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Oxford Stone
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Right - no offence to those of you who enjoy them, but it's time to have a thread where people can dicuss pubs, especially those of use to supporters on away trips, excluding Wetherspoons please.

I'll kick off with two bits of pub news from Oxford:

One of the closest pubs to Oxford C., the Three Horseshoes in Old Marsotn, is closing down and likely to be converted to a house. But it was awful anyway, sadly.

Meanwhile a city centre pub is reopening - the St Aldates Tavern has had - dread word - a refurb. I intend to go on a research trip this week.

If you are ever in Oxford and like Thai food, try the Old Tom on the same street - exquisite Thai cuisine and decent real ale too.

I went here http://www.great-westernarms.co.uk/ for the first time this weekend - had driven past many times, it's on a B road that you'd take if you were going from Northampton to Chipping Norton or beyond. Poss on the way to a Banbury or Brackley game. Not right on the canal as I'd hoped, but worth a stop. 3 Hook Norton beers on, decent food, beautiful courtyard garden, flowers everywhere, someone's work of love.

Somewhere I've not been to since KL days but looked worth a pub-crawl, with real old-fashioned boozers seemingly on every corner, was Herne Bay. Any Ryman 1S fans, I'll be interested to hear what you think of them.


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The Haymarket Bar in Edinburgh, directly opposite Haymarket Station, has undergone a makeover.

It now styles itself as a 'Real Ale' pub, with 12 different beers on offer.


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horse and jockey in wrexham on hope street is a nice old pub, with good real ale and good food to boot as well !

my local boozer in holywell boars head its either lager or cider so that sayes it all really !



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Sep 17, 2012, 11:24 AM

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My favourites, off the top of my head!

The Congress, Longton - my local, Staffordshire Pub of the Year. A back street boozer opposite the cop shop. Always a decent selection and a fridge full of reasonably priced Belgian ales to boot.

White Lion, Fewcott - very friendly pub just off J10 of the M40, good selection but a little pricey.

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Oxford Stone
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Thanks for these, keep them coming! When last in Edinburgh I settled for whisky as the beer was uninspiring. Rarely without a bottle of Highland Park in the house ever since!

My favourite pub interior: http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/...arblackfriarslondon/ worth a detour! Food and beer top-notch too.


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I went here http://www.great-westernarms.co.uk/ for the first time this weekend - had driven past many times, it's on a B road that you'd take if you were going from Northampton to Chipping Norton or beyond. Poss on the way to a Banbury or Brackley game. Not right on the canal as I'd hoped, but worth a stop. 3 Hook Norton beers on, decent food, beautiful courtyard garden, flowers everywhere, someone's work of love.


Lived in Banbury, Bloxham and Chipping Norton during my early drinking years, have since driven past it hundreds of times yet been inside it only once, probably around 80-81 when it was a rather shabby Hook Norton house next to the then very run-down canal wharf. It struggled to attract business because of its relative isolation (AFAIR, it has closed and reopened more than once since then). Aynho, the village up the hill, had the Cartwright Arms hotel and few wanted to walk a mile in the dark for a quick pint or two (better to work up a thirst walking uphill rather then down) while in the other direction Clifton, a shorter walk but a dangerous one, had the Duke of Cumberland (with its erratic opening hours).

Now the wharf is thriving (boatyard, small marina, moorings) and the pub has taken advantage of this, though inevitably leaning heavily on food.


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and another one in wrexham the black lion real old school boozer



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KnowYourMarket
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If you like pub interiors the Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast is worth a visit

http://en.wikipedia.org/.../Crown_Liquor_Saloon



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Sep 17, 2012, 1:20 PM

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The Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh is my all-time favourite pub. Long row of real ales (bizarrely though along the back counter behind the bar, so you do have to squint over the bar to look at them!), and it served up the best burger I have ever had, at an unbelievable price (can't remember the exact price but was only a few quid more than spoons).

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Good idea for a thread!!

Recent visits worth more than a passing mention :
Talbot Taphouse, Amber Ales brewery taphouse in Ripley, Derbyshire
Windsor Castle, Sadlers brewery tap in Lye
White Horse, Harborne, Birmingham
Waggon and Horses, Halesowen

All worth a mention because of the quality and range of ale on offer and the general ambience of the place. Plus the White Horse has a quality smoking area for those who partake........


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How times change with talk of Thai food et al.
From memory, travelling around the Southern League
during the late 60s and 70s, most grounds had a pub
within touching distance of the ground.
But these invariably were full of keg beers and curly
cheese sarnies.

Does anyone remember a pub in the smoke - it was either
near London Bridge/Waterloo station and it was a frequent
haunt for many a football fan after games.

Just a nice place and cannot remember any tear ups in there
but shirts of all persuasions used to turn up, including
many from NL sides.

The Hole in the Wall rings a bell for some reason.



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Does anyone remember a pub in the smoke - it was either
near London Bridge/Waterloo station and it was a frequent
haunt for many a football fan after games.

Just a nice place and cannot remember any tear ups in there
but shirts of all persuasions used to turn up, including
many from NL sides.

Used to use and stay at the Wheatsheaf when Spalding Reg of this parish ran it . Just off London Bridge station opposite Borough Market. Always full of football fans , many non league. Reg was quite accomadating when no trains home , made a nice change from dossing at Gatwick.



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Sep 17, 2012, 2:39 PM

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Could be. The Hole in the Wall is opposite Waterloo, though I would use the term basic rather than nice to describe it. The front bar has a number of rugby tops hanging on the walls now.


Oxford Stone
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I tend to drive to matches and thus not drink, maybe a pub lunch before a game.

Grounds with pubs conveniently located that I can think of: Walton Casuals, pub on the river (Angler?) if you don't mind a 10-min walk; Deal; Abingdon U (Moving to Ab soon, will be one of my locals. Abingdon T very near town centre which has a few good pubs, give me a couple of months to research); oh and www.flowerpotpub.com ... did any of you hear that Maidstone United have a new ground? It seems to have slipped under a lot of people's radar... Wink

Visitors to Kingstonian / AFCW will know that the first pub you come across is actually a strip club, and that the Fat Boys Café is the place to eat if not to drink beer.


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That's the one...was a god send in the late 80s before
most landlords had got to grips with 'all day drinking'.

Cannot remember the name of many but the Nelson at
Saffron Walden (my fave ground/place) is worth a visit.
The Exhibition at Great Wakering and I recall a nice boozer
on the bridge overlooking the Thames at Abingdon.

An old favourite was the Odd House (can't remember its
original title) in Grantham.
Was about five minutes walk from the old ground. First time I ever saw Blue Label Smirnoff on sale in a UK pub.



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DonQuixote
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Talking of strip pubs, there was one near Uxbridge's ground
and Maidenhead too if memory serves me well.



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garethwrexy
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hole in the wall is a good pub Cool



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Talking of strip pubs, there was one near Uxbridge's ground
and Maidenhead too if memory serves me well.



I work in Maidenhead and the Honey Pot is still there. Apparently.


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My favourite type of pub is what I call 'Heartbeat' pubs...genuine locals that could fit seamlessly into the old programme 'Heartbeart', a time warp back to another era.



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Oxford Stone
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My favourite type of pub is what I call 'Heartbeat' pubs...genuine locals that could fit seamlessly into the old programme 'Heartbeart', a time warp back to another era.



Ones where you can't get a mobile signal (thick walls or just isolated) is a good rule of thumb in that category. I know a few of these on Dartmoor and in the Chilterns but they're not really close to fooball grounds.

Reminds me, anyone know this one in Dorset? http://www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/ it faces out to sea with hills behind it. Prepare to get a text saying bienvenue en France as the best phone signal is coming from Cherbourg!


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There's a pub down a footpath between London Bridge & Borough which is popular with away fans venturing towards SE London, but name I forget. It was quite a hazy afternoon.


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Remind me if they ever bring back Crossroads,
I'll put you up for the part of Benny....Tongue



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i like rough and ready pubs and there's plenty of those in north wales Smile



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Talbot Taphouse, Amber Ales brewery taphouse in Ripley, Derbyshire
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Oh dear. When I visited this godforsaken place the totally incompentent barboy managed to serve a 'short' pint in an oversized lined glass and then refused to tell me what fillings were available in the cobs as he didn't know and couldn't be arsed to look. As I left, vowing never to return, I could hear his plaintive cries of 'excuse me sir I have poured a pint for you'.

The Valley of Beer in Sheffield, running from the city centre towards Hillsborough, has more than its fair share of proper pubs with very comeptitive prices. The best in my opinion (and that of others, clearly, as it has won National Pub of the Year twice) is the Kelham Island Tavern.

On my journeys round the UK, I always try and mention any decent pubs I encounter in my WDYG reports on here. In Edinburgh, the Halfway House is always worth a visit if you have a wait for a train - despite its' tiny size it never really feels overcrowded even if lots of people are in.


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The Hole in the Wall rings a bell for some reason.


Yes, definitely the Hole in the Wall at Waterloo. Back in the 70's this was very much the exception in central London where Watneys Red Barrel ruled, and was a regular stop off for fans who preferred a decent beer.

Still there now, but has been overtaken in quality by other pubs, as well as being taken over itself by rugger buggers !

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