The Castle

Torquay:

We’d had a long (for these days) walk up from the harbour on our way to a Thai restaurant and needed a drink and a sit down, and Google said this was close, so we dropped in. I’m not sure if we caught it at a bad time, but it didn’t hit even my standards. While this review seems over harsh, it was dark inside, seemed to be a professional drinkers pub, and the carvery equipment looked to be unused for some time. There was food though, but it was amusingly non-specific: “sweet and sour” without specifying what might be sweet and sour. No ale- three pumps with the clips reversed, and no drinkable lager either, so bottled Sol it was. The large opening window at the front was nice though, and the barman wasn’t actually hostile… Annoyingly, a much nicer looking boozer was a few yards away.

The Hole in the Wall

Torquay:

Allegedly Torquay’s oldest pub, a claim I’ve got no reason to doubt, this is a cosy, proper pub with the right feel. The floors are cobbled (and listed), there’s low beams for tall people like me to bang their heads on. There’s a large restaurant upstairs, which we didn’t visit- and that probably helps the pub retain it’s pub feel. There’s a small amount of outside space in the little alley the pub sits on, just off Park Lane, very close to the harbour, but handily hidden unless you know it’s there, so the clientele’s a bit better than elsewhere. Great beer, great staff.

The Cellars Bar

Teignmouth:

As the name suggests, a basement pub near the seafront, and co-incidentally very near to the first place we stayed on holiday together, many years ago. We didn’t drink anything like as much then, so couldn’t remember if the pub was there back then. Inside felt a bit dark after the bright sun, but there’s a nice terrace to sit on in the sun, and they had Proper Job on and in fine condition, and outside you could hear the live music (which was OK) and still talk comfortably.

The Blue Anchor

Teignmouth:

Lovely pub back in the town, with a great choice of real ale, including something hoppy (I was getting tired of “ordinary” bitters), and outside seating in the sunshine. Sadly most of the food had gone, so we only stopped for one drink: I’d have like to stop longer. Friendly staff, too.

The Brass Monkey

Teignmouth:

Not far from the station, and very close to the ‘spoons, but we fancied a proper pub, and got it. The friendly landlord explained they didn’t do food anymore, as the ‘spoons was too much competition. Inside was traditional, and pleasant, with decent ale, and it had a laid-back feel- though this was Sunday lunchtime. A few more customers turned up just after, so hopefully this place will survive as an alternative.

DT’s

Torquay:

Just up the road, DT’s. Described as a sports bar, in fact it was a pretty traditional pub. Again busy on a Saturday night, with a band playing, but we found a quiet corner seat. We also visited later in the week, and the traditional pub atmosphere was stronger still. Decent staff and beer. I have no idea if the pub’s name is derived from the symptoms of withdrawl or just a odd coincidence…

In Ur Pubz, Drinkin Ur Beerz