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October 26, 2021

Britain's Finest: Beer and a Board Game

There’s a particular affability about pubs and bars that keep a selection of board games.

And given that Articulate is the quintessential game for such settings, we decided to put together an ongoing list-in-progress of Britain's Best 'Beer and a Board Game' establishments.

We’ll post them here: places we know of that keep Articulate sets for your enjoyment. By definition, you'll find them overseen by the UK's most civilised landlords and landladies, keen to keep you lubricated in a convivial atmosphere whilst you all lock horns over description etiquette.

Most keep games purely for casual play; some organise specific board games nights. Visit and support them; take your friends and make new ones. We want to expand this list, so let us know if your local should be on it!


The 'best of' list so far...

  • BEDFORDSHIRE: Drink, Station Rd, Biggleswade SG18 8AH (www.drinkbiggleswade.co.uk)
    Serious craft beer aficionados for on- and off-sales... savour Articulate! in the tasting room.

  • ESSEX: The Garrison, 3 High St, Chelmsford CM1 1BE (www.garrisonchelmsford.com)
    Articulate! awaits you on Sunday board games nights at this 1920's-themed bar.

  • HAMPSHIRE: The Bakers, Winchester St, Basingstoke RG21 7ED (www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/hampshire/bakers/)
    Family-friendly, dog-friendly, live-music-friendly, TV-sport-friendly, Articulate-friendly public house.

  • LONDON (Central): Duke of Somerset, Aldgate E1 8AH (www.craft-pubs.co.uk/dukeofsomersetlondon)
    Darts, sports, garden. A 'bottomless brunch' & round of Articulate/CoOperate look immense value.

  • LONDON (Central): The Devereux, Devereux Court WC2R 3JJ (www.thedevereux.co.uk)
    Isaac Newton's local; 17thC history; 21stC quizzes & board games... and a longstanding commitment to Articulating!

  • LONDON (Outer): Next Door, Bexley High St. DA5 1LA (www.nextdoorbexley.com)
    Ales, craft beers, wine and cocktails under the railway arches; extremely dog-friendly... and with both Articulate and CoOperate on tap.

  • NORFOLK: The Crown Inn, East Rudham PE31 8RD (www.crowninnnorfolk.co.uk) - main photograph.
    Oak beams, inglenooks, fine Sunday roasts… and a group-friendly snug that boasts pretty well every game in the Articulate family.

  • SURREY: The Armstrong Gun, Englefield Green, TW20 0QX (www.facebook.com/TheArmstrongGunPub)
    Lively Egham local; lots of quizzes, events and activities, and you'll be welcomed in for a game of Articulate.

  • SURREY: The Glasshouse, New Malden, KT3 4QE (www.glasshouse.pub)
    Proper pizza, a huge garden, quiz nights, and a proper Articulatey selection of board games!

  • SURREY: The Royal George, Hersham, KT12 5QJ (www.royalgeorgehersham.com)
    Airy and spacious home-from-home with a mouthwatering Thai menu, quiz and board game nights, Articulate and CoOperate!

  • YORKSHIRE: The Potting Shed, Flemingate, Beverley, HU17 0NU (www.pottingshedbar.com)
    Shedloads of extras going on (including Articulate!) in this branch of an enticing small chain of bars.

A peek at the games rack in Next Door Bexley

Board games in your bar? Publicans, please get in touch! (Twitter, Insta or email blog@drumondpark.co.uk). Tell us about your place; send a couple of photos of one of our games in the bar. We’ll put you on this page, big you up, link to your website, push your photos through our social media channels and hopefully send some like-minded punters your way.

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