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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Happyhammer52 on Tue May 30, 2017 5:26 pm

woodgreenspur wrote:The Antigallican,Woolwich Road, Charlton,SE7.
Basic old school boozer,no real ale but the keg IPA was good. Friendly enough Guvnor and punters.
Typical football pub really 7/10


When I first moved to Welling a few years back, my first night out we ended up in here with some Charlton fans. I saw things in that pub that no man should ever see.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Crawley Iron on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:55 pm

As half term has drawn to a close, a quick run through some pubs visited by Mrs Iron (she’s a teacher, hence the half term comment) and me in the last week.

Brighton

The Queensbury Arms

Tucked away down the side of the Brighton Hilton Metropole, this is supposedly Brighton’s smallest pub. It’s decorated with lots of theatre memorabilia, toilets signed Actors and Actresses, and I have never known it to be busy. On a Saturday lunchtime we were the only ones in there for about 45 minutes from midday onwards, together with the suitably camp barman and Graham Norton on the radio! Not a great choice of beers balanced against a few less mainstream gins. A good place to go if you want a bit of peace away from the normal Brighton hustle and bustle. 7/10

BA i360

Or the lift to nowhere…not strictly a pub, but there is a bar on the moving viewing platform, so it just about counts. Somewhat limited choice of local drinks, a bit pricey and undoubtedly the most breathtaking views in Sussex. For the views alone. 10/10

The Bath Arms

This pub is right in the middle of the Lanes, and was comfortably busy mid-Saturday afternoon. Friendly bar staff, at least one of whom has been there quite a while which I view as a positive in this type of environment. Good range of local beers, also serve a Brighton Gin gin and tonic served with Brighton rock. We ate here, good food at a reasonable price. 8/10

Black Lion

Good range of beers and gins, Mrs Iron chose Bloom gin. Younger feel to the customer base, freezing cold garden as the wind was whistling up from the sea, enjoyable 80s music – I get the impression it changes completely in the evening to a very music orientated bar. 6/10

The Pump House

A Nicholsons pub, which is a turn off for some, but we found it to be surprisingly good. Good beer, including Curious Brew and Curious IPA, and Silent Pool gin. TV in one room, and plenty of other rooms to escape from that if wanted. General good feel to the place – enjoyed! 8/10

Ohso Social Beach Bar

Early evening sun tempted back down towards the beach and ended up here – good place to catch the sun going down with DJ playing music fairly unobtrusively. Not our normal sort of place, we were certainly amongst the oldest there at the time, but still an enjoyable end to a day! 7/10

Lewes

The Rights of Man


Unsurprisingly for a Lewes pub, this is a Harveys pub, so beer-wise you pretty much know what you’re getting. Mrs Iron was impressed with the wide variety of gins on offer too. We visited on a sunny day so we could take advantage of the roof terrace, a glorified name for some astroturf, tables and chairs on the roof, and you are treated to views of Lewes castle. 8/10

The John Harvey Tavern


This pub is opposite the Harveys brewery and shop, and as it was still sunny we sat outside, where the seats have views across the River Ouse (and the back of Argos!) It’s the Harveys tap room, so we saw beer being hand-delivered from the brewery to the pub. We also ate here and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Friendly staff, and good beer. 8/10

The Snowdrop

Located a little way out of the town centre, this place is definitely good news for beer drinkers with a massive selection of beers. It generally seems to get rave reviews, but mid-afternoon midweek it was definitely lacking atmosphere and didn’t really hit the spot. 6/10

Littlehampton

The Empress Bar


Another sunny day on the south coast meant this was in a prime spot – right on the river front with a smallish sun terrace. An early drinking start led to us having prime spots, and a couple of pints of Adnams Ghost Ship went down well. The interior seemed strangely out of place in Littlehampton as it seems to be trying to be a little sophisticated in a typical seaside resort. Location on a sunny day leads to 8/10

The Arun View

Another pub chosen for its location, again right on the river with a really large sun terrace – and it was sunny! Some good Sussex beers, a good variety of gins and good food – nothing not to like here on a sunny day! 8/10
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Estuary on Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:12 pm

Sounds like a pub crawl


Did a fair few in one day.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Marky on Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:53 pm

Crawley. My mate is opening his new pub in Brighton tomorrow called The Walrus which he is expecting big things of. He also owns The Lion and Lobster in Hove which is well known and has the roof terrace.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Crawley Iron on Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:28 pm

Marky wrote:Crawley. My mate is opening his new pub in Brighton tomorrow called The Walrus which he is expecting big things of.


It's not an Allardyce theme pub is it? Seriously, we'll try to track it down the next time we're there - is it in Ship Street?
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Postby Monkeybubbles on Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:37 pm

Marky wrote:Crawley. My mate is opening his new pub in Brighton tomorrow called The Walrus which he is expecting big things of. He also owns The Lion and Lobster in Hove which is well known and has the roof terrace.


Many many many long afternoons and epic lock in nights spent at the L&L. Used to sponsor our football team.

I'll have a shufty at the Walrus this weekend.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Marky on Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:14 am

It's not an Allardyce theme pub is it? Seriously, we'll try to track it down the next time we're there - is it in Ship Street?[/quote]


yes Crawley in Ship street
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby BrisbaneRoad on Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:13 am

Big George wrote:Made it into the Spivs in Woodford today. Beers good, pretty similar clientele as before with addition of Steve Lomas holding court with a group of pals. Our former skipper looked pretty happy with life.

Only criticism was the noise, considering there was no music and it was just a bunch of bank holiday middle folk having a few beers, it was deafening. To be fair it's not completely finished but all those hard surfaces made it hard to hear your self think.


Seen him around a few local establishments. Really nice bloke. Seen him with Johnny Moncur in Pelly House
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby light n bitter on Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:33 am

The Purple Dog Colchester.
Popped in midweek lunchtime fairly busy with food which looked OK.
Nice selection of beers Woodfordes Wherry, Doombar, Broadside plus a few others I cant remember.
Three lads behind the bar so easy to get served.
Doombar was £3.50 a pint so all good.
Great place to wait while the missus shops!
A solid 9/10 from me.
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Postby westham,eggyandchips on Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:35 am

Sole Bay Inn, Southwold

An Adnams pub, serving all their range of ales and lagers. I had a couple of Ghost Ships and (Adnams) Beer battered cod and chips.

9/10 :thup:
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby thosewerethedays on Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:46 am

Red Lion, Southwold.
It seems to have had some mixed reviews since new owners took it over earlier this year, but our food was very good.
My pint of broadside was lovely as always, as it should be with the brewery up the road, but the good thing was the wife had a Pimms and it came with all the trimmings, she said it was very good.
Barman sounded South African, very helpful and friendly. 9/10
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Rio on Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:31 am

thosewerethedays wrote:Red Lion, Southwold.
It seems to have had some mixed reviews since new owners took it over earlier this year, but our food was very good.
My pint of broadside was lovely as always, as it should be with the brewery up the road, but the good thing was the wife had a Pimms and it came with all the trimmings, she said it was very good.
Barman sounded South African, very helpful and friendly. 9/10


On my visit there in April I had a chat with a couple of the bar staff. They said that some people had moaned as the new owner had cut the size of the food portions. After what appeared to be half a whale and chips, I can only imagine how big the portions were before.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:43 pm

The Cromarty Arms Inn , Cromarty .

Five of us ate and we all had something to drink , I had steak pie , chips and veg , Jen had the lasagne, Dan had macaroni cheese and chips , the girls had sandwiches and chips and it all came to just £44 - not bad value really , however the barmaid was a right crabbit cow .
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Junco Partner on Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:59 pm

Was cycling / wild swimming down in Kent, tracing the ancient Wantsum Channel between Thanet & Canterbury. A warm sweaty day in the saddle meant refreshments were called for towards the end of the day...

Ye Olde Yew Tree Inn in Westbere. If you asked an artist to dream up his vision of the picture perfect English country pub it would look something like this. Whitewashed, timber framed on the outside, all low ceilings, oak beams and polished brass fittings in the inside. The large manicured garden to the rear was just perfect to sit and sip a cirisp, cirtussy IPA int he sun. No idea what the beer was called, but the overall package gets 9/10

I didn't want to leave.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:10 pm

Junco Partner wrote: A warm sweaty day in the saddle meant refreshments were called for .

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I remember those heady days .
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Cockneyboy311 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:15 pm

The Royal Oak - Flimwell East Sussex/Kent border.

Looked like part of a chain from the inside as no real character to it. Beers on draught were bog standard (Fosters etc). Staff friendly and the beer garden was really nice. I could've sat out there all day. 7/10.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby woodgreenspur on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:23 pm

Happyhammer52 wrote:The Antigallican,Woolwich

When I first moved to Welling a few years back, my first night out we ended up in here with some Charlton fans. I saw things in that pub that no man should ever see.

hahaha i have heard it use to be bit rough.Its ok now,for pre/post match pint
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby the pink palermo on Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:12 pm

The Fentiman Arms , Vauxhall

Sadly a disappointment yesterday , we popped in for some lunch during the cricket .Slow service despite not being overly busy , a bad pint , the server nearly dropped two plates of food down one of our backs , and pretty expensive .

Yet, as a pub , in terms of decor, ambiance and location it should be a cracker .

Change of management required .

2/10
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Happyhammer52 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:43 pm

Had a day out in Berkhamstead the other Saturday.

1) The Crystal Palace - First pub you come to if you come out the station straight in front of you. Entered the bar and had three lagers, none of us are usually lager drinkers but we wanted something cold. Decent enough pint, sat by the canal and watch the swans swim up and down, put out glasses back and the landlord was talking about pie and mash. Asked if he was serving it, and said unfortunately not, they had a function and the guy who was having the party was ordering it in. 10/10 reasons posted later

2) The Boat, the next pub down the canal and in the middle of three. Easily the most popular, but at the same time most expensive. Very good beer selection, got our way through three or four bottles of this raspberry number. Tasted lovely. Also had some food in there, £13 for a peri peri burger, chips and onion rings. Decent portion size. 8/10

3) The Rising Sun, the last pub on the route. Outside they have a board with a picture of the shop owners from the League Of Gentleman and have the line "There' nothing for you here". We went in, and immediately a table of locals stood out. Four old blokes sat right beside the bar, whilst queuing for drinks one muttered something like "It really ****'s me off when tourists come in here, and can't work out why locals are served before them". Immediately put our backs up, which was a shame as they had a brilliant selection of ales and craft beers. Had one and then we left. 5/10

Returned to the Boat for a couple more before finishing in the Crystal Palace. We were in the function room, and when being served asked the landlord if he minded us being stood there, said he had no issue as we were behaving and chatting among ourselves. Ten minutes later he came over with three plates of pie and mash, and told us that there was some left over and to tuck in. The guy who's birthday it was came over and was a Hammer (had noticed my tattoo) and had a chat. Ended up dancing with all these older women, and had a grand time.
Not the best pub in the world, but a landlord like that makes such a bloody difference. We gave him a score to say thanks for everything and left for the train station. One of the group had taken out a rum and coke in a glass, so he chased after us, and swapped a plastic tumbler filled to the top and took the glass back.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Happyhammer52 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:44 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote:The Cromarty Arms Inn , Cromarty .

Five of us ate and we all had something to drink , I had steak pie , chips and veg , Jen had the lasagne, Dan had macaroni cheese and chips , the girls had sandwiches and chips and it all came to just £44 - not bad value really , however the barmaid was a right crabbit cow .


Is the Cromarty bakery still going? Used to do this amazing toffee loaf.
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