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Games in Pubs

by Krista


I like games. Word games in particular. When I got back to the U.K. after Christmas, I started carrying around Scattegories and Quiddler everywhere I went. You know, just in case anyone wanted to play a random game or three. And I wasn't alone. I had dinner at The Charles Lamb; people were playing dominoes. I had lunch at The Peasant and people were playing cards. We had drinks at The George Inn, and people were playing something.

I declare 2009 the year of games in pubs. People can't afford to go out big-time anymore. We're getting back to basics. And I'm wondering…why did we ever gave this up? Games are fun. And cheap. I think I'm going to take up mah-jong.

Are people playing games in your local? Where? And can I play?

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Mark January 12, 2009 - 12:02 pm

I love your blog – it’s great!!

And I totally agree about games in pubs! I love seeing a pile of worn-out boxes next to the bar. I haven’t been in a pub recently with games though. I should try the ones you suggest!

Gourmet Chick January 12, 2009 - 12:03 pm

I like pubs where they supply the games. Spent a lovely evening playing monopoly in a pub a few weeks ago. By the way, what is Quiddler I have never heard of it?

Claire January 12, 2009 - 12:03 pm

You can play in the Eagle on Askew Rd in west London. They recently renovated the pub (it’s now much more ‘gastro’ and part of the Geronimo group) but thankfully, kept their impressive stash of board games.

Jules January 12, 2009 - 12:03 pm

One of my local pubs has a traditional skittle alley. Great fun after a few drinks!

gg January 12, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Town of Ramsgate, Wapping. Landlord keeps several games behind the bar. There’s a quiz night on Mondays too with buttered popcorn on tap!

Krista January 14, 2009 - 7:40 am

Quiddler is like playing Rummy, but with letters…so you have to make
words. It travels well!

Helen January 17, 2009 - 10:22 pm

I love playing games in pubs, it reminds me of my student days. Word games are my favourite too, we should have a game of something at some point, a quiet scrabble or boggle in a pub one afternoon, we could while away the hours with some nibbles and wine, beer, water, whatever!

Krista January 19, 2009 - 8:24 pm

Helen, I LOVE Boggle. There was a version on Facebook for a while but they
took it down. It was awesome. A Food Blogger’s Game Night?

Adam Whitehead January 20, 2009 - 6:07 pm

Me and my friends used to play drinking games in pubs, although this is usually only viable if the drinks are cheap. Otherwise my pub game repetoire extends only to the obvious, such as Jenga or the pub’s old chess set where pieces are missing and you have to substitute a salt shaker for the bishop 😉

(btw, this is Adam, Martha & Doug’s friend whom you spent a lot of time looking up Martin Sheen details on Wikipedia with last Firday 😉 Great blog!)

Kim March 10, 2010 - 12:24 pm

I love scattegories but haven’t been able to find it anywhere around here. The Quiddler game looks fun too, but I haven’t been able to find anywhere to buy it in the UK. Do you happen to know anywhere to buy either of these games over here?

Krista March 10, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Um, Amazon.co.uk? Or from the games guy at Camden Lock Market

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