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Username: Teddy_Boy

Age: 64

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The Dispensary, Liverpool

Only pub I've come across in the last 10 years that refuses to allow you a taste of the beer. Actually that's not completely true - the guy (presume the manager you're all talking about) did reluctantly pull the tiniest tasting I've ever seen but when I later asked the (much more sociable) young barmaid for one of a 6% IPA I was told it was pub policy not to offer tastes. If they offered beer flights I could understand, but seriously, a policy not to allow even the smallest sample is just antisocial. Shame as the beer is of course very good - especially the Mild. But the Ship & Mitre is just so much more customer-centric, friendly and they gladly offer samples.

10 May 2015 13:22

The Sussex Arms, Twickenham

Can't believe I've not reviewed the Sussex until now. As others have said, it's difficult to fault it - certainly not from a beer-lovers p.o.v. Maybe a dozen different ales on hand pump at any one time (and half a dozen ciders) always served in top condition at a good, cellar temperature by enthusiastic young staff who have been trained (or briefed) sufficiently to engage in a discussion about the merits of the various beers on offer. Tasters willingly offered and a loyalty card scheme. My only criticism is that the range has no core; with such a wide choice it'd be nice to have a couple of beers (maybe from the local Twickenham Fine Ales) that were regular cornerstones of the offer. Plus the turnover of barrels is so rapid that the chalkboard is almost useless as it bears no relation to what is on at that time. Music supplied via a record deck playing 60s and 70s vinyl. Decent sized (if rather bland) garden and at least 3 distinct drinking/seating areas in the pub which has a nice trad feel to it. Long may it rein (though these kind of places have a habit of vanishing with the landlord so I'd make the most of it whilst he's happy here!

6 Nov 2012 16:28

BrewDog, Shoreditch

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This is now a Brewdog. Not been in yet but my son says it's great (though his lager-drinking friends wondered why the hell he'd brought them there!)

5 Nov 2012 14:02

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