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  • Best pub in St Ives and one of the best in Britain is the Oliver Cromwell.
  • The TapRoom seem to attract a slightly older crowd, which is good because after half an hour in the Golden Lion on a Friday or Saturday it is time to move on! Music so loud you can't possibly hold a conversation with anyone. The other pubs in St Ives leave a lot to be desired.
  • THE LION AND THE TAP ROOMS THE ONLY TWO PLACES ANY GOOD IN STIVES FOR A DAY TIME DRINK.
  • the robin hood why have you got the lel doormen at your pub they cant run there own place let alone your pub. and what is that stupid van they driveing about in. they look like the b-team.
  • FLOODS TAVERN on the broadway, a very homely place, with an excellent atmosphere, live music most weekends, karaoke on a thursday, steak night on a wed (delicious!) Jam night on a tuesday, the locals are Very friendly also! this is definately the place to go if you like a proper homely pub, their is a good age range of drinkers from 18 to 80+! good food is served weekdays from 12pm till 2pm also.
  • Have started visiting The Robin Hood on a friday night for excellent Old Skool music and mixing from resident DJ "DJ:UK". Nice atmosphere and top bar service - if you can get to the bar! Good tunes and different sets each week.
  • Thr Robin Hood has been extensively refurbished, still caters for the mainly young crowd and has an extended licence on Saturdays (?) The Golden Lion also has been extensively refurbished, it's very smart and modern now, haven't been there in the evening. The Greyhound is now The Unicorn, has Sky Sports. The Oliver Cromwell has also been refurbished, St Ives is on the up!!
  • The Nelsons Head is the place to be with it's new extended garden (which looks like garden force had a hand in it) happy hour is great and the staff are friendly and you don't end up waiting for ages to get served, fridays and saturdays it is hard to get in the door but it is worth it when you get in. the only place I have seen where the under 60's are playing bar billiards and enjoying it.
  • this is a little behind the times & due for an update i think. Nelsons Head is nolonger owned by Charlie & Audrey but by Darren & his wife Claire,they also have a beer garden out the back & is packed out every weekend. Royal Oak is a busy,warm & friendly pub.Every day is happy hour from open till close...& yes Anita still works there. Golden Lion has had its refurbishment & now there's No Smoking at the bar...walk up to the bar with a cigarette..don't expect to be served
  • try the haywain near the rainbow - really cheap all week and friendly service!!! all excepts that old lady who misses the first and last letters off everyones name and calls every one love.
  • I WENT TO MUCNHKINS... I DONT RECOMMENED THE PRAWNS... OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER... NOT GOOD. I ALSO HERE THE OTHER SMALL FOOD SHOP BY BARCLAYS BANK IS RUN BY THE SAME MAN, SO AVOID THERE 2!
  • the haywain is a great family pub, with great special offers all week on food and drink.
  • Club ice is the place to go on a sunday night- karaoke. its a aood laugh, beer is cheap.
  • The Royal Oak, a traditional market town boozer, Sun-Thurs excellent drink offers all day, all year round, Big screen TV with all the footy, fast and friendly staff, good cheap grub, just don't ask for one of Anita's famous baps, you may get more than you bargained for. One of the best kept secrets in town.
  • The Haywain near the Rainbow is pretty kool, or go 2 the Golden Lion, that is wikkida
  • Gotta be the new look Lounge atte,mpting to get rid of there old image in with a new posh image! Nice alwys busy! Or during the week it has to be the Nelsons before 7pm for those happy hour pint and a half for the price of a pint! cant beet that can you! Dont like the Golden lion (sorry) Robin could do with a re fit! And as far as the rest go sorta local local pubs all silent when you walk in! And as for the new look Binziz Oh dear!
  • The Golden Lion - recently re-furbished, it's now much lighter inside (I think they even knocked a wall down) FUll time chef ensures bar snacks are of the same high quality as the restaurant (V good). Nelsons Head - Good, happy type of pub - no extremes here (I.e. Kids (14-17) or wrinklies). The Lounge - always thought the basement room was a HUGE potential fire hazard, but the kids dig it! Bit of a Martinti joint, if you wear the right labels you'll love it. Avoid the Grey Hound (unless you enjoy the 'Herbal' scent), Floods (unless your with your parents), Binz's (unless you are fortunate enough to have had a frontal labotomy or three kids before your eighteenth birthday)
  • Binzs is now a lap dancing bar! Its done this to try and 'up the image'
  • NELSONS HEAD - GO TO BE SAID,THERE IS BAR GAMES - DARTS AND BAR BILLIARDS. AS WELL AS FRUIT MACHINES. DOES HAVE MUSIC,JUST NO JUKE BOX. STILL HAPPY HOUR CAN'T BE BEATEN - ALTHOUGH OTHERS HAVE TRIED. POP IN AND HAVE A CHAT WITH CHARLIE OR AUDREY (THE OWNERS) OR DARREN THE MANAGER (ALTHOUGH CAN BE A BIT BORING SOMETIMES!) FOOD GREAT IN THERE - WEDGES WITH GARLIC DIP MMMMMMMM OR CHIPS AND BITS LOVELY!!
  • Golden Lion due for a refit in Late summer. Robin Hood, currently falling down, more like a slum than a pub White Hart,Royal Oak, Oliver Cromwell and Aviator OK if you are over 90.
  • Best pub has to be the Manchester Arms, pleanty of great atmosphere with a good mix of people frequenting it, from the young to the old. Has a real family atmosphere and looks like an old country pub. It also has a great pool team.
  • the robbinhood the dolphin the seven wives manchester arms and about five or six outhers
  • NELSON'S HEAD - Much improved over recent times and well worth a visit. Famed for it's 1-1/2 pint glasses between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays where it gets very full. Early friday night drinkers tend to stay in here well after the happy 2 hours. No music or pub games but it is essentially a pub for clubbers before they hit them later. Good range of special beers and lagers. ROBIN HOOD - Always popular, dim lighting creates a real atmosphere. All the extra's included here, including pool, fruit machines and sky events. Every Saturday night the have a resident DJ pumping out party tunes to keep the masses happy. THE LOUNGE - Generally seen as the 'cool' place to go. If you think your someone in life you belong here. Loud music, beautiful people and a cracking atmosphere to match. Always perceived as a Wine Bar due to it's unchangeable layout though drink selection is very limited here. Has a covered outside area with huge heating lamps and large barbecue. Likes to encourage local talent with proper-up-and coming DJ's unlike the normal Dan's Delightful Disco types you might normaly come across. GOLDEN LION HOTEL - Not all it was, it was the place to be seen a few years back. Hasn't kept up with the times like the other pubs and will die a slow death unless they re-fit it soon. Has the advantage of been large with two seperate bars and being in the centre of town. You can still expect it to get quite busy on a Saturday night though. Quickest service in town mind even when busy !!! ROYAL OAK - Sometimes worth a visit just because it's the oldest pub in town and has a certain charm. Gets quite busy, but you'll find the people who go here are the regular types and not the clubbers on the crawl. BINZS - A typical joint snooker club / pub type place. Full of wannabes who would like to go to the better places in town but claim this is the place to be. Get a life sado's !!!!!! THE AVIATOR - Lot's of college types, attracted by cheap beer prices. Not a patch to it's former incarnation The Dunn Horse. Bring back the Dunnie !!!!! There's plenty more, none really worth mentioning. Except possibly THE HAYWAIN, although it's out of town is great for weekday drinking for the people in the north of the town.
  • The 3 Tuns at Fen Drayton has to be one of the best country pubs in the area, approx 3 miles from St Ives. Its an old thatched pub with plenty of character,it also has a beer garden with facilities for the kids. There's bar and restaurant meals that are both excellant, I'd recommend booking if wanting to eat in the restaurant on Saturday nights.
  • All pubs in StIves suffer from the same problem.. No atmosphere although the Robin Hood does a mean BLT
  • Royal Oak best for real ale, but gets incrediblt crowded. Robin Hood does decent food with a good Jukebox. Good atmosphere. The Lounge is really a wine bar but does decent guiness. St Ives a MUST for any visitor for atmosphere and beer/dogs
  • The nearest pub to the skate stuff is the Seven Wives which is next to the Shell garage.

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Last updated: 2009-11-23

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