Our Real Ales and Traditional CidersWe don’t have a policy of running “permanent” ales here. What we like to do instead is to rotate guest ales until we find one which is particularly popular and give it a run on the bar. What we always do, though, is try to ensure that we always offer a proper variety of strengths, styles and colours to ensure there will be something on the bar for everybody.
We are very keen to support local brewers and there will always be a “locale” beer on our bar. However, we also appreciate that there are lovely beers brewed all over the UK and we like to offer the very best of those alongside the local brews.
We attempt to stock the very best quality ales and keep them in perfect condition and this was borne out by our most recent Cask Marque visit, in which we achieved 5 out of 5 on all six of our ales.
We are passionate about our ales and promote the “try before you buy” policy. Our staff are all knowledgeable and will be keen to talk you through our range and ensure you get to drink a beer you will really enjoy.
We are also keen on real ciders and, as well as offering two lovely keg versions, we also pour two still ciders direct from the cask in the cellar behind the bar. You will find our current selection at the end of the list of ales.
We offer a wide choice of lagers here, some which are brewed in the UK and some which are brewed in their country of origin. We sell Fosters and Amstel for those who like a "session" lager, Heineken (which is brewed in Amsterdam), and the magnificent imported Krusovice Imperial. We also serve Purity Lawless - an English lager brewed with true passion up near Worcester.
We have one pump which is dedicated to big tasting beers which are served cold and fizzy. In spite of the fact that our landlord proudly states that he "went to war against keg" back in the 1970s, modern craft keg is a completely different beast and you will find a number of stunning IPAs appearing in rotation on this pump.
Symonds Founders Reserve 4.5%
A pale, crisp and refreshing keg cider with good acidity balanced against some very nice fruit.
Hogs Back Hazy Hog 5.0%
A slightly cloudy and delightfully fruity keg cider. Made by one of the best cider makers in the West Country for Hogs Back, this is very nice indeed.
Please scroll down to see our guest ales and our “coming soons”
A modern version of the classic English brown beer. Lots of mellow fruit comes from great malt extraction and the balance comes from old fashioned English hops. HAVING A RUN.
A rich golden beer - probably the first of the new age of these, with a taste like oaked chardonnay! NOW POURING
A deep brown traditional strong bitter with wonderful round malt flavours and a balance from English hops. Down from 5.2% to 4.8%, it is still a real mouthful of deep fruit flavours. IN THE CELLAR
A lovely nutty session IPA, brewed with English hops in a weakened copy of an old IPA recipe. Nice drinking. IN THE CELLAR
A wonderfully rich golden ale with striking citric hop balance. IN THE CELLAR
A pale and citric bitter with lovely body to match the bitterness. IN THE CELLAR
There have been changes galore at this local brewery and it has grown from a collection of brewer's bits in a pig shed to a shining great professional brewery. Hop Tipple isn't as bitter and citric as some modern ales but is nicely balanced and has a soft, spicy finish. NOW POURING
Once famous for it's fabulous citric flavours this lovely beer has been re-crafted by Fullers to a less "edgy" but completely lovely session bitter. IN THE CELLAR
An old fashioned, deep brown and malty strong bitter, beautifully replicated by Fullers. IN THE CELLAR
A fabulous blend of generous malt and new-world hops creates our most popular guest beer (record time on and off the bar 3.5 hours Fri 27 Oct 17). Tropical fruit, crisp bitterness and a lingering finish. IN THE CELLAR
One of the first beers to use the American hop Cascade, which gives citric balance to a good old English best bitter. A great favourite here. IN THE CELLAR
A round and fruity session IPA with clever hopping. Gluten free and lovely! IN THE CELLAR
As the name suggests, we have another pale beer here but this is one with a real difference. Not a straw coloured pale ale but more the colour of burnished gold. Startling. IN THE CELLAR
Strikingly big, hoppy and citric, this pale bitter is a shining example of the way this Cornish brewery has come on in leaps and bounds over recent years. IN THE CELLAR
A rich, round black porter in the old tradition from this relatively new brewery in Wokingham. Good chocolate and coffee notes are balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. IN THE CELLAR
A really refreshing citric golden ale from a highly respected Dorking brewery. NOW POURING
A deeply rich best bitter, deep gold in colour and full of ripe fruit flavours. Do you get banana? NOW POURING
The flagship beer of this great little brewery and Champion Beer GBBF 2019. Golden and citric but with a rich backbone. IN THE CELLAR
Quite rightly a revered Sussex brown bitter, with its velvety rich malt balanced by intriguing "musty" contributions from its ancient yeast. A classic old fashioned English beer. HAVING A RUN
Apples and Pears
A true perry, made from 88% pear juice, topped up with 12% cider apples to give the drink backbone. Medium sweet and quite delicious. NOW POURING
THATCHERS CHEDDAR VALLEY DRAUGHT CIDER
The colour of this unique cider gives it a vibrant character all of its own for those who want an alternative refreshing drink with a touch of natural sparkle. NOW POURING