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The Buck & Bell, Rugby

The Green
Long Itchington
Postal town: Rugby
CV47 9PH
Phone: 01926811177
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Buck & Bell

ORIGINAL REVIEW March 2014
This gastro pub is a steady 10 minutes walk from the moorings at Bridge 25 on the Grand Union Canal along the busy A423,but well worth it for a decent meal.The building itself is clearly old,originally a house but converted more recently with clever interior design.The front door opens into the bar area ,where many locals gather to drink around a modest sized counter.The furniture is a mix of rustic ,traditional,bar stools with some high tables and stools. The flooring was quarry tiles.The area around the bar with it's small fireplace is dog friendly .To the left is an area described as the snug with a real fire,and large wooden tables designed for diners but with a flat screen (off during our Wednesday evening trip ).The rest of the interior winds around in different sections,some with a high ceiling before the restaurant area is reached to the rear of the building.There is further bar access in the part of the pub.The design has created a cosy atmosphere to what is quite a large premises and the wall prints and pictures capture local country scenes.
At the bar there were four handpumps serving Doom Bar,Marstons EPA,Banks's Bitter and a decent Clarks Classic Blonde.A dull selection of ales for a pub that prides itself on quality ingedients in it's food dishes,a better thoughout selection of real ale would have resulted in a higher rating.
The food itself was well cooked and presented,with pricing reflecting the gastro vibe.Normally I like a quality ale with my food,so on this occasion the meal was washed down by a few glasses of wine.

UPDATE

All change here,the gastro operation has gone and this is now a village boozer with a simple pub grub offering.The interior is much less plush and the large vaulted ceiling area at one end now has a pool table,flatscreen and fruit machines.The wood burner by the longer bar section was most welcome ,yet the ale selection was national brands such as Marstons Pedigree,Banks's Amber Ale and Bass which were acceptable but not enough to persuade a longer stay.The Marston's tie seems strong,so a point off from my last score.

On 27th November 2018 - rating: 6
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Nick Davies left this review about The Buck & Bell

Under new management since the previous reviews and the gastro pretensions have thankfully been expunged. We've now got a very pleasant multi-roomed village local with some fascinating features, including a gallery above the right hand room. The seating out the front overlooking the village green makes a pleasant spot to relax on a sunny afternoon. Disappointing Marston's beer selection when we called, but maybe we were unfortunate as clips from various local brews were displayed.

Worth a visit.

On 29th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Buck & Bell

The Buck & Bell was converted from house to pub within memory - in as much as I can remember it being done but not exactly when.
It's a large and traditional brick building which has been given the gastro treatment: achingly tasteful gentle sage green paintwork - yes, neatly trimmed yew hedge - yes, clipped bay trees - obviously.
The interior has been converted well leaving in original features such as fireplaces and tiled floors and adding wood panelled walls and rustic furniture. The bar that you walk into is just that and there's a fair bit of banter going on in there with locals on bar stools and standing. Don't be fooled though as one of the first things that the friendly and helpful staff will ask is whether or not you're eating.
In addition to the bar, there are a number of other spots just for drinking and behind the bar at the entrance is a large, l-shaped and relatively open plan dining room with another long bar.
This is the secret to this pub's successfully combining gastro with village pub. The locals need never venture to the dining room at the back and can stay to the front of the building which feels like boozer whilst the diners can head to the back and avoid all that.
The menu is interesting and definitely in the gastropub bracket with a small number of specials on blackboards in addition to the varied standard menu. Prices are around £12 to £17 for mains and our food was good although not so good that I'd make a special trip here.
Beer: Doom Bar, Marstons EPA, Banks Bitter and a decent Clarke's Classic Blonde. Not an interesting enough selection to head back just for the beer either.
It's an impressive and comfortable pub and I'd happily drop in for something to eat or a pint if passing.

On 25th March 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Leamington Spa, 6.56 miles, 2 hr 6 min walk (show)
Warwick, 8.85 miles, 2 hr 50 min walk (show)
Rugby, 11.05 miles, 3 hr 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Buck & Bell, Long Itchington
27th Nov 2018, 11:43
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
26th Nov 2018, 11:09
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

Pub Details

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  • Beer Festivals : No - April - last updated 29 May 2017 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 May 2017 by Nick Davies
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 May 2017 by Nick Davies
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Around the front bar - last updated 22 March 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 13 May 2017 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 26 November 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 November 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 29 May 2017 by Nick Davies
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