The Baron of Beef, Bridge Street
Pub: Greene King
- In mid-2003 it was promoting itself as a "traditional English pub",
a vast improvement over its crass era from 1998.
- The usual Green King beers, seasonals and guests.
- Sensible decor, wooden stools at the bar... it's
almost back to the old days.
- Not what it once was in the days of Bob Wass and his manager Nigel
(for instance the Bar Billiards has gone) but still studenty.
- In January 1998 the planning authorities allowed the brewery to rip out the old
(& now rare) screen dividing off the front bar, even though it's a Grade II Listed building.
It's now a single bland corridor with lots of dangling baskets and loudish piped music.
- Used to be a hang-out for notables: once upon a time Michael Jeacock (columnist in
the Town Crier) fed his old paper the Daily Mirror the story about Chris Curry and
Sir Clive Sinclair having a "punch-up" there.
- Tom Baker specially arranged to stay there while filming Shada
(as related in his autobiography).
- Ale Trail - Thompson's Lane Area.
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