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The Bootlegger, High Wycombe Central, High Wycombe

3 Amersham Hill
High Wycombe
HP13 6NQ
Phone: 01494525457
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bootlegger

Well well – some changes in here in the intervening years. Here I found a pub that now clearly puts on many ales to get the CAMRA crowd in but then can’t shift them (but they still managed to get in the GBG – how??). 10 pumps (in Wycombe?!) and after getting two taken off as being undrinkable, I settled on one that was only marginally better (ie not good at all). One bonus was the big screen with a playable Sega Megadrive. Good to play Road Rash again but I’d be inclined to skip on this one next time. Seeing reviews elsewhere, I’m not the only one who has experienced similar. Hopefully the arrival of Heidrun and Mad Squirrel in town might make this place shape up (the Belle Vue I guess is too far the wrong way to make much impact) - but right now pubs like this one will be the downfall of cask ale if they continue to sell muck without a care.

March 2012
A strikingly-façaded pub opposite Wycombe BR formerly called the Flint Cottage. Our visit on Saturday coincided with the Six Nations (this is a big rugby pub) so the place was packed and I was less able to appreciate its full range of fun. I saw five ales on the go (four Rebellion plus Glastonbury Hedge Monkey, a Vale brew with one clip turned). We tried a couple which were OK but not anywhere in the league of the Belle Vue up the road which surprised me given the turnover. Ale came in handled mugs as standard. To the right and rear of the bar are fridges that are stocked (stacked!) with bottled beers from around the world, around 300 or so apparently. On a quieter day I would have explored these further but the bar crush put me off. The rear room to the left housed a large screen showing the rugby and was very busy. Furniture ranged from no-nonsense chunky wooden tables and chairs through to sofas. There was a good-sized garden spied to the rear. According to a post elsewhere no football colours are allowed in the pub though I saw no obvious signage to confirm this. Clientèle were generally on the younger side and the atmosphere, whilst boisterous, was friendly. There was also a good mix of the sexes. This is certainly a good pub and is a no-brainer if by the station. I’d happily return here next time to try and get a fuller picture on the bottled beer front. Rated 7

On 2nd October 2017 - rating: 3
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Aqualung . left this review about The Bootlegger

This was originally a Courage pub called the Flint Cottage. The interior has been more than well described below. It was quiet on my early Friday afternoon visit.
The bar has ten hand pumps with a bank of fourteen (I think) "craft" keg taps behind which I didn't delve into.
I had a train to catch so I didn't get to note all the beers but did see three from Rebellion, a house beer, Tring Ravensdell, Saltaire #256 and Dancing Duck Ay Up. I had a swift pint of Rebellion Jolly Roger (£3.90) which was in first class condition and happily the barman asked if I wanted a jug or a straight, I wish more of these "trendy" sort of places would do that.
My only issue with this pub was the price, £3.90 for a local 4.2% beer is way too expensive. The local beers in the Falcon JDW were just as well kept at almost half the price and they have just increased them. Despite that I have no doubt that it has the widest beer selection in High Wycombe and is the only pub in town listed in the 2016 GBG.

On 20th September 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bootlegger

This striking pub, with its impressive flint walls (the pub was formerly called 'The Flint Cottage') is situated opposite High Wycombe train station and boasts what I suspect is the town's best beer selection by far. You enter the pub into a spacious tiled floor area, with the bar counter roughly opposite and a few scrubbed tables and chairs around the edges. The room is quite pleasant, with its dark wood beams and large fireplace, but with limited seating, most customers were sat in one of the two rooms either side of the bar. The room to the left is actually more like an extension of the front area, following the bar, which runs a short length towards the rear, beyond which the space opens out and is filled with some sofas and extra tables and chairs, with a large screen showing live rugby and a DJ seemingly setting up in the back corner in preparation for the approaching Saturday evening. There is access to a rear garden from both ends of the pub. The room to the right of the bar has a wooden floor and more tables and sofas, perhaps creating more of a lounge bar feel than in the rest of the pub. The most striking feature is the row of huge fridges full of some of the 300 bottled beers the pub claims to have on offer. The pub is decorated with lots of beer advertisements from around the world as well as some framed beer mats.
The beer choice is suitably impressive if bottled beer is your thing. A lengthy beer menu was available from the bar, and it listed an awful lot of bottled delights country by country. Most of the UK beers were priced around the £4.00-5.00 mark with prices rising for some of the foreign offerings. Cask ale fans are well catered for as well and my visit saw three beers from the Rebellion brewery (a sign outside suggested that at least one Rebellion beer would always be available) in the shape of Smuggler (£3.20), IPA and Handyman. In addition to this, there was also Titanic Lifeboat, Beer Rocks British, Loddon Hoppit and Wadworth Swordfish. All of this was detailed on a blackboard above the bar, which also specified styles and abv's. The bar staff seemed to know their stuff, especially regarding the bottles and I was given the choice of a straight or handled glass.
I thought this pub would appeal to a lot of people, not just those looking out for new beers, and its location next to the station makes it a perfect start or finish point for any crawl round town. I'll definitely call again the next time I'm in town.

On 29th November 2011 - rating: 8
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High Wycombe, 0.05 miles, 0 min walk (show)
Marlow, 5.35 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
Bourne End, 5.35 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
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30th May 2019, 08:58
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30th May 2019, 08:58
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Pub Details

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10pm
Monday3pm - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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