A group of half a dozen friends and I have faithfully patronised this as our local over many years. I wouldn't pretend that we are at the Brewers every night but on average we take advantage of the superb range of real ales once a week. We have seen landlords come and go, some brilliant, some good but through that period the Brewers has continued to be that rare animal - a "proper" pub which also serves food. Its location, at the foot of Gold Hill and overlooking Melbury Hill, needs no introduction. However, our loyal patronage was sadly soured recently when having to return a pint which clearly was flat and without a spark of life. The landlady made a great show of telling me in front of her young, impressionable staff that there was nothing wrong with said pint and that she was unwilling to change it for a fresh one. As a result I meekly put my hand in my pocket and bought a fresh, lively pint. Loyalty? Schmoyalty! Our years of good natured patronage were reduced to naught and left a bitter taste in the mouth but sadly not for the right reasons.
Visit the Brewers for its fine location and good choice of ales but don't expect any recognition for the fact that one is a customer, loyal or not.
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