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.
Over the seasons we have seen our visit be reduced due to teams being either relegated or promoted – next season 22/23 may see only have one visit – to either Mansfield or Port Vale as one team will be promoted – unless either Notts County or Chesterfield get promoted to League 2 then we will have a second.
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 Tavern - Now Called the "La Campagne"Buckland St Mary, Chard Exeter
This has now been modernised and changed name since we last visited so we can’t comment on its new decor or food.
With it now under new management and totally refurbished last season when we were due to visit, we found another venue The Stonemasons, so we now have a choice to make for future visits to Exeter.
The Red HartBlyth, New Worksop, Nottinghamshire Scunthorpe, York, Doncaster, Grimsby
Bad News – we have lost Scunthorpe who have been relegated to the National League but the Good News is the return of Doncaster Rovers who were relegated from League 1 we again will visit the Red Hart in Blythe again this season. 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 Retreat - NOW CLOSEDTormarton, Badminton Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City
Unfortunealty the Major’s Retreat has closed down having been sold – this was one of the fans favourite stops on our travels – we thank Roy, Viv and Trevor for their hospitality over the years we have been stopping and all the very best for your future –
We now have to find another venue for these trips – however our “Viv” has been hunting one down for us and has sorted the Compass Inn, again just off the M4 at junction 19 – she has put a good word in for us and they will provide us with our normal requirements – drinks and food.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, Rochdale, Stockport County
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.
We have now lost Oldham as a League fixture but added both Rochdale and Stockport County to the list of teams we will be using the Kilton.Visit site