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Submitted on Wednesday, 30th November 2011
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Pub SignMan left this review about Old Millwrights Arms
Nearing the end of a pleasant stroll along the canal into the centre of Aylesbury, the heavens decided to open, so we made a quick dash to this smartly refurbished Greene King pub, to wait for the storm to pass. We found a rather pleasing U-shaped pub which seemed to be angled towards diners, although our late Saturday afternoon visit found several groups of locals enjoying drinks and not a single plate of food in sight. Entrances at either side of the building lead into the main bar area where a sturdy looking U-shaped servery stands to the rear, with some new mirrors on the bar back bearing the pub's name. Comfy seating was arranged under the windows in the space opposite the bar including some rather excellent looking tub chairs fashioned from old wooden barrels. To the right of the bar there is a fairly large area which seemed to be popular with the locals and offered more comfortable seating and extended into an additional space to the right, with a fireplace and various pointless knick-knacks dotted around the place. Large windows to the rear here made this quite a bright space, in contrast to the more muted lighting in the main bar area. To the left of the bar is a smaller area with tables and chairs down the left hand wall, although some of this had been cleared away in preparation for some live music which was due on that evening. Lots of interesting old local photos adorn the walls here, alongside a few bits of breweriana. A good playlist was chugging away in the background throughout our stay and there were a couple of friendly, if rather damp, dogs mooching around looking for a bit of attention.
The pub's last refurbishment seemed to coincide with an expansion of their guest ale policy, as evidenced by the Greene King/Morland staples IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Old Golden Hen and seasonal Back of the Net being available alongside XT 4 and XPA, Hornes Triple Goat Pale and Weston's Old Rosie cider. I'd never heard of the Hornes Brewery, but having been told it was a Buckinghamshire based micro, I decided to give it a try and received a well kept, if rather one-dimensional pint. The staff were very polite and seemed to have a good rapport with their regulars, although my other half interpreted this differently, leaving with the impression that the place was a bit cliquey.
The decision of this pub to go down the food route seems a little at odds with its location on the periphery of the town centre and the refurbishment couldn't entirely hide the fact that this is a local's boozer at heart. I found it a smart and comfortable place to shelter from the rain over a well conditioned pint and would suggest it makes a good addition to a crawl around Aylesbury.
On 13th July 2016
- rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Millwrights Arms
ORIGINAL REVIEW February 2014
This Greene King owned pub has had a refurb and is now part of their "Local Heroes" tenancy agreement whereby 50% of real ales are free of tie,while the tenant receives his GK beers at a discount.The promise of 8 handpumps was enough to tempt a visit,especially as the free of tie ales are meant to be sourced locally and there are lots of good micros close to Aylesbury.
The interior is fully open plan and winds around a modest sized bar.There is a large leather banquette to the left side,the wooden floor nods to an alehouse,but the presence of candles on each table gives the interior the feel of a gastro pub,but it all felt sadly souless .The food did seemed good value with mains plus a free desert £10,and good value lunchtime snacks.
Sadly there was a big let down on the real ale front,lots of pumpclips reversed and only one guest (Chiltern Brewery Foxtrot) besides the dire GK brews.The chalkboard mentioned beers from XT,Vale and Rebellion but this was not matched up by what was available on my Thursday evening visit.
You may be luckier ,but I cannot justify a revisit while GK's insipid beers still dominate the selection.There are far better real ale options elsewhere in town.
A huge improvement in both the real ale range and quality has lead to a big upgrade.The interior is now shabby chic and there is a small wood burner opposite the bar and a bicycle to one side with its basket full of local CAMRA pamphlets.The friendly barman explained they have to have 50% of their ales from GK,and he asked us if any of their output was decent.He had a Belhaven brew on to try and disguise his dilemma but did admit that a lot of the GK dross gets poured down the drain.However his guest ale policy is very enlightened and I had excellent pints of Windsor &Eton Zinzan's Drop and Tree Tops ,and Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge.The coming soon list shows that a lot of local brewery output will guest here and so this pub should definitely visited on any real ale tour .I also liked the chatty service and would consider staying here for a decent session.Well done to the team now in charge.
On 20th February 2016
- rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Millwrights Arms
Sizeable corner pub, partially opened-up a some stage to leave a 'L'-shaped bar with a further seating / dining area beyond. Attractively refurbished by Greene King in a semi-modern style with a mix of furniture and generally light decor. Pretty good selection from seven of nine handpumps, ranging from the inevitable IPA and Old Speckled Hen, through Olde Trip and London Glory to the rum-infused Rumrunner, with Chiltern Brewery Gold and Beechwood Bitter (£3.50) available as guests.
On 23rd August 2015
- rating: 7
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- Accommodation : No last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- CAMRA Discount : Yes - 50p per pint - last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Car Park : Yes last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Darts : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Function Room : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Jukebox : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Live Music : Yes last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Micropub : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Pinball : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Pool Table : No last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 November 2015 by ROB Camra
- Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
Last inspected: December 9th 2015