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The Speedwell Bar

Dundee:

So, this time, the heritage pub guide and GBG both had this, and it’s a real gem. Almost unaltered early 20th century pub, multi-roomed and with partitions in the main,largest room. There’s TVs and a fruit machine, sadly, but they don’t spoil the effect of unspoilt Scottish boozer, little altered since it was built. Well worth the walk out of town.

The Royal Arch

Broughty Ferry;

A pub of two parts, both very nice. The bar is traditional Scottish pub, and the lounge is something special; a full-on art-deco lounge, with stained glass, statuettes (free-standing and part of the bar stools), and period seating.

The lounge is dedicated to (great) food. There’s a couple of decent cask ales, plus some keg craft bollocks, and all the usuals. Staff great.

From outside, the lounge is very obviously an add-on to the original pub, on a corner site

The Crystal Fountain

Cannock:

Been meaning to come here for a while: it’s a big, 1937 pub in a minor road close to Cannock town centre, and the interior is on CAMRA’s inventory with good reason: it was carefully restored in 2012 by Black Country Inns, and the inside is now tidy, smart, but still authentic to the age. Really friendly landlord, great beer, lovely beer garden, and a Arriva 2 Sapphire stops outside the door…

The Bridge Inn

Topsham:

This was a real find, thanks to my better half and CAMRA’s pub heritage books. A short walk from the station, it’s been in the same family for well over 100 years, and the interior is on CAMRAs national inventory, but after a quick look about we sat outside with a view over the river. Fantastic ale, great food (Ploughmans, sandwiches, pies) and lovely staff: it doesn’t get much better. A word of warning, this pub keeps traditional hours, so you need to time a visit.