Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The List

Avon Inn Avonwick
Admiral McBride Barbican
Blues Bar Barbican
Cider Press Barbican
Commercial Inn Barbican
Cooperage Barbican
Dolphin Barbican
Fishermans Arms Barbican
Gog and Magog Barbican
Maritime Inn Barbican
Minerva Barbican
Navy Inn Barbican
Notte Inn Barbican
Pilgrims Barbican
Porters South West Barbican
Queens Arms Barbican
Ship Barbican
Three Crowns Barbican
Edgcumbe Hotel Bere Alston
Foxhound Inn Brixton
Drake Manor Inn Buckland Monachorum
Pilchard Inn Burgh Island
California Country Inn California Cross
Bulls Head Inn Callington
Boot Inn Calstock
Crooked Spaniards Inn Cargreen
Rising Sun Inn Cargreen
Passage House Inn Cattedown
Chip Shop Inn Chip Shop
Bar Me City Centre
Bar R Ride City Centre
Big Wigs City Centre
Breton's Bar City Centre
Clipper Inn City Centre
Corner House (Reef, Jumping Jacks) City Centre
Cuba City Centre
Doghouse Inns Ltd City Centre
Eagle, The City Centre
First and Last City Centre
Fresher & Professor City Centre
Good Companions City Centre
Henry J's Bar City Centre
Hogshead City Centre
James Street Vaults City Centre
Kings Head Tavern City Centre
Kitty O'Hanlon's City Centre
Kularoos City Centre
Mount Pleasant Hotel City Centre
Natalie's City Centre
Newmarket City Centre
Noah's Ark City Centre
Old Friary City Centre
Reds (ex Trafalgar) City Centre
Roundabout City Centre
Significant Half City Centre
Sippers City Centre
Smoky Joe's City Centre
Swallow City Centre
The Bank City Centre
The Edge City Centre
The Street City Centre
Town House City Centre
Treasury City Centre
Union Rooms City Centre
Voodoo Lounge City Centre
Walkabout City Centre
Walrus City Centre
Yates Wine Lodge City Centre
Skylark Clearbrook
China House Coxside
Fareham Inn Coxside
Heroes Coxside
Lockyers Quay Coxside
Shipwrights Arms Coxside
Thistle Park Tavern Coxside
Finnygook Inn Crafthole
Jack Rabbit Crownhill
Tamar, The Crownhill
Albert Devonport
Avondale Arms Devonport
Beresford Arms Devonport
Bristol Castle Devonport
Caseys Devonport
Complex, The Devonport
Crown & Column Devonport
Friendship Inn Devonport
Keyham Vaults Devonport
Lord Beresford Devonport
Lounge Devonport
Magnet Devonport
New Park Inn Devonport
Oddfellows Arms Devonport
Pheasant Pluckers Arms Devonport
Pym Arms Devonport
Railway Inn Devonport
Revenue Inn Devonport
Royal Naval Arms Devonport
Shakespeare Hotel Devonport
St Levan Inn Devonport
Steam Packet Devonport
Three Ferrets Devonport
Mussel Inn Down Thomas
Mermaid, The Eggbuckland
Prince Maurice Eggbuckland
Elburton Hotel Elburton
Bull and Bush Ernesettle
Mayflower Inn Ernesettle
Jolly Miller Estover
Ford Inn Ford
Glen Glenholt
Clifton Inn Greenbank
Friendship Inn Greenbank
Fuel Greenbank
Hill Park Tavern Greenbank
Providence, The Greenbank
Seymour Arms Greenbank
Woodside Greenbank
Lion & Column Ham
Cross House Inn Harrowbarrow
Golden Hind Hartley
Miners Arms and Garden Restaurant Hemerdon
Eddystone Inn Heybrook Bay
Blue Bird Higher Compton
Rising Sun Higher Compton
Mildmay Colours Holbeton
Victory Inn Honicknowle
Elephant's Nest Horndon
Leaping Salmon Inn Horrabridge
London Inn Horrabridge
Bridge Inn Ivybridge
Cornwood Inn Ivybridge
Horse & Groom Ivybridge
Imperial Inn Ivybridge
Old Smithy Ivybridge
Sportsmans Inn Ivybridge
Falcon Keyham
Queens Dock Inn Keyham
Fellowship Inn Kings Tamerton
Old Road Inn Laira
Blacksmiths Lamerton
Lee Mill Inn Lee Mill
Westward Inn Lee Mill
Windmill Leigham
Compton Inn Lower Compton
Mountain Inn Lutton
Brentor Mary Tavy
Mary Tavy Inn Mary Tavy
Royal Oak Meavy
Britannia Inn Milehouse
Devon & Cornwall Millbrook
Mark of Friendship Millbrook
Who'd Have Thought It Milton Combe
Exeter Inn Modbury
Modbury Inn Modbury
Mount Batten Bar & Restaurent Mountbatten
Boomerang Sports Bar Mutley
Dog & Duck Mutley
Fortescue Mutley
Hyde Park Mutley
Junction Mutley
Mannamead Mutley
Mutley Crown Mutley
Mutley Tavern Mutley
Tap and Barrel Mutley
Dolphin Inn Newton Ferrers
Nowhere Inn North Hill
Duke of Somerset North Road West
Somerset Arms North Road West
Swan Inn Noss Mayo
Archer Inn NRE
Patna, The NRW
Kings Arms Oreston
Penny-Come-Quick Inn PCQ
Cherry Tree Pennycross
Peter Tavy Inn Peter Tavy
Brook Inn Plympton
Chaddlewood Inn Plympton
Colebrook Inn Plympton
Foresters Arms Plympton
Hele Arms Plympton
Lord Louis Plympton
Lyneham Inn Plympton
Post Office Inn Plympton
Sir Joshua Reynolds Plympton
Unicorn Plympton
Billacombe Tavern Plymstock
Blue Peter Plymstock
Drake's Drum Plymstock
George, The Plymstock
Morley Arms Plymstock
Plymstock Inn Plymstock
Ships Tavern & Kings Head Plymstock
Victoria Inn Plymstock
Halfway House Polbathic
Warren House Inn Postbridge
George Pub & Restaurant Roborough
Lopes Arms Roborough
Boatman Saltash
Brunel Saltash
Bullers Arms Saltash
Rod & Line Saltash
Rodney Saltash
The Waterside Saltash
Union Inn Saltash
White Thorn Inn Shaugh Prior
Falstaff Southway
Merry Monk Southway
Treby Arms Sparkwell
Cornwalls Gate St Budeaux
Ferry House Inn St Budeaux
Royal Albert Bridge Inn St Budeaux
Trelawney Arms St Budeaux
Who'd Have Thought It Inn St Dominick
Grenville Hotel St Judes
Staddy Staddiscombe
Admiral Stopford Arms Stoke
Albion (Terminus) Stoke
Blockhouse Stoke
Haddington Stoke
Herbert Hotel Stoke
Indian Inn Stoke
Masonic Stoke
Millbridge Inn Stoke
Pear Tree Inn Stoke
Stoke Inn Stoke
Waterloo Inn Stoke
Artillery Arms Stonehouse
Brewery Tap Stonehouse
Butchers Stonehouse
Clarence Bar Stonehouse
Duchy of Cornwall Stonehouse
Famous Firkin Stonehouse
Lord High Admiral Stonehouse
Mechanics Arms Stonehouse
Melbourne, The Stonehouse
Office, The Stonehouse
Penrose Inn Stonehouse
Prince Alfred Stonehouse
Royal Adelaide Arms Stonehouse
Standard Stonehouse
Tradesmans Arms Stonehouse
Victualling Office Tavern Stonehouse
Vine Hotel Stonehouse
Wyndham Arms Stonehouse
Kings Arms Tamerton Foliot
Queens Arms Tamerton Foliot
Seven Stars Inn Tamerton Foliot
Cornish Arms Tavistock
Halfway House Inn Tavistock
Harvest Home Tavistock
Royal Inn Tavistock
Royal Standard Inn Tavistock
Tavistock Inn Tavistock
Whitchurch Inn Tavistock
Carbeile Inn Torpoint
Jubilee Inn Torpoint
Boringdon Arms Turnchapel
Clovelly Bay Inn Turnchapel
Anchor Ugborough
Conservatory Union Street
Firkin Doghouse Union Street
Hackney Carriage Union Street
Harry tate's Union Street
Jesters Union Street
Phoenix Tavern Union Street
Reflex Union Street
Street, The Union Street
Two Trees Union Street
Walkhampton Inn Walkhampton
Odd Wheel Wembury
West Hoe West Hoe
Albermarle Whitleigh
Tiger, The Whitleigh
Rose & Crown Yealmton
Volunteer Inn Yealmton
Burrator Yelverton
Devon Tors Bar Yelverton
Leg O Mutton Inn Yelverton
Olde Plough Inn Yelverton
Rock Inn Yelverton

Pubs In Plymouth

Coming soon to a blog near you will be a review of Plymouth pubs. In due course I hope to get round to all of them and I have compiled a list which is 280 pubs long!!

The plan is to visit all of them on an Argyle matchday. I'll record various details as seems appropriate and include pictures if I can.

It'll be totally unbiased and I'll attempt to be fair. No doubt the style of the reviews will evolve with time.

Still... big, small, posh, rough it's all the same. We're aiming at doing them all!!

The list that we're working from is listed above. If anybody knows of any errors or omissions then let me know.

The Golden Hind

There it is in all it's glory as photographed on Saturday lunchtime just before the Burnley game.

Everybody is welcome including away fans, there is a Lounge and a Saloon Bar. Both have Big Screen TV Sport and the Bar has a pool table and dart board.

What can I say? It's a good safe option for any body any time. The boys and I have been going there pre-match for years and years and one occasion apart I have never witnessed any bother and on that occasion the culprit was probably bladdered and deeply regrets his actions (or at least I hope he does).

The GH serves almost perfectly for football goers of all types. It's a relatively short walk to Home Park and it can be achieved by most able bodied people in less than 30 minutes and if you get a good yomp on then in considerably less time than that (there's even a public toilet halfwayish!!). These days our preferred option is to get a cab up to the ground. It costs about £4 and the journey takes no time at all. It also maximises pre-match drinking time and that can't be a bad thing although we have developed something of a cavalier attitude to actually seeing a kick off. Mind you if you get lucky then you get an Eastern European cabbie then there is added sport in trying to see just how close to the turnstile you can get him to go. On one occasion we were a little late and the cabbie took us all the way down to the late turnstile (needless to say he got a good tip).

The GH (or "Brass Ass" to some) serves pretty well on other criteria too. It has a fairly sizeable car park around the back so parking is usually OK, it is far enough from the ground not to get too packed pre-match but it is very handy indeed for the slip road off the Parkway for those travelling from outside the city. It serves food, which is not terribly exciting (we're talking pub grub and not a la carte here) but is adequate and reasonably priced. Kids are allowed during the day but there may be a later curfew in the evening which is inconvenient for evening kick offs. The GH is also on a well-served bus route and is readily reachable from all points north and just about everywhere else too.

It's not especially pricey either. A pint of guinness will set you back £2.82 which is not half bad but the beer tends to be uninspiring and if you like standard beers, lagers and the like then they are well kept and perfectly drinkable. You won't get any fancy real ales though so don't go looking for any Whistlebelly Vengeance type beers because you won't get them here. The GH has always fared rather well in the cleanliness stakes, too. Even the urinals in the Gents are kept in good order and the loo has a door that locks, a seat that is perfectly functional and bog roll aplenty and I bet I won't be able to say that for every pub we go to!!

It's a good old boozer with plenty of pluses but it does not inspire and is a little bit dull. It can take ages to get served and there never seems to be enough barstaff working. There is also a rather extravagant turnover in the landlord department. It's hardly worth getting friendly with the landlord as he never seems to last very long and getting a table to sit at can be difficult because the pub does get lots of plastics watching the early game which can annoy.

The GH is a bit like a relationship that has run it's course though. I think we are all a bit fed up with each other and we need a break. We need to find ourselves. What'll follow will be a Thelma and Louise style trawl around our fair city's licensed establishments but here's hoping that we don't end up driving off Jennycliffe!! We will be fearless in our quest and no pub shall be beyond our scope. I'll let you know where we are going next and we might get more than one pub done if there are some close together. We have examined the list and have decided to roughly alternate between City/Stonehouse/Devonport and elsewhere but there will be a random nature to where we choose and we'll go for the more scenic ones when the weather improves!!

The cast of characters may change and indeed there may even be people who want to join in (and they are welcome to if they want). The whole idea may well get abandoned if Argyle's results take a turn for the worse but we are up and running.