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post Jul 7 2010, 03:43 PM
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So the Catherine Wheel has re-opened it's dungeon, I mean cellar, doors right on the cusp of a Weatherspoons (or two including Lloyds) arriving. One can only ponder do the landlords of the CW share the same IQ of the giro-rustling punters that frequent the not-so-fine establishment? Their timing, however flawed, should be applauded though for giving pikeys/chavs the option of a cheap pint of Ruddles at their hostelry for a dusty wallet warmup session before hitting the 'Spoons. However one will not hear a bad word said against the 'Spoons as surely enough West Berkshire Council planning officers are issuing every bad word under their breathe over the matter. As you were.
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post Jul 7 2010, 04:25 PM
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Just read that Witherspoons are doing cappachino, latte and tea at 49p.
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post Jul 7 2010, 04:26 PM
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post Jul 7 2010, 05:01 PM
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The irony is that The Catherine Wheel wasn't a cheap pub. Not as cheap as The Plough, any-rate. Rather like the other den of iniquity, The Cooper's. It's as expensive, if not more, than the others!
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post Jul 7 2010, 05:52 PM
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I drink in there quite a bit - but only because my friend is managing it at the moment and my other friend has worked there for about 8 years! (hides in shame)

It is a massive dive though and don't I relish in being in there...
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post Jul 7 2010, 06:13 PM
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Before the Lion in West Street was rebuilt the landlord, Cliff, kept a massive range of beers dispensed from an original multi position hand pump. Quality beers but quite pricey. He did have one beer though that was a bit iffy it had a name badge on the front "Same Again". So, after your first strong pint.... Same again Cliff.... you know the rest.
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post Jul 7 2010, 07:33 PM
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The last time I was in there the landlord or at least bloke behind bar was banging on about Alphaville. I'm not sure if he was sampling the wares or had staggered off some eighties themed Butlins but couldn't keep gob shut about the band. Then some regular said 'You mean Alphabeat?' and he kicked off bigtime.
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post Jul 8 2010, 10:31 AM
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QUOTE (Chris_At_The_Retreat @ Jul 7 2010, 04:43 PM) *
So the Catherine Wheel has re-opened it's dungeon, I mean cellar, doors right on the cusp of a Weatherspoons (or two including Lloyds) arriving. One can only ponder do the landlords of the CW share the same IQ of the giro-rustling punters that frequent the not-so-fine establishment? Their timing, however flawed, should be applauded though for giving pikeys/chavs the option of a cheap pint of Ruddles at their hostelry for a dusty wallet warmup session before hitting the 'Spoons. However one will not hear a bad word said against the 'Spoons as surely enough West Berkshire Council planning officers are issuing every bad word under their breathe over the matter. As you were.

The Catherine Wheel only closed becase the tenants split up - causing major financial problems in their business dealings. The owners have been pretty quick to find a new manager to get it open again. As for worries about its clientele - just think, if they weren't drinking there perhaps they would move to your local. We need pubs that cater for all elements of our society, not just the ones we might feel comfortable in.

I suspect that WBC planners are pretty happy with Wetherspoons, unlike some other pub owners they have not simply removed all historic features of their buildings before asking for permission to do so. The Hatchet would have been open by now if Wetherspoons were not acting responsibly - at least the Diamond Tap is about to open its doors to cheaper refreshments in Newbury.


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Before the Lion in West Street was rebuilt the landlord, Cliff, kept a massive range of beers dispensed from an original multi position hand pump. Quality beers but quite pricey. He did have one beer though that was a bit iffy it had a name badge on the front "Same Again". So, after your first strong pint.... Same again Cliff.... you know the rest.

You've go a long memory! Does this mean you didn't drink the 'Same Again'?

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post Jul 9 2010, 07:14 PM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Jul 8 2010, 11:31 AM) *
You've go a long memory! Does this mean you didn't drink the 'Same Again'?


I lived in West St in the seventies so it was my local. Cliff met an untimely end with a brain aneurism so after he went, it all changed. I only drank same again if I was constipated.
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post Jul 10 2010, 02:26 PM
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So, any reports from the new 'Spoons aka The Diamond Tap?

Haven't had a chance to get in there yet so would be interesting to see what people think of it.


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post Jul 10 2010, 03:03 PM
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I was amused by a bit of pushing and shoving going on outside at about 19:00. It would seem not everyone is please with the surprising choice of security! I suppose an ex-police officer couldn't be a bad choice, could it? tongue.gif
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post Jul 10 2010, 04:34 PM
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I thought i might nip in there for a lunchtime pint & see what the place was like today, but as i got nearer i noticed some of Newbury's finest had already taken up residence at one of the outside tables blink.gif . So i guess i will be giving it a miss. rolleyes.gif
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post Jul 10 2010, 05:03 PM
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QUOTE (HJD @ Jul 10 2010, 05:34 PM) *
I thought i might nip in there for a lunchtime pint & see what the place was like today, but as i got nearer i noticed some of Newbury's finest had already taken up residence at one of the outside tables blink.gif . So i guess i will be giving it a miss. rolleyes.gif


Sorry I dont understand. Imagine you mean some habitual drinkers, but what were they doing?
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post Jul 10 2010, 05:46 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Jul 10 2010, 06:03 PM) *
Sorry I dont understand. Imagine you mean some habitual drinkers, but what were they doing?

I would imagine it is people that are not conducive to a happy family atmosphere. wink.gif

It all felt 'Reading-esque' in the town last night. Not a nice atmosphere at all. Like above, some of Newbury's finest are quick to seek out the cheap pubs and happy hours. tongue.gif
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post Jul 10 2010, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Jul 10 2010, 06:03 PM) *
Sorry I dont understand. Imagine you mean some habitual drinkers, but what were they doing?


O.K. If you want me to spell it out, to you they may be 'habitual drinkers' to me they are 'piss heads' who's company i would rather give a miss !!
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post Jul 10 2010, 08:12 PM
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But if they were outside, it's not to say that there weren't pleasanter people inside wink.gif
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post Jul 10 2010, 09:30 PM
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QUOTE (HJD @ Jul 10 2010, 09:06 PM) *
O.K. If you want me to spell it out, to you they may be 'habitual drinkers' to me they are 'piss heads' who's company i would rather give a miss !!


Would have used your wording but thought it would be censored. I just wondered if they were drunk, causing trouble or being abusive or if the 'we serve drinks, not drunks' thingy was working. If they were just having a quiet drink, there would not be reasonable grounds for the landlord to turf them out.
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post Jul 11 2010, 12:01 AM
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People don't necessarily have to be badly behaved, but you can still get an uncomfortable atmosphere, never the less.
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