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Locals' village pub on village green - the kind of scene that is traditionally English more in the breach than the observance. It hasn't yet fallen victim to the marketing people and long may that remain the case.
Excellent Gales Ales from Portsmouth.
Attractive menu of hot and cold food on offer.
Traditional games - backgammon when I was there - played. Also cricket on the green in season.
Favorite Dish: Gales HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)
Updated Oct 25, 2002
Address: Silchester, Hampshire
Phone: 0 118 970 0305
Pub games - by which I mean those that don't demand an endless diet of coins in the slot and especially not the ubiquitous pool table - are a sure sign of a good and lively pub, and the Calleva Arms is a good example. This guy seemed surprised but pleased that I wanted to picture him playing backgammon.
Written Oct 7, 2002
Address: The Calleva Arms
Public transport to Silchester is, to say the least, a bit sketchy, and it pays to plan ahead or else you could face a long wait, or even no bus at all. I had travelled to Reading by train and caught the 143 bus. Even on a weekday this service only runs seven buses a day which call at the village. Alternatively the 44A runs from Basingstoke. Be aware that the last bus runs before 1800.
Travel time from Reading was about 45 minutes and the fare (from memory) about three pounds.
Written Jul 8, 2007
Phone: +oo 44 (0)118 9594000
Favorite thing: There's a lot still to be discovered about Calleva Atrebatum, and it's one of the UK's most important archaeological sites. More information can be found at the website of Reading University Department of Archaeology
I'm sure that suitably-qualified volunteer diggers would always be welcome.
Written Feb 25, 2003