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More pubs than you think
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More pubs than you think I was amazed to discover the number of pubs in my local area that I didn’t even know existed, let alone have visited. A sign on the pub wall last night listed all the pubs in the vicinity which were affiliated to the l[…]

A Sacred Cow:
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A Sacred Cow: In my view, The Flask in Highgate is a rather overrated experience. Yet you will see it referred to in most pub guides as some sort of North London haven, well worth chugging up the hill from Archway tube to visit. It’s not a b[…]

The problem with the unknown
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The problem with the unknown is very much its unknowableness. Which is a pity because if there was one thing that hit me as I walked through the doors of the Marylebone Tup was its sameyness. It was a pub trying to be an All Bar One, it was a pub whi[…]

The lure of the unknown
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The lure of the unknown. Tonight I am drinking in a pub I have never drunk in before – The Marylebone Tup. It was suggested by someone I don’t know very well who possibly won’t even be there, and has been much discussed without bein[…]

THINGS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE (But Pubs Expect Us To Do) : 3
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THINGS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE (But Pubs Expect Us To Do) : 3
Drink our last pint faster than any other pint we have drunk. If you watch the drinking habits of anyone you will notice that the first pint of the night goes down considerably quicker than an[…]

More musing on the Wetherspoon’s experience.
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More musing on the Wetherspoon’s experience. My misfortune dumped me in the Metropolitan Bar at Baker Street last night and there was little I could do about it. is a flagship Wetherspoon’s with award winning toilets, and aircraft hanger[…]

Just thought
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Just thought I’d point out that All Bar One is neither a pub nor a bar. According to its owners, it is a restaurant. Six Continents, which used to be Bass Taverns, has two main areas of operation: Pubs and Bars, and Restaurants. The outlets […]

Tray etiquette
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Tray etiquette: As a response to “Things which are impossible (but pubs expect us to do) 2”.We were in the Spreadeagle last Friday, myself and a good selection of publoggers. My round came rather late in the evening (I believe I may have […]

When is All Bar One not a pub?
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When is All Bar One not a pub? There seems to be a quiet acceptance from some of the punters round here that All Bar One is in some ways a pub. Whereas I will happily set it outside the realm of being a pub by its own very attemps not to be a pub. Th[…]

When Is A Pub Not A Pub?
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When Is A Pub Not A Pub? When it’s a bar. And vice versa. Blurring the lines betwixt the two is a dangerous game and generally ends in tears. All Bar One for instance tries very hard to be a bar and hence ends up a shit pub. Most ghastly East L[…]

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