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The Bell, Wendens Ambo

A warm welcome from the log fire, the landlady and the customers. The Six Nations on, which generated much banter. The usual ales (Wherry, JHB, and a 3rd I've forgotten!), very well kept. Loos clean and well stocked, garden tempting but too cold today, but we'll be back later in the year when it's warmer.

7 Feb 2015 19:42

The Temeraire, Saffron Walden

We've tried the Temeraire on previous occasions, not least to use Camra vouchers. Beer always well kept and friendly staff. Hit gold today with good selection of beers (7 of 8 pumps in use, 3 of which were golden), my preference for Saffron Citurian, a very flavoursome 3.8%. Adnams American IPA and Morwen Radgie Gadgie, both 4.8%, didn't match the Citurian for flavour.
Six Nations on TV, not intrusive, food good quality pub grub.

7 Feb 2015 14:54

The Star, Bishops Stortford

Dropped by, two pumps, Bombadier and another, neither to our taste so we moved on

20 Sep 2014 19:17

The Port Jackson, Bishops Stortford

First visit, on a Saturday night. Twelve real ale pumps, with 9 in action. Staff attentive and friendly, beer kept very well, as I would expect from a Wetherspoons. Shame I forgot to bring my CAMRA vouchers :(
Food is typical chain pub grub - from menu not from trying it.
Beers include Red Squirrel, Doom Bar, Abbot, Ruddles, and the one we went for is lovely citrus hoppy beer, Saffron Citurian 3.8%.

20 Sep 2014 19:13

The Half Moon, Bishop's Stortford

First visit in a couple of years. Seven of the eight pumps on tap. Good range including Brentwood Peasants Revolt, Cottage Big Ben, Theakstons Old Peculiar, and Deuchars. Beer kept well but feet sticking to floor and had to wash hands after straightening table. Won't be coming back in foreseeable future.

20 Sep 2014 18:32

The Queens Head, Allens Green

Just revisited this page to see how the reviews are going since my first post back in 2005. This is my 'local' and is well worth the weekly trips, either by car, walking or cycling, depending on the weather.
Always has at least 3 ales on, either on the handpumps at the bar, or straight from the casks in the cellar. Maldon Gold is almost always on tap (and my beer of choice), together with London Pride, and a mild. Third weekend of the month mini beer fests continue, with 6-8 additional beers. Ciders and perries also an attraction.
The pub has been extended and now has a lovely conservatory overlooking the garden and the bar has been lengthened, with the aim of having casks directly at hand, rather than having to draw from them in the cellar, as at present.
August bank holiday coming up and the second major beer festival of the year at the Queen's Head will be a weekend for walking or cycling over, so that I can sample and enjoy the 15 or so ales that will be available - definitely something to look forward to, together with the BBQ and live music!

28 Jul 2013 14:56

George and Dragon Inn, Clifton

Our third trip to the George & Dragon over a five year period, and we received our usual warm welcome and excellent service. There were three ales on: Cumberland Brewery Corby Blonde (4.2%), a citrussy pale hoppy beer with lovely bitter finish, Hawkshead Bitter (3.7%) and Independent Lakeland Breweries Entente Cordiale (3.9%). As we were driving through, we only sampled the Corby Blonde (several times by the passenger, only once by the driver!) but I wish that we'd tried the Entente Cordiale as the write-up we've seen elsewhere looks like we've missed a treat. Food was great, delicious minute-steak baguettes, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Worth the slight detour and we look forward to our next trip north to call in again.
It seems OTT to award the pub a 10 but I really couldn't fault it and anything less would be churlish!

28 Jul 2013 14:06

The Queens Head, Allens Green

Very friendly independent village pub, saved from closure a couple of years ago by two local businessmen. Local Branch CAMRA pub of the year in 2004. Offers very well kept real ales: London Pride and a Mighty Oak (sorry, can't recall which one) always on tap, 2-4 others regularly changed. Several ciders and perries also stocked. Periodic beer festivals are held ie Easter and August bank holidays

21 Feb 2005 16:01

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