IAN'S LEAGUE ONE PUB GUIDE 2013/14
With our stay in League One unfortunately looking a lot more permanent
than this time last year Ian has refreshed the pub guide for this season.
Here are the recommendations:
Fighting Cock, 21 - 23
Preston St, Bradford, BD7 1JE
The Cock was CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2011. It is isolated in an
industrial estate, yet still draws the devoted from afar. Up to 12 real
ales are on sale. Good value home-cooked hot and cold lunches served.
It is 1.1 miles from the Interchange Station. Head left up Bridge
Street, left through Centenary Square on to Thornton Road. When you have
left housing behind the industrial estate roads include a left turn into
Norcroft Street. Then go right into Handel Street and the pub is at the
end of the road on the LHS.
The Cock is 1 mile from the ground. Head up Preston Street and across
Thornton Road. Continue up St Michaels Road and turn right into
Worthington Street. Go left into Hind Street. On the main road, White
Abbey Road, go right and cross the road into Gracechurch Street. At the
end go left onto Lumb Lane, and then go right into Bowland Street. The
next left turn is into Manningham lane and Valley parade is a turning
right along the road.
Magpie & Crown, 128 High
Street, TW8 8EW.
It usually has up to 6 real ales, and is a few minutes? walk down the
High Street away from the ground. It is a 10 minute walk from Brentford
station. Go left on Boston Manor Road and on into Half Acre. At the
junction turn right into High Street and the pub is down the road on the
LHS. To get to the ground, about 0.6 mile away, go back to Half Acre and
then go right into St Pauls Road. Cut across the park into Lateward Road
and then left at the end for the ground.
For those interested in the "four corners of Brentford?, note only the
Princess Royal is genuinely on the corner of the ground. The Royal Oak,
which is a local's pub that you might only wish to visit to complete the
four, is on the same street block. The New Inn and the Griffin are on the
opposite side of the street to the ground on New Road and Braemar Road
respectively. The Griffin, a Fullers pub, serves real ale but does get
busy. The Princess Royal and New Inn both have limited real ale, mostly
lager and Guinness. The New Inn is the most popular historically with away
The Merchants Arms, 5
Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, Somerset BS8 4PZ
Despite its location on a busy one-way system, the Merchants Arms, near
the old Bristol docks, is well worth the effort for the beautiful Bath
Ales and the nostalgic 1930's decor. Food is limited to straightforward
bar snacks and a few rolls. Bristol Temple Meads mainline station is at
least two miles from the pub and hence too far to walk, so best to jump in
It is then a 20-25 pleasant walk (unless it is raining like after the
relegation clash in 2011) down Merchant Road, taking the path under the
underpass into Ashton Avenue Bridge and then through the park to the
King?s Head, Fisher
Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RF www.kingsheadcarlisle.co.uk . Turn left out of
the station and walk towards The Lanes shopping centre, the castle and the
cathedral up English Street, turning left into Castle Street then right
into Fisher Street. It is about a 5 minute walk from the station. Pictures
of the old Carlisle adorn the wall inside and apart from Yates Golden
Bitter local brews are amongst the guest beers. It was the CAMRA Pub of
the Year in 2012. To get to the ground, which is a 20 minute walk from
Fisher Street, go through The Lanes on to Victoria Place and then bear
left onto Warwick Road. The ground is then on the left.
Bricklayers Arms, 27
Bergholt Road, CO4 5AA is close to Colchester North station. This Adnams
House offers eight or nine ales, including a good range of guest beers and
the Brick, according to the CAMRA Beer Guide, is run by a multi CAMRA
award-winning family. Please note that one fans website quotes this as a
home fans pub only, but there is no mention of this on other sites, so
beware if showing colours. At the pub for the evening game in 2012 there
was no problem although it may be stricter for a Saturday game. Note - the
Brick is a 45 minute walk from the ground so use the shuttle service from
nearby Bruff Close (which worked extremely well last season) or go by
Swan, 1 Horsham Road, West
Green, Crawley, RH11 7AY www.theswanpubcrawley.co.uk is a short walk from
the town centre providing the most extensive range of real ales in
Crawley. There are two bars and an outside patio area.
The Swan, is a 10 minute walk from the station. You should leave from
the southern side of the station and go right along East Park. At the end
of the road (the A2219 Brighton Road), turn right and then first left into
Springfield Road. At the end turn right and go over the railway on Horsham
Road. The pub is ahead on the LHS. The pub is 1.4 miles from the ground
which probably means a taxi but if you must walk head back to the Brighton
Road via Springfield Road turning right and follow the Brighton Road for
about a mile, turning right and crossing the roundabout for the ground.
Borough Arms, 33 Earle
Street, Crewe CW1 2BG http://www.borougharmscrewe.co.uk . It is the home
of the Borough Arms brewery and its nine handpumps serve a wide range of
ales, mainly from small and micro breweries. Try the breweries own Blonde
Temptation (it is a beer I am told!) and Borough Gold.
The Borough Arms is 0.9 mile from the station. Turn right out of the
station and then left at the roundabout onto Macon Way. Follow this road
before turning left into Manchester Bridge then cross the railway and then
bear right into Earle Street. The pub is just before the next bridge on
the RHS. The ground is about 1 mile away, a 20 minute walk, from the pub.
Walk towards town on Earle Street, turn left on to Vernon Way and then
left onto Mill Street. Continue on into Cross Street, then Gresty Road for
the ground which is on the LHS.
Will Adams, 73 Saxton St,
Gillingham ME7 5EG
This is a single-bar local that was CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2011 which
usually has three real ales on sale plus draught cider. Football food menu
when Gills at home. Away fans are especially welcome.
The pub is 0.4 mile from the station. There is a footpath across the
road that goes to the left of the railway line and then crosses into the
town centre. At the end go left and right into Green Street. At the end it
is left and right again into Lock Street and the pub is on the LHS on the
From the pub to the ground, which is 0.8 mile, retrace the route to the
station and then go right into Balmoral Road. This then becomes
Priestfield Road where the away end is.
Birkbeck Tavern, 5
Langthorne Rd LeytonstoneE11 4HL www.whatscookin.co.uk
A new pub for 2013/14 as both the Capital One Cup and League matches
are mid week evening kick- offs. The King William IV is felt to be too far
away from the tube station for midweek games.
The Birkbeck is 0.3 mile from Leyton tube station. Turn left out of the
station and go left at the bottom of the bridge into Gordon Road. At the
cross roads go left into Frith Road. The pub is on the next corner on the
The ground is 0.6 mile from the pub. Go right out of the pub and at the
end of the road take the footbridge over the road and railway. At the ends
of the road go left into Warren Street. At the High Road go right. Cut
across the park on the LHS for Layer Road and the ground.
Red Lion, 11 Lock View
Lane, Fenny Stratford, MK1 1BY is a small lock-side pub which is less than
a mile from the ground and a couple of minutes walk from Fenny Stratford
station. It was the local CAMRA Branch ?Pub of the Year? in 2010.
From Fenny Stratford Station it is about 0.5 mile to the pub. Go left
onto Simpson Road the immediately right for the pub. The pub sign is on
the road. However, most fans will go to Milton Keynes Central where a taxi
is necessary to get to the pub.
The ground is 1.2 miles away. Go right on Simpson Road then left into
Staple Hall Road. At the end go left and right around the garage into
Watling Street. At the roundabout, go through the IKEA and Tesco parking
areas to the ground.
Canalhouse, 48-52 Canal
Street, Central, Nottingham, NG1 7EH, www.thecanalhouse.co.uk. It is in
the 2013 CAMRA Beer Guide and is a listed three-storey Castle Rock pub
with a canal inlet on the inside, traversed by wooden walkways. The
canal-side decked patio is popular in summer. In addition to the Castle
Rock range of real ales and weekly guest beers, it also has probably one
of the largest continental beer ranges in Nottingham with Belgium, Czech
and German beers featuring. From the station via the old entrance turn
right onto Carrington Street and turn left into Canal Street at the
traffic lights. The Canalhouse is down on the left. If you come out of the
station onto Station Street turn left onto Station Street and at the end,
right onto Carrington Street.
Ashton Arms 28 - 30 Clegg
St OL1 1PL. The pub is at the rear of the town centre and about 0.5 mile
from Oldham Mumps. As you come out of the station, cross over the ring
road into Prince Street. Turn left into Union Street. Clegg Street is a
distant turning on the left. The pub is on the RHS
It regularly offers up to 7 different real ales from new and
established brewers. The ground is over 1.5 miles away so take a taxi.
There are buses that go up the Rochdale Road and to the hospital. The
ground is opposite the hospital on Sheepfoot Lane, a turning left off
Brewery Tap, 80 Westgate,
Peterborough, PE1 2AA. www.oakham-ales.co.uk/brewerytap.
The Tap is reputed to be the largest brewpub in Europe, housed in the
former Labour Exchange. Up to 12 real ales are on sale, mainly from the
Oakham range. Authentic Thai food is served.
The Tap is a couple of minutes walk from the station. Walk down Station
Road, and cross Bourges Boulevard where the Tap is opposite in Westgate.
The ground is around a mile away. Go back to Bourges Boulevard turning
left and follow the main road, passing an Asda store on your right. At the
traffic lights near to the Rivergate Shopping Centre, turn right. Go over
the bridge and you can see the floodlights of London Road, over on your
left. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the pub/station to the
Bulls Head, 14 St. Johns
Square, Burslem ST6 3AJ. www.titanicbrewery.co.uk.
The Bull is Titanic?s brewery tap flagship pub. The range of real ales
is complemented by a good selection of real ciders and bottled Belgian
beers. There is a BBQ from 12 on Saturday match days.
Stoke-on-Trent which is served by regular trains from Birmingham,
Manchester and London and is located around four miles away. It's not
really viable to walk from here so a bus or taxi ride to the ground is the
best option. There is a taxi rank at the station.
The ground is 0.4 mile from the Bull. Go back to Newcastle Street and
go right towards the town hall. Cross over into Moreland Road and then
bear left into Hamil Road. The ground is ahead on the LHS.
Preston North End
Bitter Suite, 53 Fylde
Road, Preston PR1 2XQ www.bittersuitepreston.co.uk
Located a short walk out of the town centre it is more likely to be a
destination pub for beer searchers and regular samplers. The pub is
located in Student land but worth the trip.
It is 0.6 miles from the station. Head right up Fishergate and bear
left into Corporation Street. Follow the Ring Way to the traffic lights.
Cross into Fylde Road and head away from the town and the pub is on the
It is probably a taxi to the ground as the ground is 1.2 miles from the
pub. If you going to walk, cross the road and go left and then right into
Brook Street. Turn right into Victoria Street. At the end left into Moor
Lane, then right into St. Georges Road. At the end turn left into Deepdale
and the ground is ahead on the RHS
The Bitter Suite will be a new pub for 2013/14 as those that went to
the Old Black Bull last season reported it was not that away fan friendly.
Old Black Bull, 35 Friargate, PR1 2AT is a Mock-Tudor city centre pub
now completely free of tie. It serves a good range of real ales and is a
CAMRA Pub of the Year winner. It is conveniently placed on the way to the
ground. It is about a 5 minute walk from the station, opposite St George?s
Shopping Centre, and is then a 20 minute walk to the ground.
Blue Coat, The Crofts
Moorgate, S60 2DJ www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk
This is no ordinary Wetherspoons but one with a well-deserved
reputation for good ale and quality knowledgeable service. It has won
local CAMRA pub of the year five times, including 2012.
From station to pub is 0.4 miles. Go right and cross the bridge in to
town. Go left on to Corporation Street and follow this into Ship Hill. Go
left into the Croft which turns right. The Pub is across the road on the
It is slightly less of a walk back to the ground. Head back to Ship
Hill and then go left into Westgate and right into Main Street. The ground
is ahead on the LHS.
Sheaf View, 25 Glendless
Road, Heeley South, S2 3AA . Previous trips to Sheffield have found this
pub to be friendly even though it is frequented with Blades fans. It is
featured on the Championship list of pubs on the CCLSC website. It has 10
plus ales on offer and is a winner of many CAMRA branch awards.
From the station to the Sheaf View pub is 1.3 miles. So it is probably
a taxi or bus 43 44 to Heeley, Gleadless Road. Then walk up Gleadless Road
and the pub is at the next junction.
Bramall Lane is about a 10 minute walk away. Go left up Prospect Road
and then go left down Myrtle Road. Cross into Queens Road then into
Three Fishes, Fish Street,
Shrewsbury, SY1 IUR www.realaleshrewsbury.co.uk.
This is a fifteenth-century building standing in the shadow of two
churches in the maze of the medieval quarter. The pub offers a range of
real ales. Local CAMRA branch pub of the year 2010.
The Fishes is 0.5 mile a 10 minute walk from the station. Turn right
out of the station and walk down St Michael?s Road. Go straight onto Pride
Hill and left into the High Street. Fish Street is on the left.
The ground is about three miles so it is probably a taxi. There is a
bus service from the town centre to the ground.
Our Mutual Friend in
Broadwater Crescent, SG2 8EH, www.omfpub.co.uk . This pub has been listed
in every CAMRA Guide since 2002 and serves an ever-changing selection of
real ales. Unfortunately, on our last visit, due to police restrictions
drinks were served in plastic glasses before the game. No such
restrictions applied after the game however.
The OMF is about a 30 minutes walk from the station so maybe a taxi. If
you are to walk go right out of the station and remain on the A602 going
left into Six Hills Way and then right at the island onto Monkswood Way.
Go left onto Broadhall Way past the ground and Broadwater Crescent is on
the right at the island. The OMF is on the RHS. It is a 15 minute walk
from the ground.
Walk back along Broadhall Crescent to the ground.
Gluepot in Emlyn Square,
SN1 5BP, www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-gluepot. is near the station
serving Hop Back and Downton ales but be aware, it does not serve hot food
at the weekends, only filled rolls. Situated in the centre of Brunel's
Railway Village, the Gluepot's corner shop appearance belies the drinking
treasures to be found within. The pub gets its name from the railway
coachbuilders who would bring their gluepots with them when they took
their breaks. The Gluepot is unashamedly a real old-fashioned pub with
From the station turn right on Station Road for 0.4 mile. Turn left
into Emlyn Square and the pub is on the LHS.
The ground is 1 mile from the pub. Go left out of the pub along Reading
Street on to Henry Street. At the end turn right into Fleming Way. At the
end of this road cross ?the magic roundabout? for the ground.
Gallaghers Pub and Barbers Shop
in Chester Street, CH41 5DQ, www.gallagherspubandbarbers.com. It is a
10-15 minute walk from Birkenhead Central, but unfortunately away from the
ground. It is close to the famous Mersey Ferries and is the local CAMRA
Pub of the Year for 2012, so may be worth the walk or if travelling from
Liverpool Lime Street alight at Birkenhead Hamilton Square (one stop
before Birkenhead Central). From Birkenhead Hamilton Square head for the
Albion Street bus stops. Go around the corner at the end into Chester Road
and the pub is on the RHS.
From Gallaghers pub to the ground is 2.9 miles. Get a taxi for some
ease of transport. A train from Birkenhead Hamilton Square will get you to
Rock Ferry where a twenty minute walk up the hill gets you to the ground.
Buses go to Prenton Park at irregular times.
Gallaghers is a traditional real ale pub with a twist, set in Hamilton
Square, just a short stroll from the world-famous waterfront. Not only can
you enjoy local real ales, but the fully functional barber shop means the
men can take advantage of one of their hot towel shaves, leaving them
fully invigorated! Be aware that you will need to book these in advance.
Black Country Arms , High
Street Walsall WS1 1QW, www.blackcountryarms.co.uk. Note this is near the
Walsall railway station (NOT Bescot Stadium station nearest to the
ground). A sister pub to the Wellington in Birmingham, it is located just
off the market in the town centre. Exit the station in to the shopping
centre and go right, through the Market and on to High Street. The pub is
near the church at the end on the LHS. The pub is multi - leveled and has
masses of polished wood and Victorian high ceilings. It serves good food
and boasts over 10 hand pumps. It is however a 30 minute walk to the
ground so it can be a taxi or you can catch the train to Bescot Stadium.
Journey time is 3 minutes.
Newhampton 17 Riches St,
Wolverhampton, WV6 0DW
This three bar pub is supplemented by a bowls pavilion bar. Its street
corner location disguises an extensive range of eight real ales. Ask about
a CAMRA member?s discount! Serious good pub food with special hot beef,
pork or bacon sandwiches on match days.
It is 1.6 miles from the station and definitely get a taxi. It should
go around the ring road and head up Newhampton Road. Riches Street is a
distant turning to the right. The pub is near the corner on the LHS.
The ground is at the end of Newhampton Road just under 1 mile away. You
would have passed it on the way to the pub.
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