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Old Nov 17th 2012, 2:14 pm
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One thing I am looking forward to when we visit and eventually move back are PUBS !!! I love the smell, the ambiance, the overall feel of a Great British Pub oh and the PUB Grub nothing beats a Good Ole fashion Pub meal, not a chain pub but a locally owned family place with Great Food, Great drink and Great People.

What is your favorite Pub(s)?
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I'm a bit partial to some of the old Thames-side pubs in Docklands but my favourite has to be the Cove Inn on Portland, Dorset. It's situated right on the beach and in a storm the waves sweep right over the roof. There's no better place to be on a stormy evening when the fire is going and you've got s nice pint of real ale and a crab sarnie.

I think a lot of pubs are struggling now though with the new smoking ban. As much as I hate smoking a lot of the country pubs seemed to be struggling on my last visit.
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I'm a bit partial to some of the old Thames-side pubs in Docklands but my favourite has to be the Cove Inn on Portland, Dorset. It's situated right on the beach and in a storm the waves sweep right over the roof. There's no better place to be on a stormy evening when the fire is going and you've got s nice pint of real ale and a crab sarnie.

I think a lot of pubs are struggling now though with the new smoking ban. As much as I hate smoking a lot of the country pubs seemed to be struggling on my last visit.
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I'm a bit partial to some of the old Thames-side pubs in Docklands but my favourite has to be the Cove Inn on Portland, Dorset. It's situated right on the beach and in a storm the waves sweep right over the roof. There's no better place to be on a stormy evening when the fire is going and you've got s nice pint of real ale and a crab sarnie.

I think a lot of pubs are struggling now though with the new smoking ban
. As much as I hate smoking a lot of the country pubs seemed to be struggling on my last visit.
I would agree and say that it is now hard to find country pub utopia since the ideal would, I suppose, be a peaceful haven with a few locals hanging around and the odd fresh bar snack or sandwich, but that is now financially unsustainable.

In the last year or so, the loveliest pubs I have found have in the main been pubs with good beer but proper food menus and decent food, such as The Guildhall in The Bayle, Folkestone and The Duke's Head at Crawley Down near Gatwick.

The Gun at Coldharbour Lane on the east side of Docklands is a real cracker, though very foodie these days. What a gorgeous spot, looking across the river towards the O2 arena!

Also in London I like The Ring at the junction of The Cut and Blackfriars Road in Southwark for its heaving clientele inside and out (in Summer), good beer variety and good value Thai food option if you need it. Further east is a real ale drinker's heaven in Borough Market, called The Market Porter. Also the ancient George Inn in Borough High Street.

I just asked my wife to remind me which pubs I had classified as one of the best-ever in the last year or so and then I suddenly remembered the one I noted was in Mystic Connecticut - all things are indeed possible! Best beer pub for me with a real community feel about it in the Uk was The Plough & Harrow at Monknash in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales - though it does have food.

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One thing I am looking forward to when we visit and eventually move back are PUBS !!! I love the smell, the ambiance, the overall feel of a Great British Pub oh and the PUB Grub nothing beats a Good Ole fashion Pub meal, not a chain pub but a locally owned family place with Great Food, Great drink and Great People.

What is your favorite Pub(s)?
I agree. Pubs are great. It's not even about the drinking, they're perfect places to socialise. Many bars here in the US tend to play loud music, or they're too geared towards sports. I love the "it feels like home" feeling of a traditional British pub. You cannot replicate that.

I had many favourite local haunts back in the West Midlands. The Beacon in Sedgley (near Dudley) was among my favourites. They brewed their own stuff called ruby mild and dark star. There was the Crooked House pub too on the Himley Road. It was actually crooked, as a result of the ground subsiding due to it being built on top of an old coal mine.

Sadly, I've heard that a lot of pubs have closed down or have had to convert to restaurants to survive. Changing times for sure.
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I agree. Pubs are great. It's not even about the drinking, they're perfect places to socialise. Many bars here in the US tend to play loud music, or they're too geared towards sports. I love the "it feels like home" feeling of a traditional British pub. You cannot replicate that.
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So true, its the whole scenario, not just the drinking, its the way the locals interact, the conversations you can get into, the way you can walk in to most of them and either join in, or sit with a pint and a book and no-one bothers you!
I adore the time I get to spend at home in various pubs, just the familiar feel of the British pub is so good for the spirits!
There's a couple in north London that I can't wait to get back to, discovered a couple of good ones in Guernsey this year, and even my teetotal sister (medical reasons ) has become expert at finding welcoming drinking holes around Bristol that we can go to whenever I'm back!
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Wasdale Head Inn, at the top of the Wasdale valley in the Lakes

Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
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There are so many great pubs here in this part of Yorkshire that it's hard to choose a favorite, but I think one of the best so far has been the pub in Bradley West Yorkshire where we went for lunch one day when we were househunting. It was so friendly! As we walked in the landlord greeted us with a warm welcome and the waitress chatted to us when she brought our food, and that was all nice, but what really blew me away was that, as we left, all the regulars at the bar said 'goodbye.' Lovely.

But for quality of food combined with atmosphere, I think my favorite so far is the Woolly Sheep in Skipton, closely followed by the Taps in Ilkley. I know you won't be living up north, but write them both down in case you come on holiday

Not all pubs are struggling, but the ones that do well are the ones with excellent food and a great atmosphere. Average pubs are going out of business fast.

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What is your favourite Pub(s)?
We've got a couple of pubs in the village we live in that are within walking distance which is a plus point for us... they are ok pubs, nothing special but perfectly reasonable and we visit both from time to time. Always seem plenty busy when we are there, but that does tend to be a weekend.

For food, we currently have 2 favourites locally - the Willet Arms on the outskirts of Wimborne and The Curlew on the edge of Ferndown. Both are lovely country pubs with good food. We alternate between them as one has a slightly better ambiance and better service, but the other one has the edge on the food.

There's a real old fashioned tiny spit and sawdust pub in Westbourne (area within Bournemouth) called the Porterhouse which has the best quiz night around here which we like.

Bit further afield there are loads and loads of great pubs - another particular fave is the Scott Arms which is on a hill overlooking Corfe Castle with a fab view from the gardens.

Regarding the smoking ban, I have read before about pubs closing as a result of the ban (and I dare say there are stats that bear that out), but I have to say that I for one am a huge fan of the change.

On family days out, for example, prior to the ban, we would only have considered cafes for lunch/coffee stops whereas now we are quite happy popping into a pub. I wouldn't have thought my family were unique in that regard.
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The White Horse Inn South Shields would have been our local had we moved home but we're looking forward to exploring what North Yorkshire has to offer
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For food, we currently have 2 favourites locally - the Willet Arms on the outskirts of Wimborne and The Curlew on the edge of Ferndown. Both are lovely country pubs with good food. We alternate between them as one has a slightly better ambiance and better service, but the other one has the edge on the food.
Both of those pubs look like solid businesses with a cracking all-round product.

I really like the way pubs stimulate mid-week (non-weekend) business with pie nights and lunch specials. Discovered one such (The Lamb) in Shipton-under-Wychwood in the Cotswolds last year where the pie night food package value was phenomenal in terms of both price and quality.

Will be on the hunt for seniors lunch specials when I return next.
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I plan to put the guide:

PUB WALKS IN KENT - Forty Circular Walks around Kent Inns

which is a generic covering much of the country - to good use upon my return.

Could also integrate Pub Walks into using the book - Pathways - Journeys along Britain's historic byways......
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The Great British pubs!!!
London has so many and you don't have to pay tourist prices.
The cross keys is good http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs.../Covent_Garden

The Marquess http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs.../Covent_Garden

Freemasons Arms (my old work local)http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs.../Covent_Garden

The Alma Sidcup, in there most wednesdays and Fridays http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs...82/Alma/Sidcup

As i write this getting ready for a slurp at The Kings Head http://www.kingsheadbexley.co.uk/

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As i write this getting ready for a slurp at The Kings Head http://www.kingsheadbexley.co.uk/

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My old (I mean old ('70 '71) watering hole! Still good then?

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My old (I mean old ('70 '71) watering hole! Still good then?
Its all right, a bit poncey TBH. Still waiting for the misses to get back from shop to drop me off there ..
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