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Primarily a cider drinker, I enjoy visiting as many different pubs as possible around the country. I'll try to mention the beers as well as any decent ciders!

Username: blue_scrumpy

Age: 45

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The Firkin Shed, Bournemouth

No trip to Bournemouth would be complete without a visit to the Firkin Shed. The post-match atmosphere was as good as ever. The ale and cider range feels as if it has diminished a little. I could only find 2 ciders I hadn't previously tried on this visit and I ended up drinking mead. Drinking space was also limited. So, we retreated to the tiny garden area at the rear. Ales were Arbor Mosaic, Stonehenge Heelstone, Neepsend Callisto, Eight Arch Cocoberry & Electric Bear Whirlybird. Ciders were Dorset Sunshine Strawberry Sunshine, Blackcurrant & Summer Sunshine, Farmer Jim's Rhubarb Bob, Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees Perry, Cranborne Chase Dry, Medium & Sweet, My'N'Ers Dry, Medium & Sweet, Heck's Farmhouse Perry & Purbeck Joe's Dry. Still just about clinging out to a 10/10 in my scoring.

16 Sep 2019 21:44

The Saxon Bear Ale House, Christchurch

A Sunday trip to the Dorset coast started for us at the Saxon Bar, a micropub in Christchurch. We were the only people in over lunchtime. It's a fairly typical micropub where all ales, cask beers and ciders are displayed on blackboards and the barman will fetch your drinks from the cold room and bring them to your table. The cask ale selection was Wylam Wasn't Born To Follow, Bowman Lapwing, Wantsum Black Pig & Barefaced Peacocks Bitter. Keykeg options were Time & Tide Double Stout, Boutillers & Tom's Tap Swim Until You Can't & Track Reflex. Ciders were Dorset Sunshine Strawberry Sunshine, Big Ginger, Summer Sunshine & Purple Rain, Meon Valley Brown Trout & Dragonfly, Seacider Blood Orange, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Pulp Rhubarb & Snail's Bank Raspberry Ripple. I went through each of the Dorset Sunshine ciders, as I'd not had any of them before, in what was quite a rushed visit. Probably the best pub in Christchurch. Although it did lack customers and therefore atmosphere.

16 Sep 2019 21:37

The Clytha Arms, Clytha

Our final stop of the day in Monmouthshire and once again we'd saved the best until last. The Clytha Arms is set in nice countryside between Abergavenny and Raglan. It has plenty of outdoor space, including some nice garden areas at the rear, with a children's play area and a boules pitch, along with a lovely pear tree. The gardens look across fields with goats, horses and rabbits. Inside was reasonably quiet when we arrived. By the time we left, they were doing a roaring trade with their speciality tapas dishes. All tables were taken and you could hardly move in the bar area. Ales were Felinfoel Double Dragon, Untapped Whoosh & UPA, Purple Moose Madog's Ale, Dark Star Hophead & Uley Bitter. Ciders were Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon & Haymaker, Ty Gwyn Perry, Weston's Rosie's Pig Strawberry & Elderflower and a Yarlington Mill cider from a local guy named Jim Bevan! I was all set to go for the perry, until I noticed the battered Yarlington Mill box on the bar. At 9%, it wasn't for the faint hearted. But, it was very nice indeed. Great pub.

16 Sep 2019 21:30

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