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Taps: 14 / Bottles: 11
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
4.04/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my "local". We just moved down here in July and I haven't had a chance to try this pub until recently, despite my great love for Ringwood Brewery (this is a Ringwood pub). I had high expectations for it and I must say I was a little bit disappointed by the ambience. On the one hand, it was very friendly, filled with locals chattering away, but there was a huge detracting factor: SMOKE! It seemed like every single person in there was smoking, including one of the bar-staff! If you're a smoker and a real ale lover, then this would be heaven for you. If you're not a smoker and you'd like to be able to smell your beer, well, you're completely out of luck. I normally don't get too bothered by a little smoke, but they need to invest in an air-handler or something because the smoke just hovered there and they do not have an outdoor seating area for non-smokers to take refuge. This is one place that is going to greatly improve when the no-smoking law comes into full force. When that happens, I might actually use it as my local! Anyway, on to the beer.
Ringwood is a great brewery, so it's great to have access to their beers on cask. The pub has 8 hand-pumps. Six of them were Ringwood beers like Boondoggle, Forty-Niner and the scrumptious Old Thumper, but there were also two guest ales from other local breweries. The ales are in great condition, served at the perfect temperature. All staff have been thoroughly trained by Ringwood in cellarmanship. It shows. Apart from the real ales, there are six taps of the usual keg-stuff and they stock 11 bottled beers including a few from Ringwood. And of course, for the people who don't like beer there's an assortment of alcopops, wine, and spirits.
The pub is open until 24:30 most nights and opens at 10am most days. It is dog-friendly, offering free dog biscuits from a cookie-jar at the end of the bar (though the smokey atmosphere would be torture to a poor dog's nose!).
It's well worth popping in for a pint or two of Ringwood's finest, but if you don't like breathing cigarette smoke, you might want to keep it brief or try to go at a time when there aren't a lot of other customers around. Ringwood, if you're reading this, PLEASE do something about the smoke!
09-24-2006 12:23:20 | More by GreenCard
Porterhouse, The in Westbourne, United Kingdom (England)
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