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Alfreds Head, Hainault

Dead as a doornail. After being the Hyneholt for a couple of years it is shortly to become a Builders Mart.

16 Jul 2016 09:55

The Dukes Head, Walthamstow

Recently re-furbed and re-opened as The Duke. Cannot rate yet as not visited.

6 Feb 2016 10:17

The Black Horse, Fitzrovia

Now Byron selling proper hamburgers. Did not enter.

5 Jan 2016 09:21

The White Swan, Charlton

Having their first beer festival this weekend. Impressed by the range of beers available and the quality.

31 Oct 2015 10:17

The Grapes, Oxford

The Grapes is closed and currently undergoing somewhat of a transformation. The Grapes will re-open as Beerd (Oxford) and open its doors on Friday 18 September at 5pm.

(Above is taken from their website)

What a shame about the name change.

5 Sep 2015 09:54

The Woodhouse Tavern, Leytonstone

Good news, featured to today's local newspaper, expected to re-open mid-August.


22 Jul 2015 18:36

The Albion, South Hackney

Boarded up when I passed it last week. Shame

15 May 2015 12:24

The Railway, Birmingham

Quite happy to call here after walking up Hill Street on a warm afternoon. Punters seemed quite normal. Beer range limited. Staff quite cheerful, preferred the ambience of the place to that of the nearby Brew Dog.

17 Apr 2015 12:33

Bar B79 (Edwards), Tamworth

Now The Phoenix. Reasonable food menu. Standard real ale.

17 Apr 2015 12:20

Brewhouse and Kitchen, Islington

Islington is now bursting with new real ale venues and this is the pick of them. Some brewing is done on the premises and these beers, together with others from their sister brewery in Portsmouth have been excellent so far. Food looks good but is a bit on the expensive side. The pub is well worth seeking out, and it's totally different to the previous bars that were on this site.

8 Jan 2015 08:32

The Marquis of Granby, Cambridge Circus

Has become a gastro bar and restaurant named Ape& Bird.

13 Oct 2014 09:52

The Springfield Bar & Grill, Bounds Green

Richard ReadingFC, your comment was not removed. BITE have two pages for the same pub, quite why goodness knows.

30 Jul 2014 11:48

CASK Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico

This pub has just had a 5th Birthday Festival with a good selection of cask and keg beers. It's not cheap, prices are based on the beer strength. Definitely worth seeking out if in the Victoria/Pimlico area.

7 Jul 2014 12:43

The Cask, Pimlico

This is the Cask Pub & Kitchen so reviews should be put on that page.
For some reason BITE has not shut this page down.

7 Jul 2014 12:38

The White Hart, Bishopsgate

No, it's being demolished as part of the Crossrail project.

29 Jun 2014 08:48

The Earl Of Essex, Manor Park

Building is still there and occupied but the pub is boarded up and closed.

11 Jun 2014 08:58

The Craft Beer Co, Holborn

This recently re-opened as Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden. Similar range and atmosphere to other Craft Beer Co. establishments. Will rate later.

22 May 2014 07:59

The Cock and Hoop, Nottingham

Hotel and pub closed owing to financial problems [reported in the Nottingham Post on 19 May]. Sad.

22 May 2014 07:49

The Park Tavern, Eltham

Still a top pub for the true discriminating beer drinker, still has Classic FM playing quietly. Love the Trumans tiling, hopefully BITE will include the photo I'm submitting. A 9 out of 10 pub.

1 May 2014 21:55

The Woodman, Birmingham

The older photo on this page was taken by me in 2002 when I first visited Birmingham to try some historic pubs. Re-visited this week along with a small group of dedicated ale drinkers found it to be visually much as I remembered it. However, the ale range and quality is now vastly superior to then. I had read about the closing of the Woodman and the subsequent vandalism to its interior by squatters and a book on the bar showed how appalling this was. The recent re-opening and good reviews made me want to return and show it to friends. Superb renovation, superb beer range and cheerful staff. Didn't see any food but the menu looked reasonable. My original review of 2002 has gone to BITE valhalla.

20 Mar 2014 08:09

The Live and Let Live, Forest Gate

Closed and boarded/tinned up

31 Jan 2014 08:14

The Albert, Victoria

A heritage pub and obviously a tourist trap. Nevertheless, the Black Sheep was totally drinkable, the staff within my hearing were helpful and civil to the visiting punters. Quite why BITE have two different entries for the Albert is not apparent.

23 Sep 2013 08:40

The Railway Tavern, Forest Gate

No longer closed. Re-opened as the Forest Tavern selling real ales, not just the standard ones. Kitchen to come into play soon. Sadly BITE no longer have the wherewithal to report this.

23 Sep 2013 08:31

The Albert, Witham

Closed for a refurbishment, can only improve as and when it re-opens.

16 Sep 2013 11:18

Wheatsheaf, Southwark

Name has now been changed to The Sheaf.

Provided BITE change the name on this page there should be no more confusion with the Wheatsheaf in Stoney Street.

29 Aug 2013 10:02

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

As others have said recently, a greatly improved and cleaned up Wenlock without destroying the proper pub ambience. A good range of beers and craft keg offerings. Should have food available from next Monday. I wish it well.

8 Jun 2013 11:43

Defoe, Stoke Newington

Day after day after day after day this sort of stuff is posted onto BITE.

No point in reporting it, BITE do bog all.

Maybe the site will soon become BRIDALWEAR IN THE EVENING [you read it here first]

6 Jun 2013 09:59

The Royal Exchange, Paddington

What a load of crap

28 May 2013 13:59

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Despite the last reviewer's comment I found the bar chap very welcoming. Good selection of real ales, the ones tried were excellent. After visiting the trendy Penny Blacks it was a pleasure to find this proper pub, exterior tiling is super. Best Birmingham pub visited today apart from the Post Office Vaults.

1 May 2013 09:05

The Angel in the Fields, Bond Street

Continuing my Angelic crawl this was the most enjoyable visited. Very pleasant barmaid, good mix of clientele. Cheap Sam Smiths prices? Pull the other one! Bottles are over £5, but of course Taddy Porter is worth it. Well worth visiting for the proper pub experience, only the Golden Eagle can compete in this area.

19 Apr 2013 18:27

The Angel, Soho

Next on the Angelic crawl this is a Sam Smiths pub so you what to expect drinkwise. Friendly service despite how busy the place was. Layout of the place beyond my comprehension, too busy to explore properly. Worth a visit.

19 Apr 2013 18:17

The Angel, Old Street

An Angelic crawl last night started here. Very busy after work hours but professional multi-tasking barman was quick to spot me and was pouring my drink whilst still dealing with the previous customer. At least three screens showing sport. Good functional boozer.

19 Apr 2013 18:11

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Currently closed for refurbishment. However, word on the block is that it will re-open as a real ale serving establishment rather than a gastropub. Time will tell.

16 Apr 2013 06:42

The Boot, St Albans

Daft name? First knew it when it was a Benskins pub, belonged to Sedgwicks in the 1900's. None of your Frog & Radiator stupid names here!

2 Apr 2013 09:47

The Horse & Dray, Norwich

Has become the Baby Buddha restaurant.

12 Mar 2013 10:27

Hoopers Bar, Camberwell

Following relayed from Jamie Hooper:

'Sadly Hoopers will be closing on Sunday 23rd December. Usual variety of reasons, locals more content to sit on sofas watching whatever cxxp the TV channels put out, managers who have no commitment to doing their best, many local Camra members rarely seen outside of an occasional organised meeting, recession, competition with supermarkets, etc.'

14 Dec 2012 13:13

The Pelton Arms, Greenwich

Been meaning to visit here for years so finished a Greenwich crawl here so my friends could experience a back street pub. Everyone loved it, a good selection of proper ales. Was impressed that the chef came over to us to ask if we were intending to eat as the kitchen was about to close, not many pubs are this considerate. Bit of a pain to find but well worth the effort.

14 Nov 2012 10:00

King's Arms, Greenwich

I'm not usually a visitor to Greene King pubs but my mates were hungry and I have eaten there in the past. Had Old Golden Hen [not met this one before] which was good. Everyone, including me, enjoyed the food which was reasonably quickly delivered and the staff very friendly. A bit too much of the 'is everything OK?' for my liking but would definitely return.

14 Nov 2012 09:53

The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich

As others have said, rather touristy, standard Sheps range. Seems to specialise in fish and chips, frying smells can be avoided by sitting at the far side of the pub. Overall OK though.

14 Nov 2012 09:44

The Gate Clock, Greenwich

Being a Wetherspoon you know what to expect. In my opinion one of the better ones, had no problems getting served, beer quality fine. Very handily next to Cutty Sark station.

14 Nov 2012 09:39

The Loaded Dog, Leytonstone

Now a Lithuanian restaurant named Shepherd's Inn / Bernelių Užeiga.

Have not ventured in there so beer situation unknown.

9 Nov 2012 11:45

The Skinners Arms, Kings Cross

By chance I was in there at nightfall, noted the ceramic plaque, noted the beers HSB mentioned but opted for Aspalls Suffolk Cyder.

I used to stick to the same beers in each of the pubs I used [you got served quicker] and this was my Rayments BBA pub in the eighties. Abandoned it once the brewery closed.

It still seems much the same and winter must be approaching as the fire was on.

No food seen.

25 Oct 2012 21:11

The Estcourt Arms, Watford

Ignore the BITE maps [unless you find yourself in Soissons]

30 Aug 2012 11:57

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

It was previously named the Clock House and those mirrors showing a clock face date from then.

19 Aug 2012 09:29

The Railway, Stockport

For me this is my favourite Stockport pub, not as wide a range of real ale as the Crown but is well kept. Plenty of ciders and foreign stuff for those that prefer it.

6 Aug 2012 14:43

The Queens Head, Stockport

As it's fairly close to the bus station this is the first place we visit on our yearly visit. Fascinating layout, only OBB available for the bitter drinker but at £1.80 a pint half the price we folk have to pay dahn sarf.

6 Aug 2012 14:35

The Crown Inn, Stockport

Always a pleasure to visit, excellent beer choice

6 Aug 2012 14:29

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Here again this year, beer range not exciting but it's well kept.

6 Aug 2012 14:25

Ramsay's Real Ale Bar (at the Buckingham Hotel), Buxton

I stay at this hotel each year during the G&S Festival. Have to say that the beer selection and quality has gone downhill since last year. The food is still pretty good however.

6 Aug 2012 14:21

White Lion, Buxton

Sadly closed.

6 Aug 2012 14:15

The Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield

Always a must to go here when visiting Macclesfield, good beer selection. Food fine.

6 Aug 2012 14:04

The Queens Hotel, Macclesfield

Handy for that last drink in Macclesfield as the bus stop for Buxton is outside. As others have said, a pleasant tradition pub and friendly service.

6 Aug 2012 14:01

The George and Dragon, Macclesfield

Visited here as it was open before those I intended to visit. The Unicorn was in excellent condition, the best Robinsons beer sampled that day.

6 Aug 2012 13:58

The Park Tavern, Macclesfield

Worth the effort of walking up the hill from the station area. Good selection of Bollington beers, the three sampled were all in good nick. Will certainly re-visit when next in the area.

6 Aug 2012 13:54

The Cock Tavern, Hackney

This has become a brew pub and their first brew was on sale today, much enjoyed. A good range of keg and cask beers served in jugs. Will be back to see how it's getting on.

24 Jul 2012 20:57

Euston Tap, Euston

Roger eandb, your lodge history is fine but the DORIC ARCH that Malo66 is referring to is the pub of that name [formerly the Head of Steam].

Beer has always been fine at the Euston Tap, the only downside for old gits is the spiral staircase to the toilet.

26 Jun 2012 20:25

The Queen Boadicea, Clerkenwell

Renamed 'The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker'

Not yet visited so no rating given.

25 Jun 2012 07:50

The Brown Lion, Birmingham

To Jonbag, thanks for referring to me as an 'idiot'.

Where did I say I 'stumbled' across the Brown Lion?

I deliberately went there as it was a brewpub I hadn't ever visted before

21 Jun 2012 08:55

The Old Shades, Whitehall

Oh dear, missed the 5th anniversary [27th May] of BITE being told it's the wrong picture.

Five years,and nothing corrected, is this a record?

1 Jun 2012 15:12

The Doric Arch, Euston

Your barman last night was probably referring to The Olde Mitre near Hatton Garden, another Fullers pub that is allowed guest beers.

25 May 2012 13:23

The Clockhouse, Clerkenwell

dry_riser_inlet, you have posted your review on the wrong page as the Clockhouse is no more.

Your review and rating should be on the Craft Beer Co page.

Agree that BITE don't help matters by not marking the Clockhouse as closed, or by locating the Craft Beer Co in the City of London [which it isn't]

25 May 2012 09:49

The Billiard Hall, West Bromwich

Visited here prior to not finding the Great Western in Wolverhampton.

A few real ales available, nothing wrong with the one I had.
Being lunchtime it was quite busy, food being eaten near me was consumed and not much left on the plates so must have been OK.

I HAD to visit here as it was the last pub I ever had a pint at 89 pence shortly after it opened.

18 May 2012 11:46

The Thirsty Bear, London

Original review I put on the Stamford Arms page.

Sad to see the Thirsty Bear has meant the demise of Conor's impeccably kept Ringwood beers. Not quite as bad as I expected but only Deuchars IPA and Bombardier available at the bar. Ordering from tables got you Heineken or Strongbow. Rather loud music, TV's gone, also the fruit machine. Nevertheless I will return sometime to see how it's getting on.

18 May 2012 11:32

The Stamford Arms, Lambeth

BITE now has a new page for the Thirsty Bear.

18 May 2012 11:30

The Brown Lion, Birmingham

Found this pub today after failing to find the Great Western in Wolverhampton. As others have said the beer tried was drinkable but not outstanding. Only noticed a CAMRA discount was possible as I left but I could live without the 10p having got to Birmingham from London with a special Chiltern Rail offer of 50p return!

16 May 2012 21:30

The Great Western, Wolverhampton

Amazing coincidence JoeGreen, as you were posting this I had left Wolverhampton two hours earlier having failed to find the Great Western! I did find the Brown Lion in the Jewellery Quarter however.

Will get here the next time a railway does a cheap fare again.

16 May 2012 21:24

The Stamford Arms, Lambeth

Sad to see the Thirsty Bear has meant the demise of Conor's impeccably kept Ringwood beers. Not quite as bad as I expected but only Deuchars IPA and Bombardier available at the bar. Ordering from tables got you Heineken or Strongbow. Rather loud music, TV's gone, also the fruit machine. Nevertheless I will return sometime to see how tha Stamford's getting on.

11 May 2012 08:23

Williams Wine and Ale House, Hoxton


BITE fails again, how anywhere east of Bishopsgate and in E1 can be Hoxton is anyone's guess

27 Apr 2012 13:29

The Rose, 1-3 Catherine Street

I notice BITE have totally ignored my previous comment.

The BITE site is so full of errors now I can only assume that the selling of phone numbers and pop-up opportunities to advertisers is far more useful than accuracy.

26 Apr 2012 11:54

The Crystal Palace Tavern, East Dulwich

Now called "The Great Exhibition"

13 Apr 2012 11:56

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Is it though? Their website says Wenlock Arms but look at Google street view, the signage says 'The Wenlock' Looks like jumping on the bandwagon to me

8 Apr 2012 20:23

The George, Croydon

I don't understand the Slerpy-bashing that appears on here, the George is a cut above most JDW's for choice of ales.

SillySam normally writes a load of gibberish, but the latest quote on here is brilliant, very amusing.

30 Mar 2012 10:00

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Glenn and Lester, since you ask.

This weekend will be the last in the Wenlock's present form so make that final visit now.

26 Mar 2012 10:41

The Earl Of Essex, Manor Park

Currently boarded up

7 Mar 2012 08:48

Jimmy Figgs, Thame

The last two reviews are meant for the James Figg, across the road. This one is no more.

29 Feb 2012 22:34

The Cardinal, Victoria

The Windsor Castle actually. Sadly BITE lost the plot a while ago and as you say is only interested in selling you things. Years go by without inaccuracies being addressed, obscene filth remains unremoved. The serious reviewers now use another site.

29 Feb 2012 22:27

The Station Arms, Southminster

Still as good as ever, top beers at the current festival.

Well done friendly staff!

29 Jan 2012 11:26

O'Neills, Moorgate

Closed and to let. Fascia signage being removed.

29 Jan 2012 02:46

The Prince Alfred, Bayswater

To Iceni Explorer, wrong Prince Alfred I'm afraid. You were in the one in Maida Vale. At least the Canaries won!

3 Jan 2012 13:36

The White Swan, Farringdon

Why a new page? There's one already. BITE strangeness.

22 Dec 2011 11:35

The Bull, Highgate

Visited for the first time yesterday and was very impressed. Manager and brewer friendly, good choice of house ales.

17 Dec 2011 03:27

The Harlequin, City

Why listed as City?
It's nowhere near the City, it's Clerkenwell. or Angel perhaps.
Another BITE geography failure.

17 Dec 2011 03:22

The Falstaff, Derby

A great pub, beers good, staff friendly. Needed a taxi to find it though.

15 Dec 2011 20:52

Victoria Inn, Derby

With a train to catch imminent didn't have time to find the Railway. Anyway, not closed, very much open, bright, music a bit loud but the Mr Grundy's beer was in good form. Another one I'd be happy to return to.

15 Dec 2011 20:50

The Brunswick Inn, Derby

Always a pleasure to drink their own brews here.

15 Dec 2011 20:46

The Exeter Arms, Derby

Dancing Duck Dark Drake sampled here, only the fact I had to get a specific train back to London prevented me from staying longer.

15 Dec 2011 20:44

The Brewery Tap, Derby

Bright and cheerful, beers fine, clientele mainly young, would definitely visit again.

15 Dec 2011 20:41

The Greyhound, Derby

Liked this one, beers had were excellent

15 Dec 2011 20:38

Mr Grundys Tavern, Derby

Oh dear! The 1914 was a bit dubious yesterday but others tried were fine. Food was exvellent.

15 Dec 2011 20:37

The Grid Inn, Southfields

Surrey Comet reports it closes tomorrow 18th November and will become a Tesco Express.

17 Nov 2011 13:41

The Ship York, London

By chance a bus I was traveling on stopped at the Ship York bus stop so took the opportunity to visit.

A clean and pleasant proper pub, the Pride was immaculate, would gladly return.

Shame BITE can't be arsed to change the location to Rotherhithe London instead of London London

25 Oct 2011 11:30

The Britannia, Richmond

After visiting a somewhat clinical establishment in Twickenham it was pleasant to find the Britannia which I'd never been in before.

A proper pub with a limited beer range but the Twickenham Naked Ladies was fine.

One to re-visit when next in Richmond.

22 Oct 2011 14:42

The Pope's Grotto, Twickenham

Somewhat surprised to see that no-one has mentioned it's now named the Alexander Pope [not that BITE would have taken any notice].

Never been here before yesterday but found it functional, lady behind the bar polite, the Special perfectly OK.

Suited its purpose drinkwise, but not a pub I would rush back to.

22 Oct 2011 14:36

The New Inn, Amesbury

Visited after having discovered the Greyhound didn't appear to be open any more. Beer choice limited, Flowers Original drinkable, baguette OK.
This pub needs new carpet, new seating, and a new glass washing device.
Barmaid was quite pleasant and welcoming.

18 Oct 2011 01:42

The Greyhound, Amesbury

Closed again

18 Oct 2011 01:34

The Snooty Fox, Canonbury

Visited on Friday for the beer festival, and went back again yesterday for more. As GuideDogSaint says would like to return on a normal day. First impressions were fine, friendly service and pleasant range of customers.

9 Oct 2011 13:19

The Queen's Head, London

Yet another page, surprised this is listed as near Canonbury station as it's by Kings Cross

9 Oct 2011 11:32

The Queen's Head, London

Surprised this is listed as near Canonbury station as it's by Kings Cross

9 Oct 2011 11:31

The William Blake, Old Street

Fail to understand why BITE cannot put the photo on this page. Weird.

8 Oct 2011 12:18

The Rose and Crown, Walthamstow

Not been here since it became 'Ye Olde' but went yesterday because there was a beer festival on. Pleasant pub with pleasant staff and pleasant customers. will definitely return on a normal night to see how it is.

18 Sep 2011 14:07

The Ship York, London

No one will find it if BITE locate it in London, it's in Rotherhithe for goodness sake.

17 Sep 2011 09:56

The Red Lion, Leytonstone

Regrettably there seems not to be a BITE team any more, they ignore comments or e-mails concerning changes or inaccuracies of which there are now plenty. I'll stick to visiting the Walnut Tree for now.

6 Sep 2011 11:42

The Blue Anchor, Helston

At least it's back in the 2012 GBG!

2 Sep 2011 10:56

The Raven, Hexton

First ever visit here, Potton Shannon IPA in good nick. Food fine.

2 Aug 2011 11:58

The Brocket Arms, Ayot St. Lawrence

Greene King XX Mild available yesterday, not often seen elsewhere in the area. Large garden, pleasant in the sun.

2 Aug 2011 11:56

The Craft Beer Co, City of London

Not a lot to say that hasn't been said already, a top central London venue with a lot more ambience than the Cask in Pimlico.

However, at the risk of being moderated or suspended by BITE, I must criticise this page.

Firstly, it's in Clerkenwell, not in the City of London. Because of this mis-location it doesn't appear in a search for Clerkenwell pubs.

Secondly, surely Image 1 for any pub should show what it LOOKS like, preferably with a view of the exterior. To show as the first image a picture of pint glasses is ludicrous, anyone using this site for drinking knows what a pint glass looks like.

28 Jul 2011 11:06

The Clockhouse, Clerkenwell

This pub no longer exists as the Clock House so any reviews should now be made on the Craft Beer Co page.

28 Jul 2011 10:53

The Ledger Building, Canary Wharf

By far the best chain pub around Canary Wharf, busy at 17:00 yesterday but not absurdly so. Mixed range of clientele, not too many boy bankers around [they seemed to be outside the All Bar One]. As there was a cider festival on tried a couple of these rather than beer. Possibly a better beer range available when they're not concentrating on ciders. Realised I hadn't been here since the first month it opened, ten years ago!

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

28 Jul 2011 10:30

The Charles Lamb, Angel, Islington

Called in here mid-afternoon so consequently very quiet. Although the pub name is often mentioned by various people I drink with I hadn't realised that the last time I was here was when it was still the Prince Albert [pleased to see the pub clock still has this name on it]. Beers sampled were fine, no Mascha evident. Will make a point of returning one evening when the imaginative but expensive menu is in full swing.

27 Jul 2011 08:21

The Rose, 1-3 Catherine Street

Note to BITE : Location should be shown as Rochester rather than the street address otherwise it doesn't show up properly in searches.

25 Jun 2011 10:26

The Rosemary Branch, New Cross

Don't think it was ever the Old Haberdasher, it's been the Rosemary Branch since Victorian times. It obviously needs a new name because of its poor reputation. Isn't there a Haberdashers school round here somewhere?

13 Jun 2011 12:12

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Glad I never heard your predecessor refer to us G&S folk as "sad f***s who have no life". Believe me, we have lives and most of our men are keen real ale drinkers. You have a captive clientele with the Opera House right opposite. Must admit we do eat in your pub but drink elsewhere except on performance days. Will be visiting the Old Clubhouse again in early August. Incidentally the photo on this page was taken by me in 2005. Good luck!

13 Jun 2011 00:34

The Sheepwalk, Leytonstone

Reported locally that licence is suspended for one month from 7th June.

10 Jun 2011 09:42

The Queens Head, Bloomsbury

Has become a Coco Momo cafe bar

13 May 2011 13:05

Hoopers Bar, Camberwell

According to the Hoopers website they open on Saturdays from 1230 to midnight.

As the Royal Wedding opening times are given it's obviously up to date.

More than can be said for the GBG.

9 May 2011 12:32

The Nags Head, Walthamstow

Cat's Wedding - gimmick
Renamed real ales - gimmick
Having said that I also had a good time here on Friday having first been to the Brodie's pub for their Bunny Bashing.
Sat out front in the late afternoon sun with good beer and great conversations with people I'd never met before.
As Planner 21 says, couldn't ask for anything more from a two pub crawl.

4 May 2011 12:28

The Artillery Arms, Old Street

Good functional Fullers pub, open at weekends when the Old Fountain isn't.

Was showing sport when I last visited.

21 Apr 2011 11:21

Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington

Somewhat gastro-ey with prices to match but a good range of beers and clientele.

Went there for the first time last weekend, was impressed, and returned for their one year birthday event on Tuesday.

Nothing to do with beer but I don't like the ugly bare brick plaque on the Garnham Street wall which presumably was the original Jolly Butchers sign before the place was renamed for a while. Put some signage there please

21 Apr 2011 11:17

The Traitors Gate, Grays

Quite liked this pub.

At present there is a beer festival on so would be unfair to rate on this first visit.

Locals and staff all friendly.

On the downside, had a John Smiths clock and too much West Ham stuff for my liking.

7 Apr 2011 18:08

The King William IV, St Albans

Oh dear, haven't been in here for over a year but to me it will always be the King Will.

Has the other Ember Inn I know in the area become something stupid or is it still the Three Hammers?

Is your local council doing anything about retaining the proper name?

4 Apr 2011 12:22

The White Hart, South Woodford

It's NOT the White Hart, it's been Funkymojoe for at least two years. Never understood why BITE removed the facility to report changes, closures etc, too much work to keep the site up to date I suppose. Anyway it's not my type of establishment now so cannot comment on the changes since the White Hart days. No rating given.

3 Apr 2011 13:19

The Eagle and Child, Forest Gate

Passed here on a 308 bus last week and can confirm that the ground floor is now a pharmacy.

15 Mar 2011 08:29

The Hand and Racquet, Covent Garden

Apparently now occupied by squatters

6 Mar 2011 18:12

The Black Horse, Fitzrovia

Squatters evicted from the Black Horse, now in the Hand and Raquet according to their web comments.

6 Mar 2011 18:11

The Offside Bar, Islington

Has now become "New Red Lion" associated with the Old Red Lion in Islington.

There's an 80-seat performance space for events.

28 Feb 2011 10:31

The Three Jolly Wheelers, Woodford Green

According to local press it's re-opening on Friday after a £100,000 revamp.

Can't rate it yet as I haven't been there for ten years

23 Feb 2011 16:05

The Royal Oak, Rusper

CRAPO? Love it!

Really must visit your pub if I can find a driver to get me there, as I suspect you're a three or more mile walk from public transport.

9 Feb 2011 12:41

The Original Plough, Chelmsford

No longer Original. Obviously the recession has made Nicholsons reduce their signwriting, it's now just The Plough. Not yet been in there since the takeover.

5 Feb 2011 03:29

CASK Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico

I notice that my comments and rating [made before 31 Oct 2010] have been removed by BITE.

Whatever their reason for this why on earth replace the Cask photo with the old Pimlico Tram one?


1 Feb 2011 10:55

The Duke of Edinburgh, Wanstead

Not been here for a long time but seeing the last review maybe I should have been here on Burns Night [hello J and E]. Will come and visit again in the near future and give a suitable rating.

31 Jan 2011 14:13

The Toby Carvery, Snaresbrook

Glad to know it's still a crap pub beerwise. Stopped using it once the fools that own it decided to rename it 'Toby Carvery Snaresbrook' after hundreds of years of it being named The Eagle. They have now had to put the Eagle name back onto the building but still have it in the phone directory as the Toby Carvery. If you're in the area and want beer go to the Nightingale. No rating left as I've not gone here recently.

31 Jan 2011 14:07

The Harp, Covent Garden

Always visit here if I'm in cider mode as it's the best central London venue for such. Perry usually available as well.

7 Dec 2010 11:41

Carpenters Arms, Bethnal Green

Passed it yesterday, looked closed again

7 Dec 2010 11:38

O'Neills, Bishopsgate

A low rating probably due to its O'Neills days, the White Horse is now a decent pub again serving real ales as well as the usual lager suspects. Would visit again happily, don't know what it's like in the evening as was there at lunchtime. Shame the interior signwriter couldn't spell Shepherd Neame.

7 Dec 2010 11:37

The Old Fountain, Old Street

The recent festival was superb, hopefully there will be some things left over for next Monday. The Tally-Ho mentioned in the last review had been in the cellar for well over a year, shows what a fine brew it is.

27 Nov 2010 12:53

The Kings Head, Buxton

Just for the record this is a Marston's pub and not a Marston Moor one as listed here. As tarkatherotter says not a lot of character, I prefer the Swan or the Sun Inn.

24 Oct 2010 22:15

The Half Moon, Hitchin

An excellent Beer Festival on when visited yesterday. Had I not been on my way to the festival at the Engineers would have liked to have spent more time here. Will definitely return soon.

23 Oct 2010 11:27

Engineers Arms, Henlow

A good pub on a normal day, top pub during their Beer Festival. Wide range of beers of all styles, excellent pies and samosas. Jukebox a little loud if you're near a speaker. A worthwhile visit.

23 Oct 2010 11:23

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Probably only Chinese Whispers ...

16 Oct 2010 11:58

The Charles Dickens, Southwark

No, the Hope Pole was nearby in Gambia Street and is now a restaurant [Mar i Terra]. The Charles Dickens was previously the Red Lion.

16 Oct 2010 06:30

The Spade Oak, Bourne End

Royston Vasey? No, Bourne End is obviously a true drinker's mecca. Seven pubs [two of which are named the Spade Oak] and all bar one of them rated highly, including an eye-watering 9.8! I detect a rodent...

7 Oct 2010 02:00

Catch Corner, Stafford

Sadly BITE have disabled the wherewithal to report or correct anything so it will never get changed.

The proper postcode is ST18 9AP

6 Oct 2010 23:14

The Rocket , Putney

No review as haven't been here yet but Google Map location is completely wrong.
Strretmap is right. Hope to find it soon.

2 Oct 2010 11:02

The Harp, Covent Garden

Not much range of ciders? Whatever's happened here?

1 Sep 2010 02:59

Ye Olde Kings Head, Chigwell

Quoted from the local press

THE new tenant of one of the country’s oldest pubs has defended converting it into a restaurant after 600 years.

Ye Olde Kings Head in Chigwell High Road, which claims to have served beer to Charles Dickens, highwayman Dick Turpin and Winston Churchill, was bought by entrepreneur Alan Sugar in April and will be leased to the owners of the Turkish restaurant Sheesh in Buckhurst Hill once it has been refurbished.

30 Aug 2010 10:14

The Bell Inn, Burwash

Apparently closed in February.

27 Aug 2010 15:02

Billie Jeans, Epping

Used to be the Half Moon then became Bar One9Five.

Last year stopped being Bar One9Five and became MF Boudoir.

This year stopped being MF Boudoir and has become Billie Jeans.

Can't be missed, it's painted in a lurid bright pink colour and is likened by a local as resembling a Turkish brothel.

Never having seen a Turkish brothel don't know how true this is.

16 Jul 2010 23:47

The Duke of York, Borough

Strange, rated as 7.6, the last eight comments all made by one-comment reviewers who registered the same day, is this a record? Will visit in the near future to see if it really is wonderful.

28 Jun 2010 09:05

The Farmers Boy, St Albans

No Verulam ales, became Alehouse Brewery a couple of years ago. Kevin the brewer brewed his last Alehouse beer in May, appropriately called Final Fling. Soodly, you've probably come across him before, he was at the Lower Red and then at the Mermaid. It is the intention of the Farmers Boy to brew again, under what name I don't know.

28 Jun 2010 08:50

The Masque Haunt, Old Street

Not the best and not the worst Wetherspoon I've been in. Visited yesterday, World Cup football showing, and the guest beers I wanted were actually available. Didn't see any food but then I only eat in the Crosse Keys or Hamilton Hall JDW-wise.

15 Jun 2010 09:16

The Dolphin Tavern, Bloomsbury

Sadly I was the only customer in here after 5 for over half an hour, but after all, it was a Monday, not usually a busy day. Pretty much how I remember the place after visits to the Conway Hall years ago, I think there has been a refurb since then. Good Adnams beers served in Adnams glasses. On the way home remembered there used to be a clock in there stopped at the time that the pub was bombed in World War 1. Perhaps a later reviewer can say if it's still there [not the clock by the steep stairs to the gents]

15 Jun 2010 09:08

Prince Arthur, Old Street

Rather pleasant back street pub, hadn't been here for over 10 years since retiring from work. As Picasso09 said, wouldn't mind this as my local. Always understood it was run by Dixie Dean the former boxer, and the photos by the dart board seem to bear this out.

15 Jun 2010 08:52

The Harp, Covent Garden

Being an old git this was the WELSH HARP when I first visited way back. I guess Binney had it renamed, not being Welsh. It does get rather full but where else in Central London can you get the range of ciders and perries lurking at the back?

7 Jun 2010 20:26

The George, London Bridge

Apparently NOW owned and operated by the National Trust? It became their property in 1937!

Agree with the rest of the last review, it's really a tourist trap but should be visited for the experience.

Always seems to be abysmal slow service and dull beer range.

Thank goodness the Market Porter is nearby.

31 May 2010 16:12

The Castle, Holborn

Further to Dan137's reply, when I first used the Castle in the mid-eighties it was branded as a Taylor Walker pub. On the Furnival Street side it had a beautiful etched window that showed it was originally a Friary Meux pub, sadly this window was destroyed during a refurb in the nineties.

27 May 2010 08:00

The Lord Raglan, St Pauls

Another place I used to use many years ago. Then it was popular with Post Office folk but obviously re-furbed since then. Now different type of customers and very popular judging by the sheer number of people in there. It's functional and the Suffolk Swift was fine, albeit short measured, couldn't be bothered to ask for a top-up. Not a place I will make an effort to return to though.

18 May 2010 11:51

The Hand and Shears, Barbican

I worked in Aldersgate Street in the late sixties and occasionally called in here although other places became my regular venues because of workplace peer pressure. Visited one evening last week and was amazed to find it virtually unchanged from how I remembered it. Courage Best and Wadworth 6X available, the latter the best kept pint of it I've ever found in London. Friendly and enthusiastic bar staff [thanks for the drink Paula!] will definitely visit again in the near future.

18 May 2010 11:50

The Rising Sun, Smithfield

By far the most pleasant Smithfield pub. It's a Sam Smiths pub so you know the score re the drinks available, the OBB here is real, not keg. The lager here is £2.41 for a pint, and the stout around this price also. No food seen on my visit, but the dartboard with its electronic scoring was in use most of the time. Didn't venture upstairs so cannot comment. Many years ago when I first became acquainted with the area this was a Courage pub, and for some while it was virtually derelict. Nice to see it resurrected so nicely.

18 May 2010 11:49

The Little Driver, Bow

Not been here for some time so pleasantly surprised to find it's as good as ever. Food fine, real ale fine. As the sign has been mentioned I would point out it's the wrong type of locomotive for the former Great Eastern. New management means that the cats have gone.

16 May 2010 11:03

The Hamlet Court, Westcliff on Sea

Somewhat surprised there's only one earlier review. Visited early afternoon on a Saturday, attentive service and a good mix of customers. Didn't see the food, but overheard good comments by people leaving the dining area.

16 May 2010 10:55

Cliff Pavillion, Westcliff on Sea

The earlier review is spot-on. Better than other theatre bars I have known, serves its purpose.

16 May 2010 10:50

Ye Olde Kings Head, Chigwell

According to the local press, has recently been sold by Punch Taverns to Lord Alan Sugar.

2 May 2010 07:59

The Old Fountain, Old Street

Shocked to discover that Paul upped and left yesterday.

It was his cellar skills that really made this pub something better than your average back-street boozer.

Let's hope that whoever takes over has the same dedication to real ale.

21 Apr 2010 22:44

The William IV, Leyton

Another fine Brodie's beer festival last weekend. Still a pub well worth visiting in what is a somewhat dire locality beerwise.

29 Mar 2010 22:14

Crystal Palace, Glasgow

It's because the post code is incorrect, it should read G1 4QD

15 Mar 2010 15:20

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

Always have enjoyed my visits to the Mitre, never had anything to complain about. Friends I have taken there have all loved it.

I'm starting to wonder if the recent non-review was written by the mr_anage of the Pimlico place.

13 Mar 2010 19:01

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Went in here last night, most surprised how busy it was with mainly younger persons drinking beers and ciders out of jugs. As has been mentioned before seating is somewhat restricted if you're there on your own. A friend visited on Wednesday night when the piano was in use. Looking forward to returning here.

29 Jan 2010 10:56

The White Hart, Waterloo

EH? Last comment is totally wrong, this IS a picture of this White Hart by Waterloo, the Great Suffolk Street one is very different, [Disbelievers should click on the Google map for the latter and look at 'Street View']

26 Jan 2010 09:05

Il Cicchetto, Farringdon

Definitely open and selling Adnams last night.

23 Jan 2010 11:12

The Half Moon, Putney

According to 'The Publican' the music will play on at the Half Moon after the current tenant struck a last-minute deal with owners Young’s.

Maybe my signing their petition last month helped a tiny bit.

8 Jan 2010 12:11

The William IV, Leyton

Superb pub,last festival brilliant,
Even on a normal day would recommend this pub to all,
Never felt out of place here, no trouble between old gits and the locals.

23 Dec 2009 17:45

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

Reading the previous review this is obviously how St Peters Brewery want it to look like [it opened in 1996 and was previously a clockmaker's workshop amongst other things]. Personally I love it and friends I have taken there always want to return. Never had a bad beer there, never eaten there though. Worthwhile for any London real ale-loving visitors to call here, although it's closed at weekends.

21 Dec 2009 10:19

The Nelson, Wheathampstead

Soon to become an Italian restaurant.

18 Nov 2009 10:13

The Blue Eyed Maid, Borough

Visited today at 1600 so not particularly busy. No problem with service, music unobtrusive. Only GK beers, so had lager at standard price for the area. Will check it out at a busier time.

11 Nov 2009 19:27

The Royal George, Greenwich

How nice to see the George being appreciated. Don't often visit Greenwich and usually go to the Ashburnham if with ladies, they prefer a more posery pub, Have always found the George's staff and customers to be very friendly towards an outsider. My last visit here by chance was on St Georges Day this year, and I was delighted to find Spitfire being sold at a bargain rate [can't remember what but it was under £2 for a pint]. Do hope it won't be closed.

5 Nov 2009 09:27

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Doncaosdelanada, you experienced the 'Dennis Farewell' which occurs on a Tuesday when the Old Fogeys meet. The record time for this taking place is 47 minutes. He's a nice old boy and is a AFC Wimbledon supporter.

24 Oct 2009 13:51

The Brew Wharf, London Bridge

Of course, 14B is Kentish Town to real drinkers, not some strange road junction
in New Jersey!

10 Oct 2009 19:38

The Rake, London Bridge

Pricey, the Brew Dog 'Nanny State' was hoppy, but at £3.00 a pint, dodgy

Worth visiting though.

10 Oct 2009 19:29

The Brew Wharf, London Bridge

Not my favourite Borough Market pub but having said that the Brew Wharf 'Exit 14B' wasn't that bad.

£3.90 a pint, but the CAMRA discount makes it bearable at £3.51

When it;'s busy not a bad pub, when it;'s quiet, boring

10 Oct 2009 19:26

The Pear and Partridge, London Colney

Pear & Partridge? Never heard of it.

Was this pub once the ''White Horse"?

10 Oct 2009 12:22

The Rutland Arms, Sheffield

Reported as sold on by Punch Taverns and now just re-opened as a Free House.

6 Oct 2009 10:17

The Windmill Tavern, Waterloo

The pie and mash shop referred to by alexlaird50 was next door. Think you'll find it's now a Chinese called Culture.

21 Sep 2009 10:41

The Otters Pocket, Stamford

Visited last month, beers in good nick. Somewhat sport orientated with TV screens, nevertheless worth a visit. Beers good, staff and punters friendly.

2 Sep 2009 20:57

St Marys Vaults, Stamford

Although a Sam Smith's house with predictable beers, found this to be a pleasant place which should be visited on any trip to Stamford.

2 Sep 2009 20:55

The Tobie Norris, Stamford

Can't agree more about recent reviews. Was recommended that I visit this pub by a volunteer at last year's Pigs Ear Festival. Therefore passing through Stamford last month made a point of calling here. Difficult to believe it only became a pub fairly recently. Excellent Ufford Ale [White Hart I think], at the end of the bar a history of the place available. Not a place to miss.

2 Sep 2009 20:52

The Castle, Macclesfield

Found by accident on the way to the Waters Green Tavern. Interesting old-style pub. Only Theakstons available beerwise but in good form. Notice board outside says it's up for sale and suitable for alternative uses. Guv'nor says it isn't. Have uploaded photo which hopefully will appear in due course.

18 Aug 2009 10:34

Ramsay's Real Ale Bar (at the Buckingham Hotel), Buxton

Still as good as ever, bar food a bit on the expensive side but it is a hotel after all.

18 Aug 2009 10:26

Church Inn, Chelmorton

Beautiful village pub, excellent ales, good value food, well worth seeking out if in the Buxton area. Have uploaded photo which hopefully will appear in due course.

18 Aug 2009 10:24

The Beltane Cafe Bar, Buxton

Pleasantly surprised, cafe/bars not usually my scene. Real ales fine, staff civil, nice outside area by bar.

18 Aug 2009 10:21

The Golden Fleece, Manor Park

Fleece succeded where Blakesley failed. Served immediately with OK drink.

Not aware of the dirt previously reported.

18 Aug 2009 10:18

The Blakesley Arms, Manor Park

Visited recently, barmaid more interested in playing with TV remote than serving, my presence not even acknowledged. Luckily Golden Fleece nearby.

18 Aug 2009 10:16

The Lower Red Lion, St Albans

Visited on a Thursday afternoon, all was fairly quiet. Whilst I can't see it being restored to the real-ale Mecca of St Albans it once was, it certainly seems on the way up. Speaking to the owner [since 1983 apparently] she did comment on the state the place had been left in by Mary and Alan's successor, as mentioned by Soodlum below. I was pleased to drink a beer by Quercus, never having seen one outside of a CAMRA beer festival, and am trying to persuade my scooping acquaintances to give the Lower Red another chance. Maybe there will be an August Bank Holiday festival, didn't think to ask, and their website seems to have disappeared.

25 Jul 2009 09:32

The Globe, Moorgate

In answer to Clivers it was the Moorgate.

30 May 2009 13:48

The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town

By chance I have just arrived home from a visit to this pub. Wye Valley HPA consumed there. I can confirm that there will be a Spring Bank Holiday Festival starting on Friday 22 May and that they will apply a discount on festival beers to cardholding CAMRA members.

8 May 2009 16:42

Wheatsheaf, Southwark

Opened yesterday under the old Wheatsheaf management [Danny]. Ten pumps dispensing the usual Wells/Youngs products plus RedCar and other guests. Loads of space, has screen, also dartboard. Didn't notice a smoking area, most smokers were lurking in the street outside. Warning, stairs down to bar deadly for old gits!!

16 Apr 2009 21:47

The Waggoners, Ayot Green

Visited last Saturday afternoon, sadly too late to order food. The Broadside was OK though.

11 Apr 2009 19:19

Plough, Chingford

A fine place for that Sunday roast with the family. The usual McMullens beers in good condition and efficient and friendly staff. Not really the sort of pub just to go for a drink.

2 Mar 2009 07:50

The Park Tavern, Eltham

Wow, hadn't been here for many years since I went there to look at the Truman tiling, and remember it as a basic unremarkable pub.

Having been advised by a local resident that there had been changes for the good went there last week with a lady companion who wasn't keen on going there [Eltham is the pits, we can't eat there].

We did eat there,excellent meals, excellent St Austell Tribute, [TT Landlord and Harveys Sussex was also available] and subdued Classic FM in the background.

Highly recommended.

25 Feb 2009 12:09

The Salehurst Halt, Robertsbridge

Chanced on this pub to avoid the Lamberhurst stop we usually make. Absolutely super pub, good beer, friendly locals. Will definitely re-visit. Meeting the cat and dog from next door was a bonus.

2 Feb 2009 13:42

The Blue Boar, Poole

Seeing as cageyjoe asked, Nick the Guv'nor returned to London to turn round a Market Taverns pub, the Stamford Arms. As far as I know he's still there.

23 Jan 2009 13:48

The Old Kings Head, Borough

Visited on New Years Day, the Market Porter, Wheatsheaf and Southwark Tavern all being closed. What a find! Harveys, Bombardier, Tribute, Courage plus products from Bury St Edmunds [I avoid these]. Staff and customers friendly. Bar lady very pleasant, hoped I would call again [said sincerely, not like Have a Nice Day]/ I will.

5 Jan 2009 15:24

The Lord Clyde, Borough

Buzzing on New Years Day when the Borough Market pubs weren't open. Excellent Adnams available, inobtrusive racing on TV. Glad I called here on the offchance.

5 Jan 2009 15:14

The Pevensey Castle Hotel, Westham

Never have been in a 3.0 rated pub before so it must have been really grim in previous times. It is now called 'The Heron' and was fine beerwise, the lunchtime clientele pleasant. Would definitely return if in the area.

24 Dec 2008 13:14

The Vineyard, Lamberhurst

Wouldn't have dreamt of visiting a 3.3 rated pub had I had known in advance. As it happens, the beer choice,although limited, was fine and the food and service excellent. It would seem that most of the poor reviews here relate to the food so it appears we hit it on a good night.

24 Dec 2008 13:08

The White Hart, Catsfield

A much more enjoyable pub than the nearby Kings Arms. Didn't eat here but the beer was good, plenty of whiskies available, and the dog was friendly.

24 Dec 2008 13:03

The Kings Arms, Ninfield

Disappointed by the lack of beer choice. Quite a few customers at the carvery, so I guess more of a foodie establishment.

24 Dec 2008 13:00

The Chequers Inn, Battle

The beer here was fine, the food even better. Didn't see the Duck or Grouse advertised so left with a small head wound.

24 Dec 2008 12:57

The Abbey Hotel, Battle

My Sussex-living brother having become critically ill we had to immediately go south without researching any BITE reviews in advance. We stayed overnight here and were happy with the pub, beer and clientele. I can only assume its low rating, up to that time the lowest rated establishment I had ever visited, was caused by the local chavs around during the previous management.

24 Dec 2008 12:55

The Newton Arms, Holborn

A super pub, not historic, but inevitably well run and serving excellent Adnams. The only pub that I use from time to time that has faces behind the bar that have been there for years [Mick over 16 years, and Finbarr the governor over 20 years] Food is always basic but good value.

28 Nov 2008 07:42

The Victoria Hotel, Beeston

Having seen it from the train on visits to Nottingham made a point of coming here. Beers great, very happy with the experience of drinking here.

24 Nov 2008 16:37

The Lion, New Basford

Having spotted the Lion on my way to the Fox & Crown made a point of calling here on my way back to the city. Very surprised at the low rating, can only presume it was bad in the past or the low ratings are made by music lovers rather than beer lovers. Found the beers excellent and the staff and customers friendly. Will definitely return on my next visit to Nottingham.

24 Nov 2008 16:33

The Fox and Crown, Basford

Visited during the afternoon when it wasn't wildly busy but quite a few people there. Friendly barlady asked if I was a CAMRA member because I would get a discount [note to self : I must look dodgy!], Having got the discount, beers were superb, will definitely re-visit.

24 Nov 2008 16:27

The Crown and Crooked Billet, Woodford Green

Little choice of real ale but usually well kept.
Cannot fault the food, good value, quickly delivered [talking lunchtimes] by friendly staff.

24 Nov 2008 15:16

The Stamford Arms, Lambeth

A reasonable pub with Harveys and guest beer. Habitués of the Market Porter will be pleased to know that Nick is running it at present having given up the Blue Boar.

24 Nov 2008 12:01

Baxter's Court, Hackney

Visited late morning whilst waiting for the Pembury to open. Much better than I had been led to believe. Festival beers were fine, staff were friendly, usual inoffensive JDW-type customers. My first visit but not the last.

15 Nov 2008 03:12

The Bull, Theydon Bois

Had lunch in here yesterday, top meal and quickly served. Friendly staff and decent Spitfire. Don't bother with the non-BITE pub nearby.

16 Oct 2008 11:45

The Honor Oak, Honor Oak

Finding myself in the area for the first time in donkeys years looked for a hostelry nearby and remembered the St.Germains Tavern. Certainly as the Honor Oak not my type of pub but clean friendly maybe a bit on the poncey side. Drink was quickly served and was fine. Being wise after the event should have gone to the Blyth Hill Tavern instead.

22 Sep 2008 23:03

Ramsay's Real Ale Bar (at the Buckingham Hotel), Buxton

Although it's a hotel bar it normally has four or five real ales available in good nick. Also has a vast range of spirits of all types, including some good scotches. Admittedly I only visit here one week a year during the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Festival but have no reason to suppose it's not as good at other times. From time to time it has been included in the Good Beer Guide.

27 Aug 2008 13:24

The Kings Head, Buxton

Quite a pleasant large pub with Marston beers available, somewhat lacking in atmosphere. Didn't observe any food being served so can't comment.

23 Aug 2008 11:52

The Swan, Buxton

Really liked this pub with its separate areas, beer fine, locals friendly.

23 Aug 2008 11:44

The Sun Inn, Buxton

Good choice of ales, food was excellent. As others have said everything somewhat on the expensive side.

23 Aug 2008 11:43

Red Lion, Birchover

After visiting the nearby Druids Inn gastropub it was a real delight to find a proper village pub in Birchover. Being mid-afternoon it was fairly quiet but the local ales from Peak and Peakstones were in excellent form. Barmaid friendly too.

23 Aug 2008 11:40

The Druid Inn, Birchover

Interesting Leatherbritches beers sampled here. Good food menu, well presented, everything a tad pricey for the area but to be expected in a gastropub.

23 Aug 2008 11:36

The Brown Bear, Biggleswade

Regrettably the fatbadger review was written when the Brown Bear was a tickers/scoopers haven before Mary moved on to the Lower Red Lion in St Albans.

7 Jul 2008 09:49

The Albert, Witham

Visited Sunday lunchtime, reasonable roast eaten.

Sadly no bitter available, reading previous comments here, this was probably just as well.

30 Jun 2008 16:33

The White Horse, Witham

Clean village pub away from the centre of town. A Greene King pub so serves IPA plus various lagers. Good Sunday roast, noticed that others eating there had pre-booked so maybe worthwhile phoning in advance. Had pool table and dartboard. Have never visited in the evening so can't comment but has to be better than the pubs in Newland Street.

25 Jun 2008 08:28

The Shakespeare's Head, Leicester

Discovered by accident whilst walking from Richard III to Out of the Vaults I was happy to find a spacious pub selling Old Tom Mild. I had only had an Oakwell beer once before in the Foresters Inn, Nottingham so was pleased to find it here. At under £1.50 a pint the beer is cheap and cheerful, nothing wrong with that.

23 Jun 2008 12:19

Barley Mow, Leicester

Called here on arrival in Leicester to find a clean and bright establishment. Decent Sunchaser, spotted the piano mentioned by trainman, noticed they charge £5 to use the toilets [non-customers of course!]

23 Jun 2008 12:09

Sloanes, Leicester

Aimed at real ale enthusiasts this is a friendly venue serving quality beers. Went there for a friend's StagFest, as he lives in Bedford the fact he had his celebrations here says the Vaults must be doing things right.

23 Jun 2008 12:05

Richard III, Leicester

Having found that the Hat and Beaver was no more called in here instead. A basic pub with local working clientele, just the sort of place I enjoy visiting. Everards beers, good value rolls.

23 Jun 2008 11:52

The Hat and Beaver, Leicester

Used to visit this pub when in Leicester and was sad to find it is no more. Had noticed it was no longer mentioned in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, now I probably know why, it's been closed for around two years. The building is still extant, due to become a Hair & Beauty salon.

23 Jun 2008 11:43

The Rake, London Bridge

If the Market Porter is too busy come here instead if you're a beer drinker, although Veltins lager is available, none of your Fosters/Carling/WifeBeater etc. Usually two UK ales on tap, plus some foreign beers, loads of bottled beer of all origins. For some of them though you're better off bringing a rich mate with you if it's their round. The staff are an 'interesting' bunch, in general knowledgable about what they're selling.

23 May 2008 13:25

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Some cruel comments have been made in these reviews.

Yes, there is dust, the carpet was probably acquired cheap after the Ideal Home Exhibition in 1950, and the Gents leaves a bit to be desired, but let's face it, there's little or no passing trade. The customers either live round there, work round there, or are beer lovers who know exactly what to expect.

Only one other London pub can be interesting good beer-wise, long may the Wenlock continue.

23 May 2008 13:02

The George, South Woodford

Seems to have been recently refurbished but in the main unchanged since I used to visit it in the 80's.

Good quality Bass at £2.24 a pint was a welcome discovery.

23 May 2008 12:49

The Cricketers, Woodford

Always like to visit here for well-kept beer and excellent food. Old fashioned in that there is a Saloon and a Public Bar, and the beer prices often end in odd pence rather being rouned up like most places. Nothing wrong with either of these qualities.

23 May 2008 12:44

Lloyds Tavern, Ipswich

Sorry Love_good-ale, this pub is nothing to do with Wetherspoons, they were never involved with Hogsheads. I think you're confusing their Lloyds No.1 pubs with this one which is presumably named after its address.

15 May 2008 20:43

The New Inn, Halse

Yes it is. Well outside Taunton though.

27 Mar 2008 22:56

The Prince Albert (Rose's), Woolwich

Visited for the first time since the change of ownership and apart from the removal of the dog pictures is much the same as hitherto. As others have said it's a basic old-style pub with many maturer clients. Pub dog seems welcoming. I particularly like the painting of the Woolwich Ferries to the right of the bar. Beers pleasing.

17 Feb 2008 13:03

The Elephant Inn, North Finchley

Correct number is now 020 8343 6110

4 Feb 2008 20:10

The Cock and Hen, Fulham

Teskea, there have been recent reviews but they are on the Cock [closed] page. I hope they continue to brew as in today's Publican trade paper it's reported that the pub has just been sold to Youngs. Nice pub for the area.

30 Jan 2008 15:14

The Pembury Tavern, Hackney

Very spacious, although somewhat bare and reminiscent of my old school dining hall it's still worth visiting for the excellent Milton beers on offer. Food is good but somewhat expensive. Clientele can be quirky [had to endure nearly two hours of conversation re World of Warcraft between a loud Hooray Henry type and his female friend with the voice quality of Blackadder's Queenie]

28 Jan 2008 12:15

The Station Arms, Southminster

Visited yesterday for their winter beer festival, good beers, good service.

28 Jan 2008 12:05

Horse and Groom, Rochford

An excellent real ale pub, food always good.

Has reverted to its original name Horse & Groom.

28 Jan 2008 12:01

The Silver Cross, Whitehall

Your last reviewer should have said:

"My recommendation is to skip the Silver Cross, and walk up Charing Cross Rd until just before Oxford Street. On the left hand side, down a small street named Goslett Yard, is a pub called The Royal George. Looks like a dive from the outside, though great beer (Grolsch on tap), good atmosphere and friendly staff"

Quite agree with this recommendation.

23 Jan 2008 11:33

The Anchor, Southwark

Hear hear secretdrinker! Take your foreign guests to the Market Porter or the Wheatsheaf. Totally different from the Anchor experience, both real pubs.

21 Jan 2008 10:59

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