In 1984 the then US President Ronald Reagan visited the small town of Ballyporeen for a Smithwicks Ale at O’Flarrells Pub, which was later renamed the Ronald Reagan Pub in his honour. More than 20 years later the pub was dismantled and shipped from Ireland to California to become part of the magnificent Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Here visitors can enjoy a cold Smithwicks from the same bar as the President while gazing at the huge Boeing 707 Airforce One on display and the rugged Californian Simi Valley’s harsh and unforgiving landscape. The pub has the original taps, furniture, signs and pretty much everything which greeted the Reagan’s when they visited in 84. The only difference is the exterior which was built new but keeping with the original Irish theme. The Library is about an hours drive out of LA and as well as a great pub there is a very interesting story of a man who was US president during so much change in the world.
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Reports in several London newspapers this week have reported that pop superstar Madonna has bought an English Pub in Mayfair. The pub known as the Mayfair has reportable been sold for about 2.5 million pounds from a friend of Madonna and her husband Guy Richie. The pub features a beer called Timothy Taylor’s Landlord beer and news is that Madonna doesn’t mind a glass or two of the frothy golden nectar. Madonna and hubby only live around the corner and have been seen frequenting the establishment quiet a few times for a drop or two. The material girl has been reported as picking up a fair bit of London real estate recently, a few weeks ago she was meant to have spent 12 million dollars for a house next to hers to put in a gym.
Well this chain of pubs might not have the most inviting name but they sure are popular. The Slug and Lettuce chain stretches to nearly 100 pubs over the UK. They specilise in good food friendly service and of course fresh tasty beer. They are probably a bit more food orientated than a traditional pub but nothing goes better with beer than food. They have a very impressive cocktail and wine list too. A fine place to take that someone special.
Along London’s famous Fleet Street you will come across The Punch Tavern which is a great place for a pint or two of larger. It’s far from the cheapest place for a beer in London and these days its more of a pub come cafe come restaurant but its well worth a visit. The beautifuly decorated pub has lovely tiles and mirrors portraying Mr & Prs Punch. The pub features some beautiful woodwork and has plenty of interesting treasures to view while you are having your pints. The Punch Tavern can be found at 99 Fleet Street in London UK.