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Posted by Wanderer on Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:08 pm
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Highlights from Sheffield, Monday afternoon ...

Tiny Rebel Stay Puft 5.2%, in the Fat Cat. A porter with a coffee and marshmallow aroma. Flavours include caramel, chocolate, marshmallow and vanilla. Had this before and as always, it's wonderful.

Wander Beyond Brewing Co. Great Rift 6.0% in the Kelham Island Tavern. A pitch black stout with a milk chocolate aroma. Many flavours including chocolate, lactose, syrup, vanilla, dark fruits and a hint of liquorice. Excellent.
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Highlights from Stratford on Thursday evening ...

North Cotswold Cotswold Best 4.0%, a copper coloured traditional best bitter, in the Stratford Alehouse. A malty aroma. Taste is malty with a slightly sweet finish provided by caramel and honey. Very nice.

Titanic Chocolate & Vanilla Stout 4.5%, also in the Alehouse. Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Taste, malt, cocoa and vanilla. Excellent.

Gales HSB 4.8%, in the Old Thatch Tavern. A chestnut coloured strong bitter with toasted malt and toffee flavours. Always a welcome find.

The Stratford Alehouse is well worth a visit for real ale or cider fans. A single room micropub with a minimum of four ales plus ciders and wine. The pub acts as a venue to a number of music nights and although meals are not available, snacks are.

We visited two Fullers pubs, The White Swan Hotel and the aforementioned Old Thatch Tavern. The former is a 15th century market place hotel offering accommodation and meals (lunch and evening) in the restaurant. The bar had 3 real ales. The latter, also adjacent to the market place, is smaller, does indeed have a thatched roof and majors on all day every day food. 3 real ales were also available here.

The other pub visited was the Lamplighter, also in the market place. A more basic environment and although not happening during our visit, appeared to be the place where karaoke would be in full swing perhaps on Fridays & Saturday's. 2 real ales were available, both from Davenports Brewery.
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Worth a mention, ale and venue ...

As part of a trip to the Sefton coastal area on Friday, a visit was paid to the Four Ashes, Waterloo (Merseyside). A one room micropub with six cask ales along with bottled beers and an array of gins, vodkas and wines. Pork pies and a number of bar snacks were available. Well worth a visit.

Big Hand Brewing Co Spectre 4.5%, was very enjoyable. A jet black stout with a chocolate aroma. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and liquorice. Recommended.
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Lower Angel, Warrington at the weekend ...

Ilkley Brewery Ruby Jane 4.0%, a dark ruby coloured mild. Aroma, malt and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is similar with the fruit more evident. A slightly dry finish. Nice.

Tiny Rebel Summer Crush 4.0%, a clear golden ale. Aroma, mango and peach. Taste, the same. Not really my thing but it doesn't hurt to try something different.

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby 6.0%, had this a few times and always enjoy. Unsurprisingly, a dark ruby ale. This has caramel, toffee, dried fruits and a slight nuttiness.
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Highlights from Leeds on Sunday afternoon / early evening ...

Scarbrough Hotel - Cotleigh Tawny Owl 3.8%, pours light brown / orange (tawny :) ). A best bitter with a malt and grain aroma. Taste is roasted malts, caramel, toffee and a hint of spice. Nice.

Head of Steam - Leeds Midnight Bell 4.8%.

Tapped - Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout 4.5%, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Very nice.

Leeds Brewery Tap - Nomadic Beers Strider 4.4%, a very nice copper coloured best bitter. Some malt and biscuit on the aroma. Taste is malty with caramel and biscuit.

(Pubs reviewed on Page 77).
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A couple of unusual ones in the Lower Angel, Warrington in the last couple of days ...

Anarchy Brew Co. Deadly Milk 6.0%, a milkshake IPA. Pours thick hazy orange. Aroma is lactose and orange. Taste is mango, orange, lactose and vanilla. The strength is obvious in the finish.

Turpin's Strawberry Haze 3.9%, a hazy golden ale with a noticeably thin head. Has a strawberry aroma and the taste is lightly malted, some hoppiness and strawberries.
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Worth a mention ...

Rooster's London Thunder 4.2%, a porter sampled in the North Western, Liverpool yesterday. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma, roasted malt and vanilla. Taste, roasted malt, brown sugar and vanilla. A slightly bitter finish. Nice.

The North Western is a large Wetherspoons adjacent to Lime Street Station originally built by L&NWR in 1871. 8 cask ales were available spread over 2 bars.
Posted by bentleyman on Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:08 am
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Off to Wembley on Sat any decent "Watering Holes" around Great Portland Street U/G ?
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bentleyman wrote:
Off to Wembley on Sat any decent "Watering Holes" around Great Portland Street U/G ?

The last twice we've been to the Challenge Cup Final, 2016 & 2018 (as the girlfriend is a Warrington supporter) we've broken the journey back to KX at Great Portland Street for a drink in the Greene Man (formally the Green Man) which is only a few yards from the exit of the underground. It generally has 4 or 5 cask ales available.

We've also been in the Albany which is literally a minutes walk away and also has cask ales.
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Thanks hopefully I will check them out
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