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The Globe, Dunstable

43 Winfield Street
Phone: 01582512300

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Globe

Side-street alehouse with an elongated bar, an attractive side lounge and another side room at the back. Run by Banks & Taylor, although I couldn't see any of its beers on the eight of 12 operational handpumps. Having said that, the choice of guest ales in a range of styles was excellent, with a couple from Mallinson's and others from smaller breweries elsewhere around the country (e.g. Massey's Golden Bitter from the Heritage Brewing Company in Burton, £3.50). Also has a draught cider and a range of bottled beers (examples of which are on display around the bar, along with a fine display of pump clips and other breweriana).

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Globe

Called into this 2019 Good Beer Guide pub, and what a sight along the bar with an array of cask beers. It is a B&T pub and there were 3 of their beers on, plus Clearwater Mariners, Trumans Zephyr, Oxford Craft Beer (Shotover) Triploid, Brunswick Offilers Nut Brown, Bath Frosty Hare. Colchester Brass Monkey and Everards Tiger. It is a true locals pub too, and would be great to live close to. Lovely atmosphere and good service for the 20 of us that turned up. We sampled and enjoyed 5 of the beers on offer.

On 18th February 2019 - rating: 9
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Malden man left this review about The Globe

A rather unprepossessing looking place on approaching, situated on a backstreet corner and with the pub sign missing from its bracket although the Banks and Taylor signage give some clue as to what lies within.
Once inside there is an elongated L-shaped space with boarded flooring, a partially deep red ceiling, wainscoted walls and a front wood burning stove set in an old fireplace. The bar is in the front corner, stretching along to the side. At first you see three pumps but several more are to be found along the side offering an exceptional range. Yesterday found Everard's Tiger, Rockhopper Pale, from B&T there were Little Sheff, Black Squirrel, Shefford Bitter and Shefford Pale Ale, additionally Evan Evans Jester, Batemans XXXB, Bude Summerleaze Golden Ale, something called Blazing Saddles, couldn't read the brewery plus a couple more I didn't record as well as a perry from Cornish Orchards and a cider. Milton Cyclops had appeared when we returned for a last one before the journey home. A very good line up indeed and most beers enjoyed by our group of four. One turned up vinegary but was changed without any fuss or question, always a good sign.
The bar has a huge number of CAMRA awards displayed above the gantry and throughout the pub high shelves display beer bottles and hundreds of pump clips. Shelves contain beer related books including various editions of the GBG.
There is a bit of a beaten up sofa down the far end but generally seating is traditional with cushioned benches and chairs at tables for four with some larger reclaimed dining tables too. Decor includes plenty of breweriana such as mirrors and old brewery advertisements, Fremlins, Bass, Greenalls amongst others. A shelf has a range of trophies with ironically placed clips beneath for the likes of Fosters, Guinness Extra Cold, John Smith's Smooth and more.
There is a usable dartboard right at the far end beyond a recessed area which may be a storage space or may be part of the pub, unsure on that one. An outdoor area to the rear remains unvisited. The gents' facilities have framed short jokey phrases and ditties above the urinals.
Easily the best of the pubs we visited in Dunstable and certainly deserving of the title "Destination Pub", do not miss this one if in town.

On 2nd October 2016 - rating: 9
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Will Larter left this review about The Globe

Impossible to fault this excellent pub with its great atmosphere, friendly service and stupendous beer selection. The décor is not the smartest, but it's in keeping with the informal feel of the place. There's ordinary pub furniture, supplemented by a slightly battered leather sofa and a few upturned barrels, bare floorboards and plenty of breweriana on the walls - I noted a Batemans map, a Wethered's mirror and a Simonds tin sign - and there's a huge collection of beer bottles on a high shelf that seems to run endlessly round the whole pub, and more used pump clips than you could count. The Banks & Taylor beers are on the short side of the bar which is the first thing you see on entering, the guest ales being spread along the longer side. B&T Shefford Bitter is just £2.80 a pint and there are filled rolls available for just £1. A good friend of mine died last year and we held his wake in the Globe - a fitting send off that he would have heartily approved.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 10
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train man left this review about The Globe

B&T Shefford Bitter, Dragonslayer, Midsummer Ale, Two Brewers Bitter, Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout, plus ‘Shefford Brewery' (still B&T) Dark Mild & Dunstable Giant, also Hooky Bitter, Everards Tiger, Whitstable Native, Summerskills IKB 1859, Old Rosie, Herefordshire Perry. Good number of beers but, as with Bedford's Wellington (with which a direct comparison may be made), not really much of great excitement from beyond the B&T stable. Long L-shaped pub and bar, a sort of open snug to the rt of entrance, nice cushioned free-standing settles & matching chairs, more settles opp bar, tables, stools & some barstools (seated regulars moved to allow view of pumpclips). Nice old dark boards throughout, and a high shelf winds around the whole sporting bottles and old pumpclips, walls carry some breweriana, nice pictures, mirrors, half-glass partition doors separate the rear of the pub from the bar area, and it is here that the dartboard has its own space, and a rare decent sized chalkboard. Outside to a small enlcosed concrete area, prettified by hanging baskets, some planted tubs, and a small lean-to with climbers growing on trellis side. Not busy Mon eve, but good banter and atmosphere around the bar and the young barman greeted us on arrival & was a pleasant lad, offering me a taster of a just-changed barrel while I was pondering. Yes it's good, but some micro offerings might better justify the journey over.

On 16th July 2009 - rating: 7
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Mark Castro-Garcia left this review about The Globe

The Globe in its first year won the Most Improved Pub of the Year 2006 and then won South Beds Pub of the year in 2007, 2008 and now 2009. It also holds a twice yearly beer festival. It's now won Bedfordshire Pub of the Year for the first time, and is up for the Regional award. If it wins that, then it's National...

If I could give this award-winning real ale pub more stars, I would! It's exclusively ale, cider and blonde beers, they have regular beer festivals and have a great offer of 5x thirds of a pint for just over £4.50 (so try this twice and you can try all their ales in one go for less than a tenner)

Fantastic, friendly atmosphere and staff, the decor is interesting and it's honestly my favourite pub in the whole world!!

On 13th June 2009 - rating: 10
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Adam Croft left this review about The Globe

An almost exclusively real ale-only pub (they have Staropramen and Leffe on tap, with various Belgian beers available in bottles).

No music, no jukebox, and no pool table - just a busy, friendly, sociable atmosphere with no 16-year-old chavs trying to start fights every five minutes! A place to go to enjoy your drink and have a chat with your friends rather than shouting at them across a dancefloor.

On 29th January 2009 - rating: 10
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