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The best ‘proper’ pubs in Edinburgh (Part II)

We’re all for sequels – as long as they’re done properly. That’s why we’ve taken the time to make a follow-up list to last week’s guide to the best ‘proper’ pubs in Edinburgh. Strenuous research was undertaken; drinks were supped, atmosphere was absorbed, bar stools were roundly sat upon. So, incorporating your suggestions, here are …

Bars City Guides November 20, 2014

5 things to do in Bury St. Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, …

Bars November 19, 2014

The best bars with movie nights in the UK

Beer and peanuts are fine, but beer and and peanuts AND movies are even better… It’s no longer enough for bars and pubs to serve beer, provide tables and seats and put on weekly karaoke and quizzes. Today’s discerning punters are on the hunt for something a little different, and movie nights provide exactly that. What’s …

Bars Out of Town November 10, 2014

10 of the best bars in Norwich

Norwich is a quirky old city. Former capital of the nation and once the second largest city in the country, it’s been graced by the likes of Stephen Fry, Tim Westwood and of course radio legend Alan Partridge. Mixing historical sites like Norwich Castle and Elm Hill with more modern attractions such as The Forum …

Bars November 3, 2014

9 places to find independent food and drink in Birmingham

Ahmed Ahmed, editor of Dine Birmingham, the city’s online restaurant guide, shares his recommendations for fans of independent food and drink… Let’s face it: peri-peri chicken is moreish, and those fries that come in a red packet are tough to beat. But what happens when you want to try something locally-sourced, made with love or even …

Bars Restaurants July 28, 2014

Midlands restaurants and pubs guide: The Cock Inn

Sponsored feature: In our On the Menu guide to  restaurants and pubs, we’ll be bringing you the best options for eating out in the Midlands. Today we focus on The Cock Inn in North Crawley. A friendly and delightful 16th century English pub, The Cock Inn is well known in the area for its delicious food and superb range of …

10 of the best bars in Bristol

Bristol has a unique, independent spirit that makes it stand out from the crowd. It has two universities, its own currency and even its own People’s Republic (remember the Stokes Croft riots?). It’s no surprise then, that Bristol’s bar scene is as eclectic as its residents. There is certainly no shortage of independent, slightly quirky …

Bars June 13, 2014

Birmingham: A beer lover’s guide

With the wider region now home to some of the best breweries around, and top-notch ale flourishing in pubs, restaurants and shops throughout the city, Birmingham Beer Bash director David Shipman serves up his guide to the best ale havens to visit in Brum. Pubs with plenty of beer options A personal favourite is the Craven Arms, which …

10 of the best bars in Birmingham

Birmingham has a population of more than a million, a thriving student scene driven by five universities, and a healthy young professional market who love to work hard and play harder. Given all this, it’s not surprising that the city is heaving with bars and pubs. These watering holes range from classy to edgy, and …

Bars May 29, 2014

9 of the most unusual bars in Manchester

Manchester is a great city for finding a relaxed atmosphere to drink with friends, but it also has some of the most unconventional and alternative venues around. Natasha Bissett hits the streets to find inviting bars with a distinctive twist. The Oast House [Photos: Natasha Bissett] This charming rustic-style bar specialises in roasted and barbecued meats, and fine ales. …

Bars May 27, 2014

Glasgow pub guide: 12 of the best traditional boozers

Forget the trend-setters for five minutes and celebrate some of the finest long-standing, authentic and traditional pubs in Glasgow, writes Stephen McIlkenny The internet is saturated (if you’ll excuse the pun) with lists of the best watering holes in Glasgow. From fine cuisine to fancy cocktails, the emphasis is usually on style-over-substance, or whether the bar serves …

Bars May 6, 2014

An alternative Edinburgh pub crawl

Forget the tourist trap pub crawls that only take in one street. Sam Shedden serves up a selection of some of Edinburgh’s finest ale houses that will make for a perfect circuit of the Scottish capital for beer-loving visitors. Take a look at the map at the bottom of the page to plan your route. …

Bars April 29, 2014

9 of the most unusual bars in Brighton and Hove

Being well known as a place to party, one thing Brighton isn’t short of is bars. There is a huge array of places to raise a glass in, from the big chains to the independents. But how about biodynamic wines or dairy cocktails? Local blogger Fran Villani uncovers some of the quirkier options, far from …

Bars April 28, 2014
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