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The Blacksmiths Arms is a small very traditional pub. The bar, to the right of the front door, is a separate room and always has chat going on. There is a small snug to the left of the front door which has a large lounge off of it. There is an outside seating area.
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real ale: Ringwood best bitter, Pedigree
bitter: Mansfield smooth
lager: Stella, Fosters
Cider: Scrumpy Jack Guinness
The Quarndon Fox is a large restaurant pub. restaurant to the right and lounge to the left. Modernised with the usual variety of tables and seating. There is a very large beer garden.
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lager: Stella, Grolsch, Carling, Peroni
Cider: Strongbow, Aspall Guinness
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I certainly do not drink all the time. I have to sleep you know.
W C Fields
Quorn is a village just off of the A6 a couple of miles from Loughborough. Originally it was called Quorndon but to prevent confusion with another village of the same name it changed to Quorn in 1889. However, confusingly, the map in the village centre, from 2000, is called a map of Quorndon!
The Great Central Railway steam train line from Loughborough to Leicester North passes through Quorn. There is a station just across the road from The Manor House.
On-line museum for Quorn
The White Hart is a three roomed pub recently tastefully modernised keeping some of the old furniture around the side. It does not have as much real ale as the owner would wish - no more room on counter. On sale is the Hart Ale (5%) specially brewed for the pub by Belvoir brewery. There is a patio off of the back room. Quiz on Wednesdays and Acoustic session on Sundays. Food served.
stay for several
real ale: Bombardier, Pedigree, Harvest, Landlord, London Pride,
lager: Grolsch, Carling, Coors light
cider: Aspall Guinness
Who introduced long trousers as conventional wear for men (in Regency times)?
The Royal Oak is all wood pub with a back room and outside patio area to look after smokers. Sadly, it does not open till 5.30 and closes early Sunday & Monday. It does have a lovely ambience with low light, soft music and lit candles on the tables.
Have a couple here
real ale: Batemann's XXX bitter, Landlord
lager: Carlsberg Gold & Export, San Miguel, Erdinger Weissbrau
Six of the pubs are within a few minutes walk of each other with the Manor House being a little out of the way. All of the pubs have Real Ale and outside seating, six have large car parks and most serve food although not all serve the food all day. Beware the Royal Oak which opens at 5.30 and closes at 10.00 and the Blacksmith's Arms is not open all day. Any trawl of these pubs has to be after 5pm. It is worth noting that pint of Bass is 85p cheaper in Loughborough!
Real Ale Trail
All of the pubs serve real ale. The big question is whether The Manor House is first or last as it is 15-20 minutes away from the other six. An interesting start would be to get the steam train to Quorn and visit the Manor House opposite the station. It is then a 20 minute walk back past the houses then turning right at the cross roads and walking into the village to find The Quorndon Fox. The next building down is The White Hart.
Continuing down to the roundabout visit the White Horse then walk along the side of the road adjacent to beer garden until you reach the Apple Tree.
After this return to the roundabout and visit The Royal Oak diagonally opposite The White Horse. Come out of The Royal oak turn right and right again then walk along the street outside its windows to reach The Blacksmith's Arms. Continuing along this road will, in time, return you to The Manor House.
The White Horse is an old coaching inn on the road to London. It feels as though a bar and lounge have been knocked together as it has two serving areas both with real fires. There is a large outside seating area. The pub does food all day (12-7/9). Wooden bar and surrounds are brown but tables and chairs are pale which seem out of place. Friendly staff.
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real ale: Tiger and Beacon (both Everads), Greene King IPA, Landlord,
lager: 1664, Amstel, Fosters, Heineken
Cider: Stowford Press , Thirsty Farmer Guinness
Apple Tree is a small pub with two small rooms. It has large outside area at back and smaller patio at front. The doors from the patio lead to a small bar with a small lounge off of it. Both are served from very small counters. A warm and friendly place.
Have one here
real ale: Deuchars, Pedigree, Greene King IPA
bitter: John Smith
lager: Carling, Budweisser, Grolsch
Cider: Thatchers Guinness
The Manor House at Quorn is a large gastro pub with many tables already set. It has an attractive modern interior with a variety sections with mixes of table heights and seating. There is also a large outside seating area, Plenty of stools at the bar.
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA)
Have one here - might need two - Bass and after all the controversy about Top Totty you may feel the need to taste it, and it is 20 minutes to the next pub.
real ale: Bass, Hooker (Batemann's), Supreme and Top Totty (both Slaters)
Oliver Pist (Belvoir)
lager: Peroni, Amstel, Meister oils, Stella, Carlsberg, Erdinger Weibbier
Cider: Aspall, Thatchers Guinness
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