UK TOWN AND CITIES PART TWO

 

Including Exeter and Exmouth, Manchester, Cardiff, York, Derby, Edinburgh, Bristol, the Lake District and Norwich

 

EXETER and EXMOUTH

Exeter is the county of town Devon with a population of 127,000, the main employers being, the City Council, Exeter University, EDF, Flybe and the Met Office. It is a pleasant, if a little hilly city, on the River Exe. Most of trains from London Paddington come into Exeter St David Station. The journey time is roughly between 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes. Beer-wise most of the handpump beers come from small Devon breweries, which makes for interesting drinking! It is a good beer-drinking city with some interesting pubs. 

EXETER

CITY CENTRE

Beer Cellar, 2 South Street, Exeter, EX1 1DZ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Tring Side Pocket for a Toad, Blackjack Belgian Gold, Dixie Spring Dixie Gold, Waen Pamplermoose.

Telephone- 01392-757570

Small modern café/bar close to Exeter Cathedral which has the best selection of micro beers ( real ale and craft) in Exeter. The décor and atmosphere is not as impressive as the beer choice and the ( London) prices were the most expensive on my trip.  Four different real ales, had a pint of Waen Pamplermoose at £4.50. Liked the silver plated loo seat!

John 7/10 visit March 2017

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Fat Pig, 2 John Street, Exeter, EX1 1BL.

Owner- Fat Pig Brew Pub

Beers- Fat Pig John Street, Tiny Ale, Black IPA plus one more ale.

Telephone- 01392-437217

Web site- http://www.fatpig-exeter.co.uk/

Small back street local down a narrow street in the City centre. Nice pub, with maybe too many reserved seats, but this does take away from a good atmosphere. Home of the Fat Pig brewery; there are 3 of their beers on handpump plus a guest beer. Had a pint of Fat Pig Tiny Ale at £3.80.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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Georges Meeting House, 38 South Street, Exeter, EX1 1ED

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers-Ruddles Bitter, Sharp’s Doombar, Greene King Abbot, Dartmoor Jail Ale plus 4 guest ales.

Telephone- 01392- 454250

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/georges-meeting-house-exeter

Another impressive Wetherspoons pub; this time it is in an ex-chapel, the pulpit, etched-glass windows and upstairs gallery all remain in the pub and add to the atmosphere. Large pub but very busy, even in the early afternoon. The guest beers are £2.49 a pint.

John 9/10 visit March 2017

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Oddfellows, 60 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EF

Owner –Free House

Beers- St Austell Tribute, Proper Job, Camerons Brown Beer, Hop To It.

Telephone- 01392- 209050

Web site- http://www.theoddfellowsbar.co.uk/

A pub which is similar to the Old Fire Engine across  the road (see review below)  in terms of clientele and atmosphere. The difference is that the beer is from the handpump and there is no low lighting. A pint of Camerons Brown beer was £3.50.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2017

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Old Fire Engine, 50 New North Road, Exeter. EX4 4EP

Owner- Free House

Beers- 5 real ales in barrels and lots of real cider and bottled beers.

Telephone- 01392-277279

Web site- http://www.oldfirehouseexeter.co.uk/

This pub has impressive front courtyard entrance; inside the atmosphere is wine bar/bistro with low lighting and candles on the table. Beers are from the barrels . Whilst the names of the beers are on the fridge door, it is not clear what brewery they are from. The menu is mainly pizza with 4 vegan choices; the pizzas looked good! Had a pint of Yeovil Ruby at £3.40. The clientele is mainly students and young people creating a good atmosphere.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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Rusty Bike, 67 Howells Road, Exeter, EX4 4LZ.

Owner- Fat Pig

Beers- Fat Pig John Street, Pegasus, plus one guest ale.

Telephone- 01392-214440

Web site-  http://www.rustybike-exeter.co.uk/

A nice back street local owned by local brewery Fat Pig, close to Exeter Central Station, but just off the city centre. Bigger than it looks from the outside with mainly benched seating. There is  table football in the middle of the pub. Opens at 1700 hours Monday to Thursday. Had a pint of Fat Pig John Street at £4.00. The outside pub sign is a rusty bike! Friendly staff.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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Ship Inn, 1/3 Matins Lane, Exeter, EX1 1EY

Owner- Greene King

Beers- Greene King IPA, Abbot, London Glory, Rugby Beer, Otter Bitter,

Telephone- 01392-272040

http://www.ship-exeter.co.uk/

One of Exeter’s oldest pubs which is down an alleyway off the High Street. Traditonal décor as you  might expect and the low lighting adds to the atmosphere. A Greene King pub, but I had a pint of Otter Ale for £3.45. The friendly barman ran a pub quiz, to cut a long story short, 3 students and me won it and got £40 worth of beer! Which made it a memorable night!

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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White Hart Hotel, 66 South Street, Exeter, EX1 1EE

Owner - Marstons

Beers- Wychwood Pinhead, Jennings Golden Host, Ringwood Blazer Bag.

Telephone- 01329-279897

Web site- https://www.whitehartpubexeter.co.uk/

Everyone’s idea of an old coaching inn, with a flagstone floor, old beams and a cobbled courtyard entrance. Lots of different rooms to go into, I went into the tap room and secret garden. Didn’t have time to look at the posters and pictures that were on the ceiling! Had a pint of Wychwood Pinhead at £3.30.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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MARSH BARTON

Double Locks, Canal Banks, Exeter, EX2 6LT

Owner- Young’s

Beers- Young’s Bitter, O’Hanlon Yellow Hammerhead, St Austell Cousin Jack, Exeter Exocet. 

Telephone- 01392- 214464

Web site- http://www.doublelocks.com/

Not an easy pub to get to, but well worth the effort to find ( see below on how to get there). The pub is in a lovely isolated location next to a canal lock. I have previously visited here and it is good to see the pub remains unchanged and has kept its charm. A big outside drinking area makes it perfect for a summer’s day. Open at 1100 hours, but can close early on a winter’s evening. A pint of St Austell Cousin Jack was £3.90. Classic pub.

John 10/10 visit March 2017

HOW TO GET THERE.

By car go through the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, over a wooden bridge, turn right, go along a single track road, then you see the pub car park or you can walk from the city centre from The Samuel Jones-pub cross the footbridge near the pub walk along the River Exe, cross over the next footbridge to the left hand side, you are on the Exeter Canal. Follow the  canal towpath to the pub; it’s about a half hour walk through the pretty Riverside Valley Park.  

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ST DAVIDS

Great Western Hotel, Isambard Parade, Exeter, EX4 4NU

Owner- Free House

Beers- Exeter Exocet, Ferryman, Dartmoor Legend, Jail Ale, RCH Pitchfork, Skinners Penny Black.

Telephone- 013292-274039

Pub close to Exeter St David’s Station. In the previews I read about this place, most said it needed a makeover; well the pub is in the middle of being refurbished at the moment and it looks like they are doing a good job. A good choice of local ales on the  handpumps. I had a pint of Exeter Ferryman at £3.25.

John 8/10 visit March 2017

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Imperial, New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4AH.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doonbar, Ruddles Bitter, Greene King Abbot, plus 9 guest ales and 3 real ciders.

Telephone-01392-434050

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/the-imperial-exeter

One of Wetherspoons flagship pubs. An impressive building which was once a grand hotel, with lots of different rooms, including a conservatory area. There are 12 real ales and 5 real ciders over 3 bars. Had a pint of Gald’s No5 at £2.19, it is part of Spoons Monday club, it should be £2.49. There is a pizza menu which is the first for me in a Spoons ( good idea). Pub is close to St David’s Station and also Exeter college, which should suit both parties!

John 9/10 visit March 2017

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Mill on the Exe, Bonhay Road, Exeter, EX4 3AB.

Owner- St Austell

Beers St Austell Tribute, Proper Job, Papermaker, Cousin Jack.

Telephone- 01392-214464

Web site- http://millontheexe.com/

I have previously visited this pub with Stuart and Sue as part of the St Austell passport. Then I called it a St Austell flagship pub; it still is. Great location on a former paper mill on the River Exe; love the sound of the water from the nearby weir. I think there has been a conservatory added since my last visit, but most seats try to have a view of the River Exe. Had a pint of St Austell Cousin Jack at £3.80. Great place for a pint and to watch the world go by.

John 10/10 visit March 2017

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 ST THOMAS

Sawyer Arms, 121 Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1JD.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Bitter, Bays Devon Dumpling, Moorhouse Pride of the Pendle’s, Exeter Old Bitter, O’Hanlon Yellow Hammer plus 8 real ciders in the fridges

Telephone- 01329-269520

Web site-   https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/the-sawyers-arms-exeter

A Wetherspoons pub in the St Thomas area of the city; about a 10 minute walk from the High Street. Unlike the other 2 flagship Spoons pubs I have visited, this  is a modern pub. Décor is open-planned and low ceiling with friendly atmosphere and staff.  A pint of Bays Devon Dumpling was £2.45.

John 8/10 visit March 2017.

Wetherspoons other pub in Exeter, the Chevalier Inn in the city centre, was closed for refurbished.

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THE QUAY and ST LEONARDS

Samuel Jones Smoke and Ale House, 37 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE

Owner- St Austell

Beers St Austell Tribute, Coca Porter, Brains Bread of Heaven, Otter Ale.

Telephone- 01392-345345

Web site-  https://www.samueljonesexeter.co.uk/

Another St Austell riverside pub in a nice location. This time it is in the Quay regeneration area. Modern comfortable décor with views out on the River Exe. No handpumps, but the 4 beers I mention are real ales on taps; the beers are served in 1/3, 2/3 and pints. A had a pint of St Austell Coca Porter at £3.60. Despite the ‘please wait to be seated’ sign, most people are drinking here. On draught there are 7 ales, 2 lagers, 1 stout and 2 ciders.

John 9/10 visit March 2017

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Prospect Inn, The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN

Owner- Heavitree

Beers-Otter Ale, Dartmoor Legend, South Hams Wild Blonde, Exeter Ferryman

Telephone- 01392-273152

Nice riverside pub on the Quay. It says it is an independent proper pub and encourages people to eat, drink and relax. Décor is upmarket and comfortable. It is cask marque approved and the staff are being  paid the living wage ( first time I have seen this in a pub). There 4 real ales on from local breweries; I had a pint of Otter Ale at £3.90. Pub is owned by Heavitree who used to be a brewery, but changed to being a pub-owning company in the 1970s.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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On the Waterfront, 4/9 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AP

Owner- Free House

Beers- Sharp’s Atlantic, Dartmoor Jail Ale, Otter Ale.

Telephone- 01329-210590

Web site-  http://www.waterfrontexeter.co.uk/

A pub which is in some archway cellars, which are on the waterfront. Most people are drinking outside today; inside the pub goes back a fair way, but this is mainly taken up by diners. The front part of the pub is for drinking. There are 3 real ales on; like the nearby Prospect  it is Cask Marque approved, a pint of Sharp’s Atlantic was £3.90.

John 8/10 Visit March 2017

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Hour Glass Inn, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter, EX2 4AU

Owner- Free House

Beers- Exeter Avocet, Ferryman, Town Mill Black Ven, Long Man American Pale Ale, Black Tor Pride of Dartmoor.

Telephone-01329-258722

Web site- http://www.hourglassexeter.co.uk/

Small tucked away back-street  local which reminds me a little of an Amsterdam brown café. Décor is student/bohemian with a nice City Brewery Ales window. Good atmosphere with mainly younger people and good bar staff. There are 5 real ales on; I had a Exeter Avocet at £4 a pint. The pub has a good selection of micro gins and Scottish malts. See web site for opening hours.   

John 9/10 visit March 2017

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EXMOUTH

Exmouth is a  nice seaside town at the mouth of the River Exe; with a population of 34,000 it is the fifth largest town in Devon. It is under a half hour train ride from Exeter, and there are enough pubs (including two brew pubs) here, to make a day trip from Exeter worthwhile.

Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth, EX8 2RU

Owner- Free House

Beers- Black Tor Pride of Dartmoor, Bays Top Sail, Wadworth 6X, Exmoor Dark, Salcombe Gold, Dartmoor Jail Ale.

Telephone- 01395-272589

Web site- http://www.bictoninn.co.uk/

Back street local which has been done out to a high standard without losing its pubby feel. Pub has a pool table in one bar. Regulars are mainly sitting around the bar. Good choice of beers from local breweries; had a pint of Black Tor Pride of Dartmoor at £3.20.

John 8/10 visit March 2017

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First and Last Inn, 10 Church Street, Exmouth, EX8 1PE

Owner- Brew Pub Free House 

Beers-Checkstone Pole Sands, Neap Tide, Courage Directors, Otter Ale.

Telephone-01395-263275

A Exmouth back street with a difference, this is home to the Checkstone brewery. It is a long narrow pub with a low ceiling and black and white aerial photos of Exmouth. Locals are watching the Cheltenham races on the TV. A pint of Checkstone Pole Sands was £2.50 and tasted good.

John 8.5/ visit March 2017

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Grapevine, 2 Victoria Road, Exmouth, EX8 1PL.

Owner- Brew Pub Free house 

Beers –Crossed Hand Old Red Hand plus 2 ales from Hopcraft.

Telephone- 01395-222208

Web site- http://www.thegrapevineexmouth.com/

Brew pub off the main town square. Comfortable modern décor with mainly high tables and stools. This is the place to go if you like overseas bottled beer, with a good choice of beers from Germany, Belgium and the USA. Had a pint from the pub’s brewery Crossed Hands, it was Old Red Hand and was £2.88 a pint. I got a 20% discount as it was before 1800 hours. Opens 1600 hours Monday to Thursday.

John 9/10 visit March 2017

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Powder Monkey, 2 The Parade, Exmouth, EX8 1BJ.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers-Dartmoor Jail Ale, Ruddles Bitter, Sharp’s Doombar, Otter Head, Hobgoblin Gold, Bays Top Sail, Brains SA, Exmoor Beast.

Telephone- 01395-280090

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/devon/the-powder-monkey-exmouth

Standard spoons close to Exmouth Station, with various rooms of the main bar. The cannon out the front of the pub gives the pub its name ( see on the walls). Had a pint of Bays Top Sail at £2.75; guest beers here are more expensive than Exeter!

John 8/10 visit March 2017

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The Grove Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 1BJ.

Owner- Young’s

Beers Young’s Bitter, Special, Courage Directors, O’ Hanlon High Tackle.

Telephone- 01395-272101

Web site- http://www.groveexmouth.co.uk/

A Young’s pub on the Esplanade, with the beach across the road. Nice beer garden at the front of the pub. There is also a first floor  balcony, from which I assume you can see the beach.  The ground floor bar is nice and relaxing.  A pint of O’Hanlon High Tackle was  £4.05.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2017

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MANCHESTER

 

Manchester is the largest city in the North West of England; the population of Greater Manchester is 2.5 million people. Tourist-wise, there is Lowry museum, National Football museum, China Town plus the Northern quarter and Salford which have been regenerated. From a beer point of view, Manchester is a great drinking city, with 4 traditional family breweries-Holts, Hydes, Lees and Robinsons- all surviving the takeover mania of the 1950s and 1960s; all have pubs in the city centre. Most cities were lucky to have 1 family brewery surviving this period, and no city has more family breweries than Manchester! As well as this there, are some good free houses selling a wide range of beers from some good North West micros and other breweries further afield. There are also a fair number of pubs selling Belgian bottled beers. Another plus for the city is people in the customer services, be it pubs, shops, restaurants, have a more friendly attitude to their customers than their London counterparts. Visited May 2016    

 

 

MANCHESTER  CITY CENTRE

  

ARNDALE

 

Micro Bar, Unit FC16, Arndale Market, Manchester, M4 3AH.

Owner- Boggarts

Beers- Boggart Ray of Sunshine, Rum Porter, Great Heck Voodoo Mild.

Telephone-0161-277-9666

A  small bar in Arndale market which lives up to its name! The bar is in the food market and not easy to find; all that money spent on a large shopping centre, and no maps! Only 3 beers on handpump, but all hard-to-find beers, plus 4 craft keg beers on draught and lots of bottled beers in the fridge. I had a pint of Great Heck Voodoo Mild at £3.00. Opening hours are 1100 to 1900 hours Monday to Saturday and 1200 to 1700 Sunday.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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CASTLEFIELD

 

Cask , 29 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4NQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Fell Robust Porter, Arbor Oz Bomb, Elland White Prussia, Ticketey Pale Ale. Lots of Belgian and German bottled beers.

Telephone-0161-819-9527

Small pub with only 4 cask ales from micro–breweries, but lots of  craft keg on draught, as well as a good range of Belgian bottled beers. Nice atmosphere with no TV and the occasional record on the jukebox. Fell Robust Porter was £3.60 a pint.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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Knott Bar, 374 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Magic Rock Ring Master, Rapture, Knotts House Ale Castlefield Gold, Pictish Alchemist Ale, El Diablo, Red Willow Smokeless Thornbridge Japipur. 8 craft draught kegs on draught plus a good bottled beer collection.

Telephone- 0161-839-9229

Web site- http://knottbar.co.uk/

A nice funky bar close to Deansgate station, so close you can feel the trains going by the rail arch the pub is under! No mainstream beers in a friendly laid-back atmosphere, with two knowledgeable barman. Not sure why the Magic Rock Rapture is £4.60 a pint when the rest of the beers on draught were under £4.00. Had a Magic Rock Ring Master at £3.90 a pint.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester, M15 4SZ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Abbeydale DR Morto Duck Baffler, Tatton White Queen, Atom Blonde, Weetwood Cheshire Cat, Phoenix B&P Original,  Wold Top Bitter, Milestone Little John, Wincle Beer Red Diesel, Lytham Beery Blonde.

Telephone- 0161-220-2960

Web site- http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/thewharf/

Modern canal-side pub, while modern, the décor is retro with old photos and posters on the walls. There is a large drinking area outside, which is not being used today as it’s raining. Good choice of 9 real ales with information about the beers on a sheet on the bar ( good idea). Had a Wincle Beer Red Diesel; at £3.80 a pint, nice beer. About time I heard Oasis in a Manchester pub!

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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CHINATOWN

 

Circus Tavern, 86 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4GX

Owner- Free House

Beers- Tetley Bitter, Robinsons Lizzy Blonde.

Telephone- 07863-349957

Lovely small traditional city centre pub, which is best visited in the afternoon, before it gets too busy. Claims to be Europe’s smallest bar, with just enough room on the bar for 2 handpumps and 3 keg taps. Off the bar are two small rooms full with sporting memorabilia, mainly of old Manchester City and United team photos. Had a pint of Tetley Bitter at £3.40 a pint.

John 9.5/10 May 2016    

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Grey House Inn, 80 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4QX.

Owner- Hydes

Beers- Hydes Orginal, Old Indie, Lowry, Rose and Crown Ale, Beer Studio Copper Cascade.

Telephone- 0161-236-1874

City centre Hydes pub; like the nearby Circus Tavern it is small, and traditional, but  it is more open-planned with no rooms off to the side. Like the photos of old Manchester on the wall. Friendly atmosphere, local’s and barmaid who knows how to keep regulars in order! A pint of Hydes Original is £2.97..

John 9/10 visit May 2015

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Old Monkey, 90/92 Portland street, Manchester, M1 4GX.

Owner- Holts

Beers- Holts Mild, Bitter, IPA, Two Hoots, Moreland Old Specked Hen, Bootleg Chorlton Pale Ale.

Telephone- 07827-850267

Holts pub in the city centre, which has a comfortable décor and atmosphere. This afternoon it is full of older drinkers enjoying an afternoon pint. The upstairs bar does live entertainment. The Holts Bitter which was £2.67 a pint which was cheaper than the guest beers at the nearby Spoons. The beer is not as ‘bitter’ as I remember, but it is still a good pint.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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COLLYHURST

 

Angel, 6 Angel Street, Manchester, M4 4BQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Wilson Potter In The Black, Don’t Fall, Liverpool Organic Imperial Stout, Shipwreck IPA, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Mallinson’s Station, Prospect Nutty Black.

Telephone- 0161-838-4786

Web site- http://theangelmanchester.com/

A little bit of a non-descript pub by a busy road junction, from the outside. Inside the décor is pleasant;  there are also 9 real ales from some interesting breweries and a good choice of beer styles.  Prices were reasonable; my pint of Wilson Potter In The Black was £3.20 and the staff were friendly.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, M4 4HY

Owner- March Arch

Beers- March Arch Manchester Bitter, Pint, Lagonda IPA, Built to Fall, Chocolate Stout, Earl Grey IPA, Howgate and Kemp, Summer Wine Brewing  Oregon Pale Ale, Valencia, Resistance. Marble Arch keg beers and Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone- 0161- 832-5914

Web site- http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/

Wonderful Victorian pub which is a bit of a walk from the city centre, but well worth the effort. The frontage shows the pub lives up to its name, with lots of marble by the front door. Inside there is a mosaic floor and a golden brick wall. The pub was a brew pub, but the beers are now brewed nearby. There are 7 Marble Arch beers on draught from the 10 handpumps, with the other 3 from Summer Wine Brewing. Friendly staff willing to give out samples. Had a pint of Built to Fall at £4.00.  A Manchester institution.

John 9.5/10 visit May 2016

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 GAY VILLAGE

 

Molly House, 26 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3NB.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Little Vale Craggy Bitter, Sonnet 43 Burbon Milk stout, Bear Town Rear Ass, Bearing Spring, Stockport Avant Garde.

Telephone- 0161-237-9329

Web site www.themollyhouse.com

Small pub with décor a little like a Belgian brown café. One of  the big selling points of this place are the 5 real ales from nearby breweries; the distance from the pub is on the handpump clip. Food is from an open kitchen and smells nice; there is also a vegan menu. Friendly atmosphere and bar staff. I had a pint of Little Vale Craggy Bitter at £3.90.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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MANCHESTER UNIVERISTY

 

Font, 7/9 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Mallinsom’s WPA, Hopsmith IPA, Hawkshead Windermere Pale. Duvel and Budvar on draught.

Telephone- 0161-236-0944

Web site- https://thefontbar.wordpress.com/manchester/

Just a little south of the city centre, close to Oxford Road station. Student type bar/café with a wide range of beers including international bottled beers and the very rare Duvel on draught. Lots of different drinking areas on two floors. There is a DJ at the weekends and Camra discounts. Had a pint of Mallinsom’s WPA at £3.60.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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 Salisbury, Ale House, 2 Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NE.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Theakston  Old Peculier, Caledonian  Deuchars IPA, XPA Golden Ale, Adnams Fat Spart

Telephone- 0161-236-5590

Pub so close to Oxford Road, one of the entrances is next door to it! Open-planned music pub, with lots of different drinking areas and old photos of Manchester on the wall, including one of the pub. A  little dead at the time of my visit. Discounts for Camra members. Real ale range from regional breweries;  I had a pint of Theakston Old Peculier at £3.50.

John 7.5/10 May 2015

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Sandbar, 120 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Bear Town Polar Eclipse, 7 Brothers Session Bitter, Facer Clwyd Gold, Sonnet 43 Aurora, Phoenix Arizona, Cwru Lal Tail Whip, plus one real cider.

Telephone- 0161-273-1552

Web site-  http://www.sandbarmanchester.co.uk/

Modern pub/bar in the student area, to the south of the city centre. Does it’s bit to try to appeal to everyone, with real ale, craft beer, cocktails and tea and coffee. Deco is shabby chic, with a beer garden out the back. Good range of real ales from micro-breweries; had a pint of Bear Town Polar Eclipse at £3.00.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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PICCADILLY

 

Piccadilly Tap, Station Approach, Manchester, M1 2GH.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Dry Stone Stout, Summer Wine Brewing  Resistance, Adnams Mosaic, Vocation Pride and Joy.

Telephone- 0161-393-4168

Web site- http://piccadillytap.com/

Small shop unit pub close to Piccadilly station. Modern décor with bits of beer memorabilia on the wall, mainly in the form of beer mats in framed displays. Good choice of beer of all sorts , as with most of the tap chain. Owned by the people who own the Euston Tap, so you can have a drink at both ends of the line in London and Manchester! There is an upstairs drinking area. Had a pint of Dry Stone Stout at £3.80 a pint.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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PETER’S FIELD-CONFERENCE QUARTER

 

Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5LE.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Moorhouse Premier Bitter, Cottage Conquest, Britons Protection Bitter, Robinsons Unicorn, Jennings Cumberland Ale.

Telephone -0161-236-5895

Web site- http://www.britonsprotection.co.uk/

Most streets are lucky to have 1 Camra heritage pub ( the Peveril of the Peak); Great Bridgewater Street has 2, with this pub. Very much a 2 room pub, the small front bar has all the beers on display, the larger back bar which you will find down a lovely tiled corridor next to the front bar, is more spacious,  but does not have the beers on display. Lovely traditional, cosy décor in both bars. The pub specialises in whiskies, with over 300 to choose from, as well a barrel from the St Georges distillery on the bar. There are 5 real ales including a home beer, I had a pint of Moorhouse Premier Bitter at £3.80. Nice place.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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Paramount, 33/35 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 4BT.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Greene King Abbot, Elland 1872 Porter, Moorhouse Blond Witch, Thwaites Wainwright, Saltaire Bavarian Gold, Kelham Island Dunkel, Robinsons Trooper, Titanic Iceberg.

Telephone- 0161-223-1820

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/manchester/the-paramount-manchester

Large modern Spoons in the city centre near to Oxford Road station. The pub is open-planned with large windows for people to look inside, or is it the other way round! Good choice of guest ales from £2.75 a pint; mine was Elland 1872 Porter. Friendly staff.

John 8.5/10 May 2016

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Peveril of the Peak, 127 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Timothy Taylor Landlord, Rat Brewery White Rat, 7 Brothers Session Ale.

Telephone- 0161-236-6364

Wonderful ex-Wilsons pub, still with company’s old logo on the inside and outside of the pub. Largely unchanged over the years; a multi-room pub, with 2 rooms of the main bar. One room has a pool table and the main bar room has table football. Lovely to see a pub like this left unchanged. No TV or music. No great beer choice here, but a great pub! A pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord was £3.75.  Most people who visit Manchester know this pub.

John 10/10 visit May 2016

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Rain Bar, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JG.

Owner- Lees

Beers- Lees Bitter, MPA, Kaleidoscope, Marco Pierre White the Governor.

Telephone-0161- 235-6500

Web site-  http://www.rain-bar.co.uk/

A modern Lees canal-side pub in a former umbrella factory, hence the name, as it’s been raining most of today,  and it’s aptly named at the moment. To make my timing even better ‘ Why does it always rain on me?’ came on the jukebox! Stuck between two Camra heritage pubs, this is a good pub in its own right, plus the beer is cheaper, with  a pint of Lees Bitter at £3.35 a pint. The back bar leads to an outside drinking area, but not for today! 

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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 NORTH QUARTER

 

Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JN.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Glamorgan Jermica Fitchfork,  Mordue Five Bridges, Fix Wheel Century Gold,  St Peters Ruby Red, Cottage Golden Arms, Milton Minotaur plus Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone- 0161-835-3815

Small pub with a good choice of beers- the 5 real ales on tap are not local- plus some good Belgian bottled beers. Pub has a CD jukebox-remember them? Décor includes a round goldfish bowl and various bits of Belgian beer memorabilia on the wall. I had a pint of Fix Wheel Century Gold at £3.80 a pint. Busy with a good atmosphere.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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Blackjack at Smithfield, 37 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ.

Owner- Blackjack

Beers- Blackjack Double Buff, Stockport Arch 14 Mild, Siren Protus vol 2, Ilkey Mary Jane, Ortherton Passepartout. 12 craft beers price range £4.80 to £8.60!

Telephone- Ex dir

Web site- http://www.blackjack-beers.com/smithfield/

Friendly pub on the edge of the Northern Quarter, with décor which seems to be aimed at the younger drinker. A good range of beers; 6 cask and 12 keg with lots of information about the beers at the point of sale, as well as a good range of Belgian bottled beers. Despite this being a Blackjack pub, only 1 of their beers was on handpump; the beer was Double Buff and was £3.10 a pint and was in good nick. Closed on Monday, opens at 1630 hours Tuesday to Friday.

John 9/10  visit May 2016.

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Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE.

Owner- Robinsons

Beers- Robinsons Trooper, Dizzy Blonde, Hartleys Cumbrian Way, Hop Stuff Fussier, Flipside Dark Denomination.

Telephone- 0161-237-9485

Web site- http://thecastlehotel.info/

Robinsons only city centre pub, which is very traditional with a small bar at the front and rooms of a corridor behind the bar. One of the rooms is for live music and another has a piano in it. The front bar has a jukebox. There are 3 Robinson’s beers on draught, plus 2 guest beers. A pint of Hartley’s Cumbrian Way is £3.40 a pint.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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Crown and Kettle, 2 Oldham Road, Manchester, M4 5FE

Owner- Free House

Beers- Thornbridge Squatters Pale Ale  Moor Optimism, Castle Rock Black Gold plus 2 other guest beers.

Telephone- 0161- 636-2923

A nice grade two listed pub (Est 1857) at a busy road junction.   while at ground level the pub doesn’t show it’s age, just look up to  the ceiling and you can see its real age. Good choice of real ales from non-local breweries, plus craft bottled beers in the fridge, which are well advertised. A pint of Thornbridge Squatters Pale Ale was £3.00 a pint.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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 Port Street Beer House, 39/41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Dark Star Expresso, Left Hand Giant Red, Blackjack ESPB, Fallen Light Freight.

Telephone-0161-237-9949

Web site- http://www.portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk/

Hipster bar in the Northern Quarter with London prices. This said, it is a nice relaxing place with a good atmosphere. Rare non-talkative Manchester barman or maybe he thinks he is being cool! A pint of Dark Star Espresso is £4.20. Opens 1600 hours Monday to Thursday and 1400 on Friday.  

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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SALFORD

Eagle Inn, 18 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW.

Owner- Holts

Beers- Holts Bitter, Two Hoots, plus 3 beers from the Bootleg brewery.

Telephone- 0161-819-5002

Web site- http://eagleinn.info/

This is a lovely traditional red brick pub, with rooms off a small bar making for a cosy atmosphere. The pub looks strangely out of place on an industrial estate. While a Holts pub, only 2 of their beers are on handpump, with the other 3 coming from the Bootleg brewery. A pint of Holts bitter was £3.00. Opens 1500 hours Monday to Thursday and 1300 hours Friday to Sunday.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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King Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN

Owner- Free House

Beers- Deuchars IPA, Bear Town Ginger Bear, Bridestone Sandstone, Burscough Flat Rib Mild, Deeply Vale DV8 Stout.

Telephone- 0161-832-3605

Web site- http://www.kingsarmssalford.com/

Nice red brick Victorian pub, with rooms off the main bar including a snug. The main bar area has leather seats around the side, plus an impressive ceiling. There are 6 local  real ales to add to the traditional feel of this pub, Had a pint of Bear Town Ginger Bear at £3.35. The pub does live music at the weekend. There was a film crew going in and out of the place when I visited.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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New Oxford, 11 Bexley Square, Salford, M3 6DB.

Owner- Free House

Beers-Poynton Dark Star, Brown Cow Thriller in Vanilla, North Union Arch 25, Empire Imperial IPA, Rat Queen Rat, Salopian Pathfinder, Provenance Yakima IPA, Rudgate Perles of Wisdom, Cornish Coast SPA, Prospect Ginger Stinger, Phoenix Oxford Pale, Bear Town Blueberry, Oakham JHB, plus 3 real ciders and over a 100 Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone- 0161-832-7082

Web site- http://thenewoxford.com/

Best pub in Salford for beer choice, with over 100 Belgian bottled beers and 14 real ales all marked up clearly on the blackboard. The pub’s décor is modern and bright, but it has a good pubby atmosphere, along with friendly bar staff. Belgian bottled beers reasonably priced- compare to London! A pint of Empire Imperial IPA was £3.60.  Found it hard to leave this place! 

John 10/10 visit May 2016

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Salford Arms, 146 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 6AF.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Salford Arms Bitter (brew by Green Mills) plus 5 other real ales from micros ( I think!), two guys standing at the bar, make it hard to see the beer clips!!

Telephone-0161-288-8883

Web site - http://www.salfordarmshotel.co.uk/

Large pub close to Salford Central Station and just across the river from the city centre. Un-Camra-like pub ( it’s in the GBG 2016), with most of the pub geared up for live football and pool. This said the staff were friendly and there was a wide range of local ales ( I think, see above!) and the beer I had, which was the house beer at £3.00 a pint, was good. A few prints of Lowry on the wall.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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SPINNIGFIELDS

 

Brink, 65 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Hophurst Campfire, Twisted Une Cosmati, Wily Fox Crafty Fox, Serious Brew Moonlight.

Telephone- 0161-834-6346

Web site- http://www.brinkmcr.co.uk/

Like the Gas Lamp across the road, this is a basement pub. While the Gas Lamp is traditional, dimly lit and  is playing indie music, the Brink is modern, bright and playing music from the 1960s! Friendly barman had a good range of 5 local real ales. Had a good pint of Hophurst Campside at £3.20. Recently opened pub. Closed Monday, opens at 1600 hours Tuesday and Wednesday.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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Gas Lamp, 50A Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BW.

Owner- Free House

Beers-Left Handed Pale LHG Pale, First Chop, Alphabet Brew Hey Buddy. 4 craft keg beers, lots of Belgian and US craft bottled beers.

Telephone-0161-478-1224

A basement pub of character, with the white bricked wall which looks like it’s been there a while. A small draught beer selection, 3 real ales and 4 keg, but there are no mainstream beers. The pub also has a good range of bottled beers, as well as spirits. There is more seating in the back parlour room. A pint of Left Handed Giant LHG Pale was £3.90. Opens at 1600 hours Monday to Thursday.

John 8.5/10 visit May 2016

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TOWN HALL

 

Café Beermoth, 40 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EN. Entrance in Brown Street.

Owner- Free House-

Beers- Summer Wine Oregon, Resistance, Hawkshead Red, Roostes Buckeye, Red Willow Shameless, Mollinson’s  Station.

Telephone-0161-835-2049

Web Site- http://beermoth.co.uk/

Café Beermoth started as a bottle shop serving a wide range of bottled beers. This is their first pub, which has an excellent range of draught beers. Modern place which is busy, with a good atmosphere. The beer taps are not at the front of the bar, but against a wall behind, with the brewery name above the tap. In a hip area of Manchester (there’s a Jamie Oliver’s nearby) the pub is full of young people, with most of them enjoying the beers. A pint of Summer Wine Brewing Oregon was £3.20.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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 City Arms, 46 Kennedy Street, Manchester, M2 4BQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Tetley Mild, Merlin the Wizard, Brightside Odin, Wye Valley HPA, Moorhouse Pride of the Pendle, Tweed  Orange County  IPA, Titanic Plum Porter.

Telephone- 0161- 236-4610

Nice cosy traditional pub, with 8 real ales from different breweries. Green leather seating is all round the pub, plus photos of old Manchester on the walls. Friendly atmosphere with early David Bowie as background music. Reasonably busy for 12:30, the lunch time drinking break is not dead in Manchester! A pint of Merlin the Wizard is £3.65.

John 9/10 visit May 2016

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Waterhouse, 67/71 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4EG.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Greene King Abbot, Sharp’s Doombar, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Phoenix May Fly, Bobbly Bob, Lymestone Stone the Crow, Naylor Spring Ale, Bradfield Farmers bitter, Cryptic Grey 1049.

Telephone- 0161-200-5380

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/manchester/the-waterhouse-manchester

Strange Spoons close to the City Hall. Not sure what the building was before it became a pub, but there are lots of different rooms and you feel a little cut off from the rest of  the pub. Décor is upmarket with white walls and pillars. Guest beers are £2.75 a pint;  I had a Phoenix May Fly.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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 Vine Inn, 42 Kennedy Street, Manchester, M2 4BQ.

Owner- Free House

Beers-  Timothy Taylor landlord, Copper Dragon Double Fagon, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Roosters Yankee plus one more beer.

Telephone- 0161- 237-9740

Web site- https://thevineinn-public.sharepoint.com/

City centre pub which has upstairs and downstairs drinking areas in comfortable surroundings. The pub also has a dartboard. Some of the real ales are in the downstairs bar, so they are spread. A pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord is £3.35.

John 8/10 visit May 2016

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CARDIFF

 

Cardiff is the capital of Wales its largest city in Wales with a population of 346,000. It is a little over 2 hours on the train from Paddington. Tourist attractions including Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay (which is home to BBC Wales where Sherlock and Dr Who are made). Beer-wise’ local family brewery Brains ( a marketing slogans man’s dream) produce some good beers, including one of my favourite beers, Brains SA for their tied houses. There is a  good free house trade which is strong on selling beers from Welsh micros and ciders, plus some interesting beers from the rest of the UK. Visited March 2016.

 

CITY CENTRE

Central Bar, 39 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10  3BW

Owner – Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Ruddles Bitter, Greene King Abbot, Brains Bread of Heaven, Marstons Old Empire, Jennings Sneck Lifter, Boss Brave, Brawn.

Telephone-029-2078-0260

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-central-bar-cardiff

Wetherspoons pub with a nice tiled frontage; inside is the standard Spoons décor. Good afternoon atmosphere, the pub is busy with mainly older people. Interesting bottled beers in the fridge including Duvel, Chimay, Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada. I later found out  this is standard in most Spoons pubs  in Cardiff.  Had a Marstons Old Empire at £2.45 a pint.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Crockerton, Greyfriars Street, Cardiff CF10  3AD

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Greene King Abbot, Sharp’s Doombar, Hobgoblin Gold, Celt Experience Cardiff  Resin.

Telephone- 029-2037-5600

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-crockerton-cardiff

A Wetherspoons/ Lloyds No1 pub. Visited at 1500 hours so no bouncers or music. Modern pub with a low ceiling and soft lighting, at the moment filled with the more mature punter. I had a pint of Celt Experience Cardiff Resin at £2.45 a pint.

 John 7/10 visit March 2016

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Goat Major, High Street, Cardiff CF10 1PU

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains Dark, Bitter, SA, Bread of Heaven, Rev James

Telephone- 029-2033-7161

Web site- http://www.sabrain.com/goatmajor

Another Brains pub with a good traditional atmosphere, with the TV on low volume and no music; claims have been around since 1830. Wood panelled walls, white ceiling and chequered  floor all add to the place. Five Brains beers on draught; I  had a pint of Brain SA at £3.00.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2016

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Gravity Station, 6 Barrack Lane, Cardiff CF10 2FR

Owner- Micro pub

Beers- 4 real ales and 4 micro kegs on draught plus over 100 non-stream bottled beers to drink in or take out.

Telephone- 029-2034-0252

Web site-  http://thegravitystation.com/

Micro pub in a row of new shops in the city centre, just off a shopping centre. Small pub where the beer is served from taps from behind a cupboard! There are 4 real ales and 4 craft keg beers. Large section of bottled beers with take out or drink in prices on the bottles. Unlike other micro pubs I have visited, this one does background music, keg beer and credit cards! Had a Black Jack New Deck at £3.45 a pint. Closes 1900 hours Monday to Thursday and 1800 hours Sunday.

John 7/10 visit March 2016

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Hopbunker, Northgate House, Kingsway, Cardiff CF10 3FD

Owner- Hopcraft/ Dixie Spring

Beers- 12 real ales from Welsh micros

Telephone- 029-0398-8889

Basement pub with a good atmosphere.  An impressive bank of handpumps is at the bar, with some good beers from all over the UK on offer. I had a Poachers Black Crow Stout at a reasonable  £3.00 a pint and very nice too!  Décor is new with bits of beer memorabilia around the wall. Friendly bunch of people at the bar.

John 9/10 visit March 2016

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Old Arcade, 14 Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains Dark, Bitter, SA, Phonics, Rev James

Telephone- 029-2021-7999

Web site-  http://www.sabrain.com/oldarcade

A Brains pub which calls itself Cardiff’s premier rugby pub; as you expect it is full of rugby memorabilia. This is a nice cosy traditional pub, as befits a independent family brewer. Five Brains beers on draught,including the hard-to-find Brains Dark at £2.75 a pint.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Pen and Wig, 1 Park Grove, Cardiff, CF10 3BJ

Owner- Free House

Beers- 10 real ales mainly from Welsh micros

Telephone- 029-2037-1217

Web site- http://www.penandwigcardiff.co.uk/

Nice cosy pub tucked away in a residential street to the North of the city centre. Very grand décor with a relaxing atmosphere; it almost feels like a country pub. There are 10 handpumps on the bar, with most handpumps  coming from Welsh micros. Had a Evan Evans St David Ale at £3.45 a pint. Nice pub.

John 9/10 visit March 2016

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 Rummer Tavern, 14 Duke Street, Cardiff CF10 1AY

Owner- Free House

Beers- Butcombe Gold, Grey Trees Mosaic Ale, Hancock HPA, HB, Ringwood Razor Back, Bath Gem, Purity Goose.

Telephone- 029-2023-5091

Web site- http://www.therummertaverncardiff.co.uk/

Claims to be Cardiff’s oldest pub. The mock Tudor décor gives it a comfortable cosy feel, but maybe not the heavy metal music! A good choice of beers on the bar, I had a pint of Butcombe Gold at £3.30. Reasonably priced food menu for city centre. Close to Cardiff Castle.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2016

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CITY CENTRE WESTGATE STREET

Road which runs alongside the Millennium Stadium.

Brew Dog, 31 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DX

Owner- Brew Dog

Beers-  Brew Dog keg beers plus guest keg beers

Telephone-029-2023-1684

Web site-  https://www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/cardiff

Much better than most London Brew Dog pubs, with friendly bar staff, inviting décor and, while trendy, a welcoming atmosphere. The Punk IPA tasted better than on recent visit to Brew Dog Soho, where it was cold and tasteless. This said it was the most expensive pint on my visit to Cardiff at £4.65. Craft beer= rip off prices. Indie soundtrack.

John 7/10 visit March 2016

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City Arms, 10/12 Quay Street, off Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1EA

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains Bitter, SA, Rev James. Guest ales  4t’s EPA, Wire, Moor Festival, Waen Liquidator, Black Jack American Amber, Northern Monk Festival Star.

Telephone-029-2064-1913

Web site- http://www.thecityarmscardiff.com/

Impressive Brains flagship pub, with 4 Brains ales, 7 guest ales and 10 real ciders. Lots of different areas to drink in this drinkers pub ( didn’t see any food). Photos of old Cardiff on the wall and handpump clips about the pub. Good atmosphere at the time of my visit. Had a pint of Moor Festival at £3.25.

John 9.5/10 visit March 2016

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Gatekeeper, 9 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DD

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Greene King Abbot, Sharp’s Doombar, Celt Experience Cardiff Resin, Burton Bridge XL Bitter, Boss Brawn, Dark, Rhymmey Export.

Telephone- 029-2064-6020

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-gatekeeper-cardiff

Large Wetherspoons pub on two floors. Pub is clean and cosy with various bits of Rugby memorabilia around the place. Good to see the pub doing 5 real ciders. Guest beers are £2.49 a pint.

John 7/10 visit March 2016

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Queens Vaults, 29 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1EH

Owner- Free House

Beers- Castle Combe Bybrook Bitter, Brains Bitter, Phonics plus 3 other Welsh ales.

Telephone- 029-2022-7966

On the Westgate Street strip so this pub is noisy, with loud music and 3 pool tables, but a good atmosphere at the time of my visit. Old photos of Welsh rugby legends above the bar. Five real ales shows a good commitment to good beer. Had a Castle Combe Bybrook Bitter at £3.40 a pint.

John 7/10 visit March 2016

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Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DD

Owner- Tiny Rebel

Beers- Tiny Rebel One Inch punch, Fubar, lupulin Fiasco, Canterbury Red Rye, Torpedo, Allgates Blue Sky Tea, Wigan Junction. 5 real ciders and 10 craft keg taps

Telephone- 029-2039-9557

Web site- http://www.urbantaphouse.co.uk/cardiff/

Tiny Rebel are a new award-winning Newport brewery, this is their flagship pub in Cardiff. Multi-room pub with a drinking area upstairs; the décor is modern chic. Only 2 of their beers are on handpump; the other 5 are guest ales. They also have 5 real ciders. Good to see a lot of young people drinking beer or cider. I had a Tiny Rebel One Inch Punch at £3.30 a pint.

John 8.5/10 visit March 2016

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Zero Degrees, 27 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DD

Owner- Brew Pub

Beers- Pilsner, Pale Ale, Wheat Ale, Black Lager, Mango Beer, Six Nations Ale.

Telephone-029-2022-9494

Web site- http://www.zerodegrees.co.uk/venue/cardiff/

I have visited Zero Degrees pubs in Bristol and Blackheath,  and I am impressive with this pub. Modern pub  with a cosy atmosphere; you can see the brewery clearly from the windows. Good bar staff willing to talk about their beers and give samples. Visited during happy hour ( Monday to Friday 1600 to 1900 hours).  My pint of Six Nations Ale was £3.00, (outside of happy hour £4.25.)

John 8.5/10 visit March 2016

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CITY CENTRE MARY STREET

Road which runs parallel to Westgate Street. So only a few minutes’ walk extra to the Millennium Stadium. 

Cambrian Arms, 51 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD

Owner- Brains Craft Brewery

Beers-Tudor Black Mountain, Dark Star American Pale Ale, Boss Blaze, Abbeydale Absolution, RCH Chocolate Slug Stout, Brains Cambrian Ale. 10 craft keg beers.

Telephone- 029- 2064-4952

Web site- http://www.thecambriantap.com/

A Brains Craft Brewery pub, as in there are no mainstream beers here, only Brains craft and UK micros.  Modern and clear,with booth bar stool seating along the wall. Friendly barman giving out samples. Most of real ales are £3.75 a pint ( had a Tudor Black Mountain)  and most of the craft keg are £5.50 a pint. Drawn your own conclusions! Food is pies from the Celtic Pie Co.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Cardiff Cottage, 25 St Mary Street,   Cardiff CF10 1AA

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains- Dark, Bitter, SA, Bread of Heaven, Rev James

Telephone- 029-2033-7195

Web site- http://www.sabrain.com/cardiffcottage

An aptly named pub, with a good traditional feel to it for a city centre pub. Like the old photos of Welsh icons like Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, also the street photos of Cardiff. Not too busy on a Wednesday night, but a nice atmosphere. Had a Brains Dark at £2.50 a pint.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Great Western, 64 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FA

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Ruddles Bitter, Greene King Abbot, Brains SA, Rhymmey Export

Telephone- 029-2035-3990

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-great-western-cardiff

A Wetherspoons/ Lloyds No1 pub which means not so many real ales. The  impressive building was a Victorian hotel before becoming a pub.  The pub is on two floors, with lots of different rooms and alcoves, as well as photos of old rugby stars and Welsh icons. Close to Cardiff Central Station. Guests ales are £2.49 a pint.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2016

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Prince of Wales, 81/83 St Mary Street,  Cardiff CF10 1FA

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Ruddles Bitter, Greene king Abbot, Celt Experience Golden Ale plus 5 other guest ales.

Telephone-029-2064-4449

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-prince-of-wales-cardiff

What a original name for a Welsh pub! A Wetherspoons pub on two floors which is reasonable full on a Thursday night with a good atmosphere. A good range of beers; had a Celt Experience Golden Age at £2.45 a pint. Staff coping well as it gets busier.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Yard Bar and Kitchen, 42/43 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains Bitter, SA, Rev James, Phonics

Telephone- 029-2022-7577

Web site- http://www.yardbarkitchen.co.uk/

Modern pub in the former Brains brewery, which has been turned into an Old Brewery Quarter. Nice modern décor, with the pub having a comfortable  feel to it. Prices higher than the more traditional Brains pubs on Mary Street. A pint of Rev James was £3.45.

John 7/10 visit March 2016

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CANTON

Area to the East of the City centre.

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, CF5 1QE

Owner- Free House

Beers- Twisted Gaucho, Pied Bull Red Bull, Milestone Crusader, Shine, Boss Blondle, Cymryd Y Pyst Cwrw Rygei.

Telephone-029-2030-4400

Web site-  http://www.chapter.org/

A bar in an arts centre, the plastic chairs and tables remain of a school canteen! I seem to the only one here not having a meal or coffee! This said, it has 6 interesting real ales and is in the 2016 Good Beer Guide.  While I like pubs in unusual places ,this one does not do it for me. A pint of Twisted Gaucho was £3.65 . Not easy to find.

John 6/10 visit March 2016

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Landsdowne, 71 Beda Road, Cardiff CF5 1LX

Owner- Free House

Beers- First Chop POD, Mumbles Hop Kick, Mantle Hookwinked, Mad Dog Now in a Minute.

Telephone-029-2022-1312

Web site- http://thelansdownecardiff.co.uk/

This pub is in Canton about a 20 minute walk from the city centre; very much a community pub. Décor is no carpet, wooden tables, chairs and floorboards, with handpump clips and dry hops above the bar. There are 5 handpumps on, 4 local ales and 1 real cider, I had a First Chop POD ( vanilla stout) at £3.40 a pint. Close to Cardiff City FC.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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CARDIFF BAY

Part of the city on the coast. Home to the Welsh Assembly, BBC Wales and the Dr Who Experience.

 

Mount Stuart, Landsea House, Stuart Place, Cardiff CF10 5BU

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Bitter, Sharp’s Doombar, Celt Experience Silures, Loddon Hocus Pocus Pale Ale.

Telephone-029-2044-8000

Web site-  https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/wales/cardiff/the-mount-stuart-cardiff

A new Wetherspoons pub on the waterfront on Cardiff Bay. The pub is on two floors, so most people go upstairs for the better view. Modern décor with lots of bar stools. Whilst the pub has an outside patio, it is too windy today for anyone to go out! It is nice to look at the view from the warm inside. I had a pint of Celt Experience Silures at £2.49. Beer range above was from the upper bar.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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The Packet, 95 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AB

Owner- Brains

Beers- Brains Bitter, SA, Rev James

Telephone- 029-2048-7167

Web site- http://www.sabrain.com/packet 

Brains pub in Cardiff Bay which is not on the waterfront; which makes it a good traditional locals’ pub. A warm  welcome from the barmaid and the regulars at the bar. The décor is sailing ropes and photos of old ships on the wall. Nice pint of Brains SA at £3.10.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Waterguard, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay,  Cardiff CF10 4PA

Owner- Sam Smiths

Beers- No real ale

Telephone-029-2049-9034

A Sam Smiths which is not easy to find; I saw a blackboard with the pub’s name and an arrow! The décor is modern, but like most Sam’s pubs it has no TV or music. There are views across Cardiff Bay, even if the car park is in the way! Very reasonably priced food menu with some good ‘ 2 meals for £10’ deals. Had a bottle of Sam’s Oatmeal Stout at £5.

John 6/10 visit March 2016

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PONTCANNA

Home of Glamorgan Cricket Club. There is a nice walk through Bute Park to get here.

Cayo Arms, 36 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LL

Owner- Marstons

Beers- Wychwood Dirty Tackler, Gold, Marstons EPA, Ringwood Boon Boogie.

Telephone- 029-2023-2917

Web site- http://www.cayopub.co.uk/

A Marstons pub down the road from the Cricketers, which is a little more open-planned. Similar décor to the Cricketers with sofas and old photos. Good prices and friendly barmaid. A pint of Wychwood Dirty Tackler was £ 2.84.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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Cricketers Arms, 66 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LL

Owner- Evan Evans

Beers- Evan Evans Warrior, Cwrw, St Davids Ale, WPA

Telephone-029-2034-5102

Web site- http://www.cricketerscardiff.co.uk/

An aptly named pub close to Glamorgan Cricket Ground in a Victorian townhouse, the sign outside says real ale, real food, real welcome. The decor is grand with large sofas and framed photos of old Cardiff and cricketers. Most of the beers are from  local brewery Evan Evans. Had a pint of Warrior at £2.90.

John 7.5/10 visit March 2016  

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Mochyn Pu/ Black Pig, Sophia Close, Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HW

Owner- Free House

Beers- Vale of Glamorgan Cwrw Cymru, Cwrw, Cymryd Y Pyst Cwrw Rygei, Glamorgan 1st XV.

Telephone- 029-2037-1599

Web site- http://www.ymochyndu.com/

Modern pub close to the Swale Stadium; looks like it’s been built recently. There are 4 local ales with Welsh names!  Most public  buildings in Cardiff, have their names in English and Welsh; this was the only pub I saw in Cardiff like this! Also the only time I heard Welsh spoken on my visit. A pint of Glamorgan XV was £3.40. Friendly bar staff.

John 8/10 visit March 2016

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YORK

 

York is an historic city with some charming old buildings, as well as some great individual shops. There are also the tourist attractions of York Minister, the National Railway Museum and river trips down the River Ouse. It is only 2 hours and 10 minutes on the train from London. Pub-wise York must be one of the best drinking cities in the UK. Never have I seen so many traditional pubs in one place in all my drinking career! Lots of good pubs to choose from. Not only that, but the choice of drink in most pubs was good. Prices were from £2.90 to £3.90 a pint, outside Sam Smith and Wetherspoons pubs, which were £1.80 and £2.40 a pint Respectively. Happy Drinking!     

 

Blue Bell, 53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Kelham Island Kelham Best, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Bradfield Farmers Blonde,  Rudgate Ruby Mild, Roosters Leghorn, Hop Studio Pale.

Telephone- 01904- 654904

Small pub with its original Edwardian interior intact. Two small rooms either side of the bar. It doesn’t take too many people for this pub to be crowded. Best visited when it opens at 1100 hours on a Saturday or Monday. There were 6 real ales from local breweries, I had a pint of Kelham Island Best at £3.40.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Brigantes, 114 Micklegate, York, YO1  6JX.

Owner- Free House

Beers-10 real ales mainly from local micro-breweries plus non-mainstream keg and lagers. 

Telephone- 01904-654904

Web site- http://www.brigantesyork.co.uk/

In a city full of traditional pubs, this one is a little different. While it has no TV or music the décor is modern with wooden floorboards and light green wood panelled walls. The 10 beers on handpump are mainly from Yorkshire breweries, I had a Great Heck Washington Red at £3.68 a pint. The barman had an interesting punk hairstyle!

John 8.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York YO1  7LF

Owner- Nicholson

Beers- Nicholson Pale ale Tiny Rebel Billabong,  Adnams Ghost Ship, Redemption Rising Sun, John Smith’s Cask, Oakham Citrus.

Telephone-01904-655082

Web site- http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/yorkshireandthehumber/thecrosskeysgoodramgateyork

A Nicholson pub which is not as old as some York pubs, this one was built in 1908! Nice open-planned pub with background music, TV on with no volume and a cosy atmosphere. There are 7 real ales that are on ; I had a pint of Tiny Rebel Billabong at £3.80.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Duke of York, Kings Square, York, YO1 8BH

Owner- Free House

Beers-Leeds Pale Ale, Best Bitter, Yorkshire Gold plus 4 guest ales.

Telephone- 01904- 676065

Web site- http://www.lbdukeofyork.co.uk/

Leeds brewery pub in York, which had a lot of thought put into the name! Nice comfortable pub with low lighting, candles on the table and low beams ( this being York the beams are probably genuine!) Old building, not sure if has always been a pub? Good pint of Leeds Best Bitter at £3.50.

John 8.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Eagle and Child, 9 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN

Owner- Leeds Brewery

Beers- Leeds Best Bitter, Pale ale, Yorkshire Gold, Midnight Bell.

Telephone-01904- 631536

Web site- http://www.eagleandchildyork.co.uk/

Another Leeds Brewery pub in York ( see the Duke of York). While with a modern décor  with bay windows, shiny wooden floor, low lighting and candles on the table, this pub was built in 1640 and is a grade 2 listed building. Good atmosphere on a Monday evening. Had a pint of Leeds Best Bitter at £3.50.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Fossgate Social, 25 Fossgate, York YO1  9TA

Owner- Free House

Beers-No real ale. 5 craft beers on draught plus craft bottled beers.

Telephone-01904-628692

Coffee shop come bar, which sells draught keg beer. The beer and coffee drinkers seem to get on well together. There are 5 taps plus some interesting bottled beers. Friendly staff create a laid back atmosphere. Beer is served in 2/3 pint glasses. I had a Magic Rock Dark Arts at £3.45.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Fox, 169 Holgate Road, Holgate, York YO24  4DQ.

Owner- Ossett

Beers –Ossett Blonde, Big Red, Sliver King, Excelsior, Nottingham Mild, Rat King Rat, Tetley Bitter.

Telephone- 01904-787722

Web site- http://www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/pubs/fox-york

This is the only pub which is outside the city centre; it’s a 15 minute walk but it is well worth it. A lovely Victorian heritage pub on a main road which has been wonderfully restored to its former glory. The bar is off to right; get your drink and look at all the rooms off the main corridor, they are all are impressive. Had a pint of Ossett Blonde at £2.90 from the friendly barman.

John 9.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Golden Ball, 2 Cromwell Road, York, YO1 6DU.

Owner- Free House-

Beers- 6 real ales from micro-breweries.

Telephone- 01904-652211

Web site- http://www.goldenballyork.co.uk/

Traditional multi-room which is owned by the locals. While the décor is traditional, it is modern and clean with a comfortable feel to it. A good beer choice from the 6 handpumps;  I had an Acorn Barnsley Bitter at £3.30. Outside the city wall to the South of the River Ouse makes it less crowded. Opens at 1700 hours Monday to Thursday, 1600 hours Friday and 1200 hours Saturday and Sunday.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Golden Slipper, 20 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG

Owner- Free House

Beers-Copper Dragon Golden Pidden, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Wells Bombardier plus two other guest ales.

Telephone- 01904- 651235

Web site- http://www.goldenslipper.co.uk/

Next door to the Royal Oak, this is also a lovely old pub. Like the décor with old football and cricket team photos, saucy postcards and quotes about drinking on the wall; there are also lots of rooms to explore. Nice place. Had a pint of Copper Dragon Golden Pippen at £3.55 a pint.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Hole in the Wall, 10 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH

Owner- Marstons

Beers-Marstons Pedigree, Rudgate Ruby Mild,Volsung, Mansfield Cask, Hobgoblin Ale.

Telephone-01904-634468

A Marston pub close to the Petergate wall, hence the name. Another cosy traditional York pub with low beams, bare brick walls etc. A little empty on a November Sunday evening, but I bet its crowded during the Summer tourist season. Good pint of Pedigree at £3.09.

John 8/10 visit Nov 201

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Hop, 11/12 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA.

Owner- Ossett

Beers- Ossett Blonde, Big Red, Silver King, Excelsior, plus 2 guest beers from King Rat and Stamps.

Telephone- 01904-541466

Web site- http://www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/pubs/hop-york

Ossett city centre pub which combines good beer, pizza and live music. Long narrow modern  pub, with no music at the time of my visit. The Pizza kitchen is at the back of the pub. There are 8 real ales on handpump with 4  from Ossett. An Ossett Silver King was £3.25 a pint. Very busy at the time of my visit on a Saturday afternoon. Like the quotes about beer on the wall opposite the bar.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Lamb and Lion, 2 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH

Owner- Free house

Beers- York Guzzler, Black sheep Bitter, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker, Saltaire Stout, Grey Hawk Guy Hawes.

Telephone-01904- 612078

Web site- http://www.lambandlioninnyork.com/

A pub next to the Petergate Wall, so they might catch a few people coming into the centre! Nice and cosy in the front part of the pub. No TV, but it does have background music. Good choice of 5 real ales from Yorkshire breweries, I had a Timothy Taylor Boltmaker at £3.70 a pint. Last pub of the evening.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Last Drop Inn, 27 Colliergate, York YO1 8BN

Owner- York Brewery

Beers-York Guzzler, Terrier, Ghost Ale, Otherside IPA, Nethergate Growler, Ossett Big Red.

Telephone-01904-621951

Web Site- http://www.york-brewery.co.uk/Pubs/Last-Drop-Inn

York Brewery, which started in 1996, owns 4 pubs in York ( including the brewery tap). This looks like a shop conversion with bare brick walls, slated floor and barrel tables with bar stools, which has been done well. Late Sunday afternoon, we have a saxophonist playing cool jazz at the right volume-nice! I had a York Otherside IPA at £3.15.

John 7.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Malting, Tanners Moat, York, YO1 6HU.

Owner- Free House

Beers- York Guzzler, Black Sheep Bitter, Golden Sheep, Rooster Providence, Imperial Platinum Blonde, Stamps the Russian plus Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone-01904- 655387

Web site-  http://www.maltings.co.uk/

‘ If you like swearing, singing, loud music and crap beer this pub is not for you’ it says on the sign on the outside of this pub! As you might have guessed this is a traditional pub, right down to its two fires, slated floor and wood panelled ceiling! A good cosy atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon. Close to York railway station. Had a pint of York Guzzler at £3.40 a pint.

John 8.5/ 10 visit Nov 2015

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Old Starre Inn, 40 Stonegate, York YO1  8AS

Owner- Taylor Walker

Beers- 8 real ales on handpump.

Telephone-01904-623063

Web site- http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/ye-olde-starre-inne-york/c1731/

In a city with so much history, this pub claims to be the oldest pub in York, established in 1644.  You have to walk down an alley to get to this pub. As you expect you get all the olde world décor with multi-rooms, wood panelled walls, beams and low lighting. The Spanish family next to me were impressed, they kept taking photos. Had a pint of Black Sheep Bitter at £ 3.45.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Pavement  Vaults, 2 Piccadilly, York. YO1 9NU.

Owner- Free House

Beers- Timothy Taylor Landlord, Oakham Citra, Steam Brewery Tunnel Vision, Pilot Blonde, Tapped Brew Dry English Stout, Thornbridge Jaipur. Non-mainsteam keg and lagers including Bernard Czech lager and Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone- 01904-670777

Web site- http://pavementvaults.co.uk/

Pivovar third pub in York, it has a good beer range like the other two pubs, but this is more modern, with half the ground floor taken up by dining. There is also a downstairs drinking area. Just opened at the weekend;  I visited on the Monday ( you can still smell the paint!) A pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord at £3.90 , made me think I was in London!

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Pivni, 6 Patrick Poll, York, YO1 8BB.

Owner- Pivovar

Beers- Fyne Pipers Gold, Dark Star Green Hopped IPA, Rockhead, Vocation Heart and Soul. Non-mainsteam keg and lagers including Bernard Czech lager and Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone- 01904-635464

Web site- http://pivni.co.uk/

A pub which is on three floors. The ground floor bar reminds me a little of a Belgian café, small and with low lighting. If busy there are two other drinking areas upstairs just as charming. The building dates back to 1190, with genuine beams. The pub calls itself a world beer free house with some interesting beer on offer including Bernard Czech lager on draught and Belgian bottled beers. There are 4 real ales on draught; had a Fyne Piper Gold at £3.40 a pint. Good cosy pub.

John 9.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Postern Gate, 90 Piccadilly, York YO1 9NX.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Great Heck Dave, York Ghost Ale, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Exmoor Gold, Sharp’s Doombar, Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Bitter.

Telephone-01904-526220

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/north-yorkshire/the-postern-gate-york

Modern Wetherspoons pub which, while within the city walls, is away from the busy city centre.  Large pub, but still with some empty seats on a Saturday lunch time. Good atmosphere, with bar staff  clearing the punters at the bar quickly. Unusually for Spoons this pub has some interesting Belgian and US bottled beers, like Duvel and Anchor Steam. Hope this is the future for Spoons. Had a pint of Great Heck Dave at £2.40.

John 9/10 visit Nov 2015

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Punch Bowl, 7 Stonegate, York YO1 8AN

Owner-Nicholson

Beers-Nicholson Pale Ale, Harveys Old Ale, Draught Bass, Madness Lovestruck, Caledonian Autumn Red, Three Wise Mods( I think!)

Telephone- 01904-655147

Web site- http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/yorkshireandthehumber/thepunchbowlstonegateyork

Another traditional York pub! It’s a tough job etc.. This Nicholson pub claims be to over 400 years old. The pub might be,  but the black beams are not! It is a nice place none the less. A pint of Harveys Old Ale was £3.55.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Punch Bowl, 5/9 Blossom Street, York YO24  1AU.

Owner- Wetherspoons

Beers- Sharp’s Doombar, Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Bitter, plus 4 guest beers.

Telephone-01904-666740

Web site- https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/north-yorkshire/the-punch-bowl-york

Wetherspoons pub which is just outside Micklegate Wall. The pub is strangely small, with not much room about the large bar. Came in here for Sunday breakfast; the pub was doing a good trade. Guest beers were £2.25 a pint.    

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Red Lion, 2 Merchantage, York YO1  9TU

Owner- Free House

Beers-Rudgate Ruby Red, Obixous, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Hobgoblin Ale, Goose Eye Purity.

Telephone-01904- 640418

Web site-    http://redlionyork.com/

Nice historic pub claims to be an 13th century building with the original beams and fireplace. Lovely cosy atmosphere; manage to sit by the fire on a cold and windy day. Not as crowded as some York pubs are on a Saturday afternoon. A pint of Rudgate Ruby Mild was £3.50.

John 9/10 visit Nov 2015

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Rook And Gaskell, 12 Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3WP

Owner- Free House-

Beers- 8 real ales from micro-breweries plus non-mainstream keg and lagers.

Telephone-01904-655450

Web site- http://www.rookandgaskillyork.co.uk/

Another traditional York pub outside the city wall, with a good atmosphere on a Saturday night. While busy, there were a few seats available. There were 8 real ales to choose from, had an Acorn Freebird at £2.90 a pint. Opens 1600 hours Sunday to Thursday.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Royal Oak 18 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG

Owner- Free House

Beers- Theakston Old Peculier, Best Bitter, Greene King Abbot, Ridgeside Black Night, Brains Rev James.

Telephone-01904-628869

Web site- http://www.royaloakyork.co.uk/

A 17th century two bar pub with a good standard of décor;  the fireplace on a cold winters day is a godsend. Friendly landlord and locals. There is 20p off cask ales for Camra members. Had a pint of Theakston Old Peculier (which I have not had for a long time) at £3.40.

John 7.5/ 10 visit Nov 2015

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Slip Inn, 20 Clementhorpe, York YO23 1AN

Owner- Free House

Beers-Leeds Pale Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Rudgate Ruby Mild, plus 2 other guest ales.

Telephone-01904-621793

Web site- http://www.theslipinnyork.co.uk/

Back street local just down the road from the Swan. Small crowded pub which the big sport screen dominates. There are 5 real ales which are on, had a Leeds Pale Ale at £3.10 a pint. Good atmosphere. Opens from 1700 hours Monday to Friday.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Sutlers, 54 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

Owner- Free House

Beers-Roosters High Treason, House Beer, Saltaire Pride plus two other guest ales. Non-mainsteam keg and lagers including Anchor Steam on draught.

Telephone-01904-625226

Modern bar, the only seats are bar stools by the window. There were 5 real ales from micro-breweries, plus a good range of non-mainstream kegs and lager including Anchor Steam. Not much atmosphere at the time of my visit. I had a pint of Roosters High Treason at £3.80.

John 6/10 visit Nov 2015

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Swan 16 Bishopgate Street, York YO23 1JH.

Owner- Free House

Beers-Coxside Bourbon Stout, Tetley Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Bradfield Blonde, Swan Blonde ( house beer).

Telephone-01904-634968

Lovely traditional pub with various rooms off a main corridor. As this pub is to the South of the River Ouse, here are not too many tourists, which creates a good atmosphere. The pub has 2 regular ales and 4 guest ales; I had a pint of Coxside Bourbon Stout at £3.50. Opens from 1600 hours Monday to Friday.

John 8.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Three Legged Mare, 15 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN

Owner- York Brewery

Beers- York Guzzler, Terrier, Ghost Ale plus 3 guest ales.

Telephone-01904-638246

Web Site- http://www.york-brewery.co.uk/Pubs/The-Three-Legged-Mare

Another York Brewery shop conversion in an old building. Modern décor with wooden floorboards, light grey walls and portraits on the wall. Nice cosy atmosphere for a Sunday evening. Had an enjoyable pint of York Ghost Ale at £3.15 a pint.   

John 7.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Trafalgar Bay Inn, 7 Nunnery Lane, York YO23  1AB

Owner- Sam Smiths

Beers- Sam Smiths OBB

Telephone-01904-653336

Whilst outside the city wall, I am amazed this pub only has about 10 people in it, on a Saturday night! This said everybody is talking to each other across the tables including me! Talking to a nice man from Newcastle about football and house prices! Only Sam Smith’s can own a pub like this! The OBB was £1.80 a pint. The pub opens 1000 to 1600 and 1800 to 2300 hours Monday to Saturday and 1200 to 2230 hours Sunday. I visited the pub about 1830 on Saturday, which might explain the lack of people!!

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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Trembling Madness, 48 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS

Owner- Free House

Beers- Cloudwater Red, Smoked Porter, Greak Heck Treason Stout.

Telephone- 01904- 640009

Web site- http://www.tremblingmadness.co.uk/

An interesting place in the heart of York. Downstairs is an off license, up the stairs is a mock Tudor bar(  I think, but the building does looks old!) with 3 handpumps and a good range of bottled beers from the UK and overseas, like the off license downstairs. Very busy for a Monday night, with a good atmosphere. All 3 real ales are very interesting, I had a pint of Cloudwater Red at £3.50. Different place.

John 9/10 visit Nov 2015

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Waggon and Horses, 19 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3BP

Owner- Batemans

Beers-Batemans XB plus 4 other guest ales.

Telephone-01904-637478

Web site- http://www.waggonandhorsesyork.com/

A nice Batemans pub which serves guest beers from other breweries. Just outside the city walls, so less touristy with a good atmosphere on a Saturday night. Greeted by friendly dog! I had a pint of Batemans XB at £3.10. Opens at 1500 hours on Monday and 1200 hours the rest of the week.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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Walmgate Ale House, 25 Walmgate, York YO1  9TX

Owner- Free House

Beers- 5 real ales from local breweries.

Telephone-01904- 629222

Web site- http://www.walmgateale.co.uk/

Despite the name, this is a new pub with a décor of wooden floorboards, tables and chairs. It says the loft upstairs seats 50 people and has a ghost! Not sure why the front of the pub has a rope theme! There are 5 real ales with the names of the beer on a chalked handpump clips; they are all £3.50 a pint,  and are served by a friendly barman. I had a Walmgate Ale brewed by the York Brewery.

John 7/10 visit Nov 2015

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York Arms, 26 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH

Owner- Sam Smiths

Beers- Sam Smiths OBB

Telephone- 01904-624505

Sam Smiths pub in the city centre with Sam Smiths prices; the Old Brewery Bitter was £1.80 a pint.  Standard Sam’s décor with wood panelled walls and old photos on the wall. A little quiet for a Sunday evening, but there are 4 pubs within a 50 yards walking distance!

John 7.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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York Tap, York Railway Station, York YO24 1AB

Owner- Pivovar

Beers- 19 real ales and 1 cider on handpump plus 10 non-mainstream keg and lagers including Bernard Czech lager and Belgian bottled beers.

Telephone-01904-659009

Web site- http://www.yorktap.com/

Excellent pub at York railway station. Busy traditional pub ( no music or TV) with a marble floor and an impressive domed ceiling. Great choice of real ales and draught kegs. Must admit  I thought this place would have single people having a pint before their train, but it is full of groups of locals.  If travelling by train this should be your first and last stop! Had a pint of Braggy Heavy Industry Nos smoked Porter at £3.70.

John 9.5/10 visit Nov 2015

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Yorkshire Terrier, 10 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS

Owner- York Brewery

Beers- York Guzzler, Terrier, Ghost Ale, Oakham JHB, Coniston Bluebird, Tring Kotuku.

Telephone-01904-676711

Web site - http://www.york-brewery.co.uk/pubs/yorkshire-terrier

You walk through a corridor to get to the bar, the front is a beer shop. Ground floor is small with a cosy atmosphere; décor is fake spit and sawdust! There are 3 York beers on handpump, plus 3 guest ales, with a 10% discount for Camra members. There is seating upstairs. Guest handpump clips on the corridor wall. Had a York Ghost Ship at £3.25 a pint.

John 8/10 visit Nov 2015

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DERBY

 

Derby is an East Midlands city with a population of 248,000 people, which is home to Rolls-Royce and Toyota.  It is one of the best beer-drinking cities in the UK; one of the reasons for this is a strong Camra branch who hold two beer festivals a year and offer free advertising in their local newsletter if Camra members get a discount on a pint of real ale. Derby has 5 brew pubs plus 5 micro breweries, two of which own 2 pubs each to sell their beers in. There are also some good free houses serving a large range of beers from breweries all over the country. All of which of makes for a good drinking experience! Pubs visited in March 2013.    

 

RAILWAY QUARTER

 

Alexandra Hotel, 203 Siddals Rd,  Derby, DE1 2QE

 

Owner- Castle Rock

 

Beers- Castle Rock Harvest Pale Ale, Tripple, Midnight Oil plus 6 other micro beers on handpump

 

Telephone-01332-293993

 

Web site- http://www.alexandrahotelderby.co.uk/

 

 A pub in Derby’s railway quarter, just around the corner from the Brunswick, this is an old school pub with a public and lounge bar. The lounge side had a rabbit in a pen (I kid you not!) The public bar side had a lot of modern railway memorabilia including a old Red Star Parcel sign (remember them?) and a modern 24 hour station clock. Owned by Castle Rock, whose 3 beers are cheaper than the other 6 guest beers. There is a 20p a pint discount for Camra members.  A basic pub with a good atmosphere and beer choice. Castle Rock Harvest Pale was £2.50 a pint.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2013

 

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Brunswick `1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU

 

Owner- Everards brew pub

 

Beers- 4 Brunswick brew pub beers plus 12 beers on draught from mainly micro breweries. Budvar on draught.

Telephone- 01332-290677

 

Web site http://www.brunswickderby.co.uk/

 

A wonderful brew pub of great character, as well as a great choice of beer, which is within walking distance of Derby railway station.  The pub is cosy and atmospheric, with lots of alcoves and rooms of the bar. Dartboard, flagstone floor and old railway theme photos all add to the place. As well as the pub’s 4 brews (which are reasonably priced) there are 12 guest ales on draught. Prices are on the blackboard at the bar. An excellent pub. Brunswick Railway Porter was £2.50 a pint.

 

John 10/10 visit March 2013

 

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INSIDE CITY CENTRE RING ROAD

 

 

Babington Arms, 11-13 Babington Lane, Derby DE1 1TA

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- 6 regular real ales plus 10 guest real ales

Telephone- 01332-383647

 

Web site- http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-babington-arms

 

While Wetherspoon’s other pub- the Standing Order-is a grand impressive pub, this pub is a more down-to-earth Wetherspoons. It’s biggest selling point is that it does 16 real ales, more than any other Wetherspoons pub in the UK. The beers and the prices are on a screen to the right of the bar and is a beer tickers paradise.  The pub goes back a fair way, and was very busy for Thursday lunchtime. Standard Wetherspoons décor, but the pub does have a brewery mirror with the pub’s name on it. Not sure what the pub does when there is a Wetherspoons beer festival on- it seems there is a beer festival on all the year round! Had a pint of By the Horns, Diamond Geezer at £2.49 a pint.

 

John 9/.5 10 visit March 2013

 

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Brewery Tap, 1 Derwent St, Derby, DE1 2ED

 

Owner- Derby Brewery

 

Beeers- Derby Penny Porter, Business as Usual, Midas Touch, Light Mash. Timothy Taylor Landlord, Burton Bridge Trail End Topy,

 

Telephone-01332-366283

 

Web site- http://www.derbybrewing.co.uk/home_121_3_63.html

 

 This is a Derby Brewery pub just over a bridge in the city centre. Modern place with wooden floorboards, bright lights, white walls and a bare brick bar. Pub is small with a good atmosphere, the background music is low.  Four Derby Brewery beers are on draught; had the Penny Porter at £2.85 a pint, which was a nice pint. Good beer, good pub and good bar service.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2013

 

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Exeter Arms, Exeter Place, Derby DE1 2EU

Owner- Dancing Duck

 

Beers- Dancing Duck Seduction, Gold, 22, Marstons Pedigree, plus 2 Milestone beers

 

Telephone - 01332-605323

 

Web site- http://www.exeterarms.co.uk/

 

A small Dancing Duck pub which was very busy at the time of my visit, due to a live blues/folk band playing; they were not bad. Dancing Duck are a new micro who own 2 pubs in Derby. Low ceiling, low lighting and candles on the table would have given a good atmosphere were it not so crowded. Beer was okay; I had Seduction which was £3.00 a pint. Just around the corner from the Brewery Tap.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2013

 

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Flowerpot, 23-25 King Street, Derby DE! 3DZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beeers- Ringwood Old trumper, Marstons Pedigree, Sweet Chariot, East Kent Goldings, Oakham Bishops Farewell, Headless Zynosis, birds Black Widow Stout, Black Jack Salford arms, Whim Hartington IPA, Black Iris Sunflower,

Fernando Duskcutter,

 

Telephone-01332- 204955

 

 

Cosy city centre pub with a great range of 11 real ales, which are priced on the blackboard.  Low red ceiling with white walls, red seating and old photos of Derby make up the décor. At the back is where there is live music; tonight is acoustic night at 2100 hours. List of forthcoming bands are mainly tribute bands- like the name Fred Zeppelin! Home to the Black Iris brewery. I had a pint of Birds Black Widow Stout which was £3.05 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2013

 

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Old Silk Mill, 19 Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF

 

Owner – Free House

 

Beers- Bartrams Coal Porter, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Thornbridge Jaipuer, Bass, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Wye Valley HPA.

 

Telephone – 01332-369748

 

City centre pub which was a little empty at the time of my visit, but there seems to be things to do most nights including acoustic, quiz and open mikes nights, but there is nothing tonight. A large pub with seating around the side of the pub. No food, but you can bring your own in and they will provide you with the plates and cutlery. Good range of 8 beers plus 2 ciders, had the Bartram Coal Porter at £3.00 a pint which was excellent. Camra members get 25p a pint off.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2013

 

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Smithfield, Meadow Road, Derby DE1 2BH

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Bass, Oakham Bishops Farewell, Lincoln Green Poacher, Whim Arbour Ales, Smithy Ale ( House beer )

 

Telephone- 01332-370429

 

Web site- http://www.thesmithfield.moonfruit.com/#

 

Two bar pub in an isolated part of the city centre, which was a little empty at the time of my visit. Not exactly a riverside pub but it does have river views from the patio out the back. Looks like the pub has some new paint on it recently! Five real ales on,  I had a pint of Lincoln Green Poacher which was nice. There is 20p a pint off for Camra members.

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2013   

 

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Standing Order, 28-32 Iron Gate,  Derby DE1 3GL

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers-Marstons Pedigree, Ruddles Bitter, Greene King Abbott, Courage Directors, Shepherd Neame Spitfire. Guest beers Lymstone Stone Cold, Gainstone Fithy Fithy, Ringwood Old Scrumper, Milestone Rich,

Telephone-01332-207591

 

Web site http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-standing-order

 

An impressive Wetherspoons pub which was an ex-bank, it reminded me a little of the Cross Keys in the City of London. Wonderful marble pillars, ceiling and statues, also with some nice old portraits on the walls of the pub. Island bar with lots of handpumps there are 5 regular ales plus 5 guest ales; had Marstons Pedigree at £2.39 a pint. Classy pub.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2013

 

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Ye Olde Dolphin, Queen St, Derby DE1 3DL

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Dolphin Centurion Red (house beer), Sharp’s Doombar, Adnams Bitter, Bass, Marstons Pedigree, Deuchars IPA.


Telephone- 01332 267711

 

Web site http://freespace.virgin.net/dmh.derby/dolphin/

 

This is Derby’s oldest pub, which is a lovely old building with original beams and low ceiling. Different rooms run off the corridor and the bar. There is a quiet atmosphere which befits the pub; it is almost like a country pub despite being in the city centre. There is also a whiskey menu and a reasonably priced food menu. There are 8 real ales mainly, from regional breweries plus the house beer Centurion Red which was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 9.5/10 visit March 2013

 

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NORTH OF CITY CENTRE RING ROAD

 

Bridge Inn, 3 Mansfield Rd, Derby DE1 3QY

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Courage Directors, Moreland Old Speckled Hen, Wells Bombardier

 

Telephone-01332-380863

 

Web site- http://www.thebridgederby.co.uk/

An aptly named upmarket riverside pub. Pub is on three levels with views of the River Derwent and rowers, plus a large outside drinking area. Prices are high for Derby- must be the river views! Lots of handpumps, but only 3 average beers are on! Courage Directors (long time no drink!) was £3.40 a pint. 

 

John 7/10 visit March 2013

 

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Five Lamps, 25 Duffield Road, Derby DE1 3HN

 

Owner- Everards

 

Beers- 14 real ales mainly from local micros. Five Lamps Bitter brew by Derby Brewery. Budvar on draught.

 

Telephone- 01332-348730

 

Web site- http://www.fivelampsderby.co.uk/

 

 

This pub is just to the North of the city centre and is worth the journey.  This is another Derby pub with a large range of ales, this time 14, mainly from local micro breweries. No TV or music, but the pub is busy with a lively atmosphere. Jugs on the ceiling and teapots around the pub add to the décor. Reasonably priced food menu being served between 1700 and 2000 hours. Pub is very dog friendly. Peak Brewery Chatsworth Gold was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2013

 

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Furnace Inn, 9 Duke St, Derby DE1 3BX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hop Studio Porter, Blue Monkey Infinity, Hoppy Valley Little Rascal, East London Pale Ale

Telephone-01332-385981

 

Outside it says it is home to the Shiny Brewery, but none of their beers were on. This is a one bar pub, but with a lounge side and a basic public bar side with a dartboard. There are 4 real ales on, all from micro breweries with a discount for Camra members. While near a river, the pub has a back-street local atmosphere. Pub opens 1600 hours Monday to Thursday. East London Pale Ale was £2.80 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2013

 

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Horse and Groom, 48 Elms Street, Derby DE1 3HN

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Bass, Thornbridge Kipling, Phoenix March Hare, Rooster Leghorn

 

Telephone- 01332-384775

 

Web site-  http://www.horseandgroomderby.co.uk/

 

This is a back street local which is a large open planned pub with a big stage for live music at the weekend. The pub only has 4 real ales (small by Derby standards!) but they were all interesting beers and the one I had-Thornbridge Kipling-at £2.90 a pint was in good nick.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2013

 

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Peacock, 87 Nottingham Road, Derby, DE1 3QS.

 

Owner- Marstons

 

Beers- Peacock PPA (house beer), Marstons Pedigree, Whim Arbor Light, Oakham Bishops Farewell plus two other guest beers.

 

Telephone- 01332-603362

 

A cosy pub which is now by passed by the busy Nottingham Road. Pub has good back-street local feel to it. There are old photos on the wall of the area and the glory days of Derby County in the 1970s. The Dave Mackay holding up Billy Bremner is one of my all time favourite football photos! Good choice of beers for a Marstons pub, with 5 guest beers and one beer straight from the barrel. Marstons Pedigree was £2.95 a pint.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2013

 

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WEST OF CITY CENTRE RING ROAD 

 

Greyhound, 76 Friargate, Derby DE1 1FN

 

Owner- Derby Brewery

 

Beers- Derby Brewery Business as Usual, Penny Porter, Double Mash, Hop Until You Drop, Moon Touch plus 3 guest beers.

 

Telephone-  01332-344155

 

Web site- http://www.derbybrewing.co.uk/the-greyhound_62_7.html

 

 

Derby Brewery,s second pub in Derby, which is about 5 minutes walk to the West of the City Ring Road. Similar décor to the Brewery Tap with wooden floorboards, bright lights and bare brick walls, which creates a pleasant atmosphere. As you walk past the bar there is another drinking area around the back. Five beers are from the Derby Brewery plus 3 guest beers. Derby Brewery Business as Usual was £2.85 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2013  

 

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Mr Grundys, Ashbourne Road, Derby DE22 3AD

 

Owner- Free House Brew Pub

 

Beers- Mr Gundys Lord Kitchener, Trench Foot, Sniper, Red Baron plus 2 guest beers

 

Telephone- 01332- 349806

 

Web Site-  http://www.mrgrundysbrewery.co.uk/

 

 

Brew pub on the Ashbourne Road just to the West of the city ring road. The brews and the pub have a World War One theme. The area around the bar was full of bar posers blocking your way to getting a drink!  I haven’t had this problem in a long time! Interesting photos of old Hollywood movie stars on the wall, plus an old red telephone box by the bar, all add character to the place. A pint of Trench Foot was £2.95.

 

John 7.5/ 10 visit March 2013

 

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New Zealand Arms, 2 Langley Road, Derby DE22 3GL

 

Owner- Dancing Duck

 

Beers- 6 Dancing Duck beers on draught Plus Old Peculiar

 

Telephone-  01332-204991

 

Web site- http://www.newzealandarms.com/

 

Dancing Duck,s second pub is a back street local off the Ashbourne Road. Busy at the time of my visit, there is a pool table and dartboard on one side of the pub and a quieter area for drinking on the other side. All Dancing Duck beers were £2.50 a pint, which is good value, especially with the stronger beers. This is the original back street local with friendly bar staff, locals and dog!

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2013

 

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TWO BREW PUBS I DID NOT GET TOO

 

Falstaff Tavern, 74 Silverhill Road, Derby DE23 6UJ. Brew pub about 20 minutes walk south of the city centre.

 

 

Rowditch, 246 Uttoxeter New Road, Derby  DE22 3LL. Brew pub on a main road out of the city centre. Open at 1900 hours. It is also homeme to the Middle Earth brewery

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EDINBURGH

 

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of the most underrated cities in the UK. Any city with a castle high up, looking down on the city, is a winner with me. A wonderful civilised and relaxing city with some lovely buildings. As well as being a great city it is an excellent beer drinking city with some great pubs and friendly locals. I highly recommend this city.

A few pubs serve the beer under the Scottish air pressure system; there is no handpump and it can look like a keg pump. The Camra Scottish branches consider this real ale, see if you like it! The local brewery is Caledonian now owned by Heineken, their main beer Deuchars IPA is found in most Edinburgh pubs; I must admit I prefer the 80 shilling. One thing which has changed since my last visit is that pubs are offering lists of their malt whiskies; in some cases up to a 100 malts. Enjoy your drinking! 

 

 

OLD TOWN

 

9A, 9A Holyrood Road, Edinburgh. EH8 8AE

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Moor Stout plus 3 other  UK micro beers. Plus micro beers on draught from Belgium, Norway and England.

 

Telephone -0131-556-5044

 

Web site- http://www.fullerthomson.com/eating-and-drinking/holyrood/

 

A modern bar with a good choice of beers from the UK and overseas on draught; if you want to try a hard-to-find beer in Edinburgh, this is the place for you! The real minus side is the prices Moor Stout was £4.30 a pint and a pint of Flying Dog Raging Bitch was £7.50 a pint; prices to make even Londoners think twice around buying! The food menu is mainly burgers including a haggis burger!

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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Albanach, 197 High Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1PE.

 

Owner- Belhaven

 

Beers- Greene King Abbot, Belhaven IPA, 80 Shilling plus over 200 malt whiskies.

 

Telephone -0131-220-5277

 

Nice pub which specialises in malt whiskies, it has over 200 of them ( you need to ask for the menu). Nice upmarket décor with an exposed brick wall along one side. The pub is on the Royal Mile which makes it a little bit of a tourist trap, but the bar staff are friendly for a city centre pub.  There is more seating at the back of the pub. A half pint of Belhaven IPA and a Glen Elgin whiskey was £4.85. Nice civilised pub.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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Bow Bar, 80 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Stewart No 3, Fyne Avalanche, Williams Midnight Sun, Rebellion Mutiny,

Hawkshead Oakmeal Stout, Dark Star APA, York Guzzler plus world bottled beers.

 

Telephone -0131-226-7667

 

This is a small shop-like pub which reminds me a little of an Amsterdam brown café.  The pub was crowded on a Friday night, but atmospheric with lots of old Scottish whisky and brewery mirrors on the walls. All the beers are served on the Scottish air pressure system. The Scottish ales were roughly the same price as the English ones. Stewart No 3 was £3.30 a pint. 

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Blue Blazer, 2 Spittal Street, Edinburgh. EH3 9DX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Orkney Dark Island, Cairngorm Trade Winds, Stewart 80 Shilling, Pentland IPA.

 

Telephone- 0131-229-5030

 

This is a traditional pub in the Old Town in an area of tourist trap pubs. Nothing looks like it’s changed too much over the years! The décor is mainly blue. There is a plaque outside the pub with the history of the pub. Two of the pub’s real ales are on the Scottish air pressure system. The road outside is busy and noisy but in here it is calm and relaxing.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Brew Dog, 143 Cowgate, Edinburgh. EH1 1JS

 

Owner- Brew Dog

 

Beers- No real ale. Beers from the Brew Dog keg range plus Milikbeer and Stones

 

Telephone -0131-220-6517

 

Web site-  http://www.brewdog.com/bars/edinburgh

 

The Brew Dog pub in Edinburgh is in Cowgate which is in the nightclub area of the city. There are two door supervisors, who are friendly!

A surprising small place which modern ducks, stainless steel window and not many seats; I was sitting on a beer barrel! The pub has beers from Milkkeller and Stones, as well as their own brews, a pint of Punk IPA was £3.70, in their London pub it was £3.90. Sign on the way in says, ‘No football, No shots, No Stella’!

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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Halfway House, 24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh. EH1 1BX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-   Mordue  Northumbrian Blonde, Ayr Jolly Brewers, plus 2 other micro beers.

 

Telephone -0131- 225-7101

 

Web site    http://halfwayhouse-edinburgh.com/

 

Down an alley between Cockburn Street and Market Street (which is a bit uphill from Market Street) is this gem of a pub. Even before you enter the pub you get the feeling it is going to be a cosy back street local, which it is. Small cosy pub with a good atmosphere, where everyone

seems to know each other. Yet another Edinburgh pub which reminds me of an Amsterdam brown café. Had Ayr Jolly Brewers at £3.20 a pint.  Good pub.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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Mitre, 131 High Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1SG

 

Owner – Nicholsons

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Harviestoun Natural Blonde, Wooden Hand Pirates Gold.

 

Telephone -0131-652-3902

 

Web site-  http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/themitrebarroyalmileedinburgh/

 

A pub on the Royal Mile which has some nice traditional décor, especially the ceiling. Trouble is half of this not very large pub is taken up for dining. Five real ales were on including Wooden Hand, all the way from Cornwall. Caledonian 80 Shilling was £3.25 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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Whiski bar, 119 High Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1SG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-   Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling plus over 200 malt whiskies.

 

Telephone- 0131- 556-3095

 

Web site-   http://www.whiskibar.co.uk/

 

 This is another pub on the Royal Mile, which specialises in the Scottish national drink. Nice comfortable décor, the pub goes back away. The pub is busy, but there is still room for a singer doing some covers of old standards in the corner. Not sure if the beers are served under the Scottish air pressure system.  My last pub of the night so I had a whisky and why not!

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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 NEW TOWN

 

Alexandra Graham Bell, 128 George Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4JG

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best Bitter plus guest beers at the Wetherspoons beer festival at £2.55 a pint.

 

Telephone- 0131- 240-8220

 

Web site- http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-alexander-graham-bell

 

A modern and smaller Wetherspoons pub than the Standing Order, which this down the road from is pub. I am sure this explains the beer festival beers are £2.55 a pint here and £1.99 a pint in the Standing order! A pleasant pub with a nice atmosphere with low lights etc. Bar staff are checking the tables for empty glasses and plates always a good sign in a pub.

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Barony Bar, 81 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3RJ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Flying Scotsman, Orkney Dark Island, Stewart Edinburgh Gold, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted plus Westons Traditional Cider

 

Telephone – 0131-558-2874

 

A wonderful Camra inventory pub which has a good choice of real ales. Impressive décor with wonderful ceiling, tiled wall and some of the largest brewery and whisky mirrors I have ever seen. Bar menu has the history of the pub on it. Friendly bar staff and locals. There is live music here on a Sunday night. Had a pint of Orkney Dark Island at £3.60 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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Café Royal, 19 West Register Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2AA

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, William Wallace, Marston Single Hop, Kelburn Dark Moon plus two other guest beers.

 

Telephone- 0131-556-1884

 

Web site http://www.caferoyal.org.uk/

 

This pub is down a quiet back street, the outside of this pub is impressive, the inside is more so! Everything about this pub is stylish, with a capital S! Impressive tiled wall murals, curtains, ceiling and lighting- you have to see it for yourself! This is he place to go if you want to impress someone. Use the buffet entrance for the pub, not the revolving door restaurant one. Good bar service and there is a small list of malt whiskies.  I had a pint of William Wallace at £3.50 a pint.   

 

John 9/5/10 visit March 2012   

 

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Cask and Barrel, 115 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3RZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- 4 regular beers plus 4 guest beers had Fyne Cobber Stout at £3.10 a pint.

 

Telephone- 0131-556-3132

 

Web site-  http://www.caskandbarrel.co.uk/

 

New Town pub with traditional décor, but done out in a modern way! Lively atmosphere at the time of my visit, there are 7 TV screens with 2 showing English Premiership games, all with the volume turn down. As well as the usual brewery and whisky mirrors on the walls, this pub also has old cigarettes brand mirrors and old photos of brewery workers. Too crowded at the bar to get down the names of the beers, but I did have a Cobber Stout at £3.10 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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Guildford Arms, 1 West Register Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2AA

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Highland Scapa Special, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Orkney Dark Island, Youngers #3, Stewart 80 Shilling, Leeds Best Bitter, Pontyrod Oxmoron, Bradford Steelow, Shepherd Neame Earlybird.

Telephone- 0131-556-4312

 

Web Site- http://www.guildfordarms.com/contact.htm

 

You start with a impressive etched glass frontage with the pubs name on it. Go through the revolving doors, you will see an impressive ceiling and a wood panelled wall between the etched glass window. The back of the pub is less impressive with a low ceiling, wooden floors and white walls but  is okay( looks like a extension). So drink in the front! There is a good range of 10 real ales mainly from Scottish brewers, which are priced between £3.35 and £3.70 a pint. Great place-still as good as I remember!

 

John 10/10 visit March 2012

 

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Kay’s Bar, 39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HF.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Theakston Best Bitter, Stewart 80 Shilling, Orkney Wayfarer, Cairngorm Black Gold, Trade Winds, Wildcat.

 

Telephone- 0131-225-1858 

 

Small cosy mews pub with a nice warm fire on a windy day, there is a small back room behind the fireplace. The pub has 7 real ales, which is good for a small pub, not so good are the prices between £3.40 and £4.00 a pint, to make Londoners feel at home! Visit Monday lunchtime-a nice relaxing atmosphere with a good beer-Black Gold at £3.80 a pint makes it hard to leave.  

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Oxford Bar, 8 Young Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4HB

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Inveralmond Ossian, Cairngorm Trade Winds, Strathaven Duchess Light.

 

Telephone- 0131-539-7119

 

Web site-  http://www.oxfordbar.co.uk/

The bar is off to the left as you walk in; to the right is the seating area as there is no more room to sit by the bar area. Recently decorated with new white walls, the rooms are cosy, I liked the fireplace. The etched glass window has the pub’s name on it. The pub is mentioned in Rankin’s Rebus books; the author likes to drink here as well. Good unspoilt New Town pub. Further down the road is the Cambridge Bar! I had a pint of Trade Winds at £3.30 a pint.

 

John 9.5/10 visit March 2012 

 

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Standing Order, 62 George Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2LR.

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Lots of guest beers from the Wetherspoons beer festival at £1.99 a pint.

 

Telephone- 0131-225-4460

 

Web site- http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-standing-order-edinburgh

 

An wonderful building (ex-bank?) which has been turned into a Wetherspoons pub, yet another Edinburgh pub with an impressive ceiling, as well as marble pillars and etched glass windows which all adds to the atmosphere. Scottish flags hang from the ceiling and there is a tartan tent hanging over some of the seats! Visited during the Wetherspoons beer festival, barman who served me knew his beer, and we had a good talk about the beers on offer. Good beer, good place, had a good drink. Festival beers were £1.99 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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Waterloo Buffet, 3-7 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. EH1 3BG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- No real ale

 

Telephone- 0131-556-7597

 

Small bar close to North Bridge. In the Camra inventory pub list, looks unchanged with a Waterloo/Theakston brewery mirror being the best feature. Only 3 customers in here watching a boring American soap on TV. No real ale so I had a Highland Park whisky. About time I hit a bad pub!

 

John 4/10 visit March 2012  

 

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Windsor Buffet, 45 Elm Row, Edinburgh. EH7 4AH

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Tryst VIP, Orkney Corncrake, Double Death

 

Telephone- 0131- 556-4558

 

Strange name for a pub in Edinburgh! A nice traditional pub with an impressive ceiling, green leather seats along the walls and wood panelled walls. The pub has a student-type atmosphere with indie music in the background. There are 4 real ales on from Scottish breweries, had a Tryst VIP at £3.30 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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ROSE STREET

 

Rose Street is famous for its pub crawls. I counted 13 to 14 pubs along the street, depending on what you define a pub as! Lots of places seen to be aimed at the tourist market, but there are some good pubs too.

 

Abbotsford Bar and Restaurant, 3 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Orkney Red McGregor, Cairngorm Trade Winds, Tryst Brookville, Fyne Ales Avalanche

 

Telephone- 0131-225-5276

 

Web Site http://www.theabbotsford.com/contact.htm

 

The pub is on the ground, the restaurant is upstairs.  This is a traditional pub with an island bar with red leather seating, wood panelled walls, and a wonderful ceiling. There is no TV here, just conversation. The beers are served by the Scottish air pressure system. Had a pint of Orkney Red McGregor which was in good nick, at £3.10 a pint. This pub has a nice relaxing atmosphere to drink your beer in.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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Dirty Dick’s, 159 Rose Street, Edinburgh. EH2 4LS.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Stewarts Edinburgh Gold, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Black Sheep Bitter,

 

Telephone- 0131-260-9920

 

A likeable pub with low beams and low lighting and jugs hanging from the ceiling, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Strange bric-a-brac around the pub and a slate floor add to the pub as well as candles on the tables.  The friendly barman was into his blues music! Only 3 real ales are on, The Edinburgh Gold was £3.90 a pint, but a good pub for atmosphere.

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2012 

 

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Kenilworth, 152 Rose Street, Edinburgh. EH2 3JD.

 

Owner- Nicholson

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Dutchman, Moorhouse Black Cat, Brains Milkwood, Pontyprod Thai-Bo.

 

Telephone- 0131-226-1773

 

Web site-  http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thekenilworthrosestreetedinburgh/

 

A  small Nicholson heritage pub on Rose Street, which was founded in 1904. Impressive décor with great tiled walls, wonderful light blue and white ceiling, etched glass windows and wood panelled walls makes for good drinking surroundings. An island bar serves 6 real ales-3 from Scotland, 2 from England and 1 from Wales. Had a pint of Moorhouse Black Cat at £3.40.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Milnes of Rose Street, 35 Hanover Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2PJ

 

Owner- Free house

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Broughton 80 Shilling plus 2 guest beers.

 

Telephone- 0131-225-6738

 

A Cask Marque pub on Rose Street, even if the address is in Hanover Street! Compact pub, but there is more seating downstairs. Décor is black beams on a white ceiling and leather seating in a modern way. Pub is mainly full of tourists. The Broughton 80 shilling was £3.40 a pint and in good nick.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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DUDDINGSTON

 

Sheep Heid Inn, 45 The Causeway, Duddingston, Edinburgh. EH15 3QA.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Wadsworth Bishop’s Tipple, Hop Back Summer Lightning

 

Telephone- 0131-661-7974

 

Web site-  http://www.sheepheid.co.uk/

 

A wonderful walk through Holyrood Park gets you to Duddington village, to this nice village pub. Multi-room pub with low beams leads to a skittle alley and a beer garden at the back. Nice relaxing pub at the time of my visit. Four ales are on, 2 from Scotland and two from England. I had the Wadworths Bishop’s Tipple at £3.15 a pint. The pub is a 40 minute walk from the Royal Mile- I know, as I have done it! If not, you need to try the number 4 or 44 buses which stop nearby.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

LEITH and NEWHAVEN

 

Foot of the Walk, 183 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7AA

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Ruddles Best Bitter plus 5 guest beers from the Wetherspoons beer festival at £1.95 a pint.

 

Telephone- 0131- 553-0120

 

Web site- http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-foot-of-the-walk

 

Large open plan Wetherspoons with the tables all lined up in a row; there are a few rooms of to the side. Scottish League cup final between Celtic and Kilamarnock is on TV but volume is low,  and not many people are watching. Visited during the Wetherspoons beer festival, the festival beers are £1.95 a pint, I had Batemans Smoky Joe.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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Malt and Hops, 45 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QU,

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA. Demon Brew Demon Black, Couch Vale Brewers Gold, Atlas brewery Latitude, Cromarty Happy Chappy,  Stewart Edinburgh Gold, Tryst Blathan.  

 

Telephone- 0131- 555- 0083

 

Web site-  http://www.barcalisa.com/

 

A small cosy pub with a good address, the Water of Leith is across the road. The décor of the pub is a little like a fisherman’s cabin with low beams with hops, banknotes and handpump clips on the beams, plus brewery and whisky mirrors on the wall. Good choice of real ales from some interesting breweries, Ideal for a Sunday lunchtime drink, the pub does no food. Had a pint of Demon Black at £3.40 a pint.

 

John 8.5/ 10 visit March 2012

 

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Starbank Inn,  64 South Laverockbank Ave, Newhaven  Edinburgh, EH5 3BZ

Owner- Belhaven?

 

Beers- Belhaven IPA, 80 Shilling, Pentland IPA, Cairngorm Trade Winds, Houston Gemini, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Fyne Ales Jarl, Orkney Raven.

 

Telephone - 0131- 552- 4141

 

Web site- http://www.starbankinn.co.uk/

 

Nice laid back pub with great views over the Forth (get a window seat).  It is worth the bus ride from Leith to Newhaven.  There are old photos of Newhaven around the walls, as well as model ships on the window ledge. A Belhaven pub but only 2 of the 8 real ales are from Belhaven, the rest are from Scottish independences. Stewarts Pentland IPA was £3.20 a pint. This is a good place to relax and have a Sunday lunch.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Teuchters Landing, 1c Dock Place, Leith,  Edinburgh, EH6 6LU

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Houston Peters Well, Fyne Ales Jarl, Highland Brewing Dark Munro, Osmanian, plus Brew Dog, Budvar and Innes and Gunn on draught.

 

Telephone- 0131- 554- 7427

 

Web site- http://www.aroomin.co.uk/

 

When you first walk into this pub you think it is small, but there are rooms around the back, including a conservatory and some outside decking overlooking the water. Formerly the waiting room of the Leith to Aberdeen ferry, this building has a lot of character.  There are five real ales from Scottish independents, plus some interesting draught beers. The pub also does a good range of malt whiskies; see the blackboard next to the bar. Service was a little on the slow side, Hearts v Hibs is the game on the TV. Dark Munro was £3.70 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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SOUTHSIDE

 

Cask and Barrel Southside, 24 West Preston Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9PZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Standing Brewery Standing Out, Box Steam Funnel Blower, Strathaven Line Out, Titanic Plum Porter,

Bath SPA, Orkney Best, Stewart 80 Shilling, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, plus a good range of Belgian, Czech and German bottled beers.

 

Telephone -0131-556-3132

 

Newish pub but is done out in a traditional way, talking and drinking seem to go hand in hand in this atmospheric pub. Lots of old Scottish brewery mirrors around the walls plus some English ones as well; also there are some Scottish whisky mirrors. A large pub with a few alcoves, with mostly older clientele. There are 8 handpumps with some interesting breweries plus a good range of overseas bottled beer. The TV is turned off here. Orkney Best was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

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Dagda Bar, 93 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9NG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Tryst VIP, Mordue Radgie Gadgie, Northumbrian Blonde,

 

Telephone  - 0131-667-9773

 

Web site- http://dagda.co.uk/

 

A small pub but there is room for me to find a seat on a Friday night. Décor is mainly wood, a low green ceiling and a slate floor. The clientele is mainly younger here, the music is indie and beers are mainly unusual for Edinburgh. Nice place, but a little lacking in atmosphere. Tryst VIP was £3.30 a pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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Leslie Bar, 45 Radcliffe Street, Edinburgh. EH9 1SW

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Timothy Taylor Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Tryst Carronade, Stewart Holyrood, Broughton

Exciseman ,

 

Telephone -0131-667-7205

 

Web site-   http://www.lesliesbar.com/

 

 A wonderful traditional bar. There are two entrances to this pub-go to the right hand one, this is where the handpumps are- all 6 of them! The other side has no beer taps, just snob screens to shout your orders through. A narrow pub with not much room on either side of the bar. Wonderful ceiling and wood-panelled clock above the bar.  There is just the sound of conversation in this pub, no other distractions! Stewart Holyrood was £2.35 a pint; think I hit some kind of happy hour as it was £3.40 on the board! Nice place.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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STOCKBRIDGE

 

 

Bailie Bar, 2 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh. EH3 5AL

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Flying Scotsman, Courage Directors, Stewart Copper Cascade, Belhaven Six Nations, Tryst VIP.

 

Telephone- 0131-225-4673

 

Web site- http://www.thebailiebar.co.uk/

 

 This is a basement bar with a low ceiling and décor of red carpet, red leather seating, black walls and low lighting, which gives this place a relaxed locals feel, along with a set of newspapers to read! A cask marque pub which has 6 real ales, 2 regular beers and 4 guest beers with prices ranging from £3.50 to £3.60 a pint. Good pub to do alongside the nearby Stockbridge Tap.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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Stockbridge Tap, 2 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. EH4 1HN.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Kelham Island Pale Rider, Green Jack Orange Wheat Beer, Stewart Pentland IPA, 80 Shilling, Black Isle Red Kite, Cairngorm Trade Winds.

 

Telephone- 0131- 343-3000

 

Traditional pub with a modern refit, there are new tables, chairs, green leather seating and green tiled walls. There is also the usual beer memorabilia around the walls and some newspapers to read. The pub has 7 real ales which are priced at between £3.30 and £3.50 a pint. While in Stockbridge, this pub is an 10 minute walk from the Oxford Bar in New Town. A non-Deuchars IPA pub! Friendly barman.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2012

 

 

TOLLCROSS, HAYMARKET and WEST EDINBURGH

 

TOLLCROSS

 

Bennetts Bar, 8 Leven St, Tollcross, Edinburgh. EH3 9LG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling

 

Telephone- 0131-229-5143

 

This is a wonderful traditional pub which I have visited before. Nice wood panelled walls with some impressive mirrors, including a Bernard’s brewery mirror. Not so traditional is the big screen showing the six nations rugby with the volume very loud. There is a side room at the back of the pub which is not so noisy! Had Caledonian 80 Shilling at £3.20 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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Brauhaus, 105 Lauriestion Road, Tollcross, Edinburgh. EH3 9JG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- No real ale, lots of German and Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone- 0131-656-0356

 

This is a small shop pub, which seems to be a favourite with German exiles. There are 2 German football games being shown on the screens. Lots of German football memorabilia around the pub. Only about 40 people in this pub but it is crowded! No real ales in this pub, but there is a good range of Belgian and German bottled beers.  I had a Duvel at £3.90 a bottle.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012

 

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Cloisters Bar, 26 Brougham Street, Tollcross,  Edinburgh. EH3 9JH

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Stewart Penland IPA, Holygrail, Highland Scarpa Special, Carngurn Trade Winds, Phoenix Double Gold, Atlas Three Sisters, Houston Killellen, Acorn Blonde.

 

Telephone- 0131-221-9997

 

 This pub was an ex parsonage, which I have visited before on my last trip to Edinburgh. Not much seems to have changed since my last visit. The décor is wooden benches, chairs, tables and floorboards. There are 8 real ales written on the blackboard to the left of the bar. There are also a few overseas bottled beers. Nice atmosphere, nice place. Atlas Three Sisters was £3.20 a pint.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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WEST EDINBURGH

 

Athlete Arms, 1-3 Angel Park Terrace,  West Edinburgh EH11 2JX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Flying Scotsman, Dutchman. Isle of Skye Red Cuillin, Stewarts Diggers 80 Shilling, Bushy Castletown Bitter.

 

Telephone-0131-337-3822

 

A classic pub with a friendly atmosphere and some great décor includes a black and white checked floor, red leather seating around the sides and wood panelled walls. While the sports are on the TV, the volume is turned down low. The pub is famous for only selling McEwans 80 shilling on all its air pressure fonts until the 1980s, now the pub has a good selection of ales including a Diggers 80 shilling plus over a 100 malt whiskies.   The pub nickname is diggers as it is close to two cemeteries! Sign around the pub says unnecessary mobile calls are not tolerated.  Had an Isle of Skye Red Cuillin at £3.00 a pint which was in good condition. My favourite pub in Edinburgh.

 

John 10/10 visit March 2012

 

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Caley Sample Room, 42 Angel Park Terrace, West Edinburgh.EH11 2JR

 

Owner- Caledonian

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Imperial Stout. Tempest Citra IPA, Black Isle Red Kite, Tryst Hop trail, Cromarty Brewed Awakening.

 

Telephone- 0131-337-7204

 

Web site-  http://www.thecaleysampleroom.co.uk/

 

The Caledonian brewery tap is a modern pub with a cosy atmosphere which might be because of the low lighting. A small part of the pub is taken up for dining, but not many people are sitting in it. As well as Caley beers there is a choice of sample beers from another Scottish breweries. While not one of my favourite beers, Deuchars IPA is in a lot of Edinburgh pubs. I would like to see more Caledonian 80 Shilling.  There are bottled beers from around the world in the fridge. Pricey the Caledonian 80 Shilling was £3.50 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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McCowan Brewhouse, Fountain Park Complex, Dundee Street, West Edinburgh. EH11 1AF

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Inveralmond Duncan IPA, Lia Fail, Trappledouse

 

Telephone- 0131-228-8198

 

Web site http://www.originalpubco.com/pub-food/mccowans-brewhouse-pub-/pid-S1094

 

Modern pub which is not in the Fountain Complex, it is outside it, I went to the wrong place! Sadly the brew house is no more, but there are 3 beers on from Scottish independent brewery Inveralmond to make up for it a little. Six nations rugby is on the big screen. The volume is loud. Had a Inveralmond Duncan IPA at £3.00 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2012 

 

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HAYMARKET

 

 

Bert’s Bar, 29-31 William Street, Haymarket  Edinburgh EH3 7NG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Inveralmond Thrappledouser, Houston Killenvan, Angus Ales Mashie Niblick, Stewarts Copper Cascade.

 

Telephone -0131- 225- 5748

 

Web site- http://www.bertsbar.co.uk/berts-bar/home/berts-bar-edinburgh.html

 

Nice back street local with a good choice of beers, with a relaxing atmosphere even for a Saturday night. The pub looks like it has been recently refurbished; I like the green tiled walls around the pub. Interesting old photos of the pub on its opening day in October 1935 on the wall- bet its changed a bit since then! Only minus side was the prices, Knops California Common was £3.80 a pint. 

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012

 

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Haymarket, 11-14a West Maitland Street, Haymarket,  Edinburgh. EH12 5DS

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Flying Scotman. Cross Bay Nightfall, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, St Austell Proper Job, Moorhouse Black Cat, Adams Lighthouse.

 

Telephone -0131- 228- 2537

 

Web site- http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/haymarketedinburgh/

 

Landmark pub next to Haymarket station. Recently refurnished by Nicholson’s, who own a few heritage pubs in London with an upmarket style.  A large pleasant pub with a few areas set aside for dining, but retains a pubby atmosphere.  There is a good range of real ales from Scotland and England from a bank of 12 handpumps. A pint of Nightfall was £3.50 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2012


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Mather 1 Queensferry Street, Haymarket  Edinburgh.EH2 4PA

 

Owner- Fee House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Wadworth 6X, Mather West End Ale, Stewart SRA.
 

 

Telephone- 0131- 225- 3549

 

A traditional pub which is small and compact. Décor includes wood panelled wall which goes all around the pub, impressive ceiling and nice red leather seating. On Saturday night there are some folk singers who are going down well with the punters. Had a Mather West End bitter at £2.70 a pint.

 

John 7.5/ 10 visit March 2012

 

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Ryries Bar, 1 Haymarket Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH12 5EY.

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Deuchars IPA, 80 Shilling, Flying Scotman.

 

Telephone- 0131-337-7582

 

Web site http://www.ryries.com/

 

A Camra inventory pub close to Haymarket station, good décor as you might expect with lots of wood, wood, more wood and a Youngers etched-glass window. Good atmosphere on a Saturday night, for some reason there is Itaian football on the TV with the volume low! No great beer range but a nice pub, none the less. Caledonian Flying Scotsman was £3.50 a pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit March 2012 

 

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Thomson Bar, 182-184 Morrison St, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH3 8EB

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Tryst Into the Light, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Fyne Ales Jarl, Cobbler Stout. Crouch Vale Brewers Gold.

Telephone -0131- 228- 5700

 

Web site- http://www.thomsonsbaredinburgh.co.uk/

 

Small traditional pub with a good cosy atmosphere even on a Saturday night. Standard brewery and whisky mirrors about the walls. The wood seems new here, including an impressive wood panelled bar. Four of the real ales on are on handpump, two are on the Scottish air pressure system. Had Cobber Stout at £3.40 a pint. Nice pub.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2012

 

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BRISTOL

 

Bristol is the main city in the West Country area, with a population of 442,000 it is the 8th largest city in England. In a good setting by the River Avon, the city centre and the docks’ area are vibrant and pleasant, and unlike some city centres the people and pubs are mainly friendly! Beer wise there are lots of micros in the surrounding area; some micros like Butcombe, Bath Ales, Arbor, Dawkins and Wickwar are now buying pubs in Bristol to showcase their beers, and in some cases they sell beers from other micros as well. There are also a fair number of pubs selling at least 5 handpump beers, which makes for enjoyable drinking. This being the West Country, there are a few specialist cider pubs, as well as regular real pubs selling real cider. Visited April 2011

 

CITY CENTRE

 

Apple, Bristol Docks, Off Welsh Bank, Bristol BS1 4SB

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- No beers apart some bottles and cans. 8 real ciders on draught plus 30 ciders in bottles.

 

Telephone- 0117 925 3500

 

What a great name for a cider pub, apart from wine and a few bottled and canned beers all this pub sells is cider, with 8 ciders on draught and 30 in bottles. The setting is on a barge in Bristol docks, which makes it more special. The bar is in the lower deck; you can sit there but there are no views out. The upper deck has a canvas window to keep us warm in the winter! There is an outside drinking area as well, on land. Reasonably crowded for a Monday night, with a mainly young/student clientele creating a good atmosphere. Winter hours are from 1700 hours to Monday to Friday and 1200 hours at the weekend. The sign boarding the barge says ‘the finest range of ciders on the planet’- who I am to disagree!  A unique pub.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2011

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Bank, 8 John Street, Bristol BS1 2HR

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Arbor Ales Inferiority Complex, Glastonbury Back as Yer’at, Fiery Fox (Welsh Brew), GWB Premium Bitter, Castle Rock Hemlock Bitter, plus real ciders

 

Telephone- 0117- 930 4691

 

Back-street local, tucked away in the financial area of the city centre. So on a Sunday evening it is not too busy; in fact there are only 4 people in the pub!  A great choice of beers from micros near and far. The friendly Barman tells me they can turn over as many as 8 real ales a day!  A small compact pub with low lighting and candles on the table. The  background music is 1980s, Dire Straits and House music.  I had a Castle Rock Hemlock Bitter at £3.10 a pint, which was in good nick.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

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Bridge Inn, 16 Passage Street, Bristol BS2 0JF

 

Owner- Bath Ales

 

Beers- Bath Ales SPA, Gem, Heart of Wales Welsh Back plus other guest beer

 

Telephone- 0117 929 0942

 

Web site- http://www.bathales.com/pubs/bridge.html

 

Small Bath Ales pub by a bridge; sadly it is not near enough for river views! Framed photos of what looks like the regulars are all over the walls. Old vinyl albums and singles are by a record player, which provides background music. Outside drinking area is almost as large as the inside drinking area! Cosy atmosphere for Monday lunchtime, all real ales are £2.20 a pint on a Monday.

 

John visit 8/10 April 2011

 

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Colston Yard, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BD

 

Owner- Butcombe

 

Beers- Butcombe Bittter, Gold, Mendip Spring, Fullers London Pride. Veltins and Pilsner Urquell on draught.

 

Telephone- 0117 376 3232

 

Web Site http://www.colstonyard.butcombe.com/

 

After being to a few small traditional pubs, this one makes for a pleasant change, as it is large and modern. Brown leather seats are around the sides of the walls, plus some nice comfy seats in the middle.  This is a Butcombe pub, with 3 of the 4 beers from their brewery. Nice Fullers brewery mirror on the wall.  The Butcombe Gold was £3.20 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Commercial Rooms, 43 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 5BD

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Lots of beers on for the Wetherspoons beer festival at £2.15 a pint

 

Telephone -0117 927 9681

 

A  Wetherspoons pub in a very impressive old building, which I think was once a bank.  This pub is on a par with the Hamilton Hall and Metro Bar in London for best décor in a Wetherspoons pub. There are names of people on old barrels- I am not sure what this is about! Visited during a Wetherspoons beer festival which means there are lots of real ales on draught for £2.15 a pint (good timing!). Good relaxing Sunday evening atmosphere; no TV unlike some Wetherspoons pubs!

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Cornubia, 142 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6AB

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Slater Supreme, Quantock Sunraker, St George’s Dragon Blonde, Banks & Taylor Edwin Extra Stout, SOS, Dorset Tom Browne, Cornubia Spring Edition. Budvar on draught plus 2 real ciders.

 

Telephone- 0117 925 4415

 

A pub which claims to have been around since 1775, which is now surrounded by offices, down a quiet road in the city centre. Small but, cosy with 6 real ales and no mainstream lagers. Nice décor with pride of place going to the fish tank, which had some turtles in it. The walls are full of handpump clips of previous guest beers. The sign outside says; real ales, real food and real people and it lives up to it! Cornubia spring Edition was £2.90 a pint. Great pub.

 

John visit 9.5/10 April 2011

 

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Graze Bar, 63 Queens Square, Bristol BS1 4JZ

 

Owner- Bath Ales

 

Beers- Bath Ales Gem, SPA plus Budvar on draught

 

Telephone- 0117 927 6706

 

Web site http://www.bathales.com/pubs/graze-bar-and-chophouse.html

 

Modern pub owned by Bath ales, just off Queens Square in the old city centre-with its green square and lawyers’ offices. The pub is half food and half drinks; the majority of people are in the drinking area. Green tiled bar, wooden tables and red lighting makes for an upmarket atmosphere. Only two Bath beers are on draught, but the Bath Gem was £2.90 a pint. Interesting  place.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

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Hope and Anchor, 38 Jacobs Well Road, Bristol BS8 1DR

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Otter Bitter, Brighter, Wickwar Penny Black Porter, Cheddar Valley Potholer,Butcombe Gold, Wadworth Old Timer

 

Telephone- 0117 929 2987

 

 This is a nice pub up a hill, next to the Brandon Hill Nature Park. Not sure if this pub is in the city centre or not? Traditional pub with no Sky TV, pool etc, with 6 West Country real ales. The dry hops above the bar tell you what this pub is about! The friendly young bar staff will offer you samples, if you are undecided about which real ale to have. Homely atmosphere for Sunday lunch time with a very mixed clientele enjoying the beer and food from a mainly snack menu. Nice cartoons of the regulars on the wall.  A nicely under-stated pub. Penny Black Porter was £3.30 a pint, expensive by Bristol (and even London) standards!

 

John 8.5/ 10 visit April 2011 

 

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Kings Head, 60 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6DE

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Sharp’s Coaster, Doombar, Wadworth 6X, Butcombe Gold

 

Telephone – 0117 927 7860

 

Lovely Camra inventory pub. Small narrow corridor as you walk into the pub leads to the Tram Car bar at the back of the pub which has old wood, red carpet and mirrors. Nice old black and white photos of Bristol, with old brewery memorabilia from Bass and Courage on the walls. Small outside drinking area. Sharp’s Doombar was £3.20 a pint. Closes Sunday between 1500 and 1700 hours, opens at 1400 hours on a Saturday.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Knights Templar, 1 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6DG

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Lots of beers on for the Wetherspoons beer festival at £2.15 a pint

 

Telephone- 01117 930 8710

 

Big modern Wetherspoons pub which is in a modern shopping centre. One big window is along the front of this pub; halfway into the pub the ceiling becomes low! Big clock above the bar is impressive (wonder what happens when they have to put the clocks back!). Friendly locals tell me I dropped my money on the floor. Visited during the Wetherspoons beer festival, so all beers was £2.15 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

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LLandoger Trow, King Street, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 4ER

 

Owner- Brewer Fayre

 

Beers- St Austell Tribute, Hobgoblin Ale

 

Telephone – 0870 990 6424

 

Web site  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llandoger_Trow

 

One of the oldest pubs in Bristol, see the link for a detailed history of the pub. The grand timber exterior does its job in tempting you into the pub. Interior is olde worlde, with low lighting and polished wood which looks good; the pub seems to be lacking a little atmosphere at the time of my visit. Only two real ales are on; had a pint of St Austell Tribute at £2.86 a pint.     

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

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Old Fish Market, 59 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1QZ

 

Owner- Fullers

 

Beers- Fullers Discovery, London Pride, ESB, Front Row, Butcombe Bitter

 

Telephone- 0117 921 1515

 

A Fullers pub which is in the city centre. Décor is in the Ale and Pie style for those of you who know their Fullers pubs! Large old paintings on the wall add a touch of class to an impressive décor. Lots of different alcove areas, which you can wander off into. There are lots of hanging baskets and potted plants- for those who like that sort of thing! Visited on a quiet Sunday evening with a nice relaxed atmosphere. Fullers London Pride was £3.10 a pint.

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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Seven Stars, 1 Thomas Lane, Bristol BS1 6JG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Presscott Grand Prix, Track Record, Glastonbury Thriller, Berrow Winter Warmer, Box Stream Tunnnel Vision, Mayfields Priory, Arbor Hunny Beer, Abbey Cardinal Sin plus 4 real ciders.

 

Telephone- 0117 927 2845

 

Web site- http://www.7stars.co.uk/

 

Like the Cornubia  this city centre pub is surrounded by office buildings; good to see a pub like this doing well. With 8 real ales from micro breweries, this place is a beer ticker’s dream.  Décor is wooden floor, seats along the wall, with beer memorabilia on the wall above the seats. Berrow Winter Warmer was a £3.20 a pint. Discounts on real ale for Camra members. Friendly atmosphere.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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Shakespeare, 68 Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QD

 

Owner- Greene King

 

Beers- Greene King IPA, Abbott, Moreland Old Speckled Hen, Thwaites Wainwright, O’Kelly Old Skipper

 

Telephone- 0117 929 7675

 

Nice hotel bar in the city centre which is owned by Greene King, which is Cask Marque accredited.  Wooden floor and tables, plus low lighting and paintings on the wall give this place more atmosphere than most hotel bars. As well as Greene King beers, there are guest beers as well-had a Old Skipper at £2.85 a pint.  Nice place.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011  

 

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White Lion, Quay Head, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EB

 

Owner- Wickwar

 

Beers- Wickwar, Long John Silver, Penny Black Porter, Champion, Bob

 

Telephone- 0117 927 7744

 

Web site http://www.wickwarbrewing.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=9

 

Small traditional pub which is close to a busy road junction. Nice green tiled, white pillar frontage, inside is nice and traditional with white walls, ceiling fans, chandeliers and pot plants creating a good atmosphere.   The pub is owned by Wickwar with 4 of their beers on taps. Gents’ loo is down a spiral staircase. Wickwar Long John Silver was £3.10 a pint.

Small drinking area at the front of the pub. Nice pub.

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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Zero Degrees, 53 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BA

 

Owner- Chain brew pub

 

Beers- Zero Degree  Wheat beer, Dark lager, Pale Ale, Pilsner plus seasonal beer

 

Telephone- 0117 925 2706

 

Web site- http://www.zerodegrees.co.uk/location-bristol.html

 

 

Having been to Blackheath branch of Zero Degrees, it is good to see branches in Reading and Bristol. This is Bristol’s only brew pub. Large modern barn of a place, with the brewing vessels behind the bar; which was a little empty on a Monday afternoon at 1630 hours. Photos of the brewing process are on the wall. Eager barman only too willing to give me samples of their seasonal beers, Three Malts at 7.2% and Bitter at 4.4%. Good service. The house Pale Ale was £2.90 a pint.  

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2011 

 

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HOTWELLS

 

Grain Barge, Hotwells Road, Bristol BS8 4RU

 

Owner- Bristol Beer Factory

 

Beers- Bristol Beer Factory Acer, Sunshire, No 7, Southville Hop

 

Telephone- 0117 929 9347

 

Web site http://www.grainbarge.com/

 

A pub on a barge on the River Avon with great views of the river, it is good to watch the sail-boats and rowers go by. This pub is a little downstream from the new harbour development, but worth the walk.  You can take your beer out onto the upper deck if you want the fresh air! Décor is wood with lots of windows showing the river. Pub is owned by the Bristol Beer Factory with 4 of their beers on draught; the No 7 was in fine form and was £2.90 a pint. The pub does live music in the evenings and is closed on Mondays. Nice place for a relaxing beer on a Sunday afternoon.

 

John 9.5/10 visit April 2011

 

 

Merchants Arms, 18 Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4PZ

 

Owner- Bath Ales

 

Beers- Bath Ales SPA, Gem, Barnstormer, plus a beer from the Studland brewery and Budvar on draught.

 

Telephone- 0117 904 0037

 

Web site- http://www.bathales.com/pubs/merchants-arms.html

 

 

A small pub at a busy road junction.  While small the pub, has a cosy atmosphere, as well as a separate drinking area behind the bar. Décor is mainly old wood which reminds me a little of a Dutch brown café.  The friendly locals at the bar were telling me about their times in London!  A Bath Ales pub with a guest beer; the SPA was a reasonable £2.70 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2011

 

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Pump House, The Pump House, Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4PZ

 

Owner- Marstons

 

Beers- Bath Gem, Butcombe Bitter, St Austells Tribute, Sharp’s Doombar

 

Telephone – 0117 927 2229

 

Web site http://www.the-pumphouse.com/

 

A pub next to a lock. The pub sign says it is a Marston’s pub, but choices of beers are from the West Country. Nice décor with red flagstone, exposed brick grey walls and comfy sofas plus an outside drinking area by the dock. Sadly the three members of staff, who seem very busy running around doing various things, were not able to do the important things- like finding time to serve the customers!  I left after 10 minutes.

 

John visited April 2011 no mark given

 

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Three Tuns,  78 St Georges Road, Bristol BS1 5UR

 

Owner- Arbor Ales

 

Beers- Arbor Brigstow, Acer, Simcore, Inferiority Complex, Brentwoood Maple Mild, Clockwork Orange, Green Jack Baltic Trader plus 2 real ciders

 

Telephone- 0117 907 0689 ?

 

This pub, which looks like it’s been recently redecorated, is done out in a modern style with green walls, wooden floorboards and comfy seats. An Arbor pub with 4 out of the 7 beers coming from Arbor; which are reasonably priced between £2.50 and £2.80 a pint, the guest beers cost more. Busy for a Monday evening, with a good atmosphere. A little off the beaten track, but close to the River Avon. A good start under new ownership.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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KINGSDOWN and STOKE CROFTS

 

Bell, Hilllgrove St, off Jamaica Street, Stoke Crofts, Bristol BS2 8JT

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Butcombe, Bitter, Gold, Old Vic Porter

 

Telephone- 0117 909 6612

 

Low ceiling two bar pub, which seems to be more of a music pub in the evening judging by the turntables. Outside drinking area is at the back of the pub. This is a Butcombe pub which has 4 of their beers on, including the rare Old Vic Porter which was £3.10 a pint.  I visited the pub at 1845 hours on a Monday evening with only 2 people in it, so it was lacking a little in atmosphere.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2011

 

Hare on the Hill, 41 Thomas Street North, Bristol BS2 8LX

 

Owner- Bath Ales

 

Beers- Bath Ales Gem, SPA, Barnstromer

 

Telephone- 0117 908 1982

 

Web site http://www.bathales.com/pubs/hare-on-the-hill.html

 

This pub is close to the Hillgrove Porter Stores pub; it is just a short walk along Dove Street. A small Bath Ales pub, with lots of alcoves for a small pub. Décor is mainly wooden, but the wood is well polished! A cosy pub with a nice atmosphere, with 3 Bath Ales on; the Gem was £2.90 a pint. The pub opens between 1200 to 1430 and 1700 and 2300 hours on weekdays and 1200 to 2400 hours at the weekend.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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Highbury Vaults, 164 St Michael Hill, Bristol BS2 8DE

 

Owner – Young’s

 

Beers- Young’s Bitter, Special, Highbury Gold, Brains SA, St Austell Tribute, Arbor Racer, Derail Ale.

 

Telephone- 0117 973 3203

 

Web site http://www.youngs.co.uk/pub-detail.asp?PubID=416

 

Go through a narrow corridor to the bar; behind it is an alcove of rooms leading to a large beer garden-where most of the pub seems be!  A Young’s pub (due to them taking over Smiles) which is allowed to sell other breweries beers-which might explain why the pub is so popular! Brown walls and old wooden tables remind me of an Old Dutch brown café. Bar billiards is at the end of the pub. Nice pub. Brains SA was £3.00 a pint.  Looks like a Banksy mural on the side wall, outside of the pub?

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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Hilllgrove Porter Stores, 53 Hillgrove Street North, Bristol BS2 8LT

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Dawkins Bob Wall, TTT, Green Barrel, Cheddar Ales Gorge Best, Arbor Tettnang, Artisian, Vale Haddes Winter Solstice, Three Castles Knight Porter, Teignworthy Amys Ale plus Brew Dog 5AM Saint on draught. Sam Smith and Brew Dog bottled beers plus 1 real cider.

 

Telephone-0117 924 9818

 

What a long list of beers! Nine real ales all told, plus some interesting bottled beers. Prices are high for Bristol between £3.30 to £3.50 a pint, but this is the pub to go to if you want rare quality micro beers in Bristol. Nice cosy back-street local with dry hops, guest beer clips and beer memorabilia around the pub. Another Bristol pub with a great range of real ales. The pub is more in Dove Street than Hillgrove Road. Open from 1600 hours weekdays and 1400 hours at the weekends. Great pub.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

 

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SPIKE ISLAND  

 

Cottage Inn, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG

 

Owner- Butcombe

 

Beers- Butcombe Bitter, Gold, York Terrier. Veltins lager on draught

 

Telephone - 0117 921 5256

 

Web site-  http://www.butcombe.com/pubs_cottage_inn.shtml

 

A nice pub in a riverside location-the sign says it all.  As you might expect, the pub has a large drinking area outside over looking the river. Inside is nice; full of people mainly having their Sunday lunch, but the place has a good pub atmosphere. The pub sign says free house, but it is owned by Butcombe, with 2 of the 3 beers from Butcombe. The Butcombe bitter was in good nick at £2.90 a    pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2011

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Orchard Inn, 12 Hanover Square, Sike Island, Bristol BS1 6XJ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- RCH Firebox, PG Steam, Bath Gem, Palmers 2000, Fullers London Pride. 11 real ciders in the back room.

 

Telephone- 0117 926 2678

 

Small cider pub down a side street. Small outside drinking area with lots of smokers while inside the pub is half empty! The décor is black beams and white walls and ceiling. All the ciders are on the blackboard to the right hand side of the bar. There are 11 ciders on draught, which come from a back room. The real ales come straight from barrels behind the bar. Good atmosphere, helped by friendly staff. Unique pub.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2011

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SOUTHVILLE

 

Coronation, 18 Dean Lane, Southville, Bristol BS3 1DD

This pub was just down the road from my hotel. Sadly it was closed for redecoration at the time of my visit. A Hop Back tied house. Only a few minutes walk from the footbridge in the city centre

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BEDMINSTER

 

Windmill, 14 Windmilll Hill, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4LU

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Bath Gem, SPA, Isle of Purbeck Solar Power plus Bitburger on draught

 

Telephone - 0117 963 5440

 

Nice back-street local in Bedminster, close to Bedminster station and within walking distance from the city centre. Décor is gastro pub/ Bohemian with newspapers, wooden floors, tables and chairs and a laid-back atmosphere. There is a small family room at the end of the pub. Not sure if this is a Bristol Beer Factory pub as none of their beers are on tap. The Isle of Purbeck Solar Power was £3.10 a pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2011

 

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LAKE DISTRICT

 

The Lake District is located in the county of Cumbria, in the North West corner of England. It truly has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK! Most roads are very scenic-doubly so when the sun is shining-as it did when I visited in April 2010 (I was very lucky!).The lakes attract a lot of ramblers and fell walkers who like to support local products including local beers-your average Ibiza lager drinker is a bit out of place here!

Cumbria did have two local independent breweries; Hartleys of Ulverston and Jennings of Cockermouth. Hartleys was taken over by Robinsons, with the brewery closed in 1991 and a few beers brewed with the Hartleys name in Manchester, which explains the 50 odd Robinsons pubs in the Lakes. Jennings was taken over by Marstons; the beers are still brewed in Cockermouth and Marstons are committed to brewing in Cockermouth-as proved by the repairing of the brewery after the 2010 floods.

There are 32 micro breweries in Cumbria including 6 brew pubs. Some of the brew pubs do accommodation which is well worth taking advantage of. Lots of pubs in the Lake District sell real ale to meet the demands of the locals and tourists. There are truly some of the best pubs in the UK, in this area. My only pet hate is that you are not considered a proper Lake District pub unless you have numbers on your tables for food!    

 

AMBLESIDE

 

Town at the North end of Lake Windermere

 

Golden Rule, Smithy Brow, Ambleside, Cumbria. LA22 9AS

 

Owner- Robinsons

 

Beers- Robinsons Unicorn Bitter, Hatters, Double Hoop,  Dizzy Blonde, Hartleys XB, Cumbria Way.

 

Telephone-015394-32257

 

A pub which is not easy to find and, due to double yellow lines all around the pub impossible to park! You have to park in the nearby main car park. What you get is a classic Lakeland town pub with a good atmosphere from the locals and barman. Red is the colour here from carpets to seats. Landlord is the last remaining from when Robinsons over Hartleys in 1991. There are 6 beers from the Robinsons range, the Hartleys XB was £2.70 a pint and in fine form! Cosy and homely like a good back street local should be.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

 

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BOOT

 

Village after Hardknott Pass which has great views

 

Woolpack Inn, Boot, Cumbria CA19 1TG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Jennings Cumberland Ale, Stickle Path, Great Cable Bitter

 

Telephone-019467-23230

 

Web site http://www.woolpack.co.uk/

 

If coming from Hardknott Pass, this is the first pub you will see and you may feel like you deserve a drink! The pub has two bars: I am drinking in the walkers’ bar, a little basic but not unpleasant. Décor is wooden tables and chairs and lots of wood!  I visited this pub at the wrong time (maybe)-former landlord blogger Woolpack Dave has left the pub and the pub is no longer a brew pub. Still a very nice pub with some good Lakeland views outside. Great Cable bitter was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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BOWLAND BRIDGE

 

Village in the Lyn Valley to the SE of Lake Windermere

 

Hare and Hounds, Bowland Bridge, Cumbria LA11 6NN

 

Owner- Jennings

 

Beers- Ringwood 49ers and Old Trumper

 

Telephone- 015395-68333

 

Web site- http://www.brilliantpub.co.uk/harehoundscumbria/

 

The Hare and Hounds is down at the bottom of the valley from the Mason Arms (see Strawberry Bank) The pub is opposite the village shop/Post Office.  The exterior has white walls and hanging baskets with an outside drinking area with good views. The interior is slated floor and wood around the walls.  This is a Jennings pub with 2 Ringwood beers; a bit of a disappointment if you are expecting Jennings beers. More corporate than individual.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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BOWNESS-on-Windermere

 

Town which is the self-styled capital of the Lake District!

 

Hole int’ Wall, Lowside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3DH

 

Owner- Robinsons

 

Beers- Robinsons Double Hop, Unicorn, Hartleys XB

 

Telephone-015394 3488

 

I have great memories of this pub; it was where I had my first taste of Hartleys XB in the 1980s. A magic pint then, sadly not the same beer since owned by Robinsons! The pub is more upmarket than I remember, but is still the best pub in Bowness for atmosphere. The décor is low ceiling and beams with jugs hanging from them, and a fire which creates a cosy atmosphere. There is another room behind the bar area which had a folk singer when I first came in. Friendly bar staff very informative about the beers. Oldest pub in Bowness it’s been a pub since 1612. The sign on the door as you walk in says ‘mind the step’-guess who misses it!! And this was my first pub of the night!!!

 

John 9.5/10 visit April 2010

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White Horse, Robinson Place, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DQ

 

Owner-Free House

 

Beers- White Horse Ale (brewed by Hawkshead)

 

Telephone-015394-43731

 

Web site  http://www.whitehouse-lakedistrict.co.uk/

 

A good name for a white walled building! Outside drinking area in front of the pub; inside is very modern white walls (of course), a glowing fire, sofas, modern art paintings and newspapers on the table. I am the only person inside on a Sunday at 1730 hours. Only one real ale on which was a house beer brewed by Hawkshead which was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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Churchills Tavern, Lowside, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DQ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hawkshead Pale, Bitter

 

Telephone-015394-43548

 

Despite the name, a newish pub which looks like it might have been a restaurant once.  A slated floor runs throughout the pub; there is an eating conservatory area with the rest of the pub taken up by a pool table, music and TV and loud locals at the bar the sort who shout at each other, even when they are standing next to each other! Hawkshead Bitter was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 6/10 visit April 2010

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Stags Head, Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DQ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Stags Imperial, Moorhouse Blond Witch, Thwaites Bomber

 

Telephone- 015394-43132

 

Confusingly has 6 real ales advertised outside; one bar is shut and there are only 3 real ales on the other bar. This is a large open plan pub with football being shown. I was just in time to hear Wenger moaning about another Arsenal defeat!! After this a man was setting up the karaoke for later on tonight. Not an unpleasant pub but not my sort of pub really, despite a good real ale commitment and Cask Marque credited. Thwaites Bomber was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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Village Inn, Lake Road, Bowness-on- Windermere LA23 3DE

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Black Sheep Bitter, Hawkshead Red, Tetley Bitter, Windmill Golle Wobble, Bit’er Ruf . Erginger on draught.

 

Telephone-015394-43731

 

Despite the name, this is a large modern bar and restaurant, but it does have a good pub feel and atmosphere. White walls and low lighting with a combination of sofas stools and high tables and modern seats and tables mean you can choose what you are most comfortable with! Five real ales are on, with 3 from local brewers. Had a pint of Windmill Bit’er Ruff (get it!) which was £2.90 a pint-nice beer!  There is an outside drinking area at the front of the pub. Alistair Darling is banned from this pub- and so he should be!

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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Royal Oak, Brantfell Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DB

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Barngates Red Bull Terrier, Coniston Bluebird, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Tetley Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord

 

Telephone-015394-43970

 

Web site-  http://www.royaloak-windermere.co.uk/

 

A good pub which is a little way up a steep hill.  One of the areas of the pub includes a pool table, with a touch jukebox with a great section of all types of music. Wooden floor on one side of the pub and slated on the other side.  This is a small pub which is full of tourists mainly drinking, which creats a good atmosphere. Nice laid back Sunday evening feel.  Good choice of real ales, apart from Tetley’s! Coniston Bluebird was £2.80 a pint.

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2010

 

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Albert Hotel, Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BY

 

Owner- Robinsons

 

Beers- Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Dragon Fire, Unicorn Bitter, Hartleys XB

 

Telephone-015394-43241

 

Robinsons town centre pub which is bigger than it looks on the outside, with rooms running off from the bar. Despite the size the pub is full. Upmarket décor with a lot of people eating food; in the area of the pub than I am in there is an impressive large portrait painting. Robinsons beers, the Hartleys XB was £2.80 a pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2010

 

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Mariners, Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3AP

 

Owner- Jennings

 

Beers- Jennings Stickle Pike, Cumberland Ale, Marstons Pedigree

 

Telephone-015394-45678

 

 A Jennings pub to the north of the town centre; no tourists eating meals in this pub!  This is a smallish pub with nice décor, including old photos of Windermere, which were mainly to do with the lake. The pub also has a model ship as befits the name. The pub does karaoke on Friday and Saturday night, it also has a jukebox with some classic rock. Jennings Cumberland Ale was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2010

 

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CHAPEL STILE

 

Village in the Langdale valley

Wainwrights, Chapel Stile LA22 9JH

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Jennings Cumberland Ale, Sneck Lifter, Banks’s Bitter, Bitter End Lakeland Bitter, Langdale Tup, Tirrel 1823, Stringer Pale Ale

 

Telephone-015394-38088

 

Web site http://www.langdale.co.uk/dine/wainwrights/index.htm

 

Nice pleasant upmarket pub with low ceiling and beams as well as low lighting which creates a cosy atmosphere. Not sure if this is Marston/Jennings pub as you walk in the first three beers you see are from this stable. Walk around the side and you see four beers from local breweries. I had a Lakeland bitter at £2.76 a pint.  Pub is named after the father of Lakeland fell-walking Arthur Wainwright.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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CLEATOR

 

Village on the A5086

 

Brook, 93 Trumpet Terrace (on A5086), Cleator, Cumbria CA23 3DX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Timothy Taylor Landlord, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Yates Gold, Hawkshead Gold

 

Telephone- 01946-811635

 

A roadside pub which is the last house in the village on the A5086. No red carpet or upmarket here; the décor is eccentric black gothic. There is a shop front dumbier to the side of the bar, chained up in case you want to take it away!  Food menu is written on  blackboards around the pub. The 4 real ales are on a blackboard behind the bar with prices. Friendly barman and locals. Landlord was £2.80 a pint; one of the best pints of Landlord I have had in a while.

 

John 8.5/10 visit April 2010

 

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 COCKERMOUTH

 

The birthplace of William Wordsworth, he of ‘wandering lonely fame’, and home to the Jennings and Bitter End breweries.

 

Bitter End Pub and Brewery , 15 Kirkgate, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9PJ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Bitter End Blonde Bitter, Amber, IPA, Jennings Cumberland Ale. Budvar on draught, plus various US craft and Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone- 01900-828993

 

Web site-   http://www.bitterend.co.uk/

 

Brew pub which is Cockermouth another brewery after Jennings! Three bar areas which are roughly the same; comfortable and upmarket with old photos of Cockermouth life throughout the years. As well as the pub’s own beers there are also Jennings beers-I am not quite sure why! Has a good bottled beer menu with Sierra Nevada as beer of the month as well a good choice of US and Belgian beers. There is a bottle takeaway of Bitter End beers if you want.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

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CONISTON

 

A lovely village close to the top of Coniston Water, famous in the 1960s for Donald Campbell and water speed records.

 

Sun Inn, Coniston LA21 8HQ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Ennerdale Dark, Barngates Tag Lag, Kensham Island Pale Rider, Yates Gold, Loweswater Gold, Hawkshead Bitter, Coniston Bluebird, Black Sheep Bitter.

 

Telephone-015394-41248

 

Web site http://www.thesunconiston.com/

 

This is a wonderful pub up a hill with good views overlooking the village and hills. Modern walkers’ bar with a slated/stone wall, slated floor and black beams. The walls have old photos off Donald Campbell and Bluebird, a big thing here in the sixties. There are 8 real ales mainly from local breweries, the beer I had- Barngates Tag Lag-was £3.00 a pint and was spot on. Nice pub, nice atmosphere and friendly pub dog and bar staff.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

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Black Bull, Yewdale Road, Coniston, LA21 8DU

 

Owner- Coniston

 

Beers- Coniston Oliver Light Ale, Bluebird Bitter, Bluebird XB, Old Man Ale, No 9 Barley Wine, Oatmeal Stout, Loweswater Gold. Warsteiner on draught.

 

Telephone- 015394-41335

 

Web site   http://www.conistonbrewery.com/black-bull-coniston.htm

 

A pub which is right in the centre of the village. Exterior is a white wall building; the inside is red carpet, white walls and black beams plus photos of Donald Campbell. Home of the Coniston brewery which is behind the pub, which was the champion beer at the Camra national beer festival in 1998. There are press cuttings in a framed case on the wall with all the details. Full range of Coniston beers with 2 banks of 6 handpumps; if they don’t taste good here, then they are in trouble! Oatmeal stout was £3.50 a pint, dearer than most London pubs!

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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ELTERWATER

 

Village in the Langdale valley

Britannia Inn, Elterwater, LA22 9HP

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Coniston Bluewater, Jennings Bitter, Britannia Inn Ale, Gales Seafarers, Thwaites Wainwrights

 

Telephone- 015394-37210

 

Web site- http://www.britinn.net/

 

No real pub sign outside the pub, but it is a big white building in the centre of the village. Bar is to the right side as you walk in. There are other rooms down the corridor-some for drinking and one for dining. Small drinking area by the bar; luckily it is a nice day and there are a lot of walkers outside enjoying the lovely views. Décor looks like it has not changed much, which I think is a good thing- some Lakeland pubs are a bit too clinical! There are five ales on, including a house beer from Coniston. Prices are on the beer clips along with a description of the beer, Jennings Bitter was £2.80 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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FOXFIELD

 

Village on the A595 with its own railway station and a great pub.

 

Prince of Wales, on A595, Opposite Railway station, Foxfield, Cumbria LA20 6BX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Foxfield Tims Brown Ale, Some like it Stout, Green Jack Excelsior, Church End Gravediggers, Hawkshead Brodies Pride, Beckstones Border Steams.  Belgian and German Bottled beers and Silly Pils on draught.

 

Telephone- 01229 716238

 

Closed Monday and Tuesday, opens 1445 Wednesday to Thursday, 1200 Friday to Sunday

 

Web site http://www.princeofwalesfoxfield.co.uk/

 

Décor is basic or unspoilt depending on your opinion, but for atmosphere this is one of the best pubs I have ever been in. The pub has a nice traditional feel to it with bar billiards and a piano. The beer range is great, with 6 real ales on, including 2 beers which are brewed on the premises. The prices range from £2.00 to £2.50 a pint with the good home brew beers at £2.00 and £2.20 a pint- competitive even for Wetherspoons; all the beers were excellent.  There is a good choice of bottled beers on the blackboard from Belgium and Germany as well as the only lager on draught, Silly Pils from Belgium. Started quietly but the evening gets more crowded as people come off the train from the station next door. This is a pub with a loyal following, with everyone knowing each other, a pub where people will talk to you and the first conversation is always about beer. Tonight is a musicians jam night, no singers just people playing their instruments like an Irish country pub. Everyone here is drinking real ale enjoying themselves late into the night- good job I have a room here tonight (see website).  If you love good beer this is the pub for you. Thanks to the hosts, Stuart and Lynda, for a great night.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2010

 

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 GREAT LANGDALE

 

At the end of Langdale valley this is isolated pub

 

Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, Cumbria LA22 9JY

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Black Sheep Bitter, Theakston XB, Old Peculier, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Wensleydale Poacher, Yates Bitter. Budvar on draught.

 

Telephone-015394-37272

 

Web site- http://www.odg.co.uk/home/index.cfm?id=1

 

First this pub is at the end of the B5263; on your way you will see the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. I am not sure what that pub is like but this pub is the original Lakeland walkers’ pub so come here first! The location is in a wonderful valley, so the pub has benches outside. Inside is basic but atmospheric-looks like nothing has changed too much over the years.  Red floor, white walls and wooden benches, this is a place that walkers don’t have to worry about their muddy boots, after working up a thirst! A good range of beers at reasonable prices, the Yates Bitter was £2.60 a pint. Classic Lakeland pub.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2010

 

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HAWKSHEAD

 

Pedestrianised village close to Esthwaite Water

 

Kings Arms Hotel, The Square, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0NZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hawkshead Bitter, Windermere Pale, Marble Manchester Bitter, Coniston Bluebird XB

 

Telephone-015394-36372

 

Web site http://www.kingsarmshawkshead.co.uk/

 

Wonderful small pub in a now traffic-free village. Low ceiling and beams makes this pub look like it’s been around for a few centuries. There is an interesting life-size wood carving of an American Indian in the corner. A ex-coaching inn, you have an image of the horses pulling up in the square out front. Dining area is off to right as you go in. Two Hawkshead beers plus two guest beers are on; I had the Marble Arch Manchester Bitter at £2.70 a pint, a good beer. Despite the name, the Hawkshead beers are now brewed in Staveley.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

 

INGS

 

Village off A591 with a brew pub

 

Watermill Inn, Ings, Cumbria LA8 9PY

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Watermiil Collie Wobbles, A Bit’er Ruf, Dogth Vader, Wruff Night, Theakston Old Peculier, Wensleydale Falconer, Foxfield Some like it Stout, Sands, Bitter End Lakeland Bitter, Hawkshead Bitter, Moorhouse Black Cat Mild, Cumbrian Legendary Grassmoor Dark, Wolf Coyote, Blackbeck Blackbelle. Budvar on draught.

 

Telephone-01539-821309

 

Web site- http://www.watermillinn.co.uk/

 

Nice conversion from a guest house to a brew pub. As you walk in you have the choice of two bars: the one on the right is ‘restaurant’ in style, the one on the left is pubbier; it also has views of the river and brewery. Both sell a lot of food. White wall, flagged floor and black beams-so far so Lake District! There are guest beer clips on the beams and beer memorabilia above the bar plus a wall full of Camra awards. There are no TV, music or fruit machines here. One bar has a bank of 8 handpumps and the other bar has the same: two handpumps are unused so it makes a total of 14 beers on tonight, making this the largest beer range in the Lake District. All the beers are on a blackboard with prices at the bar. Pub is dog friendly- as you can tell by the names of the brew pub beers- there are 4 dogs in here at the moment.  This is another Lake District brew pub which does rooms for the night (see website). I stayed here, a nice way to relax at the end of the day. Prices for the real ales range from £2.60 to £3.10.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

 

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KENDAL

 

Historic town which is the gateway to the Lake District.

 

Brewery Arts Centre (Vats Bar), 122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE

 

Owner–Free House

 

Beers- Caledonian Brewers Passion, Deuchars IPA, Hawkshead Art and Arty, Jennings Cumberland Ale

 

Telephone-01539-725133

 

Web site http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/

 

There are two bars in the Brewery Art Centre, this bar the Vats bar is the more interesting one for us beer drinkers! Modern décor as you might expect with two large vat seats, as well as white walls and a lot of wood. There are 4 real ales on, including a house beer from Hawkshead which was £2.90 a pint. As the name suggests, there was brewery here once (there are photos on the way to the loo), this complex makes an interesting replacement. Friendly staff and atmosphere, with Latin music in the background.

 

John 7.5/10 visit April 2010

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Miles Thompson, Allhallows Lane, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4JH

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- 7 real ales from the Wetherspoons beers festival, plus Greene King Abbot Ale and Ruddles Best.

 

Telephone-01539-815710

 

A Wetherspoons pub which is a little different; it is a long narrow multi-level pub. The tables on the upper level are almost laid out like a mini German beer hall, but with carpet! At the time of visit Saturday 1645 there is a good atmosphere. A stone wall going down one side of the pub adds to the decor. Friendly barman is very informative about the 7 festival beers which are on. The festival beers are £1.69 a pint. A good Wetherspoons.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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Rifleman Arms, 4-6 Greenside, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4LD

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Barngates Dog Lag, Loweswater Gold, Greene King Abbot, Tetley Bitter

 

Telephone-01539-723244

 

A pub which is up a steep hill from Highgate (High Street). The pub is overlooking a green, and has a back-street local feel to it.  There are old photos of Kendal on the walls, plus a red carpet and black seating around the walls, with a friendly locals’ atmosphere. Two real ales are national and two local, the Hawkshead Gold was £2.70. Open 1800 to 2400 hours on Monday to Fridays.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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Burgundys Wine Bar, 19 Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4DH

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Stringers Dark Country, Yates Gold, Mad March Hare, Loweswater Gold. Few European lagers including Duvel Green, plus a few Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone-01539-733803

 

Web site- http://www.burgundyswinebar.co.uk/

 

It says on the window ‘real ale specialists’ and this is the best place for beer choice in Kendal. Despite the name, this is a pubby place, even if it looks like it might have been a shop once. Four local beers plus a good range of Belgian bottled and most impressive Duvel Green on draught which is even find to find in Belgium! A multi-level pub with green carpet and red seating around the walls, with beer memorabilia above the seats.  There is an outside drinking patio at the back. Free range eggs are for sale on the bar! Stringers Dark Country was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 9.5/10 visit April 2010

 

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Bridge Hotel, 99 Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4BD

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Marstons Pedigree

 

Telephone- 01539-724170

 

Only one real ale, but this pub is a nice place, with a beer garden which backs on to the river Kent, the river which flows through Kendal. Pub is into its TV sports as well as having a pool table. Pedigree was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 6/10 visit April 2010

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Castle Inn, 13 Castle Street Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7AA

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Black Sheep Bitter, Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Jennings Bitter, St Austell Tribute

 

Telephone- 01539-729983

 

A pub which is just off the main road, but has the feel of a back-street local. As you walk in you have the choice of two doors, but they both lead to the same bar!  A small pub which is crowded with a good mix of people. Décor is white ceiling, black beams, red carpet, plates on the wall and pride of place goes to the impressive fish tank. Windermere Pale was £2.90 a pint. Good pub, good atmosphere.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

 

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Riverside Bar, Stramongate Bridge, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6EL

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hawkshead Bitter, Lager

 

Telphone-01539-729983

 

Web site http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/

 

An upmarket hotel bar with 3 drinking areas. The décor is conservatory style with shiny floor and sofa seating. The first area is by the river, the second area has a fire and paintings and the third area is by the bar with a slated floor. Stylish place but you feel comfortable drinking in here. Hawkshead Lager was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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Shakespeare Inn, 78 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Theakston Mild, Fullers London Pride, plus 4 other real ales.

 

Telephone -01539-724069

 

Web site- http://theshakespeareinn.co.uk/

 

A traditional pub on Highgate. Despite this being a Saturday night there are plenty of locals in here, mainly seated at the bar. Polished wood tables, cushion seats, low white ceiling and etched-glass windows make for a good cosy atmosphere for a town centre pub. Six real ales are on draught, the Theakston Mild was £2.60 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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KESWICK

 

Northern Lakes town which is on the shores of Derwent Water

 

Keswick Lodge, Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5HZ

 

Owner- Thwaites

 

Beers- Thwaites Bitter, Wainwrights, Lancaster Bomber.

 

Telephone- 017687-74584

 

Web site-  http://www.keswicklodge-inn.co.uk/default.aspx

 

A Thwaites pub in the centre of Keswick which is cask marquee accredited. While in the centre of town, there is no traffic going past the window, which gives the pub a peaceful feel. One half of the pub is for eating and other half for drinking: food menu is above average, bar menu is pricey. Pub was built in the 18th century, but it does look like it. Polish barmaid making hard work of pulling a pint! Thwaites Wainwrights was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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George Hotel, 3 St Johns Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5AZ

 

Owner- Jennings

 

Beers- Jennings Bitter, Cumberland Ale, Sneck Lifter, Cocker Hoop, Stickle Path, Brakspear Oxford Gold

 

Telephone-017687-72076

 

Web site- http://www.georgehotelkeswick.co.uk/

 

The George is the oldest pub in Keswick, the history of the pub is on a plaque by the front door. There are two areas for drinking at the front of the pub, a dining room off to the side and a big stand up area at the bar which is reasonably full.  This is a Jennings pub, with a guest beer from the Marstons stable. Cumberland Ale was £3.00 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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Oddfellows Arms, 19 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BL

 

Owner- Jennings

 

Beers- Jennings Bitter, Cumberland Ale, Cocker Hoop, Sneck Lifter

 

Telephone-017687-72682

 

Web site-  http://www.theoddies.net/

 

Jennings are based in nearby Cockermouth and owned a lot of pubs in Keswick including this one. I have visited this pub before in the 1980s, but can’t remember anything around the pub, apart from the name! A long narrow pub with plenty of room for tables at both ends of the pub. There is also a beer garden at the back. Lots of horse racing photos and headlines of the landlords horse winning a big race. Good laid-back atmosphere which might not be the case when the live music comes on at 2100 hours! Jennings Bitter was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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Bank Tavern, 47 Bank Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BT

 

Owner- Jennings

 

Beers-Jennings Bitter, Cumberland Ale, Cocker Hoop, Sneck Lifter, Stickle Path, Morrell Oxford Blue, Marstons Dragon, Ringwood 49ers

 

Telephone- 017687-72663

 

Web site   http://www.cumberlandtaverns.co.uk/

 

Jennings pub at the start of the main road, an historic street in an historic town. Another pub full of tourists eating meals; still the pub is doing good business for a Monday night. The décor is standard upmarket Lakeland town décor! There is a good atmosphere as well as a good beer choice. A Jennings pub with 5 of their beers on plus 3 guest beers from the Marston group. The Cocker Hoop was £3.10 a pint, expensive, but was well looked after.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

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Pack Horse Inn, Pack Horse court, off Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5JB

 

Owner- Robinsons

 

Beers- Robinsons Double Hop, Unicorn Bitter, Hartleys XB, Cumbria Way

 

Telephone-017687- 71389

 

Pack Horse yard is next to the LloydsTSB bank on Main Street. A Robinsons pub in a town full of Jennings pubs! No food being served here, but that might be because it is after 2130 hours. Standard red carpet, white walls and beams, the pub is multi layered at the back, going up two floors. Pink haired barmaid makes a change from the standard uniform staff you get in London pubs.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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Dog and Gun, 2 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BT

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Keswick Thirst Hop, Thirst Ascent, Coniston Bluebird, Oatmeal Stout, Theakston Old Pecuilar, Hawkshead Windermere Pale.

 

Telephone- 017687-73463

 

If you want beer choice in Keswick, then this is the place for you! Five real ales are on, including 4 from Cumbria. Thanks to the large number of brewers’ tied houses, this is one of the few chances to sample beers from the local Keswick brewery. Very crowded for a Monday evening now the meals have finished, I have managed to get the last seat! Slate floor on one side of the pub, carpet on the other plus dry hops on the ceiling. Keswick Thirst Hop was a good beer, even at £3.00 a pint. Good atmosphere and friendly staff who are keeping their regulars happy.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

 

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NETHER WASDALE

 

Village in the Wasdale valley close to Wastwater lake.

 

Screes Inn, Nether Wasdale, Cumbria CA20 1ET

 

Owner- Robinsons

 

Beers- Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Dragon Fire, Unicorn Bitter, Hartleys Cumbria Way

 

Telephone-019467-26262

 

Web site- http://www.thescrees.co.uk/

 

There are two pubs in this village, which are opposite each other. This pub is a Robinsons pub which is nicely done out with old black and white photos on the wall, as well as a painting of the pub. There is a stuffed fox in a glass case in the corner. On a Tuesday night the pub is half full, creating a good atmosphere. A pint of Cumbria Way was £2.80 a pint. Another red carpet Lakeland pub!

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

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Strands Hotel and Brewery, Nether Wasdale, Cumbria CA20 1ET

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Strands Brown Bitter, Angry Bee, Snow Ho, Glaxay Cream, Jennings Cocker Hoop

 

Telephone- 019467-26237

 

Web site-  http://www.strandshotel.com/

 

This is the other pub in the village; this is a brew pub with the brewery around the back. Décor is white walls, black beams, wooden floor and a stone fireplace. Good atmosphere with walkers coming in telling their tales of the day! The brew beers are good and are also good value (Brown bitter £2.25 a pint and Angry Bee £2.45 a pint), Why the pub does Jennings I don’t know! The pub other beers are Peroni, Carlsberg Gold, Thatchers Gold cider and Marstons Oyster Stout. There is also a good selection of malt whiskies. Friendly owner and barmaid. The pub does rooms (see website) which are reasonably priced- I know I have stayed here! What better way to finish the day than drinking in a good beer in a good pub knowing you only have to walk upstairs!


John 10/10 visit April 2010

 

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RAVENGLASS

 

Village where the fells meet the sea. Home to the Ravensglass to Eskdale steam railway.

 

Holly House Hotel, Main Street, Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1SQ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Jennings Bitter, Cumberland Ale, Ennerdale Copper, Loweswater Grassmoor, Moorhouse Blond Witch

 

Telephone- 01229-717230

 

A pub overlooking the beach, with views out to the Irish Sea; makes the most of its location with seats by the windows and outside. Entrance is by the door at the side-not easy to find!  Pub has a pleasant upmarket décor with photos of boats and the town on the wall. Comfortable place with a good atmosphere (I was helping the bar staff with the crossword), with 5 real ales, the Grassmoor was £2.60 a pint, not as expensive as some pubs in the central lakes.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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Pennington Arms, Main Street, Ravensglass, Cumbria CA18 1SD

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Jennings Cumberland Ale, Stickle Path, Hesket Newmarket Skiddaw Special Bitter

 

Telephone-01229-717222

 

Hotel bar with no views out of the Irish Sea because there is a house in the way and the bar is out the back! Modern stylish décor with comfortable chairs and sofas, the sort you might find hard to get up from! There is also an outside patio. I was the only person in so it was a little quiet. Had a pint of Skiddaw Special Bitter at £2.60 a pint, first time I have try a beer from this brewery-it was good! The beer was reasonably priced for the surroundings.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

 

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Ratty Arms, at Ravenglass Station, Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1SN

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Ennerdale Copper, Theakson Best Bitter, Black Bull Bitter, Ruddles Best.

 

Telephone-01229-71767

 

A pub next to the railway station platform on the Barrow to Carlisle line. Next door is the Ravensglass to Boot steam railway. The pub has a seating like railway carriage, but no railway memorabilia, it looks like the pub is being redecorated so it might have been taken down.  More regional beers than local but the Ennerdale Copper was £2.50 a pint, reasonably priced like the other two pubs in Ravenglass.

 

John 7/10 visit April 2010

 

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STAVELEY

 

Village bypassed by the A591. Home to Hawkshead beers

 

Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall, Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 0LR

 

Owner- Hawkshead

 

Beers- Hawkshead Organic Stout, Bitter, Red, Lakeland Gold, Windermere Pale. Belgian and German bottled beers.

 

Telephone-01539-83364

 

Web site  http://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/more_info_extra.asp?current_id=79

 

Brewery tap of the Hawkshead brewery, the beer hall is aptly named even if the wood is new. It is very well done out in benches and tables, there are sofas at one end for those who like their comfort. Well done to Hawkshead for making this place a little different. Only half full but a good atmosphere. No TV, fruit machines or music here. Pub is not easy to find, it is at the end of an industrial estate off the main road. Opening hours are 1200 to 1800 hours, not sure why they are not open in the evening, maybe looking for corporate custom? Good beers as you would expect, with Hawkshead Organic Stout at £2.60 a pint, they also have a good range of Belgian and German bottled beers.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

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Eagle and Child, Kendal Road, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Foxfield Casaded Encounter, Keswick Thirst Bloom, Hawkshead Bitter, Windermere Pale, Deuchars IPA. Budvar and Belgian bottled Beers.

 

Telephone-01539-821320

 

Web site- http://www.eaglechildinn.co.uk/

 

Staveley has now been bypassed; this pub is on the old main road.  A nice cosy pub with a good atmosphere, all the locals are seated, not standing at the bar. Good eccentric sort of décor, with various bits of bric-a-brac all around the pub, with the fire adding to the feel of the place. There is no TV or music. There is a beer garden across the road which backs on to the River Kent. This is the place to go when the Hawkshead Beer Hall closes at 1800 hours. Staveley is lucky to have 2 fine drinking places and the Windmill brew pub in the next village-the place to be! Foxfield Casaded Encounter was £2.70 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit April 2010

 

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STRAWBERRY BANK

 

Hamlet in the Lyn Valley to the SE of Lake Windermere

 

Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, Cumbria LA11 6NW

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hawkshead Lakeland Lager, Windermere Pale, Bitter, Kirby Lonsdale Ruskin, Black Sheep Bitter, plus Budvar Erdinger Leffe Blonde and Warsteiner on draught. Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone-015395-68489

 

Web site- http://www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk/

 

This is the image everyone has of a country Lake District pub with low beams, slated floor, fire (not in use at the moment), antique chairs and tables. It is a sunny day and most people are outside enjoying the wonderful views from top of the valley. Not easy to find-you need a car, and the narrow road is not easy, but lots of people seem to know where this gem of a pub is! Five real ales are on, mainly from local micros, plus some real lagers add to a great experience. Sit down, relax and enjoy! A pint of Windermere Pale was £3.00 a pint.  A classic Lakes pub.

 

John 10/10 visit April 2010

 

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TORVER

 

Village at the junction off the A593/A5084. Close to Coniston

 

Church House Inn, Torver, Cumbria LA21 8AZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Hawkshead Lakeland Gold, Barngates Tag Lag, Ennerdale Bitter

 

Telephone-015394-41282

 

Web site- http://www.churchhouseinntorver.com/

 

This is a lovely old 15th century pub in the village on the road to Coniston.  The décor is rustic olde world with low ceiling, original beams, slated floor and a roaring fire. The sun is shining but it is windy today and the fire is welcome and adds atmosphere to the pub. Out the back is the beer garden, with great views and wandering chickens!  All 3 beers are local; Hawkshead Lakeland Gold was £3.10 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit April 2010

 

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WASDALE HEAD

 

At the end of Wastwater. This pub is about the only thing here-but what a pub!

 

Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale Head, Cumbria CA20 1EX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers-Black Sheep Bitter, Riggwelter, Ennerdale Copper, Blonde, Coniston Bluebird Bitter

 

Telephone- 019467-26229

 

Web site- http://www.s213669645.websitehome.co.uk/4.html

 

The drive to this pub, the 6 miles from Gosforth-must be one of the best in the UK, lovely views of the mountains and lakes. Despite the gazing sheep on the road, the oncoming traffic down the narrow road, and no barriers as you drive high alongside the lake, it is worth the effort to get to this remote pub.  The location of the pub is breathtaking; you can see why it was voted best view in Britain. Décor is not your standard Lakeland red carpet, it is wooden benches and chairs-a little like a German pub. Like the Old Dungeon Ghyll this is a walkers pub.  There are old climbing photos and maps of the Lakes on the wall. The pub does food, but there is no music, TV or fruit machines. The 5 real ales on are mainly local, the Ennerdale Copper was £2.70 a pint and was good.  The pub is no longer a brew pub, the Great Cable beers are brewed elsewhere. The walkers create a good atmosphere. Sort of pub you dream about, if you are in a hot humid country with no great beer! A Classic Lakeland Pub.  Save the best until last!

 

John 10/10 visit April 2010

 

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NORWICH

 

NORWICH CITY CENTRE

 

Norwich is the main city in the county of Norfolk with a population of 300,000 including the surrounding areas. If holidaying in the Norfolk broads or the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, Norwich is well worth a day trip, with a castle, cathedral, good shops, and of course, some excellent pubs! From the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when Watneys dominated the local pub scene, Norwich has developed into one of the best drinking cities in the UK. As well as nearby regional brewers Adnams, Batemans and Elgood with tied pubs in the city, there is a good free house scene for Norfolk’s 30-odd micro breweries.  In most parts of the UK a pub is doing well when they are serving 5 real ales; in Norwich there are pubs serving double this number to a grateful drinking public who seem to support pubs who serve a wide range of beers. 

 

CITY CENTRE     

 

Adam and Eve, 17 Bishopgate, Norwich. NR3 1RZ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site- http://www.adamandevenorwich.co.uk/

 

Beers- Adnams Bitter, Mauldens Mole-Trap, Wells Bombardier, Theakston Old Peculiar

 

Telephone- 01603- 667423

 

This pub claims to be the oldest pub in Norwich- as befits the name! Interior is as lovely as the exterior. Like the Wig and Pen this pub has a rural feel to it, not a city centre one.  There is a bar area downstairs, and alcoves to the side give this pub a cosy feel.  There are old photos of Norwich in my alcove. There are four ales on with Adnams Bitter at £2.80 a pint. The pub is Cask Marque credited. A country pub in the City.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2010

 

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Belgian Monk, 7 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DS

 

Owner – Free House

 

Web site  http://www.thebelgianmonk.com/index2.html

 

Beers- No real ale. Belgian Bottled  beers including 4 beers from Belgian regional brewers only available here 

 

Telephone-01603-767222

 

This is a lovely old building in a cobbled street. Bare floorboards, white walls and what looks like the original beams give this place a monastery feel-as befits the name. The Belgian food looks good, the menu claims they get through 13 tons of mussels a year! There is a restaurant upstairs and a courtyard area at the back. Mainly an eating place but it is okay to have a beer from a good Belgian beer menu.  I had a bottle of Hopus which was £4.35.  

 

John 7/10 visit March 2010

 

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Bell, 5 Orford Hill, Norwich, NR1 3QB

 

Owner- Wetherspoons

 

Beers- Nethergate IPA, Wolver, Umbel Magna, Woodforde Wherry, Ruddles Best, Greene King Abbott

 

Telephone-01603-630017

 

City centre Wetherspoons pub on two floors in a 15th century building. On the top floor there are photos on the walls of US air crews during World War Two. Visited at 1100 the place is crowded; half the pub is having drinks and other half is having coffee and breakfast, creating a nice atmosphere.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2010

 

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Champion, 101 Chapelfield Road, Norwich, NR2 1SE

 

Owner- Batemans

 

Beers- Batemans Mild, XB, XXXB, GHA, Woodforde Nelsons Revenge, Rosetta Stone,

 

Telephone- 01603-765611

 

A Batemans pub on the inner city ring road. The pub sign has a boxer on it, and inside there are photos of old boxers on the wall. Also there is a collection of beer bottles (they looked full) on the upper shelves around the walls. As well as Batemans beers there are a few guest beers too. A small pub with a good atmosphere. Good to see the landlord and landlady behind the bar serving and chatting to the locals.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2010

 

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Coachmakers, 9 St Stephens Road, Norwich. NR1 3SP

 

Owner- Free house

 

Beers- Greene King IPA, Abbot, Wolf Golden Jacket, Woodforde Wherry, Nelsons Revenge, Mardlers

 

Telephone- 01603-622080

 

A roadside pub which looks like it might have been a coaching inn, with an old courtyard for outside drinking. Low ceiling with fake beams, this said, it is a pleasant pub with a good locals atmosphere. There is also a dartboard in the corner. The pub is smaller than it looks from the outside. The six real ales come straight from the barrel which I think is the best way to serve real ale- no chance of dirty pipes!

 

John 8.5/10 March 2010

 

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Kings Arms, 22 Hall Road, Norwich. NR1 3HQ

 

Owner- Batemans

 

Web site- http://www.kingsarmsnorwich.co.uk/

 

Beers- Batemans Mild, XB, XXXB, Miss Ireland, Salem Porter, Hop Back Lightning, Adnams Bitter, Wolf Golden Jackal, Buffys Beaufort, Green Jack Orange Wheat beer, Histon Bitter

 

Telephone-01603-766361

 

This pub is just to the south of the inner city ring road. A Batemans pub serving five of their good honest beers (the XXXB was great) plus 6 other guest beers. Lots of old wood around the pub along with the low ceiling gives this place a traditional feel. There are also boxing photos on the wall. The pub gets posher the further back you go, with a conservatory at the back. Nice friendly local. Batemans XXXB was £2.90 a pint.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2010

 

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Kings Head, 42 Magdalen Street, Norwich. NR3 1JE

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site- http://www.kingsheadnorwich.com/

 

Beers-  Spectrum Black Ruffle, Trip Hazzard, Wizzard, Woodforde Wherry, Nelsons Revenge, Winters Revenge, Tripples Longshore, Wolf Beast, Straw Dog, In Sheeps Clothing, Granny Wouldn’t like It, Green Jack Canary.

 

Telephone-01603-620468

 

An excellent city centre pub, with feel of a back street-local to it’s atmosphere. It might be because the pub has a keg- free policy-serving only real ale and bottled beers.  There is no TV, music or fruit machine here, just people talking.  This is a brave venture for the owners, but there are a fair amount of people in here for a Monday night to support this pub. Good range of local beers to tempt us beer nuts! I didn’t write which of the 12 beers on draught I had!! But I do know it was good and it cost £2.20.

 

John visit 9.5/10 March 2010

 

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Red Lion, 79 Bishopgate, Norwich. NR1 4AA

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Deuchars IPA, Adnams Bitter, Woodforde Wherry.

 

Telephone-01603-620154

 

Nice riverside pub in an unspoilt area near to Norwich cathedral; the bridge next to the pub is closed to traffic. The riverside patio is not being used much at the moment because it is dark and cold, but it must be packed in the summer! The rest of the pub is nicely done out. Good location doesn’t make up for only 3 real ales being on or am I being spoilt by the good choice of beers in other Norwich pubs! Adnams bitter was £2.60 a pint.

 

John 7/10 visit March 2010

 

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Ribs of Beef, 24 Wensum Street, Norwich. NR3 1HY

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site- http://ribsofbeef.co.uk/

 

Beers- Elgood Black Dog Mild, Adnams Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Woodforde Wherry, Oakham JHB, Wells Eagle IPA,

 

Telephone-01603-619517

 

City centre pub in a great location by the River Wensum. Makes the most of the river views; at the time of visit it is dark and cold but I am sure this is a great pub for a summer’s evening outside drinking. The beer range is large, but is mainly known regional brewers, not local micros. The beers are on a blackboard by the bar. Décor is upmarket, including leather seats and carpet. Closed as a pub in 1958, but reopened again in 1985. A pint of London Pride was £3.00.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2010

 

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Take 5, 17 Tombland, Norwich. NR3 1HF

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- St Peters Organic Ale, Humpy Dumpty Porter, plus guest beer

 

Telephone- 01603-614210

 

The exterior is a Tudor style, but the interior is a continental style bar, probably the sort that new Labour was thinking of when they introduced 24 hour drinking! It does work here, giving it a good student/bohemian atmosphere with art- work on the wall. A change is as good as rest, as they say! Lots of people are eating here tonight. Only 3 beers on, but the beer was in good form. St Peter,s Organic Ale was £3.00 a pint.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2010

 

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Trafford Arms, 61 Grove Road, Norwich. NR1 3RL

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site- http://www.traffordarms.co.uk/

 

Beers- Greene King Mild, Abbot Ale, Tetley Bitter, Greenshots, Adnams Witbier, Bitter, Irish Stout, Oakleaf Bitter, Winters Strom, Woodforde Wherry

 

Telephone- 01603-628466

 

Pub in a side street, just off the inner city ring road. Large pub with an upmarket décor, but with a cosy feel to it, there are exposed brick walls on one side, plus a display cabinet with empty beer bottles. Another Norwich pub with a wide choice of real ales, this time ten, the pub has more regional brewers than local ones. Pub has a vodka menu with 16 vodkas on it. Adams Stout was £2.90 a pint. Good honest boozer.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2010

 

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White Lion, 73 Oak Street, Norwich. NR3 3AQ

 

Owner- Milton

 

Web site- http://www.individualpubs.co.uk/whitelion/

 

Beers- Milton Minotaur, Colossus, Icarus, Dionysus, Pegasus, Nero, Caligula

 

Telephone- 01603-63233

 

Until I walked to this pub I thought Norwich was unyuppy!! But this area is. That said, this is a good down-to-earth pub with a good mix of people. A low ceiling, beams, slated floor and wooden tables and chairs all create a good laid-back atmosphere. Milton beers are named after Greek or Roman gods and are good. Another Milton tied house, to add to their two good pubs in London, the Oakdale Arms, London N4 and the Pembury, London E8. (see my London page)

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2010

 

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Wig and Pen, 6 St Martins Palace Plain, Norwich. NR3 1RN

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site-  http://www.thewigandpen.com/

 

Beers- Adnams Bitter, Chalk Hill Gold, Fullers London Pride, Oakham JHB, Ringwood Forty-niner, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger.

 

Telephone- 01603-625891

 

An unspoilt pub in an unspoilt part of the city! The area that the pub is in is close to the cathedral, giving it a rural feel despite being in the city centre. Wonderful white-wall pub exterior and the interior is nicely olde worlde, as befits the area. The TV is switched off, but there is football advertised you think it might not be as quiet as it was when I visited.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2010

 

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EAST NORWICH 

 

Coach and Horses, 82 Thorpe Road, Norwich. NR1 1BA

 

Owner- Chalk Hill

 

Web site- http://www.thecoachthorperoad.co.uk/

 

Beers- Chalk Hill Tap, CHB, Gold, Dreadnought, Flintknappers Mild, Old Tackle, Fools Gold. Tiger Lager on draught.

 

Telephone-01603-477077

 

Pub is set back a little from the road; with an upper balcony it looks a little unpub like! Inside is pubby and busy with a good lively atmosphere for a Tuesday night. Modern décor with lots of wood, but with a traditional feel.  This pub is home to the Chalk Hill Brewery with 7 of their beers on draught. The Chalk Hill Tap was £2.20 a pint. The price of the beer was reasonable but I thought the food was a little more expensive, however a fair percentage of people are eating here. Live football on the TV, but there is no sound on.  An enjoyable visit.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2010

 

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Ketts Tavern, 29 Ketts Hill, Norwich. NR1 4EX

 

Owner- Free House

 

Beers- Wolf Remus, Golden Jackal, Hero, Woodforde Nog, Wherry, Humpy Dumpty Porter. Budvar on draught and in bottles, plus Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone- 01603-628520

 

A pub close to a roundabout junction. Décor is Courage 1970s which means black beams, white ceiling and red seating; also has a fire which creates a cosy atmosphere. There is a conservatory with a pool table, and beer garden at the back of the pub. Articles on the wall include Norwich’s glory night in Europe when they beat Bayern Munich.   There are various food and beer bargains to be had here including 50p off a pint of real ale. Six local ales are priced from £2.60 to £3.10 a pint. The Woodforde Nog was £3.00 a pint. The landlord is doing his best to pull the punters in.

 

John 8.5/10 visit March 2010

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NORTH NORWICH 

 

Cottage Freehouse, 9 Sliver Road, Norwich. NR3 4TB

 

Owner- Mauldens

 

Web site-  http://www.thecottagenorwich.co.uk/

 

Beers- Mauldens Micawbers Mild, Suffolk Pride, Blackadder, Fullers Chiswick Bitter, Couch Vale Gold, RCH Pitchfork, Woodforde Admiral Reserve. Budvar lager and Dark and Bitburger.

 

Telephone- 01603- 665535

 

Nice one-bar pub just north of the inner city road. A Maulden’s pub; as well as their own beers there are other guest beers as well. Seven real ales in total are on, including Suffolk Pride at £2.70 a pint, which was in good nick.  There is a good choice of lager, with Carlsberg being the only mainstream lager.  Low lighting, cosy atmosphere and the radio on in the background. Friendly barman and pub dog adds to this under-rated pub.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2010

 

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Duke of Wellington, 91 Waterloo Road, Norwich. NR3 1EG

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site http://www.dukeofwellingtonnorwich.co.uk/

 

Beers-  Elgood Black Dog Mild, Fullers London Pride, Hop back Summer Lightning, Wolf Golden Jackal, Straw Dog plus 9 beers on gravity in the middle of the bar. Pater Czech Lager

 

Telephone-01603-441182

 

Large back-street local with an excellent range of beers; most pubs in London would be happy with 5 handpumps on the bar-this pub has another 9 beers in barrels! There is a whiteboard off to the right of the bar with the beers and prices. A low-beamed pub with a lively atmosphere at the time of visit.  Yet another Norwich pub with a large range of real ales! Pub is about 10 minutes’ walk from the inner city ring road. A pint of Wolf Golden Jackal was £2.30.

 

John 9/10 visit March 2010

 

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Leopard, 98 Bulls Close Road, Norwich. NR3 1NQ

 

Owner- Batemans

 

Beers- Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Wolf Leopard Ale, Wychwood Paddy Stout

 

Telephone-01603-623505

 

A Batemans pub with no Batemans beer!! Maybe I missed some handpumps on the bar!! A small pub which looks like it’s has been decorated recently. The décor is impressive, including a tiled loo, as well as various bits of Batemans beer memorabilia on the green and white wall. Good cosy atmosphere in a pub you feel comfortable in straight away.  A pint of Spitfire was £2.60.

 

John 8/10 visit March 2010

 

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Whalebone, 141 Magdalen Street, Norwich. NR3 4BA

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web Site  http://www.whalebonefreehouse.co.uk/

 

Beers- Broadland Best, Fullers London Pride, ESB, Oakham JHB, Bishops Farewell, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Adnams Irish Stout, Woodforde Wherry.

 

Telephone-01603-425482

 

A pub close to the Duke of Wellington; the 8 real ales on the bar makes this pub well worth a visit.  The décor of the pub is wood-panelled walls and exposed brick, with two drinking areas either side of the bar creating a lively atmosphere. One side has live football on, which is Leeds V Millwall; important game for Norwich fans in their bid to win League One. A pint of Broadland Best was £2.30.

 

John 8.5/10 March 2010

 

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SOUTH NORWICH

 

Beehive, 30 Leopold Road, Norwich. NR4 7PJ

 

Owner- Free House

 

Web site- http://www.beehivepubnorwich.co.uk/

 

Beers- Wolf Golden Jackal, Wolf Ale, Fullers London Pride, Oakham Bishops Farewall, Nethergate Pub Boar, Tipples Lady Evelyn. Erdinger on draught, plus a few Belgian bottled beers.

 

Telephone-01603-451628

 

A pub which is about 30 minutes’ walk from the city centre, in a residential area. At the start of the road you don’t think there is going to be a pub! But not only is th