St Mary's Pub Guide - The Stadium Area
Saturday, 8th Sep 2007 14:24
How to have a drink in the close vicinity of St Mary's
Right by the Stadium options are very limited, The Chapel Inn (previously Le Tiss Feet) is just up the road from the ground on Marine Parade and is covered in the Oxford Street/Ocean Village section, so what else is there.
ST MARY'S STREET AREA
St Mary's street runs parallel with St Mary's but is seperated by a railway line so is about a five minute walk away.
In truth the area is a little run down and isnt recommended for away supporters.
The Kingsland Tavern is not a place that away fans should venture, it looks outside as it does in, a pub that has seen little investment in them in many years, sometimes you get elements of Saints more rogueish support as they stop off en route to the Stadium.
The Joiners Arms is a famous pub in the music world and has seen the start of many a band who have gone on to bigger things, Oasis, Coldplay, Primal Scream, Green day and the Charlatans are just a few of those who have played the pub before going on to mega stardom, it doesnt usually open on matchdays however preferring to make its money from putting on gigs rather than from football fans.
The King Alfred
On Old Northam Road you have the King Alfred, however it is currently shut.
Northam Road is a busy main road, heading along it out of town, you have on your left the Northam Social Club, a CIU affiliated Club that also allows guests to sign in on the day, usually very busy but they lay on plenty of bar staff and fast food like Rolls etc, welcomes away supporters as long as they dont get too loud, got a hard but friendly older element who prefer to enjoy a good drink but wont tolerate liberties being taken.
Just up the Road on the Corner is The Prince Of Wales, a old fashioned type of Pub with two bars, a rareity in itself these days, in the front is the public bar a little cramped, but in the rear a spacious lounge bar, a welcoming place that also does food.
If you turn left off the main road at the lights(with the Prince on your right)and follow the road as it bears round to the right you will find the Old Farmhouse next to the level crossing, again a selection of real ales and near enough to walk to the ground, but just far enough away to be welcoming to the visitor.
If you are driving and get to the ground early enough, you can park around Shamrock Quay, here you will find The Waterfront Bar, a reasonably sized bar with a terrace at the front where they have barbeques on warm days, also a good selection of food inside and perhaps as near to the ground as you can park as long as i said though if you are early.
Just by Shamrock Quay is The Joshua Tree, again an old Quayside Pub that has recently been renovated and puts on the odd live band or two in an evening it can get busy as kick off time approaches.
Both of these pubs are away fan friendly being the tucked away in an area that isnt really a through route for either cars or fans on foot on a matchday, therefore avoiding large groups of supporters of either team wandering around.
St Mary's itself also sells beer, although like many grounds its restricted to either Lager or Bitter in plastic glasses.
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