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The Old Oak, Gospel Oak

No Real Ale - Avoid

27 May 2013 18:44

The Ferryboat Inn, Tottenham Hale

Looking for something to eat late evening and this pub was suggested.
They could certainly make more of there riverside location.
Service, unlike previous comments, I found to be helpful and polite.
Decent pint of Black Sheep bitter which when ran out I switched to Bath Spa (not as good as the Black Sheep).
Food was Ok and value for money.
I agree the decor was a little drab and the tables needed a good wipe down (sticky from previous occupants dinner) but on the whole nowhere near as bad as the comments below suggest.

30 Sep 2012 11:48

The Three Mariners Inn, Tenby

Good choice of real ales.
Spacious pub with some comfortable seating.
Good food.
Patio area at the side of the pub where you can watch the world go by.
Busy in the holiday season.
Best pub in central Tenby for real ale.

18 Jul 2012 20:15

The Station Inn, Pembroke Dock

Popped in while waiting for a train on a wet Friday lunch time.
3 real ales available.
Tried two, Croeso Pontyprid and the Beacons. Both in good condition.
Food looked good although I didn't have anything to eat.
Pub was quiet.
However, the staff were not very friendly and despite the sign on the door stating they closed at 2:45pm, I was asked to drink up and leave before 2.30.
This resulted in a 40 minute wait on a cold and damp railway platform.
Not very accomodating in view of the weather.
Will use the Flying Boat Inn when I'm next in town.

14 Jul 2012 17:17

The Lord Louis, Stanstead Abbotts

Village High Street pub.
Large TV screen overwhelms the seating area.
Locals seem to block the bar despite not being many of them.
Only real ale Fullers London Pride.
Clean and the bar staff were friendly and very apologentic when problems arose changing barrels and we had to wait for a beer.

24 May 2012 15:41

The Edmund Tylney, Leatherhead

Busy for a Monday evening.
Food was good value and tasty.
Good choice of Real Ale (5 draught beers on). and good value for money.

28 Sep 2011 17:00

Union Inn, Newton Abbot

Very attractive flower arrangement outside.
Good choice of real ales (4/5).
I had a very nice pint of Doombar.
Sunday lunch time and every table had a "Reserved" sign on it.
So our group had to stand at the bar making it difficult for other customers to get served.
For that reason we didn't stop for a second (or third) pint.
Shame !
Maybe drinkers (non eaters) should have there own drinking area like the smokers !

7 Aug 2011 23:46

Richard Hopkins, Newton Abbot

Typical busy town centre (well nearly) Wetherspoons pub.
Big and spacious.
Good choice of beers/real ales (at least 6 on).
Bar staff very friendly and helpful despite being under pressure.
Had to wait over 30 minutes for food.
One or two punters a bit worse for wear.
Disappointing to see adults, with young children, playing drinking games.
Very clean toilets.

7 Aug 2011 23:39

Kings Arms, Teignmouth

Spent a weekend in Teignmouth and popped in for a beer on Saturday night and ended up staying the evening.
Locals pub.
Friendly landlord, Ok pint of Sharp's Doombar.
Busy bar but were still served quickly.
Lively, friendly atmosphere with DJ and dancing.
Good middle of the road choice of music.

7 Aug 2011 23:25

Ye Olde Jolly Sailor, Teignmouth

Good oldy worldy pub with several rooms/alcoves to suit all occassions.
Decent pint of Sharp's Doombar and also an excellent pint of the locally brewed Red Rock Driftwood from the barrel on the bar.
Taped music playing seventies hits in the background when we in on the Sunday evening.
Pool table in the back room.
Well worth a visit.

27 Jul 2011 18:29

Endeavour, Teignmouth

Having just spent a weekend in Teignmouth Of the eight pubs visited in the town I have to vote this pub the worst.
The only real ale was Sharp's Doombar which was on the turn.
The bar staff were not very friendly and the locals at the bar could only be described as menacing.
The meal deal (2 steaks for 10) looked good value but I for one wouldn't eat there.

27 Jul 2011 18:06

The Ship Inn, Teignmouth

Good location on the beach.
Decent pint of Otter Ale.

24 Jul 2011 23:48

Brass Monkey, Teignmouth

St. Austell pub close to the railway station.
Seemed more of a locals pub than for tourists.
Tribute and HSD available on first visit over the weekend. Both pints well kept and acceptable.On two return visits just HSD available which is not ideal as a session beer at 5% abv.
Friendly landlady.
60's / 70's CD music kept us entertained during a lunch time visit.
Pool table at the rear of the pub.
Strong smell of bleach on one lunch time visit somewhat off putting.

24 Jul 2011 15:16

Bath House, Exmouth

Definately a food pub.
Good value menu with a wide choice of dishes.
Staff friendly and despite being busy, service was good.
Not much choice in the way of Real Ales.
I had the Old Speckled Hen which was acceptable.
Large outside area in the front to sit in.
Pub seemed to empty out very quickly once people had eaten.
Decor was a little shabby and dirty plates / glasses could have been cleared quicker.

24 Jul 2011 15:03

The Woodman, Ashtead

Recently called in for a pint and a bite to eat mid afternoon.
Ok pint of London Pride, would have had the forty-niner but I was driving.
Staff friendly enough, and I was offered a try before you buy sample of a real ale,
We had two good value meals for 8.
Only complaint was that they took a while to arrive, not sure why as the pub was pretty much empty.
Barman talked a load of nonsense about real ales.
All very clean.

20 May 2011 23:20

The Tap and Spile, York

Spacious pub with plenty of seating.
Popped in for a pint early on Friday evening and was not impressed with the characters at the bar making inappropriate remarks to female customers.

20 May 2011 23:01

The Golden Ball, York

A little gem.
Always worth a visit when I'm in York.
Great choice of good Real Ales (Great pint of Tiger bitter).
Lovely beer garden when the sun shines.
One of York's top 5 five pubs.

20 May 2011 22:51

The Ackhorne, York

Always worth a visit when I'm in York.
Good choice of unusual ales.
Tucked away up a side lane so avoids the hurly burly of large groups.

20 May 2011 22:43

The Yorkshire Hussar, York

If you like sitting in an almost empty bar with no atmosphere then this is the place for you.
Nice pint of Black Sheep but not much else going for it.

20 May 2011 22:37

The Masons Arms, York

If you like good pub food this is the place to come.
Good choice of menu plus a good selection of real ales.

20 May 2011 22:32

The Trafalgar Bay, York

Sam Smiths is not a favourite beer of mine but with change out of a fiver for three pints it soon could be !

20 May 2011 22:28

The Crooked Chimney, Welwyn Garden City

Had a recent family lunch time meal. The majority of the meals were well received but sadly the roast beef I was served up was tough as old boots and the roast potatoes and veg were under cooked. The staff were very apologetic but sadly for me it left a damper on the visit.

20 May 2011 22:18

The Blue Bell, York

As always, well worth a visit for a unique British pub experience. Sadly I was only in York for a couple of days and met the Private Party sign on the door early Friday evening.
Not impressed.

20 May 2011 22:08

The Bull, Bishopsgate

The Pint of London Pride I had was OK.
Even managed to find myself a seat which is never easy in the City around Christmas.
Very popular with people standing outside.
Staff seemed friendly enough.

27 Dec 2009 13:34

The Counting House, Bank

Good pub, well worth a visit if just for the lay out and ceiling.
Interesting balcony area to sit looking down on the City at work below !!.
Had a good pint of London Pride.
Service was OK apart from the food which we had to wait ages for (not for the first time).
The food was good if a little sparse when it arrived.
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27 Dec 2009 13:27

Railway Bell, New Barnet

Typical Wetherspoons.
Looks like a nice area out the back to sit in the summer but not this time of year.
Cheap Beer and good selection of Real Ales.
I went on Steak night (Tuesday).
Food was actually not bad and very good value for money.
Staff not overly friendly.

27 Dec 2009 13:21

The Scott Arms, Kingston

Drinks and food too expensive and the Real ale only average.
But it has just about the best view from a pub garden to be found in England.

5 Nov 2009 18:07

The Ship Inn, Langton Matravers

Most welcoming village pub.
Looks to have been recently renevated.
Sampled 3 local ales, all well kept and enjoyable.
Good atmosphere and I had a very nice meal.
Excellent value for money.
Games available to keep customers amused on a cold and wet day.
Well worth a visit.

5 Nov 2009 18:00

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

I've been looking forward to visiting this pub for several years.
I have to say I was disappointed.
I think its a victim of it's own success.
Too many customers !
Interesting serving arrangement with the hatch but it did take 10 mins queuing to obtain my pint of Palmers Copper Ale.
Fantastic fire place in the bar and interesting museum.
I will have to return when the pub is quieter.
One great advantage - No mobile phone signal. so no intrusive phone conversations.

5 Nov 2009 17:55

The Greyhound, Corfe Castle

Interesting village square pub with the castle ruins just outside the back door. I believe they have a haunted room.
Food was good although there was a delay between ordering and consuming.
Friendly staff who were more than happy to bring beers to the table.
Ok pint of Doombar.

5 Nov 2009 17:43

The Castle Inn, Corfe Castle

Good pub with a lovely spacious garden with the steam railway along at the end of it.
Nice pint of Ringwood Bitter and the food looked good too.
Well worth a visit.

5 Nov 2009 17:37

The Fox, Corfe Castle

Good selection of Real Ales in behind the bar barrels.
However, not the best Timothy Taylor Landlord I have ever tasted, and not cheap either.
Fantastic pub garden with its various assortment of garden furniture.
A very English way to spend a summers afternoon.

5 Nov 2009 17:34

The Anchor Inn, Swanage

Good pub with good atmosphere.
Friendly staff with a good sense of humour.
Well kept pint of Jurassic.

5 Nov 2009 17:28

The White Swan, Swanage

Good pub.
Good live band and friendly atmosphere.
Had a very acceptable pint of Goddards.
Bar staff, although busy, were very efficient and were served promptly.
Good location in the centre of town.
Outside tables to sit and watch the world go by.

5 Nov 2009 17:25

Crows Nest Inn, Swanage

Away from the town centre but well worth the walk along the sea front.
Nice pint of Bath Ales Gem.
Friendly staff who despite being busy, had time for friendly banter.
Menu/Food looked good although we didn't actually sample having already eaten.

23 Oct 2009 17:15

The Purbeck Hotel, Swanage

Spent a weekend visiting the drinking establishments of Swanage and surrounding areas and this was, without doubt, the worst pub we came across.
Beer was undrinkable, barmaid rude.
Avoid at all costs.

23 Oct 2009 16:55

The Duke Of Wellington, Wareham

OK pub with good selection of Real Ales.
Not the most welcoming of barman (assume manager).
Nice drinking area in the rear of the pub particularly when the sun shines.

23 Oct 2009 16:51

Kings Arms, Wareham

Very friendly locals pub with a good selection of Real Ale and a good atmosphere.
Very nice pint of Ringwood Bitter.
Best pub in Wareham and well worth a visit.

22 Oct 2009 18:50

The Woodman, Ashtead

Large pub opposite the common in Lower Ashtead.
Spacious outside drinking area and large car park.
Comfortable seating insid and the tables are well spaced out.
Sorry to read all the bad reviews.
I used to drink regularly in here but now only the occassional visit due to slow service at the bar. (Epsom Derby day last year was horrendous).
The Real Ale is average but the food offers good value particularly on the "specials" evenings and normally the food is good. .
However, I did complain about my food last time I was in to which the waitress listened to my complaint but nothing more was said or done.

14 Oct 2009 11:16

The Queens Hotel, Douglas

Busy pub on the promenade.
Rather disappointed with the choice of beers, must have been a bad day from what I can gather from previous comments.
Food very good and the portions huge. You will not leave hungry !
The outside area was good but did attract the "smokers".
Good atmosphere.
Worth a visit.

7 Oct 2009 18:21

The Rovers Return, Douglas

Interesting pub with lots of rooms varying in size.
Nice pint of local beer.
Good choice of Real Ales available.

7 Oct 2009 18:15

The Bay, Port Erin

Best pub on the Island for me.
Great pint of Old Bushy Tail.
Great barmaid who delivered the pint to my table with a smile.
Great location overlooking the Bay and the sun was shinning.
What more could one want ?

7 Oct 2009 18:03

The Terminus Tavern, Douglas

Good location for watching the horse trams turn around at the far end of the promenade.
Good outdoor seating area at the front of the pub with a good floral display.
OK pint of local beer.
Food good with good sized portions.
Toilets very clean.
Shame so many plates of dirty dishes left on the tables and not cleared away.

20 Sep 2009 12:04

The Albert Hotel, Douglas

Popped in for a pint of Okells Bitter.
Nice pint well kept.
This pub is somewhat off putting from the outside but very much a traditional "man's" drinking pub inside.
Close to the quay and ferry port.
No food available but the manager did say we could bring in a sandwich to eat if we wished.
Locals friendly and helpful in pointing out other locations on the island to find a good pint.
If you like the old style drinking pub then stop in for a pint.

20 Sep 2009 11:57

Jaks, Douglas

Large bar area upstairs with big screens.
Upon recommendation we popped in for something to eat downstairs.
I had the beef curry which was tasty but could have done with some more beef.
Staff very friendly and restaurant area very clean if the tables were a little too close together.
NO REAL ALE which was a disappointment.

20 Sep 2009 11:49

The Trafalgar Bay, York

Pleasant pub with a friendly welcome.
Nice pint of Samuel Smith's and good value for money.
A quiet retreat from the city centre hurly burly.

20 Sep 2009 10:37

The Golden Ball, York

Great little back street pub in a residential area.
Unspoilt by modern day living.
Always worth a visit when in York.
Good choice of Real Ales and good choice of rooms to drink them in.
Good beer garden if only it would stop raining.

31 Aug 2009 13:08

The Yorkshire Hussar, York

OK pub with friendly enough bar staff.
Nice pint of Rudgate Viking.
Front bar lacked atmosphere and the decor could do with a lick of paint.

31 Aug 2009 13:03

The Masons Arms, York

Best pub for food I've found in York.
Portions are on the large size and competitively priced.
Sometimes difficult to get a table and the food service is not always quick, but well worth waiting for
Good choice of beers and the bar staff friendly.
Well worth a visit.

31 Aug 2009 12:59

The Maltings, York

Good pub which can get very busy.
I had a nice pint of Black Sheep.
Good range of beers available.
Decor different !
Kind of put off by burly looking person who was wandering around inside and outside the pub although there seemed to be a very good atmosphere.

31 Aug 2009 12:52

The Ackhorne, York

Always worth a visit when in York.
Manages to avoid the more rowdy elements due to it's location.
Good choice of Real Ales.

31 Aug 2009 12:42

The Yorkshire Terrier Inn, York

In my opinion the best of the Yorkshire Brewery pubs in York.
Lovely pint of Terrier Bitter.
Very friendly and knowledgable bar staff.
Very clean and welcoming and a very unusal layout with the shop front.
Good atmosphere and friendly clientel.
Will visit again when next in York.

31 Aug 2009 12:38

The Last Drop Inn, York

Good little pub with a good choice of local Real Ales.
Just stopped for one pint so I chose the Guzzler which was only OK.
The pub lacked atmosphere, the staff said it had been a quiet evening.
Very clean toilets.

31 Aug 2009 12:29

The Golden Lion, York

Clean City centre pub with a good choice of Real Ales.
Decor perhaps a little dull.
Very nice pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord.

31 Aug 2009 12:23

The Blue Bell, York

A true English pub.
Cosy and compact bars with a good range of Real Ale.
Lovely pint of Black Sheep.
The staff were very friendly and despite being busy were very attentive.
Great atmosphere and a must for all lovers of Traditional English pubs and good beer.

31 Aug 2009 12:17

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

Good pub where you can purchase a pint of Samuel Smith's Bitter at a very competitive price for Central London.
Sometimes difficult to get served at busy times.
Bar staff are not the friendliest but then they always seem busy.
The building architecture is well worth a second look and the large back room has small comfortable booths.

31 Aug 2009 11:59

Bell Inn, Cheltenham

Looks small from the outside but has a spacious back room.
Nice pint of Adnams Broadside.
Friendly bar staff.
Very cosy couch in the front bar.
Food looked/smelt good although I didn't sample any.

8 Jun 2009 19:14

The Kemble Brewery Inn, Cheltenham

Very good back street pub.
Excellent selection of Real Ales and well worth seeking out.

8 Jun 2009 19:02

The Jolly Brewmaster, Cheltenham

Busy back street pub.
Superb choice of Real ales.
Good atmosphere and well worth a visit.
Don't arrive at last orders though as they are very quick to close up.

8 Jun 2009 18:57

The Beehive Inn, Cheltenham

Local back street pub. Hard to get served when busy. Real Ale acceptable but glass required topping up on both visits to bar.
Seemed to cater more for locals than strangers.

8 Jun 2009 18:53

The Midland, Cheltenham

Right next to the station.
Interior could do with a face lift.
Staff friendly enough.
Just one real ale available at the time of visit.

8 Jun 2009 18:50

The Sandford Hotel, Sandford

In need of modernisation, the pub lacked atmosphere (and customers) when I visited on a Saturday lunch time.
Staff friendly enough.
Real ale (2 pumps on) acceptable but had to ask for my beer to be topped up.
Food menu not inspiring but tasted OK.
Lots of potential as the pub is large, has a sizable car park and with a child friendly garden, could attract passing trade on the main route to Swanage.

27 Apr 2009 12:40

The Wellington Arms, Weymouth

Nice centrally based side street pub with three hand pumps in operation at the time of visit.
Good pint of Forty Niner.
Food good value.
Not so sure about the Friday night entertainment (Mr Tamborine Man) !!
But others seemed to enjoy it.

27 Apr 2009 00:48

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