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The Great Northern

63 Bute Street
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Great Northern

Now, I can only report things as I find them but there was an overbearing smell of urine as soon as we opened the door. Enough to a) make you eyes water and b) wonder how anyone could put up with it. Totally overpowering.

Mrs M was not impressed that I had taken her CAMRA pub ticking.

Having visited the loos - I can confirm the smell wasn't coming from there. It was nicer in there than the bar.

Did put a dent (well I had to put up with some serious glaring from Mrs M) in an other wise fine trip to a piece of history.

On 15th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Great Northern

A weird little Irish pub that nonetheless had a token ale (St Austell Tribute on Tuesday) which came out well and was gratifyingly cheap (less than £2.50 I think). It’s a pretty small, basic place with some nice original green Victorian half-length wall tiling running round the seating area as well as an original arched window at the front. The modern bar top was at odds with the rest of the décor but I liked it. The table I sat at had a glass holder added to each corner, which I haven’t seen before. Dominoes and crib were available. The clientele and music both came with a best before date of 1967, though they were perfectly friendly when I asked the way onwards to the Bricklayers.

Not really one I’d recommend for a special visit but there’s enough positives to make it a worthwhile joker stop on a crawl, especially due to its close proximity to the station.

On 27th January 2012 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Great Northern

A real "they don't make 'em like this anymore" sort of pub, somewhat hidden behind the plain frosted-glass windows of the narrow frontage. Quite full in the late afternoon (although this is not too difficult given the small bar area). Decent Tribute, and only £2.20/pint which is pretty remarkable given that a previous review indicates that it was £2.10 in 2006. Very much a locals place with an older clientele, but you could do a lot worse if waiting for a train at the nearby station and you don't mind the curious (but not hostile) looks from the other customers.

On 14th January 2010 - rating: 7
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15th Apr 2017, 19:56
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Will Larter
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