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Tell me about your favourite pub.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations for good Zone 1 London pubs plz
• Top ale selection
• Free nuts with every round
• Bar staff = ultimate bunch o' lads
• Small & cozy but no room for anyone to stand
• Well heated
• Only food they serve are Pie Minister pies with the extras
• Until recently was the closest pub to my house (I moved, Pi didn't)
might as well close the thread right now
Pi in Liverpool (on Rose Lane) is great too
Sam for Pi (Altrincham).
There are at least half-a-dozen places around Chorlton which are better than Pi, but it's hard to fault the the beer or staff. Sadly it's let down by the fact that it turns on the dimly-lit brothel vibe around 5pm, which is great if you're with a bird or something, but if you're a lone wolf ploughing through his GOALS! pullout or the most recent edition of Opening Times it's a bit of a ballache. Its one toilet right off the main bar area doesn't really lend itself to phantom shitting either.
If we're not differentiating between pubs and bars then Font wins hands down. I honestly think it might be the best bar i've ever been in. Their range is by far the best, they take real care of their pumps, the staff are properly nice, and it's warm and comfy. The best actual pub in Chorlton is the Marble, and by some distance. Great hoppy ale, no music, just quiet, dimly lit, very comfy, house pet, friendly locals. Everything any boring middle-aged man wants from a pub.
There are too many others for honourable mentions, but if you can find me a better pub crawl within such a small radius (two square miles?) than the one below anywhere in the UK i'd be very surprised. Except gigs there's no need to go into town for a pint any more, as great as pubs like the Angel, Marble, Castle, etc obviously are.
De Nada (criminally underrated)
Best pub in London. Feels like home.
Beer's too expensive in there but a) that's the brewery's fault and b) I don't mind paying a premium to drink in there.
but still great place
so I'm happy. Rotating guest sometimes has Old Hooky on it. Sometimes has Hop Back Summer Lightning. Both superior beers.
Think having a massive range of beers is a very recent development in pubs to be honest. I mean it's a great development but I'm still happy with 1/2 decent ales on and the odd continental lager.
That's kind of old man/musician/theatre type people and does a lovely veggie sausage sandwich...I also like the Coach and Horses as it sells veggie food and always shows the rugby.
Generally disapointed with London pubs though. In Wales there's a real old man pub culture but there are places in London. I do like a local though, wherever I move to in London.
Soho is so called because it was a hunting ground, and "So ho!" was the hunting call. The Blue Posts were originally actual posts marking out the corners of the hunting area.
Didn't know that about the Blue Posts though...the pub I'm referring to is the one on Rupert Street.
Source of much confusion.
I consider the one on Berwick Street to be my main frame of reference.
Rupert Street (the best one)
seems technically to be in Piccadilly to me, not Soho (nothing south of Shaftesbury Avenue is Soho by my reckoning). The one on Newman Street certainly isn't in Soho.
It's all splitting hairs really mind. Can't imagine where else there's 4 pubs with the same name all within such a small area of a town/city!
There's 2 White Harts in Whitechapel. On the same road even. Been caught out twice by that.
That bit south of Shaftesbury and north of Leicester Square is ambiguous as to whether or not it's technically Soho. It may well be. I don't know who decides these things. marckee probably.
Thing is does Chinatown exist on its own accord or is Chinatown a part of Soho? I'm not sure.
in which case the Blue Posts on Rupert Street is in Soho too.
MITS - you live in Soho again! All's well.
Comes from the markers used to show the locations of sedan chair taxi ranks. It's an urban myth that it has to do with the boundaries of Soho.
The one in Rupert Street is my favourite, mainly because the landlord and staff are lovely.
where some people go to interview Carter USM at the Blue Post
but go to the wrong Blue Post cos they are too young and unknowing
Can't remember the book's name tho..
Loads of places to sit, reasonable prices (for That London), the kind of pub where you could probably sit all day and read the paper.
It's a great pub. It's not too big, the beer is really good, and the staff are really friendly. Despite being a pub which wins Camra awards every year, it's not full of Camra nerds. There's no beer garden, but during summer everyone sits on the pavement outside which gets all the light at sunset.
I had one of their 'Zombie' cocktails and was bollocked.
on Saint James Street is the rum specialist. They've got about 50 rums behind the bar, and once a month they hold rum club, where a rep comes and shows off their range of rum, giving out tasters for free.
The pubco that owns the St James owns a couple of other pubs which specialise in particular spirits. The Office has a great range of rum, and The Great Eastern does Bourbon. Apparently the Pull & Pump does tequila, but I haven't been in there for ages.
The Office does gin, not rum.
Hardcore you know the score.
Would be in my top 5 pubs of all time I think.
probably moving to Brighton later this year. pretty excited
Brighton's gone burger crazy. All the kitchens are converting to specialist burger kitchens.
but i'm thissing the second line. Have looked up a few of these Brighton recommendations
evening star is a winner all round too for the beer lovers.
I also back the windmill for beer and good gigposters, and nice staff
Edinburgh: Wally Dug (honourable mention to The Globe)
Ilkeston: Bulls Head
Derby: The Brunswick
Malt Cross, The Dragon, The Gladstone, The Peacock, The Golden Fleece, Fade and The Lincolnshire Poacher are all brilliant pubs.
Too not been in
dandelion and burdock?
drumm and bass?
Its whats known in Nottingham as "A Sadpunk Pub"
And how is the Fleece too dandelion and burdock?
I felt bad when I blasphemed which is pretty constant. Ill accept Keens Head or King William IV if it'll placate you
But you'll accept The Kean's Head? It's always cold, you can never get a seat (because there are only about 3 in the place), the food is overpriced rubbish and the staff always look pissed off at having to bother with you.
Good beer selection, but otherwise a wank pub.
I have terrible taste in pubs
Let's go clubbing!
Theres that new 90s 00s
lots of other #dece ones as well
mucky pup was good.
forget names of pubs to be honest
Great selection of less common beers, ales & lagers, not too pricey, light and airy room, decent music on the stereo, quiet at the weekends, only a short stroll away (and in zone 1).
nice little venue. Pretty expensive but it is in Clerkenwell.
Great ever changing selection of ales and cindes. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Clientle is good mix of friendly locals who you'll often end up chatting to if you share a table and DiS types.
Pints still only £3.30 (and used to be under £3 only a couple of years back).
Awesome pork baps and pork pies again for resonable amount.
Love it so much.
I'm very annoyed with myself.
It's just that little bit too small. Good little back garden though I guess. can heartily recommend the pork baps.
but I've never had to stand for too long before I get a seat even on Friday nights etc. Squeezing up on tables and talking to randoms is part of the charm.
We should have a DiS meet/A-Z pre-drinks there at some point!
- Always feels fairly intimate despite central location
- Art School alt. bar mixed with old weegies + staff from GFT, CCA etc.
- Great rotating ale selection, everything around £3
- Good pub for watching football is and not be surrounded by; Old Firm fans (it's unaffiliated) or general drunken idiots.
- Has an underground library bar which is licensed as a gentleman's club so pints are limited but cost £1.50.
- Said bar has an open casket drawn on it.
Miss it dearly. Last time I went before leaving I lost a plectrum and decided I should find it so that I'd always have a connection to it.
But the evening star probably wins.
Always about 8 guest ales on rotation, great food, friendly staff, always packed at the weekends (in a good atmosphere sorta way) and usually good music on too. Good, busy pub quiz. And 5 min walk from my house.
I'm in there practically every weekend night so chances are I'll be knocking about.
good place. Not to far away is the irritatingly named "telegraph at the earl of derby". In the backstreets by telegraph hill/brockley/nunhead. Good beer selection (usually 4 ales, 3 german/czech lagers & a wheat beer). Just a nice comfy place, usually a few dogs in there, bit of sea bird taxidermy and a massive map painted on the wall. + dukebox. Good mixed clientele.
The sam smiths pub on the way down to deptford is great as well.
Probably a good thing I didn't, it's far too comfortable...
Probably for the best I didn't, it's far too comfortable...
Near the west side of the roundabout.
They all seem shite.
Really good pub.
Really good selection of ale, nice outdoor bit (for the area, anyway), do really nice sandwiches, pretty cosy.
Once tried to reserve some space in there and was told I couldn't because there was a darts league match that night.
My kinda pub. My kinda pub.
Yep. It's a no-nonsense boozer.
My local for band practice, lovely lovely pub, top beers, reasonably priced, roof terrace... Old Fountain.
you need to go to the Old Fountain. Right now.
Just round the back of that massive Post Office.
must be a winner
A right winner alright!
I once necked a pint of Skull Splitter in there in one go. 8.5%. Not sure why.
Never even CONSIDERED going slightly north of the roundabout.
Will take my workmates there next week, thanks.
The 3 Crowns 2 minutes walk further up the City Road http://the3crowns.co.uk/
Not been in. Looks a bit too gastro for my liking but a mate of mine said it's alright...
Also just north of the roundabout is The Wenlock Arms which is such an incredible, no-nonsense boozer it makes the Old Fountain look like an All Bar One. Awesome pub.
for a friend's surprise birthday, had a little area reserved. Probably the happiest I've ever been. Food - incredible. Beers - incredible. Feels like a proper pub. Always some live music going on. Amazing roof terrace. Easily in my top 3.
saw all your updates about this :D
It was mammoth.
Yes, it's a crawl.
Been going there for years. After gigs, after band rehearsals, loads of people had birthdays and stuff there. The food is great, the booze is great, the music is normally great.
Was in there with Amy Winehouse once. Care?
It's down a sideroad. Now bright pink. It's also next to G.A.Y. and used to have a rainbow flag sticker behind the door, so I'm pretty sure it's a gay pub. Not that you can really tell either way or that it matters.
Anyway, that's my recommendation. It also does Brooklyn lager, Fruli and Red Stripe on tap.
Pretty much ACE.
Apart from their fucking Ukele nights. They do nice chips. However pretty expensive.
Ukuleles can fuck off, however.
but decided to walk to the black heart instead, cos i like the black heart because: great beer, great food, NICE FEEL
You walked there?
That pub is nice but so costly.
it's expensive but not pisstakingly, considering how much i enjoy the beers there
I've always wanted to go to The Cro-bar opposite the Royal George. Looks ace and plays decent old metal.
once when i was really young and was blown away by the fact that it had QOTSA on the juke box, and once a couple of years ago when i went to a friend's birthday there from a job interview, and teh barman refused to serve me unless i took off my tie
so fuck that place.
known locally as the "No Name". It's tiny inside, benches all around can't have a conversation without being overheard. Proper pub, locals are friendly, down to earth working people. It has a log fire. Really dog friendly, with dog biscuits behind the bar. Staff are really good, when my girlfriend spilled her full glass of wine they replaced it for free. Draught bitters are all excellent, from local breweries and cost between £2.40-£2.80. Pint and a large white wine comes in at just over 6 quid.
(Old Fountain, Southampton Arms, Slaughtered Lamb)
Two other favourites:
The Duke of Wellington in Dalston
The Sebright Arms on the Hackney Road
Both do a huge range of beers, mostly local, and for reasonable(ish) prices. Both do amazing food (Capish at the Wellington, Lucky Chip at the Sebright).
I think the Sebright pips it because of the proper dingy old-school interior, and for the fact it has a great little venue downstairs. But yeah, both amazing.
Beer selection is amazing though. Don't care about their food, pubs are for drinking.
Always been able to get a seat in there which surprised me.
good venue too
Great beer selection for really cheap, always getting new and interesting stuff in, adopted a stray as a pub cat just over a year ago and now he features on their beer mats, such friendly staff, best views of a wonderful city, regular special events with ace food and imported beer, Amble butchers pies, top quiz with free food, great at any time of day. The landlord's an all-time dog, too, regularly gave me free drinks. The day before we moved away from Newcastle the staff wouldn't let us spend any money, made sure we'd tried everything they had on tap and then gave us a free bottle of a limited edition breakfast stout brewed by local brewery (
cracking pub verging somewhere in the netherland between Peckham and Dulwich
Have you been to the Flying Pig? It's round the corner, less a pub, more an American BBQ place with an insane selection of beers.
Other good SE London boozers:
The Sylvan Post, Forest Hill
The Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace
The Greenwich Union, Greenwich
I think I'll stop now.
+ good beers
Only really tried The Tiger in Camberwell and Peckham Pelican
though last time I tried going there they wouldn't let me in on a Saturday night because they had "reached capacity", what the absolute fuck? They win points for having a room out the back which shows films. No changing ales however :( (think they just have Doombar / Tribute and something else on all the time)
it always looks really nice but dead expensive
I think all the bottles and stuff in kegs is really expensive.
Drinks are hella cheap and there's loadsa homebrew and mega-potent stuff (always revolving)
food is hella cheap, vegan and hearty (all stews and curries and that)
seats are dead comfy, that's important.
the hippy couple who run it are REALLY FRIENDLY and welcoming
They have loads of music nights upstairs
the garden is GREAT in summer.
IT'S ONLY £2 ON THE TRAIN from manchester.
It's in Glossop ffs (edge of the peaks!!)
we don't do indie points on here any more.
has #ladburgontour broke you?
I'm gonna DESTROY you at beer pong later #neknominate_sam #oioi
Love the mount of Irish
(forget their names) and the two big dogs
That Brazilian (I think) fella with the big hair who works behind the bar's sound as well. Tend to get a bit of hair in my pint from time to time.
Windmill's definitely not a place for `serious` drinking in (Marston's Pedigree? No thanks) but for larks it cannot be beat. Love it.
Hot, dehydrated dog's wee on a hot summer's day. Suffice to say, I stank.
I WASN'T EVEN EATING THE BBQ.
...I frequent The Sultan and The Trafalgar.
The Sultan is owned by Hop Back and most do their beers, which are great. Does the odd beer festival, nice locals, quite hidden away, and they used to use it on The Bill.
The Trafalgar is round the back of South Wimbledon station and is a right gem. Great rotating selection of ales, live music from time to time. Always seems to win CAMRA SW London pub of the year.
Really helpful for house hunting, since my only requirement seems to be that I'm near a decent pub.
Really liked Westow House when I was exploring Crystal Palace - nice high ceilings, good music, about 15 different beers on tap, dogs and cats every where, pinball machine, and a good solid hum of activity even on a Sunday night.
They're all largely the same (not really a bad thing to be honest) and there's pretty much one in every part of London. Pretty hard to not buy a house near one these days... if my flat purchase goes through I'll be 15 minutes walk from one.
Won't be too far from the converted town hall one in Leyton I wouldn't have thought.
The Red Lion isn't far away either, which is another Antic pub. The Birkbeck and King William IV are also great places down that end, as is the North Star up this way.
is actually the reason I changed my mind from being `it's somewhere we can afford, I suppose` to `I actually really fucking want to move to Leyton`. Awesome, awesome place.
so you'll have a fair bit of walking or bussing to get between the two.
There's about 3/4 decent boozers scattered around Leyton it seems. Will be hitting the King Billy most though if all goes to plan!
...so long as you like Brodies beer. £2.50 a pint! Some of it is borderline undrinkable though.
used to live near it
i mean, i still live near it
but it used to be my local. now im half a mile down the road and the birkbeck tavern is my local and it's so much better - an actual pub instead of a wedding reception venue with a bar
i think the red lion's pretty good, so im not anti-antic as such
william 4th is kinda great, BUT all the st george's flags are pretty off putting, and whenever i've been there with anyone who isn't white they've felt pretty uncomfortable. relatedly, the cross keys in covent garden is, i guess, the same brewery (sells a lot of brodie's at least) and is really great
Hadn't been a consideration re: English flags and that. Patriotism on display doesn't bother me in the slightest but it all depends on the 'vibe' I suppose.
and the amount of beer and the decor apart from the flags - just my friends fucking hated it
It's a dirty, messy, grungey, dark drinking den with a good size venue down the stairs where i've seen hundreds of great bands over the years.
The music is always good, the place is always buzzing, and you rarely get arseholes in there (unless of course myself and PO are in and on a bender).
Lots of good drinks at decent prices including bucktinis!
I even like the bouncers and while i have been refused entry numerous times and been kicked out numerous times they don't hold it against you and let you back in the next night unlike lots of other places i know. Although i am not sure this applies to PO! ;)
It's also a favourite with lots of bands that come to glasgow and i have had many a good drunken chat with folk from bands i really like.
So yeah it's sleazys for me, i've been going since i was about 18 and it feels like a wee home from home, a wee sanctuary away where i can hide from the slings and arrows of everyday life.
Sleazys I fucking love you!
Honourable mention to:
The Big Slope
The Attic (before cuntface bought over it and turned it into a shitehole for shite people!) RIP
like it's way too expensive for what it is and I would argue you get the occasional arsehole, but for the most part, aye, still a staple
Yeah on occasion, but considering where it is and how much booze is consumed in there it's still a pretty low number.
Apologies if i was ever that occasional arsehole! :)
still had plenty of smashers in there
think it was shoreditch or hoxton or somewhere, called the red lion or something.
- had a lot of stairs
+ saw keith from the office in there
he's always about
Quite liked the Tiger and Hermit's Cave last time I went, but doubtless there's somewhere better you lot know about.
big beers, strong dugs
Amazing beer selection. Reasonably priced. Friendly staff. Lovely place to spend a day. Only downside is that it's in Huddersfield really. Not much else to do there, to be brutally honest.
There are tons of great pubs in York I love too but I've probably listed them elsewhere so won't do so again here.
books, fireplace, good beer, brilliant owners, lots of space, comfy.
Hand Bar and The Front from Falmouth also get a heads up.
Manchester - Castle, Angel, Port Street...
keep away from it you bunch of indie pricks!