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The Wheatsheaf on the Green, Esher

This is more like it, busy for evening restaurant food, but the bar has a selection of 4 pumps - Sambrooks Wandle 3.8, Twickenham Autumn Red 4.4 Surrey Hill Shere Drop EXCELLENT and only 3.90 which for Esher is a good price, and regrettably, Sharps Doombar.
Bar needed a wipe down, but staff friendly and topped up the slightly short measure in my pint. Now that the Albert seems permanently closed, this is the best in the manor.

4 Oct 2017 20:54

The Bear, Esher

IT was busy . Youngs (Wells) beers only available, 3 pumps on. Guest choice pump not on at all. And at £4.45 for a pint, I feel it is overly expensive. Not served with a full pint either which is a sign of a pub run by managers and staff that do not need to care. Shame, as in the absence of the Albert, there is precious little choice in the area, so make an effort to shine.

4 Oct 2017 20:33

The Albert Arms, Esher

STILL closed. There is a gap in the market in this desert for a decent real ale pub, a gap that this pub used to fill. Someone see sense and take it over.

4 Oct 2017 19:49

The New Inn, Canterbury

A number of visits over the last week due to holiday. Upwards of 15 different ales came on and were drunk, each and every one in tip top condition. Far too many to recall and record here. Ever changing selection from local Kent breweries as well as small breweries nationwide.
Looking forward to the weekend of 22-24 September with a Green Hop themed beer festival, 10 beers promised over the weekend.

10 Sep 2017 19:30

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

As ever, excellent selection of Robinsons beers, the full range and over the last 3 evenings, they have all been in top condition. The pork pies and scotch eggs are very tasty but go far too quickly. This remains the top pub in the area and clearly should be in the Good Beer Guide. It still features in the top 20 pubs on this website, so what are the local CAMRA group playing at?

8 May 2017 21:59

The Lily Bar, Ambleside

That is pumps!

8 May 2017 21:42

The Lily Bar, Ambleside

Visited again on a quiet Monday evening. Gentle hum of conversation and back ground music. Fours puns on serving local beers from Barngates, Coniston, Cumbrian and Handsome. Selection of bottled craft beers and a grand selection of around 30 gins.
The food menu looked excellent too.

8 May 2017 21:39

Angel Hotel, Halesworth

Adams beers only. Board states 1 guest beer, but it was not evident. That said, this close to Southwold, NOWHERE sells anything but Adnams, which is a shame for beer drinkers.
However, the Adnams Southwold bitter was in excellent condition .

20 Apr 2017 20:04

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

There are only two known pubs in Britain called the Golden Rule. One is in Edinburgh and one is in Ambleside
The question is - what is the Golden Rule?
Answers:
for the religious - "do unto others as you would do unto yourself"
for the underdog - "he who has the gold rules"
for the sceptic - "the golden rule is that there is no golden rule"
for the landlord - "a load of hard work"
for the local and the visitor - "a very good pub!"

16 Apr 2017 22:56

The Queens Head, St Pancras

First visit following a recommendation, quiet afternoon. Pleasant enough. Disappointed to see only 3 pumps, one for the stout so when ?I asked for a traditional copper coloured bitter I was advised that "we don't really sell bitter in here".
The redemption was well kept, if a little too cold and was tasty for a lower gravity beer. It was ok for the afternoon on.

15 Mar 2017 15:33

Ye Olde Cherry Tree, Southgate

Large gastro pub, part of the vintage inns chain, so the food is standard fare, presumably prepared centrally and heated/plated in house. That said, it was good and not too expensive.
, with discounted selections off the menu.
5 pumps, two of which were the god awful Doom Bar, then London Pride, Adnams ghost ship and UBU purity. All those that appreciate a decent pint will not be surprised that I avoided the Bar and the Pride and as Ghost ship is the least drinkable Adnams beer (pubs take heed, the Southwold bitter is FAR FAR superior), I stuck to UBU which was well kept and well served. Most of the staff sounded to be from the continent and were polite and efficient.
The current score must reflect apathy from their current drinkers regarding this web site and possibly scores from a previous incarnation. Worth a 7 and with a review by their central purchasing team, could be more. It is an oasis in the desert that is Southgate!

5 Jan 2017 20:28

Bell Hotel, Saxmundham

Nice hotel with bar for the public. 3 beers, ignoring the metal T bar for the fizzy pop. Adnams Southwold in very good condition, TT landlord and Tribute. Food good, staff nice. In the desert that is Saxmundham, this is the place to drink.

22 Nov 2016 19:45

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

Back again, walked past all the high street pubs to get to the best bar none. This gem still features in BITEs top 20 pubs and yet is still not back in the Good Beer Guide. Madness, come on local CAMRA group, do your job. Full range of Robinsons beers and guests and as ALWAYS in tip top condition.

29 Oct 2016 21:26

Tapped, Leeds

Don't bother if you are a real Ale drinker. All fizzy pop. Not a decent English beer in site,

19 Oct 2016 22:36

The Hop, Leeds

5 Ossett beers and 4 guests. All looked in good condition, the Big Red, 4.0 was great. Live music, covering Amy Winehouse at the moment. Not busy, but not sure why not. Worth the short walk from town.

19 Oct 2016 20:45

The Scarbrough Hotel, Leeds

Busy chain pub, close to station. Good selection of food, reasonably priced and 9 or 10 hand pumps. A range of beers but could not stay close enough to the bar to note them down! My pint of Nicholsons pale was superb, well kept, crystal clear and a good temperature. Well worth a visit

19 Oct 2016 19:44

The Wheatsheaf on the Green, Esher

Open after full refurb. Pleasant enough, busy in a town with only 2 pubs. 4 pumps working on a Thursday. Surrey hills shere drop in good condition.

8 Sep 2016 22:28

The Bear, Esher

Nicely refurbed although with a wine bar feel. 4 pumps on, on Thursday evening. 3 from Wells and Youngs and for some reason that I cannot understand, Sharps Doombar! Special was pleasant enough at £4.20 a pint, Esher prices and the result of almost no competition. The current scores are historic and do not reflect the pub and beer currently on offer.

8 Sep 2016 20:53

The Albert Arms, Esher

Appears to be closed which in a town with so very little choice is desperately bad news. Rumour is of a pending court case, allegedly.

8 Sep 2016 20:28

The Fat Cat, Norwich

It is great to report that it seems the management of this excellent pub have taken heed of comments. 28 beers on today and whilst I could not start to list them all, there were at least 5 FIVE traditional bitters, not citrus, available. 2 were national standards, Adnams bitter and TT landlord, but the other 3 all of which were in top condition, were fab. Old school detention, Lacons legacy, Colchester no. 1. Well worth a visit, even more so now!

8 Jun 2016 23:09

St Andrews Brew House, Norwich

Not noticed this brew pub before so tried it out, looked quite busy for a Wednesday evening, food in one area. 4 ot their own brews, wensum 3.8, cork cutters 4.3, grocers ghost 4.2 and tombland porter4.8. Only tried the wensum, very disappointing beer, insipid no body, poor taste and not pleasant after taste.
Nice atmosphere and surroundings, all female staff who were not too clued up on what was available.
Shame about the beer, but perhaps it is early days?

8 Jun 2016 22:03

Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge

Mainly Adnams. Broadside, ghost ship, Southwold bitter, fat sprat. Plus excelsior, black dog mild, crystal gold from west gate brewery in Wakefield. Jennings May the force be with you was on but not right so changed immediately with apology.
Pleasant pub, food on in the evening too. Central square bar bench seating. Well worth a visit.

24 May 2016 20:59

Mad Moose, Norwich

Currently closed

10 May 2016 22:43

Trafford Arms, Norwich

10 pumps serving, selection of dark, copper and pale ales. Little pots showing the colour in front of each pump and a taster offered. Both beers I tried were in fine condition. Food menu has changed and I think it's less local now and more national. Both local sounding meals, lamb leg steak and sausages were off when I was eating early evening. Not convinced that the chips were home made and the fish seemed too regular for a local catch. But I may be wrong.

10 May 2016 20:27

The Saracens Head Hotel, Diss

Back again! 3 hand pumps, 2 working on a Monday evening, seems fair. Woodfordes Wherry well kept and Adnams Ghost Ship. Excellent food freshly cooked and very very reasonable prices. Well worth the visit and the best in town.

25 Apr 2016 20:06

Two Brewers, Diss

Independent recently taken over and very pleasant, owners changing the old poor reputation. Good luck, as it has real potential. Comfortable modern. 4 hand pumps only 2 on but it is Monday evening. Theakstons OP in good condition, and Deuchars IPA. Adnams Southwold due on soon.

25 Apr 2016 20:01

The Cock Inn, Diss

Comfortable, many faceted pub just outside town but easy walking distance . Friendly and comfortable. 3 ales served direct from barrels, no hand pump. Adnams Southwold in excellent condition. Bullard bitter, very pale and very citrus, Timmy Taylor le champion blonde, also citrus. Landlord more than happy to offer a taster.

25 Apr 2016 19:59

The Salford Arms Hotel, Salford

Busy, young crowd with sky sports in every corner. Pleasant welcome and an offer to try the beers, BUT all the beers Bar one were pale and citrus. The one that was not was a porter.. What a shame, absolutely certain that they could shift one or two traditional bitters. Still, a good pub to visit.

20 Apr 2016 22:14

The Crescent, Salford

10 pumps, 8 on a Wednesday, which ain't bad. Mainly pale as with far too many pubs, but the slightly foxed was good. Curry served earlier, but I was too late to try. Worth a visit,

20 Apr 2016 21:31

The New Oxford, Salford

Cracking local pub, worthy of its numerous CAMRA awards. Wednesday night, 12 pumps on mainly smaller breweries . Mobberley Hedge Hopper very nice, well kept as every pint that I saw being served was. In a triangle of pubs that make this area of Salford a real oasis.

20 Apr 2016 20:37

The Kings Arms, Salford

Great pub near the Salford railway station. 6 beers on, Ruby Red was excellent. Bowl of beef stew for under £10 also very good. Think there is a quiz later but 2 more decent pubs within 10 mins walk, so will try those out.

20 Apr 2016 19:58

The Stag, Belsize Park

Vibrant, busy although the music was too loud. BUT 4 hand pumps , each of the with pale citrus ale. Yet to find a decent pint in this area of London. That said, the fruit juice that was sold as pale ale was well kept,

10 Apr 2016 21:41

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Fully agree with the previous report. Actually, a nice trad pub busy for Sunday night, blues music, murmur of conversation from a mixed bunch. Initial view of 12 pumps on the bar and 6 on the counter behind. As it happened, 8 of these were cider, which would not be an issue except when I asked for a traditional copper bitter, I was told that they don't tend to stock bitters! A taster was offered for as many of the citrus pale ales or dark brown or porters that I wanted to try, but with 10 available pumps on in an old fashioned British pub, why oh why would they not stock bitters? Camra are so far away from saving real ale, do not contemplate changing your focus now. We need it more than ever!
The Running Beer brown ale was well kept, but won't be staying for another, nor returning any time soon.

10 Apr 2016 21:01

The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

So, back a year later. Several decent beer pubs nearby to offer a choice now. Late evening, so the foodies had gone. 14 hand pumps with a total of 19 beers offered, many of which I have never seen before. Too many to list here, but included Yamato, hophead, dark star pals, wheat purple, pig squeal, national treasure, cerebus fox, porthbud, AD, crooked branch, moonshine mild and stout and so on. Tasters gladly offered and the lady was working hard to impress. Settled for Wherry as it was getting late! Ok pint. The pub has changes beyond recognition from one of the best around to one that felt it had to evolve - it did not need to do so! Still, well worth a visit.

22 Mar 2016 22:53

The Geldart, Cambridge

This is in an oasis of pubs all close together and all with something to recommend them. Backstreet local not too far from city centre. 8 pumps all on on a Tuesday evening. Dancing duck dark drake, Orkney old macgregor, rooster blind jack, Oakham Citra, castle rock harvest pale, Youngs Special, which I avoid on principle now, Tribute and Deuchers IPA.

22 Mar 2016 21:53

The Kingston Arms, Cambridge

Busy Tuesday evening, food going well . 10 pumps with ales and 3 with cider. First 6 pumps very standard fare, Jaipur, Crouch Vale Brewers gold, Summer lightning, Oakham JHB, Wherry and TT landlord, next 4 a bit more adventurous - Oscar Wilde mild, Adnams Oyster, Axholme sahci, Wolf Sirius DogStar. Well worth a trip, one of the better pubs even if it could be a tad more lateral thinking with the main beer selection.

22 Mar 2016 20:51

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

Nope, not unlucky. Lightning struck twice. Nelson Powder Monkey also poor, lifeless, stale. Perhaps left over farm the weekend. Atmosphere nice but for a gbg pub, it needs to have better beer quality.

22 Mar 2016 20:04

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

That is maybe I was UNlucky!

22 Mar 2016 19:28

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

Early evening visit having failed to eat at La Madison de steak due to Internet failure, no cards accepted! First beer flat and off, which is a shame. Milton Pegasus. Only 2 to chose from unless you want to drink pale citrus chip sauce! So put up with it for now. Busy for a Tuesday so maybe I was lucky.

22 Mar 2016 19:26

The Saracens Head Hotel, Diss

Friendly local hotel/pub. Good streak and very reasonable price. 3 pumps but only 2 on, Woodfordes Wherry and Adnams Broadside. Wherry was excellent, a superb pint. Owner hind the bar made me feel at home.

24 Feb 2016 20:21

The Kings Head, Norwich

Excellent local with 9 beers on draught as well as a cider. Taster offered if you do not know your choice. A large selection of continental bottled beers, mainly Belgian. Would like a couple more non pale bitters as always, but fine pub all the same.

14 Jan 2016 21:08

Bell Hotel, Norwich

Desperate for a steak and it was snowing, so had to dive in here. Woodfordes wherry, poor condition. There were several other beers on but did not look at what. Ordered my steak, none left and it was only 7:15. However,staff polite if rather pushed and the prawns and grill was ok. Shame about the beer.

14 Jan 2016 19:35

Trafford Arms, Norwich

Elgood black dog d
Addams south m
Adams ghost m?
Woodfordes brew352 l
Woodfordes wherry m
Gales firecracker m
Flip side sterling l
Big lamp prince bishop l
Black hill shield row l
Harviestoun old engine oil d

Excellent pub. Busy Friday just before Xmas. Food basic limited menu but well cooked and local produce still on the menu. Tried the 2 trad bitters that were available. Both in good nick. Staff friendly and accommodating. Try this pub!

18 Dec 2015 22:22

The Plasterers Arms, Norwich

Oakham jhb
Five points brewing co five points pale
Poppy land black wit
Greene King Benjamin's
Golden triangle citropolis
Golden triangle mosaic
Burning sky auralis
Barrel and sellers stout
Norfolk brew house golden
Redemption trinity
7 pale, 2 stout, 1 gk Amber with cardamom and coriander

When will Brewers and landlords return to our roots and cater for drinkers that do not like citrus grapefruit, lemon, kiwi, melon etc etc. There is a large number that like traditional bitter beers. 10 pumps on, 7 are pale and taste of lemons, 2 are stout and the only Amber beer is flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom and coriander. If only I could buy a curry, I could have poured my beer on that!

18 Dec 2015 22:13

The Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates

Superb micro brew pub/hotel/restaurant close to Ambleside, but up in the hills. Brew pub that brews several excellent beers. There is a strong emphasis on the restaurant, but the bar is excellent too. Warm welcome but space is at a premium, so get there early or later when the diners have moved into the restaurant. Staff friendly, beers superb. I think that things have changed since the previous reviews. Well worth the trek to drink and to eat. 6 pumps all brewed on the premises. Additional pale ale on craft keg although I am not sure about that!

3 Nov 2015 22:04

The Lily Bar, Ambleside

Charming place for a drink, although I had to ask whether I could just have a beer as it really sells itself as a restaurant. 4 pumps, Yates bitter, Yates Green Hop, Chadiwck IPA and Loweswater Gold. Free wifi provided too. Very nice addition to the area and not tied to one brewery, it would appear.

2 Nov 2015 21:37

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

Cracking pub . The best by a military mile in the town. Full range of Robinsons/Hartleys beers and every single one well kept. Draft cider on too. Real fire, a number of different areas to drink, talk and relax. Can there be any sense in the local CAMRA group that I understand refuses to put it into the GBG because it won't carry any guest beers. Plain crazy decision by that CAMRA committee. It is a quiet Sunday and there are 7 real ales being served.

1 Nov 2015 20:52

The Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

Wednesday evening late on. 8 pumps, 2 were stouts, 1 was mild, 4 were pale ales and 1 , that is ONE, was copper trad bitter. The only downside is that one was 5.6%. So again, I have to hit the road in a no doubt fruitless chase for a pub that knows some customers prefer a selection of traditional English bitters mid strength, copper coloured and Not I repeat Not citrus, lager style beers. The Backstage IPA was in good condition, well kept, too strong for the only bitter available, hence the reduced score.

14 Oct 2015 22:11

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Nice traditional pub but the welcome was frosty. I am not a local, perhaps that is why. 9 beers on but here's the pity. 1 stout, 1 porter, 1 proper bitter Amber in colour but 6 pale even described as lagerish on the bar.this lack of a decent choice meant one drink only then moved on. I had Oak by Grain, well kept, good session beer, nice colour and taste. Score reflects the poor staff attitude, lack of choice for those of us that remember what beer should be like but also scored up as the 1 I had was good.

14 Oct 2015 20:48

The Wellington, Birmingham

Wednesday night. Quite busy. 14 of 16 pumps on. 9 yes 9 of these graded by the landlord as pale, 2 were pale verging on not so pale, 1 porter, 1 dark. That left only 1 beer that could be described as classic British bitter. Skaters Autumn Red at 5.0%. That meant 1 drink then off. Regrettably landlords with 16 pumps need to cater for good old fashioned bitter drinkers and not just pander to new age lager drinkers. It is a shame, because this pub could be a cracker.

14 Oct 2015 20:45

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Fairly busy, nice range of customers young, old, male female. Staff frosty to say the least, but I am not local. 9 beers on. 1 stout, 1 dark, 6 pale even described as lagerish! God help us. Only 1 Amber trad bitter, so I only stayed for 1. That 1 was good. Well kept, good flavour, nice colour so that drags the score up a point. When will pubs and Brewers realise that there is still a need to provide decent English bitters and not an overwhelming flood of American pale, citrus lagerish ale?

14 Oct 2015 20:18

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Nice traditional pub but the welcome was frosty. I am not a local, perhaps that is why. 9 beers on but here's the pity. 1 stout, 1 porter, 1 proper bitter Amber in colour but 6 pale even described as lagerish on the bar.this lack of a decent choice meant one drink only then moved on. I had Oak by Grain, well kept, good session beer, nice colour and taste. Score reflects the poor staff attitude, lack of choice for those of us that remember what beer should be like but also scored up as the 1 I had was good.

14 Oct 2015 20:17

The Woodman, Birmingham

Quietist Wednesday afternoon, 3:30. No pork pies! A good number of ales and ciders on. BUT when I asked for a traditional beer that was not porter (2 of those) or pale citrus, about 5 of those, there was not one available. This is a crying shame. That said, the beer I had, Great Heck Treasure was almost normal! Clear, good flavour albeit a bit too citrus.

14 Oct 2015 15:44

The Clarendon Arms, Kenilworth

Poor pint of Hooky. Not quite vinegar but pretty close. Also on doom bar - why? Old speckled hen, butty batch far too cold for bitters.. Shame.

5 Oct 2015 23:10

The Fat Cat, Norwich

One of the countries top pubs, as recognised by CAMRAs top award, BUT why, with 30 beers available do the staff have to scratch around for a traditional English copper coloured, non citrus bitter? Take out the nationally available Wherry and TT Landlord, only 2 of the rest fits the bill. Now, the beers were all in tip top condition and the pub leads by example, SO please lead the rest by carrying a decent range of traditional (CAMRA was set up for these) bitters. With 30 available, at least 10 should fit the bill. Rating reflects the lack of variety.

10 Jun 2015 22:44

Trafford Arms, Norwich

Excellent pub, good food, fair price and local produce if possible used. 11 beers on, woodfordes Wherry, burton bridge top dog stout, GK manga carta, Adnams mosaic and southwold bitter, BB Donald's duck, Oakhams Inferno, Castle rock Runneymead, Tetleys keg bitter!, Adnams blackshore stout, winters mild. Donald Duck is light but fortunately not too citrus, well kept . Pub is worth a visit in a city blessed with numerous decent pubs.

10 Jun 2015 19:25

The New Inn, Canterbury

Themed weekend, 3G's and 2 C's. Gadds beers, Goodys Ales and G2 as well as micro brewery Turnstone Two Seas from Whitstable, BBQ and music. Beers all excellent condition and the pub was buzzing, as it deserves to be. Sunday lunchtime is a continuation of the same and the monthly cooking competition is back on, free food for judges. Undoubtedly the best beers in Canterbury.

7 Jun 2015 00:40

The Great Eastern, Brighton

Clearly popular, busy on. Wednesday night. 4 pumps, 3 of which were local brewery Downlands. Best is a traditional Englishcopper bitter, no citrus overtones, which is a refreshing change nowadays, (as CAMRA intended all those years ago!). Pub is long and thin, candle lit in the evening and another Brighton pub worth a visit, again away from the high street, which is only for tourists. Must be about 4 or 5. Decent pubs within 5 minutes walk.

27 May 2015 21:59

The Great Eastern, Brighton

Clearly popular, busy on. Wednesday night. 4 pumps, 3 of which were local brewery Downlands. Best is a traditional Englishcopper bitter, no citrus overtones, which is a refreshing change nowadays, (as CAMRA intended all those years ago!). Pub is long and thin, candle lit in the evening and another Brighton pub worth a visit, again away from the high street, which is only for tourists. Must be about 4 or 5. Decent pubs within 5 minutes walk.

27 May 2015 21:59

The George, Brighton

Now rebranded as The Prince George. Vegetarian menu, more of a bistro/wine bar but pleasant. 6 pumps but 2 were not on and 2 had the same Burning Sky Plateau pale ale, also 360' pale and Langham Arapaho pale - spot the pale trend! Nice feel, pleasant welcome and worth a trip, but needs a decent copper coloured beer, Sussex does make them!

27 May 2015 21:25

The Lord Nelson, Brighton

Good old fashioned English pub, but with a cosmopolitan Brighton charm. Harvey's beers only, but a choice of 6, so fine by me, but it takes the score down from an 8! Busy early evening so a bit of a wait for food, but the bar staff explained this as soon as She had put my order to the chef.30 mins to wait is really not an issue. This is the type of pub that makes it worth the walk up from the town. It's close to the train station and amongst a number of good pubs.

27 May 2015 19:28

The New Inn, Canterbury

Spring has sprung! The New Inn spring beer festival has started. 22 beers over the weekend with food, music. Jaipur, Chimera IPA, Ossian, Good Heavens, Betty stogs, Mahseer IPA, Summer Lightning, Gadds She sells seashells, Citra Sonic, Shropshire Gold, Gadds seasider, Otter, Nova, Big hop little beer, The Duke IPA, Glaslyn, Amarillo, Bay's Gold, AVA, Brewsters Hophead, Turnstone Two Seas and High seas. Craft lager from western am and 3 ciders. What's not to like!

22 May 2015 14:00

The British Grenadier, Colchester

Oh yes,old photo, no longer tied to Adnams.

29 Apr 2015 23:31

The British Grenadier, Colchester

Cracking local, no longer Adnams. Old fashioned boozer, Colchester no 1, marstons new world, hook norton lion, flack manor hedge hop. Well kept, good range available. Well worth it. Friendly landlord and customers, pool table, dart board.

29 Apr 2015 23:31

The Odd One Out, Colchester

Excellent local, about 5 beers on, harwich brewing, Maldons (2), felstar porter, one other. Warm real fire and an old gas fire, friendly reception from staff and customers. Again,worth the trip out from town.

29 Apr 2015 22:27

The Ale House, Colchester

Good back street local but larger than most. Red fox conges hall, might oak Oscar Wilde mild, might oak cellophane flowers, Adnams oyster stout and mosaic pale, Maldons pucks folly . Good price too at around 3.20 max a pint. Quiet Wednesday, but I bet it gets busy. Well worth the short walk from the town centre.

29 Apr 2015 21:15

The Fat Cat, Colchester

Nice. Wednesday night just before their West Country beer festival over the BH weekend, so stock low. Woodfordes Wherry excellent condition, Crouch vale Brewers gold and Green jack Orange Wheat. 20 beers and 3 ciders coming on. Despite previous reviews, staff friendly, apologised for reduced selection and provided perfectly sound explanation. Well worth a visit, basic proper back street pub and one for the notebook. The name gave a clue that this family know about pubs and beer - uncle runs the Norwich Fat cat chain.

29 Apr 2015 21:03

The Albert Arms, Esher

Local CAMRA pub of the year. Tuesday night and 7 beers available - GloucesterCascade, Fyne Hurricane Jack, Hop Studio Gold, Broth Cock o the Walk, Wylam Angel, Tickety Brew Munchner. Special price mon to wed only £2.95 which in this area in fantastic. All great condition and staff that are pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable, well worth a visit.

21 Apr 2015 20:49

Loch Fyne Restaurant, Kenilworth

If you only have 2 pumps, at least keep them both on! Only 1 working, with GK IPA. Meal was indifferent despite the very good service. Green beans at over £3 really should have been fresh, but these were very tired and pretty much inedible, onion rings were cold and greasy but the steak was good.

13 Apr 2015 21:39

The Old Bakery, Kenilworth

2 from Wyvale, Old bakery bitter and HPA along with Skinners Lushingtons and Byatt's American Brown Ale. As always, all in tip top condition. Monday night menu was goulash or quiche. No doubt that this pub is a pub as it should be, standing head and shoulders above anything else in the area.

13 Apr 2015 21:35

The Victoria Hotel, Durham

Coniston Bluebird, York Minster and York Guzzler, The usual Big Lamp Bitter and Wylam Gold Tankard. All in first class condition as ever. Well worth the walk up from the town.

13 Mar 2015 20:57

The Devonshire Arms, Cambridge

I found this in the GBG and stopped off following an aborted visit to the Blue. Excellent, traditional pub with 5 pumps serving Milton beers and a landlord that knew his trade. Pegasus 4.1%good biter beer, NOT citrus, straw coloured like so many today. Also Star Brewing Co Meteor and Badgers Cross Porter. Archer had only just gone, and draught still cider too. Well deserving of its GBG entry. As for the steak, I'll soon find out but on a Thursday 2 12oz steaks with trimmings for £15 has got to be good value.

12 Mar 2015 19:33

The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

Regrettably this pub has changed. Gone is the quiet back street boozer that did a bit of home cooked food. It seems now to have become a restaurant with a bar. I waited for service at 7pm but with 1 person serving and 6 waiting, I decided it was not worth the wait.
No acknowledgement of my presence to make me reconsider, so I went to eat and drink at the Devonshire, where I served at once, greeted with eye contact and had a fine steak.
I may well return to try the beers, as they did seem to have 7 or 8 beers on, so by reputation, it deserves another chance later.

12 Mar 2015 19:26

The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

Regrettably this pub has changed. Gone is the quiet back street boozer that did a bit of home cooked food. It seems now to have become a restaurant with a bar. I waited for service at 7pm but with 1 person serving and 6 waiting, I decided it was not worth the wait.
No acknowledgement of my presence to make me reconsider, so I went to eat and drink at the Devonshire, where I served at once, greeted with eye contact and had a fine steak.
I may well return to try the beers, as they did seem to have 7 or 8 beers on, so by reputation, it deserves another chance later.

12 Mar 2015 19:26

The New Inn, Canterbury

9 Feb 2015 21:19

The Old Bakery, Kenilworth

The bast pub in the town by a mile. Warm and friendly welcome, comfortable, home cooked food every Monday evening (tonight it was fish pie or goulash) made on the premises by the lovely Janet. 4 pumps with 2 from Wye Valley and the other 2 rotate. This week it was Hobsons Mild and Old Prickly. As ever all 4 were in tip top condition. A large range of whisky Wine and soft drinks to cater for all types. This is a pub as a pub should be.

9 Feb 2015 21:17

The Royal Oak, Kenilworth

Nice. Five beers on, all looked to be in good condition. Adnams bitter, Hobgoblin, TT Landlord and regrettably the Canadian Doombar . Adnams in good condition. Darts match with the usual banter. Worth a visit

9 Feb 2015 21:09

Loch Fyne Restaurant, Kenilworth

Not a pub for drinking, the bar is just to hold people waiting to eat. Only GK beers, 2 pumps, IPA which was bland as always, but drinkable. The Old Speckled Hen was poor and has to be sent back, staff handled it well and replaced without question, but they continued to serve a beer that was off.

9 Feb 2015 21:06

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Excellent pub, and it is clear to see why it has been named CAMRA poty on more than one occasion. 28 beers on pump and gravity and it is aMonday! Good selection of ciders too and a large range of continental beers in bottle and pump. Rolls still only 60p - although only 1 meaty one left, not now!! Agree that this must rate higher than 7.5, having visited a number of pubs around the country on the back of GBG and BITE recommendation and I will only go to those rated 7 or better, then in comparison to many of those, this has to be at least a 9.

12 Jan 2015 16:28

The Fat Cat, Norwich

Excellent pub, and it is clear to see why it has been named CAMRA poty on more than one occasion. 28 beers on pump and gravity and it is aMonday! Good selection of ciders too and a large range of continental beers in bottle and pump. Rolls still only 60p - although only 1 meaty one left, not now!! Agree that this must rate higher than 7.5, having visited a number of pubs around the country on the back of GBG and BITE recommendation and I will only go to those rated 7 or better, then in comparison to many of those, this has to be at least a 9.

12 Jan 2015 16:28

Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham

Excellent local pub in the same ownership as Angel and John Duck. 5 beers on a Sunday night.hobgoblin, Rudgate Snow Wonder, Nel's Best, Adnams Old, Bank's Sunbeam. All looked in top condition and the ones I tasted were so. The food is also top class and good value. Try the Ultimate Elm burger. Take the walk up the hill from town area of the Gates Shopping Centre and try it.well worth it.

11 Jan 2015 21:50

The Colpitts Hotel, Durham

Ditto!

11 Jan 2015 21:16

The Woodman Inn, Durham

New managers, part of a chain of about 50 managed pubs. 3 beers available Jennings Cumberland, Black sheep, Bah Humbug from Wychwood. Great condition and at what a price - ONLY 2.30 a pint. Out of the main drag of town, but only 10 minutes walk up Gilesgate and well worth it. Extra bonus is that they open until 11:30 on a Sunday night, Durham landlords take note, that is a real plus!

11 Jan 2015 21:14

The Colpitts Hotel, Durham

I think this remains a family concern, regular staff with dry sense of humour. Sam Smiths beers at Sam Smiths prices, always exceptionally well kept and only £1.80 a pint for OB. A cracking pub, worth the trip out of the main town, about 10 minutes walk.

11 Dec 2014 20:25

The Mochyn Du, Cardiff

Nice atmosphere, quiet despite Sky sports. 4 beers, the Dakota Red was cold but tasted fine. Bit of a walk from town, but worth it, for a decent pint

10 Dec 2014 22:04

The Cricketers, Cardiff

Pleasant pub, looks more like a hotel. 3 beers from Evan Evans. Clearly well kept and worth the walk from town.

10 Dec 2014 22:01

Urban Tap House, Cardiff

Mainly dark beers on, which is a change. That said, there was one proper copper coloured, bitter not citric, beer on and very pleasant. Staff friendly, very well briefed on the beers. Worth a trip.

9 Dec 2014 23:34

The City Arms, Cardiff

Beers still too cold, which makes them lifeless. Time called at 22:45 when I was told they served until 23:30. Shame, it spoils a decent pub.

9 Dec 2014 22:46

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Revisit. Of the 8 beer pumps, 4 were tied up with Doom Bar twice and the chains own brew, twice, Why? All the rest were again pale and citrus. Fairly well kept but when will Brewers realise that there are still many drinkers that prefer a copper bitter, not pale imitations.

15 Oct 2014 20:58

The New Inn, Canterbury

Visited on Monday lunchtime - 3beers on, the Tribute was first rate as the beers always seem to be. There is a poster telling of the annual August beer festival over the bank holiday. Upwards of 20 beers from across the country, music, hog roast on Saturday. Looks like we are sorted!

19 Aug 2014 13:20

The Woodman, Birmingham

What a gem. Without a doubt, must be back in the Good Beer Guide in 2015. Close to the Millenium building and Birmingham drama School. 10 pumps on with a good range of beers. I was too late to eat, but the menu looks good too. Local CAMRA meetings held here and if they do their job, it will be back! Friendly staff, future acting stars!

8 Jul 2014 00:23

The Wellington, Birmingham

14 pumps on, not bad for a Monday, but over half of these dedicated to the scourge of British beers - the pale, citrus ale. I tried locale BFG from Black Country. Not bad but that too was nearer in colour to lager than bitter and tasted the same way. With the number of pumps available, there really does ned to be a wider variety of flavours on show. Still, we'll worth a visit.

7 Jul 2014 22:29

The Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

Excellent hidden gem, good range of beers with samples on the bar to see what you are ordering. 13 ciders too and a vast range of foreign bottles too. A pub as it should be.

7 Jul 2014 21:59

The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham

Good ale house, despite being in a chain. 10 pumps with only 2 off on a Monday. Perhaps more non pale beers would be nice, but that goes for every pub at the moment! Food choice and quality good. Service quick, well worth a visit.

7 Jul 2014 21:57

The Square Peg, Birmingham

Typical city Spoons and simply not worth it. Large number of pumps but several duplicates and at least 5 beers shown but not on. Can't recall what I tried, but it was not good, stale, cloudy and staff were not interested. With several pubs FAR better in the city, leave this one well alone.

7 Jul 2014 21:52

The Wellington, Birmingham

Excellent pub, the best in the city that I have found so far. 16 pumps with beer graded from pale to dark. My only gripe is that 8 of them were pale, 5 were dark and absolutely none were traditional bitter colour. All the beers that I tried were in excellent condition.

31 Jan 2014 18:05

Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham

One of he best pubs in the City and worth the climb. Well kept beers if sometimes jut a bit too cold. Good selection on 5 or 6 pumps. My only gripe is that as with every pub in the country at the moment, almost everything is "pale and citrus" in flavour. That said the had one really dark ale an it was good - I've forgotten what it as though! Their Elm Tree special burger is a challenge - a meal that will g you through a couple of days without the need to eat again!

31 Jan 2014 18:01

Dun Cow, Durham

Always a pleasant welcome here, well kept beers on 3 or 4 pumps. Usually the same selection. I understand that the management is changing and perhaps the new team might try to vary the selection. That said, beer is always well kept.

31 Jan 2014 17:56

The Victoria Hotel, Durham

A good unashamedly old fashioned pub. Beers well kept although they could do with more of a variety from local small breweries, or from further afield.

31 Jan 2014 17:54

The Shakespeare Tavern, Durham

I visit Durham about 6 times a year. There are a number of pubs worth a visit and this should be one of them BUT the manager seems to close at random times and fails to stick to published opening hours. Either the GBG is wrong or he does not want the trade.
On the odd occasions that I have had a pint there, it was ok, not special and not much of a range to choose from, but I wont be trying again, as I will not waste time trying to get served!

31 Jan 2014 17:52

The New Inn, Canterbury

I called in again. Busy and with 6 pumps working with a range of excellent beers. The Biddendens cider on draught was also selling well. I hear that there is a weekend with Thornbridge Jaipur coming very soon, so may need to get in early!

10 Dec 2013 21:02

The Pen and Wig, Cardiff

Worth a visit. A fine run of beer pumps and all of them on. Nice touch of the offer to try and each pump had tasting notes too. My pint was good. The staff were eating during my stay, so there was not much chance to talk about the beers.

10 Dec 2013 20:56

The Cardiff Cottage, Cardiff

Well kept Brains, but what a pity that the pub was devoid of any customers on a Sunday and Monday night. That said, I went in for a beer and it was good.

10 Dec 2013 20:54

The City Arms, Cardiff

By far and away the best pub that I found in the City, good selection of beers. There was a stout and porter festival on when I called but they also had a full range of Brains as well as 3 or 4 guest bitters.
Every one of the several beers that I tried was in good order, the staff were knowledgeable and friendly and the atmosphere was pleasant. My only criticism for the landlord is that the water cooled guest beers were too cold which had taken some of the life out of them.

10 Dec 2013 20:52

The New Inn, Canterbury

This pub continues to go from strength to strength. The manager seeks out a vast selection of beers both local and from afar. Recent themed weekends include Thornbridge, Dark Star, Fyne. The beers are always in tip top condition. GBG listed and without a shadow of a doubt THE best pub in the City. Also very reasonable prices.

15 Feb 2013 09:37

The Hole in The Wall, Southsea

The GBG yet again saves the day. WELL worth the treck in the rain from the Gunwharf Quays, where the pubs are greatly over rated and even more over priced.
This is a gem, friendly landlord, friendly local customers and excellent beers.
Island Yachtsman, Rhymney Scrum V, Stepney Green and Jamaican from Brodies and Oakleaf Texas Red, Dark Star Festival. Just missed the Oakleaf Hole Hearted.

15 Feb 2013 09:33

The Cornubia, Bristol

As featured on BBC's Dirk Gently last night. Dont be put off by the industrial estate it sits in - well worth a visit. Landlord - PLease seeklonger evening opening hours!

6 Mar 2012 07:32

The New Inn, Canterbury

Visited over the weekend again. A treat in store, with the Jaipur IPA, which is normally never seen in the South. This was a superb bitter and at 5.9%, strong for a modern IPA. Specially arranged by the Manager for a particularly demanding customer, I hear!
TT Landlord, Wherry, Harveys, GK IPA made up the selection and all were in fine fettle.

13 Jul 2011 19:08

The New Inn, Canterbury

Another visit or 3 over the weekend. A choice from 8 different beers between Friday and Monday and all of them absolutely spot on!

Woodfordes Wherry, TT Landlord, Harveys Sussex, Gadds No. 3, Rudgate Ruby Mild, GK IPA, Skinners Betty Stogs and at least one more that I forgot (understandably!) as well as the Biddendens cider.

PLUS the list is now available for their Annual May BEER FESTIVAL, from this Thursday through all the BH weekend. Music, food weather permitting it seems and beers - a great selection by the looks of it. SORTED!

23 May 2011 22:04

The New Inn, Canterbury

WELL WORTH A VISIT. This excellent free house is back to its former glory. The owner and manager run the pub like all English free houses should be run. Visited it 3 times over the bank holiday and found all of the following beers on and in excellent condition - tried them all! Black Sheep, Harveys, Summer Lightning, Greene King IPA, St Austell Tinners, Barngates Westmoreland, Woodfordes Wherry, Skinners Betty Stogs, Thwaits Wainwright and even draught Biddenden's cider.
There was a BBQ, pub olympics raising money for a local charity, superb food on the menu too.
Ever better, a beer festival is planned for the bank holiday at the end of May, so that's me sorted!

26 Apr 2011 00:47

The New Inn, Canterbury

The new New Inn retains the spirit and feel of the old New Inn. Visited over the weekend and there were 5 beers available - Fullers ESB, Ruddles County, Greene King IPA, Crouch Vale and Herveys. Tried them all and every one was spot on - fresh and well kept.
A good mix of students and locals and the pub should soon see a new wave of the more discerning students that like to eat, drink and talk and all at very reasonable prices.
Well worth the short walk away from the mess and noise that is the City Centre!

26 Sep 2010 17:53

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