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The Great British Pub Crawl’s Holly and Dale Harvey visit Bourne

A couple with an extensive back catalogue of pub visits have given their verdict on the watering holes of Bourne.

Dale and Holly Harvey are on a mission to visit and rate every pub in England.

They have already clocked up more than 2,900 venues since their campaign began and added 11 more to the tally after touring Bourne on Friday last week.

The Sugar Mill
The Sugar Mill

On day 759 of their challenge the Nottingham couple visited The Sugar Mill, The Anchor Inn, The Red Lion, The Mason’s Arms, The Nag’s Head, The Burghley Arms, The Jubilee Garage, Smiths of Bourne, Newton’s Wine Bar and Tapas, The Raymond Mays and Frankies.

So what was the verdict?

Detailing the evening on their social media accounts, titled The Great British Pub Crawl, The Sugar Mill was described as “clean, tidy and friendly” headed up by landlord Tom Bellis who they said was “a thoroughly nice chap”.

The Anchor
The Anchor

They thought The Anchor was “a gorgeous little 19th Century pub” where Dale sampled an ale brewed by the dancing Duck Brewery specifically for this venue. The review simply states “top pub, incredible people”.

Onwards to The Red Lion. They said: ”A bit of a funny one. From the outside at first glance you could be forgiven for thinking it wasn't open as the entrance is via a gate into the back yard and the layout inside makes it feel a little empty. One real ale on and decent choices across the taps and fridges.”

The Mason’s Arms is soon to change hands so there was only a few ales on offer last week. Dale said: “I'm sure in a couple of weeks it'll be a totally different pub so not much more to say on that one for now.”

The Nag’s Head was described as “knocking out some top quality meals” with a “decent bunch of ales and super selection on the taps”.

The Nag's Head
The Nag's Head

Dale and Holly’s visit to The Burghley Arms presented a party atmosphere before they moved on to the Jubilee Garage - “one of Bourne’s quirkiest bars”.

“It’s a funky, cool place that's popular with all age ranges. This really impressed us with its decor and whole vibe as it’s the perfect blend between American Dive Bar, Sports Bar and late night party hangout. It has really friendly staff, decent beers on the taps and a good atmosphere.”

As the night continued the pub crawlers visited Smiths of Bourne (noting its old school charm and solid cocktail menu) and Newton’s Wine Bar and Tapas (praising the smell of some of the greatest food you can ever imagine). Dale said: “They have a super tapas menu with dishes that will make your mouth water and the place is run by an absolutely lovely couple who have heart and passion in spades.”

The penultimate stop was The Raymond Mays - Bourne’s JD Wetherspoon. Described as “a top tier Spoons” it was praised for its staff, carpet and being all on one level - even the toilets!

Dale and Holly visit The Jubilee Garage in Bourne
Dale and Holly visit The Jubilee Garage in Bourne

The Bourne pub crawl drew to a close at Frankies cocktail bar where the pina colada scored 10 out of 10. Dale and Holly concluded: “This is honestly one of the friendliest and best cocktail bars we've been to on this crawl and it really should be a destination place for the evening, pulling off great date night vibes and a super ambience.”

A video of the couple’s night out in Bourne is available to watch on their YouTube channel. The couple have also visited Stamford, Oakham, Grantham and Spalding during the past year.

Where would you choose for a night out in Bourne? Have your say in the comments below.

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