The Britannia Pub

19 Nov

The Silver Fox and I were on one of our Sunday walks around the Grund, and as usual we were gasping for a pint after all that leisurely strolling. The bars we passed were all shut but thankfully the lights were on at The Britannia Pub. Not only that but they were showing the F1 final and the football.

We settled down beside one of the huge single paned windows overlooking the bridge; they open on summer days which helps to make up for the lack of terrace. Two big screens and two small ones were placed around the L shaped room so every table has a good view. Bar service only but the barman was very friendly and attentive; beers on tap included Diekirch, Strongbow and Magners, and there’s also a small wine list and a cocktail menu. The food was strictly snack fare only, grand for beer soakage but if you’re looking for something more substantial both the Mousel Cantine and Chez Bacano are close by.

The decor is traditional English pub, down to the aging patterned carpet, dartboard and stained glass door. It could do with a lick of paint and an update because the overall impression is of gloomy familiarity. The shouts and groans from the patrons watching the screens helped lift the ambiance though; there were lots of free tables but it was positively buzzing for a Sunday afternoon in Luxembourg. We found the toilets clean and well stocked, but their small size must see long queues during busy periods.

All in all we had a pleasant few drinks there, the Silver Fox even swapped a bit of banter with a Luxembourgish Arsenal supporter. With a bit of love it could be a favourite of ours but the rundown decor lends a slightly sad quality to the experience. On the plus side though the Silver Fox is delighted to be finally living in a country where he can wear his English colours without risking a dig or worse – high praise indeed.

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Address: 69 Allée Pierre de Mansfeld, L-2118 Luxembourg
Phone: +352 433 233
Sports: Four screens, dartboard. Check website for fixtures and events
Opening hours: Weekdays 5pm to 1am, weekends 1pm to 1am (can vary though so call ahead if in doubt)
Prices: Pint Diekirch €4.00, 25cl bottle Pinot Gris €4.40, 25cl bottle Chardonnay €3.00
Buses: Numbers 9, 14 and 19, Rives de Clausen shuttle bus

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