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The Jigger’s Whistle 

25 Nov 17

Brownhills: Just within sight of Morris Miner and named after his official name, this is a new micropub (it opened a week ago ) in a old photography shop on Brownhills High St.


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The Albert 

9 Nov 17

LLandudno: We had high hopes, as this was a sister pub to The Station , but it didin’t quite hit the mark.


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The Cottage Loaf 

9 Nov 17

LLandudno: Pub on the site of an old bakery in the middle of town; it looks old, but it was built around 1980 with a lot of reclaimed material.


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The Cayley Flyer 

9 Nov 17

Rhos-on-Sea: Unexceptional, but not unpleasant seafront pub near the centre of Rhos.


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The Picture House 

9 Nov 17

Colwyn Bay: Fairly typical ‘spoons, but quite compact, in a grade-2-listed former cinema and theatre right next to Colwyn Bay station.


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The Station 

9 Nov 17

Colwyn Bay: Part of a small (2) local chain with The Albert, this is another stripped-wood recent refurb of an old pub, right on the main road through Colwyn Bay (if we disregard the A55, which bypasses the town in a cutting).


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The Albion 

8 Nov 17

Conwy: Fantastic, Grade-2-listed pub bating from the 1920s, with a glorious art-nouveau interior .


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The Castle Hotel 

8 Nov 17

Conwy: Technically a hotel again, but the bar feels pubby, and it’s a proper old coaching inn in the High St.


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The Erskine Arms 

8 Nov 17

Conwy: 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.


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The Cob and Pen 

7 Nov 17

Rhyl: Lovely multi-room traditional local near to the rail and bus station.


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The Swan Inn 

7 Nov 17

Rhyl: Old pub, but evidently refurbed over the years.


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Revisit: The Queen Victoria 

5 Nov 17

Original post here .


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Edmunds Bar & Brewhouse 

13 Oct 17

Birmingham City Centre: We dropped in here on the way from Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum.


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Utopia 

13 Oct 17

Birmingham City Centre: “Utopia the Country Bar in the City” I wasn’t seeing what was “country bar” about this at all, and it was a bit questionable about “pub”, but it scraped in.


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The Uxbridge Arms 

7 Sep 17

Burntwood, Staffs: Just up the road from the Miner’s Rest and round the corner from The Junction .


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The Miner’s Rest 

7 Sep 17

Burntwood, Staffs: Newly refurbished Joules pub, just up the road and on the 10 bus route, so handy.


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The Old Canon Brewery 

12 Aug 17

Bury St Edmunds: We’d been recommended this as one of the very few non-Green King pubs in town.


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The Rose & Crown 

11 Aug 17

Bury St Edmunds: Lovely edge-of-town pub.


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The Masons Arms 

11 Aug 17

Bury St Edmunds: Busy town-centre pub, with good outside space, which went well with the weather when we visited.


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The Nutshell 

11 Aug 17

Bury St Edmunds: Once officially recognised as Britain’s smallest pub, and still claiming so , this is seriously small pub, at 15ft x 7ft, but doesn’t seem to be actually the smallest now .


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The Dog & Partridge 

11 Aug 17

Bury St Edmunds: This was the first pub we found walking into town from our hotel, and we needed lunch, having been up early that morning.


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The York Hotel 

4 Aug 17

Morecambe: On the edge of town, right next to the railway, this is, again, technically a hotel, but doesn’t serve food, just providing rooms.


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The Morecambe Hotel 

4 Aug 17

Morecambe: 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.


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The Waterloo Inn 

8 Jul 17

Bangor, North Wales: We’d set off into town in search of lunch and a few drinks.


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The Boatyard Inn 

7 Jul 17

Garth, Bangor, North Wales: Just around the corner.