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

Postby bunk on Mon May 06, 2019 10:05 am

The Nag's Head, Reading - Despite having a rich history regarding beer, i've always felt Reading had a pretty poor selection of pubs. Thankfully The Nag's Head makes up some ground as a proper ale pub with a fair bit of character. Few signs from the old Elm Park ground, walls plastered with hundreds of coasters and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Had a few pints of the Elusive Brewing's Morrisman chocolate stout, which was one of the best stouts i've had in quite some time. Friendly staff and worth a visit if in the area. 7.5/10.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby chelmsfordhammer91 on Mon May 06, 2019 10:27 am

Had a rare night out with two of my brothers on Friday.

Kept to the ales mostly as although I've only started drinking them the last month or so, they sit a lot better than lagers and taste a lot more refreshing.

Railway Tavern, Chelmsford.
Usual haunt for me on a working lunch if we don't go to the Plough. They keep their pipes clean and have a decent selection of ales.

I went for a couple of pints of Azacca, very moorish and around 3.80 a pint. They run out after a couple so tried an ale called Hedgehog. Again very tasty and relatively cheap.

Enough space for a small pub, we were there from 5pm ish so managed to get a nice little table/bay in the corner.
9/10.

O'Connor's, Chelmsford.
Lovely Irish pub but not much choice with ales. Went for a standard IPA then realised they had Tribute so had a couple of them. Again, enough space for a Friday night and clean. Seems a little bit run down nowadays compared to a few years ago.
8/10

Plough, Chelmsford.
Most Friday lunches consist of 3 pints down here with work mates. Decent variety of ales that change regularly.
I had a couple of Doom bars which were relatively okay. I get 10% off food and drink here so a pint was only about 3.20.
Not busy but it is in need of a revamp. Had some Christmas meals here with work and the food is about par for this sort of pub.
7.5/10.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Crawley Iron on Mon May 06, 2019 4:28 pm

A loosely Jubilee Line based mini pub crawl for Mrs Iron and me before Saturday’s game – as it was Saturday lunchtime away from the ground it’s a bit unfair to comment on atmosphere as they were all pretty quiet.

Bunch of Grapes London Bridge
Bigger on the inside than it looks from outside, very much a no frills interior with wooden floors and limited seating – there’s also some form of garden too, but it was too cold on Saturday to venture outside! A pint of Young’s Special for me and a G & T for Mrs Iron, by far the most expensive round of the day. Clean toilets. 7/10

The George Inn Southwark

Well-known for being owned by the National Trust and for being the only remaining galleried inn in London, it’s well worth a visit for its history. There’s a large courtyard with tables and benches which catches the sun at lunchtime, so I would imagine it’s very popular on warmer days – on Saturday there appeared to be quite a high proportion of foreign tourists visiting. The pub is run by Greene King, which doesn’t normally give me a great feeling, but the Southwark Brewing London Pale Ale was very pleasant, not too hoppy for my tastes. 8/10

The Angel Bermondsey Wall SE16

A Sam Smiths pub which means that a pint of Old Brewery Bitter and a non-specific G&T were close to half the price of the round at the Bunch of Grapes. This is an old-fashioned pub right on the South Bank to the Thames, with absolutely spectacular views of Tower Bridge, The Shard and The City. One to visit on a warm day for the views. Clean toilets. Pub 5/10, View 10/10

The Ship Rotherhithe SE16
Attractive pub on the inside with a few tables and chairs outside – run by the Ram Pub Company, which is part of Young’s. We ate here (very good food, reasonably priced) and I had a pint of Special followed by a Ram & Special, a combination I haven’t had for years! We would have happily stayed here longer, but kick off was approaching so it’s about a ten minute walk to Canada Water tube station. 9/10

The Shipwrights Arms London Bridge
We missed a train by a couple of minutes, so filled the following half an hour with a visit here – reasonably lively pub with a central bar, so quickly served. All in all the pub does its job, not great but not one to avoid either. A pint of Harvey’s rounded off the day. 7/10
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby RichieRiv on Mon May 06, 2019 8:52 pm

Crawley Iron wrote:
The George Inn Southwark[/b]
Well-known for being owned by the National Trust and for being the only remaining galleried inn in London, it’s well worth a visit for its history. There’s a large courtyard with tables and benches which catches the sun at lunchtime, so I would imagine it’s very popular on warmer days – on Saturday there appeared to be quite a high proportion of foreign tourists visiting. The pub is run by Greene King, which doesn’t normally give me a great feeling, but the Southwark Brewing London Pale Ale was very pleasant, not too hoppy for my tastes. [b]8/10


One of my favourite pubs, mainly because of the history - another pub reputed to have Charles Dickens as a regular. When in that neck of the woods, you may also want to check out The Anchor at Bankside. Apparently Samuel Peeps watched London burn from there. One to swerve is The Old Kings Head, especially when Millwall are playing at home. It's alway snowing in there.

Today we headed down the Leigh. As I was driving I could only have a pint of Ghost Ship in The Crooked Billet, with the obligatory cockles.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby mushy on Mon May 06, 2019 10:35 pm

Richie,
The Old Kings Head is easily the best old school pub in the area (my opinion of course).
As for Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys.....
Yeh, right .
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby RichieRiv on Tue May 07, 2019 6:15 am

If you like sticking it up your nose then thats up to you.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby sendô on Tue May 07, 2019 10:10 am

Crawley Iron wrote:The George Inn Southwark[/b]
Well-known for being owned by the National Trust and for being the only remaining galleried inn in London, it’s well worth a visit for its history. There’s a large courtyard with tables and benches which catches the sun at lunchtime, so I would imagine it’s very popular on warmer days – on Saturday there appeared to be quite a high proportion of foreign tourists visiting. The pub is run by Greene King, which doesn’t normally give me a great feeling, but the Southwark Brewing London Pale Ale was very pleasant, not too hoppy for my tastes. [b]8/10

I spent many a Friday lunchtime/afternoon in that courtyard getting sozzled during my apprenticeship years. A nice place to sit and enjoy a few beers.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby mushy on Tue May 07, 2019 12:11 pm

RichieRiv wrote:If you like sticking it up your nose then thats up to you.

Never seen that happen in there (of course what happens in the toilets I have no knowledge of).
I do know that Greg the guvner bans anyone he thinks are partaking though.
Never thought it was a problem in that pub to be honest .
The Blue Eyed Maid and The George though.........
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby sendô on Tue May 07, 2019 12:23 pm

mushy wrote:The Blue Eyed Maid

Another pub I spent a lot of time in as an apprentice.

We got bladdered in there once and one of the younger lads took a full on tumble down the stairs to the toilets, full on arse over tit rolly polly. :lol:
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby LincolnshireHammer on Wed May 08, 2019 4:56 pm

Royal Oak in Borough another fantastic pub if you're prepared for a 5 minute walk from the George!
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Postby sendô on Wed May 08, 2019 5:08 pm

^ Used to do good food too, nice pub as I recall.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Junco Partner on Wed May 08, 2019 7:07 pm

The Fox Inn, Finchingfield, Essex.

Characterful pub in one of the most picturesque villages in all Essex (though a touch overrun with motorcyclists). This place oozes charm with the oak beamed low ceilings, large open fireplace and a view over the duck pond, village green and ancient church. Biscuit tin England.

Staff were welcoming and did pre-warn that food service would be a bit slow. Tried the local golden ale which was nutty and smooth, my lunch of steak and ale pie with seasonal veg seemed expensive but turned out worth every penny...gorgeous flaky pastry holding beef chunks in a thick gravy. Both hit the spot and got my legs well refuelled for the return cycle to the station.

8/10, worth a visit for the surroundings alone.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby The Collector on Wed May 08, 2019 9:39 pm

LincolnshireHammer wrote:Royal Oak in Borough another fantastic pub if you're prepared for a 5 minute walk from the George!


If you are prepared to walk away from the George (and why not, horrible tourist trap IMHO) then you may as well go to the King’s Arms. Just off the beaten track and a quiet afternoon pint guaranteed. Owned by the previous landlady of the White Hart, just along Southwark Street a bit.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby WHU Independent on Thu May 09, 2019 1:36 am

The Tommy Flowers, Poplar E14 - Popped in for a pint of their lovely draft Czech Budvar. It was some what pricey ( £4.50). and it was lovely to find no coke heads in the pub. That said it was full of Czech visitors having a party and they were well pissed when we got there. One pint and we were gone - atmosphere was nice, but very raucous for a little pub that's like your living room. 7/10

The Beehive, Bromley by Bow - Went there to see a band but we decided to have a chat instead in the outside bar. Sorta glad we didn't see the band as we could hear it was Celtic Irish rap type stuff. Not our cup of tea. Loud but welcoming and decent locals. Guinness went down a treat. Tiny but very clean bogs. Reasonable prices - 3 points and a vodka and coke for about £12 ish. Lovely, friendly and helpful bar staff too. 8/10

Heidi's, Mare Street, Hackney. I'm lead to believe that this is a new-ish "rock" bar that's opened up. It's all decked out in black, the small but functional bar had only two women serving and despite the place being half empty they couldn't cope. It's free in - which is a bonus - but drinks are about £5.50 upwards a drink with three drinks coming in close to £17+ quid. It began to pack out a bit but we left about 1 pm because of the music. The three of us that went are all rock fans and we like a bunch of other stuff. My mate and his mate go to gigs at least 3 times a week and really like a wide range of stuff, but we all agreed that the DJ was playing a lot of self indulgent, unknown, prog tosh. I could make out one song - a Deep Purple Mark 3 track - but it sounded like it was a bootleg and the sound quality was dreadful. The three of us struggled to name more, and we're quite knowledgeable about music. Dreadful. Bar staff were really unhelpful too. We are not going back. 3/10.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Thu May 09, 2019 2:47 pm

WHU Independent wrote:Heidi's, Mare Street, Hackney. I'm lead to believe that this is a new-ish "rock" bar that's opened up. It's all decked out in black, the small but functional bar had only two women serving and despite the place being half empty they couldn't cope. It's free in - which is a bonus - but drinks are about £5.50 upwards a drink with three drinks coming in close to £17+ quid. It began to pack out a bit but we left about 1 pm because of the music. The three of us that went are all rock fans and we like a bunch of other stuff. My mate and his mate go to gigs at least 3 times a week and really like a wide range of stuff, but we all agreed that the DJ was playing a lot of self indulgent, unknown, prog tosh. I could make out one song - a Deep Purple Mark 3 track - but it sounded like it was a bootleg and the sound quality was dreadful. The three of us struggled to name more, and we're quite knowledgeable about music. Dreadful. Bar staff were really unhelpful too. We are not going back. 3/10.


Are you sure you don't mean "Helgi's" ? That's on Mare Street and it's owned by a mate of mine who used to work in the BIg Red in Holloway. There's a venue out the back (or she was getting it built last time I was there). Unusual to read your review, she usually runs a tight ship and doesn't suffer fools who work for her. She was lethal in the Big Red and would sack people if they weren't up to the job with no hesitation. Haven't been there in year so don't know what it's like.
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Row X on Thu May 09, 2019 3:13 pm

Junco Partner wrote:The Fox Inn, Finchingfield, Essex.

Characterful pub in one of the most picturesque villages in all Essex (though a touch overrun with motorcyclists). This place oozes charm with the oak beamed low ceilings, large open fireplace and a view over the duck pond, village green and ancient church. Biscuit tin England.

Staff were welcoming and did pre-warn that food service would be a bit slow. Tried the local golden ale which was nutty and smooth, my lunch of steak and ale pie with seasonal veg seemed expensive but turned out worth every penny...gorgeous flaky pastry holding beef chunks in a thick gravy. Both hit the spot and got my legs well refuelled for the return cycle to the station.

8/10, worth a visit for the surroundings alone.


My mate got married around the corner from there, we spent a couple of hours in The Fox trying to talk him out of it :lol:
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Postby woodgreenspur on Thu May 09, 2019 4:23 pm

The Occasional Half , Green Lanes,N13

Was in here last night
Its just had a refurb and very nice it is to.
Loads of screens ,so going for a football crowd me thinks.
Was drinking London tap from the New River Brewery in Hoddesdon, Herts
Cracking pint,a really refreshing light ale.Will be a great drink in the hot weather. 8/10
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Postby tall paul on Thu May 09, 2019 11:51 pm

Junco Partner wrote:The Fox Inn, Finchingfield, Essex.

Characterful pub in one of the most picturesque villages in all Essex (though a touch overrun with motorcyclists). This place oozes charm with the oak beamed low ceilings, large open fireplace and a view over the duck pond, village green and ancient church. Biscuit tin England.

Staff were welcoming and did pre-warn that food service would be a bit slow. Tried the local golden ale which was nutty and smooth, my lunch of steak and ale pie with seasonal veg seemed expensive but turned out worth every penny...gorgeous flaky pastry holding beef chunks in a thick gravy. Both hit the spot and got my legs well refuelled for the return cycle to the station.

8/10, worth a visit for the surroundings alone.


The lion just up the hill from there is a great pub, decent beer and food
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby Junco Partner on Fri May 10, 2019 7:51 pm

Cycled up past it on the way out of town, before turning right after the church....anywhere advertising cask ales and live jazz looks good in my book...significantly less motorcyclists too.

I'll pencil it in for next time :thup:
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Re: what pub have you been in today ? Rate it out of 10

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sat May 11, 2019 10:16 am

RichieRiv wrote:
One of my favourite pubs, mainly because of the history - another pub reputed to have Charles Dickens as a regular. When in that neck of the woods, you may also want to check out The Anchor at Bankside. Apparently Samuel Peeps watched London burn from there. One to swerve is The Old Kings Head, especially when Millwall are playing at home. It's alway snowing in there.

Today we headed down the Leigh. As I was driving I could only have a pint of Ghost Ship in The Crooked Billet, with the obligatory cockles.


Despite me not having had a drink in 11 years I still love pubs and that looks like something pretty special .

Speaking of Charles Dickens - when I was a youngster I used to frequent ' The Ship Inn ' at Red Wharf Bay , Anglesey - on the lounge wall was a framed Menu written out by the great man himself when he came up to report on ' The Royal Charter ' disaster off Moelfre in 1859 [ The Uncommercial Traveller ] -

I took my family to ' The Ship ' two years ago while we were on holiday visiting my family - I asked the owner ' where's the Charles Dickens ' menu -

'' Someone stole it '' came the reply .

That Menu had been on the wall as long as I could remember .
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