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 red ale with new world hops and intense spicy flavours. NOW POURING
Downlands Best Bitter
A malty, fruity and rounded bitter from North of Brighton. ENJOYING A RUN
A wonderfully rich golden ale with striking citric hop balance. IN THE CELLAR
An old fashioned, deep brown and malty strong bitter, beautifully replicated by Fullers. IN THE CELLAR
A subtle golden ale with little of the citric bitterness of many modern beers but absolutely delightful all the same. 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 rich, round and fruity beer made with real papaya. 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. NOW POURING
The flagship beer of this great little brewery and Champion Beer GBBF 2019. Golden and citric but with a rich backbone. NOW POURING
The original strong pale ale in the UK, this crisp, refreshing and very dangerous beer is still up amongst the best. NOW POURING
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
A deep gold, round and mouthfilling session beer with a glorious bitter finish. NOW POURING
Stan's Big Apple
A full and very fruity medium cider from a great producer. 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