Maximus Bibendus’ Approved Pubs

This is not by any means a comprehensive guide to good pubs (such an undertaking would be well beyond the time and resources available to me). It is merely a list of a few pubs I have visited recently and found worthy of mention (as such, it will be augmented as time goes by but some older entries will inevitably become inaccurate). Details are necessarily brief. Needless to say it would be invidious to attempt to impose any kind of grading or order of preference.

The criteria for inclusion are:

For the benefit of ringers, proximity to a tower is indicated. I have also included notes on food, not because I think food is essential to a good pub - it certainly isn’t - but because it may influence one’s choice, for example when planning a ringing outing.

This list is in reverse chronological order - if revisited, a pub will move up the list.

[List by County]

Apr 17Southwark, London*GeorgeSE1 1NH
Ancient galleried inn with a courtyard and numerous rooms.
Beer: Mostly from the Greene King stable.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to Southwark Cathedral.
Apr 17Beckenham, Kent*ChanceryBR3 5NP
Large corner pub on Bromley Road (formerly the Oakhill Tavern).
Beer: Usually four available.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St George, Beckenham.
Apr 17Reigate, Surrey*Blue AnchorRH2 9BL
Old high street pub with a large beer garden.
Beer: Small selection usually includes one from the local Pilgrim brewery.
Food: Barbecue menu when I visited - decent burgers and gammon steaks.
Tower: Nor far from St Mary Magdalen, Reigate.
Mar 16Croydon, Surrey*Dog and BullCR0 1RG
Largely unspoilt town pub. Background music but not obtrusive.
Beer: Youngs plus Twickenham.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near Croydon Minster.
Mar 16Croydon, Surrey*GeorgeCR0 1LA
Typical Wetherspoon conversion.
Beer: Surprisingly good (and seasonal) choice and quality.
Food: Not sampled but presumably the usual Wetherspoon fare.
Tower: Near Croydon Minster.
Mar 17Carshalton, Surrey*SunSM5 2HU
Odd shaped building, slightly quirky décor.
Beer: Brighton Brewery plus others.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near All Saints, Carshalton.
Mar 17Wrotham, Kent*Rose and CrownTN15 7AE
Popular locals' pub, home to the Hartley Morris.
Beer: Shepherd Neame
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to St George, Wrotham
Mar 17Birling, Kent*Nevill BullME19 5JW
Attractive village pub. The name honours a local landowner's son killed in WW2.
Beer: Three or four ales, including (very) local Kent brewery.
Food: Excellent home-cooked food.
Tower: Very close to All Saints, Birling.
Feb 17Baldock, Herts*Orange TreeSG7 5AW
Yellow painted pub on the edge of town.
Beer: Up to 10 ales, 3 Greene King, the rest from small breweries.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to SMV, Baldock.
Feb 17Buntingford, HertsBlack BullSG9 9AG
Small High Street pub.
Beer: McMullens.
Food: None when I visited but we were encouraged to bring food in from the local deli.
Feb 17Merton, London SW19*SultanSW19 1BT
Unassuming corner pub.
Beer: Hopback (their only London tied house) plus guest ales from Wimbledon Brewery.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from Christ Church, Colliers Wood.
Jan 17Lewisham, London SE13*Jolly FarmersSE13 6LE
Small friendly local with rustic style décor.
Beer: Three beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Lewisham.
Jan 17Crayford, Kent*Bear and Ragged StaffDA1 4BH
Large corner pub (best known as a live music venue).
Beer: Up to 3, mostly Greene King.
Food: Typical pub food from a corporate menu.
Tower: Fairly close to St Paulinus, Crayford.
Dec 16Southwold, Suffolk*Red LionIP18 6ET
17c. Inn which survived the great fire of Southwold (1659).
Beer: Adnams. Probably the best beer in town.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Edmund K&M, Southwold.
Dec 16Southwold, Suffolk*Sole Bay InnIP18 6JN
Single room pub close to the brewery and lighthouse.
Beer: Adnams.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Edmund K&M, Southwold.
Dec 16Southwold, Suffolk*SwanIP18 6DP
Historic town centre hotel.
Beer: Adnams.
Food: Excellent dinner and breakfast.
Tower: Not far from St Edmund K&M, Southwold.
Nov 16Oving, Bucks*Black BoyHP22 4HN
Characterful old building, bigger than it looks from outside.
Beer: Three changing beers, mostly sourced locally.
Food: Excellent (pork belly recommended).
Tower: Opposite All Saints, Oving (3).
Nov 16Redhill, Surrey*PloughRH1 6QE
Low-ceilinged building which has expanded over the centuries.
Beer: Choice of three or four.
Food: Some unusual dishes (e.g. ham hock pudding).
Tower: Very close to SJE, Redhill.
Oct 16Stanstead St Margarets, HertsJolly FishermanSG12 8DH
Yellow painted building in the High Street by the River Lea.
Beer: McMullens
Food: McMullens standard menu plus daily specials.
Aug 16Holborn, London WC1*Craft Beer CoWC1V 7AA
Smallish bar but large room downstairs.
Beer: Large range, tends to focus one one brewery per week.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to St Giles-in-the-Fields.
Aug 16Groby, Leics*Stamford ArmsLE6 0DJ
Large open plan pub. Connections with Lady Jane Grey and the Everard family.
Beer: Everards plus guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Ss Philip & James, Groby.
Aug 16Ramsbottom, Lancs*Grey MareBL0 9HU
Friendly traditional town pub with games.
Beer: Thwaites.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St Paul, Ramsbottom.
Aug 16Ramsbottom, Lancs*Irwell Works BreweryBL0 9YQ
Upstairs bar in a former foundry which now houses the brewery.
Beer: Five handpumps plus keg and bottled craft beers.
Food: No.
Tower: Fairly close to St Paul, Ramsbottom.
Aug 16Ramsbottom, Lancs*Ramsbottom TapBL0 9HU
Micropub, formerly known as First Chop.
Beer: Five handpumps plus keg and bottled craft beers.
Food: No.
Tower: Fairly close to St Paul, Ramsbottom.
Aug 16Edgworth, LancsWhite HorseBL7 0AY
Large corner pub in the village centre.
Beer: About 6 mostly local beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Aug 16Holcombe, LancsShoulder of MuttonBL8 4LZ
Large stone built pub in Holcombe village (above Ramsbottom), convenient for walking on Holcombe Hill.
Beer: About 5 mostly local beers.
Food: Not sampled (but good on a previous visit).
Aug 16Little Hayfield, Derbys*Lantern Pike InnSK22 2NG
Picturesque inn (with accommodation) on the A624 between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Beer: Landlord plus one changing beer.
Food: Decent home-cooked food from a small menu.
Tower: Not too far from St Matthew, Hayfield.
Jul 16Newbold on Stour, WarksWhite HartCV37 8TS
Low-ceilinged 16c. Pub.
Beer: Adnams and Hook Norton.
Food: Excellent buffet with great platters of home-cooked ham and rare beef.
Jul 16Bishops Cleeve, Gloucs*Royal OakGL52 8LR
Large pub in the village centre.
Beer: Five or six - the terrible twins plus some local-ish.
Food: Decent, good value food.
Tower: Very close to St Michael & AA, Bishops Cleeve.
Jul 16Bretforton, Worcs*FleeceWR11 7JE
Delightfully warped and weathered half-timbered inn.
Beer: Choice of about five, including Uley and Wye Valley.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to St Leonard, Bretforton.
Jul 16Broadwell, Oxon*Fox InnGL56 0UF
Family-run stone-built inn with flagstone floors overlooking the village green.
Beer: Donnington BB & SBA.
Food: Good value home-cooked food.
Tower: Not far from St Paul, Broadwell.
Jul 16Evesham, Worcs*Red LionWR11 4RW
A pub until 1910, it re-opened in 2014 after a century as a shop. Almost a micropub.
Beer: Range of Cannon Royal ales plus local cider and perry.
Food: None, but take-aways can be ordered.
Tower: Very near the Bell Tower.
Jul 16Evesham, Worcs*TrumpetWR11 4BD
An unassuming little local.
Beer: Hook Norton.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near the Bell Tower. (Ringers drank it dry during a 12-bell eliminator a few years ago.)
Jul 16Evesham, Worcs*Royal OakWR11 4RE
Old inn in the High Street.
Beer: Usually three ales including Purity.
Food: Good traditional pub food and excellent service.
Tower: Near the Bell Tower. (They were happy to serve food at 9.30 pm after the practice.)
Jul 16Studley, Warks*Victoria WorksB80 7AU
Yellow ochre building with dormer windows (formerly the Nags Head).
Beer: Weatheroak Brewery tap house - full range plus one or two guests.
Food: Limited, but excellent pork pies.
Tower: Within reach of the Nativity of the BVM, Studley.
Jul 16Locksbottom, Kent*Whyte LionBR6 8NE
Long oak-beamed pub with walled garden.
Beer: Shepherd Neame plus guest (e.g. Whitstable).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not that far from St Giles, Farnborough.
Jul 16Stilton, CambsBell InnPE7 3RA
Ancient coaching inn restored to its former glory.
Beer: Greene King plus local ales (Digfield, Oakham).
Food: "Modern British" cuisine. All varieties of Stilton available. Excellent breakfast.
Jul 16Stilton, CambsTalbot InnPE7 3RP
400 year old pub with panelled lounge and stained glass.
Beer: Wells & Youngs plus one guest ale.
Food: Not sampled.
Jul 16Stilton, CambsStilton Cheese InnPE7 3RP
Half-timbered building but only about 200 years old (formerly the George).
Beer: Choice of two or three ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Jul 16Tamworth, Staffs*Kings DitchB79 7AS
Classic example of a contemporary micropub. Extra seating upstairs.
Beer: Four or five ales on gravity (plus a wide range of ciders).
Food: No kitchen, but good pork pies and pickled eggs.
Tower: Near St Editha, Tamworth.
Jul 16Tamworth, Staffs*Tamworth ArmsB79 7QL
Very traditional looking exterior, more modern inside. Smart and very cheap accommodation attached.
Beer: Only one beer, changes weekly.
Food: Evening menu not sampled; breakfast somewhat basic.
Tower: Not far from St Editha, Tamworth.
Jul 16Croydon, Surrey*SkylarkCR0 1DP
Fairly typical Wetherspoon conversion.
Beer: Good range but not as many as the George in central Croydon.
Food: Standard JDW menu.
Tower: Not far from St Peter, South Croydon.
Jul 16Croydon, Surrey*Croham ArmsCR2 7PB
Fairly basic but friendly local.
Beer: Harvey’s Sussex and others.
Food: No.
Tower: Very close to St Peter, South Croydon.
Jul 16Clapham, London SW4*Craft Beer CoSW4 6ED
Corner pub with central bar and covered garden.
Beer: House beer (Kent Brewery) plus 9 other ales, craft keg beers and a large selection of bottled beers.
Food: Summer barbecue menu.
Tower: Not far from Holy Trinity or St Mary, Clapham.
Jun 16Withersfield, SuffolkBradman’sCB9 7SH
Thatched pub up the hill from the village green. [Formerly the White Horse]
Beer: Greene King and Adnams.
Food: Pub staples plus some unusual dishes (clam chowder in a bread bowl).
Jun 16Cavendish, Suffolk*GeorgeCO10 8BA
15th century pub on the village green.
Beer: Nethergate and other local ales.
Food: Seasonal menu, all home-made including the bread.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Cavendish.
Jun 16Cavendish, Suffolk*BullCO10 8AX
Comfortable High Street pub with timbered interior.
Beer: Good choice from mainly local breweries.
Food: Not sampled but good reputation apparently.
Tower: Close to St Mary, Cavendish.
Jun 16Bishops Stortford, Herts*Rose and CrownCM23 3BL
Small, basic corner pub near the railway station.
Beer: Greene King plus guest (e.g. Wolf).
Food: No.
Tower: Not far from St Michael, Bishops Stortford.
Jun 16Beckenham, Kent*Coach and HorsesBR3 3LA
Small back-street pub, very much a local.
Beer: Harvey’s Sussex and others.
Food: No.
Tower: Not far from St George, Beckenham.
Jun 16Croydon, Surrey*SpreadeagleCR0 1NX
Former bank with wood and brass interior.
Beer: Fullers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to Croydon Minster.
May 16Warlingham, SurreyWhite LionCR6 9EG
Interconnecting small rooms dating from 15c. To modern.
Beer: Ember Inns’ standards plus guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
May 16Nottingham*Vat and FiddleNG2 1NB
Brewery tap of Castle Rock, close to the railway station.
Beer: 12 handpumps, mostly Castle Rock but some guest ales.
Food: Limited, not sampled.
Tower: Within easy reach of St Mary or St Peter.
May 16Beeston, Notts*Boat and HorsesNG9 1LP
Basic local, close to Beeston canal.
Beer: Small range from Greene King empire plus local guest.
Food: Lunchtime (not sampled).
Tower: Not that close to SJB, Beeston.
May 16Mountsorrel, LeicsWatersideLE12 7BB
Large pub next to Mountsorrel lock (River Soar).
Beer: Everards.
Food: Not sampled.
May 16Blaby, Leics*Baker’s ArmsLE8 4FQ
Lovely back-street pub in an ancient building with a working baker’s oven.
Beer: Everards range plus guest ale. Local cider.
Food: Good buffet on previous visit.
Tower: Very close to All Saints, Blaby.
May 16Foxton, Leics*Bridge 61LE16 7RA
Waterside pub by the bottom lock - an old building fairly recently converted.
Beer: Several, mostly from the nearby Langton brewery.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Andrew, Foxton.
May 16Foxton, Leics*Black HorseLE16 7RD
Village local not far from Foxton Locks.
Beer: Selection from Greene King empire.
Food: Restaurant and bar food. Pies a speciality on Tuesday.
Tower: Very close to St Andrew, Foxton.
May 16Yelvertoft, Northants*Knightley ArmsNN6 6LF
Pleasant dog-friendly local near the Grand Union canal.
Beer: Reasonable range including local ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near All Saints, Yelvertoft.
May 16Nether Heyford, Northants*Olde SunNN7 3LL
16c. Sandstone building, not far from the Grand Union.
Beer: Small range from Marston’s stable plus local guest ale.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Ss Peter & Paul, Nether Heyford.
May 16Southwark, London SE1*Market PorterSE1 9AA
Very popular corner pub opposite the Borough Market.
Beer: Wide constantly changing range, quality variable (used to be better).
Food: Not sampled recently.
Tower: Close to Southwark Cathedral.
May 16Southwark, London SE1*RakeSE1 9AG
Small pub on the edge of Borough Market.
Beer: Changing selection of cask ales plus a selection of keg craft beers and bottled beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to Southwark Cathedral.
May 16Shirley (Croydon), SurreySurpriseCR0 5HF
Unassuming yellow ochre building, recently refurbished.
Beer: Choice of 3 or 4 including Westerham.
Food: Fish dishes and interesting tapas.
Apr 16Cudham, Kent*Blacksmith’s ArmsTN14 7QB
Picturesque and historic local.
Beer: Four or five, not generally local.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Ss Peter & Paul, Cudham.
Apr 16Shoreham, Kent*Two BrewersTN14 7TD
Solid, two bar pub just up the hill from the village centre.
Beer: Small range of local beers, including Westerham and Musket.
Food: Definite emphasis on food. Ox cheek was very good.
Tower: Reasonably close to Ss Peter & Paul, Shoreham.
Apr 16Gravesend, Kent*Compass Ale HouseDA12 1AA
A new micropub, very friendly.
Beer: Good selection of local ales direct from the cask.
Food: No.
Tower: Not too far from St George, Gravesend (or a short drive from Milton).
Apr 16Rochester, Kent*Cooper’s ArmsME1 1TL
Unspoilt 800 year old pub.
Beer: Several mostly local ales.
Food: Basic pub grub and quick service.
Tower: Between the Cathedral and St Margaret’s, Rochester.
Apr 16Shedfield, Hants*WheatsheafSO32 2JG
Award-winning friendly pub on the A334.
Beer: Up to 6 local ales direct from the cask.
Food: Short blackboard menu (not sampled this time) - and home-made pickled eggs.
Tower: Not far from SJB Shedfield.
Apr 16Titchfield, Hants*BuglePO14 4RT
Small hotel with a large bar, 400 year old building with a fireplace from Titchfield Abbey.
Beer: Four ales including two from local breweries.
Food: Excellent steaks. Reasonable full English breakfast.
Tower: Very close to St Peter, Titchfield.
Apr 16Titchfield, Hants*Queen’s HeadPO14 4AQ
A lovely unpretentious high street pub.
Beer: Four ales sourced from local breweries (with sample jars next to the pumps).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Peter, Titchfield.
Apr 16West Horsley, SurreyBarley MowKT24 6HR
16c. Pub with a former malt house attached.
Beer: Regular selection includes Surrey Hills Shere Drop.
Food: Traditional pub staples (lunch) plus Thai menu.
Mar 16Saffron Walden, Essex*Old English GentlemanCB10 1HQ
Town pub with several drinking areas and a dining room.
Beer: Adnams, Woodeforde’s and guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to SMV, Saffron Walden.
Mar 16Great Wratting, SuffolkRed LionCB9 7HA
Traditional local, entered under a weather-beaten whale’s jaw bone.
Beer: Small range generally from Adnams.
Food: Basic but tasty and very reasonably priced.
Mar 16Westminster*Westminster ArmsSW1P 3AT
Small wood-panelled pub with a restaurant above and wine bar below.
Beer: Shepherd Neame.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Convenient for the Abbey and St Margaret’s.
Mar 16Sandridge, Herts*Rose and CrownAL4 9DA
17th c. inn in the High Street with several drinking and dining areas.
Beer: Three or four, including Tring.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Leonard, Sandridge.
Mar 16Codicote, Herts*GlobeSG4 8UA
Former beer house, now a friendly, family-run local.
Beer: McMullens
Food: Small menu and specials board. Good beef stew and pork belly.
Tower: Fairly close to St Giles, Codicote.
Mar 16Wallington, SurreyWallington ArmsSM6 0NN
Town pub (Antic group) next to Wallington Station.
Beer: Good range, at least 2 local.
Food: Not sampled.
Feb 16Padbury, Bucks*Four & 20MK18 2AY
Ancient exterior, modern interior with small bar and larger eating area.
Beer: Choice of two.
Food: Trendy looking but deceptively filling. Good pies.
Tower: Fairly close to SMV, Padbury.
Feb 16Padbury, Bucks*New InnMK18 2AW
Yellow ochre, bow-windowed three bar pub.
Beer: Choice of two, usually sourced locally.
Food: Recently stopped serving food.
Tower: Fairly close to SMV, Padbury.
Jan 16Eversley, Hants*Golden PotRG27 0NB
Picturesque pub, formerly two cottages.
Beer: Small, changing range.
Food: Excellent quality, not large portions. Daily fish menu.
Tower: Reasonably close to St Mary, Eversley.
Jan 16Clapham, London SW4*Rose and CrownSW4 0JG
Friendly drinkers’ pub in Clapham Old Town. Distinctive tiled façade.
Beer: Green King plus several guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Holy Trinity, Clapham Common.
Dec 15Kenilworth, Warks*Cottage InnCV8 2GD
Wells house with restaurant and accomodaion.
Beer: From Wells and Youngs range.
Food: Dinner menu not sampled. Breakfast was good if basic.
Tower: Not too far from St Nicholas, Kenilworth.
Dec 15Kenilworth, Warks*Wyandotte InnCV8 2GF
Small community pub, named after a native American tribe.
Beer: Small range from Marstons and related breweries.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not too far from St Nicholas, Kenilworth.
Dec 15Kenilworth, Warks*EngineCV8 2HP
Cosy little pub with railway memorabilia.
Beer: Two or three.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not too far from St Nicholas, Kenilworth.
Dec 15Horndean, HantsShip and BellPO8 0BZ
Large pub next to the former Gales brewery. Very reasonable accommodation.
Beer: Fullers/Gales range.
Food: Good pies and ribs, excellent breakfast.
Dec 15Twickenham, Middx*White SwanTW1 3DN
Attractive riverside pub facing Eel Pie Island.
Beer: About five, including Twickenham ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Twickenham.
Dec 15Barnes, London SW13*Coach and HorsesSW13 9LW
Cosy pub with with large garden.
Beer: Youngs plus guest beers.
Food: Good (but no longer served late on practice night). Summer barbecues.
Tower: Fairly close to St Mary, Barnes.
Nov 15Denham, Bucks*Green ManUB9 5BH
Smallish pub, recently and sympathetically refurbished.
Beer: Choice of three, including Rebellion.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Denham.
Nov 15Bray, Berks*CrownSL6 2AH
Originally two cottages but a pub since Charles II allegedly drank there. Now owned by Heston Blumenthal.
Beer: Choice of three.
Food: Enjoyed a very up-market pastrami sandwich.
Tower: Close to St Michael, Bray.
Nov 15Bray, Berks*Hinds HeadSL6 2AB
15c. Building, converted to a pub 400 years ago.
Beer: Three beers, including Rebellion.
Food: Not sampled (fully booked Saturday lunchtime).
Tower: Next to St Michael, Bray.
Oct 15Lymington, Hants*Bosun’s ChairSO41 3BA
Former coach house with accommodation, near the Town station.
Beer: Wadworths.
Food: Reasonable breakfast.
Tower: Not too far from St Thomas, Lymington.
Oct 15Lymington, Hants*Ship InnSO41 3AY
Imposing old inn on the Quay. My great-great-great grandfather was landlord.
Beer: Three beers, one may be local-ish.
Food: Very good, emphasis on fish dishes.
Tower: Not too far from St Thomas, Lymington.
Oct 15Lymington, Hants*Thomas TrippSO41 9GF
18c. Building with plain exterior, formerly the Anglesey Hotel.
Beer: Small, changing range from local breweries.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St Thomas, Lymington.
Oct 15Lymington, Hants*Borough ArmsSO41 9GP
Family run town pub.
Beer: Ringwood and local beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St Thomas, Lymington.
Oct 15Lymington, HantsMonkey HouseSO41 9HA
Formerley the Crown (but always known by its current name), a jumble of interconnected buildings.
Beer: Several local beers, including Dancing Cows.
Food: Not sampled.
Oct 15Hampton, Middx*Jolly CoopersTW12 2SJ
Lovely little family-run pub.
Beer: Five pumps always in use.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Hampton.
Sep 15Bromley, Kent*Shortlands TavernBR2 0EY
Rather garish looking and music can be loud.
Beer: Changing range, often from local breweries.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: A stroll across the park from Bromley Parish church.
Aug 15Turners Hill, Sussex*CrownRH10 4PT
Originally a farmhouse and barn, although you wouldn’t know it (inn since 1706).
Beer: Harveys plus one or two others.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Leonard, Turners Hill.
Aug 15Cuckfield, Sussex*WheatsheafRH17 5LB
19c. pub with restaurant and accommodation on the edge of the village.
Beer: Small range.
Food: Enjoyed a sumptuous dinner while staying here.
Tower: Not too far from Holy Trinity, Cuckfield.
Aug 15Wivelsfield Green, SussexCockRH17 7RH
Small two bar local, popular with walkers and cyclists.
Beer: Harveys plus guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Aug 15Groombridge, KentCrownTN3 9QH
Cosy old pub overlooking the village green. Hasn’t changed much since I first knew it 35 years ago.
Beer: Small range of local beers, including Black Cat and Larkins.
Food: Not sampled.
Aug 15Henlow, Beds*Engineer’s ArmsSG16 6AA
Privately owned free house, not much to look at externally.
Beer: Choice of 10, mostly from small, local-ish breweries.
Food: Limited - only pizza when I visited.
Tower: Not far from St Mary, Henlow.
Aug 15Sturmer, EssexRed LionCB9 7XF
Former row of thatched houses converted to a pub in the 19th c.
Beer: Greene King plus one guest.
Food: Pub staples sometimes with an unusual twist. Kedington sausages recommended.
Aug 15Stanway, EssexLive and Let LiveCO3 0PS
Not picturesque but a lovely comfortable, functional pub.
Beer: Changing selection from local-ish breweries.
Food: Good, straight-forward pub food - and very reasonably priced.
Aug 15Betchworth, Surrey*DolphinRH3 7DW
Old and popular pub. It’s ben consistently good over the 40 years that I’ve known it.
Beer: Youngs plus local guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Opposite St Michael & AA, Betchworth.
Aug 15Tollard Royal, Wilts*King JohnSP5 5PS
Victorian building, refurbished a few years ago. Has gone rather up-market since I visited it on ringing outings in the 60s.
Beer: Local ales, including Sixpenny brewery just down the road.
Food: Not sampled but looks like a serious restaurant.
Tower: Near St Peter ad Vincula, Tollard Royal.
Aug 15Hinton St Mary, DorsetWhite HorseDT10 1NA
16th c. stone building, reputedly haunted, very much a “local” feel.
Beer: Three or four ales, including Otter.
Food: Not sampled.
Aug 15Mere, Wilts*Butt of SherryBA12 6JE
Small, cosy town pub with some accommodation.
Beer: Small range (Exmore & Butcombe when I visited).Not sampled.
Food:
Tower: Near St Michael, Mere.
Aug 15Mere, Wilts*GeorgeBA12 6DR
Half-timbered inn with resaurant and accommodation.
Beer: Hall and Woodhouse.
Food: Good food, interesting menu.
Tower: Near St Michael, Mere.
Aug 15London EC4*Pelt TraderEC4N 6AP
Newish pub underneath Cannon Street station.
Beer: Various guest ales from microbreweries plus “craft” keg beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Within easy reach of Garlickhythe, St Magnus the Martyr and other city towers.
Aug 15Blackbrook, SurreyRoyal OakRH5 4DJ
Smallish roadside pub which seems to have taken on the mantle of the late lamented Plough just down the road.
Beer: Youngs plus guest ale.
Food: Excellent fresh crab salad.
Jul 15West End, HantsSouthampton ArmsSO30 2HG
Largish open-plan pub.
Beer: Ringwood and others.
Food: Buffet for family event. Normal menu not sampled.
Jul 15Clyst Honiton, Devon*Exeter ArmsEX5 2NJ
No nonsense village local.
Beer: Small range including local Exeter ales.
Food: Simple home-cooked food. Very reasonable Sunday lunch.
Tower: Close to St Michael, Clyst Honiton.
Jul 15Lustleigh, Devon*CleaveTQ13 9TJ
Thatched pub with dining room in the former station waiting room, gardens front and rear.
Beer: Limited range.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Opposite SJB, Lustleigh.
Jul 15Wonson, DevonNorthmore ArmsEX20 2JA
Delightful old pub (with a traditional “gents”) on Dartmoor.
Beer: Dartmoor IPA (on gravity).
Food: Reasonable buffet for ringing outing. Normal menu not sampled.
Jul 15Spreyton, Devon*Tom CobleyEX17 5AL
Family-run village local, former CAMRA national Pub of the Year.
Beer: Wide choice of mostly local ales on handpump and gravity.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Michael, Spreyton.
Jul 15Crediton, Devon*Crediton ArmsEX17 1EZ
A plain red brick town pub.
Beer: Best selection of ales in town.
Food: Not sampled. Limited on weekdays.
Tower: Close to Holy Cross, Crediton.
Jul 15Torbryan, Devon*Old Church HouseTQ12 5UR
Part-thatched inn (13th c) with inglenook fireplaces, reputedly one of the oldest in the country.
Beer: Hunter’s (from nearby Ipplepen).
Food: Good food (lunchtime only).
Tower: Opposite Holy Trinity, Torbryan.
Jul 15Bovey Tracey, Devon*DolphinTQ13 9AL
19th c. coaching inn, later railway hotel, spacious bar area, some accommodation.
Beer: Limited range.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from Ss Peter & Paul, Bovey Tracey.
Jul 15Bovey Tracey, Devon*BellTQ13 9AA
Small traditional town pub.
Beer: London Pride plus two guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Ss Peter & Paul, Bovey Tracey.
Jul 15Bovey Tracey, Devon*Cromwell ArmsTQ13 9AE
Largish17th c. inn in the centre of town. town center hotel.
Beer: St Austell and one or two local ales.
Food: Good but not exceptional dinner and breakfast.
Tower: Reasonably close to Ss Peter & Paul, Bovey Tracey.
Jul 15Coffinswell, Devon*LinnyTQ12 4SR
Attractive thatched pub with upstairs dining area.
Beer: Local ales including Hunters.
Food: Good baguettes. Cooked food not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Bartholomew, Coffinswell.
Jul 15Clyst St George, Devon*St George and DragonEX3 0QJ
Oldish pub (though the beams are clearly non-structural) with newer accommodation attached.
Beer: Limited range.
Food: Good dinner and breakfast.
Tower: Reasonably close to St George’s.
Jul 15Islington, London N1Wenlock ArmsN1 7TA
Small corner pub, recently reopened but possibly doesn’t live up to the reputation it acquired under the previous management.
Beer: Good selection from independent brewers.
Food: Limited. Not sampled.
Jul 15Islington, London N1*NarrowboatN1 8PZ
Long pub on the Regents canal. “Modern” décor.
Beer: Youngs plus local guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St James, Islington.
Jul 15Dulwich, London SE21Alleyns HeadSE21 8BW
Large “loungey” pub (Ember Inns).
Beer: Choice of 4 or 5.
Food: Not sampled.
Jun 15Hedgerley, BucksWhite HorseSL2 3UY
Lovely old pub on the edge of the village.
Beer: About 8 ales, some local, all served straight from the cask.
Food: Not sampled.
Jun 15Forty Green, BucksRoyal Standard of EnglandHP9 1XT
Delightfully mis-shapen ancient building. The original home of Owd Roger.
Beer: Sadly Owd Roger is no longer available but Chiltern Ale was good.
Food: Not sampled this time but was always good if pricey.
Jun 15London WC2PorcupineWC2H 0BS
Small Victorian corner pub near Leicester Square.
Beer: Small range (Nicholson’s).
Food: Not sampled.
Jun 15London WC2*HarpWC2N 4HS
Very crowded small pub (a former CAMRA national pub of the year).
Beer: About 10 ales usually available.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Martin in the Fields.
Jun 15Radlett, Herts*Cat and FiddleWD7 7JR
18c. Pub with oak-panelled bars on different levels.
Beer: Several handpumps but only two beers on when I visited.
Food: Good basic pub food.
Tower: Close to Christ Church, Radlett.
May 15Harefield, Middx*Old OrchardUB9 6HJ
Newly-converted pub (2010), formerly a country house.
Beer: Good selection of mostly local ales.
Food: Not sampled (but looked good).
Tower: Not that near SMV, Harefield, but well worth a visit.
May 15Harefield, MiddxCoy CarpUB9 6HZ
Large, busy pub alongside the Frays River and the Grand Union canal.
Beer: Unexciting selection.
Food: Mostly pub classics, “gastro” presentation.
May 15Putney, London SW15*Bricklayers’s ArmsSW15 1DD
A real drinkers’ pub.
Beer: “Permanent Beer Festival”.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near St Mary, Putney, and not far from All Saints, Fulham.
May 15Cowley (Uxbridge), MiddxCrownUB8 2NL
Smallish, comfortable local.
Beer: London Pride plus two guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
May 15Cowley (Uxbridge), MiddxMalt ShovelUB8 2JE
Multi-level canal-side pub.
Beer: Two regular (and ubiquitous) and two changing (Ilkley Mary Jane).
Food:
May 15Hunton Bridge, Herts*Kings HeadWD4 8RE
Listed pub, evolved from a row of cottages.
Beer: Two regular (and ubiquitous) and two changing (Navigation Last Knight).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to St Paul, Langleybury.
May 15Berkhamsted, Herts*BoatHP4 2EF
Newish (1989) canal-side pub.
Beer: Fuller’s range.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Peter, Berkhamsted.
May 15Berkhamsted, Herts*Rising SunHP4 2EG
Popular canal-side pub.
Beer: Good range including Tring Riser.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Peter, Berkhamsted.
May 15Northchurch, Herts*George and DragonHP4 3QN
Large high street pub.
Beer: Small range, nothing local.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Northchurch.
May 15Cheddington, Bucks*Old SwanLU7 0RQ
400 year old, listed, thatched village pub, recently re-opened.
Beer: Small, localish range (excellent Chiltern Cobblestones).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from St Giles, Cheddington.
May 15Great Linford, Bucks*Nag’s HeadMK14 5AX
Thatched, low ceilinged two bar pub.
Beer: Five regular beers, nothing local.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Andrew, Great Linford.
May 15Stoke Bruerne, Northants*BoatNN12 7SB
Family-run, canal-side, thatched free house.
Beer: Four regular beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near St Mary the Virgin, Stoke Bruerne.
May 15Bugbrooke, Northants*Five BellsNN7 3PB
Long low pub, 18c. with 60s “improvements”.
Beer: Small range (excellent Proper Job when I was there).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Opposite St Michael & AA, Bugbrooke.
May 15London EC1Olde MitreEC1N 6SJ
A “Real Heritage Pub” near Hatton Garden.
Beer: Fuller’s plus guest ales.
Food: Bar snacks only (good pork pies).
Apr 15Upper Norwood, London SE19Conquering HeroSE19 3HF
Decent two bar pub with a pet pig “Frances Bacon”.
Beer: Not a vast range, usually Doom Bar and London Pride.
Food: Not sampled.
Apr 15Kings Cross, London N1Parcel YardN1C 4AP
Conversion of the old parcel sorting office in Kings Cross station.
Beer: Fullers range plus guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Mar 15Three Mile Cross, BerksSwanRG7 1AT
Pleasant 17c pub with garden, apparently favoured by various sporting clubs.
Beer: Loddon ales plus others.
Food: Emphasis on healthy eating but don’t let that put you off.
Mar 15Wallington, SurreyDuke’s HeadSM6 0AA
One of Youngs larger pubs with accommodation.
Beer: Young’s range.
Food: Not sampled.
Mar 15Tongham, SurreyWhite HartGU10 1DH
Biggish multi-bar pub.
Beer: At least 6 ales, mostly local.
Food: Small menu, excellent pies.
Mar 15Croydon, SurreyBuilders ArmsCR0 6TP
Pleasant back street pub.
Beer: Fullers plus one local guest beer.
Food: Not sampled.
Feb 15Streatham, London SW16*Earl FerrersSW16 6JF
Back-street community pub behind the new Streatham Hub development.
Beer: Usually Sambrook’s plus one or two other local-ish ales.
Food: Interesting, good portions and reasonably priced.
Tower: Fairly close to St Leonard, Streatham.
Feb 15Grendon Underwood, Bucks*SwanHP18 0SW
Thatched village local with separate restaurant.
Beer: Only two handpumps but the ale was in top condition.
Food: Thai menu (Weeping Tiger highly recommended) plus pub staples.
Tower: Near St Leonard’s, Grendon Underwood (3).
Jan 15Streatham, London SW16*Pied BullSW16 3QB
Big multi-bar pub, largely unspoilt. I’ve known it since its glory days (Evening Standard Pub of the Year 1973).
Beer: Youngs tied house.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not too far from St Leonard, Streatham.
Jan 15Streatham, London SW16RailwaySW16 5SD
Recently refurbished in rather trendy (dark) style.
Beer: Several on draught and an extensive menu of bottled beers - all from London breweries.
Food: Not sampled.
Jan 15Northaw, Herts*Two BrewersEN6 4NW
Friendly, unspoilt 17c. pub (under new management).
Beer: Charles Wells range.
Food: Home-cooked typical pub food (good pies).
Tower: Next to St Thomas, Northaw.
Dec 14Richmond, Surrey*Waterman’s ArmsTW9 1TJ
Lovely little pub in a side street by the river. Joined an impromptu folk music session.
Beer: Youngs (excellent Winter Warmer).
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
Nov 14Tawney Common, EssexMoletrapCM16 7PU
Lovely little family-owned pub down a long narrow lane.
Beer: Half a dozen pumps, good range, some local.
Food: Small daily menu featuring typical pub food - excellent ham and proper meat pies.
Nov 14Chislehurst, Kent*Imperial ArmsBR7 5LZ
Welcoming pub on the edge of the common.
Beer: Very well-kept Harvey’s.
Food: Imaginative menu. Cod & “chunky wedges” and pecan pie recommended.
Tower: Not far from St Nicholas or the Annunciation.
Nov 14Crystal Palace, London SE19Grape and GrainSE19 2TF
Largish pub, unremarkable décor. Music can be loud.
Beer: Always a good selection, including some local ales. Occasional festivals.
Food: Not sampled.
Oct 14Heathrow AirportFlying Chariot
Wetherspoon’s new venture in Terminal 2.
Beer: Good selection, worth a last pint before leaving the country.
Food: Not sampled but assume standard JDW fare.
Sep 14NorwichCompleat AnglerNR1 1NS
Big riverside pub across the bridge from the station.
Beer: Good range (Taylor Walker pubco).
Food: Not sampled.
Sep 14Norwich*Murderer’sNR1 3LB
Lively city centre pub, very crowded on Saturday.
Beer: Large range. Occasional festivals.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St Peter Mancroft and All Saints.
Sep 14Norwich*Ribs of BeefNR3 1HY
Split-level riverside pub.
Beer: Good range including local ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to Colegate.
Sep 14NorwichAdam and EveNR3 1RZ
Small pub, reputedly the oldest in Norwich.
Beer: Good range including local ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Sep 14Beckenham, Kent*Jolly WoodmanBR3 6NR
Small, crowded backstreet local.
Beer: Good selection.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St George, Beckenham.
Aug 14Bromley, KentRed LionBR1 3LG
Attractive back street local with its own “library”.
Beer: Good range with changing guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Aug 14Hempstead, Essex*Blue BellCB10 2PD
Blue painted old building, reputedly Dick Turpin’s birthplace.
Beer: Adnam’s, Woodforde’s and guest beers.
Food: Not sampled but look good.
Tower: Close to St Andrew, Hempstead.
Aug 14Elm, CambsBlacksmith’s ArmsPE14 0DH
Roadhouse on the outskirts of Wisbech.
Beer: Only a couple of handpumps, but enjoyed an excellent pint of “Dave”.
Food: Arrived too late for dinner but had a reasonable breakfast.
Aug 14Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex*CockCM22 7HF
Red brick pub with “gastro” pretentions.
Beer: Woodforde’s Wherry and others.
Food: Good fresh food from locally sourced produce.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Hatfield Broad Oak.
Aug 14Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex*Rose and CrownCM24 8HX
Victorian pub out of the village centre.
Beer: Black Sheep and (mostly local) guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Opposite side of the village to St Mary, Stansted Mountfitchet.
Aug 14Hundon, SuffolkPloughCO10 8DT
Friendly village local with accommodation.
Beer: Adnams and others.
Food: Good basic pub food and a few more exotic d ishes.
Aug 14Linton, Cambs*Dog and DuckCB21 4HS
Old pub beside the stream in the village centre.
Beer: Greene King.
Food: Excellent fresh crab salad.
Tower: Near St Mary, Linton.
Jul 14Stratford on Avon, Warks*Dirty DuckCV37 6BA
Popular riverside pub with a mulberry tree on the terrace.
Beer: Limited range including a house beer.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near Holy Trinity, Stratford.
Jul 14Broadway, Worcs*Crown and TrumpetWR12 7AE
Popular 17th century Cotswold stone pub.
Beer: Good range including local ales.
Food: Reasonable ploughman’s.
Tower: In the village centre, not that close to St Eadburgha, Broadway.
Jul 14Eckington, Worcs*BellWR10 3AN
Modernised pub with “posh” and dog-friendly bars.
Beer: Small range including local ale.
Food: Sharing platters, pies and “stone cooking” a speciality.
Tower: Close to Holy Trinity, Eckington.
Jul 14Pershore, Worcs*Brandy CaskWR10 1AJ
Small grade 2 listed town pub with a long riverside garden.
Beer: Brewpub - 3 house beers plus guest ales and cider.
Food: Good baguettes, hot food not sampled.
Tower: Near Pershore Abbey and Parish Centre (St Andrew’s).
Jul 14Cleeve Prior, Worcs*King’s ArmsWR11 8LQ
Spacious comfortable village pub.
Beer: Well-kept but nothing local.
Food: Adequate but nothing special.
Tower: Very close to St Andrew, Cleeve Prior.
Jun 14Southwark, London SE1*SheafSE1 1TY
Cellar bar under the Hop Exchange (once Becky’s Dive Bar of fond memory).
Beer: Fuller’s, Young’s and guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to Southwark Cathedral.
Jun 14Hever, Kent*King Henry VIITN8 7NH
17th century half-timbered and peg-tiled building.
Beer: Shepherd Neame.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Opposite St Peter, Hever.
May 14Normanton on Soar, Notts*PloughLE12 5HB
Canal-side pub with moorings.
Beer: Three or four including Castle Rock.
Food: Not sampled (restaurant and bar snacks).
Tower: Very close to St James (a fine ring of four).
May 14Barrow upon Soar, Leics*NavigationLE12 8LQ
Canal-side pub with moorings.
Beer: Good range including a house beer.
Food: Not sampled (but advertised as fresh, locally sourced British food).
Tower: Near Holy Trinity, Barrow.
May 14Leicester*Black HorseLE3 5LT
A great little pub.
Beer: Everards range plus guest ales.
Food: No hot food (apparently cobs available).
Tower: Within reach of St Mary de Castro and the Cathedral.
May 14Foxton, Leics*Black HorseLE16 7RD
Village local not far from Foxton Locks.
Beer: Greene King and Black Sheep.
Food: Restaurant and bar food. Pies a speciality on Tuesday.
Tower: Very close to St Andrew, Foxton.
Apr 14Clophill, BedsStone jugMK45 4BY
16th century building converted to a pub c. 1900.
Beer: Banks and Taylors and other local beers.
Food: Lunch only. Good home-made pies.
Mar 14Aldbury, Herts*Valiant TrooperHP23 5RW
17c cottages converted to an alehouse at least 250 years ago.
Beer: Good selection, including local beers from Tring.
Food: Good and interesting (local sausages with bubble & squeak and home-made baked beans).
Tower: Near St John the Baptist, Aldbury.
Mar 14Carshalton, Surrey*Windsor CastleSM5 3PT
A proper pub.
Beer: Reasonable selection including Dark Star and Long Man.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Not far from All Saints, Carshalton.
Feb 14West End, HantsMaster BuilderSO30 3AH
Decent village local.
Beer: Wadworths.
Food: Not tried recently but OK on previous visit.
Feb 14Croydon, Surrey*Royal StandardCR0 1SS
Lovely multi-bar pub by the Croydon flyover.
Beer: Fullers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Near Croydon Minster.
Feb 14St Paul’s Walden, Herts*Strathmore ArmsSG4 8BT
Unspoilt rural local.
Beer: House beer from Buntingford plus constantly changing guest beers.
Food: Full menu wasn’t available the day I went there (but samosas and pickled eggs were good).
Tower: Very close to All Saints, St Paul’s Walden.
Jan 14Lower Sunbury, Surrey*Flower PotTW16 6AA
Old pub, expanded, with “Laura Ashley” décor.
Beer: Brakspear, well-kept but nothing seasonal.
Food: Excellent (suet crust) lamb & mushroom pie, proper pizza.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Sunbury.
Dec 13Berkeswell, WarksBrickmakers ArmsCV7 7EG
17th c. village pub, very much a local.
Beer: Two or three including a house beer.
Food: Not sampled.
Dec 13Plaitford, HantsShoe InnSO51 6EE
Comfortable old pub on the A36 near Romsey.
Beer: Two or three, usually one local-ish.
Food: Good, game pie recommended.
Dec 13Chiswick, London W4*George and DevonshireW4 2QE
Large, old pub just off the Hogarth roundabout.
Beer: Fuller’s tied house (next to the brewery).
Food: Fairly basic but good.
Tower: Very close to St Nicholas, Chiswick.
Dec 13Tunbridge Wells, Kent*Royal OakTN2 4SY
Town pub with every appearance of being a well-supported local.
Beer: 4 or 5 reasonably local ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Very close to St Peter, Tunbridge Wells.
Dec 13Chiddingstone, Kent*CastleTN8 7AH
Ancient village pub, rather more up-market than it used to be.
Beer: Larkins and one or two other local brews.
Food: Tasty but portions rather small for the price.
Tower: Opposite St Mary’s, Chiddingstone.
Nov 13Marsworth, Bucks*Red LionHP23 4LU
Busy canal-side (Grand Union) pub.
Beer: Good range, including some local beers.
Food: Most enjoyable.
Tower: Very close to All Saints, Marsworth.
Oct 13Keston, KentGreyhoundBR2 6BP
Large village pub opposite village green.
Beer: Adnams, TT Landlord and guest ales.
Food: Interesting and good value.
Sep 13Borden, Kent*MaypoleME9 8JN
Small, cosy village pub.
Beer: Two or three available but nothing local.
Food: Slow-cooked local rabbit highly recommended.
Tower: Very close to Ss Peter & Paul, Borden.
Aug 13Southwick, Hants*Golden LionPO17 6EB
Friendly local owned like the rest of the village by the lord of the manor.
Beer: House beers by Oakleaf (bottles available from the “brewhouse” next door).
Food: Award-winning chef.
Tower: Near St James-without-the-Priory-Gate.
Jul 13Woolwich, London SE18*Rose’sSE18 6NE
Largely unspoilt corner pub.
Beer: Reasonable range.
Food: Limited. The corned beef hash is but a fond memory.
Tower: Reasonably near St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich.
Jul 13Whitmore, Staffs*Mainwaring ArmsST5 5HR
Rambling village pub (house martins nesting).
Beer: Good range.
Food: Nothing special.
Tower: Close to St Mary & All Saints, Whitmore.
Jul 13Alsager, Cheshire*LodgeST7 2JA
Basic local with big garden.
Beer: Interesting range.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to Christ Church, Alsager.
Jul 13Alsager, Cheshire*MereST7 2HA
Popular town pub with small connecting rooms and garden.
Beer: Range of Joule’s ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to Christ Church, Alsager.
Jul 13Handsacre, StaffsOlde PeculierWS15 4DP
Typical roadside pub.
Beer: Theakston’s plus guest ales.
Food: Generous portions.
Jul 13Limpsfield Chart, Surrey*Carpenter’s ArmsRH8 0TG
Good pub for lunch but possibly not for serious drinking.
Beer: Range of Westerham ales.
Food: Big portions, excellent fish and chips.
Tower: Fairly close to St Andrew, Limpsfield Chart.
Jun 13Puttenham, Surrey*Good IntentGU3 1AR
Lovely quiet village pub.
Beer: Choice of mainly local ales.
Food: (Hog roast on my previous visit.)
Tower: Close to St John the Baptist, Puttenham.
May 13Swindon, Wilts*Glue PotSN1 5BP
Basic drinkers’ pub in the “Railway Town”.
Beer: Hopback plus other fairly local ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Close to St Mark, Swindon; further from Christ Church.
May 13Faringdon, Oxon*SwanSN7 7BP
Odd-shaped pub with microbrewery.
Beer: Home brewed plus guest ales.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Reasonably close to All Saints, Faringdon.
May 13Stourbridge, Worcs*Duke WilliamDY8 1EP
Edwardian corner pub in town centre.
Beer: Range of Craddock’s ales plus guest beers.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St Thomas, Stourbridge.
May 13Lichfield, Staffs*Duke of YorkWS13 6DY
Small comfortable pub - oldest in Lichfield.
Beer: Range of Joule’s ales.
Food: Good sandwiches.
Tower: Close to St Michael, Lichfield; fairly close to St Mary.
May 13Penkridge, Staffs*Cross KeysST19 5HJ
Small pub overlooking the Staffs and Worcs Canal.
Beer:
Food:
Tower: A brisk walk from St Michael and AA.
May 13Compton, Staffs*SwanWV6 8AE
Big pub near the Staffs and Worcs canal.
Beer: Several local ales from Marstons group.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Reasonably close to Christ Church, Tettenhall.
May 13Kinver, Staffs*CrossDY7 6HZ
Basic unpretentious pub.
Beer: Good choice of mostly local ales.
Food: None in evidence.
Tower: Halfway down the hill From St Peter’s to the canal.
May 13Stourport, WorcsBird in HandDY13 9BA
Good canal-side (Staffs and Worcs) pub.
Beer: Wye Valley.
Food: Not sampled.
Apr 13Woodside, London SE25Joiner’s ArmsSE25 5EU
Delightfully cluttered interior with copper pans and stuffed animals.
Beer: Usually three including Purity Mad Goose.
Food: No.
Apr 13Aldworth, Berks*BellRG8 9SE
Lovely country pub, tiny bars, big garden.
Beer: Good range of local ales.
Food: No hot food but exceedingly well-filled rolls.
Tower: Close to St Mary the Virgin, Aldworth (3).
And here are a few I frequent regularly:
Addiscombe (Croydon), SurreyClaret and AleCR0 7AA
Small town pub (modern conversion).
Croydon Pub of the Year 2014 - 2017, in the Good Beer Guide for 29 consecutive years.
Beer: Free house, constantly changing line-up of five ales plus Palmers IPA.
Food: No.
West Norwood, London SE27HopeSE27 9JS
Small friendly local. Secluded garden.
Beer: Young’s tenanted house, occasional guest beers.
Food: Not regularly.
Streatham, London SW16*Manor ArmsSW16 6LQ
Once a dive, reinvented as a smart gastro-pub a couple of years ago.
Beer: Three or four, often local breweries.
Food: Very good but not cheap.
Tower: Very close to St Leonard, Streatham.
Barnes, London SW13*Red LionSW13 9RU
Large Victorian pub, opened out in recent years.
Beer: Fullers (can be on the cold side).
Food: Good and imaginative.
Tower: Very close to St Mary, Barnes.
Beckenham, Kent*Bricklayers’s ArmsBR3 1BN
Small, friendly local. Lifesize Spiderman stuck to the wall.
Beer: Harvey’s Sussex and 2 or 3 guest beers. Camra discount.
Food: Not sampled.
Tower: Fairly close to St George, Beckenham.
Merton, London SE19*TrafalgarSW19 2JY
Small backstreet local, popular with beer lovers for some years.
The “Traf” is now a sister pub to the Hope, Carshalton (qv).
Beer: Constantly changing range, always in top condition.
Food: Tasty pot meals and good pork pies.
Tower: Very close to St John, Merton.
Carshalton, Surrey*HopeSM5 2PR
Everything a pub should be. (Croydon & Sutton Pub of the year - again)
Beer: Constantly changing range, always in top condition.
Food: Tasty pot meals.
Tower: Near All Saints, Carshalton.
Whyteleafe, SurreyRadius ArmsCR3 0EL
Typical micropub with small shop-like frontage (you could easily miss it) and recycled furniture.
Beer: Three to five regularly changing beers on gravity plus keykeg beers, draught ciders and perries.
Food: No.

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