Last Orders for Pub Crawling in Yeovil

Thanks to independent Yeovil fan site www.ciderspace.co.uk for their help in this Crawl as I've only been to Yeovil once, drunk a couple of pints at the Royal Oak near the station then realised I had to get to the ground and jumped in a cab. We all proceeded to get drenched as we lost 3-1 and ex-Captain Kev got sent off! Not the best of memories.

If you are getting off at Pen Mill station try the Royal Oak, some Gillingham fans will always remember their visit, walking from Yeovil Junction station and made so welcome they stayed for more than 2 hours. The real ale was good, the food honest pub grub and the people really friendly, what more could you want?

To top it all their football tickets got left in the pub, so the landlady sent her son across Yeovil to deliver the tickets to them at the ground! Needless to say they returned after the game and continued to enjoy their hospitality and met a really friendly bunch of locals, great pub! (Must have had tickets for the 18.20!)

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Anyhow for those driving in they recommend three pubs you could visit on the way to the game. The Red House, (Dorchester Rd, BA22 9RA), on the outskirts of Yeovil has changed hands and gone more upmarket, focusing on food.

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The Quicksilver Mail pub, (168, Hendford Hill, BA20 2RG), has been making real efforts in the last few years and now appears in good pub guides, particularly real ale ones. It is also one of the fewer and fewer outlets in the town that does proper farmhouse style cider. Food lunchtimes and evenings, and well behaved dogs and children are welcome.

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The Yeovil Court on West Coker Road, (BA20 2HE), is altogether more upmarket - recommended only for club directors, vice presidents and similar riff-raff. (So Blues fans welcome.) More of a restaurant than a pub really and not the most helpful map so maybe forget this one unless you know the area!

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If you make the walk or catch the Hopper into the town centre from Yeovil Junction there all the usual suspects with the local Weatherspoons being The William Dampier at 97, Middle Street next to the bus station.




There are three pubs within 15-20 minutes walking distance of the ground: A new Brewsters establishment, The Bell (a 'Hungry Horse' house) and The Arrow.

The Bell, (207, Preston Rd.), is child-friendly and the pub of choice for an ever-increasing number of home fans for a pre-match / post-match pint and features large meals, a giant screen for televised matches, a pool table and some basic real ale. Quality has varied considerably over the years. It's been very good, and very poor. Currently it is somewhere around the "OK" point. To get to the ground turn right at the roundabout on Preston Road, see map, and you'll see the floodlights.

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The Arrow, (The Forum, Preston Rd.), a modern pub situated on the Abbey Manor housing estate next to the ground, and where the No. 1 bus stops from the town centre, has always been popular with home fans, personally a bit too soulless for my taste, though others swear by it.

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If you're looking for something to eat but don't want to use a pub, Palmers Fish & Chip Restaurant/Takeaway, (Bunford Lane, arrowed on map below), can be found on the other side of Bunford Lane from the Brewsters pub, just off the Crematorium roundabout; and the Preston Road Takeaway is situated down from The Bell on the opposite side of Preston Road.

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So something for everyone, as ever, however you get there, enjoy the day and, hopefully, the result.