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Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, Islington, London N1 2XD Tel: 0207 359 6885
Most Pubs around the Emirates are raucous and crowded. Best to get off at Highbury and Islington Tube and go to this pleasant local with distinctive whitewashed frontage. It’s hassle-free and yet only 20 minutes walk from the stadium. One largish area and a smaller one that is usually given over to customers eating. A Greene King Pub with three choices on Handpull and usually a guest ale as well. Unpretentious but well-cooked Pub Fayre.
Pubs near the Amex Stadium in Falmer do not welcome Away Fans. It’s best to drink in Brighton where there’s an abundance of great hostelries. The two chosen are close to Brighton Station.
Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED Tel: 01273 730499
Large and stylishly Victorian with open area at the front. Six Handpumps deliver well-kept ales from Sussex breweries. Artisan Cider available. Quality food
Evening Star, 55-56 Surrey Street, BN1 3PB Tel: 01273 328931
Birthplace of the renowned Dark Star Brewery, serving four of its ales plus three guests. Famed for Continental draft lagers and array of bottled beers from around the world. No food.
Firkin Shed, 279 Holdenhurst Road, BH8 8BZ Tel 01202 302340
Award-winning, friendly and family-run. On Holdenhurst Road which runs from Bournemouth Station to the Vitality Stadium – 30 minutes’ walk. Micro-pub so the bar is in a shed. Six changing beers are complemented by speciality selection of a dozen Dorset ciders. Mobile-free zone with fine for charity if used!
Cambrian Tap, 51 St Mary Street, CF10 1 AD Tel: 029 2064 4952
Well-run and friendly. Iconic street corner city centre pub that has been recently refurbished. Eight Real Ale Handpumps – always showcasing Cardiff’s famed Brains Brewery beers. Plus - several guest ales from Welsh providers and a selection of draught beers from Brain’s Craft Microbrewery. Pork Pies are renowned and six different flavor toppings are available. 2018 County Winner in National Pub and Bar Awards.
The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL. Tel: 0207 736 2115
15 minutes’ walk from Stamford Bridge. Once voted “Britain’s best pub” in national poll. Nicknamed the Sloaney Pony because of the well-modulated vowels of many of the clientele. But there’s plenty of SarfLaenden from local fans also. Both polite and unthreatening! A hostelry since 1688, it is now famed for a choice of well-kept cask ales and 100+ bottled beers. Food is quality but Chelsea pricey. Ample outside space if not raining.
Railway Telegraph, 19 Brigstock Road. Thornton Heath. CR7 7JJ. 0208 684 9839
Very close to Thornton Heath Station and Selhurst Park. Well-run Young’s Pub with Patio Garden and outside smoking area. Two separate Bars. Pub Food. Palace Fans non-aggressive!
1. King’s Head, St Georgas’s Square, HD1 1JF (in Huddersfield Railway Station) Tel 01484 511058
Splendidly restored recently by dedicated team of regulars and worthy of the Grade II listed Victorian station. Ten Real Ales (4 regular and 6 guests) with choices mainly of Yorkshire-produced Beers. Timothy Taylor’s always available. Artisan ciders on Handpull also. Friendly unthreatening atmosphere. No food.
The Bus Station and Taxi Rank are nearby to get to the John Smith’s Stadium.
2.Sportsman, 1 St John’s Road HD1 5AY. Tel 01484 421929
Restored 1930s modernist building that has won English Heritage Award. 8 Handpumps with always one Mallinson’s beer. Always a dark ale and two artisan ciders from Pure North. Standard but quality pub grub.
1Old Horse, 198 London Road, LE2 1NE Tel 0116 254 8384
Handsome 19th century coaching inn. Local Everard ales plus several guests. 8 artisan ciders on handpump in a dedicated cider bar. Good-value food. Attractive large pub garden. Almost two miles from King Power Stadium but hassle-free.
Liverpool’s city centre pubs are renowned.
The Philharmonic, 36 Hope Street, L1 9BX. Tel 0151 707 2837.
“The most ornate pub in England.” – Especially the Gents Toilets – but also plaster ceilings, copper panels and stained glass windows commemorating Boer War heroes.
Good ale choice with 6 Handpumps, featuring some Northern Micros. Standard but decent-quality Pub Food. Comfy seating and pleasant University clientele.
Grapes, 66 Roscoe Street, L1 9DW. Tel 0151 709 3977.
Corner Local dating back to 1804, retaining original Mellors signage outside. Recent improvements include a new upstairs terrace. 9 Handpumps favouring Merseyside Micros such as Mad Hatter and Liverpool Craft with usually a dark beer or two. Well-regarded home-cooked Thai and Laotion food using authentic ingredients as Lemongrass and Tamarind.
The Centurion, Grand Central Station, Neville Street, NE1 5DG Tel 0191 261 6611
Voted Newcastle’s Best Watering Hole by The Observer. 15 minutes’ walk from St James Park. Stunning 1891 Victorian Baroque – was once the First Class Passenger Lounge. The tiling is a particularly lovely feature. Civilised atmosphere where home and away fans mix amiably. Nine Real Ale selection – favouring North East breweries-with usually one dark beer on handpump. Basic food.
The Guide Dog, 38 Earl’s Road, SO14 6SF. Tel: 023 8022 5642
15 minutes from St Mary’s Stadium. Friendly atmosphere and easy to mingle with Saints fans.Array of well-kept ales, mainly from Southern micros.No meals but filled rolls and pickled eggs.Pleasant service. Onetime CAMRA Wessex Pub of the Year
No Sign Bar, 56 Wind Street, SA1 1EG. Tel: 01792 465300
In the city centre and one-time haunt of Dylan Thomas. The only pub in Wales to be designated as a top destination by Visit Britain. No hassle. Serving since 1690! Long characterful interior of four distinct bars. Four changing cask ales and five ciders and was chosen as Swansea Pub of The Year by CAMRA in 2015. Quality food with Tapas a speciality
Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queen Square, WV1 1TX Tel:01902 399516
Friendly traditional city centre pub housed in historic timber-framed building. Has been CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year. The rear part dates from 1500 and there is a contrasting 1726 Georgian frontage. 10 Handpulps and specializes in a changing range of West Midlands ales with Black Country Bradley’s Golden being a customer favourite. Selection of cask ciders. Bar snacks with a speciality of a choice of filled cobs. Or you may bring your own food – cutlery and plates are provided! Lift for access to upper floors. Welcoming and unthreatening.
Best to choose Marylebone as the tube to Wembley Park is horribly crowded.
A new Pub has to be found close to the Station as the Allsop Arms doesn’t allow Away Fans in now. Best to choose Marylebone as the tube to Wembley Park is horribly crowded.
The Globe, 47 Lisson Grove, NW1 6BU. 07920 827391
Handsome brown tiled corner Pub. Draught beers are favoured including Beavertown Gamma Ray and Neck Oil, Camden Hells, and even Americans as Brooklyn Lager. One Handpunp offers varying choice which could be St Austell or Siren Bitters. Peruvian Street Food and on Mondays there is an offer of 10 pounds for any Beer plus a quinoa based dish. Chicken or beef can be added for a one pound or one pound fifty addition.
Opposite, however, is London’s iconic Fish and Chip Restaurant, the Sea Shell. The £15.95 Cod or Haddock with chips is a great bargain.
West Ham United
Crate Brewery and Pizzeria, Unit7, White Building, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN Tel: 07834 275687
Getting to WHU’s London Stadium from Stratford can be lengthy and tedious. It’s easier to go to Hackney Wick Station by London Overground and call in at the Zagat-commended Crate Brewery and Pizzeria. Good Beer Guide 2019 listed! Occupying a former Print Factory, this is attractively situated on the banks of the Lea Navigation. It’s also a 20 minute stroll to the Stadium.
The brewery produces a core range of ales, including a best bitter. IPA and stout – the latter as one of London’s ten best beers! There’s also a good range of craft bottled beers.
The stone-baked Pizzas are crisp and tasty with unusual offerings such as Lime-spiced Lamb and Laksa Chicken.
No hassle as hipster boozer but best not to flaunt colours.
Most pubs near Vicarage Road are either away-hostile or mediocre.
A city branch member, James Nash, recommends:
Nascot Arms, 11 Stamford Road, WD17 4QS 01923 215442
One mile from Vicarage Road and close to Watford Junction Station. Art Deco design red-brick building in quiet neighbourhood. Cask Marque accredited, it offers six Real Ales. Robinson’s of Stockport’s Dizzy Blonde and St Austell Tribute currently feature. Notable is the Thai kitchen serving authentic dishes, using ingredients such as lime leaves, tamarind and bamboo shoots.
Moon Under Water. 44 High Street, Watford, WD17 2BS. Tel: 01923 223559
This Wetherspoon is predictable. Decent range of cask beers with Hertfordshire micros featured. Inexpensive but dull food offering.Well-managed so no hassle