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    As the title says. Following this comment in another thread;

    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    I think it would be a better idea to challenge everyone to publish on the forum their own top 10 pubs of all time with no obligatory comment or justification and most definitely no discussion or arguments about the choices.
    This would be a separate thread from the top beers or pubs of the year and the worst pub.

    As with all these lists it would be totally irrelevant!
    I thought it would be fun to start one.

    This is not easy, as I have just discovered. Getting on for 3,800 reviews, I have scored 32 a perfect 10 (0.84%)*. Of these 32, there are a number where I would have the score at 9.5, which knocks about half out. This left 19 to narrow down to 10! I gave favour to those where I have visited more than once - maintaining a 10 across multiple visits is a feat in itself. Then knocked out some where the last visit was more than 5 years ago. Then I filled the last few places with those where I shelved plans to move elsewhere, or I made a revisit during a crawl. Your methodology may be a bit different, of course

    So here, in no particular order, is the Quinno Top 10 (thus far...)!


    The Bell Inn Aldworth
    The Monks Walk Beverley
    West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms Dewsbury
    The Whalebone Hull
    The Strugglers Inn Lincoln
    Nags Head Reading
    Beacon Hotel Sedgley
    Kelham Island Tavern Sheffield
    The Guide Dog Southampton
    The Great Western Wolverhampton


    * - Snow White ran a bit of script which pulled out all my scores for every pub, so if you want the same, I'm sure you just need to ask nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinno View Post
    Top 10 (thus far...)!
    Yes, it's not easy, is it! (I've been to eight of your 10 and know the other two by reputation or recommendation, so applaud your choices.)

    It's made even harder for me by the fact I've only ever awarded eight scores of 10. Going through those and my slightly more numerous nines, I recognise quite a few instances where I've been influenced by an emotional reaction to the pub: being bowled over. Most of these are pubs that have scored highly for what was a very brief visit and that, on reflection, may not have been as good as I thought they were. But if I've only been there once, who can tell?

    So, with reservations as above, here's my Top 10:

    Talbot Arms, Settle
    Yew Tree, Cauldon
    Blake Hotel, Sheffield
    Manor Arms, Broughton in Furness
    Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge
    Pelican Inn, Gloucester
    Barrels, Berwick upon Tweed
    Brunswick Inn, Derby
    Globe, Dunstable
    Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton
    Victoria, Great Harwood

    Oops, miscounted. That's 11!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    Yes, it's not easy, is it! (I've been to eight of your 10 and know the other two by reputation or recommendation, so applaud your choices.)

    It's made even harder for me by the fact I've only ever awarded eight scores of 10. Going through those and my slightly more numerous nines, I recognise quite a few instances where I've been influenced by an emotional reaction to the pub: being bowled over. Most of these are pubs that have scored highly for what was a very brief visit and that, on reflection, may not have been as good as I thought they were. But if I've only been there once, who can tell?

    So, with reservations as above, here's my Top 10:

    Talbot Arms, Settle
    Yew Tree, Cauldon
    Blake Hotel, Sheffield
    Manor Arms, Broughton in Furness
    Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge
    Pelican Inn, Gloucester
    Barrels, Berwick upon Tweed
    Brunswick Inn, Derby
    Globe, Dunstable
    Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton
    Victoria, Great Harwood

    Oops, miscounted. That's 11!
    The Brunswick! Now that's interesting, I wondered if it was missing. I had that in my list of 9's (which I didn't consult) - a 9.5, really. Part of the reflections I had doing my list was that, despite me being generally more kindly to places than perhaps some other reviewers, I have got more discerning when comes to awarding the bigger scores over the last couple of years. There were some in my list of 10's that I doubt I would give a 10 to now. If the list was extended to 20, the Brunswick would definitely feature on it... *makes note to do this list later*
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    A possibly predictable Southern/London - centric top 10 though there were a couple of northerners in the 20 or so I whittled it down from , again in no particular order...

    Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
    Nags Head, Reading
    Hope,Carshalton
    Guide Dog, Southampton
    HarpWC2
    Wenlock Arms,N1
    Wonston Arms,Wonston
    Antelope,Surbiton
    Southampton ArmsNW5
    Flowerpots Inn,Cheriton
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    I wish I hadn't suggested this now as it's so difficult! I've been to all of these more than once and this is very much a whittled down list:-

    Great Western, Wolverhampton
    Organ Grinder, Loughborough
    The Imperial, Exeter
    Beacon Hotel, Sedgley
    Cumberland Arms, Byker
    Britannia, Upper Gornal
    Angels Micropub, Belper
    Codsall Station, Codsall
    Albion, Conwy
    Hare & Hounds, Nr Hebden Bridge

    Some of these were scored at 9 but I've returned to all of them apart from the Cumberland since I did the review.



    I wanted to include one from Scotland but there's so few I've been to more than once apart from the odd JDW. However I'll still go for the State bar in Glasgow. I call it the "What a state" bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinno View Post
    The Brunswick! Now that's interesting, I wondered if it was missing. I had that in my list of 9's (which I didn't consult) - a 9.5, really. Part of the reflections I had doing my list was that, despite me being generally more kindly to places than perhaps some others, I have got more discerning when comes to awarding the bigger scores over the last couple of years. There were some in my list of 10's that I doubt I would give a 10 to now. If the list was extended to 20, the Brunswick would definitely feature on it... *makes note to do this list later*
    My problem with the Brunswick is that I marginally prefer the Alex and am probably the only one who does. I gave both a 9 which is defo stingy but I couldn't resolve giving one a higher score than the other.
    I wouldn't have a clue as to how a list of my 10 scores would be extracted so my list is all based on memory!
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    This was almost impossible, my first list had about 25 pubs on it. So I've discounted any local favourites and just had a little tour around the country

    The Plough, Worcester
    The Gardener's Arms, Lewes
    The Brunswick Inn, Derby
    Roscoe Head, Liverpool
    John Hewitt, Belfast
    The Malt Shovel, Northampton
    The Crown Inn, Stockport
    The Malt & Hops, Edinburgh
    The Marble Arch, Manchester
    The Star Inn, Bath
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    Great thread.

    When ever I am near any other these 10,I always pop in and am more than likely to spend the rest of the evening supping their great ale.In alphabetical order,

    1. Bull & Bladder,Brierly Hill (Properly known as The Vine)
    2. Cask ,Pimlico
    3.Doris Pardoes,Netherton (Properly known at The Old Swan Inn )
    4.Great Western,Wolverhampton
    5.Grove,Huddersfield
    6.Harry's Bar,Wakefield
    7.Marble Arch,Manchester
    8.Nags Head,Reading
    9.Organ Grinder,Loughborough
    10.Royal Exchange,Stone

    Many great pubs just missed the cut,but that's life.
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    In no particular order...

    The Moorbrook, Preston
    Marble Arch, Manchester
    The Grove, Leeds
    The Grove, Huddersfield
    The Grocers, Salford
    Fernandes Brewery Tap, Wakefield
    Cricketers, St Helens
    North Bar, Leeds
    Ship and Castle, Aberystwyth
    The Hope, Stockport

    I feel like there should be one or two from York, more from Manchester, and one from my visits to Wiltshire and Berkshire but never mind..

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    Randomly -

    The Camp House Inn, Grimley, nr Worcester
    The Royal Oak, London SE1
    The Bell, Walton on the Hill, Surrey
    The City Arms, Manchester
    The Briton's Protection, Manchester
    The Case Is Altered, Five Ways, nr Warwick
    The Bell Inn, Aldworth
    Old Swan Inn, Netherton
    The Garland, Redhill
    The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, nr Evesham

    Tends to reflect areas I visit often - I guess I don't get around as much as some of you guys..
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