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 stout porter with the best of both beers. Dark and slightly sweet but with roasted coffee notes to balance. Delicious. NOW POURING
Downlands Best Bitter
A malty, fruity and rounded bitter from North of Brighton. ENJOYING A RUN
A full and delicious strong ale from this famous Chiswick brewer. Fruity malt is balanced by lovely goldings hops. IN THE CELLAR
A crisp and citric golden ale with style - a complete opposite of the original Hobgoblin. IN THE CELLAR
There have been changes galore at this lovely local brewery and it has grown from a collection of brewer's bits in a pig shed to a shining great professional brewery with a great new head brewer. Tom and I went to visit them recently and this was the beer we asked them to create - a pale golden beer with a rich palate and spicy, bitter lingering notes. 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
A kaleidoscope of tropical fruit flavours come from this single American hop. Blended with rich malt from this great Sussex brewer we get heaven in a glass. IN THE CELLAR
A pale golden beer with big rich fruit flavours, including tangerine, followed by a streak of bitterness. NOW POURING
A wonderful red ale from a great local brewery. Lovely bitterness gives great balance. NOW POURING
A deeply rich best bitter, deep gold in colour and full of ripe fruit flavours. Do you get banana? IN THE CELLAR
The flagship beer of this great little brewery and Champion Beer GBBF 2019. Golden and citric but with a rich backbone. 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
Three XXX Porter
A beautifully round and smooth black beer from this great little brewery. IN THE CELLAR
Stan's Big Apple
A full and very fruity medium cider from a great producer. NOW POURING