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Wellington Arms, Bedford

40 - 42 Wellington Street
MK40 2JX
Phone: 01234308033
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Wellington Arms

Lovely traditional beer pub, lots of pump clips, wood, mirrors ale brewery signage. Great beer

On 27th January 2019 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about Wellington Arms

A very inviting, old brick building from the outside which has survived, along with it's (Victorian I thought) street in the lee of a brutalist, concrete car park from the '60s or '70s I'd guess.
The good impression continues inside as you find an old wood l-shaped bar, wood floors, a vast collection of pump clips, windows etched with B & T logos and a wide variety of tankards as well as an unusual blue glass yard of ale.
A trip to the loo gives a disconcerting glimpse of of the cellar through the floor boards but it's all part of the traditional charm.
As a Banks and Taylor boozer, their beers were well represented: Dragon Slayer, Dragons Gold, Black Dragon Mild and Midsummer Ale alongside Naylors Velevet, Nethergate Wheat, Milton Pegasus and Bass as guests with one cider and 5 pumps unused.
I've always struggled to find a B&T beer which I could enjoy and my visit here proved no exception. With only the Bass really appealing I ended up being deeply disappointed by the ale offer.
A cracking pub but to misquote: Beer, beer everywhere and not a drop to drink.

On 7th September 2018 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Wellington Arms

This is a street corner local that has become a destination pub for lovers of real ale,and just in case you are in any doubt there is an external sign saying " No Fosters,No Stella,No Carling,No Crap".All 14 handpumps were dispensing on my Thursday lunchtime trip offering 12 ales and two ciders.There are few house B&T brews,my Black Dragon Mild (£3) was in great nick ,together with a wide a choice of microbrewery output too extensive for me to record here.Suffice to say ,this place is like a permanent beer festival.
The internal decor is simple and open plan with bare boarded floors,traditional tables and chairs and an L shaped bar.A vast collection of pump clips ,breweriana,and CAMRA awards cover the walls.Two stand alone fridges offer more beer delicacies.The trip to the gents includes walking over the trap door to the cellar with a wide enough gap to make you wonder just how strong the locking mechanism might be.
This is an old school boozer with no muzak,so the choice language between the barman and customers might deter the WI from having their Christmas bash in here,and anyway there's no food on offer,but I liked the simple pleasure of drinking in a great ale house.I wouldn't pass through Bedford without paying a visit here,and probably staying quite a while.

On 1st November 2012 - rating: 8
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Bedford, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Bedford St Johns, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Kempston Hardwick, 4.69 miles, 1 hr 30 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Wellington Arms, Bedford
27th Jan 2019, 10:33
Review submitted by Danny O'Revey
7th Sep 2018, 11:31
Review submitted by Thuck Phat amended by Thuck Phat

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