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More history destined for the wrecking-ball, this time in Cardiff...

With its lease due to end in October 2022, the popular live music venue Porter's on Bute Terrace is being eyeballed by its new owner, the Draycott Group, as the prospective site for a thirty-five storey tower of luxury apartments...

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Wrexham and a general look out for some of the friendly teams I've been observing at around the country.
As threatened, the Station pub theme.

To start, a town with two stations and a pub on each, although I confess I haven't been in the second one yet - as we weren't sure Little White Monster was allowed in.
Porthmadog, Station Inn, situated on the main line station with a small garden at the back. When we visited it was Purple Moose Snowdonia or the dreaded Doom Bar - simple choice.
Situated on the Ffestiniog/West Highland station is Spooner's Bar, a GBG regular, obviously stocking Purple Moose and guests - to be visited when we're allowed out again.

Hopefully, I'll remember to take photos in future and, even more hopefully, I'll work out how to upload them!
 

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As threatened, the Station pub theme.

To start, a town with two stations and a pub on each, although I confess I haven't been in the second one yet - as we weren't sure Little White Monster was allowed in.
Porthmadog, Station Inn, situated on the main line station with a small garden at the back. When we visited it was Purple Moose Snowdonia or the dreaded Doom Bar - simple choice.
Situated on the Ffestiniog/West Highland station is Spooner's Bar, a GBG regular, obviously stocking Purple Moose and guests - to be visited when we're allowed out again.

Hopefully, I'll remember to take photos in future and, even more hopefully, I'll work out how to upload them!
If you are walking, as you should be, break the journey by popping in to The Australia, Purple Moose tap.
 

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Wrexham and a general look out for some of the friendly teams I've been observing at around the country.
If you are walking, as you should be, break the journey by popping in to The Australia, Purple Moose tap.
Indeed, we did, LWM was allowed in there.
 

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As threatened, the Station pub theme.

To start, a town with two stations and a pub on each, although I confess I haven't been in the second one yet - as we weren't sure Little White Monster was allowed in.
Porthmadog, Station Inn, situated on the main line station with a small garden at the back. When we visited it was Purple Moose Snowdonia or the dreaded Doom Bar - simple choice.
Situated on the Ffestiniog/West Highland station is Spooner's Bar, a GBG regular, obviously stocking Purple Moose and guests - to be visited when we're allowed out again.

Hopefully, I'll remember to take photos in future and, even more hopefully, I'll work out how to upload them!
Never really classed Spooners as a pub, more a station cafe with beer. Great place to spend a late afternoon hour watching all the activity though.
 

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The Old England Hotel in Ribbleton Lane, Preston...

Opened in 1853... Closed in 1999... Demolished in 2021...

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Another pub destined for demolition, this time in Lincoln...

The Golden Cross on Lincoln High Street, which is not far from the west side of Lincoln City FC's Sincil Bank and has long been popular with Imps' fans, is to be demolished to make way for student accommodation...

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Another pub destined for demolition, this time in Lincoln...

The Golden Cross on Lincoln High Street, which is not far from the west side of Lincoln City FC's Sincil Bank and has long been popular with Imps' fans, is to be demolished to make way for student accommodation...

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I went there for Wrexham's last game in the Football League - far too many years ago!
 

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Retro visit for 1981 repeated in 2006.

Legging it across Clapham Common, still in reception finery to reach Windmill on the Common, South Side, Clapham before closing time. It was our bed for the night before getting the train to Portsmouth Harbour, sampling the pubs opposite the station before getting a very rough crossing to Jersey for the honeymoon.

Youngs beer at its best with decent accommodation and breakfast. Went back 25 years later, but it didn't seem the same, very much boutique/bistro on the hotel side.

Just looked at the prices now, sharp intake of breath!
 

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Retro pub review from this day last year, and a trip to Shrewsbury to watch my last football match for quite some time.

There is an abundance of quality pubs in Shrewsbury, most of which I'd visited a couple of years previously when in town for the postponed Shrews v Yeovil fixture. The 'Beast From The East' put paid to that, though fortunately the're made of harder stuff at Telford United, and I at least got to see a match there instead.

The one new pub this time around was The Admiral Benbow at 24 Swan Hill, a handsome Georgian brick building serving good stuff from the local Salopian and Wood's breweries. Just a couple of doors further up the hill is possibly my favourite pub of those I visited: The Coach & Horses on Swan Hill, a peaceful and timeless little place with the same net curtains my nan used to have, with a friendly welcome and Garde II-listed Victorian surrounds.

Down in the town centre, one of Shrewsbury's most famous pubs is the atmospheric Loggerheads on Church Street, a beautiful unspoilt pub of four separate rooms. The inside is partly rebuilt with some reused 16th- and 17th century oak panelling, and the pub's name comes from the three leopards' heads which appear on the town coat-of-arms as well as the crest of Shrewsbury Town FC. Until as recently as New Years Eve 1975, the left-hand room was one of the very last 'Men Only' smoking bars to be found inside a British pub, until the Sex Discrimination Act. As with most pubs in the town, there is a good range of local stuff on tap.

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I visited Shrewsbury rhe previous month in 2020, following Altrincham's game at nearby Telford and went in the Loggerheads for the first time for a few years. It certainly is a good town for pubs, with my favourite probably being the more modern Salopian by the river, although I am always in danger of being confused by the one-way system outside there, when trying to cross the road.

At certain times, the Admiral Benbow has, or had, a policy of over 30' s only, I have never been challenged for my age there, however, sadly.
 

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Two more pubs in Shrewsbury from this day last year, this time heading further out of town, across the river to the south and along Belle Vue Road in the direction of STFC's new out-of-town ground.

First up was arguably the best ale pub in Shrewsbury: The Prince Of Wales at 30 Bynner Street, tucked down some tight little residential streets to the east of the main road. Plain on the outside but great on the inside, this is West Midlands CAMRA regional pub of the year for 2019. As well as their own bowls green out the back, the pub also lays on coaches to the football ground on STFC home match days. The walls are also covered in loads of rare and interesting Shrews memorabilia. And the beer is, needless to say, top notch. Before the Oxford United match in March 2020 was the second time I'd visited here, and needless to say the place was packed, but still with a friendly welcome.

One last pub before kick-off, this time The Belle Vue Tavern at 115 Belle Vue Road, just slightly closer to the football ground on the main road heading south of the town centre.

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I visited Shrewsbury rhe previous month in 2020, following Altrincham's game at nearby Telford and went in the Loggerheads for the first time for a few years. It certainly is a good town for pubs, with my favourite probably being the more modern Salopian by the river, although I am always in danger of being confused by the one-way system outside there, when trying to cross the road.

At certain times, the Admiral Benbow has, or had, a policy of over 30' s only, I have never been challenged for my age there, however, sadly.

I popped into the Salopian Bar myself on the previous visit to Shrewsbury, back in February 2018. I guess it's a bit of a hang-out for Shrews fans, what with it now being painted in blue-and-yellow.

It was the first place I headed for after getting off the train on the way to Shrewsbury v Yeovil, and I dived in for a lunchtime pint. Just as I puckered myself up for a first sip, a bloke came in and called to the barman "Oi, Charlie. Game's off. Frozen pitch!" :confused: Fortunately, my back-up of Telford United survived the ice.

Yep, a lovely pub on the riverbank.

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Two more pubs in Shrewsbury from this day last year, this time heading further out of town, across the river to the south and along Belle Vue Road in the direction of STFC's new out-of-town ground.

First up was arguably the best ale pub in Shrewsbury: The Prince Of Wales at 30 Bynner Street, tucked down some tight little residential streets to the east of the main road. Plain on the outside but great on the inside, this is West Midlands CAMRA regional pub of the year for 2019. As well as their own bowls green out the back, the pub also lays on coaches to the football ground on STFC home match days. The walls are also covered in loads of rare and interesting Shrews memorabilia. And the beer is, needless to say, top notch. Before the Oxford United match in March 2020 was the second time I'd visited here, and needless to say the place was packed, but still with a friendly welcome.

One last pub before kick-off, this time The Belle Vue Tavern at 115 Belle Vue Road, just slightly closer to the football ground on the main road heading south of the town centre.

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A while since my last visit but I remember the Three Fishes in the centre was particularly good, there is also a good pork bap place on the hill up to the centre from the station.
 

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A while since my last visit but I remember the Three Fishes in the centre was particularly good, there is also a good pork bap place on the hill up to the centre from the station.
Going to Shrewsbury for a couple of days first week in July, all being well. Had to re book 3 times since covid started.
 

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Fullers have recognised the trading potential of Station pubs and acquired a few over the years. I've seen a couple in the pre-Fullers era as well.

First up is the Tap on the Line, Kew Gardens, living in Chiswick it was easy to get to and frequented regularly off season. The conservatory giving a good view of the platforms, ok the variety of trains isn't great (Overground & District Line) but a pleasant place to while away a couple of hours on a winter's midweek afternoon.

Next is the Three Guineas, Reading, always handy if you're changing trains. Pre-Fullers it had an amazing range of beers but was a dark dungeon decorated in favour of London Irish RFC. It's a much brighter, quite stylish place now and Fullers have included a regular supply of guest ales.

Their London termini pubs to follow.
 

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News of another Oxford pub that looks unlikely to reopen after lockdown, this time The Mitre at 18 High Street.

One of Oxford's oldest pubs and dating back to at least the early 13th century, The Mitre is Grade II and Grade II* listed with a historic interior, and was the regular hang-out of Graham Greene during his undergraduate days. Owners Lincoln College have just finished two years of work converting the upper storeys into luxury student accommodation at a cost of £16million. However, both they and lease-holders Marston's have refused to fully commit to the future of the ground-floor pub.

Admittedly, much of the pub appeared to have sold its soul to the tourist hoards, with the place seemingly always packed with tour groups supping cream teas in the summer. However, there is a fantastic little cubbyhole hidden in one corner with a window looking into the nextdoor Covered Market. I'd often see my mates Tom, Tariq and Gary through the window, they having taken ownership of the corner for an extended day-long session, huddled around a small table like a gang of thieves and chuckling to themselves.

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This pub closed in October 2010: The Beresford in Twyford Avenue in the Stamshaw area of Portsmouth. Myself and TheWavendonian had a drink here when on our way to the nearby greyhound stadium in November 1995...

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