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The Winchester Arms, Taunton Central, Taunton

Castle Lodge Castle Green
Taunton
TA1 4AD
Phone: 01823272488
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E TA left this review about The Winchester Arms

I suffered from deja vu as I walked into this down-market drinking den: I thought I’d gone into the Hideout, opposite, by mistake. Previously known as The Drawing Room and Atlantic Radio Cafe, it’s an open plan, single bar with a gaming machine, pool table, jukebox and a pile of fag ends at the door. Further inspection revealed a raised area in one corner with dining tables, though the thought of eating here isn’t an appealing one. There was one ale on, Jail Ale, which was in poor condition. It’s unfortunate that the inside and clientele are so disappointing given the historic nature of the building itself. It could be so much better given its grand location.

On 18th October 2019 - rating: 5
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Paris Hilton left this review about Winchester Arms

Changed hands recently and re-maned the Drawing Room (?!). Managed by the same people who run the Lethbridge Arms in nearby Bishops Lydeard. They try hard in both pubs but the beer is always unimaginative and of poor quality. It will take more than a name change to turn this dive around. Good luck to them I say.

On 15th November 2012 - rating: 2
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Steve of N21 left this review about Winchester Arms

I was first attracted to the Winchester Arms, situated on the Castle Green in the middle of Taunton, because it is a fantastic looking building from the outside and I initially thought it may have been old enough to have been something to do with the original Castle build.
But alas no. It apparently was built around 1812 by a one Josiah Easton, although subsequent extensions and additions and heightening have obscured the original design. So, still old enough, but not steeped in history as I originally thought.
Which is probably a good thing because the inside really doesn’t match the outside, being one large space in separate sections, bar in front of you as you come in, carpeted seating area on a slightly raised area and a couple of pool tables in a section to the back.
Four hand pumps on the bar, which were Otter Ale, Doombar , Addleston Cider and Abbott (which was off). Not the best pint of Otter I’ve ever had, and I didn’t find the inside of this pub particularly attractive, but the outside tabled section butting on the Green was a very pleasant place to sup a beer when the sun was out.
My visit was on a fairly early Friday lunch time, so cannot really comment for the type of clientele this place would attract in the evenings, so you would be better off taking the advice of more local reviewers. But it does appear that there are live music nights over the weekend, so i would imagine it’s not a particularly quiet place on a Friday night.

On 29th August 2011 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Taunton, 0.96 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Bishop's Lydeard, 5.45 miles, 1 hr 45 min walk (show)
Bridgwater, 11.53 miles, 3 hr 42 min walk (show)
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18th Oct 2019, 06:49
Review submitted by E TA
 
17th Aug 2018, 12:56
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 29 August 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 April 2015 by ROB Camra
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