View Full Version : Pub Of The Month - December 2012

07-12-2012, 07:04

15-12-2012, 23:22
I felt I should contribute to this post as I actually visited a couple of pubs this week that weren't Spoons or the William IV in Leyton which is generally my pub of the month full stop.

I will give this award to the Cock Tavern in Hackney, the sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Gospel Oak. It's a beer and cider festival and the youngsters who were running the bar and I imagine the brewery were friendly and quite happy to accomodate the ramblings of an old soak (it was chucking it down that day).

Years ago I used to play darts in this area and clearly remember what a horror most of the pubs used to be.
I passed the entrance to The Old Ship after leaving here and I distincly recall darting in here and what a dump it was.

I don't recall ever going in here in those days, but like the Southampton it's the last place you would expect to see flourish under a completely new approach to sell just loads of quality real ale, obscure ciders and the most basic food. No Karaoke, third rate "tribute" acts, discos or big screen sports with the crowd of congenital morons "supporting" their team by blocking the bar and screaming vitriol and abuse at a screen while they consume the one drink they have bought before leaving after the match is over.

I would certainly return here if I felt flushed just to try more Howling Hops brews, but if you're not afraid of the non Spoons prices then I would certainly recommend it.

Moby and others should relax as I'm not going to nominate a Spoons any time soon. While I am a fan I can't help thinking that they are more giant continental Cafe/Bars rather than pubs.

It's really refreshing to see the return of the basic boozer although most of the ones I recall from my depraved younger days either sold a badly kept real ale or just rubbish keg.

16-12-2012, 00:13
Moby and others should relax as I'm not going to nominate a Spoons any time soon. While I am a fan I can't help thinking that they are more giant continental Cafe/Bars rather than pubs..
Thank god for that.:D

19-12-2012, 10:58
Hanging Bat (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/48825/) An excellent addition to an area that was better known as a stag do rat run to and from Edinburgh's "pubic triangle".

Real Ale Ray
21-12-2012, 19:50
My winner for this month The Final Whistle (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/31224/). Excellent pub and fantastic range of ales. Already looking forward to a return visit.

23-12-2012, 19:59
Not ventured very far this month ,but a trip to Reading gave me Decembers POTM
The Nags Head (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1691/)with stiff competition from the Alehouse. (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1661/)

23-12-2012, 23:17
Some good pubs in Derbyshire this month:my pub of the month, and most likely year, is The Three Stags' Heads at Wardlow Mires.A proper pub, proper landlord, proper barman, proper beer, proper food, proper dogs and no bullsh$t.

26-12-2012, 15:17
I'm giving this to the Millstone Millstone Inn Hotel (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55853/)

It has been utterly ridiculous walking around Manchester to work out which pubs fancied giving a f***ing s&^t opening today on Boxing Day. Some pubs have websites and didn't bother to tell people when they would be open (Port St Beer House, etc). Some pubs don't have websites and couldn't be bothered putting up a sign telling people when they would be open (70% of them).

This pub was open. It served a couple of nice Plum Puddings by Lees. Not the best pint by a million miles, but tasty enough and for doing that it deserves pub of the month.

This time of year is the worst for pub regular and it is nice for one to acknowledge those punters who do the hard toil of keeping them open through the year.

Wetherspoons also do well.

Al 10000
26-12-2012, 19:30
My pub of the month goes to the New Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/20370/) a very quirky pub that is unaltered inside,well worth a visit if in the Coalville area.

london calling
26-12-2012, 20:23
the Sussex Arms twickenham is a lovely friendly pub that ticks all the boxes.great beer range and can see this pub heading for many awards.How can they open a pub 18 months ago and get it so right when others are struggling to attract customers.

Bucking Fastard
03-01-2013, 08:53
Not the greatest month for pub visits but the outstanding one for me was the ever reliable Old Fountain, (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/23350/)Old Street.Maybe not the most noteworthy interior but the new roof terrace looks interesting whenever it stops raining.However in terms of real ale,the care taken here to produce top quality ale from leading brewers marks this out as a must visit when in London.It's also now open at weekends.

03-01-2013, 17:48
It's also now open at weekends.

Although not last Saturday. And Cask was closed 24th, ~14:30.
Are the beer gods trying to tell me something?

04-01-2013, 12:25
The whole family, from young to old, really enjoyed an excursion to the Vine Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/13930/) at (Old) Bursledon - well worth delaying the Boxing Day lunch for.

07-01-2013, 12:40
This month, I'm going to nominate my village local The New Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/41295/) , Walton, Wakefield. The new(ish) couple managing the place have undertaken a major refurb and have brought real energy with them. Recently, the number of hand pumps has increased from four to seven and it is possible to suggest guest beers. I've already some doubts about the sustainability of beer quality, but I sincerely hope they pull it off.

09-01-2013, 10:59
I'm going to vote for the newly opened Terrace Bar (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/78841/) in Manchester's Northern Quarter.

Nicely decorated in a fairly minimal style with 6 handpumps. A gret addition to the N/4 pub crawl. :cheers: