Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The Hand and Flower

I try not to be influenced by other peoples reviews when looking for the next pub to visit, but this one was looking extremely ominous. From the comments on beerintheevening I was expecting to get captured by a family of Chavs, thrown in he back of a van, and driven around for three weeks until the news had got bored of the story and then dumped me under a bridge somewhere.
Disappointingly, it turned out to be nothing of the sort. Friendly staff, good service and cosy surroundings.  I'm impressed at the way they've kept the traditional pub at the front, keeping the restaurant separate towards the back.  It appears to be doing quite good trade with the locals, being the only table free had us sitting on a kid sized choir bench.  Bah.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating
Amaretto & coke, J20:

£4.80
Alex - 7.7
Dave - 6.8
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Ham Brewery Tap

Unless you live locally you're not going to find this place without a map.  Which is a shame, because it's a pretty good pub.  Events happen almost every night - from Poker, karaoke, quizzes, Sunday meat auctions to the occasional live music. And if that doesn't keep you entertained there's always the pool tables, darts and a couple of one arm bandits.
I'll forgive the barmaid for not knowing what the Amaretto was, as she was easily entertained by the number of Pork Scratchings (or as the barman put it, hairy pig hooves) one human-being can consume in one night.
Couple of things need sorting by the door - if smokers waft doesn't get you, deep vein thrombosis from being stuck under the tiny table with the bed-lamp will.  Also, look out for the bloke who looks like a serial killer (I'm too scared to give out a more detailed description than that).
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Pool table
Dartboard
Sport screens
Outside seating

Amaretto & coke, J20 x2:

£6.50
Alex - 7.6
Dave - 6.2
Oliver - ?
Sandeep - ?

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

The Victoria Inn

This has to be the smallest pub I've ever been to, it was much like intruding in someone's living room at first. There are no distractions from quiz machines or huge plasma screens, and when it gets busy (well, busy as in 15 people), I must say it does get rather cosy.
The barmaid is great, the second time we went up for a round she'd memorised our order from before so all I had to do was give a nod. She got a bit excited when we didn't tell her our glasses were empty though.
Apart from two loud girls by the door, behaving like it they were auditioning for an episode of Sex and the City, it was a jolly good night.
If you're looking for a friendly, traditional, personal pub you can't go wrong here.
-Alex

Tiny, that pretty much sums it up to be honest. Impressive service form the barmaid, and a really nice atmosphere I would love to come here again, however as there are only 5 or 6 tables in the place there might be a pot luck for entry let alone getting a seat during a mildly busy time.
-Andrew

Pub facilities / features:

Real ale
Bar snacks
Sports screens
Outside seating
Pint of Youngs, pint of Fosters, coke, J20:

£9.20
Alex - 7.9
Andrew - 8.5
Dave - 8.7
Oliver - ?