My sympathies are with the family and friends of the late Doris Jemison, the quite wonderful landlady of the Red Lion in Snargate.
Doris’s was on my list for a revisit for many years, so I will now have to treasure the one visit I made in 2000, when the pub made a significant impression on me.
Michael Slaughter’s photo captures the magnificent interior, but the welcome from Doris and regulars, as well as the quality of the Goachers, stick in the mind.
Almost as good as the pub was the walk around the village on the edge of Romey Marsh, which felt as otherworldly as anywhere I’ve been.
While in Doris’s I discussed with a local the small list of Classic, Basic and Unspoilt pubs you can see at the top of the page. The local turned out to be RWC, the author, and spoke fondly of Doris’s displeasure at losing a star from his list, possibly for the crime of offering soft drinks (not a joke).
You may have seen this little photocopied page (price 20p) if you’ve been in any of the “parlour pubs” on the CAMRA National Inventory. I picked up a copy in Netherton in 1998, but I think RWC had judged by then that the basic pubs were closing fast. Pub Curmudgeon keeps a good record of classic pubs on his site.
I did manage a trip to Leintwardine while Flossie held court, but I actually rated the Medbourne pub more highly, particularly for beer.
Several of the pubs on that list continue in slightly improved form, but I would guess the Luppitt, Sun and Dyffryn Arms are the unchanging survivors.