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Haunch of Venison

1 Minster Street
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moby duck left this review about Haunch of Venison

This pub is certainly worth inclusion on any crawl of Salisbury, very interesting interior as previously described, it is quite tiny so getting here about half an hour after opening on a Thursday Morning was probably a good move.Four beers were available, Courage Best ,Ringwood Best and two from Hopback, my choice of Hopback GFB at £3.60 a pint was nowhere near the most expensive of the day and even further from the cheapest, it was however quite acceptable and I would include this pub on a return visit to Salisbury.

On 8th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Haunch Of Venison

Salisbury’s most ‘tourist tick-box’ pub, which is claimed to be around 600 years old and is listed in CAMRA’s list of heritage interiors. Situated over a number of floors, the ground floor houses the main bar whilst the first floor mezzanine holds a small drinking area which is also home to the mummified hand (to the left as you reach the top of the stairs, in a glass fronted hole in the wall). Up another flight of stairs is a restaurant area. The ground floor area is very attractive, with a solid pewter bar, oak panelled walls, chessboard flooring and a real fire. There is an interesting sign above the bar advertising live eels – one assumes that these are no longer available. Drink-wise, an unadventurous three ales (for Salisbury) were on; Hop Back, Courage Best and a Ringwood, alongside a number of single malt whiskies. Beer quality is ok but nothing to write home about. Prices for the beer come in (perhaps unsurprisingly) as the most expensive of the day. Seating is at a premium most hours.

I enjoyed it here as a tourist and would make a point of popping for a quick half to take in the atmosphere (when quiet). Whether I’d make much of an effort to drink here if I were a local is a different matter.

On 18th August 2012 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Haunch Of Venison

The Haunch is probably Salisbury’s best known pub and naturally a big hit for visitors. Unfortunately the prices are designed to maximize on its popularity which does take the shine off what is a fabulous pub soaked in several century’s worth of stories and atmosphere.

The pub is listed in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors and there are several treats in store for anyone interested in such heritage. The main bar has chessboard flooring lifted direct from the Cathedral where it had past its sell by date. The walls are oak paneled and contain a superb fireplace and be sure not to take a look at the “horsebox” a tiny snug by the bar originally for ladies use only and probably just enough room for 4 or 5 people. It is claimed that Churchill and Eisenhower used to meet here. The bar itself contains a rare spirits dispenser, only the second I have ever seen in a pub.

The staircase to the rear lead to a small room on the left known as the House Of Lords, a throwback to the days when people of importance and status were offered seating in the higher areas of the pub. This characterful room has a low ceiling, bare floors, dark paneled walls, basic furniture and at the end, a large beamed fireplace with a stove and a small bread oven. It is in the oven behind a glazed and barred panel that you will find infamous mummified hand said to belong to a card player caught cheating. If you carry on up the stairs you get to the restaurant. I took a quick peek but compared to the rest of the building it didn’t seem to be as interesting as the rest of the building.

The ales are not immediately obvious as the pumps are tucked away at the rear and side of the bar but there are generally 4 available, Hop Back GFB, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Greene King IPA and Courage Best being the options on my latest visit.

This is one of the country’s most interesting and appealing pubs although it can be quite uncomfortable when busy and despite the prices, it is worth the extra few pence for the experience.

On 7th November 2011 - rating: 9
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