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Bhurtpore Inn, Aston

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Great pub in a picturesque village.

Always a nice atmosphere, with the best food and drink you will ever have.
gefieder - 1 Jul 2019 21:32
A pub specialising in food or beer, and the Bhurtie is great for both. Food is home-made and reasonably priced. Eleven real ales available. Cosy interior with four drinking areas and a separate dining room. Wooden settles and two lovely fires. Good food and beer. Friendly service. Worth checking out.
Girlabouttoon77 - 21 Mar 2015 04:48
Visited on 27th Dec and enjoyed some good, seasonally themed beers including Acorn "12th Noel" - a very moreish 5.9% Xmas grog
founddrunkinyourgarden - 5 Jan 2015 22:39
Popped in on a Friday afternoon recently, good range of ales in great condition available as usual. Beer festival 1st week in July, more than likely to be the last one here, so well worth making the effort to attend if possible.
PoorBeerHater - 8 May 2013 13:17
Visited again last Friday. A good selection of well kept ales was available. Curry selection was not as good as normal, nothing "spicy" was available, I assume that this was a hangover from Christmas and the time was not available to make the curries.
PoorBeerHater - 7 Jan 2013 09:30
Visited during the Summer Beer Festival. Good range of beers available and all in very good condition. Curries still excellent. �2 deposit on beer glasses during the festival, but will serve into your own glass if it is correctly lined and stamped. Marquee set up outside for the Festival gives additional seating even in bad weather, or if waiting for them to open.
PoorBeerHater - 9 Jul 2012 11:05
Beer festival begins tomorrow, ends Sunday 8th July.

wirraldrinker - 2 Jul 2012 12:05
very pricy beer !!
DD1971 - 1 Jul 2012 23:54
This pub is a full time ongoing beer festival! Been in a few times now and every pint we've tried has been top notch (Twisted Spire and one from Swansea yesterday were both great). Also like the way they always seem to get some good variety into the ever changing beer menu. Never been able to stay long enough to do it justice yet, but found out from the barman there is a B&B just down the road....
bike2beer - 21 Nov 2011 11:45
A simply super pub and well worth a visit for the excellent range of real ales. Very comfortable with a range of rooms to choose from. Good choice of food from curries to more traditional. If you are boating, biking or walking on the canal, best access point is bridge 17 at Wrenbury � about 20 minutes walk.
Alan_br12df - 13 Jun 2011 15:25
I cannot really add any more to the many well deserved accolades this pub has received. There will shortly be a 5 day beer festival, with 130 real ales on tap. The walk from Wrenbury Station can be a little hair raising, but there is a two-hourly bus during the day, between Nantwich and Whitchurch which passes the door, and one arrives 10 minutes before opening time. The pub has everything you could wish for. Wish I could have stopped a lot longer.
BruceMasters - 19 Feb 2011 16:27
Took a trip to this pub after reading about it on here. Despite living only 6 miles away, we had never been. The previous reviews meant it had a lot to live up to, and I can only say I was not disappointed. Never seen as much beer in a pub. From the real ales on the blackboard to the bottled stuff behind the bar, it would take months to try them all. And according to the landlord they change the draft ales every few days. Great place, will definitely have to go back soon.
Jerry541 - 13 May 2010 15:20
Visited this pub while down in Cheshire staying with friends. Really have little to add to what the earlier reviewers have said, this is a real ale fan's paradise. There were at least 10 ales on the blackboard, all from different breweries as well as a cask cider and more bottled beers available than I have ever seen. The two barstaff we spoke to knew exactly what each ale was like and were more than happy to let us taste them before making a decision. We ate there too and couldn't fault the food. Curry was excellent, home made and far better than you get in many an Indian restaurant.

Sitting by a real log fire, drinking good beer, on a freezing cold winter's evening in a pub like this is what makes England great. The only bad thing about this pub is that it is 150 miles from my house!
JohnB67 - 14 Dec 2009 15:54
There is not much I can add after the previous excellent review, but we came along for the November beer festival and were not disappointed with either their excellent ale choice or the food quality. Lovely friendly atmosphere and a traditional cosy pub. Beers we sampled on the Wednesday were from Allgates, Blue Monkey, Borough Arms, Liverpool Organic, Lymestone, Murfs Ales, St Georges, Saltaire.Superb.
gillhalfpint - 15 Nov 2009 10:39
Splendidly traditional village pub in the village of Aston, a few miles away from Nantwich in the Cheshire countryside.

It's a much larger pub than it looks from the outside. There's a dedicated restaurant area at the side on the left and there are clearly extensions at the back creating additional distinct areas.

Bhurtpore ( or Bharatpur ) is a city in Northern India. I won't bore you with the history as to how the pub came by this name - you can find this out for yourself from the pub's own excellent website or a leaflet available in the pub itself. Suffice it to say that the pub is not short of related memorabilia such as photos of the Iron Fort and the Palace at Bhurtpore together with framed pictures of the key players involved.

As you approach the pub, you notice that the tall pub sign appears to be outside the house next door to the pub, which is presumably because the pub is just by a bend in the road and you could easily drive past.

The pub is traditionally furnished and comfortable. One of the rooms towards the back has a large snooker table, a fruit machine and a TV which, according to a notice at the side, is "for sports and current affairs, definitely not soaps".

There's a large car park and outside grassy garden at the back.

The pub is a real ale drinker's paradise. On the day of my visit 11 real ales were available, nearly exclusively from Northern micros - Derby Brewery, Allgates, Manchester's Marble Brewery, Summer Wine Brewery ( Holmfirth ), Blackwater, Ossett, Salopian, Weetwood, Titanic and Acorn. Prices ranged from � 2.55p to � 3.00p according to strength. Marble Brewery's Dobber at 5.9% was the most expensive at � 3. I thought the Allgates Mild at Heart was a rather bland tasting mild, but all the other beers sampled were enjoyable and in perfect nick.

The pub has been in the GBG for a number of years now and has been South Cheshire CAMRA's pub of the year for 4 consecutive years. It's also won awards for its food.

The pub is holding its Second Novemberfest Beer Festival between 10-15 November 2009 and its advertising flyer tells us that around 65 real ales will be available.

Finally, how do you get to the pub?. Yes, it's a challenge - but one worth taking on. There's no bus service to the village of Aston. The nearest station is Wrenbury ( a request stop on the Shrewsbury/Crewe line ) - from there it's about 15 mins walk along country lanes. The train service is infrequent.

I think this pub is well worth making the effort to get to - but do check train times and pub opening hours carefully.
JohnBonser - 23 Sep 2009 13:07
After reading reports on BITE I visited here today instead of the Dusty Miller.
I was very impressed! The barman was friendly and knowledgeable and when I asked for a light ale he recommended Coastal 'Second Fiddle' which was excellent. I also had a Hereford 21-day-aged beef, beefburger with chips, salad and coleslaw.
There must have been 7 or 8 ales on the chalkboard.
All in all a wonderful pub.

wirraldrinker - 7 Aug 2009 15:34
Renowned village boozer that deserves its reputation as one of Cheshire's finest. It's always busy despite its village location, as people come from miles to sample the 12 guest ales and food. Didn't try the latter but I shall certainly return to. Still very much a drinkers pub though- several areas, including the pool room, are reserved for drinkers. It's quite rambling now and obviously has been extended. A central bar serves the rooms, which are nicely furnished with ornamental elephants and old village pictures. Some guest beers I'd never heard of, to cater for every palate. Lots of dark beers on my visit. Friendly staff and pleasant locals and atmosphere. Just wish I lived nearer!
Carlurmston - 4 Aug 2009 17:11
I count myself fortunate to have visited this superb establishment last weekend. In the two hours avaialble to me I sampled a half pint of all their 12 traditional ales. It was a real "kid in a sweet-shop" session. They have a beer festival from 30th June to 5th July this year. I think that it would be most rude not to attend!
founddrunkinyourgarden - 25 Mar 2009 17:02
Forgot to add - holds regular beer festivals.
Dan137 - 24 Mar 2009 08:24
I agree with Snecky. As near perfection as it's possible to find in an imperfect world!

Super beer, good food and if (like me) you're into military history and only went there because of the name, loads of fascinating stuff on the walls to look at and if you're not a leaflet explains how the pub got its unusual name.

Go there and go there soon! You will not regret it!
Dan137 - 24 Mar 2009 08:14
The benchmark for all other pubs. Real ale heaven.

Snecky - 5 Feb 2009 12:29
Late review from November when we had a weekend locally so we could attend the beer festival. It was a great weekend with superb beer and food. Great pub with a brill atmosphere throughout the weekend.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 21:39
I can only echo what has been said before. Perhaps the best pub I have been in the UK. When I was there, there was an ale festival on - with 60 ales and ciders. They seem to have about 10 hand pumps on normally with a range of interesting and unusual ales. An eight page listing of bottled ales and lagers, and a one page A4 listing of ciders. 100 whiskeys too. Expansive food menu, and the curries smelt lovely. No accommodation, but a B&B is recommended over the road. If I was being picky, the food seemed pricey, but I suspect it's about paying for quality.
deho - 18 Nov 2008 16:36
Excellent pub for real beer lovers. Massive range of ever changing beer on tap and a huge range of bottles. Real roaring fires
Fantastic food (the lamb was first rate) Staff friendly and helpful
Only marked down 1 under 10, as dog owners have to go in the snooker/TV room which is nowhere near as cosy as the other rooms
Scottie_chorlton - 11 Mar 2008 11:30
This could well be the perfect pub. A free house, owned by a friendly landlord with an evident passion for beer, it offers a range of drinks which is frankly astonishing. On any given night, they have on 10-12 British ales from a variety of breweries around the UK. All are well kept, and the selection changes regularly. Amongst the other beer on tap are 2 German beers, Czech lagers, Belgian fruit beer and a draft cider. Not sure what you want, the bar staff will give you a free taste.

Then there are the bottled drinks. The menu contains over 150 bottled beers, mostly (but not all) Continental, 30-40 bottled ciders as well as all the usual spirits. Oh and for the whisky drinkers, there are also a selection of over 100 malts behind the bar.

The food isn't bad either, especially the curries, which are freshly made and very tasty. One room contains a pool table, and a TV (on which soaps are banned), but the layout prevents either from obtruding into the rest of the pub. And finally, The Bhurtpore is within walking distance of Wrenbury station, making it easy to get home after a night out.
Aaron95 - 24 Jan 2008 15:24
This pub is as near to perfection as you can get. It's a free house, offering an ever-changing range of well-kept real ales on handpump as well as Continental beers (the proper stuff, not acid rain). The food is first class and is reasonably priced. Although the train service to/from Wrenbury is rather infrequent, there are trains that fit in OK with opening times, but bear in mind that you need to allow about 15 mins walking time and that this is along an unlit country lane. Regular haunt of the Wobbly Wheelers - a bicycle-powered drinking group.
anonymous - 9 Dec 2007 23:35
This pub is a gem. Great range of ales and (particularly) Belgian beers.

Didn't try the food but it looked like a good menu. It's only a mile from Wrenbury Station, so if you're travelling from Crewe, Manchester, Shrewsbury or points souith to Cardiff, it can easily be done.
slimboyfat - 10 Jul 2007 16:41
The beer list majors in Belgian and German beers but traditional British beer drinkers are well catered for too. imho this pub has the best beer list in the UK, and its served in a quiet and unassuming village pub.

The food is also excellent, especially the curry. (When they say hot they mean hot).
samurai - 29 Jan 2007 14:23
Also has a pool table, an unobtrusive TV (for sport and current affairs only) and tables reserved for non-diners in busy periods.
oftenscore6 - 8 Nov 2006 13:56
Has just won CAMRA's regional P.O.T.Y. which covers the area of North Wales; Merseyside; and Cheshire with a landslide victory with many scores exceeding 100 out of 130. Beers are varied; interesting and excellent quality every time I visit.
duncanhick - 25 Aug 2006 05:42
If you're a real ale lover then this place is for you, good food too especially the curries. Good beer garden in the summer.
JAYFOX2 - 28 Feb 2006 22:30
Visited by some CAMRA originals on 20th Dec 2005. Excellent curries, superb beers and great folk music.

Put us down for the Chester bus. We're coming back with reinforcements for the January folk night.
bargroper - 1 Jan 2006 06:52
I thoroughly enjoy each visit to this classic village pub. The beers are great and the food hits the spot too. Belgian Fruit beer in rural Cheshire seems odd but it works!
pipster - 27 Oct 2005 15:23
The food is excellent but the beer is just out of this world, different ales everytime you visit. And the beer festival in july is not to be missed
mmmpktge - 16 Jun 2005 14:09
A group of us have been "Bhurtporers" for a while, we travel from Chester for the great ales, and the good food, you've just gotta have a curry there! Can we please put a bus on from Chester
Kraviz - 3 Jul 2004 22:37
A great pub with a large and ever changing selection of beers. The food is first class and the place is always well staffed, so you'll never find yourself waiting at the bar for long.
Ken Maple - 14 Jun 2004 12:21
Called in last night on way home from Whitchurch. Pete has hit the nail on the head. It,s just what a country pub should be, 1st class beers that are well kept.
twatface - 9 Feb 2004 10:29
Oh yeah - forgot to say they also have 90 whiskies behind the bar as well.
pete - 22 Sep 2003 13:53
Lovely pub. Went at the weekend and they had 11 different real ales on, 3 obscure lagers and a perry. With plenty more bottled beers. Great food (although the lamb kashmiri was a little warm...). Coped well when 30 people turned up wanting food/beer at the same time. I'd go more often but it's a bit of a trek from down here.
pete - 22 Sep 2003 13:52

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