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The Fortescue, Mutley Plain

If you are looking for that mysterious something that makes a pub great, I suggest you visit The Fortescue Hotel as soon as possible. As I entered the pub I immediately felt a great sense of well-being.
The interior is a long, single room with the bar running along the left hand side. There is also a Cellar Bar, which I did not see.
There are ten handpumps, nine for real ale and one for cider. Among the offerings on my visit were Spingo Special, Hanlons Port Stout, Firebrand The Dead Elvis, Tavy Solstice, Skinners Porthleven and Cornish Crown Porter. I sampled these two latter beers and they were not great. I also tried the Dead Elvis, which is based on The King's favourite sandwich of bacon, peanut butter and banana. I was not impressed. I had two pints of the Port Stout, which were excellent.
You will get a discount if you hold a CAMRA card or Spoons vouchers.
On the wall near me a flyer advertised a forthcoming event in the Cellar Bar called Weirdos - 'all things punky, retro'n'rocking' which sounds right up my street.
Despite the absence of a good pale ale or IPA on my visit, this was still the best pub I've drank in for a very long time and I shall be back. I wish it was my local!

6 Oct 2016 22:28

The Cherub Inn, Dartmouth

The Cherub claims to be the oldest pub in Dartmouth. It is a small, single room with a low, beamed ceiling, a large fireplace and horsebrasses everywhere.
Five handpumps serving Brains Opening Ceremony, Keltek Lance, Exeter Ferryman and beers from St Austell and Exmoor. Three keg beers, two from St Austell - Mena Dhu and Korev and one from Sharps - Wolf Rock.
I went for the Opening Ceremony, it was as flat as a pancake. The barman who served me was indifferent to the point of rudeness. I won't be rushing back.

15 Sep 2016 21:58

The Grapevine, Exmouth

Red brick corner establishment in the centre of town. The interior is a wooden-floored single room. Six handpumps, five ales, one cider. Eight keg taps. The ales on offer on my visit included Jaipur, Oakham Velvet Claws and Crossed Anchors American Pale Ale. I sampled the APA from Crossed Anchors, the in-house brewery. The badge describes the beer as being 'naturally hazy'. The beer was clear, flat as a pancake and not cold enough. I then tried the Oakham Velvet Claws. Not bad, but again not cold enough. I then switched to keg and asked for the Powderkeg Speakeasy (a beer I know to be excellent). This ran out before the barmaid had managed to pull a pint!
Again I find myself at odds with CAMRA, who list this in their lastest GBG. This was only my second visit to this pub (the last was in 2013). What are the chances of me being unlucky on both visits? I won't be rushing back.

10 Aug 2016 21:33

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