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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    ... I'd already done the Shakespeare's Head with some of my Luton Town mates a few years before (August 2005, I think, but this was before the days when I would obsessively write down all my pub visits in a notebook), so I formed a breakaway group, consisting of me and Quinno, and we went to the Bridle Lane Tavern...
    Ahh, that's why you're not in the group photo, mind you neither are Gill and Ray but they were on the trip too. Eight years is a long time for my addled memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    This won't help as you weren't at Leicester but I'll put it out anyway;

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    IIRC the "bromance" was based on a shared love of the rollup.
    Ah I remember this well, what a character he was. I really liked this pub, the beer was always well kept, Barnsley Bitter I seem to recall...

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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    The Queen Bess looks like a betting shop.
    Fitting, given just how many pubs now are betting shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Komakino View Post
    Surprised the Festival Inn hasn't been on my rader before; with only one PuG review, looks like it hasn't been on many others either.
    The pub was designed by the architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, architect of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the London Central Mosque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    Fitting, given just how many pubs now are betting shops.
    I'm not aware of any former pubs that are now betting shops, but I know of two that have made the journey in the opposite direction: The Petersgate Tap in Stockport and The Bookmakers in Heysham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    The pub was designed by the architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, architect of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the London Central Mosque.
    ..and of course responsible for the wonderous delight that is Harlow New Town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    I'm not aware of any former pubs that are now betting shops, but I know of two that have made the journey in the opposite direction: The Petersgate Tap in Stockport and The Bookmakers in Heysham.
    ...and of course the Turf Tavern.

    You're right - I can actually find very few pubs which have been converted into betting shops, but there are some:

    Grave Maurice (the Kray's favourite pub - they wouldn't be pleased)
    Old Globe
    The Queens Head
    The Railway Tavern (now a trendy shop)
    The Railway Tavern



    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    ..and of course responsible for the wonderous delight that is Harlow New Town.
    ...er yes. I went on an architectural tour of the place about three years ago and it's not great. I think though that a lot of his architecture has been torn down or badly mauled to no improvement. Situated just outside the town is his house and 15-acre grounds, open to the public and very lovely too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    I'm not aware of any former pubs that are now betting shops, but I know of two that have made the journey in the opposite direction: The Petersgate Tap in Stockport and The Bookmakers in Heysham.
    The Bookmakers Arms could well have been a Bookies converted to a micropub, but in fact was a kitchen shop in a previous life. It takes its name from the Turf Accountants who attend the Point -to-Point races near the village.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    Fitting, given just how many pubs now are betting shops.
    Our next nearest pub in our Sarf London days kept a supply of Bill Hill slips, pens and a couple of copies of the RP by the door for the convenience of those who preferred to enjoy their racing in publy comfort rather than in the particularly seedy WH branch next door. Mind you the pub was short priced in the seediness stakes, but that's another matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    Post War Pubs, 10 of the best.
    Aha - knocked off the Wheatsheaf in between lockdowns at the back end of last year - not a bad pub and one of my few visits in December. Have also done the Festival when it was a Truman pub, the Shakespeare's Head (Islington) when it was a Charrington's pub and the Samuel Whitbread when it was a pub.
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