The first thing I liked was the venue itself. Being from Yorkshire, oh aye I love an oldy woldy pub– and this brewpub is set in a 17th century coaching house; all open beams, dark corners and low ceilings. This theme continues up to the rear bar where airy high ceilings and shiny towering copper fermentation tanks stand in stark contrast.
Next came my favourite of the whole evening – a pale ale called Early Doors which brought me amber, citrus creaminess (and, to risk sounding pretentious, notes of acorn too!).
Their heavier offerings went down a treat also– a chocolate, coffee stout, Dark Matter, and their 2 O’Clock Ordinary bitter which reminded me of teenage nights down the village social club, sneaking sips of Dad’s pint whilst the publican had her back turned.
It’s all about the beer here. There is food of a hearty British sort but the beer is the star and, actually, it features in most of the dishes. I’ll mention their sausages because they were the real porky deal and had blue cheese in which really worked, and their beer fondue because…well, beer fondue.
183 High Street
020 8992 3712