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Prince of Ales

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RichMK2015 wrote a review Oct 2019
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom70 contributions21 helpful votes
After hearing their was a new Micropub in town we decided to check the place out. My initial impressions were that whilst the place is compact there was a good use of space and ample seating. The interior also looked very quirky and I liked the visual effects of the wooden seating There appeared to be around 4 beers on tap as well as a few ciders. I have to confess that I didn't think this was a good selection for a dedicated Ale House. I have to confess, I was expecting more of a selection given most pubs tend to have 3 or so Ales on cask. Whilst I appreciate the pub is an Ale House there was no lager or even craft beer etc. Which would have been nice to broaden the selection. The beers however were extremely well priced and I believe the most expensive was still less than £4 per pint - excellent. Then we sat down which is where things started to go wrong. The wooden benches, despite looking nice, were the most uncomfortable things I have sat on in recent memory. Not only were they unforgiving they were too narrow and neither of us could get comfortable. This really hindered our ability to enjoy ourselves as you couldn't help but constantly fidget and look for somewhere nicer to sit - there weren't any real good options on this front. What also didn't help is that despite it being a Sat eve, albeit with heavy rain, there was never more than 4 other people in there. This made the atmosphere really quite odd as everyone could easily hear your conversation. I couldn't help but think some TV's to watch the sport or some appropriate music would have really helped. The Good - Cheap beer - Table service The Bad - Disappointing beer selection - The most uncomfortable seating - Odd atmosphere In Summary If it wasn't for the cheap beer, in all honesty I probably would have given a 1* rating. Whilst it may seem I am being a bit harsh on the place I really belive there is a lot of potential here. A few smallish tweaks like improving the seating and adding something like a couple of Tv's or games would work wonders to improve the experience. Whilst there may only be room for a few pumps perhaps alternatives such as bottled beers would improve the range. If improvements were made I would be keen to come back otherwise I would say the place is for hardened Ale enthusiasts only.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from KarlM2094, Manager at Prince of Ales
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Thanks for visiting us and leaving a review. Just to clarify a few of your points, we are not a 'new' micropub, having been open now for 3 years and 7 months. Your points about Lager, Music and Tv's can easily be answered with the official description of a micropub. A micropub according to the Micropub Association is defined as follows: "A micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks". UnfortunateIy I think you maybe confusing us with a traditional "pub" that offers all the things you were looking for.
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david jones2211 wrote a review Apr 2019
Rainham, United Kingdom37 contributions6 helpful votes
Fine selection of beers, some local, all those I tried tasted excellent. Small range of snacks; ciders and wines for non-beeries. Nice garden area when/if the Sun comes out to play - and really welcoming Hosts. Will be going back soon✔️
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Simon S wrote a review Feb 2019
52 contributions22 helpful votes
I visited on a Saturday evening. The place was almost full, seating-wise, and remained so more or less until I left around 9:30pm, which shows how popular this little pub is. Pints are served at your table direct from the tap room, and the overall feeling is of a friendly and cosy little establishment. It lacks the sort of distractions which I usually dislike, such as televised sports, and proved to be a very pleasant place to spend a Saturday evening. I found the owner/manager very helpful, and the ale was very tasty. I'll definitely be back for more.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Rich G wrote a review Nov 2018
Gillingham, England, United Kingdom82 contributions26 helpful votes
As someone who tends to wax lyrical in my reports, I will for once refrain and submit one in keeping with this fine ale house - honest, clean and extremely functional. I have been a regular visitor to this establishment since it first opened and the fact that I live over 3 miles away and often walk probably speaks volumes. The ale and the rapport with staff and customers go hand in hand - both stimulate the senses and are of premium quality. If all ale and people were the same, the world would be a dull place and engaging in banter is like trying a new ale - it won’t always be to our taste but it’s what helps make that world go round. With such a range of ales and conversation, you’ll leave feeling enriched and maybe a tad light headed! Chris, Karl and staff can be accused of many things but never of lack of wit or wisdom.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Zambungo wrote a review Jul 2018
Rainham, United Kingdom26 contributions16 helpful votes
My local. But, wouldn't swap it for anywhere else. Excellent beer, friendly staff, great decor, clean. Lovely food on a Sunday. Oh and it's cheap and the boss is a legend, dry sense of humour and doesn't live in Lower Halstow. Keep it up guys!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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