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    Between pubs sheffield hatter's Avatar
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    Default Best pubs visited this year

    Looking back through my reviews of pubs visited in 2019, I have scored 14 pubs on 8, three pubs on 9 and three more on 10. I've always been cautious about awarding 10s (only eight in the previous eight years I've been writing reviews), so a word of explanation is needed. In April I went on a bike ride, or rather a series of rides linked by train journeys, in the south east. My purpose was to visit some of the pubs that had been recommended by members of this site (see this thread). So it's hardly surprising that two of them scored 10. The other was a well-deserved upgrading of one of my regular haunts in Sheffield.


    The Blake Hotel, Sheffield
    Halfway House, Brenchley
    The Bell Inn, Aldworth


    The Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton
    The Red Lion, Preston, Herts
    Black Horse Hotel, Preston, Lancs

    And of course, it's not a coincidence that three out of these six are among the four finalists in Camra's national pub of the year, as I went to two of them after they had been announced, specifically to complete the set.
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    Still about Mobyduck's Avatar
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    Junction 5, M3 , well fairly close.


    This is the pick of my pubs visited in the the past year, 5 new pubs and 4 revisits.

    The Bell Inn 9/10
    The Royal Oak 9/10
    The Gardeners Arms 9/10
    The North Star 8/10
    The Selden Arms 8/10
    The Cornubia 8/10
    The Plough 8/10
    The Artillery Arms 8/10

    And a last minute addition...
    The Hornet Alehouse 9/10 visited on 30/12/19 making that now five new pubs in the list.
    Last edited by Mobyduck; 04-01-2020 at 08:49.
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    I'll stay on me own
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    Craft House, Lytham
    Moorbrook, Preston
    Plug & Taps, Preston
    Old Gate, Hebden Bridge
    Grove, Leeds
    York Tap
    Golden Smog, Stockton-on-Tees
    Hope & Union, Stockton-on-Tees
    Furley & Co, Hull
    Taphouse, Hull
    Rutland Arms, Sheffield

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    Glass Half Full
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    A double for Ilkeston as the worst was here but also the best. The best new pub I've been in this year is The Burnt Pig - Ilkeston.

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    Waterborne Beer Inspector Bucking Fastard's Avatar
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    Grand Union


    I only awarded 10 on one occassion in 2019 ,so Ye Olde Mitre is a worthy winner.

    Previously unreviewed by me and unvisited since the early 2000's ,it was back to top form .
    Last edited by Bucking Fastard; 27-12-2019 at 10:07.
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    Pub researcher (unpaid) rpadam's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Somewhere in the Low Weald


    With ten pubs scoring 9 for me in 2019, I'll nominate The Beer Seller, Tonbridge for all-round appeal.

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