91-92 Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 0DW
I managed to scrape together some cash this week for a visit to The Coal Hole in order to meet up with SH. It was a wet and dreary evening and everyone coming in was soaked through. However, this did nothing to dampen the atmosphere in the pub and it was very busy as usual.
SH and I wiled away the evening chatting about all sorts, but the main focus of our conversation was this year's Oktoberfest. We haven't been for a short while now and our visits to Munich have become more sporadic over the last few years, but we haven't given up on our favourite annual pilgrimage. The flights are booked and paid for (pending an upgrade to Club Class on the way home), the hotel room is booked (closer than the usual hotel we usually frequent by a one minute walk, but still in the same vicinity by Central Station!), and spending money is being put aside on a monthly basis. We have already decided on a rough itinerary for the weekend - lots of great Bavarian food, beer and hospitality to be savoured.
Anyway, back to the pub... The ales on offer in the Coal Hole were not up to much this evening unfortunately. They still had the usual choice of around a dozen beers on tap but many were the same as last time. I managed to have a taste of three ales I have not tried before but I found them all too fruity or bitter for my tastes on this particular occasion. In the end I had to settle for a couple of old faithfuls.
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Two Tides (4.6%) - Sharp's Brewery, Rock, Cornwall - a slightly bitter, malty pale ale
2) Nicholson's Pale Ale (4.2%) - St Austell Brewery, Cornwall - A smooth, golden ale with citrus flavours
SH stuck to the Two Tides all evening as he was enjoying it but I had to drop down to the Pale Ale as the Two Tides really went to my head despite having a bite to eat prior to entering the pub.