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Old Brewery Tap / Merry England/ Under the Boardwalk

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theimposter1979

I understand the former pub under the 'Black Swan' is due to reopen at some point this year as a sports bar. Does anyone know if it opened when the Black Swan was built in the 60s or only opened in 1976 when I believe it became the Sam Smith's 'Old Brewery Tap'...if so what was the downstairs used for before this? 

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rover1949

There was definitely a separate bar underneath the Black Swan around 1967-68, we used to meet there from Bridge St bus station.

I think it was called the Sidewalk at the time but could be wrong.

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rover1949

That's the place but not the original name.

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SteveHB

The Merry England bar was under the Black Swan, it used to open late in the evening when the Black Swan closed.

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Organgrinder

It was the original Black Swan but known to everyone as the Mucky Duck.

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Zeb

it was indeed, it served sam smiths bitter which always consistent.

 

consistently bloody awful! hehe

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neddy
On 12/02/2019 at 21:18, theimposter1979 said:

I understand the former pub under the 'Black Swan' is due to reopen at some point this year as a sports bar. Does anyone know if it opened when the Black Swan was built in the 60s or only opened in 1976 when I believe it became the Sam Smith's 'Old Brewery Tap'...if so what was the downstairs used for before this? 

I seem to remember this as the Sportsmans bar before it became the Merrie England, so it looks like it's reverting back.

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