A Conversation for The Angel Inn, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

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Post 1

Sweet_Stuff

Weatherspoons. yum smiley - smiley nice decor
Harliquins, Godalming, Surrey, UK: excellent place, mainly because they served me smiley - smiley Nice music too..... Savage Garden. Well, at least they dont play Steps...
Bar Med: cool exterior, rubbish interior (they didnt serve me)

Thats bout it really..... except the rats arse... err i mean castle.... nough said smiley - smiley


Pubs i know

Post 2

wingpig

JD Wetherspoons? Pubs with no jukebox? Bright lighting? I've onyl been in one but feel that it's just the other extreme from the wave of yah-bars sweeping the country. If you're ever in Edinburgh, go to Legends on the cowgate. It's always too full but has a nice award-winning jukebox and NEVER PLAYS POPPY SHITE. The Holyrood Tavern just along the road has a sticker on the jukebox saying "no blur, oasis or Spice Girls". Tis was fine until "13" was released but is incomplete - if it said "No dodgy metal wankshite" the black-clad freaks would leave and it would be a slightly nicer place.


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Post 3

H

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Holyrood Tavern run by one of your so-called black clad freaks, and still good place despite that.

Still pubs change hands and names in Edinburgh so rapidly, I've only been away two and a bit years (and visit regularly!) and most of my favourite haunts have changed.

I have never heard of Legends, do you know what it used to be called?

H


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Post 4

wingpig

No. It's next to the Subway on the cowgate. It's been legends for five and a half years to my knowledge and is thus fairly resilient by local standards.
Yes, the Holyrood is run by a bike-riding black-clad slightfreak with lecherous tendencies but it's never overrun with goths and metalheads in the way that the Cauldron (Clerk St.) is, though Mark owns this place too. The Real Ale nature of the Holyrood probably balances the gothness with the Real Ale Beardy-style clientele. The Maltings is beginning to change slightly - if you've noticed that the outside went from green to lilac before going to blue you've probably been distracted by this so much that you didn't notice the changes to the interior. They've still got the old fag adverts and the same bar but the stools are beginning to become brightly-coloured. It'll be calling itself something stupid, covering itself in chrome and ceasing the purveyance of Theakstons within a year, mark my words.


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Post 5

H

I'm afraid my allegence moved away from the Maltings some time ago. Probably at the same time that it got really busy! The only thing that has occasionally tempted me back is its location (close to alot of my friends) and the occasional appearance of Theakstons Old Peculier.

I've not found a suitable Scottish pub down south and am getting withdrawl symptoms (delayed) from my favourite beers; namely Caley 80/ and the all time great Orkney Dark Island (as served in the Holyrood).

Still at least some of the Supermarkets now stock bottled versions of some of these beers (though not the Orkney brew).


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Post 6

wingpig

Cut your losses and find one that does Samuel Smith or anything from Hook Norton Brewery, particularly Suffolk Pale Ale.
The Maltings used to be on a par with the Junction before it was turned into a close clone of Iguana, where the Bristo Bar used to be. The Maltings is all we have left since the Meadow Bar became the Moo and Bannermans went all respectable and got rid of the pews. Even the Tron has had a revamp, now sporting a yellow-and-black exterior that look as if it's been removed from london and replanted here. They've started doing food and have even had a DJ in there, though there's still the occasional folk band. They've repainted all the dark and dank dowstairs lair-type bits, though, so I won't be back there very often.


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Post 7

H

Sounds like you (wingpig) and I are on roughly the same wavelength when it comes to pubs and beer. Not a big Samuel Smith's fan (hey, I can be converted!) but Hook Norton is one of my favourite breweries and close to where I used to live in Oxfordshire.

Sounds like I've been away from the Edinburgh drinking scene too long! You've listed many of my favourite old pubs.

Bannermans ... no pews!
Revamped Tron. Wow...what's left?

The Junction always promised much but never really delivered, whenever I went in there latterly (but before the revamp...euch!) most of their real ales were off.


Pubs I know

Post 8

wingpig

The junction was always more of an unadventurous but reliable place near to where everybody lived. Now, though, it's pulling the call-people-trainees-to-avoid-giving-them-minimum-wage scam with the result that none of the staff stay for more than a week.
What else has happened? The Bare Story is now Bliss. I haven't been inside to see how this has affected the interior and spirit but it's probably bad, even though I never liked the bare story much. Seeing as it's not far from Loca (formerly the kitchen) it's probably some sort of stone-for-chrome exchange. Errrmmmm... the Cas Rock has gone all semi-respectable. How long have you been away? I assume you know that the Greenmantle is now McO'Laffferty's, the Auld Hoose has become studenty rather than old-manny, the Falcon is now Droothy Neebors complete with walls full of Tam O'Shanter references, the Advocate is now an O'Neills, Whistlebinkies started charging admission during the last-but-one festival, Finnegan's wake almost disappeared for a time. There's a few more recent changes about which I am not qualified to speak. I've only been in the new Tron when it's been too full of people pretending to be famous jazz musicians to stay so I don't know exactly what's happened, but I do know that the downstairs stoney bits have been killed and that the upstairs bit now looks as if it should be in Dartford. Aha - the other big thing is that Potterrow is no longer balck and scummy but aquamarine and shiny. They finally finished the upstairs auditorium revamp but neglected to tell us until it was too late that instead of offering it to touring bands, they'll fill it up with touring clubs to the exclusion of anything melodic.


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