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[Drinking] Pubs that have gone downhill

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Sep 30, 2013
1,015
Brighton
Last night I'd booked a table in the Duke of Wellington, Upper Gloucester Road, to watch Mitro v Brazil with other local Fulham fans. I did this on the basis of going there in the last World Cup and Fulham games when it's been buzzing with good ale and sausages.

It's obviously changed hands as there was no real ale (bar person didn't even know what it is) & seemed populated mainly by leery 20 year olds. £6.65 for a pint of Beavertown Neck Oil. The highlight was the Mini Cheddars for sale. Luckily we were able to adjourn up the hill to rhe better (still no real ale) Eddy and then the Evening Star for frothing fancies.

What other pubs have gone rapidly downhill in the last few years?
 


BBassic

I changed this.
Jul 28, 2011
10,612
Last night I'd booked a table in the Duke of Wellington, Upper Gloucester Road, to watch Mitro v Brazil with other local Fulham fans. I did this on the basis of going there in the last World Cup and Fulham games when it's been buzzing with good ale and sausages.

It's obviously changed hands as there was no real ale (bar person didn't even know what it is) & seemed populated mainly by leery 20 year olds. £6.65 for a pint of Beavertown Neck Oil. The highlight was the Mini Cheddars for sale. Luckily we were able to adjourn up the hill to rhe better (still no real ale) Eddy and then the Evening Star for frothing fancies.

What other pubs have gone rapidly downhill in the last few years?
Sadly Bert and Vic had to leave the Welly during COVID. A real shame as with those two behind the bar it was genuinely one of the best pubs in Brighton.
 

Vicar!

Members
Jul 22, 2003
1,013
Worthing
A few years ago I drank in every pub around the station over a couple of months. The Star was still the best. Worst was the Eddy (pint went in the flowerpot.) and The Pond ( now under new management)
 

Paxton Dazo

Up The Spurs.
Mar 11, 2007
9,524
Slightly off topic but pub-related, in recent years the lack of pool tables in pubs has been really noticeable.
Not massively into playing it, so doesn’t really impact me, but if someone asked me to name 5 pubs to play pool, I’d have to give it serious thought.

We’ve only got one snooker club now too (Castle St?).. I think.
 

beorhthelm

A. Virgo, Football Genius
Jul 21, 2003
33,690
A few years ago I drank in every pub around the station over a couple of months. The Star was still the best. Worst was the Eddy (pint went in the flowerpot.) and The Pond ( now under new management)
the Pond has poncified itself, which says something for Brighton.
 


Swansman

Pro-peace
May 13, 2019
21,363
Sweden
Not true, as so many pubs now have covered and heated outside areas. An excellent example of this is the aforementioned Hare and Hounds where hardly anyone sits inside.
Good you still have that. They'll take it away, its the new anti-smoking trend now - can't smoke around entrances and where there's outdoor serving
 

Zeberdi

Brighton born & bred
Oct 20, 2022
1,637
Anyone know the Hanover area? - wondered if the Geese and the Greys were still as good as they used to be? The Greys was great for live music. I used the Cricketers a lot in Hove and the Prestonville was another favourite - the Cricketers is the same old old, but what’s happened to the Prestonville?. Going back 30 years, the Belvedere, (for pool), The Green Dragon among the favourites for a meet up in town but often the pubs I used to go to were where live music was playing. Completely out of touch now.
 

beorhthelm

A. Virgo, Football Genius
Jul 21, 2003
33,690
Poncified itself!?

No, it’s become a warm and welcoming environment with some excellent beers.

Perhaps I am a ponce.
maybe we were on an off day, air of a wine bar and half dozen varities of kegged pale ales (Beavertown and friends). certainly remember it much better.
 


Pogue Mahone

Members
Apr 30, 2011
10,209
Anyone know the Hanover area? - wondered if the Geese and the Greys were still as good as they used to be? The Greys was great for live music. I used the Cricketers a lot in Hove and the Prestonville was another favourite - the Cricketers is the same old old, but what’s happened to the Prestonville?. Going back 30 years, the Belvedere, (for pool), The Green Dragon among the favourites for a meet up in town but often the pubs I used to go to were where live music was playing. Completely out of touch now.
The Greys and The Geese are still great pubs. I particularly like The Greys- still has music, and very good beers.
 

Dick Head

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Jan 3, 2010
13,031
Quaxxann
This one's not what it used to be.

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