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The Seven Stars

40 Albert Square
CV21 2SH
Phone: 01788546611
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Al Bundy left this review about The Seven Stars

A cracking pub. 3 rooms with two rooms served by a central bar. A total of 14 handpumps with 10 beers on today. An excellent selection of beers from Grain store, Gun Dog, Everards, Morgan, Oakham, Prospect, Hopback and Brunswick breweries. Very traditional inside and very pleasant. Lots of Rugby Union bumpf dotted around.

On 16th February 2017 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars has had it's different managers and ups and downs since my original review below. It's always offered a fair selection of ales but the quality hasn't always been of the highest even if I've always found them to be well kept.
Things have now changed as B&T have decided to retreat back towards Bedford with this having been considered too far north to be practical for them. The Seven Stars is therefore no longer a Project William pub but has reverted to being an Everards establishment. It is now managed by the former landlord of the Free Trade Inn, Sileby, which has a very good reputation for decent beer, as a freehouse effectively with the only obligation to Everards being that one of his ten handpumps must be Tiger.
The new guvnor has an obvious and endearing enthusiasm for quality ale which he was quite happy to discuss in between cleaning old pipes and fitting new ones. He now has a dual dispense arrangement with each handpump having two pipes which allows either a frothy or a flat head. A new one on me but it works.
Beers on when I visited were: Gun Dog Yankee Poodle 4.7% and Booze Hound 4.2%, Oakham Green Devil IPA 6% and Mark VII 3.9%, Naylors Pacific Pale 5%, Saltaire Pride 3.9%, Grainstore 1050 5% (the original Ruddles County) and Rutland Panther 3.4%, Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild 6%, Orkney Brew Nimbo's Blonde 5% and Everards Tiger 4.2%. That's a very good selection which demonstrates a willingness to include some stronger beers. Everything I tried was in great shape. It seems that Oakham JHB, Tiger and Grainstore 1050 are to be regulars and the guvnor knows many of the brewers whose ales he stocks.
The Seven Stars is now back to it's very best and is a must visit in this well served town.

ORIGINAL REVIEW - 10th April 2013
The Seven Stars, which used to be a slightly dodgy Charles Wells pub, has been taken over by Everards and Banks and Taylor, another Bedford brewer, as a Project William pub. It has been significantly refurbished and opened just under 12 months ago, managed by Banks and Taylor. It recently won Rugby Camra Pub of the Year.
The pub is an attractive red brick building, Victorian I'd guess, which has been tidied up outside and now boasts a few benches around the front door. Inside, there's a small room to the right with a wood burning stove and the only television in the pub - switched on on request only. To the left is the main bar area behind which is another reasonable size room with a smaller serving area. To the back is a covered conservatory as well as a small courtyard with bench seats for al fresco drinking.
The whole is decorated in a Victorian style with plenty of wood - floors, panelled walls, furniture and a black and terracotta tiled floor area around the bar. The pictures are in keeping and the shelves are full of bottled beers. There are also a number of glazed cabinets containing a wide selection of spirit miniatures. Inevitably it's noticeable that much of this has been done recently but it does fit the character of the pub and makes it feel like a very comfortable place to be. This is aided by the group of regulars and ale drinkers it attracts. The landlord isn't 'hail fellow well met' especially but engage him in a beer related conversation and he becomes animated and is clearly very knowledgable.
I don't know if the pub serves food but given the lack of menus I'd guess not and it feels like decent beer pub in the best sense.
There are 14 handpumps with 9 beers on when I visited: Banks and Taylor Dragon Slayer, Shefford Bitter, Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout and Golden Fox, Titanic Lifeboat, Salopian Matrix, Everards Tiger, York First Light and Great Oakley Welland Valley Mild. That's a fine selection across styles and it's clear that B&T have decided to aim for quality breweries and beers rather than bring in those which will make their own beers appear better. In fact everything we tried was in good nick and very drinkable including those by B&T.
The Seven Stars is a fine addition to Rugby's, already healthy, real ale pubs and will, I'm sure, provide competition. A must visit on any crawl and, being easy to reach from the station, the problem here will be leaving. I could easily spend a day or two here.

On 22nd June 2016 - rating: 10
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Seven Stars

Reinvigorated as a Banks & Taylor house under the Everard's 'Project William' scheme. The refurbished three-bar layout now features a pleasantly traditional alehouse feel, with furniture and decor to match. Also has some further seating in a covered rear passageway and out in the patio beer garden. I found 11 different real ales from the 14 handpumps, and opted for the B&T Shefford dark mild (£2.90, and in good form).

On 13th March 2016 - rating: 8
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - small rear area - last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 7 p.m. - last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 November 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 10 November 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No - Pies & Sausage rolls available - last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 November 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 November 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 November 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: December 16th 2016
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