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dottirofhod
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May 26, 2018, 10:48 AM

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oxpete
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May 27, 2018, 10:03 PM

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Two more pubs recently visited as I tick off more locations used in 'The Professionals', starting at...

The Scarsdale Tavern
23a Edwardes Square
Kensington
London


...which appears in the series two episode 'Fall Girl', which was filmed in October 1978. Here, the usually immaculate Lewis Collins lets himself down badly by sitting in the Scarsdale's beer garden while wearing a chocolate-brown cardigan, reading the Daily Express and drinking what looks suspiciously like Pinot Grigio, badly damaging his carefully cultured hard-man image! All is (partly) forgiven when it turns out he's being mucked around by an ex-girlfriend who also happens to be an East German spy. A rather sullen episode is greatly improved by some fantastic performances by Michael Redfern (better known as Dad in the OXO adverts) and Patrick Malahide (who went on to be the brilliant Inspector Chisholm in 'Minder', though he also memorably gets eaten by a giant rat in an episode of 'The New Avengers'!) Bodie also dishes out a good kicking to one of Malahide's colleagues, who is wearing the most remarkable 1978 flaired suit and kipper tie combo seen this side of the film 'Emmanuelle'.

Despite its pretty front garden, the Scarsdale is a Fullers pub with a lousy selection and a smug barman in his early 20s who looked at me like I was some sort of dick for wanting dark ale! The youth of today, eh!

But there was much better beer up for grabs and great excitement at the next pub, where the Venn diagram of 'Good Beer Pubs' and 'Pubs In The Professionals' finally! finally!! finally!!! gets an entry in its Circle A-Circle B intersection, with...

The Great Northern Railway Tavern
67 High Street
Hornsey
London

http://www.thegreatnorthernrailway.co.uk

...a handsome large late-Victorian pile on Hornsey's tree-lined High Street, and not far from Hornsey railway station (though a crying shame that passing trains on the main line out of King's Cross are just out of view). Also a Fuller's pub, but one with (by London standards) a decent range of real and craft ales, including the previously mentioned Five Points Brewing. Also has a decent range in bottles.

The Great Northern appears in the series three episode 'Stopover', filmed in May 1979, with Martin Shaw gnawing on the problem of how they're going to deal with a double agent while Lewis Collins oggles a line of gorgeous barmaids.





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ReeceD1993
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May 27, 2018, 11:49 PM

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In Southampton I recommend the Butchers Hook.


Dave 56
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May 30, 2018, 11:30 PM

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Recently visited The New Inn, Tywardreath, near Par in Cornwall. Great pub with small rooms off the bar. Friendly locals and landlord. Beer in excellent condition too.


Andy D
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May 31, 2018, 10:34 AM

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One to cross off the list, The Castle inn, West Lulworth. As I discovered during Bank Holiday weekend, it has been taken over by Butcombe Brewery. The award-winning range of ales and ciders has been replaced by just two Butcombe beers. The characterful interior has been opened up for more food sales and everywhere you look are signboards and slogans pushing gin. Even the delightful tiered beer garden has been neglected. Great shame.



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oxpete
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Jun 5, 2018, 8:15 PM

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In my book a proper pub should open every day and should most definitely not close at 6pm which is when many "proper pub" -goers will just be thinking of heading off for a evening session.


They obviously heard your moaning, Mick! Wink

New opening hours at...

Tap Social
27 Curtis Industrial Estate
North Hinksey Lane
Oxford

http://www.tapsocialmovement.com

Now open...

Thursday and Friday ~ 4pm to 11pm

Saturday ~ noon to 11pm

Sunday ~ noon to 10pm

Myself and TheWavendonian will pop down there in a couple of weeks before heading to the WOBFest beer festival.





GRIFFON
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Jun 26, 2018, 12:56 PM

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Down in Worthing I have several times enjoyed the steak and kidney pudding at lunch time washed down with Harvey's Best Bitter.
Back in Nuneaton last Saturday saw a mini tour as -


Quick flit up to Dadlington on the 66 bus and the wonderful Dog and Hedgehog. Walked across the vast village green and behind the pub is one of the finest views in England looking across the valley to the Nuneaton Ridge a few miles away - stunning!
Three on handpump in this friendly hostelry. Henry Tudor brewed by Tunnell is a strong bitter at over 5%, excellent condition and superb at 3 a pint. Also on were Dadlington Hamlet 1485 from Quartz and a Golden Ale, St Modwen 4.2% from Heritage of Burton.
Moving on a lovely stroll down the hill and up into Stoke Golding saw us hove to at the George and Dragon where the usual eight pumps of Church End ales met the eye.
Apart from the beers the home-made Scotch Eggs warm from the nest were food for the gods.


oxpete
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Aug 9, 2018, 11:51 PM

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Just a quick summary of some more new/revisited pubs from my last trip down to Hampshire, starting in Winchester with...

The Albion
2 Stockbridge Road
Winchester

http://www.flowerpotscheriton.co.uk/the-albion/

...which is just a minute walk down from the main entrance of Winchester railway station and is a GBG-listed tap for the Flowerpots Brewery of Alresford. A well looked-after Victorian building with large windows overlooking the street outside, and a good landlord who knows how to look after his beer. It's good to find a decent pub like this close to a railway station. Further down the hill towards the city centre, I then popped into...

Overdraft Craft Ale Bar
5 Jewry Street
Winchester


...which is the sister bar to the Overdraft in Southampton, and has opened up in an old burger joint. Bit more down-with-the-kids than the old-fellow vibe at The Albion, with the likes of Morsheeba and other Ibiza-chillout tunes (as I think the youth refer to them as) spinning on the turntable, and I was the oldest curmudgeon in there. Good beer, though - I had a pint of Fallen Oak Hole Hearted from Gosport http://www.fallenacornbrewing.co/, and then a pint of keg craft beer called Stout Stout Let It All Out from the New Bristol Brewery http://www.newbristolbrewery.co.uk/.





oxpete
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Aug 10, 2018, 12:34 AM

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On into Portsmouth, where a new pub opened on Tuesday 13th February at...

The Merchant House
9-11 Highland Road
Southsea
Portsmouth

https://en-gb.facebook.com/...rchantHouseSouthsea/

...at the eastern end of Albert Road, opposite the Festing Hotel. Ales from the local Irving Brewery plus others on tap, plus a range of craft keg beers. The building was previously a fairly woeful and short-lived student lager hang-out called 'Ice Bar' which closed last year, and before that it was boarded up for years, so even if the craft beer craze isn't your bag, this has still got to be a mighty improvement on what was there before. About half a mile south of Fratton Park. Next up was...

The Belle Isle
39 Osborne Road
Southsea
Portsmouth


...a continental cafe-bar where most of the emphasis is on their food, but they have a worthwhile range of ales, on this occasion mainly from the Red Cat Brewery of Winchester, including a good pint of Red Cat Rye IPA. Osborne Road used to be a proper den of iniquity a few years ago with its countless dodgy pubs and clubs, but these days when the sun is out its good to say the place feels like a different world - another bar across the road called The Wave Maiden has appeared in the GBG and has more good ale and bottles.

To the north of the city and away from the tourist honeypots, it was then on to...

The George Inn
Portsdown Hill Road
Cosham
Portsmouth

http://www.the-george-inn.co.uk/

...which I've visited a few times over the past year for the first time in maybe thirty years or more. The George sits in a low saddle on the ridge of Portsdown Hill, on the old A3 road that heads on towards Waterlooville, with some amazing views across the city, the harbours, Hayling Island, the Solent and on to the Isle Of Wight https://www.google.co.uk/...Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656. Luckily, most of the gawpers and coach parties head a little further on to The Churchillian with its acres of carparking, meaning that, despite its gorgeous setting, the George has the atmosphere of a decent local boozer. Usually seven or eight ales on - some of them rather predictable, but others imaginative and more local like Flowerpots and Ringwood.





oxpete
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Aug 10, 2018, 12:54 AM

Posts: 3933
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And finally, while changing trains at Southampton on the way home, it was good to pop into...

Belgium & Blues
184 Above Bar Street
Southampton

http://www.belgiumandblues.co.uk/

...an independent bar specialising in gin (in the upstairs bar) and Belgian beers (downstairs in the cellar). There are over twenty taps of ales from Belgium and Britain and a further forty or more different Belgian bottles. This time, I stuck a little more local and had a lovely pint of Vibrant Forest Kick-Start Stout from Lymington. The only downside was sitting in a dark and stuffy cellar on one of the most uncomfortably hot days I can ever remember - I'll pop back again when the weather cools down.

There seems to have been an explosive growth in imaginative micropubs and bars in the centre of Southampton over the past four or five years - which is no bad thing, because it doesn't seem long ago that the place was dominated by horrible Walkabout/Yates/Lloyds-type places. There have always been good pubs hidden away in the Victorian suburbs to the north (especially in Freemantle and St.Denys), but now there seem to be places like Belgium & Blues within walking distance of the railway station. A good read can be had with this website...

http://thomashallett.com/...beer-real-ale-guide/

...written by Thomas Hallett, listing plenty of the new micropubs and new independents in and around Southampton these days.





oxpete
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Aug 10, 2018, 1:57 AM

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And in Havant, I almost forgot to mention...

The Wheelwright's Arms
27 Emsworth Road
Havant
Hampshire

https://www.wheelwrightshavant.co.uk/

...which I visited back at Easter for the first time since (I think!) my eighteenth birthday pub-crawl many many years ago. Two reasons for visiting the Wheelwright's were because it is one of the few pubs left in a town centre that has seen maybe a dozen closures over the past twenty years, and secondly to mark it's first ever appearance in the GBG. The pub is to the east of the town centre crossroads, past the local museum and across the bridge the spans the old Hayling Billy railway line. Fair amount of focus on their food offerings, but there were six or seven taps of ale - some predictable names, but some others from small local breweries in Hants and West Sussex. About a ten minute walk from Havant railway station.





oxpete
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Aug 12, 2018, 10:09 PM

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Chesterfield - White Swan - opposite the crooked spire church. Fantastic selection of beers, but a bit too pretentious for my liking. Michael Bolton's greatest hits blasting out in the background for goodness sakeMad


Bad news...

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/...centre-pub-1-9259301

...the White Swan in Chesterfield closed with suspiciously short notice back in mid-July.





PaulC
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Aug 13, 2018, 12:10 PM

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I was chatting at the weekend to a lassie who works for the Cross Borders Brewing Company.

They open the Brewery Tap at their HQ at Hardengreen, Dalkeith fortnightly. The taproom is open on Fridays 4pm-10.30 pm and Saturdays 2pm-10.30 pm.

Ideal for anyone visiting the Midlothian juniors seniors.

http://crossborders.beer/

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