Andover Arms57 Aldensley Road
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An 1853 backstreet local, situated in (the estate agents') "Brackenbury Village", which adds to the rural feel. Acquired from Watney's by Fuller's in 1991, the pub has undergone limited changes since, including combining the bars into one room, opening up the kitchen and extending into the former yard at the rear. Entering through the middle door, the attractive wood-panelled bar counter, furnished with bar stools and a gantry, complete with snob screens, and an elaborate back bar are directly in front of you, whilst the main seating, with an eclectic assortment of dining tables and chairs, extends on the left to the rear, with piano and fireplace (and a real fire in cold weather) as well as to the right past the open-plan kitchen. Background music, often gentle jazz notes, is kept low. A frequent entry in the Good Beer Guide, this is a popular local with a devoted regular clientele supplemented by visitors drawn to the pub by the reputation of its chef/landlord whose kitchen offers range of dishes, both lunchtimes and evenings, at prices considered reasonable for the area. The Quiz Night each Sunday evening can fill the place.