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Old 11-25-2009, 06:47 PM   #21
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Orfy's description sounds like a winner to me. Do those exist??

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Old 11-28-2009, 05:23 PM   #22
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Or possibly one of these?

http://www.camra.org.uk/page.aspx?o=310794

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Old 11-28-2009, 05:55 PM   #23
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Orfy's description sounds like a winner to me. Do those exist??

Oh yes.
My local isn't like that but it's a cracking pub.
No1 rule. No knobheads!
It's a freehouse so the owner can do what he wants.
I visit 3-5 times a week, maybe more
I probably pay for around half to three quarters of my beer.

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Old 11-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #24
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However, when the food gets too good it tends to bring in the wrong crowd,
So very true. The Golden Valley restaurant is quite good and is crawling with winos, ice tea drinkers, and their kids. Pity the bar isn't in a separate room.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:04 PM   #25
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If you want picturesque, within a village of thatched cottages with a smattering of Aston Martins then try the "Falkland Arms" in Great Tew, near Oxford. I drove 60 miles to try it out and we had a fantastic Sunday roast and good beer.
http://www.strum.co.uk/scratch/falkpic.htm

If you want Big, then "The Old Joint Stock" in Birmingham is Fuller Smith & Turners biggest pub. It is licenced for about 600 peeps. I was in there yesterday and it was heaving with revellers. The only drawbacks are it is shut Sundays, and both the ESB and the London Pride have 3 separate hand pumps coming from three separate casks, ( The ESB beer engines are connected to 3 Firkins and the Pride is on Kilderkins as they sell more of that) This means that to be sure you are drinking from the best cask you have to order a half pint from each of the 3 hand pumps, then decide which you prefer! Then if you swap to a different ale, you have to do the selection process again.....It's a hard, but someone has to do it.....

If you go out the back, past all the smokers and across a "Dickensian" ally, you go straight into another pub with at least 15 ales, and down the street there are two others!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2609/...35cb1092e1.jpg

If you want totaly weird, try the "Bounty" in Bourne End near Marlow Bucks. It is on the river Thames and you can only get to it either by boat, or a good half mile walk from the nearest car park (Park in Bourne End railway station, walk down the dirt path towards the river, cross the river on the footbridge and turn right and go a further 1/4 mile.)) It's a ramshackle sort of gloryfied shed, with loads of kids running about and a kind of non PC attitude. It is hard to rate this pub as you cannot tell whether it will be full of rich tossers with boats, ordinary hikers walking the towpath, or aging rock stars out with the missus and the kids.You are likely to get Led Zep on the sound system and it's a kind of alternative place. It is best visited in Summer, with a bunch of your own mates when the sun's out....
http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?im...%3Den%26sa%3DG

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Old 11-29-2009, 05:02 PM   #26
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This is my local.



This is a few minutes away.




this is a few hundred yards from me.



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Definitely a different world. Prohibition killed off the neighborhood bars in the US and by the time it was repealed, everyone was driving. It's five miles to the nearest bar (I've got a better beer selection than they do) and 25 to a brewpub.

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I don't know how many Pubs are within 5 minutes of me. Gotta be well over 100.

There's 3 pubs, 1 bar and one club within staggering distance.

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I have an hour drive for decent beer on tap. Well commercially. i have 3 steps to Good beer on tap in my basement
Orfy, those look amazing. Unfortunately if you were to walk into a bar in a building that looked like that here, it'd be run down inside full of people you really wouldn't want to associate with drinking BMC and whiskey waiting to go to jail for something that night.

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http://www.the-weighbridge.co.uk/

best place locally, always have 3 local ales on tap. they simply change when it runs out!
also have a real ale and cider festival twice a year which is great. lovely sat by the canal in the summer. they seem to look down on us being around 20 years old though
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