Manager Tom, formerly of Sheaf View, Thornbridge, The Ale House, etc, was not working on the Sunday night that we visited but he was mentioned amongst our carefully calculated nominations for a pub management dream team (it's looking like a five-a-side one with mebbe two subs, by the way. Send us your nominations on a postcard please).
The pub is nicely done out inside and has some tasty sounding tapas tackle on offer plus other stuff on matchdays. Oh, and a decent beer garden. Lots of talk about the light-coloured tables but they looked fine to us. Mind you, this is a beer blog not 60 Second Makeover `n` that.
|Nice beer on a nice enough table|
First up we really enjoyed a couple of pints of Raw's Baby Ghost IPA and, uncharacteristically, we were tempted to stick with it. At 3.9%, this is a really effective `all day` hop fest. The Staveley stars are at their best with their Ghost series; can`t go far wrong. However, I'm glad we also then tried the Independence from Bristol Beer Factory. It's a lovely American pale brew with plenty of hop and citrus taste to it at 4.6%. Reyt up our street and both really quaffable pints. At this point we'd tend to maybe look keg-side as The Beer Engine usually has something interesting but the Bad Seed lager didn't appeal so we finished off with a couple of bottles.
The Bad Seed South Pacific Pale was disappointing, a bit dull really even at 5.8%, so I shan't holiday in that vicinity this year. Angelsey will suffice, again.
However, Siren's Broken Dreams, aged in sexy barrels, was a great nightcap. It really is a tough task to find a bad beer from the red-hot Reading brewers and it`s no surprise that RateBeer rated them tops recently. Don't recall what we paid for it but the price was right. Now, Play Your Cards Right and pop into the Beer Engine after a Supermarket Sweep at Waitrose, or similar. Sorry, it`s been a long week! Cheers.