Pubs You Like


In no readily apparent order, below is a list of pubs which you have visited and liked.

If you have a pub that you would like to add to this list, please mail to giving some indication of whether it is suitable for children, or complete the form.


•The Black Horse, Great Missenden

•The Cross Keys, Great Missenden (but don't take the children)

•Pink & Lily, Lacey Green (a big garden, no toys)

  1. Red Lion, Little Kingshill, Nr Great Missenden, Bucks. Superb restaurant serving 95% fish. Menu on blackboard with unavailable fish marked. Very good inexpensive wine list. Serves some beers and lagers but not many. Not that good for kids though.

  2. Cheshire

•Royal Oak, Strines Road, Strines, Marple, Stockport. Beers: Robinsons Bitter & Mild. It does food (weekends & Fridays Margaret thinks) and has a real fire too.

•Railway Inn, Mobberley. Lovely country inn, totally unspoilt in rural Cheshire countryside. No themes. Honestly home cooked food by Lynda the landlady and her 2 chefs. Newly built dining room offering a no smoking environment to enjoy their lovely home cooked dishes. Other facilities on offer are a large crown green bowling green, children's play area, pets corner, traditional vault with dart board, and Sky t.v..

Pack Horse Inn, Mellor Road, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 4QQ

The Sycamore Inn, Sycamore Road, Birch Vale, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 1AB


•Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge. A Jennings pub. Sneck Lifter recommended.

The Burnmoor Inn, Boot. Jennings.

•The Coledale Inn, Braithwaite, near Keswick. Not particularly suitable for children. Serves very good bar snacks.

•The Scafells, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale. Not particularly suitable for children. Serves very good bar snacks.

General Burgoyne, Church Road, Gt. Urswick, Nr.Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 OSZ. Hartleys XB, Strongbow Cider, Three Shires Mild, Carling Black Label, Carlsberg Export, Guinness. Suitable for children inside and out. A village inn dating from approx 1631. Log fires. Good food. Friendly service.

•Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale Head

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Low Road, Brigham, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0XH. Good Selection of real ales and guest beers. Local brew from Jennings. Fair selection of good wines and of course Guinness. Family pub with a good atmosphere just on the edge of the lake district.

•Woolpack Inn, on Eskdale/Hardknott road, Boot. Popular with walkers.


•Ashford Arms Hotel, Church Street, Ashford in the Water, near Bakewell, Derbyshire. Range of real ales and lagers. Suitable for children indoors and out. Former 18th century coaching inn, serving good home-made food daily, in choice of no-smoking bars and conservatory. New family owners planning pet's corner for children in garden. Disabled toilet. Walkers welcome.

Navigation Inn, Canal Basin, Buxworth, High Peak

Chinley Lodge, 1 Green Lane, Chinley, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 6AA

•Royal Hotel, Market Place, Hayfield

•Little Mill Inn, Off Siloh Road, Rowarth


The Black Lion, High Roding, near Great Dunmow. An Excellent old 14th Century Pub. Landlord Brian Day who is the chef. 30+ different fish on the menu. Home made pies, and desserts. Brian boasts all home made and cooked. Nothing frozen except peas and ice cream. Organic vegetables freshly cooked for you. 4 real ales at all times, for example IPA, Esx. Rumpus, Mild, & Guest Ale (served spot on, some from the barrel). Camra Listed. Children very welcome inside & out. 2 beer gardens, one with children's climbing frame. More to be added. A very warm welcome at all times from the staff and the landlord & landlady Fiona Day. They try to talk to all their customers. Log fires in winter. Cold beer in summer & good old fashiond food and plenty of it.

•The Red Lion, Thorrington. Beers: good variety. Also, reasonable selection of single malts. Suitable for children both indoors and outdoors. Very good landlord (Tom Byrne) and staff serving excellent food. A surprising find since it is the only pub in town. Excellent if one is returning or en route to Clacton-on-Sea from Colchester.


•Captain's Hotel, St Martins

•Drunken Duck, La Charroterie


•The Boat, Gravel Path, off Ravens Lane, Berkhamsted

•Green Dragon, Flaunden

•The King's Arms, King Street, Tring

•Moor Mill, Smug Oak Lane, Brickett Wood, St Albans, Herts. Old watermill converted with very large garden and sectioned off activity area. Large area of grass for ball games with water all round. Children very safe in activity area as they have a wooden fence and gate to negotiate to water. Lots of tamish ducks and water fowl. Barbeque in summer.

Isle of Wight

•The Old Village Barn, Main Road, Arreton. Special ales and beers and guest beers. Yearly beer festivals. Suitable for children iside and outside. There is a huge indoor childrens mega maze play area, with slides, ball pits, climbing nets, etc.. Also a bowling alley, pool tables, boule. It has fantastic character and a wonderful bistro. There are lovely walks around the ancient church and carp pond and brass rubbing centre, craft shops and facilities for functions.


•The Old Bell, Delph, near Oldham. Not particularly suitable for children. Serves very good bar snacks.


•Black Horse, Upper Bond Street, Hinckley. Beers: Marston's Pedigree and other fine ales. The only pub in Hinckley awarded the cask marque for excellence of the hand pulled beer. Friendly atmosphere and Tim and Lisa always make you feel welcome. DS has no business link with the pub - but it is his "local", and he highly recommends it.

London (North West)

•Head of Steam, 1 Eversholt Street. Not suitable for children. Full of railway memorabilia. Try one of the Hop Back beers.


•Traveller's Rest, Plains Road, Mapperley Plains. A restaurant which happens to serve beer.

•Chilwell Inn, Queen's Road, Chilwell

•The Burnt Stump - just off the A60 between Mansfield and Nottingham. A restaurant which happens to serve beer. Backs onto a cricket field in the middle of the country park.

•The Snipe or the King and Miller - both on the A38 in Sutton-in-Ashfield

•Willow Tree, West Bridgford. Beers: various - landlord committed to real ales. Typical seventies estate pub. Good choice of real ales with occasional beer festival. Restaurant excellent value, never too busy but good value food and diverse choice. Children very welcome in restaurant.


•King's Arms, Holywell Street, Oxford

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8RF

Powys, Wales

•The Farmer's Arms, Cwm Du. 3 real ales, changed regularly, and excellent food, in a traditional village pub. Suitable for children indoors.


•The Red Lion, Hunningham. Abbot Ale. Big helpings of home cooked food, children welcome both in and out with outdoor play area by the river.

•The Racehorse, Warwick. Decent food reasonably priced. Good guest beers.

South Yorkshire

The Devonshire Cat, 49 Wellington Street, Devonshire Green, Sheffield.


•Cafe' Nol. Vigolo Vattaro Trento (TN). It's very very fun!

Winterthur, Switzerland

•Paddy O'Briens, Merkurstrasse 8400 Winterthur. Beers: Halden Gut Lager, Boddingtons, Kilkenny and a great selection of Irish Whiskey and Scotch. A remarkably English/Irish atmosphere in the heart of the Swiss Industrial town of Winterthur. Open till 2am every day of the week it is the centre of ex-pat and Swiss nightlife. The landlord is a avid Irish fan and supports everything Irish or green!

Boston, MA, U.S.A.

•JJ Foley's, Kingston Street. Located just outside Boston's financial district. By train: Red line to Downtown or South Station. Ask directions. By Car: Yeah, right. Good luck. Parking in Boston is reletively non-existant. Buck up and pay the money for a cab after 1am (when the trains stop running). Dozens of beers, ales, etc. on tap including the best pint of Guinness in town (it takes at least five minutes after you've ordered it), and an even finer Black-n-tan with Bass Ale. Try the local brews on tap: Harpoon (a fine IPA; also try the seasonal brews) and Tremont Ale (dark, hoppy flavour). Many standards from Bud to Sam and plenty of imports from the UK. The quality of all beers is among the freshest. Also a great selection of liquors. As the name suggests, the decor is decidedly Irish. The best way to offer any credibility is by saying that it is owned an operated by Irish immigrants and the patrons are anywhere from 25-85% European depending on the time of day. There is a daily brunch served which I have heard is pretty good but the majority of business is the evening-after-work drinkers. Excellent prices compared to other bars in town ($3-$5 American). The service is fast and friendly. Ask the bartender to make a suggestion and enjoy! Seating is available but wait your turn on weekends. This place is full from 7pm 'til closing (2am). The most eclectic jukebox in Boston. In 15 minutes you will have heard the Clancy Brothers, Neil Young, Oasis, and Guns-n-Roses. The toilets are cramped quarters but they are clean. This is THE place to go if you are in a band. Local musicians are regulars and national musicians stop by because their local musician friends bring them here. Kids: forget about it. The door man won't even let them in. There are dozens of so called "pubs" in Boston because of the high percentage of European immigrants in the city. Some are authentic and some are just capitalizing on what seems to be a trend in this part of the country. In Elvis's opinion this is by far the best.

New England, U.S.A.

•Rynborn Blues Club, at the crossroads in Antrim NH. Beers: guinness, devil mountian, bass loon,ciderjack. This is the best club in new england.

Some things somewhat related

•Dave Fisher has a page which fronts a geographical search engine which locates (pubs) and other places of interest (e.g. breweries) on UK maps. To see more have a look at Somewhere Near - UK geographical search engine and pub guide.

•Anthony Ligafi is curator of Pubmates International. He maintains a web page here. It's a city-by-city listing of drinkers throughout the world that have volunteered to be points-of-contact to meet other drinkers. This is strictly a voluntary, social function for drinkers to meet other drinkers. If you are interested in meeting other drinkers from the net that may just happen to drop into your hometown, or just exchanging links, then the information is here.