Sadly, many pubs have closed over the years. Some because they were just too rural to be able to generate enough trade, some because they were poorly run, some were surplus to requirements for the big pubco’s and no doubt over the years the changing habit of drinking from home coupled with stronger drink drive laws has meant a massive drop in some of our great eating and drinking establishments. Whilst it shouldn’t necessarily trouble us because we only list places that we’d recommend, we would very much prefer it if the bad pubs changed to become good pubs rather than disappear forever. Our criteria for being listed is wide and varied because our view has always been if you’d recommend it to a friend for any reason then why not tell others. We are however very sad to see some great old historic and quality establishments fall by the wayside with no chance of being restored to their former glories. Below is a list of those inns that we have removed and the reason why it was.
An Taigh-Osda - Now a Private House

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Bruichladdich, Isle Of Islay, Highlands PA49 7UN. Tel: 01496 850587
Anchor Inn - Now self catering accommodation.

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Central Lydbrook, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire GL17 9SB. Tel: 01594 860822
Traditional old pub with buildings on site reputed to be 15th century. Close to the River Wye and the magnificent Goodrich Castle, the Anchor serves ale straight from the wall, is a restaurant at weekends and hosts folk nights on Wednesdays.
Badger Inn - Now a Private House
Green Lane, Eccleshall, Staffordshire ST21 6BA. Tel: 01785 850564
Now a house
Baker'S Arms - Now a Private House

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26 West Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6HF. Tel: 01298 24404
Small two roomed family run pub dating back to 1780 with a warm welcome, serving a selection of real ales. One of the oldest pubs in the lovely spa town of Buxton which displays a few memento's of the World's greatest footballer - Sir Stanley Matthews.
Beeston Castle Hotel - Now a housing development.
Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9NJ. Tel: 01829 260234
Boot Inn - Unoccupied building?

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Barnard Gate, Nr Eynsham, Oxfordshire OX29 6XE. Tel: 01865 881231
Wonderful Cotswold inn serving excellent food with stunning service to go with it. The Boot appears to be a typical small country pub from the outside but once inside you'll be amazed to find a stunning collection of boots & shoes donated by the rich & famous. From the Great Sir Stanley Matthew's to Jeremy Clarkson and Ian Botham and including a flipper donated by Michael Heseltine MP. Located very conveniently just off the A40 and a short drive from Oxford, the Boot is well worth a visit.
Brown Bear - Removed following a Fat Badger visit

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29 Hitchin Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 8BE. Tel: 01767 316161
Victorian real ale pub, formerly two Georgian cottages and a wool shop. Friendly staff and locals with up to 8 different real ales every week, regular beer festivals and good quality food. The Brown Bear has won many awards and holds its own beer festivals. A must for any one who likes real ale. Look out for the fine collection of pump clips on the ceiling.
Bull Inn - Now a Private House
Blackmore End, Braintree, Essex CM7 4DD. Tel: 01371 851740
Bushell'S Arms - Now a Private House
, Goosnargh, Lancashire PR3 2BJ. Tel:
Chequers - Unoccupied building?


, Gedney Dyke, Lincolnshire PE12 0AJ. Tel: 01406 366700
Cock & Bottle - Now a Cafe
93 Barkerend Road, Bradford, West YorkshireBD3 9AA. Tel: 01274 722403
Amazing pub close to the city centre. Doesn't look the most inviting of places from the outside, but step inside and go back in time. The decor dates back to the times when simple things like seats were made from quality materials. The Cock & Bottle is the only pub in Britain owned by the Church and all the staff are volunteers. The welcome is as genuine as they come and they serve good ales as well.
Cross Keys Inn - Now a Private House
Hayfield Road, Chapel Milton, Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire SK23 0QQ. Tel: 01298 812198
Dolben Arms - Now a Private House
Cefn Meiriadog, St. Asaph, Clwyd LL17 0HL. Tel: 01745 582207
Delightful 16th Century inn located in a picturesque valley setting close to the River Elwy and not far from the 50,000 year old Cefn Caves where remains of prehistoric man, bears, bison and reindeer have been found. Good food and cask ales.
Dry Dock - Now a Private House
Windmill End, Netherton, Worcestershire DY2 9HU. Tel: 01384 235369
If you're looking for a pub with a canal boat inside then this is the one for you. The pub is part of the Little Pub Company which serves it's own ale 'Lumphammer' and the food is good wholesome Black Country fayre. Most Little Pub Company pubs have an Irish theme as the creator Colm O'Rourke is an Irishman.
Duke Of Cambridge - Now a Thai Restaurant
East Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7TH. Tel: 01252 716584
Fox & Hounds - Now a Private House
High St, Stottesdon, Shropshire DY14 8TZ. Tel: 01746 718222
Fox Inn - Removed following a Fat Badger visit


Bridgnorth Road, Shipley, Shropshire WV6 7EH. Tel: 01902 700376
George Hotel - Removed following a Fat Badger visit
High Street, Dorchester On Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 7HH. Tel: 01865 340404
Harrow Inn - Now a Private House


Common Road, Ightham, Kent TN15 9EB. Tel: 01732 885912
Holly Bush Inn - Now an Indian Restaurant


Ebstree Road, Trysull, Staffordshire WV5 7JE. Tel: 01902 895587
Ilminster Stage - Unoccupied building?

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Fore Street, Culmstock, Devon EX15 3JD. Tel: 01884 840872
Izaak Walton - Now a Private House
, Cresswell, Staffordshire ST11 9RE. Tel: 01782 392265
Superb thatched country inn named after Izaak Walton, a Staffordshire author who wrote 'The Complete Angler' - regarded as the fisherman's Bible. The Izaak Walton has a real homely feel, good quality ales and a first class food menu with first class service.
King William Iv - Now a Private House
The Street, Benenden, Kent TN17 4DJ. Tel: 01580 240636
Excellent 16th Century inn serving great quality food with an excellent wine list and well kept ales. Exposed beams and low ceilings prevail in the interior, along with a large inglenook fireplace and rustic wooden furniture.
Lion Inn - Now a Private House
Hampton Loade, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV15 6HD. Tel: 01746 780263
Excellent family run 17th Century rural inn located in an idyllic spot next to the River Severn with good food, good beer with good local walks, the Severn Valley Railway nearby and a wonderful little ferry across the river.
Little Barrow Hotel - Removed following a Fat Badger visit
Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AR. Tel: 01543 414500
Excellent hotel with a reputation for superb food.
Long Ashes Inn - Removed following a Fat Badger visit


Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, Skipton, North YorkshireBD23 5PN. Tel: 01756 752434
Nesscliffe Hotel - Unoccupied building?
, Nesscliffe, Shropshire SY4 1DB. Tel: 01743 741430
Old Mill Inn - Now a Private House
, Candy, Shropshire SY10 9AZ. Tel: 01691 657058
Painters Arms - Removed following a Fat Badger visit

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51 Cross Street, Cowes, IOW PO31 7TA. Tel: 01983 297229
Traditional spit & sawdust pub located in the yachting capital of Britain. Friendly management !
Providence Inn - Now a Private House


East Prawle, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2BU. Tel: 01548 511208
Red House - Unoccupied building?

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21 London Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7LH. Tel: 01256 895558
Rising Sun Inn - Now a Private House
Knowle Bank Road, Shraley Brook, Audley, Staffordshire ST7 8DS. Tel: 01782 720600
Great Country pub with lots of character which used to brew it's own range of powerful beers and has a good food selection.
Riverside Inn - Now a Private House
, Canonbie, Highlands DG14 0UX. Tel:
Rock Inn - Now a Private House
Crane Moor Road, Crane Moor, South YorkshireS35 7AT. Tel: 0114 2883427
18th century country inn with an aviation theme in the main bar and a selection of real ales.
Sun Inn - Now a Private House
126 High Street, Broughton, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 1NQ. Tel: 01536 790284
The Good Intent - Now a Private House
21 Vale Street, Ruiton, Gornal, Staffordshire DY3 3XD. Tel: 01902 673414
One of the many great pubs in Gornal. This one has a library for a dining room which gives it a real homely feel. The food is excellent and good value and the hosts are as friendly as can be.
The Mitre - Now a Private House
Lower Green, Tettenhall, Staffordshire WV6 9AH. Tel: 01902 567890
Good terraced old inn, located on a small one way street opposite Lower Green.
The Perch - Removed following a Fat Badger visit


Binsey, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 0NG. Tel: 01865 240386
Welcoming old thatched pub, which enjoys an idyllic rural location amid waterside meadows yet is just a short walk from Oxford's bustling city centre. Lewis Carroll reputedly first read Alice in Wonderland to his friends on the lawn.
The Pig On The Wall - Now a McDonalds
Kent Street, Upper Gornal, Staffordshire DY3 1UX. Tel: 01902 883000
The Wee Waif - Removed following a Fat Badger visit


Old Bath Road, Charvil, Berkshire RG10 9RJ. Tel: 0 118 9440066
Thrales - Now a beauty salon
40-44 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS136JJ. Tel: 01543 255091
Trafel Hotel - Removed following a Fat Badger visit
6 Ellenborough Park South, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1XW. Tel: 01934 626494
White House Hotel - Now a Church
Marquiss Drive, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire WS12 4PR. Tel: 01543 422712
William Hardings House - Now an Indian Restaurant
Mill Street, Penkridge, Staffordshire ST19 5AY. Tel: 01785 712955
Award winning 16th Century little restaurant, formerly a stable with oak beamed ceilings, in what feels like the front room of somebody's house. The food is Superb.
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