Telegraph guide to the best British pubs. This week: The Victory, Herefordshire.

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 For most people, a trip to the pub is a bit of an outing. When you visit The Victory, though, you’re taking a voyage out to sea.

That’s because the whole place is done up like a naval galleon from the time of Admiral Nelson. The bar forms the side of the vessel, with drinks being served from the porthole-dotted lower deck, and a row of cannons protruding from the upper.

Meanwhile, a mass of nets and rigging dangles down over the drinkers, who sit at well-spaced-out tables, on decks that have been vigorously swabbed.

Having gone this far, the pub’s management have clearly decided there’s no point in stinting on their chosen theme. Hence the profusion of nautically themed signs, reading “Please Keep Gangway Clear” and “The Captain’s Word Is Law”. Instead of a notice saying “Ladies” and “Gents”, there is a wall on which appears the word “Heads” (what real sailors call the conveniences).

And the main bar is just the start of it. Take the long walk from prow to stern (oh, all right, from front to back) of The Victory, and right at the aft end of the establishment is a little stage, where local musicians play not the hornpipe, but something a little louder, judging from the sign which reads: “Keep Doors Shut When Band Is Playing”.  FULL STORY HERE