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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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TRAVEL If arriving by train, you will need to arrive at Euston by 12:00 noon. If arriving by coach, you will need to be at Victoria at a similar time then catch No.11* bus outside the coach station (same side) to the Mall and meet us in the Lord Moon of the Mall at aprox 12:50pm.
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We meet in the EUSTON TAP at Noon, which is when it opens where we have half an hour to sample the delights of this little gem.. This is directly in front of the station, in the right hand stone gatehouse looking building pictured below. if you arrive earlier you can get a drink or a coffee at the DORIC ARCH just along the road.
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The Euston Tap at 190 Euston Road, London NW1 2EF
We walk along Euston Road to Gower Street where we catch a Borismaster on route 24 to The Mall, first stop after Trafalgar Square. The Borismaster, or NBFL to give it it’s correct name will undoubtedly become as much of an icon as the Routemaster, which we will see around here too.
Here we find the Lord Moon of the Mall (12:50pm) which must be Wetherspoon's flagship pub, probably the most expensive, and possibly the busiest.
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Lord Moon of the Mall at
16-18 Whitehall, West End, Greater London SW1A 2DY
Next we cross Whitehall and down Great Scotland Yard, round a corner or two to Craven Passage, where we find the Ship & Shovel (13:15pm)
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Ship & Shovel at 1-3 Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5PH. This Hall & Woodhouse pub is one of London's most unusual pubs, it is on two sides of the street with the cellar linking the two sides below. On the north side is a large traditional welcoming London Victorian pub whilst across the way is the snug bars and alcoves. Beers by Hall and Woodhouse who are one of the few remaining regional family brewers, brewing award-winning Dorset and Badger ales. We'll also find beers here by King & Barnes.
Under Charring Cross Station into John Adam Street, then Adam Street to the Strand and The Coal Hole (13:40pm), this ornate Nicholsons pub with some lovely plasterwork, also has a downstairs restaurant. It was built as part of the Savoy Hotel.
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The Coal Hole 91-92 Strand, London, WC2R 0DW. Rumour has it, The Coal Hole occupies what was once the coal cellar for the Savoy Hotel. In the Victorian era, the pub was a 'song and supper' club where regulars were encouraged to sing comical songs and sentimental ballads. Gilbert and Sullivan regularly performed here in Edwardian times, the Shakespearean actor Edmund Keane started the "Wolves' Club" here for oppressed husbands who were forbidden to sing in the bath!
Directly opposite is Southampton Street, up here, left into Maiden Lane brings us to The Harp (14:05pm) which is a small busy pub with an interesting range of beers and was national pub of the year in 2010. Regulars include Dark Star, Harveys, Sambrooks, Twickenham Ales, plus real ciders and perries.
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The Harp
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Round the corner into St Martins Lane and we find the Salisbury (14:35pm) which has plenty of marble, etched glass and decorative ceiling. A Spirit Co. pub which offers a Camra discount rendering it merely a bit pricey.
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The Salisbury
90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AP
Opposite is New Row, at the end of which is the Lamb & Flag (15:00pm) hidden away in Rose Street, Fullers beers plus Okells and Hackney Brewery, at least on my visit. Their website says that they regularly rotate two guest ales every 2 weeks.
photoThe Lamb & Flag, a historic pub in London's vibrant Covent Garden was a favourite watering hole of Charles Dickens. In the early 19th century, the Lamb & Flag acquired something of a reputation for bare-knuckle fighting, earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood.'
Out of the side entrance, up the alley and we are in Floral Street in the heart of Covent Garden. Look out for the rickshaws! By the side of the Royal Opera House we turn into Endell Street and on the left is the Cross Keys (15:25pm) which is run by Brodies Brewery of Leyton.
photoThe Cross Keys 31 Endell St, London, Greater London WC2H 9EB. "If you think the facade of this foliage-covered Covent Garden fringe pub is ornate, wait till you get inside.
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Not an inch of wall is spared from the numerous pictures and other odds and ends. An interesting selection of their beers too.The modestly-scaled, interior houses a cornucopia of ornaments, mirrors, pictures, horse brasses, road signs, brass pots, and even the odd stuffed fish. As if that weren't enough, there's a small collection of Beatles memorabilia, and a napkin signed by Elvis Presley.
We cross Cambridge Circus to St Giles High Street, where the Angel (15:55pm) looms large. A Samuel Smith's house with wood panelled rooms and ornate ceilings.
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The Angel, 61- 62 St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8LH
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From here we take a zig-zag route to Bateman Street and another Nicholsons pub, the The Dog and Duck (16:20pm). More pubs should be called the Dog & Duck! This tiny pub has some lovely features including ornate tiling and mirrors.
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The Dog and Duck, 18 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AJ. Many famous historical figures have enjoyed the hospitality of The Dog and Duck, including John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Orwell and most recently Madonna!
From here we cross Soho square to Oxford Street and to our right we chance upon The Tottenham (16:50pm).
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The Tottenham
, 6 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1AN is the last remaining pub on Oxford Street. Once known as The Flying Horse, its heritage can be dated back to at least 1790.
This is amazingly the only pub on Oxford Street and again a Nicholsons pub. I would imagine you know what to expect now, lots of interesting features, this time including a dome and ceiling paintings. From here it is either a tube ride or the No.24 bus again to Euston, where, dependant upon leaving times we can sample the delights of the Cider Tap or the Bree Louise and Doric Arch which we visited 12 months ago.
photoThe Cider Tap 190 Euston Road, London, NW1 2EF. London's only dedicated cider bar. 8 keg cider on draught, 5 still ciders and perry including Pickled Pig served straight from the oak. Bottled cider from farms all over the UK and France. And yes, a lager and a wheat beer on draft. It's amazing what you can pack into a Victorian gatehouse!
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The Bree Louise at 69 Coburg Street, Euston NW1 2HH. Again a good range of beers usually featuring Sambrooks and Windsor & Eaton. 50p discount for CAMRA members and students.
photoThe Doric Arch at 1 Eversholt Street London NW1 2FL is situated right outside Euston Station by the bus station. This is a Fullers pub which in a previous life was the "Head of Steam" and is full of railway memorabilia. Guest beers suppliment the Fullers range. Be warned - you need a door code to use the loo.

For Victoria Coach Station, the No.73 bus runs from opposite the Tottenham to Victoria Rail Station or the tube of course.

NOTE * No.11 bus also run with Borismasters.

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