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Floodgate Ale House, Stafford - pub details

Address: 147 Newport Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2EZ [map] [gmap]

Nearest train station Stafford (0.2 miles)

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We'd saved the Floodgate until last, on our 14 pub tour of the town. This was intentional, as I was hoping to save the best until last. We certainly weren't disappointed. Ales were Redemption Pale Ale, Bristol Beer Factory Independence, Anarchy Guzzolene, Ludlow Gold & Abbeydale Coffee & Hazlenut Stout. Ciders were Lilley's Rhubarb Cider, Hurst View Jibber Jabber, Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon, Abrahalls Thundering Molly & Broadoak Sloe Gin Cider. This micropub is handy for the station and is in my opinion the best pub in Stafford. With two Chinese takeaways nextdoor, our evening meal was sorted too!
blue_scrumpy - 22 Apr 2018 19:00
Recently opened micro-pub, not far from the station in Stafford. Possibly the nearest pub to the station – turn right outside the station, left at the lights, past the turning for Tesco, and it’s on the left just before the next lights. About 5 mins walk from Station.

As a newly established business, they are still fine-tuning their opening hours – it seems to change every week. Currently they are CLOSED at the following times ;- all day Monday, Tues / Wed/ Thurs lunch/afternoon. That is the first challenge to overcome when visiting.

The second challenge is to open the door ! Despite several attempts by the owner to fix it, it is still very stiff, and requires a good shove.

Anyway, once you’re inside you’re laughing ! There are few tables with upholstered seats down the lefthand side, the right being kept free for the path to the bar, which lies on the left beyond. There are number of signs on the wall, two of which list the beers currently available, and those “coming soon” – make sure you realise which is which ! There are also several references to the place being liable to flooding (an ongoing joke with the local council), including a pair of large oars.

Anyway, to the beer, which is the main focus of any micropub. There are 5 hand-pumps selling a constantly changing range of real ales. There are usually at least 1 or 2 local ones, and a variety of styles. The ones I’ve had have almost all been very nice. One unusual selling point is that all beers are the same price - £3.00 a pint (£1.50 a half). [ The strongest I’ve seen has been 6% ] There are also a number of bottles available from local breweries – again at the same price.

Besides beer there are also the following drinks available cider (2 or 3 unusual ones on draft), whiskies (about 10 different), tea and coffee. Food is limited to the usual bar-snacks of crisps, nuts, scratching.

As you would expect in a micropub, both management and clientele are very friendly.

8/10 – best pub in town.

Martinsh - 19 Sep 2016 00:15

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