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Peter Wicks
Cooking Bitter

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Posted -  20/12/2016  :  13:21
Salisbury & South Wiltshire
Peter's peripatetic perambulations December 2016Mostly steady-as-she-goes, with a couple of substantial changes. Much of the cider available 3 months ago has gone for the time being.

Berwick St. James:
The Boot (Inn) had Swordfish on its middle pump, with its Waddie's stalwarts 6X & IPA flanking.

The Rose and Crown had GK "Hardys & Hansons" Rocking Rudolph, very enjoyable, with that sadly defunct brewery's Old Trip as well as the usual GK IPA.

The King's Head provided Plain Ales Stocking Filler, an obvious seasonal, straw/yellow colour and nicely hoppy, with the ubiquitous Doom Bar. This is one of several pubs up for sale.

The Plough had the standard type of Hobgoblin - very enjoyable - with Doom Bar alongside.
The Stonehenge Inn provided decent Stonehenge Ale & Carvery (house beer - GK???) & of course Doom Bar as well as the standard Rosie's Pig cider.

East Chisenbury:
The Red Lion had a different selection again, including delicious Flack Manor Black Jack Porter, Otter Winter Warmer, and Stonehenge Heelstone.

The Swan had 5 as usual; the standard 3 Daggers Daggers Ale, Flack Manor Flack's Double Drop, Marston Jennings Cocker Hoop, Stonehenge Rudolph, and the one I chose, Milk Street Great Uncle John's Prohibition Ale - tawny/copper, hoppy, slightly astringent with a touch of smooth (beers can be so perverse...)

Larkhill: Packhorse - no report; real ale unlikely.

The Crown was still closed for refurb and may not re-open until later January.
The Queen's Head had the reliable Ramsbury Flint Knapper & - as always - Doom Bar.

The Dog & Gun has gone over totally to Stonehenge. I had a cracking pint of Rudolph, with Heelstone and Pigswill about to come on. It is intended to rationalise the keg fonts, allowing a 4th pump - again Stonehenge. A polypin of Black Rat cider was still on the bar. Business continues to build - slowly and steadily.

Plume of Feathers: Plain Ales Innocence, with Waddie's 6X & IPA alongside. The barman, ex-parish council, was able to pass on an update on the current state of play and possible future of the George across the road.

The Ram had a potable drop of Doom Bar with Old Speckled Hen the alternative.

The Rose & Crown had as always the very tasty Plain Ales Innocence, with Waddie's 6X & Swordfish alongside, + the usual Westons Old Rosie cider.

Winterbourne Stoke:
A big change here. The Bell has had its name changed by its new owners, to "Solstice Rest". It is now freehold; the owners are also tenants (Enterprise) of the Swan @ Stoford, and the Stonehenge Inn, as well as one in N.Baddesley, Romsey/Southampton. The GK "Morlands" Old Speckled Hen was decent; the GK IPA clip was t/r but the 2 other clips had Lilley's ciders - Mango, also Apple and Pear.

Peter Wicks,


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