Stratford-upon-Avon 2

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The Red Lion is on the corner by the bridge over the canal. The Pen & Parchment is across the canal from The Red Lion. Still keeping on the left follow the road and cros the bridge over the river Avon. At the end of the bridge on the right is The Bear (part of Swan's Nest Hotel). When leaving the Bear walk along the main road and turn right. Continue along a few minutes to The Old Tramway.
Return to The Bear and walk to down the river and after the car parks find the Riverside cafe/bar. Return from this by using the pedestrian bridge to cross the river.
While crossing this bridge you can see the outside seating of Cox's Yard across the river. Turn into it at the end of the bridge. The next building after Cox's yard and the statues, opposite The Red Lion, is The Encore.
Walk down the road parrelel to the river and first right brings you to Sheep St. Half way along this is The Golden Bee on the right and across the road from it is The Rose and Crown.
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Drink and Music

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The Red Lion is a Table Table pub from Whitbread with many 'own space' areas for dining. The main entrace is at the corner of the pub. The servery is straight in fromt. Several seating/dining areas to the left and a small and larger seating' to right. this larger room has doors onto the extensive side beer garden along the side of the canal. There is outside seating directly in front of the pub (facing the road) and a lot more round to the right along side the canal.
Have a half here
real ale :Hobgoblin; Hobgoblin Gold; Atlantic (Sharp)
bitter :Tetley's
lager :Carling, San Miguel Stella, Becks
cider : Strongbow; Thatcher's Gold Guinness

The Pen & Parchment  is a Greene King pub offering beer and food. Tables and chairs all around room including in a raised section. Good sized outside seating area close to canal and road. Quite bright inside with lighting and light coloured wood.
Have a half pint here
real ale :Old Speckled Hen, Greene king IPA, Abbot;
Blonde Star (Silhill)
lager :Carling, Stella, becks, Fosters

The Bear is the lounge of the Swan's Nest Hotel. It is not very clear that the building at the end of the bridge is a pub. However it is a lovely hotel lounge swerving good food and plenty of ales. It is a local for many of the people iin the area. Mixture of seating table styles. Never be tempted to miss this because it is over the bridge - does not add much distance at all.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA)
Have two here
real ale : Peaky Blinder Pale Ale (Sadlers); Bear Best Bitter, Old Hookey, Mauler (Ringwood)
  Butty Bach (Wye Valley), Purity Gold; Doombar,
lager :Lawless; Longhorn; Estrella; Galatia, Becks, Stella
cider : Stowford Press; Strongbow Guinness; Sadler's Peaky Blinder

The Old Tramway. Through the door in the middle has a short corridor to take you to the middle of a large room allowing two side areas around to the right and left. decor is stylish brown wood with green paint and stripped back brick. Beams in the low ceilings and dark green heavy curtains give a comfortable opulent atmosphere. Servery is at the diagonal in the far right corner. Some tall tables near servery for hanging around the bar and TV. There is seating at tables around each side. lots of outside seating and car park to the rear of building
Have a pint here
Real ale: Stratford Gold; Purity; London Pride
keg bitter: Tetley's
Lager: San Miguel; 1664
Cider: Cheddar Valley; Stowford Guiness

The Riverbank is a modernised cafe/bar hoping to benefit fron customers sitting outside and watching the boats on river. Bit more of a young place in the evening.

Have a half pint here
bitter :Tetley's
lager :San Miguel, Carlsberg
cider : Thatchers Guinness

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Cox's Yard is an ex-timber merchants and takes up a lot of space. there is seating for 300 outside at the river. It has a coffee shop, ice cream parlour and the attic theatre. The bar is a like a small barn with seating down one side. Upstairs is a function suite where bands play.
Have one here
real ale :Pure Gold (Purity), Bombardier
bitter :
lager :Estrella, Red Stripe, Fosters, Erdinger
cider :Stowford Press Guinness

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The Encore is a smart lounge offering resturant upstairs and bit of a bar diner downstairs. Attracts after workers in early evening. Expensive - though has champagne offers! There are lots of intimate tables and the lights go down at 9pm.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Have one here
real ale :Doombar, Purity UBU
bitter :
lager :Amstel, San Miguel, Carling, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell
cider :Aspall Guinness

The Golden Bee is a Wetherspoons pub with usual variety of seating areas and food and staff training on the coffee machine.
Have one here

real ale : Ruddles, Abbot, Mad goose (Purity), Brakeaspere 99,
bitter :John smith
lager :Amstel, Heineken, Coors Light, Carlsberg, Stella,
cider :Hogan's Guinness

Real Ale Trail (2)
A ten visit journey would again start at the (1) White Swan Hotel but then continue along Wood St to the roundabout and go down the High St towards (23)The Garrick. Leaving here continue down to (20)The Town House and then further down to (18)The West End. Return up to town but turn to the right to go towards the river. Take the first left and walk parallel to the river to (16) The Dirty Duck. Continue up to the town and take second left (Sheep St) to find (13) The Rose and Crown. Back down Sheep St and cross the grass to go to the canal boats. Take the bridge over to (8) The Bear. After here return by either bridge and vist (11) The Encore on the corner at the start of the town centre. Continue up to the town and at the roundabout go right along Union St. Turn left at the end and walk up to (4)The One Elm. Leave here and cross over roundabout to go down Windsor St to the (27) Old Thatched Tavern

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