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    Marlow or Henley?
    Ok, maybe just for one......................

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I seem to have over-used the better beer areas in concentric rings ever further afield from London, incl Chelmsford, Reading, Brighton, Snorbans etc. Anyone have a suggestion (behave!) for, say, a 5 (4+) pubber within striking distance of the capital?

    Thanks! tm
    There is a decent crawl to be had along the trainline from London Bridge to Bexleyheath. Take your pick from:

    Bexleyheath - Robin Hood and Little John
    Welling - Door Hinge
    Bus out to Blackfen - Broken Drum (and George Staples?), then bus from there to
    Eltham - Long Pond, Eltham GPO (Antic), Park Tavern
    Blackheath - Hare & Billet, Zerodegrees
    New Cross - Royal Albert (Antic), New Cross House
    Finish at London Bridge, where you can take your pick from plenty of familiar ale houses.

    The above all have decent ale ranges and there are 'Spoons of varing degrees of quality that you could include along the way as well.

    Not sure what you classify as striking distance from London, but you can get to Ipswich from Liverpool St in around an hour and a quarter. Plenty of good pubs around town - Fat Cat, Dove St Freehouse, Brewery Tap, Briarbank Tap, St Judes, Greyhound and Lord Nelson to name a few.

    On an unrelated subject, I'll be making my first trip to the Etihad tomorrow. I have a terrible feeling that I'm going to enjoy the pre and post-match pub crawl a lot more than the actual match!

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    Zerodegrees!!! I think not
    Ok, maybe just for one......................

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    If you are free on a Saturday the Bermondsey Beer Mile might be worth a shot,but there will be a lot of craft keg and hipsters everywhere.I think PSM has done this recently.

    I live in Hertford so happy to escort you around
    The Old Cross Tavern
    Black Horse
    White Horse
    Old Barge
    Blackbirds
    Quiet Man

    and AVOID all the Macs pubs !!

    Berko now has more than The Riser (the best of the three canalside pubs),I was impressed by The Red Squirrel Beer Shop .Also worth a visit to The Crown (Spoons) and maybe The Lamb.
    Leighton Buzzard now much better with The Black Lion,and a micropub so you could do a train journey taking in both Berko and Leighton Buzzard if you are feeling fit.I'm in Buzzard on Nov 24th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    Also the Addingtons - where do folk drink round there..?
    They are all in The George via tramlink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    If you are free on a Saturday the Bermondsey Beer Mile might be worth a shot,but there will be a lot of craft keg and hipsters everywhere.I think PSM has done this recently.

    I live in Hertford so happy to escort you around
    The Old Cross Tavern
    Black Horse
    White Horse
    Old Barge
    Blackbirds
    Quiet Man

    and AVOID all the Macs pubs !!

    Berko now has more than The Riser (the best of the three canalside pubs),I was impressed by The Red Squirrel Beer Shop .Also worth a visit to The Crown (Spoons) and maybe The Lamb.
    Leighton Buzzard now much better with The Black Lion,and a micropub so you could do a train journey taking in both Berko and Leighton Buzzard if you are feeling fit.I'm in Buzzard on Nov 24th.
    Thanks BF, psm did give me the heads-up on the bbm, but not tried it yet. A real shame that the on-sales at Kernel was to finish in Sep - I don't really get that - they had plenty of space, which they could have halved and still had a good area for people to buy tasters before stocking up with bottled off-sales.

    Yes, we found the Red Squirrel bar last time we were in Berko, coincidentally the day of a beerfest at the Riser - everyone was impressed with venue, choice (not just RS), quality, and good pricing. After sampling Berko's excellent chippy at the station, we then headed off to Leighton Buzzard for the acclaimed Black Lion, only to find we'd been there before. Who could forget previously disembarking at a stn called Leighton Buzzard? We all did!

    I've been to Hertford before, but have had the OCT down for a (re-) visit for a long time - I don't recall it at all. Good tips on non-mac pubs, thanks, I'll let you know if heading up that way.

    Cheers again everyone, tm

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    Just remembered I'd left off The Duncombe Arms from that Hertford list

    Ever done Hitchin ?
    Nightingale,Radcliffe Arms and Half Moon in the GBG ,Bricklayers definitely worth doing with Sun Runner and Victoria as wild cards
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    Carshalton not too bad ,some decent pubs and if you combine it with the Hope beer fest on the last weekend of every month. I have been to 3 of them this year and probably will go on Friday.The list of beers is on the pub website. Looks a good one again.Great beer quality and prices.

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    Yep, done Ipswich, Hitchin and Carshalton - I think it's mostly packing apart from the Hope at the latter and, even there, why don't they stick a dartboard in that mid room to the 'beer garden'?
    Didn't know about monthly beerfests though - I'll bear that in mind, thanks, but can't do this weekend.

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