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The John Baird, Muswell Hill

Some of the eulogies about the beer are rather over the top. I've frequently had a bad pint in here, and I stopped going for a while when it became a very regular occurence. The last straw was when the onwer once served me a totally flat dead pint, presuming I wouldn't notice. I didn't until I got back to the table, as I was a tad pissed. That was a wake up call. On the plus side, the Thai food is consistently excellent. And so are the staff who are always unfailingly very nice.

24 May 2012 21:07

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York

The beer is great and the staff are very nice. However as for the food...I have had the burgers here a couple of times and was quite shocked at how tiny they were - child size. I wouldn't mind it there had been a warning on the menu - e.g. if it had said "fun-size burger". However the price certainly wasn't fun-size. I think someone should show the owners a copy of the trade descriptions act. Like I say, great beer and staff, and I would have given it an '8' or a '9' if the food portion sizes were a little less...dishonest.

24 May 2012 21:01

The Ackhorne, York

Great pub, the beer is never a let down, though I generally go for the Roosters Yankee.

6 Nov 2010 09:13

The Tap and Spile, York

The best pub in York.We ll, one of them. I was in here at least 4 or 5 times a week when I lived round the corner. I was in here more often than my own front room. Great, ever-changing beer selection.

6 Nov 2010 08:59

Doctor Duncans, Liverpool

Friendly bar staff, good beer and amazing tiling

6 Nov 2010 08:52

Crown, Liverpool

Not to be missed for the amazing ceiling alone. Didn't see any smackheads selling bacon though, or visiting rats - must have been a quite night.

6 Nov 2010 08:51

The John Baird, Muswell Hill

Have been to this pub quite a few times when I've been in the area, and while the Thai food is very good, the beer isn't. I've had quite a few duff pints here, and the real ales are often fairly flat, insipid brews you've never heard of. Not always, of course. but quite often. Overall, good food, but too often disappointing beer. So I'm reviewing my score downwards till the beer improves.

6 Nov 2010 08:32

The Maid of Muswell, Muswell Hill

Probably the best pub around the Muswell Hill area, but admittedly there's not too much competition. It usually has at least one real ale on as well, and interesting lager-type things as well, for people who don't like the taste of beer.

24 Aug 2008 22:27

The Well, Muswell Hill

Now replaced with a restaurant called "Eat and two Veg" selling really poor food. If tempted to eat here, save your money - buy a cheap pasta dish in Iceland instead, take it home and defrost it, and charge yourself 20 quid.

2 Aug 2008 19:14

The Alexandra, East Finchley

It's the brusque, brooding, unfriendly barmaid that puts me off this pub- I think if this was my only local I'd also be tempted to drop an atom bomb out of my arse - as a sort of critique of the service.

2 Aug 2008 19:05

The Famous Royal Oak, Muswell Hill

It's true, The Famous Royal Oak is a welcome relief from the souless hostelries on offer in Muswell Hill in that it actually feels like a 'local'. It has one significant drawback for female patrons however. Perhaps due to its mainly masculine clientele there's often a distinct whiff emanating from the male toilets. For some reason (easy access?) the gents' toilet door is wedged open and in addition, women needing using loo beside it run the gauntlet of the odour and the last minute fly-hitching of the emerging 'regular'. Can really puts a girl off her beer.

26 Jul 2008 10:34

The White Horse, Oxford

Nice pub, good beer and nice friendly staff - but having eaten there, the claim that it sells "best fish and chips in Oxford" needs updating. The fish was truly vile - the wallpaper paste batter was appalling, and the tiny piece of fish tasted of nothng. Can't speak for the other food, but avoid the fish and chips.

26 Jul 2008 09:57

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