What is your favorite UK Pub?

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

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

Lauders in Glasgow on Sauchihall St. Port Charlotte Hotel bar, Port Charlotte, Islay, and the Lochindal just up the street.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

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

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

The Tinners' Arms in Zennor, Cornwall. It's been there forever.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

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

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

Looks really great Cynthia! Built in 1271, I would agree that it's been there for a long time!
Pam

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2014 posts

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.

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

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.

Posted by Kira
Seattle, WA, USA
956 posts

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.

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
843 posts

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.

Posted by Steve
WI
73 posts

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.

Posted by richard
London, Uk
8 posts

The Old Hill Inn at Ribblehead, is a fine place to be after climbing Ingleborough

Posted by Tod
San Diego, CA, USA
218 posts

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

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

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.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

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

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

Scotland Edinburgh: Two locations for the Cask and Barrel. New Town and the southside. The Hanging Bat

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

Ireland Dingle: Foxy Johns Dublin: The Porterhouse

Posted by Lee
Dallas
898 posts

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.

Posted by david
washington
837 posts

The Grenadier, Belgrave Square, Knightsbridge and Hereford Arms, South Kensington.

Posted by Rob
Dunwoody, Georgia
235 posts

I like the Half Moon and Spread Eagle in Micheldever (near Winchester). The Coach and Horses in Sutton Scotney is good too.

Posted by Lee
Dallas
898 posts

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.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

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

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

............ the one that's closest when the 'beer low light' comes on.

Posted by Nancy
London, UK
159 posts

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!!