The Civil Engineer is situated on the Ruislip Road, where it crosses the Grand Union Canal. Approached from the right direction, the pub at first appears to be a welcome respite for those wandering the Grand Union's towpaths, but it soon becomes clear (as is immediately apparent when appreciated from the street) that this is very much a local's pub. Despite being in essence an Irish pub, there is very little Irish about it, bar the Gaelic aphorisms on the walls and the Guinness served at the bar. The pub has a pretty standard selection of drinks and friendly staff, and offers a carvery on Sundays, but this is slightly marred by the air of brewing tension surrounding the tables of hard-drinking locals. Typically, there is the de rigueur pull-down screen for big sports matches.
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Reviewed by beer_monkey
23 Apr 2006