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aleandhearty
15-03-2010, 15:27
Thought it might be interesting to learn about each other's favourite haunts. I'm sure most of us have a pub down the road that we use for convenience, but have a spiritual local that we deem worth the extra travel. I'll always associate The Baum in Rochdale with ROBCamra and The Silk Kite, Tamworth with Hoppy but what about everyone else?

To get the ball rolling, my village local is The New Inn, Walton. www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/41295 a big hearted, GBG listed, community local. However, if I want a decent session I usually head for the Fernandes Tap in the centre of Wakefield: www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55466 A CAMRA multi-award winner. Usually ten pumps to go at in a setting of real character. (Of course the omnipresent RogerB managed to review it, after his visit up here, before I got my lardy arse into gear!)

Over to you.

Soup Dragon
15-03-2010, 15:47
This is an interesting one A&H, but i dont tend to have a spiritual home. Over the years, i have played football for lots of pub teams in Brum and beyond, each of which has an attachment. Whilst i now live out of Brum and have different tastes (MILD and real ale), i grew up in Brum. If i had a spiritual home it would be The Railwayman's Arms in Bridgnorth as it combines the best in pubs and drinks, with the history of the SVR. If it were confined to my local area, it would be The Anchor and White Swan in Digbeth - as i know my ancestors drank there (they were nice people until they had a drink inside them, so the judge said), so it feels like home in a different way.

Oggwyn Trench
15-03-2010, 16:04
This is my true home http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32680/ my local for 20 years , i rarely visit these days after minor fallout with landlady . :moremad:
My locals these days are these
http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32696/ drunk in here for 25 years on and off
http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32757/ this was me Dads local so taking up the family tradition
http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32686/ Started in here underage , getting back to being a good pub

Farway
15-03-2010, 17:11
My local haunt is Green Dragon, Lovedean http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/14096/ which is really just another suburban local I can walk to

Spiritual home, I guess is a choice between White Swan, Portsmouth [a JDW] http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/13604/ which gives a wide choice of beer and is not the normal JDW barn

Or the Invincible near the Hard, Portsmouth http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/13578/ just a nice local pub, no big frills but is what I would term a "real pub"

Andy Ven
15-03-2010, 19:29
This is an interesting one A&H, but i dont tend to have a spiritual home. Over the years, i have played football for lots of pub teams in Brum and beyond, each of which has an attachment. Whilst i now live out of Brum and have different tastes (MILD and real ale), i grew up in Brum. If i had a spiritual home it would be The Railwayman's Arms in Bridgnorth as it combines the best in pubs and drinks, with the history of the SVR. If it were confined to my local area, it would be The Anchor and White Swan in Digbeth - as i know my ancestors drank there (they were nice people until they had a drink inside them, so the judge said), so it feels like home in a different way.

The Anchor and The White Swan are fab pubs. Me and the chaps from our office always venture down to Digbeth the day we finish work before Christmas. We re-found the Lamp Tavern in Barford Street this year. The 3 of them make up a great trio.

Severn Valley Railway is also a good pub crawl in itself. I listed the crawl on PG a few weeks ago, having done it 3 times. King and Castle at the other end in Kiddy is good, as are the Harbour at Arley and several places in Bewdley.

The pub I most feel at home in is The Railway in Pelsall. If I'm in Brum at lunchtime I prefer the Wellington, provided it's not too packed

Strongers
15-03-2010, 20:24
Im a loyal local of the Duke of Hamilton in Hampstead http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55733/ and the nearest pub to my house is the Orange Tree in Friern Barnet http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/66028/ Its a dump!

I think that most people know my love of the Duke, but it is now due for closure as the owners have had it valued and apparently it is worth 800,000 as a pub and 12,000,000 as luxury flats which the council is on the verge of giving planning permission to. Ill probably be localless by the end of April if not March!:moremad::moremad::moremad:

Eddie86
15-03-2010, 20:50
:whistle::D:muppet:

trainman
15-03-2010, 21:13
and 12,000,000 as luxury flats which the council is on the verge of giving planning permission to.
That's a killer, especially since the Old Bear has abandoned its progressive beer policy in favour of food, by the sound of things.

Strongers
15-03-2010, 21:40
It's not good, but the Holly Bush up the way in now run by Fullers and the Flask which is a youngs pub is probably better than it has been for a long time. Hampstead is nothing like it used to be:-

Duke's future on the edge,
Olde White Bear a gastro pub,
Wells Tavern a gastro pub
Coach and Horses (Gertie Browns) Residential
Horse and Groom a restaurant
King of Bohemia a charity shop
Mojama's closed
Tabby Cat Lounge (ex american burger and cocktail lounge) closed
Toast Bar closed
The Horseshoe does ale, but its gastro
Freemasons is gastro
Even the Slug and Lettuce (Heath Street Bar) is now an estate agents.

PS: the last dartboard in Hampstead will vanish if the Duke closes!:eek:

Also Calamity Janes which was a 'restaurant' where one could drink until 6am is now a milkshake bar selling kosher food which is open til all hours. People travel the length and breadth of London to visit and my brother once bumped into three guys from Hounslow who had done the twenty odd mile journey.

ETA
16-03-2010, 06:49
... the last dartboard in Hampstead will vanish if the Duke closes!:eek:



So the dartboard has joined the bar billiard table, the spitoon and the pub dog on the list of endangered species. What else will we miss about our locals as global warming, property price increases, crippling taxes, the smoking ban, expanding non-alcohol tolerent sub-populations and population pressure see the destruction of our natural habitat? (OK, so maybe I lied about the global warming bit, but the rest is true.) Gravity fed casks in a real cellar (could contravene Weights and Measures rules)? Nibbles on the bar (health and safety)? Pork scratchings (offensive to the Health Food Police and some religions)? Morris dancers in the car park on Mayday (phallo-centric expression of anachronistic, mysogenistic...oh b****cks, you get the drift)?

Worse, what will replace them? Wii-FitPlusExtraVirtualPubGames? Real ale vending machines? Compulsory "Group Hugs"?

Millay
16-03-2010, 07:00
That's a marvellous rant for this time of the morning ETA :D

Eddie86
16-03-2010, 07:06
Bloody hell. At least give me a chance to have a cuppa first!

trainman
16-03-2010, 07:12
There's no doubt that Didsbury's Nelson Inn (in its old, very different, guise) used to cover both categories for me as it was my first pub and where I later worked & even lived for a while. It has very much changed and I hardly ever drop in these days, when up there, though I should as some of the old gang can still sometimes be spotted on occasion.

My personal (current) national number one, The Crown, Stockport (Heaton La), would have to get my spiritual vote these days and, due to geography, The Trafalgar, South Wimbledon, is my most visited ale pub in striking distance (still a train & tube though!).

http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/26093/
http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/53526/
http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/24699/

ETA
16-03-2010, 08:35
Bloody hell. At least give me a chance to have a cuppa first!

Sorry chaps - I think it was quite a frustrating experience going into the Royal Oak in Brookland (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/16719/) last night - absolutely nothing wrong with the pub, it's a good place to drink, nice building, good food, some very classy eye-candy. But it was really quite - nice. That's about it - nice. An instant pub - "just add alcohol and stir - a perfect pub every time!" Very "this Century". Compared with the Red Lion in Snargate (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59104/) and the Woolpack in Brooklands (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59101/) where I'm heading tonight, both superb archetypal Kentish country pubs which are under threat from modern life. Maybe I'm just a dinosaur who can see the comet coming and can't find anywhere to hide.

Now, where did I put that dartboard?

But on a cheerier note, in response to the OP:

The Wyndham Arms (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/41766/)
Deacons (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/41671/)
The Earl of Normanton (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/62896/)
The Winterbourne Arms (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/41757/)

hopwas
16-03-2010, 08:40
Right..

Spiritual home pub.. The White Lion, Upper Gungate. Visited there for good 15 years and still visiting. Also I regularly visit The Fox, Hopwas nearest pub to my house and my first visit there was in 1985 when I was 7 year old.

Home JDW.. of course, most of you already know, The Silk Kite. Also I regularly visit other JDW in town, The Bole Bridge.

gillhalfpint
16-03-2010, 08:42
If we want to go local we travel into Birmingham and do the Wellington, Briar Rose, Anchor and Lamp and bus home. Never done the White Swan in Digbeth. What do they usually have on?

If we feel the need to travel, as we do for this weekend, we go to Sheffield and do the Harlequin, Riverside, Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern, Gardeners Rest, Wellington and Hillsborough Hetel. If we haven't had a festival worth of beers by then, there are plenty of others on route to fit in.

I too remember the days when it was so easy to have a game of darts with a beer or two. Even pubs with dartboards seem to have a table put in front of it these days.

hopwas
16-03-2010, 08:55
Hmmm..

If I visit Brum then Wellys will be my first port of call, Square Peg (JDW), Old Joint Stock and Cambridge. White Swan is Listed building but not sure about what they have. I am sure Soupy will tell you that as he visited it few months ago. My last visit was in 2005.

If I visit my second home, Derby then legendary Bruswick is for me. Also The Flowerpot (note no spaces there), Babington Arms (JDW) and Wardwick Tavern. I know some of you saying what about Brewery Tap. I have never visited there but I have been to it's previous life, The Royal Standard.

aleandhearty
16-03-2010, 09:00
I've enjoyed trawling through all the nominations and links. There truly are some great pubs out there, but reading what they mean to people makes it even better. I think The Wellington, Brum and The Crown, Stockport are the two that really caught my eye. Sorry 'Strongers' but The Orange Tree definitely wins first prize in the 'absolute hole' competition!

P.S. I'm just so jealous of Gill's lifestyle. Marvellous.

gillhalfpint
16-03-2010, 09:06
Brewery Tap looks a bit clinical, but there is nothing wrong with their beers.

Derby beers of course, but they have plenty of pumps for guests, and they held a very good fest there. We tend to include it on a crawl of Derby.

We usually do Babington, Old Silk Mill (much improved ale choice),walk through Dolphin to see if anything other than standard beers, and Flowerpot, then go to Brewery Tap. We call in the Alex and Brunswick on the way back to station.

ROBCamra
16-03-2010, 10:10
If we want to go local we travel into Birmingham and do the Wellington, Briar Rose, Anchor and Lamp and bus home. Never done the White Swan in Digbeth. What do they usually have on?



It's an ex Banks's pub, so they have the Marstons stable of beers on. It's worth a look for the decor and the beer is well kept, even if the range isn't stunning.

It's only a two minute walk from the Anchor so it's hardly a detour.

ROBCamra
16-03-2010, 10:17
Hmmm..

If I visit Brum then Wellys will be my first port of call, Square Peg (JDW), Old Joint Stock and Cambridge. White Swan is Listed building but not sure about what they have. I am sure Soupy will tell you that as he visited it few months ago. My last visit was in 2005.

If I visit my second home, Derby then legendary Bruswick is for me. Also The Flowerpot (note no spaces there), Babington Arms (JDW) and Wardwick Tavern. I know some of you saying what about Brewery Tap. I have never visited there but I have been to it's previous life, The Royal Standard.

Called in the Wardwick in February. It's on a serious downhill slide now since the good landlord left and opened the Metrobar down the road.

The beer range was so poor I only ordered a half and that was very average.:(

Bucking Fastard
16-03-2010, 10:29
My drinking career started in The Glyn Arms ,Ewell and was my local before leaving home.Sadly today it is a Toby Carvery and although it features on a pub listing web site that should remain nameless,I couldnt bring myself to suggest it on PuG.

Lived in Surbiton for 9 years with The Wagon and Horses www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/63538/ as the regular haunt,in the days when Youngs beers were still brewed in Wandsworth and tasted superb.Ordinary,Special ,RamRod and Special or even RamRod and Export if the mood took.

Moved to Hertford on the strength a great pub The White Horse www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/14579/ which became the regular venue for a Last Thursday of the month drinking club.

While living in the town centre,a yellow notice went up on an antique shop a few door down seeking permission for change of use to a pub.Having experienced clubbers ringing my doorbell at 3am,pavement pizzas,shopping trolly antics etc,I quickly stuck in an objection on the grounds that there were already plenty of vertical drinking bars in town blaring out rave sounds and my family needed their sleep.Fortunately the local authority ignored my pleading and The Old Cross Tavern www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55450 was born,now award winning and one of the most genuine locals around.When ever I cross the threshold I hold my head in shame before quaffing copious amounts of their fine ale.Moved to the country now but this is still my pub of choice.:drinkup:

RogerB
16-03-2010, 11:10
Sound like you grew up in my territory. I was originally from Chessington and had my first pub alcoholic dabblings at the North Star, Hook. I learned space invaders and asteroids in the Cricketers but as I have worked in Central London all my working life, it didn't take long before I started to neglect my locals.

When I moved to Kent, the Windmill in Dartford was virtually the only place to find me. I was in the darts team, football team, worked behind the bar and virtually lived in the place. There was a great mix of of regulars from businessmen to estate lads, all under the watchful eye of Bert the long serving landlord. When he went (part of the great pub sell off in the early 90's) it went downhill rapidly and I have probably been in half a dozen times since. My current "home" is the Ivy Leaf, a 15 minute walk (unless the park is open) and passing 6 pubs to get there. The Wat Tyler is also a regular haunt and they are probably the only 2 pubs in the world where I am currently recognised!

Bucking Fastard
16-03-2010, 11:48
[QUOTE=RogerB;9886]Sound like you grew up in my territory. I was originally from Chessington and had my first pub alcoholic dabblings at the North Star, Hook.

Never went drinking in Chessington or Hook despite living close by for many years.There used to be 7 pubs and a wine bar in Ewell which was a regular pub crawl but having read your St Albans blog ,I now realise that I'm a lightweight ..... and that was 30+ years ago when I was fit.:nishelypished:

Conrad
16-03-2010, 11:48
Well I guess my spiritual home would have to be The Sportsman (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/651/), many a night spent there shooting pool whilst getting drunk, they even used to have a pinball table in the old days, one of those things you can add to bar billiards and dartboards as deceased. For those who prefer a quieter time enjoying a real ale, a simple walk across the courtyard to the The Annexe (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/217/) both owned by the same owner, they also have a restaurant called the Barn which I went to for Christmas dinner about 5 years back and was amazing. I suddenly have an urge to go out and play pool now.

I used to love The Hatchett (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/411/), but the last few times I have been whilst it retained the personality the bar staff were bl**dy useless so we have started going round the corner to The Bunch of Grapes (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/54712/) now (which I noticed intriguingly is now under new management in the last week).

RogerB
16-03-2010, 11:56
[QUOTE=RogerB;9886]Sound like you grew up in my territory. I was originally from Chessington and had my first pub alcoholic dabblings at the North Star, Hook.

Never went drinking in Chessington or Hook despite living close by for many years.There used to be 7 pubs and a wine bar in Ewell which was a regular pub crawl but having read your St Albans blog ,I now realise that I'm a lightweight ..... and that was 30+ years ago when I was fit.:nishelypished:

My grandmother lived in Ewell (Walsingham Gardens) but I don't think I ever ventured into any Ewell pubs apart form maybe the Organ & Dragon but I can't be sure. Like you, it would have been 25/30 odd years ago and most of my brain cells have been damaged since then.

Soup Dragon
16-03-2010, 11:59
The pub I most feel at home in is The Railway in Pelsall.

A quality establishment, young Ven - let me know if you fancy a pint one night, happily meet you for a St Austell Tribute, which memory tells me they serve?

By the way, are you intending to take a photo of the Rag?

Bucking Fastard
16-03-2010, 12:11
[QUOTE=Bucking Fastard;9894]

My grandmother lived in Ewell (Walsingham Gardens) but I don't think I ever ventured into any Ewell pubs apart form maybe the Organ & Dragon but I can't be sure. Like you, it would have been 25/30 odd years ago and most of my brain cells have been damaged since then.

The Organ Inn was on our regular pub crawl but in those days The League of St George used to hang out in the public bar and us students had to maintain a very low profile.Hope that wasnt you Mr B.:eek:

RogerB
16-03-2010, 12:17
[QUOTE=RogerB;9896]

The Organ Inn was on our regular pub crawl but in those days The League of St George used to hang out in the public bar and us students had to maintain a very low profile.Hope that wasnt you Mr B.:eek:

My only post school studenty type days were on day release at Kingston College of Further Education. We would terrorise the sad old fart ale drinkers in the likes of the Bishop Out Of Residence, the Kingston Mill or the Seven Saxons (now closed) with our nauseous lager fuelled antics, unbeknown that one day the tide would turn.

Bucking Fastard
16-03-2010, 12:40
[QUOTE=Bucking Fastard;9900]

My only post school studenty type days were on day release at Kingston College of Further Education. We would terrorise the sad old fart ale drinkers in the likes of the Bishop Out Of Residence,

Bloody hell,I used to go in there a lot with my first wife.Mind you ,after a few too many red wines she wasnt slow at coming forward to admonish leary students.Typical teacher.

Andy Ven
16-03-2010, 15:59
A quality establishment, young Ven - let me know if you fancy a pint one night, happily meet you for a St Austell Tribute, which memory tells me they serve?

By the way, are you intending to take a photo of the Rag?

Sorry, you'll have to tell me what the Rag is...

The Railway seem to have Tribute and Abbot as standing items these days. Can't fault either of them. For a couple of weeks at least now the middle pull has been Bateman's XB - well kept but I prefer the Tribute. Abbot is also good but not for a session.

Soup Dragon
16-03-2010, 16:24
The Rag is a restuarant and pub at the top end of Noton Canes

Wittenden
16-03-2010, 18:14
I suppose my spiritual local is the now closed Man of Kent at St Micheal's nea rTenterden Kent. It was my father's local , and my earliest memories are of sitting outside in the old Austin pickup with the proverbial shandy and bag of Smith's Crisps (with the blue salt paper). In later years I narurally ventured inside, enjoying earl glasses of Fremlins. It was a typical Kentish roadside Whitbread pub, having formed part of Winches Brewery of Cranbrook. In its glory days, the beer sat on a sturdy rendered stillage at the back of the bar.
It holds all sorts of memories-going up as boys on our pushbikes, unsuitable girlfriends, magical Friday nights, post-shoot celebrations and taking Dad there as a frail old man.
After dear old Cissie who ran it with her brother (I don't really remember him) passed away, the pub clung on-one excellent landlord and lady, followed by no hopers.(One couple couldn't be bothered to open when the Tour-de- France sped past) . A short spell as a shop selling dried flowers (bizarely),it's now an expensive Indian restuarant.

Andy Ven
16-03-2010, 18:32
The Rag is a restuarant and pub at the top end of Noton Canes

Looks like I missed that one! I don't have a photo yet but I'm sure I can get there sometime soon if no one else is passing

oldboots
20-03-2010, 10:03
I'm a little late answering this one, been away for a week - reviews to follow.

My spiritual home is this one (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59809/) my first local, although this one (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59812/) was an extraordinary pub where I used to spend saturday nights.

Nowadays the pub I use most is this (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/29388/) but using a pub a lot doesn't make it your local, whenever I'm in Harrogate I try to visit here (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/29199/), sometimes I wish I lived nearer.

HTM69
20-03-2010, 12:08
Geographically, my local is probably The Star, Gillingham. I haven't used it in years. If I were to walk in the opposite direction from my home, then you'll come across The Crickets (John Barass pub) and a short walk further on, The Livingstone Arms. The latter-mentioned is the designated 'away supporters pub' for Gillingham FC and was recently patronised by a very famous bald-headed chap: Patrick Stewart, I.E., Captain Piccard from the Starship Enterprise. He was in town following his local team, Huddersfield. Apparently, he took a stroll through the town centre - completely unnoticed! - before popping in for a swift pre-match jar. Reportedly, the barmaid didn't recognise him and was flabbergasted to see such a famous actor once he had removed his peak cap.

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 10:32
Have you guys out there got a local pub you use on a regular basis,or indeed a pub you use regularly even if its not near your location? Why is it your local? Is it as the name imply's simply your nearest pub or is it beer range,interior or other users of the pub? Rob Camra's seems to be The Baum (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55901/) as far as I can make out,but what about some of you others on a mission to visit as many new pubs as possible, have you any time for a local?
My local is The Waggon and Horses (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59679/) .Its a 6 or 7 minute walk from my house,(sometimes a lot longer back), four ales available two of which are changing guests and Iv'e used the pub since 1978, so very much my local.The other pub I use fairly regularly although not near my location is The Harp (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/53779/) ,simply because in my view its the best pub in London and it's very rare I don't visit when in town.
So that's enough question marks,what's your local?:cheers:

Al 10000
29-07-2012, 12:04
I used to have locals years ago Red Lion and White Lion in Sandiacre,when we moved to our first house we spent far to much time and money in the Feathers in Stapleford,this pub has now closed down.
In later years we did most of our drinking in Nottingham usually going down at least once a week sometimes more,we had about 20 pubs that we went in usually going in about 7 or 8 each time,we dont like staying in one pub for too long before wanting to go to a different pub.
So i hav'nt really had a proper local for about the last 18 years.

Oggwyn Trench
29-07-2012, 12:06
My local is Station Hotel (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32757/) , 10 minutes away on the bus , 9 handpulls on the front bar , 3 permanant ales , Salopian Shropshire Gold , M&B Mild and Worthington Red Shield and usually 6 guests mostly from up north , Yorkshire beers are a speciality and plenty from Lancashire , Derby and Notts , real cider available as well on a rotating guest policy , its just a bloody good basic boozer .

I also use both Old Fighting Cocks (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/68336/) almost next door and Crown Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/32699/) just across the road on a regular basis , on a good day thats 30+ ales to go at :drinkup:

aleandhearty
29-07-2012, 13:04
Bumped for Mobyduck.

aleandhearty
29-07-2012, 13:09
Have to say I admire the energy and new threads you're bringing to the boards 'md'. However, there are only so many topics and chances are the more obvious ones will already have been done. Always worth checking the archives first. :cheers:

Farway
29-07-2012, 13:45
My local is now a Tesco Express :mad:

bcfczuluarmy
29-07-2012, 14:50
My local is now a Tesco Express :mad:

3 of them in Bristol now with the 4th just getting underway.

Spinko
29-07-2012, 15:14
Manchester city centre is right on my doorstep so I have massive choice! Brewdog is probably the place I've been to most, along with the Deansgate Wetherspoon, the Gas Lamp, Cask, Port St Beer House, Knott Bar, Marble Arch, Angel, Smithfield Hotel...

Spinko
29-07-2012, 15:24
On my very first visit to The Grove in Huddersfield I felt like I had found my home! Really homely and welcoming pub, and I think my first "destination pub" I travelled solely for the intention of visiting.

Having spent many years in Leeds, North Bar, Foley's and Stick or Twist JDW were probably my spiritual homes there.

In Aberystwyth, I'd say The Mill from my student days, although I'm more likely to bypass it these days in favour of The Ship And Castle as. We used to go to The Mill as students for the £1.20 double vodkas!

Strongers
29-07-2012, 16:23
I would still class the Duke of Hamilton in Hampstead as my local even though I now live 80 miles away and don’t get there very often.There are some good pubs here in Eastbourne, but I haven’t really warmed to any enough for them to become my local. I suppose that I have turned into a nomadic drinker.

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 18:22
Have to say I admire the energy and new threads you're bringing to the boards 'md'. However, there are only so many topics and chances are the more obvious ones will already have been done. Always worth checking the archives first. :cheers:

I did put in What's your local into the search box before entering this thread and nothing came up so I gave it a go.

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 18:26
Manchester city centre is right on my doorstep so I have massive choice! Brewdog is probably the place I've been to most, along with the Deansgate Wetherspoon, the Gas Lamp, Cask, Port St Beer House, Knott Bar, Marble Arch, Angel, Smithfield Hotel...

You city dwellers obviously have a massive advantage, my village is now down to two pubs. Unfortunately a sign of the times.:(

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 18:33
on a good day thats 30+ ales to go at :drinkup:

Are you just greedy or am I envious, I suspect the latter.

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 18:41
Have to say I admire the energy and new threads you're bringing to the boards 'md'. However, there are only so many topics and chances are the more obvious ones will already have been done. Always worth checking the archives first. :cheers:
Oh just caught on same topic different wording,anyway its good to talk.

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 18:43
Bumped for Mobyduck.

Fair play,

Andy Ven
29-07-2012, 20:14
The pub I most feel at home in is The Railway in Pelsall. If I'm in Brum at lunchtime I prefer the Wellington, provided it's not too packed

My local, The Railway (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/38908/), closed suddenly at the end of May. Cue a sustained Facebook campaign by 540 odd people, numerous e-mails to Enterprise Inns and the odd e-mail to the local paper and the gaffer managed to negotiate a revised deal and open the pub again two weeks ago. He said he probably wouldn't have done it without that kind of support. Happy days. :)

sheffield hatter
29-07-2012, 20:30
My local is The Waggon and Horses (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/59679/)...

...which sadly has no photo on Pubs Galore. Have you thought of taking a camera with you when you go for a pint? ;)

sheffield hatter
29-07-2012, 20:38
My local from soon after moving to Sheffield in '97 until earlier this year was the Bath Hotel (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43051/). My review explains why this is sadly no longer the case.

My alternative "home from home" is now the Blake (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43068/), which is a longer walk from my house (about twice as far as the Bath) and involves a considerable hill climb in both directions, but it's worth it for the ale quality alone.

Alesonly
29-07-2012, 21:17
My local is The Famous Royal Oak in Muswell Hill Only decent traditional Pub left in the area. :drinkup:

The Famous Royal Oak (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/25568/)

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 22:08
...which sadly has no photo on Pubs Galore. Have you thought of taking a camera with you when you go for a pint? ;)
There will be one soon, I am slowly getting to grips with technology.:confused:

Mobyduck
29-07-2012, 22:26
Apologies for unwittingly Hijacking a former thread and good to see admin being on the ball and moving it swiftly, however no apologies for generating an extra page or so of reply's in what's been a quiet week on the forum.:cheers:

Quinno
30-07-2012, 11:37
The Nags Head (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1691/) is my local. Although technically The Butler (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/61560/) and The Queens Arms (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1713/) are closer (by a matter of yards) the Nags is a place I can pop into any time of the day and fit right in. Lucky me :D :drinkup:

Mobyduck
30-07-2012, 11:40
The Nags Head (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1691/) is my local. Although technically The Butler (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/61560/) and The Queens Arms (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/1713/) are closer (by a matter of yards) the Nags is a place I can pop into any time of the day and fit right in. Lucky me :D :drinkup:

That's a pretty decent local to have.

hondo
30-07-2012, 12:50
in order to minimize social interaction i don't have a local :(

Farway
30-07-2012, 13:11
There will be one soon, I am slowly getting to grips with technology.:confused:

Top tip, take the pics before you go in, otherwise the invisible gorilla may blur the pictures, move your thumb over the lens or take pic of your shoes :whistle:

Mobyduck
30-07-2012, 15:16
Top tip, take the pics before you go in, otherwise the invisible gorilla may blur the pictures, move your thumb over the lens or take pic of your shoes :whistle:

This invisible Gorilla is beginning to get on my t**s. :D

Bucking Fastard
30-07-2012, 16:21
In terms of spiritual homes,Croydon fits that bill and with the football season fast approaching,there will be at least 23 opportunities for me to pop into The George (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/35541/) for some necessary nerve settlings beers.This is also one of the best 'spoons around but that's another thread..........

Pangolin
30-07-2012, 17:49
I don't have a current 'real' local, as my nearest pubs are either less-than-wonderful, closed, or both. My main problem is i keep going into pubs and thing "cor, I wish this was my local" when I am at the other end of the country.

I suppose I could move...

Mobyduck
31-07-2012, 21:58
My local from soon after moving to Sheffield in '97 until earlier this year was the Bath Hotel (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43051/). My review explains why this is sadly no longer the case

Having read your review it sounds like beer heaven to me, obviously opposite ends of the taste spectrum.:drinkup: