January 23rd, 2014

Daily Politics Guide to Westminster Watering Holes

Guido has many fond memories of the Red Lion, not to mention the many more he can’t remember…


64 Comments

  1. 1
    been there says:

    I remember the Terrace Bar in 1983…good fun being a temp barman then. Lots was said late at night and hate to admit but labour northerners were the worst.

  2. 2
    smell my finger says:

    The British pub RIP

    Killed by Labour.

    • 6
      MIKE HANDLECOCK (give me a chance princess) says:

      The British military RIP killed byCameron

      • 9
        Vote UKIP for freedom says:

        Great Britain RIP – killed by the EU (and its rotten conniving LibLabCon lickspittles).

    • 7
      Real Ale Drinker says:

      rubbish was it only killed by them, it was also killed by greedy pubcos charging more for a barrel of beer to tied landlords than you or i could buy them for from the local cash and carry. The pubcos are essentially property companies who happen to run pubs, rather than a committed, long term landlord the pub like a lot of the breweries used to be. the look at the value of the bricks and mortar, knowing that when they have screwed the licensee, they can convert the pub to flats or flog it to mcdonalds or tescos

      its regulation AND the worst short termism of capialism thats done for them. many are fighting back though, adapting and surviving.

    • 8
      Bemused says:

      Just as well really. Always full of the local dipsos and young lads trying to drink enough Dutch courage to get to the point where they might cop a feel from a similarly drunk young girl, before they all drove off home well over the limit.

      Frankly it was high time we grew up.

      • 26
        I love beer says:

        I have a plan to turn 397 branches of Lloyds Bank into traditional British pubs with my own range of home made beers and cash machines in the toilets.

        Sadly the Bank refuse to deal with me.

      • 46
        MIKE HANDLECOCK (give me a chance princess) says:

        Labour giving us 24 hour licenses blows your support out of the water
        Mr B M Used

        • 51
          Bemused says:

          Precisely. Heading the wrong way weren’t they?

          I happen to be against self-medicating on alcohol, drink driving, alcohol induced wife beating, unwanted pregnancy caused by alcohol, street violence caused by alcohol, r@pe aided by alcohol, slerosis, alcohol induced brain damage & alcholism.

          Does that make me a bad person?

          Vote UKIP by the way.

          • Health freak says:

            ……So,…..you are a “Pothead”, with an air of superiority over alcohol users ‘ and abusers’.!

  3. 3
    M102 says:

    Charlie Whelan looks like a Harry Enfield character.

  4. 4
    MIKE HANDLECOCK (give me a chance princess) says:

    Was the Red Lion not the downfall of Mr Whelan ?

  5. 13
    Mitch says:

    The Red Lion was a decent pub, bit of a faff going upstairs to the loo. Can’t see it being a very big winebar?

    • 19
      Cosy is what I think people call it says:

      The pub was so narrow the Landlord could throw a drunk into the gutter without him having to leave the bar.

  6. 14
    Sports and Social member says:

    The only decent chap I knew at the Red Lion was the Chelsea Pensioner sat outside.

  7. 17
    Drink more beer says:

    I used to love those thick glass pint beer mugs you can sadly get no more.

    You were able to lovingly put your hand around one of those and leisurely sip away whilst doing the crossword in the Daily Telegraph.

    • 18
      Drink more beer says:

      Health & Safety ?

    • 33
      Sir William Wayde says:

      Do you mean the ‘grenade’ sort with dimples and a handle? Hardcore pubgoers despised them because they not shatter conveniently.

      • 47
        MIKE HANDLECOCK (give me a chance princess) says:

        They were called “Barrel “glasses or up norff we just asked for it “in a handle”

      • 52
        Cinna says:

        There are still places “up country” where these pint pots can be found.

  8. 21
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    I’ve always thought Whelan resembles the late Robert Newton in Treasure Island. He should walk the plank.

    • 23
      Long John Silver' parrot says:

      I always thought he looked unsteady on his feet.

      Handycock’s son is along time in the Nick.

      It must be all the paperwork .

  9. 22
    You do not know who I am says:

    I have just got a new kitten from the RSPCA.

    I have decided to call it Mia.

  10. 24
    Eric Joyce says:

    I never cease to be impressed by the amount of craftsmanship that goes into the underside of pub tables.

  11. 29
    Gordon MacBreath says:

    Tonight, I’m going to be up all night to get lucky

  12. 30
    Tim Yo! says:

    You’ve got to legislate to accumulate.

  13. 31
    Jimmy says:

    Anything else good on the Daily Politics today?

  14. 34
    Polly Titian says:

    Someone should do a guide to Westminster shit holes… all 650 of them.

  15. 38
    The Foreign Secretary says:

    Where’s the best place for fresh young arsehole?

  16. 48
    Nick Clegg in Davos says:

    It says a lot abut Labour and Brown that a tuppence hapenny press officer told the elected Pm that we were not joining the Euro one of the most important political decisions in the last decade,more fool Blair for letting it happen,no doubt Mcclusky will be telling Ed the same.

  17. 53
    I DRINK CONCIDEABLY MORE BEER THAN YOW says:

    There are NO decent pubs in London , a decent pub would never serve you a flat lifeless pint of what always turns out to be very un interesting dishwater

    Now up norff we actually put the sparklets on the pumps , which brings the beer to life (after all beer is a living thing) When i go to London , i’m always so dissapointed to see some of our countrys greatest beers / ales being crucified

    • 63
      CAMRA man says:

      Real ale doesn’t need to be “brought to life” with injected CO2. Northerners – full of gas and all vote Labour.

  18. 60
    Lizzie says:

    Come off it, a trendy wine bar is exactly where the current batch of Labour MPs would prefer to meet, not an English pub, ugh, far too much like UKIP for the toffs of the Labour benches!

  19. 61
    Lizzie says:

    A trendy wine bar? How very modern Labour. I mean, an English pub! That’s just far too UKIP for the likes of them …

    • 64
      London Lad says:

      Spot on Lizzie. Can you imagine the likes of Harperson or Millipede giving a damn about pubs – too traditionally British for their liking. Pubs are also not popular with their hard line Muslim friends!

  20. 62
    This Week says:

    Handycock Senior touching up women and nearly running down his lad (allegedly)
    Handycock Jnr touching up a journalist (allegedly)
    Lord Rennard (allegedly)
    Unelected Lord filibusters Referendum Bill (not completely dead yet)
    Gordenron trousering charitable donations (allegedly)
    Gay Mafia buying their bits of stuff drinks in the subsidised Strangers Bar (rumoured)

    It has been a thorough squalid week, even by our politician’s standards. I am sure they all came into politics to help ordinary constituents and make a positive contribution to society.


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