2013 06:23

The Crown, Crewe

I was in on lunchtime Nov 8th - only the one beer Unicorn on, and about 80 pints left to drink as the pub was closing Sunday night Nov 10th.

20 Nov 2013 12:40

The Ship of Fools, Croydon

Closed as of June 9th 2013. For conversion - back to a Sainsbury supermarket. This had been the site of Sainsbury's first store outside of Central London in 1886.

9 Aug 2013 08:54

The Swan, Hammersmith

I stop in for a pint from time to time after visiting my brother and family who have lived nearby for some 10-15 years. Generally it's been fine - reasonable beers kept quite well - and the renovation several years ago was good. Last night though was a bit of a disappointment when I chose the Nicholson's IPA. Described by Nicholson's as packing 'punchy grapefruit flavours. Balanced and super drinkable, this festival exclusive - we've got just 240 casks across our 76 pubs, so enjoy it while you can - defies its 6% ABV.'

I was disappointed - a slightly sourish edge and what condition it had was lost quickly. I wasn't going to be there for long anyway so took it back, commenting to the barman about it. He turned the pump clip around and apparently offered an alternative, pulled it, but then asked for payment. I eventually complained to the manager who also quibbled, said that there was nothing wrong with the beer, and eventually rather sullenly did offer a replacement without charge. That was the Nicholson's Pale Ale which was very good. May be it was an isolated incident - I'll be back again probably in a month or so. And might be rating the pub higher.

27 Jul 2013 12:05

The Victoria, Camden

Closed as at June 23rd 2013 and photographed boarded up July 2nd 2013. It was a good little boozer and I enjoyed a couple of pints there only a few weeks before then.

5 Jul 2013 11:24

The Askew Arms, Shepherds Bush

Closed and boarded up as at January 12th 2013

13 Jan 2013 18:39

Crockers Folly, Maida Vale

Crockers is reported on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register:

Public house circa 1900. Formerly known as "The Crown". Has been closed since autumn 2004. Temporary works have been undertaken to secure the building and to make weathertight. Planning permission and listed building consent were granted in November 2011 to allow use of upper floors as residential flats. Work has yet to commence on implementing this scheme.

It's Grade II* Listed, in fair condition, and part-occupied.

12 Oct 2012 09:13

The Green Man and French Horn, Covent Garden

Re-opened as restaurant - part of the Terroirs stable (see King William IV Street WC2) - in the last 2 weeks.

30 Sep 2012 21:45

O'Neills, Holborn

Has changed effective September 21st to Philomena's.
It remains M&B with the faux-Oirish makeover of the last decade(s) being stripped away, and the bar somewhat cavernous being lightened and opened up. A full renovation is slated for April 2013 and a third handpull likely.

Having featured one real ale for the last few years, demand and a shift in the market has now led to two.

Currently on is Sharp's Doom Bar, likely to be a permanent feature, and Harveys Sussex Bitter, and both a good 3/5 yesterday.

Big screens remain, and sports will feature at weekends. @CAMRAWestLondon

28 Sep 2012 07:56

Paxtons Head, Knightsbridge

Excellent service this lunchtime - pity the Black Sheep went off; Fullers London Pride very good ...... and there was Youngs London Gold, Wells Bombardier, and GK IPA on. Staff team enthusiastic if needing to learn.

23 Sep 2012 21:49

The Stag, Victoria

A little bit of history: there was in the late 18th century as part of the then owners of the Stag Brewery and estate a public house named the Stag on the north side of what is now Castle Lane. How long it lasted, and when it disappeared, is not clear.

As part of the post-war rebuilding, and the redevelopment of the Stag Brewery, the (new) Stag was built on the site of the old cask yard, opening in July 1963.

(source: The Red Barrel - A History of Watney Mann by Hurford Janes 1963)

11 Sep 2012 07:44

The Stage Door, Victoria

The pub's open - but hidden by the works and hoardings in connection with the Victoria Circle development and new Underground station.

10 Sep 2012 23:25

The Duke of York, Victoria

Very closed and boarded up - presumably because of the major works at what is known as Victoria Circle, a large scale development by Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

10 Sep 2012 23:24

The Constitution, Lisson Grove

Currently closed and being substantially changed interior - see 12/07158/LIPV | Premises Licence - Variation.

10 Sep 2012 23:20

Seven Stars Inn, Robertsbridge

A good pint of Harevy's Armada last Monday afternoon - refreshing after an afternoon strolling, browsing up at the Rother Valley Railway shop, and then in the second hand bookshop - very dry work!

2 Aug 2012 13:36

The Ostrich Hotel, Robertsbridge

I had a sublime point of Harvey's Sussex Best on Sunday afternoon. The Harvey's is usually pretty good, though I'm only an occasional dropper in, once a month or so.

2 Aug 2012 12:59

The Devonshire Arms, Chiswick

Reported today as closed:

The attempt failed to run it as a community pub

The pub today with the sign outside inviting locals to say Goodbye

The Devonshire Arms appears to be closed again- after less than two months as a community pub.

A sign outside the pub said ;

" We are leaving so tonight is our final evening. Why not pop in and say Goodbye". has confirmed that the freehold of the building has been sold.

Nobody could be contacted for comment.

When it reopened in early May as a pub, one of the owners, Paul Waterer, told Chiswick that it would not be a gastro-pub but would focus on being a traditional local pub.

"We want it to be the hub of the local community" he said at the time.

Before opening in Chiswick, he and business partners Paul Roomussaar and Rob Hutchings, ran the Prince Edward pub in Notting Hill. The tenancy expired there last February.

The three business partners were trying to replicate the success of their venture in Notting Hill where they said they had a mixed customer base, from eight to eighty-year olds, and tourists.

Local people believe the pub suffered from its location, which has dogged previous owners.

Attempts to run the property as a gastro-pub have also failed.

Rrestauranteur Nick Gibson closed it in February, less than a year after he had opened it with ambitions to provide fresh, seasonal British cooking and a range of British ales.

The 70-seat dining area, 16-seat bar, with 40 covers in the outside garden, was once been part of the Gordon Ramsey empire ( GRH) and Nick Gibson, who also runs the Draper's Arms in Islington, had taken it over in June 2011. He blamed its lack of success on a reluctance by local people to walk down from the Chiswick High Road .

The future of the property is currently unclear. The agents refused to comment on the matter.
June 27, 2012

27 Jun 2012 18:48

The Fox Inn, Souldern

Excellent night at the Fox on Monday - though so stuffed from the afternoon Jubilee tea the BBQ was a challenge. Beers though were good - especially Shepherd Neame Spitfire, followed by Holden's Black Country Bitter and one other I forget!

The next 'do' in my diary is the Fox Ale'lympics from 18.00 July 20th - late on July 22nd. I don't know I'll make all 3 days ...... tho' there are to be 20 'Olympic' themed ales from around the country.

7 Jun 2012 10:50

The Marquis, Covent Garden

Has just been quite substantially renovated, though I've yet to pop in. 4 hand pumps now on the bar - London Pride and I think Seafarers on sale the other day.

21 Apr 2012 11:23

The Harp, Covent Garden

And see on their web site twitter and Facebook - April 17th the Harp was named West London CAMRA Pub of the Year.

21 Apr 2012 11:21

The Green Man and French Horn, Covent Garden

The pub remains closed with no obvious work on reopening.

21 Apr 2012 11:18

The Lambeth Walk, Lambeth

Conversion to residential (a variety of apartments on all 3 floors plus an extension) was completed some months ago.

21 Apr 2012 11:15

The Ivy House, Nunhead

Just been alerted:

The Ivy House - closing down this Sunday (22/04/12)

Posted by NickTheSnick Today, 11:07AM

Yes, the rumours are true.
This Sunday (April 22nd) will be our last day of trading.

The gorgeous, lovely people at Enterprise Inns have finally managed to sell The Ivy House and are kicking us out in a stylish and classy last-minute way. On Monday one of South London's most iconic venues will be boarded up.
As far as we know it's been sold to developers and will never re-open as a pub again.

We're obviously gutted, after just 10 months we were really starting to turn this place into a popular and lively pub and venue. Lots of great stuff was already booked in for the next few months, all now sadly cancelled. (If you did have a gig or party booked I have tried to contact you already this morning)

Our final 5 days:
Wed - Hankdog's Easycome Acoustic Club
Thurs - Silent Film Night - Nosferatu (1922), with live accompaniment from musical genius Igor Outkine
Fri - Private party in the ballroom, front bar open as usual
Sat - Comedy Club - Scott Capurro, Steve Best and more
Sun - Big fat leaving party

Massive thanks and love to all the people who've supported us in our time here, we've had some amazing nights and met lots of lovely new friends.

I hope you'll be able to join us for a goodbye drink before the end of the week, we plan on going out with a bang rather than a whimper - watch this space for details of our 'closing down/drink the bar dry/so what if it's a school night' party on Sunday.

For those of you who'll miss the pizzas the most, get yourselves down to The Joiners Arms in Camberwell - same recipe, same chefs, same awesomeness.

Big Love,
Nick and the whole Ivy House team.
[email protected]

PS - Anyone looking for brilliant bar managers, bar staff, chefs or cleaners please get in touch with me - there's a whole team of skilled, charming and beautiful people looking for new jobs now.

18 Apr 2012 18:08

Boadicea, Charing Cross Station

I dropped in the other evening to try the new format out: �4.95 for a very gassy pint of Brooklyn lager seemed a bit steep, and it tasted a bit metallic. Food-wise I went for the venison and claret pudding, and it was appalling. Dried out on the outside and rubbery on the in, and there was distinct absence of claret and for that matter venison - at least, not any sort of venison that I've tasted before.

Very disappointing, and when i complained the reaction was not terribly positive though I did eventually get a refund.

9 Mar 2012 11:22

The Old Sun, Harlington

Quirky & friendly? A welcome stop after a very bitter walk back in the wind last night from Sharpenhoe. A nice fire, another friendly face behind the bar, and interested inquiries given the driving snow flurries outside. It had been treacherous coming down from the Clappers - and Taylor's Golden Best helped retire equanimity if not balance before a slide up & around in the part. Irvin snow cover to the station.

5 Feb 2012 18:35

The Chequers, Luton

It was a very welcome haven Saturday evening, after a couple of hours walking in the chill wind from Harlington via the Clappers. The first snow of the night ushered us in to a friendly welcome & options included a table by a nice hot radiator. Beers included Morlands Original & Belhaven Robert Burns. Both excellent, tho Roger jet-lagged from a flight from Japan wasn't able to do justice. The friendliness behind the bar, and from locals, makes this one definitely to go back to on future walks. Food-wise 3 of us really enjoyed liver and bacon, all day breakfast, and lamb shank. One was a bit disappointed by the chicken in batter - but allowed the batter was light & good, just that the chicken a bit tasteless.

Thanks to the team who looked after us, we struggled in the snow back to Harlington, resuscitated at the Old Sun (Taylor's Golden Best - also good) before the train back to St Pancras in driving snow.

5 Feb 2012 17:16

The Angel and Crown, Leicester Square

The pub has very recently re-opened after what looks like a substantial renovation. Have yet to visit to see what changes there have been, and if the cask ale has improved (it's been occasionally good, but not consistently).

17 Dec 2011 21:03

The White Swan, Covent Garden

Mitchells and Butler have applied for a new license, and intend a re-modelling as a traditional Nicholson's operation, with
extended hours for the playing of recorded music, late night refreshment, and the retail sale of alcohol - as well as opening up the first floor that will be predominantly used for diners - which may account for the need for a new license.

It's quite a few years since indifferent Fullers London Pride used to be available, and back in the early '70s I remember the Mucky Duck as a dark, fairly dire dive ....

As a Nicholson's managed house - one of their 'genuine London historical pubs with living character offering a warm and engaging experience' - we should expect a good range of real ales, wines, and a reasonable range of food.

30 Jun 2011 23:11

The Green Man and French Horn, Covent Garden

The pub remains closed, though the remodelling of the upper floors for 3 flats, and a major change to the ground floor frontage to provide a separate front door, appears now to be complete.

As far as can be seen there is still internal works under way on the ground (pub) floor - but no indication as yet when it may re-open.

30 Jun 2011 23:07

The Harp, Covent Garden

Popped in yesterday evening, having been away for 5 days. Both the Sussex Best and the Junction were very good. On balance I do prefer Harvey's, followed by Batemans and Adnams beers. Is there anything other than a coincidence that all three are brewed by (different) coasts? It was busy, though not crowded, with a friendly range of visitors (one from Norway, who seemed to have enjoyed lunch and dinner there over several days, and said he was possibly one of a very few members of CAMRA in Stavanger. He can get 500ml bottles of London Pride there, for the equivalent of about 9 quid sterling!

23 Mar 2011 00:41

The New Inn, Send

In for restauration on Sunday afternoon, after a brisk-ish stroll up from Guildford on the Wey Navigation. I stopped at Bowers Lock for my lunchtime sandwich etc., and to wait for the National Trust lengthsman Thibaud, and the led walk that was to concentrate 'on water control structures such as weirs, flood sluices and flood gates and what makes a navigation different from a canal.' The first 'address' at Bowers Lock didn't give me much more than I knew anway, and as the 40-odd strong group moved off it was an ambling pace. I pressed on at a more moderate pace, stopping for photos, and meeting the owners and the hounds from Bowers Mill House (?) again - very friendly. A good draught of King's Horsham Best Bitter was most welcome, and the rugby ..... and a second and third even better, and a bit of chat with the locals. Very friendly, good and well kept beer ...... next time maybe get there before 3.00 and try some of the food.

15 Mar 2011 22:15

The Opera Tavern, Covent Garden

Re-opened, but not as a pub. The freehold is owned by Shaftesbury Covent Garden Ltd.

It is leased and now operated by Tortelli Ltd as a tapas bar and restaurant, having opened late Jan 2011.

15 Mar 2011 07:42

The Beehive, Walworth

I hadn't been for a long while, and thought I'd drop in after an all-morning meeting on Monday.

Regretably winter opening hours early week are from 15.00 onwards, so I had to hurry on to the Tankard 176 - 178 Walworth Road SE17 1JL.

I can't find that one on the site -but it does a very reasonable pint of Greene King IPA on hand pump for �2.45.

It is a Greene King Retailing Ltd managed house, but a friendly and homely welcome from the regulars and behind the bar Tom Mitchell, who told me that he had previously kept pubs around Islington, and had known the pubs around City Road Basin - the Wenlock Arms, Prince of Wales, and the Narrow Boat - well.

1 Mar 2011 13:31

The Victoria, Bermondsey

I was in yesterday evening, and talked a bit with Pat, Trisha and the evening bar staff (didn't catch her name). There were only a handful of people in early evening, and the three of us the last hour or so. The London Pride was good - �2.90 - and Greene King IPA was also on, though I didn't try it.

In fact the Pride was excellent - and Jazz FM just sublime, interrupted only by the football radio commentary from West Ham - and I wasn't the only one drinking it though Guinness and the lager were both going down well with people early on.

It was friendly and welcoming, and I nearly tried the steak sandwich. Next time I definitely will. It's a bit off my normal routes - though I have stopped for a pint every now and again - regular but not often - since first exploring around the old Bricklayers Arms a few years ago. I've made new friends I think and will be back across before too long.

22 Feb 2011 13:23

The White Lion, St Leonards

Our lunchtime stop today, on a circular walk from Wendover. It had been a fairly muddy tramp - nothing too demanding, and we weren't the first in. Tring Brewery Side Pocket was just the right side for refreshing. Two of the others tried Wytchwood's Hobgoblin preferring the warming malty flavor. A tad disappointing was the food - scampi and chips for two of us, vegetable soup for me (I'm afraid it wasn't homemade, more Heinz catering can), and for some reason a baked potato and filling, and a sandwich, took another 20 - 30 minutes to follow on. It was warm and friendly though the grate was cold, and Molly was rather insistent on playing ball. Once started she wouldn't take no for an answer.

A cheerful and helpful serving from behind the bar, and the young helper made for excellent service. Definitely coming back!

12 Feb 2011 23:51

Charlie Chaplin, Elephant and Castle

It's many years since I was in - and then it was a pretty run down boozer (that was before they painted the shopping centre pink). With the likeliehood that the re-development of the whole area will at some stage include the shopping centre the future of the Charlie Chaplin is limited. I noticed, from the inside of the centre, that the signage was very '60s and Watneys Red Barrel. I didn't have time to try the beer though!

12 Sep 2010 01:27

The Angel, Soho

I stop from time to time - at least once every couple of months - and the beer has been fine. When I was there recently the refurbishment seemed to have been completed, the beer was good. Though the pub still :-) isn't in Soho - it's St Giles!

12 Sep 2010 01:21

The Carpenters Arms, Appleford

After 12 miles on the Thames Path from Oxford, yesterday, it was a relief to find we had a good hour before the 18.16 train back to London - and that the Carpenters was open and welcoming. There was enough time to try the Greene King IPA, Morlands Original, and Abbot - all in very good condition. Mark Haslett couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, though it was a shame to see the pub so little used on a beautiful sunny and hot afternoon in the garden.

16 Aug 2010 09:17

The Isis Tavern, Iffley Lock

We stopped about elevenses yesterday on our Oxford - Culham walk. The welcome was friendly and helpful, the beer was good (Appleford Brewery's Power Station), and the others enjoyed ginger beer, coffee and tea. We didn't try and cakes or the beans on toast - Tyrells crisps were fine!

16 Aug 2010 09:12

The Horseshoe and Castle, Cooling

Our second visit, on a walk Higham - Gravesend on Good Friday, and confirmed this as a good lunch stop. The hot pea and ham soup for lunch was just right, along with a pint of Oldershaw Caskade. The others also enjoyed their food and beer. It was the rain that we had to walk into and through for the next hour and a half that was almost too much. Still, buoyed up by our lunch, we struggled through the wet and mud .........

4 Apr 2010 12:14

The Garden Gate, Hampstead Heath

A warm welcome on a cool early evening this Saturday, after a walk around Hampstead and down Rosslyn Hill. It was fairly quiet, starting to build up as I caught up with Camden New Journal and a quiet (very well kept and a wonderfully drinkable) pint of Saltaire Brewery Cascade Pale Ale.

4 Apr 2010 12:08

The Cock Inn, Headley

A very fair pint of Greene King IPA and Wells Bombardier. 7 of us stopped for lunch on a walk last Saturday, and the five who ate were quite contented with their food.

1 Mar 2010 18:17

Bar Mosko, Holborn

Formely the Three Compasses, with reasobale ale, which we used to go to reguarly after City Lit classes in the '90s.

1 Mar 2010 18:13

The Intrepid Fox, Soho

Now Byron at The Intrepid Fox - a burger bar.

1 Mar 2010 16:21

The Craft Beer Co, Holborn

Currently known as Rudy's Revenge .... no further details

1 Mar 2010 16:01

Woodman, Hatfield

On a short walk in Mymms Wood today, for lunch Charles recommended the Woodman Inn as he had stopped before. There was also almost next door the Old Maypole though he had heard that a for sale sign had been seen on it. We thought we'd better check, and found the Maypole was thoroughly boarded up, though the outside lights were all on. It was back to the Woodman for the Sunday Roast Plus at 9.95. The restaurant was busy, and we opted to sit in the small bar (a further big bar was available, though empty) to eat.

A generous helping of turkey, beef, or pork together with a Yorkshire pudding, and a choice of up to six vegetables made for a very good lunch. That together with an enjoyable pint of Abbot Ale in very fair condition meant that we left for the 2 miles or so return walk to South Mimms feeling more than just 'well-restored'.

7 Feb 2010 18:22

The Old Maypole, Water End

Although the lights outside the building were on, the carpark was securely fenced off, and the windows boarded up, at lunchtime today.

7 Feb 2010 18:05

The Anchor, Henley-On-Thames

After a 5 hour haul along the Thames Path from Tilehurst today, and having to wade (well. ok, it was above the ankles) a couple of hundred metres in ice cold flood water just before Shiplake, we were both looking forward to a warm and comfortable siddown - and a pint of best (friend Carol went for the normal orange juice). The Brakespears Bitter was lovely. I also tried the Oxford Gold - not my favourite, but it was in good condition. It was a quiet afternoon (we got there just before 3.00) with several in at the bar and at tables. The old brown dog checked us over, would have had the crisps but was sharply told no (not by us!), and then was up into the arm chair - is he the old codger in the corner? All too soon the squelchy socks and boots got cold, and it was time to get the train .........

24 Jan 2010 22:10

The Greyhound, Hendon

Still the only decent pub in Hendon, warm, friendly, and excellent Youngs Ordinary yesterday afternoon. On what was a particularly icy afternoon the smouldering logs in the hearth was particularly welcome. I'm only an occasional dropper-in, usually after a visit to the next door Church Farmhouse Museum every 2 or 3 months, which is also well-worth a visit.

4 Jan 2010 15:49

The Woodman, Ware

Just about as perfect a pub you could find on a cool though bright and summy Saturday. Trouble was we got there too quickly, and had half an hour before they opened at 12.00. Warm, very welcoming, a fine range of Tyrells crisps to be had, and gravity served beers. The Ossett Big Red on offer was really lovely warming and mellow, and the spicey beef and tomato soup just right. It was with great reluctance that we stirred ourselves, to go out into the now clouded over afternoon - though no rain - and squelch our way along a muddy track down to the river Beane, and on towards Hertford.

6 Dec 2009 12:42

The Bridge House, Hertford

Four of us stopped after a 7 mile amble from Watton at Stone (via the Woodman at Chapmore End, where the Ossett Brewery Big Red was a wonderfully tasty beer) yesterday about dusk, as the rain started. The welcome at the bar was quite friendly, and warm. Three and a half of pints of AK in good condition were appreciated. None of us were as keen on the County bitter, so switched back to the AK before the train home.

6 Dec 2009 12:37

The Peyton Arms, Stoke Lyne

I've stopped for a beer (or three) irregularly since c. 1999 - on local walks, or en route home, when I lived near Souldern, and usually a couple of times a year when I'm in the area in the last few years. Invariably there has been a warm welcome, excellently kept beers, a good roll, and conversation.

What more could you want?

26 Nov 2009 09:42

The Castle, Rowlands Castle

After a moonlit Hallowe'en walk to Chalton and the Red Lion (excellent welcome, beer, and food), under a high hunters or is it poachers moon our way back was chilly and well lit. We made good time and had time for a half hour restauraution - the Seafarers ale was particularly good I thought, as was the general welcome, and friendly dogs. Two pots of tea were no problems, so all of our group of 6 were well-satisfied.

3 Nov 2009 11:53

Red Lion, Chalton

I'll echo speedytuft's comments, having been one of the party of 6. on the welcome, people, food and drink. I tried Fullers London Pride and Gales HSB - both were in fine condition and appreciated.

3 Nov 2009 11:49

The Red Lion, Cricklade

It had been blustery and showery, and a couple of times we thought that the rain might have really set in. Thankfully though that didn't happen, so the walk fromKemble Station via Thames Head along the Thames Path did not reduce the two of us to soaken misery :-) There was a last showering as we skirted Cricklade, and the Red Lion was a welcome first sight of civilisation. Though the open fire had died down, it was warm and welcoming, and sitting down with a pint of Moles Best Bitter and gently steaming a little (at least my spectacles steamed up) was a relief. Time was all too short before the last bus to Swindon on a Sunday was due, so this was just a 15 minute interlude. But well worth a return and more leisurely visit.

26 Oct 2009 08:22

The Glue Pot, Swindon

After a blustery and showery day, walking the Thames Path from the source at Thames Head to Cricklade, and catching the last bus, we had 30 minutes in hand. So I steered Carol to look at Brunel's model dwellings for the GWR workers, and coinicentally to the Glue Pot. I'd only been in once before, 4 years ago, but the welcome was the same, with a very satisfying pint of White Horse bitter.

26 Oct 2009 08:14

The Grove, Hammersmith

I recall the old Hammersmith Grove - must have been c. 15 years ago when my brother and family moved to a house nearby - and it was ok, run-down a bit. 'The Grove' reborn as more a resto than anything else didn't attract us at all.

I saw the handpumps the other evening, so dropped in. The Fullers London Pride was a bit tired, the Harveys Sussex Bitter a lot livelier. Overall it was fine, and service friendly and welcoming.

24 Aug 2009 10:58

The Stinging Nettle, Shepherds Bush

dropped in for the first time yesterday evening about 6.15 PM. A good cool pint of ordinary at 2.93 was very reasonable .... staff were friendly, and it wasn't too busy in the bar - but a lot more people upstairs. Plenty of Youngs bottled beers seemed to be available, and also (not tried) Youngs Kew Gold on handpump.

24 Aug 2009 10:48

The Ram Inn, Firle

Excellent Harveys Sussex Bitter Aug 22nd - with Summer Lightning and the Doom Bar good runners up. Friends rated the 3 cheese ploughmans ..... it was too hot and bright to be outside .... but a glorious day for a good 11 mile walk via Firle Beacon.

24 Aug 2009 10:33

Red Lion, Monument

Pub is closed as at this morning, and has been some time

12 Aug 2009 09:56

The Exmouth Arms, Euston

It's fairly basic but good boozer .... and the welcome is friendly, and beers pretty reasonable to very good. The kitchen (and frying) doesn't intrude that much, and there's invariably a table outside. It does get 'rammed' when the tail end of a union meeting is still in, and PFA Kants Cave is about to go up - but that's just one Wednesday a month.

11 Aug 2009 00:32

The Duke of Cambridge, Islington

I was there with a Camden Green Fair group late afternoon / early evening May 21st. I tried several of the beers, which were fine to very good, and others in the group of all ages enjoyed the time. The various snacks and so on we bought were also good. It was busy, and the staff friendly and efficient .... and yes, prices were a little higher but not that out of line for the area or central London.

11 Aug 2009 00:02

The Albert Tavern, South Norwood

A reasonably friendly place, if rather empty even for a Monday night July 27th. Greene King beers aren't my favorite - the Speckled Hen being the best I think. The LBW I tried was quite passable, though the IPA a little below par.

It was a bit sparsely decorated, but comfortable and I read my paper and watched a bit of the 2020 cricket on Sky Sports. One regular sipped his ber, and read his book. A larger group was enjing themselves, and then several regulars drifted in for a Guiness or lager, and chat.

Apparently under new management - there was a notice in the gents about a focus group on July 20th wanting to know what patrons and others would like to see at the pub.

28 Jul 2009 13:49

The Harp, Covent Garden

Don't forget that there is a small comfortable lounge upstairs, that can be a quiet retreat for a drink and chat, or a read of your newspaper, when the main bar is busy and noisy!

23 Jul 2009 07:48

The White Horse, Hurst Green

Excellent Harveys Sussex Best at just before 3.00 about 2/3 the way on a Rother Walk from Hawkhurst to Robertsbridge recently (June 6th) - they close at 3.00, and if we had wanted food - sorry! One of the staff/family was having a rather delectable looking and smelling steak and fried onion roll; and a party finishing their lunch looked well-satisfied. One definitely to go back to .....

30 Jun 2009 09:20

The Fox and Hounds, Toys Hill

I wish the rating could be higher, as the setting was marvellous, the beer (I tried the Morlands Bitter - 4 out of 5), and the food that 5 or 6 of us had ordered looked excellent. But we never got a chance to have a second pint, and only one of us managed to eat. It was a bit strange from when we first arrived, just after 12.00, to be greeted with a demand that we provide change as walkers always turn up with 20 pound notes and they'd have no change by 12.30. Then we had to order all the food on a tab, and he'd provide an itemised bill and calculator at the end so we could work out who owed what. OK not unreasonable, but then we had to sit all on one table, which he proceeded to organise (5 of us did, 3 wished to sit out in the garden). Since one order was for the outside, he was a bit put out ..... the food was served, I was ordering a second round of drinks when there was some heated confrontation outside. Apparently one of our number had unwisely bit into hgos own sandwich, with the coffee he had bought. This seemed to trigger an excess of anger, and he was still fuming to us as he came back inside. This was over the top, and when one of our group commented to him a further tirade was let rip ..... and we were told to first shut up, and then get out. Walkers weren't welcome, and no we couldn't eat our just served food etc. We were just to go, and piss off. His wife then came out and tried to insist that we still had to pay for the food - a contract had been made. She did not seem to appreciate that we had already been told to go, and no payment would be taken. She tried to block us from leaving, did not want to be touched (!), and would call the police.

All in all it seems Tony Hickmott has licked the customer problem in a unique way. Down in the village they told us that he and his wife had had the pub for 5 years, and noone local goes there anymore. We could see why!

29 Jun 2009 00:39

The Fox and Hounds, Westerham

I wish the rating could be higher, as the setting was marvellous, the beer (I tried the Morlands Bitter - 4 out of 5), and the food that 5 or 6 of us had ordered looked excellent. But we never got a chance to have a second pint, and only one of us managed to eat. It was a bit strange from when we first arrived, just after 12.00, to be greeted with a demand that we provide change as walkers always turn up with 20 pound notes and they'd have no change by 12.30. Then we had to order all the food on a tab, and he'd provide an itemised bill and calculator at the end so we could work out who owed what. OK not unreasonable, but then we had to sit all on one table, which he proceeded to organise (5 of us did, 3 wished to sit out in the garden). Since one order was for the outside, he was a bit put out ..... the food was served, I was ordering a second round of drinks when there was some heated confrontation outside. Apparently one of our number had unwisely bit into hgos own sandwich, with the coffee he had bought. This seemed to trigger an excess of anger, and he was still fuming to us as he came back inside. This was over the top, and when one of our group commented to him a further tirade was let rip ..... and we were told to first shut up, and then get out. Walkers weren't welcome, and no we couldn't eat our just served food etc. We were just to go, and piss off. His wife then came out and tried to insist that we still had to pay for the food - a contract had been made. She did not seem to appreciate that we had already been told to go, and no payment would be taken. She tried to block us from leaving, did not want to be touched (!), and would call the police.

All in all it seems Tony Hickmott has licked the customer problem in a unique way. Down in the village they told us that he and his wife had had the pub for 5 years, and noone local goes there anymore. We could see why!

28 Jun 2009 07:49

The Two Brewers Inn, Chipperfield

We arrived at just before 12.00 Sat morning, to be told (though the door was open) that they weren't open yet. Hardly very welcoming, though it was warm and comfortable inside, but rather 'superior' There was only one person behind the bar, and with affluent locals also arriving for lunch (it was fairly food and wine oriented, tho' I think there was Fullers London Pride on), it was going to be a wait so some of us rolled down the hil to the Royal George.

21 Dec 2008 20:20

The Travellers Friend, Woodford Green

A friendly welcome at 6.20 this evening, from a busy but not crowded pub, with some seats to spare. An excellent pint of Bombardier (Courage Best was off) for 2 of us, and a glass of fizz for the local (but longstanding resident of Manhattan).

20 Dec 2008 00:40

The Grapes, Limehouse

At a quiet late lunchtime, on a very chilly Tuesday afternoon this week, it was a friendly welcome, warm in the sun, and the Adnams Bitter was good.

31 Oct 2008 14:05

The Leicester Arms, Penshurst

Msprunt - that should of course be Stowford Press Cider. My stepfather is partial to cider and usually finds there's not much option other than Strongbow. This one he did appreciate.

18 Sep 2008 17:36

The Leicester Arms, Penshurst

4 of us stopped for a drink, about 4 miles into a circular walk from Tonbridge, last Sunday afternoon. Although I've been to and through Penshurst many times either walking or for the Craft Fair in the grounds of Penshurst Place, I'd never been to the pub.

The Harveys Best Bitter, Stowford Press Bitter, and a glass of rioja all went down well though the drinks did seem a bit pricey. We didn't have any food, but from what we could see from nearby tables people were enjoying themselves.

18 Sep 2008 17:33

The Coronation Hall, Surbiton

'Discovered' one of the limited attractions of Surbiton on Tuesday early evening. The Marstons Pedigree was OK - it was the Pilgrims Bitter that really appealed. The food was ok - a bit tired as if the salmon had been around for a while. My buddy had the pork steaks, which he rated higher. With friendly staff, we were both pretty content.

10 Jul 2008 16:24

The Duke Of Cumberlands Head, Clifton

There was a warm welcome in the grey and unremitting rain, July 9th, from the landlord and his staff. The soup - celeriac - was excellent, and a good serving of bread and butter. The Hook Norton Bitter, and Archers Red Admiral (apparently an Irish style red ale) were both in good condition.

10 Jul 2008 11:45

The Nell Gwynne, Covent Garden

Couldn't not go back, and was with a knowledgeable friend (he seems to have an almost encyclopedic A-Z / OS co-ordinate feel for all pubs in Central London) one late afternoon t'other week. Beer was fine, and guy behind the bar happy, and then one of the earlier encountered bar persons came in to work. Said hello, nice to see you, or words to that effect. All quite friendly and welcoming, so we enjoyed another beer before leaving. So happy to re-rate upwards, and look forward to another visit next month.

18 Feb 2008 17:02

The Antelope, Belgravia

recently visited on a Monday night for the first time - with friends, and a general thumbs up. Good Chiswick Bitter (rare to find it), the London Pride and ESB also I'm told went down well.

18 Feb 2008 16:58

The Nell Gwynne, Covent Garden

2 bar staff tonite, more interested in chatting to their mates; one had a friend 'on tv' switched off (very good juke box) and resented objections. And then had one of their friends star giving grief. Questioning their customer focus - glass removed still with beer in, and then ignored by both of the women chatting to their friends, and when someone else came in and was served I tried to attract attention, to be informed that one was rude (as the barperson hadn't been allowed to see their friend on TV, and one shouldn't use traditional methods to attract attention) ... and wouldn't be served .... DON'T GO THERE!

10 Jan 2008 22:52

The Gun, Coldharbour

A bit of a wild and blustery weekend - cold and wet part of the time yesterday, but a good day for a walk/amble back in Docklands, with Bow Creek Ecology Park, the Dome and the river (mainly the Thames) featuring quite strongly. Lunch-stop was here. It's rather gastro-ish, but warm and appealing, and we 5 arrived with Bertie the dog (still a very puppyish 20 month old Bedlington terrier) and went out onto the terrace. Enjoying a good pint of Adnams Broadside (Bjorn on Hoegarden at �4.60!!!!), and saying no thanks we won't be ordering food 2 times to over-attentive waiting staff, and then about to get another beer when a white polo-necked 'jobsworth' says they'd 'just noticed' the dog and pooches weren't allowed. Why? Because they treat the whole pub as a restaurant. There's no public hygiene rationale - you're more likely to get food poisoning from carelessness in the kitchen - and there was no signage (but plenty about other matters). So the Gun gets a firm thumbs down.

10 Dec 2007 09:07

The Ferry House, Isle of Dogs

A warm welcome, including for Bertie the puppyish 20 month old Bedlington terrier, yesterday afternoon on a cold wet and blustery day. And a very well kept pint of Courage Best Bitter.

10 Dec 2007 09:05

The Somerstown Coffee House, Euston

'quiet' not quite!

17 Sep 2007 23:17

The Somerstown Coffee House, Euston

In for a quite beer and chat with a friend for the first time since last year. A friendly welcome, and a very good pint of Bombardier; a good buzz in the bar, and out in the back, which has expanded since I was there summer 2006. I could use less/lower, or even an absence of, music, but it didn't intrude that much.

17 Sep 2007 23:16

Robin Hood, Botany Bay

Stopped yesterday evening after walking part of the London Loop from Barnet. The welcome was friendly, and the beers (McMullen AK, and McMullen Cask bitter) tried were very reasonable.

3 Sep 2007 19:39

The Lord Nelson, Southwold

We came in for restauration at about 5.00 May 25th after seeing the new brewhouse across the road and distribution centre at Reydon. Plenty of room for most, and a good selection of the beers to try - and Twiglets! - and excellently kept Best Bitter, Regatta, and Explorer were all tried.

29 May 2007 11:23

The Sole Bay Inn, Southwold

Stopped for some light refreshment May 25th, after touring Adnam's new brewhouse just across the Green. It was (and they were) friendly and welcoming, and though the surfaces are hard, and not comfortable, the Best Bitter was excellent.

This was a first visit, so I hadn't known it pre-scrubbed up, but others later commented and contrasted rather negatively with the Admiral Nelson.

29 May 2007 11:17

The Eels Foot Inn, Eastbridge

Visited May 25th - but there was no room at the inn that night!

After a short walk on the Fenns near to Thorpeness, and then a demanding factfinding mission to Adnams, to see the new brewhouse and distribution centre, and a relaxed pint at the Sole Bay Inn, and the Admiral Nelson, I was able to get a B&B nearby (Janet Baxter, the Alders, and highly recommended).

Having settled in, and on advice, I was quick to get down to the Eels Foot for dinner. It was busy but I could squeeze on to the table in the alcove as the couple and child enjoying their dinner didn't mind at all.

Another very satisfying pint of Adnams Best (I'd rate them all as a 4/5 pushing 5/5 on the CAMRA rating) accompanied whitebait - done just right - followed by a plate of smoked fish.

Excellent all round, and I'll certainly be back in the autumn for more walking as well.

29 May 2007 10:47

The Bargemans Rest, Newport

Dinner on May 11th was pretty good - I got the last order of pan-fried sardines.

We tried most of the beers - Ventnor Golden Bitter and Goddards Inspiration, and Badger Hopping Hare and First Gold were all in very good condition, though the advertised Yates was not yet on.

The live mainly Irish folk band (a 4 or 5 piece) got going about 9.00 .... by 10.15 we felt it was time to call it a night, as the Irish pipes had, well into the second set, yet to come out, and we'd had an early start from London at 6.00 AM that morning.

16 May 2007 10:18

The Propeller Inn, Bembridge Airport

Stopped for a late lunchtime refreshment, May 13th. It has recently been refurbished, and is part of one of the old Britten-Norman hangers - famous for the Islander aircraft, and the rare Trislander. It's a little characterless, apart from the wide range of aircraft photos and prints around the walls - including Concorde (perhaps not landing ot taking off from Bembridge International). The Kings and Barnes Sussex Bitter was very good, but the piping hot soup was very definitely made up from a powder mix.

16 May 2007 10:11

The White Horse, Kings Sutton

A less than busy Friday, but the beef lasagne was 'out of stock' The curry of the day was a generic chef's curry, and turned out to be bits of chicken in a rather gloppy curry sauce, with rice well cooked, and the only 'fire' from a dusting of cayenne pepper, plus a dish of sweet mango chutney.

The Brake's best was good though - and welcome after a 2 hour or so walk from Souldern.

9 May 2007 18:33

The Man in the Moon, Stanmore

A very refreshing pint of Yorkshire Terrier Sunday evening, after a 13 km walk on the London Loop from Mill Hill. Friendly, not too busy, and largey smoke free. All helped to lighten the load on two aching feet!

24 Apr 2007 11:04

The Cock, Fulham

Apparently now re-opened as a brew pub, with their own beer, Bonobo. Smoking is not permitted.

A visit in the near future to check it out is on the cards!

7 Apr 2007 00:23

The Charlie Butler, Mortlake

A belated report, as I was in the pub whilst it was in midrefurbishment/rebuild, just over a year ago.

The initial pint of Youngs Ordinary was yuck (it was the end of the barrel, but should have been noticed before serving).

An alternative pint of Special was so-so, and a 2nd pint of Ordinary drawn from new barrel - and OK.

The late '60s was being substantially re-furbished, with what looked like almost a complete interior re-build, losing the wonderful striped wallpaper, plush seating, and likely the entrance doors in almost a
Watneys style 'saloon lounge' lettering and frosted

I'll have to find an opportunity to visit it again this year.

2 Apr 2007 18:25

The Griffin, Whetstone

Having determined to walk another leg of the Dollis Valley Walk (and part of the London Loop), but only having an afternoon, I met up with a cycling friend for a lunchbreak. The Griffin looked the most welcoming, and we had absolutely no regrets on our choice yesterday.

In the glorious sunshine we got there about 2.30, and a quick check confirmed lunch was still being served, and two beers were on offer - Wells Bombardier and Deuchars IPA - �5.70 the round. Both were well kept, with a natural bit of zizz to them. We looked at the beer garden and the coach house, but with several family parties in we opted for the relative quiet of the front bar, in one of the bay windows.

Ok, it was a quiet afternoon, but service was excellent, the two girls behind the bar friendly and helpful, and careful to serve a full pint. We tried the Sunday roasts - lamb and beef - and good quality and reasonable value for �9.95 and �10.95 respectively.

I gathered the pub had had a makeover, but retained much of the graceful and warm wood panelling, and fireplace - and possibly the clock. The two tone green paint color scheme was pleasant, and even the not so big screen sports didn't intrude too much. When we asked for the volume to be turned down, no problem.

Leaving about 5.00 the prospect of another 1.5 - 2 hours before ending the walk at Highwood Hill wasn't so tempting - but I made it!

2 Apr 2007 17:59

The Holly Bush, Hampstead

I've not tried the food, but even when it was chocker on a Sunday lunchtime I've never felt that being at the bar, or sitting at one of the tables, was in the way.

Like many if not most pubs, it is primarily the noise that the neighbors have a problem with. It is a largely residential area. That goes back many many years - since I was at school in Hampstead in the '60s and '70s.

The beers have been generally OK - nothing great in terms of quality and get a reasonable 3/5 on the CAMRA rating.

27 Mar 2007 22:27

The Tally Ho, North Finchley

After a 5 mile walk from Hendon via Sunnyhill Park, Copt Hall, the old rail line to Mill Hill East, Frith Lane, Finchley Golf Club/Nether Court, Dollis Brook Way, and Woodside Park, I thought why not (at least for a desperately needed pee stop) look in to the Tally Ho - probably the first time for this pub since c. 1970. Cotleigh Brewery's Tawny Owl was really refreshing and restoring, pleasantly malty with a slight hop finish. I didn't try the food - there were so many in upstairs there was quite a wait on the kitchen, but from what I saw it was OK Wetherspoon stuff.

Comfortably furnished, but the no smoking section really didn't have sufficient lighting to read. Staff friendly, and William gossipy (he's 49 in April).

26 Mar 2007 01:17

The Elephant Inn, North Finchley

Before this evening I think it was c. 37 years since I last was in this pub - then if I recall correctly a Bass Tavern or Inn, with bright red doors, and pretty dire inside. A remarkable transmogrification .... and the Gales Festival Mild and Fullers London Pride were both very good.

It was a friendly welcoming place, with people variously watching Sky Sports in one bar, but not impsoing this on the rest, couple chatting, playing chess, eating what looked like good Thai food, and one a Sunday roast, reading newspapers .... all in all, one to bear in mind for the next time I visit old haunts!

26 Mar 2007 01:10

The Harp, Covent Garden

This Wednesday evening, March 4th, will be neither lifeless nor drab, with some decent philosophical discussion kicking off at 8.00 - lubricated by some of the best kept beer in Covent Garden, if not London, served by the best team in the Universe!

5 Mar 2007 21:02

The Chapel, Marylebone

It was busy tonight and with little or no soft furnishings or curtains, that does make talking etc difficult. Some convivial party in (a birthday?) - loud and friendly. The service was good, and Greene King IPA and Adnams Bitter both pretty reasonable.

16 Feb 2007 03:01

The Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden

I like it, it's been my local for c. 37 years (and back then it was practically the only pub around here that had decent cask conditioned bitter - Courage Best and Directors, and Mr Bessenger barely tolerated having Whitbread Tankard (?if memory serves) on his bar.

But the beer quality is so variable. Tonight's Greene King IPA was very so-so.

1 Feb 2007 23:54

The Queens Head, Bloomsbury

My first visit ever with Mycroft, and we tried both the Bombardier and Theakstons Best Bitter - both very acceptable. Food (steak sandwich and cumberland sausage sandwich) was so-so - but filled a gap.

1 Feb 2007 23:50

The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell

Having escaped from the Crown Clerkenwell Green ....... Apparently under new management, so the advertised olives not available - but do have a glass of salted pistachios for 1.70. Hmmmm.

But both the Spitifre and the Porter were in great form, although my buddy wasn't so keen on the Porter (not to his taste, altho' his lips visibly (audibly?) smacked after the first draught of Spitfire.

1 Feb 2007 23:47

The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell

Met a friend there this evening, for the first time for some years.

No bitter or real ale on - and they didn't seem concerned - and the friends white wine was expensive and not terribly good.

We went round to the Betsy Trotwood and .....

1 Feb 2007 23:43

The Marquis of Granby, Covent Garden

Still closed and boarded up, but in the last few weeks someone put the hanging baskets back up, and more lights have been on!

23 Nov 2006 08:35

The Hare and Hounds, Warlingham

Having driven past this pub off and on, en route from South London to Sussex, for about 20 years, I stopped on Sunday evening for the first time. It was quiet, warm, and comfortable, and welcoming, and I tried Horsham Best Bitter for the first time - very satisfying. I'll be stopping again!

23 Nov 2006 08:33

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

A late sunny if chilly Saturday afternoon and evening, yesterday, and a warm welcome to a comfortable and busy pub. OK, the big screens were on for football, but not too intrusive (the sound was at a comfortable level), and even the disappointment when the Magpies lost 1-0 was manageable :-). Excellent Everards Orginal at 2.30, and good Adnams Bitter at 2.15. The service was good and helpful, and as the pub got busier, it didn't lose any of its appeal.

5 Nov 2006 10:10

The Harp, Covent Garden

Altho' I got there late evening after the fun, Sept 19th, there was still a good and convivial atmosphere in the bar and upstairs in the no smoking room. The Black Sheep bitter had peaked, but the Harveys Best Bitter was excellent.

A much deserved award for Sarah, Binnie and the whole working team!

21 Sep 2006 15:16

The Marquis of Granby, Covent Garden

Sold by Mitchells & Butler and closed about 2 weeks ago. Local news was that Barracuda were interested, but have dropped out as the price was too high.

See M&B news release of August 31st they say:

Update on Disposals

We continue to see alternative use and investment demand for some individual pubs at substantially higher values than has previously been the case and we are pursuing opportunities to pro-actively manage the asset base to take advantage of these conditions in the property market.

We have recently concluded the sale of 21 smaller freehold properties in London for �53m. In the 12 months to 8 July 2006 these pubs, with average weekly sales of �7k, generated sales of �8.1m and EBITDA of �2.4m. ...... Discussions in relation to the disposal of the package of around 100 smaller, drink-led pubs, announced on 21 July, are on-going.

21 Sep 2006 15:11

The Royal Oak, Borough

Really excellent well-kept beers: yesterday I and buddy Ian stopped for an early evening drink and chat - the mild, pale ale, and best bitter were all at their best. It's comfortable and friendly, and a background of happy chatter and NO muic or -zak.

21 Sep 2006 15:04

The Doric Arch, Euston

The available beers are usually listed on blackboards at each end of the bar, so I make a point of checking what's chalked up first. Hop Back's Summer Lightning is often available, and Holt's Bitter and Archers are usually good. I was there a week or so ago - and noticed the seating had been much improved - at least in the raised seating area. The railwayana material seems to have been reduced.

1 Sep 2006 18:08

The Swan and Edgar, Marylebone

The interior is a bit spartan: after a 4-5 mile canal walk from Islington yesterday evening, a friendly enough welcome and a quiet pint sitting outside was great. The London Pride was OK, and the Flowers Original better. And they sell Twiglets!

Pity really that it then got inundated about 9.00 with over 20 dymanic enthusiastic and cosmopolitan new students from the London Business School, so the tranquility of this back street was disturbed. Worth indeed going back to ....

1 Sep 2006 14:34

The Ostrich Hotel, Robertsbridge

A good pint of Harveys Sussex Bitter to be had here. The jalapeno pepper crisps were a bit mouth-numbing.

30 Aug 2006 10:50

Seven Stars Inn, Robertsbridge

There was a reasonably friendly welcome in what is a very 'local' pub this bank holiday weekend. The Harveys Sussex Best Bitter was well-kept and really good and refreshing. Harveys London Olympia was also in good condition - though not really to my taste.

30 Aug 2006 10:47

The Charles Lamb, Angel, Islington

A sad disappointment last week, calling in after a 2 hour walk along the Regent's Canal from Limehouse. The behind bar staff were working hard, but the Fullers Chiswick Bitter was not drinkable.

22 Aug 2006 16:04

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Excellent pint of Adnams Bitter and friendly chat in welcoming bar, after a brisk walk along Regent's Canal from Limehouse.

22 Aug 2006 16:01

The New Inn, Shalfleet

Just to add the beer - Goddards Special Bitter - well-kept and refreshing, and went well with the crab.

15 May 2006 20:32

The Rose and Crown, Clapham

I echo the previous posts. Popped in for a swift 'alf before the bus home - and made to feel quite at home, relaxing and reading the paper. An excellent pint of Smiles Heritage, and one of Moorlands Original - poured by newbie bar person quite expertly!

15 May 2006 20:29

The Windmill on the Common, Clapham Common

A decent pint of Youngs Bitter - hald the place is shut off being refurbished. It was fine, but just didn't seem to have any real atmosphere any more.

15 May 2006 20:24

Wheatsheaf Hotel, Newport

Dropped in for shelter the night of the fire walking May 6th - cold and wet outside, and warm, friendly, and bustling on the in. A town hotel/inn said to date from the 17th century, and claimed to be haunted. A first floor bedroom features a heartbroken 18-year-old bride perched at the end of the bed grieving for her dead brave army officer who died in her arms from wounds suffered in a duel at nearby Carisbrooke Castle in 1813. They had only been married a few days.

Beer-wise some very decent Wadworth 6X and Flowers Original.

15 May 2006 20:19

The New Inn, Shalfleet

Stopped for a beer and a bite Sunday May 7th around 1.00 PM, and fine for eating and/or drinking. It did gte busier, but plenty of room for everyone. The Local Crab and Prawn cocktail with some bread was excellent, and quite enough!

The fire place hasn't seen a roaring open fire for decades, but the wood stove looks as if it would do a decent job in the middle of winter. Lots of fishing' and other impedimenta, photos, etc - a great place to relax, unwind, refresh, and restore.

15 May 2006 20:07

The Crispin, Newport

A mixed recent visit May 6th - just a handful of people in on a Saturday night.: The 2 bar staff seemed to be drinking faster than the punters - but all pretty friendly. The Greene King IPA was so-so, but a tolerable Youngs Bitter.

15 May 2006 19:47

The Prince of Wales, Newport

First time in Newport, so dropped in this recommended corner pub: friendly and helpful bar person; very tolerable Greene King IPA and Brains Rev James, and a friendly late afternoon/early evening crowd.

15 May 2006 19:43

The Bargemans Rest, Newport

Enjoyable Friday evening May 5th - tasty fish for dinner; 2 well-kept (but a tad too cold) beers - Ventnor Gold Bitter and Goddards Inspiration; live folk trio - so well known they needed no introduction.

15 May 2006 19:40

The Greyhound, Hendon

An old friend in Golders Green says lets meet for a drink - the Greyhound being the nearest decent pub! An excellent pint of Ordinary this last Saturday afternoon, and a warm welcome for the Cup Final. I've yet to try the meals - but the complimentary snacks were good. Well recommended - and don't forget to pop in to the Church Farmhouse Museum next door - the current exhibition is The Sound of The Suburbs - pop and rock music in the Borough of Barnet.

15 May 2006 18:48

The Somerstown Coffee House, Euston

Bob Crow wrote in to the Standard recently denying the allegations in the story, which ran around November / December.

There's absolutely no sign of social cleansing or ghettoising. You can have a quiet or boistorous drink in about 2/3 of the bar, with 1/3 for a simple, straightforward menu and dishes of the day. Gastro-ing it ain't - the visit before last for a pint with friends we shared a table with a guy running the dry cleaners round the corner.

There are some locally who regret the loss of the big screen etc. For my money Vannessa and Sabine have rescued a down at heel and very seedy lager pub (which it had been for years), and it's now a friendly, pleasant place to be. Even the toilets are clean, comfortable, and warm.

Direct experience sure beats recycling what is printed elsewhere.

4 May 2006 18:32

The Holly Bush, Hampstead

My recent visit to the Holly Bush was for the first time in many years. I recall when what was on offer was Double Diamond working unpleasantly.

So at the end of March it was good to discover a busy pub on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon, with at least three excellent beers competing - Hogs Back Crop Circle, Hydes Bitter, and Fullers London Pride. I didnn't try the food, but it looked pretty good, people were tucking in with relish, and prices were reasonable.

2 May 2006 22:12

The King William IV, Hampstead

I tried this one for the first time in c. 25 years towards the end of March. I'm afraid it was a terrible pint of Bombardier ....

2 May 2006 22:04

Ye Olde Mitre Inne, Barnet

I visited for the first time in probably 30 years on a weekend in Feb. Apparently under a new governor that day, and pretty busy. Service was good and friendly, and a pretty reasonable pint of Tetley Bitter. The Marstons Old Empire was delicious (and essential after a very wintry and bitter afternoon to be walking in) - and that meant staying for a second pint.

2 May 2006 19:11

The Malt and Hops, North Finchley

Dropped in for a pint not long ago, for the first time in many years. Good that there was cask conditioned bitter - but it was only just about drinkable.

2 May 2006 19:00

The Kemble's Head, Covent Garden

It has re-opened, as a Real Greek Souvlaki & Bar. I haven't yet checked it out - no real ale at least is visible - but it looked busy and people were happy!

2 May 2006 18:02

The Marquis of Granby, Covent Garden

There's generally a friendly welcome, and under Jimmy's care the Adnams Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Taylors Landlord, etc., were kept in pretty good condition. Jimmy is now at the White Lion (24 James Street Covent Garden), but the beer quality remains quite acceptable.

2 May 2006 17:33

The Harp, Covent Garden

Continues to be the only real local in the area, and consistently Binnie and her staff are friendly, welcoming, and serve a good range of well-kept cask conditioned beers, including my favourite Harveys Best.

It well deserves the CAMRA listing - and its popularity with CAMRA West London.

It's not overun by bearded real ale enthusiasts though - a plentiful and varied crowd is to be found. And a recent feature is a comfortable upstairs no smoking lounge.

2 May 2006 17:28

The Somerstown Coffee House, Euston

Dropped in again recently with 2 friends (their first visit) - one from Whitehorse Yukon Territory, and one from Watford. Food and wine were excellent, and good value for money. The beer quality remains variable - but the IPA was acceptable.

2 May 2006 17:19

The Somerstown Coffee House, Euston

Dropped in for a beer wlaking from Chalk Farm to Goodge Street about 7.00 PM Friday January 20th - busy and friendly, and a very decent pint of Charles Wells - �2.40 plus Tyrells Crisps - 65p. The pub dates from 1923, and is Grade II listed. It's been rather well and sensitively refurbished, under the direction of two sisters, Vanessa and Sabine, from Normandy, who took over 7 or so months ago and only been reopened recently. It's comfortable, good toilets with hot water etc.

No decent cider - Strongbow - but that's because it's a Charles Wells house.

Their price list is prominently displayed, and on the bar. Bar and sitdown food looked and smelt good - and bistro rather than anything else being tucked in to by quite a few folk - cooked by their 'excellent Parisian chef', reasonably priced, and the kitchen open 'til 10.00 PM. Food is locally supplied where possible.

The pub is open 12.00 - 11.00 PM Monday - Saturday, and 12.00 - 6.00 PM Sunday. The kitchen is not always going to be open during the afternoon, weekdays.

The staff is all French and friendly. They have a decent range of wines from �2.95 a glass / �11.50 a bottle.

And it's one of the few pubs in the area that is Bob Crow and his RMT gang free - as apparently they got barred in December.

23 Jan 2006 17:55

The Mad Hatter Hotel, Southwark

Big pub, quiet with no more than 10 varied customers at 2.30 on a very rainy Monday afternoon (August 22nd 2005). Checked out to avid the rain, and because Fullers' Discovery had been recommended. A pleasant, well kept brew, sweet with a hint of bitterness, cool and pleasing, but with little or no lingering taste or finish.

22 Aug 2005 16:17

The Forest Gate Inn, Epping

Recently visited after a half-day Forest walk from Chingford - and a short wait for opening (5.00 PM Saturday afternoon, I think); excellent Adnams bitter; relaxed, unhurried, and welcoming; clean toilets; all improvements since I last visited 15 + years ago (certainly before the M25 arrived!) are just that - nothing unnecessary or excessive. Oh, and a good paperback and hardback library to browse through.

22 Aug 2005 13:53

Dusty Miller, Harlow

friendly and helpful welcome Sunday August 21st 2005; excellently kept McMullens AK Bitter.

22 Aug 2005 13:46

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