A small family-owned chain of 15 pubs in west/central Yorkshire, mostly older establishments that have been bought and demodernised.
Robert Stevens recommends this chain of pubs which are 'spartan in their furnishing' with decent but limited range of food and 'excellent beer'. Typical is the Brigantes at 144 Micklegate York YO1 6JX
In their words ilst all are ‘un-themed but share several common features:-
A unique and welcoming ambience
A wide range of real ales from independent brewers
A superb selection of bottled & draught Continental beers
An extensive wine list
Quality food prepared in-house
Daily and Sunday newspapers
Music free bar areas in most taverns
Dogs are welcome
The Café Schwarzenberg, superbly traditional Viennese café.
On the Ringstrasse in Vienna the Café Schwarzenberg has been serving coffee, cakes and elegant relaxation since 1861. It is the antithesis of the pressured fast-food and T-shirt atmosphere of the Starbucks or Pret A Manger chains. Here the waiters move regally through a world little changed for 100 years.
Berwick St James Farm Shop, near Salisbury and Stonehenge, just off the A303
Marilyn runs a small but very friendly farm shop in Wiltshire village selling locally sourced meat, eggs and vegetables plus delicious home-made sausages, pies, cakes, jams and wonderful home-baked bread (available Saturday mornings only). The pigs are reared by her husband so could not be more local. There is also a small café area. Closed Mondays, open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30-5 (approximately.)
The Chequers Tavern
16 Duke St, London, Greater London SW1Y 6DB, United Kingdom
+44 20 7930 4007 ·
The Chequers Tavern is a rarity in contemporary London: a fine old-fashioned pub with reasonable prices, excellent beers, a wonderfully unmodernised interior agreeably battered over the centuries and cheap, simple food ('pub grub' describes it). All this in the heart of St James's recalls a vanishing London not devoted just to the pleasures and purses of the super-rich.
Note: a large TV screen and national flags suggest that football is at times broadcast.
Community pub with real ale and cider near Isleworth station. Surveyed 29 January 2013.
Half the pub has no piped music but sometimes has live music or theatre.
All details at http://www.lrbshop.co.uk/cakeshop .
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 - 18:30 (last orders 18:00).
Accessed through the London Review Bookshop.
As well as excellent home-made cakes, quiches, sandwiches and very good coffee (from the Monmouth Coffee House), the cake shop serves a variety of teas. I had an lovely sweet Oolong, served in the correct way so that I could control the infusion process. Although I only sat and read for an hour, others had obviously settled down for longer. Some chatting and a great deal of reading make this a home-from-home.
A great pub in Cramond, on the edge of Edinburgh. Good bar meals are also served.
The pub has several different rooms to choose from, and a large wood-burning stove.
It is a Samuel Smith pub, so serves the wide range of their beers.
The website is http://www.innatwhitewell.com/
This is a pub and restaurant with rooms.
I haven't stayed overnight.
The food and ale is worth going out of your way for, as is the scenery (The Hodder Valley) surrounding the pub.
The pub has a website: http://www.thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk/
A delightful pub at the end of a lane. Good ale (Wye Valley's Butty Bach is the regular one) and local ciders. And the food is excellent. Wood burning stoves.
The pub is beside The Escley Brook. There are tables in the garden, overlooking the brook.
There is also a campsite, if you don't want to have to make your way home after the Butty Bach!
Halfway between Amersham and Beaconsfield on the A355
Opens at 10am for breakfasts, except Sundays. Real ale, real cider and good meals. http://www.magpiespub.com/