Merchant City, Glasgow:
City centre pub with a historic interior. No ale, but the lager was drinkable. Barman friendly, too, but the real reason to visit is that interior; lots of deco touches and the particularly unusual partitioned-off “ladies room” with some lovely stained glass.
Fantastic, Grade-2-listed pub dating from the 1920s, with a glorious art-nouveau interior. No food beyond pies/cobs/crisps, no fruit machines or jukebox, just good beer and wine, and a nice atmosphere. Friendly staff too.
There’s a theme here: a historic interior again, and along with The Abbotsford a member of a small chain. We’d left the Cafe Royal, and knew it was close, just not how close (next door). Lovely interior, great staff and beer, very, very close to Waverley Station.
Glorious Edwardian pub in one of Edinburgh’s busy streets. Fantastic heritage interior, great beer selection, and really good, different food at a reasonable price. Very friendly staff too, surprisingly chilled as the Fringe was still on.
Corner-sited Victorian pub. No longer owned by anyone called Dalton, but the name stuck. It’s a drinker’s pub: no children allowed. One ale on when we visited; there’s sometimes 2. Friendly staff and locals and a lovely historic interior. No food beyond crisps/snacks.
A typical drinker’s pub right in the middle of town, with a heritage interior, with lovely cornice and mirrors. No food, no real ale, but very friendly staff and locals and a proper pub atmosphere.
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…
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.
Another wonderful Manchester pub with a heritage interior, great beer, and great staff, and again, very convenient for us. Interior is proper traditional multi-room city pub, exterior tiled.