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Haunch of Venison, Salisbury

1 Minster Street
Phone: 01722411313

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Old Boots left this review about The Haunch Of Venison

A venerable old pub, fortunately no longer under the dead hand of Courage but the real mumified hand is of course not to be missed. It lurks in a dusty glass fronted hole by the fireplace in a small room on a mezzanine floor. A tourist destination with beer prices to match but well enough kept. Always seems busy even when nearly empty due to the cramped conditions. As well as the Summer Lightning, Ringwood Old Thumper, Courage Best and GK IPA, on handpumps at the back of the servery there are keg taps even more discreetly tucked away out of sight. Worth a visit if you love interesting old pubs, or mumified hands. It describes itself as an old english chop house as there is a restaurant on the first floor.

On 21st November 2009 - no rating submitted
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train man left this review about Haunch of Venison

By the time we reached the Haunch I'd forgotten my intention to read up about ghosts & stolen/returned severed hands, oh well. We managed to secure the ‘priest hole' tiny room (see image5, tight for 5 + 1 standing) at the end of the bar to the front of the pub, and Summer Lightning saved us from the awful alternative choices of Courage, Directors or GKipa. Downstairs is small, woody, old & rickety with a reconditioned inglenook, an upper room to the right (so say my notes?), and a posher restaurant upstairs although image4 makes it look rather nice. Fabulous pewter bar counter is worthy of comment.

On 25th February 2008 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about The Haunch Of Venison

Interesting for the antiquity of the place, some of the pumps are situated directly over the cellar steps which lead from the bar. Noted the chequered stone floor around the bar, and we managed to get seated in a tiny snug with room only to swing the smallest of cats. Wood panelled walls and an attractive large fireplace. Only Courage Best on offer as cask ale yesterday which was a shame given the availability of more interesting beers locally. There is a restaurant upstairs but not visited.

On 14th October 2007 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Haunch Of Venison

A very old city centre pub with a very small bar and several drinking areas upstairs.Look out for the Mummified Hand. 3 real ales on tap

On 6th September 2007 - rating: 8
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