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IN VINO VERITAS

It was Plato who first suggested ‘In Vino Veritas’ which literally translates to ‘In wine is truth’. Although probably not referring to pubs when he coined the phrase, I believe a huge amount can be said about a pub simply from the wine it serves. Unfortunately, you do not have to travel far to come across […]

SMELL THE HOPS, A BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

The season of mists and mellow fruitiness is quickly passing, and in the beer world thoughts turn from Keats’ gentle poem to the hop harvest. Early reports indicate a steady year but with some traditional varieties down, due to the very wet spring weather followed by the hot summer, The Humulus lupulus is a curious […]

SOME QUITE BRILLIANT BAR SNACKS

There’s nothing new about enjoying a pint and a couple of snacks at the bar while chatting to friends. For some time now I’ve been using it as a discreet way to add a couple of calories to my diet while some more healthy food is being lovingly prepared for me at home. While tucking into […]

Does the word ‘Stout’ begin with a ‘G’?

Sampling a pint in a busy Chester ale house the other night I overheard a young Irish lady ask for a Guinness. There wasn’t any, but the bar person offered an alternative ‘stout’. The conversation went something like ‘that’s like Guinness is it? ‘Yes’. So she took a pint – and then she had black […]

A pub for all seasons..

What a fantastic summer we’ve had with record temperatures and many Brits opting to take a ‘staycation’ at home and enjoy Britain at its best.  When the weather’s good there is genuinely no-where I would rather be in the early evening than in the beer garden of a beautiful country pub. But to quote Bob […]