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Prince of Wales, Farnborough Street, Farnborough

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184 Rectory Road
Farnborough
GU14 8AL
Phone: 01252545578
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Quinno _ left this review about Prince of Wales

Popped in the other day. Everything pretty much as it always is, though it’s worth noting there are two ale pumps tucked away round the left side that hold two beers not available at the front of the bar. After visiting a few other pubs on the train line and finding poor quality and warm beer, it was good to have a fresh pint. An excellent local.

April 2014
Overdue revisit and really the only point of visiting Farnborough! So good I did it twice, at the start of the crawl and at the finish. Five ales on the main bar (Pride, Summer Lightning, Youngs Bitter, Ringwood 49er, Hophead). On chalkboard to left, four guests (Siren Craft, Langhams, Wild Weather, Dark Star and a 'session ale' from Downton). My Hophead went down a treat. Fairly busy at 6pm, pleasant atmosphere, mainly old boys with local radio in the background (hmmm). Not sure if there's a pub dog but there was a canine whiff. Pie night advertised for Thursdays. Popped back in at 9, a gently buzzing convivial atmosphere. Tried the Dark Star Art of Darkness (excellent), Siren (decent). Also had a pork pie slice for 2 quid and a bag of garlic biltong from the flavour selection. Credit to the barman who was friendly and knew his job. An excellent place, well done. Why can't more locals be like this one? Rated 9

August 2010
A tidy community freehouse which looked faintly Brakspear-ish in its external décor. Previously a multi-roomed pub knocked into one (see the etched windows) though the ‘areas’ still exist to a certain extent, with bars either side of the entrance. Velveteen banquettes, third length intricate wood panelling, some exposed brick and timber. Up to ten ales available, five on each bar (regulars at the front; London Pride, Youngs, Ringwood 49er, Hop Back Summer Lightning and Dark Star Hophead with guests – mainly local - to the rear). One of these ales will always be a cheap ‘session ale’ a welcome bit of thinking from the licensee. Beers and prices are listed on a blackboard. Real cider also available. CAMRA awards above the bar. Rear covered smoking area. Notes otherwise a bit sketchy but I don’t remember any TVs! Well-worth seeking out if you’re an ale fan and it’s literally two minutes walk from Farnborough North BR. Rated 9

On 30th September 2017 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about Prince of Wales

A short distance from Farnborough North station, this is a quality ale house with a three bar layout. You enter into the L-shaped main bar which is carpeted and has padded banquettes down the right hand wall and standard tables and chairs elsewhere including under the front windows which are decoratively etched with the pub's name. The servery is opposite the entrance and has a dark wood counter and bar back plus some blackboards to one side listing the comprehensive ale range. A nice brick fireplace stands on the right hand wall and has some interesting old adverts, beer bottles and jugs above. The room, much like the other two, sports some nice herringbone brickwork features whilst a high shelf was holding a display of plates and beer bottles. A door to the left leads into the side bar - a smaller room with similar seating and its own fireplace with a pipe display above and more pleasing herringbone work. Both rooms run through to a rear bar which has further banquette seating and many stylistic similarities to the two other areas, with the notable difference that it seemed a lot darker in here on an otherwise bright spring day. A passage leads out to a decent looking beer garden and I noticed a few picnic benches out on the front pavement as well. There was no music playing in the pub and I didn't spot any TV screens here either - just the buzz of conversation, first from a group of blokes on a pub crawl ticking Good Beer Guide pubs on the Hampshire/Surrey border, then from a vocal bunch of locals including one chap who regaled us with some very entertaining stories of his travels around the world.
The pub is the 'go-to' place for ale drinkers in Farnborough and the beer board made very clear why that was, offering a wide range of options from well known and more obscure brewers. Options on this visit were Hop Back GBF and Summer Lightning, Dark Star Hophead, Vibrant Forest Outlander and Kaleidoscope, Ringwood Fortyniner, Three Daggers Dagger's Edge, Wansum Black Prince, Andwell Gold Muddler and Fullers London Pride. Two ciders rounded out the options and some of the beers appeared to be served straight from the barrel including my pint of Outlander which was a bit hazy but still tasty and drinkable. The staff were very friendly and extremely patient with a miserable old sod who tried tasters of numerous beers which weren't to his taste before grudgingly settling on something - I would've told him where to go.
This is a quality local's boozer that deserves its reputation as something of a destination pub in this part of the world. I really enjoyed the lively feel of the main bar, the friendly welcome from the bar staff and the decent beer options. I probably didn't do the place justice by just stopping for the one pint, so I'll be sure to pop in again should I ever find myself back in Farnborough.

On 6th June 2017 - rating: 8
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Moby Duck left this review about Prince of Wales

A lunchtime visit found the same regular beers as mentioned by John Bonser in the previous post,the Darkstar Hophead one of my reasons for going was in fine form.The pub itself was rather quiet ,only to be expected given its location and being a Monday afternoon.However a pleasant drink, only time for a couple of pints so stuck to the Hophead but tried a taster of one of the guest ales ,Tring Woodland Bell which wasn't to my taste,also as about to leave was offered a taste of East London Brewery's Pale Ale which was very much to my taste and would quite happily have stayed for more if time had permitted.To echo mr Bonsers sentiments,a pub well worth seeking out.

On 25th June 2012 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Moby Duck
Farnborough North, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Farnborough (Main), 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Frimley, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
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30th Sep 2017, 09:46
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 06 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
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  • Live Music : Yes last updated 06 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 September 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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