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Monks Retreat

Wetherspoons pub with two bars. Real ale and food available as usual.

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163 Friar Street
RG1 1HL Reading
GB
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Compasses Inn, Chicksgrove

So far off the beaten track it takes some finding, this marvellously unpretentious pub in deep south Wiltshire is very much worth the journey. Closed Mondays except in the summer season. Children are warmly welcomed (there's a play area outside in decent weather) and dogs on leads are accepted.

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Lower Chicksgrove
SP3 6NB Salisbury
GB
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Masque Haunt

Wetherspoons pub with real ale and food. Latest check 4 April 2017.

Location

168 - 172 Old Street
EC1V 9BP London , LND
London GB
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Angel

Wetherspoons pub with real ale, real cider and food. Latest check 4 April 2017.

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3 - 5 Islington High Street
N1 9LQ Islington
GB
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George Southwark

The remains of the last survivor of the many coaching inns in the area.  The oldest part was rebuilt in 1677 after the Southwark fire. There are tables in the yard for summer and inside are bare floorboards and scrubbed wooden tables. The separate bars and rooms on several floors add interest. The George is owned by the National Trust so can be a bit 'touristy'. There is a heated sin-bin for smokers. In CAMRA's National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Importance. Latest check 28 March 2017.

Location

77 Borough High Street
SE1 1NH Southwark
GB
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Royal Oak Southwark

Worth finding because it is the first Harvey's house in London. It has been sympathetically refurbished, maintaining a three-bar layout. Real ale, real cider and food. Latest check 28 March 2017.

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44 Tabard Street
SE1 4JU Southwark
GB
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Moon Under Water

A peaceful retreat from the hullabaloo of the square, courtesy of Wetherspoons. Latest check 13 April 2017.

Location

Leicester Square
WC2H 7LE London
GB
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Red Lion

In the CAMRA National Inventory of Pubs with Historic Interiors. Now a Fuller's pub. Latest check 30 May 2017.

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Duke of York Street
WC1Y 6JP London
GB
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Swan Tavern

A fine Fuller's house on two floors.  The ground floor bar is only eight feet wide with no room for tables; customers spill out into the adjoining alleyway.  The first floor bar is squarer but also set out for standing customers.  Caution: keeps City opening hours. Latest check 29 December 2016.

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Ship Tavern Passage
EC3V 0AS London , LND
London GB
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King's Arms

Good town pub with real ale, real cider and quirky food. Latest check 5 November 2013.

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King Street
HP23 6BE Tring , HRT
Hertfordshire GB
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