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Worst Pub in London?

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Muntworth Aug 26, 2004 03:49 PM

I need an awful pub, with drunk pensioners wetting themselves, football goons assaulting bar staff, used syringes on the floor in the gents, and poorly cellared (though fairly priced) beer. Something like the Red Lion and Pineapple in Acton but with a greater threat of violence. Acton/Ealing/Chiswick, Bethnal Green, Dagenham or Deptford areas preferred (that makes it easy, no?).

I am meeting an old girlfriend against my will on my next trip. I want a venue so uncomfortable that she will cut the session short, and I don't want to overpay for the (mis)pleasure.

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    Jim Leff RE: Muntworth Aug 26, 2004 11:18 PM

    Remember to wear really tacky shades. Remember Benjamin Braddock's first date with Elaine Robinson at the strip club.

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      zach RE: Muntworth Aug 27, 2004 09:14 AM

      what you are discribing isn't the worst pub, it sounds like a lot of fun.....

      I was going to suggest a chain pub I know, but that is just bland, not threatening...

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        zach RE: Muntworth Aug 27, 2004 09:15 AM

        what you are discribing isn't the worst pub, it sounds like a lot of fun.....

        I was going to suggest a chain pub I know, but that is just bland, not threatening...

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          danny RE: Muntworth Aug 27, 2004 10:26 AM

          if you live in london and have access to sky tv you can watch a program on sky one called worst pubs of britain, i cannot remember if its this sunday or monday coming, there should definitely be at least one or two from london, even though from the trailer it looks like the worst ones are from up north. acton, ealing, chiswick are too nicer areas for rough pubs, i would definitely go with dagenham or deptford..

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            Muntworth RE: danny Aug 27, 2004 10:36 PM

            Bless you, Danny.

            "An insight into intimidating ale-houses, uncovering random acts of violence, dire facilities and sordid entertainment..."

            Quality.

            I'll have to have a friend record this.

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            JohnS RE: Muntworth Aug 30, 2004 05:38 AM

            I agree with some of the other posters, you could end up enjoying yourself in one of the pubs you described.

            What you want is the archetypal pub. Populated by two people, sitting silently at opposite ends of the pub. Bored bar-person, who eventually deigns to serve you, accompanied by deep sighs and scowls. Foul, flat, stale beer served in a filthy glass. Last, but not least the chow-angle, "No food after one thirty!" barked in your face for having the temerity to want to eat a little later.

            Mind you, with the quality of food on offer in the average English pub, you may want to arrive at twelve thirty to order some 'food'. Get your ex to sample something dragged from the freezer and plunged into hot, rancid oil, served with a limp lettuce leaf, half a tasteless tomato and a scattering of cress. You'll never see her again.

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              Candy RE: Muntworth Sep 1, 2004 07:21 PM

              The Rising Sun in Cloth Lane near St. Bartholomew's and the Smithfield Market seemed to be inhabited by old coots and was so smoky that upon opeming the door and looking in we turned around and left.

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                Alan O'Brien RE: Muntworth May 26, 2006 12:22 PM

                Defintely the Gallery pub on Lupus Street in Pimlico.

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