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- frosted/stained glass windows
- different 'bars'
Please add some more
jukebox (maybe playing rudebox)
Two meals for 6.95 is not a good sign, nor is the ability to upgrade to curly fries.
I've had Wetherspoons once or twice and it were shite, never again. But there are some decent chains who do nice nosh as well as being a generally good pub.
dark wood furniture
Sounds a bit Games Workshop to me
unless it's a Justin Lee Collins theme pub in Bristol or something
and Sailor Jerry's rum.
- crisps, nuts and scampi fries
- Giant Morrissey
Neil or Stephen Patrick?
Made out of cardboard or a more cuddly material?
That plays "How Soon Is Now" every hour, on the hour?
-dark and not obviously recently redecorated to make the interior incongruous to exterior
-wide age demographic, with minimal students
-good music interspersed with rubbish music to accentuate the good songs
- enough places to sit
- nice bar staff
i don't mind paying a bit more to meet my criteria
Old people are REQUIRED.
of types such as Timoty Taylor or Hambleton Ale.
Has all Seabrooks crisps.
Has great, homemade food at a reasonable price but is not a Food Pub.
Wrong wrong wrong wrong!!
Don't know your arse from your elbow.
lack of cackling hen night women
lots of seats
more than one type of cider
no bar snacks containing parsnips
a juke box
no sandwiches containing fish fingers
at least 3 ales
lots of seats. not stools.
bar staff who can take money off one person whilst taking the order of the next customer.
i love that place.
litovel is just as good.
were brilliant for that last point last night, the barman even wished me a good evening. Politeness! Amazing scenes.
The Salisbury is good but needs a dog.
"no bar snacks containing parsnips "
and make it THE BEST PUB EVER!!!!!eleven
A wide selction of regulalry changing ales.
Old fashioned pint glasses with a handle.
Friendly bar staff who let you try said ales before you buy a pint.
Free pork pie and mustard on the bar.
A range of board games.
^ Essentially this is the Free Press in Cambridge (minus the olde pint glasses).
Oh, and I probably wouldn't have music in my pub at all.
It's my fave pub in Cam, along with the Cambridge Blue (essentially someone's back room), the Live and Let Live, and another one I can't remember the name of somewhere near the station.
I wish I still lived there.
I like the Pickerel, The Champion of the Thames and the Portland Arms as well.
which I probably shoudln't complain about because I was a student myself, but it nice to be out of the bubble. Champ of the Thames was fantastic.
I like the Free Press but I probably preferred The Cricketers.
At least for a namby pamby arts student like me.
were both good pubs too. Had a very good St.Patricks day in The Royal Standard once too but that's a bit of a rough pub.
How do I get to this magical place of free pork?
Put something in my diary, yeah?
The first time I ever went actually. It was like a sign from the Gods - "Yes, you shall drink here".
Pubs with free food during the pub quiz are very win.
Places to sit
Ale from a brewery south of London
Wide range of salty snacks
Beer from the south west > sex
Seriously, though ... The best beers are from the south, the worst beers are from scotland. Something to do with it being harder to grow hops up there... I dunno, somebody explained it to me once.
was too specific
Schiehallion. Lovely stuff.
and definitely a dog
Dark wood panelling
I'M A STUDENT
-interesting/funny clientele and staff
-must do a good sunday lunch
-I'll second the dog shout (big one though)
-maybe a skittle alley
the toilet on the same floor thing is a winner for me.
In the Champion of the Thames (another great Cam pub) they sometimes have a massive dalmation who drools like a freaking hosepipe. It's quite disgusting when he comes after your twiglets and leaves you covered in dogspit.
interesting selection of foreign lagers and stupidly strong cider
oak panelling and atmospheric lighting
not absolutely jam-packed
That's all I ask. Basically I really miss pubs in Oxford, which frequently fulfil most of the above criteria.
Also, big frown on pubs with tellies.
it's not a pub if you can't waste all your pound coins on games you know you'll never win.
- A choice of at least two ales and two decent lagers
- Plenty of seating
- Puts sport on but isn't the focus of the whole pub
- Chatty bar staff who will let you sample beer
- Clean toilets
- Candles on tables in the evening
- Bowls of chips for £1
jukebox at a reasonable volume
Good looking bar staff
a range of shots
Sky sports/setanta/dodgy foreign sports channels
By all means clean the toilets regularly but a lingering whiff of bleach throughout the pub puts me right off my pint.
is choc full of win.
You should all quit your jobs and become landlords. Like, now.
Room to sit and room to stand.
Specialist jukebox or music
A mixed clientele.
Bar staff with body piercing or major tattoos.
No dog, but a cat is acceptable.
but pub cats are complete cunts
It's proper fat.
even better: Budvar Dark on tap
you dont want it to be cleaner than your bedroom
Words cannot express how far Manchester's Moon Under Water falls short of this.
1. Beers that aren’t the usual Carling/Fosters/Stella spread
2. A selection of Real Ales with funny/seasonal names.
3. Old gents talking absolute nonsense for comedy eavesdropping
4. Comfy chairs
5. Doesn’t cold-filter the Guinness
6. Serves mulled cider in the Winter months
7. Fairly small
8. Skittle Alley
9. Old photographs on the wall of the town/city during the industrial revolution and/or some old boxers as well.
and I just sit looking at the photos moaning that Cardiff doesn't have trams anymore.
discussing how 'market square hasn't really changed at all since 1892, has it?'
they have all sorts of old photos of many places:
that should keep me occupied 'till lunchtime.
a pub in some far flung corner of docklands which matches most of these (bar the skittle thing, and it was summer when i was there so not sure about the mulled cider)... fucking scary place. wouldn't want to be there when it was busy.
- Carpet - (every pub has wood flooring now!)
- 70s flock wallpaper
- Array junk on the wall, and above the bar, old photos, etc
- Darts and pool
- No TV unless I am specifically going to watch sport
- When one asks for Sambucca, the bar person must say "which flavour?"
- bonus points if the outside pub is covered in vines
One of my regulars/locals has a pram nailed to the wall! A pram!
is a pub-postmodernist!! ;->
- different types of ale on tap with amusing names like 'Toad's Croak' and 'Fursty Ferret.'
- pool table with at least 2 working cues and only costs 50p a game.
- a jukebox that has a good selection nu-metal classics.
- toilet floors that aren't ankle deep in piss.
- a barman called Nigel.
- pig nuts.
- games machine.
- dart board that's accessible all night, even on poker evenings.
- Where you order your drinks and after the second pint the bar staff remember what it is you want
- NO MUSIC
- Must have Guinness
- Serves food (doesn't have to be fancy, just filling)
- Dartboard preferable, but not essential
- Ditto pool table
- Lighting must be a least a little bit dingy
- Some bar features should still look the same as they did in the sixties
- Friendly landlord who remembers you and asks you how you are when you go in
- Decent hand dryer in the toilet
- Open later at weekends
The best pub I've found recently is The Royal Oak in Borough. It's brilliant.
But no-one has said coathooks, especially under the lip of the bar.
preferably wooden floor,
good selection of real ales kept well, ciders from handpump a bonus,
nice to have a dj, if not a good dukebox will suffice,
mixed clientele, can't stand pubs that only seem to cater for one specific "scene", nice to have some locals about too,
bar staff who actually know a little about the drink they're serving and are generally a bit friendly,
decent smoking area,
not important if food is served or not, but if so then decent but cheap and simple freshly cooked stuff.
That's about it really.
3 old irish men drinking guiness watching horse racing on a small tele and reading the racing post, no matter what time of day
carpet and NOT wooden floor boards
no smoking ban, so I don't have to go outside in the winter
no food accept for bar snacks such as pork scratchings and scampi fries
a wide selection of bitter on tap
decent spirt selection
A pub quiz.
Plenty of seats.
Resident pianist playing jazz versions of Radiohead. Also takes requests.
Dry roasted peanuts.
^This is the Dolphin in Canterbury.
has cashew nuts and those wierd nobbys nuts with the nice outer bit.
has bisongrass vodka and sailor jerrys rum for when you're full of ale.
pub opinion, the place has basically got to be a Sam Smiths pub...