Southampton pubs to battle it out for CAMRA award

Battle of the pubs brewing

The Guide Dog in Southampton

The Rockstone in Southampton

The Junction Inn in Southampton

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IT is the battle of the pubs.

Ten watering holes from across southern Hampshire have been nominated for CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale’s) pub of the year title – with three within walking distance of each other.

The Junction Inn in Priory Road, the Rockstone and the Guide Dog in Bevois Valley are within a mile and a half of each other.

Last year the Junction Inn was in the running but had to pull out after a fire. Now owner Martin Gentry, 54, is hoping they can celebrate a return by taking home the award.

He said: “It is a privilege to be nominated again after the fire and to be recognised. It would mean the world to us if we won.”

But the Junction Inn faces stiff competition in the form of the Guide Dog in Earls Road, Bevois Valley, which has won the competition six times in the last eight years.

Landlord of the Guide Dog, Paul Barden, 57, who runs the pub with partner Margaret, has overseen five of the last seven wins.

He said: “This is the award that we want to win and getting the award attracts people to the pub and the area.”

But Mr Barden is also delighted that pubs nearby have been nominated too. He added: “The Junction Inn and the Rockstone are great pubs and I think the competition is tougher than ever this year. I would be surprised if we won.”

The other pubs nominated for the award are the Wellington Arms in Freemantle, the Black Horse in West Tytherley, the Flowerpots Inn in Cheriton, the Old House at Home in Romsey, the Royal Oak in Fritham, the Phoenix Inn in Twyford and the Wheatsheaf Inn in Shedfield.

The winner will be announced in March and will be entered for the competition in the Wessex region.

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8:16am Fri 15 Feb 13

ex soton girl says...

The Flowerpots used to be in Cheriton, has it moved?
The Flowerpots used to be in Cheriton, has it moved? ex soton girl
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8:28am Fri 15 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

ahhh the flower pots, old rosie = ko :D
ahhh the flower pots, old rosie = ko :D Subject48
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8:37am Fri 15 Feb 13

Ozmosis says...

The Wheatsheaf is a cracking pub. Great beers in a out of the way location
The Wheatsheaf is a cracking pub. Great beers in a out of the way location Ozmosis
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2:03pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Beer Monster says...

All three are good, but I tend to pop in the Guide Dog most.. No mention of The Cricketers?
All three are good, but I tend to pop in the Guide Dog most.. No mention of The Cricketers? Beer Monster
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3:29pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Waiting says...

I doubt either the Flowerpots or the Royal Oak will win, as they cannot be accessed by bus. That is why nearly all the winners are town pubs. Perhaps it is time for a country pub award to encourage the owners of some of the great country pubs we have in south Hampshire to keep good cask ale.
I doubt either the Flowerpots or the Royal Oak will win, as they cannot be accessed by bus. That is why nearly all the winners are town pubs. Perhaps it is time for a country pub award to encourage the owners of some of the great country pubs we have in south Hampshire to keep good cask ale. Waiting
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4:19pm Fri 15 Feb 13

HillsidePaul says...

The Junction and the Guide Dog are, in different ways, both top class real ale pubs.

St Denys/Bevois Valley are doing well to have them.
The Junction and the Guide Dog are, in different ways, both top class real ale pubs. St Denys/Bevois Valley are doing well to have them. HillsidePaul
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5:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bigfella777 says...

Guide Dog tops it for me,great well kept beer and good company, none of that pretentious gastro pub nonsense like the Rockstone, you need a reservation to get a pint if you like sitting down.
Guide Dog tops it for me,great well kept beer and good company, none of that pretentious gastro pub nonsense like the Rockstone, you need a reservation to get a pint if you like sitting down. bigfella777
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3:19pm Sat 16 Feb 13

MaxGreenwood says...

What a surprise, another bad comment from Bigfella 777.

What did we ever do to you?

Sadly, yes you need to reserve a table, we get busy, it's probably because people like us.
What a surprise, another bad comment from Bigfella 777. What did we ever do to you? Sadly, yes you need to reserve a table, we get busy, it's probably because people like us. MaxGreenwood
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5:49pm Sat 16 Feb 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

MaxGreenwood wrote:
What a surprise, another bad comment from Bigfella 777.

What did we ever do to you?

Sadly, yes you need to reserve a table, we get busy, it's probably because people like us.
He makes bad comments on every story Max. Just a run of the mill WUM.

Hope The Junction don't get it!
[quote][p][bold]MaxGreenwood[/bold] wrote: What a surprise, another bad comment from Bigfella 777. What did we ever do to you? Sadly, yes you need to reserve a table, we get busy, it's probably because people like us.[/p][/quote]He makes bad comments on every story Max. Just a run of the mill WUM. Hope The Junction don't get it! ShakeyWiffles
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