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Pubs by rivers

Post by DaveBland » Wed May 29, 2013 9:50 pm

I was lamenting [generally moaning] the lack of pubs at the end of rivers here in Canada to the assorted hotch-potch of international missfits I paddle with.
In the interests of backing up my ramblings, are there any notable exceptions. Great British rivers that actually don't have a pub within a few mins of the put-in or get-out?

And... for discussion, what's the best post-paddle end of run pub in Blighty?

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Post by SimonMW » Wed May 29, 2013 10:16 pm

Dave, you might miss pubs in Canada, but just think how I feel when there are loads of pubs near the end of a run but all I hear is "I have to get back home for wife/kids/DIY/watching paint dry/The Voice/need to sort out blocked septic tank" etc!

Then again maybe I'm just crap company...

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Post by DaveBland » Wed May 29, 2013 10:22 pm

Woah! You paddle with some hardcore guys.
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Post by ion » Wed May 29, 2013 10:23 pm

Ah stop whining and do your bit for Canada.

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Post by DaveBland » Wed May 29, 2013 10:29 pm

Grouchy! Got no snow-melt and having to drive thousands of miles to get a paddle are we?
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Post by Mark Dixon » Wed May 29, 2013 10:30 pm

The tidal section of River Dart has some great pub runs and in Summer we've had many a trip timing with tides to the Ferry in Dittisham, Malsters Arms in Tuckenhay or pub by Higher Ferry in Dartmouth, it ideally needs sunshine and calm water to enjoy it properly and not always the best for wear on paddle back once tides turned.

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Post by DaveBland » Wed May 29, 2013 11:05 pm

What's that one up by the Duddon [New-something?] Seem to remember that being a welcome sanctuary after a hearty swim back in the day...
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Post by mharrall » Thu May 30, 2013 9:46 am

I can't think of any paddles off hand that don't have a pub within easy reach, we are truly blessed. :-)

I like the Anchor Inn at Exebridge as you are basically obliged to go in and buy a pint or two as a thankyou for having use of their carpark. A situation that I have absolutely no problem with at all.
Also St Julian's Inn in Caerleon where the Usk race finishes does excellent beer, and the pint (or two) goes down very well after an 8 mile race.
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Post by twopigs » Thu May 30, 2013 10:26 am

mharrall wrote:I can't think of any paddles off hand that don't have a pub within easy reach, we are truly blessed. :-)

I like the Anchor Inn at Exebridge as you are basically obliged to go in and buy a pint or two as a thankyou for having use of their carpark. A situation that I have absolutely no problem with at all.
Also St Julian's Inn in Caerleon where the Usk race finishes does excellent beer, and the pint (or two) goes down very well after an 8 mile race.
Second vote for The Anchor. And a mention to the innovative Somerset LCO who managed to use The Anchor as the venue for his recent Coach Update Forum. Maybe other Coach Update Forums could follow that example. :-D
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Post by mharrall » Thu May 30, 2013 10:29 am

Yes, and so popular was the update forum that I was unable to get a place. BooHoo. :-)
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Post by Simon » Thu May 30, 2013 7:02 pm

mharrall wrote:I can't think of any paddles off hand that don't have a pub within easy reach, we are truly blessed. :-)

. . .snip. . . .

Also St Julian's Inn in Caerleon where the Usk race finishes does excellent beer, and the pint (or two) goes down very well after an 8 mile race.
Today perhaps, but who has memories of Wales about thirty years ago, when many Welsh counties were alcohol free on Sundays. After the race a bottle of Coke never did quite hit the spot that a pint of Guinness does nowadays.

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Post by justin-g » Thu May 30, 2013 10:03 pm

Dart river country park bar is pretty handy. The cafe at the bottom of the lyn is very good.
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Post by Jim » Fri May 31, 2013 9:41 am

That depends how you define a pub!
Most rivers have a licensed premesis nearby but they don't necessarily fit my idea of a pub!

Can't think of anything near the Fechlin and single track roads add quite a bit of time from rivers like the Meig or the lower tributaries of the Etive, although in all cases by the time you get to a main road you will be near something.

Best ever is hard to say, the pub at Grandtully has the bonus of big picture windows overlooking the slalom site (and technically could be said to be at the put in and the take out), but I can't remember what the beer and atmosphere are like.

But surely tea shops are more important than pubs?

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Post by mharrall » Fri May 31, 2013 9:56 am

Jim wrote:But surely tea shops are more important than pubs?
Ohmygod, I just so can't believe you just said that!
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Post by Jim » Fri May 31, 2013 10:02 am

Why?
Tea always comes first!
Nothing can happen without tea!

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Post by mharrall » Fri May 31, 2013 10:09 am

But beer always comes afterwards!
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Post by DaveBland » Fri May 31, 2013 6:55 pm

Clachaig is pretty sweet if I remember – although not strictly at a get-out it is by camping so kinda qualifies?
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Post by Chris_Eastabrook » Fri May 31, 2013 6:59 pm

The Cornmill in Llangollen is pretty good and overlooks the line down Town Falls. I've taken out at the decking with a student and had a lunchtime drink in the sunshine, was glorious!

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Post by Dave Manby » Fri May 31, 2013 11:33 pm

Chris_Eastabrook wrote:The Cornmill in Llangollen is pretty good and overlooks the line down Town Falls. I've taken out at the decking with a student and had a lunchtime drink in the sunshine, was glorious!
The Ponsonby does good beer and that is right at the take out and you get free car parking - just ask at the bar when you buy yout coffee/beer.

Likely has - had? a really good bar at the put in for the Devil's eyebrow run. Enjoyed reading the town minutes on the bar notice board about changing the town's name from Likely becai=use people "Took the MIckey" about the name someone said change it to Possibly but someone else objected to that because they could never remember how many "s" there were in Possibly, Probably was mooted but Likely remained!

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Post by Jim » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:44 am

DaveBland wrote:Clachaig is pretty sweet if I remember – although not strictly at a get-out it is by camping so kinda qualifies?
It's right beside the fun part of the run, even has a path leading down to it, you could consider it an alternative put in for those rare occasions when there isn't enough water to put on at the road bridge but is enough to get down the gorge..... although you would actually park in the old visitor centre carpark (name escapes me temporarily).

The Kingshouse is obviously right there for everything in Glen Etive, not at all the takeouts* but even if you are heading north it can barely be considered a detour on the way home. Only thing is the time it can take to drive up the Glen from something like the Allt Mheuran.
*Allt Bhalaich and Upper Upper Etive takeout pretty much there, actually didn't we get off UU Etive right at the hotel?

Most of the obviously remote runs are really close to remote hotels like that! I'm sure there is even a hotel at Rannoch station so the Garbh Gaoir put in is sorted, must be one at Bridge of Gaur for the Gaur. Now, the Ossian/Ghuilbhinn trip is a contender for no pub, not all that far downstream to Glenspean Lodge Hotel though.

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Post by Dave Thomas » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:13 pm

Shouldn't it be 'Rivers by Pubs' ...... ?

Anyhow: Dart -Tavistock Inn at Poundsgate, Usk - Star at Talybont or Bridge End at Crickhowell, Wye (Boughrood) - Griffin at Llyswen.
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Post by DaveBland » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:06 pm

Rivers by pubs? Depends on the nuances of you priorities - given that both paddling and beer are right up there...
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Post by 66quinny66 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:16 pm

Chris_Eastabrook wrote:The Cornmill in Llangollen is pretty good and overlooks the line down Town Falls. I've taken out at the decking with a student and had a lunchtime drink in the sunshine, was glorious!
And chilli flavoured crisps iirc

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:30 am

I agree with the tea shop sentiment since alcohol started making me ill.

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Post by Tom_Laws » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:45 am

How have we got this far into the thread and not mentioned the Saracen's Heat at Symonds Yat?

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Post by morsey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:51 am

Adrian Cooper wrote:since alcohol started making me ill.
It makes everyone ill.

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Post by morsey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:54 am

Jolly Sailor, Saltford canyon.

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Post by morsey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:55 am

Mill on the Exe, at Mill on the Exe.

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Post by mike bennett » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:45 pm

Second vote for the Saracens head at the Yat, what about the Bounty at Cookham a great stop when ambling down the thames

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Post by RizzRat » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:43 pm

Big Yellow Pub on the A66

Sadly its been taken over by new management who have painted it off white so now its just the Fox Hall!

A pint and Sunday roast ciabatta with thick Yorkshire gravy was a winner :(
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