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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:

Bradford City

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.

Brentford

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 fans.

Bristol City

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 a taxi.

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 ground.

Carlisle United

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.

Colchester United

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 taxi.

Crawley

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.

Crewe

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.

Gillingham

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 next corner.

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.

Leyton Orient

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 LHS.

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.

MK Dons

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.

Notts County

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.

Oldham

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 Rochdale Road.

Peterborough

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 ground.

Port Vale

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 LHS.

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.

Rotherham United

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 LHS.

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.

Sheffield United

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 Bramall Lane.

Shrewsbury

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.

Stevenage

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.

Swindon

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 old-fashioned values.

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.

Tranmere

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.

Walsall

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.

Wolves

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.

ROBIN'S GOOD (CHAMPIONSHIP) PUB GUIDE - MEET OTHER CCLSC MEMBERS HOME AND AWAY

Robin & George OglebyI'd be delighted to hear from any member or publican willing to share their knowledge of hostelries up and down the land that welcome CCFC fans on match-day. Please write to me here with pub information or corrections or views on the information shown below for inclusion in our database.

Right :  Me with son George, who is clearly unimpressed at getting another Coke.

I've attempted to put together a list of potential (and current) pre-match meeting places for CCLSC members to get together and have a beer and a munch. Some of these are only tentative suggestions and so I would welcome views from other more-hardened travellers - you should appreciate that my choices are conditioned by the following:

I drink real ale and not lager
I generally have a 13 year old in tow with me
I travel by train
I like to get to the pub early and line my stomach with food before anaesthetising myself for the game, and
I don't tend to travel further north than Leicester or further west than Bristol ...
... so for some of the venues I have taken advice from Richard Stedman's excellent Real Ale Guide to the Championship.

Please suggest an addition to our guide using the button below. Submissions welcome from supporters and landlords.

Suggest a pub

Please note postcodes and directions are not available for all pubs at the moment - but will follow.
 
Table 2 - Pre-Match Meeting Place Directory

Away Day Info byName/Address
BarnsleyMapRobin OglebyThe Gatehouse, Eldon Street
BlackpoolMapRobin OglebyThe Saddle Inn, Whitegate Drive
Bristol CityMapRobin OglebyThe Merchants Arms, Merchants Road
BurnleyMapRobin OglebyBridge Beer Huis, Bank Parade
CardiffMapRobin OglebyCayo Arms Hotel, Catherdral Road
Charlton AthleticMapRobin OglebyThe Bugle Horn, The Village
ColchesterMapPaul ChandlerDrury Arms, 1 Layer Road
ColchesterMapDuncan SayThe Fat Cat, 65 Butt Rd
ColchesterMapRobin OglebyThe Dragoon, Butt Road
CoventryMapRobin OglebyWhitefriars Old Ale House, 114-115 Gosford Street
Hull CityMapRobin OglebyThe Wellington Inn, Russell Street
IpswichMapRobin OglebyStation Hotel
Leicester CityMapRobin OglebyThe Sir Robert Peel, Jarrom Street
NorwichMapRobin OglebyCoach and Horses, Thorpe Road
PalaceMapRobin OglebyAlliance, High Street
PlymouthMapRobin OglebyFortescue, 37 Mutley Plain
PrestonMapRobin OglebyNew Britannia Inn, Heatley Street
QPRMapPaul ChandlerThe Springbok, South Africa Road
QPRMapRobin OglebyGoldhawk, Goldhawk Road
Scunthorpe UnitedMapRobin OglebyBerkeley Hotel, Doncaster Road
SheffieldMapChris GatelySheaf View, 25 Gleadless View
Sheffield UnitedMapChris GateleySheaf View, Gleadless View
Sheffield WednesdayMapChris GateleyVarious
SouthamptonMapRobin OglebyThe Eagle, Palmerston Road
SouthamptonMapPaul ChandlerKing Alfred, 51/53 Northam Road
StokeMapRobin OglebyYe Olde Manor Inn, Manor Street
WatfordMapRobin OglebyMac’s Bar, Fearnley Street
WatfordMapPaul ChandlerMoon Under Water, 44 High Street
WBAMapRobin OglebyThe Vine, 152 Roebuck Street
WednesdayMapChris GatelyThe Hillsborough Hotel, 56 Langsett Road
WednesdayMapRobin OglebyNew Barrack Tavern, 601 Penistone Road
WolvesMapRobin OglebyMoon Under Water, 53-55 Lichfield St

Table 3 - "In Our Experience ..."

Barnsley
The Gatehouse, Eldon Street
by Robin Ogleby

The designated away fans pub is the Gatehouse in Eldon Street, a mere cricket ball's throw away from t'railway station. Here the weary traveller can expect a right northern welcome and refresh himself with a choice of six real ales and some Yarkshire home cooking. Far better they say than either watching than either watching Geoffrey Boycott score six runs in four hours, or Michael Parkinson chatting up Meg Ryan!

Blackpool
The Saddle Inn, Whitegate Drive
by Robin Ogleby

Blackpool’s oldest boozer I’m told. Whoever had the foresight to build it in 1770 must have had a pretty good idea that a soccer stadium would eventually be constructed just a few minutes walk away. Good food and draught Bass.

Bristol City
The Merchants Arms, Merchants Road
by Robin Ogleby

A small pub, and a bit of a trek along the A4 out of town - but, hey, that’s Bristol for you, you never seem to be able to get to anywhere there quickly. The good news is that, once you are there, the beer is lovely (Bath Ales) and so is the welcome. Home made lunch time snacks are available, and it’s a convenient walk over the river to the ground thereafter.

Burnley
Bridge Beer Huis, Bank Parade
by Robin Ogleby

half-way between the station and the ground, this pub was recently voted the best football pub in the Championship. A large selection of real ales, and some bar food. A serious ale house for the serious drinker.

Cardiff
Cayo Arms Hotel, Catherdral Road
by Robin Ogleby

A little walk from the town centre up Cathedral Road will take you to the Cayo Arms Hotel - a CAMRA Cardiff pub of the year. This is a sportsman's pub (i.e. as you are in Wales, this means rugby) and, I am told, the food is substantial and excellent. A large building but with as cozy atmosphere, which can't be bad considering it is still in Cardiff.

Charlton Athletic
The Bugle Horn, The Village
by Robin Ogleby

those of you with very long memories might remember the last time we played at Charlton and we met on a sunny afternoon in this pub with foaming pints of bombardier in our hands. I’m looking forward to repeating the experience this year. The pub is situated in the ’village’ right on top of the hill, up from the station - which makes it easier to glide down to the valley after you’ve had a couple!

Colchester
Drury Arms, 1 Layer Road
by Paul Chandler

This pub is but a short staggering distance to the ground which is also in Layer Road. The Pub is a large building on corner of a junction with two large Bars , one for Home Fans and one for Away Fans, there was no problem at this venue last season and Shirts were allowed as was some rather dreadful singing of 'Way up Sky Blues'. Beer was ok large selection of Lagers and some Real Ales were available. For Food there was an excellent burger van in the car-park and you were allowed to take the Burgers back into the Pub to eat. One piece of advice, when it time to go to the match pay a visit to the loo in the pub before you go as there are only a couple in the ground meaning long queues.

Colchester
The Fat Cat, 65 Butt Rd
by Duncan Say

Excellent real ale pub on the route from the Town Centre to the ground. Probably fifteen minutes walk from the ground but a much better pub than the Drury Arms.

Colchester
The Dragoon, Butt Road
by Robin Ogleby

This pub is a little gem within a vast area of chav mediocrity - and just a brisk walk away from the ground. Good beer and a great range of home cooked food - including the landlord’s famous chilli (hotter than you expect). Get there early and make the most of the warm welcome and cozy seating - otherwise you’ll end up standing on someone’s head!

Coventry
Whitefriars Old Ale House, 114-115 Gosford Street
by Robin Ogleby

The HQ of the CCLSC in Coventry is now firmly entrenched at the Whitefriars Old Ale House in Gosford Street - this is relatively easy walking distance from the station (or a cheap taxi ride if i) you can't be arsed to walk, or ii) can't wait to get that first pint of real ale down your neck. Despite the fact that the landlord is clearly a rugby fan, CCLSC members are welcomed with open arms - to the extent that he will even open the pub up earlier than 12.00 on matchdays if he knows beforehand that we are on our way! (NB the poor bloke probably hasn't got to bed until 4.00 in the morning). At the end of last season Matt put on an excellent spread for us all in the pub garden to thank us for our valiant efforts at drinking his real ale and eating his monster breakfasts throughout the year - it had been a massive chore I know (John Bryant still carries the wounds). The real ale is constantly changing - and you need to get there at opening time if you want to work your way through the card - but the home cooked monster breakfasts certainly help you to lay a firm base for the job (however, on the rare occasion that the cook hasn't turned up, if the previous evening happened to coincide with St Patrick's night for instance, you are allowed to go next door to the kebab shop and bring your kebab and chips back with you). The Whitefriars is paradise on Earth and the only regret is when the taxi turns up to take you to the Ricoh.

Hull City
The Wellington Inn, Russell Street
by Robin Ogleby

locally known as the ‘Welly’ probably on account of the fact that you now need to wear wellies all the time in Hull due to global warming? A large and international selection of real ales and a warm welcome (allegedly) - even for away fans. Not sure if food is available - but I gather this is par for the course in Hull. No doubt a chippy can be found somewhere -alternatively you could carry on up to Princess Avenue where there are a number of quieter venues that do sell food, including Pave

Ipswich
Station Hotel
by Robin Ogleby

My great discovery in Ipswich is that if you have a 13 year old in tow you might as well grow a long beard and walk round with a rucksack on your back with the word 'bomb' written on it. You ain't welcome! The simplest thing by far is to cross over the road to the Station Hotel and get a skinfull there before walking a further short distance to the ground. There is plenty of room in here, the beer isn't bad, and there will often be a large screen showing football on Sky. Bar food is available but I seem to recall that this is largely of the indoor BBQ type. The locals are freindly, particularly if you start a conversation with, 'Crikey I hate that Craig Bellamy twat don't you?'. Best not to mention tractors or turnips though, unless you know what you are talking about.

Leicester City
The Sir Robert Peel, Jarrom Street
by Robin Ogleby

relatively small - and full of Leicester fans near kick off time. Having said that, it is a very friendly place - provided you are prepared to listen to Leicester fans either moaning or gloating. Good pint of Everard’s Tiger and home-made cheese and onion rolls to set you up - and it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the Crisp Bowl thereafter. If you are going in a crowd though, the better option is The Out of the Vaults on King Street (LE1 6RL) as you walk down from the station. A much wider range of real ales and also more space in which to park your bum.

Norwich
Coach and Horses, Thorpe Road
by Robin Ogleby

I aim to do a full reconnaissance mission to Narweege this season (for some reason, in previous years the trip to Bernud Maffews country has always clashed with something else). In the meantime, I suggest the Coach and Horses in Thorpe Road, just around the back of the station - home prepared and locally sourced food, and a real ale drinkers' paradise to boot! I'll let you know. Probably best not to mention beetroots or Terry Butcher I guess?

Palace
Alliance, High Street
by Robin Ogleby

Crystal Palace is the one ground I absolutely refuse to go to on a train. That is because I only live 20 minutes walk away from it! The only place to go drinking in close to the ground with any real comfort if you are an away fan is the Alliance, on the High Street as you come out of Norwood Junction Station (if you don't happen to live nearby). The good thing about this place is that the locals (apart from me) don't seem to like it much! There might be more up market or posey pubs nearby, but let others use them and leave this to the Cov fans on match day! Get there early if you want a seat or late if you want to stand on someone's head (no one seems to mind, either way though). You get a good Irish welcome as you walk in, even if you haven't been to the pub in a long time, or if the person who is welcoming you isn't Irish. This seems to be one of those pubs that time forgot. Sooner or later you will bump into everyone you have ever known if you stop there long enough. No food though - but plenty of cheap take-aways nearby.

Plymouth
Fortescue, 37 Mutley Plain
by Robin Ogleby

The Fortescue on Mutley Plain is recommended - a good range of beers and a friendly welcome. Half a mile from the station.

Preston
New Britannia Inn, Heatley Street
by Robin Ogleby

conveniently situated between the station and the ground. A good range of real ales and home cooking. A little on the small side though.

QPR
The Springbok, South Africa Road
by Paul Chandler

This pub is the closest to the ground and is a typical Football Supporters Pub, very basic but a good place to get inebriated before drudging off to watch the match. Away fans are allowed in and QPR Fans congregate at the other end of the Bar, when I have been ther it has been good humoured bantering between the supporters without trouble, not sure if this is always the case (particularly if they are playing Fulham or Chelsea). I just slug down the usual 8 pints of Stella so cant really comment on Beer quality and didnt bother with food but if you want a good place to meet up with other City Fans have a few beers and a sing song this is the place. They also allow you to spill out onto the forecourt of the pub with your beer so you can jeer at the QPR fans who are going to the ground, remember they have even less to be cheerful than City fans as they still have a crappy ground ! The pub also has footie on SKY in the pub if there are any earlier matches on just to get you in the mood.

QPR
Goldhawk, Goldhawk Road
by Robin Ogleby

In recent seasons I have started using the Goldhawk on Goldhawk Road (come out of Goldhawk Road tube station, turn left and eventually cross the road) - mainly because a mate of mine lives nearby and he recommended it. And a very good recommendation it was too. Although it is within easy walking distance of the ground, most fans seem to miss coming here because they tend to congregate along the very busy Uxbridge Road (which meets Goldhawk at Shepherd's Bush Green). This watering hole is a little more upmarket, relaxed and poncey than the usual pre-match venue but the beer is excellent and the food is of good quality. If you get there early enough you can even get a large comfy chair to sit in! Class.

Scunthorpe United
Berkeley Hotel, Doncaster Road
by Robin Ogleby

a few minutes walk from the ground - a 1930s art deco building. Real Ale (Sam Smiths) and excellent home cooked food - but I’m not sure though whether this is available on Saturdays?

Sheffield
Sheaf View, 25 Gleadless View
by Chris Gately

Although not as well supplied with real ale gems as its city neighbour the clear star in the United zone is the above pub. There is a difference between this area and the the pathway along the 'Beer Valley' leading to Hillsborough. There isn't the range of distinct Houses with their own brewerys but the 10 plus ales on offer here are some compensation. There is a clear character to this freehouse and although it is frequented by Blades there are never any difficulties between fans.Bramall Lane is about a 10 minute walk away though you will probably have to return to The Sheaf as late United goals always seem to do us in.

Sheffield United
Sheaf View, Gleadless View
by Chris Gateley

although not as well supplied with real ale gems as its city neighbour, the clear star in the United zone is the above pub. There is a difference between this area and the pathway along the 'Beer Valley' leading to Hillsborough. There isn't the range of distinct Houses with their own breweries but the 10 plus ales on offer here are some compensation. There is a clear character to this freehouse and although it is frequented by Blades there are never any difficulties between fans. Bramall Lane is about a 10 minute walk away though you will probably have to return to The Sheaf as late United goals always seem to do us in.

Sheffield Wednesday
Various
by Chris Gateley

Sheffield is the undoubted 'Beer Capital' of Great Britain and for anyone interested in a fantastic range of real ales and a visit to a football match this is a real treat. For Sheffield Wednesday you cross 'The Valley of Beer' before you reach Hillsborough. Most of the real ale pubs are on the tram route, just get a day rider and head from the station or town to Middlewood [Leppings Lane].You can get off the tram at appropriate points taking in the Shalesmoor pubs the Wellington and the Yorkshire pub of the year the Kelham Island Tavern [and its wonderful garden]. Get on the tram again and get off at Infirmary Road and walk left up to an Abbeydale pub the Moon. A walk or tram will take you to the next pub The Hillsborough Hotel [at Primrose View stop]. This pub as many in Sheffield do has its own brewery 'Crown' and as is the norm 8 real ales. The advantage of this pub is that it is some distance away from the ground and there is good food and you can collect your thoughts before the hard earned victory ahead. It also has 6 bedrooms. The staff are also football friendly and amenable to civilised discussion [as long as it's not about QPR].You can from this point get a tram directly to the ground or take a short walk down [turn right] to The New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road. This is A Sheffield Wednesday pub but the inmates are all very friendly, knowledgeable and usually depressed! The Castle Rock Brewery has a fine range of ales including Harvest Pale and there is a good quality of banter around between 2 sets of supporters who know 'what it's like'. The ground is a 10 minute walk from here.

Southampton
The Eagle, Palmerston Road
by Robin Ogleby

This pub has been selected by CCLSC members through a process of trial and error - and has become popular largely because it seems to be about half-way along the tedious walk between the station and the ground. This is a very convenient venue and you often bump into City fans who have been walking around Southampton aimlessly looking for a suitable boozer and who have chanced on this as a last resort. A very warm welcome is to be had here - although the pub is quite spacious, it is well divided internally into a series of quiet corners. A good selection of real ales, and food is available.

Southampton
King Alfred, 51/53 Northam Road
by Paul Chandler

This pub is nearest to the Ground (a short walk over a footbridge) and you are there. It is a small pub with a separate upstairs bar for Away Fans, also ther is pavement area outside wher Home and Away fans mix quiet happily. I only sampled the Lager at this pub but they do a fair selection of Bitters as well and best thing was how friendly the pub was and on a hot September evening standing outside for a beer before the match was ideal

Stoke
Ye Olde Manor Inn, Manor Street
by Robin Ogleby

Ye Olde Manor Inn, Manor Street, Fenton, is half-way between the station and the ground. Home made food, real ale and a friendly atmosphere.

Watford
Mac’s Bar, Fearnley Street
by Robin Ogleby

I’m breaking all the rules in recommending this pub - it neither sells real ale nor food - but the welcome for away fans more than makes up for this. A great little Irish boozer, and just a stone’s throw away from the ground - it has a lovely pint of Guinness and sometimes there is a BBQ going in the back garden. A terrific place to soak up the atmosphere on match day, and not a single Watford fan to be seen. Last time I went there a bloke sitting at the bar turned round and said ‘bejessus I haven’t seen you here for nearly a year now’. He was right.

Watford
Moon Under Water, 44 High Street
by Paul Chandler

Moon Under Water (Weatherspoons), is situated in Watford High Street about a 15 minute walk from the football ground in Vicarage Road. As a Weatherspoons it has a good selection of Real Ales at reasonable prices and serves wholesome Pub Food. They are happy for Away fans to wear their shirts in the Pub and when I have visited there has been a good atmosphere with away fans singing to their hearts content. There is also a small garden out the back if the weather is fine.

WBA
The Vine, 152 Roebuck Street
by Robin Ogleby

Not somewhere I have tended to hang around in for too long in the past - but I'm told the Vine in Roebuck Street is as good a place as any to buy a drink in - ten minutes walk from the ground and Asian food served both before and after the game. Probably full of Baggies though.

Wednesday
The Hillsborough Hotel, 56 Langsett Road
by Chris Gately

Sheffield is the undoubted 'Beer Capital' of Great Britain and for anyone interested in a fantastic range of real ales and a visit to a football match this is a real treat. For Sheffield Wednesday you cross 'The Valley of Beer' before you reach Hillsborough.Most of the real ale pubs are on the tram route,just get a day rider and head from the station or town to Middlewood[ Leppings Lane].You can get off the tram at appropriate points taking in the Shalesmoor pubs The Wellington and the Yorkshire pub of the year The Kelham Island Tavern[ and its wonderful garden]. Get on the tram again and get off at Infirmary Road and walk left up to an Abbeydale pub The Moon. A walk or tram will take you to the next pub The Hillsborough Hotel [at Primrose View stop]. This pub as many in Sheffield do has its own brewery 'Crown' and as is the norm 8 real ales. The advantage of this pub is that it is some distance away from the ground and there is good food and you can collect your thoughts before the hard earned victory ahead.It also has 6 bedrooms. The staff are also football friendly and amenable to civilised discussion[ as long as it's not about QPR].You can from this point get a tram directly to the ground or take a short walk down[turn right] to The New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road. This is A sheffield Wednesday pub but the inmates are all very friendly,knowledgeable and usually depressed! The Castle Rock Brewery has a fine range of ales including Harvest Pale and there is a good quality of banter around between 2 sets of supporters who know 'what it's like'.The ground is a 10 minute walk from here.

Wednesday
New Barrack Tavern, 601 Penistone Road
by Robin Ogleby

Reviews indicate that the New Barrack Tavern on the Penistone Road is both a great pub and welcoming to away fans on match days. A good range of real ales and reasonably-priced pub food. Get there early.

Wolves
Moon Under Water, 53-55 Lichfield St
by Robin Ogleby

The last time I went to the Moon under Water I came very close to knocking the barman's teeth out of his fat ugly head free of charge. Once again, I had a young lad in tow and, as Wetherspoons had just implemented a policy whereby kids had to sit in one side of the pub where there were signs saying 'No Smoking', the two of us were ordered to find a table at the opposite end of the pub where the CCLSC contingent were sitting. Needless to say the part of the pub we were marched to had no free tables at all because a lot of ugly old Yam Yams had already comandeered them for smoking purposes. Hopefully, this policy has changed since 1st July and the Wetherspoons chain is now implementing a No Yam Yam policy. We'll see. The good thing about this pub is that it is a short walking distance from the station up the High Street and then another shortish walk to the ground. Get there early though to get a seat and guarantee service with a smile - the bar staff get very flustered later on. Good range of beer and food at reasonable prices, once you get served.


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