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Lazarus and the Gimp
17-07-2005, 18:26:57
1- The Druids Arms, Stanton Drew.

http://www.adrian.smith.clara.net/photos/druids_arms01.jpg

Unpretentious West Country boozer, with authentically lurid and odd-smelling carpet. 6X on draft, alongside guest ales and the odd guest cider. Great food.

Set in stunning countryside on the edge of the Mendips where absolutely no tourists go. The beer garden just happens to be a Neolithic stone circle, so you can sink a pint while communing with the ancestors. Ace.

protein
17-07-2005, 18:31:48
In theory, I love pubs like that. In reality whenever I go in one all the old bastards in them start staring and mumbling and taking the piss.

protein
17-07-2005, 18:33:01
It does sound nice though, especially with all the ancient surroundings etc. There's something increadibly comforting about a pub that feels like it's as old as the hills.

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-07-2005, 18:41:29
This one's even older than the hills.

2- The George, Norton-St-Phillip

Been getting West Country yokels plastered since 1270 AD. Has to be seen to be believed. There are pubs that claim to be older, but none of theh have changed as little.

Oerdin
17-07-2005, 19:27:44
I like those old places but we don't have anything like that stateside. About the oldest it gets is a 17th century pub in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. I went there some years ago and had a traditional colonial ale, whiskey, along with some bread and farmer's cheese. Great stuff.

My local pub is about 1.5 miles away near my old high school. It's called Callahan's so I guess it is technically an Irish pub but there are no flags or other political stuff in it. I guess the owners don't want to offend anyone since when the pub was founded they were still having troubles in Northern Ireland. They also brew some damn fine beer there with 15 house brews & 10 other brews on tap. The food isn't very special and is bordering on generic but the prices are reasonable and the place is close to my house.

http://www.sandiegorestaurants.com/restaurant.cfm?res_id=100

mr.G
17-07-2005, 22:30:58
hey pssssst Oerdin
you guys don't have old places.........

Gary
17-07-2005, 23:04:17
Oh they do. They're called tribal burial grounds.

protein
17-07-2005, 23:47:21
I'd love to go to some old yankee pubs.

Incidentally, I was watching some old episode of Floyd on America the other day, he was in some pub in Florida and I decided I'd like to do a gastronomic tour of the states. On this episode there were all sorts of things I've never heard of. Squirrel sausages, gator burgers etc. It looked fantastic.

The Norks
18-07-2005, 01:20:33
its more bars than pubs in america isnt it?
I'd love to go to New Orleans, although I hear its a bit rough.

jsorense
18-07-2005, 01:42:01
Tried to go into a famous pub in Sydney, The Nelson? The Admiral Neslon? The generations of accumulated cigarette smoke formed an impenertrable obstacle.:bouncmsk:

Greg W
18-07-2005, 01:44:53
The Lord Nelson. :beer:

jsorense
18-07-2005, 01:45:47
It still stank so bad that it made my eyes water.
Although the old guy in the corner playing an accordian was charmingly quaint.

Greg W
18-07-2005, 01:46:37
http://www.lordnelson.com.au/184.jpg

The Lord Nelson (http://www.lordnelson.com.au/)

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 03:23:05
The Lord Nelson looks like my kind of place.

Protein: That pub I was telling you about in Williamsburg was where part of the declaration of independence was written. At first Jefferson and Franklin were going to write it in a house down the street but Franklin kept saying he wanted to go for a beer so they moved to the pub.

Supposedly Franklin would drink to much thus leaving Jefferson to write most of the document himself while Franklin wold only review it after he had sobbered up. :lol:

Beta1
18-07-2005, 09:28:40
http://img01.beerintheevening.com/2f/2ff6f9f1034652640bd79f22820cb182.jpg

One of my favourite. Fantastic garden and dam good beer.

Funko
18-07-2005, 09:55:34
Oerdin's nearest pub is a mile and a half away!?

:cry:

Poor guy!

No wonder he's putting so much effort into making his own booze.

The Norks
18-07-2005, 12:25:30
http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hurst-pc.org.uk/images/jpeg/twa.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.hurst-pc.org.uk/links/twa.html&h=450&w=640&sz=84&tbnid=hxgv_8W6OZwJ:&tbnh=94&tbnw=135&hl=en&start=1&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bwheelwrights%2Bhurst%26svnum%3D 10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff

where I worked when I first left school. Its a great pub with a real atmosphere. I can still walk in there over 10 years later and know half the people in there. Its about 300 years old I believe.

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thepheasantwinnersh.co.uk/front1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thepheasantwinnersh.co.uk/body.html&h=281&w=611&sz=28&tbnid=Tk_Vk4C9KogJ:&tbnh=61&tbnw=133&hl=en&start=8&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bpheasant%2Bwinnersh%26svnum%3D1 0%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff

worked here while in my last year of uni- very 'local' but good for getting the gossip. ABout 250 years old.

I also worked at the George on the Loddon bridge but I can't find any online pics. That one used to be a highwayman's hangout as it was on a turnpike, and is a really nice pub especially in summer as it sits on the river. And I worked in a Victorian pub in London that had a haunted basement, the dogs refused to go down there and you could feel yourself being watched. Apparently the Wheelwrights was haunted too. Oo- er!

protein
18-07-2005, 12:39:48
Originally posted by Beta1
http://img01.beerintheevening.com/2f/2ff6f9f1034652640bd79f22820cb182.jpg

One of my favourite. Fantastic garden and dam good beer.
Is that in Hurst?

The Norks
18-07-2005, 12:46:40
don't think so.

Beta1
18-07-2005, 12:48:17
green man is on the edge of putney heath/wimbledon common

Other good pubs around there - the crooked billet and the hand in hand which are about 20m apart on the edge of wimbledon common

Venom
18-07-2005, 13:27:42
I wish I had a pub 1.5 miles away. I probably have to go about 7 or 8 miles. That's why I get hammered on my couch and piss on the coffee table.

protein
18-07-2005, 13:30:29
There's a nice Green Man in Hurst that I used to go to. Low ceilings, interesting beer etc.

http://www.readingrestaurants.com/images/profiles/390.jpg
http://www.thegreenman.uk.com/images/cellar.jpg

Funko
18-07-2005, 13:31:27
Originally posted by Venom
I wish I had a pub 1.5 miles away. I probably have to go about 7 or 8 miles. That's why I get hammered on my couch and piss on the coffee table.

Fucking hell.

No wonder you're a psycho.

protein
18-07-2005, 13:32:48
My nearest pub is about fourty yards away. I can't think which of the two are nearest - the Roebuck or the College Arms...

protein
18-07-2005, 13:33:38
I think that's the case pretty much everywhere in the UK. When we give directions to each other we use pubs as landmarks.

Venom
18-07-2005, 13:33:47
They're building an Ale House that's maybe 5 miles away. So there's that.

Funko
18-07-2005, 14:00:37
Even when I've been staying in the middle of the countryside on a farm or something the nearest pub's only been a couple of miles away. It's wrong I tell thee, WRONG!

protein
18-07-2005, 14:02:59
The Slaughtered Lamb.

JM^3
18-07-2005, 14:09:29
I have Town Hall, which is ~10 minute (or less) slow walk away...

it is a real towny bar

dank, no food, drinks depend on the bartender (can be good or bad)

clientel is mostly pool players, old guys (a few girls), and the occasional college student wanting a break from the college bars

there is another bar within 10 minutes walk, and at least 4 more in the next ~mile

JM

JM^3
18-07-2005, 14:10:49
the other nearby bar is at the Best Western..

because it is the only one that has karoake (now that Lasic burnt down (was within a mile) it does get none Best Western clientel

JM

The Norks
18-07-2005, 14:44:26
Originally posted by protein
There's a nice Green Man in Hurst that I used to go to. Low ceilings, interesting beer etc.

http://www.readingrestaurants.com/images/profiles/390.jpg
http://www.thegreenman.uk.com/images/cellar.jpg

are you sure its in Hurst?? I know that area fairly well and I recall the Green man. Although the Castle used to be called something different..whereabouts is it?

The Norks
18-07-2005, 14:44:47
that should say dont recall

*End Is Forever*
18-07-2005, 15:09:55
The Swinside Inn (http://www.theswinsideinn.com/)

Venom
18-07-2005, 15:18:32
Originally posted by Funko
Even when I've been staying in the middle of the countryside on a farm or something the nearest pub's only been a couple of miles away. It's wrong I tell thee, WRONG!

Welcome to the Big Country. Where everything's large and spread out.

Funko
18-07-2005, 15:41:15
Goddamn puritans!

protein
18-07-2005, 15:43:39
http://www.thegreenman.uk.com

It's definately in Hurst.

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 15:51:57
Originally posted by Venom
Welcome to the Big Country. Where everything's large and spread out.

Especially Venom.

MOBIUS
18-07-2005, 16:46:49
The Vale of Glamorgan just outside of Cardiff is literally covered with historic pubs - here's one of my favourites:

http://www.windowonwales.co.uk/sendcard.asp?id=50

The Blue Anchor in East Aberthaw

Funko
18-07-2005, 16:47:22
I can't think of any pubs that are worthy of the title "worlds greatest"

JM^3
18-07-2005, 16:53:10
all the ones I go to often are pretty crap

Brickskillar has some good quantities (holds guiness world record for most beer varieties served)

but it isn't really my favorite either..

JM

MOBIUS
18-07-2005, 16:53:55
Another good 'un we had lunch in the other day is the Bush Inn in St Hilary - another thatched pub!

http://www.teaandbiscuits.co.uk/teareviews/bushreview.htm

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 16:54:10
Originally posted by JM^3
all the ones I go to often are pretty crap

Brickskillar has some good quantities (holds guiness world record for most beer varieties served)

but it isn't really my favorite either..

JM

I've been to some bars with over 200-300 beers on tap so that place must have been a sight to see. :beer:

JM^3
18-07-2005, 16:55:38
http://www.thebrickskeller.com/

I also like Franklins, which is a sort of microbrewery.. but I like it for the food..

there was also a irish pub type place, but it was for the pirate sing that happened there occasionally

I don't really like beer much (some are drinkable, Lambics are good) so that sort of colors my feeling..

JM

JM^3
18-07-2005, 17:00:12
list 1 http://www.thebrickskeller.net/_wsn/page3.html

list 2
http://www.thebrickskeller.net/_wsn/page2.html

their site is pretty poor.. don't know what else is arround (the waitress appeared to me to claim to not serve whiskey, but then I got some downstairs at the bar)

JM

Gramercy Riffs
18-07-2005, 17:03:09
The Worlds End in Camden is pretty exciting. Hardly a revelation I know but...

protein
18-07-2005, 17:06:16
I was there the other day. I didn't know how big the place was until I tried to find the toilet.

MOBIUS
18-07-2005, 17:08:51
That place is fucking huuuuge! Makes Waxy O'Conners look like a wendy house...

Gramercy Riffs
18-07-2005, 17:09:53
Yeah, its massive.

Whens its packed, its like being at a huge house party, people sat everywhere, on the floor, the stairs.

King_Ghidra
18-07-2005, 17:12:47
The Retreat in Reading is the world's best pub. End of debate.

http://www.readingcamra.org.uk/news/news_and_views.asp?Article=34

Gramercy Riffs
18-07-2005, 17:15:03
We really should go there more. I say more, but I've never actually been.

King_Ghidra
18-07-2005, 17:17:46
if you're good, i'll take you down there sometime

Lurker the Second
18-07-2005, 17:18:41
Originally posted by The Norks

I'd love to go to New Orleans, although I hear its a bit rough.

:lol: Perfect!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
18-07-2005, 17:21:39
Local classic:

http://www.augustinerbier.at/index_flash_e.htm

Since 1621, capacity about 3000, great beer, overpriced food (but you may bring your own).

Funko
18-07-2005, 17:23:52
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
The Retreat in Reading is the world's best pub. End of debate.

http://www.readingcamra.org.uk/news/news_and_views.asp?Article=34

Yeah... it is a good one.

Funko
18-07-2005, 17:24:39
Capacity about 7.

The Norks
18-07-2005, 17:28:56
Originally posted by protein
http://www.thegreenman.uk.com

It's definately in Hurst.

I see its in the Twyford end- I didnt know that bit counted as Hurst! I have a feeling that I may have stopped there with a puntured bike tyre once..hmm...

The Norks
18-07-2005, 17:32:24
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
The Retreat in Reading is the world's best pub. End of debate.

http://www.readingcamra.org.uk/news/news_and_views.asp?Article=34

There's one opposite the Butts centre, thats pretty old and they have lock ins and give you free drinks. The owners are this crazy old couple. I cant remember the name of it though. The Horn used to be good as well but it changed management and got shit.

Gramercy Riffs
18-07-2005, 17:38:47
Yeah, I took my old man to The Horn a couple of months back for Sunday roast. Was pretty shoddy.

Debaser
18-07-2005, 17:43:56
Is the one opposite the butts called The Allied Arms? I've never been but it's supposed to be pretty popular with the Reading indie glitterati. I think it's another pub with a capacity of about 10.

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 18:11:33
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
:lol: Perfect!

The tourist areas are nice but the poorer neighborhoods were filled with black teenagers who looked like they'd rob you for your shoes. It could be I was reading to much into it but I like to think I have a better then average sense of these things.

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 18:14:44
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Local classic:

http://www.augustinerbier.at/index_flash_e.htm

Since 1621, capacity about 3000, great beer, overpriced food (but you may bring your own).

They do home delivery? :lol:

That's so cool.

Lurker the Second
18-07-2005, 18:20:24
Originally posted by Oerdin
The tourist areas are nice but the poorer neighborhoods were filled with black teenagers who looked like they'd rob you for your shoes. It could be I was reading to much into it but I like to think I have a better then average sense of these things.

That's not really what I was referring to.

Oerdin
18-07-2005, 18:31:30
Then please explain.

Lurker the Second
18-07-2005, 18:49:56
Oerdin you poor bastard you need to get out more.

Lazarus and the Gimp
18-07-2005, 19:06:43
Originally posted by Funko
Oerdin's nearest pub is a mile and a half away!?

:cry:

Poor guy!



Mine's a mile away. Nearest decent one is a mile and a half.

Lazarus and the Gimp
18-07-2005, 19:10:04
Originally posted by MOBIUS
The Vale of Glamorgan just outside of Cardiff is literally covered with historic pubs - here's one of my favourites:

http://www.windowonwales.co.uk/sendcard.asp?id=50

The Blue Anchor in East Aberthaw

I've been there a couple of times. It's very nice, but not in my top 10.

Diss
18-07-2005, 21:50:33
wow, all those pubs are by themselves. We don't have urban sprawl in my city. Everything is crammed together. I'll post pictures of pubs I like.

this is a good place to go for a football match. It's about the only place to go. Soccer isn't popular where I live. Except on the mexican tv stations. Many, many different beers on tap here.

http://www.crownandanchorlv.com/images/pubcrop.jpg

These next two are chain pubs, but they have some class. The first one has a brick layout, and I like bricks. And pictures of the ocean, and sailing vessels. The second has pictures of old las vegas. And I'm a history buff, and I like the really old pictures.

actually I couldn't find a website for village pub. Oh well


http://www.ptspubs.com/images/tavernPics/pics/hualapaiext.jpg

http://www.ptspubs.com/images/tavernPics/pics/charlestonbar.jpg

The final place I go to hear some live music. Rock music. Surprisingly we don't have many clubs where the bands play metal. Esp. since the Huntridge closed for renovations.

http://www.thebostonlv.com/images/Delivery%20Menu/Bostonflyer.jpg

The Norks
19-07-2005, 01:30:33
Originally posted by Debaser
Is the one opposite the butts called The Allied Arms? I've never been but it's supposed to be pretty popular with the Reading indie glitterati. I think it's another pub with a capacity of about 10.

yeah I think thats it. I like old man pubs, so I quite like it. I'm also secretly pleased its survived as an authentic pub against all the competition in Reading. It is tiny though!

protein
19-07-2005, 01:33:32
It was a popular hobbit pub in the old days.

The Norks
19-07-2005, 01:33:57
Originally posted by Oerdin
The tourist areas are nice but the poorer neighborhoods were filled with black teenagers who looked like they'd rob you for your shoes. It could be I was reading to much into it but I like to think I have a better then average sense of these things.

my aunt and uncle went there on hols as they are really into jazz and blues, and they said its largely ok, but opportunistic tourist crime is on the rise, like mugging and petty theft, so you could well be right. Shame really. WOuld still love to go tho!

The Norks
19-07-2005, 01:34:51
Originally posted by protein
It was a popular hobbit pub in the old days.

:lol:

protein
19-07-2005, 01:35:18
My dad absolutely loved New Orleans.

The Norks
19-07-2005, 02:07:08
the food and music are meant to be fantastic. Its on my list.

Greg W
19-07-2005, 02:12:02
Yeah, but your list is the index in the atlas. ;)

Oerdin
19-07-2005, 05:26:34
Originally posted by protein
My dad absolutely loved New Orleans.

I liked it too but you certainly want to follow the guidebooks and avoid certain areas.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
19-07-2005, 08:40:09
Originally posted by Oerdin
They do home delivery? :lol:

That's so cool.

They're also a brewery - what's so odd?

Funko
19-07-2005, 10:18:56
Originally posted by Debaser
Is the one opposite the butts called The Allied Arms? I've never been but it's supposed to be pretty popular with the Reading indie glitterati. I think it's another pub with a capacity of about 10.

Yes and I've heard that too. Apparently it's got a great jukebox.

Nills Lagerbaak
19-07-2005, 10:26:45
This is the best pub I've ever been to. Laz may have heard of it.

No taps, just beer and bright orange 10% cider served straight from the barrel.

A garden that is basically just some seats in the middle of a field over looking a valley, with a post where Tucker hanged himself.
Definitely worth a vist!

Oerdin
19-07-2005, 10:43:44
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
They're also a brewery - what's so odd?

I like the idea and think it is cool though that would never be allowed in the US. The government gets whiny when ever a brewery tries to do mail order out of fear that someone underage might get their hands on a drink. :clueless:

Oerdin
19-07-2005, 10:45:22
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
This is the best pub I've ever been to. Laz may have heard of it.

No taps, just beer and bright orange 10% cider served straight from the barrel.

A garden that is basically just some seats in the middle of a field over looking a valley, with a post where Tucker hanged himself.
Definitely worth a vist!

My cider is orange right now though I'm hoping that aging it will improve the color a bit. I'm not sure who Tucker was.

Funko
19-07-2005, 10:47:39
It should be orange...

Can you take pictures of it?

Nills Lagerbaak
19-07-2005, 10:49:44
Originally posted by Oerdin
My cider is orange right now though I'm hoping that aging it will improve the color a bit. I'm not sure who Tucker was.


Oooh, the oranger the better. This stuff was luminous, borderline radioactive I'd say.

It was the best tasting damn thing I'd ever had. Tasted like a sweetish apple wine, with a kick like a mule.

Might be something to do with the meat that give it the colour....

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-07-2005, 17:19:14
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
This is the best pub I've ever been to. Laz may have heard of it.



What's it called, and where is it? I can't say the outside rings any bells.

Nills Lagerbaak
19-07-2005, 17:23:01
Whoops, forgot everything but the name...Tucker's Grave in Faulkland nr Bath.

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-07-2005, 17:33:19
Well there you go. I should have recognised it. It's just a few miles away from The George which I posted about earlier.

Faulkland is great. I love the fact there's still stocks on the village green.

Funko
20-07-2005, 10:38:47
In regular use?

Greg W
20-07-2005, 11:09:00
I'm going to nominate the Ettamogah Pub (http://www.aussieworld.com.au/ettamogah-pub.php).

http://www.thetudors.net/EttamogahPub.jpg

Funko
20-07-2005, 11:10:22
Is that real? The picture looks like a computer graphic... the colours are so vivid.

Oh... I see read the link funko. Cool though.

:beer:

Greg W
20-07-2005, 11:18:44
It's a tourist attraction, thus the garish colours...

Diss
20-07-2005, 20:58:23
I don't like tourist pubs. overpriced drinks...