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oxpete
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Oct 11, 2018, 11:58 PM

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Three good boozers visited in Bristol city centre on Sunday, either side of the hop match at Bristol Telephones FC, starting with...

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer
17~18 King Street
Old City
Bristol

http://navyvolunteer.co.uk/

...GBG-listed with plenty of cask and craft ales from West Country breweries (though I chose a porter from Black Forest Brewery of Ephrata, near Lancaster). The pub exterior is a battered beauty, but inside its all rather too much spotless pine and designer-chique. Good beer choices, though. And it's more of the same next door at...

The Beer Emporium
15 King Street
Old City
Bristol

http://thebeeremporium.net/

...where there's more fancy low-slung settees, pine floorboards and subdued lighting, all tucked into some old (and it has to be said, rather tastefully renovated) underground brick cellars. The over-flow of style was made up for with another fine choice of ale, including a lovely stout called The Devil Made Me Brew It from the local Arbor Brewery. Even better, they have a small shop at street-level selling a wide range of bottles. Both of these pubs stock some gorgeous beers, but just seemed to be a little too trendy for their own good, which meant that the best pub of the day by a country mile has to be...

The Seven Stars
1 Thomas Lane
Redcliffe
Bristol


...across the water in the direction of Temple Meads, and not too far away from that other gem The Cornubia. While those other pubs give lip service to their salty Bristol roots, this place is the real McCoy: down a stinking alley in a grubby little corner surrounded by office blocks, with a filthy stained front, battered furniture thoughout, smelly toilets, dirty windows, a barmaid with excellent taste in music, and four or five taps of imaginative ale. Highlights of this visit were the Kingstone Stout from Tintern, and the point where a bearded hipster gingerly tiptoed through the grime to ask if they served non-alcoholic beer. The barmaid smiled sweetly and said "Definitely no!" Right answer!

I can remember coming to this part of Bristol on a college trip in the spring of 1985, to visit the rusting shell of the SS Great Britain before it was repaired and renovated. A bus-load of thirty or so of us then crowded into an old dock-side pub I think called The Albion somewhere around this stretch of Bristol's quayside. At that time, this area was semi-derelict and a million miles from the trendy boutiques and coffee shops that fill the place now. The Seven Stars, however, must be the last remaining bastion of that old-time Bristol still remaining. A gorgeous pint and an absolute gem of a pub.


oxpete
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Oct 12, 2018, 1:24 AM

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Some rural pubs visited while walking the D'Arcy Dalton Way, a 66-mile long-distance footpath that goes from the very northern tip of Oxfordshire at Wormleighton Reservoir to the ancient Wayland's Smithy burial spot on the Ridgeway above Uffington...


More pubs visited on stages 3 and 4 of the D'Arcy Dalton walk though Oxfordshire...

The Sun Inn
High Street
Hook Norton
Oxfordshire


...good, but not as good as the Pear Tree Inn up the road, followed by...

The Kings Head Inn
The Green
Bledington
Gloucestershire

https://thekingsheadinn.net/

...The Kings Head has made headlines recently when supposedly renowned restaurant critic Giles Coren named it in The Times in his top hundred pubs in the country. Oxfordshire received two entries from Giles - the Kings Head (which is actually in Gloucestershire! DOH!), and the Magdalen Arms in Oxford (the last time I went in the Magdalen Arms was in 2004 when it was a smoky pool hall serving little else but Heineken. I can only presume it has gone even further downhill!) I wouldn't normally take much notice of the comments made on the Oxford Mail website, but when this was reported earlier this month, one wag wrote...

"Stick a huge pile of meat and stodge in front of Giles Coren and he's bound to sing your praises. The man is an overblown micro-talent with as much appreciation of good food as a fox going through the bins. The extent of his talent runs to pushing food into his stubbly face like an over-indulged 10-year-old before trotting out gushing, overblown hyperbole about the experience."

When 'Disgusted Of Kidlington' wrote back to point out that said wag had had previous run-ins with Coren, wag replied:

"During my last encounter with Mr.Coren he compared me to a child murderer, so perhaps I've earned the right to show a little iritation in return."

Turns out the wag is Coren's next-door neighbour, about whom Coren tweeted last Christmas...

"Next door have brought their 12-year-old son a drum kit. For f**k's sake! Do I kill him then burn it? Or do I f**k him, kill him, then burn it?"

...and shortly after...

"Child for sale, charred and partially f**ked. Has own drum kit."

Such is the low-level quality of pub-reviewers on other websites! Meanwhile, back at the Kings Head Inn, I had a decent pint of Hooky, but was rather worried by the high proportion of landed-gentry littering the place. Like a common muck-spreader with a bit-part in Downton Abbey, my easily-impressed walking companion couldn't stop tugging his forelock at this lot, forcing me to demand a quick escape to nearby Kingham railway station and the train back to (relative) civilisation.

Better was to come on the next stage, with...

The Fox
Little Barrington
Gloucestershire

https://www.donnington-brewery.com/...ox_inn_broadwell.htm

...just off the A40 to the west of Burford, and stocking the beers of the Donnington Brewery from Stow-On-The-Wold. Despite its attempt at portraying itself as a restaurant, I found it to be refreshingly rural-pub in style, with a couple of yokels talking nonsense at the bar, and plenty of dark and dingy corners to explore. Best pub of the walk so far, however, was the exceptional...

Siege Of Orleans
5 Carters Wlk, Alvescot Road
Carterton
Oxfordshire

http://www.siegeoforleans.co.uk/

...a micropub that opened in May 2015 and has just gained its first entry into the GBG. Some lovely beers, none more so than a fantastic pint of Animal London Stout from the XT Brewery near Thame. Food extends no further than bags of crisps, helping guarantee that Gile Coren won't be showing his face round here in the near future. Also offers the hypnotic view of RAF cargo planes coming in to land at nearby Brize Norton. There admittedly isn't a lot to see and do in Carterton, but a match at Kilkenny Lane and a few pints at the Siege should make the journey well worthwhile for most on this forum.


oxpete
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Oct 19, 2018, 10:15 PM

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Forgot to mention these excellent pubs in Reading, visited earlier this year with TheWavendonian...

Hop Leaf
163 Southampton Street
Reading

https://www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-hopleaf/

...is another fine pub run by the excellent Hop Back Brewery of Salisbury, with a good range of ales and bottles, and a proper back-street boozer personality. Up a steep hill heading south from the town centre in the direction of Whitley. Further to the west is...

The Nag's Head
5 Russell Street
Reading

http://www.thenagsheadreading.co.uk/

...just off the main A329 Oxford Road heading west of the town centre, and not far from Reading West railway station. A multi-award-winning pub, and probably the best real ale boozer in Reading (with maybe the Alehouse running it a close second). More than a dozen real ale taps on our visit, along with almost as many craft kegs and plenty of choice of real cider - certainly plenty of dark milds, porters and stouts to keep TheWav and me happy for a couple of hours. Plenty of choice but unfussy with it - there are also old photos of Reading FC's old Elm Park ground on the wall. And just a couple of minutes walk south of here is...

The Castle Tap
120 Castle Hill
Reading

http://thecastletap.co.uk/

...with is on the old A4 Bath Road as it heads west from close to the Hexagon Theatre, and another example of so of the great little pubs hidden away on this side of the Reading, with more good choices from Berkshire's micro-breweries. A lovely pub, but easily overlooked what with being so much in the shadow of the nearby Nag's.


oxpete
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Oct 26, 2018, 10:25 PM

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Another two excellent Sussex coast micropubs visited on Tuesday before ticking Lancing FC. The first was...

The Green Man Ale & Cider House
17 South Street Tarring
Worthing
West Sussex

http://green-man-ale-and-cider-house.co.uk/

...yet another micropub in the town of Worthing - this time just a few seconds walk north of West Worthing railway station, making it convenient for anyone heading to Worthing FC of the Isthmian League. The Green Man opened about a year ago and specialises in an ever-changing range from Sussex's fifty breweries. Then it was train for a couple of miles east to Lancing and an hour or so of supping in...

The Stanley Ale House
5 Queensway
Lancing
West Sussex

https://www.thestanleyalehouse.com/find-us.html

...for a couple of pints of dark stuff, including a pint of Franklins Brewery stout from Ringmer which was one of the best pints I've had in a while. The other pint was a 6% stout from Red Cat Brewery of Winchester - a bit heavy-going but still lovely. The Stanley is positioned in a small parade of shops just across the road from the entrance to Lancing FC's Culver Road ground, and just a couple of minutes up from Lancing railway station.


oxpete
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Oct 26, 2018, 10:48 PM

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And some more lovely pubs in Portsmouth, visited before the FA Youth Cup match at Fratton Park, starting at the already mentioned Hole In The Wall, 36 Great Southsea Street, before moving on to...

Apsley House
13 Auckland Road West
Southsea
Portsmouth


...which is GBG-listed and was serving a lovely pint of Hop Back Summer Lightning, and then popping into...

The Lawrence Arms
63 Lawrence Road
Southsea
Portsmouth

http://lawrence-arms-portsmouth.co.uk/

...which has recently been named the local CAMRA group's best pub in the city (up against formidable competition), with the added bonus of being less than a mile walk from the football ground. A proper basic backstreet boozer of the type that Portsmouth seems to specialise in, but here with six real ales and eight real ciders. I knocked back a yummy pint of Zig-Zag stout from the Mill Street Brewery of Frome.


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Oct 27, 2018, 10:51 AM

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oxpete
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Nov 25, 2018, 7:52 PM

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Some lovely pints supped in Macclesfield yesterday, before ticking Moss Rose yesterday, starting with...

The Park Tavern
156 Park Lane
Macclesfield
Cheshire

https://park-tavern.co.uk/drinks/

...a cafe/bar on the A536 just to the south-west of the town centre, and an outlet for the Bollington Brewing Company. No alcohol served before noon, so when I arrived the place was in the grip of a large number of young children at an energetic morning family event. Once things had quietened down, I got a pint of Bollington's Oat Mill Stout and a tasty mushroom toasted sandwich. Next on the list was...

The Treacle Tap
43 Sunderland Street
Macclesfield
Cheshire

https://www.thebeerparlours.co.uk/the-treacle-tap

...a small micropub on the street just south of the railway station. Plenty of dark stuff available, including Smoked Treacle Porter from Intrepid Brewery of Hope Valley in Derbyshire. Friendly staff and good choice of music, too. Just two minutes walk further south, in the direction of Moss Rose, was...

RedWillow
32a Park Green
Macclesfield
Cheshire

https://www.redwillowbrewery.com/

...which is the tap bar for the nearby RedWillow Brewery. More good beer available, much of it their own, but also on this occasion a porter from Pentrich Brewery of Ripley, Derbyshire. There are plenty more great-looking hostelries in the town centre worth exploring, but the last one I got to was...

The Macc
1 Old Mill Street
Macclesfield
Cheshire


...a large old Victorian building in a rather run-down condition on the A523 road heading south towards Moss Rose, but still with plenty of good-looking handpumps on show, including Wander Beyond Great Rift milk stout from Manchester - my favourite pint of the day on a list of very tasty candidates.


oxpete
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Nov 25, 2018, 8:35 PM

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Three pubs visited on and nearby the Isle Of Dogs, before heading to Sporting Bengal United's home of Mile End Stadium, starting at...

The Great Eastern
1 Glenaffric Avenue
Isle Of Dogs
London


...which is just east of Island Gardens DLR station down on the southern tip of the peninsula, with good river views across to Greenwich. This large handsome Victorian pub is actually a youth hostel, so was full of comfortably-off young Spanish tourists intently tapping at their laptops and engrossed in whatever was on their headphones, all relaxing in rather knowingly-cool surroundings. A twenty-minute walk further north brings you to...

The Gun
27 Coldharbour
Isle Of Dogs
London


...a cramp little Victorian terraced pub which has grabbed the financial spiral of nearby Canary Wharf with gusto, with waiters in smart aprons and expensive food menus all around. On my visit, the place was hosting some kind of team-bonding exercise for the bankers from one of the nearby glass skyscrapers, with most of them staring with obvious dis-interestedness at a powerpoint presentation in the front bar. The pub's highlight, however, is out the back - a small terrace garden that overlooks this turn in the Thames and across to the Dome on the other bank.

The reason for visiting these two pubs was for their starring roles in one of my all-time favourite episodes of The Professionals, called 'Hunter/Hunted' and filmed in June 1978. In this trully fantastic hour of telly, Martin Shaw manages to lose a high-powered laser-sighted sniper rifle to a deranged Bryan Marshall who proceeds to chase our bubble-permed hero around London while taking pot-shots at anything that moves. Martin compensates for this by canoodling with the gunman's incredibly gorgeous wife (played by the dribblingly pretty Cheryl Kennedy) while on a night out down the Great Eastern watching the sort of Karaoke act that you simply do not see on modern telly these days. Unfortunately, Doyle's close friend and landlord of The Gun (played by Tony Caunter of Minder, Sweeney and Boon fame before he ended up in EastEnders with Pat Butcher as his trouble-and-strife) is a little too slow dodging the red laser-beam and ends up with his brains spattered across the saloon bar. They really don't make telly like this anymore!

Best beer of the day, however, was to be had at...

The White Hart
1 Mile End Road
Whitechapel
London

https://www.the-white-hart.co.uk/

...a brew pub for the One Mile End Brewery. Just up from Whitechapel underground station, it sits on the opposite street corner to that infamous tourist-trap The Blind Beggar and its fine selection of Krays-themed fridge-magnets. As well as serving decent beer - in particular their own dark pint of 'Hospital Porter' - the White Hart also hosts significantly fewer selfie-snappers.


DonQuixote
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Nov 26, 2018, 12:18 AM

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Did the Treacle Tap a few years back with Kirby Knitters..wonderful
place only spoiled by the arrival of Leo H - Macc were playing Cheltenham.Tongue

As you say, staff friendly, music good - just a shame its over 150 miles
away from my doorstep.



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LondonBuck
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Nov 28, 2018, 4:28 PM

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Three pubs visited on and nearby the Isle Of Dogs, before heading to Sporting Bengal United's home of Mile End Stadium, starting at...

The Great Eastern
1 Glenaffric Avenue
Isle Of Dogs
London


...which is just east of Island Gardens DLR station down on the southern tip of the peninsula, with good river views across to Greenwich. This large handsome Victorian pub is actually a youth hostel, so was full of comfortably-off young Spanish tourists intently tapping at their laptops and engrossed in whatever was on their headphones, all relaxing in rather knowingly-cool surroundings. A twenty-minute walk further north brings you to...

The Gun
27 Coldharbour
Isle Of Dogs
London


...a cramp little Victorian terraced pub which has grabbed the financial spiral of nearby Canary Wharf with gusto, with waiters in smart aprons and expensive food menus all around. On my visit, the place was hosting some kind of team-bonding exercise for the bankers from one of the nearby glass skyscrapers, with most of them staring with obvious dis-interestedness at a powerpoint presentation in the front bar. The pub's highlight, however, is out the back - a small terrace garden that overlooks this turn in the Thames and across to the Dome on the other bank.

The reason for visiting these two pubs was for their starring roles in one of my all-time favourite episodes of The Professionals, called 'Hunter/Hunted' and filmed in June 1978. In this trully fantastic hour of telly, Martin Shaw manages to lose a high-powered laser-sighted sniper rifle to a deranged Bryan Marshall who proceeds to chase our bubble-permed hero around London while taking pot-shots at anything that moves. Martin compensates for this by canoodling with the gunman's incredibly gorgeous wife (played by the dribblingly pretty Cheryl Kennedy) while on a night out down the Great Eastern watching the sort of Karaoke act that you simply do not see on modern telly these days. Unfortunately, Doyle's close friend and landlord of The Gun (played by Tony Caunter of Minder, Sweeney and Boon fame before he ended up in EastEnders with Pat Butcher as his trouble-and-strife) is a little too slow dodging the red laser-beam and ends up with his brains spattered across the saloon bar. They really don't make telly like this anymore!

Best beer of the day, however, was to be had at...

The White Hart
1 Mile End Road
Whitechapel
London

https://www.the-white-hart.co.uk/

...a brew pub for the One Mile End Brewery. Just up from Whitechapel underground station, it sits on the opposite street corner to that infamous tourist-trap The Blind Beggar and its fine selection of Krays-themed fridge-magnets. As well as serving decent beer - in particular their own dark pint of 'Hospital Porter' - the White Hart also hosts significantly fewer selfie-snappers.

The One Mile End stuff is decent. A nice pub.
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oxpete
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Dec 2, 2018, 11:11 PM

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With an hour wait at Nuneaton railway station on Saturday night while returning home from ticking Atherstone Town FC, I had enough time to stroll down to...

Lord Hop
38 Queens Road
Nuneaton
Warwickshire


...a micropub just at the western edge of the town centre shopping area, and named the local CAMRA groupís pub of the year for 2019. Local ales available, but I chose a lovely stout from White Horse Brewery of Oxon which I havenít seen before.


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oxpete
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Dec 2, 2018, 11:23 PM

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And another micropub, this time in Swindon...

Hop Inn
7 Devizes Road
Swindon
Wiltshire


...located in the Old Town area, which is a surprisingly pretty little enclave of independent shops and businesses at the top of the hill a mile to the south of Swindonís better-known grimy town centre. The pub is in a former shop and specialises in small Wiltshire breweries, and has a house ale brewed by the nearby Ramsbury Brewery. The interior is an attractive mish-mash of ill-assorted battered furniture.


oxpete
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Dec 3, 2018, 7:17 PM

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Three good pubs in the darn fine town of Atherstone, visited on Saturday with TheWavendonian, starting at...

White Horse
127 Long Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire

http://steamin-billy.co.uk/drinks/

...another pub ticked on Watling Street, and an outlet for the Steaming Billy Brewing Co. of the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby near Melton Mowbray. Good beer range, and TheWav took a shine to the rather lovely barmaid. Next was...

The New Swan
10 Church Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire


...a rather battered old tavern where pre-kick-off they were playing a fine selection of ditties from The Who, The Kinks and other such-like to accompany some good ales. However, they lost brownie-points when we returned after the football and the place had transformed into a Saturday night disco. playing Craig David etc. The same half-dozen blokes were still propping up the bar, which I'm still undecided whether is a good or bad sign. Worthy of one visit, but probably not two. Finally, we headed to...

Angel Ale House
24 Church Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire

http://blythebrewery.co.uk/...the-angel-ale-house/

...which is just a five minute walk from Atherstone Town FC's fantastic Sheepy Road ground, and was well populated with their fans in the hour before kick-off. The Angel Ale House is a micropub outlet for the Blythe Brewery from Hamstall Ridware near Rugeley, as well as guesting the ales from several other decent Midland breweries. CAMRA's pub of the year for north Warwickshire in 2016, the other stand-out characteristic of the place is the large vinyl collection and the turntable for the use of the customers. In fact, there were several locals in the place who'd brought along their own records along to the pub to play while supping their pints.

All in all, a fine day out.


oxpete
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Dec 11, 2018, 10:23 PM

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Unfortunately like most new-towns, Stevenage is far from being a hot-bed of quality pubs, as myself and TheWavendonian found out on our way to ticking the Boro's Broadhall Way ground on Saturday (with previous recent away-days spent in the delights of Atherstone and Macclesfield making the fact even more glaringly obvious). However, we did greatly enjoy our visit to...

Our Mutual Friend
Broadwater Crescent
Stevenage
Hertfordshire


...which has the added bonus of being just five minutes walk from the turnstiles onto SFC's large East Terrace. The pub serves a varying number (though usually at least six or seven, often more) different ales from small breweries - on this occasion including something nice from Mad Squirrel of Hemel Hempstead.

The building is a typical sixties estate pub on the outside, though the innards are done out with a lot of wood. Other good points included friendly locals, nice staff, a landlady who knows how to look after her stock, and the volume on the telly turned down (everyone could watch the good bits of Boreham Wood v Orient without having their conversation drowned out by the commentary). The one down side was probably beyond the scope of the pub itself, in that this being a match-day meant everyone having to drink good ale out of nasty plastic cups. For this reason alone it might be worth heading there on a non-football day. Unfortunately, everything else we saw in Stevenage that day was either a Spoons or a Greene King.


oxpete
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Three more pubs on stages 5 and 6 of the D'Arcy Dalton Way walk across Oxfordshire, on the sections between Carterton and Faringdon:

The Plough
Main Road
Alvescot
Oxfordshire

https://theploughalvescot.co.uk/

...is a old Cotswold stone pub in a pretty stretch of countryside south-west of RAF Brize Norton, tied to Wadworth Brewery of Devizes. Next was...

Ye Olde Swan
Radcot Road
Radcot Bridge
Oxfordshire

https://yeoldeswan.co.uk/

...which sits isolated next to Radcot Bridge in the open flood meadows that stretch either side of the River Thames around here, just where the D'Arcy Dalton and Thames footpaths cross. It is claimed that Radcot Bridge is the oldest bridge anywhere on the whole length of the River Thames, having been built about 1200. It might well get packed out in the summer, but the times that I've visited it has been lovely and peaceful. This time round they were serving ale from the Ramsbury Brewery & Distillery near Marlborough. And it's only a short distance south of the ground of Clanfield 85 FC. And lastly...

The Swan & Faringdon Brewery
1 Park Road
Faringdon
Oxfordshire

https://www.swanfaringdon.co.uk/

...which is opposite the fire station and just a five minute walk up the road from Faringdon Town FC's ground at Tuckers Park. A very nice place serving good beer.

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