Vegan restaurant that serves great food at real value for money prices. The food can be washed down with an excellent range of bottled beers. Table football is available to help you burn off the calories!
Service was excellent with a very warm welcome on the two nights we ate there.
12 Kings Place, off Trongate
Great beer garden - so much so that I only ventured inside once. Lovely food for lunch and great service. It's a bit hard to find if you don't know it's there - turn by Barclays Bank off the main street. There's a big pay and display car park opposite too.
The website doesn't tell you much, but here it is anyway - at least you'll be able to recognise it when you get there...
A quirky little pub, which besides a good selection of food, beer and wine also serves a fabulous Afternoon Tea - finger sandwiches, little cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream - all homemade, and served on mismatched bone chine tea services. A real treat!
93 High Street
Henley in Arden
You've obviously tried a pint or two of Harveys while in town (you have, haven't you?) Pop in to the Brewery shop and you can take some home. Bottles of more ales than you'll have seen in the pubs, plus draught, from 2.4 litres (4 1/2 pints or so) to 20. The smallest containers will cost you less than a tenner.
There's also a small wine selection and the staff are knowledgable and friendly.
6 Cliffe High Street, BN7 2AH
Quiet bar (well, it was when I was there) about 10 minutes walk southeast of the centre. The food menu is not extensive, but does the job. The beer menu definitely is extensive, and runs to 150 or more, listed by category and alphabetically to make it all nice and simple.
This is a totally preserved preVictorian stone and slate village around the shores of Kames Bay with a lifestyle of 50 years ago. Langoustines are caught here. Kames Castle at one end has period holiday cottages in the Estate. There is a small marina, highly eccentric ancient golfcourse, old tramtrack to Ettrick Bay - a great bit of sand with 200 seals, two pubs, fish and chips, Post Office/shop, a Petanque piste and a Russian Tavern run by Russians serving Russian specialities and Russian beers, wines and vodkas. They have four guestrooms too.
The scenery of seascapes, mountains, forest and islands is simply spectacular. Curlews, oyster-catchers and seals share the beach while wild deer graze the golfcourse. This is a very peculiar place to find in the UK!
Ferry to the Isle of Bute from Wemyss Bay (pronounced "weems") on the A78 between Greenock and Largs at the mouth of the River Clyde. Trains direct to Wemyss Bay from Glasgow and either Glasgow Airport. Ferry every 45 minutes, ferry time 35 minutes.
Set on the edge of Wiseman's Bridge bay, on the Pembrokeshire coast, this dog-friendly inn is a great all-year round visit. The large patio area overlooking the beach lends itself perfectly to balmy summer evenings, a cool sea breeze and a glass of something cold - we have also holed up there during the depths of winter, in the snug beamed bar area, where canine pals are also welcomed. The inn serves home-made food/snacks and has a separate dining area though most people opt to spent their time here outside, whatever the weather - the view is lovely!
On the coast road between Saundersfood and Amroth - www.wisemansbridgeinn.co.uk. 01834 813236
A wonderful beachside pub in an idyllic setting in the village of Porth Dinllaen south of Caernarfon and north of Pwllheli. The Inn nestles in a row of cottages situated on a peninsular in North West Wales. No cars are allowed by the beach - the carpark is up the beach away from the waterside.
The pub serves local real ales in bottles. The view of the bay is spectacular and the sand golden. Indeed you are allowed to take your drink and sit on the beach. The village is protected by the National Trust and therefore its beauty will remain.
Well worth the trip
5 miles north of nearest railway station at Pwllheli
Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Gwynedd, North Wales LL53 6DB
Tel 0871 917 0007
A quaint micro-brewery on the Northumberland coast selling fine ales and food. Situated in a tiny fishing hamlet this white-washed inn has England written all over it. A fantastic place to have a quiet drink while spending a lazy afternoon on the beach, summer or winter. Rural isolation ... bliss!
The Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea
The home of craft beer in Nelson. The Free House serves ales from many local brewers (Mussel Inn, Founders, Renaissance, Twisted Hop, Monkey Wizard) in cosy and welcoming surroundings. Give the sweet fizzy stuff a rest and come and try some real beers. Food available.
95 Collingwood Street, Nelson
The best way I have found to enjoy UK Festivals in recent years has been as part of the Workers Beer Company. Charities and Trade Unions that support WBC are asked to provide volunteers to work the bar at various festivals around the UK. You donate your time for free and WBC pays your wages to the charity that you are volunteering for. In return, you get a separate camping area, vouchers for two meals a day (in your camping area) and vouchers for two drinks once you have finished your shift. A win-win situation if you ask me!
You don't get to see every band that plays, but the banter behind the bar is always good fun and you get to see more bands than you would working in your local. See if a charity you support is part of WBC and get invovled!
Brewery in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, owned by the state government. The Hof (court) comes from the brewery's history as a royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria.
This is a delightful town - one of the original Cinque Ports - which claims to have 'the most timbered framed buildings in one street in England'. Full of charms and interest; take the 'town trail' audio walk.
But be sure to stop at the Fisherman's Wharf pub next to the bridge as you enter Sandwich. Not only is the food and outlook great but you might just get to see the best sight Sandwich has to offer: a bartender/waitress of translucent Pre-Raphaelite beauty who would have had Rosseti et al reaching for their brushes and canvasses
On the river side - just a few minutes from the car park and next to the arched entrance to Sandwich's old town.
There are many excellent pubs to use after a walk. The Wasdale Head Inn & Old Dungeon Ghyll in Wasdale and Great Langdale respectively are most appealing after a long day in the Lakeland fells. Equally the Clachaig in Glencoe would a deserving nomination and there will undoubtably be other worthwhile candidates from other locations throughout the British Isles. However for me there’s one place that best fits the accolade, the Old Forge at Inverie, an establishment that had been described as Britain’s most remote pub.
Having carried out extensive research into numerous pubs within the UK the is nowhere quite like the Old Forge. Despite it feeling like its located on a Scottish isle it isn’t, I can assure you its on the mainland though its only accessible either by boat from Mallaig or by foot across tough walking territory known as the bounds of Knoydart. There are many great things about the Old Forge but what makes it better than anywhere else is you really have to make an effort to get there.
We based ourselves at the Foundation Bunkhouse in Inverie and enjoyed four days walking climbing Munro’s and Corbetts. One particularly memorable day involved an arduous eight hour day climbing Ladhar Bheinn, the highest point on Knoydart at 3,346 feet, trudging through snow from 2,500 feet. A magnificent circular walk involving a not too precipitous ridge, which culminated in seeking reward at the splendid Old Forge.
The pub itself is located near the jetty with wonderful views of Loch Nevis and mountains, the sunsets are to die for. On our visit prior to Easter 2008 Deuchars IPA was the sole real ale but in the in the summer months when the trade increases there are usually two real ales available from the likes of Isle of Skye and Glenfinnan Breweries The top shelf contains a decent number of malts and the food is excellent.
Fresh seafood is plentiful, Langoustines, Scallops, Mussels, Smoked salmon, Lobsters, Oysters, and Sea Bass regularly make an appearance while Venison burgers are very popular.
Live music is a regular feature, often a punter playing his own (or someone else’s) musical instrument.
The Old Forge has won many accolades including being featured as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs” by Peter Irvine and in The Guardian Guide to Gastropubs. It’s a truly magic place and a perfect place to spend an evening especially after a day’s walking in Knoydart.
You could easily get the wrong impression of Dublin by concentrating your drinking in the wrong places! Temple Bar in general is to be avoided for lots of reasons but there are fantastic bars and pubs in the city.
If you want the authentic pub experience in the city centre, check out Neary's in Chatham Street, McDaid's just off Grafton Street or John Mulligan's in Poolbeg Street. Proper pubs with good pints.
The Smithfield area is full of great pubs: for traditional Irish music (proper sessions) try the Cobblestone or Hughes's where there is trad every night. Also in that area, Walsh's in Stoneybatter is a great pub with a traditional bar and lounge and a great pint of Guinness. Smithfield is easily reached from the centre via the Luas or short taxi ride (€6 or so).
Staying in Smithfield, Ryan's in Queen Street is a strange little pub with an interesting and eclectic crowd on weekend evenings. Across the road is the Dice Bar, a cool spot which plays very very loud funky music if you're in the mood.
Another funky bar with great music and good-looking punters is the South William in South William St. Also along those lines is Solas or The Village in Wexford St. Across the road is more grungy Anseo, a great friendly little place with DJs every night. Check out also the George Bernard Shaw, just up the road in South Richmond Street.
For clubbing, the Pod in Harcourt Street is still going strong and you could also check out the Twisted Pepper down on Abbey Street.
Unless you want to drink an awful pint of Guinness for which you will pay through the nose while listening to a very contrived music session, don't go to the Oliver St. John Gogarty in Temple Bar. The fact that no Irish people do should tell you all you need to know. There's nothing traditional or authentic about most places in that area but that doesn't stop them being packed to the rafters so it all depends what you're after.
The Ridgeway is one of the finest walks in England and the Bell Inn is a "must not miss" pub for anyone walking along the long distance footpath. The first time I was introduced to the pub it was a gorgeous midsummer evening and we walked from the pub up onto the Ridgeway and then made our way back through field full of crops for an excellent post walk session in this most attractive and unspoiled of pubs. The second time I visited was two years ago when I was walking the Ridgeway. We left the hostel at Wantage and the rain started and it got worse and worse as we headed east. The plan had always been to try to get to The Bell for a lunchtime session but with 10 miles to travel it seemed like we would never make it. I kept my fingers crossed as we entered Aldworth in the hope that the pub would be open, after all it was a Monday. No worries - the pub was open and was packed! The Bell is such a warm and welcoming place that it is no surprise that we took full advantage of the range of real ales on offer. Five pints later we staggered out the pub with the rain still coming down with seven miles more to go before our next hostel in Streatley. Once again fate intervened. One of the guys we had chatted to in the pub saw our plight and offered us a lift. Perfect!
Aldworth is north of Newbury, in the Berkshire Downs close to the Ridgeway
The Woodman Pub is a gem in it's own right. One of the last 'traditional' pubs left in the UK, it's got a stong local flavour with all kinds of characters popping in and putting the world to rights. It stocks a host of local ales on tap, and is also a specialist in single and double malt whiskey. To top it off, it's situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside with plenty of public footpaths. Look out for foxes, deer and hedgehogs who are never far away.
Winchester Rd, Upham, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 1HA - 01489 860270
A really warm welcome in a well preserved, attractive and unspoilt village inn with a roaring fire, good selection of beers including an excellent Black Sheep, and filling meals at fair prices. Good anytime, but well earned bliss if youve just staggered round the three Yorkshire Peaks in under the twelve hours allowed for the 26 mile romp. The worrying tale at the bar is that the fastest fell runner came in at two hours 20 something minutes, but you should feel good just if you made it.
By the bridge in Horton in Ribbledale, and close enough to the station to get you there and back, and on the Pennine Way
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