So many pubs, so little time....but there are some that you keep going back to every chance you get. It might be the people or the atmosphere; maybe it's the ale; maybe the location; maybe the music... Is it urban or country? Big or small? What's your favorite pub and what makes it great? The Taybank in Dunkeld, Scotland. When I first went to the Taybank it was still owned by Dougie Maclean. Now there are new owners who have maintained the traditions that he began. It's a small town pub on the banks of the Tay river. It's friendly, it has good food and good ale. The people are friendly. And then there is the music! I always try to figure out a way to get to Dunkeld for every trip to Scotland. I wish it was my local! What's your UK local? Pam
Lauders in Glasgow on Sauchihall St. Port Charlotte Hotel bar, Port Charlotte, Islay, and the Lochindal just up the street.
The Albion in Conwy, Wales. A stunning 1920s pub with local ales and meat pies for snacks. A perfect place for a lint and conversation or a pint and the papers...your choice. Original bar back and brass pulls too. http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/20/20783/Albion_Vaults/Conwy
I had to look up Monte's suggestions. Lauders Port Charlotte Hotel bar on Islay. And I think he means this one for Lochindal. Pam
The Tinners' Arms in Zennor, Cornwall. It's been there forever.
Okay, I have to add The Anderson Whisky Bar to the list. Not only are there lots of whisky options, there are great ales as well. Pam
Looks really great Cynthia! Built in 1271, I would agree that it's been there for a long time!
A travel tradition begun in the late 80's is upheld on every London visit. First pint at the Red Lion on Whitehall. Always fun to eavesdrop on the conversations given the propensity of solicitors, government officials and members of Parliament who stop in. Not certain I have a favorite pub. The Ship near Wren's monument or Nell Gwynn's are two I return to most often. This trip looking to see if these fine establishments can be added to my "list;" Horse and Groom in Westminster, Star Tavern in Belgravia, Ship and Shovell in Charing Cross, and The Priory Tavern in Kilburn. Also plan to discover a new haunt in Belfast and one in Dingle that will become preferred watering holes. In search of the perfect pour.
The quest resumes.
The Plume of Feathers, in Princetown. It's on Dartmoor, has a woodburning stove in the bar, does hearty meals, but most of all it serves beer from the St. Austell Bewery. They have rooms, a bunk house and a small camp site. I've only ever camped there, but the rooms look very nice on their website: http://www.theplumeoffeathersdartmoor.co.uk/ I also like The White Buck, which is here in my village. We had our wedding reception there. Good food, but the best thing is they serve beers from Gales brewery at Horndean. A pint of HSB goes down very well with the mixed grill: http://whitebuckburley.co.uk/ An honourable mention also to The Stag, in Ross-on-Wye, in Herefordshire. It used to be run by a lovely old couple who served mostly cider, the proper cloudy stuff, from a wooden barrel on the bar. It was like sitting in someone's living room, and most evenings the landlady would hand out free plates of sausages, or pies, or bread and cheese. Just as well, because you needed something to soak up the pints of cider, which tasted very innocent but was actually about 8% alcohol.
First - OMG what a great post! I am writing ALL of these down! I have to admit to a tie between: 1) The Eagle and Child, 49 St. Giles, Oxford. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and others similarly famous writers used to hang out here, which made me love this place immediately. (They called it "The Bird and Baby." Hah!) It's been a pub since 1650, apparently. It is wonderfully atmospheric inside, all woody and cozy and OLD. Great Guinness. It is now a Nicholson's pub, so... I hope it's still as awesome. 2) The Crown and Cushion, 84 High Street, Eton: http://thecrownandcushioneton.co.uk/ It's a B&B with a pub downstairs, so I hope it counts. It's just small and cozy and charming, and they serve John Smith's extra smooth and a clean, perfect pint of Guinness. And it's on Eton High Street! In business since 1753.
Edinburgh - Cask and Barrel, 8 different cask ales. Dublin - Porterhouse, 4 different stouts on tap, Peadar Kearney's, Good prices on a pint and The Wellington, Nice little local pub. Dingle - Foxy John's, Something about a combined hardware store & pub. All in 1 shopping.
So hard to pick just one, but I'll put in a plug for The Raven in Bath. Excellent pies, lovely ales, cozy setting, and great location on a little cobblestone side street in central Bath.
The Old Hill Inn at Ribblehead, is a fine place to be after climbing Ingleborough
A second vote for Foxy John's in Dingle for the same reason, but the "Small Bridge" bar for trad music. If you're looking for really good local beer over "leather and smoked wood" decor check out the Hanging Bat Bar in Edinburgh. Twelve taps and six casks all local and some really esoteric. They also specialize in featuring fine and boutique gins but the food is strictly bar food. Get the Greyfrair - a hot covered haggis and onions. =Tod
For those of you building your travel list here are some more links. Let me know if I've got the wrong place! Here's Claudia's London: Red Lion (not Red Line, I think, Claudia. Let me know if I'm wrong. The Ship Nell Gwynn's The Horse and Groom Star Tavern in Belgravia Ship Shovel Charing Cross The Priory Kilburn.
England: Bath: The Raven Cyst Hydon: The Five Bells Eton: The Crown and Cushion Ingleton,North Yorkshire: The Hill Inn Oxford: Eagle and Child St. Ives Cornwall: The Tinners Arms
Scotland Edinburgh: Two locations for the Cask and Barrel. New Town and the southside. The Hanging Bat
Ireland Dingle: Foxy Johns Dublin: The Porterhouse
Five Bells in Clyst Hydon, Devon. Fine food and drink in a thatched roof pub with a nice garden. Best country pub I've been to.
Tex, That looks excellent!
The Grenadier, Belgrave Square, Knightsbridge and Hereford Arms, South Kensington.
I like the Half Moon and Spread Eagle in Micheldever (near Winchester). The Coach and Horses in Sutton Scotney is good too.
I second The Grenadier in Knightsbridge. It's kind of hard to find on foot but worth the search. Also, a fine pub down Brompton Rd the other way from Harrods is The Bunch of Grapes. It may not be the very best pub I've been to in London, but it is authentic with reliably good food and drink. Been going there for forty years and love it after a bout of Knightsbridge shopping.
I'm having a great time looking up all these pubs...I hope that there is more. Here's the latest list. London: Grenadier The Hereford Arms Bunch of Grapes Winchester area: Half Moon and spread Eagle Coach and Horses http://www.coachandhorsessuttonscotney.co.uk Pam
And the winner is ...........
............ the one that's closest when the 'beer low light' comes on.
I just love you people..
The White Swan in Twickenham. We hike to this pub - it is right on the Thames and is just delightful! They have an outdoor garden seating area that is right at the water's edge. One needs to be mindful of the tidal action of the Thames as we have been there when this has been completely underwater! This pub has great food, a great vibe, warm, friendly - it is THE pub I try to take my guests. My other favorite would be the Prince's Head in Richmond in Richmond. Great Sunday roast! My dog likes both of these places too!!