The Ben Nevis Bar

Fort William:


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Fronting on to the High St, this large pub has a rear terrace with a fine view of the A82 dual carriageway Loch Linnhe. Ok, it has a view of both, but look up and you can shut out the A82.

There was ale, but sadly only 1, and that a dark one, so our stay was shorty than otherwise: staff were pleasant, food was good value and, joking aside, the terrace at the back does have a good view.

The Marine

Mallaig:


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We’ve had hotels on pubblog before, and the difficulty for me is deciding if they’re sufficiently pub-like: pure hotel bars don’t get listed.

This is the reverse: It calls itself a hotel, has rooms available, and the website lists a menu, but it seems they’ve stopped doing food, and this place just feels like a local’s pub: a bit rough and ready, but pleasant and lively. No ale, but decent lager and very friendly staff.

The Steam Inn

Mallaig:


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Just down the street from The Chlachain Inn, this has a restaurant attached, but you can just eat in the bar. Again, it’s not that traditional inside- much less than you’d expect, but there was ale, great food (including curry!) and a friendly welcome. There’s a TV and jukebox but you can hear over them. Prices OK- food expensive, but that’s true everywhere in town.

The Clachain Inn

Mallaig:


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The first pub we came to in Mallaig. First impressions outside were good, inside less so: the decor is less traditional inn, more 90s cafe bar, and there were small children running about and dropping pool cues. Beer was good though.

A second visit was much better: we were expecting the decor, and no brats evident. Great beer, fantastic food, and a warm welcome (and warm coal fire) made it a pleasant visit.

The Stag Hotel

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway:


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Actually a hotel, but the bar felt pub-like, and the distincton blurs north of the border. Deuchar’s IPA on a hand pull, and a reasonable beer garden in the sunshine made this a nice place to be at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon, rather than at work. Friendly staff and locals, decent beer. There was food available in the adjoining restaurant, but we visited too early for that.

Revisits: The Royal Exchange

Original post here.

A while ago, the pub had a half-hearted makeover that made it worse: it felt even more like a clubhouse. I’m glad to say that’s been fixed: the pub looks smart and feels modern and welcoming, and there’s new outside furniture too. It’s also gained real ale, which is very welcome, and food.

…which is where I was disappointed.

At time of writing, the website says food is served 12:00-20:00, and I’m told if you view on an iPad, it says light bites available up to 14:30. The sign outside says “food every day”.

Either way, having settled down with an (to be fair, excellent) pint, it was dissapointing to be told the kitchen had closed when I tried to order food at 14:01, so we drank up and went back down to the bustling centre of Walsall Wood and the Boatman’s Rest. Shame really, we’d have been set up for the afternoon…

The Claremont Vaults

Weston-super-Mare:


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We had a walk up the seafont, and it started pissing down, and this pub came into sight.

Decent beer (ale, but can’t remember what). Decor bit odd: quite dated, but in fairly decent order, and a great view out to sea. Seemed to be highly geared up for food, but we were welcomed for just a drink, and their website (which didn’t appear when I googled) lists entertainment. Not the plushest place I’ve been, but clean and a pleasant place to sit for a while.