Best for Beer
30 October 2017
What could be more satisfying than supping a pint of beer and warming your toes by a roaring fire following an invigorating autumn ramble? For good walking, glowing fires and for quaffing first class beer, seek out these excellent inns – all have tapped into the thriving craft beer revolution, offering local micro-brewery ales or mind-boggling bottled beer lists, or they brew and bottle their own. Visit Inn Places for many more choices all offering a superb array of drinks.
The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
Dominic Worrall’s spruced up village inn close to the South Downs draws an appreciative crowd for real food, real ales, real fires and cool boutique-style rooms. An impressive array of fonts and pumps dispense five real ales and eight craft brews (no mass produced beers here), perhaps Brooklyn, Burning Sky and Longboard Island Lager, but Dominic’s very own and brilliant Bedlam Beers, crafted in nearby Albourne, take centre stage, naturally.
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Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Somerset
Expect to find a cracking range of draught beer and over 50 bottled varieties at this laid-back local lost down lanes on the Dorset border. Taste what’s on draught if you can’t decide, while the third of a pint glass option is great for drivers. Quaff Cheddar Potholer, RCH Pitchfork Bitter, try a guest brew – Gyle 59 Bitter brewed in Chard – or push the boat out and sample Leifmans chocolate and raspberry beer served over ice.
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Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire
Step up to the huge sideboard bar at this former Victorian schoolhouse and you’ll find yourself in gin (360 different bottles) and beer heaven. Ale lovers are spoilt for choice with an impressive line-up of five pumps dispensing local beers from within a 35-miles radius of the pub – seasonal house ales brewed by Weetwood, alongside Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale and Coach House Gunpowder Mild.
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The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Chef-owner Chis Coubrough’s commitment to all things local at his stylish coastal inn extends to the bar, where Jo C’s Norfolk Ale figures prominently, brewed near Fakenham by self-styled “alewife” Josie. Quaff her Norfolk Kiwi or Bitter Old Bustard beers at the Crown or at sister pub, The Ship Hotel at Brancaster along the coast, or buy some bottles and mini-casks of Jo C’s beer to take home.
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Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Timbrell’s Yard is a stunning Grade II listed riverside inn with a passion for local food and drink producers and the bar is chock-full of premium craft beers, real ales and bottled beers. Choose from London Pale Ale, Yakima Red and London Red from Meantime Brewery and top-notch local brews from Box Steam Brewery, Cheddar Ales and Bath Ales.
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Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire
Transformed into a sophisticated eating inn with glamorous bedrooms, this 17th-century riverside inn oozes genuine personality via quirky (but tasteful) décor and menus brim with artisan local produce. Expect local ales from Hawkshead (Lakeland Gold) and Moorhouses (Pride of Pendle) breweries among the four ales on handpump, alongside unusual crafts beers on tap and in bottles – the owners are certainly raising the bar.
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Killingworth Castle, Wo0tton, Oxfordshire
At Claire & Jim Alexander’s community focused dining pub close to Woodstock you’ll find a rustic-smart interior, innovative menus, and three gleaming hand pumps on the bar proudly dispensing Yubby Ales. Yubby Ale, Yawnie & Goldie are the tip-top ales brewed by North Cotswold Brewery to Claire & Jim’s recipes, and they are also available at their sister pub, theEbrington Arms, alongside a local guest ale and Cotswold lagers.
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The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk
Beer Academy founder Mark Dorber knows how to mature and deliver a pint of Adnams ale to the customer in perfect condition at his vibrant, foodie inn close to the beach. Expect three to five Adnams beers on tap and a mind-boggling choice of eight draught craft beers and lagers. Aficionados can explore Mark’s amazing bottled beer list and when it comes to matching beer (and wine) to food, there’s genuine expertise in the house.
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This month we are giving our readers the chance to win an overnight bed & breakfast stay at the superb Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham, Norfolkincluding a bottle of Prosecco and afternoon cream tea on arrival. Terms & Conditions apply. Enter here
Much-loved country-rustic pub with rooms peacefully located beside the vast village green and away from the coastal throng. Expect a laid-back feel, Asian-inspired food, cosy rooms and a cracking bar that’s chock-full of craft draught and bottled beers and boutique spirits. Chalkboards champion craft Adnams Dry-Hopped Lager, Ease Up IPA, Grain Pilsner and Brewdog Punk IPA, while real ale aficionados can quaff brews from Adnams, Woodfordes’s and Grain Breweries, all kept in tip-top condition.
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