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12 - 11 Sun - Thurs; 12 - 11:30 Fri - Sat; Food every lunchtime (12 - 2) + Thursday evenings
Traditional pub near the Cricket Ground, serving eight cask beers and good pub food at reasonable prices. No music except for the occasional party. Televised sport is limited to major events (rarely football); otherwise, the only accompaniment to your visit is the hubbub of conversation.
Wonderful ancient inn, well worth making the short detour from the A303.
We loved the The Cricketers Arms:
Unspoiled atmospheric inn.
Superb real ale served straight from the barrel.
Excellent and varied menu, all freshly cooked to order.
Inviting inglenook fireplace.
Welcoming proper landlord.
No music, no gambling machines.
We spent the night in the toasty log cabins behind the pub - comfortable, quiet, and clean. A generous full English breakfast rounded off our visit nicely.
Buried deep under Piccadilly Circus, this was once the Atlantic Bar (among other incarnations). Now it is a remarkably successful attempt to recreate a French brasserie with a resplendent 1920s decor - huge gilded marbles pillars, mirrors and other aspects of elegant splendour.
The food is unapologetically French and there are good value fixed price menus. The wine list is interestingly French too and the service friendly and efficient.
Near Earlsfield station. Reviewed 23 January 2014.
Historic pub interior with real ale and simple lunches.
Reviewed 7 January 2014. Near Limehouse stations.
Old style street-corner local in a traditional residential area. The Late Queen Mother pulled a pint here in July 1987. There is usually no music/TV unless customers request it.
Car park at rear.
A proper village pub with real ale and interesting meals.
In a small village off the A418 road between Oxford and Aylesbury
Chearsley is between Long Crendon and Aylesbury
This is a quiet country pub, offering a good range of meals and beers. None of the ubiquitous speakers but occasional gentle soft tracks played behind the bar. We arrived in time to order their home-steamed steak and kidney pudding – rich and very filling, oozing with dark gravy, served with creamy mash, carrots and cauli’.
[Other facilities: Garden to rear, Ladies loo modernised and opened by the ‘Olympic Pilot’, selection of games, newspapers, paperbacks …]
Awarded “Community Pub of the Year 2012”
Near the canal. Reviewed 5 December 2013.
Has won many CAMRA awards. Real ale and interesting food. How we think pubs were in 'the good old days'.
Reviewed 20 November 2013. Near Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stations.
Was once on the site but the noise was turned on after Fullers bought it. Has now returned to peace and quiet.
Small friendly restaurant in Puglia, southern Italy.
Half-hidden in an alley just behind the Piazza della Indipendenza, the main square in the hill-town of Ostuni in Puglia, the Osteria La Candina claims to offer 'cucina tipica' (typical food). It is too modest. Its food is excellent though simple, like the somewhat subterranean restaurant itself. The staff are friendly and helpful and WILLING TO TURN OFF THE MUZAC WHEN ASKED – it's fairly soft anyway. (The magic phrase is 'può abbassare la musica, per favore?'). La Candine specialises in fish and seafood, both very good. So is the house wine.