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    British Pub towns

    Banbury,
    Boozers- about 76 and reputed to have the most pubs per square mile in the UK at one time.
    Steeped in history and the Headquarters of Oliver Cromwell with a fabled series of underground tunnels linking the pubs

    Cromwell's local, dating back to the 1500's. Check out the stagecoach doors...


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    With a Thai restaurant next door! Bet Cromwell never went in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Banbury,
    with a fabled series of underground tunnels linking the pubs
    that would make for an interesting pub crawl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    With a Thai restaurant next door! Bet Cromwell never went in there.
    We have something in common then

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    Having spent my younger years playing rugby it was customary to go on rugby tour at the end of every season. And where did we always go? I'm from Coventry. We always went north as that was where we felt the best pubs to be with the most sociable people. I couldn't define anywhere that stood out but I did enjoy Halifax.

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    Fuck. We here in the NW of the US had epic rains the last few days.

    I would love to nuzzle up to that bar life. Slap a punter like Dilly on the shoulder and order up a fat whiskey shot backed with a nice tall pint on a cold night. To me that is paradise. Sorry if I have offended but I am happy in the rain and being surrounded by two mountain ranges here in the wet pacific northwest of the US.

    BTW we have lots of Brit expats here as well. Seem you lot are running from more than weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    We here in the NW of the US had epic rains the last few days.
    It hasn't stopped fukkin raining since I got here

    You'd be welcome to a whiskey or one of these to warm the cockles and forget the outdoor dreariness and the indoor shite football on show


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    There's a good pub crawl down the "Rammy Mile" in Ramsbottom near Bury with plenty of very good curry houses along the way to finish the night off.

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    Starting here at the Grant Arms, which has since closed down, and you can go as far as Bury or Rawtenstall in opposite directions should you be particularly determined.
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    Just jinxed the footy
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    ^^One gripe about pubs in Banbury. All the fookin toilets seem to be up the stairs. Thank god for the disabled loos. Sorry Ant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Just jinxed the footy
    Bring Pogba onĦĦĦ
    Get fucking smashed tonight. I know I'm going to.

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    gee, why do the Brits have a drinking problem, now I know why

    charming little villages, it's like a trip to an Hobbit village

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Get fucking smashed tonight. I know I'm going to.
    You going to Upper Ramsbottom, Mind the Watford Gap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Upper Ramsbottom
    Dill is going to crawl upper ramsbottom in search of the real meaning of Christmas



    This merits the TeakDoor Distinguished Service Cross on the Queen's new years honours list. Godspeed Sir Dill.


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    Not enough pubs and pints in this thread, give it time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    You going to Upper Ramsbottom, Mind the Watford Gap
    I think Twatt might be far enough North to just about avoid the City and Liverpool gloating at the moment.

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    Banbury,
    Boozers- about 76 and reputed to have the most pubs per square mile in the UK at one time.

    Wasn't that meant to be Dusseldorf?
    Oh, the UK, right...
    Norwich used to have that accolade once, more than one pub for every day of the year ie more than 365.
    Doubt thats true these days.
    Back to Dusseldorf - I seem to remember one street alone (Pub Street...) had over 365 bars on it.

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    Brighton is supposed to have lots of good pubs. 1 for every 250 residents?
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
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    Right up Hutters back alley, he'd love it.

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    Liverpool Philharmonic: Pub joins Buckingham Palace on Grade I list





    Image copyrightHISTORIC ENGLAND/ALAN BULLImage captionThe Philharmonic in Liverpool was built between 1898 and 1900An opulent pub once praised by Bill Bryson for its ornate toilets has been given the same listed status as Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.
    The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool is the first purpose-built Victorian pub in England to be given Grade I status, Historic England said.
    Ten other pubs have also had their status updated to include details of their interiors.
    They include four of eight in the country known to have no actual bar.
    Image copyrightHISTORIC ENGLAND/ALAN BULLImage captionThe Philharmonic in Liverpool is known for its ornate interiorHistoric England said the Philharmonic as regarded as a "cathedral among pubs" for its grandeur, and was "one of the most spectacular pubs to be completed in the golden age of pub building" at the end of the 19th Century.
    It was constructed between 1898 and 1900 by architect Walter W Thomas and was Grade II* listed in 1966.
    Bill Bryson wrote about it in his 1995 book Notes From A Small Island saying: "There is no place in the world finer for a pee than the ornate gents' room of the Philharmonic."
    Former Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney played a surprise show at the pub in 2018 while he was recording an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.








    Media captionSir Paul McCartney performs in Liverpool pubIt now joins the 2.5% of protected historic buildings to have the highest grade, a list that also includes Liverpool's Anglican cathedral as well as Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth.
    Two other Liverpool pubs have also been reassessed to have details of their interiors included in their listed status description.
    The Grade II* Vines on Lime Street was built in 1907 and retains original Edwardian features including a large stained glass dome and "a number of striking fireplaces", while Grade II Peter Kavanagh's on Egerton Street has carved corbels (wall brackets) thought to be caricatures of the pub's regulars and original tables featuring spilt drink channels and in-built ash trays.
    Image copyrightHISTORIC ENGLAND/MICHAEL SLAUGHTER/ALAN BULLImage captionThe Philharmonic has ornate gates and toiletsImage copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionThe Vines has had its status updated to include its interiorsElsewhere in the country, the Grade II Blue Ship, in Billingshurst in West Sussex, was built as a cottage in the 16th Century and converted into a pub in the 1850s.
    It is one of only eight pubs known to have no bar counter and its updated listing includes its "rare" tap room "servery" arrangement.
    Image copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionThe Blue Ship is one of eight pubs known to not have a bar counter with drinks instead served from a hatchOther pubs without a bar to have their status updated include the Grade II Square and Compass in Worth Matravers, Dorset, and the Rose and Crown in Huish Episcopi and Tucker's Grave Inn in Radstock, both Somerset.
    Image copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionThe Rose and Crown dates from around 1800Two Grade II pubs in London to have their status updated include the Hand and Shears in Middle Street, Smithfield, which retains original features and the Coach and Horses on Greek Street, Soho, which was famous for being the haunt of celebrated names such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Peter O'Toole and John Hurt, and as a meeting place for The Spectator and Private Eye magazines.
    Image copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionThe Coach and Horses has been a favourite of famous faces from the arts and theatre worldThe Grade II* Haunch of Venison in the centre of Salisbury, Wiltshire, began as a church house in the 1400s before becoming a public house.
    It retains many of the features installed in a 1909 refurbishment including divided drinking spaces and a small ladies snug.
    Image copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionThe Haunch of Venison dates from the 15th CenturyThe Grade II Red Lion in Rugeley, Staffordshire, is one of the last surviving 17th Century buildings on what was once a busy commercial street and retains an unusual salt safe and inter-war interior including panelling and fireplaces.
    Image copyrightGEOFF BRANDWOODImage captionThe Red Lion began as a house in the 1600sDuncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: "English pubs are some of our best-loved community buildings and are often threatened with closure so we are delighted to see 11 historic pubs receiving further protection."
    The listings have been made by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.
    Image copyrightMICHAEL SLAUGHTERImage captionPeter Kavanagh's in Liverpool is named after its landlord and designerThe list of pubs was proposed by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) Pub Heritage Group, part of an ongoing collaboration between Historic England and Camra to protect historic pubs and their interiors.
    Paul Ainsworth, chairman of the heritage group, said: "So few of England's 40,500 pubs retain interiors which have not suffered major alterations over the years.
    "Camra has identified 280 pubs whose interiors it considers to be of national historic importance, and we feel it is vital for these precious survivors to be preserved for future generations to enjoy."

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    ^ been in the Haunch many a time, its bloody tiny though so you sometimes have to place your orders and get your drinks via a chain of people - part of the fun, never any agro as you couldn't take a proper swing.

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    this is lovely, thinking of doing a road trip and visit little England before Brexit closed down the tunnel and European visitors for good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    this is lovely, thinking of doing a road trip and visit little England before Brexit closed down the tunnel and European visitors for good
    Kin hell, there were nearly a hundred of you lot crossing yesterday.

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    That Grants Arms in Ramsbottom, I used to catch bus to school from there daily.

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