What do you think is the best pub in the world?

It's definitely not the Mitre in Hatton Garden 

Ooooh, good thread. 

The Imperial in Exeter is ace, as is the Double Locks.

There are many fine choices in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, mainly around the Trap area, and several all next door to each other. Great atmosphere. 

Any proper Flat Roofed Pub has to rank highly, obvs.

Old Joint Stock in Birmingham or Old Contemptibles as well. Oooh, and Bachus. Brum has some good pubs.

The Impy? Really

*dons rose tinted glasses* Bloody great shout, shooty!

My nomination would be the Mardyke in Bristol. Haven’t been in years but can’t imagine it has changed much. Fond memories of nipping next door to the chippy and being able to eat them back inside with your pint (and pickled egg for those so inclined).

wherever it is, it’s fooking definitely not in London

Very fond of the Clarendon Arms in Cambridge 

favourite London pub was the Dartmouth Arms, Dartmouth Park - but not been for years 

Any pub with a fire, that sells pies, at the end of a windswept autumnal walk. Dovedale has a fine example,  be damned if I can remember the name though. 

The Selbourne Arms is a corker.  As is the pub with no name.

*I am assuming they are both still extant

Turf Tavern, Oxford is a personal favourite (although gone downhill a bit following its acquisition by Greene King). I fooking hate Greene King.

When I was at law school in Oxford, Loaded magazine voted Fuzzy Dux (Brookes' night at a shytehole club on Cowley Rd) as the easiest place to get laid in England.

We lived very nearby.  It was proper ace.

I don’t know a single pub in oxford. I have been to two stag do’s there and they were both shite.

Fuzzy Ducks was at the Zodiac. The college crowd used to go on the other midweek night for Cheesy Listening. Which was also fun although sadly less of a pullfest.

Good venue for live music - although better outside term time (during the Easter vac of my 1st year, ash and primal scream played it and Supergrass played it twice; Radiohead also played there a couple of times).

/chambo off

I like the Mitre. However, calling it “the pub with no name” is the most tiresome rof meme since Stephen Watkins, whoever the fook he was.

You’d probably like the Turf, laz.

Good beer gardens with braziers in winter, nice snugs for long afternoon sessions, 11 different cask ales.

I can't tell you my favourite because part of its charm is that it's off the beaten track so never really busy.

I like the Old Mitre as well.  The address isn't Hatton Garden, it's Ely Place.  Although of course you can get into it from Hatton Garden.

The world's best pub is any 'spoons.  Always worth reading their google reviews - highlights: cheap.  Food arrives quickly and hot.  

Requirements for perfect pub


1.  Some traditional charm probably rural

2.  Well kept beer and decent wine by the glass

3.   Decent food but not “destination” food - should not be food led

4.   Good number of friendly locals 

5.  Good beer garden

6.   Pub usually nicely busy but can usually get a table

7.  Friendly bar staff

8.  Pub dog

9.  Open fire

10. selection of board games 

11. pool and darts available but not dominating or intrusive 

12. relaxed about closing time

13.  Book exchange

14.  Live music every now and then (but not dominant theme)

15. Within walking distance of my house



Can I just applaud those using this thread as an opportunity to make it clear they went to Oxford. 

We just need the Yorkshire lads in next. 

No problem, ZG. Although I was asked a direct question by GSM/Risky/whatever name the mad fascist is going by today.

There are people who live but do not study in Oxford who also drink in the Turf and would seem rather unfair on Oxford (which has several other rather good pubs - the Bear, the Eagle & Child, the White Horse, the Perch, the Trout, the Isis Tavern, the Magdalen Arms) for it to be unmentionable.

I know some cracking Yorkshire pubs as well, if that helps (although one of my favourites has sadly just burned down).


Both good picks.  I'll add the Crown Posada in Newcastle to those already named.  The Great Western in Wolverhampton (of all places) is I agree a top 5 pub as well.  King and Castle in Kidderminster isn't far off as well.  Several in Liverpool are possibles as well, Roscoe Head maybe my pick.  Agree Brum has some good ones.

In London probably the Lord Clyde in Borough for me.

Good Dales pubs:

The Crown, Middlesmoor

Queens Arms, Litton

The Bridge Inn, Grinton

CB Inn, Arkengarthdale

Craven Arms, Appletreewick

Blue Lion, East Witton


Can't add anything to pubs in Wolverhampton, I'm afraid...

I didnt go to Oxford ftaod.  The law school as was was a JV f some sort between the dark blues and brookes.


i worked in the grapes on george st.  Good crack.  Morrells pub back then.

m7 dave worked in the gardeners arms.  Other m7 dave worked in the aussie pub which had top notch bintage


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