TOP 100 PUBS – PRINCE OF WALES, LEDBURY

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Best pub location in the UK ?

The last photos before my phone battery died were from Ledbury.  I reckoned the street above would be easily recognised, but Mrs RM’s rapid identification of the pub did surprised me.

I then recalled an infamous afternoon in April 2013 when I was driven round rural Herefordshire to tick 16 pubs in an afternoon, including the whole of Ledbury’s magnificent High Street. I was asleep by 6, and the afternoon’s entertainment at the Memorial Ground the next day was rather spoilt, even with Rovers’s legendary pasties.

That sort of ticking isn’t recommended, though Ledbury is.  Mrs RM still holds that trips against me, having never been drunk herself.

I was actually in Ledbury to finish the Herefordshire section of The Guide a mile north of the station, within sight of the Malverns.

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Shame about the cars

The Farmers Arms in Wellington Heath seemed to be doing a tremendous dining trade for a Thursday night, but the ale range looked a bit ambitious for the Peroni and Proseco crowd.

The ubiquitous Otter, which sounds like a Glasgow pub, was good enough though (NBSS 3), but I never quite got comfortable.  At least it was open; I’d paid one earier visit to find the hours in the Beer Guide wrong, which I’m guessing will be a recurrent theme for 2016.

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Nice range, but too big

 

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Twilight in Ledbury

I had 30 minutes before the train, which was long enough to confirm that the Prince of Wales is still as good as it looks. You might expect a picture postcard place like this to have gone gastro, and in Stratford-on-Avon or Ludlow it might well have done, but it felt more pubby than the new GBG entries in the county.

The menu is particularly traditional, but then I’m always impressed by faggots on a menu. It was all drinkers on my visit, and a very mixed crowd spread out in the four drinking areas (the smoking hutch the busiest).

Internally the pub is cosy rather than spectacular, but that suits the regular drinker.  I had a good Ledbury Dark (NBSS 3.5) from a beer range that was getting decent custom on a weeknight, though the craft keg looked a bit ambitious. Any pub with Malinsons on knows what it’s doing though.

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Little ol’ England

I still miss the Bank’s Bitter though.

8 thoughts on “TOP 100 PUBS – PRINCE OF WALES, LEDBURY

  1. In April 2014, I spent two days in Ledbury, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Prince of Wales was/is a great pub. I stayed at the Talbot, it was in the 2014 GBG, and had some decent Wadworth ales. I also visited the Brewery Inn, not in the 2014 GBG, which serves Banks’s Bitter, current condition unknown. After spending the day in Worcester, I am unable to report the condition of the one I had. It may not be the equivalent of the one you miss.

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      1. That makes a lot of sense and is a good method. Please pardon my ignorance. (I can picture my tech-aware children shaking their heads at me-there is no fool like an old fool.)Your blog is the first, and only, on which I have ever submitted a post. I thought I saw it post and then disappear. I figured that I had done something incorrectly, and I did. I am still learning, and I will definitely be more patient when posting in the future. Thank you, RM, for the information and your very enjoyable blog.

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  2. Everything you say about the Prince of Wales is true. However – a ploughman’s with two slices of sliced white bread? That’s a serious black mark. More a deconstructed cheese salad sandwiches.

    Two middle-aged German ladies came in and asked “what real ciders have you got?” They seemed quite happy with halves of Orchard Pig Navelgazer (6.0%).

    I reckon Orchard Pig is a good bit of branding – modern yet still authentic.

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