Friday, 31 July 2015

The George Inn

The George Inn - Thursday 30th July 2015

77 Borough High Street, Southwark, London, England SE1 1NH

I have not been out for a beer after work for quite a while, but jumped at the chance when told the meet up was going to be The George Inn, Southwark. This is a fantastic ex-coaching inn that Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare both allegedly drank in. This pub is only half of the original 17th century building, and is apparently the last galleried inn left in London. Either way it is a truly wonderful pub to drink in; it just ozzes atmosphere.

We were all due to meet at around 7pm but as I work only a short 15 minute walk from the pub I decided to try to grab a table outside a bit earlier - even at just gone 5pm it was packed. That said, I managed to grab a seat whilst I waited for my friends and colleagues to arrive.

When they got there I had already had a pint and was just about to start on my second. Due to the lack of space outside, we all wandered inside and took over one of the small snugs beside the main central bar. Whilst they offer a decent selection of food nobody partook, being more interested in the beer and other drinks available. They have a good selection of the everyday lagers and so on, with a few more exotic ones thrown in the mix, but my eyes were drawn to their six hand pumps of real ale. Not only that, but they also had an IPA (Punk IPA) on tap.

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) IPA (3.6%), Greene King, Bury St Edmunds - a good session IPA

2) George Inn Ale (4.2?%), Adnams, Southwold - a good session beer
3) Rum Runner (5.2%), Greene King, Bury St Edmunds - a rum infused tasy, but strong, ale
4) I tried a spiced ale (5%) - a very highly spiced ale (very Christmassy, like mulled wine). Unfortunately I didn't buy a pint as it was not the sort of beer I could drink much of even though it was very tasty - I was unable to get any brewery etc. details

Visits: 1st / dozens previous

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Lion Hotel

The Lion Hotel - Sunday 26th July 2015

High Street, Farningham, Kent, DA4 0DP
A wet and dreary Sunday led us to a return visit to Eynsford to have a second viewing of Lullingstone Roman Villa. There were two reasons for this; firstly it was wet and, as it was a spur of the moment idea, we wanted somewhere indoors to expore, and secondly my youngest wanted to get the full Roman legionary outfit that he saw last time we were there.

We finished our exploring at about the same time (late afternoon) as the previous visit but we fancied somewhere different to eat and drink. I mentioned that there was a Harvester nearby, so we headed towards the Lion Hotel in Farningham. When we got there though we realised that this pub was no longer a Harvester but was now part of the Village Inns retinue.

The pub still has the same layout as when I had previously visited maybe twenty years ago! but the decor seemed a little more rustic. All for the better in my mind.

The landlady made sure we got a table at a very busy time and we sat down to the waitress service. The meal we had was very tasty and accompanied the beers I sampled very well.

The bar is a little small but stocks a large array of the better quality beers and lagers on tap, as well as a good choice of wine and spirits. My attention was held by the vast array of pump clips for real ales on display above and around the bar area. That said, there were only actually three pumps of real ale on, and one of those was actually off at the time of this visit.

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) Old Speckled Hen (4.5%), Morland Brewery, Abingdon - a malty, amber beer

2) Broadside (4.7%), Adnams, Southwold - a rich, dark, ruby red beer

Visits: 1st / several previous

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The William the Fourth

The William the Fourth - Saturday 18th July 2015

4 Church St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UJ

I had one of my 3 monthly/seasonal meet-ups with my great friend AR this evening. We meet up in Brighton to have a long chat over fish and chips and a few non-alcoholic beverages. The reason for the lack of alcohol is due to the fact we both have to drive to get there.

We met up at around 6:30pm and, after a long stroll along the beachfront breathing in the bracing sea air and absorbing the best UV rays our local star has to offer us, we called into the Palm Court restaurant on the Pier. This is an old haunt of ours and we have spent many an evening in here supping on their very nice cod and fish supper, with obligatory mushy peas and pickles.

After finishing our sumptuous meal we took a stroll around town, taking in the sights and soaking up the ambience before heading to our usual drinking hole, the William the Fourth.

This is very much a traditional old pub in many senses of the word. It has a cozy bar, is divided into two sections and has many nice tables to sit at, including some that are in demi-booths for added group privacy. It is a relatively quiet pub, and most of the patrons go in there to talk!

They have a good array of the usual pub beers both on tap and in bottles, but they do also offer five real ales. Unfortunately I was unable to sample any of the fare on offer (although I have on previous visits to Brighton when I have either not had to drive or gone by train and, indeed, for the short time I lived there whilst working a short contract).

Beers drunk on this vist:

1) Blue (0%), Beck's, Germany - a non-alcoholic lager beer

Visits: 1st / several previous

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn - Sunday 5th July

Riverside, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0AE

The wife and I took the kids to see Lullingstone Roman Villa around lunchtime today. A great time was had by all but we were all rather hungry and thirsty by the time we finished. As a result we decided to grab a quick drink and nibbles at a nearby watering hole. I chose The Plough Inn as I had always had a good time on the previous occasions I have frequented the pub.

As memory served, it was just as busy this time as it always had been on previous visits in the past. I was about fifth in line to be served but the barman was very efficient, called for backup, and I was soon served with drinks for all and a portion of fries to tie everyone over until dinner when we got home later. The fries arrived very quickly (maybe 10 minutes later  at the most) even after being told I might have a 45 minute wait.

My wife has already suggested a re-visit very soon as she enjoyed the ambience and look of the main menu. I will be happy with the selection of beers on offer, and she has offered to drive!

The Plough is a Casque Mark pub and offers a range of ales and beers both on tap and in bottles, as well as a large range of lagers and wine.

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) Old Speckled Hen (4.5%), Morland Brewery, Abingdon - a malty, amber beer

Visits: 1st / several previous