Pubs we visitFollowing the Red Devils around the country – please come and join us on our visits and see for yourself our great pub venues!
Along with our regulars where we have been stopping for more years than I can remember, we have since found some more really good stops, especially last season as we had to find one or two new ones for the new clubs that we were playing. Visits depend on when the game is played – evening matches are sometimes straight to the grounds without a stop.
Cross KeysCastle Donington, Derby Notts County, Mansfield, Port Vale, Burton, Chesterfield and Macclesfield
The pub that has been visited more than most over the years is the Cross Keys at Castle Donington, another pub that’s a short drive to either Mansfield or Notts County – Donna and Andy are now friends and we really look forward to our annual visits – we have been going there ever since we were promoted to the Conference, the buffets are really excellent and its not unusual for us to have a second helping on the coach on the way back up as they box up anything that we can’t finish at lunchtime. As Andy said we are becoming more regular than their regulars, They even put up the CTFC scarves we gave them – we also have good banter with the regulars.
The George InnBabraham, Cambridge Cambridge
For Cambridge Utd where in the past we haven’t stopped we found a gem, just 20 minutes from the ground – The George, Babraham.
The landlord and staff made us very welcome and provided an area at the front of the pub for us to have the buffet which was brought out to the tables. There was a TV which showed the football so that we could watch if we wanted, and some did. It was a very warm lunchtime and it was a pleasure just sitting outside – we will hopefully visit again this season.Visit site
The Hunters Lodge InnLeigh Common, Wincanton Yeovil
Our visits to Yeovil wouldn’t be the same without our stop at The Hunters Lodge Inn, which occupies an enviable position in the heart of unspoilt Somerset countryside. Having panoramic views to the North but still being a stone’s throw from the A303, the arterial route of the South West.
We have something for everyone. Traditional bars, large restaurant / function room, large car park and expansive grounds. Our buffets here are one of the best you will have, but don’t ask me, ask some of the travellers who came for the first time last season.
It’s a shame that Yeovil have been relegated but once we return to playing them we will be revisiting the Hunters Lodge.Visit site
Eagle TavernBuckland St Mary, Chard Exeter
The Eagle Tavern is on the way to Exeter City and it was our first visit to the pub – very easy to find as it is on the A303 about 40 minutes from Exeter – Which lies close to the Devon and Somerset border on the edge of the Beautiful Blackdown Hills.
The Eagle Tavern is still a real country pub and you are just as welcome to drop in for a pint of real ale or a glass of wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee. The buffet provided again was excellent and the landlord was an Exeter City supporter which led to a lot of banter.
The pub is now under new management and was being totally refurbishment last season when we were due to visit, hence we found another venue The Stonemasons, so we now have a choice to make for this season’s visit to Exeter.
The Red HartBlyth, New Worksop, Nottinghamshire Scunthorpe, York, Doncaster, Grimsby
This season with the return to the Football League by Grimsby and the relegation of Doncaster Rovers we again will visit the Red Hart in Blythe. This is the only place where we could actually take two or three coaches to as there is 3 pubs in about 100 yards of the Red Hart. We have visited all of them over the years.
The Red Hart provides us with the buffet and then it’s up to you if you want to visit any of the others.Visit site
The Majors RetreatTormarton, Badminton Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City
The Majors Retreat, Tomarton is another of our regular visits – we are always made very welcome by Viv and Colin as well as the Major who is the owner of the country pub – like the Cross Keys, they have become friends and always join in the banter going on.
We have our favourite tipple here – Pigs Ear, one of the Uley Brewery’s Ales – you don’t know the strength of it, somewhere between 5 and 7% –
The buffet is always excellent and plentiful, especially when they had to cope with two coaches full of supporters on our way to Forest Green.
We will be back there this season, travelling permitted.Visit site
The White LionBarthomley Crewe, Port Vale
The White Lion, Barthomley – which is probably most fans favourite pub that we visit over the seasons – the buffet is generally a Sausage Hot Pot with bread and chips – with Crewe being promoted its unlikely that we will stop here this season as for the Manchester clubs, Oldham and Salford we have found another, a bit closer to Manchester at Knutsford.Visit site
The Excelsior ClubNewport Newport County
The Excelsior Club is about 400 yards from the Newport ground and we have been made very welcome when we have visited, if i’m honest it could do with a bit of a overhaul/redecoration.
The Beehive InnPenrith Carlisle
This was a new venue taking over from the Cross Keys at Teebay, which had been taken over and the food and drinks were not as good as they had been previously which was a shame as it was in a great location overlooking the lake district. So we took the decision to find another venue.
This is another lovely pub just of the M6 at Penrith, our first stop there last season, the food quality was brilliant even if the beer selection wasn’t as good as some pubs we go to – but saying that we did have a great time and the Landlord and his staff made us extremely welcome for the time we were there.
Again we will be visiting again this season,hopefully.Visit site
The Sun InnLemsford Stevenage
No visit here this season unless they are re-instated if Macclesfield are relegated instead.Visit site
The Kilton InnKnutsford Oldham, Salford
Great venue, having stopped on the way to Oldham for the first time which was good, we then book in for Salford and for this game we took two full coaches and they coped extremely well – food and drinks we excellent and the pub was large enough to cope with everyone having a relaxing break in the journey.
Again we will stop here for these two matches again if we are allowed to travel.Visit site