Not to be confused with The Old Moseley Arms.
A hotel, really, but the bar feels pubby. Friendly staff, big, opened-out bar area, cheapish food. No ale, but decent lager and wine, probably not a bad place to stay given the price: city centre walkable in around 15 min. TVs playing sport, but not too loud. Quite an old place originally, but no historic features inside, and big modern extension outside.
Technically a hotel again, but the bar feels pubby, and it’s a proper old coaching inn in the High St. Glorious grade-2-listed exterior, pleasant interior, decent staff, and great beer and wine.
Hotel or pub? Well, it describes itself as a pub, so I’ll allow it on the grounds that I allow Scottish hotels that feel “pubby” and it had an enviable real ale selection, and I think it’s more of pub with rooms.
Great staff, great food, great beer. Inside is stripped wood, modern, but hasn’t wrecked the place; it’s quite pleasant, in fact, after a £750k makeover.
Part of a smallish chain, together with The Snowdon and The Cottage Loaf.
Culgarth, Penrith, Cumbria:
An overnight stop. This is a family-run inn in the old sense of the word: a pub you can stay in., and it’s doing a great job. It’s the village pub, and a decent hotel as well. Great food, 2 excellent cask ales on, brilliant staff, and a comfortable place to stay, having got our kicks on the nearby A66.
Best of all the bar is still a bar, and there’s two eating areas (one next to the bar, and a restaurant), and proper demarcation between them, meaning it becomes a “destination pub” for diners and hotel guests, but still does a good job of village pub.
On the edge of town, right next to the railway, this is, again, technically a hotel, but doesn’t serve food, just providing rooms. Outside, it’s a fair-sized stone hotel building, inside, it’s a traditional pub, quite big, and recently refurbished in a pubco kind of way. Friendly staff, good beer, and bargain-priced stay if you don’t mind having to eat out and a 5min walk to town.
Some discussion over if this was a pub or not, and we decided it just scraped it: It *is* a hotel, and even the pub bit feels a bit restauranty, but there *is* a drinking area at the front, which is more can be said for some so-called pubs. It’s very, very gastropub inside- modern, stripped floors etc, but evidently a lot of money has been spent inside and out. Great beer, staff pleasant enough, but we felt a bit pounced-on by the staff all clustered around the bar when we walked in. I think they’re more expecting diners.
A hotel, but the bar felt like a pub, as did the beer garden. We finally got some lunch 🙂 – they were stopping lunch service, but did us a sandwich, which was nice. Traditional, olde-worlde-ish interior, extensive and comfortable beer garden, great, friendly staff, and good beer and food.
I *should* have blogged this in May 2014, when we stopped here en route from Mallaig back home, trying for a cheaper option than Moffat but didn’t: maybe it felt the wrong side of the hotel/pub thing.
I’ll briefly mention the hotel- it’s ace. Great value and comfortable.
Besides that, it’s the village pub. Evidently once on the main Carlisle-Glasgow road, now the A74M passes by a short distance away, making the village quiet, but the proximity of a junction makes this a convenient pause.
In the bar itself, it’s pleasant and welcoming. Pub food, cask ale, a real fire, and friendly staff and locals.
We dropped in for a drink: sadly lime and soda for me. Again, this is a hotel, but also the village pub.
Inside, it’s pleasant and cosy, with a fire going. There was cask ale on offer, and the staff were nice. Sensibly the pool table and gaming machines are in a seperate area, away from the bar.
Annan, Dumfries & Galloway:
OK, it’s a hotel, but this has to be stretched in Scotland: generally the local hotel is also the pub. There’s several pubs in town in this case, but this isn’t always the case, and the bar felt pubby.
No cask ale, but tolerable lager (Staropramen). Barman friendly enough, atmosphere OK (but marked down for TV showing some third-rate channel), nothing exceptional though.