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Globe Inn, Leighton Buzzard

Globe Lane
Postal town: Leighton Buzzard
Phone: 01525373338
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Old English Inns (Greene King)

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Globe Inn

A picturesque pub ,converted in 1830 to serve the working boatmen on the Grand Union,this is now part of the Old English Inn chain from Greene King.There are moorings right outside,and cars have to drive down a narrow asphalt towpath to get to the substantial car park.The interior is attractive ,with lots of exposed timbers and a low ceiling,with three sections to the front quite comfortable for those that just want to drink.the section to the right has a wood burner (unlit on my trip) and a jumble of furniture such as high chairs,sofas and a fruit machine,but the next section by the front door from the towpath is more charming with a lit wood burner and fitted bench seating.Beyond the L shaped bar,there is a dining room where every table is set and there is a large inglenook here,but only views of the car park.Although opened out at some stage,the interior still has nooks and crannies and only the presence of corporate GK food menus and annoying muzak gave away the fact that this is part of a chain.There are lots of interesting old photos of canal life dotted about.
At the bar there are 5 handpumps serving on my trip GK IPA (doubled up),Abbott,Belhaven Robert Burns Brown Ale and GK Yardbird Pale,quite decent and £3.49.
This is a honey pot site and can get very popular on sunny Sundays,but when it's quiet has a certain charm.The menu ranges from usual pub grub dishes to value options and cheap over 60's deals which will bring in a mixture of walkers and boaters to a location which feels quite remote.
I am not a fan of GK beers ,but the pub serves it's purpose as primarily food led,there is a large play ground for children to let off steam.Good looking building.

On 1st February 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Globe Inn

This is an old pub in an idyllic setting alongside the canal, and has apparently been licensed premises since 1830 according to a short history of the pub chalked up on a blackboard. Unlike many pubs whose gardens run down to the water, this fronts on to the canal with just a narrow road separating the two. The "road" incidentally is the access to the pub - try and squeeze past another car and you'll end up in the water!

It's an attractive looking thatched building, and once inside the traditional look continues in the front bar with an old flagstone floor, plenty of black beams on the ceiling and wooden supports, an old leather sofa and various old black and white photographs dotted around. Beyond this though, it loses some of it's old charm. It's obviously had a refurbishment at some point, and with it's maroon paintwork, pastel wallpaper and contemporary artwork it reminds me more of a Premier Inn than an old canal side tavern. That's not to say there's anything wrong with it, it's all pleasant enough. It just doesn't have quite the character that it might.

Beyond the aforementioned main bar at the front, the pub extends a good deal further on with a mixture of small snugs and a large, open restaurant at the rear, although the only view from here is of the car park. Flooring elsewhere is a mixture of carpet and modern laminate and there were plenty of old oil lamps around with church candles burning away inside. Staff all seemed friendly enough, although I'm always slightly suspicious of pubs which have a selection of sponges available on the bar.

Besides the sponges, the food menu was extensive and was split in to sections such as sharing platters, steaks, classics, burgers and salads. There was also a chalkboard menu with a few specials on it. Most of the mains were around the £8/£9 mark, and whilst this obviously isn't out of the way, I found it perhaps a little expensive for what I got. My Chicken Tikka Masala was pleasant enough, but didn't strike me as being significantly better than something I could have got elsewhere for half the price. I guess you're paying a premium for the location. That said, I was intrigued by the desert option of Sticky Toffee Pudding Cheesecake since it combined two of my favourite puddings in to one dish, and I wasn't disappointed!

Beers on tap were predominantly from Greene King with their IPA, Abbott Ale, Old Golden Hen and Hardy's and Hanson's Olde Trip. The only other beer option was their own Landlord's Choice. The solitary cider was Aspall's Suffolk.

On 22nd June 2012 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Leighton Buzzard, 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Cheddington, 5.44 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 6.48 miles, 2 hr 5 min walk (show)
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16th Nov 2023, 18:34
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16th Nov 2023, 18:31
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 01 February 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 01 February 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 February 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 February 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 16 November 2023 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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