Bootlegger

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (22) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (687) Croydon, England | June 21, 2017
We visited in November 2016 with the Ldn RB prior to T Bois beer fest. Very handy location right by the train station. It is an impressively large boozer on the inside and offers a rather good selection of beer. 8 cask, 20 keg and a shed load of bottles in the fridge. An eclectic mix of breweries and beer styles from local hote goldes to Grade A craft offerings. Classic pub for hitting the scoops. Rather liked it. High Wycombes #2 beer venue.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
fraggas  (16) , England | April 16, 2017
Not so big selection of beers on tap. There is a "small bottle shop" inside. There is a backyard. They let us take a pizza hat to have there.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (1045) London, England | November 15, 2016
A pretty large, very decent boozer. Pretty good range of beers on offer across cask, keg and bottle. The house beers tend to be fairly middling, though. OK value, alright staff. A good spot to pick up some scoops. Conveniently located, just a couple minutes from the train station.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (1161) Banbury, England | October 6, 2016
Handily placed bar when travelling by train as it is dead opposite the approach road to the station. More comfortable than many new type Craft Beer bars, but that is waht it essentially is. Large L’ shaped space on entering with the bar in front of you and a fridge of bottled beers to the right. A good range of cask and keg beers all well signed but not of their own beers as these are not currently legal to sell. They do have bottles of their own beer and a donation to charity is made. There is a good feeling about the place and is well worth a visit, making 3 top notch places in High Wycombe.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn  (231) Bracknell, England | August 30, 2016
A quiet and homely place on a Tuesday lunchtime, with friendly staff. Good selection of, mainly local, casks on the handpumps; and rather pedestrian selection of keg beers on the wall behind the bar; and a very interesting selection of bottles in the wall of coolers.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (1734) , England | June 20, 2016
Visited on 19th June 2016. Deceptively large pub just over the main road from the station. Has a number of small rooms all located around a bar, big screen showing sport and lots of beer related memorabilia on the walls. There’s a huge beer garden with both picnic tables and comfier seats, some under cover to the rear. The beer selection is very good with a large array of handpulls, a wall of keg taps at the back and 6 or so beer fridges stocked with goodies from the UK and the rest of the world so plenty for a ticker to go at. Beer quality on cask and keg was excellent. Staff friendly and offered samples of beers. Prices maybe a little high but definitely cheaper than London. Stock bottles brewed in the cellar and other local breweries that don’t make it too far. It’s worth a stop off if passing through.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (1047) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | September 13, 2015| Updated May 24, 2016
Update 24/05/16. Have dropped service by one mark. Staff need better training. I intervened when a customer at the bar asked what kind of beer Beavertown Bloody Ell was and was told it’s a lager ! The girl seemed to think there were two types of beer on offer ... Keg = lager; Cask = Ale !!! Visited on Saturday 12/09/15 around 6 pm. Bootlegger is located bang opposite High Wycombe railway station and a short 3 minute stroll to the town centre. An attractive stone clad building, the Bootlegger is separated inside into 3 or 4 distinct areas along with some seating at the bar and a good sized beer garden. Trade was brisk on my visit, although a lot of this was likely due to the Man U Vs Liverpool game being shown on a number of big screens around the venue. At the business end 20 Keg taps and about 8 cask lines were on offer in addition to a couple of hundred bottles from the UK, Europe and beyond. Keg selection was a little pedestrian with quite a few macro picks but of interest three Rogue and one Alameda offerings plus a Siren Calypso. The cask range was fairly local and the Three I tried were in good condition including offerings from Marlow, Red Squirrel and Tring. I managed to pick up 3 winner Kernel beers in bottle during my visit which was a bonus. 3 beer tasting trays of third pints are on offer which is most welcome indeed. You can also by a branded glass Growler for £6 and fill with any beer (from what I could determine without having asked) for £4. They looked like 1 litre growlers so pretty good vfm for a take away. Service was very good, plenty of staff, never had to wait more than a minute or so and one of them checked the hop details on the Calypso for me. There didn’t seem to be any food on offer other than pork scratchings from large jars. We had the maple flavour ... They were really good ! Overall a great little venue. I think I’d always pick up ticks here bearing in mind the casks tend to be local and were largely recent releases/seasonals as opposed to tried and tested stalwarts and I didn’t even scratch the surface on the bottle front. My only criticism was the filler in the Keg line up but this is only a minor gripe when holding up against the best bars in London. Having discovered the Bootlegger it will now become a must visit when I’m in Wycombe.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
wheresthepath  (135) , England | January 27, 2010| Updated January 27, 2015
This was already the best beer venue in Wycombe by a huge margin, and it’s recently been expanded. There are now 8 casks (4 are usually local brewery Rebellion) and about 20 craft kegs (order from the big blackboard behind the bar) along with about 200 bottles in fridges ranged around the place (there’s a beer menu at the bar to choose your bottles from). Their website does list some bottled beers, but this is only the basics that they stock all the time so don’t judge them on that. It’s modern in design, with the now-to-be-expected pine tables, comfy sofas, that sort of thing. Bar staff tend to have at least a reasonable knowledge of beer and are happy to make recommendations. You can have all cask and keg beers in pints, halves or thirds, or get a flight of three thirds. Really this is a London-grade beer venue now, and rather unexpected in Wycombe. Only a couple of criticisms - there are some big sports screens (fortunately muted apart from during big matches, but still rather jarring for me) and it’s pricey for the area. However, it’s always busy, which implies that generally they’ve got it right. I’ll certainly be back!

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