YOU’LL NEVER GET BORED IN CHANDLER’S FORD

I’ve been to Paradise, but I’ve never been to Chandlers Ford” sang Charlene in 1982.

But could you tell the difference ?

And what’s paradise if it’s not completing the Hampshire section of the GBG ?

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Darn you Isle of Wight

My first Guide pub in what I’d always assume was a suburb of Eastleigh.

Chandler
Chandlers Ford remains shy on the map

The shopping centre reminds me of Corby, before that town was gentrified in 2049.

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All your shopping needs

But give it its due, that first Guide is right outside the train station.

Train line helpfully built next to micropub

Duncan has probably been to 3 pubs here, AND seen Chandlers Forza FC, so he can better advise you of the local tourist hotspots. Steel Tank is clearly the town’s hotspot, bar the attractions in the gian social club (top).

Well done

Renowned pub commentator Old Mudgie would call this “poky”, and all I can say in its defence is that it’s great to see pubs busy, even if that does mean standing room only.

Good mix of Chandler life

I ask the barman/owner/craft geezer what goes fastest, and get the fff Moondance, which I’d have had anyway.  He’s very cheery and welcoming, and deserves his awards.

I spy murk

Someone moves up and I get a seat, well done them.  The Moondance is superb as well, though that Vibrant Forest grapefruit murk now seems to be the big seller.

NBSS 3.5+

Great little bar, with some reminders of the days when Milton Keynes had a good team.

Proper football

I reckon they shifted 20 pints of cask while I was there, without ever seeming like a beer bore place.  Mrs RM would have loved it.

Classy

She’d have thought less of the bag of mixed sweet and sour balls from the Chinese takeaway next door, which I ate with my fingers on the train back to Southampton.

7 thoughts on “YOU’LL NEVER GET BORED IN CHANDLER’S FORD

  1. “I reckon they shifted 20 pints of cask while I was there” –Wow, I reckon that’s a record in the history of your blog, since I started reading anyway. Must have been nice to be in a place where cask was so popular. A rather rare thing these days, I gather?

    When you ask “What’s selling fastest?” do you reckon the barstaff understand the context of why you need to ask such a thing? Or do you sense it’s a question they’re not often asked?

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    1. Rarer than you’d think, though bear in mind I’m visiting New pubs rather than the classics.

      The original micros sell mainly beer, but not very quickly. The sort of neighbourhood bars like this one get very busy at key times like Saturday nights, even if they serve a wider range of drinks.

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  2. “And what’s paradise if it’s not completing the Hampshire section of the GBG ?”

    I have a list but will resist the temptation to impart its contents herein.

    “My first Guide pub in what I’d always assume was a suburb of Eastleigh.”

    For what it’s worth Wiki says it’s in the borough of Eastleigh.

    “Chandlers Ford remains shy on the map”

    Blimey. Almost everywhere on that map is shy, if you go by readability.

    “All your shopping needs”

    It reminds me of all those generic zombie movies.

    “Train line helpfully built next to micropub”

    Or… vice versa?

    “bar the attractions in the gian social club (top)”

    (slow golf clap) – for the use of ‘bar’
    (minus slow golf clap) – for the use of ‘gian’

    “Good mix of Chandler life”

    If you tilt your head it does look a bit like Central Perk in Friends. 😉

    “I reckon they shifted 20 pints of cask while I was there, without ever seeming like a beer bore place.”

    Good on ’em.

    Cheers

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