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By G.

A friendly family-run pub, The Gough Arms is airy and light with a relaxed feel.

The Venue
Despite The Mailbox being around the corner, The Gough Arms, like The Craven Arms down the road, is very popular and it’s not hard to see why. The pub is family-run and extends an exceptionally warm, nay bubbly, welcome. It’s also, in estate agents’ speak, very ‘well presented’ with a white painted brick and brown exterior adorned with mini hanging flower baskets.

Inside it's airy with a high cream ceiling, patterned carpet, light yellow wallpaper and flowers on every available mantlepiece and windowsill. The bar is all wood and lined with high stools and there's pictures of Jimi, Elvis and Jim Morrison (i.e. iconic dead rock stars) on the walls. There are screens for watching the sport and a pool table too. And they have live music here most Saturdays, as well as acoustic sessions at other times and karaoke on a Friday night.

The People
The Gough Arms attracts a bit of a mix of everyone but, as you'd expect, it fills up with workers from all walks of life in the evening and during the weekends it gets its fair share of families. Staff are friendly to all who walk through the door and if you come here more than once you're considered one of their regulars.

The Food and Drink
On tap there’s Foster’s, Kronenbourg, Stella, John Smith’s and Guinness (Theakston’s Dark Smooth is set to become a new addition too). In bottles you’ve got a good selection of Budweiser, Beck’s, San Miguel, Portuguese lager Sagres, Greek lager Mythos and Russian beer Baltika. The house special is called The Hulk and is double gin with a dash of apple sours and lemonade, all for £3.50. Food wise there are sandwiches, soups, jacket potatoes and main meals like scampi and chips for £4.95.

The Last Word
Unreservedly recommended, The Gough Arms feels like a home away from home.