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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    I walked past The Wenlock about five days ago and capacity was surprisingly low; plenty of space. However, I didn't bother going in as there was some drunken oaf, singing his lungs out to Pink Floyd on the stereo. My previous visit a couple of years back was spoiled by a drunken couple having a domestic and the time before, ruined by aggro starting to kick off between two neighbouring tables. I prefer the Old Fountain just down the road, over the border in EC1.



    The gents is bad enough. It's essentially two urinals crammed into a cupboard under the stairs, which only one person can use. And when you exit, you do so right into the darts' throw, risking an arrow in the eye! Prior to a minor makeover (and major clean) a few years ago, the old lavs were fine, probably dating from the 1930s.
    I thought they still had a sit down down the stairs around the side, but I could be remembering former times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    I quite like pubs with a bit of "character".
    So do I, always liked The Wenlock, even when it was dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    An abortive trip to Craft Beer Co Old Street - all pump clips reversed which is the poorest showing for any post 4th July real ale pub visit I've made and this is the most specialist beer outlet I've visited since 4th.
    No cask on when I was last there about 6 weeks ago.Also I have heard the Craft Beer Co Islington will not be reopening.Never very busy imo but one of my fav venues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    I thought they still had a sit down down the stairs around the side, but I could be remembering former times.


    So do I, always liked The Wenlock, even when it was dirty.
    Hated it when it was dirty.Did not like it when it was cleaned up.Hard to please moi
    Yes the toilets pre covid were downstairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    No cask on when I was last there about 6 weeks ago.Also I have heard the Craft Beer Co Islington will not be reopening.Never very busy imo but one of my fav venues.
    Just the one cask ale,Clerkenwell Pale when I popped in back in July so had a decent keg instead.

    Shame about the Islington site,I always liked the pub feel and calm atmosphere,but as you say never very busy which may have been it's undoing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    Obviously now specialising in keg.
    Yes. But I don't know why every other pub I've visited that sells real ale can keep it going.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    Sounds like I will have to do my own research before visiting.I quite like pubs with a bit of "character".
    If you are navigating the storm tossed waters of the Regent's Canal and do make it to The Wenlock, then another N1 pub almost on the canal and just a stone's throw from it is The Stags Head. I walked past it the other night and had forgotten just what a beautiful interior it has - it's had incredibly few reviews too, probably because it's a bit out of the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by bcfczuluarmy View Post
    If no cubicle I'm aghast at what happens if you need a poo in the loo while in the pub.
    Probably just risk it in the cupboard and hold the door closed. Otherwise, I suspect that the pub is following the trend of saying 'Just use the ladies'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    No cask on when I was last there about 6 weeks ago.Also I have heard the Craft Beer Co Islington will not be reopening.Never very busy imo but one of my fav venues.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    Just the one cask ale,Clerkenwell Pale when I popped in back in July so had a decent keg instead.

    Shame about the Islington site,I always liked the pub feel and calm atmosphere,but as you say never very busy which may have been it's undoing.
    Yes it is a shame. It was the most 'pubby' CBeebies that I'd visited, though it's a shame they didn't retain the old Lord Wolsey name. I liked the 1.00 am Fri/Sat licence. I often went to the beautiful The Crown, leaving just before midnight for the four-minute - erratic - walk to the CBC for a late session. It always seemed quite full, even at a late hour. Good mixed customers and very friendly staff too...

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    Default Covid-19 pub crawl in York

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    Supposedly very popular on a Saturday and universally liked by 28 reviewers, so why is it empty? My experience is that all pubs are more full (rules aside) and some with huge crowds outside. Perhaps all https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43595/' customers were in the garden or on the pavement? Maybe the landlady was opening the doors to the day's trade...
    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    If you read further down the thread you'll see that it appears to have been quiet most of the day. And House of the Trembling Madness likewise. I feel I ought to do something about this, so I'm splashing out on a day return (£12.80) and will be doing a Covid-19 Pub Crawl in York tomorrow. Well, if it's quiet, I'll be just as well off there as sitting at home. Due to arrive at York 12:38, departure booked for 17:45. Now, which pubs should I support?
    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    I think I might join you in York, I'll PM or something. How about the Blue Bell as well?
    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    It would be great to see you! Though we would have to communicate by shouting from opposite tables, I guess.

    Initial thoughts are:

    12:45 Maltings
    13:30 House of the Trembling Madness, Lendal
    14:05 Market Cat
    14:40 Blue Bell
    15:30 Phoenix
    16:15 Swan
    16:45 Golden Ball

    Haven't checked if all these are open, and obviously I'd be open to sensible suggestions.
    So, that was the plan; here's what happened.
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    Default Covid-19 pub crawl in York - The Maltings

    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    So, that was the plan; here's what happened.
    I arrived at the Maltings at 12:38 (my train was due to arrive at 12:32, not 12:38) to find a tape across the doorway and a note saying “Please wait here, we'll be with you soon” or words to that effect. After about five minutes a young woman opened the door and seemed surprised to find someone waiting there. She recovered and invited me in, saying that there was only room on the terrace. I passed Old Boots on my way through the pub and we exchanged greetings before I disappeared out the side door. I just had time to spot a Black Sheep pump clip as I was whisked past the bar counter, so I was ready with my order when she asked. And very nice it was too, only my fourth pint of Black Sheep Bitter since the pubs reopened in July.

    Half an hour later I returned through the pub (no one way system, with just one door onto the street) just in time to stop OB sending me a text message. We left the pub together, while keeping a reasonable distance between us, and OB introduced me to his son, James, who had been sitting with him. We made our way over the bridge and turned right into Lendal for the second pub of the day.
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    Default Covid-19 pub crawl in York - House of the Trembling Madness

    On entering House of the Trembling Madness we were addressed by two young men who were busy serving behind and in front of a counter that seemed to be entirely covered with cake. No, we told them, we did not live together in the same household. Then you can't come in, they said, almost in unison. Can't we sit at two separate tables, we asked. Not allowed, said Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But that's crazy, I said, surely the rules don't call for that. If only people from the same household were allowed in, that would leave a very small number of customers, since (by definition) most people live in different households. Anyway, we gave it up (I didn't want cake anyway) and in the street outside OB and I both suggested, almost in unison, going to the Sam Smiths next.
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    Default Covid-19 pub crawl in York - Burns Hotel

    Formerly the Hansom Cab and now the Burns Hotel, this pub seems virtually unchanged since my last visit in 2012. The barman asked if we were from the same household; not really, we replied. Then you'll have to sit at separate tables and keep one metre or more between you, he replied. I wish those two cake-servers had been there to hear it. We all decided to go for the Old Brewery Bitter, which James found a bit too malty for his taste. This was the best OBB I'd had for many a year, and also, at £3 a pint, the most expensive outside London. I think this was only the second time I've paid for beer using cash since lockdown finished.
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