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The Rose & Crown

Bury St Edmunds:

Lovely edge-of-town pub. Very traditional inside and out. Greene King again, but some guest beer (Landlord, which was great), and really friendly staff and customers. If i found myself moving to Bury St Edmunds, this would be my local. Food only at lunchtimes, it seems- this place is primarily a community drinking pub with lots of community activities centred on it.

The Nutshell

Bury St Edmunds:

Once officially recognised as Britain’s smallest pub, and still claiming so, this is seriously small pub, at 15ft x 7ft, but doesn’t seem to be actually the smallest now.

It was, however, ….cozy. We went in mid-afternoon, reasoning it might be quieter, and managed to get a seat, just, but it seems people rotate between outside and drinking (sadly, local laws don’t allow drinking outside). Needless to say, no food, as there’s only one table. There’s one toilet, up a very steep set of stairs. Beer is Greene King, but well kept Greene King. Staff and locals very friendly. The Pubcat, though, looked a bit skinny and didn’t want attention.

The Dog & Partridge

Bury St Edmunds:

This was the first pub we found walking into town from our hotel, and we needed lunch, having been up early that morning. Outside looks traditional, inside is a modern Greene King (who else, that close to the brewery?) pubco makeover, so stripped boards and green paint.

I was ready to not be keen, because there was a bit of a hipster air about the place too, so that coupled with decor and GK beer wasn’t encouraging, but in the event it was fine: the sandwiches were nice, there was guest beer, the music wasn’t too loud and the staff were really pleasant. We visited again that evening, and the food wasn’t bad then, and the music wasn’t deafening, so overall, pretty good. There’s romms here too, and they seemed to be in a seperate building to the pub.

Revisit: The Boatmans Rest

Original post here

I’d been meaning to reblog this for a long time. As The Drunken Duck is currently closed, it’s the only choice in Walsall Wood High St. I really want to like it, I really do- especially given the landlord’s a decent chap, and has put a lot of effort in, and it seems popular enough but it’s just not doing it for me. The beer is Greene King, the lounge is usually shut, and the bar is usually very noisy with a somewhat oversized and painfully set up sound system playing dreadful music, and it’s impossible to get to the bar because people are stood/sat there. The result of this is that the Royal Exchange has become the go-to pub in Walsall Wood, with decent beer, and the ability to hold a conversation, but it’s in the wrong direction for the shops and ATM…

The Marine Hotel

Hornsea:

Mixed impressions here: we visited several times, with different feelings. Trying to sum it up, on the positive side there’s decent enough food, a great location on the seafront, and real ale and decent wine, and the pub is pretty big with different areas, and the staff were pleasant. on the negative side, it’s Greene King, so with GK beer (so I drank Peroni) and the “middle-class green” paintbrush has been out; there’s *awful* piped music- dreadful modern covers of not-that-old pop. It’s a family pub, too [shudder].

Could have been much worse.

The Nags Head

Burntwood:

Evidently quite an old pub, this has a big site and car park. It’s fairly traditional, with a bit of a standard modern pubco makeover (Chef & Brewer, a branch of Greene King, via Spirit pub co). Nice enough place, pleasant barman, but beer a little pricey (but thankfully one Purity ale in addition to the Greene King stuff). Surprisingly no menus out at around 5pm on a Saturday, which seemed odd, but we were only pausing here for a drink en route- and the outside space was pleasant.