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Golden Eagle, London
An excellent little pub - and we do mean little, it's tiny - that was spruced up not so long ago, thankfully retaining it's original character and brightening up the dingy route to the toilets. The beer is excellent, a good range - e.g. St. Austell's Tribute and Tinners - and well kept, which...
Filthy MacNasty's Whiskey Cafe, London
Any pub that has pulled a pint for Nick Cave can't be doing much wrong. A short stagger to Angel tube, Filthy MacNasty's is a bit of a hidden gem in the cesspit of Islington theme and chain bars. Offering a cracking range of whiskies, as well as the ubiquitous Guinness, MacNasty's offers welcome...
Ain't Nothin' But... The Blues Bar, London
Something a bit different for Soho - or indeed London - a dedicated Blues bar. There's live music most nights of the week (with the add-on of a late license) but if the Blues ain't your thing, it's still a handy one to meet up in before a night out in Soho. The walls are filled with posters and...
The Old Blue Last, London
An average boozer in a prime site on Great Eastern Street? It couldn't last. One of the last remaining old school drinking dens in Hoxton was taken over a while ago and the Hoxtonites have descended. But fear not. For despite a fair few new wave and new romantic wannabes, the hair-care product...
The Dolphin Inn, Betchworth
The Dolphin is a classic Surrey country boozer. One of the Young's stable, it's ales include the standard Ram offerings as well as regular guests including Butcombe and Bombardier. A lot of the charm of this pub comes from its low ceilings, narrow passageways and two large fireplaces. The service...
Hope & Anchor, London
The Hope & Anchor attracts the crowd not catered to in the numerous All Bar One type bars further up the road towards Angel. It proffers live music in a tiny basement, and the imbibing of liquids while sweating to said tunes. Upstairs, there's a cracking jukebox and it's all very cool and skinny...
Ye Olde John O'Gaunt, Lancaster
John O'Gaunt is a fine, narrow old city centre pub in Lancaster with a good mix of clientele and regular music events. On our last visit, a cracking jazz/blues trio were entertaining the appreciative locals and, despite the crowded nature of the bar, we were quickly and happily served by the...
The Fox Revived, Norwood Hill
This used to be just a sleepy country boozer on a busy crossroads in the maze of roads between Dorking and Gatwick Airport. Recently, it shut down and reopened with a swanky website. It also lost its old sign depicting the eponymous fox panting for a cooling spring in the heat of the chase. Its...
Pageant, Dundee
A stone's throw from both Arbroath Abbey and the harbour, the Pageant is one of the more sedate pubs in Arbroath. Catering for a slightly older clientele, children are nevertheless welcomed if 14+ and dining accompanied. The pub is notable for a couple of things. Firstly, it features what is...
Blues Kitchen (ex-Oh! Bar), London
Having replaced the woeful Oh! Bar a while ago now, the Blues Kitchen has capitalised on the wave of blues and jazz revival that has seen a number of similar live venues pop up across North London. Every night sees live music on offer, from Northern Soul to Rock 'n' Roll and, of course, Blues....
Water Rats, London
Having played host to the debut UK performance of Bob Dylan in 1962 and more recently one of the first headline gigs for Oasis, the Water Rats has a strong musical heritage. Its commitment to live music continues to this day with the small, often sweaty, venue at the back showcasing bands every...
The Greystones, Sheffield
In 2010, the Highcliffe Hotel looked like it was about to join the ever-growing list of failed pubs, that is until Thornbridge Brewery stepped in and took it over. In a remarkable transformation, the Highcliffe became the Greystones and in the process changed the pub from a dismal, rundown...
The White Star, Stoke-on-Trent
Superb range of beers both from Titanic as well as other brewers (Mordue and Everards amongst others). Had the Capuccino Stout and the Steerage - both superb. Food a combination of pies and Trad pub favourites and really good value (£5.50 for fish and chips!). Standards impeccable throughout -...